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Member Since:

Jun 01, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

1600m: 4:27

800: 1:59

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran for Alta and SUU on their Cross Country/Track and Field teams

2014-2015 Alta Track Athlete of the Year

Have a had a couple good placements in mountain races

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy and and build mileage

Run a marathon in under 3 hours once marathons start taking place again.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep running

Run the Boston Marathon at least once

Make a glorious return to spartan racing

Long standing goal of running a sub 5:00 mile every year for as long as I can. Started 2012 (8 year streak).

Personal:

I ran for Alta high school and was trained by Coach Murphy, he is a great coach, one of the best there is. I ran for Southern Utah University for a year or two. I am currently a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University studying industrial organizational psychology. Right now my main goals are to stay healthy and run consistently.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 9.80 Year: 408.03
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
37.700.000.000.0037.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.500.000.000.001.50

Half a mile warm up and then raced jake for a 1600. Had an asthma attack but finished somewhere between 5:10 and 5:15. Kinda fell off the last two laps. But honestly not that bad. Especially considering my bad my asthma attack was, couldn't breathe much at all for like 15 minutes and wasn't getting much oxygen and then it slowly got better. I also don't think turf fields help my lungs at all. I need to start taking my medication again. That was rough. My lungs and throat feel shredded. My goal is to not only break 5 when I get back to bowling green, but run under 4:50 for the first time since 2017. It's time to stop settling for barely good enough and go for the next goal. It's not like I couldn't run a 4:45 if I gave it a good 2 months of training, so I should go for it!

Fun race though, and we got burly burger afterwards. Didn't cool down because my lungs were too messed up. I'll do another race with Jake as one last shot at humbling him before I retreat on back to ohio. Hopefully will go sub 5 on that one at least. Conveniently just had my asthma appointment and am going to get started on a new steroid, so that will likely help.

Also a little surprised at how easily the past week slipped by without a run since last Wednesday. Running really is so much about getting yourself out there on any given day and starting the run. I think that should be a goal is to get out and start running for however long at least 4 days a week until november. All bets are off after that. Might just have to sell all my belonging and live out of the back of a tesla truck somewhere near the southern coast if I want to continue running this winter. Or just wear warmer clothes.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Ran 4 miles on a trail while my mom walked. Murray canal trail I believe was the name. I averaged 7:30 but I still felt pretty drained during the run. Felt hot afterwards. It was a good day though. Very grateful for my country and for the people who have worked and fought for it.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

15 minutes running and 15 minutes walking. Averaged 7:27 for the 2 miles running. Didn't plan on how long I would run or walk but just went out for an evening cardio session. Felt good. Tried increasing my cadence on the way home and I sped up with very little effort, I should practice improving my cadence more. Typically i have a tough time getting above 155 steps per minute.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

Mile and halfish warm up and then a 1 mile race with jake. We went to Roy high school because it is the only high school around that hasn't adopted the gross turf fields that mess with my lungs. But tragically, when we got there we found out that they're replacing the grass with turf this summer and the track is closed. Sad day, not sure why high schools are switching for turf fields. Like honestly, they're gross in every way and they're toxic for the athletes that use them. And grass is pretty cheap, is it really just to avoid watering and maintenance costs? Or does administration think they're actually preferred?

Anyways, glad the bowling green track is off on its own and no one uses the grass field for anything there. I'll do a legitimate mile race and break 5 when I get back.

But anyways we did our downhill mile, 130 feet elevation loss with an unplanned sharp uphill at the very end. Ran a 4:46. Had a good time. If I can run a 4:46 later this summer on the bowling green track I'll be pretty excited. Gonna start running more. Need to to get to the gully 2 more times before leaving utah.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

Ran up the trail near my house and then turned back and took it to the park near my house where I did 2 laps and ran home. I worked on my spartan ability by doing the monkey bars and some pull ups in between the two laps at the park.

Had a shake and shower afterwards. Goal to get out 3 more times before next sunday seems good. We'll see how long the runs are, could be anything between a mile or two and the gully long run for the those.

Also did 3x10 of wide grip pull ups, chin ups, and side grip pull ups. Will do bench tomorrow, my biceps have really gone to crap since covid started.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.250.000.000.002.25

Ran around the park and area north of that. Felt great, kept it pretty slow. Walked for a few minutes before and after.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Run up on wasatch and went up the mountain a bit. Watch died on the way back at 4.5 but we'll just say 5 for the day. Plus about half an hour of scrambling.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 hot miles in the gully with Jake.

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No run but about 7 miles walking in and near San Francisco, saw the coastal redwoods!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.700.000.000.004.70

Finally done driving everywhere. Went to SF and lake tahoe with my mom while getting our swiss passports and then drove back to ohio with my brother. We stopped by the mothman monument down in west Virginia too.

Today I ran 1.5 miles to the track from my new apartment. I was going to do 4x400s but my first was an 84 so I didn't count that one. The next was a 77 at a much harder effort, harder than a 77 should feel. After that I ran pretty hard for the next two and only managed 72s. I took about a minute to a minute and a half between reps. The last on was a 74. Cooled down by running home. I ran a little between reps which got me to 4.7.

Got some work to do, but my body also might just be in a funk from all the driving.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Warmed up 2 miles and then tried doing 1x800m and 2x400m at sub 5:00 pace. My legs have turned on me haha.

I ran 2:29 for the 800m so that was good but didn't feel as easy as it should. Then I ran a lap recovery in 2:30 and then I ran a 69 for the first 400m. It felt way too hard for a 69. I ran 200m recovery between that effort and a 76 to finish out my workout.

I think my legs will come back, especially if I do some lunges and calf raises. I think I might keep doing track workouts most days too. I miss running fast, and of course I'll do some days that are just easy but I want to do a lot more speed workouts and get my fitness back. Then I'll eventually get surgery to clear out my nasal airway and maybe after that I'll be fast again. I want to get faster than I've been the past few years, I don't want to struggle to maintain a little fitness. It's tough with these ohio winters but I think I just need to get better clothes and be smarter about it.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
37.700.000.000.0037.70
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