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Feb 24, 2007



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5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:


Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon


I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

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Miles:This week: 17.00 Month: 9.00 Year: 1288.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 231.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 414.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 221.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 233.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
Omni 7 Miles: 12.50Tangent 3 Miles: 37.00Adrenaline 2 Miles: 6.00Double Jogger 2009 Miles: 7.50NB 769 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

I did this last year before SGM and wanted to throw the stats up again for this year- Note: All weeks are listed pre-marathon (i.e. 12 weeks pre-marathon, etc)





 Total miles 12 weeks pre-marathon




 Total miles 24 weeks




 Total miles 36 weeks




 80-89 mile weeks 24 weeks




 90-99 mile weeks 24 weeks




 100+ mile weeks 24 weeks




 15-19 mile runs 12 weeks




 15-19 mile runs 24 weeks




 15-19 mile runs 36 weeks




 20+ mile runs 24 weeks




 26+ mile runs 36 weeks




 Days missed 12 weeks




 TOU 1/2 time




I ran TOU in 2007 in 2:39.  When comparing my training this year to 2007, this year is far better- a lot more miles, 12 vs. 3 weeks over 80 miles, more 15+ mile runs.  Not even close.  So, I should expect a better time compared to that marathon.

Comparing this year to last is a lot closer- the biggest difference is the 4 weeks of 100+ miles, plus a few more BW/med runs.  Overall, I am pretty happy with my training this year and feel I am in my best shape over for a run at a PR this weekend. 

PM- 7 easy

Omni 7 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

PM- 8 miles, with 2 MP along miles 23-24 of TOU course.  Legs felt very tired and sluggish, which is actually very normal for me on a run like this during taper week.  56 min total.

Tangent 3 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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PM- 6 easy, 4 of them with the kids.

TOU marathon published bib numbers today so I wasted some time finding the fastest bib numbers and their best/most recent races.  Looks like a deep race- top 20 men by bib:

1 Tanui Elisha Arlington TX M (2:31 marathoner, Kenyan?)
2 Albuquerque NM (unnamed Kenyan?)
3 Sammy Atlana GA (unnamed Kenyan?- Sammy Wanjiru, maybe???)
4 Petersen Paul Arno Logan UT M (2:18 SGM 2007, 1:06:42 TOU 1/2 2009)
5 Wold Seth Lehi UT M (2:22:51 Ogden marathon 2009, 1:08:38 TOU 1/2 2009)
6 Grant Jimmy Missoula MT M (2:35:10 Missoula marathon 2009)
7 Pachev Alexander I. Provo UT M (2:23 SGM 2007)
8 Twitchell Vance Sandy UT M (14:30 5k-er)
9 Wilson Joseph Cokeville WY M (1:12:44 TOU 1/2 2009)
10 Allen Jonathan K. Logan UT M (1:11:46 TOU 1/2 2009)
11 Held Eric D. Logan UT M (1:13:58 TOU 1/2 2009)
12 Frazier Ryan C. Logan UT M (1:19 Canyonlands 1/2 2007)
13 Draper Cody David Logan UT M (1:15:56 TOU 1/2 2009)
14 Cobler Bill G. Holladay UT M (1:22:34 TOU 1/2 2009)
15 Wende Adam R. Salt Lake City UT M (1:13:47 TOU 1/2 2009)
16 Slater Cheston D. Bullfrog UT M (2:45 SGM 2006, 1:16:57 Bryce 1/2 2009)
17 Anderson Stephen L. Logan UT M (1:16:08 TOU 1/2 2009- Masters)
18 Bishop Daniel Salt Lake City UT M (1:22:40 SLC 1/2 2009)
19 Moncur Matt Robert Fruit Heights UT M (3:00:17 Des News marathon 2009)
20 Achatz Ryan Boise ID M (2:51:51 TOU marathon 2002)

I was hoping for an outside shot at top 5, but it looks like I will do well if I get top 10.  Plus, Nick McCombs has bib 50- maybe he is running with Cameron McCombs (bib 64)?  And Ashbaker is not on the list.  Are you running, Steve?  And Walter Brown is bib 52 but should finish top 10-20.

For the women, they seemed to start in the 2000's- here is who I found:

2001 Scott Allie Salt Lake City UT F (1:26:45 TOU 1/2 2009, TOU 2008 winner)
2002 Kennard Nan Westminster CO F (1:19:07 1/2 2009)
2004 Laney Lori Eagle ID F (3:35:42 SGM 2007)
2005 Mangum Lisa Hyrum UT F (1:25 TOU 1/2 2009)
2006 Keogh Genevieve G. Layton UT F (3:09:15 TOU marathon 2007)
2007 Arnold Mary T. Paragonah UT F (???)
2008 Glatt Sarah E. Overkand Park KS F (3:00 PF Chang marathon 2009)
2009 Diaz Tiffany West Valley City UT F (3:22 SGM 2004, 2:36 Provo River 1/2 2009)
2010 Jensen Dana Denise North Ogden UT F (1:34 Farmington 1/2 2009)

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 6.00Double Jogger 2009 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

PM- 5.5 easy, 3.5 with the family, and 4 strides.

Double Jogger 2009 Miles: 3.50Omni 7 Miles: 5.50
Weight: 0.00
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AM- PW 4 with 4 strides.  Ready to roll.

 Today is my oldest kid's 3rd birthday.  Apparently something magical happened last night to allow her to suddenly be able to play with most toys, but she looks the same to me. 

NB 769 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Race: Top of Utah marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:34:16, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 1
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Well, Marathon, you and I have had a long and tumultuous relationship together.  I first met you in 2003 at the Top of Utah, and have experienced your company about 10 times since.  Ever since our first encounter, I have known I had unfinished business with you.  I have known all along that our relationship needed to break 2:37:12 (6:00 pace), and preferably faster.  I had such high hopes at St. George last year but was crushed when you rejected me with the wind and rain.  But now, our business together if finished.  Over.  Done.  I am officially dumping you.  I can't say that I won't ever cast a sidelong glance in your direction at some point in the future, but I am moving on to my true love: trail running.  Don't come begging me to come back, because it won't work.  I am satisfied I have gained enough from our relationship and I am now content.  

My bib for this race was #10, and based on the field, I felt I would do well to place that high.  AdamRW prepared a nice pacing template that I used to check my time every 5 miles- I had 2:32:30 and 2:35 goals on it.  My "Oh crap" goal was 2:37, and my "Really Oh crap" goal was 2:39.  Slept about 4 hours last night, which is pretty good for me.  My 3 year old was up puking and dry heaving all night, but Marci was kind enough to take care of it.  Warm up was normal, with lots of bloggers hanging out at our secret bathroom.  Temperature was good, maybe 50 deg- I would have liked it a bit cooler.

Race started out at a good pace, with Paul immediately jumping to the lead and a group of 6 in pursuit, including 4 Kenyans.  I settled into 11th place by mile 1, with Ashbaker just ahead and a group of FRB-ers behind who eventually disappeared.  Splits were 5:39, 5:46, 5:44, 5:37, 5:52, 5:51, 5:56, 5:59, 5:35.  I caught Ashbaker at mile 9- he was going through a bit of a rough patch.  We ended up running together for the next 9 miles.  I was very worried at this point because my quads were complaining loudly about the pounding- this normally never happens to me, including on TOU 1/2 which was a faster pace.  I knew I was running as fast as I dared and was very concerned that I had over done it and would crash.  The tailwind wasn't as strong or long as I hoped, but it was definitely there at miles 13 and 14.  Splits were 5:20, 6:22 (mile marker off?), 5:45, 5:44.  Half marathon split was 1:15:50, which was about 2:33:30 pace based on even effort for the course.  Steve and I caught a Kenyan at mile 12 and another at 14, moving into 8th and 9th place.

We exited the canyon and started down the always enjoyable Hollow Road.  I like this part of the course, and I hate the highway portion that follows.  Splits were 5:38, 5:50, 5:51, 6:00 (worry about my quads became worse with this slow mile), 5:55.  When we hit mile 18, I got a second wind (though my legs felt the same) and pushed hard up the hill.  Ashbaker dropped behind.  The uphill was a 6:06, 6:05, then into my oft-traveled Providence with a 5:59 and 6:04.  On the long straight downhill into Providence, I could see 3 runners several minutes ahead of me but figured they were too far ahead to catch.  Marci and Bethany were by my old house at mile 21.5 to cheer, though they didn't see me coming so I had to call out to them.  My legs were screaming, but really not much worse than at mile 8, which was a good sign.  

I really pushed hard in this section and started counting down what I needed to do to break 2:35- "Ok, 26 minutes for 4.2 miles... now 19 miles for a 5k"- I was working all out for the sub-2:35 and trying to do math, which is not an easy task at this juncture of a marathon.  On the 700 S road in River Heights, it became clear that 2 runners were quickly coming back to me... and one of them was Sasha.  I have never beaten him and it gave me some extra incentive.  I was closing about 20-30 seconds per mile on these two.  Splits were 6:10 and 6:01 for 23-24.  I got my third wind and started pushing hard, knowing now that I could sustain this pace and my goals were in reach.  Somehow, my legs started feeling better.

Turned onto 300 S and could smell the blood in the water with Sasha and Eric Held, a local runner whom I have never met before.  I finally caught them on Main Street at about mile 24.5, which gave me a huge rush of adrenaline- I have never passed people at that point in a marathon.  I surged hard to make sure they didn't chase me, and ended up beating them by about 40 sec and 1 min, I believe.  Mile 25 was 5:56, and 26 was a 6:05.  I was going to finish in 6th place!!! 

I have been accused of looking grumpy and tired in my marathon finish photos, so I wasn't going to let that happen this time.  I started pumping my fist above my head with 50 yards to go and was greeted by a big roar from the crowd, especially when they announced me as the 2nd local finisher.  Final .2 in 1:12, giving me a 2:34:16 total time (5:53 pace).  5th place was 3 minutes ahead, so there was no way I could have placed higher.  Second half of the marathon was 1:18:26, meaning I only slowed down 2:36 (with even effort giving a 2 min slowdown, so really pretty even).

I was extremely pumped and excited afterwards and had loads of adrenaline.  I heard the always amazing Paul won it and ran to congratulate him.  He was followed by 2 outstanding Kenyans, then Nick McCombs, then Bryant Jensen.  Eric and Sasha were just behind me, and I really enjoyed waiting in the finish line for all my friends to finish- Sasha, Ashbaker, Adam, Cody (who out-chipped Joe Wilson even though Joe out-leaned him), everyone!  FRB women swept top 3 places, with Nan Kennard killing everyone and setting a course record.  Wow!  She definitely ran the outstanding performance of the day.

My legs are sore and the balls of my feet are very raw, but I am good other than that.  A nice massage and a soak in the nearby canal helped my legs, though I'm sure I will be slow moving tomorrow.  But I am happy and satisfied with my marathoning experience- I set a PR by more than 5 minutes today.  Now I can shift my focus to ultra trail races and see what adventures await me in that world, starting with pacing Davy at the Bear 100 next weekend.

Tangent 3 Miles: 29.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
Omni 7 Miles: 12.50Tangent 3 Miles: 37.00Adrenaline 2 Miles: 6.00Double Jogger 2009 Miles: 7.50NB 769 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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