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SLC Track Club Winter 15K

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Saratoga Springs,UT,

Member Since:

Jan 31, 2008



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2016 Finished 12 100-milers during the year.  86 career 100-mile finishes, 9th in the world.   First person to do 6 consecutive summits of Mount Timpanogos.  Won Crooked Road 24-hour race. Achieved the 5th, 6th, and 8th fastest 100-mile times in the world for runners age 57+ for the year.

2013  First person to bag the six highest Wasatch peaks in one day. First and only person to do a Kings Peak double (highest peak in Utah).  I've now accomplished it four times. 

2010 - Overall first place Across the Years 48-hour run (187 miles), Overall first place Pony Express Traill 100.

2009 - Utah State Grand Masters 5K champion (Road Runners Club of America).  National 100-mile Grand Masters Champion (Road Runners Club of America). USATF 100-mile National Champion for age 50-54.

2006 - Set record of five consecutive Timpanogos Summits ("A record for the criminally insane")  See: http://www.crockettclan.org/blog/?p=42

2007 - Summited 7 Utah 13-ers in one day.  See: http://www.crockettclan.org/blog/?p=14 

Only person to have finished nine different 100-mile races in Utah: Wasatch, Bear, Moab, Pony Express Trail, Buffalo Run, Salt Flats, Bryce, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef.

PRs - all accomplished when over 50 years old

5K - 19:51 - 2010 Run to Walk 5K

10K - 42:04 - 2010 Smile Center

1/2 Marathon: 1:29:13 - 2011 Utah Valley

Marathon - 3:23:43 - 2010 Ogden Marathon

50K - 4:38 - 2010 Across the Years split

50-mile - 8:07 - 2010 Across the Years split

100K - 10:49 - 2010 Across The Years split

12-hours 67.1 miles - 2010 Across The Years split

100-mile 19:40 - 2011 Across the Years split

24-hours 117.8 miles - 2011 Across the Years split

48-hours 187.033 miles - 2010 Across the Years

Long-Term Running Goals:

I would like to keep running ultras into my 60s. 


Details at: http://www.crockettclan.org/ultras/ultracrockett.pdf Married with six kids and six grandchildren.  Started running at the age of 46 in 2004.  My first race since Junior High days was a 50K. I skipped the shorter road stuff and went straight to ultramarathons.  I started as a back-of-the packer, but have progressed to a top-10-percent ultra finisher.  Wish I would have started running at a much earlier age.  Have had several articles published in national running magazines.  Check out my running adventure blog at www.crockettclan.org/blog

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12 Tough 5-10% Treadmill miles.   Warmer this morning but trails muddy.   I need to check them out this evening and find some dry routes for mornings when it is above freezing.   I'm hoping for a high mileage week and then next week taper for the Old Pueblo 50 in Tucson.   But my focus is hill training more than miles.

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With the trails muddy, I decided this morning to at least run a little outside.  I did a fast tempo run to and from the rec center, about a mile in each direction, and at the center did a tough hilly treadmill workout.

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Tempo run to and from the rec center and then hilly treadmill pain doing 5-10% with 15% spurts.  Dripping in sweat, I ran fast home in 32 degrees, arrived before I was frozen.

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Same routine this morning.  Ran too and from the rec center.  It was nippy 25 degrees in shorts, but it motivates me to run faster.  I also love the peace and quiet running through the neighborhoods as 3:50 a.m. in the morning.  No traffic, no people, no body stirring in the homes.   Did hilly treadmills with spurts of 30% inclines.  Brutal.

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Race: SLC Track Club Winter 15K (9.32 Miles) 01:05:15, Place overall: 26, Place in age division: 1
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I traveled up to Great Salt Lake to run in the Salt Lake Track Club Winter 15K.  This very flat race starts at historic Saltair and runs east along the frontage road that parallels I-80.  It then turns around and returns to the start.

I was using this race as a nice long tempo training run as I enter my taper week for next Saturday’s Old Pueblo 50-mile race in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson Arizona.  My goals for today were to beat my last year’s 15K PR of 1:08:27 and win my old-fart age group of 50 years and older.

I arrived in time to do a warm-up run.  I never warm up for ultras, but I have discovered that warm-up runs are critical to do well in these short runs.   Rand Nielson called out a hello and we ran two miles together talking about our upcoming ultra race schedule.

Everyone gathered for the start and the start siren was sounded.   For the first half-mile, I tucked in behind Mary Ann Schauerhammer, the eventual winner among the women.   But after a half-mile, I had to back off into a more sustainable pace.   My first mile split was what I wanted, 6:29.  During mile two, a group of 4-5 fast young women passed me.  A tall runner also passed me and I observed that he tucked in behind a big runner and used him to draft.  I decided to try the same trick and joined in the train for awhile.  I finished mile 2 in 6:46.  Doing good.  

In my mind, I knew that last year my mile average ended up being 7:22, so I was determined to try to keep all my mile splits under that pace.   I finally had to jump off the drafting train and started to slow a little bit more.   I was being very careful not to burn out my lungs today, and so far I was being successful.

My mile 3 split was 7:06.  At the 5K aid station I grabbed a quick drink and was on my way again.  I finished mile 4 in 7:13, which was my slowest mile of the race.  The first-place runners came toward me and I was pleased to see that they were less than a mile ahead of me at that point.  

Then, something great happened.  I finally warmed up.   My breathing and heart-rate were under control.  I also noticed with all of the hill training lately that my quads were very happy to be pushed harder.  I kicked it up a notch and felt pretty good.   I reached the turn-around in 32:22.

It was fun now to see all the runners behind heading toward me.   I heard several “hi Davy” greetings being yelled toward me.  It looked like the next person in my age group was about two minutes behind me. I finished mile 5 in 7:09.   I then passed a couple runners.  Mile 6 was done in 7:01.  I was surprised, and now knew I could shatter my PR if I just hung-on.   I kept my focus and was determined to not get lazy at this point.   I was surprised to see that my 10K split about a minute faster than my PR!!  Wow, things were really holding together for me today.   I knew that there was only 5K left.

I concentrated harder to keep the same sustainable pace.  Mile 7 went by in 7:00.  Very nice.  Saltair came into view poking up on the shore-line of massive Great Salt Lake.  The waterline is far away from the building, as the lake level is more than 5 feet below its historic average level.

I was bound and determined not to fade at this point.  Mile 8 went by in 7:08.   I was in the home stretch.  Mile 9 was reached in 7:10.  I looked behind me and no one was catching me, but I still kicked it into gear telling myself to finish strong.   I crossed the finish, feeling great, at 1:05:15.    I had beaten my last year’s PR by more than three minutes!   Sweet.

I didn’t stop, I turned around and ran the course backwards until I found my buddy, Jim Kern about 1.5 miles from the finish.   We had a good time running together and I encouraged Jim on.  He finished in a little over 1:35.   I received a first place ribbon for the 50-54 age-group.

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