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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:

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



I've been married to the lovely Kimberly for 33 years. We have 5 great kids.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 57.70 Year: 436.87
Saucony Fastwitch #1 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
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Race week this week! Also going to be a reduced-mileage/taper week as my body surely could use the rest. Looking at doing something along the lines of the following...

Monday: 4 miles AM slow, 4 miles Noon at 7:00 pace or slower. Circuit/Weights.

Tuesday: 6 miles easy (7:30 pace or slower)

Wednesday: 5 miles with 2 miles tempo in the middle at HM pace (6:15-6:40).

Thursday: 3 miles easy.

Friday: 0-2 miles easy.

Saturday: Striders 1/2 marathon!!!! Going to treat this race differently than the past few races and not set any Gold/Silver/Bronze goals. My only goal is to take some risks and go out a bit more aggressive than usual, try to hold a 6:00-6:15 pace on the downhill first 8 miles of the course then try and hold on for dear life and hopefully have a PR type race. Probably a recipe for crash-and-burn but what the heck.

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Well nasty blizzard like conditions and icy roads put the kabosh on my planned morning run with Kim. I ended up going to the gym at work just before noon and got in 4 miles on the treadmill (7-8 pace) then 4 more with Paul outside, I think mostly in the 7:30-8:00 pace range. The weather wasn't too bad but there was a stiff breeze in our face on the way back. Paul got in a few more miles after I finished up. I was glad he showed up and we got out, I was getting pretty bored on the treadmill.

Also did some circuit/weights stuff.


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Uneventful solo run around 7 peaks loop (short version) just before noon. Kim and I decided to yield once again to Mother Nature this morning as it was 20 degrees but with the worse-than-usual SF canyon 'breeze' the wind chill must have been near 0. Our WOW powers are faltering a bit as of late, but since this is a reduced-mileage/taper week for both of us it's not a big deal. Besides it's just not right for it to be this cold and nasty in April.

Ave pace 8:03

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Finally this week for the first time we had nice, more April-appropriate weather conditions for a morning run. Mid-30's, no wind, sliver of a moon, pretty nice I thought. And having Kim for company for most of the run was even nicer. Mostly uneventful except for a couple of cat encounters that Kim mentioned on her blog. After a 2 mile warmup I did a couple miles at 1/2 marathon pace. Garmin said 6:24 & 6:17 for splits but I think it glitched on the 2nd mile which was probably closer to 6:25. Felt good, invigorating. Wore the Adidas flats that I'll use on Saturday. Looking forward to a good nap during the lunch hour today.

***PM Update*** - Well I got my nearly hour long nap at lunch so that was good, but even BETTER, I got a confirmation from the St. George Marathon folks that  YES they did remember that they burned me last year in my attempt to volunteer as a blind runner guide, and YES they were marking me down for guaranteed entry into this years marathon. Hooray! Now the next step is to get Kim in for her 1st ever marathon experience. I tried to kindly hint to the SGM folks how cool it would be for Kim to get in but they didn't offer me any promises or guarantees. Guess we may have to wait until May to find that one out.


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AM relaxed 3-mile run with Kim. Another pretty nice morning with very little wind. Did a few striders during the last mile to wake the legs up a bit. Actually my legs are feeling really good today. They feel pretty juiced right now and are asking why we did a nice 3 mile warmup and then stopped?! Ready for 10 more! Hopefully we can save all that pent up energy for Saturday. I haven't yet gotten my pre-race/taper anxieties and antziness yet but by the end of the day and tomorrow that might be another story. Apologies in advance Kim if I start acting doofy later :)

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Day off from work today so we slept in a bit. Did a couple of miles solo in the sun which was probably good since it doesn't look like much sun will be shining tomorrow at the race. Kim would have joined me but was supporting Stacie with the wogging routine. 

Race: Strider's 1/2 marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:25:43, Place overall: 23, Place in age division: 3
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Well I can say I had a great time socializing with all the blogger's that ran today! The race on the other hand.......UGGHH! Let's just say the go "out like a lion" aggressive strategy worked for about 1/2 of the race, and then the rolling hills and in particular the NASTY HEADWIND took their toll and I ended up doing the crash-and-burn pretty bad.

I was pleased at least to see that the bloggers who also did the race last year were quite a bit slower as well as those who did Painters this year. At least it makes me feel better about blaming the wind. However I must say the women bloggers seemed to have great PR efforts despite the conditions. Kim had an amazing blowout PR performance, shaving 7 minutes or so off her Painters effort finishing in 1:58:35. Josse also did very well, improving on her Painter's effort by a few minutes finishing in 1:32 something. Does this mean the women handle the wind better than men? Or perhaps more likely just reaping the rewards of stellar training over the previous couple of months. Good job!

Ended up officially with a time of 1:25:43 (garmin says 1:25:36, don't know what's up with the extra 7 seconds). Third place in my age division and 4th overall master's, although with the 2 guys ahead of me in AD I ended getting awarded 1st in AD. I'm a bit angry at myself for letting a few guys pass me over the last few miles that I had passed earlier. In particular Bill Cobler who is in my AD and who ended up just beating me by 30 seconds or so to bump me out of top 3 overall masters. Have to see if I can return the favor next time :)

Even though fellow FRB runner Andy B also passed me after I died, I was pleased to see him have what I think was great race and great time. Andy ran a lot smarter than me, next time I hope to be wise like him and pace myself a little more intelligently. He didn't have a watch so had to run completely by feel so maybe there is a lesson to be learned there.

Except for the wind the weather was actually pretty nice, especially the first 6.5 miles. Very little wind at first, temps around 40, almost perfect. But then the ugly wind had to come and be the spoiler.

So here we go with mile splits and commentary....

1 - 6:00 Feeling good, but probably too fast as this first mile although net downhill actually had a bunch of uphill maybe .5 miles worth. Ran with Andy most of this mile.

2 - 6:13 All is well for the next few miles, I pass a bunch of guys.

3 - 6:12

4 - 6:15

5 - 6:13 Miles 5 and 6 are supposedly downhill but they sure seem pretty flat to me.

6 - 6:12

7 - 6:21 OK this is where we turn right, downhill is pretty much done and now we have hills and the STINKY HEADWIND! Wheels are beginning to wobble.

8 - 6:29 Not feeling to good, trying to hold 6:30 or better. I take a GU.

9 - 6:52 Wheels start falling off now, guys I passed earlier are passing me back :(

10 - 6:59 Not a happy camper, also I'm not very near anyone so feeling a bit lonely. Lacking in motivation.

11 - 7:11 Over 7 stinks bad, want to just be done.

12 - 7:11 About the same as 11

13 - 7:00 Notice I'm not breathing that hard but I can't coax my legs to go sub-7 :((

.1 (.07 on garmin) :23 (5:58 pace) Was I really able to go down to sub-6? If so means I wimped out on earlier miles. Still need to work on mental toughness down the stretch.

So I was first quite disappointed but after seeing what experiences other runners had (except for the women) and seeing that the Sasha race predictor still says this gives me 2:52 at SGM I'm upgrading this race to OK.

It was great to meet and socialize with the bloggers. Kim and I, Silvie and Brent, and Mik'L and Clyde were all staying at the Red Moose Lodge and we were able to hook up Friday night for some dinner and chat. We also rode up to the race start line and back to check out the course for those who hadn't run it before. All the blogger folk seem like really great people in addition to being amazing runners. Clay and Cindie were also staying at the lodge but didn't get in until late so unfortunately we weren't able to talk too much with them other than a little before and after the race.

The FRB elite racers rocked and showed up all over the leader board as usual. Good job guys!

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