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Big Cottonwood Half Marathon

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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 (left out Huntsville 2015):

  • 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)
  • St George Marathon 2018 (3:02:43)
  • Ogden Marathon 2019 (3:09:41)
  • Pocatello Marathon 2019 (3:08:10)

Half marathons (Missing several):

  • 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:

Learn how to continue running with an ever more packed schedule of other things.

Upcoming races: Big Cottonwood Half (September), Utah Valley Full (June 2020), Idaho Falls Half (July 2020)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finishing a marathon in under 3 hours. This is actually my goal in my upcoming marathon in August 2019 (Pocatello). a 2020 marathon.

Personal:

Happily married with one kid. Chemical engineer, now studying statistics. 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 4:30am and don't get home until 5:30pm. I try to get a short run in before work and usually something during lunch. My focus in running is improving my marathon time, but I like to participate in all the races I can. I am a Honey Stinger Hive ambassador and hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon for the first time this August by completing a 2020 marathon in under 3 hours. Say hello!

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 190.43 Year: 2729.48
Saucony Guide 10 Lifetime Miles: 1149.55
ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Lifetime Miles: 478.36
Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Lifetime Miles: 809.20
Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Lifetime Miles: 120.06
Total Distance
263.20
Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 122.02ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 60.16Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 35.30Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 31.82
Weight: 149.79
Total Distance
3.00

3 miles walking this morning. Even if I wanted to run, I doubt I would've been able to. 3 miles of walking really did the trick for getting blood moving and muscles loosening. I'm glad tomorrow is a holiday. (3 in 0:58:23)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
8.54

 

Treadmill incline shuffle. 4mph with intermittent 30sec bouts @ 6mph. Good movement in the legs, but I'm still scared of losing my balance every time I step off a stair step or curb! (8.54 in 2:00:00)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 8.54
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Total Distance
6.38

Alternating between walking and jogging. (3.21 in 0:41:11)

Same routine as this morning, except at lunch time. (3.17 in 0:35:23)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 3.21ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 3.17
Weight: 150.00
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8.47

This was all at a jog, so no walking. Steady progress. (4.31 in 0:42:03)

Another jog at lunch time. (4.16 in 0:38:45)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 4.31ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.16
Weight: 150.00
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9.35

Easy jog. Enjoying this recovery. (5 in 0:46:26)

More easy jogging at lunch time. No need to pick up the pace as all my goal races are done for the year. For now just coasting and taking advantage of off-season things. Focusing on form. Strength training. Getting enough sleep...maybe (4.35 in 0:39:27)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 5.00ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.35
Weight: 149.00
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10.32

Easy early morning run. (5.71 in 0:51:06)

Easy run at lunch time. I am not pushing myself harder, but I am watching my pace slowly get back to normal with each run. (4.61 in 0:41:20)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 5.71ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.61
Weight: 148.00
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13.70

Easy long run. Still a little slow. Not trying to push at all. (13.7 in 2:00:00)

So I just committed to pacing the 3:20 group at the STG marathon in 4 weeks. I think it'll work out. Or maybe I'm crazy.

Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 13.70
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
3.50

An hour long podcast walk. (3.5 in 1:00:00)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 3.50
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12.70

Easy treadmill. Didn't feel like going out in the nippy wind. More recovered on each run. (12.7 in 1:40:51)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 12.70
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8.20

Short race-week workout. Warm up, 3x(1T with 2 min recoveries), cool down. I was able to hold pace just fine on this workout, but didn't feel 100%. I don't think I'm sick, but it has only been 9 days since the marathon, and I can't expect to be recovered already. I'm excited for this weekend's half marathon, but not expecting anything spectacular! Just a fun mother-son tradition! (8.2 in 1:00:24)

Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 8.20
Weight: 150.00
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8.00

8 easy miles on the treadmill. Stranger Things. (8 in 1:04:00)

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6.00

6 miles on the treadmill. (6 in 0:48:00)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.00
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5.00

Easy greenbelt run. (5 in 0:43:43)

Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
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Race: Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:26:18, Place overall: 33, Place in age division: 4
Total Distance
16.50

Awesome race today! This was my 4th annual mother-son half marathon with my mom. She traveled up from Texas to race. The bus loading/finish area for this race is also just a mile from my uncle and aunt's house, so extra convenient. This was the night of sleep I've ever had before a race, as I only woke up once before it was time to get up. I had a half bagel with hot chocolate, and then we jogged to the buses. The start line was much colder than expected, and it actually took me about 10 minutes of running in the race before my muscles felt completely loosened up again after shivering. The first mile is the slowest Mike, and my Garmin registered a 6:58 mile. I wanted to take this race conservatively, as I didn't want to burn out on this course and not be able to pace the STG marathon in 3 weeks. The course just kept getting faster though, and we didn't have to do the out-and-back segment that the full marathoners had. I started calm on most of the course, and let quite a few people pass me. Around mile 11, I realized my faster-than-usual times weren't too good to be true and I pushed harder. I barely even slowed down on the level parts, and I think that is due to conditioning from 3 other downhill races this summer. I rolled in at 1:26:18, which is almost 6 minutes faster than any other half marathon I've run before. Good good day!

I did a cool down loop and felt great. I also walked a mile back to the house with my family, which showed up en masse to cheer for me and my mom. This evening we drove up the course and onwards to Guardsman's Pass. Then we hiked up the remaining part of the mountain in the north side of the road to the weather station. Felt fine!

Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 15.60
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.00

Tried to walk a lot today. An hour of early morning podcast walking. Walked to church and back. Walked the loop in Crestwood Park with my mom and Sarah in the afternoon. (5 in 1:40:00)

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5.52

Hobbling through Cottonwood Heights. (5.52 in 0:59:56)

Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 5.52
Weight: 0.00
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10.28

Easy running on the treadmill. I was going to go outside but it was raining and cold :( (6 in 0:51:21)

Running outside at work. A very windy day. (4.28 in 0:37:47)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.00ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.28
Weight: 151.00
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10.51

Easy treadmill miles. (6.2 in 0:51:21)

Easy lunch miles. (4.31 in 0:37:52)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.20ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.31
Weight: 152.00
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10.66

Easy treadmill miles (6.3 in 0:51:31)

Easy lunch miles. For the last few weeks I've also been consistent about strength training after these short runs at work, a new leaf for me. (4.36 in 0:36:19)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.30ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.36
Weight: 151.00
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10.75

Easy treadmill. Wife is sick today so staying home. (6.5 in 0:52:30)

Easy miles before taking Ellie to Tater Trot. (4.25 in 0:34:00)

Took Ellie to race in the 4 an under category at Tater Trot (part of Spud Days in Shelley). She did great!

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 10.75
Weight: 0.00
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11.00

Easy treadmill longish run. (11 in 1:28:00)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
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3.50

Podcast walk early Sunday morning. My phone said it was 35 degrees with windchill. (3.5 in 1:00:00)

Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 3.50
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
6.44

Went to bed last night feeling sick. I woke up a little better but I decided not to run anyways. I still got up at the same and did homework instead. Now I feel awesome! I'm definitely going to do a lunch-time run!

Oh man. Running today was pure bliss. I can only think of one or two other times when I have felt this good running. Not that I usually don't feel good...I run almost every day because I like it. It's just times like these where you don't want to stop, and it feels exihilirating to go faster and faster. Too bad it was at work, or I probably would've kept going. (6.44 in 0:50:48)

ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 6.44
Weight: 150.00
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Total Distance
11.55

Small aerobic builder on the treadmill. (6.2 in 0:46:07)

Sluggish run at lunch time. Heavy breathing. (5.35 in 0:46:40)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.20ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 5.35
Weight: 148.00
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11.58

Treadmill with 6x30 second strides (6.5 in 0:50:36)

Another sluggish lunch time run. (5.08 in 0:43:30)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.50ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 5.08
Weight: 148.00
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10.90

Slogging along. Still low energy levels. (6 in 0:48:00)

Felt noteably better than my past 2 lunchtime runs. Also felt better than this morning. (4.9 in 0:41:23)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.00ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.90
Weight: 150.00
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10.68

6 easy on the treadmill, but still feels harder... (6 in 0:48:00)

4.68 very easy at lunch time. It felt really good just slow jogging today. But...disaster might have struck near the end, as I developed sudden soreness on my lower shin on my left leg. 

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 6.00ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.68
Weight: 150.00
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Total Distance
13.10

Easy half to keep the dust off for next weekend. (13.1 in 1:44:48)

Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 13.10
Weight: 0.00
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2.50

Indoor podcast walk. Cold and raining outside. (2.5 in 0:37:48)

Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 2.50
Weight: 0.00
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9.57

Easy treadmill run. (5.1 in 0:40:48)

Easy lunchtime run. Little cold out but perfect for gloves. (4.47 in 0:37:32)

Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 5.10ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 4.47
Weight: 150.00
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Total Distance
263.20
Saucony Guide 10 Miles: 122.02ASICS GEL-Contend 4 Miles: 60.16Saucony Guide ISO White Noise Miles: 35.30Saucony Guide ISO (Pair 2) Miles: 31.82
Weight: 149.79
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