Philippians 4:13

US Masters Championship at TCM

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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

Logged 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.

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

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 27.00 Month: 200.50 Year: 1590.24
Runs With Moxie Lifetime Miles: 8600.41
Vibram Five Finger Bikila Lifetime Miles: 132.80
Saucony Xodus 2011 Lifetime Miles: 652.11
Saucony Tangent 4 2014 Lifetime Miles: 821.77
Altra Impulse Lifetime Miles: 968.44
Saucony Guide 8 Blue 2017 Lifetime Miles: 827.76
Adiddas Supernova Glide Boost Lifetime Miles: 1126.15
Guide 8 White 2018 Lifetime Miles: 1033.72
Supernova Glide Green 2018 Lifetime Miles: 1047.32
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 27.20Saucony Cortana Miles: 15.00Saucony Ride 2 2012 Miles: 11.00
Race: US Masters Championship at TCM (26.2 Miles) 02:48:20, Place overall: 122, Place in age division: 24
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Short detail:  2:48:15ish.  Shins locked up at mile 3, nearly dropped at mile 9, 11, 13, etc.  1 mile at a time.  Felt better around 15 mile mark but still couldn't get up to a race gear.  Good intestinal issues this race!  I passed more people in the second half than passed me (now in the first half...a different story).  I started off with Doug Morton and when the legs went I could not keep up.  I didn't want a DNF and so I just kept reminding myself of the example I want to set for my son to never give up.

Now for the meat of my story.

I got to the buses at 5:45 and rode to Minneapolis with Tracy and Girard.  Once at the chruch, I found Doug with whom I was going run today.  We stayed warm and chatted about life and family.  At around 7:30, we got ready and headed out into the chilly weather (30 degrees) for our warmup.  I wore what I could to stay warm in the race, but blinded everyone with all my Saucony ViziPro gear...I looked a bit like an orange running down the road.

The gun went off right on time and we were on our way.  We decided to start a bit reserved and work our way up to pace.  Mile 1 was 5:57, mile 2 6:01.  After cresting the hill at mile 2, my shins started to ache and by mile 3 they were hard and on fire. 

The issue came on so fast I didn't even get a chance to say anything to Doug before he left me in the dust.  It hurt just to move my legs.  I tried to change my gait to relieve it (a pain that I have never had before) but then the rest of the muscles in my legs started to cramp.  By mile 6 I was in severe pain and mentally out of it as I was being passed left and right.  I was still running a better pace than I thought (6:15ish) but it hurt.  I knew the first drop out point was at mile 9 and at that point that was my goal.

At mile 7 I had a bottle at the table with a PowerBar gel, but when I got there it was gone!  I took out my PowerBar gel in my pocket to get some carbs and dropped it.  I was now sore, franzled and pissed off.  Maybe this is what got me out of my funk.  As I came up on mile 9, I chose to push through the drop out point and keep taking it one mile at a time.  I was hurting, but I now did not want the DNF.  I was inspired by my son and his efforts in XC and I didn't want to show him an example of quitting when the race gets tough.  You are stronger than you think and sometimes have to push.  I hit my dark spot at this race at mile 3, but was now trying to break through it.

I made it past mile 11 drop out (and my bottle and PowerBar gel was at this table and also at 15 and 21!) and now knew I had to make a choice at the half way mark.   I hit the HM at 1:22:00 (4 minutes behind where I wanted to be) but kept pushing and came to find that my legs were improving.  By mile 15 I was actually starting to feel pretty good.  I could not get back up to race pace, but I was running mostly comfortably and was starting to keep up with the runners and in fact started to see a few coming back.

We crossed the bridge on the Mississippi River and into St. Paul and I knew that challenge laid ahead on the hill from 20-24 miles.  I ran comfortably hard and was doing fairly well and now starting to pass other runners, including other 40-44 year old Masters.  The hill this time did not hurt as bad in 2008 and I actually kind of enjoyed this section, though it was hard.  I finally crested the hill at around 24 miles then ran on the rollers to just before mile 26.  I was able to use the downhill finish and run the last 0.5M at a 5:41 pace chasing a group in front of me that I couldn't quit reach. 

The race logistics were awesome.  A nice gal met me at the finish and escorted me to the elite tent and got my gear and food.  They really do a great job at this race. 

Rode the shuttle back to the hotel, showered and went up to the elite lounge for food (pizza, beer) and time to chat with the other athletes.  Then made my way on the shuttles to the airport for the end of a great weekend, but glad to be home to my family.

The flight attendants on the plane to SLC were great.  They didn't have any food boxes (I was still hungry) so instead she kept bringing me free beer...hydration and carbo loading at the same time! 

Splits: 5:57, 6:01, 6:10, 6:01, 6:09, 6:15, 6:18, 6:17, 6:24, 6:11, 6:17, 6:22, 6:22, 6:24, 6:16, 6:18, 6:25, 6:33, 6:39, 6:30, 6:45, 6:59, 6:51, 6:35, 6:35, 6:28, 0.4M - 2:15 (5:41 pace).

Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 27.20
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Sore this morning.  Thought about going to early spinning with my wife since it is my day off, but was not happening.

Spent the day doing chores since I have been gone for 2 weeks...shut off sprinklers, winterize the camper, but yard stuff away, help put up Halloween decorations.  Man, now I am tired and sore again!

Saw this on Runner's world, since I did not see Pete Magill's name on the TCM results:

Interesting quote:

Why not just run the damn thing anyway? Lots of people enter races with less than ideal preparation.
PM: I don’t run races just to run them. I run them to do well. For Twin Cities, my goal was not a great marathon. But it was to toe the start line knowing I had 2:30 fitness; then we’d just see what happened. But I don’t have 2:30 fitness. And just finishing a marathon is meaningless to me. Heck, I ran 19 miles for my run Sunday, and I could have easily added 7 miles and called it a marathon. Whoopee. No, I race to, you know, actually race. Not to do another distance run.

While I respect his body of work, I don't quite agree with this philosophy.  However, I am not a professional runner and a time means a lot more to him than to me.

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No run today.  I am still recovering, my legs were stiff, it was cold outside and I had to be at work early for a long day.  I will try to get out for a jog tomorrow.

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I am still in recovery.  I will probably go for an easy run at lunch.

5 miles in 39 minutes on a beautfiul day at lunch.  Everything hurt in my legs, especially my shins and calf muscles.  (Cortana)

Saucony Cortana Miles: 5.00
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5 miles at lunch in 36:30 on a beautiful day.  Legs feeling mostly better, still a bit stiff in my shins and right foot is a bit sore.  Overall a good run. 

My son has his last XC meet today, looking forward to seeing him run a strong meet.

Saucony Cortana Miles: 5.00
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5 easy miles in 38 minutes.  Right foot and shins still a bit stiff.

Saucony Cortana Miles: 5.00
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Out the door at 6am for a run with David J.  Ran about 5 miles with David and another 2 solo for 7 miles in around 51 minutes.

The family and I went to a local boy scout eagle project 5k run this morning.  It was a donation run for the food bank.  Kami and my daughter ran the 1 mile and I paced Justin in the 5k (actually 3.2 miles long).  He did great and ran the distance in 24:41 for third place overall!   I am very proud of him.  Afterwards he and my wife left early so he could get to a practice with his XC buds and my wife could get home to meet the painter.  My daughter and I stuck around for the raffle and ran a bit more (just under a mile).  A really good running day...the weather is turning a bit ugly though.

Saucony Ride 2 2012 Miles: 11.00
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Saucony Tangent 3 2011 Miles: 27.20Saucony Cortana Miles: 15.00Saucony Ride 2 2012 Miles: 11.00
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