MITHACAL MILERS XC workout 10/5 at 6 PM at the Cornell Botanic Gardens — The Return of the Ridiculous Relay!

We had 16 people at last week’s MITHACAL MILERS workout—a record for this season. Hopefully, we’ll have at least that many again, since it’s time to bring back the Ridiculous Relay, which was huge fun last year. Here’s the deal. After the warmup, we’ll assemble at the almost-400m loop at the top of the far hill.

We’ll match up the fastest and slowest runner, the next-fastest and next-slowest, and so on, and then assemble pairs of people into four-person teams. Then one set of people from each team will start. Here’s the twist. Within each set, the runners run in opposite directions until they meet, then they turn around and run back the way they came to the start. That way the faster runners run longer and the slower runners run shorter, but they both run for about the same amount of time. The pace should fairly fast—roughly mile race pace. But pace yourself because it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and run too fast early on.

Once the first set of runners both make it back to the start, their team’s second set of runners go, and the first set gets to rest and cheer for their other runners. While all this is happening, the other teams’ runners are doing the same thing. The winning team will get all their runners back first after all sets have done 8 reps.

Join us and embrace the chaos!

PS: We meet at the parking area in the bowl of the F. R. Newman Arboretum at the Cornell Botanic Gardens. The workouts are free and open to all FLRC members, but everyone must sign an online waiver once for 2021. It’s the same as for the FLRC group runs, so if you’ve signed that one this year, no need to do so again. If you aren’t fully vaccinated, please wear a mask whenever you aren’t running. And get vaccinated!


It sounds very similar to a workout we did several years ago on the indoor track at Barton. There were about 9 of us running the 200, we had the slowest start first, and you had to allow enough time to elapse between each person with the intention that everyone would finish the 200 side by side. It felt like an accordion all coming together in the end, nobody passed each other, it just seemed to work so smoothly.

:blush: Karen

That sounds cool too—I’ll have to think if there’s a way to do something like that outside of the controlled environment of the track where people tend to know what they can run for a lap.