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Location:

WA,

Member Since:

Feb 10, 2007

Gender:

Male

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) 

Personal:

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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Total Distance
89.50
Race: BlackberryFest 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:55, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
9.00

I'm pretty happy with how the race turned out today. It was my neighborhood race so I had to do it, I work on the race course and I live about 2 miles from the start now. My old house was a block from the start. Kind of a weird course, just three mile loops through downtown Bremerton. But it's kind of cool because a lot of people watch, and it was a pretty good crowd in the race, maybe 100 people. A lot of kids, all the high school x-c teams used it as a workout, I think (though the competition wasn't real strong, it's just a little 5k). I got beat by the Bremerton High #1 runner and another kid who runs for someone else, as well as the guy who takes first in every local race. 

Anyway, on to the run itself. Two mile warm-up to the start line, picture perfect morning and temperature. Registered, then ran around the course for another mile and did a few striders. I wasn't at all sure what I could do speed-wise, it's been awhile since I've raced a 5k (other than last fall's First Dam run, it's been years). I figured I'd use it as a tempo run, just try to stay under 6 min. miles. I held a pretty consistent pace through all three, didn't feel like I was laboring, and held my position the entire race. I thought I'd catch the 3rd place guy because his form was poor and he started really fast, but he was a tough runner and didn't quit. Probably beat me by half a block, I waited about 400-600 meters too late to surge. But I kept the overall time under 18 minutes, which was a goal, and felt really strong. I just didn't have a race mindset going in. Cooled down with another mile on the course, then 2 miles back home.


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Total Distance
4.00

The holiday got the best of me yesterday, and the lag pushed into today. I ran a real easy four miles, the most relaxed run I've had in awhile. The day off yesterday and Sunday probably helped. Though Sunday I was at a big music festival in Seattle and stood most of the day, so my legs were actually pretty tired. 

I've decided to run a 10k in Bellingham next month instead of the half. I don't feel like I'll be prepared to run the half I want to by then, plus I'd like to compare a 10k now to what I ran in April. After that I'll assess where I'm at, and potentially run the Seattle half-marathon in late November. It'll almost definitely be a nasty day, but it'd motivate me to extend the running season.

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Total Distance
6.50

Well, it was a lousy week of running and a lame run to cap it off. I slogged through these miles today, just couldn't loosen up or get a rhythm or get energized. I think it has something to do with being lazy/busy this week and not getting out much, I'm a little off. Lions Park loop back through Evergreen Park and Manette. It is a beautiful day though, so I'll take that. 

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Total Distance
5.00

Easy miles in Seattle this morning (Aaron, if you're reading, sorry I didn't call to meet up before the run, it was a last-minute trip over Saturday). Down the Burke Gilman trail to Husky Stadium, where the University of Washington kicked the crap out of Boise State yesterday, and back through the university arboretum. Beautiful day, it could stay like this until... well, forever and I'd be happy. My legs weren't so tight or dysfunctional like yesterday, so I'll get back in rhythm this week.

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Total Distance
4.50

Trenton Ave to YMCA and back along Shore Drive. Good pace, not pushing but not too easy either. Even though I haven't done a long or hard run, the past two days are a much better start to the week mentally than last week.  

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Total Distance
5.00

Easy miles on another beautiful morning, I can't get enough of these days. I'm not pushing myself too much this week, but I am really enjoying it. Tomorrow I'll put in some more intense miles in my Wednesday evening workout. Warren Ave. bridge through Evergreen Park to Manette Bridge. The only drawback was that the city apparently doesn't unlock the bathrooms early in the morning anymore, which was a bit of a problem. Slowed down the pace a bit, but I wasn't pushing anyway. I'm feeling strong and healthy.

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Total Distance
5.50

Out to Illahee State Park and back. This is a hilly run, mostly downhill on the way back though. Didn't try to push the pace, in fact I felt a little lethargic but nothing serious. Just slow getting going today. I missed Wed-Thurs because of a late night at work and then a Mariners game in Seattle, which was another late night. I'll try to finish the week decently with a long run tomorrow. 

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Total Distance
7.00

Lions Park loop back through Evergreen Park and Manette Bridge. Another sluggish day, which seems odd. I slept in, it's nice outside, I don't feel mentally drained or like I'm getting sick, but it was just hard to get into any rhythm and I was dragging. Next weekend run maybe I can get a pace team (how about it guys?). Got through some miles though, and ran into some friends taking a walk along the way and stopped and caught up for a bit. I am going to reward myself with brats today (UW football game), didn't earn a bruger though. 

 
 

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Total Distance
3.50

Shore Drive switchbacks. Real easy Sunday afternoon run, it rained all day until late afternoon so I waited to go out. It was eerily quiet outside, almost a completely silent run with no cars and almost no other people out. I didn't go far though, just enough to get the blood flowing and clear my head out a bit. Easy pace to match the peaceful feeling. 

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Total Distance
6.00

Great evening run. The Illahee State Park out and back, with two new loops I discovered to add just a bit of variety and distance (returned via 30th Street). It might have been the crisp evening air (kind of cool here already) but I got that old cross-country feeling and picked up a pretty good pace for two miles or so. Legs felt loose, much better than late last week when I was a little dull. 

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Total Distance
5.00

Warren-Manette Bridge loop, felt pretty good though it took a little longer than usual to warm up because it's starting to get chilly. I'll get used to that, summer made me soft. Legs felt pretty good once I got into it, a little twinge in my knee but it went away when I stretched out and set my pace. 38 minutes. 

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Total Distance
7.00

Out Tracyton Beach Road and back through Lions Park. I sometimes do this out and back longer, but today it started raining and my legs were really sore. Seems like after skipping for three days I'd be fresh, but it was the opposite. Fewer miles than I had planned for the week, but I'm maintaining some fitness as fall begins. 

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Total Distance
3.50

Easy run on Shore Drive and Manette streets, changed it up a bit from my usual route. Hamstrings still a little stiff, but nothing serious. 

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Total Distance
5.50

Warren Ave. Bridge to Manette Bridge loop, with a little extra thrown in on the end because I felt good. Actually I added two little hills at the end just to push myself, it didn't add much distance but was good mentally. Pretty quick pace though, I was through the first 4.5 at or under 7 min/per and it felt fine. One guy (who was also running) even had kind of a wiseass remark about my pace (I think, it was hard to tell, but didn't seem like genuine encouragement. Plus he looked like a jerk.) Beautiful view of both the Olympics (to my right) and Mt. Rainier (to my left) when coming down the Warren Bridge, and that always helps. 

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Total Distance
4.50

Trenton Ave to YMCA loop. Big hills to start, then cruise through the second half. I felt real good, maintained a strong pace but didn't overdo. Starting to get "cold," by which I mean it's 50 when the sun comes up/is going down. 

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Total Distance
8.00

Real rainy morning here. I was in Seattle and met up with Aaron on the Burke-Gilman trail. We ran west from 25th through the UW campus to Gas Works Park, he kept heading towards home and I turned around and went back. Surprising how many people were out on a crummy day. Good pace, I felt strong on the way back. Right about 60 minutes.

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Total Distance
89.50
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