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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)
  • St George Marathon 2017 (3:11:52)

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 2017 (1:31:49)
  • Pocatello Half 2017 (1:32:04)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Running under 3:10 at Salt Lake City Marathon in April 2018

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finishing a marathon in under 3 hours!

Personal:

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: 70.70 Month: 161.40 Year: 3004.09
Skechers GOmeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 105.62
Skechers GOrun 5 Lifetime Miles: 137.82
Total Distance
42.50
Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 2.75
Total Distance
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Rest day. Did a little too much and now I have some minor inflammation in my right achilles. It happened once before, and I ignored the sensation while running and had a bad limp for a few days and a week with no running. I'm hoping that since I caught it early this time I can get back sooner. I won a free entry into the HOWLoween Half Marathon this Saturday which is at the Great Saltair. Hopefully my tendons are all in order so I can get a free race!

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Total Distance
6.75

4 easy miles at work. Cautiously getting back on my feet after the heel flared up. 
 

2.75 with Ellie before dinner. No noteable sensations in the heel.

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 2.75
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Total Distance
11.32

6.51 easy at work.

4.81 before dinner. Ellie didn't want to come with me today :( so weird.

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Total Distance
5.93

5.93 with strides at lunch time. Getting ready for Saturday's race. This will be my first evening race. I have no idea what to expect from that difference. I guess I'll just try to read what people have suggested.

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Total Distance
4.00

4 easy miles upon waking up (after calling about account fraud!). Not sure if I'll do any other running today. Driving down to Salt Lake City.

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Race: Howloween "Half Marathon" (12.23 Miles) 01:24:38, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
14.50

I am glad I did this race. I am also glad that I won the entry in a Facebook raffle instead of actually paying for it. 

This evening race starts at the Great Saltair music venue and goes on an out/back path eastward on the frontage road. I did a 1.25 mile warmup, which included running out the shore of the Great Salt Lake, which I never visited in my 4 years living in Utah. After getting significant negative splits on the last 3 big races I've done (2 marathons and one half), I decided to go out harder than I usually do. I ran alot of the race tied for first with another fellow. He brought all his water and fuel attached to him with fancy runner clothing, which probably was a good idea since the first aid station had a pack of 8oz water bottles on it that still hadn't been opened. I decided not to take the time to rip open the pack to get to the water. Considering that temperatures were pretty low, I wasn't too worried, as I'm not a big perspirator. Got an 8oz water bottle at the second aid station, which had the bottles out for an easy grab, but was not manned. Actually, the only manned aid station was the very last one I passed on the way back. The halfway point was established by a parked SUV. I was a little grumpy/relieved when I saw that I was only at 6.1 miles on my garmin when looping around the car. I wasn't too surprised, as the race didn't seem to have much organization to it, but it did make the course almost a mile short. The fellow I was racing against actually turned around in front of the SUV instead of going around, so I had to catch up to him again. Around mile 7 I made a move and kept the lead for the rest of the race. It was nice to be received at the finish line by Cheyenne and Grandma, some of my favorite people. Got my award, half a cup of hot chocolate, and then got out.

Although I enjoyed the race, I suspect that others did not. It was very dark by the time I got back, and since I was running hard I did not have a chance to get cold. Slower runners/walkers were out there for up to 3.5 hours in cool windy conditions, and in the dark. The race's website described the course as having light-up arches to mark each mile, and also said the aid stations would include water, gatorade, salty snacks, sweet snacks,  and energy gels. For the race organizers, apparently this translates to just having 8oz water bottles and little trick-or-treat type candies. Again, I had a great time, but I hope that everyone else did too.

I was happy to have averaged a 6:55/mi pace over 12.2 miles. I think I could've kept an average pace below 7:00/mi for the rest of a half marathon. I'm glad I got in another good personal benchmark like this before winter hits. Not signed up for anything until the SLC marathon next year.

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Total Distance
42.50
Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 2.75
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