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.
Hannah Dunscombe is a painter and portrait artist based out of Brookline, MA.