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Member Since:

Sep 01, 2008



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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

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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
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Mizuno Nexus 5 Miles: 7.22Asics 2150 (Blue) Miles: 10.51Brooks Defyance 4 Miles: 7.58Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 6.58Brooks Ravenna 3 Miles: 26.20
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It was 45 degrees and breezy this morning.  I ran 7.22 easy miles.

Mizuno Nexus 5 Miles: 7.22
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It was 48 degrees and calm this morning.  I ran 10.51 easy miles.

Asics 2150 (Blue) Miles: 10.51
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It was 48 degrees this morning.  I ran up the hill to meet our running group and met up with Mike about a mile in.  We ran with the group a bit and then took off and ran together around the fairgrounds and back up.  Total 7.58 miles.

Brooks Defyance 4 Miles: 7.58
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6.58 easy miles.

Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 6.58
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Race: Teton Dam Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:51:25, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 3
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It had only dropped to 63 degrees when I drove to catch the bus this morning.  It was going to be a hot day.  I sat next to Jeff Shadley and Nate Reese on the way up and had a nice chat with them before the race.  Funny trivia.  It turns out that Jeff and I lived on the same street when we grew up in Idaho Falls but didn't know each other because we were 4 years apart.  Small world.

There was a nice breeze at the start and for me that made the difference between dying of heat or surviving as I am nowhere near heat acclimated yet.  The gun went off and we headed out.  I stayed at a good pace even with the mud that got stuck to my shoes when we ran along freshly irrigated dirt roads.  I was holding on really well until mile 16 and I started to feel the effects of the heat on me.  Unfortunately, the big climb from 18.5 to 23 was looming and the temperature was climbing faster than I was.

I spent most of the hill climb talking to other runners and encouraging them along the way as we all struggled to make it up to the top of Summers Butte.  When we finally crested I just put it into gear and finished the last 3 miles strong.  The mile splits were short at almost every mile marker so I thought the race might be short but they made it all up in the last mile and my Garmin read an astonishing 26.21 at the finish so the overall course was perfect.

I finished 15th overall, 11th in male, and 3rd in my age group which was a weird one (46-55) and received a cool Teton Dam Marathon stainless steel thermos for the age-group award.  I did not push this very hard and made it a great training run for #98 in the books.

Brooks Ravenna 3 Miles: 26.20
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Mizuno Nexus 5 Miles: 7.22Asics 2150 (Blue) Miles: 10.51Brooks Defyance 4 Miles: 7.58Brooks Trance 5 Miles: 6.58Brooks Ravenna 3 Miles: 26.20
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