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Big Cottonwood Marathon

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Location:

Sandy,Ut,USA

Member Since:

Apr 05, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

"PRIOR PREPRATION PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE"

Best running times:

5K - 17:45, Nestle, 2008

10K - 43:34, Des News, 2008

1/2 Marathon - 1:32:50, Provo 1/2, 1999

Full Marathon - 3:21:26, St. George, 1999

Best Boston Marathon: 3:29:57, 2006

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

THE BOSTON MARATHON, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

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

 THE ATHENS GREECE CLASSIC 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"

57 MARATHONS - OVERALL AS OF SEPT 16, 2017

146   OVERALL RACES SINCE, forever or 1998

"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 3:19:00 FULL MARY (I know I will never hit this one, but I will keep on trying)

"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 2017 RUNNING SCHEDULE:

1. NESTLE 5K, JUNE 3, 2017

2. SANDY CITY CLASSIC 5K, JULY 4, 2017

3. THE HUNTSVILLE UTAH MARATHON, THE FULL MONTE,               SEPT 16, 2017

4. U of U HOMECOMING 5K, OCT 7, 2017

5.  SANDY CITY TURKEY TROT/VETERANS DAY 5K, NOV                   11, 2017.

6. COTTONWOOD THANKSGIVING DAY 5K, NOV 23, 2017

 

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!!!  Ya know what I mean? This gettin' old crap isn't for the weak of heart, mind or spirit!

 

 

 

 

Personal:

 I'm still alive after all these years and I'm continuing to live my dreams my way!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 14.00 Month: 66.11 Year: 1472.06
AIGB Lifetime Miles: 444.80
T-1 Lifetime Miles: 174.21
P2 Lifetime Miles: 131.00
P2a Lifetime Miles: 304.10
Altra Instinct 3.5 Lifetime Miles: 84.65
Other Lifetime Miles: 135.50
P2.5 Lifetime Miles: 65.00
P2.12 Altra Provision Lifetime Miles: 6.00
Race: Big Cottonwood Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:25:55, Place in age division: 14
Total Distance
26.20

Wow, what a day at the Big Cottonwood Marathon! Wow, what a year it's been getting here. I'm sad to report that I didn't get a BQ for the 2016 Boston Marathon, but I have over come some daunting hurdles in my life in he recent past that will set me up for a return to Boston in the future.

The Big Cottonwood is a very well run marathon, the directors have done a very good job of putting together a very well organized and super challenging marathon. I can see this marathon continuing to growing in popularity as time goes on. It is a fast race but that speed comes with a double edged sword. All that down hill running comes with a price when you hit the mouth of the canyon and change to a flat running style somewhat like several other Utah marathons. 

I got to the runner bus loading zone at 4:am and got on the third of twenty-eight busses going to the top of the mountain. The top of this mountain is at the 10,000 foot altitude where the amount of oxygen is 50% less than at sea level, breath taking all by itself. 

It was about 43 degrees there with very clear skies, no wind and no heated tents to hang out in. We all, (1400) hung out in our mylar sheets looking like a bunch of tin foil clad baked potatoes waiting for a fork to be thrust into us. It is of note to mention that there were lots of Porta-potties available especially for the early arrivers to the top of the mountain.

The communications between the organizers and the runners was very well done as they kept us very well informed as to the start of the race which started promptly at 6:45am.  

As for my race experience, as I reflect upon it, I didn't follow my perceived race plan as closely as I wanted. As I started I found myself running at a  pace unwisly faster than expected. The first three miles are on a small mountain road that is very steep which entices one to a much faster leg turnover on reduced oxygen intake. Only to be huffing and puffing like a coal fired freight train before I hit the beginning of mile four.  I managed to take a little control of my pace but by the time I got to the mouth of the canyon at 17 miles and the six mile hair pin out and back turn around I found myself in trouble. I had expended way too much energy on the 6% average down hill running portion of the race that hurt when your suddenly on a somewhat flat running surface with the heat of the day starting to burn you up. 43 degrees at the start, 81 degrees at the finish. At the end of the turn around you have about three and a half miles to the finish line.

I just aimed myself at getting to the finish line with as much energy as I could muster and being proud to have finished my 53rd marathon in the best shape I've been in for the last couple of years. So because of a few running mistakes I made executing the BCM I didn't BQ but, I finished large and in charge of my future running with a big huge Big Cottonwood medal and a t-shirt. 

I ended up with a 4:25:55 run at BCM which was a 25 minute improvement over my last disastrous run at the 2015 Boston Marathon. Now it's time to turn my thoughts and efforts to getting myself ready to do the Authentic Athens Greece Marathon in a short eight weeks.......God bless you all and I'll see you in the funny papers!!!!  

 

 

AIG Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 168.00Calories: 0.00
Comments
From SlowJoe on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 11:27:59 from 45.18.50.53

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

Congrats on #53 Slick. Was hoping to see the BQ but it sounds like it's coming soon. Crazy race - almost sounds like you start and finish in two completely different climates!

Enjoy Greece - that is going to be one to remember.

From I Just Run on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 14:02:22 from 66.249.85.146

Man ... i am so disappointed to see you didn't BQ. I was so expecting you to do it. I had no idea the course was going to be so challenging. I admire your positive attitude it inspores me! Sorry you didn't BQ but glad you seemed to have had a good time.

From Tom Slick on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:14:20 from 50.8.100.37

slowJoe- I am stronger after this challenging race and I will be back to fight another day. I can't wait to do the Greece....

From Tom Slick on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:20:59 from 50.8.100.37

I Just Run - I did have a good time running the BCM and all my friends that cheered me across the finish line. I look forward to running a BQ for 2017 even though I've run the "Boston" 12 times. How about you, you gunna make it to Boston 2017? I think that was a challenge!!!

From Smooth on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:26:57 from 75.162.79.168

#53 in the book! Congratz! I was hoping you'd get a BQ for 2016, sorry it didn't happen.

Excited for you running the original marathon in Athens! You'll have fun no matter what!

From Tom Slick on Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 18:32:42 from 50.8.100.37

Smooth - I can't wait to do Athens, it's going to be a long awaited dream come true.Like a bucket list thing....

From Rhett on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 06:43:21 from 199.117.154.214

Great race and great report as well. It sounds like a fun well organized event. Enjoy the recovery and then build up to Athens. That is going to be epic.

From Andy on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 08:54:26 from 159.212.71.25

Congrats on #53. It was great to see you a couple of times on the course. Good luck in Athens.

From Tom Slick on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 10:43:39 from 50.8.100.37

Andy - Yo Andy, good to see you at the BCM. Wish we could have talked for awhile...what's going on in your life?

From allie on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 16:29:02 from 24.99.46.55

#53 -- that is awesome. congrats. this was a big improvement from your last marathon -- always good when you can get back on the horse after a tough one and finish large and in charge. :)

recover well and best of luck in athens.

From Tom Slick on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 15:26:49 from 168.179.158.193

Thank you Ms. Allie - I will do my best to make you proud!

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