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Location:

Sandy,Ut,USA

Member Since:

Apr 05, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

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, 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"

 

61 MARATHONS - 

1st Marathon, St. George Marathon, OCTOBER 3, 1998. (ZERO DNF'S)

Latest Marathon, The Boston Marathon, APRIL 15, 2019. (ZERO DNF'S)

157  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)

 

"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

 

 

MY 2020 RUNNING SCHEDULE: (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

1. THE BOSTON MARATHON

2. NESTLE 5K

3. SANDY CITY CLASSIC 5K

4. DESERET NEWS 10K

5. PORTERS 1/2 MARATHON 

6. THE ST GEORGE 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!

 

 

 

 

Personal:

 

"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 Police Criminal Investigator! Two former wives, three former kids (two former boys & one former girl) and three former cats.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 36.00 Month: 165.00 Year: 1318.87
AIGB Lifetime Miles: 444.80
T-1 Lifetime Miles: 928.65
P2 Lifetime Miles: 233.50
P2a Lifetime Miles: 978.15
Altra Instinct 3.5 Lifetime Miles: 94.65
Other Lifetime Miles: 601.57
P2.5 Lifetime Miles: 392.45
P2.12 Altra Provision Lifetime Miles: 232.50
T-3 Lifetime Miles: 227.79
IQ Lifetime Miles: 365.80
IQ2 Lifetime Miles: 165.70
IQ 3 Lifetime Miles: 26.00
IQ 4 Lifetime Miles: 10.00
IQ 5 Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Total Distance
146.10
BNN Miles: 76.70BA0 Miles: 42.20
Race: St George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:00:01, Place overall: 2052, Place in age division: 33
Total Distance
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Hello fellow runners of the St. George Marathon 2011. This was my 13th running of this marathon (SGM) on Saturday the 1st of October 2011.

I came into this marathon with high hopes and dreams. This marathon was my 8th marathon in virtually 8 months this year and one of my most favorite marathons to run in the world. After all it was my first full marathon way back in 1998. This year is also a personal challenge year for me. I have challenged myself to run 10 or more marathons from February 2011 till February 2012 and a bunch of other assorted races like 5Ks, 10Ks and half marys.

I got out of bed Friday morning at about 5:am, got the rest of my stuff packed into the car and I was outta Sandy headed to St. George to meet up with old running friends and new friends that needed to be met. MarcE and I are sharing a room in St. Geo.

I arrived in St. George about 10:am Friday and got into our room at the Suntime Motel where I was to meet up with Marc. As quickly as I arrived and set up in the room I exited the room and went straight to the SGM race expo. After all, this is where you go to meet up with all the runners new and old and buy stuff that you really don't need, especially for Saturdays race. I met up with Marc, from Texas, there along with Ronnie and his lovely bride Candy from Kentucky and many many more.

At the expo I met up with many many runners and friends from everywhere! From places all over the United States and from home and on the FRB, FF, MM. Just so many good friends and runners to meet and greet.

Then it was off to the SGM pasta dinner where we met up with many more runners and exchanged hopes and prayers for the upcoming marathon on the very next day.

It seems like Saturday morning at 3:am came along rather quickly. And as usual there didn't seem to be very much quality sleep to be gotten that night. Not much at all before it was time to get on the running gear and get out the door to the bright smileing faces of Ronnie and Candy coming to pick up Marc and I to head down too the bus.

We gathered at the first bus prior to 4:am to try to win some of the offered "bounty" for getting to the bus early to speed up the process of getting 5000 plus runners to the starting area. As usual I didn't win anything but a really neat space blanket to sit on while at the starting area! Where were the cotton gloves that were promised? I must have missed them! Of course you didn't need them anyway as it was a warm morning at the starting area.

The starting area was well organized with many many POPs and a double row of warming camp fires burning in soft red tones.

And as in years past we made our way to the third camp fire from the end on the inside closest to the road and set up shop to meet and greet all of our running friends who were nutty enough to make their way to The SGM and get ready for the tasks at hand. There were Forum Flyers and Fast Runner Bloggers and Marathon Maniacs all over the place getting ready to run the SGM.

I made my last minute adjustments, trips to the Green Temple of Doom, predictions and my way to the grab bag vans and the starting line area. Today was going to be a great day at the SGM. All I had to do was survive.

It seemed as thought the race started right on time with the wheel chairs heading into the darkness first never to be seen again.

I lined up with one of my "Boys", Dave, just ahead of the 3:25:00 pace group. We had no plans to run with them, we just wanted to get into the mix and get out on the road running. We talked about our running plans and how we would acheive them.

I, myself, had made plans and predictions of running any where from a 3:30:00 to a 3:45:00 marathon that day, knowing full well that if I could just pull off a sub 4 hr marathon I would be happy.

The race was under way and I immidately felt tired and out of sorts. I think it was just the fact that I didn't feel like the two weeks before the SGM was enough time to fully recover from running the TOU just two weekends before. Oh well, there was a job to get done and nobody else could do it for you......so just go and "Getter' done".

The first five miles were rough, nothing on my body wanted to work together. At about mile 3 "Dave" had some upset stomach issues and had to leave the race for a few moments and me to fend for myself. Somewhere out of the dark, Huans32, MarkO,  appeared and ran with me off and on for many miles. Thank you MarkO, I meeded that.

I continued on thinking that today was going to be a disaster and had thought of catching a ride down to the finish area with the Sick, Lame and Lazy Sag Wagon and putting myself out of my misery.

In those first few miles before the hill at Veyo I manage to keep some steady miles paced at @ 8:25s, then the Veyo.

Veyo extended my pace out a little bit but that was to be expected and I knew that I was going to be rather tired when I got to the top. At the top I started to strugle and have many self doubts about even being able to finish this race and then a strange and wonderful thing began to happen to me, time and time again as I ploded down the road.

As my many many friends passed me along the way my spirit was renewed and and my hopes and dreams were refreshed and I finally got my act together and got it down the road, with all this great motivation from my friends.

One piece of motivation came from the great "Gumpchump", Teena! We have a special slapping thing we do as we pass one another. Of course, it seems to be her doing all the passing and slapping on me these days!!!! Oh well, it works for me!!!!

The miles between 9 and 20 were pretty rough this year! My pace lengthened out to the mid 9s. I just wanted to get it over with. The weather on the course was just a bit warm, but nothing that hasn't been overcome before. It seemed like I was getting dry mouth between water stations more frequently during this run. I continued to double up on my hydration at each water station and that seemed to work. I just kept telling myself to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and get it down the road.

Oh well, then it was the last 10k of the SGM and I felt like I wanted to get this ordeal over with. I started to kick my pace up as best I could. Hey I even got back under the 9s for a few miles. I really got a boost when I could see St George between the valley walls out there at @ 20 something miles. I knew the finish line was getting close.

And then it was finally time to finish the SGM 2011 and was I certainly over joyed. As I was running into the bright hunter orange chutes with my cigar leading the way, all I could see was the clock and it was yelling at me to go a little faster. I just didn't have another gear to shift into and finished with a 4:00:01. Not quite a sub 4 but very respectfully close.

Well that's it. 8 marathons in 8 months, 13 SGMs, 42 marathons overall. I think I was something like 33rd in my old man age division at SGM. In the Grand Slam competition I took first place my age group and a very nice trophy home.

Oh yea, I went to the SGM Ten Year Club dinner with Marcie and Mindy and at the very end of the evening, the last number to be drawn was mine. Can you believe it, I was selected and won a 5 nights all inclusive gift certificate to the Green Valley Spa in St. George Utah.

Don't you just love the St. George Marathon!!!! I do!!!! See ya all out on the road, Take care and train smart......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today was an off day for travel back to the Sandy. I'll get back to training on Tuesday with a 3 mile recovery run. Next marathon is The Hoover Dam Marathon on October 29, 2011.

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Just a great big rest day, no running. I went on line and signed up for the Hoover Dam Marathon - Oct 29, 2011 and the  Dallas White Rock Marathon on Dec 4, 2011. And my 2012 Boston Marathon conformation of acceptance card arrived in the mail just moments ago.....Life is good, keep running or they will kick dirt in your face!

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Got out for my 3 mile recovery run! It was all right. A little tight but very do-able. 25 days till my next marathon. 

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4:am wake-up, 3 mile recovery run. 1 minute faster than yesterdays 3 mile run. 24 days till Hoover Dam Marathon......7 months till The Boston 117th.

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Just a 4 miler recovery run in this mornings rain. The legs are feeling much better!...........Just getten' 'er done.......23 days till the Dam Marathon!

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rest day...

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6 miles in the light rain and cool temps....

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Another cool 6 mile recovery run........life is good!

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Twenty days left to train before the Hoover Dam Marathon. Yea! I took a rest day today from all things running the two lane blacktop. But I'll be back afterr it tomorrow.

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And the march continues. Back after the recovery today with 3.5 at Sugarhouse Park and only 19 days left till the "H Dam Marathon".

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and the march continues...4 miles this morning in 45 degree weather. Nice! 17 days till the Dam Marathon....

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Got in a 4.5 at the Sugar House Park this am........perfect everything!

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Today will be a running rest day. I need to get rested for about a 2 hour run on Sunday! Run Happy You All!

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12 miles this morning on the PRT.....Yowzza, I needed that to push my recovery forward!!!!!

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Rest Day........

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Three miles at the Sugar House Park this AM. Wow, don't you just love these early fall temps..............

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6 more recovery miles at the Sugar house Park in the AM.......

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5 miles of fun in the crisp cool mountain air!

 

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got in another 6 mile recovery run. Recovery seems to be right on track.

One week from tomorrow is the (Hoover) Dam Marathon in Nevada!

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just a little short rest recovery run this morning in the 'hood.

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Last ML run before the Dam Marathon on Saturday the 29th.

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nothing but rest today....back after it tomorrow am.

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I went for a 3 mile easy run this morning. One more run then it's carb load and rest till the Dam Marathon......

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3 miles this moning. Last shakedown run till Saturday.......Yea!!!!!

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It full blown rest and carb load time for the Dam Marathon.

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No running. Travel day to Nevada, The Hoover Dam Marathon.

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Race: The Hoover Dam Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:14:34, Place overall: 30, Place in age division: 2
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Wow, this Hoover Dam Marathon was really a different experience for me. On Friday the 28th I left home in Sandy rather early and headed out to Boulder City Nevada to run the Hoover Dam Marathon. This marathon is my 43rd overall and my 9th marathon in the last 9 months with 2 more to go. (From  Feb. 27, 2011 - To  Feb. 5, 2012) 

I got into Boulder City around 11:am Friday morning and went to check in to the marathons host hotel, but to my surprise they werent ready for me. They told me to come back around 1:pm and my room would be ready.

This gave me some time to drive out to the Lake Mead Boulder Beach Special Events Beach area and check out part of the race course.

Just as advertised the race starts out on a steady gradual incline for the first 1/4 mile and then runs along a paved path till about the third mile where you meet up with a hard dirt packed and gravel railroad tunnel trail and all of this is with in view of the beautiful blue waters of Lake Mead.

The next morning I got up at 5:am got myself ready and returned to the Lake Mead Special Event Beach where the other runners had started to gather. It was pitch black out there. You couldn't see you hand in front of your face. There were about 500 people there to do the three designated races, The Full Marathon, the 1/2 Marathon and the 10K.

As we met by the BBQ area there were lanterns set up in the area so you could find the PoP's, all four of them, and continue to prepare yourself for the race at hand.

It was hard to believe but this was the first marathon that I had attended that I didn't know somebody, either someone running it or even a spectator or family member. Oh well, I just went out and made some new friends and cured that situation.

So just as the sun was coming up and the area became lighted up the race director started hurding us all towards the starting mats in the roadway adjacint to the BBQ area. She had a bull horn and explained that the 10K'ers would start about 2 minutes before the marathoners, on a different course of travel, and the 1/2 marathoners would start at 8:am on the same trail but for only one loop of the course, where as the marathoners would make two loops of the course. The temprature was in the mid 50's at the start and near 80 at the finish.

The 10K race started promptly at 7:am and then just two short minutes later the Race Director started the marathon. I quickly learned that the first 1/4 of a mile was indeed a gentle incline that seemed to be more like 2.5 miles of gentle incline and I knew that this was not going to be an easy day of running. At least it was on a paved pathway that resembled the Porter Rockwell Trail in Draper. It was wide and very smooth with a lot of turns in it until about three miles out where the black top paved trail turned into a hard packed dirt and gravel rail trail (similar to the rail trails at the Park City Marathon) that was used in the 1930's to supply the construction workers of the  Boulder Dam. This portion of the trail then travels thru massive tunnels that are carved thru the mountains which take you through six switchbacks as you decend down to the upper level of the parking structure where you have a killer sweet view of the Hoover Dam and the Bypass Bridge.

Now that I had made my way through 1/4 of the purposed course I knew that todays run was going to be a tough one. Running on the packed dirt and gravel trails was rough and you had to run 14 miles of it in the Marathon, the rest of the way on the paved asphalt trail. This is no piece of cake easy marathon. Matter of fact, I think it is one of the hardest marathon courses I've ever had the pleasure to engage.

At this point in the race you turn around and head back to the starting area only to retrace your steps back along the same trail as the marathoners make this journey in two loops to finish back at Boulder Beach.

It was an amazing thing to see the leaders of the marathon pass by you as they doubled back to re run the course in the two loop configuration. It was also just as fun to see the runners who were behind you as it was to see the front runners. And some where during the first return to the finish area you run past the 1/2 marthoners as they make their first leg of the first and only loop.   

The Hoover Dam Marathon is really a beautiful  high desert trail marathon with some of the most picturesque vistas  and it's brutal and tough on the under prepared and faint of heart. The aid and hydration stations were well stocked and right where they said they would be.

I finished the race in 4:14:34. That was good enough to be 30th place overall in the Marathon and 2nd place in my Age Division. There were 97 total runners in the marathon and 7 runners in my Age Division.

An amazing marathon!!!! 

 

 

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rest day in my reverse taper. Next up, 34 days till the Dallas White Rock Marathon. Dec 4, 2011. Unless I find something else to run between now and then.:) :) :)...

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