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Idaho Falls Half 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: 0.00 Month: 190.43 Year: 2729.48
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 1149.55
ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Lifetime Miles: 478.36
Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Lifetime Miles: 809.20
Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Lifetime Miles: 120.06
Race: Idaho Falls Half Marathon 2019 (13.109 Miles) 01:34:21, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance

Woke up at 4am to get breakfast and allow time for the rest of my body to wake up. I actually jogged about 2.5 miles from my house to the bus pickup point to save my wife from having to wake up. Also did about a half mile of warm up 20 minutes before race start. This went much like last weekend's race. I was very controlled and relaxed on the downhill portion that takes the first 3ish miles. Then I put in a little more power as the course leveled out and left a couple of guys I was mostly staying side by side with. The rest of the race was a great feeling of reeling in rabbit after rabbit. There were some badly marked turns on this race. The worst one actually cut off a significant chunk of the race if you missed it. So I actually passed several people multiple times. I was pretty happy at the end, as I'm pretty sure I didn't lose to anyone because of the badly marked turn. This course was way longer than 13.1 last year and I'm pretty sure it was still a little longer this year too (about 0.2 miles). A lot of people at the finish line were upset about the course being longer, a lot of people accidentally cutting the course short, etc. Overall, it was a great experience for me. I'm always happy with being able to do a race. Even if turns are missed or others intentionally or unintentionally make the course shorter, races are still so filled with adrenaline for me, and then with such positive emotions when crossing the finish line!

The website for this race said there would be a kids fun run after the half. Apparently that is no longer the case. Ellie had gotten super excited about doing her own race after mine, so we did our own little race together, where I put my medal on her neck at the end. She really enjoyed that :)

As far as how I feel now, I feel really really good! Even a few hours after the race, I feel like I could run back to the start line. I probably couldn't, but seriously I feel super good.

Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 16.71
Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 11:46:01 from

Good race. The RD is new this year. I was out running yesterday and noticed that the course markers were not really done well and could easily be missed. This course has some windy parts which are confusing even with good markings...I got into a bit of a row with a guy a few years ago because we both went off course a bit...not one of my finer days.

Did you have any dog issues coming off the hill? A buddy was running down Sunnyside last weekend and was attacked by Rottweilers. I told the RD and he said he was going to try to talk to the owner (the sheriff also knows about this dog problem).

From Donald on Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 11:50:27 from

Jeff, I think Ryan put on a great race. I'll give him time to continue working out kinks. Last year I had a good scare with the same dogs I think. Not today though. The dogs definitely need to be on a leash. When I got scared by them, I was on my way up to the landfill. I was scared enough on the way down that I took an alternate route down on some dirt roads.

From Tom Slick on Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 21:41:47 from

Not withstanding the dog problems, congrats on your Half Mary performance. 94 minutes and change is a good time especially when you place In the top ten overall and place second in your age division.

From Donald on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 14:04:16 from

Thanks, Tom! The dog problems were on the same route, but on a different day (not a race day, fortunately). I am very happy with my race, especially since I have been keeping up my mileage for these "training" races. My big goal is the Pocatello marathon at the end of August.

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