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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
42.00
Total Distance
5.00

A few on my own on the Slug course. Small crowd today. 5 miles at an easy pace, I had a watch on but didn't even look for splits. 

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Total Distance
8.00

Finally ran with Mike again, it's been awhile. (Been awhile since I've run with any consistency either. We both, and a few others at Slugs, seem to have had that problem the past month.) Still managed to keep the miles just a bit over 7/min. pace. A lot of Slugs showed up today, including some injured/recovering from surgery. Good time at breakfast. 57:14

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Total Distance
5.00

I don't have the exact distance, but 40 minutes in the Illahee Preserve on a pleasant fall Sunday. Really nice trails back there, it isn't a really big area but the trails criss cross through the forest enough to get some good miles. Of course, I'm a smart guy and got lost not once, but twice. So I ended up on an overgrown road and got stingy nettles on my legs, then the trail disappated up by McWilliams Road and I kept moving through some thin woods, thinking I'd find it again. I didn't and before long was bushwacking through ferns and ditches. It was a mess. 

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Total Distance
3.00

At the YMCA, treadmill season may have started. 7:47 pace. 

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Total Distance
5.00

Headed down to Beach Drive for a solo run, a few people were out on the course on a foggy, foggy morning. You couldn't even see the water (15 feet away) for most of the run. But that was kind of peaceful also, and I ambled along and enjoyed it. 38:12 

supernova glide

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Race: Roots Rock Spooky 12k (7.4 Miles) 00:49:02, Place overall: 18
Total Distance
8.00

The Spooky 12k in Port Gamble isn't part of the Roots Rock racing series, but it's on the same course and kind of caps off the season up there. Mike and I were planning on it for the past week, but with nasty rain forecast we were a little hesitant. Luckily the morning was nice, chilly and cloudy but no rain. There was actually a really good crowd out there, and I figured the run would be fun. Not in shape enough to really race, and there were a few new faces there who looked fast anyway. 

The footing on the path was much better than what I expected after a few weeks with some wet weather, so that was nice. Mike and I were around top-10 range for the first two miles, then my left shoelace came untied. So I stopped and fixed the problem, my frozen fingers (I went without gloves) trying to do the job. Then 200m later my right shoelace did the same. Then another 200 or 300m down the trail my left did it again. So I lost a good minute with that hassle, I wasn't getting them tight enough because of the cold.

So I had dropped back from Mike, and gone back and forth with a group of four people who were basically laughing at me by then. I settled into a pace that was comfortable but moving (I am out of shape), but got nailed on one of the big hills (luckily, it was pretty much the last one). The course returns mostly downhill, which was nice to get the legs going. A group of three passed me with maybe 2 to go, I kept them in sight but couldn't go after them in the last half. 49:02 total.

Not my greatest race effort, but I was there to have fun and just enjoy a trail run. And I did that, can't feel bad about it. Also, if my count is correct, I've raced nine times this year, with at least one more planned to get me to ten. So maybe I'll achieve one of the goals I set out for in 2009.

supernova glide

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Total Distance
3.00

Three after work on the treadmill. Intended to get out for a noon run (and it was even sunny outside), but four hours in a conference room later that idea was gone. So I needed a few tonight. 22:38

supernova glide 

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Total Distance
5.00

Five down on Beach Drive. No watch. 

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Total Distance
42.00
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