It ain't Chinese algebra!

Pear Blossom

Recent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesLittle Bad Legs's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!



Member Since:

Nov 02, 2005



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

5K: 15:41-Portland Track Festival 2010

10K: 31:34-Linfield College (Track) 2012

10 Mile: 51:57-Pear Blossom 2009

1/2 Marathon: 1:10:42-Foot Traffic Flat 2010

Marathon: 2:29:35-Newport 2013

Short-Term Running Goals:

Next Race:

12-hour race, sometime in 2019

Long-Term Running Goals:

Sub 1:10 Half Marathon

Sub 2:30 Marathon

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Kivara Trail Lifetime Miles: 211.20
Altra Escalante (Boston) Lifetime Miles: 291.10
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Lifetime Miles: 100.00
Hoka Speedgoat Lifetime Miles: 55.40
Kinvara 8 (Green) Lifetime Miles: 341.20
Altra (Black) Lifetime Miles: 111.50
Kinvara 9 (Grey) Lifetime Miles: 140.00
Race: Pear Blossom (10 Miles) 00:51:57, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance

I've been looking forward to running this race since last April.  I moved here in June and frequently heard about what a big event it was and the quality of competition that showed up each year.  I knew some amazing runners would be lined up, specifically:

-Max King: 4 time winner and course record holder in 49:29.  King went to high school @ Crater and the guy is amazing.  2 weeks ago he ran for the US Cross Country team in Amman, Jordan where he took 40th overall and 3rd for the Americans.  He was 2 spots away from going to Beijing in the Steeplechase after a 5th place finish @ the Trials last year and last weekend he won a 50 mile race in California in 6:04:44.  Yikes.

-Damian Baldovino: 2002 Champion and frequent runner-up to King.  Last year, at 41 years old, Baldovino took 3rd and set an age group record when he crossed the line in 52:01.  Smoking fast.

-Erik Skaggs: I swear, this guy is part mountain goat (I mean that as a total compliment).  I ran against him in March 2007 @ Ashland's Tar & Trail 6 mile race.  We stayed together through 2-3 miles but as soon as we hit the hills, he left me in the dust.  He was ranked as the 11th best Ultrarunner of the year in 2008 by Ultrarunner Magazine.  BTW, his brother Kyle was ranked as the 2nd best ultrarunner in 2008 after, among other things, he destroyed the course record @ Hardrock 100 in Colorado.

-JJ Moses: Don't know much about him other than former SOU runner and he ran a 1:13 half in February, virtually by himself as he beat 2nd place by roughly 7 minutes.

-Probably others that I haven't met or heard of yet.  Last years champion was John Lucas from Eugene (50:06) but he decided to stay home and continue to train for the Eugene marathon in 3 weeks.  Past people involved have been Bill Bowerman, Frank Shorter, Billy Mills, Mary Decker Slaney, etc.  Needless to say, this is a big race/ weekend for Medford.

Anyway, to the morning events......

Perfect weather for a race: 45 degrees, a few clouds and no wind.  I ran 3 miles to loosen up and made it to the starting line with a couple minutes to spare.  Course was out-and-back 5 miles and pancake flat from start to 4, then an uphill and downhill to 5.  Turn around and back up the hill, down the hill and flat to the finish. 

The gun went off and King immediately took the lead.  I think I stuck with him for about 300 meters. :)  After 1 mile he had about 10 seconds on myself and the other 4 runners I was with.  The guy is amazing.  So.....baring some major catastrophe, the rest of us are running for 2nd place, just as I'd figured.  By mile 4 the pack behind King was down to myself and 2 others; 1 guy I don't know and another named Trevor (JJ's running partner).  Trevor and I broke the 3rd guy going up the hill before the turnaround and Trevor pulled away slightly between 5 and 6.  I stayed 2-3 seconds behind Trevor and caught him right at mile 7 and tried to blow past him to break his confidence.  Didn't work.  The guy hung with my surge and passed me back withing 20 seconds.  I figured I was toast and would have to settle for 3rd as Trevor put 5-6 seconds between us.  I was hurting something fierce and didn't feel like I could push much harder, but the good thing was Trevor wasn't putting anymore distance between us and by 8.5 I slowly started to catch up.  Right at mile 9 I surged again, caught Trevor and really tried to blow past him.  This time it worked and I held on for a 2nd place finish.  The last mile was a straight shot and it was rough seeing the finish line so far out.  I'd look at my watch and tell myself 'just 4 more minutes of pain.....just 2 more minutes of pain...'  Either way, it worked and I was shocked when I crossed the finish-line sub-52.  I was shooting for anywhere between 53:00-55:00.


 Mile Split Total Time

I'm pleased with the even pacing and the quick final mile when I was feeling less than good.  Also happy with the negative split.  In fact, as I look at my splits, I would have set PR's in the 5k, 5 mile, and 10k distances today.  I'm pumped for Eugene in 3 weeks.  Oh yeah, and Max King broke his own course record by 8 seconds when he won in 49:21.

Y2 (191), White (518)

From paul on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 16:00:23 from

Awesome job, that's a great time. I totally relate to the "x minutes of pain left" countdown. I do that most races.

From Little Bad Legs on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 16:11:05 from

Thanks Paul. Huge compliment coming from you!

From Burt on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 17:20:54 from

Great job. Awesome report, too.

From Barry on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 21:54:16 from

Great job on your race today!

From johnr on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 19:25:13 from

That's a great time for a 10 miler...looks like things are shaping up well for you. Keep up the good training & racing.

From Harris on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 21:53:41 from

Great job on the race. I was on today and saw a link to your race. It was mostly about King, but it mentioned you and the results. You should check it out.

From Little Bad Legs on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 01:09:55 from

Thanks for the comments guys.

Harris-thanks for the link. And good luck in Boston!

From dave holt on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 16:50:16 from


Smoking! Man that really is a sweet. Congrats.

From Robert on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 14:40:56 from

Awesome job! I dream of running 10 that fast.

From Little Bad Legs on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 22:19:42 from

Dave, Robert-Thanks!

Add Your Comment.
  • Keep it family-safe. No vulgar or profane language. To discourage anonymous comments of cowardly nature, your IP address will be logged and posted next to your comment.
  • Do not respond to another person's comment out of context. If he made the original comment on another page/blog entry, go to that entry and respond there.
  • If all you want to do is contact the blogger and your comment is not connected with this entry and has no relevance to others, send a private message instead.
Only registered users with public blogs are allowed to post comments. Log in with your username and password or create an account and set up a blog.
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements
New Kids on the Blog
(need a welcome):
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):