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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 6 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: 24.21 Month: 69.43 Year: 386.32
Brooks Ravenna Lifetime Miles: 20.35
Mizuno Wave Inspire (UT) Lifetime Miles: 215.63
Asics GT 2000 Lifetime Miles: 186.53
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7 #2 Miles: 13.21Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 16.53Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 28.72Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 10.45Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 12.93
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It was 59 degrees this morning.  I felt kind of sluggish this morning when my run started so I figured I would probably go about 10 miles.  After about 7 or so I started to feel really good.  It was probably all the good rest I got yesterday.  I decided to stretch out the run and push the last 5 miles and it was great.  I ran 13.21 miles finishing the last 3 in the 6:40-6:50 range.

Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7 #2 Miles: 13.21
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It was 60 degrees and a bit windy this morning.  I was feeling a bit sluggish so I did not push really hard today.  I ran 16.53 in a nice steady pace with just a few fast miles mixed in.

Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 16.53
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It was 58 degrees this morning.  I ran 12.34 miles....nothing special, just an easy run.

Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 12.34
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It was 58 degrees and breezy.  I started out feeling tired because I woke up early this morning.  Lots of stress and nervousness for the wedding on Saturday.  My first mile I felt klunky and slow then I warmed up nicely.  I think the run is just what I needed.  I ran 16.38 miles with 9 nice tempo miles in the middle.

Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 16.38
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It was 57 and breezy this morning.  Just a quick 10.45 miles and then on to yard work before our company shows up.

Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 10.45
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Race: The Poky Run (6.2 Miles) 00:38:28, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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It was 50 degrees, cool and cloudy with some wind Saturday morning.  This was the 4th race in a 5 race series.  I probably would have skipped it due to the wedding but I am winning the series so I wanted to hold that place.  I actually drove to the start because I needed to rush off immediately after the race to set-up for the wedding.

Barry Smith and I did some nice slow warm-up miles around Chubbuck and the temperatures were great but there was a little bit of a SW wind at times so I knew we could have some headwind issues in mile 3 of the race.

At the start of the race a nice group of 3 of us set a nice leading pace.  It was Dan Grimes and a really fast girl that I did not know.  Dan is a fast runner and I don't think I have ever beat him.  The 2 of them ran shoulder to shoulder and I tucked in right behind them in a pace that seemed pretty comfortable.  There were actually times that I felt I could pull around but I knew better.  You don't get awards for being the leader in mile 2.....  This was actually one of the smartest races I have run.

We stayed together through the first 3.8 miles.  When we turned on Cottage after the headwind Dan made his move and I could not quite match it.  I picked up the pace a bit but knew I was right at my limit and I did not want to flame out at the end.  He built about a 20-25 yard lead on me by the time we hit the 5 mile mark.  I think I was about 10-15 yards ahead of the girl in 3rd by this point but I never looked back as I kept focusing on Dan.

We entered the park for the final half a mile and I tried to close on Dan and did just a bit but could not catch him.  I watched him cross the finish line just ahead of me and I took 2nd.  This was actually a new 10K PR for me and I feel good about that.

Here are the splits:

1.  6:15

2.  6:15

3.  6:27  (some headwind on this mile)

4.  6:19

5.  6:22

6.  6:19

.2  5:55  (trying to catch Dan)

I did not stay for the awards or raffle.  I spent the rest of the day setiing up for the wedding inside, because of the rain, and then set it up outside because it finally cleared up.  The wedding went great and my daughter had a wonderful day that I will never forget.  I set a 10K PR Saturday and never really thought about it until Sunday.  We worked hard for her wedding and it all turned out perfect.  I am pretty exhausted and feel like I ran a marathon yesterday.

Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 12.93
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Mizuno Wave Alchemy 7 #2 Miles: 13.21Asics 1130 (Zinc) Miles: 16.53Asics 2120 (Gold) Miles: 28.72Asics 1130 (Red) Miles: 10.45Mizuno Elixer 4 (Treadmill) Miles: 12.93
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