Snow Canyon Half Marathon

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Apr 29, 2012



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Running Accomplishments:

31 Ultra Finishes

Personal Records:
100 M:  17:52*   Pony Express (2011)
100K:   11:06     Antelope Island (2010) (faster 100k on PET 100)
50 M:    7:23      Pony Express 50 (2013)
26.2:     3:00:03  Big Cottonwood Marathon (Sept 2013)
13.1:     1:27:22 St. George (Jan. 2014)
* Top 100, 100-Mile Times (2011) (#80), UltraRunning Magazine Year in Review
Race Director: Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon

Short-Term Running Goals:

Attempting the Rocky Mountain Slam:

  • Bighorn 100 (June) 
  • Hardrock 100 (July)
  • Wasatch 100 (Sept)
  • The Bear 100 (Sept)

Long-Term Running Goals:


  • Rocky Mountain Slam
  • FINISH Hardrock (wasn't pretty but got a finish)
  • Wasatch < 25 hrs.



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Thanksgiving Point: Director of Food Services & Retail / Race Director Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon

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Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 11 Miles: 16.10Brooks Cascadia (9) Black/Red II Miles: 5.00
Race: Snow Canyon Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:27:33, Place overall: 37, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

Snow Canyon Half

Not very high expectations after a big summer of racing and completing the Rocky Mountain Slam. I feel like I'm dragging thick mountain legs and have lost some speed. Suffering from fatigue but had a good few weeks off of racing.

With an aided course, even with low expectations I thought I might grab a PR since I've only ever run an honest half marathon course St. George (Jan.) at 1:27:22. 

Good gradual uphill start (I got a bit annoyed having to weave around several runners who had no business being that far up front that early--I need to chill). 6:46, 6:53, 6:41 for the first three. I felt good. I knew I needed to be in the sub 6:40 range for a PR so the 6:53 concerned me a bit. Dropping into the canyon I dropped a 6:13, 6:02, 6:10. 6:02!! Whoops. I thought how ridiculous that would look on the blog....6:53, 6:02. So many of the elites seem to keep their splits within seconds of each other and I'm all over the place. With a good DH section though, I took full-advantage and hammered it...and then paid for it.

Next three miles at the bottom of and coming out of the canyon were 6:36, 6:57, 6:46--fighting a stiff head-wind.

Back on the streets and really pushing into the wind I could only muster 6:50, 7:03, 6:56 for the next 3 miles. I was losing my PR and stuggling to keep a good pace. I've become better at zero'ing in on and going to my "un"-happy place, really focusing on a quick turn-over and pushing the pace. My legs were shot.

I managed to stay focused and push the pace a bit, passing quite a few runners in the last mile and ending up with a 6:36 mile twelve finishing at 1:27:33--11 seconds off my PR. Happy to win my AD with a really cool trophy and a neat backpack for finishing top 50.

Wish I could have and probably should have got a PR on that course but it just wasn't meant to be. Good times down in St. George and a nice hike to Angel's Landing on Sunday.

2 mile warm-up--beautiful sunrise/ 1 mile cool-down around track.

Brooks Glycerin 11 Miles: 16.10
Total Distance

Angel's Landing in the rain. Great hike. Beautiful with low-hanging clouds on snow up high on the cliffs.

Brooks Cascadia (9) Black/Red II Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
Brooks Glycerin 11 Miles: 16.10Brooks Cascadia (9) Black/Red II Miles: 5.00
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