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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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6.12 mile run at 9:00 a.m. with Tina.  Icy roads from melting snow at 34 degrees starting out.  Glad for th spikes.  Pretty slow and easy today.  Mile 3 at 7:54, but all the rest in the 9's.  Snow started flying pretty good the last mile.  A pretty good week given all the TM miles.

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Two 4 mile runs today.  Same route.  Solo this morning at 5:10 a.m. fairly easy with spikes.  Then with Gina tonight at 6:15 p.m.   Very slow at about 11 minute pace tonight.  32 degrees.

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Bagged the run this morning.  Didn't sleep well and needed the extra hour when the alarm did go off.  Ran Monday night as well as Monday morning, so no real loss.  Probably need a day to rest anyway.

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5 miles at 5:00 a.m. at a moderate pace.  45:46, or 9:09 pace overall.  Fastest mile at 8:17, so not really blistering, but a decent effort going up Skyline Ave. and back home via Loma Vista and Upland loops.  33 degrees, so not bad after last weeks cold spell.

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5 easy miles at 5:10 a.m.  Met Elaine with about 1.25 left.  Didn't push it at all.

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4 easy miles at 5:10 a.m.  Caught Liz and Roland going up Skyline.  Met Elaine with 1.25 miles left.  9:00 a.m. run scheduled for in the morning.

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Nice 12 mile run this morning in the sun.  We are just barely out of the smog layer.  9:00 a.m. with Gina for 8 miles.  She did great going up the hills!  We were slow, anywhere from 10:30 pace to 12:00, but it was a very nice weather run for a change on dry roads.  We even saw a couple of other runners out today, which seems to have been rare lately.  My last mile heading home was at 7:21 pace.  Dipped under 7:00 minute pace for a bit.  Felt good to open it up after those slower miles.  I got registered for Painter's 1/2 marathon yesterday.  It is a week later than usual and doesn't conincide with the Martin Luther King holiday weekend this year.  Looking forward to heading to St. George in the dead of winter again.  Last year I walked the entire route with bruised ribs from my fall on the ice 2 days before.  I'm being more careful this year on the icy roads.  A pretty good week.

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