Rhett

August 17, 2018

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Location:

Lake Havasu City,AZ,

Member Since:

Sep 29, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

19 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.

 

UPCOMING RACES

Nov 3 Mt. Lemon Marathon (Tucson)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman

 

Personal:

Married

4 kids

Optometrist

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 54.00 Month: 168.00 Year: 1498.00
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Superior Lifetime Miles: 403.00
Salomon Sense Pro Max Lifetime Miles: 519.00
Salomon Wings Pro 2 Lifetime Miles: 396.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 238.00
Kinivara 8- Grey Lifetime Miles: 376.00
Kinivara 9 Lifetime Miles: 214.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

My legs were a little tired this morning after my faster than usual 10 miler yesterday and then playing soccoer last night, so I just took it nice and easy on the trails this today.  I did 10 miles and then some core.

Each morning as I awake I kneel in prayer and speak with my Heavenly Father and tell Him about my life and my upcomming day and my worries and concerns and thank Him for all He has blessed me with and usually ask to be protected throughout the day.  My prayer was answered this morning in a very real way.  I was out on the trails on my 7th of my 10 mile run just coasting along at a nice easy pace.  I was on a little section of  narrow single track trail that I often cover a few times per week for the last few years and I saw a mountain bike rider coming toward me.  I thought to myself, that's weird, I don't think I've ever seen a biker or really anyone ever on this little section of trail before.  As he approached I got off the trail for about 5 feet so he could pass and then got right back on.  In the few seconds I was off the trail while we were passing each other, I heard him yell and I turned around and he was veering off the trail with his feet up.  I stopped to look back and there was a rattle snake in a little divit right in the middle of the trail all coiled up but perfectlly camoflauged and very hard to see.  In a 10 mile run, what are the odds that I go off the trail for 5 feet because a biker is coming in an area I've never seen a biker and it is those few feet where a rattle snake was coiled up ...and that darn snake never rattled, not even when we both went back and looked at it.  It finally just slithered away.  As I ran away I said a prayer right then and there thanking my Heavenly Father for His love and protection.  I believe I was divinely protected this morning and I am greatly humbled to know that God knows me and loves me as he does everyone.  

Altra Lone Peaks Miles: 10.00
Comments
From allie on Wed, May 09, 2018 at 13:37:24 from 73.181.210.239

dang, that's scary. surprisingly, in 28 yrs living in UT, i never came across a rattlesnake. plenty of skunks, though. ;)

glad you avoided the encounter. hope the mtn biker was okay, too. you were probably both pretty rattled (zing). be careful out there!

From Rhett on Wed, May 09, 2018 at 16:34:29 from 66.185.238.62

Yes we were both rattled (nice Pune Allie) but safe. I was on edge with every step for the rest of my run.

From Dan on Wed, May 09, 2018 at 21:21:14 from 74.140.172.126

Dude adrenaline had to be racing! Glad you know where to give the credit too. Keep praying my friend.

From Martin on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 00:14:22 from 212.88.157.202

Happy we donīt have animals in our woods we have to be afraid of. Your story is really scary, glad to got out of this situation safe.

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