Ragnar Chicago–Part I–What I Learned

Ragnar Chicago was my second foray into the Ragnar Relay Series.  If you recall, I did the Florida Keys event in January 2013 and it was hot as hell.  FL Keys was a 12 person team.  Chicago was a 6 person team.  Through these two events, I’ve learned a couple things and I’d feel remiss if I didn’t share. 

1.  The most fun you’ll have at Ragnar is probably going to be decorating the van.

van  van2

2.  The most exciting part is probably going to be the start line.

Ragnar Start Selfie    Start 

3.  The team you start with will most likely not be the same as the one that crosses the finish line.

4.  Make sure you have a solid team.  I would suggest the following teammates:

     a)  one runner who could probably run the entire distance herself, if necessary. 

Ragnar CHI_Julie

     b)  a super experienced runner who has done the course before and knows where to find the smores.

Ragnar CHI_Judy

     c) a rock of a person.  Solid as can be, one who won’t get agitated easily and if she does, she’ll manage to fake it stay calm until the panic passes.

Ragnar CHI_Lisa

     d)  a jokester, preferably one with ADD because apparently people with ADD don’t need to sleep.

Ragnar CHI_Kelly

     e) a captain, cuz they need to zap someone’s credit card when the flags get lost.

Ragnar CHI_2014_2

5)  Ragnar is a LONG event.  You will get tired.  It doesn’t matter if you are running 3 legs or 8 legs, exhaustion will set in and so will the bitchiness.

6)  Sleeping in a van is impossible, no matter how tired you may be or how well intentioned your teammates are about making you rest.

7)  Sometimes you will refuse to get out of the van, even if someone needs water, even if there are free smores, even if there are naked men flaunting themselves, even if …..

8)  No matter how many miles you run, no matter how many times you say  you will “never run again”, no matter how tired you get …. all those negative memories fade when you cross the finish and have that free beer in your hand.

Ragnar CHI_finish_official     finisher medal

** Ragnar – Part I – What I learned ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

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8 thoughts on “Ragnar Chicago–Part I–What I Learned

  1. Ahhhh I want to read your whole Ragnar story! How many more parts will there be???? Also I thought you ran Ragnar Chicago before with You Just Got Chicked?

    • I was registered to run the ultra with “You Just Got Chicked” but tore the tendon in my foot five days before. 😢

      I’ll do one more part for Ragnar CHI. Just wanted to put up a teaser. 😜

  2. TTF…looks like you learned well! I guess a bunch of “badass babes” confined in a van and each running 40 or so total miles over a series of legs in 36-hr with little or no sleep…would expect things to get a little “ragged” in dealing with one another. The team was 6 and 5 finished? Where did that 6th babe go? Or did you drop her off at the side of the road somewhere in nowhere land? LOL. Sounds pretty miserable thing to do…but if the finish is worth the agony of getting there then……

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