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<p>I am on a team to compete in the Blue Ridge Relay next month, and I am suddenly finding myself in a bit of a panic.  Nine months ago this seemed like a good idea <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title="">  It is run similar to Hood To Coast; we have 12 team members that will cover 208 miles of the Blue Ridge Pkwy.   There are 2 vans (one active, one rest) and I guess we just make our way down the road with the team, with everyone running 3 legs of the race.  </p>
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<p>My 'panic' is that I was actually picked to do the longest legs (3 legs totaling around 24 miles), and all are in the category 'hard' <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title="">  Anyone else out there that has done this sort of thing?  I think the first leg will be around 7-8 am, and about 7  miles.  Second leg, evening, around 10 miles.  Third leg, next morning, around 7 miles.   Of course, very hilly.  Bah.  I have been doing a fair bit of run training (for me) over the last several months as I am scheduled to do a trail marathon in October.  Mileage has been around 40-50 per week, with a good bit on hilly trails.  Hopfully that's a bonus.</p>
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<p>Looking for any words of wisdom from anyone that has experienced long distance relays as I really have no idea what I am in for.  Will it be difficult to recover that quickly between legs?  Should I assume that I'm just going to be toast on the last leg?   I am used to getting a race over with all at once, not spreading it out over 2 days!  </p>
 

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<p>You're gonna be fine. And you're gonna have an awesome marathon too!</p>
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<p>Haven't done Blue Ridge, but I've run <a href="http://www.rtbrelay.com/" target="_blank">Reach the Beach</a> here in New Hampshire a couple of times. Same kind of game.</p>
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<p>You'll recover better than you expect! Not sure why - but everyone seems to. Peer pressure is probably a big part of it!!!  The hardest parts are the lack of sleep and the smell of the van!</p>
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<p>The teams I've been on have only been semi-serious (avergaing ~7:40 pace). We all looked to run at MFP - Maximum Fun Pace. That means go as fast as you have to to feel like you put in a good effort but no faster. Keep it fun. Stay out of the suffer zone. If you do that, particularly for your first two legs, you'll certainly have something left for the last. Make sure to drink and eat and keep you energy levels high between your legs and you'll be fine.</p>
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<p>And make sure to have fun!!</p>
 

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<p>You will have a ball.  I have done Reach The Beach for 4 years now.  I agree with John in that the goal should be to not kill yourself in the first two legs.  The hardest leg I found was the middle as it is usually in the middle of the night.  And on top of that, this is when the top teams are catching up.  For me, middle of the night, hilly dirt road and a runner from someone like New Balance goes by me like I am standing still.  Now, a couple minutes before I might have thought about it but I was moving and they are fresh as a daisy.  But it is still a great time.  Smell of the van will be a killer.  Have fun and remember, this is one of the items in the Runners World bucket list of things all runners should do.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the encouraging comments.  I am definitely *not* looking forward to the van smell after just a few hours of this; I can't imagine how the van driver will feel!   I do look forward to finishing in downtown Asheville - apparently there is a beer festival at the finish line.  Yay! </p>
 

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<p>I am doing my first big relay like this in September, the aforementioned Reach The Beach.  I hadn't thought about he whole van smell thing but it makes sense.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
 

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My first year, I had a stint at like 2AM in the pouring rain. Van was dealing with the runner before me as they were hurting. So it was me, my LED headlamp, the white line on the side of the road, and hundreds of frogs that were out in the summer rain. It was the worst of times. It was the best of times.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>master_of_none</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69546/relay-logistics#post_1935000"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>The hardest leg I found was the middle as it is usually in the middle of the night.</p>
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