April is usually the month that I celebrate my Seahawk pride by running the Seahawks 12K Run in the team’s hometown of Renton. But that popular race is on hiatus in 2019. The event website promises “an exciting new event in the near future,” which may or may not be a road run. We’ll see.
So I chose another April run, the smaller, low-key Beat the Bunny 5K Run at Marymoor Park. This race last Saturday (April 13), organized by the city of Redmond, was as much for kids as it was for fitness-minded adults. It also took place in wet, somewhat windy weather, on a course that included sections of grass and gravel as well as park trails and a half-mile on the Sammamish River Trail.
All that was fine. I got my fastest 5K time since my second ankle surgery (Dec. 18, 2017), and even beat the bunny — though both of those accomplishments come with asterisks. The first asterisk is because the alleged 3.12-mile course may not have been marked accurately and may have been shorter than a 5K. I only say this because my MapMyRun app tracked it at 3.02 miles, although it could have been wrong too.
Let’s just say the course was marked correctly, and give me the credit. I’ve gotten no notification from anyone that it wasn’t.
Meanwhile, the “bunny” in this race was a man partially dressed in a bunny suit who could have easily finished in the top five. But he chose to stay near the back of the pack — right behind me, for much of the race — to pace and inspire slower runners like me. He’d get right behind me or beside me, making sure I was pushing myself. I was. The bunny made me run as hard as I could.
Near the 3-mile marker, he passed me to escort to the finish line a woman and her son who were just ahead of me.
But about 15 feet in front of the finish line, the bunny stopped and faked an injury. He let me and numerous others pass him. He then ran in circles and eventually crossed the finish line beside a woman laboring to get to the end. So, technically, I beat the bunny by almost a minute, but it was a ruse.
Nice to shave my 5K time a bit
This pre-Easter race had only 291 finishers, but still was fun and a good workout. I finished in 36:43 (11:50 per mile), almost two minutes faster than my previous 5K bests in 2018 or 2019. (My 5K PR is 24:32 in 2005, so I realize I am well passed my prime.) I also got second place out of four in my age group. Full results are here.
This was my fifth road run of the year and my 229th overall. It was a nice break between extremely busy recent workweeks at Allytics, where big Microsoft spring marketing campaigns are keeping us hopping. It also was less grueling than last month’s Mercer Island Half Marathon, where I completed my 40th half-marathon, accomplishing a goal I set before my latest ankle surgery in late 2017.
Now, I’m looking forward to a week of vacation!
That will be followed by my annual switch to bicycling. I am signed up for the Seattle Bike-n-Brews Ride (37 miles through south Seattle and south King County) on May 5. I also plan to ride the Emerald City Ride (12 miles through Seattle) on May 26 and the Flying Wheels 67-mile route (through the Snoqualmie Valley) on June 1. All these rides are put on by the Cascade Bicycle Club.
I may try to work in a road run in May, but definitely will get back to running in June, perhaps for Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half-Marathon or 5K. The last time I ran Rock ‘n’ Roll was in 2011, the year my ankle problems got bad enough to require my first surgery.
A couple of shout-outs
Congrats to former Ragnar Relay teammate Larissa Martin Ralph for her 7th Boston Marathon finish last week. It was her 50th marathon overall. Impressive, Larissa! Just qualifying for Boston is an accomplishment, but Larissa does it routinely.
A shout-out too to my Allytics teammate R.J. Taylor for her nice run at today’s (April 20) Tenacious Ten 10-mile run. R.J. is our fastest runner and leader of our running group at Allytics. Nice job, R.J.!
Thanks for reading. Happy Easter, everyone!