Saturday, October 28, 2006
Start - Jared will stay behind and run the one mile race in 8:30. Jody starts toward the back. Billy is right with me.
Mile 0.25 - Wow Billy is going fast, I thought I was starting too quick, he is surging ahead
Mile 1 - Finally catch Bill, I am feeling relaxed and smooth. Just under 7 minute first mile.
Mile 3.1 - It is good to finally know this course and know when to sprint to the finish. Much faster and better race than last week. Second place in age group ribbon. Later I would get a letter in the mail stating that "due to a missapropriation of the ribbons I should have received a 3rd place ribbon"
13th of 45
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Start - Same old start line in the park amongst the big trees. Looks like a small turn out for the ten miler. Hard to tell for sure as the 1/2 marathon, 5K and 10k all start together.
Mile 1 - Feeling sluggish. I should be running faster.
Mile 3 - Today may not be my day. Can not kick it into a higher gear
Mile 10 - Well no problem finishing but I never could get the pace down where it should be. Somewhat dissapointing. Maybe the marathon from three weeks ago is still in me.
3rd place of 11 runners
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Mile 1 - Feeling pretty good.
Mile 3.1 - Slight negative split and very happy with the finish time. Glad to have made the trip up to Steilacoom.
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Sunday, October 1, 2006
Start - Sit on the curb resting until just before the start, make small talk with those around me. Position myself in front of the 4:00 pace group. Smooth start, for 7,500 people, absolutely love those drums.
Mile 5 - Feel great, everything is smooth. Holding an 8:30 pace that neither feels too slow or fast.
Mile 7 - Boring industrial area. Watch for railroad tracks. Watch the fast runners back from the turn around.
Mile 9 - Turn around and watch the slower runners. Blinding sun here and for the next two miles. Getting warm, I start pouring water on my head.
Mile 13 - There is my brother Steve, snapping pictures. Feeling really good and holding the 8:30 pace
Mile 16 - No problem getting up the hill and passing some walkers. I am sure this hill is taking its toll on me, but its not so bad. On to the bridge.
Mile 18 - I remember getting tired here last year. I am doing much better than last year.
Mile 20 - Bring on the stomache ache as usual. I am at 8:38 pace, faster than last year, but I need to take some short walking breaks. It sure is nice to know that it is mostly downhill from here.
Mile 23 - More short walking breaks. My head is swimming a little and a volunteer asks if I am OK. That sort of deflated me more. I'd rather hear the lie "looking good" than see someone seriously concerned about me.
Mile 24 - Brother Steve takes another photo. Wow I bet I will not look as good in this one.
Mile 24.5 - Offered and accepted a small cup of beer. Drank the whole thing, it was actually pretty good.
Mile 25 - Here comes the 3:50 pacer with a small band of followers. One says that we have 12 seconds in the bank. This is great and I stay with them over the steel bridge.
Mile 25.2 - Water stop. I can not help but walk and pour water on my head. 3:50 group sails on by.
Mile 26.2 - PR by 3 minutes and 5 minutes off last year's time. Pleased with the effort and results. Four glasses of orange juice at the finish really hit the spot. I definitely plan to run this one again.
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Saturday, August 26, 2006
Start - Always more relaxed doing a race I have dome before. I wonder how many are doing the 5K. Either way it is a small group.
Mile 1- Couple of people ahead of me.
Mile 1.5 - Looks like all but one has turned around.
Mile 3.1 - Yes, I am in second place. Too bad that guy in first is just a little to far out of my reach...actually a spec in the distance. Nobody close on my heels either.
Mile 5 - Getting hard to maintain pace and it is getting warm. This has been a record month for me in terms of total mileage and my legs feel tired. Not a ton of motivation either as I seem to be locked into second place.
Mile 6.2 - Second overall is very cool. I just won't tell anyone how many people participated. First in age group ribbon and at the raffle I won a pair of socks.
2nd overall of 13
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Start - It is really warm for running.
Mile 4 - I am wilting, really slowing down
Mile 4.98 - Done. Shuffle back a few blocks to cheer on the others. Slow time can be blamed on the heat. Stick around forever for the awards ceremony.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Start - I see Wayne and Seth. Always nice to see them
Start - Down hill
Mile 2 - Lots of flat
Mile 4 - Struggle up the hill and try to finish strong
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3rd of 9 in age group
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Start - Took ten seconds to get to the start line from where I was in the pack. That is OK, I just time myself anyway and am not in the running for any awards.
Mile 2 - After a fast start it is tough to hit a steady pace with all of these hills and people running at all different paces. Go with the flow as much as possible.
Mile 7.5 - Uphill was not so bad this year, I definitely had some kick left and was pleased with my time.
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96th race, 3rd Sound to Narrows
Sunday, May 21, 2006
New course for 2006. Many will complain that it is too hilly, but I rather prefer it. Much more scenic and the hills though constant are not that steep. I have been doing long runs on parts of the course since the new route was announced in December. Goal = maintain an 8:46 pace and PR. Weather = cool but threatening to warm up.
Mile 1 - Race nerves I had been experiencing all week are now gone as I am running relaxed and having fun.
Mile 4 - Say hi to John Flemm and talk neighborhood stuff for about two miles. He is running his 60th marathon and plans this to be his last.
Mile 11 - Slap a high five with volunteer Dan Cole.
Mile 14 - Back to sea level at Woodard Bay. All uphill from here. Bad place for a water stop on this hill, hard to get back to running.
Mile 20 - Starting to tire but still on pace. My GPS watch however has me at 0.2 miles farther than the mile markers. Trusting the watch has put me two minutes behind schedule.
Mile 22 - Here is the dreaded long steep "Eastside" hill. This is not good. Race volunteer tells me to keep my head up. Hadn't noticed how my head was bobbing. A few fans looking on. I struggle up the hill and start staggering a bit. Really not good or a healthy way to be. I make the decision to not risk tumbling or passing out and start walking some. I am in a very bad way, but keep moving ever upward.
Mile 23.5 - The ground is leveling off, but the running is not much easier.
Mile 25 - Cross onto Capitol Way and get ready to head for the downhill finish. Billy runs the last leg with me.
Mile 26.2 - PR by a minute and a half. Seven minutes faster than last year and that on a much hillier course. Some regrets about how the last couple of miles went, but overall a good effort.
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Saturday, May 6, 2006
Start - Super fast and strong up the hill. Caleb is right behind me. I sprint to shake him but it does not work.
Mile 1 - Only a few runners ahead of me here at the turn around. Caleb has obviously been instructed by Mom to stay directly behind me. Still running strong.
Mile 2 - Downhill to the finish. Caleb puts his kick on an and beats me by one second!! Smart race by him and I really am proud of him. I am also very pleased with my PR and fast time.
6 of 53, 1st in age group
Sunday, April 9, 2006
Mile 6 - All by my lonesome self. Listen to music on the MP3 player. Make myself go very slowly and take walk breaks. Keep reminding myself that this is about going the distance, not racing.
Mile 13.1 - Back at the park. 2:08 for the half
Mile 23.5 - Starting to tire but not a hard wall. Pull away from Billy and head for the finish.
Mile 26.2 - This is called the Easter Bunny Marathon so I get to the finish line and hop across. First negative split marathon. Maintained good spirits and kept plugging along when it did get a little difficult. Hope this works as a good training run.
3 of 9
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Start - Billy running the 20K. Hope he saves me some food at the end.
Mile 10 - Just under my goal pace of 9 minutes per mile. Joke with the race volunteer asking if this is the finish line. Turn around and pick up the pace to 8:30/mile.
Mile 15 - I really hate this boring course. Getting tougher but I am not slowing down.
Mile 20 - Always nice to hit the track at the end. Finished with an overall pace of 8:41/mile, very nice negative split. Great effort and results, but oh so tough group of runners in Steilacoom. Last in my age group of 9 runners.
50 of 63!!
Saturday, March 4, 2006
Start - Good small crowd. Always hard to know how many are running the 10K until we hit the 5K split off just a quarter of a mile into the race.
Mile 1 - Group has thinned out. I am running right beside Sean Sexton. We talk a little bit but with the fast pace it is hard to converse.
Mile 3.1 - Really running too fast and sure I will slow down, but holding steady with Sean.
Mile 5 - Still with Sean, we are feeding off each other and working hard.
Mile 5.5 - Sean starts to pull away from me. Good for him. I just can not keep up but I have run really well today thanks to him.
Mile 6.2 - Wow I got in under 45 minutes, way better than I expected. Congratulate and thank Sean for the good time.
25 of 83
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Start - Had a short warm up, but the legs do not feel quite right.
Mile 1 - Significant discomfort in legs/shins mostly. Need to loosen up or it is going to be a bad morning.
Mile 4 - It took about the first three miles to feel comfortable, but now I am running smoothly.
Mile 7.5 - Turn around. On a 7:54 pace and feeling fine.
Mile 12 - It was a good 12 miles, starting to tire now, but not that much farther to go. Still have a chance at beating 2 hours.
Mile 15 - On the track, sprinting for the finish line. I can see the clock and the two hour mark just slipping away. Still an enjoyable run.
69 of 110 9 of 9 in age group!!
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Start - Second time on this course. Fairly flat with some on a paved trail. Ready to explode....then we are off
Finish - Just get in under a 7 minute pace. Jog back to watch the others finish. Billy is 4 seconds in front of Tammy and just a minute ahead of Jody. Post raffle nets me a hat, shorts and $25 gift certificate to Traditions Cafe.
18 of 87
Saturday, February 4, 2006
Start - Wait till the last minute and do a brief warm up, ending up soaked. We are all laughing about how our friends must be warm and cozy drinking their morning coffee in front of the fire.
Mile 1 - Just over 7 minute pace and thoroughly drenched.
Mile 3.1 - Course still seems long to me. Good thing we brought towels. Jody and I win some "couples" award including $50 cash and free entry for next year.
13 of 32 1st in age group ribbon
Sunday, January 1, 2006
Mile 1 - Not going to be a great run. Can barely hold 7 minutes per mile.
Mile 3 - Legs tired and stiff, lets just tough it out and finish as strong as possible
Mile 5 - Always fun to race, but somewhat dissapointed with my time. We enjoy some hot cereal with superstar John Riak. He thinks that I still have some of the Seattle Marathon in me and that is why I was not able to race up to my potential. He could be right, but I am not so sure.
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