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City of Trees Half Marathon

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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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No running today...head about to blow up from this sinus infection. Dr, antibiotics, bed today. Glad I am not heading to St. George for the marathon, it would not work at all.

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10.000.000.000.0010.00

8am...feeling  much better, head pressure nearly totally gone, but stomach is a bit upset due to antibiotics.  Went out on a cool and overcast morning.  Through the neighborhood and into SRL...nearly 80% of the cars wanted to  run me off the road.  I then ran on the path extension along the river and was accosted by a pack of big dogs whose owner did not want to control!  Ran back along Sunnyside then through the neighborhood again for 10 miles in 1:15.  (Ride 3 2015)

Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.005.000.000.0013.00

8am...I took Moxie out for 5 miles (39 minutes) then stopped by home to get Justin.  He and I went for 6 miles...1 mile warmup then a 5 mile tempo (6:15, 6:15, 5:54, 6:07, 6:18).  I hit 11 miles in 1:18. When I got back I took Katelyn out for 2 miles.  A good morning of running, even with the continued nasal stuffiness and chest congestion (both Justin and I!).  (Launch 2)

Good job to all my friends racing today...I would not have been up for joining you in St. George but hope to be able to race next weekend in Boise.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 13.00
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7:15am...crappy 3 mile run with Moxie.  Cannot get rid of the cough and nasal congestion (no pressure anymore) and my stomach was jacked up from the moment I stepped out the door.  Tired of this sickness. (Ride 3 2015)

3 miles in the afternoon after church in great weather.  (Boost)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 3.00Addidas Boost Miles: 3.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.005.000.000.0014.00

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

6 miles at lunch in 39:22 (6:33).  Includes 1 mile easy with DanS then into a moderate tempo for 5 miles in 31:30 (6:18).  First 2 at 6:15, then a bit slower as my stomach was churning, last mile tried to pick it back up.  No GPS to guide pace, just by watch and knowledge of the route. (Mirage 2)

3 miles after work at the park with Kami. (Boost)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Addidas Boost Miles: 3.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Slept in a litle and went out after dropping off kids at XC practice.  3 easy with Moxie. (Ride 3 2015)

4 miles in 30 minutes on the desert. (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 3.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 3.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 4.00
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4:30am...6 easy miles with Moxie.  Stomach a bit jacked again this morning.  (Ride 3 2015)

No lunch run, busy at work.  Try to get a run in after work.  4 easy miles after work in between "chores". (Launch 2)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 6.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 6.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 4.00
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4:30am...5 easy miles with Moxie. (Ride 3 2015)

So I have been on antibiotics for a week for a sinus infection, suppose to take care of it, right?  Nasal "issues" worse today than since I started this sickness period of 3 weeks now.  Ugly, constant flow, no pressure but cough and discharge.  Got out for a run on a beautiful day and my nose was better during the run.  Easy 6 miles in 45:30...unsure if driving all the way to Boise for COT HM is even worth the time and money. (Mirage Red)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 5.00Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.000.009.50

7am...4.5 miles with Trevor and 2 miles to his house and back.  Total time 48 minutes with a mix of easy and some faster (6:30ish).  Good to catch up with this young man and run with him for the first time in a couple of years.  (Launch 2)

3 miles after lunch in the neighborhood.  (Boost)

Addidas Boost Miles: 3.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.50
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Wow, what a great day!  Slept in after getting to Boise late last night then went to the greenbelt and the hotel to get my packet for tomorrow's race.  Saw my friend the RD and chatted for a while.  We then took Justin to "see about a girl" and meet up with a friend for the day...yikes he is growing up.

Back to the hotel to meet Erik (me) for a run on the course and Deborah (Kami and Katelyn) to walk on the greenbelt.  6 miles with Erik in 41 minutes easy and a few pickup miles.  (Fastwitch 6)

Spent some time chatting with Deborah before meeting Erik and Karin at Bardenay for lunch.  Fun time catching up.  We then walked to the capital building and looked around then had some dessert (Katelyn) and beers at Luku Ona.  Boise has such a great downtown!

We went to Julia Davis Park and looked at the rose garden waiting for Justin to show up.  Now for a night in the pool and hot tub before bed and the race tomorrow.  I can't remember such a relaxing and fun day with family and friends...rejuvenating!  

Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 6.00
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Race: City of Trees Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:20:33, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.0013.500.000.0015.50

Short report, more later.  2nd OA in 1:20:33 for 13.5 miles (missed an unmarked turn, had to turn around and pass 3 runners).  In 1st until nearly 11 miles, ITB really started to act up, lost first to a guy young enough to be my kid.  Beautiful day, ok course (unscenic greenbelt the whole way).  Slower than I wanted, but 2nd is ok for a race with 720+ runners.  Great weekend overall except for a few things. 

The day started off good, easy wake up and breakfast at the hotel before heading downtown to the race.  Got there in time to see the marathon start (sigh!) then I did a 2 mile warmup...stomach was sour during the warm up.  Got in a few drills, striders and some stretches before the half started.  

From the beginning I was running in the lead.  First mile in an easy 5:46, then I started to just run easy on flat/rolly greenbelt course.  Second mile around 5:50.  At the 2.5 mile mark, there is a turn followed by another quick turn at a "multiple Y" split than was not marked...I went the wrong way.  A guy from across the river yelled that I was heading the wrong way so I turned around and got back to the right turn in time to see the next three guys finally heading down the path...so I had to catch and pass them again.  From here to the turnaround the greenbelt is rolly and exposed and not very scenic.  At the turnaround I was up about 20 seconds on 2 and 3.  I was slowing a bit on the ups and downs but still running ok.

By the mile 9 mark my ITB was starting to ache and at the 10 mile point it was getting painful.  Erik ran with me a bit at 10, and told me a couple of guys were moving up.  Garrett passed my around 10.5 miles and we ran together a spell before I had to back it down as my leg was locking up.  I kept him in sight until mile 12 when he started to push and pull away. I was working hard to keep 3rd place behind me.  Justin picked me up at the bridge for the final 0.25M and was telling me he was coming.  I held him off by 20 seconds but was behind 1st by 45 seconds...what a crappy finish.  Still, ok for a 47 year old to run in the lead for nearly 11 miles and run strong against 2 guys in their 20's (and strong triathletes!).  

Thanks Jeff U. for putting on a good race!  (Fastwitch 6)

Back to the hotel after the awards to clean up. Tried to meet up with my brother but they had to run "errands" instead of seeing us...oh well, old ways don't go away easy.  

Long painful drive home but good to be back at home.   Would still love to retire in Boise...what a great downtown and place to live.

 

Saucony Fastwitch 6 2015 Miles: 15.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Slept in on my day off.  Feel like crap, cough and congestion like the cold did not leave.  Hips/legs/glutes sore.  

Chores around the house then an easy run in the neighborhood with Moxie (slow, painful) for 4 miles and some more miles later at the park with Kami.  Old, tired, sick, sore...what a mess. (Boost)

Moxie started limping this evening and has a blister on a foot pad.  Will stop running her for the rest of the week to let it heal.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00Addidas Boost Miles: 4.00
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I am home sick again, now this dang bug is in my chest and I can't get a deep breath and feel lightheaded.  Sick for a month now of and on. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.200.000.000.006.20

Slept in to continue to try to get over this illness.  Will try for a run at lunch today.

A slow 10k at lunch.  Congestion and feeling weak, so just a blah run.  Had to get out to enjoy the beautiful fall weather after spending most of the day yesterday in bed.  (Mirage Red)

Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 6.20
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9.000.000.000.009.00

Trying to resolve this cold, so I slept in and will run later today.

9 miles in the afternoon after Katelyn's last XC meet (she did awesome!).  4 with Trevor, 3 with Kami, 2 solo.  Good run after a busy day (work and meet).  (Boost)

Moxie is no longer limping but will still not run her for a spell.

Addidas Boost Miles: 9.00
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6.500.000.000.006.50

Slept in and went to coffee with our church youth group.  Went out with Tevor at 8:45 and ran about 4 miles with him and a few more solo. 6.5 miles in 49 minutes, easy before my first trail race (25k) tomorrow.  (Launch 2)

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.50
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Race: Gnarly Bear 25K Trail Race (16.05 Miles) 02:25:30, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.050.000.000.0016.05

My first trail race!  Craig picked me up around 7am and we drove to Kelly Canyon Ski Resort (start and finish) to check in and get ready for the race.  Our plan was to run easy and for fun to enjoy the weather and scenery.  Lots of locals that we know (about 50 25k, 30 50k who started earlier).

Craig and I ran together for the first few miles, trading places with a few other runners.  At mile 3 I was in around 6th place.  Just past mile 4 when we got off the single track onto the road I passed a guy to get into 5th (this guy dropped I think).  Climbed up a bit and fell around mile 5 on a steep downhill on scree.  Ran down to Table Rock campground (mile 7) then back up the hill (lots of walking!).  A bit more of a climb then a good downill back to the lodge before monster climb up the face of the ski hill!  17+ minute mile and some confusion on which way to go.  My ITB starting to talk to me around mile 10.5 but got better once I was back on runnable trails on top of the hill. Passed 4th place at mile 11 and was running strong to the end of the out and back turn around (saw 1st, Erika, running strong, Brandon, 2nd, walking and Brett, 3rd walking heading back).  I kept running strong along the return and picked it up on the 2 mile downhill to the finish.  Very steep and loose rock, but passed Brett with about 1/2 mile to go.  Finished 2nd male and 3rd overall.  OK with the result.  

This race in NO WAY would convince me to give up road racing for trails.  I like the consistency and peace that road racing has, not this up and down in pace and aerobic stress of trails.  Glad I did it to get in my first trail race though.  

Done racing for the year!  (Xodus)

Saucony Xodus 2011 Miles: 16.05
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No run, very sore from the race.  My right hand is very sore from my fall yesterday, last two fingers are strained and are turning purple (bruised pretty badly).

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No run, recovering still (sore!!) plus weather outside is not inviting and a busy day at work.

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Still sore and recovering.  Hand is better but still hurts.  Glutes and quads are still thrashed.  Stretching and rolling this morning after sleeping in a bit.  Maybe a run at lunch depending on work.

5.25 slow miles at lunch in a light rain and cool temps.  Everything still hurts...quads, right knee, left foot, hamstrings.  (Mirage Red)

Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 5.25
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Another recovery morning.  Stretching and rolling is helping a lot with the soreness.  Plus, I just did not want to run in the cold weather.  I will try later today depending on schedule.

5 easy miles on a beautiful day.  Feeling much better (except my hand).  I did have a sharp tweak in my left ankle that cause me to stop running or walking.  Shook it out and it went away for most of the rest of the run. (Mirage Red)

Saucony Mirage Red 2015 Miles: 5.00
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Left ankle sore this morning.  No early run, stretching and rolling.  Maybe a run after work as I will not have time at lunch.

3 miles after work with Katelyn through the neighborhood before dinner and choir concert.  Busy frustating day at work.  (Launch 2)

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 3.00
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9.350.000.000.009.35

I slept in and went out later in the morning after helping kids and doing some things around the  house.  3 miles easy with Kami and Moxie in the neighborhood then 6.35 miles in 48 minutes through SRL on the southern greenbelt loop.  Nice morning for a run. (Launch 2)

District XC meet today, let's see if the IFHS boys can get that spot for state!  Boys and girls both heading to state...girls second and boys got third with room to spare against an uperclassmen team they have not beat all year...until today! Congrats on a strong performance...heading to Coeur d'Alene next weekend!

Runs With Moxie Miles: 3.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 9.35
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12.150.000.000.0012.15

7am...7 untimed easy miles with Moxie along Sunnyside on a chilly morning.  Heading back out soon with Justin.  

5.15 miles with Justin from home to Community Park and a few laps then back.  Just chatted, talked running and his team and had good dad/son time. (Ride 3 2015)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00Saucony Ride 3 2015 Miles: 12.15
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3 miles in the neighborhood on a nice afternoon.  (Boost)

Addidas Boost Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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6 miles in 45:30 on a windy and cool day at lunch.  Left ankle twinge again...time to retire these shoes.  (Mirage Red)

3.25 miles with Katelyn after work through the neighborhood in new Ride 5's! (Ride 5 2015)

Saucony Ride 5 2015 Miles: 3.25
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4:30am...5 miles on a cold morning with Moxie. (Ride 5 2015)

2 miles with Katelyn after work. (Launch 2)

Runs With Moxie Miles: 5.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 2.00Saucony Ride 5 2015 Miles: 5.00
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12.000.000.000.0012.00

5am...6 miles in 45 minutes with Curt on a chilly but nice morning for a run.  Good to run with Curt, we have not had a chance to catch up in while.  (Ride 5 2015)

6 miles on a cool but beautiful day at lunch in 45 minutes.  (Launch 2)

Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 6.00Saucony Ride 5 2015 Miles: 6.00
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4.000.000.000.004.00

5:30am...4 miles with Moxie on a warmer but wet morning.  Getting old, feeling creaky.  I think I have a bit of PF/tendonitis in my ankle due to the pain in the morning.  Going to watch it and rest/rehab. (Launch 2)

Long drive (7 hours) to Coeur d'Alene today.  Staying at nice place and had a pretty good diner at Rivelle's.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00Brooks Launch 2 Black 2015 Miles: 4.00
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6am...warmer than expected with wind and some light rain.  Ran from the hotel on the Centennial Trail through NIC and downtown then back and extended out on the trail and turned around past the Community Center.  10.25 miles in 1:21.  Nicer than I expected with  no real aches or pains.  Started to rain harder in the last mile but not bad. (Ride 5 2015)

Now for a day in CDA with Katelyn...pool, walking around downtown, having dinner with friends.  Maybe see the team...?

Saucony Ride 5 2015 Miles: 10.25
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3.002.000.000.005.00

5:30am...5 miles on the TM in the workout room, it was pouring rain outside and we will be standing in the rain for a few hours later today.  32:50...progression to 5:36 pace.  (Ride 5 2015)

Go Tigers XC!  Very proud of Justin for running strong, getting 4th on the team and a new PR in cold, crappy conditions (both weather and the course). The Tigers ran strong (both boys and girls).

Saucony Ride 5 2015 Miles: 5.00
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