Want to know how to run the Dead2Red race, a 242 km relay race through the southern Jordanian deserts, in under 18 hours?
Here’s a video of our team’s run this year, and you can find some prep tips down below:
Tip 1: You should probably train a little. Focus on interval training. Focus on speed. And do a long-run every week just to prep your body for the length of time you’ll have to stay physically engaged in the race.
Tip 2: As long as you’re relatively fit and a decently average semi-sprinter, you’ll be okay. The bigger battle during the race is the mental fight against sheer exhaustion and pain in your thighs that may remind you of being stabbed.
Tip 3: Get your running rhythm right. Decide how you do it…some teams pass the baton to the next runner every so many minutes, some teams pass the baton after a set distance, some teams leave their runners to run through the dark unaccompanied, some teams have a car accompanying their runner at all times. Whatever your strategy – know it and make sure all your runners are comfortable with it.
Tip 4: Most important: have fun. This is the craziest run of your year, you can bet your bottom dollar on that. Enjoy it. You’ll look back on it with fond memories.