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Member Since:

Apr 24, 2020

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

I ran for three years in high school, first for Pleasant Grove, then for Lone Peak. My times were never very competitive, but I enjoyed the feeling of being in good shape and the distance running camaraderie. 

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Complete an Ironman Triathalon
  • Stay fit throughout my life!

Personal:

I'm an undergraduate student studying Economics at Utah State. I enjoy reading and basketball. 

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: 395.04
Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Lifetime Miles: 92.05
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 1.80
Brooks Ricochet 2 Lifetime Miles: 487.79
Saucony Kinvara 11 Blue Lifetime Miles: 9.20
Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Lifetime Miles: 28.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
227.700.0015.00
Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 92.05Barefoot Miles: 1.80Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 130.55
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Three easy miles. I'm not in very good shape right now, so the achievement is that I went on a run today. I ordered a new pair of running shoes today, since mine are very worn. Unfortunately they will take a while to get here, due to the influx of online orders during this time. 

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
2.000.000.00

Today one of my younger brothers and I hiked Mahogany, a mountain right next to my house. We took the trail up. Right before the top there was still a lot of snow. Postholing three feet deep isn't too much fun when it's quite steep. My brother insisted there was a trial that went down another part of the mountain, so we followed the ridge for a bit before heading down. There was a trail that was on another part of the mountain, but unfortunately we didn't find it unitl we were 2/3 of the way down the mountain. Our legs were nearly scratched raw because of it haha. Once we found the trail we ran home. Good times overall, my legs are likely to be sore tomorrow. 

Comments
From Zack on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 17:14:17 from 174.23.160.10

welcome back to the blog!

From Eugene on Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 19:43:06 from 104.189.16.160

i wasn’t sure if it was you or not! welcome back dude hope you’ve been well

From Spencerdude on Fri, May 01, 2020 at 19:30:10 from 24.2.95.62

Thanks guys, it's good to be back. Didn't remember my username and password to my old account haha.

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.800.000.00

This week was finals week for me, which let to a lot of late nights and no running until today unfortuntaely. Drove up to Lambert for my run today. I went on High Bench into Spring, then up to the top of Rodeo and back. It's been a while since I have been to Lambert, many good memories there. The river was very high, the highest I've even seen it. I'll probably be back at Lambert within the week for another run. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.80
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.800.000.00

I pulled a muscle in my back on Saturday, and I was hoping it would feel good enough to go for a run today. Thankfully it did. Easy run on the canal. With about a quarter mile left I ran through some sprinklers, whoever's lawn that was is a blessed soul. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.80
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.300.000.00

I ran over to the start of mountain run about. It was nice and warm, maybe even a bit warmer than I would have prefered. It's going to take a few more weeks to get to warm weather. On the way back while crossing the river by the canyon I saw someone ice bathing, which I thought was interesting. The only people I had seen ice bath there were members of the LPXC team. It was Josh Ericksen! I hadn't seen him since August 2016, so that was fun. I couldn't hear him to well unfortunately, due to the river. Good run. Tomorrow I'm hiking big baldy, one of the only mountains that doesn't have snow on it. Should be a good time. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
1.800.000.00

Went up dry canyon towards big baldy, then I started to get some gnarly blisters. I wasn't really feeling up to a few more miles of uphill with them, so we turned around early unfortunately. Hopefully the blisters are not a result of my shoes. I think they are about broken in now. I'll use them a few more times, and if I continue to get blisters, I will start shopping for a new pair.  Once we got home I went to the baseball field close to my house and did some barefoot running. Nice and refreshing. Good times. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 2.20Barefoot Miles: 1.80
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.750.000.00

Drove up to Lambert and did a few loops there. It was kind of hot out, about 80 degrees. I think I saw Dustin Bybee on my run which was pretty cool. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.75
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.300.000.00

Good run in the evening. The sun was set and there was a cool breeze the entire time, counldn't have asked for more optimal conditions. Did a loop out around Lone Peak and back. For some reason the first 3/4 of a mile I was dying haha. Fortunately one I settled in a little bit I felt much better. 

These short runs are kind of boring, but it's what I need to do right now. I'm hoping by the end of summer I can be doing 50 miles a week, but I'm just not in shape right now. I'll probably run 18-20 miles this week, and slowly build up. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Just a quick run up on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Good times. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.700.000.00

Today's run was pretty rough. I spent the weekend at Capitol Reef and Lake Powell, and didn't drink nearly enough water. I also forgot my water bottle when I went to work today, so I was rather dehydrated. I felt pretty sick most of it. Went out by Art Dye and made a little loop out of it. It was a bit of a grind but glad I got through it. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.70
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Ran with Josh and Zack, was a good time. They were kind enough to go at my pace.

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.00
Comments
From Zack on Tue, May 19, 2020 at 21:12:32 from 174.23.173.1

Thanks for the good time!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Did a loop around cedar hills and a few parks. Half the county seemed to be at Highland Glen. There was a wedding going on the even with all the pandemonium, that was pretty funny haha. The canal had their water fountains on which I was very grateful for. Felt pretty good. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.100.000.00

Today I ran in the strongest wind I have ever run in. I met Tanner Nelson at Grove Creek and went on Bonneville out past Molly's a bit and back. On the way out, the wind was coming at us. Most of the time I had my head down so dirt wouldn't get into my eyes and mouth. That part was honestly rathe miserable haha. Tanner and I tried to talk at the beginning, but after a bit we gave up trying because we couldn't hear eachother. Running back was a lot more enjoyable, but I did almost lose my balance a few times with some of the stronger gusts. My legs were super tited today, not sure why. I don't think sitting in an office for 8-10 hours a day necessarily helps. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.150.000.00

Went up to Lambert. Did a few loops. The trails that I went on were High Bench, Spring, Middle, Ruin, and Corkscrew. I've decided that High Bench is the prettiest trail at the park. Unfortunately, it's probably the most trafficked as well. I've realized that I need to get more than just my lungs in better shape, my legs have a long way to go as well. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 5.15
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.950.000.00

I work from 12-8 on Wednesdays, so I was able to run this morning. The temperature was perfect, in the high 50's. It rained for a little bit, which felt amazing. Went out to Art Dye. Good times. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.95
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.500.000.00

Ran to the mouth of the canyon, then up to the start of the wall, then did mountain run backwards. I did about 2/3 of the trail before turing around. I had forgotten how much I love that trial. Sometime next week I will probably do the loop from legacy. On the way down the dirt road by the canyon I was turing a bit too fast and started to land weird on my ankle. This moment kind of happened in slow motion haha. I picked that foot up so I wouldn't roll my ankle. I ended uop falling down and getting a fair amount of scratches on my leg, but I will take that over a bad rolled anke any day. It was quite warm out, even though the sun was set for 3/4 of my run. During the last few minutes of my run I saw some lightning down by Orem. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 5.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.400.000.00

Ran up to Horsetail falls and back. I've realized in the past week that my legs have a long way to go, so I decided to get a good hill workout in. There were masses of people at the beginning, even though it was just after 7am. Thankfully, within a half mile we were almost by ourselves. We had the falls all to ourselves, which was suprising but I enjoyed. There was about three times the amount of water in the falls from what I'm used to, but I guess I should expect that in late spring. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.750.000.00

Loop throughout Cedar Hills. Ran as the sun was coming down. Even though it was still quite warm out, it felt nice. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.75
Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Jun 02, 2020 at 19:33:01 from 104.189.16.160

finally remembered to put your new blog on my favorites list. you're basically famous

From Connor Baller on Wed, Jun 03, 2020 at 11:50:19 from 73.228.116.100

bro lets go for a run together next time I come down

From Spencerdude on Thu, Jun 04, 2020 at 21:30:10 from 73.228.70.25

Eugene I am honored! @Connor you know i'm down!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Went up on Bonneville with my neighbors dog. On the way out he was dragging me along. Either there were an abnormal amount of rabbits out, or the dog is much more aware of them than I am. On the way back he started to understand my pace and fell in line beside me. It was a good time and also a pretty good workout. My knees were tightening up towards the end, but I probably deserve that for not running Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Shoutout to Zack for inviting me to play nine square before my run, saw some LP homies I hadn't seen in almost four years! 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.300.000.00

I've been quite busy lately, but also haven't made very much time to run. Today my little brother and I ran up the timpooneke trail for a bit. Saw the Bybees! Hadn't seen Ryan since before my mission, so that was a treat. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 6.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.400.000.00

Quick run in the evening. Very nice weather for a run. My stomach hadn't quite settled from dinner, but it wasn't unbearable. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Quick 3 miles before work. Faster pace than usual. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Welp, it's been a few months. Easy miles around campus. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.650.000.00

Easy miles on the river trail in St. George. I need to drink more water. 

Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 3.65
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
0.000.0015.00

No running today, but I did a few loops on one of my favorite mountain biking trails in St. George. 

Comments
From Eugene on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 17:27:34 from 104.189.16.160

any books you’d recommend?

From Eugene on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 17:27:49 from 104.189.16.160

besides the book of mormon lol

From Spencerdude on Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 17:38:17 from 75.169.14.135

Haha nonetheless, I would still recommend it;). Some of my favorites lately have been "Loonshots" by Safi Bahcall, "Billion Dollar Whale" by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker, "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking, and "Educated" by Tara Westover.

From Eugene on Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 08:50:26 from 104.189.16.160

that book on sleep looks interesting. thanks for the recs homie!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.650.000.00

Easy miles around campus. Back in Logan. Tried out some new shoes today, felt nice. My feet have consistently liked Saucony and Brooks, never had any issues with them. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.65
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.600.000.00

I had plans to run on a certain trail, but it was 12 degrees this morning. I was hoping it would be upwards of 25, I guess I need to keep a closer eye on the weather. I quickly abandoned my plans for the trial and ran up to the ARC and ran on the treadmill there. 7:22 average pace. The outside of my left foot was hurting for the first mile or so on the treadmill but it went away. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.150.000.00

Drove up to the mouth of Green Canyon, ran a little more than 3.5 miles up and then headed back. I was on a dirt road at first, but I found a trail that snaked up the canyon, so I went on that. Quite enjoyable. I did a lot of squats and lunges yesterday, which made the first few miles feel quite sluggish, but I ended up feeling pretty good. Temperature was in the high 30's and felt quite nice. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.15
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.300.000.00

Slow miles. My quads felt quite heavy at first, and my feet started huring halfway through. Nice weather today, upper 40's. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.30
Comments
From Connor Baller on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 13:56:41 from 137.190.128.215

We need to go for a run and catch up

From Connor Baller on Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 13:57:25 from 137.190.128.215

Would you be down to try to get Adam and Zack and play some ball

From Spencerdude on Sun, Nov 01, 2020 at 08:55:10 from 72.52.67.142

Yeah I'm down! Over Thanksgiving weekend or Christmas break we will have to do something when we are all in town.

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
0.000.000.00

Unfortunately I tested positive for the coronavirus today, won't be running for a little bit. I have some symptoms. Pretty lethargic, and a bad cough. More hindering than debilitating. 

Comments
From Zack on Tue, Nov 03, 2020 at 09:41:03 from 128.187.116.3

RIP.... sorry to hear

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.200.000.00

Finally out of quarentine! I've heard about some people having lasting effects from the virus on their lungs, I'm nervous but also intrigued to see if I have any lasting effects. I went quite slow on this run, like a 9:30 pace. Just wanted to see how my body would react. Didn't feel anything abnormal and didn't feel hard. I'm going to move forward with an abundance of caution, just because I don't want to lungs to be messed up long term. I'm going to have to do some reasearch on how athletes bounce back after getting it. It could be there's nothing to worry about, but I just want to make sure haha. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.20
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Easy miles again. Not feeling any lingering effects which is good. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.050.000.00

Started out slow, and picked it up a decent amount a mile and a half in. Felt pretty good!

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.05
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.100.000.00

To say the weather felt nice this morning would be a vast understatement. It was about 40 out, but it felt like 55. It was foggy as well. I like fog except for when I'm driving. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.100.000.00

Drove up to Green Canyon for my run today. Unfortunately it was a lot icier than I thought it would be. It was very nice weather again, this time in the 50's, so I thought it would have been melted. I only biffed it once on the way down, which I'm considering an accomplishment. My feet started to hurt because of how hard the ice was, but whenever I was able to get off it they were fine. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.200.000.00

Quickish miles around North Logan. Weather was excellent once again. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.20
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.400.000.00

Ran around south Logan today, explored a few neighborhoods that I hadn't been to before. Got some good hills in. Felt pretty good today. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.700.000.00

Good run today. Felt really good, nothing was sore or aching. Went up the the mouth of the canyon then along the BST for a bit. Legs are probably going to be feeling the hills for a little bit. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.70
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.350.000.00

Felt pretty good today! Last run up in Logan this week, heading home tomorrow for the rest of the week. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.35
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.300.000.00

Went up on Bonneville. Went by a few motorized bikes, which I had never seen on there before. The wind was at my back on the way out, which unfortunately I did not recogize until I turned back. Would have been nice to know so I could appreciate it while I had it. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Easy miles in Lambert. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
8.200.000.00

Solid run once I got back up to Logan. Ran to, and then up Logan Canyon for a bit. There was a trial that I went on for a bit, and it was a lot shorter than I thought it was. Took a few detours on the way home to get the mileage I wanted. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 8.20
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Felt really good today! It was in the upper 30's, felt quite nice. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.400.000.00

Ran around on some roads in North Logan. It was warmer out than I thought it was, shouldn't have brought my beanie. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

This week got real crazy with school work. I didn't like taking the time off from running to get study more, but I pay a lot of money to go to school so I figured I probably needed to put time in to do well in it. Spent just about every waking moment Wednesday-Friday studying and doing homework. Glad those few days are behind me. 

For my run today I went up Hassleback ridge to the billboards that are on top of the mountain. Power hiked the steepest parts. Wasn't as tough as I thought it would be, although my legs are a little sore. Going down was rather annoying because it was too steep to let myself go, had to hold my momentum back to keep myself from falling. 

Not the week of training I was hoping for, but it's not the end of the world. Finals start in a week, this next week no assignments are due so it's just studying. Will have time to run everyday. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.300.000.00

Ran in and around south Logan today, went through a few neighborhoods that I hadn't before. My quads were sore from going down the mountain on Saturday, but a mile and a half in that went away. I forgot my gloves which was a mistake, but besides that an A+ run. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Busy day so I wasn't able to go as far as I was hoping. Really excited for this semester to be done with. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Felt pretty good today, did some strides on the intramural fields at the end. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.650.000.00

Ran up into Hyde park, found a cool pyramid playground that is like the lite version of the one by Westlake high school. Didn't feel very good, kind of a rough run. 

Finished reading a book about breathing today. Based on what it said, I have a handful of things I need to change. I'm going to work on breathing better when I'm not working out first, because I tried to breathe differently on this run and I was dying haha. Taking my marketing final tonight, tis the season of long nights of studying and little sleep. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.65
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.000.000.00

It snowed last night, so I had an inch and a half of fresh snow to run on last night. Fresh snow is arguably my favorite thing to run on. I ran up to Logan Canyon, went to the end of the highline trail and back. Once I was on the trail I didn't see anyone, that was nice. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Felt really good today, picked it up the last mile and hit 6:18. Didn't feel very tired after, I guess I'm starting to get in decent shape which is a good feeling. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.800.000.00

Ran just over a mile before meeting Justin at the stadium. A few minutes into our run, Thomas Heaps found us. Was a good time running with other people. haven't done that for a while haha. It was also nice to see what kind of shape I'm in, running with a few dudes who are in much better shape than me. We were hitting 6:50's while I was with them, but the last few miles I fell back. Felt decent overall though, I'm rarely running in the 6's right now so it was good to see where I was at. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.80
Comments
From Zack on Wed, Dec 16, 2020 at 17:09:07 from 174.23.144.57

Nice!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.100.000.00

Ran up to the mouth of green canyon, felt pretty good. Nice weather this morning. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
227.700.0015.00
Saucony Breakthru 4 Blue Miles: 92.05Barefoot Miles: 1.80Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 130.55
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