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Bryce Canyon Half Marathon 2017

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20162017
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Location:

Idaho Falls,ID,United States

Member Since:

Oct 15, 2016

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

My Race History...
Salt Lake City Marathon 2014 (4:24:34)
Provo Haunted Half 2014 (1:40:31)
Rex Lee 10k Run (43:06)
Salt Lake City Marathon 2015 (3:41:55)
Utah Valley Half Marathon 2015 (1:34:30.1)
Huntsville Marathon 2015 (4:19:25)
Provo Haunted Half 2015 (1:39:16.5)
"I Ran Marathons" 10k 2015 (44:14)
Ogden Half Marathon 2016 (1:39:47)
Grand Teton Half Marathon 2016 (1:46:36)
St George Marathon 2016 (3:37:44)
Inaugural Everglades Half Marathon 2016 (1:36:28)
Canyonlands Half Marathon 2017 (1:33:22)
Salt Lake City Marathon 2017 (3:28:49)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Focus on improving my marathon:

  • Steady pacing
  • Getting below a 7:50 pace at St George in October
  • Learning what works better for me (type of nutrition, cross training, etc)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Running a sub-3-hour marathon is a personal dream. I hope I can gain an edge towards it with all the good advice on here.

Personal:

2017 Race Schedule:
Salt Lake City Marathon April 22,
Bryce Canyon Half July 8,
Idaho Falls MAD Half July 29,
St George Marathon October 7

Happily married with a giggly one year-old. Half-Colombian engineer working as a contractor for the Navy. I didn't pick up running seriously until junior year at BYU. Now I live in Idaho, where I leave for work at 5am and don't get home until 5:40pm. I try to get a short run in during lunch time at work and then a little something else after work, but the weekends are where I try to make ground. 

Miles:This week: 32.24 Month: 155.35 Year: 1890.11
Total Distance
279.06
Total Distance
20.00

16 miles in the morning. 1 hour easy and then a 1 hour aerobic builder. Keeping it simple and tapering down this week. Trying to balance catering to family that is visiting and also being disciplined in my race preparation.

4 miles hiking around Cress Creek. My little brother gave me a good workout chasing him up the hill side.

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Total Distance
6.07

Easy miles at lunch time. Taking the rest of the week off from work.

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8.00

Easy for the most part with 12 minutes at half marathon effort towards the end. Definitely wasn't my day...I'm going to try and take the rest of the week even easier than originally planned.

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Total Distance
7.30

Ran an easy-ish pace with a focus on 2/2 breathing. I usually run with a 3/2 rhythm on easy and marathon-paced runs and I wanted to feel ready for the half this weekend. Not sure if that makes sense or is actually productive.

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4.35

9 minute mile peace. Heading down to Utah.

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2.00

Easy 20 minute roll

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Race: Bryce Canyon Half Marathon 2017 (13.109 Miles) 01:31:49, Place overall: 43, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance
15.00

Had a really great time running this race. My parents and siblings had been visiting this week. While the rest of them stayed with cousins in Salt Lake, my mom and I drove down and enjoyed the race. This make three mother-son races in the books. The next one will be St George in October, whi ch will also be my mom's first marathon. The race went almost as expected. When the downhill started around mile 3, I tried to hold back on the reins. I didn't train downhill at all in preparation for this, so I wasn't too surprised when my quads were feeling drained as the course leveled out. My plan to take the downhill conservatively was apparently not enough and I really should've driven out to eastern IF for the hills. I didn't completely die though, and I actually caught quite a few people in the last 2 miles. Downed a Clif gel between miles 7 and 9Many of them slowed down to a slow jog in the last stretch. So yeah, this is a tricky race to pace yourself on. I was going to break 90 minutes, and my mom was shooting for under 2 hours. We both got about 2 minutes over our goal. I would definitely do this race again, given I could plan a family vacation around it. Otherwise, it's just a little too far away.

Miles: (1) 7:02, (2) 7:08, (3) 6:29, (4) 6:42, (5) 6:50, (6) 6:58, (7) 6:59, (8) 7:02, (9) 7:20, (10) 7:16, (11) 7:11, (12) 7:29, (13) 7:10. Looking at the splits, I really started to die as the downhill slowly ended around mile 8

 

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Total Distance
7.00

Back in SLC for the day. Hiked up to Lake Blanche with my wife and my father. My legs were really sore from Saturday's race, and the hike really helped to loosen up!

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Total Distance
6.18

Easy miles at work. We got to meet up with an old friend this evening. We all became friends the same time I met my wife. It was great!

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Total Distance
10.32

Easy miles at work


Easy miles pushing Ellie in the stroller. Quite warm today, but at least it's not San Antonio. I'll be going there for work next week...

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Total Distance
11.85

Easy miles at lunch and then with Ellie after work. Well...as easy as running in the heat can be.

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Total Distance
11.12

6.75 easy miles for lunch. 4.37 for dinner. Very nutritious.

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Total Distance
15.20

Drove out to Ammon and ran up the road towards Bone. I think this is part of the Bone and Back Relay. I came back on a dirt road that comes back on 49th South. I chose to do this to get some downhill training. I hope to be better prepared for STG in October than I was for Bryce Canyon last week.

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Total Distance
12.30

Got to San Antonio last night. 8.3 easy miles on the treadmill before training started. 4 more before dinner.

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Total Distance
16.80

1.5 hours easy on the treadmill in the early morning. 6 miles in the PM. This trip is a good bounce back from the last race.

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Total Distance
11.90

1 mile easy, then 2x(1 mile @ T-pace, 2 miles @ M-pace, 1 mile easy) then 1 mile @ T-pace, 1 mile M-pace. Finished with a 0.9 mile cooldown. This was tough for me. I think holding a good marathon pace after a mile at threshold pace was harder than threshold pace. Feeling accomplished.

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Total Distance
15.20

90 minutes easy on the treadmill in the early AM. Going running with my mom's running club tonight here in San Antonio...going to be hot and humid.

Running with the club was a little slow but it was nice since the heat index was 105 degrees...

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Total Distance
11.20

Easy with a 7:24 mile right in the middle.

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Total Distance
13.10

Last treadmill run for a while hopefully, phew! 4 mile warm up, 6 miles at 7:24 pace, then 5 minutes at 6:53 pace, then a gradual cool down. Work trips are a great time to get in mileage!

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Total Distance
10.87

Narrow roads with no shoulder in Beaverton. Got to run by Intel's Aloha campus! That would be a neat place to see inside.

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10.00

Ran up 185th and did the longer outer loop in the Cooper Mountain Nature Park. There weren't many hills close to my house so I'm really taking advantage of this vacation!

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Total Distance
10.80

Up 185th, past Cooper Mountain Nature Park, down to Scholls Ferry road, then west and back up 209/Grabhorn. This loop ended up being the perfect length. The only downside is Beaverton's surprising lack of road shoulders. In my mind, it just doesn't make sense with the popularity of biking/running here.

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Total Distance
10.15

More hills in Beaverton/Aloha!

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Total Distance
10.80

Easy miles on Beaverton/Aloha hills.

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Total Distance
11.00

11 moderate miles in Nampa. A nice break from the Beaverton hills, but I am going to miss them soon enough.

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Total Distance
10.55

Easy pace. 4.45 of that was with Ellie.

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Total Distance
279.06
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