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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.

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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
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Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 113.00Asics 2150 Gold #3 Miles: 10.00
Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:48:21, Place overall: 1542, Place in age division: 48
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St. George Marathon #18.  I made it.  Worried alot about this hamstring, but it wasn't much of an issue.  I had it wrapped good per the PT's recommendation.  Felt a few twinges in the first 5 miles and a bit afterwards, but all in all it was no problem.  The heat on the other hand was.  I really felt it the last 4 miles or so.  Glad to get this one done.  3:48 isn't what I had hoped for, but I'm pretty happy all things considered.  Glad I BQ'd earlier at Ogden because I didn't get it done today.  Looking forward to the 10 year club dinner tonight.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 26.00
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Recovering today.  PT tomorrow.  Legs a bit sore.

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No running.  Resting today.  PT says I'm good to go, but need to get serious about stretching these hammies.

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4 mile recovery run.  Very easy.  I am more stiff and sore than I've been in a long time.  Skyline route out and back.  6:15 p.m.

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5 miles in 46:03.  Still running very easy recovery miles.  Soreness is going away, but hamstring still hinting at some problem.  Felt pretty good tonight. 54 degrees at 6:30 p.m. on the Westland Route.  Up to 900 S., down Coleman to 200 S. over to the USU Regional campus, Vine to Main and home.  Planning on running in City Creek Canyon after work tomorrow night.  Resume early morning weekday runs next Monday.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 5.00
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4+ miles in City Creek Canyon and along Bonneville loop on west side of canyon.  Out and back from behind the Capitol.  Easy running.  63 degrees.  5:15 p.m. 

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 4.00
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6 miles in 51:10 at 8:00 a.m. with Tina.  8:28 average pace.  Splits: 8:35, 8:21, 8:34, 8:25, 7:50, 8:58.  1000 N., Droubay Rd. Smelter Rd. and home along Vine and 200 W.  Hamstring hurting some at mile 4 thru 6. 

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 6.00
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5 easy miles at 5:05 a.m.  1 mile or so with Liz and Roland.  Hamstring still bugging me some today, even with it wrapped.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 5.00
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5 miles at 9:00 a.m. along the double track trails behind Little Mountain.  Beautiful sunny morning.  Very easy running.  Hamstring troublesome at about 3 miles, but shorter, quicker strides helped out a lot.  A bit encouraged today.

 

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4 miles easy at 5:10 a.m.  Skyline route to end of pavement and back.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 4.00
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5 miles untimed at 5:10 a.m.  Standard Skyline Route.  Easy.  Hamstring felt a bit better than yesterday.  Trying not to overstride.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 5.00
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4 miles easy at 5:10 a.m.  53 degrees.  Skyline out and back.  Felt really good for the first 3+ miles and then some more hamstring issues.  This injury may take a while, but I'm just happy to have made it through the marathon and still running.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 4.00
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10 mile run in Settlement Canyon and along the Dark Trail and back with Tina in 1:33:18, 9:19 overall pace.  Encouraging run at first and then discouraging.  Hamstring had some more issues today and really grabbed me at about 7 miles.  I don't know what's going on with it.  Barely made it through the last 2 miles, running pretty slowly.  Glad I have some easy winter base mileage weeks coming up.  Maybe I can get this healed up.  I'd really like to do Snow Canyon 1/2 marathon in a couple of weeks, but it may be just a fun run through the canyon for me.  Boston Marathon registration opens on Monday.  Since I BQ'd at Ogden, we're thinking of going back for one more.  I hear it will fill up fast this year.  I want to have this injury behind me well before then.

Asics 2150 Gold #3 Miles: 10.00
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5 miles in 47:08.  Nice evening run along Westland route and back along Vine to Main and home.  Hamstring still hurting most of the run and afterwards.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 5.00
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Registered for Boston yesterday.  They filled in less than a day.  Hope I'm healed up before then. Stationary bike for 11 miles in 40:43.

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5 miles easy at Sugarhouse Park.  Went up to watch the 3A, 4A, and 5A boys and girls State XC meet.  Some pretty fast running going on.  Went running on the course pathways after the races were over and while the traffic was all jammed up with cars and buses.  Hamstring is tolerable, but still hurting.  I really can't push anything right now.  I'll probably be back in PT for a while and then rest this thing after Snow Canyon, if not before.

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Stationary bike for 11 miles.  40:10.  6:15 p.m.

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5 miles at 5:05 a.m.  Very slow.  About 10 min. pace or so.  Up Skyline to the gate and back via Loma Vista and Upland loops.  No problem early, but worsened some throughout the last 2 or 3 miles or so.  Tolerable pain, but can't push it at all.  PT thinks I need some serious time off, but I think I should be able to run through some of this if I can sense it's improving some.  I'll see after an easy run at Snow Canyon.  November may be a wash.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 5.00
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10 miles at 9:00 a.m. in 1:33:00, 9:18 pace.  Rained the entire run.  We picked the absolute worst time of day to go.  It was raining lightly at first and by the time we got up the Smelter Road hills it was really coming down.  I'm really slowing Tina down right now, but she doesn't seem to mind too much.  She's running really well right now and I'm still struggling with this hamstring.  I felt good for the first couple of miles and then was hurting for 6.  The last couple it seemed to loosen up.  I'll keep trying the every other day thing again this week, cycling on the off days, stretching, and icing.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 10.00
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5 miles in 46:51, 9:22 average pace.  Slow and easy to mouth of Middle Canyon and back.  Hamstring about the same.

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Stationary bike for 11 miles, 40:42.  6:15 p.m. 

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5 TM miles in 46:23 at 5:00 a.m.

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Stationary bike.  11 miles.  41:30.

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5 miles easy at 5:05 a.m.  Best the hamstring has felt since the week before the marathon.  Still very slow at 49:29.  Full sweats this morning was a bit too much.  Felt much warmer than 39 degrees indicated on my thermometer.  Standard Skyline route to the gate and back via Loma Vista and Upland loops.

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10 miles in 1:20:33 with Tina.  8:03 average pace.  Flatland loops of Stansbury Park and through Erda west of the highway up to Erda Way and back.  Very encouraging run.  Back on pace.  Splits: 8:20, 8:02, 8:00, 7:49, 8:00, 7:54, 7:54, 8:16, 8:08, & 8:06.  No real hamstring issues until 9 miles where I was feeling it some, so decided not to go for 12 miles today.  The normal pace was encouraging enough for next week at Snow Canyon.  I don't plan on pushing it there, just enjoy the run.  I hope the weather will be decent.  Got my Boston acceptance in my e-mail yesterday.  Now I need to get healthy and stay that way for a while.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 10.00
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