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Boeing 5K (1) – 2019

February 11, 2019

Two days after my rainy ultra and one day after a snowy drive through the Grapevine, another Boeing 5K.  It’s a ponderous race today for me, both because I am by myself (didn’t hear from Dave Parsel) and because I am basically walking.  I finished in 47:57.

When I came back, Dave was there (sorry, I didn’t call, pal) and a guy was setting up a time clock and signing people in.  I know this guy, Dave Fier.  He says that moving forward he is planning to time the race for us.  People only need to enter in their information, and he will assign numbers in order and we’ll keep our number until he stops timing.  Dave Parsel is number one and I am number two.

Hopefully this works out, because I would rather run a 5K with people than run it and time it for everyone else.

Boeing 5K (11) – 2018

December 10, 2018

Today is the first Boeing 5K that is not being timed by the Boeing Rec Center (now shuttered).  Last month, the group was saying my record is secure because there won’t be any other runs, but Dave Parsel and I decided that we could keep the event going if the two of us met an hour early to do the run and then time everyone else (or take turns running first).

It wasn’t my best run (I had to stop and walk 5 times), especially because I am trailing only Dave Parsel, who is pretty fast even when he is hurting, but 28:16 is an okay time without the motivation of others.

Boeing 5K (10) – 2016

October 10, 2016

Today, I tied the 2nd best record for most consecutive Boeing 5Ks with 101.  Not sure if I can go after the overall record, as that is another year and a half of not missing any runs (or more if the event gets cancelled due to weather).

I felt pretty well, since it has been a couple of weeks since my 40 mile run at North Face.  Outbound I ran 12:30 and inbound I ran 11:30 and finished in 5th overall, with Dave Parsel nipping at my heels (he has hip problems, but it’s still an accomplishment to beat him).

Boeing 5K (1) – 2015

January 12, 2015

The past 3 years I have done Avalon 50M.  I briefly considered doing it this year, but after frustrating e-mail correspondence where I was told of certain cutoffs (not listed on the website) and that no one would be allowed to start early.  I didn’t have confidence that I could finish in time so I didn’t bother to go.  Later, I heard that people started earlier anyway… and that if you started early, you weren’t eligible for an age group award… so nothing changed, but it was annoying that they made me feel like I shouldn’t go do their fundraising event.

So… for the first time in 3 years, I am running a competitive 5K at Boeing in January.

On the other hand, I am still dealing with my 2+ month long issue of hemorrhoids… but tomorrow I have an appointment with a colorectal surgeon and hopefully she will tell me how my issues will get better.

My problem isn’t really affecting my running.  Running helps.  Sitting doesn’t.

My first mile was 8:02 (well, 1 point something; I missed the exact mile marker).  My second mile (due to the inaccurate first mile) was 6:40.

On the third mile, I needed to walk for a little bit and Dave Parsel passed me (I can never beat this guy!), but I still finished in 24:10.  A great start for the first 5K of the year.

Postscript:  The colorectal surgeon says my hemorrhoids are gone, but I have a fissure, and it will take a while to heal. I am also going to have a colonoscopy to make sure it is not indicative of further problems.  I hope it ends sooner rather than later, because I am tired of the high fiber diet and the rear pain.

Boeing 5K (7) – 2014

July 14, 2014

The first Boeing 5K of the summer.  It looks like it will be reasonable weather, however, despite being overcast, it is pretty muggy out.  Luckily I have my AREC tank top on.

I had a pretty good start out, as evidenced by the fact that Dave Parsel is BEHIND me (a guy who has won at least 50% of all Boeing races (of 300)).  He did end up passing me just as we got off the river path.  The only way I’ll ever beat him is if he doesn’t show up or breaks both legs.

I ran pretty even splits (11:57; 11:52) to finish in 23:49.  These days, any sub-8:00/mile pace is a good finish.

Boeing 5K (4) – 2007

May 14, 2007

Today was a Prediction Run.  I like the Boeing Prediction Runs because they let you wear your watch.  If you are going to be close to your time, I don’t have a problem with trying to come in as exact as possible.  You could always predict something ridiculously fast and you won’t get there… or ridiculously slow and have to slowly walk in.  If I am pretty close to my time, might as well try and hit it on the nose.

I predicted 22:45 and ran 22:46.  I may have slowed down markedly in the last mile or so… and of course someone hit it on the nose!

This race was notable that I almost beat Dave Parsel (the usual winner of the race) because he had had a skiing accident that slowed him way down… but not slower than 22:46!

ASP Mountains to Sea 30K Relay – 2005

July 17, 2005

A Snail’s Pace alerted me to this relay event, covering the entire distance of the Mountains to Sea trail (from Orange to Newport Beach).  Like many of the other Snail’s Pace events, the intent is less about getting together a team of folks to run the fastest time, but to have a fun experience.

Anyone who wanted to participate submitted his best 10K time on one side of an index card and his name on the other.  Teams were formed by adding up times and picking teams to be as even as possible.

Each team had 5 members (each running about 3.5 miles), plus Dave Parsel who was running the whole thing solo.

What struck me in particular was that each time we came to a transition area, most or all of the teams were there.  In a normal relay event, you might face this situation at the very beginning, but it does not persist the further you get into the event… but at each of the transitions, there were most or all of the teams.

The first person to finish was Dave (of course, since he was the fastest guy there), but the difference between the first place team and the last (6th) place team was 3 minutes.  This wonderful experience convinced me that should I put on a relay, it should be done in this manner – assigning people to teams to make even squads – and having everyone finish relatively close together – and thus increase the camaraderie of everyone involved.

USATF So. Cal. Track Championships 5KRW/20K – 2003

June 8, 2003

I had gotten word about a track (and field) Masters event at Orange Coast College.  Even though Masters are technically anyone over 40, they also have a few Submasters categories once you pass 30 (since essentially there are not a lot of people that age that are still vying for international renown).  Unlike most of the other events I have seen in Southern California, this event was ‘whatever you want to run for $12.’

I am not really a short distance runner (‘short,’ in my mind, meaning less than 5K; though in track parlance, Mile or longer is called “Middle Distance.”), so I was opting for the 5K Racewalk, because I have always wanted to try racing a 5K as a racewalker (I did a ‘version’ of racewalking at a Candlestick Park run in the 90s, when I didn’t really run.).  I was also hearing a rumor of an unusual distance to be run – the 20K.  This is not a distance that is run much of anywhere, but Dave Parsel (of the Boeing runs) had noted in the USATF record books that the M45-49 record was 1:40 and change (and he felt he could beat it).  So… I decided to sign up for both the 5K Racewalk and the 20K.

The race organizers wanted to run the two races concurrently, but are unable to do so because of me.  Instead, I run concurrently with heats of the 100-meter dash.  By the way, I am the only one in the race.  At least they give me the inside lane, but that also means that on a couple of occasions, I get a snootful of starter gun smoke.  I become the So. Cal. Champion Racewalker with a time of 33:28.14 (about 10:30/mile).

Immediately (maybe 2 minutes), they start the 20K.  No recovery, and doing the 20K is going to require slightly different muscles.  Racewalking is a different animal.  It isn’t simply walking fast; there is a technique, and there are rules to follow..  Your lead foot has to hit the ground with your leg locked straight, and cannot bend until it passes vertical.  This rule is the reason why you will see racewalkers swaying so much; otherwise, the movement would be super-awkward.  If you are following this rule, then the other rule is virtually impossible to violate – keeping at least a portion of one foot on the ground at all times.  The really good racewalkers can almost do a running speed, and they barely have partial contact with the ground.

So, I have just finished 12-1/2 laps with this very specific movement at a decent rate of speed, and now I must switch gears to run 50 laps around the track.

Before the race, a spectator in the stands asked me how I thought I would do (before I even ran the 5K).  I thought for a bit (because I only have one 20K under my belt and it was a trail race… and also I did not racewalk a 5K immediately before it), and answered, “I don’t know about time, but I am hoping not to be lapped more than 10 times by the winner.”

The person said to me, “Oh, c’mon, be positive!”

I said, “I AM being positive.  That’s what I’m hoping for.”

There were 5 competitors in the race – Dave Parsel, John Araujo (also from Boeing), Paul Cook (the 50-something coach from OCC) and his friend.  Because at least Dave is vying for the National Age Group record, they need to have a dedicated person for each of us to count and record the time of each and every lap.

I am not able to mount much of a pace (the wheels are coming off) and I keep getting lapped by my competitors.  Dave is averaging 83 seconds per lap for most of the laps and finishes in 1:11 (the record).  Paul Cook runs 1:13 and also sets the record.  Dave laps me 18 (!) times, Paul laps me 16 times.  The only person left is John Araujo, who had already run several shorter races and is tired.  He only laps me 10 times, but he also runs the last 12 laps in his socks.

My timer somewhat drops the ball for me, but it’s not like I am going for a record.  After about 33 laps, my counter says he doesn’t know how many laps I have left.  To stave off boredom, I have been saying the lap count I am on, out loud (OK, maybe it doesn’t help with the boredom, but it does help to remember the laps).  I can’t tell you what my average laps were , but it was considerably slower than everyone else (especially if they all lapped me at least 10 times).  I finish in 1:58, which is a good 26 minutes SLOWER than my best half marathon… and this race is 0.7 miles shorter!

The best part of this event, besides becoming the M30-34 Champion in the 20K and the So. Cal. Overall Champion in the 5K Racewalk was the picture they snapped at the finish line.  I wish I had this picture to share with you.  See, when you do a track race, they snap a photo automatically when each competitor crosses the finish.  This ensures photographic proof, in case it is a photo finish.

In a 20K when the competitors essentially do not finish within seconds of each other, but in minutes (and in my case, 10s of minutes), the picture is laughable.  But what makes it classic is that the camera is set to catch normal-heighted people finishing.  By the time I came in, I was running in the inside lane and the top of the camera is at the top of my neck, so I am captured as the headless finisher.