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Member Since:

Sep 01, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

Started running in 2001.  Have completed over 100 marathons and ultras since then. 

Marathon PR 2:56:04 (2005 St. George)

New PR 2:53:24 (2008 Tucson)

Finished 2nd Overall in 2005 Utah Grand Slam to Paul Peterson.  He beat me by 30 min in every race.

1/2 Marathon PR 1:23:56 (2008 Just Cuz Half Marathon)

Completed the Utah Grand Slam 10 consecutive years (2003-2012).  I don't know if anyone else has done that.

Short-Term Running Goals:

2018 Goals:

Just get back in shape after slacking hard in 2017.

I do half my running in Idaho and half in Utah due to my work.

Maybe run another marathon later in the year.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Maybe run a Marathon once in a while....but I am not in that competitive mode anymore.


I'm in the 50-54 Age Group.....Yikes!

I have been married for over 30 years.  We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

 "Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go"  T.S. Eliot

"Putting miles in your training log (blog) is like putting money in the bank.  You begin to draw interest on it immediately."  Hal Higdon

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Brooks Ravenna Lifetime Miles: 20.35
Mizuno Wave Inspire (UT) Lifetime Miles: 222.65
Asics GT 2000 Lifetime Miles: 257.26
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 10.72Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 8.57Asics 2130 (Blue) Miles: 10.54Mizuno Alchemy 7 Miles: 6.53Mizuno Elixer 3 Miles: 26.20
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It was 40 degrees and sunny...a beautiful morning.  I ran 6.56 miles nice and easy.  Ogden in 6 days!!!

Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 6.56
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It was 45 degrees this morning with some wind, but not too bad.  It is supposed to be 75 today so that will be nice.  I ran 8.57 miles nice and easy.  I will do some faster tempo miles tomorrow to keep fresh for Saturday.

5 days to Ogden.....

Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 8.57
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It was 37 degrees and windy this morning.  I did a good tempo run with 4 MP miles and good pace on all the miles just taking it easy on the uphills.  I ran 10.54 miles in all.

I got my official e-mail that I hit the lottery for St.George!!!!  I always earn my way in through the Grand Slam but it is alot easier and less-stressful this way.

Asics 2130 (Blue) Miles: 10.54
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It was 28 degrees this morning with a Wind Chill (yes, I said wind chill) of 19 degrees.  At least the wind was better than the last couple of days.  I ran 6.53 miles very easy.  Saving it for Saturday.

The weather forecast for the marathon is looking pretty good.  It might even get a little warm by the finish.

3 days........

Mizuno Alchemy 7 Miles: 6.53
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It was 48 degrees and windy this morning, but at least it wasn't in the 20's like yesterday.  I ran 4.16 miles nice and easy.  Legs are feeling good.

2 days.....

Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 4.16
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No run this morning, just doing a bunch of work around the house before I go to work today and then drive to Ogden this afternoon.  A not so funny thing happened to me late yesterday.  I got an e-mail from the Ben Lomond hotel in Ogden saying that their reservation computer had crashed and they were overbooked and I now do not have a room.  I booked that room in early February and I love staying there because it is right where the buses leave from and less than a block from the finish line.  They blocked off rooms at other motels but now I am at the Days Inn which is 8 blocks South and I have to figure out parking and such for the morning.  Worst of all they did not seem to care AT ALL!!!  

 This, however, will NOT spoil my day tomorrow.  I am prepared, and pretty rested.....

Race: Ogden Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:55:23, Place overall: 17, Place in age division: 2
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1.2926.2027.49 I didn't quite PR today.  This was my 2nd best marathon ever but I am a bit disappointed that I wasn't under 2:53 like I wanted.  It was nice and cold at the start, about 39 degrees is what I saw on someone's thermometer.  There were some light winds at times but nothing that really hurt us.

I jogged the 1.1 miles from my motel to the bus pick-up area and got there in plenty of time.  We got to the start a full 1 hour and 15 minutes before starting time and the fires were quite helpful.  I got to meet LOTS of bloggers today before and after the race.  I met Nick Mc, Amber, Riverton Paul, Allie, Dustin, Bill from St. George, and Walter.  I hope I did not forget anybody.  It was fun meeting all those great runners.  

So back to the race.  I started kind of fast and had to back off as I was clipping a 5:50 thru the first 1/2 mile, which is too fast for me.  I settled in to a 6:15-6:20 pace and was doing good thru mile 8.  I made the turn North and passed several people in the next couple of miles but I was not happy with my splits.  How could I be passing people and slowing down so bad.  I had been trailing Bill Cobler since the start and finally passed him around 10 1/2 but it was not a great mile for me.  Dustin passed me around 11 1/2 and he was looking good.  I passed 3 more before the half but still was loosing ground on my goal. 

I crossed the 1/2 in 1:25:45, just 45 seconds off my goal but I could tell that I was fading a bit.  I did the uphill mile 15 in 7:07 but was able to get back in to the 6:35-6:40 range right after that.    Right about mile 15 is when I began to notice the huge hot spot on my right foot as a nasty blister was developing.  I must have had a wrinkle in my sock.  The problem was I was STUCK in the 6:35-6:45 range.  Even down the canyon I could not  go much faster and that blister was feeling like it was going to explode.  I passed the female first place runner at mile 21 and she was having some issues and ended up getting passed at the end.  I was still teetering on the edge of a PR at mile 23 but I knew it would be tough on those narrow, winding trails especially with all the walkers blocking the entire path at times.  I was getting tired and dodging all those people was not fun.  And let's be honest....when I knew my PR was out of reach and I had nobody left to pass or pace with except half-marathon walkers, my motivation level wasn't at it's peak.

I ended up finishing in 17th place, I think.  I will correct it once they actually post overall results.  I did get a 2nd place age group award so that was kind of nice.  The top 4 overall were Seth Wold, Nick McCombs, Fritz Van de Camp, and Walter Brown.  The bloggers did great!!!  My friend Barry Smith from Pocatello ran a 3:08, shattering his old PR of 3:30 so he had a great day as well.

Here are my splits

1.  6:02

2.  6:21

3.  6:16

4.  6:19

5.  6:24

6.  6:21

7.  6:25

8.  6:34

9.  6:45

10.  6:41

11.  6:55

12.  6:45

13.  6:52

14.  6:48

15.  7:07 (hill climb)

16. 6:45

17. 6:47 (the mile I finally passed the dude in the clown suit and BLUE wig)

18. 6:35

19. 6:34

20. 6:41

21. 6:45

22. 6:38

23. 6:26

24. 6:48

25. 7:06 (and the wheels fall off......)

26. 7:08

0.2 6:41

P.S.  Everyone with a GARMIN had the course long by about .2 of a mile.  I had it at 26.39.  I think when they measured it they used the tangents, and then don't let us run them in the canyon.  I also think you add on extras on the trail dodging the walkers and such.  Not an excuse.  I did not earn a PR.  Just an observation.

Mizuno Elixer 3 Miles: 26.20
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 10.72Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 8.57Asics 2130 (Blue) Miles: 10.54Mizuno Alchemy 7 Miles: 6.53Mizuno Elixer 3 Miles: 26.20
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