Thursday, May 30, 2013

Weekend of May 31 - June 2, 2013

Not much going on around here last weekend, but this weekend is:

Friday, May 31 - Saturday, June 1

Reno-Tahoe Odyssey
The 178 mile, two-day relay race/van party. If you're not already signed up and on a team it's probably too late for this year, but at least keep your eyes open for runners on the road this weekend and give them a honk and a wave if you see them.

Saturday, June 1

Run or Dye Reno
If you're not signed up for the Odyssey but still want to get out for some racing fun this weekend, there's this event. Held up on the UNR campus, it's one of those wacky races where you get sprayed with different colors throughout the course, and end up looking like a rainbow. Should be a nice, warm weekend to get sprayed off with a hose, anyway...

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2013 Silver State 50/50 Half Marathon

Couldn't let the Silver State 50/50 go by without taking a crack at it. This was my fifth year of running the half, and as usual, it was perfect weather.

Did the usual milling around, then walked en masse over to the start area. Quick briefing and we were off:

Also as usual, there was a drainage area that got everyone's feet wet within the first 200 yards of the start - but our fee dried out within a mile.

Pretty soon we were climbing:

Had some nice singletrack going up Evans Creek Canyon:

And before long we were climbing again.

And that was the next 8 miles or so - hairy climbs interspersed with nice singletrack and fire road sections.

After this next hill, we were greeted with the Peavine Pond aid station:

After which there was the last big climb:

At the top of which was Ridge View aid station, and the start of a long, rolling downhill singletrack section which eventually gave way to some great views of Reno/Sparks:

Put the camera away, kept my eyes on the trail and managed not to fall the whole rest of the way down. Was greeted at the finish with a logoed pint glass, and these treats:

Stopped my GPS and clock as I crossed the finish line, and was pleasantly surprised to see that I had finished in 2:46:11 - just under two minutes faster than last year's time. Got an email with results this morning (speedy turnover there, BTW) and it looks like they have my time as 2:50:11. I have a feeling that they just took the half marathon times off of the 50M start times, minus 2 hours. The half, however, didn't start right at 8:00 - more like 8:03 something, which would explain the discrepancy. Oh, well.

UPDATE - Wow, and now it looks like they've taken 10 minutes off the times - mine, at any rate, is now listed as 2:40:11.

Great day out there, at any rate.

Friday, May 17, 2013

This weekend, May 18-19, 2013

So - I was just over at Eclipse Pizza picking up my bib for the Silver State 50/50 tomorrow, and realized I hadn't done a "what's going on this weekend" post yet. A little late, but better than never...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Silver State 50/50
One of the crown jewels of Northern Nevada ultrarunning, put on by the Silver State Striders. I've only ever run the half marathon, but someday am going to get it together and step up to the 50K or the 50 miler. What ever distance, it's a great course and a well-organized, class act. See pics from past years here.

Virginia City 5K
Still don't know too much about this one - a 5K in Virginia City benefiting Global Voice, a local volunteer group.

Some cool looking races in the info that was provided in the goodie bags from the 50/50, though - both coming up in August.

Saturday 8/10 is the Genoa Peak MAD-athon, a marathon or half in the hills above Genoa. That's put on by the people who did the Winter Trail Series down in Carson City, who know how to mark a tough course.

The next weekend, Sunday the 18th, is the Reno 10 Miler, from the Race178 team who do the Odyssey. Course isn't posted yet, but it can be run individually or as a 3 person relay. Check them out!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother's Day weekend 2013

Just one thing going on this weekend, on:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Thirteenth Annual Pinnochio's Moms on the Run
Benefiting local cancer patients, and run starting and finishing st Reno High and winding along the river and through old Reno neighborhoods. Wear pink.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

On a personal note -

It was kind of quiet here on the blog for a while.

Sorry 'bout that.

Had a lot of stuff that I was struggling through. Strange nagging injury that I didn't handle well, some emotional stuff, etc. The upshot was that I wasn't really motivated to run, let alone blog about it, for most of last year.

Well, I hope I'm back. As the chart below shows, last month (April 2013) was my biggest mileage month for almost 2 years.
I say "I hope" because, just as I was starting to get back into a running rhythm and schedule, I developed a pain in my hip (unrelated to previously mentioned injury) that is worrying me. 

But on the plus side: when I view my running history of the past few years in chart form as above, I see that I have a bit of a break in the action approximately every July. Maybe all this tracking of miles can pay off and I can use that info to help me figure out how to remain more steady with things -

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Weekend of 5/4-5, 2013

A couple of small 5K fun runs in the area this weekend:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

DFS Hawaiian Fun Run
Held up at UNR as a fund raiser for Dean's Future Scholars, "an academic outreach program with the goal of increasing the numbers of low-income, first generation students graduating from high school, gaining access to higher education, and entering a career in the field of education." Entry form is kind of hard to find at the link above.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May-King Tracks 5K Fun Run
Riverview Park in Carson City is a great place for a run, and this 5K benefitting the Carson Area Wellness Assoc. would make a great excuse to get out on a Sunday morning.