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.
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).
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.