Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nevada Day weekend events

Saturday, October 7

Nevada Day Classic
The Carson City classic race, run on the streets downtown near the Nugget. It'll be chip-timed this year, for the first time. 8K run and 2 mile walk options.

Virginia City Haunted 5K
Don't know much about this one, other than that it's in Virginia City (duh) and there's a raffle for costumed runners.

Sunday, October 28

Reno 5000 Trick or Treat 5K
Sunday evening race around the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Organized by the Reno 5000 folks, who put on a good show.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Events for the weekend of 10/20-21/12

Just a couple things this weekend:

Saturday, October 20

Light the Night
An evening 5/10K that starts and finishes at Riverview Park in Carson City, benefitting Advocates to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Advocates. All entrants receive a t-shirt and glow stick.

Sunday, October 21

Washoe Run For Education
This event moves to the Legends in Sparks area this year, and drops a couple events. Now it's a 5K run or walk, with some mile races for the kids.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The upcoming weekend, 10/13-14/2012

Few things happening on Saturday, nothing I can find on Sunday (although I missed a couple last weekend, notably the Susan G. Komen pink cancer run thing - lemme know when you see stuff that's not on my calendar, willya?)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Scarecrow Sprint & Stroll
The last (I think) Big Blue Adventure race of the year, and a new one. Looks like it starts and finishes at Commons Beach in Tahoe City (start of the Lake Tahoe Marathon and the Truckee River Trail Run.) Scarecrow costumes are encouraged - although I can't imagine running in overalls and a flannel shirt...

Cancer Firkin Sucks 5K
Wow, this is the 4th annual now? Have I been doing this for that long? Anyway, this is a 5K in Carson City to benefit breast cancer research through the Pink Totties. So, if you missed the big pink ribbon event last weekend, make sure to make it down to Carson this weekend...

Safe Haven Rescue Zoo Tiger Dash 5K
I've gotta admit, I'm intrigued. Not often you can do a 5K in Imlay, NV. This one benefits (obviously) the Safe Haven Rescue Zoo, who take in exotic pets and other rescue animals. Sounds like a fun road trip...

This post brought to you by the ellipsis, my favorite punctuation mark...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2012 Kokanee Trail Runs

Half of TLD, Dave and myself, dragged ourselves up to south Lake Tahoe (my third trip up there in 4 weeks) for the Kokanee trail runs. I've done the half marathon and 10K here before, and always enjoyed it - although come to think of it, have never had good weather. In 2009 there was 5 inches of snow on the ground, and the 2010 races were held in a steady drizzle. This year, though, the weather was about perfect.

There was a last-minute course change this year - apparently the Forest Service was doing some logging near the trail, and we had to be rerouted. This was kind of a bummer, because it removed a lot of the cool singletrack for the 10K and turned the half marathon into two laps of the 10K course (plus a small loop.) But whatever; they did a good job coming up with a last-minute solution, and I hope the course is back to normal for next year.

Dave ran the 5K, so he was able to get a finish photo of me shambling down the chute in the 10K:

It was a pretty disappointing showing, which is par for the course these days. Dave, though, cut a bit off his 5K time on this course (the 5K course was the same.) And he got an age group second place for his effort:

Cool little handmade wooden "medals."

So, after the drive back to Reno and a city-wide search for pumpkin beer with gimpy Chris, we called it a day and another race in the books.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Upcoming events, 10/6-7/2012

A few good races happening this weekend:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Truckee River Trail Run
Less of a "trail run" than a "bike path run," but it's a beautiful and fun course. Follows the river from Tahoe City up to Squaw Valley, and has a great finish area in the village at Squaw. Last year they called it the Oktoberfest Run, and here's my race report from it.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Kokanee Trail Runs
Great event up at Camp Richardson and the Taylor Creek Snow Park, in collaboration with the Kokanee Salmon Fest they put on. 5K, 10K and half marathon options. Race reports from 2009 and 2010.

Run Ed Run
This looks like a smaller run out in Minden, but they appear to be stepping things up a bit. I think they were only a 5K for the last couple years, but this year there's also a 10K and half marathon option. And the prizes for the winners of each distance look pretty good too - Heavenly tickets, hotel and hot springs stays. Kinda wish I were faster...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lake Tahoe Marathon 2012

Keeping the streak alive. Really, the only reason I did this race. And to prove to myself that I'm really bloody-minded enough to actually finish it.

So. Despite my less-than-stellar year of training, when I learned I would have a crack at the Lake Tahoe Marathon for a sixth straight year, it set me to thinking. Yes, it would hurt. Yes, it would continue to hurt for days. But: the streak would be kept alive.

Now: The only other real streak I have going is the Reno Rock 'n' River half marathon, which I've been doing every year since it was the Marathon de Mayo. (Honestly, if I moved away from Reno, I think I might come back every May just to continue that one...) So, despite my lack of training, I kind of made up my mind to gut out the Lake Tahoe Marathon, and see just how much my lack of training hurt me.

Turns out, a lot.

But first, a few pictures.

I couldn't muster the energy to take many pics on course, but the start line was pretty photogenic. Maybe because we started an hour earlier than in previous years? At any rate, I got up at 3 AM, left from Reno at 3:30, and caught a shuttle bus at Stateline at around 5:00. It was still pretty dark at Commons Beach when we got there, and my initial pictures didn't come out. After a little while, though, it looked like this:

Note the sprinklers in the foreground. They had stopped by the time the race started, but it was pretty squishy running through that area...

The sun continued to rise, and I got this beautiful silhouette shot - of the porta-potty line. Beautiful, no?

A bit more standing around and shivering, then the other Tahoe Marathon tradition I love - the bagpiper. I don't know why, but I love seeing this guy out there every year. He  also shows up at the top of the big climb right before Emerald Bay, and I take my hat off to him every year. Cheers, mate.

So once we started, I didn't really concentrate on pictures. I ran for 45 minutes, walked 5, ran for 30 minutes, walked 5, ran for 20 minutes, walked 5, and then the hills started. From there on out it was just survival. I did manage to take a picture of my watch at the time that I finished last year - 3:41:12. I was just over mile 17 on my watch, but not yet to mile 17 by the course markers. In between the entrance to D.L. Bliss park and the view of Emerald Bay:

From there on out I knew I could make it. Sparing everyone the gory details, I slogged it it for a finish time of 6:05::50. Here's where I get a bit emotional and have to rely on the numbers.

My finish times from this race, 2007-2012
2007 - 3:54:15
2008 - 4:24:32
2009 - 3:56:02
2010 - 4:44:22
2011 - 3:42:12
2-12 - 6:05:50

Ridiculous, right? Good, bad, good, bad. Over 2:20 difference from last year. Despite any personal challenges I might be facing, that's crazy. Of course 60-70+ pounds will do that to you. Yikes.

This was going to hurt, I knew that. Did what I could to mitigate it, though - compression socks on the way home, ibuprofen and an ice bath one I made it back to Reno. (Pro tip: if your post-race beer isn't cold when you get home, chill it in your ice bath with. you. Mythbusters-approved.)

Monday morning at work, I could walk up and down stairs with no problem. Didn't even get any sympathy from coworkers.