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Beat the Bridge 8k

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Member Since:

Dec 30, 2007



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Running Accomplishments:

2019: 10:29 2 mile, 55:50 15K

Post Mayan Apocalypse PRs:

200 31.13 (2016, ATC all comers)

400 69.96 (2015, ATC all comers)

800 2:19 (2016, ATC all comers)

Mile 4:58 (2017, ATC all comers) 

3000 9:34 (2017, ATC all comers)

2mile 10:29 (2019, CNW Grand Prix)

5000 16:44.6 (2018, CNW all comers)

5k 16:50 (2018, Green Lake Gobble)

8k 27:42 (2018, Beat the Bridge)

10K 35:16 (2017, Eastside Beltline)

15K 55:10 (2018, Magnuson Park Memorial Day)

10-mile 60:29 (2017, Atlanta 10 mile)

HM 1:17:09 (2018, Redmond Half)

30K 2:01:56 (2014, Striders WRC 30K)

Mar 2:50:07 (2013, Sojo Marathon)


Fiddy "Classic" Accomplishments (before I forget)

2:03 800, 4:11 1500, 9:47 3200, 15:26 5000, 32:30 10000, 1:11:15 HM (unaided), 2:32 marathon (Boston)

Seattle Half Marathon '08-'11: 2nd (1:13), 4th (1:11), 5th (1:14), 2nd (1:13)

2nd MI half 2010 (1:11)

10th Seattle RNR 2009 (2:35)

97th Overall @ Boston 2010 (2:32)

2011 3rd Place @ Des News (2:35) and Top of Utah (2:33)

I once beat 14 year-old Connor Mantz (2011 Utah Valley Half 1:11) and 16 year-old Ben Saarel (2011 Flat as a pancake 16:23 in the f-ing snow)

2011 Salt Lake Half 1st place (1:14), Capitol Half 1st place (1:14), Provo City 4th place (1:16, unaided)

2011 Ragnar Ultra 1st place Wasatch Back Relay

7th place SLC half 2009 (1:11)

2009 Fremont 5k 16:00, 2010 Dart Challenge 16:05, 2011 Draper Days 16:02

2009 Running of the Leopards 15:03, aided

2009 Striders 10mile 1st place (58 mins)

2007 3rd place SCIAC 5k 15:26

2006 D3XC nationals, 184th (of 280)

Short-Term Running Goals:

CNW Winter 2 mile Grand Prix

12/1 Road Race #1 (10:31)

12/15 XC #1 (11:04)

1/5 Road Race #2 (10:29)

1/19 XC #2 + ML15K (double feature!)

2/2 Track Race

2/9 Love 'em or Leave 'em 5k

2/16 Road Race #3

3/2 Lake Sammamish Half Marathon

3/24 Mercer Island Half Marathon (Goal=sub 1:17)

Long-Term Running Goals:

get busy living or get busy dying


Crop rotation in the 14th century became considerably more widespread after John.



Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 23.40 Year: 692.40
Adizero Rocket Lifetime Miles: 323.35
Asics Hyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 369.13
Mizuno Waverider Lifetime Miles: 509.70
Adistar Ride Lifetime Miles: 520.40
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 253.60
Adistar Rideb Lifetime Miles: 236.30
Waveriderb Lifetime Miles: 466.70
Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 570.30
WhiteHyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 268.50
RedFree Lifetime Miles: 405.55
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 46.10
NimbusFIRE Lifetime Miles: 260.50
WhiteHyper2 Lifetime Miles: 100.20
WaveriderC Lifetime Miles: 203.95
NimbusVampire Lifetime Miles: 357.50
CelticMirage Lifetime Miles: 312.00
NeonFree Lifetime Miles: 17.80
Nimbus FireB Lifetime Miles: 2.50
Nimbus FireC Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Race: Beat the Bridge 8k (4.971 Miles) 00:27:42, Place overall: 25, Place in age division: 4
Total Distance

After the magnuson park 5k, my goal was to run the same pace for 8k today, which suprisingly I did. I ran much faster than I thought my workouts indicated.

Warmed up about 2.5 miles to the startline from home w/ Allie. There were a ton of club northwest peeps doing strides and drills as well as some other fastees. I was feeling good doing warmups, but I also wasn't putting a ton of pressure on myself.

I lined up in about the 3rd row and when the gun went off I made no attempt to move up. I just wanted to try to go with the flow. There was a huge lead pack of about 20 guys in front with a few stragglers off the back, then a gap back to what I would call the chase pack. Pretty quickly we passed over a (non-eponymous) bridge which did not really agree with my skechers.

For the first mile, my breathing was good and my stride felt fine, but there was some burning in my legs that I hoped would go away. The lead group wasn't very far ahead so I was concerned that I had started too fast, but I think they were all just biding their time. First mile in 5:27, but it was slightly downhill. I definitely didn't feel comfortable, but I had a group of 3 other people to run with so I just decided to stick with them as long as I could.

After the mile mark we started to run up a slight hill, I was sticking right on the should of the guy ahead of me and breathing pretty hard. He kept side-eyeing me like "who is this joker", and I felt pretty sure that I was going to fall apart at any moment. Then we crested the hill and I started to feel a little better and push the pace. 5:36 for mile 2, 11:03 for 2 miles. This would be a pretty good 5k split for me, so I just told myself to just make it one more mile. I knew I could make it one more mile.

Right after the 2mile mark we cross the eponymous bridge and went up another very slight, but fairly length climb. I got dropped again by the 3 guys in my group and had to surge to catch back up, then lost them again. It was getting tough. We passed up one of the early leaders who had fallen off the pace, but now they were dropping me. We mercifully hit a downhill and I reflected that I was more than halfway done. 5:40 split for mile 3, 16:43 through two miles, I figured anything sub 17 would be good before the race.

When we got onto Montlake, I just started to churn my legs. I knew that I was in for a good time as long as I kept pushing. I passed one more person who was dropping back and then started to see the leaders coming back on the other side of the street, so I knew the turnaround (which was about mile 4) couldn't be far. Came to almost a dead stop at the turnaround and had trouble getting moving again. Passed one more person. No 4 mile marker, though, so I was unsure of my pace.

The last mile weaves through the UW campus and I didn't have a good sense of how much I had left. I picked off a couple more people, but never caught back up to my original group of 3 who stayed about 6-7 seconds ahead for the last 2miles of the race. Last 1.971 miles in 10:59 (5:34) pace.

This race was very hard, meaning I probably got about as much out of myself as I could. I think if I knew the course better I could have closed harder in the last 800m or so. At the same time, not knowing the course probably stopped me from overthinking things and just pushing.

Very happy with this race. I don't run a ton of 8ks, so I put it into Daniel's calculator. The VDOT is 60.7, equivalent to a 16:52 5k and 35:00 10k, which would both be PRs. Slightly inferior to my 3K PR still.

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