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Location:

Fort Collins,CO,

Member Since:

May 15, 2003

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Unaided PR's:
5K: 14:48 (Track - 2001)
10K: 30:45 (Track - 2001)
10K: 31:32 (Bolder Boulder - 2013)
Half Marathon: 1:06:09 (Duluth - 2013)
Marathon: 2:17:54 (Grandma's) - 2014)
Marathon: 2:19:47 (Indianapolis Monumental - 2013)
Marathon: 2:19:49 (Indianapolis Monumental - 2010)

Aided PR's:
10K: 29:38 (Des News - 2011)
Half Marathon: 1:05:30 (TOU Half - 2011)
Marathon: 2:18:09 (St George - 2007)
Marathon: 2:17:35 (Boston - 2011)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in June of 2008. Started taking Enbrel in March, 2009.

Run as much as I can, and race as well as I can. Make the most of however much time I have left as an able-bodied runner.

Training for the 2018 Colorado Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

  Run until I'm old, and then run some more. Stand tall.

Personal:

1 wife, 2 kids. 1 cat. Work as a GIS Specialist/Map Geek

Endure and persist; this pain will turn to your good. - Ovid

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. - Romans 5:1-5

 

 

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Brooks Pure Connect Blue Lifetime Miles: 337.25
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185.4035.0013.100.000.00233.50
Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 101.00Nike Elite Miles: 43.25Jogging Stroller Miles: 31.25Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 30.00Brooks Adrenaline 8, #2 Miles: 28.25Saucony Tangent Miles: 11.00Saucony Type A Miles: 20.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Ran from my house to the start of the single-track of the River Trail. I think it's about 12 miles, but am not sure. Afterward, I ran a few blocks each way to help a friend move.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 13.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Logan Loop.

Nike Elite Miles: 8.00
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noon - Landfill Loop (5.5 miles)

PM - Planet Walk with seth

Jogging Stroller Miles: 4.50Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 10.00
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4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Planet Walk with Seth.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 4.50Jogging Stroller Miles: 4.50
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5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Landfill Loop with Seth, then ran to work to get my bike.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 5.00Jogging Stroller Miles: 4.50
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11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

Millville Hill Loop with Cody. It was cool and raining today, nice at first but eventually got drenched.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 11.00
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Logan Loop. Averaged 5:45/mile for 8 miles.

PM - Planet Walk with Seth (4 miles)

Nike Elite Miles: 8.00Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 4.00
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8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Providence Hill Loop, 8 miles averaging 6:16/mile.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 8.00
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6.250.000.000.000.006.25

AM - Canal Trail Loop, 7:10/mile for 6.25 miles.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #2 Miles: 6.25
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Came down with a cold yesterday, and am still sick today. No running. I suppose getting sick every 6 weeks or so is a small price to pay in exchange for being able to otherwise live life normally.

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8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Planet Walk - Landfill Loop. 8 miles, averaging 6:45/mile.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #2 Miles: 8.00
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18.000.000.000.000.0018.00

Today the plan was to drive out to the start of Hollow Rd, and run Hollow Rd to Blacksmith Fork, and then up to Blacksmith Fork to Lefthand Fork, where I would meet Cody (who was camping up there), and then we would run back down. This run can have a nasty headwind going up, and I wasn't looking forward to that. 

The good news was that there was absolutely no canyon wind today. The bad news was that the reason there was no wind was because it was pouring rain. By a few miles into the run I was completely soaked and angry at Cody since this was obviously somehow his fault. The only logical thing to do in this situation was to pick up the pace so that I could get to the turnaround point faster and begin verbally abusing Cody. However, by about 6 miles I was so soaked that I stopped caring and started enjoying the feeling of running hard up a canyon. After all, not so long ago I could barely walk, so I decided to be grateful for the opportunity to run in the rain. But I still kept the pace brisk.

At about 7 miles I saw Cody's Jeep coming down (assuming it was just Beth and the kids and Cody would be running a little behind it). The Jeep slows, window rolls down, Cody pokes his head out. "What? You're running in this?? I didn't think you'd show." At that point I went back to my plan of verbally abusing Cody, and chastised him to the point of getting out of the Jeep, putting on running clothes, and running with me. My punishment for his lack of faith was making him continue up the canyon with me at whatever pace I was going (turned out to be 6:20/mile). We finally got to my 9-mile point. My average up the canyon was 6:30/mile (splits were 6:47, 6:32, 6:31, 6:33, 6:25, 6:25, 6:25, 6:16, 6:35).

Then we turned around and started going downhill. The rain also started easing up. And my legs were starting to feel the work they did going up. Since I was no longer angry, I had less fuel to run fast, but we tried to keep the pace honest but conversational. Splits were 6:09, 6:08, 6:23, 6:13, 6:06, 6:08, 6:21, 6:18, 6:16. Halfway down the canyon the rain completely stopped, and my hands regained feeling. My legs were definitely worn out by the end, as this was the longest run I've done in quite some time, but overall legs and fueling weren't terrible, but on the other hand it was less than 2 hours. Again, no wind on the way down. Average pace for the entire run was 6:22/mile. Total time a little under 1:55. All in all, in good run, despite the rain it was a great day to be out.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 18.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.250.000.000.000.0013.25

Did the Logan Loop, 8 miles averaging 5:52/mile. Then I stopped home, got a drink, and took Seth on the Landfill Loop, 5.25 miles averaging 6:51/mile.

Nike Elite Miles: 13.25Jogging Stroller Miles: 5.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.250.000.000.000.006.25

Sumac - Canyon Rd Loop. 6.25 miles, averaging 6:19/mile.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 6.25
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Ran with Seth to our CSA to pick up produce. Ran home pushing a baby and about 10 lbs of vegetables (kind of cumbersome). Fortunately it was only 6 block. After we dropped off the produce, we ran the Planet Walk. 6 mile total for the venture.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #2 Miles: 6.00
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4.2511.000.000.000.0015.25

AM - Landfill - ICON Loop. 11 miles averaging 5:38/mile.

PM - Planet Walk with Seth.

Saucony Tangent Miles: 11.00Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 4.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Planet Walk with Seth.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #2 Miles: 4.50Jogging Stroller Miles: 4.50
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20.250.000.000.000.0020.25

This morning I had a breakfast/meeting in Smithfield at 8AM. Since it was supposed to be hot out today, I figured it would be best to run before the meeting, rather than after, but that meant getting up at 5AM, eating something, and then driving to the Smithfield Lions Club, parking, and running from there. Then I could show up at the meeting all sweaty, stinky, and hungry.

So I parked at the Lions, and then ran down to Mack Pack and began running up Canyon Road. Smithfield's version of Canyon Rd is much steeper than the Logan version. It seemed a bit steeper than Blacksmith Fork, but I could have just been tired from Thursday still. In any case, I averaged around 7:15/mile on the way up, and then turned around at the campground (where the pavement ends), which happened to be the 5-mile mark too. Found a nice bathroom to use at the campground as well.

Coming back down out of Smithfield canyon, it was finally light out, so I could enjoy the scenery, and could also enjoy the downhill. No traffic on this road, and a fair amount of other runners. Hit all the miles in the low-6's, despite not feeling great, which made me think that it is indeed steeper than BSF. Hit the 10-mile mark when I got back to Mack Park, but that meant that I still had 10 miles to go. So I decided to explore the city trail system of Smithfield. Figured I'd be spending a lot of time on them in the future, so probably a good idea.

Took the golden mile trail out of Mack, then linked up with the downtown Heritage trail through Central Park and then out to Forrester Acres (rec fields). Looped back on 100N, then north on 100 W, where I eventually found the North Canal Trail, which took me out of town along the canal. That trail terminated, so I came back into town, then ran all the way on 100 W back to 300 S, and decided to run up to our future house, since I would need to the practice. During this time, I kept the pace around 6:30-6:40/mile.

The problem with "living on the hill" is that you have to run up big hills, and this is no exception. 300S up to Dry Canyon is a bear, much easier in a car. But it was nice to see our new neighborhood on foot, which is how I prefer to view the world. I ran past our new house on 700E, and then hit up the canal trails on that end up town. Ran on the paved trail near 900 E (ie - Planet Walk II), down to 600S, then turned around and came back. Then crossed 300 S and hopped on the dirt canal trail northbound, until I was forced off near the golf course. At this point I was over 19 miles into the run, and really laboring, and pace dropped a lot. The hill up 300S, combined with lack of fitness, killed me. Stumbled down Summit Dr back to the Lions building, and called it good at 20.25 miles. Averaged 6:49/mile for the entire run. I was tired, but it felt satisfying to cover 20 miles in a single run again (had been two years). Plus I got a sneak peek of running in Smithfield, which I will be doing full time, once we move in two weeks.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 20.25
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AM - Canyon Rd out and back. 6 miles, no watch.

PM - Planet Walk with Seth. 3.5 miles.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 6.00Brooks Adrenaline 8, #2 Miles: 3.50Jogging Stroller Miles: 3.50
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Young Ward - ICON Loop (the long way). Averaged 5:50/mile for 12 miles, then cooled down for two miles at 6:30/mile.

Nike Elite Miles: 14.00
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AM - Landfill Loop, very easy pace, no watch.

PM - Planet Walk with Seth.

Jogging Stroller Miles: 4.50Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 10.00
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6.250.000.000.000.006.25

Ran to work and back to pick something up. Then ran the Landfill Loop with Seth. No watch. Feeling sluggish. Hopefully that will change so that I can run faster than 8-minute miles on Saturday.

Brooks Adrenaline 8, #1 Miles: 6.25
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4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Dropped off some maps at the TOU Half expo, picked up my packed, and then ran the last 2.5 miles of the course, backward and forward. Legs feel a little better than the last couple days. 6:55/mile average.

Brooks Adrenaline 8 Blue Miles: 4.50
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Race: Top of Utah Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:06:42, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.900.0013.100.000.0020.00

Top of Utah Half Marathon this morning. I got up at 5AM, and had some free time before Cody picked me up at 5:45AM. I started brewing a cup of coffee, and did a mile shake-out run from my house. Came back, grabbed the cup and my breakfast (banana, apple, and a peach), and fired up the ol' internet to watch Ritz's record-breaking 5K performance. Pretty cool race, and it was awesome to see Ritz take it to the east Africans. Looked like he was even gaining on Bekele for a while, until his wheels fell off in the last 200m. But that got me pumped to run today.

Hitched a ride with Cody and AdamRW, and got on one of the middle buses. We got to the start well after 6AM, but that was okay with me since it was a forgone conclusion that the race would start late. After all, the race started late last year with ~1200 participants, so it should start twice as late this year with ~2400 participants. Weather was perfect, mid- to low-50s and clear.

Cody made the ultimate observation of the day: he noticed that the two portapotties that are always at the Hyrum City park were indeed still there...about 2 feet behind the main row of race portapotties and completely hidden from view (unless you happened to be looking from the bus). We got off the bus and made our way there. Sure enough, no one was aware of them and they were empty (there were already long lines on the others). We used them and it was great. I dubbed them "Narnia", since they were hidden and rather magical. We warmed up about a mile, and I eventually made two more visits to Narnia, making this a 3-star race.

Eventually they lined us up, and it looked like the race would eventually start. It dragged on a bit, but I managed to chit-chat with Teren, Joe Wilson, and a few other folks I haven't seen in a while. The start line is always one of my favorite places for conversation. That probably annoys folks that get all stony-faced  and serious at races, but that's okay. Before the gun, they told us that we had to stay on the right side of the road (in other words, could not run full tangents). If we did, there would be repercussions. Serious repercussions, judging by the look on the cop's face when the announcement was made. So that will add at least 20 seconds to everyone's time (since the course is certified using the full road). But whatever, it's aided anyway.

So that's the pre-race write-up, which is the bulk of what I like to write about. The race itself went really well, and I completely surprised myself. It was mostly the fault of Teren and Aleksander, who pulled me out way to fast. I backed off of them in the first mile and let them go at it, but I still hit Mile 1 in 4:59. Miles 2-4 I tried to settle in. Splits for 2-4 were 5:04, 5:05, 5:07. I decided to just go with it and keep the train moving.

I was expecting a tailwind (based on our bus drive up), and we eventually got it. It was not too strong at first, but I could see it moving the weeds and grass along the road, so it was definitely there, probably about 10mph. The tailwind, combined with the steeper downhill on this part of the course, really sped me up for the next few miles. I just tried to stay steady and run within my means. Teren and Alex were up on me quite a bit, but I had no perception of how much, maybe a minute or more (they were flying!). But I wanted to hang on for 3rd, as getting passed is no fun, especially on my home course. Miles 5-7 were 4:55, 4:58, 4:48(!). Kind of shocking to me, but having run TOU several times, I know there markers are correct.

The route enters Hollow Rd near the end of Mile 7, and this section is still downhill, but much more subtle. The canyon wind was still there, but more mellow than at the mouth of the canyon. I could still see Teren and Alex at times, and it looked like one had pulled away from the other by a little bit, but I could not tell who was who (both are taller, brown hair, and white singlets). But they did not seem to be moving away from me anymore. I was definitely working hard by Hollow Rd. but wanted to stay smooth and just make it to the uphill near the end of the race, then I would figure that out later. Miles 8-10 were 5:01, 5:08, 5:07.

Miles 11 and 12 are the tough ones. Mile 11 starts out well enough on the flat, slightly downhill stretch along Hwy-165, but then turns into Millville and begins climbing a little. Mile 12 continues the climb and is uphill the whole way. Mile 13 is blissful downhill to the finish. I hit Mile 11 in 5:17, and was really laboring. The second place guy seemed to be getting closer, which was encouraging to me, but I was getting to the point in the race where I start making funny noises, and that's usually the redline point. So I wasn't too optimistic about catching him. In Millville, we were back on the grid system, so I could see that 2nd place was less than a block ahead of me (so probably ~30 seconds), and 1st place was a block or less ahead of 2nd (>1 minute from me). Cool. I'm happy to be that close to Teren and Aleksander. If 2nd place just completely tanked the last two miles, maybe I could catch him.

Unfortunately Mile 12 really wiped me out. I mean, it wasn't horrible or anything, but it pretty much took the pop out of my legs for the finish. Hit Mile 12 at 5:30, and tried to rally back to sub-5minute pace for the last downhill mile, but ended up 5:10 for Mile 13. Last 0.1 was about 30 seconds. I stopped my watch a few seconds after I finished and saw 1:06:45, which is splendid. Figured my actually time was 1:06:43 or so, since I stopped my watch late.

I was very pleased and surprised by this race. I was in great shape back in June, but then did nothing but 40-mile weeks all of July with no workouts, so figured I would not be in great shape for this race. I thought sub-1:10 was reasonable, but not much faster than that. But I ended up with a great time and an aided-course PR by over two and a half minutes. Who knew? Even better, I finished 70 seconds back from Teren, and about 25 seconds back from Aleksander, and I'm usually not that close to those guys. In fact, Aleksander beat me by almost 4 minutes back in April at Striders. So that was pretty sweet, to lose in a non-humiliating fashion. People might think I'm being funny, but I'm mostly serious. I judge how well I do more on my competition, than my actual time.

It was a deep race; Seth Wold was about 1:30 back from me, Nate Hornok about 3:30 back (I think). Jon 6th, then Albert, then I don't know. Seth was shaking his head and laughing afterward about his 1:08:30 being out of the money, but I guess that goes to show how much that race has improved over the years. 1:15 used to win, now you have to run 1:05. Crazy.

Speaking of crazy times, my chip time was actually 1:07:05 (or so), about 25 seconds slower than my watch time. What's weird is that several people I talked to had correct chip times, but others experienced discrepancies similar to what I had. That's two races in a row for me with funny timing, and both races were done by Milliseconds...but I wore the same watch for both too. So either Milliseconds has some issues, or my watch battery is messed up for something. For now, I'm sticking with my watch time, but it's certainly possible that my watch is broken. Hmm...a mystery to solve...but not a big deal. 1:07 is still good.

***correction: Milliseconds have posted official results, and everything is ironed out. My watch is not crazy. They probably just had to correct for curvature of the earth or something. My official time is 1:06:42. Teren in 1:05:55, Aleksander in 1:06:17. I was closer to Teren than I thought.

Enjoyed my $100 prize by having lunch at Angies. Will probably spend the rest on a moving truck and other incidentals next week.

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Very sore from Saturday, quads, calves, the whole deal. So other than the normal walking and biking I do for work and errands, I'll take today off.

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185.4035.0013.100.000.00233.50
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