Training in Montana

October 18, 2018

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Member Since:

Jan 10, 2011



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

~~Longest Ultra: Bighorn Trail Run: 12:19:00, 52 miles, Bighorn Mountains, WY, June 20, 2015

50K: Bighorn Trail Run: 5:52:13, 32 miles, Bighorn Mountains, WY, June 15, 2013

Marathon: 3:25:01, Deseret News Marathon, SLC, UT, July 24, 2013

Half-Marathon: 1:37:00 (downhill), Deseret News Marathon Split, SLC, UT, July 24, 2013

10K: 44:07, Big Sky State Games, Billings, MT, July 2012

5K: 20:25, Big Sky State Games, Billings, MT, July 2013

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back into running shape.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Not get super fat, and qualify for Boston before I'm 50 (April 2023).


Started running seriously in March 2010. Married 22 years to a hot momma and we have 3 boys, 1 sweet girl, 2 dogs, 3 2 0 1 cat, and 6     4 5 6 3 5 3 1 2 new chickens (spring 2018) who have yet to lay eggs. My day job is Learning Architect for a regional bank in MT, WY, SD, OR, ID, and WA. In May 2017 I joined our local School Board as a Trustee for a 3 year term.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 4.00 Month: 62.25 Year: 755.02
Cascadia 10 Lifetime Miles: 438.72
Cascadia 10 Pt2 Lifetime Miles: 442.75
Brooks Adrenaline 15 Pt2 Lifetime Miles: 387.02
Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 538.47
Adrenaline 16 Lifetime Miles: 361.80
Adrenaline 17 Lifetime Miles: 392.03
Adrenaline 18 Lifetime Miles: 349.66
Cascadia 12 Lifetime Miles: 265.00
Total Distance

4 TM miles at the Y during lunch. Fast, slow, fast, slow, fast. TM running is something I want to end quickly, but always glad I did it.

Adrenaline 17 Miles: 4.32
Weight: 0.00
From Donald Davis on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 14:16:46 from

As an Idaho Falls resident, I am surprised how often serious runners go out on icy roads. Running is my only major hobby, and I can't imagine just losing it one day on the ice. I don't know if you did the treadmill to avoid the ice or not, but just a thought.

Another thought, running in very cold conditions (besides ice) is fine with the proper gear!

No more thoughts, enjoy your winter miles!

From Russ on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 14:27:23 from

Thanks Donald! I appreciate you stopping in. If I run in the mornings I go in any temps, but at work I generally avoid the ice and stay inside during winter if there's snow and ice outside. Too many variables to control around town, but at home I can run on the edges, use my micro spikes, etc. I have run many TM miles, including a 20 miler once (I think) and it's not too bad with Netflix and a fan blowing on me, but I definitely prefer outside, if I have the right gear. I just checked out your page, amazing progress! Kudos. I turn 45 in April, so I'm just now thinking of my 2018 plans where just maybe I can finally get a BQ (I get 10 more minutes this year, so a 3:23:xx should get me in). Not sure if I can do that with a busy life outside of work, but here's to hoping. Best of luck to you!

From Donald Davis on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 20:59:41 from

Russ, thanks and keep up the good work! You are definitely in the right place to get your BQ! I am hoping to finish the SLC marathon in under 3:10 this upcoming April. Do you have any upcoming marathons?

From I Just Run on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 16:40:46 from

Good question Donald, so what's the answer Russ...??? :-)

From Russ on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 10:57:58 from

No upcoming marathons, but Monday I did look up the top 10 BQ marathons, and I've always known St George was one of them and I've done it twice without stellar results. I'm thinking I'll find a nice flat sea-level course and try and get a BQ this year. We'll see if it fits my time and budget. What about you Donald, and you Preston?

From Donald Davis on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 14:32:48 from

I am signed up for SLC in April, and I plan on signing up for STG when registration opens in April. I've done both several times, and both races make good trips for my family to go see cousins and grandparents. For that reason, there isn't much motivation to try any other marathons.

marathonguide seems like a good source of race reviews, in case you were looking for such a website.

From Russ on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 at 16:17:11 from

SLC was a good race, but winter and spring are brutal in MT and I don't feel like doing my 20 milers on the TM like I think I did to prep for SLC. SGM is a great race and my parents live there, but the weather is so unpredictable. Maybe I'll do it again, especially as the popularity has dropped off. But being a Western kid my entire life, I'd love to see the bennies from living at altitude of dropping to less than 1000 ft for a marathon. I think it would give me a couple or three minutes.

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