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Pocatello Half Marathon

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Location:

Idaho Falls,ID,United States

Member Since:

Oct 15, 2016

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

My slow and steady marathon progression:

  • 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)

Half marathons:

  • 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 (1:31:49)
  • Pocatello Half (1:32:04)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Focus on improving my marathon:

  • Steady pacing
  • Running under 3:20 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 my lifetime goal for running. I hope I can gain an edge towards it with all the good advice on here. Not sure what I'll do once I get there...just focusing on that for now.

Personal:

Running the 2017 St George Marathon October 7

Happily married with one kid. Chemical engineer. 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 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. Some might call that a weekend warrior, but I make an honest effort during the week as well. Say hello!

Miles:This week: 28.00 Month: 131.37 Year: 2464.43
Skechers GOmeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 39.52
Race: Pocatello Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:32:04, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
16.10

Left at 5:45am to get to the busses around 6:30am. Relaxed and started reading Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. I look forward to reading the rest. Sat next to a older couple that is completing a half marathon in every state. This was number 45 for them!

The race successfully started at the time that was planned, and I also want to compliment everything else about this race. It is a very well organized and well sponsored race. 

The race started off with a little downhill and I figured I was probably over doing it when I clocked a 6:43 first mile. I tried to go by feel, which ranged from 7:08 to 7:25 on some miles until mile 9. I figured at that point I might as well try my best to make this race count. There were still two guys ahead of me that I had set my sights on early on in the race. The leader in the 10k race also got right up with me and was a great pacer, running about as fast as I wanted to. I actually suspect that he thought I was another 10k runner, because he DID NOT let me get ahead for awhile. Miles 12 and 13 were 6:28 and 6:24, and the kick at the end was very good. I left the 10k'er with about 1.4 miles to go and didn't look back. It was around that time that I successfully passed the two guys that I had targeted early on. I also got to meet Saige, the only person on FRB that I have met in person. She beat me, and was also first female overall by a long shot.

Mile Splits:
6:43 7:09 7:14 7:26 7:09 6:53 7:14 7:09 7:34 7:05 6:43 6:29 6:24 

Comments
From allie on Sat, Sep 02, 2017 at 17:46:35 from 172.4.198.186

nice job, and strong finish!

From Donald Davis on Wed, Sep 06, 2017 at 13:51:04 from 65.222.251.100

Thanks allie, this was a really fun race, and I think a big part of it was just having people running at around my level to pace me. Not sure I'll ever run the full marathon version of this, everyone I saw who was going faster than 3:30 seemed to finish the race very very alone...

From saige on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 14:52:15 from 208.71.141.242

Awesome race- way to push it at the end. Nice to meet you!!

From Donald Davis on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 20:11:16 from 96.18.226.22

Thanks saige, it was nice to meet you as well. Great job to you as well, and good luck on the trail run in Bend, smoke permitting of course

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