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Location:

Dogtown,Ut,

Member Since:

Jan 02, 2006

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PRs: 2:26:29 marathon @ St.George'14; 1:09:55 1/2 mar. '08; 31:00 10k '07

Short-Term Running Goals:

Love running now.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Love running forever!

Personal:

My perfect day would include a run through the desert, time with my wife and girls, tasty homemade meals, and a nice nap in the middle.

Miles:This week: 38.50 Month: 64.00 Year: 2559.00
Adios Lifetime Miles: 512.25
Rocket 2 Lifetime Miles: 109.00
Kinvara Grey Lifetime Miles: 222.00
Vazee Pace Lifetime Miles: 437.75
Pace Blue Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Boston Lifetime Miles: 472.00
Peg Green Lifetime Miles: 447.00
Speedgoat Lifetime Miles: 298.75
Peg Purple Lifetime Miles: 355.75
Ravenna Lifetime Miles: 392.25
Barefoot '18 Lifetime Miles: 6.75
Levitate Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Peg NOP Lifetime Miles: 167.00
Peg Blue34 Lifetime Miles: 48.50
Total Distance
228.85
Stratus Red Miles: 9.00Landreth Black Miles: 18.50Cumulus Blue Miles: 15.00Cumulus White Miles: 10.00Stratus Black Miles: 10.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM- 8 Middleton. Nice early run. I have slept really good the last few nights and think that I have caught up on the sleep my body needed. Today's run was nice. I felt pretty good and relaxed with only a minor twinge in the legs here and there. I will take another ice bath tonight and use the foam roller again. (Landreth 482.35)

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Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 2xAC. Well the morning started off better than the last, as today my Jeep wasn't broken into. Just hit a couple easy runs of Arctic Circle with the troops this morning. All systems go... (Landreth black 176.3)

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Total Distance
4.00

AM- 4 A couple laps and AC. Austin had to kind of real me in this morning; I am ready to roll. Legs are feeling pretty good right now after ice bath last night and the decrease in mileage. (Cumulus white 316.15)

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Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:30:19, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
26.50

Race Day turned out to be a memorable one!  So I have run through the worst Boston in history and now the worst SGM in history.  I wouldn't say that conditions were as bad as Boston '07 overall; but the wind was there pretty intense the whole time, and this time, I was really working against it on my own for a big portion of the race.  Here's how it all went:

Race day conditions were rainy, chilly and windy.  Got to the start line and tried to stay dry in my garbage bag until a few minutes before the race.  Warmed up by running around the corral for a bit and trying to stretch out a little.  Had some tightness in my upper hammies that stayed pretty much the whole race only to be replaced by MAJOR tightness everywhere later!

Mile 1- 6:01 - We watched Jose take off and we all sat back, way back.  It seemed that no one wanted to take the lead and have anything to do with the wind. 

2- 5:50 (11:51) - Still very easy.  We all noticed how very dark it was and this, along with the very slow pace, caused a lot of jostling for position and clipping legs and arms.

3- 5:24 (17:14) - I got tired of this and took the lead (as we had long since passed any mad dashers).  Sasha tried to real me in, but I told him that I was just taking my turn up front - really I was just trying to get things moving.  Although times seemed to be out the door for the race, we still couldn't just piddle around (this became my attitude for whole race, I guess).

4- 5:21 (22:35) - Group was now moving along and thinning out a few people.  By this time, I think most of us had stopped worrying about trying to stay dry and we were just going.

5- 5:29 (28:04) - These miles felt pretty good.  I did a few mental checks of key areas of the body around 3 and 5 and tried to convince myself that I really felt great.  I really didn't feel sharp yet, however.

6- 5:11 (33:15) - Dropping into Veyo, Danley picked up the pace a little; I noticed that the other guy - Mark Currell - also wanted to be right up front.  I made a little push to go up front and position myself for my first water and gu and everyone moved right with me.

7- 5:14 (38:29) - Had a smooth water stop and threw my hat to my dad.  Although this isn't the highest level, I kept thinking to myself how cool it was to be doing "championship racing", the strategy forming early, working together, working against people.  It was fun.

8- 6:09 (44:38) - This is where the leader/winner made a big move.  Right here on Veyo.  Danley seemed to try to go with him, or at least move also.  And I settled behind Sasha, but he wasn't moving up quick enough and Nick came up, so I went with him, so did Sasha and Jeff.  Nick and Jeff actually pulled up a little near the top.

9- 5:59 (50:37) - Knew that I HAD to pull back up with Nick and Jeff, so I surged for 1/4 mile and got back to them.  I really tried to put myself in the mindset to stay with everyone, because the way I was feeling, if I fell back, I won't ever get back on track. 

10- 5:58 (56:36) - I told the group that we could work to get Danley and then go for the top guy.  I was really the only vocal one in the group.  I hope it wasn't annoying, but it helped me stay focused.  We pulled Danley back during the end of this mile or during the next.

11- 6:17 (1:02:53) - I tried to relax on this mile and stay behind Nick and Jeff as we finished off the Dammeron hills.  Pretty slow, but the wind was ripping in here.  Ultima stop.  It sat fine; I didn't drink too much.

12- 5:51 (1:08:44) - I pushed us across the top and tried to get it moving again toward the half.  My hips were so tight the whole race.  I remember they really hurt in here.

13- 5:38 (1:14:22) - Wow - a bad wow.  Obviously, the times were much slower than last year, but I really was working a lot harder.  I hit the half in 1:15:20 - I think.  This was really the first time since the early miles that I had looked at the time (hardly looked at the watch at all the whole race.  I didn't dare; I didn't want to get discouraged).  Through this mile, I decided it was time to make a move - not on the group, but for time.  I had originally planned on really moving through miles 13-17.  Although I new the time wasn't going to be there, I wanted the effort there.  About my move - in retrospect was it the smartest move?  Probably not for overall.  All it really did was spread out the group and create someone for everyone else to shoot for since the leader was long gone.  But I am proud of myself for doing it.  I may have been able to hit 5th or a little higher by staying with Nick for longer, but it was time for something to happen in the race and it turned out okay, even with a dead finish.  I won't ever need to wonder what I could have got if I would have gone harder today.  I went as hard as I could on this given day.  So would I do it again?  Yes.  And hopefully I'll get even better at it next time.

14- 5:41 (1:20:02) - I was originally planning to drop to 5:00 here!  Nope.

 15- 5:20 (1:25:23) - Saw my XC kids here and they got me my gato and a loud shout out.  It was fun to see them out.  Came off the volcano okay.  Again, my hips really seemed to play a role in keeping me from really rolling.  They were - and still are - very sore.  Had to force myself to drink some of the gato.  I knew I needed to, the race was still long.  But the cool temps and rain gave a false sense of hydration.

16- 5:16 (1:30:39) - Did okay dropping to Snow Canyon.  Finally a little crowd.  It was very lonely running out there by myself.  Throughout the race, I could see the cops up with the leader in the distance, but I felt totally isolated from everything and everyone.

17- 5:33 (1:36:12) - The Winchester hill loomed and I told myself, "They are coming.  Just keep pushing."  I was right; they were coming!

18- 5:42 (1:41:55) - Tried to keep focused.  The wind was tearing me apart.  I tried not to think about it at the time, but I knew the factor it was playing on me. 

19- 6:06 (1:48:00) - I was so slow up the hill.  I wanted to look at my watch, but refused to let myself.  I was sure it would say 7-8:00 minutes and that would have killed me.  I just though, "I am racing for 2nd at St. George!  Keep it going.  Keep it going."  I did what turned out to be my last little mental check after going through my ward's aide station.  I was out of it.  I don't remember anything about going through except a lot of yelling and the neighbor girl who gave me my drink.  I tried to convince myself that I could finish, but I wanted so badly to stop and just be done.  Marathoning is so hard.  So hard.

20- 5:56 (1:53:57) - I realized I was fading fast.  My pace slowed for a section of this mile to nearly a standstill.  I drank a little more of my flat Pepsi from 19 and hoped the gu would kick something to me.  Then just tried to gut something out.

21- 5:35 (1:59:32) - My nemesis miles, through the twist. If I could just get the legs going again, I could maybe hold on to this.  10K left I thought.  I focused on trying to get leg turnover where there was none.

22- 5:54 (2:05:26) - I held them off for a mile; do it again.  Here is where Steve A. and Clyde got me last year.  I tried to get anything on the little climb out of the twist.

23- 5:37 (2:11:03) - Held them off for another mile.  But now the cheers are closer behind me.  The girl at the aide station held out my water, but I was on the other side of the road from the tangent.  I yelled to her to bring it to me; I hope she didn't think I was a jerk, but I could barely keep moving forward let along sideways.

24- 5:45 (2:16:48) - My long battle of attrition was over.  After running alone and pushing the wind for over 12 miles, someone came up on me dropping into town.  I gave a quick backward glance; it was Nick.  I gave him a fistbump and he encouraged me and was gone.  What now?  Try to hold off the next one.

25- 5:59 (2:22:47) - A major goal of mine, and a key to my goal time, was to really keep on it at the finish.  I have never once had a finish of a marathon where the last few miles were something to write home about.  How do I feel about today's?  I am not sure.  I didn't quit.  That's a positive.  It wasn't a whole lot slower than even last year.  But I was D.E.A.D - dead!  3rd place got me just before turning off diagonal.

26- 6:03 (2:28:50) - I knew some big dogs were still hunting me down and I didn't want to lose all I had worked so hard for, so I tried to grit down.  I got a little boost when the PVHS pep band hit a little fight song for me as we turned on Tabernacle.  It was exhilarating for a short minute (I wish they would have pushed me all the way in!).

26.2- 1:19 (2:30:19) - Coming down the end it was gone.  Everything was gone.  4th caught and passed me with about 200-300 to go.  I wish I could have held it, but I was hoping not to fall down.  I have to stop making a habit of these dramatic finishes - I really am not doing it for the attention.  As I ran, my legs would just drop lower and lower and I started to weave.  I tried to stand up straight and the whole process would start again.  I really just hoped to cross the line.  My legs were cramping and there was not one ounce of anything in there.  Made it and was caught at the line by one of our trusty men in uniform.

Well... That one is over.  Really nothing left to say or analyze that I haven't already.  I was an amazing training season.  The Circle of Trust totally pushed me through.  My wife and kids are an absolute amazing support.  And congrats to everyone.  I am especially proud of James who qualified for Boston, broke 3, and hit a 30(?) minute PR.  Good job big bro.  It was a ton of fun running with you. 

I guess I should also note for future reference when I am an old man (yes pvxc I am not an old man, yet!) that I won the Silver Shoe for top local finisher.  A nice trophy, bread for a year, and a treadmill, and don't forget that cool jumbo candybar with the SGM logo on it.  That was pretty neat.  Also top 10 and top finisher for my age division.  I got 3 bags - one for each of the girls! 

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Total Distance
0.00

So I told Al not to let me run for at least this week... She just laughed at me... I was serious, however. 

So sore - most ever!

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Total Distance
0.00

I've held up my end of the bargain for 2 days now.  Unfortunately my body is living up to its end of the deal.  

I told it if I don't run for a week (at all) it must get feeling rested and healed - not completely, I know it will take longer than a week to get back to hard workouts, but those minor aches and pains gone.

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0.00

The legs are finally starting to cooperate with me.  Really no pain or soreness this morning.  Had a fun swim last night with the family and did just a couple laps to see if it helped work anything out.  Maybe the last time of the year for me - with a meet today and the weather looking to turn nasty this weekend.

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Total Distance
0.00

Still holding strong.  And after walking all over at last night's xc meet, I am glad.  I can tell the legs, although only just the littlest bit sore, don't have anything in them.  I was tired just walking around to cheer for the kids.

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Total Distance
0.00

The itch is resurfacing.  I am trying to calm it for a few more days.  I'll keep myself busy having fun with the family for the rest of the week.  Yesterday we had another nice day out by the pool.  Maybe one more tonight before the storm hits.

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Total Distance
0.00

Wanted to get out and get a run in as it was perfect fall XC style weather.  But I promised myself I would give it the full weak.  So... Monday!

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Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 Washington Loop w/ Turtle Creek. Maybe I shouldn't have been so excited to get back going. From the very first step my hips were in... a lot of pain. So sore and tight throughout. My breathing was so horrible that I nearly puked all the wretched food I have inhaled in the past week. It's all okay, though; first one down. Got my whole winter planned up to LA; and hopefully I'll hear back from them soon about getting in. (Stratus red 540.05)

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Total Distance
5.30

afternoon - 5.3, 2.8 out in Sandberg's with the boys and then a DI Loop. Things still aren't that great. I wanted to get back to doing weights today, but almost decided against it because I don't feel that great. But I figured I was starting very easy since I hadn't lifted in a long time, so I might as well just add to it. Regular routine: squat, bench, lats, leg extensions and curls, core stuff. It actually felt kinda good to do it. (Landreth black 181.6)

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Total Distance
5.50

PM - 5.5 after a solid region showing (boys champs, jv boys top 12 spots, girls 2nd and going to state and individual champ) we had our team fundraiser run-a-thon. This year we did it overnight. Had a lot of fun. Got 5.5 in sometime before midnight. (Landreth black 187.1)

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Total Distance
10.00

AM - 3 Sometime around 2 AM or so, Austin and Kimz and I went down to the Mosquito Trail and had a fun little run. It's is neat to have athletes that are so passionate. (Landreth black 190.1

evening - 7 Club run on City Creek Trail. One of the worst days of my life - had to bury my dog today. Decided to go run hoping it would help distract me a little. Had a nice run out on the trail with the Circle and talked and enjoyed life. I'm going to miss my dog. (Stratus bee 327.85)

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Total Distance
8.00

late morning - 8 Grapevine Springs to Coral Canyon. There is no better place in the world to run that Southern Utah in the fall on the trails. Run was slow and enjoyable. Hips didn't hurt as bad this morning. (Cumulus silver 600.85)

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Total Distance
20.25

morning - 20.25 West Canyon Trail - Zion. Maybe the greatest run I have ever been on. Started up near Kolob Res. running maybe a mile into the trailhead with all the local boys. The scenery throughout was the most beautiful, breathtaking sights you could ever imagine. A few of the climbs at 7500 feet killed my lungs, but brought even more amazing views of slot canyons and cliffs. After 15 miles or so, the trail connected to the top portion of Angel's Landing and we ran down Wally's Wiggles. Then we hit Zion Canyon floor and Clyde, Logan, and I "jogged" (at sub 6:00 pace) down to the canyon entrance where we met up with Katie and everyone else.

My only regret is that my legs are so burned - otherwise I would have enjoyed the run even more. This trail will become a regular a couple times a year. (Cumulus white 337)

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Total Distance
8.50

afternoon - 8.5 2 miles of warmup, then 3x600 striders, and 2 mile cooldown with boys, then 3.5 cool on 2450. Legs still seem pretty shot. Quads were hammered when I tried to use the stick on them. (Stratus bee 336.35)

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Total Distance
10.10

AM -7.6 Green Springs. Not really a good run. My hips and hip flexors are just shot. I am really regretting the extra bit of mileage added onto Saturday's run, it was just too much at the time. I am looking forward to being able to run normally again without pain and without limps. (Stratus red 547.65)

evening - 2.5 SLC. Around the mall in South Town with the team to stretch the legs after the bus ride. My hips felt horid. (Landreth black 192.6)

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Total Distance
11.20

morning - 11.2 SLC. From South Town up into Draper and on the Porter Rockwell Trail and back. Felt a little better up until about mile 8 and then my legs really wanted to be done. (Landreth black 203.8)

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Total Distance
8.00

afternoon - 8 River Trail. No run this morning. We got home a bit late last night and I just didn't want to get up and run. I am really excited for a run that doesn't suck. Maybe someday I will get one of those again. (Cumulus white 345)

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Total Distance
9.00

afternoon - 9 GS/PL/Middleton. Nice to get up on the trail again, but it was very disappointing to see how much they have continued to push building into the desert - even when homes aren't selling in the first place. Had a brief thought of going longer, but decided that wasn't the smartest idea as my legs are still thoroughly shot. (Stratus bee 345.35)

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Total Distance
15.00

AM - 15 Fields. Hit the roads early this morning. Right knee pain was very present for most of the run, but I stopped multiple times to try and stretch the legs out, and by the time I headed home, it was hurting less. Tried to treat the run as a prep for next week's runs. Hopefully I can feel a little more recovered after the rest of the weekend off. (Landreth black 218.8)

Didn't really have a good week in any regards: my legs were completely flat, a lot of aches and pains were present, mileage was weak, and didn't hit any doubles.

Goals for next week: I would like to start getting in some decent mileage, but I really am going to continue to play it by feel and not push it too much. If I feel better than this week I'll run more; if not, I'll do what I did this week.

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Total Distance
15.00

AM - 5 Washington Loop. I think I will try and get about 80 this week. I kind of wanted more, but with Halloween and some other events this week, I will not push it; plus that will help me transition a little better and hopefully more healthy into some bigger mileage in November. Right knee felt fine at first, but at 2 it started to really hurt the rest of the way, but legs weren't as thrashed. (Landreth 487.35)

afternoon - 10 Parkway w/ team and then some grass striders up at Sandstone. These shoes are shot.  My left foot had been hurting quite a bit for a couple weeks after SGM, but had been feeling much better in the last week; today the pain came back big time.  Knee had a little pain, but the real issue was the heat - nearly 90 degrees! (Stratus red 556.65)

Stratus Red Miles: 9.00
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Total Distance
13.00

No morning run this morning.  I am having a real struggle getting motivated to do anything right now, let alone run in the morning.  I think I am having a pretty serious case of post-marathon blues.

afternoon - 10 River Run with the boys.  Then I extended it up around the DI.  Not a bad run.  Nothing quick and my foot hurt just a little still.  (Landreth black 228.8)

evening - 3 Treadmill.  Hit a quick 3 this evening.  Felt okay again.  Nice to get a few easy miles in.  Tomorrow morning I must get up - it is the only time I can run.  (Cumulus blue 402.4)


Landreth Black Miles: 10.00Cumulus Blue Miles: 3.00
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Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 Wendy's and extension.  This will be my only run today, so I made myself get up.  For the first block, I literally had my eyes open for a total of 5 seconds.  But slowly I woke up.  I don't know why it has been so hard to bounce back - I guess my body was/is just really worn down.  After only a little pain in my right knee yesterday, I thought I had turned the corner with it.  But this morning there was a lot of pain again; it did subside a little by the end however.  (Cumulus white355)

Cumulus White Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
16.50

AM - 8 Middleton.  Got out of bed again and got a decent run in.  Right knee picked up the pain again about 2 miles into it and really didn't let go.  I stopped and stretched and it did back off a bit.  I think the pain is a result of a tight hamstring.  So I iced up the knee and will work the hamstring a bit more.  A lot of smoke in the air this morning that made it hard to breathe.  (Cumulus blue 410.4)

evening - 8.5 Club run on Chuckwalla Trail.  Always an entertaining run.  Today I was torn up by a few bushes.  But it was a lot of fun to be out on the trail and out with the Club.  Knee started to hurt at around mile 4.5, but it was minimal throughout the rest of the run.  (Landreth black 237.3)

Landreth Black Miles: 8.50Cumulus Blue Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
14.00

AM - 10 Wendy's w/ extension.  Ran through Middleton first today to mix it up a little.  Very warm out.  Who would imagine running shirt off at 5 AM on Oct. 31st!  Knee pain started about 2 miles like usual, but I stopped and stretched and pain stayed pretty minimal.  New pair of Stratus 2.1 (Stratus black 10)

afternoon - 4 Warm Springs w/ extension.  Got out and snagged a short run before the Halloween festivities.  Pushed Laney in the stroller.  Hadn't done that in a long time.  We had fun.  (Cumulus blue 414.4)

Cumulus Blue Miles: 4.00Stratus Black Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
228.85
Stratus Red Miles: 9.00Landreth Black Miles: 18.50Cumulus Blue Miles: 15.00Cumulus White Miles: 10.00Stratus Black Miles: 10.00
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