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Member Since:

Mar 29, 2008



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

2011 Salt Lake City Half  1:42  

2010 Buffalo Run 25 K  2:25  

2010 St George Marathon 3:48  

2011 Mid Mountain Trail Marathon 4:27 

2011 Squaw Peak 50 mile 14:00:49 

Short-Term Running Goals:

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married, 4 children

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 30.29 Year: 30.29
Saucony Peregrine 6 Lifetime Miles: 569.92
New Balance 1080 Lifetime Miles: 27.42
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Peregrine 8 Lifetime Miles: 323.00
Saucony Peregrine 2019 Lifetime Miles: 229.48
Brooks Cascade 14 Lifetime Miles: 128.26
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Saucony Kinvara Miles: 8.00Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 60.17
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Millcreeek...burch hollow to elbow fork...quads pretty sore from the other day...took it easy... 2 dogs...2 squirrels...some marmot type rodent and no snakes..hooray

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Some flat road miles to just get it in.  Actually felt good today.  Went out and back to Big Cottonwood 7-11 past the Old Mill.  

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 8.00
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Neighborhood escape from the family.  Ha ha.  I have 2 teenage daughters and a good wife and the hormones all flowing today.  

Race: Mid Mountain Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:27:42, Place overall: 100, Place in age division: 6
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Fun times on Mid Mountain in Park City.  This is a really cool trail marathon, with about 300 entrants or so, 95% single track in some beautiful area going from Deer Valley Ski Resort Area to the Canyons Ski Lodge.  Walked out from the condo with brother Oreo and milled around the start area in the cool but not cold air.  One loop around some asphalt to thin things out then basically single track.  I had it in my mind that this was just a roller trail with a drop at the end but there seemed much more grinding up than I was expecting.  Mostly runnable but by mile 15 I started walking any length up, just gassed at times.  

The funny thing is I am not sure how much up some of the ups were...the farther into this marathon I got even the gradual up seemed to bust me up and my breathing would get out of whack...anyway powered through two "gu"s along the way but my stomach still has issues with this distance...just cant keep a lot in.  

Pushed hard when I could.  Took one fall in the shrubs, but no big damage.

Splits 8:55, 10:33, 10:41, 9:54, 9:06, 9:17, 9:31, 9:47, 10:04, 10:30, 10:33, 9:20, 9:28 ...Thats the first half...pretty consistent and proud of myself given the general root and rock covered terrain.  Just grinding it out.

10:09, 10:40, 13:58, 12:13, 13:58, 13:27, 14:09, miles 14 to 20...you can see where the "hills"  started really seeming like hills to me..started to get into survival "when is this going to end?" mode.  

9:07, 9:07, 12:19, 9:41, 10:04, 11:05   Was able to start pushing it on the downhill then another up just killed me and my slow downhill jog to finish it off.  My quads were not going to take going down any faster at this point.

Family was waiting at end and that was cool and rewarding.  This was my 5th marathon and that alone is unbelievable for me .

 Props to Oreo on another fine race..just couldnt quite catch up to you...Strong work. 

Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 26.20
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Pipeline Burch Hollow to Overlook and back.  Beautiful day with cooler temps and a bunch of people out. Felt somewhat sore still from the marathon last week but surprisingly able to keep an avg of 8:55.  Surprised it was under 9.  Canyons are beautiful.

Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 9.44
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Adventure work out day.  Wanted to see something new so went up Big Cottonwood Canyon and went to Lake Blanche.  Stunning area.  Beautiful groves of quaking aspen, cool lake, impressive and looming Sundial Peak over the Lake.  Going up is a pretty steady grind and was mostly the power hike....tried to push it though.  Rises 2700 feet in 3 miles.  Cool jaunt down by the lake, took in views then back running down the trail.  Was only 100 feet from the bottom of the trail when my tired legs tripped on a rock and I took a dive.  Banged shoulder, thigh, knee, hands and had a recurrence of the calf muscle spasm O' pain...but nothing permanent or cranial.  Fun day.

Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 6.63
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Slowly turning into the tin man.  This was one of those running in molasses days...but beautiful up on the Pipeline trail...leaves are just starting to change.  Very slow pace.

Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 8.00
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Delicious run today.  As Oreo might say...it was cherry.  Went up to White Pine lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  I read that this is one of Meltzer's favorite trails and wanted to check it out.  Beautiful stunning scenery.  The trailhead sign says it is 4 miles to the lake but my garmin had it at nearly 5. Was able to run more of the up than I was expecting and all of the down. 

 Maybe details later...suffice it to say that this is a wonderful trail with stunning views and even gets up above the major tree line with some pockets of snow still.   


White Pine Lake 



You can see where the trail cuts over to the lake in the picture below



Still some snow 




Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 9.90
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Saucony Kinvara Miles: 8.00Cascadia 6 Big Miles: 60.17
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