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Member Since:

Sep 01, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

Personal Records

  • 5k - 2008 Utah Human Race 28:41
  • 10k - 2009 Spectrum 10k 58:13
  • Half - 2009 St. George Half 2:12:05
  • Full - 2009 St. George Marathon 5:12:05
  • 7 marathons and counting (SGM 3, Ogden, TOU, UVM 2)


Short-Term Running Goals:

In 2016 I plan to continue to get in shape and maybe do some trail races later in the year.

Long-Term Running Goals:

I am currently training to get back into running long distances.  I would really like to do some longer distance trail races in 2016.  I am currently trying to lose weight and my goal is to weigh between 170 and 175.


In 2015 I was diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder. This explains why I'm so awkward. :)

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 290.60
Asics Gel Nimbus 12 (wt/bl) Lifetime Miles: 724.62
Mizuno Wave Cabrakan (orange) Lifetime Miles: 81.70
Nike Free (grey/blue) Lifetime Miles: 25.00
Nike Free (red/blck) Lifetime Miles: 41.00
Under Armour (micro G Split CG) Lifetime Miles: 14.50
Mizuno Wave Precision Lifetime Miles: 397.60
Asics Nimbus 13/green Lifetime Miles: 136.50
Mizuno Wave Precision 13 Lifetime Miles: 907.79
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles

10.25 miles.  Before I started my run, it was raining, so I didn't want to use my new shoes.  Ran 6.25 miles of hills.  My left calf was extremely tight, even after a warm up and it finally felt good on the downhill.  I really struggled on the uphill.  Not sure what that was all about.  Right after I started my run, it quit raining.  When I got back home, I put on my new shoes and went out for 4.0 more flat  miles.  I could definitely tell a major difference in the cushioning on the new shoes.  They felt nice and bouncy.  I was hoping for 13 miles today, but I ran out of time.  Had to get to the school to pick up my daughter.

***Ok my friends, I'm feeling pretty down after my run today and the more I think about it, the worse I feel....Send me some positive vibes.  I need them!

Asics Gel Cumulus 11 (Blue) Miles: 6.25Asics Gel Cumulus 12 (Blue) Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 185.00
From Tom Slick on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 15:12:13 from

Hey Homie, you've put in as many miles this week already that you put in all of last week. That's a large buildup overnight...gotta watch that. Switching from old worn shoes to the new good shoes mid-stream is not a good thing to do to your running body parts especially in our last high mileage week before taper. Get out there and Run Smart! Were too close to UVM to make rookie mistakes.

From RAD on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 15:14:37 from

First of all..."what was up with the uphill?" IT'S UPHILL!! Who likes uphill (other than Teena and Kelli)?!? We all know it stinks and it takes SO much out of you - especially with tight calves! The fact that you're putting these miles in and starting to 'top out' on your mileage plan is the reason for the fatigue. I think everyone feels like junk and is ready to be done at this point in the cycle! Hang in there, you are doing a GREAT job. Get good protein and vitamins in - roll and stretch those calves and watch a good movie tonight! All is good!!

From DonGardinero on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 15:24:52 from

Hey coach...That's what I was thinking, too, but it's because I did my long run on Sunday instead of Saturday night like I always do. Thanks for the tip about switching shoes mid-run. I'm not feeling as fatigued now that I'm doing more cross training.

From DonGardinero on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 15:26:46 from

Thanks Rachel...Yeah, uphill just plain stinks, but I know it's good for me. Hopefully the tight calves won't be an issue next time.

From Tom Slick on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 15:37:39 from

So what is this, again I go for a 10 miler and you top me with a 10.25......So just to let you know, I'm going out for a 10 or 12 miler in the rain tonight when I get home.

From DonGardinero on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 15:50:30 from

Coach...I will run when I get home at 2:00 am...Just kidding. Hey, you know what? I mistakenly put my long run on Sunday. I actually did it after working OT on Saturday after watching the marathon. My days have been all messed up lately from all the working I've been doing. Sunday we went and watched Ironman 2 and ate lunch at Burrito Grande. Very good. So this week I have 10.25 miles.

From Rhett on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 16:39:56 from

Dale, your training as been the best I've ever seen you do. Trust your training. This should be you last high milage week, then the taper starts. By race day your legs will feel all nice and bouncy and light and fresh. Stick with it and keep your head up. You're doing great!!!!

From DonGardinero on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 19:47:16 from

Thanks Rhett...Ok, I'm doing 22 for my long this weekend. How long should my longs be for the next few weeks? I was going to do 22 this coming weekend and then 23 the next, and then taper for two weeks but maybe that's not a good idea.

From Rhett on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 19:57:47 from

Dale, everyone's different, but I like to do my last 20+ miler 3 weeks out and then I do 16 2 weeks out. That first week of taper I do all my normal work minus weight training and then only 16 for the long run. The second week I start cutting my runs a little shorter, but maintain speed and intensity with a long run around 10-12 miles 1 week out. The last week it's all about short (4 -6 miles)runs with some strides or maybe some mile or 12 mile repeats at mp. I usually just run every other day that last week. That's what has worked for me in the past. You have to experiment and find what works for you.

From Rhett on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 19:58:58 from

That was supposed to say 1/2 mile repeats, not 12 mile repeats.

From timp on Tue, May 18, 2010 at 23:19:42 from

Dale - sorry the run stunk today. It happens. You've been having a great run of training. Occasionally we all have a sucky one. Just move on to the next one. Its ok.

From Smooth on Wed, May 19, 2010 at 00:10:51 from

Dale ~ You've been working hard and putting in a lot of miles and with hills to boot. It is normal to feel fatigue at the peak of the marathon training cycle. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, eat and hydrate well. Sending positive vibes your way!

THANKS for coming to cheer us on your busy Sat.

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