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Getting ready for THE RELAY [May. 3rd, 2007|06:05 pm]
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So Sam's coworkers are officially insane; The Relay is this weekend:


200 miles. 12 people. 36 shifts. 30+ hours. Continuously. Nuts, eh?

I get to be in the (un)enviable position of Volunteer, making me a driver ... a water girl ... a snack lady ... a militant timer ... and a cheerleader ... for 30+ hours. My official Relay shift is from 1:30 am to 6:30 am Sunday at the Golden Gate bridge. I'll try to remember to take pics of the scenery and the full moon to share! :)

[User Picture]From: grey_ghost
2007-05-04 04:14 am (UTC)
1:30am to 6:30am on a sunday?!?

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[User Picture]From: belveana
2007-05-19 05:00 am (UTC)

Or stupid!

Wow, pretty much had <2 hours of sleep that weekend. Screwed up my schedule for the rest of the week! Much more tired than usual, difficult to focus, less self-control and therefore unhealthier meals and no exercise. Not too smart.
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[User Picture]From: della_quinn
2007-05-16 05:42 am (UTC)

holy crap

three shifts per person. 200 miles. 30 hours means 9 min/mile to complete the whole thing. avg 5.5 miles per leg, thats 49.5 min each time your out there, and you wait 11 legs x 49.5 min = 544.5 min = 9.16 h before its your turn again. was Sam in transit the whole time? did he get sleep? or did they rotate through more densely rather than a full 12-man rotation (ex. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-etc. versus 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5-6-4-5-6-4-5-6-7-8-9-etc)??

how did he train for something like this? run twice or thrice a day? i wonder if i could do that...crazy!
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[User Picture]From: belveana
2007-05-19 05:25 am (UTC)

Re: holy crap

Unfortunately, the legs weren't that evenly spaced distance-wise or time-of-day-wise --- on final analysis, Sam's van (Van Halen, runners #1-#6) had it easier than the other van (Van Morrison, runners #7-#12). But it pretty much amounted to your calculations:

Van Halen on at 8:30 am (morning not that hot)
Van Morrison on at ~12:45 pm (midday/afternoon heat)
VH on at ~8:30 pm (slightly later start due to a couple of lost VM runners who ran 4 extra miles, started to cool and get dark)
VM on at ~1:45 am (middle of the night!)
VH on at ~6:30 am (early morning)
VM on at ~10:45 am (midday/afternoon heat again)

They made crash plans during each off-time --- a Travelodge in Novato and a teammate's home in San Mateo --- but, of course, you never slept as much as you wanted, since you had to eat too and you had all sorts of other distractions. Like, you would have thought people would have rested as much as possible by sleeping in the vans in transit when they themselves weren't running, but Sam's van didn't do that --- in fact, we made continuous stops during each leg to make sure runners (ours and others) made the correct turns, to ensure their safety and to cheer them on, making ridiculously accurate predictions as to who was going to pass what point when (okay, that was me, since I was official timekeeper ... which was fun!).

Their training wasn't all that rigorous; of course, some trained more than others. I only know of 1 occasion where Sam ran more than once in a single day. They weren't that competitive and had anticipated being super-tired on Monday, so that's what happened.

They did a great job; I was so impressed. The idea of this race is just so cool (fundraising cause was organ donation), the overall distance was so long and it ended up being so much fun (the people in our van were super nice). Do you know about Dean Karnazes, an ultra marathoner? He's done this race before ALL BY HIMSELF! Running ~300 miles for 24+ hours continuously! We ran into his team a couple of times --- he's getting old, so this year he was splitting the race with a whole 2 other people. Imagine that!

They aren't certain they'll do it next year, but I'll let you know, in case you want to participate! :)
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[User Picture]From: della_quinn
2007-05-19 02:51 pm (UTC)

Re: holy crap

i'll bet the day runs are much nicer than the night runs. i still can't believe how much coordinating one has to do for an event like this-- good thing they had good ole Duggie there!

well, Dean Karnazes was doing the whole "50 marathons in 50 days" last summer, so in addition to getting old, i'll bet he is just sooooo run down (pun intended). the funny thing is you look at him, and he is sort of bulk on top, not the sort of lean mean running machine that i picture guys to be (like Dongch, or dudes that work at Schwab's 2nd wind).
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