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Dam to Dam 5 miler

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La Verkin,UT,USA

Member Since:

Feb 17, 2005



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Post College

10K- 33:49 (Enterprise 09')

Half Marathon-1:16:29- (Hobblecreek 06')

Marathon 2:44:59 (St. George 07')


I live in La Verkin, Utah. My wife, Sunny and I have 3 boys and 1 special little girl
I teach 7th grade Utah History at Hurricane Intermediate School and Driver's Education at Millcreek High School.

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Ran the Jacob Hamblin loop this afternoon, beautiful weather.  I ran 6 miles and the average pace was 7:00. This is the last week of basketball and only two more classes of driver's education, hopefully I can get after it with my training and start getting into shape.

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Ran 2 easy miles this morning at our last basketball practice for the season. Plan on getting in a few more miles this afternoon, probably during my planning period, or after driver's education tonight.  Decided to do a few more miles tonight on the treadmill.  The Duke vs. North Carolina game was on, so that made running on the treadmill more bearable.  I did the following workout, not too hard but still felt good. Started the treadmill at a 2% grade then did a mile warm-up at 8:34, the did 4x800 each 800 being at 6:00 pace (that's the top speed on my treadmill) between the 800's I did an 800 recovery at 8:34 pace.  Tomorrow is my final basketball game to coach.  Hope to run a few miles in the morning, should have more time on Friday, then the race on Saturday.  I'm excited to see where I'm at compared to last year at the Dam to Dam.  Last year I ran 33:06 and took 4th.  I think I can run faster this year, but I also think the competition will be a lot better this year, just having the regular guys from the club there will make things more competitive.

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4 easy miles this morning. Ran 4 more miles tonight, getting ready for the Dam to Dam race tomorrow, not quite sure what kind of shape I'm in. My training has been kind of hit and miss lately, but things should be a lot better in the coming weeks. Tonight I ran over to Hurricane Middle School and back- overall 6:57 pace (Nimbus)

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Race: Dam to Dam 5 miler (5 Miles) 00:29:44, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 2
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Ran the Dam to Dam race this morning out at Sand Hollow. Great morning for a race, beautiful weather with pretty warm temperatures. This year's race had about 300 people which was quite a few more than last year (100 or so). I wasn't real sure what to expect from this race, I was just focusing on running faster than last year (33:06) which I thought wouldn't be that hard considering the weather was much better and I'm in a little better shape.

I did a mile warm-up with the guys from the club (Dave Holt, Steve Hooper, Bill Campbell, and Steve Olsen, who has come a few times.) I knew just having all those guys there would mean it would be pretty competitive, plus I saw Glen Tucker who lives in Cedar, and is a very good runner, along with Jose Martinez another guy from St. George who was there and on time this year.

Anyway the race started out pretty fast with Glen and Dave taking off, Steve Olsen wasn't far behind. Steve Hooper was in 4th and I was in 5th. I didn't want to get too excited at the start, so I just tried to get out quick and get into a rhythm, but not worry too much about the guys ahead or behind me.

First mile- 5:35 pretty fast first mile for me, but feeling pretty good. Glen and Dave are already long gone, Olsen is in third, and Hoop and me are pretty much together.

Second mile- 5:57 another good mile, but my stomach starts hurting, didn't have much for breakfast and dinner wasn't all that filling last night. Steve Hooper and I are still running close to each other with really nobody pushing us from behind.

Third mile- 6:02 during the third mile I passed Steve Hooper which I thought might have been too early, any rate he had been pulling me along the first two miles, so I figured it would be my turn to take the lead. Steve went with me for awhile then slowed a little but still hung pretty close to finish 5th overall and not far behind me. I thought for sure he was going to run me down once we got on the dam, I was sweating bullets. I just had to get Steve back, he smoked me in the Painters Half a few weeks ago.

Fourth mile-6:04 another good mile, this course is run on gravel and sand so it was kind of hard to feel like you were in any consisent rhythm, with the footing being pretty loose. I was glad I had the garmin on, each time my pace was going over 6:00 I would try to pick it up some.

Fifth mile-5:59 Good finish, but ready to be done.

129 Ft to finish= 6.9 seconds.

Overall, very pleased with my race 29:44 (5:55 average mile) compared to 33:06 last year. The race team and St. George Running Club cleaned house. Dave-2nd, Steve Olsen- 3rd, Dustin Ence-4th, Steve Hooper 5th, and Bill Campbell-10th. Way to go guys!

After the awards Me, Bill, and Jose went and ran the course again to get in some more miles. Actually left from the parking lot and ran over the north dam, which added a mile, then the 5 mile course again, felt much better the second time running at an 8:00 mile pace.

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