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Member Since:

Jun 01, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

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

2015 Alta Track Athlete of the Year

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy and and build mileage

Sub 1:20 half marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Run the Boston Marathon at least once

Personal:

Married, we have one daughter so far. I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Rob Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. I also ran for Southern Utah University.

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Miles:This week: 6.25 Month: 62.55 Year: 422.15
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
86.200.000.000.0086.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.100.000.000.009.10

Ran over to the field/track and did 3.25 miles warm up and then 2 reps of the marathon mile, 2 laps 5k, 1 lap mile pace.

Didn't feel 100% today, never felt smooth and was drained by the end. Really nice day and always great to get out and run.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.250.000.000.0013.25

Went out for an easy 4-7 miles and ended up running a half marathon in 1:27:37. My first mile over to the track was 7:25 and my 2nd was 7:07. So I decided to pick it up a little and see if I could run goal marathon pace without too much effort. I ended up running mid 6 minute pace for the next 11 miles.

I felt great up until mile 9ish and then I had to push it to keep up with the pace. The last 4 miles were still all 6:35-6:40. I feel pretty happy about keeping the pace consistent once I got tired. I've got a long ways to go with both speed and endurance but today was a big step in the right direction!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

Easy and mostly on the grass today. I also ran a few strides and one lap on the track at goal 5k pace. I love having a track that's so accessible.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.350.000.000.004.35

Nice late night run. Been another busy week. Remodel is really starting to come together in the later stages, also like 2/3 weeks from becoming a dad. On top of that I think I'm close to landing my dream job, we'll see... exciting but busy time.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

Warmed up a couple miles and then did a 5k time trial. My main goal today was to be under 18 for 3 miles- which was successful. I started out with a 5:38 and ran into a wall with asthma in mile 2... Need to get meds for that. Cut the rest of the run short because my toes were bleeding quite a bit.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Did 7 strides building up to a sprint. Wasn't feeling 100% today, had some rough shortness of breath. I think I should do sprints more often, that will probably help a lot with my top end speed.

Baby should be arriving in just about 2 weeks, so that's really exciting. Still need to build some furniture but the only main outstanding projects we have on the house are the counter/island and the stairs and we've got plans for both of those.

I'm also getting towards the end of the interview process for a couple of remote jobs... so that will be pretty awesome if one of those works out.

I think I'll just start making 6-7pm my running hour each day. I've need to get out and do a few miles per day more consistently. Especially in the beginning of having a baby I think I'll probably keep runs shorter- but I'll just kind of see what fits into my new life as a dad.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

Ran with Matt today, met him on a Facebook group for Columbus runners. He went to BYU and is a grad student at OSU, cool dude!

Did mile warm up and then 4x400, cool down walk. About 2 mins rest between 400s, I averaged 68-70 I think. I think one of them might have been a 65/66. I forgot my watch and was just keeping track on my phone. Legs were wrecked from Wednesday, excited to see how much faster I feel once they're all healed up.

Might do a few more miles today, it's kind of cold. We'll see.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.100.000.000.004.10

Easy run, felt good.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Was interested in how a hard 800M would feel. My legs were still pretty tired from last week's workouts but I just went for it- goal was to run 2:15-2:20. I figured I'd try to start out in 33/34 seconds for the first 200m and then see where things went from there. I was right on pace and continued through 68 for the first lap, the 2nd lap felt surprisingly good but my legs were drained. I ended up right at 2:20. I could have pushed harder the 2nd lap if I'd realized how much I was slowing down but I'm happy with it- was just a hard effort to see how it felt, I didn't mean to race it. That didn't spare my throat from getting super raw, I really need to get my nasal rinse and asthma meds going.

I think the next hard effort I do will be a sub 5 mile, but I want to do another 400m workout or two before then... Or maybe I should just make an effort for sub 5 this weekend because the baby is coming next week and I have no idea how much I'll run once I have a newborn and a wife recovering from childbirth...

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Warmed up a few miles and then did 6 200ms at goal mile pace and a couple strides. Amazing weather, really beautiful outside today. Also walked about a mile.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

Heck yeah, I got a sub 5 mile. I really died on the last lap and threw up after. But I got it. I clocked it at 4:59 and my Garmin says it was 4:54... But it was 4 laps around the track so I'm pretty confident my time is correct. I went into the last 200m at 4:20 and was dying pretty hard. I think I could get down to under 4:50 if I can just switch from dying the last lap to going into the last lap feeling good and closing in a 70 and wear racing flats or spikes instead of trainers.

Sitting here in a shaded patch just off the track until I can get back up and run again. I feel like death, I was having cramps during the warm up so ig it's not overly surprising I puked. Ugh I feel sick though. Think I'll walk home and get a drink before cool down.

Cooled down a little over a mile. I have a lot of goals to get back in the best shape of my life before 30, run some prs in the 5k and mile, run a fast 10k, podium in a few spartan elite races. HM and marathon can wait for my 30s... Maybe. We'll see how having a baby impacts those goals haha. 6-7pm is the plan for a daily workout hour while Becca has mommy daughter time. I've been stuck around 20mpw recently and I think in April I'll just try and maintain that with being a new dad. Ideally I want to build up to 50-60 mpw by this time next year. Who knows, maybe workout hour will be a huge hit and I'll run 150 miles next month. But I'm not too worried, mostly excited to meet my daughter!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Around the neighborhood.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.400.000.000.007.40

Nice run around the neighborhood and track. On the last lap of the neighborhood loop I decided to pick it up to a hard but relaxed pace and ended up kicking in the last couple hundred meters. Averaged 5:43 for the loop, it's just under a mile.

Baby will be coming in just a couple days... exciting times.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
86.200.000.000.0086.20
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