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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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Race: SLCTC 10K (6.2 Miles) 00:38:39, Place overall: 16, Place in age division: 2
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Good day today! Happy Birthday today Elder Camron Lee, 20 years young! Can't believe I have a 20 year old kid!

Got up in the morning a few hours before the race and got a couple of warmup miles with Kim. Then headed up to Saltair Pavillion for the 10am race. Wasn't sure what to expect after some less then stellar training runs as of late. But was pleasantly surprised to feel good and run well and exceed my "Gold" goal of sub-39 by over 20 seconds! Also a 10K PR by over a minute and a 5K PR for the last 1/2 of the race.

It was great to meet and talk to all the bloggers. Great bunch of runners and people. I'd list all the names but I fear I might leave someone out, there were quite a large contigent of FRB folks today and it looks to me like everyone did great. Nice honest course, pretty much flat with a bit of headwind the first 5K.

This was my first time ever even having a thought of being able to stay with my long-time buddy from HS days, Terry Bean (oldbean on the blog), also my long-time running mentor. Well today the Master Terry showed the student/grasshopper Tom that he still has a little zip still left as he smoked me by almost a minute, shattering my dream of being the overall Masters champion but on the other hand allowing me to bump up a spot and get 1st in the 40-44 division. Actually I can't think of a greater guy I'd rather have keep me out of 1st place.

Here are my splits and commentary:

Mile 1 - 6:14 feeling good, running in a pack at this point, wind not a problem. Stayed with Terry for this mile.

Mile 2 - 6:15 still feeling good, although less of a pack now so wind starting to be a little bit of and issue, I think Terry started speeding up a bit more than I on this mile but still within striking distance.

Mile 3 - 6:17 nobody to draft off of for this mile, headwind is most noticeable and I can't quite hold the 6:15 goal pace.

Mile 4 - 6:11 slight tailwind now so decide to try 6:10 pace and see what it feels like. Terry takes off like a wildman running sub-6 and I am too afraid of crash-and-burn to try to stay with him. This is the last mile that felt somewhat "comfortable"

Mile 5 - 6:12 getting tough now but I'm able to pass a couple of runners. Unfortunately I get "chicked" by 2 very speedy chicas (I think one of them was just a pacer and not running the race). I try to stick with them for a while but can't hold on, I think they are doing 6 min pace.

Mile 6 - 6:12 this mile was not very fun, feeling some pain now but I guess that's how it is supposed to be. I have a bit of a duel with another obviously Masters age runner, passing each other a few times until I can tell he is struggling pretty good with about a 1/2 mile to go. At this point I know I'm going to go sub-39 and this gives me a boost to speed up and leave my buddy in the dust.

.2 - 1:15 I usually have no kick so very happy to be able to run 5:44 pace to finish strong. It also helped to see Kim up ahead cheering me on and armed with camera to catch the finish! Thanks Kim! We'll post all the pictures later if we can figure out how to do it.

Good job FRB bloggers! Thanks for all the inspiration, training tips, encouragement and friendship over the last year. Thanks most to Kim for not only allowing me to indulge my running addiction but in also turning into a great runner in her own right. I look forward to cheering her in a few weeks at the Run 4 Red 5K!

Attempting to post pictures below..... Thanks Kim for being the FRB photographer today! Sorry to those that got missed, things got a bit crazy at the finish at times and we missed a few of our awesome FRB runners coming in.

From James on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:18:05

Great race today! I never got to talk to you but I did talk to your lovely wife, and she said you were pretty happy. You should be with a big PR!

From Jody on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 20:23:01

Great job today!! It was nice to meet you today!! Way to get a great PR!

From Kim on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:04:17

Awesome race Tom! It was fun to be at the finish line for you! When I saw Terry coming in and you weren't with him I got a bit nervous. But then I looked at the clock and realized you were still on for your PR, he had just added some juice on his part! Glad you had a great race! You just keep doing these great races! Your hard work is definitly paying off! I also thing your pre race 24 hour rituals are doing their part too! :)

From Brent on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:26:57

Tom, very impressed with your improvement over the last year. 100 commando points for the 10K PR, 50 Commando points for the 5K PR and 50 commando points for second in Masters and 100 commando points for winning your division. The Conundrum: how many commando points did you use today? Net gain or loss, such a great time is not possible without cashing in some of those hard earned points. What a great problem for you to solve. Consistent effort really pays off. It was so much fun, fun, (without the T-Bird) today at the races.

Stay Cool, Train Hard, B of BS Rools out

From Tom on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 21:48:21

Thanks everyone for the comments! Also for those who read my blog earlier, we wanted to note that we just added pictures to my race report!

From Benn on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 22:27:22

Love seeing the pictures and great job on the race report.

FRB bloggers representing it seems. Can't wait to get my hands on one of those snazzy singlets to spread the word out here on the east coast.

From Curtis on Sat, Feb 09, 2008 at 22:32:56

Nice job today Tom. I love the pic's. You are really becoming a steller runner. That's awesome.

From Clay on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 00:47:39

I knew you were going to have a great day Tom, I just had a good feeling, and I am so happy for you... You are an inspiration to me, keep up the good work!!! Great pictures too, I love the one with Sasha "wincing"!!! I think that is how you spell it, oh well.

From Terry on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 00:54:25

Tom, without you speeding up this last year I doubt I'd have pushed myself as much as I did over the last few months. Big thanks to you for putting the fear in your old buddy and making me a better runner.

From Ian on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 02:32:19

Great race Tom, congratulations on a big pr. Very even splits and a good strong finish. The pic's are great, the background scenery inspiring.

From josse tobiasson on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 11:48:31

Great job you are running so strong. It will be fun to see what you do in the Marathon this year. Great Pictures.

From Mike Warren on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 22:31:20

Tom, what can I say? Very impressive PR!!!!. That is an incredible time! I love how your last mile was your fastest!! You are a complete Animal, AWESOME, AWESOME, job!!!

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 09:54:14

Great race, Tom and congrats on the PR and 1st place AG! Man, you are running very well right now...we expect more PR's this year!

From Cal on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 10:32:21

Excellent running Tom. You were consistently strong throughout and a great finish!

From Lybi on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:39:30

Great job Tom! Congratulations on the PR! So awesome that you and Terry dominated the Masters div.

From Kerry on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:43:45

Let me add my belated congratulations! You just keep raising the bar for hard work and accomplishment. I really enjoyed your race report and Kim's pictures. Just stay healthy!

From Paul T on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 12:46:33

Let me add my even "belateder" congratulations! It's great to see you reaping the benefits of your hard work and dedication. It is truly inspiring!

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 17:09:57

Tom - nice to see you beat a doubled-up possibly short course 5 K PR that you thought was a big deal at the time. The ice is starting to move.

The chicks were Suzanna Thomas and Carre Joyce. They were both racing. Suzanna ran 2:39 marathon in Houson about a month ago and made the Olympic standard. She will run in Beijing if Slovakia decides to send her. Carre Joyce qualified for the Trials last year in St. George with a 2:44. While Suzanna might still be recovering from the marathon and may have been holding back, I think Carre ran an all-out race. The fact that she could only gap you by 10 seconds in a 10 K shows that you are in about 2:45 St. George shape. Carre ran steeplechase in college, and marathons are a fairly new territory for her. I see no reason why you would not have at least her level of ability to sustain the 10 K speed in the marathon.

From Paul T on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 17:38:47

Gee whiz, Tom! You let an Olympic caliber female runner running an all-out race beat you by 10 whole seconds? Come on, old man. Is that the best you can do? :)

From steve ashbaker on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:44:01

Pretty good photos Tom. It was a pleasure to meet you and Michelle.

From Tom on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:49:14

Thanks Steve. But I'm thinking you mean me and Kim.

From Christi on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 15:01:52

OK- I'm a little slow, just checked out the pics! Kim got some good ones- how FUN!! Great job Tom and all you FRB who once again stole the show!

From Adam RW on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 21:25:15

Tom, That was an amazing race. Those splits are exactly the way you want to see them. However, I have to deny that the picture of me is actually me... I guess you could say I was pushing it. It was nice to meet you and I hope to get a chance to talk in the future. See you in less than two weeks at the 15K.

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