Saturday, June 28, 2008

McCarranathon - Run 'round Reno

Well, I finally did it. Something I've had in the back of my head to do for a few years now, and this morning, I did it. I ran around McCarran.

Reno has two freeways that bisect it - I-80 running east-west, and US395 running north-south. With the addition of McCarran Boulevard, a ring road that runs all the way around town, Reno is a pretty easy town to get around.

Back in 1999 or 2000, my wife and I were trying to figure out how far it was all the way around McCarran. This was before internet-based mapping sites like Gmaps Pedometer, and it was hard to figure out from a paper map. We had a convertible, though (my wife drove a Miata at the time) and it was a nice night, so we went out for a drive. Turned out that all around McCarran was around 23 miles. I always thought that it would make a great marathon course, with the addition of a spur to the start/finish area. (It wouldn't, of course - it's a fairly busy street and all the intersections that would require closure or traffic control would be a nightmare. That and the two gigantic hills...)

So, I needed a long run to ramp up to the ultra in a few weeks, so I figured this was the perfect time for it. I left at 3 AM, and basically tried to keep it slow and steady. The first light didn't peek out until about 4:30, and the few "moon over Reno" pictures I tried to take didn't come out very well. I did get this, though, from near the top of the major hill, around mile 18 (that spike on the pace graph):

Still some haze in the air, but a lot better than it has been.

And here's the stats:

I did walk one section - the big hill between mile 16-18. But, I figured that walking the hills was going to be my strategy in the TRT ultra, so it was probably a good thing to do here.

OK, I'm losing interest in typing. Gotta lay down on the couch for awhile...


SnowLeopard said...

WOW! That is so impressive I can't even think of what to comment~ How do your lungs feel from the smoke? It was a LOT better yesterday morning, but it was still too much for me to want to ride my bike to work. That picture turned out pretty awesome from the haze though! :)

Man, I need to run more...

Nitmos said...

Strong run! The magic of satellite maps. Boston has nothing on that nasty hill. Nice job.