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Buffalo 50 Miler

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Location:

South Jordan,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 09, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

 

All Time
2001 Provo River Half 1:18:25
2000 St. George Marathon 2:46:53
 
45-49 AD
2012 5K - Sandy July 4th 18:33

2011 10K - Des News 36:12

2011 HALF - Provo River 1:22:10
2010 MARATHON - UVM 2:58:42

50-54 AD

2015 Scandinavian 10K 42:52

 

 

Other
I've run 30 marathons.
Ran Boston in 2003

Short-Term Running Goals:

 

5/14 - Law Run 5K - 20:15

5/28 - Scandinavian Days 10K 4

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run to stay healthy and happy.

Personal:

Married to a beautiful woman. We have 5 great kids.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 17.40 Year: 954.60
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
138.052.500.000.00140.55
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Morning run, temp. 37'

Legs still a little tired from Saturdays run.

Time 49:55,  Mile avg. - 8:19

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Morning run, temp. 26'

Time 55:30,  Mile avg. - 7:56

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.002.000.000.006.00

Morning run, temp. 27'

Time 45:24,  Mile avg. - 7:34

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.250.000.000.0020.25

Morning run, temp. 30-35'

Nice to have the sun up for the second half of the run.  Pushed it a bit to see what kind of shape I'm in.  Started wearing down a bit near the end.  I'm planning on running much slowing in two weeks.

Time 2:47:41,  Mile avg. - 8:17

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13.800.500.000.0014.30

Morning run, windy, temp. 42'

Miles 6,  Time 46:00,  Mile avg. - 7:40

Noon run, windy, cloudy, temp. 56'

Miles 8.3,  Time 66:00,  Mile avg. - 7:57

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Noon run, sunny, temp. 56'

Time 45:42,  Mile avg. - 7:37

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Noon run, sunny, temp. 55'

Easy Peasy.

Time 51:40,   Mile avg. - 8:35

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Morning run, temp. 40'

Ran slower the first half closer to next weeks pace, then couldn't take it any longer and finished a bit faster. 

Time 1:52:25,  Mile avg. - 8:39

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Noon run, sunny, temp. 69'

Woke up with a slight fever and little flem in my throat.  Hope I don't get to sick.

Time 51:42,  Mile avg. - 8:37

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Went to insta-care last night.  The doctor said I have pneumonia.  Still have a slight fever.  Hope if goes away soon. 

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Feeling much much better today but the lungs are far from 100%.

The good woman doesn't think I should run, but I've got to at least show up to the starting line and enjoy the thrill of starting a race.  The race passes the parking lot after 19 miles so I can easily call it quits there or earlier if needed.

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Race: Buffalo 50 Miler (50 Miles) 09:26:11, Place overall: 49, Place in age division: 7
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
50.000.000.000.0050.00

~~Wow, 50 miles is a long way.  Now that it’s over I’m glad Tom Lee got me to do this race by running our first 50 miler as we both turn 50.

Unfortunately, I came into this race not having trained as well as most of the past marathons I’ve run.  It would have also been nice to not have been diagnosed with pneumonia Monday then feeling very weak Tuesday and Wednesday and then having terrible headaches on Thursday and Friday.  I did, however, feel pretty good when I woke up Saturday morning at 3:30am.
Race day:  Temperature 50 at start and 70 by the finish.  Off and on winds but never strong and mostly sunny.

My morning pray was that I’d be smart enough not to push too hard and that I’d be able to judge how I felt so that I’d call it quits if I needed to.  Well, my pray was answered.  A half mile into the race my left quad, on the outside, tightened up like it would cramp up if I kept running on it.    I thought it would go away, surely it was an imaginary pain, but after a while I decided I better walk for a minute to get the muscle tightening to release all the way.  It worked, but anytime from then on that I went a little faster or run the pace I’d prefer to run at my left quad tightened right back up and I had to walk.   See, the Lord blessed me with a problem that didn’t let me run faster than I should for my condition.

The first hour wasn’t near as fun because it was dark, but as soon as it got light it was fun to be out in nature running on trails.  The sunrise was awesome.   When I had run about 19 miles and ran by the starting line it seemed like I’d gone far enough for the day and would be happy getting in the car and going home.  But I’d come to run 50 miles and I was still feeling good enough to keep going.  I dropped off my long sleeve shirt and headlamp at my car and then headed out for the real punishment.

The east side trail was not near as beautiful as being up in the hill tops of the first part of the race but it was relatively flat which was nicer for getting the miles in.  I was very pleased to get a phone call from my wife and two youngest daughters that they had arrived on the island.  They caught up to me at about mile 29-30.  It’s always nice to have someone cheer and give you a cold drink.

Buy the half way point my left quad would tighten up and caused me to walk at least every mile for 30 seconds to a minute.  It got a little more frequent with longer walk breaks as the race went on.     I was very glad to get to the Ranch 33 mile point where you get to turn around and head back towards the finish line.  It was good to see Tom wasn’t too far behind me.  I felt bad for anyone that had to run as much as me.  Especially sorry for the 100 mile runners I passed.  By the time I got to the 44 mile aid station I was definitely getting tired but was enjoying the idea that I only had 6 more to go.  I fueled up and then headed up the very steep hill.  I walked it way to fast and by the time I got to the top the quads in both my legs cramped up.  I walked for about 5 minutes after that before they would relax enough to run.

Now with both legs on easy alert to cramp up and being tired the run was more of try not to think about the pain and just get to the finish.  It was nice to come around the last hill and be able to see the white tent by the finish line.  Nice to hold off Tom for another race and be able to say I’ve run a 50 miler.

The vegetable buffalo stew at the finish was very good compared to the race fuel during the run.  Nice to put something healthy inside the gut before the drive home. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Morning run,

Wasn't very motivated and didn't feel 100% so I took it easy.

Time 51:24,  Mile avg. - 8:34

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
138.052.500.000.00140.55
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