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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
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28 mile bike ride. Started out with Izzy, and Zach too for the first few miles. It was great! My quads are dead now, and the last 5 miles were pretty rough. But I love this post workout feeling, and my knees are feeling great right now. Good enough I might try running tomorrow or early next week. Buying a bike was a good investment.

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Originally was just going to do about 2 miles today but I felt good so I went for longer. Kept a pretty steady pace of just under 7:30/mile.

Knees were tight before the run but felt pretty good during it, no weird clicks or pops, and just a couple times that they felt weird or had minimal pain. Achilles were a little sore/tight at the beginning but overall pretty great.

I'll probably go for another run before the weekend. Maybe I'll still be able to reach 500 miles for the year. Next year I'd like to be over 1000 for the year and run my first marathon. I think it will really just depend on how well I can manage my injuries. Might abandon my sub 5 mile goal because faster running seems to cause more injury, but I also want to spend a few weeks training and then make an attempt this fall if my knees are feeling better. We'll see.

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Ran 2 miles on the track and then ran on the course for 2.5 and walked it in. Solid day, a little knee pain but nothing too bad.

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Biked to the track with Izzy. Locked up the bikes and then ran a mile to the start of the course and did the 5k route, which I can confidently say I've figured out. Averaged 7:30 for 4.25. Biked an additional 15 mins. Also met with a small group for a coffee/writing session, not that the coffee was the draw for me but it was fun!

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Biked go thr track and started running, didn't feel great so I stopped.

Biked a couple extra miles as then went back home.

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Ran the course behind the track, my knees felt a little tight but not too bad. Pushed the last mile harder to see if that would help warm up my knees, it didn't really. Didn't make it worse though. Averaged about 7:30 outside of the last mile, which was about 6:00. Felt pretty good.

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30-40 mins swimming, a couple short breaks.

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35 minutes of swimming, took a couple minute long breaks but mostly continuous.

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Warmed up .8 miles with Izzy.

Jake had challenged me to a 3x mile race where we would run 2 miles under 6:00 and then do whatever we could for the final mile. Break in between miles was 5 mins.

First mile was 5:47, felt alright but my lungs kind of hurt. Today was a cold day, maybe should have done this workout next week or even this weekend. Oh well, can do more then.

Second mile was 5:45, my lungs were complaining a ton after this one and I was skeptical of my ability to even go under 6:00 for the last one.

Last mile was 5:37, I went out in a 75 and then just kept my pace just under 6:00 until the last lap where I threw in a bit more of a surge.

Times were a lot worse than when I did this over the summer, and even those times were nothing to write home about. But it felt good to get in a workout. My lungs and stomach felt like they were going to explode on this last mile and I pushed pretty hard, so even if I'm not in good shape, I'm happy with my effort.

Cooled down another. 8 with Izzy, she did a 400m workout at about the same pace I was running my repeats so that was helpful to have someone to run with for one or two of the laps each mile. I'll be happy with a high 17 minute virtual thanksgiving 5k at the moment. We'll see how it goes. Glad I'll have a nice warm week to get in a few workouts next week. Great news is that my knees feel fine besides just a slight amount of soreness in my right knee today, but very slight. Achilles felt pretty good today honestly, a little tight and sore on the warm up but nothing horrible.

Been lifting 2 or 3 times per week with Ian, I'm feeling fairly strong. Dumbell bench is at 160 for 3 sets of 4, regular bench max is back up above 200. I'm using 80 pound dumbbells for overhead tricep extension, bent over row, and dumbell bench. Goal is to eventually do all those workouts with 100 pound dumbells. I try to get in a back, chest, and arms day in each week and we do 4/5 sets of 5/6 workouts each day. Then I do core, cardio, and pull ups separately. Ideally I'd have 3 lifting day, 6 core days, and 4-6 cardio days each week. Lifting is good for the moment but I'm at like 2 core days and 2 cardio days per week rn. Doing a dead hang challenge next week, so that will be fun.

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