Archive for the ‘Fun races’ Category

Back in the saddle again…

After a few weeks off of running, I got up early this morning to run again, and I’m happy to say that all went very well. It was very satisfying to learn that I didn’t have to start over again, as I’d feared, but instead had a very pleasant run.

I remember a golf game years ago. Everyone else approached the game very competitively, but I hadn’t played in a very long time, and was in my years of having “a bad back”. So, my expectations were low and my swing quite non-aggressive. And I played one of the best games of my life. It is interesting to notice how trying too hard can sometimes interfere with performance. Continue reading

Taking a break can be the best thing for your running

I finally got myself out the door this morning, after a long trip, and am reassessing my current running objectives with ‘fresh eyes’. After a two-day journey (via train, planes and automobiles!), followed by five days of hiking mountains in Colorado, two more days of driving, three days of a family gathering in Yellowstone, then four long days in the car, I arrived home thoroughly exhausted. It took three more days to recover and get back to my more typical energy levels, unpack and get things back in order, and catch up on my sleep. So, today, I finally got back out the door. It was simply a mild 2-mile walk, just enough to get my body moving again and loosen up my joints. Continue reading

Dipsea at the top of ‘bucket list’

Reilly Johnson holding her team awardREILLY JOHNSON WINS THE 100th DIPSEA: Reilly Johnson, an 8-year-old fourth grade student from Mill Valley running in her third Dipsea, held off 68-year-old grandmother of four Melody-Ann Schultz of Ross to win the 100th Running of the Dipsea Race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach on Sunday.

I love this race! Where else could an 8-year-old beat out a grandmother to claim first place? The Dipsea is also known as one of the most beautiful and challenging races in the world and is the oldest trail race in America.

It has an odd handicapping system that gives me a 13-minute head start on my 17-year-old son. To get into the race – it’s limited to 1,500 for space and environmental reasons – you can either bribe, make up an outlandish sob story, or get lucky in a lottery.

Winners have ranged from the 8-year-old girl pictured above to a 70-year man. “Dipsea Demon” Jack Kirk ran it 68 consecutive years, the last when he was 96 years old. He won the race twice.

Dipsea is a challenging race, a 7.4-mile trail ride with a 2,200-foot elevation gain and loss over the course and 688 stairs to climb. Unlike other races, it offers alternate routes to the finish and with it the opportunity for strategic planning.

The route connects Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, California, a race to the Pacific Ocean. The Dipsea is definitely at the top of my bucket list.

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