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Cedar Hills,UT,USA

Member Since:

Apr 08, 2006



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.


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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Highland Glen loop this morning. Fairly warm this morning with no wind. Clear with some high clouds. After a one mile warmup, my legs felt quite fresh. Pushed the pace at times just for fun. Ran up the hill at the end of Redwood Drive and then down the trail. The tempo runs and increased mileage seem to be paying off as my resting heart rate has dropped to around 40 and my legs feel strong. I'll try to add a few more tempo miles this week.

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Kohlers/Highland loop. Very warm with temperatures in the mid-60's at 5:30 a.m. A bit of a canyon breeze. Everthing's feeling good at this point in my training. As I was getting close to home, I saw a guy leisurely riding his bike up ahead of me. Since I take some perverse pleasure in passing people on bikes, I pushed the pace until I caught up with him. I could tell he was a little embarrassed as he briefly started going faster, but I just started pushing it faster as well. Sometimes in the morning it's too easy to just run the whole way at a comfortable pace, just lost in my thoughts, unless I spot somebody up ahead. I guess it's a good thing as it makes me work harder than I might otherwise.

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Minutes before my alarm went off this morning, a storm front hit with high winds and pounding rain. I had planned a seven mile run this morning (four at threshold pace), but I just laid in bed and laughed when my wife reminded me it was time to head out. After fifteen minutes I got dressed and hopped on the dreadmill. It's been a while since I've run inside so every mile seemed to go by very slowly. I gradually increased the pace until I was running 7:30 by the end (which didn't cause much cardiovascular distress). The time seemed to go by faster as I was watching an interesting show on the History Channel about the D-Day invasion.

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Kohler's loop on a cold, clear Spring morning. The clouds and rain of the last couple of days moved out and left everything smelling fresh and invigorating. I was surprised to find that I was a little bit stiff starting out and that my left ankle was a little sore during the middle part of the run. Whenever I get that soreness on the top of my ankle, it's usually followed later by knee soreness, calf cramping or other ailments -- usually in the other leg! The soreness might be a result of having run on the treadmill on Wednesday. I'll have to try further experiments to find out. Average pace was 8:17.

Ran again this evening when I got home. Highland Glen loop at easy pace, but steady pace. Hip flexor was sore for the first half mile or so and my legs felt a bit heavy, but felt OK the farther I went (except for a touch of bowel distress the last half mile or so).

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There was some confusion this morning about what time we were supposed to pick up our daughter from trek. We asked our neighbor on Friday if he knew what time we were supposed to be there and he sent his daughter in to ask his wife. She came back out and said 7:30 a.m. That sounded kind of strange, but his wife had been one of the drivers that took the kids up to Cascade Springs. I figured that I would try to get in a run sometime in the late afternoon or evening as we'd have to leave around 6:30.

As I was eating breakfast around 6:15, my neighbor called and said that his daughter had gotten things mixed up and that we weren't supposed to be there until 10:30. Since Laureen was already up, we decided that we'd go for a run together. It was a beautiful, slightly cool morning along the creek trail. He then worked our way down to 48th and ran north to the light. Laureen's been struggling with a pulled muscle, but she was running well today. We ran west to Kohlers, south past the Highland Park and then worked our way back east. When we got home I thought about taking Amelia for a run, but she wasn't up yet. I didn't get that many miles in for the day, but it was nice to run and talk with Laureen. I've missed that the last couple of months.

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