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Location:

Saratoga Springs,UT,

Member Since:

Jan 31, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2016 Finished 12 100-milers during the year.  86 career 100-mile finishes, 9th in the world.   First person to do 6 consecutive summits of Mount Timpanogos.  Won Crooked Road 24-hour race. Achieved the 5th, 6th, and 8th fastest 100-mile times in the world for runners age 57+ for the year.

2013  First person to bag the six highest Wasatch peaks in one day. First and only person to do a Kings Peak double (highest peak in Utah).  I've now accomplished it four times. 

2010 - Overall first place Across the Years 48-hour run (187 miles), Overall first place Pony Express Traill 100.

2009 - Utah State Grand Masters 5K champion (Road Runners Club of America).  National 100-mile Grand Masters Champion (Road Runners Club of America). USATF 100-mile National Champion for age 50-54.

2006 - Set record of five consecutive Timpanogos Summits ("A record for the criminally insane")  See: http://www.crockettclan.org/blog/?p=42

2007 - Summited 7 Utah 13-ers in one day.  See: http://www.crockettclan.org/blog/?p=14 

Only person to have finished nine different 100-mile races in Utah: Wasatch, Bear, Moab, Pony Express Trail, Buffalo Run, Salt Flats, Bryce, Monument Valley, Capitol Reef.

PRs - all accomplished when over 50 years old

5K - 19:51 - 2010 Run to Walk 5K

10K - 42:04 - 2010 Smile Center

1/2 Marathon: 1:29:13 - 2011 Utah Valley

Marathon - 3:23:43 - 2010 Ogden Marathon

50K - 4:38 - 2010 Across the Years split

50-mile - 8:07 - 2010 Across the Years split

100K - 10:49 - 2010 Across The Years split

12-hours 67.1 miles - 2010 Across The Years split

100-mile 19:40 - 2011 Across the Years split

24-hours 117.8 miles - 2011 Across the Years split

48-hours 187.033 miles - 2010 Across the Years

Long-Term Running Goals:

I would like to keep running ultras into my 60s. 

Personal:

Details at: http://www.crockettclan.org/ultras/ultracrockett.pdf Married with six kids and six grandchildren.  Started running at the age of 46 in 2004.  My first race since Junior High days was a 50K. I skipped the shorter road stuff and went straight to ultramarathons.  I started as a back-of-the packer, but have progressed to a top-10-percent ultra finisher.  Wish I would have started running at a much earlier age.  Have had several articles published in national running magazines.  Check out my running adventure blog at www.crockettclan.org/blog

Favorite Blogs:

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Mizuno Wave Elixer - Red Miles: 48.00Montrail Wildwood - Red Miles: 35.00
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Treadmill.   I'm ready to do early morning runs outside, but the weather is now even colder this week before sunrise.  Great.  Once the wind dies down, I'll probably just go out anyway.

p.m. 6 more treadmill miles.

A nice ultrarunning video to get you excited for the snow to melt. 

Mizuno Wave Elixer - Red Miles: 13.00
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7.00

Treadmill.   15 degrees outside.   Whats up with that?

Mizuno Wave Elixer - Red Miles: 7.00
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7.00

Tough treadmill.   Five of the miles at 10% incline, 8:00 pace, holding on to the front.   Was only going to do one mile that way, but kept pushing myself more and more.  The heart and lungs got a good workout.

Mizuno Wave Elixer - Red Miles: 7.00
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16.00

Treadmill, sluggish today. Ready for the rain and snow to quit falling.

p.m.  more treadmill while watching curling.

Mizuno Wave Elixer - Red Miles: 16.00
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Slept in.  Had a 100-mile dream.  Was on pace for a 24-hour finish, but for some reason I stopped and took a 7-hour nap, finishing in 31 hours.

p.m.

After reading Paul's blog and his speedy workouts, I felt like such a wus.  So I went to do a speed workout.  Ran miles on the treadmill.   6:40, 6:15, 6:31, and 5:53.   Not bad.  Felt good when it was over.  Got the old bones moving pretty fast.  But if I'm going to continue this speedy madness, I'll need to get a hernia fixed, otherwise it will literally rip my guts out. 

Mizuno Wave Elixer - Red Miles: 5.00
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35.00

I was going to do an early morning run, but when I saw the weather report called for ideal day-time weather for running, I decided to delay and do a long afternoon run.   After a two-hour stake presidency meeting, I got the OK from my wife to go on a very long run.  I invited her to drive way out, meet me for a lunch, but that idea didn't thrill here. My crazy run ended up being 35 miles.  I ran from home all the way out to Fairfield, to Cedar Fort, to Cedar Pass, through the Ranches, and then back home.  I took my sweet time, wanting some good time on my feet and to work my knee.  My running time was 6:32.

It was great to be running outside again.   By staying in the lowlands, I didn't have too much problem with mud, but when I went over the ridge between Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain, I hit some rather deep snow.   I ran on the snow for about three miles, kind of slow going, but lots of fun. I saw plenty of foot prints of wildlife, dear, coyotes, and what looked like a big cat.  I also saw some foot prints of another runner from earlier in the day.  I rarely see prints or other runners in my private training area.  It was good to know someone else is venturing out several miles from their home.  It looked like the runner came from Eagle Mountain.   That made me think about how many ultrarunners there are in Saratoga Springs.  Out of a city of about 16,000 people, I can only count 6-7 runners who have run at least a 50k in the past few years.   I'm the only one who has run a 100-miler.  That is really a low ratio and shows what a nitch sport this still is.

I spilled out in the Cedar Valley.  The sun peeked out and it became warmer.  The sleeves rolled up.   I reached mile 7.9 at 1:35 in Eagle Mountain city center.   I hooked up with the Pony Express Trail road and really enjoyed the nice soft straight dirt road.   I could see Fairfield off in the distance.  After running another 20 minutes, Fairfield looked just as far away.  It was an amazing illusion.   It seemed to never come closer.

Finally I did arrive at Fairfield.  I ran over to Camp Floyd, filled up my water bottle and took a very long bathroom break.  Got to love the clean heated bathroom there.   That was the 15.2 mile mark, and I had 2:55 running time.

On the way again, I now ran along the busy highway 73 toward Cedar Fort.  It had a nice shoulder and I could jump to the side of it on some dirt that was nice.   The litter along the way was very depressing to see.   All the cigarette butts and beer cans were disgusting.  Why do people have to throw stuff out of their car.  I just can't understand it.   I counted a beer can rate of 30 per mile on that side of the road.  Clearly the beer of choice for these litterers is Bud Light.

I reached my first aid station, a convenient store at Cedar Fort at the 19.9 mile mark after running 3:47.   I bought some goodies and Gatoraid.   While I was sitting and eating, some bikers rode up.  They looked very tired.   I listened but didn't strike up a conversation.  I thought it would sound stupid if I told them I was on mile 20.  They were complaining that they still had 10 miles to go on their ride.  I just smiled to myself.

On my way again, the bikers went by after I had run another mile.  I was listening to the BYU-New Mexico basketball game, and I was bummed out that they lost.   Running along the highway was getting old.  I spent plenty of time on the dirt side-shoulder to stay far away from the cars and trucks going 70+ mph.   I reached the 26.2 mile mark (Cedar Pass) after 4:49 running time.   At mile 28, 5:12, I reached the Ranches Parkway and stopped at my second aid station, a Maverik store.   I bought a nice big hot cup of hot chocolate and went outside to a picnic table and drank the entire cup.

As I ran along the Ranches Parkway (now away from the highway), I was passed by a woman pushing a baby cart.  She also had a big dog on a leash.   She was going fast, at least 7:30 miles.   It was impressive to watch.   There was no way I could keep up with her at the speed.   I made the turn to head toward Saratoga Springs.   There were sections of the Pony Express Parkway that had a no shoulder, so it was a bother dodging cars, but finally I reached Saratoga Springs.  I tried to push the speed for the final three miles.  The light was getting dim, but I was able to reach home right before dusk.

It was a great afternoon.  My legs held up great.   It was so good to be outdoors again and away from the treadmill.  My training area still needs a few weeks for the snow and mud to go away, but I can see that spring is coming.  That is four Saturdays in a row with at least 35 miles!

I noticed that I'm down to 170 pounds.  Haven't been that low for a couple years and I didn't stay there long.  That spare tire is almost gone.

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Montrail Wildwood - Red Miles: 35.00
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