My first ultra relay was a blast. I’m definitely not feeling my best right now, but I’m quite pleased with myself for knocking out 33.8 miles of running with a team that finished the 196 mile relay in 31 hours. It was a great team effort and the whole experience was awesome.

I’m really grateful for my prior captaining experience and the planning I was able to do based on past Ragnars. The van was well stocked with water, Vitamin Water and Gatorade, we had a good amount of snacks and the tailgate grill & camp coffee setup were priceless additions.

The pop-up changing/shower tents worked out super well. I kept the stink off and didn’t get any major rashes.

If I had one thing to change, it would have been to train up to the full mileage. I was training on 3 X 10 miles as my last long runs. My actual legs were 12.6, 11.8 and 9.4. I went with the mentality of training up close to target distance but not quiet and that just didn’t work for the relay. Net time I ultra, I’ll definitely put some more mileage in my training plan.


3 thoughts on “Ragnar Chicago Ultra Style

  1. Ultra question: did you have a driver who was not a runner? Or did you take turns driving? We’re doing DC Ragnar as an ultra in 3 weeks and we’re trying to find a driver. But also preparing for the possibility that we may have to drive ourselves. Thanks for this and your other suggestions.

    • Hi Alex! We did each drive. We had planned to do a run then drive rotation, but there are a couple of us that kinda love to drive who ended up doing extra.

      • I would add that I like the extra room in the van that comes with having only 5 people in the van at a time. It makes for extra room to stretch out and sleep at night. The doubling up of legs really helped us, especially with longer legs. The duration of legs gave us better opportunities for rest.


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