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Iowa state invitational

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Member Since:

May 18, 2010



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

Pre-high school: I ran a lot of local 5ks and a few half marathons.  I didn't do a ton of training, but I just had fun, and I got more serious about it as high school got closer.

High school: I enjoyed running a lot, especially cross country.  I originally did track to keep my in shape for cross country.  I ran at Footlocker Nationals, the Adidas Dream mile, Brooks PR Invitational, world xc junior championships, and a few local 5ks. 

PRs: 800: 1:56.80-State Track 2014

1600: 4:10-State Track 2014/Mile: Sea Level-Adidas Grand Prix-4:07

3200:Alititude(4500ft): 8:57.99-State Track 2014-2 Mile:8:53 at Brooks PR Invitational

5K: New Balance Indoor Nationals(2014) - 14:24

10K:USA Junior Track Championships (2014)-31:01

15K: Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run (aided) 48:10(2013).

Half Marathon: 
Utah Valley Half - 1:11:24(aided)(2012)



3k-7:50 at dr. Sander Invitational and MPSF



Half marathon-Deseret News 2018-1:05:08(aided)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Become an all-american in cross country and track.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Make sure I have fun, not get burned out, and get faster.

Eventually get the school records in the 5km and 10km.  


I recently returned from serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana.  I gained 30 lbs. during the service and came back out of shape. I graduated from Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah. I currently run for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 52.30 Month: 347.90 Year: 1539.30
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AM-4 easy miles with Kramer

PM- mile breakdown. I felt tired, similar to the week of New York. 4:28, 3:16, 2:08, 60. I’m confident and excited for Iowa this weekend. The goal is to run a time that will get me to indoor nationals. 

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AM-3 miles

PM-Easy run around Carterville with strides after.  Didn't feel the greatest, but I know that I'll be ready for Friday.  

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AM-3 miles

PM-2x400 at 61, 58, 2x200 at 28, 27.  

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AM-3 cold miles

PM-3 miles with strides

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Race: Iowa state invitational (3.107 Miles) 00:14:01
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I’ll write more later. Not the race I wanted. I was hoping to run a qualifying time for nationals, but it just wasn’t my day. 

So, here it goes.  Our race was pretty late, 6:40, so we had a lot of time to wait.  Coach was pretty excited about 5 of us going for national qualifying times, Rory, McMillan, Me, Clayson, and Danny.  I put a lot of pressure on myself going into this race, and I think this pressure was very unnecessary.  We did a shakeout around 12, then went and got lunch.  I warmed up about an hour before my race.  I watched Danny, Rory, and Clayson's race before and they went pretty quick(both Rory and Danny ran 13:41 and broke Jared's school record, so that was super cool to see.  Clayson ran with a lot of grit and kept the pace fast when the pacers slowed down).  I did strides and got to the line. I was right by Mcmillan, and Brayden was near the outside.

Gun went off, and I felt pretty good.  I got out well, just tried to get in a good position.  I wasn't very relaxed, but just felt like racing.  I was in between 7th and 10th I think.  I slowly moved up.  The pacer took us through a little slow, but I just tried to not think about it, because that stress can be detrimental to me(too many races where I stressed about time in high school).  After a while, I moved up and the race had Clayton pacing us.  I went on the outside of Peter Lomong as McMillan moved up on the inside and were in first and second (not counting Clayton who was pacing us so we could get a qualifying time).  Well, things were good here, but the pace just felt like it kept getting faster.  I'm not sure what it was, but I started hurting.  Like, a lot.  I just didn't see a chance for me to qualify, and I lost the mental game.  One by one people started passing me.  I gave a less than perfect effort to stay in it, but I let the pain win over.  With 400m to go, I saw I needed to run 63 to break 14 minutes.  Well, then I passed 300m and I needed to run about 48.  Then I needed to run 31 seconds the last 200m.  I just didn't have it though.  McMillan ran the exact time I was going for and won the heat.  13:48.00.  I'm super pumped for him.  I was pretty down after.  I felt super tired.  When I crossed the line I just let my legs give out and I fell down on my hands and knees.  

After I did a cool down with a few guys I haven't seen since before my mission and a Kenyan runner who was in Clayson's heat.  It was fun talking to the Kenyan.  I love the people of Africa so much.  They are so kind and humble.  It was a tough cool down, like my legs just felt super tired.  Not like post-race tired, but just stiff and slow.  

A lot of takeaways from the race.  I need to work on hydration a bit as well as remember that racing hurts.  One more thing, which is probably the biggest, is to relax in the race.  In my last track 5k, which was 4 years ago, I relaxed for most of the race, and it went super well for the shape I was in.  In this race I was focused on getting position too much.  Good experience, now onto MPSF. 

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It was super chilly outside, so we opted for treadmills for the long run. I should've drank more water before, as I was 8 pounds lighter than my usual post-run.  I drank more water after than I may have drank in a single day since returning from Ghana.  5:49 ave. pace.  

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