Philippians 4:13

Mesa Falls Marathon

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Idaho Falls,ID,USA

Member Since:

Apr 21, 2007



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 (Course Record), 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), Master's Course Record (still!)

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

50,000 lifetime miles from spring 2000 to October 2019.

Logged (on computer) 24,901 miles (circumference of the earth) in 2,889 days (11/29/12)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running, enjoy it for the sake of running, relax and enjoy

No racing, retired.

Long-Term Running Goals:

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


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

Married for 26 years with two children (20 and 17).

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

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 18.00 Month: 140.00 Year: 140.00
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 9227.91
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 719.86
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 1003.19
Saucony Guide 8 Blue 2017 Lifetime Miles: 1197.01
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 1203.07
Saucony Fastwitch White 2019 Lifetime Miles: 339.83
Saucony Guide Yellow 2019 Lifetime Miles: 435.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Brooks Launch 2010 Black Miles: 15.10Runs With Moxie Miles: 25.10Saucony Tangent 1 Miles: 7.00TSD-5 4-11 Miles: 13.00Saucony Mirage 1 2011 Miles: 6.00Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 27.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

8.1 miles in 58:30 (7:14 avg) on a warm morning for a run.  Cloudy with lots of thunder and 65 degrees and some swirling winds...but it felt good.  I ran in my new Saucony AMPro compression socks and really liked them!  

Brooks Launch 2010 Black Miles: 8.10Runs With Moxie Miles: 8.10
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7 miles on a very nice morning with Moxie and Curt in approximately 53 minutes.  We were running nice and easy through SRL having a great conversation when we ran into Marlin about 3 miles in.  Ran about 2 miles with Marlin, then he split off as we headed home.  A nice friendly run.  Ran in the AMPro compression socks again, I really do like them!  (TSD5)

I am treating the marathon this weekend as a training run, so I won't really taper this week but may cut back a bit on Thurs/Fri.

Speedwork on a hot day at lunch.  5x0.5M intervals with 0.25M recovery after a 1.5 mile warmup.  Interval paces:  5:35, 5:40, 5:45, 5:50, 5:47.  First 3 were good to ok, last 2 the heat was catching up to me.  Overall not too bad (not too good either) considering the 7 miles this morning as well.  A total of 7 miles in 48:20. (Tangent 1)

Saucony Tangent 1 Miles: 7.00Runs With Moxie Miles: 7.00TSD-5 4-11 Miles: 7.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

6 easy miles early with Moxie.  Just gettin' it done.

No lunch run due to work conflicts.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 6.00TSD-5 4-11 Miles: 6.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

7 miles early in 53:45 through SRL.  Started really slow then picked it up to about 7 minute pace for the last 4 miles.  I started off really tired but felt better by mile 2.  

Brooks Launch 2010 Black Miles: 7.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

6 easy miles early with Curt in 47:20 on a beautiful morning for a run.  Last real run before the marathon, feeling good right now.  It was a nice easy run with great conversation, thanks for the company Curt!

Left for camping tonight, pulled into camp at 9:15 and found out that the campsite I thought we had was in fact taken.  Camp host was great and had us pull up to the group site for the night.

Saucony Mirage 1 2011 Miles: 6.00
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Moved to a real campsite for the weekend early, then spent the day with the kids at camp.  We did a 3 mile hike up the grade and a 4 mile bike ride up the grade (which we will run down and through the campground, right past our camptrailer!) which I will count as 2 easy miles (4 miles of running for Moxie!).

Drove to Ashton to get my race kit and ice cream, then back to camp to play in the river.  A nice camp dinner then to bed early as I had to get up at 3:45 for the race.

Runs With Moxie Miles: 4.00
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Race: Mesa Falls Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:48:43, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Got up at 3:45 and was at the Ashton school by 4:15 for breakfast (mostly coffee!).  Talked with some runners from Missoula and a guy from Boston, great people.  Waiting for the bus to leave, I jump back out to use the facilities and on the way back ran into Chuck Engle (the marathon junkie) who was racing today, here was the race for first place!  Sat next to Chuck on the bus ride (behind Dane who slipped on the bus while I was inside...awkward).  

I wore my Saucony AMPro compression socks for this race and loved them!  They helped a lot with how my legs felt, especially near the end in the heat to stave of any form of cramps!

After getting to the start, Chuck indicated that he was shooting for sub-2:40 and the course record.  I, on the other hand, was running this as a training run and somewhere in the mid 2:40's.  So, I had a decision to make early on, race with Chuck or stick with my training plan for St. George.   Did a 1 mile warmup with Chuck. 

We took off and before the first mile, it was Chuck and I out front and alone.  About mile 4, Chuck indicated he wanted to run faster...decision time.  I let him go and was running comfortably in the 6:15 range and just watched him take off.  This was a bit of a struggle but I knew that running with him and the recovery was not worth the possible win here at the expense of a chance at sub-2:30 at St. George.  This was my first mental challenge here and was the reason that my dark spot emerged so early in the race. 

Next, around mile 5-6 mile I started to have the "what the !#%$ thoughts (why so early for my dark spot?) and my hips and feet started hurting, I also dropped my gel and stopped to pick it up and saw third place about 1 minute back.  I was starting to think about dropping at the half or just running to my camper.  This lasted through mile 8 (and a quick pee stop!) and finally to mile 9.5 where we came off the forest service road and onto the pavement.  This seemed to refresh me and the darkness faded.  Hit the half at 1:22 (nice and easy) and was told I was about 3 minutes behind...Chuck was rolling!  I felt good from 12-16 running between 5:32 and 6:06) then into the campground to see my family cheering for me.  This was when I realized I really had to make a choice...pit stop or fight off the discomfort.  So, I stopped in the toilet in the campground and lost about 1 minute.  Now the hill was looming.

Ran the hill easy and well and topped it feeling mostly good.  I actually felt better here than at mile 8!  Next 3 miles were actually good miles on the rollers, but it was really hot!  I was thankful for the aid stations and kids with hoses dousing you as you ran by...thanks kids.  The last 3 miles were just junk miles, slowing to about a 6:45 on the hot, flat finish.  I knew that 2:45 was gone and 2:48 was pretty easy, so I just cruised home.  I ended up taking 4 PowerBar Gels during the race, 2 I brought and 2 I got from the aid stations (had to stop to pick them off the table, oh well!).

Chuck ended up at 2:39:30, 8 seconds faster that the old course record.  Chatted with him a bit afterwards and saw the next few marathoners finish (Dane was 6th about 3:15 range).  Stuck around for about an hour chatting with runners, the RD and getting my first place master's award.  Feeling a bit conflicted about my race today if I should have pushed harder to stick with Chuck.  Now (Sunday) I feel great with no pain, while Chuck was indicating he was toast after his run.  I feel I could have run with him but wasn't in my head to do that and I knew I was training for this race.  Overall, I feel really good about my decision and know that I actually ran faster than last year with the stops I had to take this year.   Plus, "I knew I had to race the formidable Rob Murphy next weekend at the Pocatello Half Marathon." (Is this better, Rob?).  I feel good about my 25th marathon!

Spent the rest of the day with the family, soaking in the river, having a few beers, visiting Mesa Falls, getting ice cream, and just relaxing at the last camptrip of the summer in beautiful weather!

Splits;  6:12, 6:11, 6:07, 6:17,6:20 (dropped gel), 6:19, 6:42 (pee stop), 6:15, 6:17, 6:20 (transition to pavement...thankfully!), 6:03, 6:16, 5:48, 5:32, 6:06, 6:06, 7:12 (pit stop!), 6:46, 7:28 (major part of the hill), 6:59, 6:08, 6:24, 6:24, 6:44 (hot!), 6:47 (hotter!), 6:38 (just finish!), 2:18 (0.36 miles).


Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 27.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Brooks Launch 2010 Black Miles: 15.10Runs With Moxie Miles: 25.10Saucony Tangent 1 Miles: 7.00TSD-5 4-11 Miles: 13.00Saucony Mirage 1 2011 Miles: 6.00Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 27.20
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