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Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon

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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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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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Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 56.10
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5 miles in 44:58, 9:00 pace average.  6:10 a.m.   Through town up Vine to mouth of Middle Canyon and back via E. Broadway, cemetery, and Skyline.  Nice evening run. 50 degrees.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 5.00
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11 miles on stationary bike.  43:26.  5:30 p.m.

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5 very slow and easy miles at 5:05 a.m.  45 degrees.

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Didn't cycle or run today.  Thought I'd take an extra day prior to the run on Saturday/  I hope the hamstring handles those downhills okay.

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Traveling to St. George.

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Race: Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:49:06, Place in age division: 11
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Snow Canyon 1/2 Marathon.  Near disasterous today.  Did fairly well through 9 miles holding at about sub 8 pace.  Wasn't trying to run real hard because of the left hamstring which did fair throughout.  Suddenly at about mile 9 I got a bad cramp in my right calf muscle.  I had something similar happen in the Deseret News in 2009 but was able to run through it without much problem.  Today was different as it kept getting worse.  I pulled of twice and stretched it and walked some and was able to continue, but finished a lot slower than I had hoped.  Still hurting tonight, so it's probably more than a cramp and likely a strain.  I think a couple of weeks off may do me some good.  Stretching and light cycling is about all I will attempt.  Nice day weather-wise.  Cool at the start  until we got moving.  I like the new course starting up in Diamond Valley.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 13.10
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No running or cycling all this week.

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3 TM miles.  5:30 p.m. Progression run from 10:00 minute pace to finishing at about 7:45 pace.  Feeling okay.  I'll take it every other day and see how it goes.

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4 TM miles at hotel in Idaho Falls.  6:45 a.m.  Easy running in a very warm room, but 33 degrees outside.  Left hamstring doing okay, but the right calf still grabbing me after about 2 miles.

Asics 2150 Blue #1 Miles: 4.00
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4 miles TM.  Slow progression from 10:00 to 9:00 pace.  R. hamstring doing okay.  L. calf tight after 2.5, but no real pain.  Somewhat encouraged. 

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4 TM miles in 35:50.  Easy but encouraging progression run.  Started at 10:00 minute pace gradually increasing to 8:00 minute pace.  L. hamstring still doing okay,  r. calf tightened up at about 3.5, but not all that bad.  Time to test it out in the cold as soon as these streets thaw out a bit.  So glad I didn't sign up for the Cold Turkey 6K Rrrrun in City Creek Canyon this year.

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4 TM miles progression run gradually from 10:00 pace to 7:42 pace.  5:00 p.m.

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5 miles on the TM.  10:00 a.m.  Should have hit the streets, but most are still very icy out here.  It was also about 10 degrees, so quite easy to wimp out.  Progression run starting out at 10:00 min. pace gradually increasing and holding at 7:42 pace for final mile on 1.5% grade.  Felt decent.  Left hamstring a tad tender afterwards, some slight stiffness in the the right calf, but not bad.  Back sore from shoveling snow, but running seems to help that.  Happy Thanksgiving to all the bloggers.  

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5 miles on my standard Skyline Avenue route to gate and back via Loma Vista and Upland loops.  Icy roads in spots, snow pack on the last .4 up to the gate and back.  Untimed.  Cold but sunny day.  Untimed noon run.  Calf okay, a hint of a problem with the left hamstring after 2 or 3, otherwise okay.  Running with Tina tomorrow for the first time in weeks.  I hope she doesn't kill me.

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4 miles.  Aborted 8 miler with Tina.  More hamstring problems running downhill after 2 miles.  Walked a bit, then ran slowly back home at about 10:00 min. pace.  Feel like I'm back to where I was just before the marathon.  This thing just does not want to get better.

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No running.

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