Santa Barbara Tough Enough

January 17, 2020, 2:52 pm
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Hi, all. Switched to Rabbit as sponsor this year. Toad&Co has been great, but Rabbit is co-owned by a former trail-running partner and makes the clothes in LA. Running shorts!  These and these. There are not a lot of them — 25 ea, women and men — as I’d like to keep the race in the black and have money for Direct Relief. First entry forms in, first dibs on the gear.

Reg form reassurances: You don’t have to have all of the signatures on a single form; teams change between entry and race day, s’OK, happens; if one or two signatures are going to be late but you can vouch for the people, I’m going to trust you. Not supposed to be painful.

Happy new year!
January 1, 2020, 5:40 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

Hi, runners. Here are six fun things (or potentially fun things, depending on what’s fun for you) to do while running this coming year:

  • Ribs independent. Feel each rib float free, relaxed, and independent.
  • Floating shoulder blades. They’re only tied on; see if you can feel them floating while you run.
  • Top of head at its highest. Imagine you’re a kid getting measured, stretching yourself upward, spine, neck, head.
  • Feeling the ground and the foot’s movement. What exactly are you doing down there? Is it easy? Fun? Funny? Astonishing? We have 26 bones in our feet and ankles to make our movement insanely adaptive. How does it feel?
  • Sensing the center of the earth. The most fundamental thing about being alive (for giant mammals like us) is moving in a gravitational field. We’re good enough at this, most of us; this is an exercise in trying to find perfect balance while running, your body moving while aligned exactly with the Earth’s gravitational center, like a dance.
  • Soft belly. Diaphragm moves air, even if the word ‘diaphragm’ has a ridiculous spelling; soften your belly, consciously, while running, and let the diaphragm and lung movement be as unimpeded and easy possible.

Every run is a chance to feel, in detail, exactly how it feels to be you, in motion, in the world. Pretty nice.

‘k, avoid injury, have fun, see you in April.

Tough Enough 2020
November 17, 2019, 5:33 pm
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The relay and the ultra will happen on Saturday, 04 April, 2020, starting at 7:00 am (relay) and ‘earlier’ for the ultrarunners, beginning at Toro Canyon Park, near Carpinteria, and finishing at Nojoqui Falls on the far side of Solvang. Teams comprise five or if necessary fewer runners, each running two (or more) legs. Advice for first-time teams is on the Course Description page. The entry form is here.

Is this blog it? Yes. There is no Facebook page, nor will there ever be. You think you know they’re slimebags, but they’re worse than you think. Google used to be better but decreasingly so over time. If you think employees at Apple or Amazon or Google or Facebook or literally thousands of other companies should know every time you have sex or hit the refrigerator in the middle of the night or discuss new drapes, something they currently do (unless you avoid Alexa/Google Assistant/Siri and store your phones in the microwave whenever not using them), be aware letting them have that information is a decision you can’t unmake. (You know your TV is not only selling your viewing habits but assessing your family composition, whether you have kids and their approximate ages, and your socioeconomic class and selling that information to whomever, right?) If you’re interested in educating yourself, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is a good start.

That’s the long (really, the short) version of why it’s only this blog, and why there are paper entry forms and no electronic payment.

Date for 2020: April 4
July 26, 2019, 5:56 am
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The first Saturday of April is the 4th. We’ve run the first Saturday for some years, at least when Easter hasn’t been nigh.

‘First Saturday in April’ is kind of bland when compared to the excellent and pagan calculation for Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox). (And how do we know it’s Sunday? Because… umm… because.) So let’s admit it: Tough Enough is ducking the competition.

Entry form soon!

Of interest
July 24, 2019, 5:53 am
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TE19, TE20
June 17, 2019, 11:57 am
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Tough Enough gave $400 to Direct Relief International, which believes that while teaching a man (or woman) to herd sheep, shear, card, and weave wool may be great, if he or she is near death from cold just giving out a blanket is also great. (This is not their official motto.)

Course change for 2020: more dirt! Leg 2 will start and end at the same handoff points, but instead of E Mountain Drive and Gibraltar Roads, we’ll take West Cold Spring trail. Same fabulous gravitational pull, but worse footing! The trail emerges onto Gibraltar at the ‘180’ that’s been the handoff since the first running in 1986. The meeting point won’t change but the path between points will.

April 6, 2019, 7:39 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

We are deeply fortunate to be able to this.

Ultra: Ian Seabury was first full ultra finisher in 11:12; Scott Young ran 12:57 for second. Billy and Karla, running alternating legs, ran 9:38. That means each ran 32-33 miles in under 4:50, on what few would describe as a fast course.

The relay fell out as:

  1. Just Here for the Views, 8:45
  2. Not Medical Doctors, 9:01
  3. Rapid Thigh Movement, 9:03
  4. What’s My Leg Again?, 9:16
  5. Our Moms Think So, 9:35
  6. Competitive Bipedal Locomotion Enthusiasts, 9:48
  7. Old Souls plus One, 10:07
  8. Four Lasses and a Lad, 10:10
  9. Beer Run (or Beerrun), 10:17
  10. The Machines and the Sexy Boy, 10:22
  11. It’s OK to Walk, 10:45
  12. The Return of the Pink Ladies, 10:46
  13. Delusions of Toughness, 11:22
  14. We’re On Our Last Legs, 11:23
  15. Sub-24, 12:36

Will Tough Enough be back next year? Yes.

Addenda: The course has roughly 9345′ total climb, 9140′ total drop, for 18,485′ of elevation change. Numbers based on USGS data, via OnTheGoMap.