Chicago 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.

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Miles:This week: 19.50 Month: 94.24 Year: 362.24
Race: Chicago Marathon (26.22 Miles) 03:26:46, Place overall: 5196
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Chicago Marathon - I had a pretty good result today.  Richie and I had planned to run together after having missed a couple of opportunities to run earlier this year.  He ended up with a pretty bad cold but insisted that he was up for the race. He sounded terrible and was coughing a good bit.  Nevertheless he was running 8 min pace - which was probably slightly slower than my fitness but I wanted to enjoy the event with him.  I could tell though around 12 miles he started to “yo-yo” and when we approached the 15 mile mark - he told me that he was at his limit and was not going to finish.  We talked about it a bit but I think he could tell that I was feeling well and so we agreed that I would not hang back or coax him along.  

So - feeling the opportunity to maybe get down to a 3:25 finish - I did some quick math and thought I needed to run 7:30’s for the next 10 miles.  I proceeded to do that for the next 3 miles but seeing the strain on my heart rate - I moderated to mid 7:40’s.   Around mile 23 - the wind and the rain and the miles slowed me down a little.  When I could calculate that I was not going to get down to 3:25 - I ran the last 2 miles just around 8 mins - finishing at 3:27.   

I am pleased with the race.  Part of me thinks that I might have run a bit faster if I had not stayed with Richie as long as I had; but maybe the lighter effort helped me to sustain later in the race and negative split.  

I connected with Richie afterwards and he was fine and happy that I continued on and ran as well as I did.   All in all - a good day.  

From jtshad on Sun, Oct 07, 2018 at 16:12:33 from

Strong race, nice to share the experience with a friend.

From allie on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 at 11:27:23 from

nicely done, bret :)

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 at 14:00:29 from

Just saw this...nicely done. I'm impressed that you're out there mixing it up!

From Bret on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 13:15:15 from

Thanks everyone - I had a good day!

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