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Location:

Idaho Falls,ID,United States

Member Since:

Oct 15, 2016

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

My slow and steady marathon progression:

  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2014 (4:24:34)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2015 (3:41:55)
  • St George Marathon 2016 (3:37:44)
  • Salt Lake City Marathon 2017 (3:28:49)
  • St George Marathon 2017 (3:11:52)

Half marathons:

  • Provo Haunted Half 2014 (1:40:31)
  • Utah Valley Half 2015 (1:34:30.1)
  • Inaugural Everglades Half 2016 (1:36:28)
  • Canyonlands Half 2017 (1:33:22)
  • Bryce Canyon Half 2017 (1:31:49)
  • Pocatello Half 2017 (1:32:04)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Running under 3:10 at Salt Lake City Marathon in April 2018

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finishing a marathon in under 3 hours!

Personal:

Happily married with one kid. Chemical engineer. Although I've always maintained a healthy level of fitness, I didn't pick up running until junior year at BYU. Now I live in Idaho, where I leave for work at 5am and don't get home until 5:40pm. I try to get a short run in during lunch time at work and then a little something else after work. Some might call that a weekend warrior, but I make an honest effort during the week as well. Say hello!

Miles:This week: 49.98 Month: 146.22 Year: 1709.94
Skechers GOmeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 506.11
Skechers GOrun 5 Lifetime Miles: 623.56
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 177.80
Total Distance
261.08
Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 45.42Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 46.70Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 36.89
Total Distance
15.47

Moderate pace in the early morning on Santa Cruz Parkway. Was not satisfied with my performance for the level of effort I was giving (10.04 in 1:17:41)

Ran up and around Tumamoc Hill after training ended early today, which was the last day of training. The hill was steeper than I expected but it was good elevation training that I don't get from running around my house in Idaho. Tucson is a beautiful place. I will be sad to leave, but so so happy to be back with my family tomorrow. I will have to take them here for a winter vacation sometime (5.43 in 47:46)

On a side note, I got dinner at a place called WhataBurro, which is hilarious! (If you're familiar with Whataburger) The burritos (that's what they sell) there are actually pretty good. I recommend going there so you can say you've had both a whataburger AND a whataburro, because what better thing to brag about is there?

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 10.04
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Total Distance
11.08

5.08 in the early morning, to have enough time to catch an early flight. On the Santa Cruz Parkway trail again. Goodbye Tucson! (5.08 in 40:12) Interestingly, this wasn't much slower than yestermorning's run, but felt so much more relaxed.

6 on the treadmill at home after lunch. Watched some of Raiders of the Lost Ark (6 in 46:20)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 5.08
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Total Distance
16.30

90 light minutes in the morning with Indiana Jones and Hidden in the Heartland. (12.2 in 1:33:18)

30 light minute in the afternoon around 3. (4.1 in 31:52)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 12.20
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Total Distance
6.60

6.6 easy with strides. Didn't feel 100%. Took the evening off and had such a good time with my wife and daughter after a slightly frustrating afternoon at work (6.6 in 49:55)

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12.72

Lousy workout: 1 km, 1 min recovery, 1 mile, 1 min recovery, 10 minutes, 2 min recovery, 1 mile, 1 min recovery, 1 km. All at threshold effort. Averaged around 7:10-7:15/mi. Did some lousy strides afterwards. Just a lousy couple of days I guess! (8.02 in 1:00:09)

4.7 easy before dinner (4.7 in 36:41)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 4.70
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Total Distance
9.92

Running outside the past two days has been very nice. What a great winter! (6.02 in 50:02)

Treadmill before dinner. Pretty tired from yesterday's workout (3.9 in 30:45)

 

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.90
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Total Distance
6.30

6.3 easy at lunch time. (6.3 in 49:24)

No evening run. Helping Cheyenne with cub scouts.

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Total Distance
9.20

Feeling better than yesterday, although I have had one coughing fit that felt like a bug. Surprised when I had to come into work today. Got to use the gym in the early morning. Did some strides. Felt good! (6.6 in 49:58)

Easy before dinner (2.6 in 20:29)

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Total Distance
16.00

I wasn't sure about today's planned workout, but decided to try it anyways. Cheyenne and Ellie have both been congested/had sore throats this week, and I think it may have slightly crept on me too. I occasionally (like 3 times a day) get a hacking cough. I didn't have the energy to finish what was supposed to be 13 miles at M pace, so I settled for just an hour. 11 miles total in 1:20:16

Wasn't going to run anymore today, but it is March 10th and it is 44 degrees with little wind in Idaho Falls. Had a really good recovery run, and I'm feeling better about resuming training next week. Just six weeks out from SLC! (5 in 40:38)

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0.00

Yesterday afternoon was the start of a very sudden onset of powerful flu symptoms. Fever and chills through the night. Didn't get out of bed for half of Monday. Then I had a big lunch and dinner. Now I am over the bad symptoms, and just have the annoying weird ones. I will at least go to work tomorrow, and may even go on a short jog. It is amazing how fast I got and how bad I felt, contrasted with just 12 hours before and after. I'm really grateful it wasn't the 2 week flu that's been reported in the news lately. I really feel for those people now, as I had never had a bad flu til now (and being this short, it really wasn't THAT bad).
 

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Total Distance
4.22

Just weird symptoms today, but I feel great. I did a short run at lunch time OUTSIDE (it's supposed to get over 50 degrees here in Southeast Idaho today, wow). I was even sweating in my beanie at the calm pace I was using.

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Total Distance
9.40

6.4 in the early morning at work gym. Feeling pretty good! (6.4 in 49:19)

Easy after putting Ellie down for bed. (3 in 24:03)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.00
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Total Distance
13.98

Easy while watching PBS doc on China. Such a long intact history, pretty neat! (12.3 in 1:36:59)

Stayed home to attend in-town training today. After I got home, I took Ellie for her first stroller run of the year. Kept it pretty short, as I was tired, and we both wanted to eat. (1.68 in 15:00)

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Total Distance
13.30

Easy run learning about China. (9 in 70:18)

4.3 easy in the early afternoon. (4.3 in 34:28)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 9.00
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Total Distance
12.10

72 min aerobic builder with 20 minute cooldown (12.1 in 1:30:23)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 12.10
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Total Distance
6.40

6.4 with strides (6.4 in 49:19)

Really tired this afternoon. Need to sleep more...

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10.20

3x5minutes threshold pace. Was going to do 6 but started coughing again... ended with 2 miles at M pace instead. Not feeling bad, but my fitness is definitely lower since getting that flu... (6.9 in 49:51)

Easy 3.3 in 25:49 before dinner. Water heater is leaking!

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Total Distance
4.00

Skipped my run at work to attend a guest lecture from a professor on sleep deprivation, something I need to resolve...

Treadmill at home in a new pair of race shoes: Saucony Guide 10 (4 in 31:13)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
9.60

Easy at lunch time (6.3 in 49:51)

Easy before dinner (3.3 in 26:15)

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Total Distance
11.30

6.3 easy in the early morning at work. (6.3 in 49:30)

5 easy before dinner in the new shoes (5 in 39:38)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
8.50

Today was supposed to be a 2.5 hour run, and was going to be progress back towards my marathon that was going to be in 4 weeks. It ended a little over an hour through, with repeated stomach aches, bathroom breaks, and then the white flag. (8.5 in 66:24)

I went online and switched from the full marathon (SLC) to the half marathon. I'm not sure whether I'll do another spring marathon. I doubt it, as I don't want to pay late prices and I think I need a break anyways. I will definitely be signing up for STG when registration opens in less than a week, and I will carefully be training for that. This training cycle had a lot of setbacks, but I also had many consecutive training cycles prior to this one with almost no issues, so I can only be grateful. Officially switching to the half marathon was relieving for me, as I can now calm down and stop worrying about a goal race. This half will be competitive, but also FOR FUN. I will be doing it alongside family and multiple friends, and it will mark the beginning of a week of vacation. 

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 8.50
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Total Distance
9.50

Easy 50 minutes with some strides. Felt really good. Must be partly the relief of not being committed to a marathon anymore... (6.5 in 50:03)

Easy 3 miles before dinner (3 in 24:00)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.50
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7.00

Workout with a satisfying outcome today. It feels like it has been a while since a workout went this way for me. 3x5 minutes threshold pace (6:40/mi) with 1 minute recoveries, 3x3 minutes VO2max pace (6:23/mi) with 2 minute recoveries, 3x400m mile pace (6:00/mi) with 400m recoveries. I got a little frantic towards the end of some of these sets. After finishing, hindsight told me it was mostly mental. I could definitely benefit from developing some more mental strength for running.
 

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 7.00
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Total Distance
6.50

6.5 easy this morning with some strides. This week I retired two pairs of shoes, each with about 1500 miles of running in them. They served their purpose well, and now one of them will become a comfortable pair of shoe-like socks. (6.5 in 49:58)

Tonight I am catching an overnight flight to Ft Lauderdale. Spending a long weekend with mom and grandparents in Miami.

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 6.50
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Total Distance
7.10

Overnight flight from Idaho Falls to Ft Lauderdale. Then a 2 nap at my aunt and uncle's and a day in Miami with grandparents and cousins. Went running on the lake trail in front of Baptist Hospital with my mom and aunt. Nice easy pace that slowly warmed me up. I sure do sweat a lot more here though! (7.1 in 56:25)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 7.10
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Total Distance
10.00

On the Baptist Hospital trail again in Kendall, FL. Mom and Zully accompanied again. (10 in 1:20:42).

Feels nice running at sea level.

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
14.39

Longer run by myself. Explored around the area. Ran on the underline trail that follows along US-1 under the metro rail, as well as around University of Miami and downtown Coral Gables. Lots of nice areas here. A lot of roads aren't really runner friendly though, and you have to start pretty early to beat the traffic (14.39 in 2:00:35)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 14.39
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Total Distance
261.08
Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 45.42Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 46.70Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 36.89
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