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Member Since:

Apr 03, 2006



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

mile: 4:56, 2 mile: 10:21 (1978)
marathon: 2:52 (St. George 1982)
OLD MAN (20+ years later):
5K: 19:53 (Nestle/Art City Days 5K 2007)
10K: 39:55 (Spectrum 10K 2008)
half marathon: 1:26 (Hobble Creek 2008)
marathon: 3:07 (St. George 2007)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back to a BQ marathon time (currently 3:40).

Long-Term Running Goals:

Have fun running, keep fit, and fight middle age spread. Run consistently and injury free. Maintain a healthy balance between running and other life priorities. Encourage my ever-aging running buddies to keep running so we can continue to share runs on the trail instead of rocking chairs.


Blessed to be married to Karen for 30 years. We have six children (4 daughters/2 sons) ages 16 to 30, and one wonderful granddaughter.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Altra Instinct 1.5 Lifetime Miles: 83.50
Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Lifetime Miles: 21.80
Saucony Guide 7 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 376.95
Saucony Fastwitch 6 Lifetime Miles: 200.05
Saucony Guide 7 Black 1 Lifetime Miles: 271.15
Race: Utah Valley Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:31:14, Place overall: 655, Place in age division: 18
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal

I was perfectly trained to get the results I got. I felt pretty good through 16-17, my long run was 16. (I guess it's now 26.2 for St. George prep.) My last long run as at 10:10 pace, my pace today was 10:21.

Kevin and I started together and he finished 9 seconds ahead of me. He could have run faster but stayed with me. I was grateful for his company those last 9 miles. We weren't together most of the rest of the run. He had two early stops (long wait on the 2nd one), but caught me after both of them. (I had about a 3 min stop at 13.1.) He runs the uphills so well, where I'm slow. I run the downhills a little faster. I think it's related to body mass. :)

At least I feel like I'm still mentally pretty strong. Those last 6-9 miles were pretty tough for me. I walked briefly a few times about mile 24 (uphill) when I was struggling with catching my breath, but managed to keep my feet turning over pretty well the rest of the time. My goal cadence is 180/spm, I averaged 176/spm. Now I just need to get in better shape physically.

Running isn't as high a priority for me as it was in the past. I'm really enjoying noon basketball and Ultimate frisbee at work. I run mostly because I enjoy running, and spending time with my running buddies. Kevin and Wayne are both making an effort to get Boston qualified. I did Boston in '07, but would like to go with them if they qualify. I'd like to see if I have one more BQ in me. I only need to cut off an hour (wow), or wait a couple of years and get an additional 15 minutes. :)

This was the 10th Utah Valley Marathon and I'm one of 11 remaining runners who have run them all. In this year's Race Guide magazine they had an article "10 Years on the Road." I was flattered that they ended that article with a quote from me:

One of our Ten-Timers, Paul Thomas, puts it well, "I've finished 16th. And I've finished 1529th." Thomas adds, "I'm not sure how many more Utah Valley Marathons I have left in me, but I plan to have an adventure finding out."

Marathon Results

Paul Thomas
Bib No. 4882
Orem, UTAH
Division:Male 55 to 59

13.1 split 13.10
Time Pace Rank
2:08:34 9:49/M 712
21 split 7.90
Time Pace Rank
1:24:29 10:42/M 621
26.2 5.20
Time Pace Rank
58:10 11:11/M 603
Chip Time Gun Time Pace
4:31:14 4:33:46 10:21/M
655 of 1167 391 of 642 18 of 36

Saucony Fastwitch 6 Miles: 26.20
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