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Cold Turkey 6K Rrrun

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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
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 Forgot to charge my Garmin.  We did about 10 miles at a relatively easy pace.  The weather was great.  Tomorrow is the  NYC Marathon.  Re-cap show at 1 pm.  I hope Kara Goucher does well in her marathon debut.

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Another easy 5 miles in full sweats this morning.  Felt okay into the breeze, but too warm coming back.

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Last run with decent temperatures for a while.  5 miles fairly easy, into wind going out.  44:41

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Easy 5 again this morning.  Lt. rain to snow.  Roads O.K.  About 9 min. pace.  Felt okay.

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A cold morning at around 30 degrees.  Standard 5 mile route at 5:10 a.m.  Saw 3 other runners out this morning along my route.  My running partners havn't shown up on weekday mornings since before the marathon at St. George.  I think they've given up for winter.  Another friend is great at meeting me every Saturday morning and she is a very committed runner.  Need to get registered tomorrow for the Cold Turkey 6K Rrrun at City Creek Canyon on Thanksgiving morning.

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5 Miles in the daylight.  Had an doctor's appointment this morning so I didn't have to run at 5 a.m. for a change.  Saw 15 head of deer in the field near the canyon rim before turning back at Grimm's gate on Skyline.  Decent run at easy 9 min. pace.  Got registered for the Cold Turkey 6K Rrrun in City Creek Canyon for Thanksgiving morning.  I hope the weather is decent and the roads are clear that day.

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Absoultely fabulous day for a run.  8:30 a.m.with Tina.  She always pushes me good on the downhills and is great to train with.  We did essentially a loop around town.  Vine St., Droubay Rd. North to Pine Canyon, back into town behind Wal-Mart over to Coleman and back home along 200 W.  A great fall training run.  Felt good.  10 miles in 1:22:54, 8:17 pace overall.  Fastest mile was 7:27.  Slowest was 8:51.

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5 Miler at 5:10 a.m. in 47:08, easy.  Then another 3 with E.B. to the track.  2 miles on the new track.  Feels good and soft, but seemed weird not to be doing something more intense like my Yasso 800's or something.  My running partner is just getting back into to it after several weeks off.

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3 easy miles this morning before work.  3 more with E. B. again at the track, similar to last night.

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5 Miles at 5:00 a.m. on the standard route.  Not really fast, but felt pretty good.

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Grimm's Gate and back.  Probably a little shy of 5 miles.  Met E.B. ont the way back home.

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5 Miler at 5:00 a.m.  Didn't push it at all today.  9:27 pace if full sweats.  10 Miler scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.  Try to hit the canyon trail.

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Great run today!  10 miler in the canyon and along the Dark Trail up and back.  8:48 pace overall.  Downhills about 7:15 to 7:30 pace.  A beautiful fall day.  Clear and sunny.  A bit nippy starting out at 8:30 a.m., but perfect running weather.  The trail was clear, frozen in places that would have been muddy if much warmer.  Ran with Tina.  Pushed the downhills some.  Tendonitis feeling a bit better, but still lingering.  Continues to feel much better well into the run.

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Standard 5 miler, easy at 5:00 a.m. in 47:40

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Standard 5 miler at 5:00 a.m. in 46:45.

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Ran Tuesday night since I have to go into work early on Wednesday and don't want to get up and out at 4:00 a.m.  Nice run.  Warm enough for shorts.  Ran 5 miler in 43:20, an 8:38 pace.  Felt good.  Ran out to S.R. 36 then up Skyline to Grimm's Gate back via upper Upland loop.

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5 miles at 5:00 a.m.  Matt said he was going to meet me but didn't show.  He's having a tough time getting back into the early morning running I suppose.  I did run a bit with Liz and Roland.  Nice article in the town paper Tuesday night on her completing 10 consecutive SGM's.  Pushed the last two miles some by myself at about 7:45 pace after 3 very easy miles.

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5 miles at 5:00 a.m. again as usual.  It was a bit colder this morning and I was in full winter-wear, but still managed 46:45, or about 9:20 pace.  Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and running 10 or 12 in the canyon at 8:30 a.m.  It will still be cold, but should be warming up some throughout the run.

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Settlement Canyon, Dark Trail run.  5 miles of hills going up.  Only 10:00 minute miles.  Hard trail running coming back down.  Best mile was 7:37. Nice clear day, but pretty nippy early on but warmed up later in the run.  Felt good, but I'm a bit sore now.  11.25 miles total with Tina.  Good prep for the Cold Turkey 6K Rrrun on Thanksgiving morning.  I'm still planning on doing it as long as the roads stay snow and ice free.

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5 Miler on Standard route.  Quite slow in 47:15.  32 degrees and cold breeze.  Full sweats, hat, gloves.  I think my early morning running partners have bagged it for the winter.

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Standard 5 miler in 46:08.  About 36 degrees at 5:00 a.m.  Felt fair.  Nothing to brag about.

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Slow and easy 5 miles at 9:30 pace at 5:00 a.m.  Race tomorrow morning.

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Race: Cold Turkey 6K Rrrun (3.72 Miles) 00:27:21, Place overall: 54, Place in age division: 2
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Cold Turkey Race went well today.  I placed 2nd out of 22 in the M50-54 division.  I had taken 1st the last two years, and even though I ran an almost identical time to last year, the first place guy had me by nearly a minute.  The weather ended up turning out great.  It rained on my drive all the way to the State Capitol and continued to rain lightly up until the time I got out to warm up and it quit.  It was dry the entire run and even a little bit of sun at the finish.  860+ runners finished.  A nice run to prepare for my over-eating the followed.

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Easy 6 mile recovery run in 53:08, or about 8:50 pace.  Nice to have a weekday off from work be able to run in the daylight.  9:30  a.m., about 43 degrees.  Through town and up Middle Canyon about 1 mile and back via Vine and Main Streets.  Felt sore from yesterday's race.  The downhills pounded by quads.  10 miles scheduled tomorrow morning with Tina.  The trail will be too muddy so we'll probably do the Smelter Road or the city perimeter loop.  Watched the new movie "Run For Life" a documentary on Fred Lebow who started and directed the New York City Marathon.  It's pretty good and just barely came out this month.  I highly recommend it.

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Smelter Road hills today.  Not another runner in sight.  Where is everybody?  10 miles, moderate effort going up, but we pushed the downhills some.  1:25:15 for 10, or about 8:30 pace.  Fastest mile = 7:10.  Legs still sore from race on Thursday.  35 miles this week.

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