Running in Reno

Since getting into Reno Wednesday night, I’ve had the chance to go on a couple of runs. I knew that it would be tough to adjust to running in the desert, but didn’t really think too much about the change in elevation. San Jose, where I normally run, is at an elevation of 87 feet; Reno is at 4400! Add that to the fact that it’s super dry here in Reno and you have a recipe for a challenging run!

Thursday morning I was scheduled to do a tempo run: 2 miles easy, 3 miles @ 8:45/mi, and 1 mile easy. I was pretty excited to get out and see the city! Unfortunately, I was pretty dehydrated from traveling and not being used to the weather, and I crashed pretty fast! I finished the 6 miles with an overall pace of 9:12, but didn’t hit the goal pace on any of my tempo miles (the last one was at a 10:00 pace!) I didn’t think to bring any water and that was a major mistake! I did get to see a bit of the city though, including some casinos (these are not my pictures!)

Thursday and yesterday were spent hanging out with the Hubble and our parents, wandering around the city and looking at homes and different neighborhoods. I will be posting more about that at a later date, once I get some photos from my camera-happy mother 🙂

This morning I set out on another run, this time in the opposite direction that led out through farmland. It was a much more pleasant run, since there was shade, less traffic, and I brought my hydration belt. Here are the stats from the run:

  • Overall: 5 miles in 45:57 (9:11 pace)
  • Mile 1: 9:36
  • Mile 2: 9:29
  • Mile 3: 9:20
  • Mile 4: 9:00
  • Mile 5: 8:31

My splits look pretty good, but they may have been partially influenced by the fact that the first half was uphill and the second half was coming back down 😀  I managed to drink 20 oz of water in those 5 miles, and wished I had more! The elevation was still a pain as well, I felt like I was struggling for air while climbing the not very steep hills.

Today the families are headed to Lake Tahoe, and may be going to a roller derby tonight! I have always had this odd dream of being a roller derby girl- I think I’m built well for it, and I’m definitely mean enough! Tomorrow I have a 13-15 mile run planned, which I’m sort of dreading given the fact that it’s so hot and dry here.

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2 thoughts on “Running in Reno

  1. At the risk of sounding like a blogger stalker I will leave one more comment…altitude is huge! When I moved from Denver to the bay I cut 30 seconds off my mile pace. Unfortunately, I have now adjusted to sea level…I’m planning on running with a few friends on a trip back to Denver in a few months and I’m REALLY nervous about it!

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