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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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Wimped out this morning in the cold and wind.  It was about 18 degrees, but a lot colder with the breeze, so I went tonight instead at about 6:30 p.m.  It was around 30 degrees.........toasty!  Anyways, did a real easy 5 miler in 47:00, or about 9:11 pace.  Modified standard route.  Felt okay.  Supposed to be crappy weather all week and then clearing but cold on Saturday.  It's supposed to be like 22 degrees for the high.  Sounds like a great way to start my 2 weeks off during the holidays.

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5 miles this morning at 5:00 a.m.  Legs were still a bit tired from the run the night before so I went pretty easy.  I hate this cold weather, but always feel better after I get it done.  Thanks, Deborah, for your kind Christmas greeting.  I hope ya'll have a happy holiday season as well. 

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Wimped out tonight and didn't run in the cold.  Treadmill at Sweat Fitness.  5 miles progressively faster from 8:30 to 7:30 pace, finishing last 1/2 mile at about 6:30 pace.  40:42 overall time.  Felt good to push it some. 

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5 miles on the standard route in 45:40 or 9:08 pace.   25 degrees with some icy roads.  I really hate running in the cold.  Saturday is supposed to be 18 degrees for a high temperature.  Going to be tough to do 12 miles.

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Bagged it due to cold this morning and heavy snow this afternoon.  10 or 12 tomorrow may be tough.  Snow-packed roads, but I could run with spikes or on the treadmill and will cut it short.  Make up day on Sunday possible, but more snow and cold is predicted.  What a wimp!!!!!

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Slow, sluggish run today on ice and snow and in about 19 degree temperatures.  Fastest mile was 7:47 downhill, but the last 3 were over 10 minute miles.  Felt like I was struggling to stay with Tina.  Four layers up top didn't help too much and two layers on the legs was way too much.  Cut it short at 8 miles, but I may go again tomorrow.  First of my 16 days off.  I'm sure the time will fly by.  Feliz Navidad.

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