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Big Cottonwood Half Marathon

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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: Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:26:18, Place overall: 33, Place in age division: 4
Total Distance

Awesome race today! This was my 4th annual mother-son half marathon with my mom. She traveled up from Texas to race. The bus loading/finish area for this race is also just a mile from my uncle and aunt's house, so extra convenient. This was the night of sleep I've ever had before a race, as I only woke up once before it was time to get up. I had a half bagel with hot chocolate, and then we jogged to the buses. The start line was much colder than expected, and it actually took me about 10 minutes of running in the race before my muscles felt completely loosened up again after shivering. The first mile is the slowest Mike, and my Garmin registered a 6:58 mile. I wanted to take this race conservatively, as I didn't want to burn out on this course and not be able to pace the STG marathon in 3 weeks. The course just kept getting faster though, and we didn't have to do the out-and-back segment that the full marathoners had. I started calm on most of the course, and let quite a few people pass me. Around mile 11, I realized my faster-than-usual times weren't too good to be true and I pushed harder. I barely even slowed down on the level parts, and I think that is due to conditioning from 3 other downhill races this summer. I rolled in at 1:26:18, which is almost 6 minutes faster than any other half marathon I've run before. Good good day!

I did a cool down loop and felt great. I also walked a mile back to the house with my family, which showed up en masse to cheer for me and my mom. This evening we drove up the course and onwards to Guardsman's Pass. Then we hiked up the remaining part of the mountain in the north side of the road to the weather station. Felt fine!

Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 15.60
Weight: 0.00
From Kenny the Apache on Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 22:18:22 from

Awesome race and time today Donald!

From Tom Slick on Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 21:37:19 from

Great PR ! Now you are in Taper Time for SGM!

From Martin on Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 13:06:04 from

Fantastic PR, Congratulations!

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