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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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Race: Seattle Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:20:16, Place overall: 13, Place in age division: 2
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My sixth time running this race. So far, there have been 3 windy years (2009,2011,2013). I actually haven't even written a race report for the last 2 years. Two years ago, I was close to winning this race. I had the lead up until the giant hill and then Brian Masterson destroyed my over the second half of the course. That was my last race before everything fell apart. Last year, I was totally buried in 27th. I actually ran a little slower this year, but placed 13th due to 25mph winds gusting to 35mph. There is an added difficulty in that the more exposed parts of the course are also the parts that run into the headwind. Here are some people who ran the race both years. There is a halfway split both years and about a 4.2 mile split for this year.


Split1 Split2 Time Split12 Time12 Difference
Brian Masterson 23:30 35:11 1:12:07 34:16 1:10:08 1:59
James Moore 25:46 39:00 1:20:16 38:34 1:19:31 0:45
Martin Pletcher 25:41 39:32 1:20:32 37:25 1:16:25 4:07
Sean Bonato 25:33 39:09 1:20:27 40:25 1:22:09 -1:42
Ben Rush 25:22 38:33 1:20:42 37:27 1:18:18 2:24
Kyle Hedges 25:24 38:45 1:20:50 37:28 1:17:08 3:42
Michael Ogliore 26:06 39:33 1:23:02 41:49 1:22:53 0:09
Peter Lessler 25:54 39:40 1:23:21 39:13 1:19:16 4:05
James Grant 26:40 40:44 1:23:37 38:44 1:19:49 3:48
Samuel Bradley-Kelly 27:57 42:07 1:24:37 42:28 1:25:13 -0:46
Aaron Campbell 27:39 41:23 1:24:46 37:07 1:15:56 8:50
Alonzo Lewis 26:55 40:33 1:25:04 39:47 1:20:27 4:37
          Median 3:03

Based on this table, it's pretty safe to say this was a better performance than last year.

I started off in about 30th-40th place in the first mile (5:58). I was anxious to find a nice pack to run with to help with the wind, but after a mile we go up the first of many hills and the race started to break apart. I was in no-mans land in mile 2 (5:54 net downhill) which had some really nasty cross winds. At mile 2 I was still somewhere in the 30s. The third mile was uphill and had a brief tailwind (5:56) I passed maybe 10 people in this mile. I hit 5k in 18:25-depressingly one of my better 5ks of the year. I picked it up as I got into the Mt Baker Tunnel (5:52) but I had to bridge a gap to the next group. My legs were already feeling weak and I knew it would be asking a lot to continue to run 5k pace.

Got out of the tunnel on Lake Washington Blvd and really started to feel bad. This was the only other place where I felt a slight tailwind and I tried to make the most of it. I caught and passed a few more people but it was getting very spread out. Next two miles were only 11:59 and I could feel myself weakening. After I passed mile 6 I could only see two more people ahead of me, Kyle Hedges and Ben Rush. Mile 7 has a mini precursor hill in it. I felt I climbed the hill strongly but my quads weren't prepared for running fast down the other side. I ran 6:10 which is a reasonable split. I then only managed a 6:53 for Mile 8, should have been 10 seconds faster on that mile, but I was not losing ground on the people I could see. In Mile 9 (5:52) I made a big push to pass Kyle and Ben to make sure they couldn't latch on. Mile 10 is a gradual climb (6:06) and I couldn't see anyone ahead of me.

I just tried to survive the final 5k. I was completely by myself and there was a lot of wind wipping around. Last year I had been in a pack of 3-4 during this stage and so I probably closed much faster. I ran 6:24 for mile 11 (head wind, climbing) and then a 12:29 for 12-13 (wind up and down).

Due to all of the bridges and tunnels, this course is immune to accurate course tooling. My estimate is that it is about 2minutes slower than flat, roughly canceling out the effect of sea level vs slc altitude. Putting this together, it seems that perhaps I can run a 1:17-1:18 flat half in SLC.

I think I'm gradually learning how to train and run with my circulatory problems, but it will take some time to rebuild my fitness. Aerobically, 5:50 pace felt pretty reasonable, but my legs aren't used to running fast for that long. Time for long miserable winter tempo runs.

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AM 2.5

PM 9 including 45 laps of field house track reversing directions every 15 laps.

1st 15 12:40 for 1.97 miles 6:26 pace

2nd 15 13:20 for 2.05 miles 6:24 pace

3rd 15 12:10 for 1.97 miles 6:11 pace

Total 6:21 pace

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Emigration MArgh!ket loop

What comes next?

1 11 21 1211 111221 312211


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AM 2.5

In yesterday's sequence

1 11 21 1211 111221 312211 13112221

what is the largest digit that can appear? (i.e can the number contain a 4? or a 5?...)

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AM 10.1 w/ Allie

PM 5 to school and back

At James Zwick's Levan Turkey Trot, the winning prize is awarded in a rather odd manner. The winning athlete is given the choice of three boxes, one of which contains a 10lb turkey, and the other two each contain 10lbs of slugs. The winner chooses one box but doesn't open it, then the race director opens ONE of the other two boxes to reveal 10lbs of slugs leaving the third box unopened. The race director gives the winner a chance to switch his choice to the third (unopened) box. Should he stay with his original choice, switch or does it make no difference? This question assumes that the 10lb turkey is more desirable than 10lbs of slugs.

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