Running for the Fun of It

Utah Valley Marathon

Previous WeekRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesBill Mandler's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageMonth ViewYear View
Graph View
Next Week
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!



Member Since:

Sep 01, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

Started running in 2001.  Have completed over 100 marathons and ultras since then. 

Marathon PR 2:56:04 (2005 St. George)

New PR 2:53:24 (2008 Tucson)

Finished 2nd Overall in 2005 Utah Grand Slam to Paul Peterson.  He beat me by 30 min in every race.

1/2 Marathon PR 1:23:56 (2008 Just Cuz Half Marathon)

Completed the Utah Grand Slam 10 consecutive years (2003-2012).  I don't know if anyone else has done that.

Short-Term Running Goals:

2021 Goals:

Be consistent in my running.  Find Balance.

I do half my running in Idaho and half in Utah due to my work.

Run a couple marathons this year.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy winning my old-man Age Group (55-59)!


I'm in the 55-59 Age Group.....Yikes!

I have been married for over 36 years.  We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

 "Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far they can go"  T.S. Eliot

"Putting miles in your training log (blog) is like putting money in the bank.  You begin to draw interest on it immediately."  Hal Higdon

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 86.99
Hoka Arahi Lifetime Miles: 457.37
Asics Kayano 26 Lifetime Miles: 189.46
Asics 2000-8 (UT) Lifetime Miles: 23.46
Biking 2021 Lifetime Miles: 68.25
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics 1150 Miles: 8.42Mizuno Nirvana 5 Miles: 15.04Asics 2150 (Gold) Miles: 14.07Mizuno Elixer 4 (new) Miles: 26.20
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was a wonderful morning.....53 degrees and calm.  I ran a few miles before our group run.  We now have the group up to 29 minutes, so they should be ready for the 5K next month.  After that I ran a few with Barry and Chad.  Total 8.42 miles.

Asics 1150 Miles: 8.42
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 46 degrees, but windy and raining this morning.  I ran 8.79 easy miles.

Mizuno Nirvana 5 Miles: 8.79
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 39 degrees this morning, but it was clear and calm.  I ran 1.5 miles before our group run.  I took it easy on the speedwork today and only pushed the 7th (last) intervalto save myself for Saturday.  Then I ran with Barry, Chad, Tracy, and Zack (He is 13 and did his first 5 miler today!).  Total 7.23 miles.

Asics 2150 (Gold) Miles: 7.23
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 40 degrees this morning.  I ran 6.84 easy miles.

Asics 2150 (Gold) Miles: 6.84
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

It was 34 degrees this morning, but the clear sunny skies made it OK.  I ran a mile before our group run and ran easy with them.  Then I finished with Chad throwing in a good pick-up in mile mile just to get the juices flowing.  I head to Provo today :)

Mizuno Nirvana 5 Miles: 6.25
Add Comment
Race: Utah Valley Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:14:16, Place overall: 78, Place in age division: 4
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

I set my alarm for 2:30 because the buses started loading at 3:30.  I had thought quite a bit about my "bonk" the last 3 miles of Ogden 3 weeks ago.  I attributed it to poor fueling the morning of the race.  I overate the night before and still felt full in the morning so I ate nothing except a gel 15 minutes before the start and 4 more during as I normally do.  Today I ate a serving of Rockit Fuel at 3:00am and I think it made the difference in the last miles.

When the race started I was on the side road towards the clothing truck so I had to work quite a bit the first mile through the crowd just to get going.  I ran a 7:43 first mile and it really aggravated me.  I ran the next 2 miles in 6:46 and 6:45 (which is too fast) before I dialed in a reasonable 7:10-7:15 pace out to the highway at mile 8.

When we hit the first uphill around Deer Creek reservoir I began to struggle.  I still have issues with my bone spur on uphills so I have to back WAY off or I am in trouble.  So I struggled on the couple of rolling miles around the lake.

When we hit some better downhill after 10 I did better, but I couldn't get back to my 7:15 again.  I basically struggled to get to the 1/2 in 1:35:36.  I was a bit behind where I wanted to be but I didn't panic.  I knew we had one more climb before 16 so I wanted to stay loose and just see what I could do after the last uphill.

After 16 I settled back in to a 7:20ish pace and started to feel better.  When the course flattened out after 20 I started feeling stronger (just like last year).  I calculated that I was on a 3:16-3:17 finish track.  I told myself I would be OK with that, as I secretly told myself that I WASN'T OK with that.  Please don't ask me how I can keep a secret from myself but when you have been running for 20 miles it is possible.

I picked up the pace and finished the last 6 miles REALLY strong!  I passed dozens of other runners and made up 2 minutes in those miles.  I finished just over 3:14 and finally got an age-group award again.  It has been almost 2 years since I did that.  Coincidentally (or not), 2 years ago is when I started having the bone spur issue.

I talked to lots of other bloggers after the race and many people had awesome days out there!  GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!!

Mizuno Elixer 4 (new) Miles: 26.20
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Asics 1150 Miles: 8.42Mizuno Nirvana 5 Miles: 15.04Asics 2150 (Gold) Miles: 14.07Mizuno Elixer 4 (new) Miles: 26.20
Debt Reduction Calculator
Featured Announcements