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Layton Classic 10k

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Member Since:

Dec 30, 2007



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Running Accomplishments:

2019: 10:29 2 mile, 55:50 15K

Post Mayan Apocalypse PRs:

200 31.13 (2016, ATC all comers)

400 69.96 (2015, ATC all comers)

800 2:19 (2016, ATC all comers)

Mile 4:58 (2017, ATC all comers) 

3000 9:34 (2017, ATC all comers)

2mile 10:29 (2019, CNW Grand Prix)

5000 16:44.6 (2018, CNW all comers)

5k 16:50 (2018, Green Lake Gobble)

8k 27:42 (2018, Beat the Bridge)

10K 35:16 (2017, Eastside Beltline)

15K 55:10 (2018, Magnuson Park Memorial Day)

10-mile 60:29 (2017, Atlanta 10 mile)

HM 1:17:09 (2018, Redmond Half)

30K 2:01:56 (2014, Striders WRC 30K)

Mar 2:50:07 (2013, Sojo Marathon)


Fiddy "Classic" Accomplishments (before I forget)

2:03 800, 4:11 1500, 9:47 3200, 15:26 5000, 32:30 10000, 1:11:15 HM (unaided), 2:32 marathon (Boston)

Seattle Half Marathon '08-'11: 2nd (1:13), 4th (1:11), 5th (1:14), 2nd (1:13)

2nd MI half 2010 (1:11)

10th Seattle RNR 2009 (2:35)

97th Overall @ Boston 2010 (2:32)

2011 3rd Place @ Des News (2:35) and Top of Utah (2:33)

I once beat 14 year-old Connor Mantz (2011 Utah Valley Half 1:11) and 16 year-old Ben Saarel (2011 Flat as a pancake 16:23 in the f-ing snow)

2011 Salt Lake Half 1st place (1:14), Capitol Half 1st place (1:14), Provo City 4th place (1:16, unaided)

2011 Ragnar Ultra 1st place Wasatch Back Relay

7th place SLC half 2009 (1:11)

2009 Fremont 5k 16:00, 2010 Dart Challenge 16:05, 2011 Draper Days 16:02

2009 Running of the Leopards 15:03, aided

2009 Striders 10mile 1st place (58 mins)

2007 3rd place SCIAC 5k 15:26

2006 D3XC nationals, 184th (of 280)

Short-Term Running Goals:

CNW Winter 2 mile Grand Prix

12/1 Road Race #1 (10:31)

12/15 XC #1 (11:04)

1/5 Road Race #2 (10:29)

1/19 XC #2 + ML15K (double feature!)

2/2 Track Race

2/9 Love 'em or Leave 'em 5k

2/16 Road Race #3

3/2 Lake Sammamish Half Marathon

3/24 Mercer Island Half Marathon (Goal=sub 1:17)

Long-Term Running Goals:

get busy living or get busy dying


Crop rotation in the 14th century became considerably more widespread after John.



Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 23.40 Year: 692.40
Adizero Rocket Lifetime Miles: 323.35
Asics Hyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 369.13
Mizuno Waverider Lifetime Miles: 509.70
Adistar Ride Lifetime Miles: 520.40
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 253.60
Adistar Rideb Lifetime Miles: 236.30
Waveriderb Lifetime Miles: 466.70
Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 570.30
WhiteHyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 268.50
RedFree Lifetime Miles: 405.55
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 46.10
NimbusFIRE Lifetime Miles: 260.50
WhiteHyper2 Lifetime Miles: 100.20
WaveriderC Lifetime Miles: 203.95
NimbusVampire Lifetime Miles: 357.50
CelticMirage Lifetime Miles: 312.00
NeonFree Lifetime Miles: 17.80
Nimbus FireB Lifetime Miles: 2.50
Nimbus FireC Lifetime Miles: 0.00
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NeonFree Miles: 17.80Nimbus FireB Miles: 2.50
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After a day off, I ran two loops of liberty park again. I ran at roughly the same pace as thursday but my heart rate was regular.


Miles 8:05,7:40,7:40,8:19

HR 134,144,147,146 

NeonFree Miles: 4.00
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Same as yesterday.

My heart rate is now getting down below 70 while sitting in the evenings. However in the morning it seems to be stuck in the mid 70s. It's a bit weird because, the heart rate should be lowest in the morning. I have collected lots of data that show my heart rate is lowest between 6pm and going to sleep.

Miles 7:40,7:26,7:19,8:01

HR 138,146,149,147 

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I've been kept awake recently by some nasty allergic symptoms. Mostly hives during the night. This morning I had no hives but I woke up feeling nauseous. The nausea quickly turned into a fever and terrible muscle pains. I'm not sure if this was just a coincidental enterovirus or if this is somehow related to everything else. My hurt rate was 91 lying down suffice it to say.

I'm currently trying to investigate if I have an intolerance to various foods.

Allie tells me that the big 6 are: Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Shellfish

This year I have eaten less of almost all of those things than at any other time in my life. The one exception? Soy.

Last year I started drinking soy protein smoothies in a failed attempt to gain muscle mass. I wasn't really running much due to injury so I started lifting weights as an experiment. It became an important source of protein for me along with milk, cashews, fish and eggs.

I would only get my milk and eggs from local farmers. This became relatively inconvenient for me when the local store by my house turned into a "compassionate eatery". I started to drink more and more soy protein until it became a daily thing for me. I have now cut it out of my diet. So far I've had a scary heart run, many nights of hives and a lousy viral infection.

Not sure what to do.

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Felt MUCH better today. I even ran to school but I didn't put on my heart rate monitor.

A suggestion from a fellow blogger:

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

It's intriguing because of many of the similar symptoms. These include nausea, dizziness, exercise intolerance, low blood pressure and chest pain.

The main difference I can see is that my heart rate doesn't rise by 30bpm when I stand. What's odd, I think, is that my heart rate somemtimes goes down when I stand up and walk around.

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Just took my heart rate at 66. Seems like I might be normalizing for now.

Nimbus FireB Miles: 2.50
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AM RHR 67 

Splits 7:29,6:43,6:55,7:41

HR 140,164,163, 154

A good run today. My heart rate got into the 160s for a bit and was well behaved. I felt it jump once in the last mile so I slowed down. 

Update: HR=63 at 2:40pm

NeonFree Miles: 4.10
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AM 64

Miles 7:41,6:52,7:04,7:22

HR 137,154,157,157 

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Race: Layton Classic 10k (6.21 Miles) 00:36:01, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
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AM RHR 57!!!

I decided that I wanted to see what happens when I actually try to run a decent effort. I thought that a 10k would be better than a 5k because it's less of a shock to the system.

Ended up only about 2 minutes slower than last year. As in des news I wore my garmin and completely ignored my splits as they were happening. Thus, these are a little off from the actually miles but not by much.

Warmup Miles 8:54,8:51,9:06 (136,121,120)

Race Miles 5:31,6:15,6:17,5:43,5:42,5:46 (167,178,182,181,183,186)

Cooldown Miles 7:56,8:04 (147,140)

The 5:31 felt ludicrously slow, but it is mostly downhill. After the first mile I felt pretty lousy and just tried to run an even effort. I was about 90 seconds behind my pace from last year at halfway, so only 30 seconds slower the second half.

I can't be upset by my performance but if I'm being honest with myself I have to admit that this didn't feel great. I will have to monitor what happens over the next week,  but my hunch is that I set myself back a bit. That's ok though, I had good reason to think I was on the mend and this is definitely an improvement. 

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I actually felt pretty good again today despite the hard effort yesterday.

Miles 7:19,6:50,6:55,6:46,6:46

HR 143,155,156,162,169 

NeonFree Miles: 5.60
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I'm definitely feeling better, but I'm not ready to subject myself to the stress of an all out marathon.

My first choice is to run with Allie, but she doesn't want me to make the race unfair. I think I may just pick a finishing time around 2:50 and try my best to hit that time. So if anyone is interested in a particular time, let me know. I'm thinking 2:45 at the fastest and no slower than 2:57 or so (because then there's pace groups).

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AM RHR: (drumroll) 48! (cymbal clash)

I'll post my splits later.

Allie is concerned that people will think we're cheating if I go for a time that's similar to hers. So for TOU I'm going to attempt a women's OTQ: sub 2:46.

I did 2:45:53 at SLC this year, so I'm going to follow a similar game plan. Try to run the first half in 1:21-1:22 and then have a small positive split. If I feel good in the 2nd half I will go faster, but I doubt that will happen.

NeonFree Miles: 4.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Race: Top half marathon of top of utah marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:24:27
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 AM RHR:60 

The plan was to see if I could make it through a marathon without my heart going crazy. Things started to get bad about 8 miles in and I dropped out at halfway.

Here are my splits and heart rate.

Pace Max HR Max
1 6:06 4:58 166 182
2 6:16 5:06 185 216
3 6:07 5:25 164 178
4 6:08 5:26 160 168
5 6:22 5:33 160 166
6 6:14 5:29 165 170
7 6:03 4:34 173 190
8 5:49 4:36 175 212
9 6:04 5:03 175 196
10 6:15 5:29 175 197
11 6:38 5:53 167 185
12 7:27 5:29 153 179
13 6:18 5:39 162 188

During mile2 I took off my HR monitor and wet it because it didn't seem to be working well. It was telling me my heart rate was over 200 and then that it was back in the 150s. I felt totally fine and once I adjusted it, things seemed to be ok. I then settled into some solid miles for the early part of the race, running with a group that all ended up finishing in the mid 2:40s.

At mile 7, I stopped to go to the bathroom. I actually surged ahead in the last 400 meters of that mile before stopping. I also tightened my HR monitor because it kept slipping. This cost me over a minute and I was almost caught by Allie. I then sprinted down the road pretty fast trying to catch back up. Probably the most frustrating thing was how easy everything felt for me. I was close to catching back up to my group when my heart rate started dancing all over the place.

I tried to chill for a bit, hoping that it would settle down again, but I had done too much. My garmin readout indicates that I ran a half mile in about 5:20 pace (pretty approximate) and there was no way for me to recover from it. I kept running slower and slower trying to allow my heart to calm back down. I was about 90% sure that I was going to drop out, but I thought that I should make it easier by getting as far down the canyon as possible.

Eventually I just stopped and walked through one of the aid stations. I thought that maybe if I allowed my heart rate to go all the way down and then come back up that I would be ok. I waited a little bit for Allie but I couldn't see her. I then started to walk-jog very slowly to wait for her to catch up. I ran with her for a bit and my heart rate was lower, but then it started to spike again just before I reach the mile 13 aid station. I decided that this was far enough and stopped again.

Fortunately, I only had about a 10 minute until wait a van picked me up and took me to the finish line. While I was waiting in one of the volunteers cars, I could hear all the radio chatter. Each aid station was reporting in on the leaders as they came by, giving the times down to the second. Everyone seemed to be genuinely excited about the men's and woman's races and all the time gaps. It was interesting to see everything that went into making the race run as smoothly as it does and I was pretty impressed with how quickly they accomodated my request to go the finish.

Anyway, based off the radio chatter I knew that If I was quick I would be able to see Jake right after he turned onto 300south. I made it there with about 90 seconds to spare and then waited an additional 7 minutes for Jon Kotter to pass. He looked like he was cramping up a ton (shakes fist at Alta Peruvian) and was going to get passed for 3rd, which did end up happening.

I then ran the 2 blocks or so back to the finish line. Andrea then started yelling and tossed a stuffed moose at me. I really didn't want to knock Jake over but he seemed to be expecting the hand off.  I imagine the thought of the moose was keeping him going over that last stretch. 

It's been pretty tough for me this year, because I love competing. This looked like it would have been a very competitive race and it wasn't very fun to watch all the people that I had been running with come in. However, it was cool to see that my little group from the start kicked butt. Kevin beat my marathon debut by nine minutes and Adam had an extremely strong return after a tough string of injuries. Also, Cynthia Fowler is a machine that Allie and I agreed is Nan-like.  I was planning on working with her today, but she didn't really seem to need anyone's help as she ran 2:45. I also finally met Jason Howe, the Grand Slam champ, who ran about 2:50. Finally, there was one guy running with me wearing red who ended up negative splitting the course. His name is Will Huff and it looks like had the 4th fastest final 10k on the day.

I really wanted to finish, but I'm not an "at all costs" type of guy. It seemed like many people thought that I was dumb to even line up today. I'm glad I tried.  I don't think it set me back and now I don't have to wonder "what if?". I'm just going to continue to take it easy like I have been, but the fact is that at some point I'm going to line up for a race again and not know whether or not I'm going to have to drop out. The alternative is to never race again.

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This is the best data I have on my HR.

This run is from a couple of weeks ago, the last day I felt bad on a run. The key thing on this run is that my pace was a relaxed jog, not straining at all. Also, it looks like the oscillations do eventually dissipate. 


This is from the marathon yesterday. Because it's a longer time series, I have lower resolution, but you can still see the same pattern emerging. Unfortunately, doesn't look like it was getting any better when I decided to stop.

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NeonFree Miles: 17.80Nimbus FireB Miles: 2.50
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