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Seattle Half Marathon

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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


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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
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Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 14.00Mizuno Waverider Miles: 2.00Adistar Ride Miles: 8.00Adistar Rideb Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Race: Seattle Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:14:16, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 2
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I know why I did "poorly" today, but I'm still a bit frustrated. I've been feeling progressively more and more sore all week even though I've been resting. It's as if someone has been sneaking into my room while I've been sleeping and hitting my legs with a tire iron. Just to be sure I jammed my desk chair under the door handle before going to sleep, but it didn't seem to help.

I still had pain in my hip and butt, but I knew that there was nothing I could do about it so I just headed off to the race.

The good news was that it was much less cold than I thought it would be, the bad news was that I was nervous and had to run into an out of the way area and throw up a bunch of times. I was concious of my butt while I was warming up, but I otherwise felt good.

At the start Aiden Irish took a slight lead and I sat back with eventual winner Steven Crane. Just before the mile Steve and I caught Aiden and we all slowed down. I felt like the pace was a bit slow and thought about picking it up, but then I suddenly found myself losing ground. I hit the first mile in 5:20 and knew I was in trouble. Off of such a slow opening mile I should have been able to catch up to the leaders, but I couldn't I had nothing. The top two gradually opened a gap on me even though I ran 5:18 for the second mile.

I was still unable to close the gap as we left downtown and turned onto the express lanes, which was where I really picked it up last year. Instead I only managed a 5:33 and just felt like I was stuck in a slow gear. My legs were also starting to ache already and I knew it was going to be a long day.

After this point I kind of settled in at basically maratho pace. My splits were a bit erratic because of the terrain and I kept training to surge to get myself going. I could still see Aiden ahead of me and I felt that I could still get 2nd if I just kept up my pace. I did 5:28 for the 4th mile which is downhill and then 5:42 for the 5th. This mile is generally slow because it has a steep, wet winding path. In the 6th I got passed but still ran 5:25. I now had 2nd and 3rd in my sights for the next few miles (5:47,6:14,5:29,5:42). After mile 10 I lost sight of the guys ahead of me and I began to go to a dark place mentally, from which I would not emerge until I called Allie after the race. Mile 10 was uphill 5:42, mile 11 was downhill 6 flat (I did 5:25 for this mile last year). I was feeling very sore and I just couldn't find the motivation to keep going. Somehow I did mile 12 (which has a big hill) in 5:52 (5:41 last year). I got passed right as I passed the 12th mile marker. I stayed with the guy on the next downhill bit, but he just broke me on the uphill (this race has a lot of those).

I didn't talk to anyone after the race. I just straight through the finishing area and tossed my medal in a dumpster. I was in my car crossing the floating bridge and the marathoners were still on it! They started after me, but still, I left very quickly.

So, not really sure what to think now. It' pretty clear that this was not the best I can do. I ran a 5:11 downhill mile to close out a 10 mile run two weeks ago and only managed 5:33 today while racing someone. Last year, my muscles were totally seized up after the race and today they felt fine except for the sore butt. Since I got sick at the end of September my workouts have been off the charts good, but my races have all been kind of "meh". I can understand not running great 5ks because everything was done at HM pace and I can understand not running great at the half because when I've run my best halfs, I've run with complete fearlessness. It's hard to do that when you're sore/sick.

This is not the first time I've trained for a long time and had nothing to show for it. My Junior Year of Track in college, I got sick a whopping three times, including stomach flu, during crucial points in the year. I was supposed to run the 10K at one meet but I hadn't been able to eat anything for several days because I was sick. My warmup consisted of lying on the ground because I was too dizzy to run. Somehow, I was only 4 seconds off my PR despite my shoe coming untied with 400 to go and a first mile of 5:08 (and a second mile of 6:00). Anyway, long story short. I had some short term disappointment, but all my work paid off the next year. Here's hoping that this solid block of training makes me better in the future.

Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 14.00Mizuno Waverider Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Part of my new, ultra minimalist training regime. Zero miles.

And just because, I had a cranberry-grape-spinach-feta salad.

Can I make it to 4000 miles this year? Let's see...

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Wasn't planning on running, but Kevin Smith wanted some company in the evening. I only had two pairs of shoes with me: a seven year old pair of Zoom Waffles and my "Asics Newtons" (2100s + 10 minutes with a Hacksaw). I chose the waffles. After 4 miles on the field house track I did not feel great about this choice.

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For some reason, I chose to wake up at 4:45 to run with Allie. I had this picture in my head that it would be like running in Narnia, which is probably why I did it and spending time with Allie is a good way to start the day, I recommend it...

So, let's say it was like that. Ahem(this is all true)

I rolled out of bed and landed on a pile of running clothes. In fact, the pile of running clothes on my floor is actually higher than the bed, almost as high as the ceiling. As I lay there, 10 feet above the ground, I suddenly panicked and fell over backwards into my closet. I carefully searched through the closet until I had found some proper attire (10year old hooded sweatshirt), but to my horror I couldn't find my way out. I guess more accurately, I should say that I couldn't tell whether I was out of the closet or not. Such is the state of my bedroom.

After quite a bit of stumbling around I suddenly found myself outside in the snow. I was in a place that I felt was probably Salt Lake City, but there was something different about it. A foot of snow, at least, covered everything! Had that been there the night before? I could not be sure. I ran and now I was in a forest, a forest in the middle of a city! I knew then that I must have at some point crossed into another world. Or perhaps I was still dreaming.

Strange structures loomed in the dark. There was a great concrete slab with lines on it that hinted at a sinister occult purpose, a net hung ominously over it. I passed an ancient manor house. As I passed, one of the windows on the top floor lit up, I ran faster. I passed a child's playground and a ferris wheel. Finally, my destination came into view. I saw a great mountain and a frozen lake beyond. To my horror, I realized that some dark power had erected a wall around the lake and I could see that the entrance was guarded by a cop or possibly some kind of troll

I ducked under the trolls swinging blade and then caught site of polyester clad maiden with shoulder length golden hair.

Anyway, long story short, Allie and I defeated all the trolls and such. There weakness is having people run around and around in very slow circles, turns out.

Adistar Ride Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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I had some momentum from yesterday and woke up at 6:30am...but it was still dark outside! I decided to wait until sunrise. I ran along the Jordan River trail to 3300S. I decided that running 4000miles this year would be a really stupid plan (as it would mean four straight 120 mile weeks). I also decided that my Rides are probably dunzo. I also had a lot of stiffness around my pelvis (hamstring, Iliacus,upper quad). I guess that its the cold weather that really did me in then.

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AM 10 miles in the morning. Felt good in my new Rides.

PM 5 miles around campus.

Adistar Rideb Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 14.00Mizuno Waverider Miles: 2.00Adistar Ride Miles: 8.00Adistar Rideb Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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