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Race Recap: Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage 2013

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You guys, I ran my first relay ever last weekend! One more item to check off my Bucket List before I turn 30 and I had some incredible memories. I ran the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage 2013 – 196 miles from Blaine to Langley, WA!

I will elaborate more on my next post, but wanted to share my recap as briefly as possible so I can remember everything! These will be in bulleted form.

Brief Recap:

  • Ran with the best team ever, the Oiselle team! #Partylikeaflockstar. Official Time: 28:11:15.2
  • We placed 3rd in the Open Women’s Division!
  • I was in Van 1 with Sarah, Nolana, Morena, Lauren, and Andrea. So much fun bonding with them and they really helped me push through in all my runs!
  • The rest of the team in Van 2: Laurel, Sophia, Julie, Paulette, Natty, Ashley
  • I promise to write more – but seriously, my team is super fast, funny, motivating, and overall AWESOME!

How to train:

  • Be comfortable with the distances you’re running. Train for those distances or even try double runs if you can. I did not do any doubles, but I wish I did!
  • Train with the fuel you’ll be bringing including hydration belts, Gu, food, etc.
  • Train in the hours you may be running – a late run may not be a bad idea!

What I packed for Ragnar Relay – Clothes:

  • 3 Oiselle Shorts
  • 3 Oiselle tanks
  • 2 Oiselle tanks just in case
  • 3 pairs of clean socks
  • 2 Oiselle hats
  • Fuel Belt
  • Handheld water bottle
  • Oiselle Lesley Knickers
  • Oiselle Trials Hoodie
  • Running shoes
  • Sandals
  • Reflective vest
  • Blinky lights

What I packed for Ragnar Relay – Food and Bev:

  • PBJ gluten free sandwiches
  • Picky Bars
  • Nuun
  • GF pretzels
  • GF pop tarts
  • Apples
  • Bananas

Lessons learned from Ragnar Relay:

  • Have fun, have fun, have fun! Whether you get no sleep or you get injured like me (shin splints), make the best of it and run the best you can.
  • Pack in advance in case you forget anything the day before the race. Make sure you research what to pack and ask your team members what to pack.
  • Don’t overpack – especially food. You won’t eat them all!
  • Take as much photos as possible – I wish I did! Thank goodness Sarah in Van 1 took amazing photos!
  • Carry KT tape in case you get injured

FULL RECAP TO COME!

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