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Salt Lake Half Marathon

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Member Since:

Jan 17, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

yearly mileage totals (actual running miles, not crosstraining etc)

2008 - 1,317

2009 - 2,654

2010 - 2,578

2011 - 2,618

2012 - 3,083 (ran everyday this year. PR's in half and full marathons, at age 48!)

2013 - 1,177

2014 - 1,716

2015 - 1,060

2016 - 951

2017 - 786

2018 - 1,058


Short-Term Running Goals:

reacquaint myself with my long lost running freak, and then proceed to get my running freak on


Huntsville Full Monte - 9-21-2019 (first maratahon in seven years)

Long-Term Running Goals:

keep running



born in 1964. married 22 years. one wife two dogs 

6 ft tall, nation wide

“Make friends with pain and you’ll never be alone.”



Miles:This week: 4.00 Month: 122.00 Year: 709.00
Mt101 Lifetime Miles: 500.80
Mt101 The 2nd Lifetime Miles: 539.20
Green A5's Lifetime Miles: 149.50
MR00 Lifetime Miles: 158.70
Treadmillio Shoes Lifetime Miles: 570.00
Stillnotmads (2) Lifetime Miles: 500.50
Rednotevenmad2 Lifetime Miles: 230.00
Kinvara9 Lifetime Miles: 251.00
Kinvara9painted Lifetime Miles: 154.00
Graynine Lifetime Miles: 13.00
Race: Salt Lake Half Marathon (13.12 Miles) 01:44:23, Place overall: 473, Place in age division: 26
Total Distance

1:43:49 as per Garmin. Official time: 1:44:23. My official time is slower because I stopped my watch for a POP break in mile three. Perfect weather. I jogged about a half mile before the race and another half mile after wards.Well organized race. Hope everybody gets paid on time this year. Got about 3 hours of sleep. I need to figure out what to do about my sleep issues on race days. Felt pretty strong until about mile 10, couldn't maintain pace. Good last mile though as I was eager to get finished. I felt good after the race. I think I could've/should've pushed harder. Lately I've determined in training too that I need to do more speed work, the kind that hurts, mostly to get my mind wrapped around it. So roughly a 5 (4 minutes, 19 seconds), minute PR over my time at the Ogden half last year. And about 2 minutes faster than my little breakthrough training run a couple of weeks ago (04-03-10).

My buddy Lysa (on the blog) ran a really good half today and PR'd!

I'm happy with my result. I am, after all, 46 yrs old. I've only been doing this consistent running thing for less than 2 years. I'm hoping to get PR's still when I'm into my 50's.

Garminesque splits: 8:18, 8:08, 7:45, 7:24, 7:57, 7:55, 7:49, 7:56, 7:49, 8:15, 8:09, 8:34 (they just had to throw that hill on the course), 7:37.

Will post official results when they become available.

Asics DS 13 Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
From Bonnie on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 14:59:23 from

Great job JD! 5 minute pr is HUGE!!!

You know, I never noticed how many cats you have -- wow! My cat is on a tear these days -- my yard (and unfortunately my house some mornings) is littered with dead lizards, mice and ground squirrels. I wish I could say it was because he loves us, but alas, I think he is just bored.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

From Carolyn in Colorado on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 15:55:23 from

Congratulations on the PR! 1:43 is a great time. You are making great progress and even greater things and more PRs are in store for you. I think this bodes well for the Ogden marathon.

From allie on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 16:14:11 from

nicely done! congrats on the big PR.

From JD on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 16:31:46 from

Thanks you guys. My official time ended up being 30 seconds slower than I had on the watch.

If anyone had told me two years ago that I'd be running under an 8 minute pace for 13 miles I would've told them they were smoking crack. I was always a 10 minute per mile guy.

From RAD on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 17:28:05 from

Nice work JD! Sounds like you are making GREAT progress and hitting new strides each year. CONGRATS! Oh, and do you EVER learn how to sleep before a race? I just make sure Thursday night is good, knowing Friday is going to be a bust for one reason or another :)

From Lysa on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 17:51:46 from

YAY!!! Im so proud of us! now go DRINK!! have one for me!

From april27 on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 18:00:49 from

Wow you did great!!!!

From Andy on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 18:13:25 from

Great job JD. A 5 minute PR on a tougher course than Ogden is very impressive. Way to go!

From Scott Ensign on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 22:39:28 from

great job JD,I wish I had known you were running as i would have looked for you at the end. nice PR, and that uphill was tough at the end. you keep getting faster!

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 12:47:51 from

You did GREAT!! I know it's tempting to coulda-shoulda but I think you ran a really smart race and that's a great PR! Congratulations!

From Burt on Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 22:56:06 from

Nice job. (I was going to call you Bishop Derum, but decided against it.) I sure hope my next half is at least that fast.

Bonnie - I see your cat still practices Satanism.

From auntieem on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 09:08:03 from

Awesome result! Congratulations on the PR. 1:44 is the time I hope for in my next 1/2 also! Better to know you could have pushed harder than to push too hard and bonk, right?

From JD on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 11:36:30 from

Bonnie - I missed you cats comment before. Yes, we're down to four cats, we had seven at one point. At that time we also had three dogs. Our house is 800 sq. do the math. Quite a hairy environment. Occasionally we'll find dead critter treasures brought in my a proud cat. Usually they leave them outside!

From JD on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 11:42:37 from

RAD - thanks! Actually the lack of sleep didn't feel too bad because I have been sleeping well in general.

Lysa - YOU had an incredible half! It was great sharing the experience with you. The course turned out being a nice little tour down nostalgia lane.

Thanks Andy and Scott. You speedsters help motivate me to keep trying to improve.

Thanks Sno. Can I borrow some of your endurance for the marathon next month?

Burt - thanks a lot. You can call me whatever you want. Bishop's okay, though I don't even know how to play chess. :-)

Thanks Auntieem - I think you'll easily better that time in your next half. You've got some natural speed that I don't possess.

From Kelli on Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 00:12:05 from

Great race JD! I am happy you got that PR and that you felt so good about it all. I can not wait to see how you do in Ogden (and I looked at what you have run since this race---WOW!! 20 miles on Wednesday? IMPRESSIVE!)

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