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Hood to Coast 198 mile Relay

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Location:

Idaho Falls,ID,USA

Member Since:

Apr 21, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2007 St. George Marathon 2:32:06 (marathon PR)

2014 St. George Marathon 2:32:45 (close to old PR...7 years later!)

2014 Boston Marathon, 2:39:00, 298th OA, 8th AG, 1st Idahoan

2013 Lake Lowell Marathon, 2:48:34 (CR), 1st Overall (#6)

2012 Boston Marathon, 2:43:26 (HOT!!), 114th OA, 9th Master OA, 1st Idahoan

2010 B&A Trail Marathon (MD), 2:40:18, 1st Overall (#3)

2010 Mesa Falls Marathon, 2:48:55, 1st Overall (#4)

2009 Pocatello Marathon, 2:37:22, 1st Overall (#2)

2011 The M.A.D. Marathon, 2:55:14, 1st OA (training run) (#5)

2006 Teton Dam Marathon, 2:50:48 1st Overall (#1)

2015 Hood to Coast Relay (195 miles), 1st Masters Team (6th OA), 19:59:57, 6:03 avg pace for the team

2008 Ragner Relay Del Sol (182 mile relay) 1st place team 17:04:37, 5:38 pace avg for the team

Logged 24,901 miles (circumference of the earth) in 2,889 days (11/29/12) http://jeff.fastrunningblog.com/blog-My-alarm-went-off-I-got-up-eventually-/11-29-2012.html

Short-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running, enjoy it for the sake of running, relax and enjoy life...de stress.

No racing, retired.

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running until this old body says no, running for fun.

Support my wife's endeavor to do long distance road biking and her renewed interest in running! Keep biking more with her as cross training maybe do a Century ride.

 

Personal:

Born in 1968.  I live in Idaho Falls, ID.  I started running competitively in 2005 and ran my first marathon in 2005. Now retired.

Married for 24 years with two children (18 and 15).

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.  - Psalm 86:1-7

 

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22.000.000.000.0022.00

5:45am...5 miles with Moxie along Sunnyside.  Dropped her off then went through SRL and back for 6 more solo miles.  Stopped for a pitstop and back out for 4 more miles in the neighborhood.  15 miles in a slower pace.  (Launch 2)

4 miles with Katelyn after a short break through the neighborhood.  (Fastwitch 6)

3 miles in the neighborhood with Kami in the late evening.  Spent the day installing a new router, went well except one blueray player. Sick kid too.  (Vibram)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Vibram Five Finger Bikila Miles: 3.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 15.00Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

5 easy miles with Moxie on a beautiful morning.  (Boost)

3 miles after church with Katelyn in the neighborhood...hot!  (Fastwitch 6)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Addidas Boost Miles: 5.00Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 3.00
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8.000.000.000.008.00

8 easy miles with Moxie before work and before the storm rolls in.  Very nice morning for a run.  The last 2-3 days when I start out running my shoulder has a sharp pain in it, it goes away but it really hurts. (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 8.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.505.000.000.0018.50

5am..6 easy miles with Erik T. and Moxie.  Nice to have human company on these early morning runs! (Ride 3 2015)

Tempo run at lunch.  A short warm up then 5 miles at tempo in 30:55.  Sucky first mile (6:25) then the next 4 at a better pace (6:06).  About a mile cooldown for a total of 6 miles.  HOT by the end, overheating at the end of the tempo section.  (Mirage Red)

6.5 miles in the late evening.  3 miles with Kami (who finished at a fast pace) then back out for 3.5 faster miles with Justin (so he wasn't running alone in the dark). (Fastwitch 6)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 6.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 6.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 5.00Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 6.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

5am...4 slow and tired miles in a light rain with Moxie. (Ride 3 2015)

5 easy miles with DanS in 36:50 have a good time just catching up. (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 4.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.251.000.000.0014.25

5:15am...5 easy miles with Moxie.  Didn't not sleep well (or much at all) last night, basically up from 1-3am.  (Ride 3 2015)

Nice day at lunch for a run.  Still a bit tired, wanted to run fast so I decided to try a progression run...worked out ok. 1 mile easy, then kept picking it up: 7:59, 7:35, 7:13, 6:57, 6:43, 6:24.  0.25M cooldown.  6.25 miles in 44:45.  Felt really easy for the pace increase. (Mirage Red)

3 miles with the family at Community Park after dinner. (Boost)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Addidas Boost Miles: 3.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

6:30am...4 miles with Moxie along Sunnyside.  Dropped her off and went back out for 5 miles with Justin having a great time just talking.  Cannot believe he turns 16 tomorrow! (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.250.000.000.0014.25

5am...10.25 easy miles through SRL and to Broadway and back.  I was supposed to meet a friend but ended up solo.  In the underpass by Broadway ran by a guy sleeping...he jumped when I entered the tunnel and it scared the crap out of me! (Launch 2)

Katelyn has a tri this morning and Justin turned 16!

4 miles with the family after Katelyn's tri...2 with Katelyn and caught Justin and Kami for most of the remainder.  (Ride 3 2015)

Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 4.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 10.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

7:15am...6 easy miles with Moxie on a beautiful morning.  (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 6.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

4:45am...7 easy miles with Moxie on a nice morning! (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

4:45am...6 miles with Curt on a warm, very windy morning with a light rain as well.  Good to run with Curt, haven't done it in a while! (Launch 2)

4 miles on a hot day at lunch on the desert.  14:20 going out, 13:25 coming back.  (Mirage Red)

3 miles with Kami and Katelyn in the evening. (Fastwitch)

Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 4.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.00Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
17.000.000.000.0017.00

4:30am...7 easy miles with Moxie along Sunnyside.  Warm and clouded over...wish it was clear so I could see the meteor shower going on right now.  Lower leg pain (minor), time to look at moving these shoes into retirement. (Ride 3 2015)

6 miles at lunch on a nice, but warmish, day.  5 miles with DanS, then 1 more solo.  (Mirage Red)

4 miles with Justin and some with Kami after dinner at dusk. (Boost)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00Addidas Boost Miles: 4.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 7.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

5am...6 miles through SRL with Curt on a warm morning. Same 4-5 shooting stars this morning.(Launch 2)

6 miles in 44:15 on a hot day at lunch today...overheating by the end. (Mirage Red)

Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

6am...5 miles with Moxie along Sunnyside.  Slow...tired and stiff. (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00
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20.000.000.000.0020.00

5:45am...1  mile with Moxie before meet Rex for a long run.  From the bank through SRL  around the river and through Freeman Park.  When we got back to the bank we ran down and back Sunnyside and a loop through the neighborhood.  Started a bit slow, picked up to aroun 7:00 pace, then from mile 9-19 we were runnning sub 7:00. I averaged about 6:45 for this stretch.  Last one was slower to cool down.  Total of 20 miles in 2:24.  Feeling really good about this run!  (Launch 2)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 1.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 20.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

3 miles with the whole family before church.  Nice and easy recovery run.  (Boost)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 3.00Addidas Boost Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy miles with Moxie along Sunnyside on a cool morning.  (Launch 2)

Looking to fulfill my mid life crisis idea today...did it!  Now a proud owner of a 2010 Camaro SS!  Wow, what a fun car to drive!  As friend of mine put it (who has a Challenger R/T)...if this is a crisis, you should try it because it is great!

Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 7.00
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7.000.000.000.007.00

4:15am...7 miles with Moxie along Sunnyside.  (Ride 3 2015)

No second run today.  Dealing with a sick child and then after work it was just too smoky to want to run outside.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 7.00
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10.000.000.000.0010.00

5:30am...4 easy miles with Moxie. (Ride 3 2015)

6 miles at lunch on a nice day, besides all the smoke in the air.  5 miles with DanS and 1 more solo in 46 minutes.  (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 4.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.255.000.000.0010.25

4:15am...4.25 miles with Moxie before heading over to the track to help serve breakfast to the XC team at the end of their 18 hour relay fundraiser. (Ride 3 2015)

Tempo run at lunch.  Air was so thick with smoke that I could nearly chew on it...made this one a bit tough.  1 mile wu, 5 mile tempo:  6:57, 6:23, 6:29, 6:17, 6:14, 6:12.  This smoke is making it hard to want to be outside.  (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.25Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 4.25Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.003.000.000.0014.00

I slept in, had a cup of cofee and read the paper before heading out at 7am for a run.  5 miles along Sunnyside with Moxie.  Dropped her off then drove to the river to run with Kami and get Justin to XC practice.  

4 mile loop with Kami, fun to run with her.  Then hung around with the guys from Bill's and the kids and ran with them for part of their XC practice.  Picked up the pace with theh top boys then ran home.  5 more miles.  Daily total of 14 miles for a good start to the weekend.  (Fastwitch 6)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 14.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

6am...met Lynette, Craig, Jeremy and Andrea for a run.  Rex was going to join us but wisely decided not to run...the air quality here is horrible (Hazardous according to the IDEQ website right now!).  Smoke is very thick and can see. smell, taste it.  We ran down Sunnyside to Hitt to John Adams and Boulevard back to the start.  11 miles and it was too much.  

I was going to a small 10k that i provided PowerBar chews for...but I have a headache, scratchy throat and a cough...smell like I have been in a smoker's room at the airport!  Not going back out in this to run hard.  Uck!  Worst I have ever seen it here.   (Launch 2)

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 11.00
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5 easy miles with Moxie, air quality still not good.  (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00
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4:45am...7 miles with Moxie on a good morning.  Smoke is down, temp was nice. Practice run with headlamp (just to get used to it again). (Ride 3 2015)

3.25 miles at lunch break from training class in 22:30 (7:00 AP).  (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 7.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 3.25
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6.253.500.000.009.75

4:30am..6.25 miles with Moxie along Sunnyside.  Moxie, welcome to the Blog!  Now I know what you are doing at night when we are asleep...that explains all those ITunes receipts...I thought it was Justin! (Ride 3 2015)

http://moxie.fastrunningblog.com

3.5 miles at lunch in 22:20 (6:22 AP). Paced off Pat who was running a tempo run...VERY hot outside today!  (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 6.25Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 6.25Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 3.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

5 miles with Moxie at 4:30am.  Mini taper. (Ride 3 2015)

3 miles at lunch in 21:45ish.  Easy on a cool day! (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 3.00
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4.000.000.000.004.00

6:45am...short and easy 4 mile run with Moxie on Sunnyside.  Last taper run before HTC.  Heading out for Portland later today, getting pretty excited for this race.  (Ride 3 2015)

Rex and I drove to Boise and met up with Gary for dinner before flying to Portland.  Kerry picked us up and we stayed the night at his place.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 4.00
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Race: Hood to Coast 198 mile Relay (5.45 Miles) 00:31:08
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.005.450.006.45

Slept in and spent the morning chillin with Rex and Kerry before the guys started showing up for the team.  Our team, Almost Dead Jocks, was a fast team.  Our members:  Kerry Griffin (captain), Rex Taylor, Steve Anderson, Steve Hooper, Mark Payne, Scott Keate, Walter Brown, Taha Mahmood, Steve Linder, Mark Bloudek, David McCulloch  and me.

We held a team meeting, picked up rental cars, grabbed lunch then it was time for Van 1 to leave for Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood.  Our line up:  Steve A, Walter, Steve H, Mark P, Scott, Mark B (Van 1).  Rex, Taha, me, Kerry, David, Sean (Van 2).  

After Van 1 left, we chilled and talked the left for the first major exchange and to get supplies.  Rex took the baton and was off. He ran great as did Taha.  After I took the baton at around 8:35pm, I had a 5.45 mile section on a city bikepath in complete darkness. I ran hard to keep the momentum going from van 1.  Not much to remember about the route as it was dark, but the miles clicked off fast...5:35, 5:38, 5:41, 5:46, 5:56 (slowed down on purpose), 5:40ish for the last 0.45M.  Averaged 5:43 for 5:45 miles then handed off to Kerry.  

We booked it along to the exchange to meet David who joined us for the first time at his leg (11) and then moved ahead to meet with Sean at the major exchange in downtown Portland.  At the end of our first 12 legs, we were averaging 5:45ish as a team!  But, the hills (and the weather) were still to come!

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.45
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Race: Hood to Coast 198 mile Relay (12.81 Miles) 01:20:40
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1.0012.810.000.0013.81

After our hand off, we drove along the route to reach the second major exchange. We tried to get a little napping in and had a fun time getting to know one another and talking about the race, cheering on runners.

We stopped for gas and supplies (and Taha hitting on the girls!), then got to the exchange and rested.  Pretty soon it was time for the guys to roll in and we started to worry about the weather forecast...heavy rain and winds ahead!  Rex and Taha ran well on hilly segments but with no rain so we were hopeful...not to last!

I took the baton for leg 21 at around 3am and was off on a dirt road with lots of traffic in complete darkness (once again!) and had a hard time getting under 6:00 pace due to the road and traffic.  About 2 miles in the sky opened up and rained buckets!  My head lamp could only shine about a foot in front of me and was only good to try to see the puddles on the road!  I ran 5.06 miles in 30:40.  All our runners ran past the van at the exchange as the traffic jams were about half a mile long.  The next runner would get out and run ahead to meet the incoming guy, then run up the road to wait for the van to drive by (did not even stop at the exchange).

Kerry took off in the rain and ran with it coming down most of his leg.  David and Sean had much drier legs.  David missed us in the traffic jam and instead hitchhiked to the major exchange and waited there with Sean as we tried to locate them (impressed that we found them and the van in the crowd!).  Our preplanning for the known issues through here worked like a charm! 

We then took off and used the alternate route to get to the next exchange. 

Van 1 guys ran well and we met them at the last major exchange.  As Mark B was coming in, the weather once again came up...30+ mph sustained winds!  Rex and Taha ran well for their legs in wind and rain then I took the baton at around 8:30am for a 7.75 mile leg.  I was battling swirling hurricane force winds and pretty much constant rain for the whole leg.  I continued to push hard on my hardest leg.  Overall time of 50:00 (weak!) but in tough conditions.

Kerry ran strong and then David got the brunt of the worst weather!...Driving 60+ mph wind and rain for about 3 miles of his 7 mile leg!  The rain suddenly stopped but the wind kept strong for Sean and he brought it home in style!   Due to his strong last leg, we finished as team in 19:59:57 for a 6:03 AP, 6th OA (1050 HTC teams) and 1st Master!

The finish line area was destroyed and closed due to the weather and the finish line changed locations as we went down to run Sean in so we missed him.  But this team rocked!

Got to the hotel to clean up and hang with the guys before about 8 of us took off for Portland to catch flights home that night.  Rex and I flew to Boise and spent the night, finally getting to a real bed about 35 hours after waking up Friday from our last real sleep.

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 13.81
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We got into Boise late last night and slept HARD.  Got up, ate and hit the road home to Idaho Falls.  What a great weekend, thanks for being such a great traveling companion, Rex.  Let's do this again!

No run, tired and sore.  Glad to be home with the family.

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Slept in and went out for 5 easy miles with Moxie before helping get Katelyn ready for her first day of 8th grade!  (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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