Thursday, April 10, 2014

Roger's Top 10 Times at Four Distances

It's between seasons and I must be bored. When bored I make lists, but this one has a bit of a purpose. Athlinks.com is the most comprehensive data list for road running and such, while athletic.net has its list for high school athletes and there is an equivalent for NCAA. Athlinks does go back for decades, but it's like finding a jaw bone, a femur and some teeth from some 2 million year old hominid and making inference on it's life. Athlinks has 16:20 or so as my best 5K, 34:06, 10K, and 2:44 marathon. None of those match with reality. So for the four most common distances that we do, I've listed my 10 best times.

A nuance with my running was that my best years as a runner (age 24 to 30) were spent at altitude in Colorado and Nevada. So I have used a 3% conversion factor for those races at 5000 feet and above. Listed in parentheses are the actual time. Some might say that a 33:00 at sea level is the same as a 33:00 at 5000 or 6000 feet. All I can say is Try It, and then get back to me. Nevertheless, I moved to sea level at 31 and enjoyed several good years in which I ran close to what I'd done at altitude.

So if someone does a search, maybe this will pop up in addition to Athlinks: Roger Sayre Running Personal Bests.

5K - I've run a ton of 5Ks in my life, but it was the hardest distance to get on top of (never broke 16 in college and didn't even get very close), and as my running went south in my mid-30s, it was the first to go.

15:11a (15:39 at 5000 ft altitude) Greely 5K, Greely CO, June 1985
15:20a (15:48 at 5000 ft altitude) Colorado Run 5K, Fort Collins, CO, August 1986
15:28a (uncertified) Autumn Run 5K, Steamboat Springs, CO, September 1983
15:31a (16:00 at 5000 ft altitude) Colorado Run 5K, Fort Collins, CO, September 1985
15:34 Empire State Games, Ithaca, NY, August 1989
15:34a (16:03 at 5000 ft altitude) Human Race, Fort Collins, CO August 1985
15:35 Cazenovia 4th of July 5K, Cazenovia NY, July 1989
15:35a (16:04 at 5000 ft altitude) Loveland CO, August 1985
15:39 Empire State Games Qualifier, Syracuse NY, June 1989
15:43 Guthrie Gallop 5K, Sayre, PA, April 1990


10K - I didn't know it until later (mid 20s) but I was probably most naturally a 10K runner. The distance is a blend of speed and endurance. I don't like them as much now, but do wish we had some more opportunity.

31:48a (32:51 at 6000 ft altitude) Coal Country Classic, Craig, CO, October 1983
31:58a (32:58 at 5000 ft altitude) Home Fed Run, Fort Collins, CO, April 1983
32:09a (33:09 at 5000 ft altitude) Loveland, CO, June 1985
32:11 Empire State Games, Albany, NY, July 1991
32:19 Asbury Park 10K, Asbury Park, NJ, August 1989
32:20 Asbury Park 10K, Asbury Park, NJ, August 1991
32:24 Enchanted Mountain 10K/USATF Regional, Olean, NY, September 1990
32:27 Lilac 10K, Rochester, NY, May 1990
32:31 Bismarck Press Run 10K, Bismarck, ND, September 1992
32:31a (33:31 at 5000 ft altitude) Colorado Run, Fort Collins, CO, September 1988


Half Marathon - I PRd at my first attempt at 24 and only ran a handful over the next 20 years. One of my best was the Vail Half in 1986 where I ran 1:22, but the course started at 8,700 and finished at 10,400! It was a good day. Most of my best halves are at age 46 and older. Wish I'd run some more of those back in my 20s and 30s.

1:11:05a (1:13:05 at 5000 ft altitude) Rawhide ½ Marathon, Fort Collins, CO, October 1982
1:13:18 Las Vegas Half Marathon, Las Vegas, NV, December 1988
1:17:27a (1:19:05 at 5000 ft altitude) Colorado Half Marathon, Denver, C0, October 1999
1:18:25 (estimated by memory) Manitoba Half Marathon, Winnipeg, MTB, June 1995
1:18:51 Santa Claus Half Marathon, North Pole, AK, July 2009
1:19:11 Santa Claus Half Marathon, North Pole, AK, July 2005
1:19:16 Trent-Waldron Half Marathon, Anchorage, AK, May 2008
1:19:30 Santa Claus Half Marathon, July 2006
1:19:36 Santa Claus Half Marathon, July 2012
1:19:58 Santa Claus Half Marathon, July 2008


Marathon - Geez only 9 marathon finishes (10 tries)? Those marathon maniacs will run that many in a month and call themselves lazy. Still time for a sub 3 or two, but not at Equinox. Maybe, on a good day, could take a few minutes off that 3:17.

2:29:46a (2:34:24 at 5000 ft altitude) Rawhide Marathon, Fort Collins, CO, October 1983
2:31:15a (2:35:49 at 5280 ft altitude) Mile High Marathon, Denver, CO, May 1983
2:44:24 California International Marathon, Sacramento, CA, December 1999
2:54:02 Mayor’s Marathon, Anchorage, AK, June 2008
3:00:01 California International Marathon, Sacramento, CA, December 2005
3:09:44 Equinox Marathon, Fairbanks, AK, September 2008
3:10:46 Equinox Marathon, Fairbanks, AK, September 2006
3:12:22 Equinox Marathon, Fairbanks, AK, September 2004
3:17:20 Equinox Marathon, Fairbanks, AK, September 2013

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