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St. George Marathon 2009

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Location:

Santa Clara,UT,

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Swiss Days(5k)--19:47.5

Zion Centennial Fun Run (10k)--42:19 

St. George Half Marathon--1:36:45.4 

St. George Marathon--3:22:29

Short-Term Running Goals:

I want to work on building up my base again and taking a crack at my 5k and 10k PRs.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run to live. Live to run.

 

Personal:

I'm married with 3 cuties and a buddy. When I don't run, I'm ornery.  So for their sake--It's all for them--I run.

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: 0.00 Month: 125.00 Year: 1196.50
NB 790 (Feb. 2015) Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 246.75
NB 1400 Lifetime Miles: 260.50
Nike LunarEpic Lifetime Miles: 547.75
Hoka Clayton Lifetime Miles: 376.00
Nike Lunar Epic Oct. 2017 Lifetime Miles: 518.01
Nike Vomero NXR '17 Lifetime Miles: 516.75
Nike Pegasus 34 Lifetime Miles: 456.50
INOV8 F-Lite 195 Lifetime Miles: 317.75
Hoka Clifton 6 Lifetime Miles: 207.25
Bike Miles Lifetime Miles: 88.50
Erg Ks Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Hoka Speedgoat 4 Lifetime Miles: 296.00
STB Lifetime Miles: 248.00
Nike LunarEpic 2 Lifetime Miles: 112.00
Brooks L5 Lifetime Miles: 257.50
Desert Canyons Lifetime Miles: 86.00
Books 2021 Lifetime Miles: 36.00
2021 Trail Runs Lifetime Miles: 101.00
PV Speedgoat 4 Lifetime Miles: 36.75
Brooks Launch 5 Lifetime Miles: 29.50
Brooks L6 Lifetime Miles: 151.75
Total Distance
164.75
Brooks Cascadia 4 Miles: 36.75Brooks Axiom 3 Miles: 32.75Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Miles: 23.00Asics Gel Stratus 2.1 Miles: 15.50Asics Gel Landreth 5 Miles: 17.00NB 790 Miles: 23.00Asics Gel Landreth 4 Miles: 10.75Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

pm--4 New month. New mileage. Went w/ Tom from the Johnson's Arch trailhead up to Scout Cave and back. Twas a nice little trail run w/ a desert tortoise sighting. 

Brooks Cascadia 4 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Race: St. George Marathon 2009 (26.2 Miles) 03:22:29
Total Distance
26.25

Well, this was a good one for me. I went into not dwelling on it but feeling confident w/ training and being comfortable w/ the course. I was originally shooting for 3:30:00, but a few things happened yesterday that changed that. 1) I decided to go w/ some lighter shoes that I had never run very long in, and 2) a few people convinced me that I was a lot closer to the 3:1x:00s than I thought. So I just went out according to the feel of the body and went w/ that the entire race. It's not that the stars aligned, but it was a better than average day. Here are my splits:

1--8:23

2--8:09

3--8:10

4--7:28

5--7:44

6--7:33

7--7:27

8--8:44 Veyo hill.

9--7:59

10--7:47

11--8:00

12--7:52

13--7:36

14--7:58

15--7:21

16--7:15

17--7:19

18--7:33

19--7:42

20--7:45

21--7:01 Lots of decline.

22--7:33

23--7:27

24--7:12

25--7:55

26--7:45

.2--1:52 (7:15)

I always wondered how people hit those later miles hard. Today, I just never really lost it. I enjoyed virtually every minute of the race. I feel a lot more confident that I have a 3:10:00 in me somewhere. Just need a good year of training to dig it out. Thanks to Cass and Tanner, Dallen and Nate, Some lady from Atlanta, Scott Hughes, and The Beast for the great company.

Brooks Axiom 3 Miles: 26.25
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
4.00

pm--4 Warm-up and Cool-down w/ the XC kids. Legs are still a little tight.

Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.00

pm--5 Bombed out on the kids, helping students try to get in their end-of-quarter repentance. But then came home and ran up on the heights. The legs felt better. As of right now, no IT issues. I'll keep stretching and hope to avoid that post-marathon ache. Going to try to get out on the trail  a little tomorrow. 

Asics Gel Stratus 2.1 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
5.50

pm--5.5 Barrel Roll and Sidewinder w/ Tom, talking geology and mysticism and trying to dodge bullets. A lot of people out killing rocks today. Wore my IT brace for safe measure. The body's holding up. 

Brooks Cascadia 4 Miles: 5.50
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5.00

pm--5 miles w/ the JV kids. Some parts of my body want to have a lingering pain, but, as of now, they don't. 

Asics Gel Landreth 5 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
4.00

am--4 morning run w/ neighbor Greg. Did the Albertson's loop.

Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
3.50

pm--3.5 Sockless miles in the dirt w/ Tom on the Lower Graveyard Loop.

NB 790 Miles: 3.50
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Race: Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim (23 Miles) 06:05:00
Total Distance
23.00

am--23 Ok, it wasn't a race, but it was an accomplishment, and recording it as a race is my way of bookmarking it for the future. 

We started at the North Rim about 15 after 6 in the morning. The temps were in the high 20s-low 30s. I was wearing shorts, a shirt, and a light running pull-over. It was cold standing there, but I didn't think about the temps for one second after I started running. I had a headlamp on and just went for it down the trail. In the dark, as the dust starts kicking up, you kind of lose some depth perception and have to be very aware of where you're sticking your feet.

About 7 miles down, the trail starts to level off. The running is amazing. I felt great. I passed some campers and hikers, and they cheered me on. I reached Phantom Ranch--14 miles in--in roughly 2:30. Pretty good pace for me on the trails. I had eaten some Gus, a PBJ, and an Endurolyte or 2. I finished off a water bottle, drank about half of my chia fresca, and drank another bottle of water before filling it up again. Then I ran on down to the bridge.

I walked across the bridge because the Colorado is amazing. What a sight this canyon must have been for old one arm. When I hit the other side of the river, I got into the deep sand and ended up logjambed behind a mule train. I followed them at a speedy hike for about 2 miles. They finally pulled over for a view, and I passed. Just in time to hit the Devil's Corkscrew. Now the climbing began. There wasn't much "running" after this. The elevation gain in about 5-6 miles is over 4,000 feet. I did some hard hiking, just trying to keep the legs going. I stopped a few times for Gu and my last PBJ. I finished off the chia fresca and kept going. This is the most soul-crushing part of the trail. I downed a few more Endurolytes going up and kept on trucking. I was passing people, but something inside me was disappointed that I couldn't go faster. To put this part of the trail into perspective, it's like tackling hundreds of stadiums after roughly 18 miles of running. Anyway, I made it without anyone ever passing me--besides the 2 hikers from the Northwest, whom I caught right before the finish--and limped up out of the canyon at 20 after 12--6:05:00 minutes later. I headed straight to the food and got me a hot dog and a soda and sat down to eat before I called my ride.

The rim-to-rim is quite the experience. To date it is the hardest thing, physically, that I have ever done in my life. Don't underestimate the canyon. Nonetheless, one day it would be cool to go rim-to-rim and then head back the way I came. For now I'll leave that up to those with ultra legs.

PS--Crockett's R2R2R report was very interesting to read the night before diving head first into this adventure. If you google "running rim to rim," it's the first link that comes up.

Brooks Cascadia 4 Miles: 23.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.00

pm--5 Easy miles to shake out the legs. The pace was slow, and the pain was good. 

Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
4.50

pm--4.5 Slow easy miles w/ my mom. I had to get a little run in today between grading papers and getting family pictures. The legs are still pretty sore. I think this week will be pretty conservative. 

Asics Gel Landreth 4 Miles: 4.50
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Total Distance
2.50

pm--2.5 easy miles w/ the kids the day before state.

Asics Gel Stratus 2.1 Miles: 2.50
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
8.00

pm--8 Easy, wonderful miles to remind me of why I love running. Had a little Neil Young on the iPod.

Asics Gel Stratus 2.1 Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
8.25

pm--8.25 Sockless miles w/ Tom on the Cove Wash West trail. We ran out to the edge of the mesa to take in the view. I love the chilly pockets at dusk.

NB 790 Miles: 8.25
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Total Distance
10.00

am--10 Moderate 10-miler up through Ivins and back down through Santa Clara. I saw my mom and her running partner a few times. These last 3 days have felt pretty good. 

Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
6.00

pm--6 A loop down around Valley View. The legs and lungs were laboring today. 

Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
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Total Distance
4.25

pm--4.25 Went up behind the Sugar Loaf and ran T-Bone Trail w/ Tom. The wind was brisk. 

Brooks Cascadia 4 Miles: 4.25
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Total Distance
6.50

pm--6.5 Threw on a half zip and headed out. The weather was chilly. The lucky marathon shoes were great. And the pace was nice. What I can't figure out is why, at times, particularly on the trails, I seem to struggle w/ a consistent pace, but I get out on the road and the body takes off. 

Brooks Axiom 3 Miles: 6.50
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.00

pm--5 Sockless miles on the Ghost trail w/ Tom. Pretty much perfect. 

NB 790 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
6.25

am--6.25 Up to the ball fields and around w/ neighbor Greg. I hit my goal for the year today--2,000 miles. OOAAHH!

Asics Gel Landreth 4 Miles: 6.25
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
18.25

am--12 Went out through Green Valley, looped around, and ran up the bike path to The Canyons. There was a fair amount of incline in this run, which felt pretty good. I took this run easy except for miles 9, 10, and 11. The first 2 were in the mid 7s, and the last was right around 7. It's nice to get out and get a long run in. Happy Samhain.

pm--6.25 Tom called, so we went up and over Land Hill and back again. It makes for about 600' of elevation gain, not tons but fun. Another sockless run. 

Asics Gel Landreth 5 Miles: 12.00NB 790 Miles: 6.25
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
164.75
Brooks Cascadia 4 Miles: 36.75Brooks Axiom 3 Miles: 32.75Asics Gel Cumulus 10 Miles: 23.00Asics Gel Stratus 2.1 Miles: 15.50Asics Gel Landreth 5 Miles: 17.00NB 790 Miles: 23.00Asics Gel Landreth 4 Miles: 10.75Brooks Glycerin Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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