I just got onto a team for the Wild West Relay (A 200-mile relay road race is a team-oriented event with 36 legs. Each team consists of about twelve runners and two vehicles) in August, so I have plenty of time.
Any suggestions on how to train for something like this?
I'm already at 5+ miles per run, with 3-4 per week plus cross-training and/or yoga.
6/19/2011 Father Day 5K - 30.24/9.4pace - First 5K
9/05/2011 Colorado Run 10K - 1:02.26/10.04pace - First 10K
11/05/2011 Heart Center Half -
05/06/2012 Colorado Marathon
I was recruited onto an ultra "Reach the Beach - NH" team (an "ultra" team means a 6-person team) last September and I had a ball. Funny thing, I didn't even know such a race existed up until 2 days prior to the start of the event, so, while I didn't train for the event per-se, as the miles and legs ground on, I got stronger and stronger as many of my (younger) team-mates started fading (I was the oldest on our team by some 25 years). Our team leader told me as I was about to start the 25th leg (my 5th) that the training I'd done up to that point had, unwittingly, been perfect for such a relay event.
So, how did I train?
In April of last year I started running between 3 and 6 miles, 2 to 3 days per week, and then worked my way up to running every day by mid June. Once I got to a point where I could run say, 6 miles per day, 7 days per week, I started bumping the daily mileage; first to 7 miles per day, then 8 (which is about where I was for the RTB-NH event), then 10, and now it's more like at least ten; always remembering to keeping my pace slow.
Fat old man PRs:
I don't have a specific answer to your question, but I would look at (or get decided within your team) which runner on which van you're going to be. Then check out the elevation profiles and distances for those legs. I haven't run the WIld West Relay but I was a van driver for a team a few years ago that consisted of many of my friends. We were in Van 1. The first 6 legs (van full) were relatively normal stuff - which got us up to Livermore school. But that's when the climbing starts. The ascent on Rabbit Ears pass the morning of the second day must be a killer. That was Van 2 as well.
It looks like a really fun event. I wish I would have been able to run it.
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