It may not be the next race on my calendar (yay Longhorn 10k this weekend!), but it’s a monster race… Ragnar Austin 2016!

I ran my first Ragnar 3.5 years ago with the most awesome group of ladies in NY. We ran Ragnar Adirondacks and it was an amazing experience and weekend. 

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This time around, I am running on my company’s team with my coworkers and I am super excited because nobody else has run Ragnar before so it’ll be fun to experience it with them!

We just finished assigning out the legs, and I am doing another ultra Ragnar (two runners’ legs) so my mileage is going to be pretty solid over the course of 27-ish hours:

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I will be looking forward to that last segment for sure! 

I am also super pumped for the team shirts that we ordered [sneak peek!]:

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Beyond that, my prep for Ragnar Austin includes:

  • A 20 miler this weekend: Alright, so this is more so because I’m running a marathon in about 10 weeks (!!!) but I do think this will be good prep for Ragnar. I feel like once you knock out 20 miles on a training plan, anything under 15 miles just doesn’t seem as serious. Perspective, right?

 

  • Stocking up on my favorite snacks: We’ll be living in a van over the course of the race, so having the right food will be crucial. Last time, I came up with some pretty interesting combinations. This time around, I plan on stocking us up with some Honey Stingers and PROBARs! I really want some popcorn too…

 

  • Stashing some extra sleep: Let’s face it, when you run any Ragnar, your sleep is pretty limited. Sure, they have the official sleep stations and you can grab a minute or two in the van, but it’s not any quality sleep (which is part of the experience). So, naps will be my top priority this weekend.

 

  • Getting my outfits ready: We aren’t going to do any crazy costumes, but I love the idea of packing your leg outfits in ziploc bags. It just makes it easier to change when you need to and stay organized. So, I need to figure out what I’ll wear based on when I’m not running… as well as my sweet non-running gear. #priorities

 

  • Convincing myself this is good prep for an ultra: I think I found an ultra I want to run and actually ordered a training book this week! So, if I can run 34 miles over the course of 27ish hours, I can DEFINITELY tackle an ultra… am I right?! I can’t wait to see how it feels so I can gauge how prepared I am for an ultra. 

 

Have you run a Ragnar before? Which one? What’d you think?

Any other tips for preparing for Ragnar Austin? 



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