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Skyline Half Marathon +1

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Jun 01, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

1600m: 4:27 (Utah 5A State Championship 2015)

800: 1:59 (Time trial the last week of school, timed by Coach Murphy.)

5K: 16:20 (ran under 16:00 for the 3 mile) @ Nike SW 2014

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran on the SUU Cross Country/Track and Field teams

8th fastest 1600m runner in Alta history


2014-2015 Alta Track Athlete of the Year

8th place and 1st in age division at 2014 Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (16 mile La Sportiva championship race) time of 2:02:47. Sprained my ankle with a mile left, hobbled to the finish as fast as I could.


3rd place and 1st in age division at the 2015 Leadville Heavy Half, a 15.5 mile course that started at over 10,000 ft and had over 4500 meet elevation gain, tons of shifty rocky areas, ice, snow, rivers, and an out and back with 500+ runners on a narrow path at the top. I ran 2:13:09 and beat a guy from the Junior National Mountain Running team.


Short-Term Running Goals:

Spartan Race Goal Levels- 1-Finish top 10 (Happy) 2-Finish top 5. (Very Happy) 3-Finish top 3. (So much happiness) 4-Win (Extraordinarily happy)

Top 3 at Skyline Half

Win the Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5k

Study really hard for the GRE and LSAT

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Keep breaking 5:00 in the mile at least once per year

Run the Boston Marathon at least once


I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Coach Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. Served an lds mission in Montreal Canada. I ran for Southern Utah University for over a year but have decided college track and xc isn't something I want to do, working out on my own is more enjoyable and helpful to suceeding in my academic goals. I still love running and plan on doing it as long as I can. Training for Spartan right now. I will graduate suu with a degree in psychology spring of 2019, after which I plan on getting my a Masters or PhD in industrial organizational psychology.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 395.75
Race: Skyline Half Marathon +1 (14.1 Miles) 01:46:32, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
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My best friend Jake won with a course record and I took 2nd! So very good race all around, I got two hours of sleep last night so I was kind of falling asleep on the shuttle going to the start. The race was at 6 and the shuttles left at 5:15 and it was a 30 minute drive to those so we woke up before 4:30.

I started laughing when the race started and couldn't stop until half a mile through, not sure why but it was a good time! I just kept on Jake's tail for the first mile or two and then he started getting a little ahead of me. The 3rd place guy was on my tail from mile 2 to about 9 when I decided to make a surge and ran a really fast mile, didn't see him after that. The first 3 miles were steep switchbacks, the next 7 we're down hill, and the last 4 were rolling hills which were tough after those first 10. Jake and I 1-2d the race which was awesome!

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Ran with Davis in the gully, it was really good to see him again and catch up, we'll definitely run again before I head back down to school. Them I ran the cottonwood heights 5k course with my brother after that. Good day of running.

Also earlier today I went to the gym and did a good bench workout of 1x10@155 then 3x10@185, 3x11@65 for dumbbell rows, 2x10@40 curls, pull backs, pull aways, obliques and abs, some shoulder workouts and pull ups. It was a good time. I like being in shape!

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Wow today was a steep one, went up 26 minutes and down 26 minutes because it was just that steep and technical that going down was as slow as going up. Tomorrow will be weights and 8ish miles in the gully with Davis!

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Weights- 1x10@155, 2x9@185 bench, 1x15@155. 3x10@65 dumbbell row (highest weight at the rec center) but I'm going back to cedar in a couple weeks, retro has dumbbells going up to 100 so I doubt I'd do more than that. 1x12@35 hammer curl, 1x12 max pull backs. 2x12/10 oblique, abs. Shoulders. I think that was it, my wrists are sucking so I'm going on easy on a lot of stuff in the gym and icing a lot.

After dinner I ran 10 miles from my house up to Wasatch boulevard and down to 4500 south and back. Felt good, asthma was bothering me a little but didn't stop me from running a fast pace, I really picked it up the last few miles and on the way back in general. I also took a detour up the trail to mount Olympus, which is what took it from 9.6 to 10 (guessing, didn't have my phone) but on Google maps it said my route from home to there is 4.8. That and the 3ish minutes of stopping at lights and the minute looking out over the valley from the highest part of the trailhead means that the 70 minutes from the time I left home to coming back was a good pace, mid 6 minutes average I'm guessing!

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