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October 20, 2019

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Member Since:

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.)

Copper Hills Invitational 2015 1600m Champion.

Ran on the SUU Cross Country/Track and Field teams

8th fastest 1600m runner in Alta history (well 9th now)


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:

Fix my achilles and then run consistently

Backing off on short term goals for a minute, but I'd like to start training for marathons.

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

Do Spartan again and finish well, without burning or spraining something


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 get healthy and then run consistently.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 28.20 Year: 169.65
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Ran the gully in 43 minutes, it was 97 degrees today so that was a good effort, it was hot. I also got in a lot of spear throws today, I'm successful about half the time from 20 feet away so not bad, hopefully will get to like 9 times out of 10 by the time the race arrives. But I also think the Spartan target is bigger than my cardboard box on toip on a plastic bucket. So training is going well overall.

My wrist has been hurting just a bit so I will be careful at the gym today and not do anything that hurts.

Gym went well, the only thing that made my wrist feel off was the curl machine. I warmed up 10x135 on bench and them did 3x9/10/9@185 for bench. I finished with 20@135 as that's proven to be a good workout. In between those I did 3x10@60dumbell rows, one set of curl machine at 90, 1x10 curls at 35, 1x10 curls at 40. I did two sets of obliques and abs. Then I did 2 sets of pull back machine and a new one which I.will just call pull aways, they were pretty good. I think that was it, later I will go to the park for monkey bars/handles, twister, other Spartan training. And abs, back, and shoulders also to come. Tomorrow will likely be a mountain run, we'll see!

Park workout was good, wide grip pull ups hurt my wrists a little bit so will rest on those until I'm feeling better. Race is getting close!

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