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St. George Marathon

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La Verkin,UT,USA

Member Since:

Feb 17, 2005



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Post College

10K- 33:49 (Enterprise 09')

Half Marathon-1:16:29- (Hobblecreek 06')

Marathon 2:44:59 (St. George 07')


I live in La Verkin, Utah. My wife, Sunny and I have 3 boys and 1 special little girl
I teach 7th grade Utah History at Hurricane Intermediate School and Driver's Education at Millcreek High School.

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Last speed work before the marathon.  Ran 2.5 miles easy over to Hurricane High then did 3x 800 @ Yasso Pace, then 2.5 easy miles home

1-2:46- to slow, felt like I was still warming up

2-2:40 this felt better

3-2:43 Didn't push it too hard

According to the Yasso 800s idea, your marathon time should be around the same time you can run a set of 10 x 800's with 400m recovery.  So a 2:43 average on the 800s according to Yasso would put a person in the range to run 2:43:00 in a marathon.  Anyway, the last two years I did 800 repeats, but this year I switched and have been doing 1000 CV repeats which I've found to be better for me.  However, today I just wanted to run a few 800s to see where I'm at, and if I was to predict my marathon time off this workout I could be anywhere from 2:40 to 2:46 in the marathon, which seems about right.  A marathon is a long distance so lots of things can happen, but I'm going to go out focusing on running a PR.

Bronze- 2:44

Silver- 2:42

Gold- Sub 2:40

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Great night of sleep, probably one of the best I've had all year.  I was in bed by 9:20, didn't have to have a midnight snack, was able to sleep the entire night in the same place (a lot of nights, I been going between the bed and the couch, trying to find what is going to be most comfortable for my back and hip)

Woke up early and felt good, decided to go and do the La Verkin 5K loop, we are moving tomorrow, so I'm going to need to measure off a new La Verkin 5K loop from our new house.


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Not a very good night of sleep.  I don't know if I'll run any miles today, might just have a rest day.  We will probably move some boxes and other things into our house tonight, since we close this afternoon!

Didn't run today, just took a day of rest.  Went and watched Jordan's football game.  We closeed on our house, but we didn't move anything in yet, maybe a few boxes tomorrow.  Probably do the heavy stuff next week after the marathon.

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Ran to the fire hydrant and back, real easy.  A little tightness in the right hip this morning, I hope this isn't a bad sign.  The hip has actually been feeling pretty good lately, which has me more excited about the marathon than last year.  I think that excitement alone, should help me run a PR


I'm a little upset at myself.  My diet hasn't been the best this week.  Hopefully, the next few meals will digest good and I won't be having any stomach issues come Saturday morning.

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Easy two miles over to the bridge and back. 


Good night of sleep.  We spent much of the evening moving things into the new house.  Actually, we were able to get most of the big stuff.  Sorry Mike, we already got the piano, the big scree, and the sectional all moved.  We had a good crew and I don't think I over did it, at least I hope not.

Plan today is to sit at my desk watch the students work (Yes, this is what I do most days anyway)

Hit the expo around 3 or 4

Light Dinner around 5

Blog Party around 6

Leave for Pine Valley and the BYU Game around 7

A few people on the blog have posted how their training this year has been going compared to last year.

My training has been better this year, but there is still much room for improvement.  However, everybody has their own reasons for running and for me I really have to find the balance that works for everything else I have going on.

Leading up to the marathon


50+ miles per week= 5

60+ miles per week= 7

70+ miles per week= 2



50+ miles per week= 10

60+ miles per week= 9

70+ miles per week= 2

 I really haven't ran any races that were similar enough both years to compare.  A lot of the races I've run this year I've either been coming off of an injury or big workouts for me.  So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.  I really feel like I'm in shape to run a PR.

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Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:07:27, Place overall: 206, Place in age division: 29
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Well, this is not an easy thing to do, but something that is necessary.  This year's St. George Marathon turned out to be one of my biggest BUMMER races in a long time. Actually, very interesting comparison between my very first marathon in 2004 and this year.

2004- Great weather, ran hard the entire way finished in 3:07:30, placed 219th overall, and 28th in age division

2006- 2:46:11


2008- Terrible weather, walked or slowly jogged much of the second half, finished in 3:07:27, placed 206th overall, and 29th in age division

The upsetting thing about this year, was the fact I felt like I was in really good shape, I had some good goals and thought I would be able to put everything together.

Anyway, as those who ran or were there know the weather did make the race quite a bit more difficult.  The rain the entire way and the strong head wind made for a long day.  My main problem came from cramping up too many times during the race.  I felt cold the entire race and was pretty worried about my body temperature.  I think my biggest mistake was starting out too fast and running too many miles by myself.  I didn't ever get in with any packs and I fought the wind the entire way alone.  After reaching the half, I really fell apart and struggled with cramping: (calves, back, hip, and quads.)  It was definitely humbling to see so many people passing me, especially other bloggers and people I usually beat. All I could do was wish them well.

Ok before I continue anymore with the downer report.  I would like to point out some highlights

1-Dave and Clyde's finish-  I was really happy for both of these guys.  Even though they didn't hit the time they were hoping for, they both placed very high in the race.  Great job guys

2-Nice to see so many bloggers out on the course.  Some performances that stood out. Michelle L., Tyler S., James Holt (Great job James!), Ken Carlson

3-A big highlight was stopping and shaking a little girl's hand.  She had her hand out and  people just kept running by her not doing anything, I actually stopped, talked to her for a moment and forgot about my problems

4-Another highlight was walking for a stretching with my cousin, who was working an aid station, I was really struggling and she helped calm me down.

5-Last highlight was rather interesting.  At the finish I met up with an old college teammate, actually she was more than a teammate, if you know what I mean.  Anyway, I hadn't seen this girl since college so it was nice to talk for a bit.  She actually came over and met Sunny and the boys and then I met her husband.

Ok, back to the scary part of this post the splits

Like I mentioned, going in I felt like I was in good shape, so I wanted to go out attempting a PR.  I believe in this race today the going out faster lead to more cramping and problems later in the race.

1-6:07 Felt good







8-7:18- Veyo hill


10-6:57- 1:03:20 I was actually feeling pretty good with my goals once I got to this point.  But pretty much after this mile the race really turned ugly for me.




Half- 1:25:50






19-8:29 Walking




23-8:42 Walking




.2- 1:45

Finish time 3:07:27

Ok, that was very painful to write, but I'm actually very excited to get back to training.  Of course I will take it easy for a few weeks to allow for the body to recover.  But I would like to do another marathon before the end of the year.  I really feel like I need to redeem myself.  Maybe the CA International Marathon, Las Vegas, or P.F. Changs in January.

Anyway, this race was definitely one to remember, but would also be a nice one to forget.

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