Monday, September 30, 2013

Lake Tahoe Marathon 2013

I didn't mean to run this race this year. Really thought I had come to peace with breaking my six-year streak after last year's debacle. But of course, right down to the wire and I had to go ahead and do it...

Taking a good look at the amount of training I had done going into last year vs this year, I guess I was slightly better prepared this time around. But I was also more prepared to run a smarter race - which I think was the difference between a 5:05 and a 6:06 marathon time.

So.  A month or so ago, I had started training again, looking to do an easy few races through the end of the year to ease myself back in to things. My first race back was the Journal Jog, which actually went much better than I expected. Next, I printed myself up a training plan for the Nevada Day Classic at the end of October, and started in on that.

When the opportunity arose to continue my streak at the Tahoe Marathon, though, I was apparently unable to resist. Got my entry in about a week before the race, and started to plan for it.

The smartest thing to do, I decided, was to stick to a planned run/walk strategy, at least for the first half of the race. I wasn't sure in what proportion to do it, though, and hadn't really decided even the day before the race.

Race day: up at 3:30, left Reno a little before 4:00. Made it to South Lake about 5:00, catch the shuttle bus to Tahoe City, which left at 5:15. Get to Commons Beach at around 6:30, with half an hour for final prep, bag drop, and enjoying this sunrise:

A few more minutes and we were ready to go:

I fell in near the middle back of the pack and decided on a run 8 minutes/walk 2 minutes pace. Easy to keep track via my watch, since it was in nice 10 minute chunks. I was able to keep that up through the first half of the race, and when the hills started, I simply walked up the hills and jogged the downhills. Pretty easy to see what that looked like here:

After the hills, I tried to fall back into a run/walk system again for the last 4 miles, but the legs were pretty spent - I basically ran when I could and walked when I had to. Pretty much knew I wasn't going to get in under 5 hours, but thought I could make it an hour faster than last year - which I almost did. 6:05:50 vs. 5:05:57. Close enough for me.

An elevation profile, since I've got it handy:

Hurts just looking at that. And speaking of hurting, I think I'm more comprehensively sore after this race than any I can remember. Thighs, calves, back, shoulders, in that order. About time for more naproxen, I think.

I was impressed with the organization of the whole race this year. Packet pickup was much smoother than last year, the shuttle buses weren't confusing at all, and everyone seemed to know what was going on. Glad I kept the streak alive.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Busy weekend, September 28-29, 2013

Looks like I missed a race on the calendar last weekend - there was a 5K "Color Me Rad" race up at UNR. You guys have to tell me if I'm missing something...

Hope I'm not missing anything this weekend; sure looks like there's a lot going on -

Saturday, September 28

Battle of the Rattle 5K

A 5K Race up Rattlesnake Mountain in Southeast Reno. Benefiting the Nevada Diabetes Association.

Washoe County Sheriff's K9 Benefit 5/10K 

Reno Running Company is putting on this 5K or 10K race. leaving from their store in the Summit Sierra Mall, crossing Virginia Street and winding through neighborhoods. This one (obviously) benefits the Sheriff's K9 program.

Sunday, September 29

Lake Tahoe Marathon

One of the region's marquee events, and a whole weekend full of activities. The main event is the Sunday marathon from Tahoe City to Pope Beach on the south end of the lake.

Run Walk Roll Against Bullying

A 5K run or 1.5 mile walk or "roll" in the nice flat neighborhoods around IGT in south Reno. Put on by NevadaPEP, which, from their website, I can't figure out what it stands for.

Reno Galena Fest Wicked Thorn

A 7.25 mile trail race in the hills south of Reno, in conjunction with the Bloody Rose mountain bike event. There were Living Social and Groupon deals for this race earlier in the year; hope some of you took advantage of them.

* Apparently there's also a Tough Mudder event going on up at Northstar this weekend. But you guys know what I think of Tough Mudders...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Injinji socks on

Another daily deal heads up - has Injinji toe socks, in a variety of weights, sizes and lengths (but only in grey and white) for $16.99 for 6 pairs. Great way to stock up on excellent running socks at a screaming deal. I've paid that much for ONE pair of running socks...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Weekend of Sept. 21-22, 2013

Just a couple of things going on this weekend:

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Running Red for Heart... Part 2

"Come out and support the fight against heart diease and stroke by running in your favorite red dress, tutu, or other red running gear in Running Red for Heart 5K Part 2! This 5K Run will start at Scheels and all proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association in thier fight to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases."

Ironman Lake Tahoe

"One of the newest North American events on the IRONMAN race circuit, Lake Tahoe is a can't-miss destination for triathletes. Renowned for its spectacular mountain vistas and crystal clear lake, Lake Tahoe's pristine setting is primed to become as coveted a destination for IRONMAN athletes as it has long been for skiers and nature-seekers."

Monday, September 16, 2013

Journal Jog 2013

Wow - it's been a long time since I've written a race report. Other than the Tahoe Relay back in June, the last race I did was the Silver State 50/50 half in May. But the Journal Jog turned out to be a great race to come back to.

It was perfect weather on Sunday morning, and the Race178 guys put on a great show, as usual. We got started right on time, with the strollers heading out 5 minutes before the runners, then everyone lining up nice and orderly.

Here we are heading into Idlewild Park - it was really cool to see all the people wearing race shirts from other local races. Fairly bummed that I skipped the Reno 10 Miler earlier this summer.

The course only had one minor change from years past - instead of going to the end of Crissie Caughlin Park and doing a tight hairpin to double back and head up Riverbend Dr., there was a small out & back in Idlewild Park. It was earlier in the race, so there were more people around, but it was much more wide open, so it wasn't a problem.

As far as my run went - well, it went much better than I had expected. I'd only really done 3 weeks of training for it (9 runs in all) and was expecting to keep to about a 10 minute mile pace. After the first mile went by in 9:01, I just kind of shrugged and wondered at what point going out too fast would catch up to me. I don't think I even glanced at my watch when the next mile ticked by, but if I had, it would have said 8:56. Mile 3 had the hill up Riverbend Dr. to McCarran, but even that was an 8:58. During mile 4, a huge fire engine followed RIGHT behind me for a couple blocks, and that was motivation for an 8:29 mile. And I was still doing fine during the last mile, which I pushed through in 7:54 for a 43:16. Completely surprised myself with unintentional negative splits.

Here's the finish line, a few minutes after I came through:

So, the Journal Jog - always a great race, and I'm glad it's continuing on with such great organizers.

Race results posted at both the Race178 site and the Reno Gazette Journal. Also a good gallery of photos at the RGJ.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekend events, Sept. 14-15, 2013

We're heading into a busy fall season of races. This weekend is fairly packed:

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Carson Tahoe 5K Fun Run

"Whether you are a seasoned runner or casual walker, enjoy a serene journey through the beautiful Carson Tahoe Medical Campus and Silver Oak Golf Course. Participants will receive their individual completion time and a t-shirt to commemorate the event. All proceeds benefit the Carson Tahoe Health Foundation. The event is sponsored by Carson Tahoe Health and Silver Oak Golf Course, with assistance from the Tahoe Mountain Milers running group."

Color Blast Run

"Welcome to Tahoe’s first and only COLOR BLAST fun run! The COLOR BLAST will be your most colorful, fun and friend filled day ever! Did we mention we had color? And lots of it! Did we tell you about the party? Yup, COLOR BLAST is throwing a COLOR BLAST party following the run with great music, lots of dancing, more color and … oh yeah! COLOR! COLOR BLAST is really a great big party with a little running thrown in to make you feel good! And even better this COLOR EXPLOSION all goes to a great cause right here in our community. All proceeds from COLOR BLAST support Tahoe Youth & Family Services. Lake Tahoe Community College is sponsoring our start, finish and all the in between - the run will take place on College Way in South Lake Tahoe at the Lake Tahoe Community College. Parking is limited and at risk of COLOR BLAST so we are encouraging participants and spectators to GO GREEN and arrive by bike. Tahoe Youth & Family Services will sponsor a free bike valet for the event and then you can parade your COLOR EXPLOSION all the way back home!"

Emerald Bay Trail Run

"Defined by both the incredible beauty of Lake Tahoe and the towering peaks of the High Sierra, Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s most famous sporting playgrounds. The region has an almost endless variety of spectacular mountain biking trails, adventurous hikes and, of course, waterborne activities on the “Big Blue” – Lake Tahoe – one of the largest, deepest and purest alpine lakes on earth.
The Emerald Bay Trail Run starts at Eagle Point and then takes you around Emerald Bay and up the Rubicon Trail to D.L. Bliss State Park to finish at Lester Beach. The course is a 7.5 mile/12Km point to point route. The course is fast with low/moderate climbing.
Emerald Bay State Park is considered one of the most beautiful areas in the United States, as evidenced by its status as a Registered Natural Landmark. Carved by ancient glaciers, Emerald Bay offers unequaled scenic hiking, and trail running.
Majestic Emerald Bay is just a small part of this beautiful and pristine State Park covering 1,830 acres of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will find six miles of both rocky and sandy beaches on the magnificent shoreline. You will see ponderosa and jeffrey pines, red and white fir, cedar, junipers and cottonwood, and gnarled and stunted sugar pines.
From promontories such as Rubicon Point in D.L. Bliss State Park you can see over one hundred feet into the depths of Lake Tahoe. From the crest of Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park, you can see a brilliant panorama of Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Lake Tahoe, and the distant Nevada shore.

Plan on spending the entire day, because once you get here, you won’t want to leave."

RENOvate Run

"The RenoVate run is a 5k and 1 mile run. Event will take place at Paradise Park in Reno, NV.  This run is a fundraiser for RENOvate Project. RENOvate Project is the partnership of business leaders, churches, community organizations, schools and non profits coming together to make a real difference in Northeast Reno.
Proceeds from the RENOvate run will go to Evelyn Mount, Mathews Elementary School, Glenn Duncan S.T.E.M. Academy, Rita Cannan Elementary School, Sierra Vista Elementary School and RENOvate Project."

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Journal Jog

"The Journal Jog presented by the Reno-Gazette Journal is Reno's Oldest Footrace. This will be the 45th annual running of this race. Join hundreds of other runners and walkers in this annual rite of passage on an 8K course through Southwest Reno."

Sunday, September 8, 2013

RGJ article on races in the area

There's a good article on the Gazette-Journal's Reno Rebirth blog today by Mark Robison, covering the many races and athletic opportunities in the area. Worth a read.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Reno 5000 #3 Bowers Mansion run RESCHEDULED

I missed getting out a post earlier this week about this weekend's events. The only thing I had on the calendar, though, was the third of the Reno 5000 race series out at Bowers Mansion. However, due to the smoke from the Rim Fire, they've decided to reschedule it to October 13. So if anyone still wants to sign up for it, they've extended the deadline to October 11.