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Don’t Let These 6 Mistakes Ruin Your Ragnar Relay

Signed up for a Ragnar Relay? Ragnars are loads of fun and a definite bucket list item in the running world (in my opinion). Things move very quickly during the 36-hour race, and it pays to plan as much as possible so you don’t “run” into these easily avoidable situations. Don’t let these mistakes ruin your Ragnar Relay!

1. Not Studying Your Leg Maps Ahead Of Time

While the routes are marked, it is easy to get turned around and lost in the dark if you are not aware of your route. Always carry a copy of your leg map with you and know where the major turns are. Be aware of the areas in which your van mates will and will not have access to you.

2. Trying New Fuels During The Race

I cannot stress this one enough! I learned the hard way that having a full-fat milkshake at midnight on an empty stomach was not the smartest idea. Stick to foods that you know your stomach can tolerate.

Related: 5 Things You Should Know Before Running A Ragnar Relay

3. Relying Only On Protein Or Granola Bars Throughout The Race

Similar to the rule above, eating only granola or protein bars for two days can wreak havoc on your digestive system. These fuels are meant to be supplements to other foods, rather than substitutes during endurance events. Instead, take along snacks that are easy to store, such as fruits, nuts, nut butters, bagels, etcetera. You’ll be more hungry than you expect and will be glad to have real food.

4. Leaving Your Phone (And Van Mate Contact Info) Behind

Carrying your phone with you on each of your race legs is a must! It’s vital to have contact information for your van mates on your person. Runners can get injured, lost or can’t find their vans at transition points. You need to be able to contact them at all times.

5. Not Bringing Rain Gear

Even if the weather looks clear for the duration of your race, conditions can change quickly over the course of 200 miles. Throwing in a lightweight rain jacket with a hood is key. Additionally, always pack an extra pair of running shoes. No one wants to run in wet shoes! Your feet will thank you.

6. Not Taking A Shower Mid-Race

Most of the relay courses have shower facilities available at select points during the race (usually at a school or community center). After staying up all night and running multiple times, a quick, hot shower does wonders to wake you up and give you that boost you need to finish your last leg of the race.

I hope these tips will keep you from making some easily avoidable mistakes! Stay safe, warm and well-fed during your next Ragnar Relay.


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Confessions of a Mother Runner

I am Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband and two teens. As a lifelong vegetarian, I've always been passionate about healthy living and fitness. Looking for partners in crime, I started my own chapter of Moms Run This Town, which has grown to more than 700 running moms. I've met so many incredible women who inspire me daily to keep moving forward and challenging myself. You can usually find me running with my mom squad and training for the next crazy adventure they have talked me into. The 10K race is my favorite distance and I love the challenge of triathlon races, as well. As a Girls on The Run Coach, nothing makes me happier than volunteering my time to work with elementary school girls. I like to think I am influencing the next generation of female runners and moms-to-be. Vegetarian cooking is one of my passions; you can find original "Meatless Monday" recipes on my blog each week. Readers can contact me on Twitter and Instagram and by visiting my blog, Confessions of a Mother Runner.