I'm retired from racing. Really.

Striders 5k

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

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Miles:This week: 23.00 Month: 15.00 Year: 1294.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 231.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 420.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 221.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 233.50
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Ran 3.5 miles winding my way to Cody's house.  We ran the Providence Hills loop, average effort.  On the way back, I had to take an emergency bathroom stop.  Fortunately (very, very fortunately), we were within 1/4 mile of my house, so I stopped while Cody ran home.  3 pounds later, I changed shirts (it is actually very nice to be able to change to a dry shirt halfway through on a chilly evening) and ran the TOU course to just past mile 23 to give me 3.25 miles more.  TOU mile was 7:30 on the way out (slight uphill and icy), 7:07 on the way back.  Mapmyrun.com says the run was 13.57 miles, so I'll go with that.  ~7:10 avg pace.

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Only had time for 10 miles between the blizzard and having to hurry home to watch McKinley while Marci played church basketball.  70 minutes or so.

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Easy 6 miles, naked (no time).

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Race: Striders 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:56, Place overall: 3
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Striders 5k.  Not sure what to expect at this race, but I was excited.  Race temp was somewhere between 15-20 deg F, with a slight breeze that put the wind chill in single digits or low teens.  Drove with Cody and ran the course for warm up.  Looked like a great course- very hilly, which plays to my strengths.  Met Chad and Andy at the start, as well as Walter.  Only other fast runner I knew was Tim Wight.  Not as many runners as last year.

Started off at a good pace, with the first mile in 5:59.  Probably slower than it should have been.  There was a group of 6 of us at the one mile mark, though we were spread out over about 10-20 meters.  I didn't push it much up the uphill- decent pace, but not borderline anaerobic or anything like that.  Hit the top of the hills at mile 1.5 in 6th place, then came the downhill.  I quicly picked up the pace and found myself running in 1st place, though I still didn't feel like I was working too hard.  There was another good hill up to mile 2.  It was the first time I felt like I was actually in a race and moving at a decent pace, though Chad passed me around here.  Mile 2 was 6:00 even.  Then there was another downhill, flat, gradual down, then gradual up.  At this point, Ben (the eventual winner) went flying by Chad and myself, getting a 10 m lead in just a few seconds.  Chad caught him and I was about 5 -10 meters back.  I almost caught them on the last downhill, then we turned a corner and had a gradual up followed by a steady uphill to the finish.  Mile 3 was 5:24 but felt pretty good.  I started a kick with .1 mile to go and caught Chad, but then he started his kick and left me in his dust.  Ben came in first, then Chad, then me, with Cody a few seconds behind.

Overall, I am very happy with the results of the race.  I felt great and could probably take off 15-30 seconds if I were to race it again tomorrow.  It was my first race under 9 miles in years, so I underestimated the pace I could have held.  I didn't push hard at all on the uphill and only pushed a bit on the downhills.  I plan to have a faster pace at the 10k.  It gets me excited for this whole race season.  Plus, I don't really feel like I am in shape but I am almost exactly 1 minute over my PR on a course that everyone agrees is 1 minute slower than a flat 5k.  I don't have plans to do another 5k this year, but I imagine I could set a PR pretty easily if I wanted.

Congrats to bloggers- places 2-4, plus Andy just behind!  Good job to all!

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