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Herriman Invitational

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Jun 01, 2013



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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

Run a marathon in under 3 hours once marathons start taking place again.

Sub 26 for 8k or sub 16 for 5k this fall

Sub 33 minutes at the Deseret News 10k

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Run the Boston Marathon at least once

Make a glorious return to spartan racing


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.

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Miles:This week: 9.00 Month: 9.00 Year: 284.15
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Still pretty disappointed that I'm missing BYU. I think I have to run 4:24 on my own this week to do it, I'm kind of annoyed that other guys trying to get on USU get to compete at BYU and I have to go to Herriman. I'm trying to be positive but it feels like trading in a Lamborghini class meet for a pick up truck. I ran 7 miles today at 7:00-7:15 pace. Ready for a hard track workout tomorrow. A few more thoughts, I need to think less highly of 4:20s in the mile, its just like PRing in the 4:30s, its still just putting all I have out there and doing my best, just because its fast now doesn't mean its any different.

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Pretty good track workout, we did 3x600m with a full recovery, the goal pace was 1:36. I ran 1:34, 1:33, and then I gave a little harder effort to get 1:30 on the last one. It wasn't easy of course, but I think I can do 1:30 or maybe 1:29 next time we do it, it was pretty fun! Looking back I kind of wonder what 800m I would've run if id ran the last 200m of the last rep, I think I would've made a PR. A sub 2:00 the 2nd day of Region is in my grasp, im going to crush that barrier. I should run under 2:05 after the 1600m at Herriman so that I will be more comfortable with at the race for region. I'm going to do super at the 1600m, I saw a quote from Henry Ford the other day "Whether you think that you can, or you think that you can't, you're right." I believe I can run run a 4:24 on Friday, I'm going to run as fast as I can, and I'm not going to let up. This is going to be a great meet, and I'm going to accomplish great things. Also looks like we get two easy days to get ready for Herriman, I will be in great condition to race.

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Warm up and then an easy 30 minute run with 6 striders. I was having trouble sleeping, I think I fell asleep at like 1:30 because I went downstairs and ate a bunch of food after not being able to sleep for a long time and it was 1:00, I fell asleep pretty soon after that. I think I was thinking about the race too much,I need to stay relaxed and run the race. Then in the 800m afterwards I will run under 2:05 for sure.

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I I'm running the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m at region. I'm going to do my best and I'm not going to let anything get in my head or screw with me. Warm up and 20 minutes easy, then some striders. Going to get mentally ready for tomorrow.

Race: Herriman Invitational (0.497 Miles) 00:02:01, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 6
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Started the meet out with a not great 1600m, I ran about 4:35 and took 6th. But I put the slow start behind me and loaded upon food, including hot dog, not a great idea, but I was hungry. Then I ran the 800m, I got into an intense mindset and when we started I ran what I felt was a good pace, I started in last and worked my way up. With 500 left I remembered what Andrew said always thought around the middle of the 800m "this isn't so bad, I can keep this up". The first lap was :59 and I started going, I started passing a lot of people with a big kick, I felt really steady, I kept thinking i would run out of gas, but I didn't! I think if I'd know how much I had I might have gone sub 2:00, but 2:01 was a nice PR! Finally I broke out of my horrible 1 race mindset, I wanted to do the 3200m cause I was feeling on fire, and it was a good workout opportunity, and I thought I might even score a couple points. I ended up running 10:30 or so, not bad for so late and after all that. Then i ran the 4x400m after a small break, slightly extended by the lights going off. I ran a 54, fastest split on the team! Even though the meet started off on the wrong note, it ended up being great!

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Ran the Wasatch pepperwood loop with Ashton. Really drained and sore from yesterday, I'm going to come back even stronger! Food is especially good right now, after a quadruple event meet and a good long run, I'm just about ready for lots and lots of food and rest.

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