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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
79.050.000.000.0079.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

2 easy miles and then 4x400m @73/74. Hit consistent splits but my lungs and calves/ankles weren't having it.

Cooled down and went home. I need to get asthma medication so that I can do legitimate track workouts. I need surgery on my nose too so I can breathe better but that won't be happening until this winter probably. I'll probably avoid interval workouts until I can get medicine.

Felt kinda wrecked after the 400s. Which is weird becuase I got up to 5:20s pace for over a mile on saturday and felt great. Eh whatever. Might take friday easy and do 6-10 and then do 15 at goal pace on sunday. I need to remember to go out easy when I start racing again.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.400.000.000.008.40

Easy run today. Felt very relaxing. Was just over 40 today. Nice to get out of my apartment.

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.550.000.000.006.55

Easy quarter of a marathon. Beautiful sunset today, it was very purple. Race shoes still aren't in, so that's too bad. I decided to do the 15 miler Tuesday because I want to do it in those shoes. Another 7 weeks of training and some super shoes could get me to a sub 3. But even if I'm feeling good and on pace I'm going to step out the second I feel a ache or possible injury starting up.  Better to dnf and take a week off than finish and lose all my fitness right afterwards.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.100.000.000.0013.10

Half marathon in the alphaflys. Awesome shoes, but I think mine have slight defects. It felt like my right foot feels kind of angled in the shoe. Maybe that's on purpose? The first 8 miles felt great but then I tanked hard at 9/10. It was really hard to keep running the last 2 miles. I walked the last mile and half barefoot after I finished to half a marathon. But anyways I barely made it to my recitation on time afterwards and now I'm getting food.

I think a big issue that I run into and need to stop doing is that I will go out too hard and that always blows up my run. I need to ease into things and my first mile should be like 7:40-8 minutes for every run.

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Found a weird tender bump on my hamstring. Seems like a muscle strain maybe? Will proceed with caution. I've been considering just concentrating on running easy 4-10 mile runs a few times a week and feeling healthy. Maybe just get back into a good running rythym and try running some fast races aftee that rythym has been established for a while.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Garmin reported 5.6, but I'm pretty sure it was 5. Just an easy shake out. My legs have been pretty shredded up since the half marathon in alphas. Sending em back. But it was nice to get out again.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.300.000.000.003.30

Jake tricked me into doing a time trial tomorrow so I did a quick pre-time trial jaunt today right before my recitation. Got there pretty sweaty and barely on time for the 2nd week in a row.

I took today pretty slow, averaged 7:44 even with 2 200ms at 42 seconds. Felt alright. Bump is still on my hamstring, but from what I've read it will just slowly go away as I run more. My legs are feeling fine, maybe just a little beaten up still.

Tomorrow I just want to do a 3 miler in under 17 minutes. I'm going to start out easy, maybe even as slow as 90 seconds for the first lap. If all goes well I'll split a 5:20 for mile 3 and go well under my goal. But the way this year has gone I could see myself running anywhere from 16:30 to DNFing or running 18 minutes if my lungs start acting up. Been an inconsistent year, I need to get back on asthma medication.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.700.000.000.006.70

Warmed up and got onto the track for the 2nd mile. The track club showed up before I started so I asked them if there were any lanes they wouldn't be using. They said lane 8 was fine. But then when I started my 3 miler they started laying down in the lane I was in and getting in my way every lap, wouldn't get out of the way after several laps and if anything were getting more aggressive. None of them were running, just intentionally getting in my way. After 7ish laps I took the hint and got off the track.

Took a lot of self control for me not to say something like "big attitude for last place in the MAC". But it's no big deal. Just didn't really understand why they were acting like that. I would have left if they'd asked.

Speaking of college running, super proud of my alma mater and former team at SUU for taking 9th at nationals. Also watching Conner Mantz win was possibly the highlight of my year so far, what a performance!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

Ran to get lunch, ended up at 4.5 miles by the time I got food. I made several wrong turns, apparantly the restaurant I was trying to get to has multiple locations. Just 2 miles to get home afterwards. Ran a pretty fast pace today at 6:52. It certainly doesn't feel like it did 3-5 years ago. But hopefully I can get back to that fitness this year.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Warmed up a mile to the psych building for a quick meeting. Continued on to the track. I threw in a couple mileish long surges. Felt pretty good, great weather.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

5 miles at a strong pace, ran over to the track and ran the xc course behind it.

Sat on the steeplechase hurdle and enjoyed the day for a little before running 3 more miles a decent pace. I'm trying to teach my legs to run faster again.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

Pretty good run today. Just 4 more weeks in Ohio and then the semester is over. Felt lucky to be able to get out and enjoy the warmth for a little. Semester is about to heat up.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
79.050.000.000.0079.05
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