Mt. Lemon 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.



April 27 Mt. Charleston Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman




4 kids



Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 28.00 Month: 158.00 Year: 779.20
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 343.00
Kinivara 9 Lifetime Miles: 556.00
Nike Pegasus 35 Lifetime Miles: 484.00
Kinivara 9 Blue Lifetime Miles: 109.20
NB 1400v6 Lifetime Miles: 212.00
Hoka Torrent Lifetime Miles: 0.00
NB 1400v6 #2 Lifetime Miles: 44.00
Race: Mt. Lemon Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:09:15, Place overall: 33, Place in age division: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

Mt. Lemon Marathon

It was a tough lead up to the race having nursed an injured right calf from about 5 weeks out.  I was able to semi train the last five weeks with a lot of supplemental elliptical work and about 10 days out it finally felt 100% so I was at least feeling healthy, although a little undertrained heading to Tucson on Friday.  My son, Chase went with me. We showed up around 3:00 at the race expo and did that stuff and then checked into our hotel and sat around for a couple hours watching football.  Then we headed out to dinner when I noticed my left calf, not the one that had been injured, hurt when I walked.  By the time we got to dinner, I could hardly walk on it.  There was a knott in the upper medial muscle that was so tender it really hurt to touch it.  After dinner we went back to the hotel and I tried everything to loosen it up and nothing worked, so I went to bed.  It kept me up durring the night, as every time my other leg touched it the pain woke me up.  When I got up in the morning it still hurt to walk so I went outside and tested it out running and hopping and surprisingly enough, it didn't hurt to run or hop on it, only to touch it or walk, so I decided to give it a go.  I was very nervous that I was not going to be able to finish the race though.

They bussed us up to the starting line in nice busses, good thing because it was over an hour on the bus.  When we got up there I was surprised to see there was a lodge up there that they allowed us to wait in. That was nice.  Some of the busses were late getting up to the start so they delayed the race about 15 minutes, but let us hang out inside until right before the race.  It was cold up there, just above freezing. 

Not being sure about my calf I decided to just run the race by feel and everynow and then it would remind me to slow down a bit.  Luckly the first 4 miles are the toughest, especially at 8000 feet so I had some time to warm up my calf and just ran what felt comfortable.  Here are my splits, remember I ran the whole thing by feel so my splits are all over the place.

1- 8:14 startig with a steep climb

2- 6:32

3- 8:50 almost 300 foot climb

4- 8:35 150 foot climb up to 8200 feet

5- 6:37

6- 6:26

7- 6:13 my fastest mile, must have been really steep downhill

8- 6:31

9- 6:26

10- 6:29

11- 6:46 there was a nice little climb at the beginning of this mile

12- 6:30

13- 6:17, my quads were screaming at my by the half

14- 6:37

15- 6:22

16- 6:57 anthor small climb

17- 6:57

18- 7:04 lack of traing catching up with me

19- 6:48

20- 7:01 starting the mental games

21- 6:52

22- 6:43

23- 6:41not sure how I'm still running fast

24- 7:13

25- 7:10 wheels are coming off

26- 9:28 hit the wall hard, walked for the first 2 minutes of the mile

26.2- finished last .2 running well.

Avg pace miles 1-4:  8:03

Avg pace miles 5-25:  6:42

Avg pace entire race: 7:13

Total time 3:09:15 for what I thought was a 15+ minute BQ, but did anyone else notice that on the Boston web page, starting in 2020 all times are 5 minutes faster so now I need 3:20 for my age.

Kinivara 9 Blue Miles: 26.20
From Tom K on Sat, Nov 03, 2018 at 14:12:31 from

Excellent work, Rhett!

From Burt on Sat, Nov 03, 2018 at 17:24:12 from

Great job!

From I Just Run on Sat, Nov 03, 2018 at 21:04:02 from

Wow...Great Job! Sure glad the calves cooperated!

From Toofdoc on Sun, Nov 04, 2018 at 18:05:54 from

All things considering I think you had an amazing race! Anytime you BQ it's got to be a good race. I know you wanted to do better, but you ran a solid race. Good Job! Now rest up and lets have some fun on the San Diego trails in January!

From I Just Run on Sun, Nov 04, 2018 at 19:31:00 from

Wow nice running under the circumstances! Yes I've seen the latest BQ qualifying times. Nice you are 10 minutes under! CONGRATULATIONS

From Tom Slick on Sun, Nov 04, 2018 at 20:57:36 from

Yo Rhett - Congrats on a well run Mt Lemon . 3:09:15 - Wow! You are still 10 minutes under your BQ application time. the Huntsville Marathon in September is a double BQ mary in 2019 for 2020 & 2021? Think about it!😎

From Martin on Mon, Nov 05, 2018 at 12:25:06 from

Congratulations Rhett, 3:09 is still a very fast time! It's hard to tell what was wrong with your calf being so far away, but you know what to take care about the next marathon training cycle. Stretch in the morning AND evening, that made a big difference for me!

But, to answer your question in my blog: every missed goal gives an opportunity to try again! So I think you read about my plan also. I won't run a marathon in the spring because I will have to organize elections here, which will bring a lot of stress in my life. So I want to work to run faster 10k and HM-times in the spring and set my marathon goal for the fall after!

Have a good recovery!

From I Just Run on Tue, Nov 06, 2018 at 10:04:20 from

Again Good Job!

How are the calves?

From Dan on Fri, Nov 09, 2018 at 19:57:33 from

Dude, glad to see this report - well done! Impressive on it's own let alone nursing that calf.

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