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Ogden Marathon

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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds). Play ultimate frisbee.

4 year coach of Langston Middle School- love it

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

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6 easy miles on a nice morning- 50 deg, no wind.  Great day.  Ended up winding my way to LHS and decided to do 2 miles on the track, just for kicks.  Did a 7:15 and a 7:05 (the first one felt a lot harder than the second for some reason).  I am pretty sure I just set my pre-5 AM 1 mile (7:05) and 2 mile (14:20) PR :)

My knee felt a bit better, but not as much as I was hoping.  For Ogden this week, I missed too much training in March/April due to sickness to be competitive, plus don't want to aggravate my knee.  I am running it at an easy pace as a training run to build on for the rest of the summer.  My first marathon ever, 2003 TOU, was a 2:49:59.  I will aim to crush that time by 1 second this week.  I will go out at 6:30 pace or so through the first 18 miles, then see if I can pick it up a bit.  If not, no worries.  I'm just going to have fun and enjoy seeing all the FRB-ers compete!  I did give myself my pre-race haircut last night, though, so watch out.  It is not as short as Clyde's or Logan's, but it is still pretty short to cut down on any wind resistance from the head wind we had on the 1/2 marathon.

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5 easy miles with the jogging stroller.  Knee really bugged me.  IB should make it fine for Saturday, though.  1 more easy run tomorrow.

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2 easy miles with the stroller as a final shakeout.  Leaving for Ogden in 1 minute.  Here we go!

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Race: Ogden Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:46:55, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 3
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Going into this race, I just wanted to treat it as a good training run, run a first 1:25 half (6:30 pace), then even or maybe slight negative split, and I didn't want to make my knee worse.  Goal time of 2:49:58 (1 second faster than my 2003 TOU).

It was lots of fun to see the bloggers at Logan's party last night (thanks Logan and Katey) and to see TONS of bloggers at the start.  I didn't want to go out fast so I stood a few rows back and went out with Andy Browning for the first 5 miles.  Mile markers were uneven but we were at 39:10 at mile 6 (6:31 pace).  Andy dropped back and I ran with Carre Joyce for a few miles.  After mile 7, I was in ~28th spot and was never passed again.  I met Jake Saunders at mile 8, and we ran the next 10 miles together.  He is a nice guy from North Logan- I was excited to meet another Loganite to train with Cody, Paul, and I.  He had a few cheering sections along the way, too, which was nice.  Next 6 miles were all 6:22-6:38 over the rollers, with a 1/2 marathon split of 1:25:15 (6:31 pace)- I felt pretty good and was excited how close I was able to stay to my goal pace.  My internal speedometer (no GPS for me!) was right on.  I knew a negative split was doable, and started to think 2:47 was in my capability if I worked hard after mile 18.

Mile 14 was a bit fast with the crowd and downhill, 6:01, then mile 15 was slower up the hill, 7:31 (marker may have been off, too).  Jake and I ran 3 miles at 6:00-6:10 pace, then one relaxed 6:25 right before the downhill.  At this point, I wanted to see if I could get a good negative split and even run some sub-6:00 miles, so I wished Jake luck and started picking off runners.  Ran 3 miles of 5:51-5:57 down the canyon, which I was happy with.  Mile 23 was out of the canyon on the bike path, flatter, and I thought I slowed down, but it was 5:50.  I passed lots of runners in the canyon, finally getting the last guy (Bill Cobler) at mile 24.  I had never run sub-6 this late in a race and it felt great.  Then my speed burst and the heat (plus 23 miles) started to hit me a bit, so my last 3 miles were 6:10-6:23 pace, with a final .2 of 1:18 for a final time of 2:46:55.  I felt fatigued at the end, but it was definitely my strongest finish ever and I never hit the wall- 6:03 avg for the last 7 miles!  All in all, I ran a 3:50 negative split, passed 15+ guys in the last 19 miles while never being passed, felt great (minimal knee pain, partly due to a super-dose of IBprofin before the race), and am hardly sore now.  It was a great workout.  11th place overall, 3rd in age group.  And even if I raced right from the start, it's doubtful I could have caught Walter who was 2 minutes ahead of me. 

This is my 3rd fastest marathon ever, though my 2005 St. George of 2:46 is probably slower when you account for difference in difficulty.  So, it was a somewhat easy race/workout that resulted in my 2nd best marathon performance ever.  Hopefully my knee will get better and I can have a great race season.  Back to work on Monday!

Bloggers did great.  10 of the top 12 guys were bloggers, and Michelle took 2nd.  Plus lots of other good races on a hot day.  Congrats to everyone! 

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