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Ogden Marathon 2019

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Idaho Falls,ID,United States

Member Since:

Oct 15, 2016



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

My slow and steady marathon progression (left out Huntsville 2015):

  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2014 (4:24:34)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2015 (3:41:55)
  • St George Marathon 2016 (3:37:44)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2017 (3:28:49)
  • St George Marathon 2017 (3:11:52)
  • St George Marathon 2018 (3:02:43)
  • Ogden Marathon 2019 (3:09:41)
  • Pocatello Marathon 2019 (3:08:10)

Half marathons (Missing several):

  • Provo Haunted Half 2014 (1:40:31)
  • Utah Valley Half 2015 (1:34:30.1)
  • Inaugural Everglades Half 2016 (1:36:28)
  • Canyonlands Half 2017 (1:33:22)
  • Bryce Canyon Half 2017 (1:31:49)
  • Pocatello Half 2017 (1:32:04)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Learn how to continue running with an ever more packed schedule of other things.

Upcoming races: Big Cottonwood Half (September), Utah Valley Full (June 2020), Idaho Falls Half (July 2020)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finishing a marathon in under 3 hours. This is actually my goal in my upcoming marathon in August 2019 (Pocatello). a 2020 marathon.


Happily married with one kid. Chemical engineer, now studying statistics. Although I've always maintained a healthy level of fitness, I didn't pick up running until junior year at BYU. Now I live in Idaho, where I leave for work at 4:30am and don't get home until 5:30pm. I try to get a short run in before work and usually something during lunch. My focus in running is improving my marathon time, but I like to participate in all the races I can. I am a Honey Stinger Hive ambassador and hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon for the first time this August by completing a 2020 marathon in under 3 hours. Say hello!

Miles:This week: 18.10 Month: 188.20 Year: 188.20
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 1573.38
ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Lifetime Miles: 507.96
Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Lifetime Miles: 1000.10
Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Lifetime Miles: 249.39
Race: Ogden Marathon 2019 (26.219 Miles) 03:09:41, Place overall: 48, Place in age division: 9
Total Distance

Will write more later. This was a fun race and was exciting all the way through, even with poor weather for part of it! I felt like I did a pretty decent carb heavy diet starting Thursday at dinner time. Ate English muffins, oatmeal, bagels, etc. The last heavy protein I had was some baked chicken with spinach and mustard in a bagel sandwich. Seeing that the weather forecast for the race was bad, I went to Deseret Industries and got a cheap hoodie and gloves. Went to dinner with friends at Pig &a Jelly Jar, which was not a good place to go the night before a marathon. I just had a side waffle with fruit and syrup (and now I really want to go back to try the actual menu, because watching my wife eat chicken and biscuits was almost torture!). Waking up on race morning, I had a decent sized bowl of oatmeal with a large banana and peanut butter, almost exactly 3 hours before the race started. I was lucky that my bus was delayed for some reason and I didn't get off of it until 30 minutes before race start. It was sleeting at the start line and very foggy/cloudy (felt like western Oregon). I spent the next 25 minutes in line for a PoP. Changed out of my old shoes and socks with holes, drank a small electrolyte drink (Spark), and actually used the PoP as well. I wore my hoodie right up to the start line, then threw it next to a bunch of other abandoned clothes. Through most of the race I wore: baseball cap, tank, shorts, arm and leg sleeves, and gloves. That worked really well with the weather. I took off the gloves near the end. The weather got better later in the race, and the last 5 miles were really nice. I tried to keep my goal pace, but slowly lost it throughout the race. I definitely wasn't ready to break 3, but I have a little more time to prepare for my next marathon (Pocatello). It was a great race though. I pushed myself all the way through and had fun cheering others and doing my best. I also met Walter and learned how BQ certifications are done. Also, my 3 y/o was cheering "Go Daddy! Go Daddy!" at the end :-D

Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 26.22
Weight: 0.00
From Martin on Sun, May 19, 2019 at 15:26:23 from

Congratulations, Donald! The day of a sub3 will come for sure, all you have to do is to keep on running like you do! And nothing is more important than children cheering their parents? Well done, have a nice rest!

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