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Friday
Feb252011

Race Across America - Sponsored by Excel

I've not been working for a month now and I miss the allure of a collection of pointless graphs. So I made some.

We got send the revised itinery for the race yesterday (this may still change but for the first time I am having a look at the day to day miles that are required. Here is a chart of each days mileage. Very exciting..

The "average" day is 45.7 miles which just happens to be the length of the first stage. I can't imagine the first day being "average" though.

My intention is to make an "average" day of 45 miles last about 10 hours, which only means an average pace of 4.5 miles an hour. The race cut-off is 3.5 miles per hour. I don't intend to run that slow, I will run faster and take walking breaks. The key is to survive the first few weeks without getting injured so that I am in good shape to press on in the later weeks where the mileage increases.

The shortest day is 26.4 miles, barely a marathon on day 65. If I get that far I'd be tempted to go for a PB :)

The longest day is 59.7 miles on day 29. The cut-off time for this is 17 hours. It might take all of those.

Week by week the mileage sticks at around 300 until weeks 8 and 9 which are 350. By then (if I am still in the race) I should be super-human and have no problem with 50 miles per day.

Weekly Mileage

At my intended pace this race should take me 710 hours and 39 minutes, or 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours and 39 minutes (I have not counted the seconds, I don't think it will come to that).

If I were to run at the cut-off pace that time would be 913 hours and 42 minutes, or 5 weeks 3 days 1 hour and 39 minutes. I intend to break the cut-offs by over a week.

Here is another summary of the mileage. This time in a table. I can tell you are about to explode in excitement.

I could work out the standard deviation of the stages but I have forgotten how and have no idea what purpose it would have. There are no rest days in the race so we will have to consider anything less than 35 miles as a rest day, in which case we get 8.

What I have been doing in the past month

Hope you enjoyed. Just be thankful I don't have a Garmin. Imagine how many people I could send to sleep with the graphs from one of those.

Reader Comments (2)

Obviously "revising for the quiz" was so small it didn't even justify a one pixel size pie slice. No wonder who lost it.

February 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Dear James, I used to be a runner. I now have the most boring and demoralising life any human has ever suffered so I read your blog whenever I need a bit of cheering up. It may frighten you to know that I find your blogs, particularly this Excel bit, funny. That's ha ha funny as opposed to weird funny. Thanks a lot for running across America to cheer me up.

April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG

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