DSE 6-Hour Distance Classic

I was originally scheduled to run a 20-miler this weekend but since my shin splint episode last Wednesday it was decided that I should do a 3-week taper, vs. 2-weeks. After running 14 lonely miles yesterday I ran four recovery miles at today's DSE 6-Hour Distance Classic. This race is always scheduled two weeks before the San Francisco Marathon to provide a supported 20-mile run for SFM runners.

So whereas in the past it’s usually held in mid-July (since SFM has always been at the end of July), this year was an anomaly due to the America’s Cup sailing race happening later this summer.

"Start Slow and Taper Off"
"Start Slow and Taper Off"

The premise of the race is to run multiple laps around the Crissy Field lagoon. Each lap is 1.061 miles. Each time you complete a lap the race announcer calls out your bib number and tallies the number of laps you've completed.

The tally board and race announcer.
The tally board and race announcer.

The great thing about this race is that you can start and end whenever you wish during the six hours, and you can run as many or as little laps as you desire. You can also take breaks whenever you want and then jump right back into it.

All the while there is music playing and an array of treats at the best aid station ever.

aidstation
aidstation

What I love about this race is that at some point, you are likely to see most every person running the race. It’s one of the only experiences to see my fast friends *during* a race. It's also the easiest kind of race to spectate.

This was my third year participating in this event.

Here's a quick flash back to 2011 and 2012.

I considered running this weekend’s 14-miler during the race but the idea of running the same mile over and over again was something I didn't think I would enjoy since in the past the most number of laps I was able to complete was 8+.

So I ran 14 miles yesterday around the City, then ran four recovery laps today. When I was done and "checked out" the race (i.e., let the officials know that I was done) and got a little slack for “only” running four laps at a 6-hour event -- but I owned my four laps proudly! ☺

I then popped up my chair and sat back to ring my cowbell for my friends who ran the distance.

In hindsight I kinda wish I did run my 14-miler here. While in theory it sounded like it would have been like Ground Hogs Day (which I find maddening), it really didn't seem like rest of the runners felt that way. In fact, they looked like they had a blast.

L-R: me, Cate, Renee, Alyssa, Mike, Cate's Dad
L-R: me, Cate, Renee, Alyssa, Mike, Cate's Dad

I have no idea what my running plans will be for next summer, but I proposed to my friends that we recreate this race on our own a few times a year.

All we would need is a table for the BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks), a boom box for music and an emcee to entertain us and tally our laps!

I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning!

Weekly obligatory photo of the GGB
Weekly obligatory photo of the GGB