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).
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.
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!
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).
July 11, 2016
All weekend I volunteered at the Santa Barbara 100M/100K. It’s always so inspirational to watch people finish this race, because it is so difficult. (I have run some similar courses in here and had mixed results.) You think of Santa Barbara of having a temperate clime, but this is not the coast.
Things went better this year, logistically speaking. Less confusion, better radio reporting, less running around with chicken heads chopped off.
I was up almost the entire time (36+ hours), so I don’t expect a great run this morning, but would like something comparable to last week’s 5K or 10K races.
First mile was 7:37 and second mile was 8:01.
For my third mile, since I was destined to finish under 8:00/mile pace, I slowed down a bit. Why? Because today is a prediction run and I had predicted 24:47 (sub-8:00 pace) and knew I would be less close to that unless I slowed down… so last 1.1 mile was in 8:54 and I finished in 24:35.
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.
May 9, 2016
It’s been almost two weeks since I got my cast off and I have been doing some moderate running. For the first week or so, I had to force my arm into a higher swinging position, because otherwise, it just hangs there limp. I can’t really swing it, and I’m still not supposed to lift anything with it (let it heal, in other words).
However, I AM able to run decently well, because my legs were not injured in the accident, it’s just a matter of how much additional velocity I can get if I can’t really swing my arms.
Today at Boeing, I get SOME quizzical looks because it was only 4 weeks ago that I came straight from the hospital to “run.”
It goes OK. As I said above, my arm swinging isn’t that great, so my momentum is stilled a bit, but I still manage to get to the turn-around in 12:34.
I end up negative splitting slightly (12:19) on the way back, but the most frustrating part is when someone passes me near the end and I cannot do anything about it, because I can’t use my pendulum arm swing to slingshot past the person, but hey, eight-minute miles are awesome after having surgery a month ago.