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Suncrest Mountain Half Marathon

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Location:

Riverton,UT,

Member Since:

Jun 19, 2006

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Short-Term Running Goals:

 2020 Running Goals:

Get the body health and be get in overall good condition

 

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run a sub-2:25 Marathon

Win a Marathon

Compete in an Ironman before I am 50 years old

 

Personal:

I have a wonderful wife and son and we live in Riverton/Herriman Utah. I am a school teacher, and head coach for cross country and track at Mountain Ridge High. 

 

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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: 179.50 Year: 839.15
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 66.60
Saucony Freedom Iso Lifetime Miles: 334.10
Saucony Kinvara 8 Lifetime Miles: 62.60
Saucony Triumph Iso 5 Lifetime Miles: 513.30
Mizuno Wave Sky 2 Lifetime Miles: 419.95
Hoka Speedgoat 3 Lifetime Miles: 274.35
Nike Zoom Fly (Black) Lifetime Miles: 97.85
Saucony Triumph Iso 5 Gray Lifetime Miles: 397.30
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 373.50
Saucony Kinvara 9 Lifetime Miles: 76.20
Asics Novablast Lifetime Miles: 156.60
Saucony Endorphin Pro Lifetime Miles: 21.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
31.8013.100.003.100.0048.00
Asics 2130 Miles: 13.00Saucony Tangent Miles: 7.50Asics Kayano Miles: 7.50Saucony Omni 5 Miles: 4.00Asics Trail Attack Miles: 16.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

I slept in this morning because I was so tired from all of the weekend activities.  I went out about 9:00am for a 5 miler on an out and back course along Rose Crest.  My legs were dead at first but loosened up as a went so I was able to average 7:00 pace coming home.  37:02

Asics 2130 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.003.100.007.60

Workout today with my Varsity guys.  We did a to mile warm up with some 4 x 10m strides.  Then we did 5 x 1000 meters at 5K pace (5:20 pace) with 200 meter recoveries.  We hit 3:18, 3:20, 3:21, 3:20, 3:15.  Shaine and Chris did one extra one while we did some more striders as a rundown.  We cooled down for two more miles.  It was hot today and I was tired, but grateful to be able to be running fast again.

Saucony Tangent Miles: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

I ran with Chris and Alex mostly this afternoon, Dillon on the way out.  We went from the High School up to Day Break Lake to the bridge and back.  It was hot so luckily we had a park to get water at.  The run was great, I felt good after yesterday's workout.  We averaged 7:20 pace out and under 6:40 back.  55:56 for the 8 mile run.

Asics 2130 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.400.000.000.000.007.40

I ran out to the pond by the Cove after practice.  The kids ran short today so I did a run by myself after.  It was way hot out but I felt good.  52:38 for 7.4 miles

Asics Kayano Miles: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Easy 4 miles out to Butterfield Park and back in the dark before work this morning.  Very easy pace with 4 strides about 100m.  31:56

Saucony Omni 5 Miles: 4.00
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Race: Suncrest Mountain Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:36:25, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.9013.100.000.000.0016.00

I woke up at 6:00am and headed up Traverse Ridge to Suncrest.  This was my first race of the year and I had no clue what to expect, from me or the course.  I had see the elevation profile but that can only tell you so much.  I warmed up for 1.5 miles and headed to the start.  I saw about 6 guys (SLC Company and Wasatch Running) that I have seen at other races that I knew were decent and a lot of people that looked like and claimed to be hardcore trail racers.  I wasn't too worried though because I figured I could hold my own on trails.  I have run one other trail race, but this was 75% on rough single track (Jon Allen style, the stuff you can get maimed on), so a bit rougher than my last one.  The other 25% was dirt road and some pavement.  

The race started and several guys took off.  Within a half mile I was up with the lead pack right before the single track started.  There was one guy a little in front but everyone said he was in the 5k that had started at the same time so I didn't worry about him.  I took the lead on the single track and held it the entire race.  The only problem was the 5k guy was really a half guy and I didn't know it until mile 12.  He also got lost and cut the course by at least a mile so I never even saw him until the finish. 

The course was the most brutal course I have ever ran, the flattest part of the run was 6% grade or so it seemed!  Here are my splits and the best I remember the pain.

Mile 1- 6:16  Started out down then started to climb on single track

Mile 2-  7:34  Single track climbing

Mile 3- 7:25  Single track still climbing, I liked this part of the race.

Mile 4- 6:59  Hit some pavement and then a crazy downhill switch back single track.  I jacked my ankle good here, but luckily I rolled it in. I felt it the rest of the run though.  The guy behind me almost catches me because he missed a turn and cut about .2 miles. Started a nasty climb up the road to where we started the race.  Some of it  was paved.

Mile 5- 7:03  Climbed and then dropped until we hit dirt again

Mile 6- 7:08  Nasty hill at the first where I wanted to walk, and then starts to drop.

Mile 7- 5:38  Finishes the 1000 foot decent down a trail I thought for sure some would die on or maybe someone already has died on.  

Mile 8- 8:13  All pavement climbing back up what we just lost in elevation.  Fast part of the race over.  The rest would all be uphill with a 1700 foot gain in elevation until the last half mile of the race.

Mile 9- 7:54  Ran through a neighborhood that was the flattest part of the entire race and then hit single track again.

Mile 10-  10:48  This mile was brutal, I think I could have walked the entire mile faster than I ran.  I don't even want to look at elevation grain for this.   Praying to finish the race by now!  

Mile 11-  7:24  Hit the third and final water stop after the single track and realized I still have company.  Up and down this mile but .8 was up.  Time to put people away though.

Mile 12- 7:38  Rough mile 90% uphill, but I hate company in a race like this, so if I puked I puked!

Mile13- 5:49 Oh my goodness there is more downhill afterall if I don't fall on my face in the last .4 miles! 

13.1 flat 30 seconds Done!  1:36:25.  Not a bad way to start out the racing season, my slowest half ever by 15 minutes!  No it was great for the course.  If someone could average 7:00 pace for the whole race that would be an excellent run.

 I think I was the only one that liked this course, it was crazy hard!  The way it was set up we ran uphill for 85% of the race.  The downhill came in segments so steep that it would take 3 miles to make it back up.  The course was pretty much two loops around the whole ridge.  We dropped off both sides too. There is really no where to go but back up if you go down because you are already pretty much on top at the start, well not quite.

The race was pretty well done and I'm sure it will be better next year.  They just need to mark the pavement sections better and tell their volunteers where to send people, I could have gotten lost several times.  And I know the third place guy would have more if he didn't have me in sight most of the race.  The first place guy definitely got lost at least once.  The trails were marked really well though.  I ended up with a 20 dollar gift card to Wasatch Running and some other good free stuff for my efforts.  I have never run anything quite like it, definitely a good one to try, I wouldn't want to train on it too much though because I know I would end up maimed.  Very rough terrain!


 

Asics Trail Attack Miles: 16.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
31.8013.100.003.100.0048.00
Asics 2130 Miles: 13.00Saucony Tangent Miles: 7.50Asics Kayano Miles: 7.50Saucony Omni 5 Miles: 4.00Asics Trail Attack Miles: 16.00
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