Category Archives: 5K

Boeing 5K (3) – 2017

April 10, 2017

Making some decisions this week on which ultramarathon to do next.  Wanted to run the Wild Wild West 50M last year (before I fractured my elbow), and thinking about doing the 50K this year.

Also getting ready to put on a hash on Thursday with Zack and Inger so I have had a little extra running this past week.

Definitely haven’t been sleeping well lately, mostly due to a sore stomach, some blockage, and some gained weight (don’t feel like I’m eating more, but have gained weight – think it might be reduced metabolism).

Had a decent first half in 12:24, but had to walk a bit on the way back (about 2 minutes) and finished in 26:16.

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Boeing 5K (2) – 2017

March 13, 2017

Way Too Cool 50K was just over a week ago, so I haven’t run much in the interim.  My knees feel creaky today because yesterday at the hash I banged them trying to get out of a manhole cover.

Strangely though, I feel OK.  Ran 12:20 outbound (into the wind) and 11:59 coming back.  Pretty happy with that time (slightly faster than last month).

Boeing 5K (1) – 2017

February 13, 2017

No, that is not a typo.  The first Boeing 5K of the year is in February (and no, my consecutive streak did not end… yet).  Last month, the run should have been the Monday after Avalon 50M, but because of the rain, the race was canceled (often postponed, rarely canceled).

I haven’t slept well for the past few nights because the back-up battery for my internet access is going dead and I am awaiting receipt of the new battery, so… it beeps every 15 minutes (even muted through a pillow).  I guess I could just pull it out, but feel like I need the back-up just in case (I probably should have disconnected it, though.).

My left knee also feels a bit tweaky at the start, so I didn’t go out too hard, so I don’t hurt myself.  Usually, I feel a bit off for a couple of weeks post-50M, but I have felt particularly extra off even a month-plus after the fact.

Despite my gripes, I get to the turn-around in 12:02 (which is slightly sub-8:00/mile pace).

On the way back, I walked, briefly, a couple of times, but still managed to come in at 24:48 (8:00/mile on the nose).

New Year’s Eve (ABW) 5K – 2016

December 31, 2016

Got back a couple of days ago from Christmas in Costa Rica with the family.  Didn’t really do any runs at all, but did walk quite a bit.

For the first time in a while, I am in Southern California for New Year’s, so I decided to walk down and visit Mark and Michelle and some other folks that are running a NYE run today.

It was a bit windy and I am not back yet to normal (though Avalon 50M looms).  My three miles are 8:45, 9:53 (1.1), and 7:36.  This is still good enough to win my age group, but I think the fast guys are not running the 5K race today.

Boeing 5K (12) – 2016

December 12, 2016

My last Boeing 5K of 2016 (another 18 months and I would tie the consecutive record).

My right calf feels really tight and I don’t want to push it.

I took it really easy and was 12:22 out, but on the way back the tailwind blew me to a negative split of almost a minute and I finished once again under 24:00 in 23:53.

Piedmont Turkey Trot 5K – 2016

November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I’m back in my hometown of Piedmont.  (Last year we were in Hong Kong.)

I seem to remember from years past that we would park in the lot by the park, but we end up parking about 5 blocks away near the terminus of Highland Avenue.

Riva is hurting a little so she says that there is a possibility that I will finish ahead of her.  (Yeah, like that will happen.)

My goal at this race is to try not to walk the hills (though it is a big temptation because there are so many).

I did situate myself at the front so that I wouldn’t get caught up in the slow crowd, and maybe the surge will take me along to the downhill at the far end of Highland and give me the impetus to climb up Wildwood (where I always tend to walk).  Mile 1 – 7:36.  (I am running UP Wildwood.)

From Mile 1 to Mile 2, there are a number of hills and I couldn’t quite not walk all of them.  I gave myself permission to walk up St. James to Hampton, and to walk a portion of the Seaview incline, but I still managed 9:22 (which is really good for walking hills).

Mile 3 to the end is mostly downhill (with a little dipsy-doodle towards the end) so I pushed the best I could, managing a 7:22 final mile, with a 47 second last tenth (about 7:50/mile).

My 24:59 was almost a minute ahead of Riva’s time.  (She still did well considering that she wasn’t anywhere near 100%.)

Dad was 2nd in his age group (out of 5 80 year-olds) but the rest of us didn’t factor into the results at all.  I was 238th overall and 29th in my age group, but consider that there were over 2,600 runners, so I’m good with the top 10%.

Boeing 5K (11) – 2016

November 14, 2016

Had a couple of long trail runs over the weekend, so I didn’t know how I would feel at Boeing today.

It was really windy and Nina was behind me for the first half (drafting off me, tricky).  But strangely enough, I felt pretty good, running 11:51.

On the way back, it felt hot (because there was no breeze in the face, but a tailwind instead), but I still managed to come in 11:56 on the return (pretty close to even splits).

With 23:47, and coming in 4th overall, I think I had a good run!