Running for the Fun of It

Odgen Marathon

Previous WeekRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesBill Mandler's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageMonth View
Graph View
Next Week
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!



Member Since:

Sep 01, 2008



Goal Type:


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
Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 17.42Brooks Defyance 4 Miles: 8.03Asics Phoenix 3 Miles: 6.26Mizuno Elixer 4 (new) Miles: 26.35
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 40 degrees this morning.  I ran 8.78 easy miles.

Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 8.78
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 42 degrees and calm this morning.  I ran a couple of miles before our group run on the track.  We ran a warm-up lap and then sets of 300 hard/100 easy.  We did 8 sets.  My right hamstring felt a bit tight on the turns so I tried not to push too hard.  On the 7th set, my hamstrings were feeling good so I pushed on the last straight section and felt a sharp tinge in my right Achilles area.  I immediately slowed and took it easy on the last set.  I ran with Barry very easy a bit before running home.  Total 8.03 miles.  I will definitely keep an eye on that Achilles. 

Brooks Defyance 4 Miles: 8.03
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 48 degrees and calm this morning.  I ran 8.64 miles easy.  The Achilles issue was there, but not a real problem today.

Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 8.64
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was a very comfortable 57 degrees this morning.  I ran a mile before our group run and then ran a few with them before running home.  A very easy 6.26 miles.

Asics Phoenix 3 Miles: 6.26
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

No run this morning.  I drove to Ogden for the marathon tomorrow.  I purchased a pair of compression socks.  With the Achilles issue on Tuesday I thought that this would be a good time to try them for the first time.  I met up with Lowell, Bret, Holly, and Suzette at the expo.  We listened to a talk by Adam Goucher about "The line between Tough and Stupid".  It was good.  I have to admit that I have been on the wrong side of that line more than once.

As we went through the expo, Bret was looking for a 3:30 pace group for her for the race.  They had a 3:35 and a 3:25 but no 3:30.  She was disappointed.

Add Comment
Race: Odgen Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:35:12, Place overall: 326, Place in age division: 30
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

I got up at 3:00am because I had some work to do before I went to catch the bus.  I had a bowl of oatmeal as I worked on my computer.  I was not nervous at all because I had planned on this being a training run as I ran 21 last Saturday and plan on doing that again next week as I prepare for and ultra in June.

I drove to the bus loading area and found a sweet parking spot less than a block from the finish line.  As I was waiting in line for a bus, Lowell, Bret, Holly, and Suzette came by and we all rode the same bus up.  It was fairly chilly on the top and the field was wet from yesterdays rain and the morning dew.  We had small shopping bags on our shoes to keep them dry and found a spot to stretch and get ready.  

As we were talking, Bret mentioned how she wished their was a 3:30 pace team because she wanted some help to try and break 3:30.  I looked at her and said "Well you have one NOW".  She was a bit stunned but I explained to her that this was just basically a fun run for me and I would be happy to try and help her.  We discussed what her strategy would be and got ready. 

The race had already started when we finally made our way through the line at the bag drop truck so we spent the first 3-4 miles working our way through the large crowds.  We kept it steady until the turn at mile 8 and were right on pace.  She struggled a bit coming in to the half and she decided to make a bathroom stop at the half.  I needed to do the same so we both jumped in to the facilities at the half. 

When I came out she had already taken off so I chased after her and caught her on the hill after the 14 mile mark.  After the bathroom stop I went over the 1/2 timing pad around 1:46 and change so we would need to go a bit negative on the 2nd half to get her 3:30.  She looked really good climbing the hill but hit a really bad patch from 15-17.  I told her to just hang on and we would make up the time going down the canyon.

When we crossed the dam, she picked up the pace and I figured we still had a chance.  The next 2 miles were good but I could tell she was running out of gas.  We were still passing lots of runners, but I knew that the 3:30 was getting out of reach.  I kept having to slow my pace so she could keep up.  I know what it's like to try and keep up with someone and I kept reminding myself that "she is working WAY harder than you are so do your best to help her".  I told her to pick a runner to reel in and we would chase them, then pick another.  This worked until we went through the tunnel before mile 23. 

When we hit the trails I could tell she was just hanging on but stayed really tough.  When you hit the point when you know your goal is out of reach today, it gets harder.  When we went by the mile 25 aid station she just grabbed a cup and dumped it over her head and didn't take her normal walk break.  I was so impressed by her fortitude.  When we turned on Grant for the last stretch she said "we need to pick it up so I can be at 3:35:00 or better to qualify for Boston".  We picked up the pace and my Garmin even showed a 5:56 pace in the last mile but we missed it by 12 seconds.  As most of you know, she would have made it if the course wasn't long.  We both had it at 26.37.  I have always had that course come out long, stupid tangents in the canyon anyway.

While I was disappointed that I couldn't help her more, she said she would have been much slower if I wouldn't have been there. 

On a side note, we passed the 3:35 pacer just after mile 15 and he had nobody running with him.  He even threw his balloons in the trash as we passed.  He probably had a 2-3 minute lead on us at the start and we beat him by a long way at the finish.

This run for me was just what I needed effort-wise and I had a great time trying to help a friend.

Mizuno Elixer 4 (new) Miles: 26.35
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 17.42Brooks Defyance 4 Miles: 8.03Asics Phoenix 3 Miles: 6.26Mizuno Elixer 4 (new) Miles: 26.35
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements