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Spanish Fork,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 15, 2007



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

Lifetime PRs:

Marathon: 3:07:59 2013 Big Cottonwood Marathon 

1/2 Marathon: 1:24:30 2008 St. George Painters

10K: 38:39 2008 SLCTC

5K: 18:44 2009 Nestle Art City Days 

55-59 AD PRs:

1/2 Marathon:???




Short-Term Running Goals:

2023 plans: 

  • Work on core strength
  • Lose 5 lbs
  • Overcome lingering injuries
  • Have fun!


Long-Term Running Goals:

Consistently place in the top 5 of my age division as long as my body will allow it.

Beat Terry Bean at any distance at least one time before I depart this earth.

Take care of mind and body so I can be in it for the long haul. Don't do STUPID THINGS!

Run until I'm 99 with Kim by my side and remember that EVERY RUN IS A GREAT RUN!

Peace of mind by striving to live like this



I've been married to the lovely Kimberly for 36 years. We have 5 great kids and 5 great grandkids.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 7.00 Year: 1254.65
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Race: Painter's 1/2 Marathon (13 Miles) 01:23:19, Place overall: 20, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Wow I guess that Sasha science stuff really works! I didn't think there was much of any chance of me getting close to the 1:25 time Sasha had predicted for me, but with a number of factors coming together today in a positive way (weather, lower elevation, taper, racing flats, race day "magic", etc.), I was able to finally have the blowout PR race I've been waiting for and even exceed Sasha's expectations! Although I must qualify my time by admitting that the race was a little short distance-wise by somewhere from .1 to .2 miles. I measured 12.99 on my Garmin but it seemed most people I talked to were measuring close to 12.9. So I suppose you add in another minute or so and my time is a bit closer to Sasha's prediction.

The weird thing is that I think I ran the first 1/2 of the race too slow. I was in a nearly euphoric state the whole race and never really got tired. I finally decided to race the last 3 miles like a 5K and ended up with close to my best 5K time ever but even then I wasn't really breathing too heavily, I just couldn't get my legs to go any faster than about 6:10 pace. Looks like I need to do more tempo runs at that pace.

I can't really remember a whole lot of details of every mile for this race. I just kind of felt "in the zone" the whole time and I remember passing about 20 guys over the course of the race. It was great to be able to give Kim a high five during the portion of the race when it backtracks and if the timing is just right you get to see some of the mid-pack and back-pack runners. Kim had a blowout PR also and will be posting her race report shortly (she's in the shower cleaning up at the moment). I was able to backtrack and run in with Kim the last 1/2 mile or so. Sasha had beat me to her though and was putting her through the Sasha end-of-race torture treatment. I whispered to her at the time that it was OK to be cursing/hating Sasha at that moment and she could forgive him later :)

Splits as follows (based off the Garmin, not off the whacked out mile markers):

1 - 6:35

2 - 6:37

3 - 6:25

4 - 6:30

5 - 6:35

6 - 6:06 (not sure what got into me on this mile)

7 - 6:31

8 - 6:25

9 - 6:28

10 - 6:15

11 - 6:23

12 - 6:14

13 - 6:10

Ave pace: 6:25

Special thanks to Kim and everyone else on the blog for all the help and encouragement over that last year. If anyone would have told me a year ago or even 6 months ago that at this time my 1/2 marathon pace was what my 5K pace used to be only months ago I would have thought they were bonkers! Special thanks to Sasha. I think maybe it's about time to make another donation to the blog!

One other note....the FRB was certainly well represented in this race. Out of the top 10 or 20 places I know a large percentage of them were bloggers. Kudos to all the great runners on the blog, you are all incredibly inspiring.






From Clay on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:01:24

Great job Tom... I knew you were going to kick some butt today, I just had a feeling!!!

Congrats man, you deserve it big time!!!

From Dustin on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:24:52

Congrats on the huge PR! Keep it up.

From Brent on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:44:52

Tom, 100 commando points well earned. I am very happy for you, awesome, awesome, awesome. Your race splits are amazing. I guess that I will be carrying your gym bag at the next race.

By the way, what did you get for 1st in your division?

Stay Fast, B of BS Rools out

From Kerry on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 15:59:16

Wow, Tom! You just blow me away. Your training has paid off in a big way and gives some of the rest of us an incentive to get our butts in gear. Congratulations!

From Christi on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 16:15:46

Congrats!!! Great race and PR!!! Wish I had a chance to say hello to you & Kim- next time!

From Mik'L on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 16:25:54

Wow...I didn't realize you crushed your old PR! Great time and great race. Fun to see you and Kim. Hopefully next time you can make it to the party where things aren't quite as crazy!

From Lybi on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 17:08:33

Wow wow wow!!! Faster than ever Tom--by what--5 min.? Sounds like you were in major runner's high the whole race. How did you DO that? Congratulations on the break through. Things are looking really good for you this year. Looking at getting that 2:50 this year, eh?

PS Tell Kim to post asap. We're dying here!

From Cody on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 17:49:10

Wow! Nice PR Tom! That must feel great! I am impressed

From Paul Petersen on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 18:25:09

Great job!

From Dave Holt on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 18:54:31

I don't think you ran the 1st to slow when you ended up setting a huge PR. Great job.

From Cal on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 20:40:37

Nice breakthru Tom! Big Congrats on a fine race!

From JohnA on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:57:37

Tom, That is absolutely outstanding. We all knew you were duo for a breakout race. I can't believe the splits you were cranking out.

There is an old saying in track and field, "sprinters are born and distance runners are made". Today, your standing as a distance runner just created a significant mark. You are one of the biggies.


From Kim on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 23:16:25

Tom, I am so proud of you! I knew you had this great race in you! (Note to everyone else...when Tom realized I would be running alone he was willing to give up his race to run with me. Even right before the race he was still willing to run my race instead of his.)

It was great to have the high five and the help and encouragement at the end! Congratulations, my awesome running husband! Love ya! :D

From Michelle on Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 23:39:47

Sounds like the stars lined up just right for both of you today, way to hit a new PR! Can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for you, sounds like this is only the beginning for both of you!!

From Mike Warren on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 00:09:56

Wow, what a great race you had! congrats on the new PR. Your splits are Awesome, you really managed your race very well.

From Paul T on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 01:28:28

Well you finally beat me in a race...and in impressive fashion! Of course, it was no surprise. I'm a believer in the law of the harvest, that we reap what we sow, and you earned this, every euphoric step. Congratulations!

From Ian on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 03:15:20

Congratulations on a huge PR and 1st in age cat. You got your gold by a long mark. Well done!

From MichelleL on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 12:41:44

What an incredible race and time! That's awesome that you felt great the whole time. This year is going to be awesome for you!

From Ruthie on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 16:14:22

Great race, you were looking so strong when you came zooming by me and it sounds like it stayed that way! It was fun to meet you and way to run such an amazing PR!

From josse on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:56:57

It was great to see you kick some butt on saturday. You are going to do great this year, keep up the hard work.

From James on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 21:02:13

Great run! You are looking good for a great year of running.

From MarcieJ on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 22:14:01

What an incredible run for you! You did so awesome. It was nice to meet you for a split second as you zoomed by. Good luck this year although you dont need it, you are going to have some great races!

From Christi on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 00:27:19

You guys are cracking me up w/ the pics! Love it!

From Terry on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 11:40:35


I was hoping you'd have a great race. Way to crush the last few miles.

From Tom on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 18:14:54

Thanks for the nice comments everyone, it was nice to meet you all and see such great performances.

Brent - for 1st place in my age division I got the big blue diamond thingy that you see me presenting to Kim in my lastest blog picture. Logan says his glows in the dark but I haven't had any such luck with mine.

Lybi - the non-stop running high thing was pretty weird, I don't if I've ever quite had it like that before for an entire race. Kind of like the running was on auto-pilot, someone else flying the plane, while I just happened to be along for the euphoric ride. Next time it happens hopefully I'll be smart enough to take full advantage and push the pace earlier in the race.

Terry - wish you could have been there. I look forward to seeing how long I can hang with you in a mid/long distance race. I think you'll find pretty soon the high mileage you've been putting in will finally start to kick in. I better race with you before that happens or I won't have a prayer.

From jtshad on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 09:53:18

Congratualtions on the well run race and great PR! You ran smart, even if you think you went out too slow. More good things to come in 2008.

From laura on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 22:47:32

Great race, Tom!!! I read Kim's race report too. Your pictures are so awesome! What a great race for you, but how much more wonderful that it was a great race for both of you!!! I'm so happy and impressed for both of you!!!!

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