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Tooele & Ivins,UT,USA

Member Since:

Oct 30, 2008



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.


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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5 Miles on the treadmill at the gym.  Not my most favorite thing to do, but I better get used to it since Sharon bought me a treadmill for Christmas to use on ugly weather days like today.  I didn't run this morning as I had to be into work earlier and didn't want to get up and run at 4:00 a.m.  So, putting it off until this evening, came home to icy roads and not wanting to slip and fall like my major crash last February, opted for the gym.  Ran progressively faster for 41:21, or about 8:16 pace overall.  Varied incline from 1% to 4% in places.  Ran progressively faster each mile from about 8:30 pace to finishing the last quarter mile or so at about a 6:30 pace.  Felt pretty good, but I still hate the treadmill.  A 5 mile workout seems more like 10 miles to me.

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5 miles in 45:53 tonight or about 9:10 pace.  Very easy on the roads.  Some ice in spots.  Need to run early tomorrow morning as well.  It will be colder.  Feeling fair.

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Extremely slow and easy 5 miler or a bit less.  9:50 pace and sluggish.  Partially from running just the night before and fairly hard to moderate on the treadmill the night before that.  Cold with some icy roadways.

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A very slow and sluggish run.  Almost 10 minute miles for 5 miles.

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5 miles in 43:54.  8:41 pace.  Quite a contrast from yesterday's sluggish run, almost 6 minutes faster over the same route.  Ran with Tina at 5:10 a.m.  I appreciate her being there, especially that early on her day off.  I always seem to run better with her.  She's like my coach and is able to pick up the pace when we start lagging.  Storm coming in tomorrow, but I hope to get in 10 or maybe even 12.  But, we'll see.  I hate running in the wind or snow or both!

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I logged this at "fast miles" even though we only ran at about 8:51 pace for 10 miles in 1:28:19.  All of it was on ice and/or snow.  We didn't go out until 9:00 a.m. and it was already starting to stick to the roads.  I met Tina at about 1/2 mile and we felt like the snow was blowing from the north, so we decided to keep our run east to west and back.  That worked great going eastward up the Smelter Road hill to the 5 mile point, but when we turned back to head west it was in our faces the entire time from up on the foothill until we turned south on the golf course road and zig-zagged back through town the last couple of miles.  It was a total white out for a while and the snow had accumulated alot on the roadways during the run.  We were soaked when we got done, but it was one of those memorable runs!

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