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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: BYU Homecoming Cougar Run 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:17:11, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

AM: I wanted to run a 5K before the Mountain View trail half marathon next week, so Catherine and I ran the BYU Homecoming 5K this morning. The course was harder than the two other 5Ks I've run. The first half mile was up a hill past the stadium and onto 9th East. From there we bombed down 9th East and around the south end of campus before finishing on a circuit through the grass and around the track.

I felt okay at the start, and I felt okay on my way down 9th East, too, but by 1.8 miles I was off. I felt a little sick to the stomach, and I just didn't have the heart to push through. I slowed up more than I should have, and it didn't help my motivation that the guy behind me was losing ground while I was gaining on the guy in front of me (if they weren't going to push, why should I?).

As I came onto the track, I realized I could break 17 if I could run 300 yards in about 50 seconds. Didn't happen. I crossed the line in 17:11, which, surprisingly, was good enough for fourth overall. I was disappointed not to break 17, but I think I could have on flatter course or with a better mental game. At least now I have an updated PR.

A couple of hours later, Catherine and I went for a run on the BST from Bridal Veil Falls. We were both pretty tired after the race at the end of the week, so the trail run was short and mellow.

Nike Lunarlite Racer Miles: 3.10New Balance MT100 Miles: 3.40
Weight: 162.00
From Aaron Kennard on Sat, Oct 09, 2010 at 18:55:51 from

I'm so disappointed! I told myself I would not be happy with anything above 17...I just can't believe whole Saturday is ruined!

OK, not really, of course. That's a solid time, especially for all the vert and mileage on the legs this week. Interestingly, your time is within seconds of Nick Clark's 5K time this summer a few days prior to speedgoat when he had just done a bunch of vert also. Except he was on a pancake flat course and yours had a substantial hill thrown in. So, nicely done! I'll be happy when I get my PR under 18...17 is still a ways off for me...I think 18 is within reach right now though. I may not find out until I have a good excuse like Turkey day or something to test it though.

From jun on Sat, Oct 09, 2010 at 19:40:42 from

Yeah, that's super fast. I've never run a 5k race, so other than the one time I clocked myself on a 5k stretch of a training run I really can't even speak to that kind of running. I just know that I'd rather run 50 miles slow that 3.1 fast. Good job going super fast and taking 4th. For your award did they give you a University of Utah t-shirt? That would be awesome.

From Lily on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 00:55:10 from

I am rather impressed with your time here. Good work!

Jun, we need to run a 5k this spring. You might fall in love with the speed and adrenaline of a 5k. I like them personally.... :)

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