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Member Since:

Apr 19, 2015



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

I graduated from Sky View High School (smithfield, UT) in 2011!  Back then I was one of the top runners on the team.  My senior year, my cross country team won a region championship, and my track team won a region and state championship!  Pretty cool!

I returned from an LDS mission to Brazil in December 2013, and have been back at it ever since!  I currently reside in Provo and am working at Runner's Corner in Orem, UT while studying at BYU.

1600m: 4:35 (2011)

3200m: 9:47 (2011)

5k: 16:15 (2010)

10k: 32:54 (2016, DesNews 10k)

15k: 56:43 (2014, Blacksmith Fork Freedom Run)

Half-marathon: 1:12:27 (2016, Hobblecreek Half)

Marathon: 2:38:18 (2016, Top of Utah)

Half Ironman: 6:07 (2014, St. George US Championships)

Short-Term Running Goals:

After recently running TOU 2016, I hope to take a nice break then come back with a incredibly well structured winter training program.  Goals for 2017: Marathon 2:29:59

Half 1:09:59

Run Boston


Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running!  I want to consistently be happy with my efforts, regardless of results.  I want to be someone who other people can look to for advice, inspiration, or whenever they need a friend.



I am LDS, speak portuguese, studying exercise science at BYU and am a great running partner!  Currently single.

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Altra The One 2.0 Lifetime Miles: 50.00
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Altra Paradigm Lifetime Miles: 16.00
Race: Top of Utah (26.2 Miles) 02:38:18, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 1
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What a fun experience at TOU.  Logan, being my hometown, is special for me.  This race in particular.  I first ran this race right out of high school.  And I ran it in 3:22:54.  I remember that being the most miserable race I had ever experience (especially given that my longest run for that had only been 14 miles, once).  After coming home from a mission, I ran it again in 2014, breaking the three hour mark for the first time with 2:57:07.  Running the time I did today made all the difference to me!  It showed my how much improvement I've made (or how much better I trained).  

The beginning of the race was quite interesting.  First year I had run this, there were over 1800 people in the race.  This year, they were barely pushing 450.  However, the starting line was a great temperature and the bathroom line wasn't that bad.  I always feel nervous before my races because I'm anxious about knowing how I will perform.  The gun went off, and I immediately settled into my pace (~5:45 mile/min).  In the past, I have started out much slower (~6:25 mile/min).  Anywho, I felt comfortable at this pace for the first 10 miles.  I had been running with the lead pack for the first few miles, then they separated and I ended up pacing with the Pachev's.  It was great to have someone close by.  I ended up sneaking past them before the end of the canyon.  Nearing mile 13, I started questioning how well I would be able to keep the pace up.  However, I kept holding.  

After 14, the canyon downhill had ended.  Luckily there was a nice breeze on my back and I held about 6:00 through mile 18.  That's when I started to get scared about my finish.  I could feel my tired legs, and the slight uphill was complete torture.  Benjamin had then passed me, placing me into what I thought, 7th place.  I tried to respond but couldn't get my legs to move any faster.  Mile 22 came and I felt my first calf spasm.  Takes me back to the other two times I have run this race, because it happened around the same mile marker then too.  By mile 24, I could see Jesse Dunn (we ran against each other in high school).  I figured he was about a minute ahead of me and I worked to slowly pull him in.  

By mile 25, I tried to push but my calves would tighten up with each step.  I was holding a decent pace for the finish (6:30 mile/min), and felt I could have gone faster despite the calf cramps.  Coming across the finish line, I felt complete relief because of the time 2:38:18.  A PR by 7 minutes, a course PR by 19 minutes.  I also dwindled Jesse's lead on me by 25 seconds.  Very happy with the result and am looking forward to more!

Next goal: sub 2:30...

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