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Member Since:

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

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.

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: 8.00 Month: 8.00 Year: 406.65
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Ran while my parents biked, they got a 20 second head start on the route cause my gps was starting. But I got to the top faster and had a big lead, they caught me going back down with a little under a mile left and probably got home about a minute before me. I averaged 6:20, my last full mile was 5:27 and I kept around 5:30 pace to finish. So next time I should go harder early on and try to bring that pace down to sub 6 if I want to get back home first!

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I'm pretty happy about today's workout. I ran up to the rec center and did a bench workout with a warm up set of 10 at 155, 2x10 at 185, I did curls at 10x35 in between and then I decided to try for 205 even though my arms were a little sore after all that, I did 5 reps at 205, which I feel good about for my first set above 200. Next time I'll try for 6/7 reps or maybe just start fresh and go for all 10. I did pull ups, some abs, and back workouts too.

Then I ran the next 5 miles of my workout, I stopped with a quarter mile left to do monkey bars at the park, I did 40 monkey bars and then 20 of the monkey hoop things, the little hand holds you grab onto. So that was good. I finished with 30 burpees when I got home, not sure if I was just tired cause of the long workout or what but those burpees felt hard! I'm going to have to be careful not to mess up any of the obstacles at spartan. If I can pass all the obstacles I think top 3 is a possibility. If only fail one I think i could still make top 5ish, if I fail more than 2 I will be lucky to be top 10. But we'll see, I averaged 6:40 pace for today's run and it felt really good, body wasn't asking me to stop and I felt like it would have been comfortable to pick up the pace at any point.

So I'm getting in better shape, I'm feeling strong and fast and I've still got about 50 days until the race. I'm feeling good enough and confident enough today that I want to change my goal from top 10 to winning it.

Round 2 at the gym for back, pull ups, shoulders, and. Then another ab workout wit my brother afterwards.

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Not the best day didn't really feel like doing much, I decided to get out and do a shorter workout early. So I ran to the gym, my upper body is really sore, but I did curls and pull up bar work out where I swung from pull up bar to pull up bar and around to the pull up handles and then finished with a pull up and hold, I did that a couple times. I also did curls and some abs. My arms were really sore, so I decided to just run back home. Averaged 6:30s for today's run so not bad. Tomorrow I'm deciding between a track workout and a mountain run up bells canyon. Will also get back on the bench and back workouts tomorrow.

Will play tennis tonight and maybe go for another short run then.

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Body was calling for a total rest day, even though yesterday wasn't that hard. I just played tennis with my brother. So tomorrow I will do a pretty intense workout, that's all that's on my agenda. I will start work next week, but fortunately I'm gonna work at a gym so that will be nice.

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Started a track workout at the Brighton track, started great with a 1200m in 3:45 in 95 degree weather that gave me loads of confidence I can break 5 now, then I did 800m recovery and was about to do 4 max effort 400m but I was starting to cough up my lungs again, just like last week when I ran the mile here. It was bad enough I went and found a little shade to try and let it pass but it kept up so I just left and went to the gym. Man not sure what's up, I think its just that track. Won't go back, I'll try doing a speed workout on the roads or at the Alta track and see how that goes. Maybe the suu track. Dang that's annoying to have what was going to be a 7/8 mile say that started out great stopped short. Will let my lungs recover for a couple hours and try to run while my parents bike tonight. Tomorrow will probably go up bells.

Went easy at the gym, just an easy set of bench, curls, and some pull ups and stuff. Then I hot rubbed because my shoulders still felt a little destroyed.

After letting my lungs recover for a few hours I ran while my dad biked up to the mouth of the canyon and back, we took a different route back home this time. I always get to the mouth first but I have yet to beat him home, last time was closer than today though. I averaged 6:30, not bad I guess because my lungs are still recovering. I was having an allergic reaction after my run on my neck and shoulders/chest, not sure if its related to my throat problems at the Brighton track or maybe i ate something I'm allergic to. Not going back to Brighton for a while though.

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Ran to the gym and did a workout. Shoulders are hurting a little still. Geez my body is being lame this week. I just did 2x10 for 155 on bench and a set of 10x35 curls and 10x40 lawnmowers and then a bunch of back and ab workouts and pull up grip stuff as well, need to find my gloves. I'll do more abs and maybe more running tonight. I might take Saturday or Sunday off cause my lungs are still giving me a hard time from yesterday and my shoulders are hurting a little, but I went easy today and hopefully they will be better tomorrow. I'll do burpees and push ups tonight too.

Ran to the tennis court to play with my brother, did some sprints as well.

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Started the day off with some rock salt bag carries, I carried two about 100m up a hill but one of them started sliding and then the handles broke and it was a mess. So instead I just carried one of them for half a mile. The last 200m i alternated between holding it over my head and hugging it. Pretty good workout, life would be harder as a fat person. Although their weight is distributed so it's not really the same or else they'd be ripped.

Then I went and played tennis with brother and did a bunch of monkey bar workouts arte, really need to find my gloves. I used other gloves today but they just aren't that good. Finished with a run.

Up a good 5 miles from last weeks mileage, steady but slow increases will lead me to success here. Next week might be big though, I'm running with taste Monday morning before he goes off to worlds and then Tuesday I will do a 7/8 miles (possibly a 10 miler with the guys in cedar) so yeah even if I only do like 5 tomorrow I might be at 25 miles after Tuesday. If that happens Wednesday will be rest or 4 miles at most. But next week could easily be a 40+ mile week, easily could get close to 50. Which would be awesome as long as I don't overdo it. I'll be careful though, I would probably go 4, 7, 4, 7-10 to finish out the week, so maybe a 47-50 mile week. I'm ordering a spear to train with for spartan and really just gonna give it 100% and hope that's enough for top 10 next month. (But really top 5 or 3)

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