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Race report: Shooting for 21 years
by on Monday, October 24, 2016

As most of you probably know, one thing I take great pride in is my consistency. I may not have the great peaks that some runners around me have had but I keep plugging away all the time. The best representation of that is my streak of consecutive years having run at least one sub-17 5K.

I never broke 17 minutes in high school. My first ever sub-17 didn't come until I was about a month shy of my 19th birthday. However, once I went sub-17, I haven't looked back. No, not every 5K I've run sin ...

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Hootie Hustle - 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

The weather for race day seemed like it wouldn’t be very promising to set a PR. Ryan and I had discussed this and I decided that, like Ryan said, we don’t need to worry about time just place. I figured I would do my best to get and stay ahead of as many people as possible and then pass as many as I could while gutting it out to the end.

My wife Debby came out to support me and that was nice to have her drive (and be there for me) so I could refocus my race day nerves and anxiety. She h ...

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Race report: 2016 Hootie Hustle 5K
by on Thursday, September 1, 2016

I'm cheating a little bit and this week's blog post will be my race report. At this point, I don't intend to make this a regular thing but I simply have too much going on right now. Hopefully, things will settle in over the next week or two and I'll be back on a regular routine.

My lead up to this race wasn't ideal. It's been a very busy summer in general, then it turns out the Hootie Hustle happened to be exactly 3 months before the Seattle Marathon, which meant I spent the 2 weeks before th ...

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Kenosha YMCA Firecracker Run 5K
by on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Was not planning on this race at all it came up as a last minute opportunity so Coach Hill and I fit it into the schedule. Had a little something to eat about 2.5 hours prior to race start time as that worked very well for the Hootie Hustle last year and the Deer Run this year. The family and I left early as it was a long drive from Port Washington to Kenosha. I tried some meditating to ease my pre-race anxiety and nerves.

We got there in plenty of time, I registered and eventually warme ...

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Looking for a shortcut?
by on Thursday, June 16, 2016

You picked the wrong sport.

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Race report: 2016 Deer Run 5K
by on Tuesday, May 3, 2016

After tuning up two weeks earlier at a small local 5K, I stepped up my game and showed up at the Deer Run. Pre-race, I told myself if I improved by 20 seconds over the prior race (17:43) I'd consider it a good race. If I improved by 30 seconds, I'd consider it a great race. If all the stars aligned, maybe I could even take a crack at sub-17, though a 44 second improvement in two weeks seems like a tall order.

I could begin to see early in the week that the stars wouldn't align. Monday, we had ...

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Race Report - Deer Run 5K
by on Sunday, May 1, 2016

I like to be pretty early to my races so when I was leaving 15 minutes behind schedule I was a bit anxious but I still had plenty of time. I arrived on-site and walked to check in and pick up my race packet. I asked if Ryan Hill had checked in yet and they stated that he had. I went back to my car to pin on the race bib and noticed only two pins in the packet. Its a good thing I always have at least eight pins in my car at all times. After pinning on my race bib I went to find Ryan. I knew ...

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Race report: 2016 Autism Awareness 5K
by on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last year, I was looking for a local 5K to shake up the legs and get my running back into a rhythm after a vacation. I found a 5K relatively close to home at just the right time. It happened to be in its first year but I wasn't really concerned about anything other than getting in a hard effort in a race day atmosphere. So I did it.

While the people were good, I didn't have a whole lot of interest in returning to the event. The people seemed to care but the event was nothing special. Then, th ...

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Race report: going for two decades
by on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I have a feeling this is going to get long so I'll break it into sections.

Background

For those of you who aren't aware, one of my proudest personal accomplishments as a runner is my streak of consecutive years with a sub-17 minute 5K. It may seem monumental for some to run a single sub-17 5K, while for others such a run is barely a workout. For me, it took a lot of work to get under 17 minutes in the first place and it takes a lot of work to stay there.

How much work did it take ...

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Al's Run 2015
by on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I was the first of Team Hillrunner to arrive but I always like to be early for races – I get anxious if I am not. As always, I also have a lot of nervous energy before a race and usually pace around like a caged animal. So this time I made sure that I drank water, used the facilities and then meditated. I concentrated on my breathing to relax myself. Eventually, three of our team members showed up; Josh Jackett, Gerald Cameron and Dave Dehart. We chatted and I pinned the bib on my Team Hi ...

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