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Salt Lake City,UT,United States

Member Since:

Dec 08, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

13.1: 1:09:58 (2018 Des News)

26.2: 2:37:45 (2019 Mesa Phoenix)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy!


2019 Running Schedule

Feb - Mesa Phoenix Marathon (AZ): 2:37:45. Lingering flu didn't help, but I still got a PR.

April - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Marathon (UT). Mostly just going to be a training run. Finally got myself into the sub-4 club last year, so I'll just have fun with it this year.

May - Stillwater Half Marathon (MN). Goal race for Spring. Looking for ~1:12.

October- Chicago Marathon (IL). We'll see where I'm at in Fall, but probably will be looking for low 2:30s.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy, make improvements, maximize my potential.


I am a bioengineering PhD currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah, where I design and improve neurosurgical approaches for treating movement disorders.

Summer 2018 update: I'm lazy about copying over from Strava, so find me over there for day-to-day runs until I eventually get around to copying everything over here.

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: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Skechers GoRun 4 Blue - A Bit Too Big, But Free Lifetime Miles: 105.80
Saucony Grid Type A Lifetime Miles: 94.20
Saucony Fastwitch 7 Blue Lifetime Miles: 132.40
Saucony Fastwitch 7 Red Lifetime Miles: 135.90
New Balance Vazee Summit V2 Black Lifetime Miles: 121.90
Skechers Go Med Speed 4 Lifetime Miles: 36.70
Race: Mesa Phoenix Marathon (26.21 Miles) 02:37:45, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

First serious race since Des News in July. I had been looking forward to a good race at Berlin, but my hip completely blew out on me a few days after Des News, and I had a grand total of 3 legitimate runs of more than 4.6 miles in the last 7 weeks before Berlin, so I showed up completely out of shape and jogged my way to a 2:55 there. I was finally able to start running again in November, so I had pretty limited time to get in shape for Phoenix, but I put together a ton of long runs and a few very high quality workouts in Dec/Jan, capped with a negative split 20 miler in Sacramento at 6:03 pace 20 days out from the race, which was surprisingly easy despite being run on tired legs in rain and wind. After that, I felt that I would be able to run sub 2:35 fairly easily on the fast Phoenix course and just needed to stay healthy and maintain fitness for the last weeks before the race. 2 days later, I came down with the flu pretty badly, which made any running, particularly long running, feel awful. I decided to strike a balance between resting up to get healthy and running enough to not lose much fitness. Come race day, I still wasn't really good to go, and I woke up with a splitting headache, chills, and body aches. I decided the only thing to do was to just go for a PR and I could DNF if I really felt terrible. I'd rather go for it and blow up than not go for it.


The race started and my head pounded with every step, chills and aches through my body, and a little difficulty breathing from phlegm draining down my throat. A mile or two in, I was fairly certain I wouldn't be able to make it more than a few miles max, but I just figured I'd click off mile after mile until I died. Around mile 8, I stopped having mucus interrupting my breathing, and I finally started to feel some confidence that I could manage to survive a full race and not implode,. My 10k and half splits were 36:54 and 1:17:40. I noted that while my entire body felt awful at the half, my legs were still quite fresh. I started to have a little difficulty keeping myself motivated around mile 18, and I started giving up a little time, with a few miles at 6:07 to 6:11. I probably didn't need to run that slowly, but I wasn't quite focused. I hit 20 in 1:59:47 and knew I could still beat my 2:38:52 PR, though I should have been focused on picking it back up and breaking 2:37. I was a little lazy from 21-24 with splits of 6:10, 6:03, 6:13, 6:13, then decided to pick it up or I might end up with a 2:38 again, so I closed with 6:03, 5:56, and the last bit at 5:32 pace. This brought me to the end at 2:37:45, a PR by a little over a minute.


Reflecting back about a month later, I'm mostly happy with this race. I wish I had been a bit mentally tougher from 18 to 24, and I could have had a 2:36, but I raced pretty close to my potential for the day. Can't be too mad about getting sick... it happens. I think I had a 2:33 or 2:34 in me a few weeks out from the race, but it makes it easier to improve when I run Chicago in the fall. I was a trainwreck for 2 weeks after the race, and even jogging a few miles would mess me up for the rest of the day, so I just took off 10 days straight starting 4 or 5 days after the race. I'm happy to say I'm feeling great again, though I feel like I have some work to do to get back in shape at this point.

Up next is a semi serious running of BOSHO trail running in early April, but the main focus of the season is the Stillwater Half Marathon in MN in late May. I've got some unfinished business there after completely imploding and running a 1:16 there last year.

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