The Ragnar Relay takes place over 2 days and stretches 200ish miles, split between 12 people, 3 legs each. I had been training for this for months and was tasked with 22 miles total, but the week before setting out, I threw my back out. I worked with a massage therapist a few days before the start and that helped a lot, but I was still very stiff and sore.
A little recap of the order of events:
>Thrown out back
>Terrible side cramps
>2 hour nap
>Another 9.6 miles
>Sore legs, back, sides, feet
>Team sprint to the finish line after 200ish miles on foot
A lot of this sounds sucky and it was but spending two days in a van with incredibly positive and hilarious teammates made it not suck at all. Not to mention everyone making this arm-bridge thing for me to run under before the finish line, and having an amazing cookout in Wellfleet afterwards. Not sure I would do this again, but this was pretty top-notch.
The kick off was a huge success! We had tons of people come through to tour the artwork in the space, meet the artists, and hang out. We also went through several giant platters of sushi and trays of macarons within the first hour.
Tuesday's Open Open Mic Night was amazing (as usual) and the Story Slam on Wednesday was full of all kinds of tales revolving around the theme of "risk". On Thursday, I did some demos of how to make paint from raw materials and chatted with some very interesting folks about painting approaches at the Venture Cafe: Creative Industries Night. The following evening, we all teamed up to give tours of the artwork at 50 Milk Street during the launch of the Fab Cafe on the ground floor. Overall, it was a fantastic week! Now, time for sleep.
Congrats to everyone who collaborated on Art Week! Can't wait for next year!
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.