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Member Since:

Jun 01, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

1600m: 4:27

800: 1:59

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran for Alta and SUU on their Cross Country/Track and Field teams

2014-2015 Alta Track Athlete of the Year

Have a had a couple good placements in mountain races

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy and and build mileage

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Run the Boston Marathon at least once

Make a glorious return to spartan racing

Personal:

I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Coach Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. I ran for Southern Utah University for a year or two. I am currently a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University studying industrial organizational psychology. Right now my main goals are to stay healthy and run consistently.

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 7.00 Month: 51.20 Year: 390.65
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
65.250.000.000.0065.25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Drove down to saint george with my parents before I started off on my journey home, ran on the hotels treadmill.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

30 minute run in oklahoma, nice and warm.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

Officially the first day of marathon training in Ohio. Ran 4.25 miles at 6:53 pace. Then increased to 6:27 for the last mile and 5:56 for the last quarter mile. Felt tough, my legs will be sore. Overall great first day, it was tough to push through the middle miles today. But it'll only get easier from here on. Well today was on the treadmill at .5 incline, so maybe not all easier. But its a good start.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

Got out the door with the plan of doing 2 miles, my knee and achillles felt tight at first but felt fine within 10 mins of running. At some point I just decided to run all the way to the track. Once I was there I was feeling great so I ran 5 laps and headed back to my place. I felt like I could have gone a lot longer, it was a great run. 7:10 pace today.

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4.000.000.000.004.00

Ran 4 miles and ended at the gym where I did back day with Ian. Currently walkint home. Todays pace was just under 7:00. I'm tentatively planning on running again tomorrow, should be good weather.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.350.000.000.005.35

Went out for a run, didn't have much time today. Was going to judt do 4 easy miles but the pace got away from me and I was feeling good so I ended up doing 36 minutes at 6:44 pace.

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4.000.000.000.004.00

I think my allergies or asthma must be acting up because I couldn't breathe at all today when I ran ar planet fitness. Went with Izzy which is good because then I do some core and rowing after I run.

But geez, today's run was rough. I kept the treadmill at 6:49 and lasted all 4 miles, but it was not an enjoyable run today haha. That's okay, the great part about running is that even if it sucks during it, the feeling after is nice. I also don't think I've eaten today, that might be a factor.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

It was in the low 40s today, was looking forward to it all week. I wanted to run tuesday but I was just too busy. Today I didn't have too many pressing things to do between 3 and 6 so plenty of time for a quality run.

Unfortunately the wind was pretty rough, over 25 mph. But overall pretty good run. I felt pretty tired fighting against the wind starting in mile 3/4 but I pushed through well. About 7:40 average for the run.

I've got a long ways to go before being able to run 26.2 miles at 6:50 per mile. I'd say doing that 3 months from now is ptetty ambitious, especially on 3/4 runs per week. But I'll give it my best shot!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.550.000.000.006.55

Quarter of a marathon at 6:45 pace. It's in the 20s today, so it was pretty cold. One of those days you wish you'd worn thicker underwear. Been a while since I had a good below-freezing long run just for training.

The nice thing is that as my shape improves it will get warmer outside, so the tough part is right now. I just need to get through the next 5 weeks and be able to do this pace for over half a marathon by then. I think I could have done it for 10 miles today if I'd gone for it. I felt great today outside of never really getting warm.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Plan was to run from my apartment to planet fitness, do 2.5 miles on the treadmill, and run back.

Instead I accidentally took a really long route to planet fitness, was at 3.5 miles when I got there. So I just took a shorter route home. Planning on doing 4 easy grass miles behind the track on Wednesday, maybe another short run on thursday, and then an 8-10 mile run on saturday.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

4.25 easy miles at 7:30 pace on the treadmill. Treadmill miles aren't fun, but I found myself wanting to continue on for more by the end. I had to get back home to teach a recitation though, and I wanted to get to some core and rowing so I stopped where I'd planned. I'll be doing 8-10 miles this weekend. At least half of it will be at marathon pace, but maybe all. I'll see how I'm feeling the day of. If it's as cold as it's been all week, I'd lean towards all of it at marathon pace.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.100.000.000.0010.10

Been a while since I ran a 10 miler and felt fine afterwards. I feel great right now, could have easily gone on to finish 13.1 miles. Today I ran 6 miles easy and then 3.5 miles hard and cooled down around half a mile.

I decided doing a few marathon miles towards the end of the run would better train my body to run at marathon pace when it's tired. As per usual my ankles were a little sore at the beginning but feel fine now. My knees felt cold after the run today.

Even with 65% of the run at easy pace I averaged 7:11. I think my half marathon at goal pace in 2 weeks will feel good. My current training schedule is working really well for me.

Time to go get some food and do some work.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
65.250.000.000.0065.25
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