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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: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 1731.08
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: Jacksonville Bank Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:21:24, Place overall: 85, Place in age division: 13
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

We really lucked out with the weather today. The reports kept on making it seem worse and worse with tornado warnings, freeze warning and possibility of winds of 20-30 miles per hour and nearly 100% chance of rain at the start.

Somehow, the dire predictions did not come true. The start of the race was about 68° and 90% humidity but barely any wind and the rain had finally stopped. It had been raining for a good part of the night. I had woken up at 1:00, fell back asleep and woke up each hour until 5:00 when I got up. Joe and I found a parking spot about a half mile from the start, so that was pretty much my warm up.

I met up with two guys who were also going for a 3:20 - Pat and Andy.

We set out and got into our pace right away. The first few miles were terrible for me, I was doing all I could to keep up with the other two guys, but I kept hanging on. I often times have this problem, I'm not sure what causes it but I know that it usually gets better eventually. At 11 miles, one of the guys with us dropped off for a bit, he had been fighting a side stitch and could not shake it. We would see him later at one of the loops but he would not be able to catch up again. Pat and I went on. By the half way point I was finally feeling better - we made the half at 1:38:40. At 15 miles I started thinking that I might be able to pull this off. I was surprised to see that I could keep hitting the planned marathon pace or close to it.

At 18 miles, Pat announced 64 minutes to do 8.2 miles. What I really had in my head at this point was keep each mile under 8:00 and I've got my goal. That was not correct. How much under 8:00? It's difficult to do the math, and with cutting things so close that 385 yards at the end would make all the difference. It was tough going but within reach. At 20 miles I decided I needed to focus on getting to 22 miles, then I would take it as 4 1 mile races to beat the clock.

Whenever we went through water stops, Pat would walk and then sprint to catch up. He was very good at this. However, sometime after 21 miles, Pat did not catch up to me. I would be on my own for about the last 5 miles.

I made it to mile 22 and was doing good until about half way through I got a side stitch. It was one I knew I could recover from but it slowed me down, that would be my slowest mile and only mile slower than 8:00, it was an 8:12. Next mile was better at 7:48. With two miles left I should have kicked it into high gear but I did not. It was a little bit uphill and the wind and finally picked up and was coming directly from the north.

At the 25 mile sign the clock said 3:12:xx (xx maybe 29 or something like that). I though, ok I still have a chance. I did kick back into gear but it would not be enough. 7:33 for the last full mile and then the remainder put me over 3:21. The finish line goes on the Bolles school track for about a 1/2 a lap, my watch said 3:20:48 as I got onto the track and the clock was ticking towards 3:21:30 as I ran under it. I knew I started a few seconds after the starting gun but not that late. Final net time was 3:21:24 for the net time - missed BQ by 25 seconds. So many places where I could have gotten those extra seconds.

Every muscle on my legs was aching.  This was different from my last two marathons where mainly my calves felt knotted up and aching.   Jacksonville marathon advertises itself as "flat and fast".   That's not quite true as it is really more like mildly rolling terrain.  It made the course interesting and also helped spread out the wear and tear across all of my leg muscles.  Some people have mentioned before that this is not very nice looking course.  I think they have worked on the routing maybe in the past few years and it is actually quite beautiful most of the way, running under canopies of large live oak tress covered with Spanish moss,  many large beautiful old and new Florida homes, and an occasional view of the St. Johns river or one of its tributaries.

Now I know I can do this pace for a full marathon. I never fell apart or slowed down drastically at any one point. I made it through without any cramping. I also felt the best after finishing than I have after any other marathon. There will be other marathons.

Joe was able to make his BQ time and we had a good ride back home, although we made several stops to get out and stretch.

From Shauna on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 00:26:12

Great job, Mark! It sounds like you ran a great race, never hitting the wall or slowing down much. You will continue to get faster, and I bet you will be running Boston in 2008 or 2009!

From Laura on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 01:30:18

You are my hero Way to go on the Disney Marathon and on the NewPR today. I love Disney bring on the mouse ears and turkey legs any day!

From Amy on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 04:08:11

Way to go, Mark! What I most admire in you is your positive attitude! Great job and you'll get your BQ soon enough, not to worry!

From Cindy on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 06:23:55

You did awesome. We are all proud of you.

From andee on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 09:21:49

Congratulations on a great race!!

From jtshad on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 10:51:12

Great job on the race...that BQ time is so close you can now taste it, it will come soon based on this performance.

From JeffC on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 11:10:09

Great race!! Great attitude on just missing the BQ, you will get there, just keep up the good work.

From Ian on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 11:20:38

Well done, you've knocked over 14 mins off your PR time only 2 months ago. You'll crack the BQ very soon.

From Lybi on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 11:24:24

Oh man! You run 26.2 MILES and it all come down to 25 seconds! Aaaah! You totally deserve that BQ, you are awesome. You'll probably never run another non-BQ marathon, so I hope you enjoyed it. :)

From Dave Holt on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 11:49:12

Man, so close. Way to push it right up there. You are just going to keep getting better and better!

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 12:32:21

Congratulations on a PR. 31 minute improvement in less than a year is not bad at all. You can try again at Shamrock. I believe that one is actually close to true flat - I've looked at a detailed profile, and I've also seen faster times in the results from consistent runners. Many marathons in the US advertise to be flat and fast, but it is not the case. It is next to impossible to create a sight-seeing course anywhere in the US that is flat, and if it is not flat, and does not have a net downhill, it will not be fast. And most marathon directors are not willing to lay out a course that goes 5 times around a cow field in a small low-altitude valley well shielded from the wind by the mountains to make it fast.

The best course for a BQ, though, is St. George. For the ones in your neck of woods, Country Music may not be bad - it rolls but it is a net downhill.

From katy on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 13:09:54

Great Job...I definitely see Boston in your future...I'm sure you will get your BQ next time! There is always the ING in Atlanta...

From Brent on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 21:49:06

Great job, 1,000 commando points the PR and mental toughness. The BQ will soon be yours.

Stay Cool, B of BS Rools out

From Mark on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 23:16:16

Thank you all very much for the kind words. I'm am very grateful for everyone's support and advice. It was a good race which has taught me a lot. Time to rest a little, get back to training and plan my next step.

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