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Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

7 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021

11 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)



Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  


Old guy - (grandfather even) been running for 40+ years.  

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: 134.55 Year: 2081.46
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Cycling - Did an event in Clermont Florida called the "Horrible Hundred" - 100 miles of cycling around central Florida outside of Orlando.  Actually probably one of the few places in the state where a course can be laid out to have "rolling hills."  Very few flats on this ride that my high school friend Craig Oldham asked me to do with him a few months ago.  He lives about an hour away from me, and we may see each other once per year and exchange emails or phone calls every now and then.  He had done it last year and had a very difficult time with poor training but this year was much better prepared.  Unfortunately in the first "climb" of the day (about a half mile at 8% grade) his chain jumped off when he was changing gears and jammed between the spokes and the cassette.   I was out in front of him, and was unaware of his mechanical problems.  But he got some assistance and was up and heading down the hill behind me when I circled back to check on him.  Shortly after that, it happened again, this time snapping a spoke and forcing the wheel out of true to where the bike was unusable - this time I did not know he had stopped.   He reached me on my cell when I got to the first rest stop at mile 17 and let me know he had gotten a ride with a mechanic to the next rest stop where I met him only to find out that they were not equipped to make that complex of a repair - so his ride was over for the day after only 10 miles of riding.  He encouraged me to continue to ride and refused when I offered to pull out or give him my bike.

He had a few other friends who had their wives in the event too -and I rode with them for a time, but the pace was very slow and they were sort of recreational cyclists and so, I ended up riding the rest of the way alone after the second rest stop.  There were very few riders in groups working together (which was surprising for an event with 2000 cyclists) and I never really latched on to anyone or two riders for very long.  The course was at times scenic but it became quite warm (in the 80's) and very windy - which combined with the lack of any long flats - made it a rather choppy - less than enjoyable ride for the last hour to hour and a half.  The "hills" were significant for people who are unaccustomed to them especially because they were so numerous - but none were very long or even approached the mountain climbs I did in the French Alps this summer.  Would have been nice to have a triple chain ring on a couple of the hills especially since I have been really only running (no cycling) for the last few months and did not have great riding leg strength. 

Met Craig after the ride at the finish area and shared lunch with him.  He was quite dissappointed with his mechanical problems but was circumspect enough to know that there will be other rides.  I had stayed with him the night before with his family at his home in Lithia so I was glad that I got to visit with them and share the drive over to the event even though we had a short time of sorts actually cycling.

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Lunchtime run - 5.0 miles through Feathersound and Carillon.  Warm day - but felt ok after the first mile or so of shaking out the tightness of yesterday's long ride.

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Easy to moderate 5.0 miles on treadmill.  Racing tomorrow.

Race: Times Turkey Trot (6.2 Miles) 00:40:06, Place overall: 51
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Had a nice Thanksgiving Day tradition race this morning.  My three daughters and my nephew lined up early for a 5k "Wing Ding" and Richie and I paced my youngest daughter Delaney through a 21:55 race - which is her second best 5k time.  My other daughters and nephew sand bagged a bit and finished together.  My wife took pictures and held sweatshirts while we ran. 

About an hour later Richie and I lined up to run the 10k.  We had talked about running even 6:30's as he is getting back into shape for a February marathon.  Instead we cruised through the first 3 miles at 6:15 pace and were running along with one of the eventual top female finishers.  We had been trading turns on the lead, but at that mile mark Richie pushed the pace just when I was starting to feel a little off.  So I backed off and ran a 6:36 mile followed by a 6:30 then 6:38 -  Richie fell off the pace at 5 miles and finished 39:48 a couple of places in front of me.  I was pleased with the race overall - having not really done any fast training since the marathon 3 weeks ago - and having just done the Horrible Hundred cycling event on Sunday. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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PM - 10.25 miles easy to moderate.  Was planning to make this a recovery day - but I felt fine following yesterday's race - and probably had adequate glycogen stores from all of the Thanksgiving food - so my muscles were not sore and well stocked.  Ran most of the miles betweent 7:20 to 7:30 which was comfortable, not pushing, but not recovery easy either.


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