I RAN AND COMPLETED MY 12/12/60th BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE. 12 MARATHONS IN 12 MONTHS (FEB 5,2011 - FEB 19, 2012)
ST GEORGE MARATHON, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2018
THE BOSTON MARATHON, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019
DESERET NEWS, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011
OGDEN MARATHON,2004, 2005, 2011
PARK CITY MARATHON, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
TOP OF UTAH MARATHON, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011.
UTAH VALLEY MARATHON, 2010, 2011.
THE COWTOWN MARATHON, 2011
THE HOOVER DAM MARATHON, 2011
THE DALLAS WHITE ROCK MARATHON, 2011
THE SURF CITY USA MARATHON, 2012, 2013
THE LOST DUTCHMAN MARATHON, 2012
THE LAYTON MARATHON, 2013
THE MT NEBO MARATHON, 2014
ATHENS GREECE AUTHENTIC MARATHON, Nov 8, 2015
THE GREEN BAY MARATHON, MAY 22, 2016
THE CIM, DEC 4, 2016 "BQ"
THE HUNTSVILLE FULL MONTE MARATHON, SEPT 16, 2017 "BQ X 2, 2019
62 MARATHONS -
1st Marathon, St. George Marathon, OCTOBER 3, 1998. (ZERO DNF'S)
62nd & Latest Marathon, The Huntsville Full Monte Marathon, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019. (ZERO DNF'S)
158 OVERALL RACES SINCE JUNE 4, 1998 UNTIL TODAY. (ZERO-DNF'S)
"PAY ME NOW OR PAY ME LATER"
Short-Term Running Goals:
RUN A 17:00 5K
RUN A 38:00 10K
RUN A 90:00 1/2 MARY
RUN A SUB 3 HR FULL MARY (I know I will never hit this one, but I will keep on trying)
RUN THE BOSTON MARATHON, AGAIN!
"THERE WILL BE DAYS THAT I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN RUN A MARATHON, BUT THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIFE TIME KNOWING THAT I HAVE!"
Long-Term Running Goals:
MY 2019 RUNNING SCHEDULE: (so far)
1. THE 123rd BOSTON MARATHON, APRIL 15, 2019 (FINISHED)
2. THE NESTLE 5K, JUNE 1, 2019 (1ST PLC AD)
3. DESERET NEWS 10K, 24 JULY 2019 (3RD PLC AD)
4. THE HUNTSVILLE FULL MONTE, SEPT 21, 2019
5. TURKEY TROT / VETERAN'S DAY 5K, NOV 16, 2019
MY 2020 RUNNING SCHEDULE: (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
2. NESTLE 5K
3. SANDY CITY CLASSIC 5K
4. DESERET NEWS 10K
5. PORTERS 1/2 MARATHON
7. U of U HOMECOMING 5K.
MY GOALS.....My goal is to be an Age Division Winner and a Boston Marathon Qualifer & Participant as long as I can run this short, fat, tired old man body down the road!!! This gettin' old crap isn't for the weak of heart, mind, body or spirit!
"IMPROVISE, ADAPT & OVERCOME"
I'm still alive after all these years (68) and I'm continuing to live my dreams and I'm doing it my way! Retired Former State of Utah Police Criminal Investigator! Two former wives, three former kids (two former boys & one former girl) and three former cats.
what a gorgeous day for a run. 45 degrees, windy, total cloud cover. 16 miles in a garbage bag!!!! What more could a body desire except it's all in the bank! 14 days and a wake-up and it's time to do the Boston!
PC2-2 Miles: 16.00
From allie on Sun, Apr 06, 2014 at 16:48:42 from 184.108.40.206
good luck with the taper.
From Tom Slick on Sun, Apr 06, 2014 at 17:04:56 from 220.127.116.11
Allie - Yes, it's true, only 14 days and a wake-up. Thanks Ms. Allie, I will try my hardest not to run too much between now and show time in Boston.
From Tom Slick on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 at 10:59:21 from 18.104.22.168
From Tom Slick on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 at 10:58:01 from 22.214.171.124
OK, here we go....it's now 15 days till the Boston Marathon. It's really time to get your taper on. The time for hard training has passed and given way to getting rested and getting any and all the nagging injuries under control.
A shot from the past...
Postby Tom Slick on Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:51 am
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by Tom Slick on Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:40 am
Here is the Boston Marathon course thru my eyes......this year I will be running so slow I will really be able to see it.
The first mile and a half drops sharply but after that it goes rolley polly little hills and gets better about 10 miles out. Start your race out slower than your predicted marathon race pace, probably 5 to 10 seconds slower. I try to hold this pace out to about mile 5.
I noticed that this part of the course is full of mild hills, nothing to worry about. Pay attention to the slant of the road here and run in the top third of the road so you won't wander towards the gutters. Start to focus in on your race and continue to quicken your pace to above your predicted marathon race pace all the while preparing for the hills to come. And Baby there coming!!!
Wellesley Square to Lower Newton Falls (13.5 - 16 miles) elevation drops 71 feet
The course continues to be the same little hills till you hit the base of Lower Newton Falls at about 14.5 miles (the real half way point in the marathon), then at about 15.5 miles the elevation drops 124 feet in the next half mile which brings you to the "Killer Chain" at Newton Falls which are the steepest and longest on the course. This 3/4 of a mile will wreck your legs if you run it too fast. Stay on the top third of the road to avoid slower runners and to get the best level footing. Get prepared for the screaming women at Wellesley College, nothing I can say can get you prepared for the mile long Scream Tunnel,move to the left of the road if you want to avoid the hand slapping and save the hearing in your right ear, You'll never forget it!
Lower Newton Falls to Cleveland Circle (16 - 22 miles) elevation rises 67 feet to 259 feet at the top of Heartbreak Hill.
So get ready to use all your hill training here. The hills terrace up and end with the famous "Heartbreak Hill". then you go over the top to a very sharp decline past Boston College that will torture your legs beyond belief.
Heartbreak Hill isn't tough it's just when and where it's located on the course, late and steep! Glide up the hills a few seconds slower than race pace and pick it up and run faster on the downhill slopes.
Cleveland Circle to Kenmore Square (elevation drops 180 feet)
At mile 22 look for the cemetery, "The Cemetery of Lost Hope," because if you haven't trained correctly for speed and hills you will be exhausted! In this downhill part of the course you can let everything you have left in the tank go and run for the finish line. Open up and run at a pace faster than your predicted race pace while recovering. Focus and maintain the end is in your sights.
Kenmore Square to the finish line (25 - 26.2 miles) elevation drops 64 feet
Look for the Citgo sign, it's about a mile to the finish line from here. This is some great road to be running on, it gently declines to the finish with just a hint of incline on Hereford Street. All I can think from this point on is it's "Show Time" baby. Concentrate on your form and any speed you can muster and get your "Smile" on for the photo at the finish line.
I Love running Boston and I hope some of this helps you do your best in Boston!
Here are some other bits of wisdom, but there just old standard things you do before any marathon.
Wear nothing new to the race, like your shoes, I like to have a new pair of shoes but I like to have them gently broken in with about 50 miles on them by race day!
Start running your long run trainer at about 10:00AM to get yourself used to running later in the day. Boston starts at 10:00AM for us rank and file runners. (10: am first wave and 10:30 am second wave now)
Take heed to your pottie training, valuable minutes tick by while one rests in the green Temple of Doom. get the job done before the race starts. "The Corn Story"
If you are used to a particular carb loading meal, you should make preparations to take it with you to Boston. I carry my pasta loading meals with me from home, that way I know exactly when and what I'm eating, no surprises!
Same thing with carb jells, purchase the ones you've trained and run with before, don't take chances using anything new!
Be prepared for just about any type of weather at Boston, I've seen it at 20 degrees and 86. I don't think I like either of them! Be prepared for rain or shine.
Remember your hydration training. It's so important at any race! Start sipping on a 16 oz. sports drink about two hours before the race starts, this will be enough hydration to get you started well hydrated.
And at Boston, sleep as long as you can in your hotel room and try to arrive for one of the later buses because you have to wait around at the athletes village for up to 4 hours before the race. Try to avoid all the extra hype that Boston can produce, remain calm and focus in on your race.
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Re: Boston 2011
Postby Tom Slick on Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:57 am
Re: BOSTON 2009!
by Tom Slick on Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:28 am
Hey everybody, here's course review by the famous Boston Billy Rogers:
From an initial elevation of 472 feet, Route 135 drops like a roller coaster as it rambles into Ashland, site of the original starting line, used from 1897 to 1923. The gnarliest section of the descent comes in the first six-tenths of a mile, but Boston's strict seeding system, the size of its field, and the narrow road should help prevent you from careening downhill too fast. This is a good thing, so don't fight it. Stay in the middle third of the road and let the jackrabbits sprint along the edges. You'll get your chance to pass them later.
TJ's Food and Spirits, mile 2. Even the leather-clad Harley set gets caught up in marathon mania. This rowdy biker bar, located on the left side of the road, is the first major spectator hangout you'll pass.
The course continues to lose altitude through this stretch. Resist the temptation to "Bank" minutes for the second half of the race-you'll lose twice as many when you wind up walking on Beacon Street before the finish. At the same time, avoid braking so hard you expend precious energy reining in your strides.
Around the 10-K mark in Framingham, the course traverses the first of seven sets of railroad tracks. While you needn't worry about having to stop to let a locomotive pass, several members of the lead pack in 1907 were less fortunate. According to Boston Marathon veteran and history buff Tom Derderian, they got separated from the eventual winner by a slow-moving freighter.
By now, Route 135 has flattened out, allowing runners to find a consistent rhythm. "Now you're getting into a groove," says race director Dave McGillivray, a 33-time Boston finisher. If you've ignored our advice and gone out too fast, when you hit Framingham, you need to settle in. "The mile splits you'd planned, those are what you should be running now," says McGillivray.
Henry Wilson Shoe Shop, mile 8.5. Although staged on Patriot's Day, the state holiday that commemorates Paul Revere's ride, the Boston Marathon never touches the route Revere and his deputies traveled while sounding the alarm. At the intersection of Route 135 and Mill Street in Natick, however, it does pass the proudly preserved work space of Henry Wilson, a local cobbler who went on to become Ulysses S. Grant's vice president.
The course undulates as it skirts Lake Cochituate and proceeds into downtown Natick. "Some of the grade changes are imperceptible, but they do help you," says Boston Athletic Association (BAA) coach Michael Pieroni. "You can use different muscles, which lets those that have been taxed for a while get a break." Forget about even splits on the rolling terrain and focus instead on even effort. "Your pace will slow down on the upgrades," says Lisa Rainsberger, the last American to win, in 1985. "But if you keep the same cadence and the same heart rate, you'll be okay."
Wellesley College, mile 12.5. Because of the way the course bends, the celebrated shrieks of the school's 2,400 students will reach your ears well before you pass by them. If you don't get chills once you hit this gauntlet of sound, say even the most hard-boiled Boston vets, you must not have a pulse.
On its way into Newton Lower Falls, Route 135 plummets 150 feet in a half mile, the steepest drop since the opening plunge out of Hopkinton. "It's a terrible hill," says Bill Squires, famed former coach of the Greater Boston Track Club, noting that what makes it so troublesome is the punishing haul up the bridge over Route 128 that immediately follows. "To me, the climb up over 128 has always been the toughest part of the whole race," adds McGillivray. "You don't look for it, because nobody talks about it. And then you say, 'Wait a minute, I'm going up.' And then you keep going up and up." The bridge's exposure to the elements adds to its difficulty. "If there's a weather problem of any sort, this area seems to call it out," says Cambridge Running Club coach Fred Treseler. "If it's sunny, it's always very hot. If it's a windy day, it's twice as bad here." Consider yourself warned. Put your head down, stay focused, and maybe repeat a mantra-something like "This too shall pass."
"If you're under pace, this is the point to really slow it down and regroup, and make sure you're truly getting ready for the last hills," Pieroni says. Anyone who feels their legs fading here should "go to their arms," suggests Rainsberger. Driving your elbows back a bit harder than normal helps bring up your knees. "And that's going to spread out the workload."
Entering the 17th mile, you'll encounter two potentially vital relief stations. In front of the Woodland Country Club, you'll find volunteers distributing Power Gel on both sides of the course. To the right sits an MBTA (or "T," as the locals call it) trolley stop. (Note: All day on marathon day, flashing your official bib number lands you a free T ride. But don't get on it here!)
Newton Fire Station, mile 17.5. For the first time in the entire race, the course takes a sharp turn, bearing right at this handsome red-brick building onto Commonwealth Avenue and the first of the infamous Newton hills.
Here we go: Take a deep breath, set your eyes on the road ahead, and motor on, tackling the slopes one at a time as you start up the series of rises that ends with the famous Heartbreak Hill. "The first one is pretty long, but it has the gentlest grade," says Pieroni. Shorten your strides slightly until you reach the top, then switch into recovery mode as you drop 50 feet over the next mile. The second hill rears up just past the Johnny Kelley statue-on the left side of the street, opposite Newton City Hall-and leads to a short, level patch of road that fools some fatigue-addled runners into thinking the worst is over, when Heartbreak proper still looms. Draw encouragement from the boisterous crowds lining the course. Dick Beardsley, who finished second behind Alberto Salazar in their famous 1982 duel, says, "I thought the crowds helped me here more than anywhere else."
Before entering Cleveland Circle at mile 22, the race turns abruptly right onto Chestnut Hill Avenue, then left 300 yards later onto Beacon Street. By mile 23, you'll be descending steadily; in the twenty-fourth, the downward pitch becomes even more pronounced.
If you're still feeling good, "the course is finally sweet to you at the end," Rodgers says. "It gives you all this good downhill, and you can just glide." If you're struggling, Rainsberger advises taking things a few shuffling steps at a time. "Break it down into smaller sums. You can see the darn CITGO sign forever, so don't look for that. Look for the next water station or mile marker." As you approach Kenmore Square, beware the Mass. Pike overpass near Fenway Park. It's just a bump, really, but it won't seem like that now.
Landmark: Cemetery Mile, mile 23. "People get to the top of Heartbreak and they say, 'Damn, I made it!'"Meyer says. "Then they go charging down the hill to Boston College, and then their legs are finished." After crossing Lake Street, anyone who commits that error will be left to suffer in relative solitude. Trolley tracks paralleling Commonwealth Avenue on the left keep away supporters. What's more, to the right stands Evergreen Cemetery. "I call it the Cemetery of Lost Hope," Squires says. Treseler adds, "It's really a no-man's-land. All of a sudden, everything goes quiet. It's very easy to become distracted or deflated."
During his showdown with Salazar, Beardsley tripped over a pothole as the two flew through Kenmore Square. The stumble barely threw him off stride-he actually credits the mishap with loosening a perilously tight hamstring-and in retrospect, it's no surprise he kept going. Once you get this far, nothing will stop you from finishing.
A straight shot down Commonwealth Avenue leads you to a right onto Hereford Street and a final short incline before hooking a left onto Boylston. Keep the legs churning and the arms swinging. And most of all, soak in the Olympian roar-and the view of the finish-once you make that turn. "You've reached the point of no return," McGillivray says. No matter what the race clock reads, "you can claim victory now."
Kenmore Square MBTA Stop, near mile 25 and the CITGO sign. Some say infamous bandit Rosie Ruiz walked out of this station and jumped in the race for her ill-gained "First place" finish in 1980. Having earned your medal, you'll want to celebrate. Avoid the Copley Square T (it's closed), and go to Arlington Street, the Hynes Convention Center, or Back Bay Station. And try to stay awake for a post race party.PRIOR PREPARATION PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE
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