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Member Since:

Nov 20, 2007



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

Eden 10-miler 65:47

Half Marathon 1:26:17

5K 18:01

 I rank somewhere between the competitive recreational runner and the competitive highschool runner. Here's the scale:

10 - World record holder; 9 - Olympic Athlete; 8 - National elite; 7 - Professional runner; 6 - College All-american; 5 - College runner; 4 - Local elite; 3 - Competitive runner; 2 - Recreational runner; 1 - Jogger

It's a tough scale.

Short-Term Running Goals:


  • Run for fun and health, be fit in my 40s
  • Run a strong half marathon, under 1:25, good, under 1:20, great.

Long-Term Running Goals:

  • Be a disciplined runner, to be competitive in my age category, and feel strong while racing.
  •  Somehow actually put together a full year of running: increased discipline and decreased distraction and injuries
  • Be a 17/36 guy for 5K/10K (not realistic now)
  • Be a competitive Master's runner


Spoken for, Christian, piano player, soli deo gloria, at least that's the ideal. Living for Triune God, beautiful wife, cute sons, self; hopefully in that order but Adam's nature and my own choices, not to mention worldly temptations like to play with the ideal.

Idealism, tempered by reality, with a healthy skepticism.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 156.60
Asics White Lifetime Miles: 213.40
Galaxy 5 Lifetime Miles: 117.10
NB Foam Lifetime Miles: 42.60
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Asics White Miles: 29.80Adidas Miles: 3.50Fitsole Miles: 4.00
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Wed?- shakeout around neighborhood in the evening, 3m
Thu- pushing Jo thru N neighborhoods, 2.5
Fri - along canal both ways, little dip at E end into neighborhood chasing little runaround dog, 3m

As always doing some disc golf/running, a little more biking too, once with P around Murray park after church picnic

Asics White Miles: 6.00
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Race: Murray Fun Days 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:23:11, Place overall: 76, Place in age division: 7
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Barely got there and P to potty, toilet plugged so used outhouse. Nate was there. Stretched for two seconds and got out. Sleep before was erratic, day before slept in but last nite bed at 12, Jo awake at 4, at 5 took him for a drive, rested from 6 to 7.

Holding back passing the kiddies, trying to find a pacer, passed Larry Smithee, 7:34 at mile?, had gotten into my rhythm, watched Anthony, Teren, Yorkey, and Dennis and Sasha come thru, after turnaround was passing but found a girl to run with, "It's hot!" Spoke of picking up on the downhill, 15:05 on the 2, up the hill had the hurt but I was picking up people, maybe 5, trying to catch other female, a young un and a teen passed before going into park, passed a girl on the downhill, holding onto steady female, saw the family, pushed a little, passing female and maybe two others on the non-sprint to finish. Better than T-ville, waiting to lose more and gain more.

We cannot fathom the universe, we cannot fathom millions of stars and galaxies. We cannot comprehend the infinity behind it all. We cannot fathom God, but because we cannot fathom, we trust. Not unknowingly, but with the knowledge that our lack of knowledge should lead us to humble trust.


Asics White Miles: 3.10
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Twice w Jo in stroller? Once to Zogg's old house, chugging along. 3.5

Sun - bike to church, bike with Nate to Mark Twain til flat tire, then I lugged the bike trailer for the win and the workout, 10 m

Mon - found good trail up Butler canyon, one close call w Jo on road at hairpin turn b4 discovering trail, ran all the way up thru Big Cottonwood's parking lot, neighborhood across up to outroad access, down thru construction zone and clear, 45 min 3.5 m

Tues - little sleep (Manchester by the Sea--where's the redemption?); from ICS trail up to top, feeling sluggish but on the way down felt strong, 3m 

Adidas Miles: 3.50Asics White Miles: 6.50
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Th - bike with Becky pulling Jo, 5m, after work shot some baskets at the 6th place I found, on 70th w the general and shooter, naturally they had 4 and didn't let me play
Fri - lots of food, Eat at Joe's, millcreek venison stew getting light sprinkled on, 

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Race: Draper Days 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:22:25, Place overall: 80, Place in age division: 7
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Warmed up pretty well, noticed just before the race started that my shorts were inside out, quick adjustment. There were some strollers right at the front line--because of pictures? I'm not competitive right now but if I were I would have been annoyed by that. As it was we got off and somehow the police bike went around some plastic barriers that were right in the way. Everyone was going around them, I went through them trying to open up a barrier, I knocked one of them down and heard some surprise behind me, sorry, but I hope I at least opened up a path for some. People were passing me and I others until I reached Mel, I told him I was running too fast to be up with him. That was true.

The first slightly uphill mile I just stayed with Mel, had a few passing us, was 7:37 at mile (?) seems a little long, especialy since I ran 14:15 for the next 2. Let Mel go and he later admitted to feeling bad in the first mile and better the next two. Was trying to think of tempoing first 2 miles, but it's always hard, felt like I played cat and mouse with a few runners, had a few women, some preteen boys and some men around me, pushed the last mile into the park trail, the sun gave its heat on mile 2, about 3 runners I was trying to catch, was strong but not competitive. Last .1 was 45 seconds, 7:30 pace ;-) yikes.

I of course want to get better but in recognizing how I've been as a runner I tend to always look forward rather than enjoying the moment and the process. I took a year getting out of shape, it'll take a while to get back, but I'm enjoying the process, I recognize I'm in it for the long haul, and the rewards will be worth it. Like life it's an ultra, not a sprint. Just so, with eternity in our hearts.

Asics White Miles: 4.60
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Will o' the wisps. Days go by as grass on the plains, born to pass again no more. Disc golfing, swimming, once running to park with Jo and golf and back. 3.5 Twice running just at park, 2m Once up to overlook w P on bike, saw cleared out homes on S side. 2.5 Does it count as interval training? Not really, though it probably counts as maintaining but not advancing.


Fitsole Miles: 2.50Asics White Miles: 5.50
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Race: Butler 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:22:30, Place in age division: 2
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Coming from Spruces, drove down early after campground sleep. Got there about 6 and did a wakeup upper body workout, warmup run and long time stretching. Course meandered thru neighborhoods and started in an L shape in the parking lot with a hard left turn at the start. People were lackadaisical about actually racing with everyone giving each other space, not a lot of competitive spirit, just participants.

Winner ran 17:30, then 18:40 then 19:30. I was pretty conservative in the first mile, found my group, a 50s male and a peer, I knew I just had to conserve til the last mile. Even the last mile goes down to the ending elevation before a turn back up the hill. I played it cool behind my group, but my peer was unwilling to be passed, which was fine with me. At the 2nd mile mark (course) thru the sidewalk jaunt thru park started to pick it up such as it was (passed peer on a turn just previously) and let the 50s guy pull me. Didn't pull ahead of him until I unchivalrously passed him with a sprint at the downhill end. Unchivalrous, but fist-bump worthy as I thanked him for the pull.

Afterwards saw Strickland girls with friend (Heidi & Christina?), went to awards and got 2nd, peer got 3rd, 1st place was ______. And all the while the swim team had been doing laps (for 2 1/2 hours-?). Then back to IBC Spruces for a coffee and double breakfast.

Hiked w Warhursts up to meadow of Days Fork trail, a little running, then some more back up to join Lucas' group. Then another evening hike w P to Blood Lake, never do I remember Guardsman pass but it's great. Stayed at the lake long enough to see its party atmosphere and a guy on the rope swing try try try to do a backflip with a failure to let go and the subsequent side body splash.


Fitsole Miles: 1.50Asics White Miles: 4.10
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Mon 24th - Biked to watch 10krs, saw group of 9 at 3 miles, they spread out and saw Jason Lynch separate with another, biked back and forth, saw BK, 400 meter Track Basketball guy, hard to believe the difference just a few minutes makes, 30 minute to 40 minutes is 3 levels of runner. Then biked home w Nate, on the bike for 2 hours, 25 miles? Then swam at Hoover's.

Tues - biked w/ fam to 7-11 neighborhood, then to Home Depot w/ Jo, big purchase day, cleaned up a lot of old technology. 8m, then ball at 11th W, 4 on 4. I guarded old guy w/ Christy jersey, wiley and hard.
Wed- biked back and forth b/w park, bought discs, dg, need to rest right forearm? 12m

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Asics White Miles: 29.80Adidas Miles: 3.50Fitsole Miles: 4.00
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