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Location:

Cedar Hills,UT,USA

Member Since:

Apr 08, 2006

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

5K: 21:39 (2006) Half marathon: 1:33:45 (2006) Marathon 3:31:49 (2006)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Lose some weight and get back into racing shape. Run more races this year.

 Next race: St. George Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy and in good enough shape that I can more or less keep up with my youngest daughter.

Personal:

My wife Laureen got me into running. She went into the St. George Marathon Ten Year Club last year and I should go in this year. I have two daughters (15 and 21).

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Cumulus12 Lifetime Miles: 10.65
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
67.5344.150.000.00111.68
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.821.900.000.007.72

Beautiful, dark, clear, cool, morning. Temperature was 43 when I left the house, no moon, brilliant stars. After two days off, my legs felt really good. I started out at a pretty relaxed pace, but gradually picked it up. As I made the turn north into Highland Glen park a dark shape was trotting down the road about thirty feet ahead of me. It must have been a fox, judging from the size and gait. Didn't see another person until I started up the hill on North Cottonwood. Was feeling great so I chased a biker up the hill (caught and passed him about two thirds of the way up). Turned around at Canyon Road and pushed it fairly hard the rest of the way home. Outside of a few twinges in my left Achilles tendon, everything felt great. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.300.000.000.005.30

Nice lunchtime run with Laureen along the creek and golf course trails to the mouth of American Fork Canyon and then up Canyon Road where we picked up a new extension of the trail along the upper bench of Cedar Hills. We then came down by the new church and ran down to the start of the trail by the elementary school. Just a nice day to be out. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.400.000.000.005.40

Highland Glen Loop with Laureen.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.253.200.000.0013.45

Ran Lloyd's Loop with a three mile addition (down to Kohler's corner and south to the Country Club entrance). Felt good with only some minor, fleeting, aches and pains. Finished feeling pretty strong. Beautiful morning for a run. Thought about everybody running the Spanish Fork half this morning.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.752.000.000.007.75

Waited for Lloyd and Richard to show up this morning, but nobody came. Decided that I'd put in six to eight depending on how I felt. As I was running by the tennis courts to the southwest of the high school, I could see someone up the road towards me. It turned out to be Lloyd. He said that he'd overslept a bit and thought he could find me somewhere along our Monday loop. It was nice to have somebody to run with. He's been putting in some good mileage and it sounds like he'll be ready for TOU. We talked a bit about hotels and such, but probably won't be able to resolve much until this weekend. We're planning to do a ten miler on Saturday.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.003.200.000.003.20

High school loop in the late afternoon. Tried to push the pace a little harder than usual. Just as I was getting out of the shower after my run, I got a phone call from one of the girls on the soccer team I coach. She was wondering if the game wasn't at 5:45 instead of  7:00 pm as I'd mentioned in practice the day before. I ran downstairs to look at the schedule and make absolutely sure. I about died when I saw that it was at 5:45 since it was about 5:42 at the time. I yelled at my daughter to grab my stuff and we ran for the car, getting dressed on the way. Fortunately all the girls were on time and one of the dads had organized them to some extent so the game was able to start on time. The girls seemed to be a little off in their performance though and we ended up losing 3-0.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.005.000.000.007.00

Early morning HS loop and later a lunchtime run with Laureen.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Early morning run with Lloyd. The moon was already down when we started at 5:45 so it was pretty dark for a while. Felt good, with no major aches or pains. Stayed fairly distracted from the actual run by listening to Lloyd tell me about the craziness that he sometimes encounters in his job.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.200.000.000.008.20

Beautiful run this morning with a full moon in the west. Temperatures were almost perfect (in the low 50's to start). Richard joined us this morning after missing the last couple of weeks. Just a pleasant run all around. 

 Two more miles with Laureen at lunch (we had to cut it short because Mondays are early out and we didn't get started until about 12:30).

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.200.000.000.003.20

Slept in until 6 and then got up and ran the high school loop. I love this time of year, especially being in taper mode already. I'm always a little worried when I start out and it's not completely effortless with the marathon so close, but I really don't have any lingering aches or pains and there was definitely some spring in my step this morning. With the full moon in the west and cool, still, clear air, it was certainly, as Paul would say, idyllic.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.251.250.000.002.50

Just to quick run to loosen up and make sure that I'm firing on all cylinders. Even though I tend to be hypersensitive to the smallest sign of trouble this close to the marathon, there were really no significant aches or pains that lasted more than a minute or so. It's not a guarantee, as all kinds of weird things seem to happen during the race itself, but at this point it's all I can hope for.

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Race: Top of Utah Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:52:01, Place overall: 385, Place in age division: 8
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

Lloyd and I got up to the start a littler earlier than planned, but it meant that there were no lines for the portapotties. It had recently rained, but the clouds were broken up overhead. We found our way down to the tent by the starting line and sat there for a while before deciding that we'd better make one more visit to the portapotties before the race started. As I was standing in line, I turned my Garmin on and was a bit shocked to get a low battery warning as I had recharged it just the day before. I always kind of run by feel, but I would have liked to know my splits afterwards and check my average pace from time to time. It's hard running a race without having any idea of where you're at. About fifteen minutes before the start I took an eGel with some water.

As we lined up at the start it was still a bit dark and a little chilly, but we really couldn't have asked for better conditions. I had decided to just go with a short sleeve shirt and no gloves and was hoping I wouldn't regret it. Lloyd and I started out together at what seemed to be a very comfortable pace. I had a few little aches and pains that concerned me a little, but they started to go away as I got warmed up. We covered the first mile in eight minutes by Lloyd's watch, which is about where I wanted to be. I knew I'd have to speed up a bit, to between 7:30 and 7:45 pace to take advantage of the downhill, but hopefully not pound my legs too much. Lloyd was still with me at the two mile mark and announced that we also covered that in eight minutes. He was breathing fairly hard at that point, but I knew I needed to speed up a bit. He'd told me prior to the race that he was only going to try to hang with me for the first mile or so, so I wasn't too concerned when I looked back over my shoulder and he had just disappeared.

Over the next few miles I just felt great. My legs felt good, temperatures were just right and I thought that maybe it would be a PR day. The mile markers were coming up faster than expected and I was hitting on all cylinders. I passed the 10K mark in 48 minutes which mean that I was at about a 7:45 pace. I was in good shape at that point. I'd planned to take another gel at mile 9, but I was got distracted and didn't realize we were at the aid station until it was too late to get one down. I was talking to a guy from Michigan that was trying to run a marathon in every state before he turned 50. He said he was about half way there and described some of the marathons that he'd run recently. I took the gel at mile 11 and felt pretty good for having finished more than a third of the race.

About mile 12 I felt that I was running out of gas a bit and was concerned when I hit the half way point and saw that my time was 1:44. It was noticeably warmer when we hit the bottom of the canyon, but there was a light rain falling that made it very comfortable. I felt the gel starting to kick in and started to pick up the pace again.  The next few miles passed quickly. I'd decided to take another gel at mile 15 and gave myself plenty of time to get it down. Things were still going well through 17 and 18. I felt like I was holding a good steady pace and although I might not PR, I'd at least finish in a respectable time. I was planning to take another get around mile 19, so I'd have some energy the last three of four miles, but I was feeling a bit nauseated at that point and decided I'd better hold off. After about a half mile I knew I was going to have to make a longer portapotty stop at mile 20 and was kind of hurting by the time I got there. It was also on uneven ground which made it seem like you were on a ship at sea. I don't know how much time I lost there as I hadn't noticed the clock just a short distance away, but I got going again just after crossing the wires at almost 2:48. I was feeling very good at that point, but my legs were still working. As I hit the next few mile markers, I really started to feel the exhaustion setting in, but there was no way that I was going to get another gel down. By mile 24 I was out of gas. I walked through the water stop and just leaned against the portapotty to stretch my legs out a bit, but it was all I could do to get moving again. I didn't stop until the next mile marker, but I had to walk a minute or two after having a much needed drink. I pushed on to the finish by chanting to myself and about fell over after crossing the finish line. I just found a place to lay down and hardly moved for about ten minutes. After downing a couple of chocolate milks, I started to get my energy back, but I just sat under a tree waiting for Lloyd to come in. He ended up finishing around 4:14.

For the most part, I really enjoyed the marathon: the course was beautiful, the crowd support was great, the weather almost perfect. I wasn't thinking about a PR going in to the race as I haven't trained as hard this year and I was almost five pounds heavier than last year at this time. My goal was to finish under 3:45 or within the top five in my age group, but that didn't happen. It was my slowest time in the last four years (not counting Boston which I ran with an injury), but all in all I wasn't overly disappointed. When I didn't get into St. George this year, I know I lost some of my motivation. I really need to figure out the refueling thing though. I've experienced the nausea several times around mile 20, which leaves me feeling really empty for the last few miles. It doesn't really come up during the training runs as I haven't been going over 20, but I need to experiment with some other combinations of fuel on the run. I also need to build a better base early in the summer.

Well, I'm just happy at this point to be able to relax a bit and then enjoy some of the nice fall running weather.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.400.000.000.003.40

I haven't been feeling the usual aches and pains after a marathon, but I still wanted to give them some time to recover. I went out for a short run late this afternoon when temperatures were about 80 degrees. In many ways my legs felt better than I expected. At least some of the time I felt a little spring in my step, but it was still a bit of a struggle to get through the workout. I pushed it a little harder than I normally would after a marathon, just to see where I'm at. I'll probably take Thursday off and then go a little longer on Friday. This is such a pleasant time of the year to run.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.761.400.000.005.16

Quick run around the Highland Glen loop during lunch. Temperature at 1 was around 80 degrees. The legs felt much better than Wednesday, almost normal for that matter. Average pace was 8:35.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.200.000.000.003.20

Beautiful, warm, starry night. At 5:45 it was very dark along the path, but we could see OK after that. Easy run with Richard down around the Highland Glen pond. He's really running well. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
67.5344.150.000.00111.68
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