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Jan 01, 2009



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Running Accomplishments:

Ran high-school cross country at Timpview High School in Provo, UT (1990-1994).

Ran one year at Ricks College (1994-1995) with Dustin.

Personal bests since 2009:

  • 5K - 19:15 (Renaissance Academy, 2010)
  • 10K - 38:52 (Dana Point, 2009)
  • Half marathon - 1:25:54 (SLC, 2012)
  • Marathon - 3:02:40 (St. George, 2009)

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • Break 18 (and 19) minutes in a 5-K
  • Break 38 minutes in a 10-K
  • Break 1:25 in a half marathon
  • Break 3:00 in a marathon
  • Finish a 50 miler
  • Run at least 5 days a week for all of 2009 and 2010 and 2011 and 2012

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Lifetime fitness
  • Qualify for and run the Boston Marathon
  • Run a mile in under 5:00 again
  • Do an Ironman triathlon (someday)


Happily married to Laurel, have three wonderful children. Working as a postdoctoral researcher in cancer genomics at the University of Utah. 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Air Pegasus 25 Lifetime Miles: 1220.37
Asics Equation 2 Lifetime Miles: 1198.81
Asics Blue And Silver Lifetime Miles: 930.43
Pearl Izumi Orange Streaks Lifetime Miles: 194.77
Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 2381.47
New Balance 690 Lifetime Miles: 313.68
New Balance 310 Lifetime Miles: 1120.96
Race: Utah Valley Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:12:31, Place overall: 50, Place in age division: 10
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This is the first marathon I've really prepared for in 6 1/2 years. I had wanted to run Utah Valley Marathon for several years but hadn't been able to work it out. But this time I did. My training has been up and down over the past 5-6 years but mostly down. I decided at the beginning of 2018 to really give this a go. My training wasn't as high as it was leading up to some other marathons I've done, but it was actually pretty good. I did several long runs of 16-20 over the past two months. My average weekly mileage over the past 2+ months was about 40 (max = 53). That's pretty good for me, in part because I'm busier than ever. I'm going to document a few things that seem to have helped me as I prepared and ran.

  • Starting at the beginning of the year, I cut my sugar intake way down. This helped me drop some pounds. I don't have a scale, but I'm guessing I weigh about 165-167.
  • I ran long runs leading up to it.
  • Last week I ran 37 miles, so I didn't cut back too early.
  • I ran the first 10 miles of the course last week (with my friend Duane). That made a huge difference mentally.
  • I didn't carbo load until the day before the race and didn't go too crazy with it. I did eat a Honey Stinger right before bedtime and ate oatmeal and raisins in the morning (3 am).
  • I stopped at every aid station until about mile 23. I walked for a few seconds through them.
  • I ate a Gu packet at miles 0, 3, 7, 9, 13, 16, 19 (that's a total of 7). I really believe that was a big part of the reason I didn't bonk.
  • I drank water at every aid station where I stopped.
  • I ran the first 17 miles with Duane (he told me to go ahead at that point). That helped me run a slight negative split.
  • My wife and kids cheered me on at mile 23. My wife was so kind to haul 5 kids out there, relatively early in the morning!
  • I wore relatively light shoes but not racers (New Balance 690).
  • The weather was perfect. There was a light-to-moderate tailwind for much of the first 20 miles. It was a bit warm the last few miles but very manageable.
  • A guy from New Mexico went back and forth with me over the last 10K. That kept me focused and motivated. According to the race timers, my pace over the last 5 miles was close to 7 minutes / mile.
  • I kept my stride short going down the hills (and really for the whole race).

That's about it. It wasn't a PR but I'm happy with my time. It felt great to be a "real runner" again. I feel motivated to see what else I can do. It'd be nice to break 3 hours before I get too old.

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From Burt on Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 22:58:50 from

Nice to see you're still gettin' it done! Great job!

From Steve Piccolo on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 08:16:16 from

Hey Burton! Thanks for the note. How are things going for you these days?

From Burt on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 14:10:26 from

I've been dieting for the last couple of months. I've lost some weight, but I'm still running as slow as I was before :)

From Dustin on Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 10:23:47 from

Hey Steve great to read about your marathon. Iím happy that your training went well and you enjoyed the race. Iíve been struggling with my running and Iíve really gained a lot of weight the last three years. Iím needing to get back into it better.

From Steve Piccolo on Sun, Jul 15, 2018 at 14:28:32 from

Dustin, great to hear from you! You have a lot to keep you busy. I still follow your blog. Hopefully you'll find a chance to get back into training before too long. I feel a lot better while being in better shape.

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