2014 Run with the Fishes: Last warm-weather run of the year

FishesRun1I started this post just after doing the Issaquah Run with the Fishes on Oct. 5. But finishing it fell to the backburner until after a trip my wife Liz and I took to New York to, among other things, see our daughter Molly. Just getting it done now.

The first weekend of October has always seemed a safe time for a road run. For a couple of years, I did the Portland Marathon on this weekend. These days, I’ve been regularly doing a run in Issaquah. Previously it was called the Issaquah Salmon Days Run, but in 2013, the name was changed — for reasons I am not aware of — to the Issaquah Run with the Fishes.

FishesRun5Also, the Salmon Days run had a 10K that I regularly did. But that’s OK. The name change and the switch to a 5K-only event is fine with me. It remains a flat course, a family event, and a run for all ages with a real community flavor. Oh, and the weather never seems to disappoint: moderate temperatures and dry, sunny skies.

With my last organized bike ride of 2014 a week earlier, and the start of a new job at Allytics that next day, I had very little time to run or train for this race. It probably wouldn’t have mattered. I ran for my third-best 5K time for 2014 (out of six races at the 3.1-mile distance) of 36:48 (11:52 per mile), and it was as good as I could expect. Full results are here.

FishesRun9The only regret is that this loop in and around Gilman Boulevard and Front Street in Issaquah is extremely FLAT. If ever I was to break any speed records, it would have to happen here. Alas, the only records I am likely to break anymore are made of vinyl.

But I continue to enjoy running, despite a bad left ankle that forces me to run gingerly and with a bit of a limp. This was 11th road run of the year and my 172nd overall since 2001. While I’ve run 21 marathons and 33 half-marathons, I estimate my 5K total to be well more than 70 and growing. For someone who limits running to one day a week to preserve his ankle (I walk most every other day), 5Ks are the most favorable distance to tackle.

FishesRun6What’s next? I have a few runs I always do to end the year, including the Seattle Half-Marathon and the 12Ks of Christmas in Kirkland. I’ll probably do the Mustache Dache 5K again too — maybe my former Zones colleagues will do it with me again in 2014.

Oh, and I’m not doing the Dawg Dash this year. I will be at the Duck-Husky game in Eugene this weekend.

Thanks for reading. Till next time.

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About monteenbysk

I am not an elite runner or bicyclist, though I am friends with many. I run, walk, and bike for fun and the health benefits. I can get you to the finish but probably not to the Boston Marathon (and especially not to the Tour de France).
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2 Responses to 2014 Run with the Fishes: Last warm-weather run of the year

  1. Pingback: 2015 Issaquah Run with the Fishes 5K: Popular run that organizers would like to keep small | Monte's running commentary

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