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Location:

Santa Clara,UT,

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

Swiss Days(5k)--19:47.5

Zion Centennial Fun Run (10k)--42:19 

St. George Half Marathon--1:36:45.4 

St. George Marathon--3:22:29

Short-Term Running Goals:

I want to work on building up my base again and taking a crack at my 5k and 10k PRs.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run to live. Live to run.

 

Personal:

I'm married with 3 cuties and a buddy. When I don't run, I'm ornery.  So for their sake--It's all for them--I run.

Miles:This week: 28.50 Month: 69.00 Year: 1784.50
NB 790 (Feb. 2015) Lifetime Miles: 202.00
Altra Torin 2.0 Lifetime Miles: 314.75
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Lifetime Miles: 232.75
NB 1400 Lifetime Miles: 180.25
Nike LunarEpic Lifetime Miles: 323.75
Nike Structure 20 Lifetime Miles: 335.50
Hoka Clayton Lifetime Miles: 154.00
Nike Lunar Epic Oct. 2017 Lifetime Miles: 233.75
Nike Vomero NXR '17 Lifetime Miles: 189.75
Hoka Clifton 4 Lifetime Miles: 235.25
Nike Pegasus 34 Lifetime Miles: 188.50
Brooks Levitate Lifetime Miles: 160.50
Books 2018 Lifetime Miles: 47.00
INOV8 F-Lite 195 Lifetime Miles: 35.50
Brooks L3 Lifetime Miles: 227.00
Brooks Black Oct. 2018 Lifetime Miles: 236.75
Total Distance
47.00
Red & Black 3 (Dec. 4, 2014) Miles: 9.50Books 2017 Miles: 2.00Nike Structure 20 Miles: 5.00Nike Pegasus 31 Miles: 16.50Brooks Black & Electric 4 Miles: 7.75Nike Vomero 11 Miles: 7.50
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Total Distance
7.50

am--5 Running around BHNP before, during, and after the time trial. The kids ran pretty well. My thoughts on time trials have changed a bit. Rather than all-out race efforts, they serve training better as benchmark tests and training tools. 

pm--2.5 Dirt-road miles at Deer Haven. The altitude (9,200+) hits me pretty hard. It was fun to take this week as it presented itself and get to know some of the kids I don't normally run with a bit better. Not sure on most of the miles from this week. 

I finished another book, an interesting one, The Golden Mile by Herb Elliott. The '50s and '60s are slowly becoming my favorite era in running history. This book is a frank recounting of Elliott's short career, culminating w/ his gold medal in the Rome Olympics. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: 

Quoting Percy Cerutty, his nutty coach, "Thrust against pain. Pain is the purifier. Walk towards suffering. Love suffering. Embrace it" (38). 

"Most athletes imagine themselves at the end of their tether before they're even seventy-five percent exhausted. I was so determined to avoid this pitfall that if at any time I thought I was surrendering too soon to superficial pain I'd deliberately try to hurt myself more" (50). 

"We cannot hope to win races without the kind of aggressiveness that enables us to accept a challenge from which the timid shy. . . It is important that we become confident in ourselves as men before we can even hope of being a success, not only in athletics, but any walk of life. Confidence grows if we overcome our tired bodies, running harder when we want to slow down. With confidence comes character and strength of body, will and soul" (143). 

"The pain in a mile race extends over one-and-a-half to two minutes. It starts in your chest, sweeps down through the arms, stomach and legs until your whole body is distressed and you feel like stopping. It is a mental, rather than physical, torture. In my case, concentration and the emotional content of a race carry me through the pain in much the same way, I imagine, as an Indian fakir walks through fire or sleeps on a bed of nails. Invariably, all distress vanishes within thirty seconds of the finish of the race" (144-145). 

"I rarely go into a race with any preconceived tactics. If I do, it means I'm not particularly hopeful of my chances. Athletes who resort to tactics have no real confidence  in themselves and lose as many races as they win" (145). 

I really enjoyed this book and a look into the makings of a world champion. 

Red & Black 3 (Dec. 4, 2014) Miles: 2.50Books 2017 Miles: 1.00Nike Structure 20 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
7.00

am--2.5 A nice out-and-back on the Virgin Rim Trail. It was cool to see a long single-file line of our kids enjoying life in the mountains. 

pm--4.5 A decent run on the roads around Navajo Lake. I got to chat quite a bit w/ Haley and Jason. I love getting to know what makes kids tick and trying to help them enjoy running. 

Red & Black 3 (Dec. 4, 2014) Miles: 4.50Nike Pegasus 31 Miles: 2.50
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10.50

am--8 Long run on the Virgin River Trail. Lots of climbing and gasping for air. 

pm--2.5 Another out-and-back on the Virgin River Trail. Had a nice chat w/ Jada and cursed her to trip by complimenting her fleet feet over the rocks. 

Red & Black 3 (Dec. 4, 2014) Miles: 2.50Nike Pegasus 31 Miles: 8.00
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6.00

am--6 Hellacious out-and-back on the back road to somewhere. It was awesome to see the top girls push back up the hill. It is a relentless hill and the breath goes quickly. It's hard to stay calm. I had a nice time chatting w/ Addi. 

Nike Pegasus 31 Miles: 6.00
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8.50

am--8.5 Kidney Loop w/ Lava Cove extension w/ 8x barefoot striders. It is good to be at home elevation again even if I'm drenched in sweat by the end. It is also good to hit a smoother stride again. The striders felt great. RHR--52. 

Brooks Black & Electric 4 Miles: 7.75
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7.50

am--7.5 Loop around Santa Clara w/ a fast finish. My achilles/heel felt ok most of the week, but when I got back to running a little faster, it started to bark at me a bit. Don't know how to handle the stiffness. It really gets me down. RHR--48. 

The next book: The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich. This is a book of connected essays from a writer who went to Wyoming to make a documentary and stayed. She is able to make the common engaging and the uncommon universal. I haven't had enough reading about the West in my life recently, and this was refreshing. A few quotes: 

"So much of in American life has had a corrupting influence on our requirements for social order. We live in a culture that has lost its memory. Very little in the specific shapes and traditions of our grandparents' pasts instructs us how to live today, or tells us who we are or what demands will be made on us as members of society . . . With our burgeoning careers and families, we want to join up, but it's difficult to know how or where. The changing conditions of life are no longer assimilated back into a common watering trough" (103). 

"Incongruity delights him as much as tradition. 'We assimilate a little this way, and a little that way. Life is only mutation'" (120). 

The book makes me want to move somewhere like Beaver. 

Nike Vomero 11 Miles: 7.50Books 2017 Miles: 1.00
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Total Distance
47.00
Red & Black 3 (Dec. 4, 2014) Miles: 9.50Books 2017 Miles: 2.00Nike Structure 20 Miles: 5.00Nike Pegasus 31 Miles: 16.50Brooks Black & Electric 4 Miles: 7.75Nike Vomero 11 Miles: 7.50
Weight: 0.00
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