September 12, 2016
My 100th CONSECUTIVE Boeing 5K! That’s crazy. I still hold the third longest streak behind Nelson’s 101, and Peter Lew’s 120. As long as there isn’t some rain delay or whatever, I will go as long as I am standing.
First mile was the fastest at 7:43, but just after the turnaround, I didn’t feel as good, so I walked a bit (but I can usually ramp up quickly) and managed mile 2 in 8:57, and then finished up in 8:05, for a net time of 24:35, which is precisely my exact time for my last race (albeit 3 miles instead of 3.1).
June 13, 2016
Today is another recovery 5K after an ultra. In case you are new to these posts, I am currently in the middle of a streak with these runs. The runs are held once a month on the second Monday of the month at 11:50am. If there is rain, the run is postponed for a week. If there is rain the following week, it can get cancelled (or postponed to the following month).
I previously had a streak of 57 consecutive runs. This was roughly six years (because there was a year where 3/4 of the runs were cancelled due to construction). I was able to maintain that streak even through getting called to Jury Duty because I ended up with an extended lunch.
On my current streak, I was able to continue despite being released from the hospital a few hours earlier, as well as a few times where I was not going to be in town, but it rained and postponed the event.
There are two people who (currently) have longer streaks than I have – Peter Lew, with 120 consecutive runs (10 years!) and Nelson Slagle with 101 consecutive runs. If all goes well, I should reach 100 consecutive 5Ks in September of this year (pretty much 8+ years). Peter thinks I can reach his record, but it really depends upon what my life has in store in the next couple of years.
So, today, even though I am going to fully walk the course (and not really be competitive), I will continue my streak. For the record, it took me 23 minutes to halfway and 19 minutes coming back. SLOW.
February 9, 2015
Almost 3 weeks off since my last race and this is a mere 5K. We are having a hot winter (well, 70s, but that’s pretty warm) and forecasters say that the world will come to an end in the next month, so I might as well try and run under 8 minutes per mile for my average pace today.
I felt pretty good, but found myself contending with Peter Lew (Mr. Consistency, and Mr. I-Have-the-Most-Consecutive-Boeing-Runs) and I didn’t want to overdo it (in the apocalyptic heat), so I walked about 30 seconds so that I could maintain a comfortable pace. I am pretty happy with my 24:20.