This was my first time doing the Seattle Marathon 10K — a race held three months ahead of the main Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon races in late November. Despite being tied to one of Seattle’s largest and most prestigious running events, this 10K was pretty much like any other 10K I’ve done.
Scheduling this 10K for Saturday, Aug. 22, is likely an effort by organizers to jump-start training and awareness of the big Thanksgiving weekend event — I can think of no other reason for having it three months earlier.
The Seattle Marathon 10K has been held in August for at least two years, maybe more. There was 5K added to the main event sometime in the last decade, as Seattle Marathon organizers sought ways to increase the overall event turnout. But it looks like from the SeattleMarathon.org website and schedule that the 5K is not being held this year.
I have done either the full or half marathon for 12 of the last 13 years. I am likely to do the half again this year; the last full Seattle Marathon I did was in 2012.
But I digress. This post is about the Seattle Marathon 10K, which started and ended at Gas Works Park in Seattle’s Fremont area and had 818 finishers.
This run was my post-surgery 10K best
It was officially my best post-ankle surgery 10K time of 1:17:10 (12:26 per mile). That is because the previous 10K I ran in June was on a Snoqualmie Valley Run course marked incorrectly (too short) and, therefore, my better time of 1:13:47 didn’t count. Full results of the Seattle Marathon 10K are here. (My 10K PR is 51:44 in 2005.)
The most interesting thing about this run was what happened to me near the end of the first mile. As we ran westward on the Burke-Gilman Trail, I had music blasting from my headphones. I was listening to a song about the most famous phone number in rock-and-roll — 867-5309 — when a woman running beside me stopped and took off her knee brace. Next thing I knew, she was yelling at me as I ran. I reluctantly turned off my headphones to hear her.
“Do you need this knee brace?” she asked. In other words, she watched my slightly awkward running style, with a bit of a limp because of my bad left ankle. She thought I was having knee trouble. It was very sweet and considerate of her. But somewhat embarrassing for me. I didn’t know that I looked like I am hurt when I run — particularly in the first mile or two before my ankle warms up.
“No, I am OK,” I told her. “I have a bad ankle, and this is how I run. But, thanks.” OK, she said; just wanting to help. I tried to stay up with her and her friend, to show her I was OK, but they moved ahead and I could not catch them.
What happens is that my ankle warms up and I run more naturally after a couple of miles. Oftentimes, I can run the second half of a race faster than the first half. At any rate, I’m glad I don’t have a video of me running, because I probably wouldn’t like seeing it.
I did have a strong finish, however, and I felt good about my race. This 10K run was an out-and-back first on the west side of Gas Works Park, toward Ballard, and then another out-and-back on the east side, toward the University of Washington. More than half the run was on the Burke-Gilman Trail, the rest on neighboring streets.
8K, 9K, 10K in a row
One other interesting tidbit about this 10K: You had to finish it to get an event shirt. They handed them out at the finish line — short-sleeved tech shirts in either green, yellow or blue (I opted for blue). That is rare for a 10K that you had to finish to get a shirt, and is unlike the Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon races, where you get participant shirts and can buy finisher’s shirts a day or two before the race.
What’s next? I am running the Labor Day Half 4-Mile Run, sponsored by Overlake Medical Center, at Marymoor Park. I wanted to do the half-marathon at that event, but am just not trained yet. I will do a half-marathon later this fall.
That’s it. Thanks for reading! Till next time.