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Some Turkey Trot in Bountiful

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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: Some Turkey Trot in Bountiful (3.1 Miles) 00:18:33, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

That time could have been much better. But I suppose it could also have been much worse, so I'm not going to complain. 

Catherine and I entered this race because her mom and her brother were both planning on running. Otherwise, we probably wouldn't have chose to drive to Bountiful for a 9:00 AM 5K, especially when we could have run a race much closer to home.

The race got off to a rocky start: first, the organizers made us sit and wait 15 minutes past the start time because some runners were still registering; second, the start was an absolute madhouse, and I eventually had to start throwing elbows. But we managed to make it out onto the road in one piece.

The course was a pretty basic rectangle: I gradual descent from south to north, followed by a relatively sharp decline from west to east, followed by a long, gradual climb from north to south, and finishing with a descent from east to west. 

I think I was in trouble from the start. On the first stretch I felt like I was going super slow and working way too hard for it. I felt better when I realized I was running at about 5:30, but that didn't help me feel any better about how hard I felt like I was working.

Anyway, my run was a perfect example of how not to race a 5K; splits were approximately 5:40, 6:00, and 6:20. At least I faded consistently :)

Despite my lackluster performance, it was a good race. Catherine and I found out exactly where our fitness is, we spent time with family, and I somehow won my age group (and with it, a pumpkin pie). 

MR10 (1) Miles: 3.10
Weight: 0.00
From Smooth on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 22:27:31 from

CONGRATZ on winning the pie! :) I wouldn't call a 18 5K performance lack luster. VERY IMPRESSIVE in my book! :)

From Vis on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 22:29:09 from

Looks like you're loving the NB Minimus Roads. I'm really into mine. In fact, I bought a 2nd pair.

From jun on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 23:40:28 from

Geez, another friend up there who I didn't get to see. Glad you had a good race though.

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