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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

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Brooks Ravenna Lifetime Miles: 20.35
Mizuno Wave Inspire (UT) Lifetime Miles: 222.65
Asics GT 2000 Lifetime Miles: 257.26
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Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 17.07Asics Phoenix Miles: 10.84Asics 2140 Miles: 7.26Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 26.39
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It was 44 degrees with a slight breeze this morning.  I ran 8.51 miles easy.

Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 8.51
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It was 44 degrees and raining this morning.  I ran 8.56 miles and got soaked.

Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 8.56
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It was 41 degrees and breezy this morning.  I ran a nice, easy 6.63 miles.

Asics Phoenix Miles: 6.63
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It was 39 degrees and humid this morning after last nights rain.  I ran 7.26 miles, 5 of them with Bob so they were nice and easy.

Asics 2140 Miles: 7.26
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It was 38 degrees this morning.  I ran a nice, easy 4.21 just to stay loose for tomorrow.  I don't have any grand expectations for my finish time.  I have a master plan to peak in September/October so my time tomorrow will be fairly slow compared to last year.

Asics Phoenix Miles: 4.21
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Race: Ogden Marathon (26.39 Miles) 03:29:02
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It all started pretty well....

I stayed the night before the race with some friends at a condo at Wolf Creek so we did not have to catch the buses early because we were able to drive to the start.  That's the good news.

It was chilly at the start (32) but you could tell the day was going to get warm very quickly, and it did.  I started in a conservative pace as I did not have any aspirations of a PR today.  I was averaging 7:01 through 6 miles and was feeling good.  I took my gel after the 6 mile mark and made sure I focused to keep my pace while I ate as I sometimes slow a bit when I do this.  Mile 7 is fairly flat and I was feeling good so I pushed the pace ever so slightly.  I did mile 7 in 6:54 and was thinking I could be under a 3:10 with how I was feeling.

Then the pain started.  That stupid lower abdominal/upper groin issue that I have had problems with started to come back.  Mile 8 was a 7:03 and things went downhill from there.  By the time I got to the half in just under 1:36 I was in major pain.  I had a decision to make.  My friend Barry passed me just before the hill after 14 and he noticed how bad I looked.  I told him that I did not know if I would finish, and at that point I really did not know.

When I got to the crest of the hill at 14.3 I stopped at the aid station and tried to stretch for a minute.  That made the pain bearable (probably a 3 or 4) and I continued on.  I ended up having to do this for the rest of the run.  I stopped at each aid station and stretched for a minute.  When I would continue on the pain would be dull but would gradually increase to about a 7 or 8 by the next aid station.  I knew that this was now a training run and I stopped looking at my watch and headed for the finish slowly.

There are only 3 reasons I finished today:

1.  This is part of the Grand Slam.

2.  It is a downhill finish from 18-23 so I could stumble my way in.

3.  I am pig-headed and probably needed the miles anyway.

After how well I did last year this was not a fun day.  This stupid pain issue only bothers me when I try to run fast.  I can run slow all day long.

Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 26.39
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 17.07Asics Phoenix Miles: 10.84Asics 2140 Miles: 7.26Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 26.39
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