With only five more days until I hop in a van with my son Daniel, his girlfriend Jess, and and three other friends for Ragnar DC, I plan to cut back a little bit on my training this week. We are running to have fun with no grandiose illusions of being competitive so I really don’t have to worry about tapering too much.


In the past, I’ve not trained for my Ragnar Relays any differently than training for any other races – I just make sure I’m prepared for the mileage. Some of my friends do two-a-day runs to get their bodies used to running multiple times during a thirty-something hour period, but I’ve never tried that; and I’ve never felt undertrained.

This summer, with Ragnar DC being in early September, I trained in the heat. Once a week I ran my hill repeats at noon with the sun blazing down on me, and once a week I ran a tempo run during the late morning or early afternoon. It was hot and humid, and made for very tough hour-long workouts, but it seems to have paid off. Yesterday morning’s weather was much cooler than the previous few days and I could feel such a difference in the ease of my pace.

I’m already stalking the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday. Two days ago it sounded fantastic, but it’s getting a little warmer with each day closer we get. I won’t give the forecast much credibility until later in the week. In the meantime, I’ll try to stay acclimated to the heat…

This past week’s workouts went down like this…



Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included: 

Cameras used for blog photography include:


  • Questions:
  • If you’ve run an overnight relay, how did you train differently than for a regular race?
  • Have you seen a break in the weather? 
  • Did you race this weekend? 


Have a great week!


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