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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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Spent all day doing my essay for study abroad, when I finally finished I went for a refreshing nighttime 6 miles with man pull ups and twister simulation.

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Went to the gym and did 2x10@55s for dumbell bench, 2x10@55 dumbell rows, 1x10@80 curl machine, 1x10@35 curls, 1x10@40 curls. 2x9@185 bench, there was a guy who was about 6'3 and must have weighed 250 of more using the bench before me and he was benching 185 too. But that felt good to be benching as much as a guy that big, I mean he was kind of fat but his arms were big. I also dead lifted the 185 a couple times because I had to adjust the hold to a lower position than the tall fat man had it and I didn't want to take the weight off. Anyways I also did 1x10@60 dumbell rows. I did 2 sets of pull down machine and 2 of pull back machine. I did 2 sets of obliques and abs. I think that was all at the gym today. My bench is coming along nicely, I will move up to 195x10 after Spartan. And hopefully by the time school starts I will be able to pull off 3x10@205. Oh after benching at 185 I did 20x135.

At night I ran to the park after it stormed and did a lot of good stuff,on key bars, monkey handles, twister, a new thing with the rope bridge thing, pull ups, bear crawls, more bear crawls, more pull ups. Lots of good stuff. I'm feeling ready for this Spartan. I need to get in 10 more good days of training and then trust in the work I've put in, I'm stronger than ever, I'm faster than I've ever been during the summer, and I'm ready for this.

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Good day and a good run. Ran the first 3 miles with my brother and then continued on, I got a solid 1000 feet elevation gain during today's run and I tried to run as much on the grass area as possible on the sides of the road to try and simulate Spartan. Tomorrow will be a big one, gym, Tully long run, and park workout. Probably going to be my last 3 workout day before Spartan, but should be great. I finished pretty fast for today's run.

Did abs later.

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Ran the gully in 43 minutes, it was 97 degrees today so that was a good effort, it was hot. I also got in a lot of spear throws today, I'm successful about half the time from 20 feet away so not bad, hopefully will get to like 9 times out of 10 by the time the race arrives. But I also think the Spartan target is bigger than my cardboard box on toip on a plastic bucket. So training is going well overall.

My wrist has been hurting just a bit so I will be careful at the gym today and not do anything that hurts.

Gym went well, the only thing that made my wrist feel off was the curl machine. I warmed up 10x135 on bench and them did 3x9/10/9@185 for bench. I finished with 20@135 as that's proven to be a good workout. In between those I did 3x10@60dumbell rows, one set of curl machine at 90, 1x10 curls at 35, 1x10 curls at 40. I did two sets of obliques and abs. Then I did 2 sets of pull back machine and a new one which I.will just call pull aways, they were pretty good. I think that was it, later I will go to the park for monkey bars/handles, twister, other Spartan training. And abs, back, and shoulders also to come. Tomorrow will likely be a mountain run, we'll see!

Park workout was good, wide grip pull ups hurt my wrists a little bit so will rest on those until I'm feeling better. Race is getting close!

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Wrists are a little messed up, not bad though, just some minor pain. So pushup, wide grip pull ups, and curl machine and most curls are going to be take a rest. But I benched 3x10@185 which was great, I wanted to do 195 for the last one. I also did 10x135 to warm up and 20x135 to cool down. I did 3x10@60 for dumbell rows and I did 2 or 3 sets at 40 of hammer curls because they don't hurt my wrists. I did 20 regular pull ups and they felt fine. I did 2 sets of obliques with abs and then pull backs once and pull aways twice. Pull backs machine was being used and I figured pretty similar to rows anyways.

Will run 3-5 miles maybe with some speed as well as do core, back, and shoulders tonight. Tomorrow will be a longer run.

Ran with my brother and stopped at the park on the way back to do monkey bar stuff, that went well. Solid elevation gain, I'd say almost 1000 feet. Long run tomorrow.

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Ran 6.5 in just over 40 minutes, averaged 6:15 so that was solid, 500/600 feet elevation gain. If I can keep a low 6 pace next Saturday that will be great. Well all I can do now is get some nice runs in the next few days, and then 3 miles on Thursday and Friday. I'm going to look at the week leading up to my state championship race.

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