Deseret News Half Marathon

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Member Since:

Jul 19, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:


2015 St. George Marathon (2:44:11)

2014 Hobble Creek Half (1:17:18)

Short-Term Running Goals:


  • 5K - 16:59
  • 1/2 Marathon - Sub 1:17:00
  • Marathon - 2:45:00 

Miles:This week: 11.55 Month: 66.15 Year: 1768.60
Pegasus 33 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 593.45
Lunaracer (orange) Lifetime Miles: 377.50
Pegasus 34 White Lifetime Miles: 687.80
Kinvara 8 (blue/orange) Lifetime Miles: 190.75
Pegasus 34 Blue/gray Lifetime Miles: 501.41
Lunaracer 4 Lifetime Miles: 96.65
Hola Clifton 1 Lifetime Miles: 10.65
Race: Deseret News Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:19:30, Place overall: 20, Place in age division: 5
Total Distance

Despite the aided course, this was a really, really good race for me today.  I've never gone under 1:20 and was able to get it today, and I just generally felt really in control and good throughout.  And I was able to hold the pace together throughout the race.  Really happy with how things went.

5:57, 6:01, 6:00, 6:07, 6:05, 6:02, 5:59, 6:11, 5:56, 6:09, 5:59, 5:58, 6:10, 0:57 

Started fast, but not nearly as fast as a bunch of others.  It was pretty incredible to see Fritz, Riley, and one other guy just take off right from the start.  For some reason, I didn't think the downhill was as steep as it really is (It never seems this steep during the marathon).  I was really able to just lock into a pretty good pace and rhythm and keep it up.  It helped that I was able to catch and pass people all the way up through about mile 10.  After that, there was one girl way up ahead, and she started coming back to me but I just ran out of real estate to catch her.  I was worried that I was going to die once we came off of S. Temple and things flattened out, but I was able to keep it together and finish relatively strong, although that last straightaway is rough. 

Like I said, really happy to have finally broken 1:20, albeit on a very aided course. Although I'm sure it has to be comparable to all the others downhill screamers around here.  I'm feeling really good about my training right now and just need to continue to put the work and miles in and hopefully I'll continue to get faster and stay healthy.  

Cooled down 1.40 and walked about 4 miles afterwards. 

Lunaracer (blue) Miles: 14.00
From EmilyS on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 19:27:57 from

yahoo!! The long awaited sub 1:20!!! You did it! Soooo happy for you, I know you've wanted that for a long time! You're awesome, congrats!

From allie on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 20:56:06 from

excellent race, jeff. sub-1:20 is awesome -- very happy for you!

From Rob Murphy on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 21:06:01 from

Nice race Jeff. I was thinking of our run down the canyon together 2 years ago today.

From Jeff L on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 22:04:43 from

Thanks, Emily.

Allie-Thanks. It was pretty cool to see you finish today. It looked like you were feeling good. Awesome job.

Rob-funny, I thought about the same thing. Sorry, about your race today. You are a smart runner and I sure do learn quite a bit reading your blog. Hopefully you will heal up quickly.

From Rachelle on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 09:55:48 from

Very consistent pacing and effort throughout. Congratulations Jeff!

From josse on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 13:24:10 from

So happy for you, breaking 1:20 is huge:) and it was good to see a familiar face at the end of the marathon.

From Rob on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 20:53:57 from

Good job Jeff.

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