I love to run Ragnar! Unlike marathons, which I seem to find myself accidentally signed up for, Ragnar is something I love to do. In fact, eventually, I’d like to run every Ragnar out there (but no, I won’t be that person who runs them all in one year LOL.
I’m packed and mostly ready to go. Just need to get some sleep and then we’ll pack the van in the morning. All of my outfits are in their individual plastic bags (one of the best tips ever!) and I’ve just got a few last minute things to add in the morning.
So here are five tips to make sure Ragnar goes smoothly and is a lot of fun!
- Upload the pace calculator to Google Drive. This allows you to easily edit it and lets the other van know if the team is getting ahead of or behind pace. Makes meeting up at the big exchanges smoother!
- Don’t over pack. Trust the packing lists that are out there. Too much stuff means an over full van which means added chaos.
- Download the Ragnar App AND your individual legs. The leg maps are particularly useful to have downloaded if you run through an area with sketchy cell service.
- Make sure you have everyone’s cell number in your phone. Again with the sketchy service, you never know who might be reachable or not. (And we even have small laminated cards with everyone’s numbers in case people choose to run without phones.
- Expect crazy to happen. It’s a long race over a long distance. Unexpected things will happen. We’ve already dealt with replacing a runner due to a family emergency and switching runners due to a late flight. And we haven’t even made it to the start line yet…
Have you done Ragnar before? What have you learned? And if you haven’t done Ragnar, you should give it a try.