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Member Since:

Apr 07, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

5K - 17:11 (Cougar Run)

10K - 34:35 (Deseret News)

15K - 57:33 (Utah Running Club)

1/2 - 1:22:26 (Mountain View Trail)

50K - 4:22:31 (Sapper Joe)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub-2:45 at Saint George Marathon

Win the Antelope Island half marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

I'd like to run the Angeles Crest 100 at some point. And I'd still like to go sub-4 at a trail 50k. Other than that, I'm open to suggestions.


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I was a competitive cyclist for years. In 2009, after racing in the Tour of Utah, I decided I had plateaued as a cyclist--I could continue to improve, but I wouldn't break through to a new level. So, I started looking for a new challenge.

I thought that challenge would be mountain biking, but I'm a terrible bike handler. I married Catherine in January 2010 and a couple of weeks later I entered the SLTC Winter Training Series with her. A couple of weeks after that I decided I'd like to run ultras, so I signed up for a couple of 50Ks to get started.

Those first races came and went, with varying results. I was looking forward to running more and possibly pushing into the longer distances, but I injured my knee in June 2010 and I've never been consistently healthy since.

I started law school in August 2010, which meant less time for training. In June 2011, Baby Elliott was born, which meant even less time for training. But she's worth it. 

Baby Nora joined us in October 2013, with the same effect on training as Elliott (who, incidentally, is no longer a baby). 

I (finally) finished school in April 2014 and now I'm an evil corporate lawyer in Salt Lake. I have no illusions that I'll ever get back into the shape that I once was, but I'm perfectly at peace with that. I still have many goals to accomplish and many years in which to do it. 

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Total Distance
Nike Lunarlite Racer Miles: 12.60Brooks Launch Miles: 20.40Adidas Adizero XT Miles: 25.90New Balance MT100 Miles: 8.30
Weight: 162.60
Total Distance

AM: A bit of a mixed workout this morning. I ran to the gym as a warm up and then did a little easy running on the treadmill to even out the miles. Then I ran 20 minutes (two miles) at a ten percent grade, took a quick water and bathroom break, and then ran 20 more minutes on the ten percent grade. I ran the first ten minutes of the second set at 10:00, and picked up the pace slowly over the next ten minutes to finish at 9:00. After that I ran an easy mile before throwing in a 6:00 mile and then cooling down. 

PM: Catherine wanted to run again, so I went to the gym with her for a couple of easy miles in the Cardio Cinema. Twenty minutes of the Incredible Hulk and we didn't even see the Hulk, let alone any smashy-smashy. What a rip off.

Nike Lunarlite Racer Miles: 2.60Brooks Launch Miles: 9.80
Weight: 163.20
Total Distance

I ran to the gym this morning, rounded out my ten miles on the treadmill, then drove home with Catherine. I threw in about four 6-minute miles along the way (I wanted to do my repeats faster, but the old treadmill in the Cardio Cinema wouldn't go any faster). Anyways, I'm now past 2,000 miles for the year, which is at least 1,950 miles more than I ran last year. 

PM:  I went with Catherine to the gym tonight and ran a little more. I also hopped off the treadmill for a second but forgot to turn it off. It was very surprising when I tried to get back on. Now I have an owie on my shin.

Nike Lunarlite Racer Miles: 10.00Brooks Launch Miles: 3.60
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

It seems like lately all of my runs have been on the trail or on the treadmill, so it was a nice change of pace to get out on the road this evening. I ran my Slate Canyon loop, and I ran it a bit more quickly than usual. I wasn't pushing, I just felt fast--probably because I've been doing most of my running on the trail and on the treadmill.


Brooks Launch Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance

Catherine left for Baltimore this morning, so I skipped the morning run so I could be around to see her off. I got out for a good trail run after class this afternoon instead. Little Baldy to Dry Canyon and then back on the BST. It was muddy and sloppy near the top, but the route was great: more than 3,000 feet of climbing, runnable every step of the way; a steep and treacherous descent at the top followed by a fast and scenic descent at the bottom; and a nice rolling singletrack return to the parking lot. Just about perfect.


Adidas Adizero XT Miles: 10.00
Weight: 163.60
Total Distance

AM: Easy out and back on the BST. It was pretty cold, even though I got a later start.

New Balance MT100 Miles: 8.30
Weight: 161.20
Total Distance

When Jun and I ran Squaw Peak a few weeks ago, he said something about how he wasn't interested in the west side of Timp because to him, Timp meant the run to the summit. So I'd like to start this by saying Jun, don't limit yourself. Those hills are full of all kinds of awesome.

This morning I started at the same trailhead in Orem I've been using to access Little Baldy. From there I ran north on the BST into Pleasant Grove and then climbed up the Grove Creek trail, which was absolutely amazing. From the top of the canyon, I traversed a mountain meadow and then ran a gradual descent towards Battle Creek. I started climbing again up to Big Baldy Pass, and then descended Dry Canyon back to the BST, which took me back to the car.

I don't think the weather will allow access to the trails east of Orem for much longer, but I can't wait to explore more of them next year.

My Garmin said just under 16 miles, but according to the website I found the route on it should have been close to 18. I guess that means that either the website was wrong, or I once again stopped my watch and forgot to restart it. I guess I won't find out which until I find my dock and upload the report.

Now, off to the law library.


Adidas Adizero XT Miles: 15.90
Weight: 162.40
Total Distance
Nike Lunarlite Racer Miles: 12.60Brooks Launch Miles: 20.40Adidas Adizero XT Miles: 25.90New Balance MT100 Miles: 8.30
Weight: 162.60
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