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Ogden Half Marathon

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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

yearly mileage totals (actual running miles, not crosstraining etc)

2008 - 1,317

2009 - 2,654

2010 - 2,578

2011 - 2,618

2012 - 3,083 (ran everyday this year. PR's in half and full marathons, at age 48!)

2013 - 1,177

2014 - 1,716

2015 - 1,060

2016 - 951

2017 - 786

2018 - 1,058

2019 - 1,211

2020 - 1010

2021 - 1064.9

Short-Term Running Goals:

reacquaint myself with my long lost running freak, and then proceed to get my running freak on

run faster

increase mileage in the Spring 

keep running




Long-Term Running Goals:




born in 1964. married 25 years. one wife one dog

6 ft tall, nation wide

"Engaging in a little suffering — however self-imposed, arbitrary and contrived — before breakfast each morning tends to demand some humility and injects some marked relief into the rest of the day, making things sharper, more inspired, more immediately aware of the powerful presence of being. And that seems really worthwhile." A. Krupicka


"I cruised down hills, churned up hills, and floated over the asphalt, existing in a world that seemed to lack the confinements of such ubiquitous rivets as time, obligation, or pain. I knew then that this was destined to be one of those serendipitous runs for which so many of 
us strive yet so rarely achieve." J. Nevels




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Total Distance
Asics DS 13 Miles: 4.00Trail Shoe Miles: 30.70Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 6.50Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.00
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3 PM. Clear, 67F, light wind out of the NW. Short run on the LPT.

Wasn't going to run today but needed to burn off some steam.

4 mile tempo run at my 2010 goal marathon pace.

0 miles - warmup

Tempo:  7:42, 7:34, 7:54 (had to do a 180 to head back), 7:40.

0 miles - cooldown.


Asics DS 13 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Late lunch on the Bluff trail. High thin clouds, 70F, light breeze.

This was one of those runs that couldn't end soon enough. Gotta take the good with the bad.

Trail Shoe Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

5:30 AM. Clear, 56F. From the house to LPT out and back.

Just trying to rest up and stay injury free for Saturday.

Trail Shoe Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Lunch. Easy six on the Bluff Trail. Sunny, 50F, wind NWN 8 or so mph.

Took 5 miles to warm up.

Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 6.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Lunch. Hill work on the fire break road. Breezes kept me cool.

My next workout will be a big group run on Ogden...I'm planning a 13.1 mile tempo...

Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance


Weight: 0.00
Race: Ogden Half Marathon (13.2 Miles) 01:48:42, Place overall: 291, Place in age division: 24
Total Distance

My alarm went off at 3:00 AM. I got about 4 hours of broken sleep but I felt fine because it was race day and I had no choice but to get moving. NOW I'm tired! Anyway, met my sis in law at her house and she drove us to Ogden. This was her first half and she did really good. I left her at about the halfway point and she maintained the pace we had been running the whole way through. Her time was 1:52:30-ish.  The busses got us to the starting line with more than an hour and a half till starting time. I think next time I'll bring a throw away camp chair so I can take a nap while waiting. What a beautiful morning in Eden! I think that's the town where the race started.

My time of 1:48:41 is based on my Garmin, which showed a distance of 13.2 miles. I'll post my official/chip time when it becomes available.

Mile 1 - 8:54 -  Pretty slow, but I wanted to be extra cautious, and this is where the only real hill is, and the first mile was my warm up. I started in about the right place because I just slowly passed people, pretty much throughout the race.

Mile 2 - 8:37 - getting warmer. I shed my winter hat at this point.

Mile 3 - 8:18 - This is about what I needed to average for the run to reach my goal of breaking 1:50 for the half, so I knew I needed to make up some time. No big deal, I had 10 miles left to make it up.

Mile 4 - 8:19 - Shed the gloves at this point. I think we entered the canyon somewhere in this mile. So far so good.

Mile 5 - 7:58 - Yep, we're in the canyon now, good downhill action, and a friendly tailwind to boot.

Mile 6 - 8:21 - I am being extra cautious in this race. I have a fear of going out too fast and blowing up at the end. I just want to make my goal and feel good throughout the entire run. So far, I've not forced my pace at all and am just kind of rolling down the hill. I had been running with sis in law up until this point. I felt pretty comfortable and starting thinking about the time I still needed to make up to reach my goal so I picked it up a little.

Mile 7 - 7:53 - Gravity assist.

Mile 8 - 8:00 - I like mile 8 because that leaves only 5 miles and it's easy to wrap my feeble little mind around that.

Mile 9 - 8:04 - Just comfortably moving along. Leap frogging with the same 4 or 5 runners at this point.

Mile 10 - 8:03 - Passing some runners now. I do feel a little worked as this is the fastest 10 miler I've ever done at 1:22:27. No worries, I've got some mileage base to lean on. In the past this wasn't the case, I'd be running slower and would be derailing by now.

Mile 11 - 8:04 - Such a beautiful canyon and morning!

Mile 12 - 8:22 - Gee, do you think we're out of the canyon and running on the flat part of the course now? How could you tell? I kind of enjoyed this section on the parkway, it was a nice change, and I could hear the crowds in town at this point.

Mile 13 - 8:16 - Even though the race was almost done, I didn't push too hard. I knew I had my goal and was just trying to stay even and soak in the crowd atmosphere a little.

.2 Mile - 1:33 (7:42 pace) - a little kick right at the finish.

What a great course and well organized event. I can see why it sold out so quick this year.

Well. I have to say that I'm not a fast runner, but this really is a great improvement over my "past" running life. Fast running blog has made a huge difference in the way I currently train and think about running in general. THANKS FAST RUNNING BLOG! Thanks to all of you readers and bloggers.

Now with the half behind me, I'm looking forward to training for the TOU Marathon this Fall.

Trail Shoe Miles: 13.70
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Asics DS 13 Miles: 4.00Trail Shoe Miles: 30.70Asics 1130 Bronze Miles: 6.50Treadmill Shoe Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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