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Location:

Spanish Fork,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 15, 2007

Gender:

Male

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:???

10K:???

5K:??? 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

2021 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

 

Personal:

I've been married to the lovely Kimberly for 34 years. We have 5 great kids.

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Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 12.10 Month: 45.60 Year: 1153.82
Saucony Fastwitch #1 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Asics Gel Excite #5 Lifetime Miles: 463.10
Asics Gel Excite #6 Lifetime Miles: 231.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
227.001.000.000.00228.00
Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 100.00Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 50.00Asics DSTrainer #4 Miles: 34.00Asics DSTrainer17 #3 Miles: 44.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.500.000.000.0020.50

Quite the eventful long-run-that-almost-didn't-happen this morning!  Met up with smaller group than usual at 5am.  

Lots of lightning flashing and lighting up the sky.  Started out with Kim, Doug, Janae, Kellie and Meghan.  Just over a mile into the run and we find ourselves in a massive downpour with lightning flashing and thunder crashing all around us. Crazy stuff!

Started having discussions whether we should bag the long run and do it on Monday. But decided to give the run a chance for a little longer before packing it in. The heavy ran, thunder & lightning lasted for about an hour before things settled down.  

Tough to run in mega-soggy clothes and shoes but once your soaked from head to toe it can't really get any worse. And since most of us had run full marathons in similar conditions we hung in there and were later rewarded with a nice morning and even some sunshine for a while.  The worst part was the dang chaffing due to the extra wet clothing as my bloody-nipple stain on my shirt can attest.  

Finally finished things up around 8:30, still very wet but very happy to have another 20-miler in the books! 

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 20.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Slept in this morning and didn't get out until close to 8am.  Nice to feel a bit of fall coolness in the air.  Quite the nice morning especially compared to Saturday's crazy weather run.  But I'm sure glad we got in the 20 then and didn't have to do it today.

Ran about 2.5 with Kimi and the rest solo.  My Garmin finally died in the storm Saturday, I've run thousands of miles with this watch and it's served me well but now it's time to move on.  Just barely ordered me a sparkly brand-spankin new 310XT! 

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Well since I got into SGM at the last minute it seemed like a good idea to do some downhill running. Joined Kim and the other regulars and ran down Payson canyon in the early morning hours. Nice morning, a bit nippy but great for running, clear skies and a bright moon to light the way. Played it safe and only ran 8 to Beercan, at the moment it seems my legs and achilles handled everything just fine. Hooray!

Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core. 

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Eight mile relaxing run in the very early morning since I had to be at work early today. Feeling the love of the Payson canyon downhill run a bit in my quads and shins, but nothing at the moment to signal any kind of injury.  

Later at the gym did 30 min XT + core.

Still going watch free waiting for my new 310XT to arrive but I didn't mind.  I think it's good to run 'naked' every now and again. 

Asics DSTrainer #4 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Pretty much the same as yesterday but a little later in the morning for the run.

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Got in 8 miles in the early morning, 6 with Kim, 1 with Rui and 1 solo.  

Asics DSTrainer #4 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.001.000.000.0013.00

Spanish Fork 1/2 marathon today.  Kim was heavily involved with the volunteer efforts and I was marginally involved.  Wasn't actually signed up for the race but I went out with the 1/2 marathon bunch and enjoyed a laid back run along the course.  Helped pace a few runners along the way.  Ave pace in the 8:10-8:15 range.

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 13.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Eight easy no-watch miles on a nice Sept morning. Later went to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Just noticed I forgot to log this run yesterday.  Started out with Kim just shy of 4 miles then finished up solo.  

Asics DSTrainer #4 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Finally was able to try out my new watch (Garmin 310XT) today! Pretty sweet! Did my usually 8 mile route in the early morning cool.  Wore long sleeves for the 1st time in quite a long while.

8:10/156

Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core 

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Nice & easy 6-miler in the early morning. Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:35/145 

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 6.00
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Race: TOU Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:24:57
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
26.500.000.000.0026.50

Had a fun time running this with Kim. The plan was just to run for fun and not do anything to mess up Kim's BQ attempt at SGM in 3 weeks. I do believe we succeeded in doing that!

This race also had some special significance to us as we are celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary this week. So what better way to celebrate 26 years together than running 26(.2) miles down a canyon on a beautiful fall morning!   

The very observant Kim also noticed there are 26 letters in the alphabet, so she came up with this idea to take a picture for each letter of the alphabet having something to do with the 26 years and 26.2 miles.  The plan is to eventually put together a little booklet with the 26 pictures along with some thoughts and give a copy to all our kids and (future) grandkids.  Maybe we'll post some pics later.

It was nice to just run for fun with no pressures for a change. Not that don't enjoy the racing and competition side of things but it's also nice to just stop and smell a few roses sometimes.  And there were certainly plenty of roses to stop and smell on this morning. Just a gorgeous fall morning.  A bit nippy at the start (30's?) but nearly ideal for running. Also had a nice tail wind for many of the downhill miles so I'm sure the racers appreciated that.

Kim had also prepared some bib thingies to pin on the back of our singlets with a heart with "Tom" and "Kim" inside the heart.  Above the heart it said "26 years 26.2 miles".  Below the heart it said "Lovin' the journey".  We gotta a lot of kudos and congrats from other runners and seemed to spur a few discussions related to how running a marathon is a great metaphor for going through the up & downs of marriage and life.  We got thinking we should plan a 50-miler when we've been married 50 years... or maybe a 50K,..... or maybe just 50-feet :)

All-in-all we had a great time in Logan.  Got to spend some time with some old college friends Friday, with our son and daughter-in-law on Saturday, and with old and newfound running buddies before, during and after the race.  I was especially thrilled to see my old high-school buddy Bob crush his goal for his 1st BQ (3:25) and run a solid 3:13 time for his first TOU marathon.

Also looks like FRB folks did very well as usual, congrats to everyone who finished the race!

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 26.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

I had originally planned to only run 6 this morning but I was feeling pretty good so I went 8. Not much soreness after the marathon, just a bit of tightness/soreness in the hammies.  I think both Kim & I should be good to go for SGM and a BQ for Kim.

Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:48/148 

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Did our final Payson canyon downhill run in the early morning hours for likely the last time this year.  Getting a bit nippy at the top of the mountain and pitch black with no moon, but what an amazing clear sky - the stars were amazing!

Not as many running today as earlier weeks.  Kim and I ran with the group for a bit mostly with Doc Ludlow then also some solo miles. Legs feeling great I didn't notice any lingering marathon aches/pains whatsover.  I quite enjoyed the run.

Asics DSTrainer #4 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Got in 6 miles in the early morning. Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:26/148 

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 6.00
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8.000.000.000.008.00

Eight miles in the morning. Legs feeling good. Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:20/152 

Asics DSTrainer17 #3 Miles: 8.00
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8.000.000.000.008.00

Nice 8 miler mostly with Kimi. Went out a little later than usual to get a little sunshine. Gotta love autumn.

8:59/137 

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.000.0016.00

Up bright and early for our last sorta long run to kick off taper time heading into SGM. Lots of runners out today, a bit nippy around the fields but usually near perfect for running. 

8:44/150 

Asics DSTrainer17 #3 Miles: 16.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Ran 5 miles in the early morning. Plan is to back off the miles a bit this week.  Later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:07/154 

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Nice run mostly up and down Harry's in the dark with Kim, Carolyn and Doug.

Asics DSTrainer17 #3 Miles: 7.00
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Nice early morning 5 mile run then later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:12/152 

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Uneventful 7 miler in the early morning then later to the gym for 30 min XT + core.

8:43/145 

Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Five miles nice and easy with Kimi in the sunshine.

Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

Ran with the great Terry Bean in St George on a nice perfectly chilly morning. Having a little daddy-daughter getaway this weekend. Good times!!

8:08/166 

Asics DSTrainer17 #3 Miles: 13.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
227.001.000.000.00228.00
Asics DSTrainer17 #2 Miles: 100.00Asics DSTrainer17 #1 Miles: 50.00Asics DSTrainer #4 Miles: 34.00Asics DSTrainer17 #3 Miles: 44.00
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