Better Than Yesterday

January 2021

Previous YearRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesSpencerdude's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewMonth View
Graph View
Next Year
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
20202021
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!

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
395.040.5028.50
Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 357.24Saucony Kinvara 11 Blue Miles: 9.20Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Miles: 28.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

I've been really bad at logging my runs lately, but it's a new year so I need to get back on it. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Roads were super slick so I ran indoors on the track and treadmill. Felt dehrydrated because I didn't drink enought water last night. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.100.000.00

Early in the morning. Roads were quite slick. Super busy day today, wasn't able to go as far as I wanted. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.600.000.00

Felt pretty good. Picked it up a bit the last few miles. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.300.000.00

Wasn't feeling too good so I just jogged it. Breathed through my nose the entire time. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
0.000.500.00

Swim.

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.100.000.00

Felt pretty good. Cold out. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

I never know what to write in here. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.200.000.00

Today's run felt a lot harder than it should have. Not sure why. I'll probably go at a chill pace tomorrow. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.20
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.750.000.00

Nice and easy. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.75
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.500.000.00

Felt good today. Picked it up the last mile. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.800.000.00

Solid run in the morning. Felt good. 

Played full court basketball for two hours in the afternoon. Not counting that mileage, but a good workout nonetheless. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.80
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.500.000.00

Today's run was okay. Was really struggling mentally during it. I need to find a few people to run with consistently, I think that will help me get closer to where I want to be. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Been sick this week. Felt decent on the run today, hoping to get a long one in tomorrow. 

 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
8.800.000.00

Good run in the fresh snow.

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 8.80
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.000.000.00

Cold out. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

7 degrees out this morning. Cut my run a mile short because my hands were super cold, despite wearing gloves. I'll make it up later this week. Had some hot chocolate after and that hit the spot. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Zack on Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 11:44:35 from 128.187.116.19

good to see you getting some consistent mileage!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.600.000.00

Had some bad stomach cramps for like a quarter mile or so about three miles in. They left as quickly as they came, was weird. Felt really good besides that. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.000.000.00

Was kind of a grind but got through it. Felt off. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.000.000.00

Ran up into and around Hyde Park. I've been struggling with consistency these past few weeks. It's not that I've been lazy, on the days I haven't ran I've been studying more. I need to find a few people to run with regularly to push me on runs, and get me on runs the days I'm not enthusiastic about it. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

I need to be more consistent, so my runs this week are going to be shorter, but I'm going to try to run every day this week. Was kind of dehrydrated on the run. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Nice weather, wore shorts and a short sleeve shirt which was nice. Didn't feel very good though. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Quick run, really busy day today. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.400.000.00

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.300.000.00

Left calf was tight for most of the run. Reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight right now. More of it is about running that I though woud be. Enjoying it. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.30
Comments
From Zack on Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 15:47:27 from 174.23.180.113

It's a good book!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.250.000.00

Felt good!

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.25
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.380.000.00

Nothing noteworthy from today's run.

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.38
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.800.000.00

Didn't feel very good, but the weather was incredible! First time this year in both shorts and a t shirt. Still brought the gloves along. Decided today that Underdog by The Script is my favorite running pump up song (I was not listening to music on my run haha). 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.80
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Felt good. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Nice weather again, felt good. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.500.000.00

Rolled my ankle in the morning playing spikeball, and it was hurting pretty bad on the run so it ended up being a short one. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

Ankle was still a little tender from Saturday. Got an inch of snow last night. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.500.000.00

Very windy out. 7:37 AP.

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Very windy again. Allergies are starting, made breathing more laborious than usual. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.300.000.00

Ran around in North Logan today, went on a few streets I haven't been on before. In another week or two the trails should be in pretty good shape to run on. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.30
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.210.000.00

Ran a 10k this morning. 7:38 AP. Felt decent. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.21
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.600.000.00

Very nice day out.

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.500.000.00

Good run. 7:23 average pace. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.000.000.00

Cold and rainy. Probably saw over 1,000 worms on the roads and sidewalks. 7:38 AP. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.500.000.00

Didn't drink enough water yesterday so struggled some on the run. 7:23 AP. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Busy day, only time for a short run. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
2.500.000.00

Very busy week, wasn't able to run Wednesday or Thursday unfortunately. On the run today my left arch was hurting quite a bit. Not a sharp pain, but a dull one. I'm planning on doing 10 tomorrow, so I decided to cut it short today and hopefully not have it hurt tomorrow. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 2.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
10.000.000.00

First ten mile run since my senior year of high school! I drop up to Smithfield for my run, wanted a change of scenery. Parked my car at a park (pun intended?) then ran up Smithfield canyon to the campground, then around it for a while until I hit five miles. I enjoyed running in the canyon, I ended up almost gaining 1,000 feet of elevation, but it was mostly pretty gradual. Just before eight miles started to feel pretty tired. Good run overall. There's a creek right next to the park, so I'll be up here in the summer some for runs and an ice bath after. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 10.00
Comments
From Zack on Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 16:59:32 from 136.36.6.204

Nice!!

From Eugene on Sat, Mar 27, 2021 at 17:49:21 from 174.223.128.65

cheers, brother

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.000.000.00

Was a little dehyrdrated since I didn't drink very much water yesterday. The temperature wasn't too cold, but it was super windy. It made the run kind of miserable. 7:34 AP. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 02:17:51 from 104.189.16.160

spenstar my boy, if i end up coming up to provo this summer like i plan to we gotta get a run in together. i hope i can keep up ;)

From Spencerdude on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 14:41:56 from 72.52.67.154

For sure dude! I'll be the one struggling to keep up though haha.

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.000.000.00

Weather was great today. That seems to be what I write about the most in here haha. 7:30 AP. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.600.000.00

Not too much time for a run today, so a shorter run. A half mile in I decided to do a tempo 5k and see how it felt. 6:32 average pace. Felt pretty good and controlled during it, I'm confident I could hold that pace for over a 10k if I prepared for it. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Busy day again, only time for a shorter run. Went up green canyon today. There was a lot more snow on the trail than I thought there would be. However, I should have anticipated that since most of the trail is on a north facing slope. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.400.000.00

Down in St. George for the week! Before the sun came up it was in the high 50's and felt amazing. Went on the river trail. Air is quite a bit drier here, I need to put forth a conscious effort to drink more water while I am here. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.400.000.00

Started on Bearclaw Poppy and went into Stucki Springs. Was a good time! Went out 3.5 and zig zagged my way back for a bit extra mileage. Need to drink more water. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.40
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.000.000.00

Six miles at 7:36 pace. Felt pretty easy. Aiming for 38 miles this week. Really need to start being consistent with my runs, I'm running the Utah Valley half in early June. Need to start getting ready for it. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Eugene on Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 07:26:10 from 104.189.16.160

you aren't on the lone faithfuls yet but i figured i'd make a preemptive move by commenting first.

good luck with the half! don't have too much fun training for it

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Today was one of my most miserable runs in a long time. It was in the low 30's with 20mph wind gusts, made it feel about 20 degrees out. I decided to run into the wind to get it over with. I obviously had just woken up, because I wasn't paying very much attention. When I turned around, I realized I had not been running into the wind. The way back was just as windy if not more. Came across a handful of guys on the XC team so seemed to be having just as much...fun as I was. I was cold and not enjoying it so I cut the run 1.5 short. I will make it up later this week. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.000.000.00

The weather today was worse than it was yesterday. About 30 degrees out, 35mph winds, and snowing. I decided to be a softie and go on the treadmill. My stomach wasn't agreeing with me for miles four and five, but besides that a good run!

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.000.000.00

Six miles @7:23 pace. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Five easy miles. Windy out. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
9.000.000.00

Ran up to Green Canyon then did a few miles on the trail before turning around. My legs were feeling it today, not sure why. Yesterday's run was pretty lax. Although I don't have a ton of miles on my shoes, I'm going to look into getting some more this next week. Could feel a lot of the rocks on the trail. Happy with how my week of running went. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 9.00
Comments
From Eugene on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 18:39:02 from 104.189.16.160

when's that half in utah you're racing? i'm debating coming up to provo for the summer and if i do i'm definitely trying to get as many races in as i can. is it the utah valley half?

From Spencerdude on Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 12:41:02 from 209.221.58.202

Yeah that's the one. If you do end of doing it, it would be cool to see ya!

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.500.000.00

Six chill miles. Wasn't feeling good so I didn't push it at all. 7:56 pace. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

I have a huge paper due at midnight, so only time for a short run today. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 4.50
Comments
From Zack on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 15:45:23 from 136.36.6.204

How'd the paper go?

From Spencerdude on Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 19:11:49 from 209.221.58.202

I feel confident I did well on it, but it might be a different story once it is graded.

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
8.000.000.00

Ran the Smithfield Canyon road today. My stomach wasn't agreeing with me for the latter half. I hadn't eaten anything for three hours before the run, so I'm not sure why it was acting up. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 8.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.250.000.00

Was planning on going 8 but I got a blister on the bottom of my foot at 6.5 so I ended it a little early. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.25
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

The lower part of my left leg was hurting a good amount so I cut more run short. Stretched and rolled out my legs well afterwards. I'm hoping the culprit for the pain isn''t the new pair of shoes that I started wearing today. I've never had problems with Kinvaras before, hopefully it isn't that. 

Saucony Kinvara 11 Blue Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.200.000.00

Let still hurt a little but not as much as it did on Monday. Interested to see if it will hurt at all later today. 

Saucony Kinvara 11 Blue Miles: 5.20
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
6.600.000.00

Ran to the mouth of Dry Canyon. Wore my old shoes and my feet didn't hurt. I didn't have any problem with Kinvara's in high school, but I guess my feet need more support than the Kinvara provides. Shins were hurting a touch on the downhill on the way down the hill in front of the canyon.  

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 6.60
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.000.000.00

Smithfield Canyon. Legs were aching a good amount. Sat in the river for a bit after. Haven't taken an ice bath since high school haha. Early next week i'm going to do some cross training, give my legs a few days rest from running impact. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 7.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
0.000.0028.50

At home with the family for part of the week. Biked up to Bridal Veil and back. 

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Ran in Provo with a few guys from the LP crew. Was a good time. Lower calf was still hurting but it wasn't awful. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.00
Comments
From Eugene on Thu, May 06, 2021 at 18:19:23 from 104.189.16.160

keep it up bro! supplement some core or biking in if you need to.

i'm like 50/50 on if i'll end up running the utah valley half, if i don't though i'll still be in provo and i'll totally come to cheer you on.

From Spencerdude on Thu, May 06, 2021 at 20:35:06 from 72.52.67.143

Biking I've been doing, the core is what I really need to start doing lol.

Sounds good, let me know what your final decision ends up being. Regardless if you race then or not, we will have to do a few trail runs over the summer.

Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Legs felt good today! Not hurting on the run and still feels fine five hours later. 7:10 pace. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Hilly miles. Ran to the mouth of the canyon then on the highline trail for a bit. Nasty headwind on the way out. 7:20 pace. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
5.000.000.00

Five quick miles into Hyde Park and back. A half mile in this guy came up next to me and we ran for like three miles, averaging around a 6:30. He's a graduate student in some conservation science field. Seemed like a cool dude. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 5.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
3.000.000.00

Quick three miles. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 3.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.000.000.00

I made the unwise decision to play some hardcore basketball on Monday, and my knees have been suffering since. I went up to the ARC (Aggie Recreation Center) to hit up the elliptical or spin bike for today's workout, but since I'm not taking summer classes they wouldn't let me in. Pretty dumb in my opinion, since I've already signed up for fall semester and paid for tuition. Oh well. Went on a short run, knee was bugging me the first mile but it loosened up which was good. 7:22 pace. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Miles: 4.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
4.500.000.00

Easy pace. My legs are kind of wrecked right now. I'm not sure why, because I obviously haven't been putting too much mileage on them. I have that Utah Valley Half next Saturday, which I am still planning on doing. After that however, I'm going to take some time off to get my legs back. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Miles: 4.50
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
13.100.000.00

Good run this morning! I don't have time for a long one tomorrow so I did it today. I felt pretty good most of the time. Stomach was bothering me a bit from miles 5-7, but miles 8.5-12 I felt really really good. Happy with how this went. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Miles: 13.10
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
7.000.000.00

Did Logan Peak today. Was just under 12 miles roundtrip. Ran on the way back, and on some of the flatter sections on the way up. 

Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Miles: 7.00
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
395.040.5028.50
Brooks Ricochet 2 Miles: 357.24Saucony Kinvara 11 Blue Miles: 9.20Brooks Ricochet 2 Green Miles: 28.60
Debt Reduction Calculator
Featured Announcements
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):