Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MY first, uh, three marathons

So I've been reading a bunch of running books this year - Karnazes' book, this one on the 100+ marathons, one about Boston earlier, plus a few others, and I'm in the middle of one on New York. It's been pretty cool reading about all the big-city races, crazy uphill marathons, races in Antarctica and ultras in South Africa and all.

Thinking back to the marathons and one ultra I've run, I realized - they've all been within about 30 miles of each other! Way back in 1999, I did the Silver State Marathon, which went around Washoe Lake. I've done the Lake Tahoe Marathon twice now, on the west shore of the lake. And the Tahoe Rim Trail 50K was pretty much right in between those two, on the east shore of Lake Tahoe. In fact, looking back at my spreadsheet of race times, the only two races I've done outside the Reno/Tahoe area were the Clam Beach run in January of 2007 and the Haulin' Aspen in Bend, OR in August of the same year.


I really do like doing the local runs - The Marathon de Mayo and Rock-n-River Half in Reno have been two of my favorites, because they were run on streets and trails that I see almost everyday. I was disappointed when the Run Thru Reno was cancelled this year, because it would've started right across the street from where I work. I hadn't realized that I was such a non-traveling runner, though, until I looked at that. I guess my "running travel carbon footprint" is better than some...

4 comments:

SnowLeopard said...

And I still have my first marathon to run... Maybe next year. And I'll have to get some tips from you since you are the most well-read on this subject besides perhaps Chris. :) Nice!

slowrunner77 said...

of the marathons i've run (one in 1996 and four between 10-07 & 3-08) only onw was a "biggie", where you just get lost in the pack...Vegas International in 1996. i had no clue what i was getting myself into and had never run farther than 12 or 13 miles. i travelled with two friends and we all thought it was just cool to be in Vegas at 18. after the quad killing porta-john at mile 13, the juggler passing me at mile 23 (i'd get him before the end :-) and falling asleep at the finish waiting for my friends to find me, i was a little overwhelmed. 12 years later and my last treadmill run of longer than 20 miles was the 2nd fastest marathon i've ever run...fartlek style. just gotta get that fueling thing down, and i'd get into the 2:30's. oh, and maybe figure out that pesky injury thing too while i'm at it. Redding beckons again in January! As far as the reading goes, "Once A Runner" was a story about a fictional collegiate miler that Chuck at Eclipse had me read about 10 years ago...still the best and most memorable running book i've ever read, fictional or otherwise. And i'll keep trying to drag you kicking and screaming to more out of town races...we can start slow...get you used to Northern California, then onto bigger and better things...although Tahoe will ALWAYS be one of the coolest (no pun intended) places to run.

Frayed Laces said...

You're lucky that you don't have to travel! Although there are a handful here in HI, they require at least island-hopping!

Turi said...

Uh, yeah - island hopping. Boy, sounds like such a chore... :)