Saturday, October 28, 2006

10/28/06 Tenino Ghostmuster 5K

Last week was frustrating, I just could not kick it into high gear. I am a little worried about that today, especially here will so many friends and family. Love the Ghostmuster though and plan to have a fun time regardless. Good long warm up and I seem to be ready. Cool fog, little wind.

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

10/21/06 Millersylvania 10 miler

Third race of the month. Last Saturday went well and I have high expectations for today. Maybe I can beat that 1:16 PR from so long ago. Billy to run the 10K. Cool with fog.

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

10/14/06 Roman Meal Glove Run 5K

First time I have raced only two weeks after a marathon, a bit concerned about how my legs will respond. New flatter course this year, no more push up the big hill out of the gate. Wearing my Portland finisher's shirt. Cool fog.

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.

21 of 66

Sunday, October 1, 2006

10/1/06 Portland Marathon

Second time at Portland. Been training long and hard for this day. Stay with the folks and get out the door nice and early in time to find a good parking spot. Still dark, but promise of sun and slight breeze.

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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race#100 marathon #9 Portland marathon #2