5/19 – Olympia, WA
The Featured photo above, was taken by Steve Bloom, of the Olympian.
Roman set out to run his race, and his race only at the Capital city Marathon. Roman led from the gun, cruising through the first 14 miles averaging 5:35 per mile. Over the next four miles, Roman slowed to running 5:45’s, before the wheels fell off the last four miles. Still, Roman won the race running 2:33:49, a respectable run in his debut.
When asking Roman if he was alive, he replied “barely”. Roman referred to the last bit of the race as “survival mode”, a mode in-which many debut marathoners and experiences marathoners alike, have so often visited.
Roman will first and foremost recovery from his race, before switching gears entirely to see what he can do on the track in some shorter distances. We believe in changing stimuli, and while Roman is healthy, and the weather is good, we may as well take advantage of the terrific portland-metro racing season.