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Location:

Provo,UT,USA

Member Since:

May 18, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

Pre-high school: I ran a lot of local 5ks and a few half marathons.  I didn't do a ton of training, but I just had fun, and I got more serious about it as high school got closer.

High school: I enjoyed running a lot, especially cross country.  I originally did track to keep my in shape for cross country.  I ran at Footlocker Nationals, the Adidas Dream mile, Brooks PR Invitational, world xc junior championships, and a few local 5ks. 

PRs: 800: 1:56.80-State Track 2014

1600: 4:10-State Track 2014/Mile: Sea Level-Adidas Grand Prix-4:07

3200:Alititude(~4500ft): 8:57.99-State Track 2014-2 Mile:8:53 at Brooks PR Invitational

5K: New Balance Indoor Nationals(2014) - 14:24

10K:USA Junior Track Championships (2014)-31:01

15K: Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run (aided) 48:10(2013).

Half Marathon: 
Utah Valley Half - 1:11:24(aided)(2012)

Post-mission:

1,500m-3:45

3k-7:50 

5k-13:29

10k-28:18

NCAA finishes:

Cross Country: 10th(2018);

Indoor: 3k-7th(2019) 5k-10th(2019);

Outdoor: 10k-22nd(2018), 4th(2019), 5k-7th(2019)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Make sure I have fun, not get burned out, and get faster.

School records in the 5km and 10km.  

Personal:

Served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from July 2015-July 2017.  I gained 30 lbs. during the service and came back out of shape; however I knew that if the Lord wanted me to once again run competitively, he would bless me to return to fitness. 

I graduated from Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah. I currently run for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  

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: 233.71
Total Distance
4676.47
Total Distance
15.00

AM- 10, 5, 3, 2, 1 fartlek with Garrett Barton in Ogden. It was tough! It seemed like almost all the fast stuff was uphill. 

PM-4.2 miles to bring me to 15. Felt really tired, which is surprising because I got 9 hours of sleep last night from 10 PM to 7 AM.

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with James, JD, and Alex.

PM-5 easy miles with Clayson

Total Distance
17.00

AM-8x800. Wasn’t sure how it was going to go being the first workout with the team on the track. Connor McMillan led the first two, and then we switched off the lead on every other. We averaged either 2:09 or 2:10 and it felt like a pretty easy workout. 

PM-6 miles on a treadmill. 

 

Total Distance
17.00

AM-12 miles, ran up Smithfield canyon a bit past the campgrounds and back. It was cold.

PM-5 easy miles up the canyon.

Total Distance
18.00

Long run up the canyon and around Smithfield and Hyde Park. Felt terrible. Tried to do a pickup, but was pretty beat and wasn’t sure if I’d finish the run if I did the pickup. Last 8 miles felt like they were never going to end, I may have overdone it with mileage the past few weeks.

Total Distance
16.00

AM-4.2 mike loop. Pretty snowy and icy, but a nice run.

PM-3x(mile, 800, 400). Not a very hard workout. Miles at tempo, 800 were 3k-5k pace, 400s at mile pace. Miles were 4:50, 4:50, 4:47. 800s were 2:09, 2:11, 2:08. 400s were 59, 59, 57. I really like this workout, and it was a good one for the first day of school.

Total Distance
19.25

AM-6.25 easy miles alone. 

PM-13 miles for the medium long run with strides.

Total Distance
16.70

AM-4.2 mile loop.

PM-5 mile tempo with 4x60 second pickups after. Tempo was a bit interesting. The goal was just under 5:00, but I kinda got ahead and didn’t have a gps watch, so after being a bit slow at the half mile mark, I sped it up and was just all over the place with pace. 4:56, 4:45, 4:56(tried to slow things down here), 4:48, 4:50. I probably should’ve gone slower, but eh, oh well. The minute pickups after felt pretty good. 

Total Distance
15.20

AM-4.2 mile loop.  Big group for our morning run crew.  

PM-11 miles.  Clayson ran the workout today that I ran yesterday and was a second faster on the 5 mile tempo, which makes me feel a better about going as fast as I did.  

Total Distance
12.20

AM-4.2 easy miles alone.  

PM-8 miles with strides.

Race: BYU indoor race (1.864 Miles) 00:08:11
Total Distance
16.00

Update: I got DQ'ed, hearing that I repeatedly stepped on the line on multiple laps.  

2 mile shakeout at 7:30, 2 mile warm up before the race.  A few days ago coach and I discussed the pros and cons about racing, and decided to just train through the race and try and get a time around 8:10-8:12.  I felt a bit nervous, just no pop in my legs beforehand.  We started about 15 minutes later than planned due to a few errors with runnercard.  The race went out quick, with Rory pacing, Clayton right behind him, then McMillan, and then myself.   I just stayed behind McMillan until right before the mile and passed him and got behind Clayton.  After Rory dropped off, I took the lead for about a lap and a half.  Then, I heard that we were going a bit underpace, and even though I didn't feel fatigued, I didn't feel like I had the speed to go faster, so I cut out to lane two, let Clayton pass, and then just ran right behind him the rest of the race.  He came through at 8:10, I was 8:11, and McMillan in 8:15.  I was pretty pumped to run that time, because it felt really relaxed comparitively, and I had a great workout week, so that was good.  10 mile cool down after, then dinner with my family.  

Comments
From nofacetimber on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 13:55:55 from 204.107.145.10

Fantastic Race! Sorry to hear about the DQ, that time more than likely would of qualified you for nationals..

Total Distance
18.20

AM-4.2 miles 

PM-13 miles, last 7 with Clayton, then a mile on the track with strides.  

Total Distance
15.40

AM-4.2 miles with Talem and Aidan Carlson

PM-4xmile with equal recovery.  We were told to start at 4:30ish.  First one was in 4:31, next one I led and went a bit quick, so we ran 4:25. Next one Jared and Rory led and we went 4:25.  Final one Rory led and we went 4:23.  Felt hard, but this was better than my 4xmile last year during indoors, and possibly better than the ones I ran outdoors.  Good workout though, I was hurting more than I had in a while during a workout, but about the time I started to struggle we had 600m left, so I just held on.  

Total Distance
18.00

AM-9 easy miles with Michael and Josh. Very rainy and lots of slush.

PM-9, most on treadmill, strides after 

Total Distance
16.00

AM-5 miles with a Talem and Josh. 

PM-crazy day. Really cold and wet 8x1000m at intramural field. I might write more about it later, but it was a hard workout with the rain and wind, and after things were a bit scary for a guy on the team.

Comments
From jtshad on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 06:43:57 from 65.129.148.50

Prayers for your teammate.

Total Distance
15.10

AM-4 easy miles then weights.

PM-11 miles with strides.

Total Distance
18.00

AM-18 miles with the team. Last ten were just Clayton and I. Lots of talking about running and life in general.

Total Distance
18.00

AM-(mile, 1200, 800)x2.  Tough workout. I, like most of the team, was pretty tired and sluggish. Ran 4:30, 3:19, 2:10, 4:30, 3:19, 2:08. I was happy about this, even if it wasn’t the best day.

PM-6.8 miles

Total Distance
17.75

AM-5.25 miles with Jake, Clayson, and Michael

PM-12 easy miles with Michael, Weaver, Garrett and Zac. Strides after. Felt better than yesterday. 

Total Distance
14.00

AM-5 miles with Josh.

PM-800, 3x400 at 2:09, then goal 3k pace for the 400s at 62, 62, 63

Total Distance
14.25

AM-9 easy miles around the lake. 

PM-4 miles and strides. Felt fast during the strides

Total Distance
8.00

AM-just under 5 mile run to the track and around trails.

PM-A bit over 3 miles with strides.  

Race: UW invitational (1.864 Miles) 00:07:53, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 7
Total Distance
13.00

A bit frustrating of a race, but it was good. The reason it’s frustrating is because I’ll likely be a spot or two out of nationals with it. 

In quick, I started out in back and was boxed in. Went 4:16 through 1600m, so slower than the 4:10-12 plan. After that I moved up on the inside, but then was boxed in again. With 2 laps to go I saw I needed to run 1:30 for the last 600m and doubted myself. McMillan was right ahead of me and with a lap to go he started moving and I just tried to finish. I was alone the last half lap, but still tried to kick well. 

Comments
From Tyler on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 07:25:24 from 144.46.104.12

I like your hunger to compete. 7:53 is FLYING. It's inconceivable to me that it wouldn't be good enough for NCAAs, but I guess that's the state of running these days. In any case, congrats on a great race.

From Burt on Sun, Feb 03, 2019 at 10:56:26 from 70.176.85.97

Man, that's fast!

Total Distance
19.00

AM-5.3 miles alone. 

PM-13.2 miles and then a couple laps with strides.

Total Distance
15.75

AM-5 easy miles

PM-5x1200m, at 3:19, 3:19, 3:16, 3:13, 3:14. Felt a bit sick before hand, but felt better after the third one.

Total Distance
17.25

AM-10.25 miles with Michael and Josh.

PM-7 miles with some strides.

Total Distance
16.60

AM-4.1 mile loop with Josh and Talem.

PM-progressive run today. We went (at least according to my garmin watch) 7:13(warm up), 5:54, 5:30, 5:30, 5:14, 5:14, 5:08, 5:06, 4:50, 4:54. We would have kept speeding up the last mile, but coach told us to chill. Still a great workout, and it felt pretty relaxed for most of the workout. 2.5 mile cool down after. 

Total Distance
14.20

AM-4 easy miles before lifting

PM-10.2 easy miles with strides. Felt tired.

Total Distance
18.20

Long run from Kramer’s house. His family provided breakfast after. He is doing better since his collapse a few weeks ago. 

Total Distance
15.25

AM-5.25 with Michael, Josh, and Talem.

PM-8x400. Didn’t feel good during these. Felt really sluggish and had no pop in my legs. 61, 61, 61, 60, 60, 60, 60, 57. 90 seconds rest and then 3 min after 6th rep. 

Total Distance
17.40

AM-5.1 miles

PM-12 miles and strides

Total Distance
13.20

AM-4.2 icy miles with Josh, Michael, and Talem.

PM-9 miles. 2x400, 2x200 at 62, 60, 28, 26.

Total Distance
8.50

AM-5 frozen miles in Iowa.

PM-3 miles, strides, and 2x200m at goal pace.

Race: Iowa State Classic (3.107 Miles) 00:13:39, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 5
Total Distance
15.50

AM-10 minute shakeout with Clayson and Jake.

PM-5k race in Iowa. I ran a PR by 13 seconds. 9 mile cool down, two mile warm up. Shoutout to Trevor Dunbar for pacing perfectly for 4K, and to Clayton Young for having a kid a few weeks ago, buying a car this weekend, and then running 13:34.

Race report long writeup: Got there a couple hours before the race started.  I was pretty nervous, but felt really good doing strides yesterday, so I was confident.  After the warm up when I was putting on my spikes, Coach showed me the results from the race at UW.  It put a little more pressure on my to run my goal time of 13:39, but I was confident in it.  I started next to Clayson and there was a lot of room where we started.  I quickly was in the back and while I felt the pace was slow, it wasn't.  I came around 800m at 2:10 and realized I was in good position, and right where I wanted to be.  At 1200m I was at 3:17 and debated on moving up, but we got back on pace pretty quick, and I was fine.  I think I was at 4:22 at the 1600m mark, and just kept calm. The race didn't feel too bad, but it was definately a good effort.  I hit 8:49-50 at 3200m and realized I may need to start picking it up.  With 1000m to go, I looked at the time and saw 11:00 or something and told myself I had to urn 2:39 to get sub-13:40.  I went around the pack of 8 or 9 guys quickly and was in third.  I was apprehensive to do this becasuse I knew it was going to hurt and increase the risk of me burning out, but I was pleasently surprised when it didn't.  I saw Clayton and Edwin Kurgat were gapping us and I tried to catch them.  I didn't look around me to see the pack on my heels, but focused on Clayton.  He was leading and his gap was increasing.  I just kept telling myself "Bama or bust," which is a reference to either go to indoor nationals, or blow up in this race trying.  As we continually got closer to the finish, I saw my goal of sub 13:40 getting closer and closer within reach.  With 300m to go, I was pretty sure I had it, and this sense of confidence may ahve slowed me down, as I had one of the slowest last laps in the race, but I got the goal at hte finish. I was passed by 2 people in the last 100m, but it was fine.  We had 4 guys from BYU run 13:42 or faster, with Clayton getting the win at 13:34.  

Comments
From Burt on Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:29:39 from 70.176.85.97

Smokin' fast!

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 20:09:03 from 66.219.235.76

Thanks Burt!

From Jason D on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 20:00:48 from 73.144.88.57

Congratulations, Conner. That's serious PR and time. More to come I have no doubt.

Total Distance
17.00

Long run. Started at 0 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill making it to negative 17, but by the end it was 9 degrees and the wind chill said -9. It wasn’t as bad because we did 90% of the run not into the wind. 

Total Distance
20.00

AM-7.5 miles with Clayson

PM-12 miles and then strides after on the outdoor track.  

Total Distance
17.00

AM-4.2 easy miles with Michael. 

PM-10x1000m at intramural field.  Went off watches instead of the wheel this time, so times are a bit faster.  We went 3:02 on the first two, had a few 2:57s, then coach told Jared that he is building his base for the marathon while we were recovering from a race.  So then he dropped the hammer and we were told to make sur ewe recover and not go with him.  We had some around 2:55-59 for the next few, then our last two were 2:51s.  

Total Distance
17.10

AM-7.1 easy miles with Josh, Michael, and Talem.

PM-10 miles in the rain and slush.  Probably shouldn't have front-loaded my week this much.  

Total Distance
16.00

AM5.2 easy miles with Josh.

PM-Mile, 1200, 800, 800 at 4:28, 3:16, 2:07, 2:07. Easier workout than usual, but it was good.

Total Distance
14.20

AM-4.2 easy miles

PM-Carterville and strides.

Total Distance
18.00

Long run today. It was pretty windy, and was a pain for the first 9 miles, but made the next 9 not too bad. 

Comments
From Kale Sharp on Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 12:23:41 from 73.98.229.90

Nice work man, good to see you out there on the trail

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 13:30:52 from 128.187.116.25

Thanks Kale, it was good to see you as well. Good luck at your conference meet this weekend

Total Distance
16.30

AM-2xmile at 4:51 and 4:53, then 1200 at 3:16, 800 at 2:07 and 2x400 at 61, 58. I felt pretty good and it wasn’t a very hard workout. MPSF this weekend should be good.

PM-5.8 miles on soft surface.

Total Distance
17.70

AM-5.2 easy miles with the morning run group. Today was the first time in a while that we had everyone.

PM-12 miles and strides.

Total Distance
10.50

AM-5.2 easy miles with Josh and Michael.

PM-4x400 at 61, 64, 59, 59. First two I was trying to just get in 63 pace but did a poor job, next two I went with the guys who were running mile pace. 

Total Distance
13.00

AM-4 easy miles way too early.

PM-9 miles with strides. Really pretty run around Seattle.

Total Distance
8.50

AM-5 easy miles with Rory around the lake.

PM-3 miles, strides, and a 200m.

Race: MPSF (1.864 Miles) 00:07:50, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance
16.00

AM-2 mile shakeout.

PM-About 3 mile warm up, strides. 

Race went well.  The start was quick and I was cut off early on by someone that tried to run across all the lanes in just half of the straightaway.   I tried to be relaxed early on.  61 through 400m and I was at the back, so that was a bit fast.  At 800m I heard 2:07, and knew that was quite a bit slower than what we needed (goal was 63 per 400m with a fast finish).  While this may have been an inaccurate 400m split, I decided to make it to the front.  I saw John Dressel behind the pacers and I quickly caught up to them and hung on behind him.  At 1200m I heard 3:08, and just thought to myself that I was in a perfect spot.  I knew Rory was behind me, and the goal was to make sure that we both got qualified, so I was in a great position.  At hte 1600m I heard 4:10 and Matt dropped off(he was one of the pacers).  I got behind Alex Ostberg, who was the other pacer, and I felt the pace going slower.  I tried to tell him to speed it up a couple times, but I don't think he heard me.  When he dropped off, I tried to start moving faster and finish strong.  I was alone up front and we were 2k in.  I felt pretty good and had prepared myself to speed up here.  That lasted about 150m, and then I realized I was in a lot of pain, and having over 800m to go was a lot.  I got passed by Brandt and just tried to hold on.  I didn't think I had slowed down when I was in the lead, but after watching the race, I had quite a bit.  At 600m to go(about the time I got passed), I felt like I was in trouble.  The pain was coming in, and I was gritting my teeth to just stay up with Brandt.  At 400m to go, Isaac yelled "'Bama or Bust!" and I just gained enough momentum to stay with him for the next 200m. When I hit 2800m I heard Coach yell "7:21," and I knew I needed to run a 30 second last 200 to qualify, but I was hurting. I just didn’t want to have this whole weekend of missing class go to waste if I bagged the last 200 and didn’t make it. I stayed close to Brandt, saw a couple Oregon runners try and pass me, sped up just enough to beat them to the line, and then crossed at 7:50 to get both a PR and a qualifier.  

About 4 miles after, some with John Dressel and his teammate and then some with Rory and Carlos, as well as a run when we got back to the hotel. 

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 19:09:00 from 67.177.30.39

Congrats again Conner. And thanks for continuing to post on this almost dead blog. I know for a fact you are inspiring many people.

From Jason D on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 19:30:57 from 73.144.88.57

Congratulations, Conner. Keep knocking off those goals!

From Jon on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 at 21:22:14 from 96.33.86.208

Congrats on the qualifier, Conner

From jtshad on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 14:47:10 from 141.221.191.225

Congrats on the qualifier, great job! Fun watching your success here!

From Tyler on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 07:19:13 from 144.46.104.12

+1 on Rob's comment. I'm glad you're sticking around. Aside from getting a good view of your training, your competitiveness is inspiring. Congrats on executing a great race.

From Holt on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 17:25:14 from 71.37.80.187

Another +1 to Rob. I love reading about your training and races and have my team read them as well to help them learn from the ups and downs of one of greats who was just like them once (weíll... maybe a little quicker!).

From Conner Mantz on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 21:03:48 from 66.219.235.76

Thanks everyone, I love the sense of community that this blog has!

Total Distance
18.00

AM-5 easy miles alone on the grass.  

PM-8 miles at practice, then I booked it to take a test, then 5 miles right after with Garrett Barton.  

Total Distance
16.30

AM-5.2 miles with Michael.

PM-2 mile tempo at Intramural field.  Different GPS watches had us at different distances, so we did 4 loops and then called it.  GPS watches ranged from 9:26-46.  Felt relaxed.  Then we did 10 minutes of 30 seconds at 3k pace, 30 seconds "jog".  This was different than any workout I had run for a long time and I was a bit nervous because 3k pace is fast, and trying to run that on the grass with tight turns is painful, but it felt pretty good for the first 5 minutes and then I just took it one at a time.  We did a little over 2 miles during this time.  Cool down after.

Total Distance
15.70

AM-5.2 miles with Josh.  

PM-10 miles and strides after.  Felt good. 

Total Distance
14.00

AM-4.2 miles with Josh and Aidan.

PM- (mile, 800, 400) x2 at 4:30, 2:10, 62, 4:26, 2:08/09, 58.  Equal recovery.  Felt a bit hard early on, but as the repeats went on I felt better.  It was pretty windy, but luckily we didn't get the majority of the storm. 

Total Distance
12.70

AM-5.2 easy miles with Talem, Josh, and Michael.

PM-7 miles on grass and then strides.

Total Distance
14.00

AM-Long run for the week. Wasn’t too long, but felt good.

Total Distance
15.70

AM-5.2 easy miles alone.

PM-2x(1000 at tempo, 600 at 1:35, 400 at 61, 300 at 44, 200 at 28 and 26) pretty easy workout.

Total Distance
14.70

AM-4.3 easy miles

PM-10 easy miles watching a time trial for some of our teammates, and then strides.

Total Distance
10.30

AM-4.3 easy miles.

PM-Easy run and a 400 at 62, 2x200 at 29

Total Distance
7.50

AM-3 with Milly.

PM-4 with Clayton and Milly and then strides

Race: NCAA Indoor Championships (3.107 Miles) 00:13:51, Place overall: 10, Place in age division: 10
Total Distance
9.80

AM-Shakeout over 2 miles

PM-It wasn’t my best race, but it wasn’t terrible. My teammates ran great, Clayton placing 3rd and McMillan placing 4th! 

Comments
From Glory in the long run on Sat, Mar 09, 2019 at 16:12:01 from 67.2.68.15

You beat Day and Dressel. I know you're probably wanting to be able to switch gears more quickly, but I think you have the capability of sustained drives, like Solinsky, and as you do so your speed and power will increase. You'll still be able to take a few seconds off your 400 time, no doubt about it.

From Shawn H on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 03:59:10 from 45.56.153.82

Nice job, Conner. I agree with the comment above. You don't have a bad kick, but your real strength is your STRENGTH, just like Eyestone's. He never had much of a kick back in high school, but none of us could hang onto him late enough to show it. You could strike hard from, say, 600-800 meters out and really make people hurt. Of course, you know better than anyone where your real talent is--in races at 10K or above. Outdoor track should be much more rewarding, and next XC season will be special, I think. One day you'll be an excellent marathoner just like your coach. By the way, I don't comment as much on this blog because my wife and I are now retired and living in Thailand.

Race: NCAA Indoor Championships (1.864 Miles) 00:07:55, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 7
Total Distance
12.00

Wish I had more time to write about this race, but due to school and other responsibilities, I've fallen behind on the blog.  

Warmed up about 2 miles with Clayton and McMillan. Felt a lot more loose this time around then yesterday.  After reviewing yesterday's race, I seem to figure out that the problem with the race for me was I was so outcome orientated.  I wanted top-3 and thought I'd worked for it, was in great shape, and I expected that the execution process would take care of itself without the effort that was necessary in the qualifying races.  Well, after realizing this, I told myself at the start line that I needed to enjoy the race and be ready for everything.  At the start line I told myself that there was no where else I'd rather be than on the start line for this race. 

The gun went off and I got out well.  The 3k is easier to prep for because you know that it's fast and hard, and that pacing isn't really something I do.  I just run hard in the 3k, and let what happens happen.  At 150m we came across the cut in(I was on teh outside waterfall start) and I let instincts kick in.  I took the front from Clayton.  He said, "Have some fun out there Mantz."  and I decided to push.  I tried to keep pushing the pace, but I could feel that it wasn't there.  I heard a Coach yelling that we were running 32 seconds per lap.  This was frustrating, but I just kept pushing.  Around 1600m Robert Brandt passed me.  There was a fall while I was leading it and Clayton, who was still right behind me, yelled at me to keep going (I had looked back when it happened) and then I sped up.  As the race went on McDonald made his move, and with 300m to go, I was in the top-5 pack.  The sad thing was I felt like I was all out kicking to keep up at this point; however, I felt great.  Until 150m to go.  Then I booty locked, got passed by 2 people, almost 3, and I just dug enough to make it to the finish.  Last 400m was 58.2, which is one of my best kicks.  I was so relieved to finish 7th.  I had the goal of top-8 in this race because it seemed realistic and out there.  

After the race, Clayton, McMillan and I went on a long cool down.  It was a good weekend for us, and with just the 3 of us, we finished 13th at nationals, which was fun.  Clayton led the team, finishing 3rd and 6th, McMillan finished 4th and 11th, and I finished 10th and 7th.  While this weekend was slightly disappointing, I learned a lot, and I'm excited for outdoor track season.  During our cool down, Clayton jokingly said that he would race us to the end of a road.  The road was about 400m long, and sprinting it hurt!  But it was fun.  

Total Distance
18.00

AM-5 easy miles with Doc Hunter on the grass.

PM-13 miles with strides.  

Total Distance
16.10

AM-5.2 miles.

PM-Just under 11 miles.  Watched the team run a killer workout.  Jared Ward was there and he is in incredible shape.  Should be fun watching his half marathon this weekend. 

Total Distance
16.00

AM-5.2 miles with Michael

PM-11 miles

Total Distance
17.30

AM-6.6 miles, went on my regular route and then past by the track and heard Doc and Micah and went and ran with them for a bit.

PM-10.7 miles, mostly grass loops mostly with Clayton while we watched the other guys workout.  It was a good run.  

Total Distance
16.20

AM-11 miles, some strides thrown in.

PM-A little over 5 miles.  

Total Distance
20.00

AM-Beautiful long run with some of the guys, we started in Bluffdale and went to South Jordan area and back.  Great weather, suprisingly, and I felt pretty good.  We averaged just under 6 minutes per mile as well, which made it a little more fun.  

Total Distance
18.20

AM-5.2 easy miles with Michael, Josh, and Aidan.

PM-12 miles, a grass loop, and then strides on the track.  

Total Distance
17.30

AM-5.3 easy miles with Michael.  We extended onto grass loops instead of our regular extension and we ran with Rory, Doc, and Micah for a bit. 

PM-Tough day.  So, I was pretty confident about today being a good day to start workouts again. We ran 2x(mile, 1200, 800) with about 400m jog recovery between.  We got out pretty fast and I felt pretty good.  The first mile was in 4:23, so nothing too crazy, but I was a bit surprised at how it started to feel a little less smooth at about 1500m.  Then the workout went 3:15, 2:07, 4:22, 3:14, and 2:05.  On the last two repeats, I was feeling more fatigued than usual and so Rory led and took the wind for me.  It's great having teammates who are willing to take some of the hard work.  

Total Distance
17.50

AM-7.3 miles

PM-10.2 miles

Total Distance
18.20

AM-5.2 miles.

PM-Michigan workout with 1200m on grass instead of track. We went 4:27, 4:55, 3:21, 4:47, 2:08, 4:45, 60, 4:39. Felt pretty sick today, but was able to still run without any problems. 

Total Distance
13.00

AM-8 miles with Ethan 

PM-5

Total Distance
18.00

AM-18 miles up the canyon and on Murdock.

Total Distance
18.00

AM-4 miles with Talem and Michael and then two on my own.

PM-5x800m, 2x400m.  Race wek so the workout wasn't too killer.  At first Coach said 3x800m and 2x400m except for Rory, Milly, and Clayton.  I wanted in on that, but wanted to see how I was feeling.  The first two were 2:06 and 2:07.  I felt good, so I asked Coach if I could do an extra one.  He agreed.  The next two were 2:06, 2:04.  I expected to finish after this, but then Coach had us do another one at 2:05, and then we did two 400s at 62 and 59.  Felt pretty good except for the fifth 800m.  

Total Distance
17.90

AM-5.2 miles.

PM-Medium Long Run. 12.7 miles with strides.

Total Distance
14.10

AM-4.3 easy miles.

PM-9.8 miles, 2x400, 2x200 at 67, 61, 28, 27

Total Distance
8.70

AM-3.3 miles before the flight 

PM-5 miles, strides

Race: Stanford Invitational (6.214 Miles) 00:28:18, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
16.00

AM-2 mike shakeout.

PM-Race: So this meet we weren't really taking it too easy training wise, but just to work hard in teh week and then to run with whatever we had left.  I had planned, if Coach didn't say anything, to try and push the pace and make it a quick race.  When disucssing the race plan with Coach, he said that I wasn't allowed to lead atleast until a mile to go, so my plan was to just chill until then and then react to any moves.  Warmed up with Danny and Clayton, had a good start, and then just fit myself in the pack.  The race didn't feel very quick.  We were running about 68-69 seconds per lap, and I just stayed in the middle of the pack.  I wanted to move up, but knew there was no point early on.  At 3k or so, the pacer stepped off.  I stayed in the same place. At 5k we were 14:18, which was slower than I wanted, but I stayed patient.  The pace was all over the place.  I got right behind Clayton after 5k.  It felt very familiar to be right behind him, and I'm used to his pacing, so it felt easy running behind him.  At 8 laps to go, I didn't think we would run my goal time of 28:20, especially after we ran a 70 on lap 17 or 18. When Clayton heard this, he went to the front, and I followed.  When he got up there, he looked around, and then took the lead and pushed the pace.  I went with him, but was being thrown around for a bit by other runners.  After that I just stayed on Clayton's tail.  I wanted to pass him, but wasn't sure if I could continue dropping the pace.  As every lap went on, I felt better and better.  With a lap to go, the announcer said we had a gap on the field, so I looked back.  I then tried to get on Clayton's outside and pass him, but he kept the pace quick, and with about 50m to go, I passed him.  I could tell he wasn't sprinting all out because he never has problems responding in practice and I was right.  He was smiling as if it was a workout. 

Fun race, it was cool to get the win, even if it meant Clayton wasn't kicking hard.  5 mile cool down afterward

Comments
From emruns on Sat, Mar 30, 2019 at 08:16:47 from 67.2.30.207

Huge PR! Nicely done. Canít wait to read the race report.

From jtshad on Sat, Mar 30, 2019 at 09:39:45 from 75.174.2.25

Congrats on the win!

From Shawn H on Sat, Mar 30, 2019 at 22:39:41 from 45.56.153.207

Nice job! 39 second improvement? Wow!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Apr 06, 2019 at 13:21:39 from 76.8.216.2

Congratulations! 14:00 closing 5000. That sounds like sub-28:00 is a near possibility. Back when you were in high-school I estimated your potential at 10,000 as sub-27:00. This race shows that estimate was not crazy, and with the right approach, you can get it.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Apr 06, 2019 at 13:57:00 from 76.8.216.2

So you averaged 2:43 per K over the last 2K splitting I would guess 2:49, 2:37. That is on pace for 27:10, BTW. Looking at your splits, I see no reason why you could not run 66.5 per lap in a well-paced 10,000 on some nice European stadium that is well-shielded from the wind. That would give you 27:42 already.

Speaking of OTQ, the automatic qualifier in 2016 and 2012 was 28:15, and in 2016 the slowest qualifier they allowed was 28:31, so if you just run like this again inside the qualifying window (which I think will start in May), with high likelihood you will get in.

Another thought - when you become more fit, it takes some time to learn how to cash out on that fitness. This is your first visit into the low-28 territory. So a few more fast races could get you to the point where you are actually running at your true capability.

From Holt on Sat, Apr 06, 2019 at 14:15:25 from 71.37.78.13

That's the kind of in depth commentary that I've missed! Good stuff Sasha - I enjoy the analytical approach you bring.

Oh... and good job to you to Conner!

Total Distance
15.00

AM-Rough long run.  Up a hilly area near the campus to a beautiful lake where a woman on a horse informed us that we were on private property that, supposedly, had a lot of signs that we never saw.  It was pretty, but good to have over with. 

Total Distance
18.10

AM-5 miles alone.

PM-13.1 miles.  Felt some ankle pain when walking around campus today.  

Total Distance
16.80

AM-6.5 miles.

PM-10.3 miles with strides 

Total Distance
16.70

AM-5.25 miles

PM-4xmile at 4:29, 4:25, 4:25, 4:25. I felt pretty tired going into this workout, and a couple of the repeats were tough, but overall it was a good workout.

Total Distance
16.10

AM-6.1 easy miles

PM-10 miles

Total Distance
15.35

AM-5.25 miles with Michael and Josh.

PM-Lots of loops around souh campus, and then strides.  

Total Distance
20.00

AM-20 miles on Murdok canal trail, down Grinder(hill by American Fork high school), to American Fork High School, and then looped back to Braden's house.  I didn't feel great the first seven or eight miles, but as time went on, I started to feel great! After we had breakfast and watched the first session of General Conference at Braden's house.  

Total Distance
18.30

AM-5.8 miles

PM-Beautiful medium long run today up on the Bonneville shoreline trail.

Total Distance
16.25

AM-5.25 miles with Talem.

PM-20x400 at 5k pace effort. We were in the indoor practice field due to the weather, and I felt like garbage. Lots of sharp turns. Averaged 68s I think. 

Total Distance
16.90

AM-6.15 miles

PM-10.75 miles with strides. 

Total Distance
18.00

AM-5 easy miles with Josh. 

PM-8 mile progressive power run with a mile beforehand at 6:00.  Splits:5:28, 5:30, 5:22, 5:18, 5:07, 5:04, 4:55, 4:56.  3 mile cool down.  Felt good, not great.  Legs and breathing felt natural and easy, but overall I felt fatigued.  

Total Distance
15.00

AM-8 miles with Josh

PM-7 miles.

Total Distance
18.00

Long run on Murdock canal trail. Felt relaxed and the weather was great. Averaged 6:00 on the dot according to Clayton. About 11 miles into the run, Milly pulls out a giant chocolate cookies in a bag and shares it with us. I would not recommend eating cookies when you’re running sub-6 pace.

Total Distance
17.00

AM-5.3 easy miles.

PM-3x30/40 thousands with Clayton, then 2x200m.  We were on for all the thousands, within a second nearly every 200m.  200s were 29.5 and 27.5.  Just feeling race pace out on the first one, and then on closing hard the last 100m on the last one.  

Total Distance
17.10

AM-8.1 miles with Talem and Michael.

PM-9 miles with strides. Really wet run, but wasn’t too bad after mile 3

Total Distance
13.70

AM-6.7 easy miles with Josh.

PM-7 miles total.  2x400m at 62, 58 and 2x200m at 29, 27.  

Total Distance
8.40

AM-4.1 miles

PM-4 miles with strides.

Race: Brian Clay Invitational (0.932 Miles) 00:03:45, Place overall: 39
Total Distance
16.30

AM-2 mike shakeout. First time I’ve felt good all week.

PM-2.5 mile warm up, strides, then the meet was delayed due to someone passing out and having a seizure after their race. It was sad to see/hear about. I jogged around a bit during this time, did more strides, then we raced. The gun went off almost immediately after the “on your marks” and Clayton and I weren’t ready. That plus getting shoved back put me in last at 100m. At 200m someone yelled “30” when I passed and this gave me some confidence that I hadn’t messed up my race. I came across 300 around 45, and slowly moved up. I came across 1:45ish at 700m about. Immediately after that, I saw a bit of jostling and Clayton was pushed to the infield. Like WAY on the infield. He thought he was DQed, so he just got back on the back of the pack and finished the race. When I saw this, I decided to move up more. I moved up and at about 450m to go, I took the lead. I still felt good, but it didn’t feel right to kick. It didn’t feel like the last lap of a race, and my mind wasn’t focused. With a little over a 100m to go, my mind is thinking of how my family is watching me and whatnot. I still tried to kick in the last 100, but I didn’t speed up as much as I expected to. I took 3rd in the heat, and I was happy about the time. It was a fun experience dropping down in an event.  10.3 mile run with Clayton after

Comments
From Eugene on Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 18:42:16 from 73.58.34.45

You have a great range Conner! Hope you get the chance to better that time in college

Total Distance
17.60

Long run at the beach. It was cloudy and windy, but still a good run.

Total Distance
19.00

AM-6 miles. 

PM-13 miles. No strides today, but I'll make sure I do them on Wednesday and Friday. 

Total Distance
17.30

AM-8x1000m at Intramural field. Didn’t feel the best, but it was still a good workout. The AM group was small, and everyone there except Clayton and myself were pretty beat from last week’s races, so it was mainly just us two for the workout. Averaged 3:00 or 3:01. The grass was wet and longer than usual, so I’ll use that to explain why it was harder than usual.

PM-5.5 miles.

Total Distance
16.00

AM-10 miles with Jake and Josh. We ran into Micah and Doc partway through.

PM-6 miles with 5 strides on the grass track.

Total Distance
16.00

AM-5 miles

PM-8x400 at 60s for the first 5, 59 for the next two, then I only ran the first 200 of the last one. 90 seconds jog in between. Good workout. Clayton and I switched off on every other for the lead.

Total Distance
17.10

AM-10 miles with Clayson and Jake on Indian trail.

PM-just under 7 miles with Milly and then strides.

Total Distance
17.00

AM-13 mile long run in Park City. We hit up the rail trail.

PM-After downing a Beto's breakfast burrito less than an hour before I started to warm up, I paced the mile at the Robison Invite. I would never recommend this as pre-race fuel, but I was hungry and it was quick.  Was pretty close to the goal pace, but only one person went with me and no one pushed the pace after I dropped off. Went 60-61 through 409 meters, and 2:02 at 809(goal was 2:02-03 at 800m, so I was close).  1 mile cool down after.   

Comments
From Eugene on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 05:17:56 from 73.58.34.45

Solid mileage this week!

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 12:05:32 from 67.2.171.44

Thanks Eugene, looks like you'll be at the top of the mileage board this next week.

From Eugene on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 16:42:29 from 73.58.34.45

Haha we'll see how much I can get now that finals are starting. Is conference this week or next week for you guys?

Total Distance
15.80

AM-5.25 miles

PM-1200, 800, 2x400m at 3:18, 2:06, 60, 59.  

Total Distance
13.30

AM-8 miles and then 4 strides.  

PM-5 miles up the canyon.

Total Distance
8.50

AM-3 easy miles on my own.

PM-5 miles and strides.

Race: Payton Jordan Invitational (3.107 Miles) 00:13:29, Place overall: 16
Total Distance
15.20

AM-2 mile shakeout

Race-that hurt, got out way too slow, sped up and the last 800 was a death march instead of the monster kick I was hoping for, but it was a big personal record.

Warmed up with Clayton, then did a few strides on  my own before doing some on the track.  My stomache felt a little more full than I would've liked, so that's something to work on.  The gun went off, and I immediately cut into lane 5.  We were on the outside waterfall, which was very favorable because then I didn't have to fight for position too  much early on.  The race strung out, and the pacer was a bit slow(he was supposed to lead us through 3k at 8:00), so I came across 400m at 1:08.  I told myself to relax still. After going through 600m at 1:40, I was a little nervous still, but then I came across 800m at 2:12 and knew we were speeding up.  Sometime around here Kejelcha and Eric Jenkins passed me, and I expected the race to speed up.  It did.  I came across 1600m at about 4:20-21.  I remained in lane one for the majority of the race, and did my best to stay with the guy in front of me.  Every couple laps, someone would fall off the front pack and I'd pass them.  At halfway the leaders were at 6:45(or atleast that is what they announced), so I knew I wasn't too far off pace from my goal of sub 13:30.  Clayton was a few spots ahead of me.  Around the 7th lap, I felt a blister begin on the bottom of my foot and it hurt quite suddenly.  I thought I had somehow cut my foot by the way it felt, but I kept pushing. The guy in front of me was pretty consistent with splits(or atleast I thought so), so it made averaging 65s pretty easy.  I came across 3200m at 8:40, so right on pace to run 13:32.5.  With 3 laps to go, I started to feel pretty fatigued.  With 2 laps to go, I didn't think I could finish in the necessary 2:08 to run sub 13:30, and was afraid I was going to start going backwards and run 66s or slower.  At 600m, I caught up to Clayton and tried to encourage him.  At 500m to go, I passed him and then we were both passed by Tyler Day.  With 400m to go, I had kinda given up on my goal and just wanted to finish, knowing that I would run a good time either way, but I was in a lot of pain.  With 200m to go, I was hurting, but told myself that I'd spent way too much effort to slow down now.  I came across the line right at 13:29, and I was pumped!  It was cool to be in such a fast heat with so many talented runners. Clayton was 2 seconds behind me at 13:31.   I personally think he could've ran faster than I did, but it wasn't his best day.  

Long cool down after with Clayton and, for part of it, the NAU boys.  

Comments
From Shawn H on Fri, May 03, 2019 at 03:56:29 from 45.56.153.117

Wow! Nice PR, Conner. Look at it this way: even the greatest distance runner of all time, Kenenisa Bekele, running his 5K world record of 12:37, was in the race with you, he wouldn't lap you on an outdoor track! Seriously, 13:29 is a great time. Better things to come, too.

From Eugene on Fri, May 03, 2019 at 09:14:25 from 174.223.129.113

great time conner.

From Blake Bennion on Fri, May 03, 2019 at 09:18:35 from 70.34.11.8

Way to go Conner!

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, May 07, 2019 at 17:39:46 from 76.8.216.2

Conner:

To put things in perspective:

- You proved that you are able to run half of a 10,000 on pace for sub-27:00. That is 90% of the journey.

- With three laps to go you were only 3 seconds back from Kejelcha who is basically equal to Bekele/Gebrselassie at their top form - just has not yet run the 5000 world record. I do not care if he was not going quite all out, and found a 2:23 last 1 K after that. You were able to place yourself into a lion's den and be in contact with a lion with three laps to go - means you are a baby lion!

- Your last 800 was not a death march, though you could not kick, you kept the pace.

- You shook your fist at the BYU record and it was in serious jeopardy.

- Your current PRs against Ryan Hall: 3:42/3:45, 13:16/13:29, 28:07/28:18, 2:04:58/?. Another point of reference is Jared Ward - 13:34/28:36/2:09:25. Throw into the equation that you are likely a natural marathoner. So this means even if you do not get any faster in shorter races if you do things right for the marathon, we are looking at 2:07-2:08.

I'd say this race is gives you something to be excited about.

From Holt on Tue, May 07, 2019 at 18:46:38 from 71.37.81.209

I always love Sashaís analysis - very enthusiastic; but you what? Almost always right!

And I bet heíll be right on this, too.

Congrats on a great season so far - go finish it up with great races at nationals!

From Conner Mantz on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 20:31:33 from 66.219.235.76

Thanks everyone! Sasha, I do like your perspective and those stats. I hope to continue in the right direction, but it will still take its time to get with those top guys. The description of death march describes less about how fast I was running and more on how I felt. The last 800m I was ready to be done with the race and it seemed to drag on longer than the first 3,600m.

Total Distance
16.47

AM-5 easy miles 

PM-18.5 km with Clayson.

Total Distance
18.00

AM-Long run in St George with Milly, Weaver, and Dallin.

Total Distance
18.40

AM-6 miles with Jared.

PM-12 miles and strides. 

Total Distance
17.20

AM-5 miles with Clayson and Michael

PM-3x "2 mile" at Intramural field. The "2 mile" was 4xloop at Intramural field, which GPS watches always measure way off what Coach measures with the wheel, but this time it wasn't measured with the wheel and GPS watches said it was long as usual, but that always happens on loops.  We still had cones out to measure it.  Went 9:55(I think), 9:42, 9:40.  It was wet, but not as bad as I expected it to be.  Legs felt good until the 3rd one.  Jared and Clayton did the majority of the leading.  

Total Distance
16.80

AM-6 miles, mostly with Talem. 

PM-10 miles and then strides with McMillan and Clayton. 

Total Distance
17.00

AM-5.25 miles with Clayson and Michael.  

PM- 2x(1600, 1200, 800) at 4:23, 3:14, 2:07-8, 4:22, 3:16, 2:05. Not the greatest workout, but it was still a good one. In the second 1200 we started slow(67), but finished fast. 

Total Distance
17.30

AM-15k run near Provo canyon. Went with Clayson, Rory, and Brandon Davis up some pretty trails. It was really windy, but it settled down after a while.

PM-8 miles with strides.

Total Distance
19.25

Long run with Rory at the rail trail. 2 hours of running in beautiful park city is a great way to start a Saturday.

Total Distance
18.70

AM-6.1 miles with Josh. 

PM-12.2 with 4 strides.

Total Distance
16.70

AM-6 easy miles with Talem.

PM-3.15 mile warm up, 5 mile tempo, then cool down.  The tempo had 1 mile at 5:20 before running 4 miles in the 4:45-4:49 range.  It was hot, and I'm still adjusting to the heat and was running shirtless, but McMillan was in a black long-sleeve shirt and seemed to be doing just fine.  With this I convinced myself I could finish the workout if he could do it and not overheating.  

Comments
From Eugene on Tue, May 14, 2019 at 18:45:50 from 73.58.34.45

When are sectionals?

From Conner Mantz on Thu, May 16, 2019 at 20:28:42 from 66.219.235.76

Next week Thursday to Saturday.

Total Distance
16.70

AM-6 miles

PM-10 miles and strides.  

Total Distance
15.50

AM-workout at the old provo track.  We did 3x(1000, 600, 400), at 2:44, 1:35, 62, 2:41(I led this one and did a terrible job at pacing it), 1:35, 62, 2:40, 1:34, 60.  Felt good, traded off the lead with everyone.  I didn't feel too great at the start, but as the workout progressed I felt better.  

PM-5 miles with McMillan. 

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 with Rory, Adam and Weaver at deer creek.

PM-5 with Kramer and Garnica.

Total Distance
16.00

AM-Long run. Ready for a day off.

Total Distance
15.20

AM-5.2 miles

PM-10 miles about. 1200 at 3:27, 400s at 62, 62, 60, 60

Total Distance
13.50

AM-4.5 miles early.

PM-9 miles

Total Distance
8.00

AM-3 miles

PM-5 miles with strides.

Race: NCAA West preliminary (6.214 Miles) 00:29:00, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 5
Total Distance
14.00

PM-2 mile shakeout

Race-2.5 warm up, strides, race where I spent a lot of time getting jostled and on the outside, saw 6 of my teammates qualify for nationals(!), then cool down. Time to prepare for the 5k.

Late race report: After the warm up, a prayer with the team, and strides, we got to the track.  I felt pretty good, but I just tried my best to confident, but not cocky/too confident.  Heading into the weekend, I had thought more on recovering for the 5k, and less on the 10k.  Race plan was to let the race play out until 5k, then move up.  Gun goes off, I get pushed around, but I'm in decent positioning on the inside middle pack.  As the race went on, I got pushed to the back.  Dallin and Michael were leading the first few laps and I was a bit surprised, but not too much. Dallin wanted a fast race and had been talking about it all season.  During the first few laps I looked around and saw Brayden directly behind me.  Later on in the race, I made a move to the middle of the pack and then after 2 laps, was pushed to the back again.  When I was in the back, I looked around again, and realized I was just ahead of Brayden and in the same spot I was in before, and that my earlier move was wasted.  After 5k, I moved up.  I realized Rory had taken the lead and was pushing the pace.  I was likely 30-40 meters behind the lead pack and I quickly made a move to the top 12.  It hurt, but it wasn't terrible once I settled back into pace.  Eventually I got right behind Rory and Tibebu Proctor from Washington and just sat on them.  After a lap or so, I realized that Rory was pushing the straights and jogging the turns.  I was annoyed with this and eventually took the lead from him with 7 laps to go.  After a lap of leading, I wasn't feeling great, so I let Tibebu take the lead, and I just stayed in the top 4.  Later Rory took the lead and I just sat on him until 200m to go.  At this point Tyler Day passed me and I was pretty sure I was going to qualify, so I just kept the pace for a 100m, then let up just a bit.  A few people passed me at the line, but because this is a qualifying round, it didn't matter.  2nd was the same as 12th to me.  After finishing, I turned around to see Connor Weaver cross the line.  I asked him if he made it(to the top 12).  He then asked me the same question, then turned to his family, and they were screaming for excitment.  Not only did Connor Weaver qualify for nationals, but Dallin Farnsworth did too, which was awesome!  We ended up having 6 guys qualify for nationals in the 10k in total, and it was great! Way excited for nationals!

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, May 24, 2019 at 17:41:32 from 73.58.34.45

Congrats on the ticket to nationals!

From Jon on Mon, May 27, 2019 at 21:29:00 from 75.136.125.182

Awesome

Total Distance
7.50

AM-3 easy. Felt stiff.

PM-4.5 with strides. Felt better during the last stride

Race: NCAA West Prelim (3.107 Miles) 00:13:48, Place overall: 5
Total Distance
16.50

AM-2 mike shakeout

PM-3 mile warm up with Eric Hamer, strides, race, 8.5 mile cool down with Clayton.

Updated race report: Went out for a warm up alone, but quickly ran into Eric Hamer.  He is one of the nicest people in the sport, and it was great to warm up with him to calm nerves and to have someone to run with.  We were both on the world cross country team together in 2015, so we've known each other for a while.  Anyway, on the warm up, I tripped on a wire fell forward on the pavement.  Scrapped up my hand, knee, and jacket.  It hurt.  It took my mind off the race, but I would've much rather had something else to distract me from being nervous. After did some strides, got to check-in tent, stretched, did some strides on the track during Clayton's final lap, and was super nervous to know if he qualified or not(the announcers were only talking about John Dressel's dive for 4th, but not who took fifth, and the scoreboard had it in tiny letters, so I couldn't tell).  Eventually I found out he was 5th, so that was good to hear.  He said he went into it a bit too confident, and almost paid the price.  I knew my heat was stacked, so I was going to do my best to race smart.

Gun goes off and I get into good position in the middle pack.  The race started quick with Wyatt Didrickson leading the way for the majoriy of it.  Through this race, I always felt like I was in good position compared ot the 10k.  Robert Brandt took the lead with 5 or 6 laps to go and started hitting 65s.  I moved up to the outside of the second line (so fourth) and stayed there until about a little over a lap to go.  Then I was in 5th or 6th, but I knew we would have 7 qualifiers in our heat.  At 150m to go, I was in 6th, and I looked back and saw Robert Brandt was close, but I didn't see if anyone else was close.  With 100m to go, Luis started coming back to me, so I made a small move to pass him and finish in fifth.  

8.5 mile cool down with Clayton, some wiht Garnica, and Tyler and Robert from UCLA.  

Total Distance
18.75

AM-6.2 with Talem and Michael.

PM-12.5 with the group. Felt good.

Total Distance
16.25

AM-5.25 miles. Mostly with Talem.

PM-11 miles with strides.

Total Distance
15.70

AM-5.1 miles with Josh and Ethan Cannon.

PM-3x(800, 300) at 2:07, 42, 2:05, 42, 2:04, 44. Great workout other than the last 300. Got off to a bad start on the first and last 300s, but the last one Clayton was so far ahead of me that it was hard to find motivation to run fast even though I couldn’t catch him. It was windy, so we switched taking the lead on the 800s.

Total Distance
14.10

AM-5.1 easy miles mostly with Talem.

PM-9 miles with strides. Mostly with Kramer and Clayton.  

Total Distance
14.75

AM-5 easy miles.  Slept in, but still somehow ran into Clayson within 200m of when I started.  

PM-2x(mile, 800, 400) at 4:35, 2:07, 59, 4:34, 2:05, 58. During the miles we worked on taking water and drinking while running that pace.

Total Distance
13.20

AM-10.2 miles

PM-3 miles with Milly.

Total Distance
11.20

AM-4.2 miles with Clayson.

PM-7 miles with Rory in Austin. It was hot! 

Comments
From Shawn H on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 23:03:41 from 183.88.144.205

A video to motivate you, Conner.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gjndjntjlk&feature=share

Total Distance
7.50

AM-3.2 easy miles.

PM-a little over 4 miles with strides. Felt fast.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 at 09:10:47 from 73.58.34.45

Congrats to you along with Connor and Clayton in the 10k!

Race: NCAA track and field championships (6.214 Miles) 00:29:19, Place overall: 4
Total Distance
13.25

AM-2 mile shakeout.

PM-race. Went well, I’ll write more later. Clayton won, and McMillan was third. It was quite a spectacular day. 5 other qualifiers for day 2, and our decathlete did great. 

Longer report: Boy is Austin HOT.  We got to the track about 80 minutes before our race, relaxed for a bit, then warmed up about 45 minutes before we raced.  I did the smallest warm up(less than 2 miles) to date due to the heat.  Coach prepared us well for the heat, so we were staying cool until we were on the track.  Did 4 strides, had a team prayer, and went to the start.  Due to the weather, they had changed the schedule so that all other events were during the day, and we were at 9, so the stands were kinda empty; however there were probably 100 people in the stands cheering for BYU, which was sweet! 

Gun went off, and I get on the rail right behind Connor Weaver.  I didn't expect this race to go out too fast, and just tried to race similar to the Stanford Invite.  While we were going considerably slower, it was tougher.  I didn't think it was going to feel that hot, but by the fifth lap I started taking water.  The first time I was in about 20th-22nd place, and I went outside to get water, but the person didn't hold it out, so I swung to lane 4 to grab in out of their hand.  It was annoying, but we were going slow enough that it didn't jeopordize anything.  As the race went on, I started grabbing water every lap, and sometimes twice a lap, and just throwing it on myself, and getting a sip every once in a while.  I was feeling really dehydrated, but I had to tell myself that everyone else was feeling the same way.  As the race played on, I just stuck on the back of the lead pack and waited for moves to be made.  I remembered Rory mentioned how at regionals there would be a lot of times when people would look like they'd make moves and then nothing coming from them, and after noticing that here, I just waited in the back.  At 5k I moved up and eventually I got behind Clayton.  Spent most of the race on the inside, which was nice.  With 4 laps to go, I was feeling fatigued, but then heard someone in the crowd yell that we had less than a mile to go, which changed my mindset, and I was ready for us to pick it up.  It picked up with 2 laps to go, and then with a lap to go I was boxed in a bit and started watching Clayton lead the race and hope he would win it.  After maybe 100m, I realized I'm still racing, and I don't know why I didn't try and catch Clayton, but I sped up just enough to hold off fifth.  In the last 30 meters, I was catching McMillan, and I knew Hassan Abdi was closing hard, so I yell at McMillan to speed up.  He didn't hear me, but he finished right ahead of me by less than a tenth of a second.  

It was probably one of the coolest things to finish a race with 3 guys on our team doing so well.  BYU's distance squad had a lot of bad races at nationals the past few years, which made this accomplishment feel even sweeter.  3ish mile cool down with Clayton.  

Comments
From Holt on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 at 11:08:16 from 71.37.83.43

Congrats Conner! That was quite a race to watch. (I'm sure it was quite a race to run!)

From Jon on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 at 13:01:18 from 165.156.40.32

4th in the nation! Good job, Conner. I mean seriously, good job.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 at 13:01:59 from 76.8.216.2

58 for the last 400, 2:02 for the last 800 in 80 F with humidity for a guy that grew up and trains in Utah and has only 1:56 800 PR is a very promising result!

Good luck in the 5000.

From Shawn H on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 at 23:13:23 from 45.56.153.26

Great job, Conner! Making all of us Utahns proud! Honestly, when you came back from your mission, out of shape, did you really see yourself as a sophomore, finishing 4th in the NCAA Championships 10K? Less than a second out of 3rd place, and not that far back from winning it all? Future's bright, young man.

From Little Bad Legs on Fri, Jun 07, 2019 at 10:22:31 from 66.87.127.13

Inspiring performance Conner. Great job!!!

From James on Sat, Jun 08, 2019 at 11:56:09 from 170.72.49.59

You guys were awesome and fun to watch!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jun 08, 2019 at 16:37:51 from 72.250.218.114

Conner - I wonder if you have a lot more in you than you realize. You managed to close in 2:02 last 800 with 58 last lap in very tough conditions - tough enough that you would want to get water in a 10,000 race - and all that while not quite realizing what was happening in the last lap. Maybe not thinking about it made it faster and allowed you to dig deeper to your true ability - sometimes that happens.

In the 5000 - about 48 hours after this death march - you managed 1:59 last 800 with the last lap of 55.8. Yes, there were a few runners ahead of you that ran faster, but they just have more 400/800 speed. And the base pace was not slow - especially for the conditions - a good number of runners with sub-13:40 ability were not able to keep it and were not there for the kick.

I would argue that if we were to rate the last lap performance relative to all out 400 among those who were there for the kick, you would likely win.

So basically, what you are showing is that even though this pace *feels* hard, it is really not that hard for you anymore. Perhaps the memory of what it used to be makes it hard.

I wonder what you would do in Europe in a meet where there is a pack going for 27:30. Just tuck yourself in the pack, set your eyes on some Kenyan or Ethiopian about Clayton's height, pretend Clayton's skin got black, and watch the race for the next 27 minutes. BYU record when you are done :-)

From Mike on Sun, Jun 09, 2019 at 19:07:51 from 35.137.241.58

Unbelievable performance! Congratulations is the least I could say.

From Tyler on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 07:55:36 from 144.46.104.12

That was a fun race to watch. Well done. Eyestone's 10k record is in jeopardy so long as you are at BYU.

Total Distance
7.50

AM-3.7 with clayson past the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue.

PM-3.4 with strides.

Race: NCAA track and field championships (3.107 Miles) 00:14:09, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 7
Total Distance
10.00

Quick report: race went well, I positioned myself well with about 500m to go, but didn’t have the necessary speed to get in the top 3. Happy with 7th though. 

AM-2 mile shakeout

PM-Race: Kept things about the same as the 10k, but I wasn't as prepared as I left my towel that I would soak in my hotel room, and I misplaced my hat that I would also soak in cold water.  I knew that with the heat being such a factor from first-hand experience two days before-hand, I knew that the first 100m was going to be quick, but then it would go into a jog, and I prepared accordingly. It's hard to push the pace when it's that hot, so I chilled in the back, and let the race play out.  After a few laps, I saw Clayton pop out into lane 2 and start moving up, so I followed.  I got pushed right to the back. I kept telling myself to have fun in this race.  There were even more moves in this race that didn't turn into anything substantial than the 10k, and I felt like it benefitted me to watch this.  As the race moved forward, I would move up on the inside.  With 5 laps to go, maybe even more, I started taking water every lap. It wasn’t because I was overheating, but it gave me something to do as I waited. Once the real racing started, I would stop, but no one was pushing the pace. With less than a mile to go a lot of people moved outside and I made a move to get right behind McDonald who was leading it with Grant on his shoulder. With 800m to go, the pace still hasn’t ramped up, but I was in perfect position(or so I thought). During this race I had a very different mentality and approach than I’ve ever had in a major race. I told myself to trust in my kick. With 600m to go, I probably would’ve taken water the race was so relaxed. With 500 to go, McDonald was in the middle of lane one, and I thought about squeezing on the inside and passing him and fisher. I hesitated, and I believe that was my only tactical mistake of the race. Fisher and McDonald didn’t speed up until other competitors got on their outside, and that left them ahead of me, cutting in right in front of me with about 400 to go. The next 200m, I felt like I was running backwards. People were flying by me, and I hadn’t accelerated as quickly, and went from 3rd to 8th in about 200m. I kept thinking of this same race 2 years ago, where Clayton was in first at 300 to go and faded to 10th or something. I didn’t want that to be me, but I kept thinking that I must be going to slow. With 200m to go, I looked back, saw Robert Brandt closing on me, and tried to kick so he wouldn’t pass me. I passed Kyle Mau, and then nearly caught Clayton, who I wasn’t even focused on, and then finished 7th. I felt like I still had a lot of energy after, but I couldn’t speed up much more in the last bit, I just neeeded to start my kick earlier. I’m happy with the way this season went, but I’m a bit dissatisfied. I felt like I may have sold myself a bit short mentally during races. It’s all good though, into cross country in the fall. 

Short cool down with Clayton after.

Comments
From nofacetimber on Fri, Jul 05, 2019 at 12:44:45 from 204.107.145.10

Wow, crazy to know that even with a 7th place finish doubling back from the 10k you still felt like you had more to give in this race. That's exciting, hopefully you you can learn from it and make the most out of your potential going forward. Congratulations on the amazing year!

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:40:37 from 128.187.116.31

Thanks, I hope that I can learn from it and use it as I go forward

Total Distance
13.90

AM-long run along the lake with some of the guys (5 of the 10k guys and Talem).  Felt good until about 12 miles, then was a bit tired and probably really dehydrated.  

Total Distance
6.00

Total Distance
8.00

Total Distance
8.00

Total Distance
10.00

Total Distance
10.00

AM-Just under 4 miles on my own, then up to 10 with my siblings. Ran on the beach and got to see a sea turtle who had just laid it’s eggs and was making it back to the sea.

Total Distance
12.40

Total Distance
8.00

Total Distance
13.20

Total Distance
13.30

Total Distance
14.20

Total Distance
19.00

AM-10 miles with Claire, 5 on my own. I’m not sure if we’ll have time for a second run, so I made it a little longer.

PM-Attempted to run 5 miles, but a questionable breakfast said no, so I settled for 4. Probably can’t run tomorrow due to travel, but if our flights don’t get cancelled or delayed, I might be able to run a couple miles in Chicago. 

Total Distance
18.00

AM-10 miles at 6.  I have class early, so looks like I'll be doing some running on my own.

PM-8 miles with Clayton, Talem, and Zac.  

Total Distance
0.50

.5 miles with the team.  I couldn't breathe other than short fast breathes, even though we were going over 7:30 pace, and eventually I had to stop with my hands on my knees. Arm also went numb when running, had chills and shakes later in the day. I walked back to the locker room, ended up spending most of the day at the hospital, but after a lot of tests, they couldn't determine the exact problem, but of all the things they expected, they all sound very minor.  Hope to run a bit on Saturday.

Total Distance
2.70

AM-Despite what I was told, I thought I felt great in the morning, so I wanted to try and run a few miles(5) and then see how I felt in the later stages of the day.  Well, I felt way better than yesterday, but had to call it.  Still had trouble taking long breathes.  

PM 1-1 hour of not too strenuous biking.  I was told I could do it as long as I felt no chest pain.

PM 2-4 mile hike alone in the evening.  Would've much rather been running the trail, but it's a nice hike.  Had to be careful not to cause chest/lung pain.  

Comments
From Shawn H on Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 21:55:38 from 104.222.140.3

That's kind of scary. I hope you feel back to normal soon, Conner.

From Shawn H on Mon, Jul 01, 2019 at 06:29:01 from 104.222.140.3

What was the prognosis, Conner? A lot of people follow your blog, but we're all in the dark hoping for the best.

Total Distance
1.00

AM-1 mile.  Not sure if I should record this, but eh, I made it a half mile out on the long run with a hard time breathing, so I tried to play it safe. Slow jog back, then tried to go on a walk, but even that was really tough.  So I waited for everyone at the cars.  I really wish I didn't have this problem now, because I really look forward to running with the team.  

Comments
From nofacetimber on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 19:57:43 from 73.65.197.11

Darn, wishing you well, and that it clears up soon. Man, that has got to be hard not being able to run with the team, if it had to happen at least it happened now after NCAA's. If this keeps up, might be good to get a second opinion.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jun 29, 2019 at 22:12:52 from 72.250.218.114

Nothing abnormal in the hospital tests?

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 09:22:14 from 67.177.30.39

This sounds so strange - hope it turns out to be very minor. Stay positive. You have a huge reservoir of fitness and a little downtime is not a bad thing.

From Conner Mantz on Mon, Jul 01, 2019 at 07:29:21 from 174.208.33.125

So, as far as the hospital tests it isnít anything serious, but they didnít give me a definitive diagnosis. They said it could be a virus, pleurisy, or something else I canít remember. I was pretty much told to rest and let my body take care of it.

From Eugene on Thu, Jul 04, 2019 at 17:24:46 from 73.58.34.45

Hope you feel better soon Conner.

Total Distance
0.00

Off completely.

Total Distance
7.20

AM-3.1 alone. It hurt. I had visited the doctor and he just said I would be recovering soon, but it would take close to two weeks.

PM-4 miles with Milly and Talem. 

Total Distance
10.25

AM-5 miles before class. 2 on my own, 3 with the team.

PM-5.25 miles at the USU cross country course. Still pain today.

 

Total Distance
16.25

AM-11 miles with James Withers from USU. I’m not sure what it was about this run, but it was great. I had some chest pain for the first 3 miles and then it became minimal. James said he has had a similar thing and that whenever he would run, it would take about 3 miles until the pain would stop. I had planned to do 6-8, but we just got talking and before I knew it, we were already at 7 miles and 4 miles away from our cars. 

PM-5.25 miles. Same as James said, a little over 3 miles with chest pain, but it went away after. Ethan Field rode his bike by me for the run too, so that was nice 

Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Jul 05, 2019 at 07:27:10 from 192.168.1.1

Glad to see you are able to run more or less normally again.

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Jul 09, 2019 at 12:39:13 from 128.187.116.31

Thanks Sasha!

Total Distance
14.20

AM-5 miles

PM-9.2 miles. There is still a decent amount of pain in my chest and sides. Felt good from 4 miles until 8 miles. Hopefully I can run a long run tomorrow, but I’ll see how I feel in the morning

Total Distance
12.00

AM-Long Run. Due to muscle soreness and chest pain, I told myself to go 12 at most. Last 6 miles were with the Stanford twins.

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with Braden.

PM-5 miles at the high school camp.

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with Scotty, Stanford twins, and Josh. Weights after, and they hurt. I shouldn’t have taken so much time off of lifting.

PM-5 miles with Milly, Clayton and Weaver. Felt good.

Total Distance
14.70

AM-Long carterville with Braden. I woke up super sore from weights and planned on forcing myself to run 5 miles, but after a mile things loosened up and I decided to run the whole loop.

PM-5 miles with Milly.  Still really sore.  

Comments
From Eugene on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 at 18:34:45 from 73.58.34.45

iím starting weights back up tomorrow for the first time in forever. iím terrified for what deadlifts are gonna do to my hamstrings lol

From Conner Mantz on Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 09:28:52 from 66.219.235.76

Hope they weren't too bad. Weights, and more specifically squats, are so hard for me.

Total Distance
13.00

AM-8 miles.  Felt really sore still. Went over mileage with Coach.  

PM-5 miles, felt great.  

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with Braden. 

PM-5 miles alone.  

Total Distance
15.00

15 mile long run.  Played it safe and didn't just go for it. Had a few faster miles, but nothing crazy.  

Total Distance
15.20

AM-10.2 easy miles with Braden.

PM-5 miles with Weaver, Machlin, and Talem

Total Distance
17.00

AM-12 total. Mostly with the team, then I added on with Michael.

PM-5 miles with Talem and Machlin.

Total Distance
15.10

AM-10 miles with Braden.

PM-5.1 miles with Michael

Total Distance
15.00

AM-Tried to help Milly with his workout. Clayton is out of town, so I offered to pace him. He did 3x(800, 300). I paced the first 800 in 2:06, then the 300 I got dropped and ran 43. Next one I just didn’t have it with how short the rest was, so I ran the first 200 and last 200 with him. 300 was 43. The last 800 I paced the first lap through 62.5 and Milly ran 2:03. I was getting dropped on the last 300 during the first 100, so I stopped because I wasn’t really helping him. Cool down to 10. It was hot and while it was fun, I don’t know if I’ll do something like this again.

PM-5 miles with Milly and Michael.

Total Distance
14.80

AM-Nearly 10 miles with Brayden and Will.

PM-5 miles with Zac, Scottie, and Will.

Total Distance
18.00

Long run in Colorado. I didn’t feel great, but a few guys did because they were pushing the pace for most of the run. Eventually, I had to make a conscious effort to slow down and take it easy. Ran almost the whole run with Garnica.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 19:16:15 from 73.58.34.45

Solid mileage this week Conner. 95 miles on a 6-day week is no joke!

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with Brayden.

PM-5 miles with Clayton, Milly, and Weaver.

Total Distance
16.00

AM-10 miles.  8 with the group, then the last two with Jason Ortega. 

PM-6 miles on my own.  Last mile had 5 strides.  

Total Distance
16.00

AM-12 miles with the team.  Felt sore from weights.  

PM-4 easy miles

Total Distance
15.20

AM-10.2 miles. Long carterville.

PM-5 miles with strides on the grass.

 

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with Brayden.

PM-5 miles with Will and Michael.

Total Distance
18.00

Long Run-18 miles at deer creek. 

Total Distance
15.10

AM-9.6 miles with Braden.

PM-5 miles and strides.

Total Distance
17.25

AM-13.25 with Jacklin.  Eventually Aidan Carlsen joined us too.  His GPS watch was off, it had us at 14 miles, but I don't see it being any longer than 13.5.  Great run.  

PM-4 miles with strides. 

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 16:22:43 from 174.223.136.127

can you really just tell if a run is a half mile off? if so this is a running ability i have yet to discover.

From Conner Mantz on Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 17:15:42 from 174.208.3.173

Itís a route we usually run, and then we took a couple 100m extensions, but it wasnít a whole mile of extensions

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles with Braden. 

PM-5.2 miles with Michael. Should have done strides.  

Total Distance
16.00

AM- About a 3 mile warm up, 5 mile tempo in 25:06, 3 mile cool down. First workout back is always hard.  Today wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but it did hurt.  My GPS watch is usually pretty accurate on Lake Loop, contrary to what my teammates say, but today it was pretty far off.  This led me to pushing the pace more than I should have, because I thought I was running slower.  Ran most of it with Zac Jacklin, then sped up a bit.  

PM-5 miles with Marcus, Clayton, and Michael. What a great group to be running with.

Total Distance
10.00

AM-10 miles. Ran alone because Brayden is getting married today and was going to be out of town.  

PM-no run. 

Total Distance
17.00

Long run with Adam H, James, and Hayden up in Logan. We ran a nice trail in Blacksmith Fork canyon.  

Total Distance
18.10

AM-10.1 miles similar to my run on Friday.  Getting a bit of incline.  

PM-8 miles in nearly 98 degree weather.  First 5 were with Michael Ottison.  Felt really tired today, I think it's due to not getting proper sleep.  My class ends in a week, so after that I'll get to sleep in until 6:30. 

Total Distance
18.25

AM-12 with Michael and Jacklin.

PM-6.25 miles with strides. Strides felt great 

Total Distance
17.25

AM-10 miles with Braden

PM-7.25 miles.  

Total Distance
18.10

AM-10x1000m with Jacklin at Intramural field.  Probably averaged around 3:03-05, but we didn't know the distance exactly.  First 1000m was measured at .62, while the next was .65, so you can't really put too much stock into GPS watches on grass repeats.  Good workout, but harder than I remembered.  Nice to get the legs moving.  

PM-6 miles, all with Talem and Danny, some with Michael and Milly.  

Total Distance
16.00

AM-10 with Brayden.

PM-6

Total Distance
18.00

Long run at Jeremy Ranch. Fairly chill. John Dressel was in Salt Lake City and was willing to meet up for the run. It was great catching up with him and it sounds like he is going to be fit this fall. 

Total Distance
16.50

AM-10 with Brayden.

PM-6.5 with strides. 5 with Will and Clayton, then grass loops on my own.

Total Distance
17.00

AM-12 miles with the team. Spent most of it talking with Kramer. Did some strides with him, which was fun when we raced the last couple. I’m getting faster, but still somt have the speed he has.

PM-5 miles with Will.

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles.  Split off with Kramer and Jacklin to run Bonneville Shoreline.  I was surprisingly pretty tired.

PM-5 miles with Milly, JQ, Michael, and Barton.  

Total Distance
18.00

AM-13 miles total.  Progressive power run.  Mile warm up, then 5:56, 5:36, 5:25, 5:14, 5:12, 4:59, 4:55, 4:46, 4:55.  3 miles easy back. The team was pretty together for most of it, then the last 4 miles, Jared, Milly, and I started speeding things up.  2nd to last mile Jared put the burners on.  Last mile I fell off, but I told myself to just make sure I ran 5:00 or faster.  Great workout.

PM-5 easy miles with Danny.

Comments
From ShawnHa on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 23:39:50 from 45.56.153.31

Impressive workout, Conner. I'm excited to see how you and BYU do in cross country. Good job.

Total Distance
14.00

AM-10 miles with the team.

PM-4 miles with Stanford twins, Danny and Michael.

Total Distance
18.00

Long run from Matt’s house. I didn’t feel too good. I was pretty tired even though I fell asleep at 9 last night. I think it’s just been a tough week with finals, mileage, and everything else that’s going on.

Total Distance
18.20

AM-13 miles.

PM-5.2 miles with Jake and Will.

Total Distance
18.70

AM-10 with strides.

PM-8 miles with Jake and Will.

Total Distance
17.90

AM-11.1 miles total, 5 mile tempo at 24:37. Still in trainers for now. Kramer ran with me the whole way. Goal was 5 min miles for the first few, and then drop it a little bit, but it was pretty consistent 4:50s.

PM-6.8 miles at Kiwanis Park.

Total Distance
16.10

AM-9.55 miles at Indian trail.

PM-6.55 miles with Jake Heslington. Went to K park, and it wasn’t too hot.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 18:26:51 from 174.223.4.16

any tempo effort shoes youíd recommend? when you arenít doing them in trainers that is😅

From Conner Mantz on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 18:36:52 from 66.219.235.76

I like the Nike zoom streak. Itís what weíre given here, so I donít have much to compare it to.

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 miles at fire road with Jake, Clayton, and Kramer.

PM-5 Miles with Garnica and Clayton.

 

Total Distance
20.25

AM-Long run in Springville/mapleton area. There wasn’t a huge group, and we split up as the run went on. 6:05 average pace. Last few miles were just Jake and I because Clayton and Milly had to run their pickup. 

Total Distance
19.00

AM-10x1,000m at 3:03-4 average. Ran at a very wet intramural field. It was tougher than usual. Most people did less than usual. I ran them all with Clayton and Jared. 

PM-6 Miles with Ryan and Michael.

Total Distance
17.00

AM-12, most on the icebox trail.

PM-5. 

Total Distance
15.25

AM-10 with strides running the Mario cart trail.

PM-5 on the trail near the lake

Total Distance
18.00

AM-1 mike warm up, 10 mile power run, 2 mile cool down. 5:18, 5:19, 5:19, 5:17, 5:17, 5:11, 5:11, 5:09, 5:04, 4:56. There was a big group today, so I hope it shows that big things are coming.

PM-5 miles with Milly, D Will, Brandon, and Clayton.

Comments
From ShawnHa on Thu, Aug 29, 2019 at 21:46:17 from 104.222.140.8

Very nice, Conner. Sounds like the team might even be better than last year!

Total Distance
15.00

AM-10 easy miles. Felt tired.

PM-5 miles with Talem and Luke.

Total Distance
19.00

19 mile long run with last mile on grass doing strides. I felt beat, but it may have been from the mileage or running most of these miles in the 5:40s. Ready for a fun season though.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Aug 31, 2019 at 16:04:31 from 66.21.47.189

nice work this week Conner.

Total Distance
19.10

AM-13 miles to the lake and back.

PM-6.1 miles with strides. 

Total Distance
17.75

AM-5.25 miles with Michael and Talem.  Micah and Josh Ward joined us for our last mile of grass loops. 

PM-5xmile at grass loops near the track. Ran with Jared and Clayton. 4:45, 4:41, 4:40, 4:39, 4:38.

Total Distance
17.20

AM-9.7 with Josh, Jared and Micah.

PM-7.5, mostly with talem. Strides included.

Total Distance
16.80

AM-5.3 easy miles with Josh, Michael, and Jake.

PM-2x2 loop, 1x1 loop at tempo effort at K park. It was HOT, so coach had us run this instead of a straight tempo on lake loop. Paces we’re about 4:58 for the 1.9 milers, and 4:37 for the last one. Weights after.

Total Distance
16.00

AM-10.4 miles with Weaver, Clayton, and Machlin. 

PM-5 miles and then strides on the track. Didn't feel super smooth early on, but after a few I felt better. 

Total Distance
20.00

Long run.  20 miles at Murdock, ran the majority of the run with Weaver and Milly, due to having to run farther.  Milly was going 25 and had a pickup to run, but he ran with whole 20 with me before continuing on his own.  At 20 miles, I'm pretty beat, I don't know if I could run the next 5 with a tempo at the end.  

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 at 08:37:24 from 67.177.30.39

How are you guys looking 1-7 compared to the last couple years?

From ShawnHa on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 at 23:37:56 from 173.239.198.51

Wow, your base and strength going into the CC season sounds great, Conner. Big things ahead, I hope. If you can improve much on last year, you're going to be amazing.

From Conner Mantz on Mon, Sep 09, 2019 at 19:23:42 from 128.187.116.4

Thanks Shawn! Coach Murphy, honestly, we have a lot of guys stepping up, but Iím probably just as lost as you on where weíll end up compared to last year. We look better I think, but donít have the same track times weíve had in other teams.

Total Distance
19.20

AM-10k

PM-12x1000m at tempo effort with 60 sec rest. Started around 3:01, then Coach had me slow it down to 3:06 for a few. Last four were 3:01, 3:01, 2:53, 2:54. Felt good. Lots to work on for this season personally though. 

Comments
From Eugene on Mon, Sep 09, 2019 at 21:24:52 from 174.223.130.192

yeah, lots of work. those are JV times. nice job in all seriousness

Total Distance
17.30

AM-6.2 miles. Beautiful lightning at 5:45AM. Then the rain came and it wasn’t as great.

PM-11.1 miles with strides at the end.

Total Distance
16.70

AM-not 100% sure on this mileage, but it will be fine. 2x(mile, 1200, 800) with 400-600m jog recovery between.  Mile and 1200 were on the wet grass, 800s were on the track to check the relative effort.  Ran 4:46, 3:32, 2:10, 4:44, 3:29, 2:08.  Matt and Talem were there too, we all seem to have classes during practice on Wednesdays.  

PM-6.2 miles on my own. Felt tired.

Total Distance
16.50

AM-5.2 with Michael and Jake.

PM-11.3 with strides. Felt a bit tired on the strides, but it was a great run. 

Total Distance
10.30

AM-4.9

PM-just over 5 and then strides.

Race: BYU autumn classic (4.45 Miles) 00:21:12, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
17.10

AM-race:  2.5 mile warm up, then some strides.  Warmed up a bit earlier than my liking, but it was alright.  I felt better than yesterday; however, still a bit stiff.  I got a great start, for me atleast, and didn't worry about any trouble.  The pace felt really quick after 200m, and it didn't really slow until about 600m.  I slowed down a bit, and just let the front guys go, before slowly catching up.  I took the lead with JQ at the start of the first 2km loop.  The course had a 1km loop, then 3x2k loops.  The guys behind me said that they heard they were sub-4:40 at the mile mark, and so JQ and myself were likely around 4:35.  After a bit, JQ fell off, then Jacklin ran by me for the next loop plus a little more.  On the 2nd 2k loop, Garrett Marsin got a bit ahead of me, and shared some of the work.  He was going pretty quick, but then he asked me if that was our last loop, and I told him we had one more.  He wasn't with us to run the course yesterday, so he wasn't sure about the course.  At the end of that loop, he was slowing.  I decided to speed up here and see what I could run the last 2k in.  I wasn't all out, but I did speed it up.  4 mile cool down after.  This meet was fun because there were a lot of friends and family that came to support too.  I'm not sure how long the course actually was, as I've heard both 7km and 7.5 km.  

PM-6 miles around k park.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 20:15:49 from 174.223.133.9

congrats on the dub.

From Conner Mantz on Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 09:08:35 from 66.219.235.76

Thanks Eugene!

Total Distance
19.80

AM-6.2 easy miles with Jake and Michael.

PM-13.6 miles with strides. Coach follows us on a sketchy bike that didn’t have brakes, but he was fine. 

Total Distance
17.50

AM-6 miles with Josh, Jake, and Michael.

PM-hobble creek. Progressive run up a canyon that’s around 8.3 miles. Kramer and I ran it in 44:51, which is quite a bit quicker than I’ve ever run, so it was a great workout. 

Total Distance
17.70

AM-9.7 miles about. Ran from my apartment, saw Luke just after halfway and ran with him to the fieldhouse.

PM-8 miles with strides. Felt pretty good for the first 7, then some pain from a blister/callus. It’s all good though.

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 21:31:50 from 104.189.16.160

gotta love those calluses. I'm pretty sure my feet are bulletproof at this point

Total Distance
18.00

AM-5.2 miles with Jake, Talem, and Michael.

PM-Michigan today. It was hot and windy, but I think Coach gave us more rest than usual, so it wasn’t terrible. Went 4:28(track), 4:50(grass), 3:19(t), 4:48(g), 2:11(t), 4:46(g), 60(t), 4:42(g). I felt pretty good after the first grass mile. Lots of switching of who was leading between Jared, Milly, and Clayton. All of them were coming off hard Tuesday workouts and/or races from the weekend, so I led a bit more than usual. Jared always seemed to be holding back, but I guess that’s what you can do when you were 6th in the last Olympic Games. 

Total Distance
15.30

AM-5.2 easy miles with Michael. 

PM-10.1 miles with Kramer and Clayson. We ran up to the Bonneville Shoreline trail and then down a nice dirt road in the foothills. 

Total Distance
19.20

Long beautiful trail run. Mostly with Kramer and Adam wood. I felt pretty tired, so I stopped just after 19 instead of going the full 20.

Total Distance
20.10

AM-7 with Talem, Michael, and Jake.

PM-3x2 mile/4laps at Intramural field. Ran 9:55, 9:45, 9:36. Michael’s watch had it about 20 seconds off each time, but GPS watches aren’t always so accurate. Good workout, first one Zac and Michael ran with me for most of the way, second way Zac was with me for a lap or two, last one was on my own. Weights after. 3.5 up, 2.9 down, about .6 total between sets. 

Total Distance
18.80

AM-6.3 miles with Michael, Talem, Jake, and Josh. 

PM-12.5 miles with strides. 

Total Distance
17.00

AM-2x(mile, 1200, 800) with less rest than the last time.  miles were 4:42 and 4:40, 1200s were 3:26, 3:27, and 800s(track instead of grass) were 2:10.9, 2:11.9.  First mile I went out way too quick.  It was wet and early, but I still should have paced it better (roughly 2:17 at the 800m).  1200s were both good.  Talem ran with first 800m with me. We went out a bit slow(68), and it hurt to get moving after that.  Last set was all on my own. Went out a bit more conservative on the mile, running 2:21 at the 800m.  Felt better, but still felt like I was digging.  Next 1200m was relatively well paced.  Last 800m I wanted to run 2:08, but for some reason, I couldn't get my legs moving any quicker 66 pace for the first lap, and couldn't quite seem to finish well either.  With the little rest and running the majority of the workout on my own, I'll count it as a good workout, but it wasn't great.  I haven't been sleeping too well this last week, so I'll have to work on that.  

PM-Just over 6 miles, mostly with Talem.

Total Distance
15.70

AM-5.4 miles with Michael and Jake.

PM-Just over 10 miles with strides.

Total Distance
10.10

AM-5 miles on Leif Erickson trail.

PM-5.1 miles at the course with strides.

Race: Bill Dellinger Invitational (4.971 Miles) 00:23:24, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
19.20

AM-race. Wasn’t the best for our team, but a good experience. About 3 miles of warm up, 5 mile race, 5.4 cool down. I got out well enough that I was able to get to the lead just after the mile. I stayed around top 10 for the rest of the race, touching the lead every once in a while. I felt sick with a stuffy nose and sore throat for the past few days, so I ran a little more conservative than usual. Robert Brandt started a push around 3 miles. After that Cooper fell off and for a little bit it was just Jake, Brandt, and I. Eventually, Jake fell off, and Brandt and I went back and forth. I tried to pass him a few times in the last 1000m, but it wasn’t until the last 100m or so I was able to pass him.  

PM-6 miles with some of the team at a rainy pre’s trail.

Comments
From Glory in the long run on Sun, Sep 29, 2019 at 14:34:26 from 65.130.90.242

Great job. Just putting money in the bank for a good investment.

From Tom K on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 12:56:28 from 47.206.60.114

Congrats on the Win!

From Jon on Wed, Oct 02, 2019 at 06:33:28 from 165.156.40.42

Awesome job getting the win

Total Distance
19.60

AM-Around 6.5 miles.  Lots of grass loops, starting with Talem and Michael, then joined by Aidan. 

PM-13.2 miles with strides. 

Total Distance
18.40

AM-6.3 miles. 

PM-5xmile at Kiwanis Park(slightly uphill from start to finish).  It seemed a bit longer than it was last year, but it would only be a few seconds.  First one I felt pretty stiff, but ran 4:42.  Next one I started with the pack, but people weren't wanting to run faster, so I sped up a bit.  4:43 for number 2.  3 was tough, but I ran 4:40.  4 started pretty slow, but then our last 400m was pretty quick and it was another 4:40.  Last one I had Kramer and Brayden from 400m to 800m, Jake from 800m to 1400m, and Zac from 1200m to the end.  Ran 4:35.  Cool down after. 

Total Distance
17.20

AM-10.2 with Talem.

PM-7 miles with strides on my own.

Total Distance
17.30

AM-5.2 miles on my own. Slept in a bit, so I missed running with the group.

PM-8 mile power run at Deer Creek.  1 mile warm up, then we started.  Due to the quick elevation changes, tight turns, and wind, it was tough and hard to gauge effort on splits.  Splits: 5:37, 5:17, 5:23, 5:29, 5:07, 5:19, 5:31, 5:09.  Kramer and Jake held on pretty long to Jared and I.  It was also beautiful up there with the leaves changing colors across the resevoir.  Overall Ascent for the 8 miles was about 790 feet, and about the same in descent.  

Total Distance
16.70

AM-6 miles with Michael.

PM-just over 10 with strides. Had a good talk with Ryan about different races in track.

Total Distance
20.00

Hope to Hobbel long run. Beautiful. Due to conference, we had to start early. It was dark, but the stars were pretty, and as the light came, we could see the many different colors of leaves. 

Total Distance
19.85

AM-6.25

PM-13.6

Total Distance
17.80

AM-5 miles with Michael, Talem, and even Danny Carney joined us today.

PM-10x1000m at tempo pace. Due to some slight soreness, I took the workout a bit easier initially.  Started around 3:01, and was around 3:00-02 for the first few.  Ran the last four around 2:52-58.  Didn't feel terrible, didn't feel great, just kinda sore.  It was surprisingly hot, and I drank water after every other.  The team looked great, the pack was a few seconds ahead of where we were 4 weeks ago.  

Total Distance
16.20

AM-10.2 with Talem, Michael, and Jake.  Well, the last 5 were with just Talem.  

PM-6 on the Alter-G.  Felt a little more tired from the past week, so I'll take it a bit easier to rest. 

Total Distance
16.50

AM-4.5 miles with Michael and Jake. I would've gone farther, but just trying to ease back a bit. Mostly grass loops.

PM-2x(mile, 1200m, 800m).  We ran it all on the grass by the track.  Wardy was coming off an insane workout, and Milly and Clayton were coming off their races, so they were taking the workout easier. The first one was a bit slow (4:44), but then the 1200 went pretty quick (3:20), and the first 800m was probably a bit too fast (2:10).  On the second set we went 4:35, 3:19, 2:11.  Clayton said his GPS watch had us about 7 seconds faster than our estimated course(Coach had wheeled this before, but without cones or anything to make sure we were running the same course, we just estimated where we thought we would end). I felt pretty good at the end, and probably could have done another set and still felt fine, but it was good to have it end there. 

Total Distance
16.30

AM-6.3 miles.

PM-5 miles outside, 5 on the alter G. I wanted to keep going outside, but I'm just playing it safe.

Total Distance
17.00

AM-Long run with the boys up the canyon. Felt tired near the end.

Total Distance
19.00

AM-6.5 easy miles, mostly with Talem, Michael, and Jake. 
PM-2 mile, 1.5 mile. 1 mile at Intramural field. For some reason, intramural field is always "longer" according to people's gps watches, but it is flatter, so I'm never too sure what to think of times. Anyway, 9:25, 7:04, 4:35 for the splits. Felt good. Last year I was 15 seconds slower on the 2 mile, 1 second slower on the 1.5, and 1 second faster on the mile. Last year I didn't run this workout alone. 

Total Distance
18.40

AM-6 miles with Michael and Jake.  

PM-12 miles with some strides on the indoor track.  The group thinned out when we did a loop near the airport and back on the old highway, and later university.  It was perfect weather.  

Total Distance
16.35

AM-2x800 on grass with fast starts, tempo mile on grass, 800 on track at same effort as grass, but no fast start.  Felt warmed up a lot more on the second 800, plus Zac was right on my heels. 2:14, 2:12, 4:53, 2:04

PM-6.1 miles. 

Total Distance
14.30

AM1-4.5 with Talem. Slow and early.

AM2-9.8 with a bunch of the guys traveling. Not as early.

Total Distance
9.60

AM-4 miles with Jacklin. 

PM-Ran the course, did some strides.  It seems like a really nice course. 

Race: Pre-Nationals (4.971 Miles) 00:23:20, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
19.50

AM-May have miscalculated the distance. Race went well, lots of wind, fast moves, and good competition. I was very fortunate to come away with the win today. I'll write more later

Warmed up 2.5 miles with the team. I didn't get a bad start, but it wasn't the best.  The plan was to run with the pack, unless the Campbell athletes took it our really hard. Well, the Campbell athletes took it out hard, and Danny made room for me to sprint and catch up.  I was with them at about 600m, and it felt fast.  I knew that I just should run behind these athletes, but it felt quicker than I thought it should.  I caught up with them, and we went through 1000m at 2:38.  I knew this was downhill, but it still felt really quick.  We slowed pretty quickly, and the rest of the group caught up.  We went through the mile at 4:24, and then the pace kept slowing to about 4:40 pace, and eventually, 4:50ish pace.  Our 1000m splits started getting over 3 minutes, and suddenly there was a large pack together.  The wind wasn't too bad, so I led a bit, but didn't really push the pace.  With a mile to go, Isai Rodriguez started pushing the pace, and the Amon went with him, and later pushed the pace. I caught up, just being ready for any move.  After a bit, I looked back and realized the pack was just us 3, and I felt like we were slowing down, so I put in a surge, but Amon quickly passed me.  With 400m to go, we could see the finish and I knew it was going to be a long kick, so I waited before really picking the pace up.  I had taken the lead here, and with about 100m to go they were still with me, but then I had another gear, and was fortunate enough to get the win.  After, I turned around and saw Jake take 4th, which was huge, and then the rest of the guys in our top 5 raced great.  Sadly, Kramer and Jacklin both got hurt in the race and faded really hard. Fortunately, Michael, who was having an off day, passed enough people in the final straight that we barely beat Colorado.  Great run for the team, but we are going to have to race better if we are going to have a shot at beating NAU.

PM-4 miles in Chicago. Pretty tired from the meet and long bus ride.

Comments
From jtshad on Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 17:12:42 from 65.129.138.74

Congrats on a strong performance!

From Jon on Sat, Oct 19, 2019 at 21:34:46 from 96.33.83.28

Good job

From Blake Bennion on Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 18:21:17 from 172.58.121.155

Congrats on the win, you're exciting to watch!

From Glory in the long run on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 15:50:24 from 65.130.60.60

So awesome to read about your race savvy. I'm reminded of when Dathan Ritzenhein won the NCAA, the reporters questioned where he was in the first 400 meters, but it all evens out by the first mile. Run smart, and put yourself in position to run hard when you need to.

From Conner Mantz on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 19:04:50 from 128.187.116.8

Thanks everyone!

Total Distance
19.10

AM-6.6 miles with Jake. Felt great.

PM-12 miles and then strides. Didn't feel as good as this morning.

Total Distance
17.40

AM-6.2 miles with Michael, Talem, and Jake.

PM-6x800m, first and fourth on the track, all the others were on the grass.  Goal was 2:10 effort on all of them, but it's been a while since I ran on the track.  Times: 2:07, 2:12, 2:11, 2:05, 2:08, 2:07.  It wasn't too tough, but it was a good workout.  Clayton ran with us, and it was his first workout with us in a few weeks.  

Total Distance
18.00

AM-12 miles. Ran with Josh Ward, and it was great to catch up again.

PM-6 miles alone with strides. A bit sore from weights yesterday.

Total Distance
19.00

AM-5.5 miles with Jake and Talem.

PM-Michigan. 4:23, 4:49, 3:15, 4:49, 2:07, 4:45, 60, 4:39. Great run, especially without Milly, Jared, or Clayton there. Rory was there cheering us on, which was sweet. Also, a lot of guys stepped it up and ran the tempos with me. 

Total Distance
17.45

AM-7.2 easy miles.

PM-10.25 miles with strides.

Total Distance
19.20

AM-Long run with the guys. We ran from Kramer's house. It was a beautiful and warm morning. I was feeling pretty exhausted near the end, but it's been a grea week of training.

 

Total Distance
19.30

AM-6.5 miles alone.  

PM-My watch said 13, Jake's watch said 12.8, so I went with that.  It was cold and I underdressed.  Turned around early with Jake and Brayden and ran grass loops with Clayton.  

Total Distance
17.00

AM-6 miles with Michael, Talem, Josh, and Jake.  It was great having Josh with us again, ever since he moved we don't run with him much. 

PM-Cold workout.  We did mile, 1200m, 800m, 2x400m at 4:41, 3:25, 2:12, 60, 59.  It was really windy, and we were out at Intramurla field.  During the mile, I'd run the 400s with the wind in 67, and the ones against the wind in 73.  Felt warmed up by the 800m, but didn't feel the spring in my legs as much as usual.  

Total Distance
16.10

AM-10 miles with Talem and Michael.

PM-Just over 6 miles with strides.

Total Distance
10.00

PM1-5.5 miles then strides. Nice course, flat, seems fast, and beautiful surroundings.

PM2-4.2 miles on a treadmill at the hotel.

Race: West Coast Conference championships (4.971 Miles) 00:23:33, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
18.50

AM-Fun race, I'll write more later.

2.5 warm up, strides, then the race started.  It was a pretty small field, and they had the starter on a ladder about 50 meters from the line, so I was more concerned with avoiding the starter than getting out well.  We got out well as a team, but it wasn't super important with such a small field.  The course had lots of turns, so I just ran on the inside where I could.  It was pretty flat, so I just let myself get into a rythem.  The goal was to wait until 4k, and then start stringing the race out, and then push the last 2k if need be.  I led a little in the first 2k, then the next 2k I sat behind a couple Portland guys.  I could tell they were annoyed that our whole time was just sitting on them, but that's how it goes sometimes.  At 3.5k, Zac took the lead.  At 4k, I took it and started a push to string things out.  At 5.5k, it was just Jake, myself and Kipruto from Portland.  At 6k, it was just Jake and I.  I kept the pace pretty consistent, and tried to get Jake to run with me.  I wanted Jake to fight for the win with me, or try and cross together if we could, but he wasn't feeling the greatest.  I maintained a small lead the rest of the way, motioning Jake to catch up.  At the last 100m, I sprinted it in.  Not my usual racing style, but it was good enough for the day.  Short cool down after due to interviews.  

PM-8.5 miles with Michael. Talem and Matt were with us for 2.

Total Distance
18.10

AM-18.1 mile long run. Felt good and kept it chill. Mostly with Micah.

Total Distance
19.10

AM-6.5 miles alone.  Woke up early due to daylight savings, but waited for others to run with.  No one showed up though. 

PM-12 miles, then some strides on the track. Went a bit quick during some parts.  Ready for a great workout tomorrow.  

Total Distance
16.80

AM-6 miles with Michael, Talem, and then we met Andrew Brewer on the way.

PM-10.8. 5 mile tempo at lake loop. Wore trainers, coach said no flats today. Goal pace was 4:50-55, but my watch was a bit weird, and I didn't hear splits after mile 2, so I went off feel. Ran 23:58, just 18 seconds off what I ran it in 4%s last year with people. Today also felt easier. Good things to come.

Total Distance
18.40

AM-11.2 miles, starting at 5:50AM. Earlier than I wanted, but it's fine.

PM-7.2 miles with strides. 

Comments
From ShawnHa on Wed, Nov 06, 2019 at 20:53:05 from 45.56.153.99

Today I watched the YouTube video of your recent 12 x 1K on the field. So good! You may not have as strong of a team as you had last year (we'll see what happens, though), but YOU are looking great! Best of luck in the rest of your season.

From Eugene on Thu, Nov 07, 2019 at 10:23:04 from 104.189.16.160

Just watched the video myself, reiterating what Shawn said super inspiring stuff. Secretly rooting for you over our Kenyan duo at nationals.

From Conner Mantz on Fri, Nov 08, 2019 at 20:42:33 from 66.219.235.76

Thanks Shawn and Eugene! It was a blast to run those, and the team is looking good. It was one of our early workouts, so some people were still rusty, but it was great. Eugene, that Kenyan duo is really good, but I hope to beat them.

Total Distance
18.60

AM-6.1 miles. 

PM-2x(mile, 1200, 800) on the grass near the track.  Fast starts for the miles (64 and 65 first 400s).  Went 4:30, 3:21, 2:14, 4:33, 3:28, 2:07.  After the first 2 reps, Coach had me tone it down after this and run with the pack. I ran with the group on the first 800m and the second 1200m, and part of the second mile.  I felt good.  

Total Distance
16.10

AM-6 miles with Michael.  

PM-10.1 miles.  9.7 outside, then 4 strides on the indoor track.  

Total Distance
16.00

AM-Long run with the team. Last 8 miles were with Jake. I felt a little tired, so hopefully this shorter long run will help me be ready for two weeks. 

Total Distance
20.10

AM-7 miles. Watch died at 6, and so I missed the turn around for the 2 mile add on. So maybe more, but I'll count it as 7.

PM-4 mile warm up, 2xmile at tempo then 4x800 at an interval pace, all done at intramural field, 4:45 and 4:46 for the tempos, then 2:12, 2:10, 2:09, 2:09. Felt really good until the last 500 of the last rep. Surprised at how fast I ran at intramural field because it's usually tough to get moving there.

Total Distance
17.30

AM-6 miles with Michael and Jake.

PM-11 miles with Clayton, some with Milly and Jared. Strides after. Always a blast running with those guys. It was Milly's first time running since New York, which made for some funny jokes.

Total Distance
15.00

AM-5.3 easy miles with Jake.

PM-tempo 800, 2x400 on grass. 2:22, 60, 64.

Total Distance
8.60

AM-4.2 easy miles.

PM-4 miles on the course and then some strides.

Race: NCAA mountain regional (6.214 Miles) 00:30:32, Place overall: 4
Total Distance
14.00

PM-NCAA Mountain regional. Got out poor, thought I was good to settle in, then I got pushed to the back. I slowly moved up to the lead around 1k, stayed in the front pack, kept a good tempo, but nothing too quick. Tried to relax a lot. Around 9k a few NAU guys made moves to get the win. I followed for a few seconds, thinking I could be fine, but then I remembered to take it chill because nationals is just 8 days away, so I did. Time to recover, maybe get a second run in.

Comments
From Madsen on Fri, Nov 15, 2019 at 18:38:45 from 8.46.76.72

Great tempo run today! Good luck next week.

From Glory in the long run on Sun, Nov 17, 2019 at 00:37:58 from 65.130.25.89

Absolutely, relax, relax. It was good to see you not doing so much front-running. Absolutely no need to. Trust your training at nationals. One day doesn't make or break you. Just enjoy the talent God has given you and the hard work you've done.

Total Distance
15.50

AM-10 easy miles. I felt great. 

PM-almost 40 minutes. Ran into Kale partway, so I ran with him for a few miles.

 

Total Distance
15.70

AM-5.2 easy miles with Jake, Michael and Talem.

PM-13.5k with Clayson, some grass loops, strides, and then I ran back with Jake and Kramer.

Total Distance
13.50

AM-5 miles with Talem and Jake.

PM-8x400 alternating on grass and track. Felt really good. 

Total Distance
12.50

AM-8 easy miles early in the morning. Felt tired.

PM-4 easy miles and then strides. Felt great.

Total Distance
11.30

AM-8.3 miles on a beautiful trail with 2x60 seconds and 2x30 seconds at a quicker pace.

PM-3 miles on a treadmill. Clayton did this before his win in the 10k, so didn't seem like a bad idea. 

 

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 17:23:17 from 104.189.16.160

Good luck this weekend Conner. Someone's gotta end that american-born winner drought eventually.

Total Distance
6.30

6.3 miles at the course. Strides near the start. 

Race: NCAA Cross Country Championships (6.214 Miles) 00:30:40, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance
9.00

2.5 mile warm up, strides, race where I froze, post-race freezing, and then some warming up after a couple hours. I'll write more later, but I'm very proud of the team to push through the conditions and earn our first team national title. I'm thankful for the coaches we have, the teammates who didn't race, and for NAU for setting the bar so high, as well as being very gracious and classy about their loss. 

Race report: Got to the line after the warm up, did some strides, then I started taking off the outer 2 layers, until I was just in armsleeves, jersey, and hat.  I felt cold before the race started.  I did a couple strides, and then put some olive oil on my legs like last year, and then was ready.  I was already soaked before the race even started.  I was also really cold.  The gun went off, and luckily, we were on the second to outside box, so even though I couldn't get moving quickly, I didn't get boxed in.  I eventually started passing people ahead, and was in about 20th once we started the first turn.  I passed Matt and thought we were looking good as a team, because most of us were already up close to the front.  I got passed by Kigen around here, as he started running on the inside where the grass was longer, but didn't have any mud.  This kinda ticked me off, but whatever. I slowly moved up and was in the top few.  At 2k/3k I started feeling pretty terrible.  My calves already started burning, and my quads were hurting.  I was right behind Peter Suefer here, and he started pulling away.  I went with him for a bit, but I was feeling like garbage, so I let him go and decided to run with the pack.  

From 3k to 8k, I still felt like garbage. Suefer had made a big gap, so I tried to close it a few times, once at 5k, and once at 6k, but I just didn't feel how I've felt all year.  Running in the mud and being cold was really tough today.  Around 4k, I had told myself to just stay in it iwht the main pack, because 1)the team needed me, and 2) I wanted to, at the very least, finish in the top-3.  This led me to making moves to try and get to the front.  

Around 8k, the pace kept picking up and we passed Suefer.  I was feeling slightly better here, but still not my best.  Once Kurgat passed Suefer, I tried to go around the pack and catch up.  At about 1k to go, I had gotten some really good momentum, and was trying to catch up to Kurgat who now had a 10 meter lead or so.  Once the fence ended, Kiprop went OUTSIDE the course, running in the grass where there was NO mud, and then he passed me and cut me off.  I slipped, almost fell, and had to re-accelerate.  Right after, Klecker made a move around us all, and takes the lead of our chase pack.  I had to put a lot of effort into catching back up to him, and then I was with him until about 400m to go.  Kurgat had increased his lead to a point where catching him didn't seem possible, and Klecker had started to pull away. I heard someone yell "you gotta catch this Colorado guy for points" at me here.  This was the only time I heard someone yell anything about points or the team race the whole race.  Right after this point, Seufer passed me and started battling with Klecker.  Klecker dropped him, and he was dropping off, and I dug as deep as I could in the last 100m to get the minimal goal of top-3.  I caught him with about 5 meters left, and it was great. 

After the race, I was more exhausted than I've been after any race this season.  I watched the finish of other runners, but I had no idea what was going on.  Eventually Danny or Jake came to me, saying "I think we won." Due to NAU being such a good team, I didn't believe them.  I was also so cold that it never settled in. Eventually, I went to the media tent, and was asked what it was like to win by over 50 points, and then I knew the chances of us not getting the win were next to none, so I was pumped.  We then had a team interview, were congratulated by NAU, and it was great, other than being so cold. I couldn't stop shivering during all this time, and I actually couldn't focus on how great the team win was becuase I felt like I was freezing.  After walking back to the tent, I was so cold and couldn't stop shivering, that they trainer stopped me and had me go back to the medical tent.  They treated me for hypothermia, put tons of blankets and heaters on me.  I wasn't the only one with that problem.  They started asking me my name, and other things I can't remember, but eventually I was back at the awards, and I think I was warm again. This was such a great experience having the team get the win, and it was such a hard race.  Onto the next step. 

Comments
From Tyler on Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 07:41:49 from 104.129.200.135

Congrats on a stellar race and for leading the team to the win. It was incredible to watch.

From Glory in the long run on Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 11:51:49 from 65.130.25.89

Great race and team win. I often wonder whether some clothes offsetting the cold isn't worth the added weight. Just the psychological benefit of not thinking bout the cold.

From ShawnHa on Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 22:23:46 from 45.56.153.20

Great race, Conner. I really thought you had a great shot at 2nd for a bit. Awesome team win. Next year is YOUR YEAR! You were visibly and audibly shivering in the post-race interview I watched. Yes, Glory, I definitely agree with your comment about clothing. Those arm sleeves that so many runners wear are good in, say, 45 degree weather, especially since they take away the wind chill on the arms as they move through the air. However, in cold, snowy conditions, very cold rain, or when you're constantly being sprayed with cold mud by the runners all around you, I would DEFINITELY wear at least a long-sleeve shirt AND a thin, fleece cap. Probably some light gloves, too. And what's wrong with half tights for your hamstrings? You can always throw away the cap and gloves if you start to feel too warm. Thirty minutes in freezing temperatures in a racing singlet alone . . . NAH, bad idea.

From nofacetimber on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 11:17:37 from 204.107.145.10

Congratulations on leading the BYU men to their first cross country team title!! And for fighting through those rough conditions. Big time!

From Holt on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 19:11:56 from 71.37.83.76

So awesome!

Congrats on the individual race and especially on the team

From Jon on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 at 17:41:48 from 96.33.83.28

1st place team overall in NCAA Div I. 3rd place individual overall. So impressive, especially on a day when you said your body didn't feel as good as usual. Great job, Conner- you've got a lot of FRB fans cheering you on. Great season.

From Ryan Hansen on Fri, Nov 29, 2019 at 15:27:22 from 47.187.97.164

Great race Connor! And, what a day for BYU men and women...so cool! Itís amazing how youíve bounced back post-mission. Congratulations on a great XC season and good luck with the upcoming track season.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 22:08:55 from 72.250.218.114

Congratulations on the team win and third place individually!

From jtshad on Sun, Dec 01, 2019 at 07:15:58 from 65.129.138.74

Congrats to you and the team on a stellar performance in very difficult conditions!

Total Distance
10.00

AM-5 easy miles on my own. Woke up early due to still being used to Eastern Time. 

PM-5 easy miles with Clayton, Clayson, Danny, and Matt. 

Total Distance
10.10

AM-5.1 easy miles with Talem, Josh, and Ethan Schuley. 

PM-5 easy miles with Dustin and Zack Erickson. 

Total Distance
10.00

AM-3 miles on my own in Smithfield. 

PM-7 miles with Ethan Field.  

Total Distance
10.00

AM-10 easy miles with Claire and Landen. It was pretty snowy, but no one seemed to be out, so it was nice.

Total Distance
12.00

AM-12 miles. Started with Claire and Landen, then we ran at Liberty Park and I ran on my own. Ran a few miles in the 5:30-5:40 range to open up. Felt nice.

Total Distance
15.00

Long cold run. Very ice.

Total Distance
17.60

AM-5.3 easy miles

PM-12.3 miles with Adam, Matt and Danny.

Total Distance
15.10

AM-5.1 easy miles.

PM-10; first 3 on a treadmill, next 7 with the team in the foothills. 

Total Distance
15.20

AM-10.2 easy miles, first 5 were with Talem. 

PM-5 easy miles on my own. 

Total Distance
15.70

AM-5.5 with Talem 

PM-10.2 with Logan McKay.

Total Distance
13.50

AM-5.5 easy miles alone.

PM-8 easy miles alone.  

Total Distance
20.10

Long run.  Clayton, Milly and I were the only ones going 20, so after 7.5, it was just us.  It was a quicker long run, nothing too exciting, but it was great to run with them again.  6:04 average. 

Total Distance
17.60

AM-5.1 easy miles with Talem and Jake. 
PM-12.5 miles up bonneville and then grass loops with Jake.

Comments
From Rob Murphy on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 18:34:50 from 67.177.30.39

So I heard you and your mates won a cross country meet a couple weeks ago? Been meaning to pass along my congratulations.

From Conner Mantz on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 19:26:45 from 174.208.31.135

Thanks Murphy! Itís been great being part of such a great team

Total Distance
19.50

AM-5 easy miles

PM-8 miles at just under 6:00, then 3xmile at 4:32, 4:30, 4:28.

Total Distance
15.10

AM-10 miles, 5-9 with Jake and Talem.

PM-5.1 miles with the team.

Total Distance
17.50

AM-5 easy miles.

PM-10 mile progressive run: warm up mile then 6:00, 5:36, 5:31, 5:19, 5:18, 5:11, 5:03, 4:49, 4:48. Felt great, the weather was really nice, and it was great running with Milly and Clayton again.

Comments
From Eugene on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 17:41:51 from 104.189.16.160

nice job!

as someone who's been on the blog for a while, have you seen anyone run a weekly mileage of over 200 without racing an ultra in that week? I wanna know if I set the unofficial blog record a couple weeks ago lol

From Conner Mantz on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 19:25:49 from 174.208.31.135

Thanks Eugene! Honestly, Rob Murphy or Sasha might be the best ones to ask, but I would bet thatís the record. Congrats on getting up that high in mileage

Total Distance
16.00

AM-11 miles, some with Jon Harper, Clayton, Doc, and Talem. Nice to catch up with Jon Harper 

PM-5 easy miles with McKay and Garnica.

Total Distance
23.00

Long run today with Milly and Micah.

Total Distance
19.90

AM-6.2 easy miles.

PM-13.7 easy miles with Dallin and Weaver.

Total Distance
17.00

AM-5x1200 at 3:19, 3:16, 3:17, 3:16, 3:16. Switching the lead every rep between Jared, Milly and myself. Felt good, however my calves were burning from this being the first speed-like workout in a while and I haven't done strides in a while. 

PM-6 miles with Kramer, Dallin and Milly. It was dark and I ran into a tree. Felt dumb but it was funny for the other guys.

Total Distance
18.10

AM-12.1 miles with Milly and Dallin.

PM-Had to study for a final, so I didn't end up going with the team. 6 miles on my own, probably a bit quicker than I should've gone, but it was fine.

Total Distance
19.80

AM-2.6 warm up, 10 mile PMP in trainers with Jared, Danny, Milly, Micah and Clayton. It was tough! Great workout, but definitely tough. Ran 49:25, and finished with Jared so that was a huge confidence builder. 3 mile cool down. Felt pretty dead the rest of the day when taking my last final. 
PM-4.2 easy miles on my own. 

Comments
From Zack on Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 10:29:45 from 174.23.146.155

Freak man! Good work!

Total Distance
15.10

AM-5.1 easy miles alone.

AM2-started at 11:10, so it was technically in the AM. Ran with JD, Spencer Nelson, Mark, and Justin. Felt a bit tired and we ran pretty reserved, which was nice.

Total Distance
20.10

Long run with Adam, James, and Mark. After 13 it was just Mark and I, and at 16 I started a 3 mile pickup, going 5:05, 5:03, 4:58. My lower back/hip started hurting after. Hopefully nothing too serious.

Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 16:50:55 from 66.21.47.189

solid week!

Total Distance
4676.47
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