Weekend Runaround: Sunday Funday Ryders in Brentwood, 3 Mile Trail Run Challenge in Inland Empire

Sunday Funday Ryders is a small fundraising event being held by Marvin Tabangay. This ain’t your momma’s regular run of the mill spin class… RealRyder bikes turn, tilt and lean, offering a core-centric ride that recruits more muscles and burns 20% more calories than what you would be used to on a traditional stationary bike.

All donations will go to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.

More info on the studio:
http://www.realrydercyclingstudio.com/

$20 donation

 

If you feel like going for a romp through the Inland Empire (San Dimas specifically)… Renegade Racing is offering their annual 3 Mile Trail Run Challenge in Bonelli Park. Free tech tee, goody bag and a promising scenic trail route. Registration is still open and race day registration is also available (6am).  $32

DIY: Race Bib Tote Bag

Race Bib Tote Bag

Want to be the Martha Stewart of Runners? Here’s a cool crafts project by Melissa Schweisguith where you can turn your race bibs into a super cute tote! I’ve traditionally kept my race bibs in a large frame, but as they continuously seem to be piling up, I am making a tote an immediate crafts project (might make one solely dedicated to certain race distances for good luck. I like the added touch of the medal ribbons as handles… will have to bear to part with a few I suppose!

Directions on creating your own race bib tote bag.

Some Running Safety Rules

Reflective Stuff = Visibility

On one of my recent treks along the bike path of the LA River, something happened to me that is an all-too familiar occurrence with other runners: narrowly escaped being run over by a disgruntled cyclist who later demanded I step off the path. Really? What happened to sharing the road? Especially if the cyclists are travelling in pairs (which happened to be the case that day). Needless to say, much like driving in Los Angeles the best offense is having a good defense. To help remind everyone what to be aware of while on the road, I looked up common safety rules in various running situations I thought would be helpful to share… Here are six rules that stood out to me as absolute musts:

Run against traffic – Street running. This was also a mandatory safety rule during the Ragnar open road relay. You want to make sure that you are able to clearly see traffic coming towards you which will prevent any sneaky cars hit you from behind.

No headphones – Street running. I’ll have to admit that I can’t run without music, so for anyone out there like me, just make sure that your volume is set to low so you are able to hear your surroundings. As with most safety rules, it’s important to know what’s going on around you and be aware.

Carry ID – Carrying an photo ID or Road ID bracelet to help people be able to identify you or contact others in case of an emergency.

Phone or Spare Change – I usually hide my cell phone in a fanny pack (don’t judge me, it’s a cool looking fanny pack!) in case of an emergency or I get lost on the road. Google Maps on the iPhone has saved me on more than one occasion. In case you are not privy to handling a cell phone during a sweat fest carrying some extra change to make a call works too.

Don’t Race Cars/Bikes – Having grown up in a over-populated city, I can personally attest to giving cars or bikes or basically anything that is not on foot, the right of way. You never know if the driver or cyclist really sees you (even if they are facing your direction) so rather than risk it, pause, let the pass unless they motion you to do otherwise.

Don’t Run Alone – Whenever possible, it’s always a good idea (street or trail) to run with a friend. If that is not possible, making sure that loved ones are aware of when you are going and the location/length of your route is a good way to go. I usually leave word with someone on when I am heading on and check in when I’m back. It’s also a great way to get a verbal high five post workout from a friend/loved one.

For More Safety Rules:

http://www.runtheplanet.com/trainingracing/safety/womensafe.asp

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/knowing-your-running-safety-rules.html

http://www.marathonrookie.com/running-safety-tips.html

 

 

Race Report: Ragnar Relay Las Vegas

A Nighttime Vegas Exchange

I traveled to Sin City for one of my favorite races ever:  The Ragnar Relay.  For those of you who don’t know, Ragnar is a point to point relay covering approximately 200 miles of picaresque open road course divided by 12 people over a 24 hour time period. If that doesn’t sound completely psychotic enough for you, the Ragnar people also have “ultra” divisions consisting of teams of 6 or less people where each individual runs over marathon (26.2 mile) distance.  After experiencing an amazing time at the SoCal race, Vegas seemed like it would be an even greater experience. Naturally, my teammates and I decided to do the ultra with 6 people and a dedicated driver. Little did I know what would be in store…

The course started at The Valley of Fire (aka the middle of nowhere, Nevada) and ended at the Red Rock Casino on The Strip. The daylight portion of the race course was surreal. If you can paint a picture of Roadrunner cartoons out in the middle of the desert with nothing but a lonely highway and a Wile E. Coyote to accompany you, you’d have a pretty good idea of what the first 70-100 miles of the course looked like. We started at high elevation (about 1600 feet) and the climbs and hills for various legs would eventually lead us to a 4000 foot summit before getting anywhere near Vegas.  Gorgeous? Yes. Effing brutal? Hell yes!

I started my first (and only) leg at 8pm off the only highway where we were that would eventually lead to Sin City. Despite the time, I was completely in the dark (no city lights out in the desert) and one of three runners waiting to start my leg. Once my teammate came in and it was time for me to take off, I was the only person on the road for what seemed to be a lifetime. I ended up getting lost twice when I got off the highway and into civilization (Henderson, NV).  Other interesting highlights about my part of the course included: a runner returning to her teammates in hysterics from being chased by animal out in the desert. Also, another person on my leg had run off INTO the desert for who knows what reason…

What happened after I finally got back to my team after running in two wrong directions and somehow cutting a mile off my course, was a first for me: we DQ (disqualified) ourselves or DNFd (Did Not Finish).  Another one of my teammates went three miles off course and a few others had ended up suffering injuries that would disallow them from continuing on. It took several conversations before coming to that decision. Once we found ourselves coming in dead last and falling behind on the cleanup crew with no real resolution from the race officials on how we can get back into the game (no one would give us a straight answer), we finally decided to head to The Strip for naps and cocktails.

How does it feel to DNF? It feels like several words containing the letter “M” – mortifying, demoralizing and messed up. But wait… there IS a Happy Ending (this is Vegas after all). Although I can’t say that what happened in Vegas will stay in Vegas (I will never forget the lessons I learned from running this race), I’m determined to go at the next one with no mercy.  I’m also not giving up on Ragnar… well, maybe just the ultra division.

http://ragnarrelay.com

LOVE: LA Themed Running Shirt

To Live And Run In Los Angeles

This shirt by The Cooler Collective ($21 USD)  pretty much says it all. Even with the stigma of broken dreams, traffic and vanity – I love being a Los Angeles runner!  Wear your LA / runner pride! You can purchase one online from The Cooler Collective site by going here.

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