Mount Charleston Marathon

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Lake Havasu City,AZ,

Member Since:

Sep 29, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

21 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.



November 9th-  Big Bear Marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman




4 kids



Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 5.00 Month: 68.00 Year: 972.40
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 343.00
Nike Pegasus 35 Lifetime Miles: 533.00
Kinivara 9 Blue Lifetime Miles: 149.20
NB 1400v6 Lifetime Miles: 260.00
Hoka Torrent Lifetime Miles: 8.00
NB 1400v6 #2 Lifetime Miles: 70.20
Race: Mount Charleston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:26:34, Place overall: 350, Place in age division: 43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

It was 75 degrees when Blake and I boarded the bus at 3:45 in the morning. At that point I had to make the decision to go for the sub 3 or to back off and still run a decent time.  Some times you just have to throw caution to the wind and go for it.  After all that is what I had been training for and I really didn't care if I blew up.  It was cooler at the top of the mountain, but probaly in the low 50s.  In past years, it's been in the 30s which is what I was expecting.  

I felt pretty good at the start of the race and thought, maybe I could still pull off a sub 3.  Through 6.55 miles I averaged 6:40/ mile.  At the half it was 1:27:20 which is still exactly 6:40 per mile and I was feeling good.  Maybe I can do this, I thought.  Then the temps started climbing as the sun rose and I descended the mountain.  After 19.65 miles, my averae pace was 6:46 which still had me going sub 3.  Then on the 22 mile it all came crumbling down and I hit the wall, I could tell I was not going to make it and I threw in the towel and walked much of the last 5 miles.  Finishing in 3:26:34.

If it had been a cooler day I think I could have come pretty close to finishing out at sub 3 pace, but it wasn't to be. I am glad I went for it though so I wouldn't question if I could have made it or not.  Maybe next time.

NB 1400v6 #2 Miles: 26.20
From Martin on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 03:46:46 from

Congratulations for a great race! And no worries about sub3, you just need the right race at the right time!

Have a good rest!

From Tom K on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 07:29:13 from

Dude! Way to just go for it! I really admire that.

You had such a killer training cycle leading up to this. Is there another race you can put all of that work to use to get the time you wanted?

From I Just Run on Thu, May 02, 2019 at 11:33:33 from

Well CRUD...!!!! Darn the bad weather!!!! Sorry it wasn't a better day. I was, as you were, you would have a great race. Hope you recover quickly and can set your next goal high!

From Burt on Tue, May 07, 2019 at 10:02:04 from

I blame Al Gore and global warming.

From I Just Run on Tue, May 07, 2019 at 11:40:31 from

I agree with Burt!

From Tom Slick on Wed, May 08, 2019 at 21:24:34 from

Stuff happens! Just load it all up and move on to the next, whatever the next may be. Hey a 3:26 something is nothing to sneeze at, thats a really good time....I've had several of these bad weather days at races lately.....Improvise, adapt & overcome!

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