Cursed Realm of the Faceless Ghost

September 23, 2020

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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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Another week down. At one point, 35 miles would have been a bad week, but right now I'm happy with the consistency. Now that I've decided to race, I have a level of motivation and focus that's been missing for a long time. If only the time were there to match . . .

A cycling friend would always tell me it's better to be undertrained and rested than overtrained. I figure the same holds true for injuries--better to be a little overtrained than to get injured. With that in mind, I'm going to build mileage slowly. Of course, there's not a long way to go. I'll stick in the 30-40 mpw range for a couple of months, but I don't think I'll consistently be over 50 at any point this year.

Still only one run on the trails this week. But I bought a Petzl Tikka RXP after being happy with the one I borrowed last week. After two runs, it seems like a great lamp for trail running. It should make it a lot easier to get off road from time to time.

The one trail morning was this morning, when I ran the Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail again. I'm happy to report that the Garmin Fenix 2 did better this week. Last week it lost the GPS signal several times (which was disturbing for a new unit), but this week it held it the whole time. Same trail, similar condition, different times, new firmware. I'm guessing it was the last item on the list that made the difference.

After running I went skiing all day at Snowbird. My legs are now appropriately fried.

The rest of the week I spent on the roads around my house. I've been spending more time running up and down the short, steep hills that are everywhere. Hopefully it will prepare my legs for the heavy climbing to come throughout the spring and summer.

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