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Member Since:

Sep 17, 2007



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

2 x Deseret News 10k winner

3 x All-American at BYU (back in the day)

10 x state champion in high school (way back in the day!)

3 x USA team member

Short-Term Running Goals:

I would like to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon.

I would also like to run on one more international team before I pack it in!

 Stay healthy!  (My biggest challenge!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run my whole life, and then live vicariously through my children. (just kidding) , but I do want to pass on a healthy lifestyle to them.

Help coach East High to a state championship. (hope it doesn't take a lifetime!)


I've been running since I was nine.  I'm married to a fellow runner who inspires and supports me.  We have two children:  Cole (4) and Lily (18 mos.)  I help Bill Cobler coach cross country at East High School.

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: 15.40 Month: 27.40 Year: 1221.75
NB 580 Lifetime Miles: 49.79
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I ran a 2 mile warm-up, followed by 4x200.  My goal for my workout was 5 x 2000m at 35:00 10k pace, so 7 minutes.  I felt like I was struggling after the first one, so I dropped to mile repeats instead.  This may have been more mental than physical.  It seems when I can't run as fast as I want to, it gets in my head.  So, my workout went as follows:

1.  6:59.1 (2000m)

2. 5:33.72

3.  5:33.93

4. 5:33.18

5. 5:34.52

I ran a 400 jog recovery in between.  That usually took me 2:45, so I waited until 3:00, so I had equal recovery on each one.  The good thing is, I'm beginning to recover quickly, and it seems I can run a specific pace forever.  I just wish I could get my legs to catch up with my cardiovascular system.

I ran a 2 mile cooldown to finish up.

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A.M.  I didn't feel like braving the dark streets of Taylorsville this morning, so I went to do some mindless treadmill running.  I ran a 1 hour progression run, starting at 8.5mph and increasing every five minutes.  I actually ran 9.1 miles, but I'll round down.  I felt pretty decent.  The treadmill is nice and easy on my body.  My calves were not sore when I woke up this morning, so I must be making some progress.  New heel cups help!

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I wanted to run another 4 miles yesterday, but we went to the temple last night, so I did't have time for a second run.  So, I get to do two runs tomorrow.

I ran a 15 minute warm-up, followed by 30 x 1 minute on/1minute off.  Then, I cooled down 15 minutes.  I did my run at Valley Park.  The workout didn't feel particularly hard, so I don't think I was running very fast.  Hopefully, I'll recover better this week than I did last week.  Maybe I'm getting in shape. 

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I woke up feeling really beat up, even though I didn't feel like I ran that hard yesterday.  My hips were hurting all night long, and my right achilles tendon was sore.  No injuries, just feeling pounded.  So, I decided to cross train today.   I did an hour on the spinning bike in the morning, and another hour in the evening.  I think that equals about 10 miles.  I know it's not as quality as running mileage, but I'm kind of paranoid about getting injured.

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I had a much better tempo run today than last week.  I guess I could have been somewhat recovered after cross training yesterday.  But, my legs still felt tired, just not pounded like yesterday.  I ran a 3.5 mile warm-up, followed by a 10 mile tempo run at Liberty Park.  Total time was 59:42.  We were guessing a little bit on where we finished, but I think we were pretty close.  The good thing is, I was at least a minute faster through 9 than I was last week (I didn't get the exact time.)  I went out a little fast for my first two miles, and then settled right in to pace.  That seems to work better for me than starting really conservatively.  I was happy with  the run though.  I feel like my fitness has improved since my last race which was a half marathon in Iowa.  At sea level I went through ten in 60:00, so I'm looking forward to my race on Thursday.  Under 1:17 would be fabulous, under 1:16 even better. 

I ran just one mile cool down.  Cole was crying, so we needed to get him home. 

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This may have been my first twenty miler ever.  It's a landmark!  Of course, Bill had to pick a really hard course to initiate me on.  We ran out in Magna, starting from the 10 mile mark at 8000W and 2700S.  We ran to the 0 mark, and then turned around and ran back.  Lots of uphill going out, and lots of downhill coming back.  My total time was 2:18:22.  I may have gone out a little conservative, because I didn't know what the course would be like, but I definitely came back hard.  My first 10 miles were 1:15:40, and I closed in 1:02:42.   I think my last four miles were all under six minutes.  I felt pretty good considering my tempo run yesterday.  I'm beginning to think I might actually make it through a marathon.  How fast is the big question. 

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