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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 55-59 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: 47.80 Year: 134.77
Brooks Ravenna Lifetime Miles: 20.35
Mizuno Wave Inspire (UT) Lifetime Miles: 295.62
Asics GT 2000 Lifetime Miles: 319.06
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 8.26Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 24.16Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 26.35
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It was 42 degrees...but at least it wasn't raining.  I ran 8.26 miles in an easy pace.  Some of the miles had good splits but I am putting them down as slow miles because the effort was easy.

When I got home from work I received a suprise.......I got a $75 check from the Ogden marathon for my 3rd overall in the Masters division!!!  I still haven't received my check from Salt Lake.......and I'm not holding my breath.

Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 8.26
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It was 44 degrees and sunny this morning....YAY.  I did a tempo run this morning and kept all the miles under 7:00 except for the one up Satterfield hill.  I ran 10.42 miles in a great pace.

5 days til Utah Valley......

Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 10.42
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It was 50 degrees and cloudy this morning.  I ran 8.51 miles nice and easy.  The taper continues.

3 days til the marathon...

Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 8.51
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It was 44 degrees with a light, misty rain this morning.  I ran 5.23 miles nice and easy.  

Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 5.23
Race: Utah Valley Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:11:10, Place overall: 28, Place in age division: 2
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This is hard to write....

 I am in pain and I am extremely depressed.  I was doing just fine until my heel flared-up between mile 22 and 23.  I was in 11th place overall and averaging a 6:40 pace for the entire marathon at mile 22.  I think I originally tweaked my heel 10 days ago doing some downhill mile repeats.  It hurt a bit the next morning and would hurt a little at the start of each run and then be fine within a mile or so. 

At the start of the marathon I felt it a little and then it went away before the first mile marker so I thought I was fine.  I was holding a good pace and had picked-off 2 runners between mile 21 and 22 when it flared-up.  It brought me to a dead stop and I had to hop on my right foot just to slow down.  I tried to stretch it but nothing worked.  I basically had to find a way to half-hop, half jog to the finish.  If this would have happened earlier I would have taken the DNF.  I was winning my age group by over 10 minutes....I still ended up 2nd.  You will see by my mile splits how slow I came in.  The day started I can't even walk.

Here are my splits:

1.   6:37 (some uphill)

2.   6:18

3.   6:29

4.   6:28

5.   6:45 (some uphill again)

6.   6:23

7.   6:23

8.   6:23

9.   6:31

10.  6:28

11.  6:30

12.  6:41  (some wierd turns this mile)

13.  6:38

Half Split 1:25:44

14.  6:33

15.  6:49  (on the trail now)

16.  6:52

17.  6:51

18.  6:50

19.  7:04

20.  7:12  (fighting a gut-ache from my last gel)

21.  7:01  (feeling better)

22.  7:00  (passed 2 runners...last good mile)

23.  9:05

24.  9:36

25.  10:23

26.  11:29

Basically I can hop/hobble a 10-11 minute mile to finish a marathon.  I was easily on a 2:55-2:56 pace.

What I really need right now is a nice slow recovery run to help clear my head and put this behind me.  It will probably be days until this can happen.  I am not a happy person.

Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 26.35
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 8.26Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 24.16Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 26.35
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