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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).

2019 Resolution Run 5K: Brisk, cold, puddle-jumping run to launch the new year

My resolutions for 2019 are hardly radical or game-changing. I will try to lose at least five pounds, to make up for those I gained post-surgery in 2018. I will try to exercise every day. I will continue to cut back on … Continue reading

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2018 12Ks of Christmas: Elves, reindeer and Grinches among the 2,100 runners

After a year off for ankle surgery, I was back running the popular 12Ks of Christmas last Sunday (Dec. 16). I’ve done this event 14 times and usually run the 12K. But I ran the 5K race this time, largely because I … Continue reading

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2018 Seattle Half-Marathon: Cool new course for my half No. 39

For more than a decade, the Seattle Marathon or Half-Marathon has been a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for me. Last Sunday (Nov. 25), I resumed this tradition after a two-year break by running the Seattle Half-Marathon. It was my longest run of … Continue reading

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2018 Green Lake Gobble 5K: I’m thankful to still be able to run

It’s Thanksgiving Week. I’ve survived another birthday, another crazy, unreal year of Trump, and another excruciating, maddening, but ultimately winning Oregon Ducks football season. Like most people, I’m thankful at this time of year for a lot of things — for a … Continue reading

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2018 Issaquah Run with the Fishes 5K: Gilman Boulevard becomes a favorite place to run

For the fourth time in the last five years, I helped Issaquahians celebrate their annual community festival by running in the Run with the Fishes 5K last Sunday (October 7). It used to be the Issaquah Salmon Days Run, which had … Continue reading

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2018 Rave Green Run 5.4K: Small run with a big dose of Sounders pride

In looking over September race possibilities, I chose running the Seattle Sounders’ Rave Green Run a second time, three years after doing it the first time. This year’s run, held last Saturday (September 15), was in a different community and seemed … Continue reading

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2018 Columbia Winery 10K Run: Back-of-the-pack jockeying to stay out of last place

In planning my August race schedule, the Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run in Woodinville fit nicely. I wanted to do my 219th road run (since 2001) on that particular weekend and I also wanted to run a 10K. This … Continue reading

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