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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
Saucony Fastwitch #1 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
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Race: Hobble Creek Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:29:53, Place overall: 84, Place in age division: 6
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Wasn't sure what to expect today. I knew even if we started on time (7:15 but that rarely happens with this race but we actually did start about 7:20 hooray!) it would be pretty warm the last 4 miles or so. I typically wilt big time in the heat and sometimes cramp up.

But today things went relatively well and I'm happy with the time. Looks like I haven't been able to break 1:30 in a HM since clear back in 2009 (Provo River). Didn't realize it was that long ago so I'm pleased. I've had some massive crash-and-burn at this race in the past and I knew that could likely happen once the temps got above 70 and the trail rollers started around mile 9.

Turns out I did crash-and-burn a bit the last 3-4 miles, but I had enough cushion I was still able to barely squeak in under 1:30. I was measuring all the miles short and only clocked the race at 12.95 miles on the garmin, but it seemed to be the identical route as the last few years so I suppose it's close to accurate. Kim also did well even though she stopped for a while to help a runner on the verge of heat exhaustion/stroke. Good for her.

Mile-by-mile breakdown:

1 - 6:44 It was a madhouse as usual at the start having to weave in-and-out of runners. This year there seemed to be a LOT of slower runners crowding the front of the starting line. I was surprised I came in at 6:44 and that the mile marker measured nearly .1 miles short.

2 - 6:49 Still pretty cool temps and nice downhill the next few miles. Wishing it would stay this way the entire race.

3 - 6:42

4 - 6:35 Feeling good and hoping it will last for a while yet...

5 - 6:37

6 - 6:48

7 - 6:57 The uphill coming out of the south/right fork is always unwelcome, but didn't seem as bad as other years. Just hoping I can hold the sub-7 pace for a few more miles then hang on for dear life to the finish. 

8 - 6:50 Sun is now bearing down on us and temps starting to rise. This was the last 'fun' mile of the race.

9 - 6:59 I always seem to start hating life in this race once you hit the trail and the rolling hills. Still net downhill but the rollers and the heat start to mess with your head. Starting to really want to be done and dreading that I still have 4 miles+ left to go.

10 - 7:12 Starting to have thoughts of quitting, but just try to take 1 mile at a time and not think any further than that. Nice to get off the trail and back on the roads but there is still one more very annoying hill during either this mile or the next.

11 - 7:16 Ugh. Not having fun. Death march time.

12 - 7:28 Double Ugh. Really not having fun.

13 - 6:52 (actual garmin pace says 7:14)

So nice to get DONE! I was feeling pretty hammered and dizzy for a while after I finished and had a hard time eating/drinking anything. Thankfully the feeling went away after a while and I'm actually feeling pretty dandy right now. Thankful for all downhill training the last month or so.

So in theory this predicts around a 3:10 St George. Hopefully that will be the case and I can get me a lifetime marathon PR in October! 

Asics DSTrainer18 #1 Miles: 15.00
From Teena Marie on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 14:58:36 from

Congrats on the sub 1:30, esp. considering you weren't feeling all that hot the last few miles! Impressive! :)

From Brent on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 18:29:30 from

Tom, read your race report, fantastic run, it is so darn hard to break 1:30 as you get older, I would call this a great race day. Hobble is always such a zoo at the start, start up front and take the chance of burning out, or start in the pack and lose time getting around runners. The race is some ways seems to have always started for me at the big up hill after mile 10 (if my memory is correct), hanging on with tired legs. Great race again.

From Toby on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 19:51:06 from

Nicely done Tom! It did get hot out there today and they need more water stops! Good luck in SG!

From Tom on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 19:58:35 from

Thanks Teena and Brent. Brent you are entirely correct on your recollections. Coming up that big hill you mentioned (that probably isn't really all that big normally :-) ) marked the beginning of the worst of the death march portion of the race. Just hang on for dear life is all you can do. But seems that everyone else was doing the same. Don't recall being passed as my pace slowed except by one guy during the last mile. But I was able to muster up enough of a kick at the end to pass him back up at the last moment. Gotta enjoy any of those small victories you can find.

From Tom on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 20:02:46 from

Thanks Toby. Yes another water stop or two would have been nice. Also the water cups I did get seemed to only be half full! I am hoping and praying for below average temps at SG but that likely won't happen as it seems the only years we get perfect weather are the years I don't race!

From TBean on Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 11:52:10 from

Nice Sub 1:30! Uphill near the end of any race is always tuff. The hill at the SGM around mile 20 always seems to big and long even though normally it wouldn't be so bad.

From Dale on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10:01 from

Nicely done!

From Tom on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13:13 from

Thanks Terry and Dale!

From Clay on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:40:13 from

Nice race Tom! Your running really good right now and I am happy for you, your going to have a great SGM!

From Tara on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 13:52:11 from

Way to pull it in at the end and get below 1:30. The last mile is always tough!

From JimF on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 14:51:52 from

Great race! Always nice to get under 1:30 and great preparation for the marathon.

From jtshad on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 14:55:43 from

Congrats on a strong race and great time. Hope you get that PR in St. George. Keep up the good training.

From Kam on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:50:20 from

Good job, Tom.

From Tom on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:59:34 from

Thanks a lot for the encouragement everyone.

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