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Running Accomplishments:

Marathon Top 10 Finishes: 7 Bridges ('15), Utah Valley ('13), Salt Lake City ('08), Top of Utah ('07), and St. Louis ('04). Ran around the equator (24901.55) in 4,388 days.

Personal Records
Marathon 2:39 (SLC '08)
1/2 Marathon 1:12.30 (Provo River, aided '08)
10K 34:16 (Track, sea level '00)
10K 33:15 (Des 10K, aided '08)
8K 25:32 (Crack of Dawn, aided '13)
5K 16:44 (Track, sea level '00)
5K 16:07 (Running of the Leopards, aided '12)

Short-Term Running Goals:

NYC Marathon November 3, 2019 done 

London Marathon October 3, 2021 done

Tokyo Marathon 202#???...

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship and in memory of those lost to blood cancer...
DONE! $26,403.70


Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...


Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 101.25 Year: 982.04
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 136.06
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 200.18
Nike Vaporfly Pink Lifetime Miles: 105.22
Saucony Rides Blue A #34 Lifetime Miles: 214.97
Saucony Rides Blue B #35 Lifetime Miles: 216.19
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Brooks Launch Black #34 Lifetime Miles: 247.00
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Brooks Launch Grey #37 Lifetime Miles: 218.00
Race: Deseret News 10K (6.24 Miles) 00:33:15, Place overall: 34, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

Deseret News 10K—Today was a long time in the making. My first 10K was back in the summer of ’95. About a year later (after my Sr. track season) I decided I wanted to run a sub-34. My first year in college that was refined to run a 33:33. This time took on a meaning of its own as soon many things turned into 33s. I wrote 33 under my insoles in my track spikes and even carried around 33 cents that I had found during one run. Needless to say this was a goal that became a very important focus of my running drive. My Sr. year in college I came my closest, running a 34:16 at sea level on the track (5/12/00). After that I felt I would never be in as good of shape again as a 22 yr old college student. However, then I moved to UT and found out about the wonderful world of downhill racing. This is my third time running Des 10K but the first time I came to the line with a good feeling about my training. The last week had been rough as my knee was acting up but nothing that would stop the race. I took a mini-taper this week and was rearing to go. I figured that with my recent races and consistent mileage a sub-33 (though well over 1min PR) was reasonable for the course.

The night before Sasha crashed at my house and we had a good running talk. Then it was off to bed. I had a hard time sleeping and woke up at 4am. I did a warm-up to the start and then started looking for people. I knew there would be a lot of FAST!!! people here today as this is hands down the most competitive race of any distance in UT. I was surprised to see Nick M and briefly said hi. I was also glad to see both Chad and Albert. They would hopefully both be good pacers to work off of. As is typical with this race the first mile was fast. I had used the course tool to look at the splits for 32 and 33 and was expecting anything from a 4:50 to a 5:10. There were plenty of people ahead of me during this mile and I was surprised to see how close I was to Dennis S. but also a large pack of women. I was very good about only looking at the Garmin on the splits and ran mostly by feel.

The first mile was alone in a 5:03.41 down 236ft up 96ft aHR 173.

At this point I was happy to see/hear Chad pull alongside and we immediately got into a rhythm and stated passing some of the people that had gone out too fast. It is seldom that you can find someone that you can race with but no words were spoken we just fell into it. At the turn onto 13th we saw Cody and he cheered us on for a block or so.

The second mile was in a 5:07.37 down 278ft up 139ft aHR 180.

I could see Albert, a guy in a Wasatch jersey and a solid “pack” of women. I started to move away from Chad with the hopes of the two of us working up to Albert and on to Wasatch guy. I was still feeling pretty good and just kept telling myself that if I could hang on through mile 4 at this pace I would be in good shape of at least breaking 34 if not 33…

The third mile was in a 5:19.17 down 195ft up 50ft aHR 184.

I was still pretty happy with this as anything sub-5:20 through 4 miles would have me in a great position to finish up. I also glanced down at the Garmin a block later to see 16 tick by at 3.09 so I had beat my Magna time from a couple of months ago. I was continuing to gain on people but more or less just running on feel. Mile 4 is all down S Temple and I just kept thinking to hold on.

The fourth mile was in a 5:20.1 down 172ft up 63ft aHR 182

The fifth mile turns off of S. Temple and earlier when I ran this as a training run it seemed to last forever so I was prepared for that. We also started to get comments from the people lining the parade route and being with the elite women it was slightly more tame than last year though I did get a few people calling me a girl and I was breathing like a horse with spit flying and I few people felt the need to mock that. But all and all I was still feeling surprisingly good.

The fifth mile was in a 5:23.04 down 240ft up 191ft aHR 183

I was really starting to feel it but I was still pushing all I had. I think somewhere in here I passed Albert, only to have him pass me back. I could see a police car for the last mile and just kept telling myself get to that turn and only a quarter mile to go you can do this. Finally got to that corner and made the turn I was really feeling the effort. It came on quickly as up to that point the pace felt “easy” as easy as running the hardest you’ve ever run for a distance can feel.

The sixth mile was in a 5:44.92 down 158ft up 62ft aHR 199

From the bump in my HR I know I was pushing it but I just didn’t feel like I responded like a competitor when Albert and then Chad and then two high schoolers blew by me. But I said enough was a enough and sprinted back at least getting Albert and one of the high schoolers but not catching Chad.

Final 0.24 in 1:17.35 down 10ft up 80ft aHR 199

Final Time 33:15.36 or 5:19/mi. That is a PR by 61 seconds so I can’t complain. I did not make my sub-33 but one barrier at a time I guess. Overall, I’m happy with the race, the time, and the relative effort. I’m looking forward to the rest of this year and hopefully continuing to have a year of PRs. This stood for nearly a decade and I have the confidence that (despite the downhill) I’m in as good as shape as I was when I was 21. I guess 30 is the new 21…

Spoke with some bloggers at the finish that I hadn’t met before. It seems like there were some good races all around MichelleL was particularly strong today. Then cooled down with Cody and Chad. We tried to catch the leaders in the marathon but misjudged and missed them. We were able to see BC though we were not able to give him any course help. Overall, a great day and I’m still not too sore so I’m happy about it all. Total miles 14-AA

Asics DS-Trainer #2: 368 / / Saucony Rides #1: 406 / / Saucony Rides #2: 389 // Adidas Adistar (flats): 189

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 1.50Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 0.00
From Jon on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 22:44:29

Nice race, Adam! breathing like a horse with spit flying- love it!

From MichelleL on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 23:05:05

Great race! It was nice to get to chat a couple of times today. So cool that us old timers can show our very old PR's the door. For me 31 is the new 21. What was your chick score?

From Phoenix on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 23:24:04

Awesome race! Reading your report was my vicarious race experience--even felt race jitters. Way to race like a horse.

From wheakory on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 00:42:58

Congratulations Adam you truly performed well. The hard training paid off. Your still young, and doesn't it feel good to know even though your older you still have that burst of speed. I glad your body is feeling good that really proves your in great shape.

From Adam RW on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 08:18:31

"Chick score?" I got double chicked...

The big bummer was that by not surging at the right time at the finish I took 34th overall. It would have been fitting to have been 33rd.

Thanks for the congrats.

From josse on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 09:14:47

Well done!! That is alot of time to take off of a 10k. You'll get that


From jtshad on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 09:43:46

Nice race and a great time, glad the knee held up. A PR, a kick at the end...not bad at all.

From AdamsMom on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 11:32:14

I was sure with the stories about 33 in the beginning that you were going to say that you took third! Hey a mom can dream especially when she doesn't know the field. Considering your time I'd say that you still did great!

From dave holt on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 14:01:58

Good job! Way to hit it!

From Chad on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 17:32:32

Great race, Adam. You ran a very well-controlled pace and you should have no problem making 32 your magic number next year. Thanks for the motivation and company during the race.

From walter on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 22:56:26

Way to go Adam! Are you guys sure you werent using your flip out rollers on your shoes? Holy Crap!

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