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Member Since:

Feb 10, 2007



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

I was an 800/1500 runner in high school and college, with PRs of 1:55 and 4:08. I've run as fast as 16:15 for 5k and 1:20 for a half, but my bests in recent years are 17:07 5k (Dec. '11), 37:40 10k (Jan. '12), 1:23:49 half (Sept. '08), 2:53:12 marathon (September '10), and 4:45:06 50k (March '10).

Short-Term Running Goals:

Late 2015/2016 races: 

— Seattle Soltice 10k (Dec. 19)

— Nookachamps half marathon (Jan. 16)

— Toyko Marathon (Feb. 28) 


I'm an editor at a newspaper in Bremerton, Washington and head coach of the Bremerton Jaguars youth track and field team.

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Race: Beat the Bridge 8k (4.97 Miles) 00:29:23, Place overall: 48, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance

I ended up signing up for Beat the Bridge to prove to myself after Bloomsday that I could string together a few sub-6 miles. I'm not in shape to beat last year's time, but it was still fun to get out and race with a big crowd (and it's a good cause). This is a good run because I can jog over to the course from Bryce and Bonnie's for a two-mile warmup, race, jog back, eat breakfast and still make it to church on time. 

The morning was cloudy, but warmer than I thought and the rain held off. I was overdressed, actually, with a thin long-sleeve. Didn't rush the first mile intentionally (6:05), then used the second mile's downhill to pick up the pace a bit and settle in the with the group I'd stay with the whole time (5:57). The third mile goes up the bridge and I played it safe with this little group of four of us (6:13), then the fourth mile I felt really comfortable and just floated along (5:05, the marker was definitely short and maybe 3 was a little long). The closing mile I should have pushed a little more than I did, I wasn't ready mentally to chase people and just held a pace rather than really using the last long hill (6:01). I did catch one guy and girl, but had I been engaged I think there were two more for the taking. One mile cool down. 

Ninety seconds slower than a year ago, which isn't encouraging, but I do feel better about this one than Bloomsday and have some confidence to maybe run a bit more this month.

adizero flats 

From Paul on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 07:19:17 from

Nice job with the sub-6 average.

From David Nelson on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 08:49:58 from

The way I've run this spring, I'm still a little surprised it's there...

Gives me some inspiration to actually get in shape.

From Jon on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 04:29:25 from

Back to back races, and sub 30.

99% of Americans would say you're already in great shape :)

From David Nelson on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 12:39:44 from

Jon -- But it's the 0.01 here on the blog who I want to impress!

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