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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.

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: 0.00 Month: 44.20 Year: 383.65
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Recovery run, I'm sore and still feeling really weird with the headache and stuff. My body control kind of shakes and doesn't do what I tell it to for a second. But running isn't making whatever it is worse so no problem. I was going to go for just and easy 2 miles, then I thought of doing like 5.5 but some obnoxious bikers trying to be as loud as possible going around the neighborhood turned me in a mile early, also soreness haha.

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Ran 8 miles in the gully with Ian and a couple other guys too for part of it. It felt good and was easy. My body is just getting used to longer runs again haha. Tomorrow Im going to run with Andrew Brewer, not sure how far we are going for but I will get to at least 5-6 tomorrow. Then Wednesday and Thursday I will run with the team and that will be a lot of fun. Then Friday and Saturday I need to do my weekly specified workouts, not ideal do to them back to back but oh well. I think my schedule for the remaining weeks will be Monday Wednesday and Thursday with Alta team. Tuesday will be my 3 mile tempo day. Friday will be my 12x1 minute interval run, Saturday or Sunday will be my day off if I need one and the other one or both will be easy long runs. Also I checked my weight today and I'm down to 140 flat, so that is going to help a ton with cross country and running in general! That means I'm 15-20 pounds down from what I was in high school, I feel like I could be a lot faster this year just with that!

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Ran 4 miles with Andrew on the Jordan river trail and then drove over to Alta and ran with the team for the last 2 miles and also did core. It was good to see Andrew!

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Warmed up and did drills then we did 8 miles with a 5k effort for the last. 25 for which I did 74-80. So that was a good run, it was a little hot but besides that I felt great! I'm so excited for cross country, I think I will really be able to run fast this year! How fast I don't know, but I have a feeling it's going to be a lot faster than before!

Oh! And I met a really cute stray cat on the cooldown, wish I could have taken it home but...wait it could have been an outdoor cat, dang it! Ok if I see it again I shall make claim.

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Good run at Alta today, I felt better than when I ran it 2 weeks ago. I ran with Brandon Ian Zach and coach Murphy during different parts of the run. Brandon is doing really good, he ran very well today, especially on the uphills, he got the most out of the workout! I felt pretty good, maybe 10 miles was a little more than I should have done today but I feel ok haha. I just need to keep to easier runs on grass the next few days, and the 3 mile tempo. I have 3 weeks of training left before I move down to Cedar City. My goal for the tempo on Saturday is under 17:00, my other goal is to buy a new watch before that tempo run so I don't have to carry my phone.

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Today is hot! I ran a good pace for today's run, good stuff. It didn't feel like a recovery run because its like 105 out there but 50% was on grass so not bad. My body feels like it wanted a nice and cool 8 miles this morning, part ofnme also didn't want to iump from 30 to 50+ miles in one week so I'm taking this weekend a little easier. Tomorrow will be like 5-7 miles with the 3 mile timed run in there, my goal range is 5:30-5:40, I figure if I want to be a contributing member of the team next year or the year after I need to be under 5:00 pace for 3 miles timed. I want to run under 5:20 pace for my last timed run before I leave for suu. That would put me in about as good xc shape as I've ever been before I get there and start doing speed workouts and stuff.

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