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Alta time trial 2

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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

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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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: 0.00 Month: 44.20 Year: 383.65
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After a good day of rest, I am feeling really good. I ran 10 miles with Davis in the gully, the longer gully with 4 laps at the park and we also ran that huge hill that adds on another mile. I didn't feel shut up hill at all, after 3 incredibly hilly 10.5 mile runs in flaming gorge at elevation, hills don't really seem hard, besides that huge hill, that one was a little tough, it would have been harder but we ran it pretty easy, going into a speed workout followed by a time trial, I thought we should save up a little energy. It's going to be a really awesome week!!! Draper Days, first 5k in 16 range? Maybe we can go to kneaders afterwards.

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3 mile warm up and then 6x400s on grass with a downhill, I ran with Kramer and Davis was just a little behind. Kramer and I would barely edge each other for first at the cone until the last rep when he finished a couple meters ahead, just one or 2. It was nice to train with Kramer again, I'm happy I was able to hang with him the whole time even if he's not in good shape right now. It was a good workout for me, and it was fun to get a good speed workout in after two months of pure mileage, my aerobic base is going to be numer 1 this year! Maybe not literally, but it's going to be good! Tomorrow at the Alta time trial I won't have competion so I will take a big risk and try to go sub 7:00 pace up the road. Kramer said he ran 30:00 or something so 37:00 is unacceptable! My car also died when I stopped at work to get my water bottle, but my brother came and helped start it up. Apparently it had problems yesterday, so that would have been nice to know haha, I will do an easy 4 tonight.

later- I went to the gym with my brother and did an easy 4 miles, about 7:30 pace. I was planning on doing them later but there are advantages to this like 1. I can relax and not have to worry about anything he rest of the day 2. More rest before the time trial. Also, a college coach emailed me today, I had never heard of the school but I was happy about that! 

Race: Alta time trial 2 (5.4 Miles) 00:37:00, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Better than last week, just by a little. I didn't have anyone pushing and motivating me. I really could have done better if I had gone faster at the campground and on the way down. I really needed to get to a bathroom on the way down too. But not a bad run, I will do another 3 miles or so right after work. I had a good time, running is the best part of the day, I am excited for Draper Days!


later- 1.5 easy miles.

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AM- 8 flying 40s with the team, it felt good to do some sprinting. I had a pretty good time.

PM- 5 miles, also easy but there were some hills. Tomorrow is easy to prepare for Draper Days.

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Easy 4 pre-meet miles. I was sore today but should feel great tomorrow. My plan is to run 5:25 for each of the first 3 miles, maybe a little faster for mile 3. I will start my kick towards the end of mile 3. That should get me a time around 16:30

Race: Draper Days (3.17 Miles) 00:17:08, Place overall: 10, Place in age division: 3
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I got to race early enough to do about a mile warmup and some striders. I started out a little faster than I had planned but I was still behind everyone from alta and corner canyon. I found myself next to Sasha and decided to see if I could stick with him. I passed people one by one, I got up to Albert and he stuck with me for a while and then passed Davis. I could hear 2 people right behind me, I wasn't sure who they were, I thought Albert was probably one of them. Later i found out it was Sasha and another runner. I accidentally turned into the wrong place during the last mile and Sasha followed me, probably added a few seconds to both our times, sorry! But I got back on the right trail and Sasha and the other runner passed me. I started realizing that the finish was close but I hadn't started my kick. When I passed my Coach he told me I'm a high school runner and should be kicking a lot harder. That really helped me be motivated to start my kick, I gave it all I had, passing both Sasha and the other runner. I was kicking pretty well and I saw another runner sways ahead, I targeted him as my goal and really put everything into my kick, I barely caught him a few meters before finishing. It was awesome racing with so many experienced runners, I learned a lot about how I should be racing my 5ks. I finished in the top 10!!!!!!!!!!!!! And 3rd for my age group!!!!!!' Wow, too bad I didn't stay to get my awards. Hopefully they will mail me whatever I won.

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