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Woods Cross,UT,USA

Member Since:

May 01, 2006



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

Current Running Life:
5k: 17:50 (2010 NSL)
10k: 38:20 (2007 Des News)
1/2 Marathon: 1:23:30 (2009 Provo Half)
Marathon: 2:53:46 (2007 St George)

Short-Term Running Goals:


Long-Term Running Goals:



Daddy to 3 great kids - 16 year old son and 11 year old twin daughters

I do not know what tomorrow will bring but I do know it will start with a run.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Saucony Grid A2 Lifetime Miles: 125.40
GoRun2 Lifetime Miles: 53.70
Adrenaline 2014 Blue (1) Lifetime Miles: 442.70
Adrenaline 2014 Red (1) Lifetime Miles: 429.20
Race: Handcart Days 1/2 Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:26:17, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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This last week has been crazy and I really had serious doubts about this race.  It is the first year for this half marathon and I felt that there was a chance I could win (I'm good at cherry picking races).  Not feeling like I could perform my best had me a little extra worried.  I wanted to finish between 1:25 and 1:27 and hoped it would be good enough for a win.  Drove to the rec center and warmed up 1 mile.  Everything felt good and I was ready to roll.  Just over 100 participants in the 1/2 and only a couple of fast looking runners.  Horn went off and I immediately took the lead.  Fell into a groove and just went with it.  A heavy breather was right behind me and I knew he wouldn't be there long.  Cruised through the first mile in 6:01.  Oops!  Not sure how that happened.  It is a slight downhill but there is no way it should have been that fast.  This has become a bad habit.  I used to be so good about starting out in control.  Backed off the pace and another runner came along side of me.  We ran together through mile 2 (having just missed the train) in 6:30.  That is more like it.  This is still an aggressive pace but it felt good.  Something strange happened in the 3rd mile.  I was passed by a female runner and 2 more guys and I found myself in 5th place.  I think I kind of gave up at that point as evident by a 6:44 split.  After seeing that I told myself to snap out of it and that I am better than this.  The female runner and one of the guys had a pretty good gap on me and 2 guys had me by 15 seconds.  I decided to surge until I caught up to them so that my legs and mind would wake up.  Caught up to them and could tell they would be dropping back.  The quicker pace felt better so I stayed with it.  Settled into 3rd place while running mile 4 in 6:30.  First and second maintained a decent lead so I felt 3rd place was all that I could hold onto (yes it was killing me that I was going to be chicked).  The slight elevation loss was now over and we moved into the flat section on the LPT.  Mile 5 was 6:33 and mile 6 was 6:41.  I started to get low again during the 7th mile so I took a GU hoping it would provide some energy.  Mile 7 was 6:45 which included a couple of seconds stop to wash the GU down with some water.  It also included the tunnel which may have impacted the distance on my Garmin.  Suddenly felt some energy so I dropped the pace again to see if 1st and 2nd place would start coming back to me.  It was slow but the gap was closing.  Hit the big overpass and I was closing fast on the female runner.  Caught her at 8.5 and kept pressing so she wouldn't try to stay with me.  Mile 8 was 6:32 and I realized that first place was coming back too.  I was surprised because he looked like he was moving well.  Caught and passed him during the 9th mile (6:33) and he did not respond. Kept pressing because I wanted to have a decent cushion before we hit the uphill during the last 3 miles.  6:32 10th mile which included the aid station manned by the running club.  They really provided a much needed shot of adrenaline.  Focused on maintaining a good effort during the slight uphill.  Was glad to see a 6:38 for the 11th mile.  That is a good effort for that section.  Peeked behind me and couldn't see anybody.  Was not going to allow myself to relax so I tried to keep pushing.  6:45 for mile 12 which was a solid effort.  Made the turn onto Main street and looked down Pages and nobody was in sight.  There wasn't enough distance for anybody to catch me and I started feeling the win.  Mile 13 was 6:40 and I was starting to hurt.  Made the last turn and ran the last 0.1 at a 5:33 pace.  Crossed the line in 1:26:17 and on overall win.  Met both goals and felt great.  I am really happy with the result.  Now I can focus on some serious training for the next couple of weeks.

Adrenaline 2010 3 Miles: 14.10
From Huans32 on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 12:59:55 from

Awesome report and race Andy. Way to stay in the race after getting passed like that. Your awesome!!!!

From Susannah on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 13:03:06 from

Hey good job! I was the female runner. I could tell when you passed me so late in the race that I probably wouldn't be able to catch up to you again, but I think the other guy fell back more when you caught him because I passed him around mile 11. Great race!

From Kelli on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 13:45:15 from

Nice win! You finished strong, that is awesome. Once you pulled away from the pack you stayed there, that had to feel GREAT!

From fly on the Wall on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 14:08:32 from

Yeeee Haw! Yippeee! Yahoooo! and all that kind of stuff! Congrats on taking the prize Andy! :)

From JD on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 14:25:49 from

Awesome race, congratulations on the win!

From Derunzo on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 14:57:00 from

Awesome race! You were flying!

From todd kelly on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 16:21:04 from

Andy great race, you looked really good at the South Davis Roadrunners station at the end. By the way nice to meet you I am one of Lora's Northern tri members and just joined the South Davis Roadrunners a few weeks ago. We will hopfully see you around on some Saturday runs. Todd

From MarcE on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 18:24:43 from

Wow, you really brought your A-game today!! I love that you didn't let the mental game talk you out of an AWESOEM race, to maybe settle for an OK race. I always enjoy your reports. It's great to hear what goes through the minds of the guys at the front of the pack. Congrats, Andy...great effort!

From Kam on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 18:33:07 from

You nailed it, Andy. Great race. You picked a good one to run, at least in terms of the field. I was the last guy to make it in front of the train, and I felt like such a cheater.

From Clay on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 20:04:41 from

Great Job Andy, you showed that your should never ever give up and just keep hammering at it! Nice win!

From Smooth on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 20:57:36 from

YAY!!!! :) :) :) :) CONGRATZ for the win! A huge confidence builder. You are simply AMAZING! So STRONG, SPEEDY and TALENTED. Way to pass and take the lead with such power and authority. EXCELLENT performance and WONDERFUL report! SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY for you!

From Kim on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 22:23:46 from

Congratulations Andy!

From Jeff L on Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 23:35:48 from

Good job Andy.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 00:24:12 from

:) :) :) :) :) :)

I am so happy for you!!! You really are the man!


A huge congratulations! Seriously Andy ... you are FAST!!! :)

Number one!!!! :)

From fly on the Wall on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 11:26:16 from

Andy, What was the deal with the train?

From Calvin on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 13:52:53 from

Great race Andy. Way to win it.

From Rhett on Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 19:05:11 from

Big Congrats on the Victory Andy!!! I loved the blow by blow report. You are a great runner. We really need to run a race together again some time. I think we could push each other to a great time.

From Kathie on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 00:40:16 from

I thought I had posted here but I guess it was just on FB...You did great! I am so proud of you!

From Andy on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:03:25 from

Fly - The course crosses the train tracks at mile 1 and 11. A Union Pacific train came through after the first group of runners went by (8-10) and everybody else had to wait. Kind of a joke. In the past they have had somebody there keeping track of how much time each person had to wait and adjusted their time. Nobody was there for this race.

From fly on the Wall on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:30:04 from

They should advertise the train crossing and make it an integral part of the race. Kind of a random equalizer or in this case penalty for who ever gets stuck....

From timp on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 13:19:15 from

Great job Andy!! Congrats on the win - very cool.

From DonGardinero on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 14:41:07 from

Right on, Andy!!! Congratulations for the big win! Very cool. Glad you made it through before the train.

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