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St. George Marathon

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Location:

La Verkin,UT,USA

Member Since:

Feb 17, 2005

Gender:

Male

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')

Personal:

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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Miles:This week: 4.00 Month: 41.00 Year: 697.00
Yellow Glycerin Lifetime Miles: 266.00
New Black Pure Cadence 2 Lifetime Miles: 217.00
Grey Launch Lifetime Miles: 372.00
Clifton 2 Lifetime Miles: 174.00
Grey Launch 4 Lifetime Miles: 145.00
Blue Pureflow 5 Lifetime Miles: 56.00
Blue Launch 4 Lifetime Miles: 57.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.8026.200.002.000.0040.00
Glycerin Miles: 7.00Yellow Speedstar Miles: 26.20
Weight: 148.25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.002.000.006.00

Last speed workout before St. George.  Did two mile warm-up then 4x800 at Yasso pace.

1-2:45

2-2:38

3-2:39

4-2:44

Only 1 mile cool-down didn't have much time had to get to my massage with April.

It was pretty warm out this afternoon.  This was an ok workout, not great but I'm feeling pretty good and really feel like I'm ready for a great race Saturday.  The plan is to just take it easy the rest of the week, low miles.

I've never been a real high mileage runner, even in high school and college. I guess if I was more serious about the sport I probably would find more time to train and run more miles, but I try to make the best out the time I do have. Anyway since the marathon is this week I thought I would just reflect on the last few years in terms of miles ran per week. I am only counting weeks that had at least 50 miles or more. There are different times during the year when I don't run as much.


2006 2007 2008 2009
50 miles
12 weeks
5 weeks
10 weeks
12 weeks
60 miles
6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
10 weeks
70 miles
2 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
1 week
STG Time
2:46:12 2:44:59 3:07:27

I've been more consistent this year, so I'm feeling pretty good going into St. George. Also I haven't been having quite the hip pain like I've had in years past. I do have a minor shin/knee injury, but besides that I feel pretty good.

 

Weight: 148.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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I didn't run today, just felt like taking the day off

Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles down through Confluence Park, felt pretty good.

Glycerin Miles: 5.00
Weight: 149.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Busy night with meetings and technology class, didn't get a run in.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.000.002.00

Woke up and did two easy miles down to the cow field and back.  It was chilly this morning, but I didn't feel too bad once I got going.

Glycerin Miles: 2.00
Weight: 149.00
Comments(2)
Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:55:01, Place overall: 101, Place in age division: 24
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.8026.200.000.000.0027.00

Well, this was another bummer year at the St. George Marathon for me. Finished in 2:55:01, 101 place overall, and 24 in age group. Usually I do a great job keeping splits with the Garmin, but my battery died at mile 16 (about the same time I died), so I finished without knowing what my time was. I would have paid more attention at the finish, but for me the highlight this year was running across the finishing line with my two youngest boys. I've never done this before, and I figured since my race was basically over at mile 16, I would have some fun at the finish with the boys.

I started really good and James Holt and I helped each other through Veyo. I went through the first ten miles right at 1:02 which is what I was wanting to do.

The half was around 1:22:30

Soon after the half I started cramping up and really had problems with the legs. Everything was in pain, quads, calves, hips, hamstring. I really started to slow and began stopping at most aid stations and stretching. Around Winchester Tyler came flying by looking strong. Also around Winchester Steve Hooper came along. It was nice for Steve to be there as we were both struggling with cramping issues. It became almost funny because I would walk some and Steve would run, then I would catch to him and he would walk and I would run, this went on until about mile 24, when I was able to keeping running a little longer.

I felt so slow going through town, however it was fun watching some different people from the blog come flying by. My main goal was to not get injured so the pace was real relaxed.

Like I mentioned once I got close to the finish I found the boys and had fun finishing with them. I'm sure it will be something they will remember and also something I'll always remember.

So in summary a bummer race, what is next? I don't know. I enjoy marathons but I always feel better running 10K's and halves. I can handle the longer races, but really I have more fun when I'm out just running with the guys and having a good time on the longer runs.

I was really happy to see some of the performances of my good friends. Steve Piccolo did awesome ran 3:02, qualified for Boston, and had a 22 minute PR.

So I found a lot of joy in seeing others have good days, when mine didn't go quite as planned.

Here are the splits up until my Garmin died (Boo)  I was actually having a really good race until this point.  The overall average was right at 6:16

 1-6:20

2-6:18

3-5:59

4-5:50

5-6:00

6-5:46

7-5:46

8-6:46- Veyo Hill

9-6:40

10-6:25

11-6:52-Starting to notice some unusual pain in the legs

12-6:34

13-6:13

Half 1:22:30 ?

14-6:22

15-6:10

16-6:00

Garmin dies and so do I... bummer.


Yellow Speedstar Miles: 26.20
Weight: 147.00
Comments(15)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
11.8026.200.002.000.0040.00
Glycerin Miles: 7.00Yellow Speedstar Miles: 26.20
Weight: 148.25
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