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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: 7.26 Month: 146.05 Year: 2206.23
Skechers GOmeb Razor Lifetime Miles: 684.23
Skechers GOrun 5 Lifetime Miles: 737.22
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 254.82
Total Distance
171.87
Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 52.83Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 43.89Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 32.71
Total Distance
11.49

Early morning run with some strides at the end (5.99 in 46:07)

Pre-dinner run with hills (5.5 in 41:38)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 5.99
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3.00

Just a few miles to know that something is wrong with in my left shin. Not sure what it is, but running makes it worse. (3 in 24:03)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.00
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0.50

Still not back to running.

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 0.50
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1.00

10 minutes on the stationary bike and weights.

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Total Distance
4.70

3 miles on the stationary bike (10:28). Then strength training.

3.7 miles on the treadmill. Stopped right away when I started feeling what could've been inflammation (3.7 in 29:33)

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1.60

Test run. Cancelled a long run. (1.6 in 13:08)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 1.60
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Total Distance
9.10

In town training through Wednesday. Early morning treadmill. Felt discomfort in the last 5 minutes (9.1 in 1:12:26)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 9.10
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Total Distance
6.70

6.7 miles in 53:24. Didn't want to push it.

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Total Distance
7.92

Felt really good this morning (7.92 in 1:04:48)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 7.92
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Total Distance
8.80

I need to run outside more... (8.8 miles in 1:10:30)

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1.32

Just can't ankle it. Did a lap around the neighborhood.

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 1.32
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Total Distance
13.40

Had a really nice run around the green belt today. Weather was great. Feet felt great. Had breakfast and then had a temple date with Cheyenne. Fixed some windows and the refrigerator. Good day! (13.4 in 1:42:30)

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 13.40
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Total Distance
5.23

Went to work early. Ran a mile outside before incoming traffic picked up, and the gym opened. Then used the treadmill until the start of the day (1.03 in 8:20 and then 4.2 in 32:52)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 5.23
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3.70

Early to work again. A little sensation in the ankle. Nothing alarming, but I stopped anyway and switched to strength training. All running was outside. (3.7 in 30:00)
 

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 3.70
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Total Distance
10.15

Came to work early. Made a last-minute decision to do a workout this morning, on an "track" comprised of several low-traffic roads at work (they are no-traffic roads at the time I went). 

4x0.8T w/ approx 1 minute rests. This is all approximated. I didn't want to use the lap timer on my garmin and just did this by feel. It went pretty great, and I estimate that I ran a 7:00 pace on the sets. Did 8 strides afterward. (6.03 in 45:00)

Easy run around the neighborhood after work. Even with the heat it felt good to loosen up muscles that were surprisingly sore from this morning's small workout. I'm so grateful that my ankles could stand even a small workout. I'm hoping (again) that the ankle issues are past. (4.12 in 33:52)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 6.03
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Total Distance
5.65

Early into work today. (5.65 easy in 46:07)

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Total Distance
10.35

Came in an hour early and got a good run in. First outside, then on treadmill as foot traffic picked up for the start of the day. (10.35 in 1:22:35)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 10.35
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Total Distance
12.86

Did some tempo paced bouts, but overall I had no gas this morning...my body was happy doing an easy jaunt and didn't really respond to anything fast... so there was an attempt at: 20min tempo, 3 minute recovery, 15 minute tempo, 2 minute recovery, 2x400m repetitions with 400m recoveries, 1 mile threshold

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 12.86
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10.05

Stomach ache. 10.05 in 1:22:43

Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 10.05
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Total Distance
5.97

Early in. 5.97 in 45:58. I included a 12-minute threshold-paced run in this towards the end. Good short push a few days before my half marathon this weekend.

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Total Distance
6.50

Early in. Ran 4.82 outside then went in on the treadmill before the fire alarm went off due to burnt toast. Did a perimeter lap with Jack and had a nice talk. Not sure about total distance so just guessing (6.5 in 54:00)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 6.50
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5.03

Early in. Easy pace that slowly got faster as I warmed up. Feeling pretty good!

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 5.03
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Total Distance
4.45

4.45 in 36:49. IF half tomorrow and more extended relatives coming to visit. Should be a fun weekend! Today Ellie and I walked to Reed's Dairy for our Daddy Daughter date. She walked the entire way without being picked up (she's 2). What a trooper!

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 4.45
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Race: Idaho Falls Half Marathon (13.72 Miles) 01:37:52, Place overall: 12, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance
15.40

This was not my best race, but it was a wonderful return from months of nagging injuries. It was so nice to have a race day with no stomach issues, no ankle problems, and no unexpeected family emergencies. 

I don't remember everything I ate the day before, but there was definitely a lot of brown rice, peas, black beans, and a LOT of cheap winco whole wheat bread. The morning of the race, about 2.5 hours before start, I had a piece of toast (made from the same cheap bread) with honey and a little bit of peanut butter. I don't always log my day-before-race food choices, but I felt the need since I didn't have any stomach issues this time. Maybe this will be useful information to build off in the future. 

Cheyenne drove me the 5-minute journey to the bus pick-up a little after 5. The race suffered from a volunteer shortage, and the race actually started BEFORE all the buses arrived. Therefore I looked online after the race to find that I had actually finished in 12th place and not 7th like I had initially thought. The age group medals were awesome. The race was Christmas-themed for no apparent reason (who needs a reason to celebrate Christmas in July though?) and the awards were ornaments indicating the age group rank you achieved. 

The first 5 miles of this race are a fast downhill, but manageable. I actually did a lot better on this than I intended. I finished the first mile in 6:03 and did not feel like I was going that hard, and I am fairly used to the feeling of racing downhill. I slowed down, as expected, when the course leveled out, but I didn't get that terrible fatigue that you get when you burn yourself on the downhill. Another runner and I played tag for a significant portion of the race, and he helped me perform better than I probably would have.

Like I said this was not my best race, but it was certainly one of the greatest reliefs I've felt in a while.

My garmin measured the course at 13.72 miles (the course was different from previous years due to construction), and I also did a warmup and cooldown. I'm writing this the evening after the race, and feeling pretty good.

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 15.40
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Total Distance
2.40

Early in. Short easy run, then lots of stretching and some strength training. Feeling a lot sorer than I expected from Saturday's race. All the soreness feels like normal muscle soreness. I don't suspect any deeper injury...time will tell though!
 

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 2.40
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Total Distance
4.60

Early in. Ran on the treadmill, and did only as much as my body was willing to do. (4.6 in 36:24)

Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 4.60
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Total Distance
171.87
Skechers GOmeb Razor Miles: 52.83Skechers GOrun 5 Miles: 43.89Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 32.71
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