How to Get Over a “Ragnover”

A Ragnover is a real thing. It just usually consists of missing one’s teammates, the phenomenal times that were had, and being surrounded by the Ragnar community of runners and volunteers.

It’s an incredible experience that is bound to leave a desire to reverse time and be back — racing with friends, challenging yourself, and having an unforgettable time.


If you’ve ever experienced any of these symptoms, you know what a Ragnover feels like: 

  • Desperate need for sleep.
  • Wearing a headlamp to go to the restroom at night.
  • Looking for red blinking lights in the far off distance.
  • Crossing every street with an orange flag and safety vest.
  • Smelling like a sweaty locker room, and not really caring.
  • Carrying around a window marker to tag random vehicles with your name.
  • Taking tally on your arm whenever you walk past a person during your day.
  • Shouting “Get it Girl!” ringing a cowbell or chanting other cheers, when someone leaves their desk for a meeting or gets up to go somewhere.
  • Inability to not high-five everyone you see, and tell them good job.
  • Inability to walk up or down stairs, due to soreness.
  • Leaving your handheld water bottle at home, forgetting that your daily running route doesn’t have van support.

Luckily, now that I’ve done multiple Ragnar relays, I’ve found a couple ways to manage the Ragnar symptoms. Here are some Ragnover remedies that will help you get through this down period:

  • Recoup with Resting, Icing, Compressing, and Elevating (RICE) any sore spots.
  • Give yourself something to look forward to by signing up for another Ragnar.
  • Display pride in your accomplishment by applying the Ragnar decal on your car.
  • Reminisce by exchanging pictures with your teammates.
  • Share your experience online and read other’s stories.
  • Indulge in retail therapy at the Ragnar Store.
  • Display your medal.

Are we missing any symptoms or remedies of the bittersweet Ragnover? Would love to hear your comments down below!



About Genevieve Garner

Garner (aka - Viever) is a guest blogger for Blognar and is the enthusiastic and driven athlete and voice behind She lives on the edge of giving up and seeing how much more she can give, meanwhile convincing you to live the insanity, too.

5 Responses to How to Get Over a “Ragnover”

  1. Bryanna says:

    I love this!! I definitely agree that it’s hard to get over your ragover, but in time it happens!!

  2. SO clever and TRUE!!!

  3. zoë says:

    After my first Ragnar the my most prominent “symptom” was wanting to honk my horn and shout encouraging things to runners when I was in my car. 🙂


  4. Nathan says:


    Car headlights at night make you instinctively stick out your arm waiting for the relay wrist band to be slapped on your wrist.

  5. Mike A says:

    Great list!

    I’d add – Washing around the RAGNAR tattoo on the back of your neck to make It last longer.

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