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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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Fitsole Miles: 24.10Asics White Miles: 50.50
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Sun - disc, run w/ J around Park, 2 hrs total, 2m
Mon - long mapset w Keilah, threw for just a quickie, .5
Tues - work at 7, more mapset, didn't sleep well, Awana/piano, then at 70th, lost first game, I was the weak link, not guarding 2s in a game to 7, po'boy hit a long won, I think 5 points were scored against me. Still felt like I forced some shots, but I always feel that way if they don't go in, then we played again box and one, (bald leader guy suggested we try it) Nico on po'boy, I don't think they figured it out, then we lost a close one, and on the last one we were down 8-1, then came back 14-5 to win 15-13. Nico making jumpers, hustle and smarts beats skill and lethargy.

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Wed - tired, not sleeping well since early rise Tue, worked and didn't ball, resting from aches
Th - ran w Draco, half run/dog-training, he got better and seemed to tire at the end, ran canal to 2700 W, got a frisbee fr canal, getting out aches, knees a little sore, disced in afternoon after fortuitous Warhurst encounter, then ball, started off w/ foul shot jumper to make team, went downhill fr there. Off 13th, just felt like I missed every jumper and post shot, made a few decent passes, but we lost 15-2 (I was the only scorer), then 15-13, then the rubber match where older bald guy and tall rebounder were better. They're smart, rebound and shoot well, but I feel like if I were shooting better we sh have won. After one missed shot I said, "Stop shooting," and tall white guy from other team said, "Keep shooting." Think we won one after that, then a last one to 11 by 1s & 2s (mathematically more ball!) when I wanted to leave, but I was the 10th guy. 3m, 1.5m

Some nights just off, haven't felt like that in a while. Shakeout tmrw and we'll see how we race.

Fitsole Miles: 5.00Asics White Miles: 3.00
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Race: BYU Cougar Run (3.107 Miles) 00:21:13, Place overall: 64, Place in age division: 4
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Fri - nice run to Fitts park with Jo, did circles around the park while he threw woodchips. Had visions of how I'd draw a cc course, inner and outer loops. Started to run down neighborhood but was choppy and needed to get back so I could eat candy and buy brakes and rotors and curse the fact I don't live in WY. Did you get that? 4.5m

Sat - Cougar race, cheered for P man, he had a lot of questions but kept a good pace, went out pacing himself like I told him, by the 2nd lap he was coasting, I told him he could speed up and he did, sprinted home but didn't pass a guy at the end, but good for his experience, skill and excitement

Did some light w/u, perhaps I should've done more. Started about 10 rows back, was really pacing myself up the hill, as I felt I was just getting into it. People were passing me, more than I thought would, but as we passed the cheerers and turned to the downhill, I found my rhythm. I really thought I'd be passing more people on this part, but felt strong. If 10 people passed me before I passed 5. Had my sights on an older guy I'd talked to before, about 4 people ahead. Trickle-passing a few until we came into the turns, including a woman who I thought would stay up with us, had a stocky gait. A guy w a stroller passed me and got a lead, I reached into the tank and brought him back. Once I talked to him I found out he was a former BYU runner pushing his niece for his brother-in-law who wore a pale green shirt 3 people ahead. Spoiler alert!

I was feeling like I was going pretty fast (for my fitness, fast is relative) and the bro-in-law was right beside the older guy I was gunning for. Moved ahead and started to feel the familiar thigh strain that means I'm racing and pushing it. For the first mile I was relaxed, downhill felt smooth and flowing, now it hurt, just enough to make passing the girl ahead a hard task. I watched as she passed some and as we went around campus spots I was getting closer. I caught the one before we went into the tunnel and the brother-in-law before we got to the track. Felt like I maintained/cruised pace around the track, holding/pushing for the glorious end. In the end came in right behind the girl with great pace, and the 55 yr old guy brilliantly stayed away, beating the younger guy with him.

I'm happy with my improvement, if I really run every day should be able to approach fitness of 2 years ago. Enjoying how nothing comes easy, stretching, w/u, c/ds all required elements.

Saw a shirt that said, "For the honor." Don't exactly know how I feel about that. On one hand I understand that holding a high standard for oneself is honorable, but when it comes to spirituality our efforts at being honorable always fall short. Only when we rest in Christ can we have His honor. We then can discipline ourselves towards godliness, not to meet an obligation, but knowing that God honors those He loves, who are in Christ.

Fitsole Miles: 8.60
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Sun - jog/disc, biked to Park, 1m
Mon - run in morning before work, but then didn't have to work, feeling heavy, getting kinks out, 2.5m
Tue - run before? ball on 70th, hustled and picked some cherries, but my shot was off, jumpers, 3s, post pushing it up, doing too much, then running hard to do it again, this one kept me awake at night, but felt like my old self able to run up and down, 2m
Wed - hurting, got a skip ace on basket 17 at City Creek, portend of meeting that was as before, 1.5m
Thu - run with Phin, exploration, construction, apartments, condo, dead ends, 2.5 m, ball good at 13th, played my game, some forced fast break missed layups--I think my mindset is I can get by these short Asians, had one good Euro step layup, 2m

Asics White Miles: 5.00
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Fri - easy jog around construction to get kinks out, 1.5m
Sat - ran W from Mays far enough that I saw 3 deer. Loved running through Industrial areas feeling like Pre in Coos Bay (that's a joke). Scared up some deer behind NAC. Ran for about an hour, chilly, didn't get warm again until a shower, after driving to IKEA for no good reason--the things I do for love. 8m
Sun - ran from Pond by JRP south to new business supply building off new bridge to W, call it 7500 S. P biked w me, didn't like being a little apart from me. Apology card. An hour again? 7m
Mon - from Roots N on dirt trail, then around the golf course thinking of my confrontation with one guy on the g/c long ago. One golfer waved and smiled, my prepared allocutions are all for naught. Disced after, feeling good. 4m

Asics White Miles: 20.50
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Tue - Disced w Jo after work, he lost the purple plastic ball, everquest for perfect distance throw, ran from 17 to N exit thru thorn hell, then to dead end. 2m Constraining verse memory work from P, comforting piano and minivan drive. Better ball at 70th, didn't score much, one fast break in front, played zone and seemed like lots of points scored on my side, covering elbow, wing and baseline, 2 passes gets an opening every time. One guy was unconscious, making all 8 footers. Won one well, but mustachioed guy drained a long 3 on my side to end the nite. 2m

Wed - Biked with B in the morning, nice neighborhoods near 3200 W, 5m Watched the State X-country at Sugarhouse, 5A & 6A. With P at first, watched a lady almost jump in front of the lead runners around a pine tree at the 1/2 mile, eventual winner Aiden Troutner was disgusted. Did my usual sprint across park, course has changed a little, they don't go back around pond to the finish; got my finish spot and watched one guy really languish, unable to even walk to the finish from 25 meters out. Dropped off P at playground, watched the 6A start out too fast, talked to a Northridge coach--he told his guys to go 75 first quarter, sounds too fast, especially up a hill at start.

Fremont guy sprinted in past Lone Peak to win by a second. One guy was carrying his teammate, pretty sure he was told by a woman rep that that wasn't allowed. Really impressed with Carson Clinger for running his region easier and scoring well at state, and for Dylan Tidwell, Bingham. Saw him at Valley Invite and was impressed then, working his way through pack. I could swear he was 40th early on and finished 7th, my $'s on him for next year. Talked to Jared Ward near playground about Batty and Jared Bienline. Both Batty and Ward were 2nd at State. Ran a few hills going back with P. A little stiff at nite but took Draco for a loop with Jo. 2.5m

Th - Ran from open dirt field near Mayhome. Took my yellow rubber disc and enjoyed throwing it as I ran, which means I paused a lot, went thru a barbed wire fence more than once, Frito lay, NAC, really have to anheiser that disc to fly straight. 3.5m Then loop with Draco and B, not really fun trying to manhandle him so much, 2 sprints to try to tire him. Need to rollerblade w him but he could pull me right over. Ball on 13th, came a little late, played in warmup pants, posted up against Jacob and have to alter shot to get it over him, one beautiful layup that never was, had good teams but lost every game to tall guy and Jacob(?) A quick 3 games 1.5m

Fitsole Miles: 8.50
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Sun - run w Jo to homestead by Zoggs, BJH, old Aznoe's, nostalgia, enjoyment, 4.5m
Mon - w B JRP from old Mark Twain park S on trails while B walked Jo, ran to bridge by dogpark, back along river, weed trashing to around grass field, 45m, 4.5m
Tue - morning walk to school, w Jo around school neighborhood, shakeout, 15m, 2m

Ball really good, on 70th, lost first game, but then went on a run of 6 straight wins, w mustached baller, street baller, fundamentals leader, and bald old school hustler. I made some shots, played up top in zone, watched bald guy post up monstrously, mustache make long 3s and hustle shots, best ball since I won every game up on 30th E for the last time.

Wed - 10 min shakeout b4 work, long receiving day at work, biked to disc in evening, crowded doubles, played like a maverick. I'm a disc golfer, not a disc waiter. At near Nate's ward made some mid-range jumpers, but we lost cuz our guy stopped guarding the white legging'd 3 shooter/crazy finisher. I'm honestly not sure I've seen a better power slasher. 1.5m

Th - ran around asphalt near police station, but better to run on grace hills out front, 2.5m
  no ball, Debra's phone got stolen and customer wallet, probably good, have to pace myself

Fri - w Nate from 70th S Canal, down one loop, thru neighborhoods, grabbing other Jordan canal beyond W Jordan park, then back. Chatting, good, 50m 7.5

Sat - w/u around T-ville astroturf, then 3 400s at 6min pace, crisp pace for me?, then jumped in while Nate did 3K in 9:25, ran 200s w him, 5 reps, then waited/walked 50 yards while he exerted himself. I'm not sure I've ever pushed myself as hard as he does in a workout, one last 100, then some footwork stuff. 2300 meters plus 1.5 m
In Galaxy 5 shoes

Fitsole Miles: 2.00Asics White Miles: 22.00
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Fitsole Miles: 24.10Asics White Miles: 50.50
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