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Member Since:

Apr 07, 2010



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Running Accomplishments:

5K - 17:11 (Cougar Run)

10K - 34:35 (Deseret News)

15K - 57:33 (Utah Running Club)

1/2 - 1:22:26 (Mountain View Trail)

50K - 4:22:31 (Sapper Joe)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub-2:45 at Saint George Marathon

Win the Antelope Island half marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

I'd like to run the Angeles Crest 100 at some point. And I'd still like to go sub-4 at a trail 50k. Other than that, I'm open to suggestions.


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I was a competitive cyclist for years. In 2009, after racing in the Tour of Utah, I decided I had plateaued as a cyclist--I could continue to improve, but I wouldn't break through to a new level. So, I started looking for a new challenge.

I thought that challenge would be mountain biking, but I'm a terrible bike handler. I married Catherine in January 2010 and a couple of weeks later I entered the SLTC Winter Training Series with her. A couple of weeks after that I decided I'd like to run ultras, so I signed up for a couple of 50Ks to get started.

Those first races came and went, with varying results. I was looking forward to running more and possibly pushing into the longer distances, but I injured my knee in June 2010 and I've never been consistently healthy since.

I started law school in August 2010, which meant less time for training. In June 2011, Baby Elliott was born, which meant even less time for training. But she's worth it. 

Baby Nora joined us in October 2013, with the same effect on training as Elliott (who, incidentally, is no longer a baby). 

I (finally) finished school in April 2014 and now I'm an evil corporate lawyer in Salt Lake. I have no illusions that I'll ever get back into the shape that I once was, but I'm perfectly at peace with that. I still have many goals to accomplish and many years in which to do it. 

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Race: Utah Running Club 15K (9.3 Miles) 00:57:33, Place overall: 1
Total Distance

Catherine and I thought it would be fun to race today, so we looked up a few options online and decided to run the Utah Running Club 15K for three reasons: 1) we needed to go to Provo anyway, 2) 15K was about exactly what Catherine wanted to run today, and 3) the price (5 bucks) was right.

Unfortunately, it was just a tiny little event and I felt like a sandbagger. There were probably just a few more than 10 runners, and I'm not sure how many of those were even running the 15K (there were also 5K and 10K options). Oh well.

I was the first guy across the line and Catherine the first girl, and we both PRed. I didn't feel great, but I'm happy with my effort. I've been running a lot (for me) for the last few weeks, so it was encouraging to be able to run reasonably fast with tired legs. And this course was harder than the last 15K I ran, so I think it's a solid indicator that I've improved since then.

Still, I was a little uncomfortable at speed, so I think I need to spend a little more training time running fast instead of running up hills.

Brooks Launch Miles: 9.30
Weight: 0.00
From Snoqualmie on Sun, May 23, 2010 at 19:33:17 from

That's a small race indeed! But congrats on the placement. A win is a win!

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