Runner: Aaron

Years Running: 18

Age: 33

Upcoming Races:

  • Tukwila to Alki Half Marathon, Tukwila and Seattle, WA, USA, 26 January 2019
  • Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash, 10k, Seattle, WA, USA, 9 February 2019
  • Mercer Island Half, Mercer Island, WA, USA, 24 March 2019
  • Everett Half Marathon & 10k, 10k, Everett, WA, USA, 7 April 2019
  • Eugene FULL MAR’Y BAY-BEEE! Eugene, OR, 28 April 2019

Current Goals:

  • Overall health goal: Miss zero planned running days due to injury in 2019.
  • Performance specific: Half marathon under 80 minutes (<3’47″/km). Full ‘thon under 2h55’ (<4’09″/k), <10’30” 3000m steeplechase.
  • Big Hairy Audacious Goals: sub 60′ at the Broad Street Run (10 miler). Sub 57′ 15k (3’45″/k). Sub 17′ 5k road race (on a ~flat course). sub 2:55 1000m on the track. Sub 4:55 1600m/mile on the track.
  • Challenge the Franklin HS twerps who keep targeting my Str^v^ segments!

Long Term Goals:

  • Life-long running happiness.
  • Continue to build my running community — lead workouts, host events, and affect the running culture wherever I live.
  • Complete a sub-3 hour marathon.

Running Accomplishments:

  • Ran 4800+km in 2018!
  • Top of the list has to be to PR at Broad Street (Philadelphia’s signature 10miler) one year post-brain cancer treatments. ????
  • Maximizing my running when I’m healthy.
  • Other accomplishments include coming back from injuries multiple times to regain fitness and restart a training regimen.
  • Podium/near podium finishes at local races: see “Best Races” below.

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Favorite Part About Being a Runner:

Endorphins and the runner’s high! My absolute favorite part about being a runner is the range of emotions I can feel while in the middle of a long, steady run. Long distance trail and road running provides me a space to reflect on my past and help me navigate my future. Getting to the point on my run where it becomes meditative is a truly beautiful feeling. My mind is able to wander and I feel alive. Running gives me purpose. I can turn to running to explore my physical limits. I can use running as a way to satisfy my need for competition. But the best part is the runner’s high. It is no myth! Also, having an excuse to wear split shorts! ????????

Best Races:

Podium/near podium finishes at local races:

  • 1st overall at Magnuson Series: Spring into Action 15k, March 2018
  • 1st overall, at Tukwila to Alki Half Marathon, Jan 2018.
  • 3rd overall, 2nd male at NW Trail Runs’ Redmond Watershed Summer Blast Half Marathon, Aug 2017.

Other notable races:

  • Fall City Day Run, 10k PR (36’28”), June 2018
  • PNTF, 10k XC, Lower Woodland 10k PR (37’29”), November 2018. The 2k loop at Lower Woodland is a doozie!
  • PLU Invitational 8k XC PR (28’47”), September 2018. ~2 mins faster than last year’s season opener!
  • 36 out of 594, and 1st American ( 1 out of 1) and a PR at 5 miles (30’12”) at The Joe Hourigan Memorial, Midleton 5 mile road race, May 2018
  • 45 out of 1,383 overall. P.R. by 2’27” (1h24’49”) at Lake Sammamish Half Marathon, March 2018

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Running Words of Wisdom:

  • “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” I think this is attributed to Steve Prefontaine.
  • “If you continue to set PRs you will eventually have the world record.” – Alan Webb.
  • “Always make sure to hold enough in reserves to put in a *DEVASTATING* kick at the end!” – A. Roche.
  • And anything from Jamin or Island on the board.

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Race Reports:

Tukwila to Alki Half Marathon – 1/26/2019

Fall City Day Run 10k – 6/9/18

Joe Hourigan Memorial Midleton AC 5 Miler – 5/3/18

Lake Sammamish Half Marathon – 3/10/18

Tukwila to Alki Half Marathon – 1/27/18 (Additional Race Report here as well)

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