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South Weber,UT,

Member Since:

May 09, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Records:

800 Meters 1:50.14 (Track-BYU)

1500 Meters 3:42.07 (Track-Stanford) Likely the best race of my life; converts to a 3:59.85 Mile

5000 Meters 14:20 (Track-Stanford)

8000 Meters 23:53 (Cross Country-Pre Nationals Iowa)

10000 Meters 29:57 (Track-Stanford)

Half Marathon (Mesa-Phoenix Half) 1:05:11

Marathon (St George) 2:16:09

Short-Term Running Goals:

2017 Races:

Mesa-Phoenix Half - 3rd Place 1:05:11 PR

Ogden WRC 10-Miler - 1st Place 55:46

Provo City Half - 1st Place 1:06:33

Ogden Marathon - 2nd Place 2:25:46

Long-Term Running Goals:

My main goal is just to stay healthy.  I was injured every year in my college career except for one.  I would like to reverse that trend and always stay injury-free.



I am a family man.  I am married to my beautiful wife Amy (who also ran at Weber and is quite the runner).  We have four beautiful daughters named Evelyn (6 years old), Hannah (4 year old), Nora (2 year old), and Iris (5 months).

Twitter handle: @RunnerRiley7

Instagram RunnerRiley7

I am supported by Brooks

I am a Generation Ucan elite athlete

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Salomon Pro Wings 2 Lifetime Miles: 161.10
Brooks PureCadence 5 Lifetime Miles: 101.85
Brooks Adrenaline 17 Lifetime Miles: 161.85
Brooks Transcend 4 Lifetime Miles: 219.45
Brooks Ravenna 8 Lifetime Miles: 225.10
Brooks PureCadence 6 Lifetime Miles: 188.10
Brooks Launch 4 Lifetime Miles: 107.50
Brooks Glycerin 14 Lifetime Miles: 101.47
Brooks Hyperion Lifetime Miles: 92.13
Brooks Caldera Lifetime Miles: 31.10
Race: SLC Winter Series 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:15:31, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance


AM: I had a terrible attitude going into this race. I didn't want to drive an hour on snowy roads to get there, and I didn't want to try to run fast on snow-covered roads in a blizzard. But, like a good soldier, I went anyway. I drove down with Amy and her friend Angie road back with us.

We got there pretty early (we left early to ensure we'd make it on time with the snow). I warmed up a little over three miles with a few strides. I exchanged greetings with Fritz and the Pachevs, and before I knew it we were off. Garek, who I'd never met before, and I were side by side leading the race. After 400 meters or so, I couldn't hear footsteps behind us, so I assumed it was a two-man race.

My number one goal coming into this race was to negative split. I  have been absolutely terrible the last two years at going out way to fast in 5ks and then holding on for dear life at the end. Today, I was quite pleased with my pacing, just not with my finish (but we'll get to that later).

We came through the mile in 4:59, which wasn't bad for 1-2 inches of slick snow. At the turnaround I slowed to almost a complete stop and STILL slipped and almost went down. After the turn we could see the others, and we had a pretty decent lead on Nathan Peters in 3rd and Fritz in 4th. Mile 2 was also 4:59. Garek, got about 2-3 seconds on me just after mile 2. Then there was a guy coming the other way and running on the wrong side of the road. He was headed straight for Garek. Garek tried to dodge him without making too drastic of step that would cause him to slip. But the man also dodged the same direction. Result? Collision. The man went down. Garek stopped and helped him up. I managed to pass by without running into anyone. I slowed down and waited for Garek to catch back up. This cost both of us several seconds on time. Looking at my run on Strava, I ran a slower pace here for 25 seconds or so before getting back to sub-5:00 pace. But I didn't want to keep going without Garek. Sportsmanship is more important to me than winning.

I could tell that Garek was a little shaken up by the collision and felt bad. I said, "Don't worry about; he shouldn't be running there". We both finally got back up to speed and the race was back on. I thought about throwing in a surge but felt kind of bad doing so right after all that, so I didn't. With 0.4 miles or so to go Garek sped up and I didn't match it. I ran mile 3 in 5:01 (but I assume it was closer to 4:55 effort minus the slow down waiting for Garek to catch back up). Then I ran 30 seconds for the last tenth to finish 2nd in 15:31.

After I cooled down with a good group of guys.

PM: Once I got home, Sariah Long called me asking if she could borrow my microspikes to attempt the Malan's Peak Catch Me If You Can Contest. I told her sure, and actually ended up running it with her. She broke the women's record in 51:57 after taking first in the 5k, pretty impressive.

Brooks Transcend 2 Miles: 4.50Brooks Pure Cadence 4 Blue Miles: 7.50Brooks Adrenaline GTS Miles: 3.45
Weight: 153.20
From Rob Murphy on Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 18:54:07 from

Didn't know about that drama!

Like I said, great time in those conditions.

From allie on Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 11:47:43 from

whoaz, that's an interesting/awkward racing situation, but i like the sportsmanship.

nice job with the pacing. gotta love those winter series hairpin turns. :)

From RileyCook on Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 12:55:34 from

Thanks guys. Yeah it was an awkward situation and kind of threw me out of my competitive game. But it's clear that Garek had a gear I wasn't able to reach down and get yesterday with or without the drama. But it does still stink to lose the extra time.

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