Saturday, October 28, 2000

10/28/00 Ghostmuster 5K

Small race in the scary town of Tenino. I just raced a week ago, but I don't see a problem with running hard again so soon. Some people are in costume. Lots of kids dressed up and a one mile fun run too. Gusty winds.
Start - Starting in the school parking lot. Nice to have a warm dry area for the post race awards.
Mile 1 - Good flat course. I like this race
Mile 2.2 - Should be almost over. I am close to the finish line, working hard. But wait. We are directed away now, running on the road around the big field. It is depressing to have so much farther to go.
Finish - Finally back to the school. I should have held my pace better. 55 seconds faster than last week, due to the flatter course I guess. This was really fun and I will plan to come back next year.
21st place of 90

Saturday, October 21, 2000

10/21/00 Roman Meal Glove Run 5K

Third year at the glove run. Most of the fast guys run the 10K so I have a chance at a ribbon in the 5K. Pick up my loaf of bread, hot cereal, pin and gloves. Weather is cold and clear.

Tough one. Hard to move fast. Never felt great. I think that big hill at the start just sucked the life out of me. Disappointing to be so much slower than last year. Still, better than sleeping in.

43rd of 120

Saturday, September 16, 2000

9/16/00 South Sound 5K

New little race around downtown Olympia. A little rushed out of the house and skipped breakfast. Warm and humid.

Not happy with time or effort. Everything becomes great at the post race ceremony as I win a raffle. Free pair of shoes from South Sound Running!! That sure makes my run worthwhile.

42nd of 92 3rd in age group mug

Saturday, July 15, 2000

7/15/00 Lakefair 10K

Set a PR here last year. This is a bigger one of the local races. I enjoy running around the lake and the capitol area. Day after my birthday. Sunny but not to warm this early in the morning.

Had a good strong finish but am not real happy with my time.

67th of 380

Tuesday, July 4, 2000

7/4/2000 Steilacoom 4 on the 4th

My first 4 mile race. Nice and cheap and tied in with Main Street being closed for the holiday activities. Course is out and back with a large down hill start and seemingly much larger uphill to the finish. Good crowd. Nice no frills but quality event. Great to beat the 7 minute per mile pace.

86th of 302

Sunday, May 21, 2000

5/21/00 Capital City Marathon

Put in long months of training for this. The move to Olympia in 1999 shortened my commute and gave me much more time for running. Lots of training runs with James and Raymond. Would like to break 4 hours. Warm and sunny.

Mile 10 - Chugging along with James. Trying to keep the pace around 9/mile but it feels so good and is hard to hold back.

Mile 16 - Losing James, he is slipping back and slowing. It is getting tough but I am hanging in there.

Mile 20 - No walking yet, only at water stations

Mile 22 - Woman passed out on the side of the road. Someone attending to her.

Mile 25.5 - First ever Bob Dolphin sighting. Looked him up after the race because I was impressed with his time for such an "old guy"

Mile 26.2 - done!! A little wobbly. Hands on volunteers shoulders as she cuts my timing chip off. Made it without walking. Took a whole minute off my best time. Wait for James. Wait for James. Finally here is is. We head to the medical tent where he gets an IV. That guy sure does sweat!!

278th of 497

Saturday, March 18, 2000

3/18/00 Steilacoom 20 miler

Building up to the marathon. Today will complete the four race Resolution Run series. I want to hold a nine minute mile. Light rain.

Repeat of the 15 miler, just add another 2.5 miles to the turn around. Mostly flat. Along the border of the Fort Lewis military base.

Mile 15 - Starting to slow

Mile 18 - Holding on OK, keeping a steady pace. Gonna be close to three hours

Mile 19.75 - Onto the track and look at the clock. Give as much of a sprint as I can and easilly get in under three hours. Good training run.


Saturday, February 19, 2000

2/19/00 Steilacoom 15 Miler

Uncommon distance, but part of the series and a good long run. 40 degrees and foggy. Hoping to break two hours

Ran exactly as planned!! Great training run.

64 of 122

Saturday, January 29, 2000

1/29/00 Steilacoom 10 Miler

Feeling good. Should be able to PR. Except for the icy roads. Have to be careful in places. Fun to have James here with me. Cold, fog ice.

Mile 5 - Running strong, feeling good.
Mile 10 - Sprint to the finish. Strong run. Just missed that PR but given the cold weather I am happy with my performance.


Saturday, January 1, 2000

1/1/00 Steilcoom Resolution Run 5 Miles

We survived!! Y2K disaster did not happen!! Lets celebrate and run a race. What better way to ring in the new century. All my friends are sleeping in. Dry and cool. Party atmosphere.

60th of 142 3rd in age group ribbon