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Member Since:

Apr 29, 2010



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

2009 Provo River Marathon, 4:04:38

2009 Provo Canyon Halloween 1/2 Marathon, 1:27:22

2010 Ogden Marathon, 3:04:39

2010 Deseret News Marathon, 2:51:36

2010 Provo River 1/2 Marathon 1:19:01

2010 Top of Utah Marathon 2:52:24

2010 Just Cuz 1/2 Marathon 1:17:36

2011 13.1 LA 1/2 Marathon 1:19:43

2011 Timpanogos Half 1:16:51

2011 Treadmill Marathon 2:49:26 (pr)

Short-Term Running Goals:

2:45 Boston.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Elliptical Trainer 2017 Lifetime Miles: 107.00
Treadmill 2017 Lifetime Miles: 454.20
Race: Big Cottonwood Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:30:14
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I am disapointed with my result, but since this was the first Maraton I've run in over 4 years I really didn't know what to expect, my training was OK but I am still about 20 lbs over what I wanted to be for this race so I can't complain too much it's my fault.  I wanted to get a BQ so my plan was to try for 3:15 which would give me a 10 minute buffer.  I'm really kind of annoyed with the 3:15 pacers,  I was going to run with them but I ran mile 1 in 6:50 and they passed me, I heard one of them say the next mile should be 7:23 which I thought would be easy enough but they ended up running that in probably 6:45, I was about 6:53 so I gave up on trying to keep up with them.  I ran the first 1/2 in 1:34.41 and honestly don't think was over doing it, it is really steep and I just kept running at what I felt was a comfortable pace.  At mile 18 I was still feeling OK, but I could tell my legs were falling apart and then we left the canyon and started running up Wasatch Blvd. the sun hit me and I knew I was done for, I hadn't done any training runs in the sun.  I trudged up the hill and actually caught up to the 3:15 pacers at the 21.5 turn around but I stopped for a water, GU and stretch break which I think was my demise, after that I could never get my legs to function properly, the final 5 miles was a sort of death march, I had heat exhaustion couldn't get enough water down and then at the final turn to head down Fort Union the 3:25 pacer passed me and I know it was over with only 2.5 miles to go, at that point I mentally gave up and just kind of walk jogged the rest of the way.  Anyway, I'm not overly upset, I really hurt today but for the most part I was just happy I could finish a marathon again after 3 years of not even being able to run.

From Donald Davis on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 13:42:07 from

I had almost the same experience with the Huntsville Marathon in Huntsville, UT a couple of years ago. The course is somewhat similar, with a lot of descent in the first half with not much in the second half. I lost a lot of confidence with the results of the race, when I should've just accepted one bad race and moved on. You still did very well considering there was some walking. Great job!

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