Running in a trail relay is a lot of work. This morning as I headed out the door, I turned to my husband and said, “This is a lot of work and I haven’t even started running.”


Earlier this week I started setting things aside as I thought of them or saw them laying around my house – like my rain boots. Those suckers got placed in my Ragnar pile early on so I wouldn’t forget them! Last summer at Ragnar Trail Appalachians I didn’t have boots and regretted not thinking of buying any with every step in the ankle deep mud I took.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon packing, going over lists, and making sure I had everything I needed. This morning I packed sandwiches, fruit, veggies, yogurt, home-made sweet potato fries, chocolate milk, and Gatorade into the cooler. I double checked my list and then relaxed.

The car is packed with more stuff than I’ll probably need. I have four sets of running clothes – all shorts and tanks, yet I have my down coat packed, too! All of my electronics are fully charged, and I have extra GoPro batteries. If I forgot something, oh well, surely one of my teammates can help me out!


We’re about a half hour from Richmond and I’m getting super excited to see the rest of my teammates. The ones already there have posted pictures of our campsite. With two ultra teams and two regular teams that’s a lot of MRTT friends at one big compound! I can’t wait!

At 2 PM today, we will start running. I’m runner three and will buddy run with Meagan for three legs of 10.9, 10.8, and 10.3 miles. Since we’re on an ultra team, our miles are double of what most teams will run.

I hope to post pictures to social media over the weekend so you can follow our shenanigans there. Be sure to check out Instagram and Twitter for pictures along the way – assuming I have cell reception!

Wish us luck!


  • Questions:
  • Have you run a Ragnar or similar relay?
  • Do you enjoy trail running?
  • Are you racing this weekend?