Thursday, October 9, 2008

Motivation maybe?

There was a race scheduled in Reno this weekend that I was curious about; the Run Thru Reno. There was going to be a 5K, half and full marathons, plus some dog run thing and a health expo on Saturday. It was all supposed to start at the Reno/Sparks Convention Center, which is right across Virginia Street from the library I work at. You'll notice I'm using the past tense; the one person I know who had registered for the race got an email last night (3 days before the race!) saying it's been cancelled. Can't say I'm too surprised - they hadn't been updating their website for months, and I hadn't seen any info about it at other races around. The email cited the difficulty in finding a safe race route, as well as economic issues. Kind of disappointing. So, oh well - have to find another way to get my long run in this weekend.

On the motivation front, though: My friend Chris had been agitating to get up to the Tahoe Rim Trail for one last run from Tahoe Meadows to Spooner before the snow falls. October 26th had been the date he was shooting for; I wasn't sure whether I was going to commit to it. Well, another friend, Peter, took the idea and made it official - he made the training run part of the Blue Planet Run 30-mile Challenge. This is a project that brings safe drinking water to people in Tanzania. Seriously, check out their website. Really cool idea, and just the motivation I need to get myself out there.

Now I just need to decide what to do on the weekend of the 18th-19th. I could do the race that Peter and Chris are doing, the Run through the Colors in Nevada City, CA. There's also a couple of races in Reno, though - a really cool sounding trail half-marathon at the south end of town, the Fall Colors Trail Half. I'm leaning toward that one. Also, the Meridian Gold Run for Education, with a 5K and 10K, but it sounds like kind of a zoo.


Peter Lubbers said...

Woohoo--glad to provide some motivation :)
See you soon, Turi!

SnowLeopard said...

Totally bummed about that half on Sunday. :( I will be doing the Meridian Run for Gold 10K on the 19th, however... I bet the Fall Colors Trail run will also be fantastic- with all the leaves turning fiery colors, and on a pretty dang nice trail. :)