Havasu St. Paddy's Day Race

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Lake Havasu City,AZ,

Member Since:

Sep 29, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

20 marathons (2 DNFs)

6 Bostons (2007-2011, 2017)

3 Half Ironmans

2 50 Milers

1 Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Marathon PR:

     2:59:00 St. George 2008

     2:58:03 Boston 2010

 1/2 Marathon PR:

     1:25:41  Havasu Half 2009

     1:24:09 Painter's St.George 2010

 Half Ironman PR:

      5:25:02  HITS Havasu 2014

5K PR:

       18:23  LHC Turkey Trot 2014

        18:22  LHC Turkey Trot 2017

50 mile PR:

        7:56:14 Avalon50 2016

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours again

Doing it a Boston would be sweet!

It was sweet!

Break 3 hours again, but now as a masters runner. It's been 9 years since my last sub 3. I better do this soon as I'm not getting any younger.



Jan 12 San Diego Trail Marathon

April 27 Mt. Charleston Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman




4 kids



Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 181.00 Year: 2340.20
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Superior Lifetime Miles: 403.00
Salomon Wings Pro 2 Lifetime Miles: 441.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 300.00
Kinivara 8- Grey Lifetime Miles: 446.00
Kinivara 9 Lifetime Miles: 404.00
Nike Pegasus 35 Lifetime Miles: 247.00
Kinivara 9 Blue Lifetime Miles: 54.20
Race: Havasu St. Paddy's Day Race (3.1 Miles) 00:18:52, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

I wanted support the local race this morning and I needed to get in a long run for my Boston training, so I decided to combine them.  After getting up and having a yummy peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat, I grabbed a Gu, and headed out the door to the race.  I wasn't exactly sure how far it was to the race.  It ended up being 5.1 miles, about a mile farther than I was thinking.  I averaged 7:34 on the 5.1 miles, too fast and far for a race warm up.  I had about 10 minutes to down my Gu, drink some water, and get my race number pinned on.  

I was running the 5K.  Doone, my super sexy and now speedy wife, was doing the 10K and Chase and Cade, my 10 and 5 year old boys were doing the 1 mile run.  The 10Kers took off first, then the 5Kers, followed by the milers.  There wasn't much of a field, couldn't have been more the 50 people total for all the races and none of the other local fast guys were racing.  I took off and right from the start could tell my legs were a bit heavy from the run to the race.  I tried to keep the first 2 miles comfortable.  Mile 1- 5:56 and mile 2- 6:04.  I was right were I wanted to be time-wise, but now I could tell I wasn't going to be able to speed up and finish strong like I wanted to, and with no one else close to me to help push me, I just let myself keep the pace strong but comfortable and ended up doing mile 3 in 6:18.  I did miss one turn and have to stop and go back a bit.  That was annoying and sealed the fact that I wasn't going to push into "puke pace".  I averaged 5:43 on the last 0.1 to finish in a slightly disappointing time of 18:52.

 I took first place by about 6 minutes and did set a PR, but I know I can run much faster then that.  I guess I shouldn't run to races anymore.  

I stayed around and cheered Doone into a great finish time of 52:13, a new PR and 4th place woman.  Cade and Chase missed the mile turn around point and ended up running close to two miles.  They got mad and refused to cross the finish line. :-)

 After Doone caught her breath I took off to finish my long run.  I put Cade in charge of receiving my award.  It was a cool little plaque.  I did 7.3 miles more on the way back to my house averaging 7:41.

Total run 15.5 miles, 1 PR, and 1 1st place finish. 

SpeedStar 2 #2 Miles: 3.10Addidas Bostons Miles: 12.40
From Burt on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 17:02:36 from

First place by 6 minutes! That's down right funny. Excellent run tho. I ran from my house to the start of London's Run in January. Even though I jogged it really slow, I don't think it helped me. It was about 2.5 miles if I recall.

From Andy on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 17:39:10 from

Congrats on the win and PR.

From Kelli on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 18:44:59 from

Nice work Rhett and family!!! Even though you were disappointed, you set a PR!!! How would that be?? I do hear ya on the having people chase you thing, it definitely helps push you into the finish! It is hard to get motivated when you are 6 minutes ahead (not that I would know that feeling, I am just imagining!)

From timp on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 19:21:39 from

very nice work Rhett -- I think with some competition you would have gone 20-30 sec faster.

you are going to rock beantown

From Teena Marie on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 19:52:49 from

Who wins a race by 6 minutes??? Oh yeah, that's right ... RHETT DOES!!!!

Congrats to you, Doone and the kids! You all are amazing!

(Even your warmup miles to the race were fast!!!!)

From Smooth on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 23:48:17 from

WOW!!! CONGRATS on winning the race by 6 min.! All the fast guys stayed home when they heard you were coming to the race. :)

SO HAPPY for Doone's huge PR. I have to chuckle at Cade and Chase running an extra mile. That would be ME! :-) Happy race day for the whole family!

GOOD JOB adding the extra miles after a fast race!

From DonGardinero on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 22:12:49 from

Rhett...I'm disappointed in your finish time. How could you only get a sub-19 time? Just kidding, of course. I'm actually very impressed, especially after you ran all those miles before the race. Winning a race has to be an amazing feeling. I can only imagine. Congrats to you and Doone. Very cool.

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