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September 2017

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Location:

Tooele & Ivins,UT,USA

Member Since:

Oct 30, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

St. George Marathon 20-year Club (completed 26)

Boston Marathon 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017 (+DNF 2011)

Running for 39 years, logged 58,000 miles since 1982. 38 marathons.

Old Man PR's:

5K = 19:58 - July 4th Freedom Run 7/4/08

6K = 26:38 - Cold Turkey Rrrun, 11/23/06

10K = 43:00 - Deseret News, 7/24/08

1/2 Marathon = 1:32:54 - Hobble Creek, 8/23/08

Marathon = 3:23:13 - St. George, 10/4/08 (Boston Qualifier)

Boston Best: 3:35:07, 4/21/08 (Boston Qualifier)

Boston Worst:  DNF, 4/18/11 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Keep running!

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running for another 20 years.

Personal:

Married for 44 years to a wonderful and supportive wife. She's run 2 marathons herself in our earlier years so that helps.  4 boys, all married, and 10 grandchildren.  2 sons are runners. I celebrated 39 years of running madness, insanity, or at least OCD, on August 23rd, 2021. 

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Nike Free Lifetime Miles: 22.50
Saucony Peregrine Trail Lifetime Miles: 318.15
Asics 2000 Aqua #2 Lifetime Miles: 419.50
Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Lifetime Miles: 393.10
Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Lifetime Miles: 610.30
Saucony Peregrine Trail #2 Lifetime Miles: 168.40
Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Lifetime Miles: 355.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
158.0029.00187.00
Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 110.00Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Miles: 12.00Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 65.00
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15.000.0015.00

SGRC Group Run.  15 mile loop from Tontaquint Park up to Harmon's in Santa Clara and back thru historic Santa Clara with Rick. 9:22 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 15.00
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8.000.008.00

Ivins - Kayenta Loop, back on Old Highway 91.  8 miles with Rick.  Easy 9:44 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 8.00
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4.000.004.00

TRC Group run.  Quite a large group.....two of us.  4 easy miles on the Smelter Rd. hill at a very slow pace in the smokey air.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 4.00
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9 miles in Stansbury Park on the flatland around the lake.  9:20 A.P. 

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 9.00
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5 miles on West Side loop.  9:35 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 5.00
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5:00 AM. Slow and sluggish 4 miles on Skyline out and back.

Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Miles: 4.00
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18.000.0018.00

Tooele.   Across town up Smelter Rd. to gate and back down thru Erda to finish in Stansbury Park.  With my son, Rick.  18 miles at 9:48 pace.  

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 18.00
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Tooele West Side Loop.  7 miles.  9:33 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 7.00
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Smelter Rd. Hill Run. 5 miles at 9:30 A. P.

Speaking of being a lone faithful on a running blog at times, Burt, I was the only one to show up to our group run on the hill. 

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 5.00
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Stansbury Park flatland run.  9 miles at 9:33 A.P. 

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 9.00
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5 slow miles in Settlement Canyon

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 5.00
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13 slow miles in Snow Canyon on the paved path and the West Canyon gravel service road. 10:00 min. A.P. Still feeling a bit sluggish.

Beautiful morning in Dixie.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 13.00
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Lunch time run.  7 miles at 9:39 A.P.  SLC Bonneville Loop in City Creek Canyon, 11th Ave. to cemetery and back down Memory Grove.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 7.00
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5 miles on the Smelter Rd. hill with Mike and TRC.  9:47 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 5.00
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9 miles in the flatland of Stansbury Park.  9:19 A.P. Cool and sunny.

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 9.00
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5 miles on the west side loop.  Light rain, chilly.  9:42 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 5.00
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5:00 A.M. run on Skyline up and back.  Slow and easy 4 miles at 10:07 A.P.

Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Miles: 4.00
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20 miler from Ivins thru the Shivwits Reservation up towards Gunlock Reservoir and back with Rick.  9:53 A.P.  Sunny, clear, cooler.  Some headwind going up.

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 20.00
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6 miles on the Tooele West Side loop.  9:28 A.P.

Tapering begins for the St. George Marathon in just 12 more days!

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 6.00
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4 miles on the Smelter Rd. hill up and back at 9:22 A.P.

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 4.00
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Morning Run: Mesa AZ 4 slow miles with my supervisor. From hotel, loop around Fiesta Mall and loop around Mesa Community College and back.

Evening Run:  Tooele UT 5 easy miles up and back in Settlement Canyon

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 9.00
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5:00 A.M. run.  4 easy miles on Skyline-Upland-200 S.- Coleman loop and home.

Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Miles: 4.00
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12.000.0012.00

Ivins up Snow Canyon to end of paved pathway and back to West Canyon, 2 miles on the gravel Service Road.  With Rick.  12 miles at 9:47 A.P.   Gorgeous morining run!

Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 12.00
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158.0029.00187.00
Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Miles: 110.00Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Miles: 12.00Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Miles: 65.00
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