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Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

  • 2011 Boston Marathon -- 2:27 (Top 50)
  • 2011 Steilacoom 20k -- 1:04:57 (1st)
  • 2010 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon -- 2:26 (7th) 
  • 2010 Fall City 10k -- 31:06 (1st)
  • 2009 Indy Mini Marathon -- 1:07:53 (7th)
  • 2009 WWU Invitational -- 10000m (30:58)
  • 2009 UW Indoor Meet -- 5000m (14:49)
  • 2008 Orem Turkey Run -4 miler -- 19:55 (1st)
  • 2008 Seafair Torchlight 8k--25:03 (3rd) 
  • 2008 Time to Fly 5k -- 15:35 (1st)
  • 2008 Newport Marathon -- 2:22:47 (1st)
  • Steilacoom 15M--1:18:30 (1st)
  • 2007 Olympic Trials -- 2:30:41 (91st)
  • 2007 St. George --2:18:55 (3rd)

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • Feb 23 -- Ft Steilacoom 15M
  • March 23  – Ft. Steilacoom 20k
  • April 15  – Boston Marathon
  • June 8 – Sound to Narrows 12k
  • June 22  – Grandma’s Half Marathon (USATF Champs.)
  • July 7 – Run of the Mill 5k
  • July 27 – Torchlight 8k
  • September – SJJ Half (maybe)
  • October/November – Fall Marathon (maybe)
  • December – Club XC Nationals

Long-Term Running Goals:

 Stay healthy


Ran track my junior and senior years in high school and cross country my senior year. Went to BYU but did not run. Served LDS church mission to San Bernardino, CA. Started running again in April 2005. Marathon debut was St. George in 2005.

I coach the Mount Si High School Track Team (distance)

Been married for almost 17 years. My wife, Mara, and I have four kids ages 16, 14, 13 and 11.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Brooks T5 Lifetime Miles: 34.00
Ravenna Lifetime Miles: 250.00
Race: Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:26:01, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

First of all, congrats to Paul for an incredible race on home soil. I think he may have another OTQ in him.

Let me also say that this marathon is gorgeous, flat, well managed. It was the perfect marathon and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, unaided time.

The forecast was for temps between 25-27 at the start. We caught a bit of a break in that it was 31. There was a breeze out of the north and clear skies. I also learned that because Indy is on the very western edge of EDT, the sun didn't rise until after 8am. That was weird running the first mile or so in mostly darkness. Kind of like SGM I guess.

The first almost 7 miles of the race is shared with half marathoners. The great news about that is we had a pack for a lot longer than we would have had if the two races had been split. My plan was to run a 2:10:30-2:11:00 first half and there were plenty of half marathoners running that same pace. This was particularly helpful for Miles 2-5 which were mostly into the breeze that was coming out of the north. The pack helped mitigate the wind resistance and the wind chill. Thanks guys. Great to be short.

Paul and Jeff bolted from the pack around 5M or so. I was focused on running my race. Unfortunately, that meant going it completely alone from about mile 5 until about Mile 11 when I caught Jeff. Miles 9, 10 and much of 11 were along a long, flat straightaway. I could tell that I was reeling Jeff in for most of the time. When I caught, we chatted briefly and he stayed with me for what seemed like 1/2 mile or so, and the I was alone again. Until right after the half when I caught one of the Kenyans. We hung together through the 30k mark which was great because that was 6 miles or so of someone pushing me from behind.

At the 30k mark, I grabbed my next to last water bottle poured down about 8 ounces and then threw off my long sleeve shirt. Felt great as the sunshine was out in full force. Still 34 degrees, but the sunshine helped a lot. At this point I had gapped the Kenyan hard. I had discovered in our six miles together that this was his first marathon. Unfortunately, I would not remain ahead of him for long. As I crossed through 20 all alone, felt fine all things considered. I was giving back a few seconds but nothing catastrophic. I was still on pace to break 2:22. Same after mile 21.

By the Mile 22 marker things, were not feeling so fine. My wife was stationed there to give me one last special fluids bottle which I took. The watch said 5:46. Slipping, but remarkebly still on the slimmest of margins. Then it all fell apart. I simply ran out of gas. Most of my problems in the past have been with hydration. But thanks to cool temps and really good hydration, this was not my issue today. Mine was one of energy. I had taken two GUs but a third would have probably helped some.

The final four miles were a death march. To make it worse, the final four miles are shared with the I had every opportunity to use all the roadkills to cobble together whatever mental and physical energy I needed to take me home. But there was nothing left. It was like pushing the gas pedal of a car in neutral. If my daughter was at the finish line being eaten by a bear, I would not have been able to run any faster.

Incredibly frustrating after months of really hard work. I am pretty realistic, i think, about my capabilities. I don't think I have an OTQ in me. 2:19 on an unaided course just isn't within my reach. That's fine.

But I do feel like a 2:22 is which makes the end of today's race really frustrating. In the final four miles, I gave back 4:00.

The good news is that I didn't bonk until 4 to go. Usually I bonk with 6-8 to go. Progress.

The bad news is that I have to regroup and figure out how to conquer that final 5-6k. I'm looking at everything including some much needed dietary focus. This will help get me to a leaner race weight and just be better for me. I also need to look at doing some progressions deeper into my long runs. It probably means running a few 24 milers with the final 10 being at MP. I'll sit down with my coach and figure it out. As disappointing as the last four miles were, the first 22 were great, so I'm not ready to give up just yet.

2:22 or bust.

Mile 1 5:17 5:17  
Mile 2 5:26 10:43:00  
Mile 3 5:16 15:59:00  
Mile 4 5:20 21:19:00  
Mile 5 5:18 26:37:00  
Mile 6 5:25 32:02:00  
Mile 7 5:20 37:22:00  
Mile 8 5:27 42:49:00  
Mile 9 5:26 48:15:00  
Mile 10 5:23 53:38:00  
Mile 11 5:25 59:03:00  
Mile 12 5:22 1:04:25  
Mile 13 5:25 1:09:50  
Mile 14 5:26 1:15:16  
Mile 15 5:28 1:20:44  
Mile 16 5:26 1:26:10  
Mile 17 5:30 1:31:40  
Mile 18 5:27 1:37:07  
Mile 19 5:21 1:42:28 5:23
Mile 20 5:30 1:47:58 5:23
Mile 21 5:30 1:53:28 5:24
Mile 22 5:46 1:59:14 5:25
Mile 23 6:05 2:05:19  Off Pace
Mile 24 6:16 2:11:35  Off Pace
Mile 25 6:22 2:17:57  Off Pace
Mile 26 6:39 2:24:36  Off Pace
Finish 1:25 2:26:01  Off Pace
1st Half 1:10:29 5:22  
2nd Half 1:15:33 5:45  
Final 10k 37:59:00 6:06  
Final 5k 19:45 6:21  

ST4 Yellow #2 Miles: 26.20
Weight: 0.00
From Snoqualmie on Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 21:52:47 from

Wow, Sean! Just awesome and very inspiring! Congratulations!

From Dan on Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 22:06:33 from

Seriously awesome man! Congrats!

From Superfly on Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 22:49:22 from

Good job. Sorry the last few miles didn't roll out the greatest.But still an awesome race. Good luck on the regrouping... my diet needs work too:)

From Jon on Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 23:10:37 from

A great race, Sean. Go get that last 5k! You are capable of it.

From Paul on Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 23:25:06 from

Good race, sorry the last 10K was a tough one. You're close, and I think you're like me in that you just need to figure out one or two things for training and dial it in. The other thing is that the marathon is a tricky beast, and if you run that race 10 times, you might get 10 different outcomes on the same fitness.

From Burt on Sun, Nov 07, 2010 at 23:25:17 from

Great race Sean. Hope you get that last bit figured out. You're an awesome runner.

From Little Bad Legs on Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 19:56:25 from

2:22 or bust! Go get it Sean! Good job on your performance this weekend.

From Seth on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 12:09:03 from

Great work Sean! Keep at it and you'll rock 2:22. Your workouts are outstanding and it's easy to see the passion you have for running.

From Benny's on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 20:31:14 from

Beasty! Good Job Man!

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