"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
From left, are Patsene Dashiell, Kevin Magner, Ione Marcy, Stu Marcy, Valerie Thornock, Dave Hasenpflug, Quinn Danielson, Christine Danielson and Eric Danielson. Photo courtesy of Patsene Dashiell
I'm not getting older. I'm getting faster.
At least, that's what I'm hoping for.
The rain relented just in time for a relatively dry and enjoyable Rhody Run on Sunday in Port Townsend. Nearly 2,000 runners, joggers, walkers and crawlers turned out for the 35th 12-kilometer race.
Winning the race was 29-year-old Joseph Gray in a time of 37:33, a blistering 5:02-per-mile pace. Ridiculous. Former Rhody winner Uli Steidl was 39 seconds back and PT resident Ian Fraser was fourth (41:45). Kristi Houk won the women's division in 44:50, three minutes faster than Trisha Steidl.
Sequim had a nice contingent. Among others, prep sensation Mikey Cobb placed 12th overall with a 44:46 mark and Jay Strickland, who recently cleaned up at the River Center Run on May 11, was 21st overall — and first in the 50-54 age group — with a 47:31 finish.
Me? I did OK. Legs felt a little wobbly after and the hills are not kind to a rapidly aging 36-year-old, but I actually finished in 1:08:24, about four minutes faster than my Bloomsday 12K time from two weeks ago.
I was only 26.5 minutes behind the winner of my age group — Fraser — and placed 36th out of 67 among 35-39 aged dudes and 454th overall. That's a 9-minute, 11-second pace. Meh. I can do better.
In 2003, at the height of my racing prowess (and it's not much better than now, so be prepared to be nonplussed), I finished in just under 63 minutes (see box). I immediately got super slow the next year, adding nine minutes to my time. I've been slowly inching back, getting under 1:09 for the first time since then.
See? Getting faster as I get older. In nine years I've dropped 3:37 off my time. Let's do some math … that's about 24 seconds per year. If I keep this up, I'll win the Rhody in about 77 years — in 2090, just before I turn 113. Sweet!