Sunday, June 1, 2014

3:40 PM
Ready to Run!
Just in time for the long, warm evenings of summer! it is time to switch gears and delve into a month of running as part of my Fitness Project. I splurged on new running shorts, new shoes, trail tested them out for 11 miles yesterday and 8 today, and spent some time last night on my favorite race calendar website scoping out and signing up for some races and events to mark the occasion. I am super psyched to be doing the following events this month:

Forest of Nisene Marks Half- Marathon, Saturday, June 7, 2014
This is a Half Marathon trail race, with the first 3 miles on fire road, then an 8 mile loop on single track trail, and returning to the fire road for 2 miles to the finish. There is a total elevation gain of 2,400 feet, with 1,000 feet occurring in the first 7 miles. The course is purportedly beautiful - traversing redwood trees, babbling creeks and manzanita and oak groves at higher elevations.

Lake Tahoe Relay Team Challenge - Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Lake Tahoe Relay teams consist of 7 people, each running approximately 8 to 12 miles. I will be part of a co-ed team, and am signed up to run leg 6 of the race - 8 miles of relatively flat running, followed by 2.5 miles of brutal hills. I did this race once before, as as then, we will be making a fun weekend out of this event.

2014 Double Dipsea, Saturday, June 21, 2014
First held in 1970, this 13.7 mile race is supposedly a must do on nearly every trail runner's list. It begins at Stinson Beach, runs the length of the Dipsea Trail to Mill Valley then back to Stinson Beach. The race is famed for its handicap start, epic views, adventures -- and lots of stairs! Runner's World has a cool course tour video here.

Local Runs, Meetups, and Training Groups:
A Runners Mind Running Club
Summer Evening Race Series, Lake Merced
November Project - SF

In between events I will be fitting in training runs when and where I can - runmutes, lunch time runs, early morning sessions, and night time pushes. Hope to see you out there - pounding the pavement, tromping along trails, and living the life. Go get your run on!

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