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South Weber,UT,

Member Since:

May 09, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Records:

800 Meters 1:50.14 (Track-BYU)

1500 Meters 3:42.07 (Track-Stanford) Likely the best race of my life; converts to a 3:59.85 Mile

5000 Meters 14:20 (Track-Stanford)

8000 Meters 23:53 (Cross Country-Pre Nationals Iowa)

10000 Meters 29:57 (Track-Stanford)

Half Marathon (Mesa-Phoenix Half) 1:05:11

Marathon (St George) 2:16:09

Short-Term Running Goals:

2017 Races:

Mesa-Phoenix Half - 3rd Place 1:05:11 PR

Ogden WRC 10-Miler - 1st Place 55:46

Provo City Half - 1st Place 1:06:33

Ogden Marathon - 2nd Place 2:25:46

Long-Term Running Goals:

My main goal is just to stay healthy.  I was injured every year in my college career except for one.  I would like to reverse that trend and always stay injury-free.



I am a family man.  I am married to my beautiful wife Amy (who also ran at Weber and is quite the runner).  We have four beautiful daughters named Evelyn (6 years old), Hannah (4 year old), Nora (2 year old), and Iris (5 months).

Twitter handle: @RunnerRiley7

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Salomon Pro Wings 2 Lifetime Miles: 161.10
Brooks PureCadence 5 Lifetime Miles: 101.85
Brooks Adrenaline 17 Lifetime Miles: 161.85
Brooks Transcend 4 Lifetime Miles: 219.45
Brooks Ravenna 8 Lifetime Miles: 225.10
Brooks PureCadence 6 Lifetime Miles: 188.10
Brooks Launch 4 Lifetime Miles: 107.50
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 101.47
Brooks Hyperion Lifetime Miles: 92.13
Brooks Caldera Lifetime Miles: 31.10
Race: Provo City Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:06:34, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


I got up early and headed down to Provo to run the race. On my warm up my left, lower calf/achilles flared up again and really hurt coming downhill on the warmup. It hurt enough that I stopped and walked. I was very worried I wouldn't be able to race. I sat on a rock and worked/massaged the calf for about ten minutes, and then walked down and changed my shoes and dropped my bag off. Once the race started, I felt no pain at all. So, I guess I just need to really focus on keeping the muscles loose to avoid the pain I've been having this week.

The race was pretty uneventful. I was out in front and Justin Park just behind me. It stayed that way for both of us throughout the race. It was good to see Justin, he's a good man and a great runner.

I went quite easy/conservative the first two steep downhill miles and then got to work. I was probably too fast on miles 3-8, and slowed down quite a bit the last five miles as a result. I won the race in 1:06:34, the joy of winning still somewhat swallowed up in last week's failure.

After the race my stomach was killing me! I felt really sick, which I did not feel at all during the race. I felt too sick to cool down. This lasted for about five hours after the race! Not fun.

Splits: 5:04, 4:59, 5:03, 4:56, 4:50, 4:57, 5:10, 4:58, 5:09, 5:10, 5:21, 5:16, 5:19 and 4:56 pace for last bit.

Brooks Launch 4 Miles: 2.20Brooks Hyperion Miles: 13.10
Weight: 0.00
From allie on Sun, May 07, 2017 at 16:14:23 from

i was just looking at the results. that was a pretty lonesome race!

i don't know if you were planning on this one or not, but it's nice that you were able to get in a "do over" effort of sorts.

sorry to hear about the troubles last week -- humidity can do weird and terrible things to you, and it happens so fast. james and i have both had our share of bad bonks over the last few years. it can make things really tough.

anyway, nice rebound!

From RileyCook on Mon, May 08, 2017 at 11:14:14 from

Allie, it was lonely! The racing scene in Utah is on a low it seems. The races a re getting less competitive.

Yeah I learned the humidity thing the hard way. It certainly sucks and it's easier to sympathize with you humidity-dwellers now when I hear about workouts cutting short or going slow.

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