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West Jordan,Ut,USA

Member Since:

Jun 14, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Started running Dec of 06

5k 20:00 Utah Human Race(08)

10k 41:09 Spectrum 10k (10)  40:31 DesNews 10k(10)

1/2 mary 1:30:36 Bryce Canyon Half(09)

Full 3:33:58 St George (09)

Finishing the Grand Slam 08 and 10

Finished my first sprint tri 1:23:30 (10)

Short-Term Running Goals:

2011 races...

May-  Ogden half (no goals)

Oct- SGM

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run Boston and do a Triathalon(did a tri)

Do a half Ironman and then a full


Married to MrsFit:) and trying to keep up with her. And have 3 girls.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Avi-Bolt 2 Lifetime Miles: 93.80
Foundation 8e Lifetime Miles: 316.95
Foundation 9a Lifetime Miles: 398.13
Foundation 10a Lifetime Miles: 125.53
Race: Park City Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:23:43
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Came into this race with a lot of good hopes.  Still wondering what happened.  What went wrong.  Might take me a few days to figure out.  But in the end I finished.  At around mile 17.5 or so I think is when Slick joined me and dragged me along.  Yeah I was not having fun at this race.  Felt a bit off right at in the first 5 miles or so.  Didn't have issues with GI which was good.  Thought I did great on nutrition.  Went to bed at 6:30PM and got up at 3:20AM to get to the race.  Felt rested and ready.  Sounded like it was going to be a cool race right from the start.  Was going to cruise right along.  Well it didnt go right along.  I was expecting the course from 2 yrs ago.  And went with a plan based on that.  It wasn't the same course.  So my mile splits I was planning on I was quickly noticing were going to be way off.  Dont feel like I went out to hard either.  Just alot of changes of where we were running.  Felt good and strong up till around mile 5 and I my feet started to feel some hot spots.  Got onto the rail trail and its was nicely groomed.  But each mile marker was getting off of where it should be.  Some were ahead others behind.  It was annoying.  Well back to the trail head.  Was good until we went about .5 and then the wind started.  I figure it was around 13-15 mile headwind.  And it was taking it out of me.  Not sure when I really started to fade.  I was just chatting along with some guy.  But noticed our pace was either dropping or the people in front of us where just taking off.  Well got to the next aid station and you had to go off the trail to get to it.  Hit the aid station and ran with another guy after that.  And some of the people I had just spend time passing were now ahead of me.  Felt like I had lost 30 secs and really didnt do anything.  Big hit to my psychy.   Heat seemed to by a issue on this part of the trail and wind was a factor.  Its where a big group that had the right idea passed me and the guy I hooked up with from the aid station.  It was like a group of 10 all drafting off of each other.  Sad thing was I didn't have anything left in me.  It must of been around mile 7 or 8.  By mile 9 I was really fighting demons.  YEAH AT MILE 9!!!!  ARGGHHHH!!!  Shortly after that Teena came flying past me.  And just left me in her dust.  I had already started walking at mile 9.  But this was mile 10 now and she was gone.  I seriously had nothing left coming into 10.  My feet were still killing me.  I am not sure what the problem was.  But I was having them.  And the walking and running was already in full swing.  My goal was to run the first half in 1:43 ish.  And I had already at that point was at 2hrs and change.  Good thing my wife was at mile 15 or I would of called it quits back at 10.  Hooked up with a small father daughter group kind of.  They were doing some 10 step break and run 50.  So I tried my own version of that and hung with them for the next 4 miles or so.  Or at least around them.  Still losing tons of ground.  I kept thinking ok Teena passed me Smooth will come and pass me sooner or later.


Well I finally ran walked my way up to the round about that Slick and MrsFit were at.  And I dont know why I kept running.  I wanted to quit right there at that was my goal.  But the run walk was working and so I kept going.  They kind of pushed me along anyhow.  So I had the mean hill to go up to Deer Valley.  Oh and found out more changes to the race.  Yet again.  All the changes was really ticking me off.  And used that to fuel the fire to get up the hill.  Where was that darn aid station.  Well I finally found the aid station and then made it to the top of the hill.  Time to run back down.  Ran down alot better.  Much less break but still took them when I was feeling spent.  It was sure a long long day of interval training.  When I got to the turn around Hawkeye.  Was there with my wife and Slick.  He had called it quits.  Yeah I was kind of like ok dude get up the hill you can do it.  And really feeling though that he was alot smarter then me.  I sure wanted to call it good.  But felt that I got the hot spots back under control.  And they werent blisters or anything.  Just my feet hurt and I was all out of gas.  But hey its all down hill from here.  Ok well kind of.  And to my great surprise the guy holding me up as I am trying to stand there offers to run with me.  WHAT!!  Oh I can't quit now.  It was go time.  So off I went of course after a kiss from the wife.  And once we got out of sight of her.  Had to take a quick walk break.  Yeah there was a small hill.  We got down to the new turn.  Which now only made Empire hill that much tougher.  It started down at the bottom of the hill now.  And even down around the corner.  Yep right there with Coach Slick by me side we started walking up the hill.  It was awesome having someone to run with in those last 8 miles or so.  And it was someone I knew wasn't going to leave me.  So we ran walked.  I almost headed off the wrong way.  Oh wait it was the way it was 2 yrs ago AGAIN!!!.  Another change they had made to the course yet again.  And didnt say anything about it.  Are you kidding me with this crap.  One of the flaggers that was directing said they had to make alot of the changes due to the Tour of Utah there in PC.  Oh ok that explains it.  Kind of sucked that we were the ones paying for it.

After a couple more miles and a few tugs on the back of my shirt to keep me going at a more normal pace.  Slick kept me going a bit stronger and I was feeling more and more better.  Was taking few breaks and only if the little bumps were actually big did I slow down.  Miles were ticking away and we were making progress.  Took my time in aid stations dumping water on my head sure gave me a great surge of energy.  And then having the extra hands of Slick was very awesome.  And seeing my wife a few more times down the road was just awesome too.  We actually started to make up some ground I though.  That maybe I wasn't going to come in at 5 hrs.  With only 5k to go.  I was wanting to get this thing done.  Sure Slick kept pulling on the shirt but I was starting to feel better and now I was in race mode again.  Oh there were people to pass now.  People to leap frog a few times before leaving behind.  And again.  I didn't know what to expect for the finish line.  It wasn't the same place and I knew it.  The last bit was coming up fast.  And I wanted to finish strong.  No cramping the whole race.  And I started to run harder again.  Only took like 1 break in the last mile.  And started passing people.  And Slick a bit earlier cracked a joke about maybe even starting to sweat.  LOL  Well I am not totally sure of my paces at the end but I was giving it my all and felt great to have him running with me.  And knowing my wife was at the finish.  Ah it felt so good to finish.

Well for a damage report.  I think only my mental game was effected.  My feet were really the only thing that felt to be a issue.  I need to get some new shoes for work.  And that might be the problem.  Those shoes have been bothering me these last 3 weeks in my new area.  With all the standing and walking around that we do.  No blisters to report and I didn't cramp up like I did last time I was here.  As for the suck fest.  That I will need to figure out.

Mile 1 8:04

Mile 2 8:11

Mile 3 8:24

Mile 4 7:46

Mile 5 7:57

Mile 6 8:18

Mile 7 8:09

Mile 8 9:08

Mile 9 9:06

Mile 10 9:17

Mile 11 10:55

Mile 12 12:25

Mile 13 12:01

Mile 14 10:41

Mile 15 11:09

Mile 16 11:44

Mile 17 10:39

Mile 18 13:29 Chat with Slick and wife here.  Chilled for a few mins obviously.

Mile 19 11:38

Mile 20 10:44

Mile 21 10:29

Mile 22 12:23

Mile 23 10:02

Mile 24 10:03

Mile 25 10:31

Mile 26 9:09

Mile 26.18 1:12 (6:51 pace)

TT 4:23:43 AP 10:05

P S ~ Forgot to mention a won a one hour massage @ the raffle - wahoo!!!


P S S Its now Sun.  My legs feel just fine.  Looking at my hydration for the last few weeks.  Being in the new area has really thrown off my balance of everything.  And hydration is just one of them.  I need to drink more at work for sure.  Along with figuring out workouts and everything else.  Got 6 weeks to figure it all out.:)


Foundation 8e Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From flatlander on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 17:37:01 from

Sorry to hear about your tough day. I'm sure that heat and wind don't go together well at all. But you made the most of a situation that was out of your control and finished strong, very good job in my opinion.

From Burt on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 18:06:30 from

Interesting report Mark. You did finish, though, and that says a lot. Nice job.

From Brent on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 18:11:55 from

Mark, I know it is hard to take positives from the race, but, here goes:

1. You had the guts to keep moving, never give up, this will payoff big time in future races and Tris, especially the IronMan

2. You now have a good backup plan if things go wrong, the walk run works well when in distriss.

3. Your tough as nails, this marathon will harden those nails more.

4. 500 commando points for guts and determinatio to the finish.

STay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Huans32 on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 19:11:51 from

Flat- Thanks man. Yeah it was tough. Just wasnt my day.

Burt- Yeah rode it to remind me next time I think about running it again. Frustrating race to say the least.

Brent- Thanks for pointing out some positive things about the race. There was alot of good things about it. And I am sure I will remember this one even more now.

From Tom Slick on Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 21:22:39 from

Yo Marko...You came, you saw, you had a tie goes to the runner day. "You win"!!! Way to hang in there under difficult conditions and still get the job done!!!!!Thanks for letting me tag along!

From allie on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 09:45:52 from

sorry about the tough day. but way to push through it and not give up. overcoming the mental challenges of a marathon and having the will to finish is always something to be proud of.

From Mike Warren on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 10:05:39 from

Mark, we have all had our miserable races. STG before last was mine. Finishing this beast will go a long way. Stay positive, get recovered and just lay down some nice weeks before stg. Looking forward to seeing you guys.

From timp on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 10:08:45 from

good job getting through the bad day - we've all had them.

From Andy on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 12:17:56 from

You had a rough day and you toughed it out. Nice job on gutting it out and finishing the race.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:25:04 from

So sorry about the rough day. Seriously, that just stinks.

For what it's worth, I absolutely loved running the first mile with you (before you left me in the dust).

From Maynard on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 00:35:50 from

Hey Mark, Park City is a tough race no matter how you slice it. Way to tough it out though! That makes you a winner in my book!

From Rhett on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 14:03:05 from

You proved how tough you are by finishing this race even though you were fighting Demons as early as mile 9. What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. I'm sure you will take a lot from this race that will benefit you at future races.

From Smooth on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 16:37:32 from

Ditto all of the above! It was so good to see you and Kristi! You're a tough athlete. CONGRATS winning the raffle! I didn't know they held a raffle! Larry was anxious to get me out of there and get some real food in me! See you on the trail soon!

From Doone on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 17:26:36 from

Congrats on beating the demons to FINISH!!! I am learning that the mental game is almost the hardest part to running - who knew? Your report has given me some pointers for my race next weekend so thanks for the help.

Congrats on finishing.

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