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Tooele & Ivins,UT,USA

Member Since:

Oct 30, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

St. George Marathon 20-year Club (completed 24)

Boston Marathon 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016, 2017

Running for 35 years, logged 54,000 miles since 1982. 36 marathons.

Old Man PR's:

5K = 19:58 - July 4th Freedom Run 7/4/08

6K = 26:38 - Cold Turkey Rrrun, 11/23/06

10K = 43:00 - Deseret News, 7/24/08

1/2 Marathon = 1:32:54 - Hobble Creek, 8/23/08

Marathon = 3:23:13 - St. George, 10/4/08 (Boston Qualifier)

Boston Best: 3:35:07, 4/21/08 (Boston Qualifier)

Boston Worst:  DNF, 4/18/11 


Short-Term Running Goals:

Keep running!

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running for another 20 years.


Married for 40 years to a wonderful and supportive wife. She's run 2 marathons herself in our earlier years so that helps.  4 boys, all married, and 8 grandchildren.  2 sons are runners. I celebrated 35 years of running madness, insanity, or at least OCD, on August 23rd, 2017. 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Nike Free Lifetime Miles: 22.50
Saucony Peregrine Trail Lifetime Miles: 318.15
Asics 2000 Aqua #2 Lifetime Miles: 419.50
Asics 2000 Aqua #3 Lifetime Miles: 393.10
Asics 2000 Gray/Yellow Lifetime Miles: 610.30
Saucony Peregrine Trail #2 Lifetime Miles: 168.40
Asics 2000 Aqua #4 Lifetime Miles: 355.00
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6.12 mile run at 9:00 a.m. with Tina.  Icy roads from melting snow at 34 degrees starting out.  Glad for th spikes.  Pretty slow and easy today.  Mile 3 at 7:54, but all the rest in the 9's.  Snow started flying pretty good the last mile.  A pretty good week given all the TM miles.

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Two 4 mile runs today.  Same route.  Solo this morning at 5:10 a.m. fairly easy with spikes.  Then with Gina tonight at 6:15 p.m.   Very slow at about 11 minute pace tonight.  32 degrees.

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Bagged the run this morning.  Didn't sleep well and needed the extra hour when the alarm did go off.  Ran Monday night as well as Monday morning, so no real loss.  Probably need a day to rest anyway.

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5 miles at 5:00 a.m. at a moderate pace.  45:46, or 9:09 pace overall.  Fastest mile at 8:17, so not really blistering, but a decent effort going up Skyline Ave. and back home via Loma Vista and Upland loops.  33 degrees, so not bad after last weeks cold spell.

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5 easy miles at 5:10 a.m.  Met Elaine with about 1.25 left.  Didn't push it at all.

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4 easy miles at 5:10 a.m.  Caught Liz and Roland going up Skyline.  Met Elaine with 1.25 miles left.  9:00 a.m. run scheduled for in the morning.

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Nice 12 mile run this morning in the sun.  We are just barely out of the smog layer.  9:00 a.m. with Gina for 8 miles.  She did great going up the hills!  We were slow, anywhere from 10:30 pace to 12:00, but it was a very nice weather run for a change on dry roads.  We even saw a couple of other runners out today, which seems to have been rare lately.  My last mile heading home was at 7:21 pace.  Dipped under 7:00 minute pace for a bit.  Felt good to open it up after those slower miles.  I got registered for Painter's 1/2 marathon yesterday.  It is a week later than usual and doesn't conincide with the Martin Luther King holiday weekend this year.  Looking forward to heading to St. George in the dead of winter again.  Last year I walked the entire route with bruised ribs from my fall on the ice 2 days before.  I'm being more careful this year on the icy roads.  A pretty good week.

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