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Spanish Fork,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 15, 2007



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

Lifetime PRs:

Marathon: 3:07:59 2013 Big Cottonwood Marathon 

1/2 Marathon: 1:24:30 2008 St. George Painters

10K: 38:39 2008 SLCTC

5K: 18:44 2009 Nestle Art City Days 

55-59 AD PRs:

1/2 Marathon:???




Short-Term Running Goals:

2020 plans: 

  • Work on core strength
  • Lose 5 lbs
  • Overcome lingering injuries
  • Have fun!


Long-Term Running Goals:

Consistently place in the top 5 of my age division as long as my body will allow it.

Beat Terry Bean at any distance at least one time before I depart this earth.

Take care of mind and body so I can be in it for the long haul. Don't do STUPID THINGS!

Run until I'm 99 with Kim by my side and remember that EVERY RUN IS A GREAT RUN!

Peace of mind by striving to live like this



I've been married to the lovely Kimberly for 32 years. We have 5 great kids.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 70.75 Year: 70.75
Saucony Fastwitch #1 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Asics Gel Exalt #8 Lifetime Miles: 409.25
Asics Gel Exalt #9 Lifetime Miles: 155.50
Race: Running of the Leopards 5K (3.11 Miles) 00:18:44, Place overall: 24, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Had a blast running this speedy 5K course.  Those East High folks know how to put on a 5K with not just tons of downhill but also tailwind as well!  

So yes I need to make the disclaimer that despite this tying my lifetime 5K PR time, it was a VERY aided course, but it sure was fun!  Yes I do love that downhill running and luckily my aging body seemed to handle it OK and I don't think I sustained any injuries.  I would say this is probably worth a 19:45 time on an honest 5K course.

Mile-by-mile breakdown:

Mile 1 - 6:10  Felt very good this mile, it's been so long since I've run a 5K I couldn't remember how mile 1 is supposed to feel so I maybe held back a little.  The only uphill of the course comes toward the end of this mile and the beginning of mile 2.

Mile 2 - 6:06 Still feeling good, having fun passing all the foolish teenagers who didn't train and are now dying after running mile 1 too fast. I can see that I have a pretty good shot at sub-19.

Mile 3 - 5:52 This is the ideal mile 3 for a 5K - straight, downhill, with a tailwind.  Just having fun passing more teenagers (and even a few more seasoned runners) and hoping I don't hurt myself since I haven't run a sub-6 mile in a race for a long time.

.1 - :37 (5:24) Race finishes on the East High track and I get in a battle with another Master runner (turns out he was 50), I pass him, he passes me, I sneak up and pass him again around the final turn but I kick too soon and he catches me again just before the finish. Dang. Oh well it made for a fun finish and kept me focused.

Overall I'm happy with the race and look forward to a 10K next month. 


Asics DSRacer Miles: 8.00
From ACorn on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 12:40:04 from

Great race Tom!

Love your Mile 2 comment, I knew there would be lots of crazy teenagers, just not that many. It is fun passing people isn't it :>

From Adam RW on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 13:05:55 from

This is the perfect race to start the season. It is such a confidence builder. Nice running and tying your PR. I agree aided or not it is a great run and fun to do as the years pile up...

From TBean on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 16:07:12 from

Great race. Nice to see each mile getting faster as you mastered the race! I would have done the race but darn ward ball got in the way.

From Tom on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 16:49:48 from

Thanks guys. Terry you should do it next year, I think if you were in good shape you could do low 17's or even sub-17 on this course.

From jtshad on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 17:33:23 from

Great race Tom!

From Clay on Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 19:36:34 from

Nice race old man!

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