Gautam Kandlikar

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American Time Use Survey

This is a visualization created by reddit user /u/halhen using the American Time Use Survey data posted on kaggle.

The American Time Use Survey (ATUS) is the Nation’s first federally administered, continuous survey on time use in the United States. The goal of the survey is to measure how people divide their time among life’s activities… The major purpose of ATUS is to develop nationally representative estimates of how people spend their time… The survey also provides information on the amount of time people spend in many other activities, such as religious activities, socializing, exercising, and relaxing… Demographic information—including sex, race, age, educational attainment, occupation, income, marital status, and the presence of children in the household—also is available for each respondent.

Surprised (and sad) to see running is so disproportionately well off, even within the US. It is one of the least expensive of the hobbies listed.

Heartening to see though



On running and community

I saw this article recently about a local runner and her journey. I don’t know Laurie personally but her story is awesome. And big props to the Tacoma Runners group. It is great to see that despite the steady growth (a LOT of people come to the runs) they have been able to maintain an inclusive culture.

Tacoma’s Laurie Campbasso runs her way to better health, loses 70 pounds | The Olympian

Campobasso has used running and walking to lose more than 70 pounds. (She said she weighed at least 275 pounds before her knee surgery.)

She said finding the Tacoma Runners was a pivotal moment in journey. She ran and walked with the group on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. And by the end of 2014, she signed up for her first half marathon.

“Tacoma Runners accepted me day one even though my doctor said I could only walk,” Campobasso said.

On Variety in Training

When we train we may have a specific goal in mind. But it’s easy to lull ourselves into a false sense of specificity. Eg. That 2 hour half you are looking to run might be possible in ideal weather with 8 hours of sleep. But sometimes you are dealt 90% humidity or a sleepless night… what then?

One cannot, of course, structure her training around such contingencies. But one can create a regimen that exposes her to a variety of weather, geography, etc. that prepares her to face any circumstance. Experience can, in fact, be cultivated. Just try running a different route or run at different times of the day; skipping breakfast or having less clothing on should get you thinking. If you react unfavorably, you have found a new area for growth. Whether you choose to address it is a different story.

At the start line and at each mile marker you want to be confident about meeting your goal. Your breadth in training will help you relate your race conditions better to prior experiences, and maximize your chances of success.

Plan B

So I came up with a few ideas for things we can do to simulate the social experience of Ragnar in the event that our registration does not work out. I hope this is helpful. 🙂 There’s lots to do hereabouts, and I don’t want you folks to leave disappointed if the whole Ragnar dealio doesn’t work out.


Option 0.

The “Easy” option. We can run around Lake Sammamish/Washington/Union. Sammamish has a nice trail along the lake (20 + miles) and it connects with Lake Washington. Lk Washington does not have a continuous trail, so it’s a little more tricky.) Union is tiny, but probably has the best views of Downtown Seattle.





Option 1.

We can do a relay up Mount Rainier. The mountain is super close to Seattle and has excellent running and hiking trails. Lots of elevation changes here as well, but you are not starting at as high a base… somewhere like 2500 feet. The mountain is amazing and there is plenty to see along the road that goes through the National Park… waterfalls, meadows, cool geological features, you name it. Requires National Park pass. I have one which can accommodate 4-5 people total, but otherwise it’s $25/vehicle I think. Small price for tons of fun.


Option 2.

It is somewhat challenging to find lots of flat trails in the Seattle area (there are just so many darn mountains!) We could do a “mini” relay along the Olympic Discovery Trail ( We would start from Discovery Bay and make it to Port Angeles, then turn around. Or if you are feeling super adventurous, we can make it to the Pacific Coast (does involve some strenuous uphill at parts though I can volunteer for that.) This would also be super close to the Seattle area (1 hr drive) but of course I haven’t vetted out this course for closures, etc. Here’s a fun Strava Segment I created:

Option 3.

We can do a relay along the rim of Crater Lake in Oregon. I was down there in early May and there was still a lot of snow on the ground so the rim access roads were closed. They are open now. The rim road is 30+ miles in length so we could do four person relays. Note: the gym is at an elevation of 7000 ft give or take and lots of ups and downs so you would have to be ready for this kind of thing. Also Crater Lake is in central OR, which is a reasonably long drive away so takes a while to get there. Not unlike Blaine WA where we have to go for the start of Ragnar. Same note about National Park pass applies here.

Run Blog – 4th of July edition

Meaning in running #693

Proud of this gentleman:

I have a very unique situation in that I am currently on  parole.  I’d like to make it clear that my time incarcerated was due to non-violent crimes as the result of addiction.  Anyway the way this affects my time management is that I have a curfew in effect from 8 pm to 8 am.  I have a job in manual labor so my day starts early and I can usually get home in plenty of time to run before curfew.  Sometimes I work some overtime that means I walk in the door at 630 after a 12 hour day and have to run right back out the door to make it back by 8.  Once in a while I have to choose between going out to dinner with family or going on my run.  It’s been tough but running is saving my life so I make it work however I can.