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Member Since:

Jun 03, 2010



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

I started running in Feb of 2009.

First 5K- April 18th, 2009

First Marathon- Sept 19,2009 - Wright Patt Air Force Base Marathon.

PR 5K 19:36  7/04/11  Americana 5K   

PR 10K 42:25  8/06/11  Tadmor 10K (Dam run... HILLS)

PR Marathon 9/17/11 Air Force Marathon 3:14:38


Short-Term Running Goals:


Show up. 

REALLY show up.

2017 Races

Tie dye 50K - 29th

11/11 Richmond Marathon


Long-Term Running Goals:

Qualify for Boston 

Run Boston!  

No injuries and another marathon.

Did I mention avoiding injuries? 

More marathons, help others around me achieve goals.  


Married and have two daughters 15 & 21... I hope to convert at least one into a runner :)

Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."


Miles:This week: 28.75 Month: 178.68 Year: 576.53
Adidas Adizero - Adios Lifetime Miles: 319.27
Saucony Kinvara 2- Bright Lime Lifetime Miles: 744.21
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 514.86
Under Armor Speedform Lifetime Miles: 782.25
Saucony Kinvara 5 Lifetime Miles: 816.18
Newton Distance Lifetime Miles: 672.30
Innov8 220 Lifetime Miles: 637.27
Saucony Kinvara 6 - Wicked Orange Lifetime Miles: 582.87
Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green Lifetime Miles: 719.03
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Cool Red Lifetime Miles: 800.36
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Neon Yellow Lifetime Miles: 670.32
Saucony Kilkenny XC5 Lifetime Miles: 185.08
Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Lifetime Miles: 810.51
Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Lifetime Miles: 734.38
Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green #2 Lifetime Miles: 701.48
Nike VaporMax Red/Back Lifetime Miles: 289.03
Newton Mv2 Ghost White Lifetime Miles: 363.65
Saucony Ride Blue Lifetime Miles: 210.75
Race: Air Force Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:14:38, Place overall: 90, Place in age division: 16
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Slept pretty well last night, might have been a tad over hydrated as I went to the bathroom too much. It's funny too (about sleeping, not the potty) because I get myself all jazzed up with motivational movies and clips and then just crash. 

Woke up before 5, got my oatmeal on and stayed pretty relaxed throughout the morning as I headed over to the base. It was a good mile walk to the starting area, which was probably good as it was cool this morning (Happy about that!!)  

Race start was nice, 48 degrees, and the Air Force sure knows how to start a race. We have the anthem being sung, flags everywhere, officers and military soldiers wishing you luck and the best was the B-1 doing the fly by at the start of the race!! Pretty darn sweet.

So the race begins and I am doing a pretty good job of staying relaxed wanted to keep my excitement and energy hopefully for later. I checked the elevation map and I knew the first 2 miles were uphill so it is always a challenge figuring out what is 'too fast' and what is 'too slow' with hills right off the bat.

Miles 1 & 2 - 7:36, 7:25 Wore my dollar Wal-Mart gloves for these till I warmed up. Tossed them off at mile 3. Thanks Kelli! 

Mile 3 - 7:01   I knew I would get some time back since there was a modest down here hill, but knew there would be a slight uphill after that. I felt decent, but yet was still unsure if I wanted to go for broke at attempt Sub 3:10 or run 3:15 like I was planning. I figured I would try a negative split today if I felt well.  

Miles 4-6 - 7:35, 7:24, 7:16  After the small hill, it was a small gradual downhill then was flat for many miles after that. Here was pretty good as I was chatting with a few people, it was one girls birthday and she was wearing a birthday crown. I thought it was neat and people would cheer her on, but I'd hate something like that on my head during a marathon! 

Miles 7 & 8 - 7:25, 7:30  We entered the city of Fairborn which is nice, they are very supportive. They had a line a cheerleaders who were like ages 8-10 with a young band behind them. They were adorable, and had their hands out for 'low fives' I made the time to go over and slap each one of them and though out the town give high fives to any of the kids who were looking for it. Sure it cost a few second, but more than worth it.  

Miles 10-12 - 7:28, 7:23, 7:29  I saw a friend of mine near the end of the city, and she was cheering me and another mutual friend on. I stopped for a second to say hello, get a hug and say thanks :) After that we got back to the base and were heading towards the airstrips. 

Miles 13-14 - 7:26, 7:42  This is where I wanted to decide if I really wanted to push a negative split or not. I seemed to feel fine, maybe a little sore in the back, but overall good, the down side was I really needed a bathroom stop! I took it at mile 14 as you might see. I did talk to another guy that ran the Kentucky Derby Marathon, he said there was a tough part (don't they all have those?) but was a good one. 

Miles 15-18 - 7:26, 7:10, 7:11, 7:23  I figured I push just a bit, and I was ok, but that was the problem. I felt just ok, not comfortable at this point. I thought if I kept pushing lower 7's I would crash so I backed off that pace - that and I knew some blisters had formed and popped - I will post the bloody images later! Bummer, but not really disappointed - just testing the legs. 

Miles 19-21 - 7:24, 7:16, 7:31  Starting to feel just a little tired. Somewhere around here 2 fighter jets screamed by. That was very very cool. We had planes all day from big jumbo transports, to old WWI style planes, but the fighters were the best (I thought they were F-15's, but don't quote me on that!) 

Miles 22-24 - 7:35, 7:19, 7:21  Mile 22 is where some body decided a hill was a good idea. I blame... JG.... Of course what goes up, must go down - good, but a little tough on the legs during 'the wall' miles. 

Mile 25 & 26.2 - 7:00, 7:18 (.2 sameish) I thought I might be losing it an did NOT want to finish slower than a 3:15 if at all possible, but as we all know - somethings we can't control no matter how much desire we have. I had a little in the tank so I picked it up and was glad I did.  Finished at 3:14:38 Not as great as I would have liked, but still a 5 minute PR and I am more than happy with that (for now ha!). Already had my ice bath and going to pig out some more! Come join if ya want. I will want to check on all the TOU runners! 


Adidas Adizero - Adios Miles: 26.20
From Bonnie on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 15:34:40 from

Congratulations on the 5 min PR!! Looks like you had a very consistent race, good job!!

From SlowJoe on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 15:43:36 from

Really great job, Dan. Very well-paced -- and your fastest mile was #25?! Very impressed. All those miles paid off big time, congrats, and enjoy the accomplishment!

From JG on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 15:59:15 from

Awesome race Dan, very smartly run and a solid consistent effort! A 5 minute PR is great, and greatly advances your chances of getting into Boston! Don't forget to register this afternoon, as there is always the chance registration may not reopen Monday! Oh ... and I would never wish a hill on you in Mile 22 dude, good job powering through it and closing with a strong finishing 3.2!

From Burt on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 17:44:41 from

You da man Dan! Great race! And I will quote you on that.

From I Just Run on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 20:20:10 from

Wooo...Hooo great job Dan..! I'd take a 5 minute PR any time. Just think three more of those and you'll be a sub-3. You've only been running a little over 2 years and made unbelievable progress. I'm very happy for you ... Now get signed up for Boston and enjoy your accomplishment :-)

From rockness18 on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 20:36:16 from

Impressively consistent- congrats on the pr!

From derhammer on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 11:32:16 from

Dan, great job. It's great to see the PR. Very nice breaking the 3:15 milestone.

From Jody on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 12:31:00 from

Congratulations! Love the PR!

From JG on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 15:46:08 from

Dan, congrats again! Did you register for Boston? If so, at what time & what was your confirmation number? Looks very encouraging, more slots remain & registration will reopen Monday morning ... Yea for all those still hoping to get in! Kind of funny, you are probably one of few people who got to run 2 BQ races over the course of year! Although technically your first one was good enough, I think the 2nd one will get you in! Great job Saturday!

From BTownRunner on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 19:17:54 from

Congrats on the PR! Ang got a pretty neat pic of ya :) Hope the blisters are healing up!

From Dan on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 21:28:26 from

Bonnie- Thanks, you are super consistent so from you that means a lot! Joe- I am! You often do those 10 mile 'warm ups', that is what I attribute to fast mile 25's. JG- I was just messing with you on the hill since you have been running them. I did register for Boston, but my number was like 2 million and something. Odd. Burt- If anyone would, it would be you! IJR- thanks, and thanks for the reminder- I often forget how far one comes! Rockness- Thanks, hope your sub 3 is coming along!! David- Thanks, hope we get the chance to make some more milestones. Jody- Thanks, I love PR's too :) Cass- Ohhh I want to see this, I prolly look silly. Congrats on your finish!!

From Kelli on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 22:12:30 from

Yeah for the Wal Mart gloves!!! Love those things!

Yeah for the BIG OLE PR, yeah for taking the time to high five the kids, yeah for running so consistent, yeah for the jets all day, yeah for a kick at the finish, NOT YEAH for the feet. Sorry 'bout that, I feel your pain.

I will try not to be offended that you did not invite me to pig out with you just because I did not run TOU. I like food, too!!

I have an idea: bag Boston and come run ST George!!!!

From Dan on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 18:55:43 from

Kelli- they are different times of the year right? I could do both? If so you are so feeding me lol :)

From Kelli on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 21:10:51 from

Yep---April and October---2 perfect marathons! Come on over!

From JG on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 00:21:22 from

Congrats on getting accepted into Boston Dan, every ounce of energy you put into this race paid off! Great job!

From allie on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 10:38:21 from

dan - great race! congrats on the PR. your splits are very impressive -- i don't see a "wall" in there at all. nice job on keeping your pace strong all the way to the end -- you worked hard and prepared well for this race and it paid off.

i saw some hawaiian bread at the store yesterday and i thought of you. i hope you have had a few loaves of that by now. i've had three (three!) feasts already. :)

From flatlander on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 12:45:13 from

Dan, I read this earlier but was in too much of a hurry to comment. This is a great race, can't say I'm surprised, it has been brewing for a while based on your training. Contratulations, I'm sure there is more to come.

From baldnspicy on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 20:23:06 from

Great job, Dan. I echo all the great comments. One day I hope to run this one. I am a huge airplane fan and would have my pilot's license if my wife didn't feel like it would be a widow-maker. Pretty cool finisher's medal, I assume? Congrats!

From DaleG on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:04:43 from

How did I miss this race report? wow, a 5 minute PR is great. congrats!!!

From Dan on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:04:51 from

Kelli- What's with the lottery? JG- We will def celebrate. Allie- It is soooo yummy (the bread), just not pre-run. Were you saying I should just keep running till I hit a wall? ;) Flat- thanks, it felt good. Spicy- Yes, the medal is very nice and BIG. If you do end up running it one year, let me know, it's local for me and would run it again! Good decision on the flying by the way.

From Dan on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:07:07 from

Dale- I will take it that is for sure! Thanks!

From baldnspicy on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:13:46 from

Thanks! I won't be able to keep up with you but we could meet up at the finish. I do have to respectfully disagree on the flying. I was so close to heading to Embry Riddle for a masters in aeronautical engineering after graduating from byu with a bachelors in computer science. We decided that making money would be better. One day I will get my license, even if I'm 85 yrs old. :-)

From Dan on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:16:52 from

I never knew you were that close to the flying! I change my stance then :) I like the dedication, and if you get your license at 85- feel free to fly me around!

From flatlander on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:17:55 from

Not me, I ain't going up in one of those tin cans.

From SlowJoe on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:24:12 from

BnS - go for it; it doesn't take too terribly long and the expense is justified when you can take your wife on a date that you fly to!

From I Just Run on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 23:32:39 from

Hey Baldnspicy,

You can come and pick me up in Texas and fly me anywhere you want to go....How about flying me to Boston next year since I'm determined to qualify... :-)

From Kelli on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 00:04:27 from

St George is very popular and hard to get in to! It is almost as good popular as Boston (in Utah, anyway!) Actually, I think I was told last year that 2/3rd of the people who put in, get in. I think they let in 6000 people (and plan on 500 not showing up)---that is what I remember hearing last year. I have done the lottery 4 times and ONLY gotten in once, so I obviously have bad luck. Good thing I have connections!

There is a sure fire way to get in to the race----but you wold have to visit Utah 2 other times and run 2 other St George races. ;o)

COME ON, you know you want to do it!

From Steam8 on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 19:04:17 from

WOW! I haven't been on here for a bit! I missed your great race!! I am soooooo excited for you Dan!!!! Yeeeee HOOOOOOO!!! 3:14 is AMAZING!! This just made my day!!!!

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