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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 25+ years with two children (19 and 16).

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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Miles:This week: 31.00 Month: 211.00 Year: 2395.55
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 7792.41
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 563.11
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Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 800.67
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
27.6526.200.001.0054.85
Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 33.85Saucony Fastwitch 5 Miles: 12.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.650.000.000.003.65

3.65 easy miles to the Charles River (ran with LOTS of African runners today!!).  Ran back to Commonwealth and run under the Mass Ave road then to the finish line and back to the hotel.  I wish we had today's weather tomorrow!!!

May head back to the expo to see Curt, Alana, Rob, etc. and to do a video shoot with PowerBar.  Maybe take a bay cruise then dinner with the gang at Maggiano's.  Hotel with the kids to swim then to bed early to get to the 6am buses at the Common. 

Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 3.65
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Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:43:26, Place overall: 114, Place in age division: 8
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

Short report: 2:43:26 total time. Good enough for 114 overall, 103 male, 9th Master OA, 1st Idahoan (highest place by Idahoan since at least 2000).  

First and foremost, thanks be to God for the strength to run today in these conditions and to be able to use His strength for this accomplishment.

1:19:56 first half, 1:23:30 second half.  80 degrees at the start, but the heat did not bother me too bad today, I don't know why!  Ran solid, including a pit stop in mile 18 for my slowest mile.  Picked off lots of runners the last 8 miles. 

Feel like this is one of my best runs (probably my best RACE ever) ever considering the conditions (one of the 2 hottest Boston's ever!). 

FRB Masters Team took 4th OA...we kicked the defending champion Whirlaway Racing Team's ASS!!!!

Spent time with family afterwards. Saw Christine Kennedy, Tony Phillippi and Chuck Engle after the race.  An Italian dinner in the room and cupcakes from Sweet bakery.  Went to the PowerBar party...talked with the PowerBar folks (Chad, Dave, Drew, etc.), Josh Cox and Meb Kehflezghi (Meb and I talked for 10 minutes about running and being a Christian athlete)!  Quite a day.  More thoughts later...time for bed.

Details now (after awaking early and being sore).

Met up with Marlin, Rob, Steve and Walter at the Common and rode the buses to Hopkinton where we ran into Cash and spent the morning relaxing and chatting.  We saw Teena (always full of energy!).  Made our way to the start down a back street and found some private PoPs then got into the corral with about 5 minutes to go to stay out of the sun and 80 degree temps.

At the gun, we were deep in the corral and had to start slower and bumping elbows trying to find room to run, which was good and made us start conservatively.  Steve got anxious and bolted ahead and we never were able to hook up with Rob as Walter and I ran together. 

We got right on pace in the next few miles picking it up a bit and weaving through runners.  We were running well and strong but man the heat...taking lots of fluids and dumping water over our heads at every stop and from the folks in the crowd handing out water!  I saw Alana and Rocky at mile 6 and got a boost from their cheers.  I was so wet from all the water I was dumping over my head that my shorts with gels kept feeling like they were falling down around my butt!

About mile 7, we caught up with Steve and kept rolling.  About mile 8 I pulled away from the guys and just kept running consistently, feeling very strong and running with a nice easy pace.  Hit the halfway point in 1:19:56 and I was feeilng really good and ready to challenge the second half!   As we ran through Wellsely College, gave lots of high fives to all the girls!

I remember hearing lots of good music on the course and singing along a few times and having a big smile on my face!  There were several times myself and the guys around me would pump up the crowd and they would respond with roars!!  Several of the small towns along the route were every bit as loud as the run up Boylston.

I remember running a good race in my approach to the hills.  As I would hit an uphill, I would go to my quads and focus on knee drive and direct force to the ground and not hamstring activation, then on the downhill go back to my hamstring strength and fly down the hills.  It worked great, thanks USATF coaching clinic for the tip!

Hit the PowerBar Energy zone at 17 miles and saw the PowerBar folks (Chad, Tim DeBoom, etc.) and got a boost but had to take a pit stop just after to clear out from all the water Gatorade.  Felt much better and didn't loose too much time.  Ended up passing all the folks that I remember passing before so the stop paid off. 

The official water stops were plentiful, but the warm water and Gatorade were not!  I liked the spectators supply better because it was cold!  The last 5 miles I didn't drink any Gatorade because it just upset my stomach.

I felt very strong on the Newton Hills and up Heartbreak never wavering and passing folks and just easing up the hills at a good pace.  Once over the top and coming back down I felt great and was able to pick up the pace through Brookline and into Boston.  The hill at mile 25 sucked, but I knew I was almost done.  Once we hit the underpass at Mass Ave I knew what I had left and was all smiles!!

Picked off a few more runners on Boylston and was running well with no one behind me so I slowed to make sure I found my family in the grandstands!  Gave a wave and a kiss and thanked God for the strength today as I finished to hear my name and PowerBar mentioned on the PA!!

After finishing and walking the long walk to the gear bags and to get medals, food, water, etc. I was thanking all the volunteers for being out there, they make this possible too.  There were and incredible number of volunteers and medical folks in downtown Boston..wow!  Thanks Boston for a great race!

Overall probably my best race ever and an event I will never forget!

Splits: 6:30, 5:51, 5:57, 5:45, 6:02, 5:56, 5:56, 6:04, 6:01, 6:10, 6:21, 6:15, 6:15, 6:10, 6:15, 5:52, 6:24, 6:57 (PoP), 6:09, 6:28, 6:38, 6:00, 6:13, 6:11, 6:23, 6:29, 2:31 (0.4).

Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 26.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

Recovery day exploring Boston on the Freedom Trail.  I feel really good today and the walking tour (about 3 miles) was not hard. 

Our kids enjoyed the Freedom Trail and all the history.  Ate at Sweet Bakery, Galleria Umberto (best pizza and arancini!) and Modern Pastry. 

Took the ferry back from the USS Constitution to the aquarium, then walked over to Qunicy Market.  Stopped in at Bill Rodger's Running Center and met Bill and Bobbi Gibb (1st women's finisher!). 

Ate at Atlantic Seafood Co. for our 19th Anniversary dinner then back to the pool for swimming with the kids.  A really good day!

Congratulations to the FRB Women's Open Team for finishing 5th Overall!!!

Saucony Fastwitch 5 Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

Another recovery day.  Will spend some time in Boston looking around and going to the Boston Museum of Science (went to the IMAX for a dolphin movie...my daughter was thrilled!).  3 miles walking around town.

Red Sox game versus the Texas Rangers tonight at Fenway!  What a great park...too bad the Sox lost again.

Long drive later to Plymouth.

Saucony Fastwitch 5 Miles: 3.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

4 miles to shake out the legs from the hotel.  (Tangent)

Going to spend the day exploring Plymouth... Plimoth Plantation, Mayflower II, Plymouth Rock, watching the herring run up the creek!.  Lots of walking, counting as 3 easy miles.  (Fastwitch) 

Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 4.00Saucony Fastwitch 5 Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

3 miles early before exploring Plymouth some more and then heading to Logan airport to return home tonight.  A great Massachusetts vacation!  (Fastwitch)

Saucony Fastwitch 5 Miles: 3.00
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Race: Tiger Griz Open Mile (1 Miles) 00:05:00, Place overall: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.001.009.00

I slept in after getting home late last night.  Went out for an easy 7 miler and ran to the running store where I saw an ad for the Open Mile at the Tiger Grizz High School meet today.  So, I thought I would try my first ever mile race...5 days after Boston.

Took the kds over and dropped them off in the stands and talked with all the coaches about Boston, ran a bit of a warm up then got the the line for the mile race.  About 6 coaches and 3 others (including me).  The gun went off, hit 400 at 68 (too fast on fatigued legs), 800 at 2:20, 1200 at 3:47,  then 1 mile at 5:00.  Too fast with my first 400 but felt good about a 5 minute mile after running the marathon on Monday.  Finished behind 2 younger coaches and a young guy...still holding up the flag for us old guys.

Met and ran against a guy from Logan by the name of Carson who used to run with Paul, Cody and Jon.  He now coaches for Preston HS...good guy.

Now to catch up on chores around the house, help kids with homework and other daily duties. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
27.6526.200.001.0054.85
Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 33.85Saucony Fastwitch 5 Miles: 12.00
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