Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

Top of Utah Marathon

Previous MonthRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesPaul's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek View
Graph View
Next Month
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
2003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!

Location:

Fort Collins,CO,

Member Since:

May 15, 2003

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Unaided PR's:
5K: 14:48 (Track - 2001)
10K: 30:45 (Track - 2001)
10K: 31:32 (Bolder Boulder - 2013)
Half Marathon: 1:06:09 (Duluth - 2013)
Marathon: 2:17:54 (Grandma's) - 2014)
Marathon: 2:19:47 (Indianapolis Monumental - 2013)
Marathon: 2:19:49 (Indianapolis Monumental - 2010)

Aided PR's:
10K: 29:38 (Des News - 2011)
Half Marathon: 1:05:30 (TOU Half - 2011)
Marathon: 2:18:09 (St George - 2007)
Marathon: 2:17:35 (Boston - 2011)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in June of 2008. Started taking Enbrel in March, 2009.

Run as much as I can, and race as well as I can. Make the most of however much time I have left as an able-bodied runner.

Training for the 2018 Colorado Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

  Run until I'm old, and then run some more. Stand tall.

Personal:

1 wife, 2 kids. 1 cat. Work as a GIS Specialist/Map Geek

Endure and persist; this pain will turn to your good. - Ovid

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. - Romans 5:1-5

 

 

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 471.50
Saucony Trail Shoe Lifetime Miles: 247.50
Hoka Clifton Lifetime Miles: 491.50
Saucony Type A6 Lifetime Miles: 186.50
Saucony Zealot Lifetime Miles: 478.75
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 433.50
Saucony Kinvara 6-2 Lifetime Miles: 358.75
Brooks Pure Connect Blue Lifetime Miles: 337.25
New Balance Trainers Lifetime Miles: 314.50
New Balance 1400 Racers Lifetime Miles: 65.00
Brook Pureflow Lifetime Miles: 99.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
197.3036.208.000.000.00241.50
Asics Heavy Shoe Miles: 32.00Asic DS Trainer Miles: 30.75Brooks Launch (2) Miles: 29.75Saucony Hattori Miles: 19.00Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 43.50Saucony Kinvara Miles: 36.00Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 18.50Saucony Type A Miles: 27.00Saucony Guide TR Miles: 5.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM - West Smithfield Loop, 10 miles, 7:35/mile average.

PM - ran to the bank and back. Ran home with $1000 cash, which is always a little scary, yet liberating to know if I need to buy something for $1000 during my run...I can. Considered buying a gun to protect my $1000, but alas the bank does not sell guns. Averaged 7:15/mile for 4 miles.

I start a new job today, with the company in Fort Collins I've been contracting for. We'll be moving to Ft Collins as soon as our house sells. (so it may be a while!) It's a little bitter-sweet, since we've been in Utah for 10 years will leave a lot here, but am excited about the job and about Colorado.

Asics Heavy Shoe Miles: 10.00Asic DS Trainer Miles: 4.00
Comments(19)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM - canal trail, 8 miles, 7:30/mile average

PM - Forrester Acres with Seth, 6 miles, no watch.

Brooks Launch (2) Miles: 8.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 6.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.5010.000.000.000.0020.50

Long run. Did airport-Benson-Bear River Loop, 20.5 miles total. Did 10 miles of MP tempo in the middle. Today "MP" was 5:30-5:35/mile for the 10 miles, pretty consistent. So it was a solid run, but nothing ground-breaking. 

91 miles for the week total, most since March. And now it's almost time for the taper before TOU.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 20.50
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

AM - Birch Creek Canyon, 8 miles, no watch.

PM - Forrester Acres with Seth, 5.75 miles, no watch.

 

Asics Heavy Shoe Miles: 5.75Asic DS Trainer Miles: 8.25
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.006.000.000.0014.00

Big Workout, last one before TOU. Warmed up for 2 miles, and then did 6x1-mile with 2:00 recovery jog, on the Bear River Ranch out-and-back. Splits were 5:13, 5:07, 5:04, 5:05, 5:02, 4:51. Then 5-mile cooldown. Very positive workout. Averaged 6:25/mile for 14 miles.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 14.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
12.000.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - ran around Smithfield. 6.75 miles, about 7:15/mile average.

PM - canal trail. 5.25 miles, no watch

Asic DS Trainer Miles: 5.25Brooks Launch (2) Miles: 6.75
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
12.000.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - canal trail, 7 miles, no watch.

noon - Smithfield loop with Seth, 5 miles, no watch.

Asics Heavy Shoe Miles: 7.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 5.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.000.000.000.000.0011.00

AM - Smithfield Canyon, averaged 7:05/mile.

PM - Smithfield Canyon with Zoe, 4 miles, no watch.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.00Brooks Launch (2) Miles: 7.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.000.000.000.0014.00

Drove up to Left Hand Fork, and then ran up Blacksmith Fork to near the TOU start, and back. 14 miles total, averaged about 6:05/mile. The uphill felt great, but the downhill part not-so-much. I kind of wish the marathon ran backward, up the canyon.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 14.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.002.000.000.0010.00

Smithfield Canyon, 10 miles. Did 2x1-mile on the downhill section. Splits were 4:47 and 4:48.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 10.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.500.000.000.000.008.50

Ran from our hotel in Ft Collins, and explored the south part of town, including the Power Trail and the Fossil Creek Trail. Very nice. 8.5 miles, averaged 7:04/mile. Felt good after along drive, 

Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 8.50
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Still in Ft Collins. Ran down to Fossil Creek Park and the trail there, and back. 6 miles, about 8 minutes/mile. My rear end is actually sore from the drive out...

Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 6.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

It was raining, I'm in taper week...why bother?

Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

4 miles, north on the Power Trail in Fort Collins. Then drove home all day. Got my packet when we arrive in Logan, had dinner with some friends at Callaways, and then off to bed. Probably not the best week before a marathon with all the travel and bad food associated with travel and business meetings.

Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 4.00
Add Comment
Race: Top of Utah Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:20:30, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.8026.200.000.000.0027.00

Ran the Top of Utah Marathon today. It was my 19th overall marathon, and my 8th TOU. I would like to get into the 10-year club, but it probably won't happen, at least for a while, since we are moving out of the state. :-(

Got up a 4:20AM (slept like a rock, travel does that to me). Went to go make the standard oatmeal & fruit breakfast, but found out in an untimely manner that we were out of oatmeal. Again, the perils of traveling all week and coming back to an empty pantry. So I improvised: breakfast of two poached eggs, vanilla yogurt, 2 peaches, and grapes, plus coffee of course. I usually would not mess with eggs and dairy on raceday, but whatever. I eat this stuff everyday, so it shouldn't hurt right? (it didn't, stomach was fine all race).

Drove down to Logan; it was raining. Bleh. But it was not cold, so that was okay. But rain is no fun, plus we usually don't get a tailwind when it rains. Eventually the rain let up...temporarily.

Parked my car, then took the bus up, it was one of the later buses. Still raining off and on. Got to the start line finally, then found the magic bathroom (I will not lend a description this time, as the secret is getting out). Spent the last 30 minutes chatting, warming up, and more potty stops. Was feeling fine, although it's always hard to tell until you really start racing. 

I was told the previous day that the returning champion, Sammy Nyamongo, had canceled, and that he would have been my best competition. Kind of a bummer, as my take on competition is, "the more the merrier" (slightly less edgy than "bring it").

But in any case, the plan was to go through the half in 1:08:00, and then see what happens. I had a lofty goal of breaking the course record of 2:16:35, and 1:08:00 is actually a bit conservative for that, but I figured if it was really "my day", then I would find a way to get it done the second half. But I didn't want to risk blowup, and DNF'ing a winnable race. A more realistic goal was 2:18:00, and then sub-2:20 would be good if that couldn't happen.

Weather was looking fantastic, as the rain had let up and temps were great, but about 5 minutes before the race started, we got a sudden downpour. Everyone scampered off the start line and into the nearest tent. I've never seen anything like it at a race of 2300 people! I ended up at the edge of an aid tent, and took advantage by applying some vasoline that was sitting on a nearby table. Chaffing could be bad in rain like this.

Then the rain let up again, right when it was time to start. They shot off the muskets, and away we went. Sure enough, no one went with me off the start line, and it seemed that I was to run this thing solo. Fortunately, I pace pretty well in a marathon, and don't mind running by myself. It means good tangents if nothing else.

Mile 1 ended up being a bit fast, 4:58. I wanted 5:10-5:15, so I dialed it back a bit. Mile 2 was 5:16, and then Mile 3 was 5:10. I felt good about this pace, and tried to keep it going down the canyon.

It continued raining off and on throughout the entire race. I thought it actually felt pretty good, as there was no wind, and it was not too cold either. The only downside was not having a canyon wind. But I kind of liked it, and it also made for some really beautiful visuals (low clouds and mist coming off the mountainsides), plus the wonderful smells of sage and autumn foliage. Yes, this is the kind of stuff I think about during a marathon. But it was truly an outdoor sanctuary, easy to worship God in this kind of beauty.

Anyway...Mile 4 was 5:12, then 5:15 for Mile 5, and 5:12 for Mile 6. 10K in 32:10. This was really the pace I wanted, and it felt pretty sustainable. I figured at this point that everyone was already several minutes back, kind of odd to think about. I had a police motorcycle escort though.

Mile 7 was another 5:12. Mile 8 includes the big downhill coming off the little dam, right about the half marathon start, and it was a 5:07. Followed it with 5:13 for Mile 9. I knew I would have to pick it up at some point to go after the course record, but I was not sure if I could handle a faster pace. So that was looking not-so-good, but at the same time, I would be quite happy with a 2:18, which was where I figured I was really heading.

Grabbed the Gu at the Mile 9 aid station...and then promptly dropped it! I was starting to fish for the Gu I had stashed in my glove (for this very situation...it happens a lot), when I heard footsteps behind me, and a boy huffing and puffing, holding out the Gu I had dropped. Yes! Thank you Mile 9 Aid Station Dude! Best aid station worker ever.

Despite slowing down over the Gu incident, I still managed 5:15 for Mile 10 (10-mile split of 51:54). Then 5:14 for Mile 11, 5:11 for Mile 12, and 5:09 for Mile 13. 1:08:02 for the half marathon. I was encouraged by my last couple splits, but still feeling that 2:16:30 was not really in the books.

Did another 5:09 for Mile 14, and exited the canyon onto Hollow Rd. 5:11 and then 5:19 for Miles 15 and 16, respectively. The 5:19 was a pretty significant drop, and not a good indication. This is a stretch of road that usually benefits big-time from the tailwind, which was not there today.

Tried my best to hit good splits for 17 and 18, before I got to the Millville Hill. Split 5:16 for both of these miles. Not bad, but I really needed to be at 5:10 or under.

The race turned odd for me, and really went downhill (figuratively, not literally), on the next mile, going up Millville Hill. I was cranking what I thought was a good pace, feeling good on the long uphill, but the Mile 19 split was 4:31. What?? In my oxygen starved brain, I figured they just put the aid station and mile marker a block ahead (although TOU never messes this kind of thing up). I was expecting 5:30.

Mile 20 is another slow mile, as the hill grinds on. 5:44 for this mile, and I was quite displeased...although I was expecting an even slower split to offset the "short" previous mile.

Right at this point, near Mile 20, one of my police escorts pulled back to inform me that we all missed a turn, and cut the course by a short amount, about 1.5 blocks total, which explains the missing 60 seconds on Mile 19 (apparently someone had radioed him). Say whhaaat?? I was a bit baffled, as I've run this race 8 times, plus I made the maps. But that's what happened: the cops led, and I followed (tunnel-vision by that point in the race). There was no volunteer there, and the course markings were not visible to me due to the wet road. (I'm partially color-blind, can't see certain types of contrast...seriously).

So...it all made sense as I thought about it, but now I'm worried about losing $1500 due to a blunder...on a race that I figured I was winning by 10 minutes. As Bill the Cat would say, Aaack!

Fortunately, the police guy radioed Bob Henke, the race director, who cleared it for me to make up the distance elsewhere (keep in mind we didn't find out about the issue until 2 miles past the point). However, it took about 15 minutes for all this to get figured out, and I'm still trying to run the race the whole time, fretting about the situation. These were not good miles. 5:24 on the downhill into Providence (Mile 21), then 5:42 for Mile 22, and 5:44 for Mile 23. These 5:40-ish splits were partially due to physical slow-down, but probably as much stress and lack of focus than anything (my head was elsewhere, but my feet just kept plodding forward).

So I was greatly relieved, obviously, when I received word near Mile 23 that this issue would not result in a DQ, but by this time I was in "just finish the darn race" mode. When we got into River Heights, the cops took me on a little out-and-back, one block in each direction, and then I resumed on the course. So this added on two full blocks, which is a quarter-mile, and made up more than I had chopped off. Not my finest moment, but these things seem to happen occasionally when you're in the lead! I will say that I'm very grateful to the Top of Utah management for finding a solution, real-time, and making sure I ran a full marathon distance (plus some).

Mile 24 was 7:04. This included the block out-and-back, so still 5:40 pace. Then 5:38 for Mile 25, and 5:44 for Mile 26, which has some uphill. 1:14 for the final 0.2, and I pretty much just plodded it in, didn't have much left. But I tried to enjoy the moment, as again, this is probably my last TOU. It was bittersweet in that regard, and I have a lot of memories from this race. Felt like I was saying "goodbye" to TOU during the last 0.2.

My final time was 2:20:30. It was a solid time, and I'm very pleased with the win above all else. It gives me even greater respect for Hobie Call's course record. It may be broken someday, but not today and not by me. I thought I should be able to do a 2:18, and it was a little disappointing to break my stretch of sub-2:20s, but I'm okay with it all. Mostly I'm grateful to God for this life and being able to run, and will never take a race like this for granted. Winning is always awesome. Running is a gift, and I hope I can keep doing it for quite some time.

Glen Tucker took 2nd, with 2:30:54 (PR), followed by James Moore (2:33:53), Sasha Pachev (2:34:15), and Nate Clayson (2:36:08). Nice job to bloggers, Top 4!

Saucony Type A Miles: 27.00
Comments(35)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Taking a few days off after the marathon. It's still a long haul between now and January. My goal was to get to October healthy and mentally fresh, with a good base. Think I've done that, but soon it will be time to start training hard again. Bleh.

Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles ez on the canal trail. No watch. Legs got pretty sore during the second half, so I guess I have to a ways to go with recovery.

Asic DS Trainer Miles: 5.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Worked the Leatham Hollow aid station again this year for the Bear 100. Our crew rocked! I slipped in a few miles on the Leatham trail.

Saucony Guide TR Miles: 5.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

Smithfield Canyon, 9 miles, 7:15/mile average

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 9.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.250.000.000.000.008.25

Birch Creek Canyon, 8.25 miles, no watch.

Asic DS Trainer Miles: 8.25
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Smithfield Canyon with Zoe. 8 miles, no watch.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 8.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Ran. 8 miles, about 7:30/mile average.

Man, my blog is boring.

Brooks Launch (2) Miles: 8.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.250.000.000.000.009.25

Loop on the county roads west of Smithfield. 9.25 miles, averaged 6:35/mile.

Asics Heavy Shoe Miles: 9.25
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

Smithfield Canyon, 8 miles. Pace was kind of brisk, but didn't wear watch.

Saucony Hattori Miles: 8.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
197.3036.208.000.000.00241.50
Asics Heavy Shoe Miles: 32.00Asic DS Trainer Miles: 30.75Brooks Launch (2) Miles: 29.75Saucony Hattori Miles: 19.00Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 43.50Saucony Kinvara Miles: 36.00Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 18.50Saucony Type A Miles: 27.00Saucony Guide TR Miles: 5.00
Debt Reduction Calculator


Featured Announcements
Google
Web fastrunningblog.com