Marathon training on the Tolt River Pipeline trail

Christine Scullywest and I ran this great trail yesterday. Lots of flat parts with some amazing hills. Here’s the elevation profile:

Tolt Pipeline elevation profile


Christine has run this trail a number of times but it was my first time. It’s a good thing we like hills. We first ran east on a less hilly section, then turned around and ran back past our starting point, all the way to the Sammamish River Valley. We ran a mile or so on the Sammamish River trail so we would have about 15 miles by the time we finished. Since we got a late start, we finished after dusk; the headlamps were handy. It’s a wide, well-surfaced trail. There were bikers, runners, walkers and a few horses along the trail. Some beautiful homes, too. The steepest hill was about mile 11; we slowly and carefully ran a decent part of it.  Here’s a map of our route and a link to the data page at Garmin Connect:

Tolt Pipeline trail


This was a good milestone for this year’s marathon training. Christine will be running the Seattle Marathon for her first marathon on December 1st. I will be running that one with her and also the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton on October 13th.


English Pronunciation and Dialects

This is a great poem that highlights the oddities of English pronunciation. I found it years ago and every couple of years or so, I end up finding it again for a friend after telling them about it. So it finally occurred to me it would be easiest to just have a link to it from the blog.

English Pronunciation!?!

To go along with the above, here’s a website with a lot of information about North American English Dialects.


Jack Roth 5K – First in Age Division

The 8th Annual Jack Roth 5K Rock & Run/Walk was suggested to me as a good neighborhood run for a good cause, so I signed up. It starts and ends at the Bexley High School – you start with a lap around the track and finish the same way. In between you do a big loop around the school in the tree-lined streets of Bexley.

Great weather, about 70°, but that felt pretty warm not long after getting started. In a short race like this, I still wanted to take walk breaks, but I needed to keep them short . I did 6, the longest being about 30-35 seconds, as you can see from the Garmin Connect report.

The last 1/2 mile felt pretty tough, but I managed to stay on pace and finish on an even keel, in 24:04, which is 7:45 per mile.

It was fun to stay around for the end of the race and I also stayed because I thought I had an outside chance at being good enough in my age division to receive a plaque (first 4 in each division). But being first was a very pleasant surprise!