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Blackberry Festival 5k

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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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Fog soup outside this morning, but much warmer than I thought it would be. Nice little cruise around the 11th-Shore Drive loop, kept a pretty decent pace without trying to push. 37:40 

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Race: Blackberry Festival 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:25, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 1
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The annual Blackberry Festival 5k in downtown Bremerton. There is nothing -- nothing -- fancy about this run, and it's great. Even the course is on the low end of the creativity spectrum -- three laps around downtown. Spectators can see just about the whole thing by walking back and forth a block. It's one block from where I work, so I have a soft spot for the whole thing.

I woke up early (even though the race starts at 9:45, another nice point) and it was pouring. But by 9 a.m. the sky had cleared, it was humid and warm and a little windy, but otherwise nice to run. I jogged from home (more bonus points) to the start, signed up and did a few striders. Talked to a few folks from the running scene that I know, but there were any studs so far as I could see. A bunch of high school kids, who conveniently have been training to race this distance. They all started quickly and I stayed behind that pack, figuring most would slow down a mile in. They did, but I did too a bit. One guy really went out and crushed the field, I think he's a local high school coach (he won with a 16:17).

I ran the first mile in 5:33, probably a little fast. I was sluggish on the second mile, 6:09, then kind of held my place for the third mile, a 6:10. Just didn't have a get up and go to chase the three guys I could see, but it has been a pretty poor last month of training. I had a kick left (probably because I relaxed on that last mile) and passed a kid on the 4th Street finish chute. 18:25 overall.

Then I jogged a bit, cheered some people, and walked down to the Bremerton Boardwalk for a Blackberry Slug (the last major point in this race's favor). They sell them at this festival, it's basically a donut with blackberry goo (purple is a fruit) injected inside. Good post-5k treat, a true lazy Saturday morning.

Then I jogged two miles home.

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Eight is an estimate on the distance. Mike and I met up at Evergreen Park this morning and wandered around that area for awhile, crossed the two bridges, a loop through Lions Park, and back to Evergreen. Really quiet outside. It was cloudy and pretty humid, but the rain held off until we finished. Decent pace, I was breathing hard on the hills but there are enough hills there to keep us real honest. Slow enough to maintain good conversation, so around 7:30s. Then I ran back home and the rain hasn't quit since. Guess the yard work keeps waiting. 58:21 

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Beach Drive with Henry. Believe it or not, felt alright after all the time off. I thought I'd struggle more. 

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