Grandma’s Marathon

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Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 



Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon


Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 19.50 Month: 94.24 Year: 362.24
Race: Grandma’s Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:39:02, Place overall: 1463, Place in age division: 71
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


My first Grandma’s Marathon - I was not trained for the race as originally I registered to run with my daughter, but she became injured and had to back out fairly early-on.  I was also supposed to run with Richie who was registered - but he has a lot going on outside of running and I expected that he may not be able to participate.  However about 3 weeks ago he said he was committed and that since neither of us were trained enough to run well - that we would just go and run it as a long training run in preparation for a fall marathon.   Unfortunately he came down with a case of shingles last Friday.  So... I thought I would cancel as well since it is not too much fun traveling alone to out of town races and moreover - I was undertrained.   Nevertheless (with a little coaxing from Rob who said I should do it) I decided about Wednesday this week that since I had to travel to Chicago for a business conference on Sunday - I might as well just run.

So my plan was to run this as a long training run - keeping my HR in the 140’s and just enjoy this unique event. We were fortunate with the weather that had been threatening with thunderstorms in the forecast (in fact there was discussion about delaying the start or canceling if the storms were severe.) But we got none of that.  Foggy and cloudy with some misting rain in the latter miles and temps in the mid-50’s.  Most of my splits were between 8:15 and 8:25 with a couple faster and a couple slower.  Really enjoyed the day with the racers quietly making their ways between the pines on this rolling country road along the shores of Lake Superior.   I was pretty fatigued by the last few miles and my HR climbed considerably but I kept the same pace relatively from start to finish.  Got a nasty blister on my left little toe and was quite cold making my way back to my car - but overall - I was pleased with the effort and glad I decided to do it.  

From allie on Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 15:15:23 from

nice! i've always wanted to run grandma's -- i've actually registered twice and then had to cancel, so maybe it's a common race theme. :)

glad you were able to do it and that you had a good experience (minus blister).

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 19:08:48 from

I'm glad it worked out for you. Such a great race.

From jtshad on Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 06:09:51 from

Nicely done, glad it worked out for you and you had an enjoyable time.

From Bret on Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 18:04:26 from

Thanks everyone!

From Jason D on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 12:07:12 from

It sounds so nice to enjoy a marathon :-) I never realized that it was point to point. Looks like you are recovering well too. That's great.

What fall marathon are you thinking?

From Russ on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 10:41:02 from

Well done! I've always been intrigued by Grandma's.

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