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Location:

Preston,Id,USA

Member Since:

Mar 09, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:


2009 TOU Half Marathon 1:25:06

2010 St George Painter's Half Marathon 1:25:24

2011 Jan. St George [Painter's] Half Marathon different course 1:25:28

2011 Apr. Boston Marathon 3:03:24

2011 May Ogden 5K 18:18

2011 July 4th 15K Freedom Run 58:53

2011 July Deseret News 10K 37:12

2011 Oct St George Marathon 2:58:18

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 18 min. 5k

1:24  Half

 Sub 3 at St George in Oct.

Get injury free and stay that way

Set new PRs at all distances now that I'm 50

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

17:30 5K

2:50 marathon

Personal:

I was born in 1960

I started running in 2006

I am married with a 16 year old son [that lives with my wife and I] and a 30 year old step son and 25 year old step daughter

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
103.2345.7011.370.007.00167.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.001.005.000.000.0011.00

     I did a bit of a harder workout today that was about the same as I did the past 2 Fridays. I ran a 3 mile warm up at 7:47 AP then 1 mile down the big highway hill in 6:38. Back up the hill in 7:15. Last week I ran it in 7:33 which was was the fastest I had ever done that mile long climb. Today I had about an 8 MPH tailwind which helped. After the top of the hill I did 1/2 mile easy then 4x1 miles at 6:31 to 6:39 pace. I ran 1/2 mile between each at about 7:30/mile pace. It was the nicest day of the year so far. I finished just after dark. 7:09/mile ave for 11 miles

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

     Just a nice easy run this morning. Ran up around the reservoir again and saw lots of wildlife. Ducks, geese, pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, Turkeys, deer, and a big v-formation of around a hundred swans flew over low. I went 11 miles at 8:28 AP.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.001.000.000.000.008.00

     I was planning a harder workout this morning. I was planning to go 17 miles with a lot of them at marathon pace. It was cold this morning with about a 5 MPH wind. I started with 3 miles warm up at about 7:45 pace. By the time I got that far the wind had picked up to about 20 MPH. I picked up the pace and ran the next mile in 6:56. The wind really sucked and I just wasn't feeling it this morning so I bailed on the workout and figured I'll try it tomorrow so I just ran another 4 at around 8:15 pace. Now tomorrow I'll probably have the wind back with rain or snow added to it. Hopefully I'll feel more energetic. 8 miles at 7:55 AP.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.0014.000.000.000.0017.00

     I did the workout today that I bailed on yesterday. It was warmer this morning at 38 deg but it was still windy but not as bad as yesterday. When I started out the run my energy level felt no better than yesterday. Maybe even worse. I started with 3 warm up miles that averaged 7:50. Then the next 13 miles I did 3 out and backs of 4 miles, 4 miles, then 5 miles. This made it so I never had to have a headwind for more than 1 1/2 miles at a time. I took 3 min breaks between each. I wasn't really feeling it when I started the first 4 but started feeling better as the run went on. Average for 1st 4 was 6:57. Next 4 was 6:50. Next 5 was 6:47 ave pace. Average for the 13 miles was 6:51. I was doing 1 cool down mile to finish and slowed my pace quite a bit to start but after about  1/4 mile I was feeling good and picked the pace back up and finished the last mile in 7:03 so that actually made 14 MP miles. I felt pretty good about this workout but it doesn't seem like there's any way I could maintain that pace for a whole marathon. Being at sea level should help some though. Tomorrow I will start my taper. I may even take it off completely. Overall pace for 17 miles was 7:03 AP.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

     4 easy. 8:58 AP

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

     7 miles today in a snow storm. 8:32 AP.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.501.504.000.000.009.00

     I went out in the falling snow and ran 9 miles. I went 2 miles warm up at 7:46 AP then 1 mile down the big highway hill in 6:10 [felt like MP effort]. Then back up in 7:46 [half marathon effort]. I ran 1/2 recovery then I did 3x1 mile at half mar. pace with a 1/2 mile fast recoveries at about 7:30 pace. I hit 6:31, 6:31, and 6:25 for the 3. I don't feel like I could run a half at those paces right now even though I averaged from 6:29 to 6:31 in my last 3 halves. I feel a little slower right now but hopefully with my mileage being more consistent than it has been for any of my other marathons I can make up for the loss in speed by not crashing so bad in the later miles. I finished up with 1/2 half mile at 7:05 pace. overall pace for 9 was 7:05.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

     Just ran 7 miles today and felt great. I just kept the pace nice and easy. I had a pretty strong headwind with some snow falling most of the way out but the snow got coming down a lot harder on the way back but I didn't mind since it was a tailwind. I plan to run about 13 on Monday but very short runs the rest of the week. I think I'm ready.   8:49/mile AP

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.002.000.000.000.0015.00

     Nice morning with temps in the 40s. Since today is kind of like what would normally be the Saturday before the race I went for one last semi long run. I ran 15 miles out the highway and up and down the 2 big hills which makes for about 600 ft total climb and 600 ft drop. I averaged 7:43 pace for the first 7 miles then 7:14 pace for 8 miles. The 14th mile was up one of the big hills and I ran it in 7:58 and the last mile in 6:47. Those last 2 felt a bit harder than marathon pace. I ran this run a bit faster than I had planned but it all felt pretty comfortable until the last 2 miles. The little bit of tapering that I started last week must be helping. This was my last harder run before the marathon and everything is still feeling pretty good. I guess you could say the hay is in the barn at this point with just a few easy runs left this week. 15 miles at 7:28/mile ave.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

     4 easy miles this morning at 8:37 AP. Feeling good.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

     4 easy visiting family in Milford PA

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.730.002.370.000.006.10

     We drove up to the Pennsylvania farm house today which is one of my favorite places to run. I did some laps on the very hilly 2.37 mile loop. I ran a couple of miles at 7:44 pace then did a lap at 6:48 pace. Then 3/4 miles at 7:58 pace.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.000.002.00

     2 miles easy.

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Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:03:24, Place overall: 1877, Place in age division: 67
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.0026.200.000.000.0026.20

    

     The Boston Marathon this morning was an overall awesome experience. My wife and son and stepson spent the night in a hotel in a small town about 15 miles from the start line after making the 4 hour drive yesterday from Milford Pennsylvania. The roads in Hopkinton were open until 7:30 AM so my wife drove me to within about a quarter mile of the start area and I walked to the school to wait. I found a spot to sit on the lawn down in a corner that was in the sun and somewhat out of the wind. I was glad that I had some long pants to wear and felt bad for the freezing people that didn't. I chatted a bit with a couple of other runners that were sitting around me and I ate a banna and drank some water. I thought it was funny to see how a lot of people were checking out everybody else's # on their bags to see how they were seeded.

     The weather couldn't have been better with temps in the low to mid 50s and a favorable wind. The wind was pretty nasty in Hopkinton but once the race got down into the trees I didn't feel it much. Three different times during the race I actually felt a tailwind blowing hard enough that I could feel it hit my back but each time it was quickly gone. I also noticed crosswinds and even headwinds at times but I think most of the wind speed was at or below my running pace so it felt like no wind at all which at times actually made the 50 deg weather feel hot. I was sweating a lot and was actually dumping cups of water on my head to try and cool down. I guess I was just used to training in the cold Idaho winter and extra cool spring this year.

     I was very ready to go by the time 10 o'clock rolled around. We made the long walk to the starting corrals and packed into them. My number was 3077 so I just missed the 3rd corral. In the 4th corral I had 3,000 runners between me and the starting line.  The elites were only a short distance away when they were introduced but I couldn,t quite see them over all of the heads in front of me. After a short wait and the National Anthem it was time to start. They removed the ropes separating the corrals and everyone began to walk forward. It was very crowded. I've never been in a race before where the gun goes off and you are just standing there. Finally we were walking and 1 minute and 40 seconds later we were jogging over the start mat. The pace finally started picking up a little but my main focus was just trying not to trip and fall. The sea of bobbing heads going down the road and out of sight ahead of me was awesome.  The first mile has the steepest downhill and I was only able to manage a 6:55. It seemed like over the next couple of miles the crowd was still running slower than I wanted and I started doing a lot of zig zagging to get around people. It was impossible to run tangents in that crowd. I tried it once or twice but figured I was using more energy to get throught the crowd to get across the road [to take the inside on the curves] than to just stay with the flow. I think by the time I hit mile 4, my Garmin was already reading .07 miles long. The early miles felt good and my pace was always faster than expected. Whenever I checked my Garmin I was seeing 6:30s when I was expecting to see upper 6:40s. It felt easy so I just went with it. The section past Wellesley Girls college was everything it had been described to me and the roar in my right ear from all the screaming girls was crazy. And no I didn't kiss any coeds but I did give a few high fives. The whole race route was basically a huge party And I high-fived a lot of kids along the way.

     I hit the half in 1:29 and knew it was going to be tough to hold a good enough pace to go sub 3. Mile 15 is where I started to slow a bit. I thought sub 3 was a real possibility early on but now I knew there was no chance especially knowing the Newton Hills were still to come. I started getting some major GI discomfort at this point and nearly lost my bowel control. I think it may have been from eating a little too much fruit during my carb loading yesterday and the GU I had taken at the half may not have helped. The rest of the race I was fighting to keep control of my bowels and I never took another GU but I did eat some bananas pieces and an orange slice. I thought a lot about stopping at a POP but never did. My whole body was beginnig to feel more discomfort from the fast early pace. Mile 15 was the first mile over 7 at 7:02 and it was just slightly uphill. From that point my focus was just to beat my PR of 3:05:25 from St George. Miles 17 through 21 with the 4 Newton hills were tough for me. I was feeling the effects from going out faster than I probably should have so I just relaxed and took the hills easy so I would hopefully have something left for the last 6 miles I felt like a lot of people were passing me going up the hills and I wanted to go with them but I kept telling myself it would pay off later not to push and I know I did pass a lot of them later on in the race. I forgot that there are 4 climbs through Newton and when I crested the third ohill I thought I had just finished Heartbreak Hill. We had even driven the route yesterday on our way into Boston. I thought it didn't quite look like I remembered and I kept waiting for the downhill on the backside. It was a bummer when I finally realized that Heartbreak Hill was still to come. I did finally get there and took it easy like the other hills. It was good to be finished with the major hills for sure this time.

     Going through Boston College was pretty crazy too but I don't think they quite compared to Wellesly. This is the point at my last Marathon that I really started to die and was running close to 8 min pace. This time I felt the best I have in the last miles of a Marathon. I had a lot of discomfort but it didn't seem to be getting worse and I think it was the first time in a marathon that neither my calves or quads were cramping at this point. I ran miles 23-25 in 7:06,7:06, and 7:03. Whenever I needed a boost I just raised up my hands and the huge noisy crowd would cheer even louder. I passed a ton of people through those last miles. The last couple of miles before turning onto Hereford Street seemed a lot longer than when we drove it yesterday. Finally I could see the runners ahead making the right turn and I knew it was close. After running one block up Hereford it was a great feeling and one I had only imagined to make that left turn down Boylston Street for than final 600 meters of roaring crowd to the finish line that you can now see. I knew I would never find them in the crowd but knowing that my family was part of the cheering crowd added to the adrenaline. I ran the last .42 at 6:18 pace. I threw my hands up as I crossed the line and was so glad to be able to stop running. 

     Because of the poor tangents I was forced to run throughout the race, my Garmin had the last stretch at .42. I finished in 3:03:24 for a 2 minute PR. My next goal over a PR was to finish under 7:00 pace. My Garmin had me at 6:56 with the extra nearly quarter mile of distance but officially it's right at 6:59.6 so just barely got it. I am very happy with that time and pleased that I didn't completely die in the last few miles and I finished about 1200 spots ahead of my qualifying number. I was in the top 3.4% of my age group which had almost 2,000 start the race.

     It seemed like I had to walk forever and finally was able to go in the basement of the John Hancock building to a restroom.  I apologize for this part but it was such a major relief to finally just let go and I felt like I just lost several pounds. I normally try to be quiet and discrete while in a stall but there was no holding back this time and I just didn't care. It's the only race where I have carried my cell phone and it was a great help in locating my family. I was so happy to see them and a little jealous that they got to watch Geoffery Mutai run down Boyleston Street and cross the line in the fastest ever marathon time of 2:03:02 and also see Ryan Hall get his 2:04:58. They also got to watch the epic back and forth battle between American Desiree Davila and Kenyan Caroline Kilel for the women's win. But I felt bad for them having to wait so long in the cold. My poor wife was freezing.

     I'm actually going up and down stairs much easier than after any of my other marathons.

     Splits: 6:55,6:37,6:34,6:29,6:48,6:39,6:37,6:49,6:45,6:48,6:57,6:47,6:52,6:50,7:02,6:47,7:17,7:21,

7:12,7:25,7:40,6:55,7:06,7:06,7:03,7:19,[6:18]

     5K splits: 20:59, 21:01, 21:35, 21:32, 22:36, 22:55, 22:15, and 9:42 last 2.2

     Congrats to Paul Peterson 17 overall and 3rd American.

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     We drove the 4 hours back to My Mother in laws home in Pennsylvania right after the race. I had some uncomfortable post race muscles being in the car that long that quickly after the marathon. I'm just glad my step son Joseph was driving. 

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0.000.000.000.000.000.00

     I am amazed at how easy I am going up and down stairs the day after a marathon. Much easier than ever before. I do have sore quads but nothing like normal. Not sure if this means I could have pushed harder or that I was better conditioned. We flew home today.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.000.002.00

Took an easy 2 mile run. Everything felt real good except my right quad got a little tight partway through. Kept it short. No need to rush back in. 8:21 AP

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

     Ran 5 miles and everything felt good. I felt like going a lot farther but resisted the urge. There have been a couple of other times that I have felt great the week after a marathon and jumped back into regular training too quickly only to wind up with an injury. 8:15 AP.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.007.007.00

     20 mile mountain bike ride in the falling snow.Roads a little muddy.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

     22 deg this morning. Hard to believe it's almost May. The sun came up and warmed things up quickly. I ran 6 miles this morning and it felt great. 7:48 AP

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

     Another 6 miles this morning. Kept it comfortable and everything is still feeling good. 8:03 AP

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

     We left last night and traveled down to southern Utah into the Escalante Grand staircase National Monument to spend the weekend and do some hiking and see some sights. We camped at the Calf Creek Falls campground. I did a short run from camp int the afternoon down the highway. I was planning to go about 6 miles but 1 1/2 miles out the road got very steep and I was worried about the pounding of too much steep downhill so soon after the marathon so I turned back after 2 miles. I thought about adding a couple more miles but just ran back to camp to make it an even 4.   8:30 AP We also did some hikes in the petrified forest.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

     I took off before breakfast and ran from camp up the calf creek falls trail [6 miles round trip] up to the falls. The trail was a bit of a challenge with sandy sections, some rocky sections, some of it on slickrock with short steep ups and downs that are basically like climbing steps. It was a gorgeous morning and such beautiful country. It's a very popular trail but I got on it early enough that I finished without seeing a soul. I pushed pretty hard on the way back to get below 9 minute pace and finished with 8:46 overall AP which I felt was pretty good considering the terrain. After breakfast I hiked it again with my Wife and son, my parents, and my brother and his family. Its a very nice hike and neat spot. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
103.2345.7011.370.007.00167.30
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