Since I'll be taking pictures and enjoying myself pacing Lynne in Berlin (hey, that rhymes!) I have decided to shift my focus of training to the relay...I should have plenty of fitness for Berlin to run a 4:15, which is Lynne's target. The key thing for both is to make sure we don't get injured ahead of time!
The race goes from Marina green in San Francisco to Calistoga...via Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Napa ..total = 187.4 miles. The relay divides the distance into 36 legs: about 5 miles per leg on average. There are 12 runners in 2 vans, each runner runs 3 legs...each "+" in the map below is a handoff point (I think slap bracelets are used for this).
There are different mixes of runs...shorter/longer and hillyness so that different runner levels can all compete, which is great.
I'm runner 10 (2nd van) and doing 20.8 total miles. This is the 2nd longest total miles but I think I will be able to handle it fine.
The Ragnar website takes in each persons 10k pace as a calibration and which legs they are running and then figures out the possible average pace for the entire team (they have a lot of data on this by now!). Our average is listed as 8:58m/m, this means we will take about 28 hours to complete the course.
The starts are staggered on Friday based on this average speed to make sure that everybody finishes before dark and with time to enjoy the post race fun on Saturday afternoon. There is a requirement that the average for the team needs to be better than 11m/m ..slower than that and they can't start early enough to get there before dark on the second day.
I'm more worried about getting lost so I plan to study the maps carefully and also enter all the legs (and not just min) into google mymaps so I have them on my phone.
Some advice I've gotten from another teammate that has run these before is that your half marathon pace is a good target...(adjusting for hills of course) so I will plan for that. My half marathon pace on the flat is about 8:22m/m mas o menos, if I'm well trained.
It's clear I'll need to do lots more hill training than usual as there are some lumpy roads on the way to Napa.The first leg :
This next leg is "Moderate".
Pretty nice running along there but could be hot if it's afternoon (should be) and sunny (as it often is up there).
I've discovered a lot of changes to the legs in the last few days, as well as some math errors, etc. One of our team members says that they aren't noted for super organization in that way and there may be changes at the last minute...not easy for two vans full of organizers, nerdy planner types to hear.
I guess this makes sense, because there are a lot of roads and places and permissions involved in something like this....glad I'm not doing that work!