The Long Run

Deseret News Marathon

Recent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesMark's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!

Member Since:

Mar 20, 2007



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:


  • 1 mile : 5:43 (3/2017)
  • 5K : 18:34 (12/2011)
  • 5 mile : 32:03 (5/2010)
  • 10K : 39:29 (11/2013)
  • 11K: 46:47 (July 2008)
  • Half Marathon : 1:26:47 (11/2012)
  • Marathon : 3:06:34 (02/2010)
  • 50K Trail: 4:34 (01/2012)
  • 50 Mile: 8:34:48 (4/2012)
  • 100K: 11:06 (2/2012)
  • 100 Mile: 29:03:39 (6/2013)


  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:27:00, Oct 2016
  • Marine Corps Marathon - 3:28:12, Oct 2015
  • Pocatello Marathon (ID) - 3:32:25, Sept 2015
  • Chasing The Unicorn (PA) - 3:31:20, Aug 2015
  • Run for The Red (Poconos) - 3:30:40, May 2015
  • Boston - 3:24:42, Apr 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:27:04, Jan 2015
  • Clearwater - 3:16:17, Jan 2014
  • Boston  - 3:27:00, Apr 2011
  • DesNews - 3:10:57, Jul 2010
  • Gasparilla  - 3:06:34, Feb 2010
  • Space Coast - 3:11:29, Nov 2009
  • Estes Park  (7500' and up) - 3:52:19, Jun 2009
  • Boston - 3:17:22, Apr 2009
  • Niagara Falls - 3:19:21, Oct 2008
  • San Diego RnR  - 3:24:18, Jun 2008
  • Jacksonville Marathon -3:21:24, Dec 2007
  • Chicago Marathon - 3:35:08, Oct 2007
  • Disney Marathon - 3:52:34, Jan 2007





Short-Term Running Goals:


  • Sub 40:00 10K
  • 2:59 Marathon
  • 1:25 Half Marathon
  • 18:30 5K


Long-Term Running Goals:

Maintain my health and continuously seek to improve my fitness. Maybe someday get under 3:00 for marathon. More importantly, I'd like to figure out what my maximum ability is and reach that.

I'd also like to find the right balance in life and use running to enhance and improve myself.



Dad of  two awesome kids.

Also, have one wonderful brown dog named Sammy and just added a grey tiger cat whose life started out rough but now has a better home.

I've recently started another blog so I can easily add lots of pictures and so other non-FRB users can leave comments:

Forward Progress!

 Also, for 2012 I started a blog to write down each day one thing that I am grateful for

Grateful Blog


Love living in Florida but love to travel and see the country and rest of the world.


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 18.10 Month: 164.28 Year: 1190.74
Brooks T7 Lifetime Miles: 202.78
Brooks ST5 Lifetime Miles: 403.91
GoMeb Speed3 Lifetime Miles: 483.77
Brooks Pure Flow Lifetime Miles: 160.60
Brooks Launch(lobster) Lifetime Miles: 782.98
GoMeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 468.00
Race: Deseret News Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:10:57, Place overall: 28, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

I knew this race would be an experience to remember but I had no idea exactly how it would unfold.  I knew that the long steep downhill and the few uphills would be challenging and maybe it might get hot during the last 6 miles.  I knew that I had a chance to do well but also had a chance to make mistakes and blow up. 

Jenny was running this race also so I would be thinking about her race while I ran mine and she would have a lot on her mind thinking about her dad who just had surgery (which went pretty well overall but took longer than hoped for) on Friday.

Start to 5 miles, STEEP!

6:36, 6:34, 6:17, 6:39, 6:50

Race started on time, lined up near the front after spending some of the morning camped out with Jenny on the ground inside the tent.  Went out at what seemed slowly at first but the crowd spread out quickly and soon picked up some speed.  It was pretty dark out but the moon was out and the city lights down below in the valley were beautiful (although I spent most of the time looking at the road).  Concentrated on not pounding too much and taking the tangents around the switchbacks.  During my third mile for some reason I thought I had slowed down to about a 7:10 pace but then the mile beeped and it was my fastest mile.  I had splits written on my arm for 5, 10, 15, 20, and 23 miles for a 3:00 time, I was about 1.5 minutes ahead but knew I had just scratched the surface.

6 - 10 miles, up and over "Little Mountain"

7:31, 8:14, 7:48, 6:53, 7:28

Course had finally hit the bottom of the downhill about 5.5 miles then started the climb up "Little Mountain".  I knew this stretch would be hard but also hoped that I would feel great the rest of the way after cresting it.  Rob Murphy from the blog drove me (and my whole family) on the course on Thursday to point out details and give some advice which was a huge help.  I'm not sure how different things might have been if I had gone in blind.  Advice for this stretch was to do your best and not worry too much about pace.  I felt like I was slogging up the mountain, but so was everyone else and I passed a few runners.  Finally hit the top of the hill and felt wonderful, it wasn't easy but wasn't such a monster (that would come later!).  Going downhill again I picked up some speed but couldn't quite get back my same speed on had on the first downhill.  Then, at the bottom of the downhill there is a short out and back slightly uphill, which felt a lot hard than it should have and slowed me down.  Fortunately I knew this was coming and knew how far the out and back was so that helped.

But, now I was about 2 minutes off the 3:00 time goal pace.  I thought there was a chance to come back but didn't know how likely it would be.  The splits were on my left forearm, written by Jenny with a pen (I had a pace Tat which I had forgotten at home along with the shorts I had planned to wear).  But on my right arm was three characters that Jenny also wrote - "I", (a heart), and a "U" - so I still had something meaningful to look at on my arm.

11-15 miles, through the canyon

7:04, 6:53, 6:58, 7:28, 7:17

The next few miles felt pretty good.  I don't remember what slowed me down on mile 14.  A few people passed me and then I soon would pass them or would maybe pass them later.  At this point I thought I could still get a PR and maybe beat my 3:06 time from February.  About 3 minutes off 3:00 goal time, so I think that was the last time I looked at my left arm.

16-20 miles, things change

7:07, 7:20, 7:48, 7:28, 7:36

Coming out of the canyon I was starting to feel pretty good.  From the course tour I knew there was a short steep uphill (which my wife and I were calling "Hogle Hill" because it sounded catchy).  I had this idea that I had conquered the tough stuff once I went over that hill.  Then, just after going past mile 17 and slowing down  a little bit to grab some water, I had trouble getting going again.  I had a sudden panic when I saw I was at just slower than an 8:30 pace and felt drained and finished.  I had never crashed this early. 

Then, a volunteer called out to me and another guy near me "You two guys are in the top 40!".  This helped me to get going again and I slowly clawed my way back to under 8:00 pace.  We hit a partial turnaround and were now on Foothill drive.  I was doing the best I could to hold together.  It was starting to get warm but it wasn't bothering me.  It was a combination of being from Florida and being blessed with cooler temps than in past years.


8:15, 7:15, 7:43, 7:17, 7:27, 7:39, 1:34 (0.24 @ 6:25)

These splits were all over the place.  It was mostly downhill with a little bit of slight up hill and some flat.  I don't remember why mile 21 was slower, but mile 22 I had a view looking downhill which was inviting.  The shade on South Temple was wonderful.  Kept playing the passing game which really helped to pull me along.   At mile 24 my brother was waiting for me and tried to offer me a bottle of water which I turned down (I did not recognize him which I learned the next day that it was him and felt terrible about, I must have been really out of it!).  At about mile 25.7, Rob Murphy was there and ran along side me and helped pull me along.  He pointed out the police car down the street where 26 mile marker was and the second to last turn was.   With some encouragement I made it there and soon saw my family waiting for me near the corner shouting out to me.  Last turn and I could see the time clock, gave it all I had and snuck in just under 3:11!

My son handed me a Ho-Ho which I had been eyeing the day before the race but did not eat.  Rob pointed me over to where Sasha was and I said hi to him.  There were a few other bloggers there also who I would have liked to have met and talked to but I wanted to head back out to the course to look for Jenny.

I was waiting around the corner from 26 mile point and it was soon about 3:40 into the race which was one of Jenny's hoped for goals.  A minute later my brother texted me that Jenny was now at mile 24.  He ran her in and must have helped out a lot because she still made it under 4 hours - 3:58, her last 2.2 miles were a lot faster than miles 17-24.  Mile 17 had gotten to Jenny also, but she had a lot on her mind thinking about her dad.  But she didn't quit and did the best she could and managed to get her second best marathon time!!!

After we had recovered and showered, eaten and rested,  I took Sasha up on his offer to come visit at his home.  We set up a time to meet later.  Visited Temple Square and found a place downtown which sells authentic Belgian waffles which were exactly like the ones in Belgium which the yeasted dough and pearl sugar which carmelizes on the iron.

Drove down to Provo and had a wonderful visit with Sasha and his family.  Arrived as his friends were helping to install a backup camera on the fast running van.  My kids played with his kids and then my son Andy ran with Sasha and Benjamin for two miles while Thomas and I biked alongside.   Ate a baby carrot pulled right from the garden which one of Sasha's sons offered me and had dessert of fresh raspberries and real whipped cream that Sarah made.  Talked with Sasha about running, computers and church.   Jenny and I both talked about hitting a rough spot at mile 17ish.   "Ahhh yes", said Sasha, "there is a monster which lives there by the golf course".   It was an insidious monster indeed, but maybe I'll come back some day and be ready for it :) 

My kids were soon getting tired from a long day so we had to say good bye and head back up to Salt Lake.  But what a great day.

Brooks Launch Miles: 26.20
From Carolyn in Colorado on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 10:47:13 from

28th overall and 2nd in your AG! Congratulations! That's awesome. That really sounds like a tough race.

It sounds like you had a good time meeting other bloggers.

From allie on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:17:36 from

great job on saturday. your report was fun to read. there is definitely a monster by the golf course. it gets me every time!

you ran the course well and finished strong. way to go! enjoy the rest of your time here in utah and safe travels back home.

From JimF on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 20:06:40 from

Great job! You certainly finished well on a hilly course which is probably hard to train for in Florida. I am amazed at how well you handled the downhill section. Sounds like a fun trip also!

From Burt on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 20:43:48 from

Great job Mark. Sorry you didn't get the sub 3 you were looking for, but a great performance nonetheless. How sweet that Jenny gave you an I love you to look at on your arm to keep your mind occupied. I would have just been able to occupy my mind by looking at my massive guns.

From RivertonPaul on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:39:13 from

Way to go. Nice consistency.

From jtshad on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 10:46:24 from

Congrats to you and Jenny on the race. Sorry about not getting the sub-3:00, but the altitude and downhill can really take it's toll. Glad you had another good visit to the NW part of the country.

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 18:14:47 from

Great race report Mark!

It was great to meet you and your family. I will definitely plan my next trip to Florida around a race and maybe we can get together again.

I hope you guys are enjoying Montana.

From Rossy on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 00:01:03 from

Great race and nice write up Mark! By the way, I think mile 21 is this toughest part of the course (i.e., a nice incline on the west-side of the golf course--there was a sharp spike in my miles per minute on this mile).

From on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 22:59:41 from

Finally, I get to read the race report. Very exciting ride. I'm still amazed and even inspired by your consistancy and your uncanny ability to rally after hitting a wall. I just don't know how you do it but I'm certainly going to try and learn. I hope you and the family had a great time and an easy trip home. Tell Jenny I'm praying for her Dad to have a speedy recovery and praising God for the encouraging path reports!!!

From Mark on Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 11:20:14 from

Thanks everyone!

It was quite a race to remember full of challenges and good memories.

Being in "Fast Running Blog Territory" made it feel like being at home away from home.

More training and maybe a little less challenging course and I'll try again for that sub-3:00 time :)

From Sasha Pachev on Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 14:55:23 from


It was nice to see you in person finally. I have finally gotten around to reading your race report.

Mile 21 is uphill, that is why it is slow. The slowdown on the uphill in the monster territory will be exaggerated. It is one of the most demoralizing mile on that course. You must remember that and be prepared for it.

The mile 17 golf-course monster has to do with the cumulative effect of the downhill pounding. It is conceived in the first three miles, but does not hatch until 17. Because of its location this course becomes unusually slow for 3000+ feet of elevation drop. If you could even that drop out, it would be faster than St. George.

Add Your Comment.
  • Keep it family-safe. No vulgar or profane language. To discourage anonymous comments of cowardly nature, your IP address will be logged and posted next to your comment.
  • Do not respond to another person's comment out of context. If he made the original comment on another page/blog entry, go to that entry and respond there.
  • If all you want to do is contact the blogger and your comment is not connected with this entry and has no relevance to others, send a private message instead.
Only registered users with public blogs are allowed to post comments. Log in with your username and password or create an account and set up a blog.
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements
New Kids on the Blog
(need a welcome):