One of the things I have done all through my marathon experience is to listen for things people say, I have created quite a list. Here are a few of them I have actually heard, with where they happened.


1. Volunteer: You’ll have to back out and go to the other parking lot because this one is full.

Runner in car: Where is the other parking lot?

Volunteer: I don’t know.

-Valley of Fire


2. Well, you may have beat me, but at least I don’t feel like I’m going to throw up now.

-St. George


3. We need to shake the door to this porta-potty and scare the crap out of them.

-Deseret news


4. No, I’ll never volunteer again. The runners drip sweat all over you while you’re trying to get the chip off of their shoe.

-Deseret News


5. I passed out 100 yards before the finish line. Do you think they’re going to disqualify me?

-Ogden


6. From the bus driver: So do I wait here until you finish?

-Ogden


7. I saw a guy eat a mouthful of Vaseline because he thought it was Gel. Probably caused him some other problems about 8 hours later too.

-Top of Utah


8. No Dorothy, we’re not in San Diego anymore

-St. George


9. I know what I’m stepping in

-Antelope Island (Buffalo run) 50K


10. The hotel you’re staying at is where the county houses indigent people.

-Valley of Fire



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Frank has run 103 marathons and 3 ultras. He considers any exercise that is not running to be a waste of time. His running music of choice is Nightwish, though he is also a huge fan of Cher. Frank currently lives with his wife in West Jordan, Utah.



Race Directors Note: Frank is a good personal friend that I have known for many years. We currently run together on a weekly basis, and I have run several marathons with him. Through these many interactions I have heard many of the stories that we are sharing on this blog, and I thought it was about time for the rest of the world to hear them. So I hope you all enjoy Fridays with Frank.

-Andrew

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The Bonneville Salt Flats is home to some of the fastest land speed records on the planet due to its iconic flat, salt-crystal surface. In the middle of a desert in western Utah, it's quite the site.


But have you ever seen it under several inches of water?


Enjoy these images and videos of the Salt Flats under inches of water - that's all it takes to cover acres upon acres of land due to how flat this land is.



To start off - a panoramic video of the Bonneville Salt Flats under water.


It almost looks like the Salt Flats has a tide! It's really just the wind that's blowing the water in.


The water is so still it becomes a literal mirror for the landscape.



Can you say car commercial??




Standing on water...



Minimalism.


The sunset is amazing - because you see it twice!



And a plug for our race:







If you haven't been out there, go check out the Bonneville Salt Flats sometime. You could even join us June 21-22, 2019 for our inaugural race under the light of a *near full moon! It may even rival the beauty of the Salt Flats under water...

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Be careful when giving running advice:


Back in the early part of the century I got on the bus to ride to my second Deseret News marathon, my fifth marathon in my life.  This marathon is unique because we travel to the start line each year in nice buses rather than school buses.


Ended up sitting next to a young woman who told me in our conversation that she was running her first marathon.  She asked several questions about running a marathon, I provided what I thought was pretty good advice based on my 13 months of marathon experience and four previous marathons.  



One of the later questions was what my time goal would be.  At that time, for me, finishing under 4 hours was a great accomplishment, so I shared my sub four hour goal and showed a copy of my paper pace band I had made for the race that was fastened around my right wrist.  


I asked “how about a goal for you”?  


Her response?   “I will finish under 3 hours, and I will probably win”.   


I found out later that the race promoters had flown her down to run their race and she was some college track star in the northwest.  


I was cautious about giving out any running advice for quite a while after that, and my time was 4:02:41, the first time I had ever gone over four hours to date. 



#FridayswithFrank #DusktoDawnRelay #SeizetheNight




Frank has run 103 marathons and 3 ultras. He considers any exercise that is not running to be a waste of time. His running music of choice is Nightwish, though he is also a huge fan of Cher. Frank currently lives with his wife in West Jordan, Utah.



Race Directors Note: Frank is a good personal friend that I have known for many years. We currently run together on a weekly basis, and I have run several marathons with him. Through these many interactions I have heard many of the stories that we are sharing on this blog, and I thought it was about time for the rest of the world to hear them. So I hope you all enjoy Fridays with Frank.

-Andrew

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