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Ragnar Training Plan

Posted Oct 02 2012 4:30pm
I mentioned last week that I’m running in a Ragnar relay race in January.  For those of you unfamiliar, Ragnar  is a relay race that takes place over the course of two days.  The race is typically spread out across 200 miles in various places throughout the country.  Teams made up of 12 each run a 3 different legs varying in lengths throughout the course.  The Ragnar that I’m running in January goes from Miami, Florida to Key West.  ( Source )

I first heard of this race a few years ago when I saw an old friend from high school post pictures on Facebook.  Intrigued, I wanted to learn more.  Once I knew I wanted to run in this race, the trouble was finding a team of 12 willing participants.  Turns out, not only is it hard to find 12 friends who like to run, but its next to impossible finding 12 friends who like to run and are willing to run an intense overnight relay race.  Luckily for me, I can usually talk my friend Jenna into doing almost anything.  knowing already that she enjoys running, I was sure she’d agree to run this with me!Once I got her on board, we signed up on the Ragnar website under “Runners looking for a team.”  Brian, over at Digital Running Club  organizes a Ragnar relay team for pretty much every race throughout the country.  We loved this group, because they handle everything for you (vans, drivers, volunteers, etc) so when he reached out, we instantly signed up!  We’re excited to not only get a chance to run through sunny Florida in January, but also to meet some new friends along the way!With the race now 3 months away, I decided it was time to put together an actual training plan so that I have something to focus on.  I wasn’t exactly sure how to train for a race like this since I’m not really sure what I’m getting myself into.  I went to the Ragnar website to base my training plan off of the one they have on there.  After seeing that, I got a little nervous seeing the 16-18 mile distances when the furthest I’ve run so far is 13.1 miles!  I put up to 17 miles on my training schedule, so we’ll see how this goes…

Have you ever ran a Ragnar Relay Race?  What was your experience like?

Have you ever signed up for a race, not really knowing what you got yourself into?

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