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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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I woke up feeling a bit better than the last two mornings, but I was still extremely stuffed up.  The throat wasn't sore for the first time this week though, so that's good.  I met up with Albert, Bryant, Ken, and Bret at 21st Pond.  I wanted to test my energy levels to see if racing Saturday was/is feasible.  We did a 3-mile warmup and then planned a 2-mile tempo.  I wanted to hit 5:00 pace since we were running with tailwind and a very slight downhill.  If I couldn't hit 5:00, that would be a good indicator that I just didn't the energy to race Saturday.

We started the tempo and I felt pretty sluggish but the pace was good.  I took a wrong turn and had to stop dead in my tracks and turn around so that likely cost me a few seconds.  My mile split was 4:52.  But things got bad quickly after that and I felt really tired and fatigued, like the tank had gone from full to empty in a matter of seconds.  So, I decided to stop at 1.5 miles.  My 1.5 mile split was 7:27, so I was like 5:10 pace or so for that last 0.5.  Afterward I was just done and had a hard time working up the energy to cooldown 1.5 miles.

It's pretty frustrating.  I feel like I just can't get consistent training in, something keeps setting me back.  I haven't decided what to do yet about Saturday.  I know what I should do, but what I want/hope to do and what I should do aren't aligned!  Anyway, I won't make a final decision until I see how I feel tomorrow morning.  But, I know that had today been raceday, I would've had either a DNS, DNF, or 75-minute+ time.  So, things really need to get better in the next 24 hours for me to have confidence I can race and have a decent showing.

Pearl Izumi EM Road N1 Miles: 6.08
Weight: 152.80
From Josh E on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 09:38:19 from

Sorry you haven't been feeling well. Perhaps if the 4:52 was closer to a 5, the second mile could've gone better but definitely tough to go from inactivity to hyperactivity. Good luck on Saturday. You can't say no to that field!

From RileyCook on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 11:15:04 from

Yeah the first mile was a tad quick, but honestly with the tailwind and slight downhill it probably equates to a 5:10 flat split with no wind. And I've done 1.5 mile repeats at 10 seconds faster per repeat on an honest course and didn't feel this drained. So, it's hard for me to attribute it to going too fast on the first mile.

But I also must admit that there's no way I could've run this fast on Monday, so progress is being made.

I just feel awful though right now (ever since the run this morning).

It's going to be a tough call on whether to race or not.

From Josh E on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 11:46:10 from

I get it. If you were feeling better you could have executed this. So it and how you are feeling now aren't positive signs. Hopefully it comes around soon.

From RileyCook on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 12:36:04 from

Exactly, how I felt on this was a "test" to see how my energy levels were and I kind of failed it. This shouldn't have felt like anything more than a maintenance 2-mile tempo. And like I said the goal was 5:00 pace but really with how aided (mostly wind) it was, the 4:52 wasn't really all that fast.

Really I probably shouldn't race Saturday considering how poorly I feel. But the race was to also serve as a workout two weeks out from USA Half. That's my other bigger concern: this was supposed to be a vital training week and it's turning into a negative week where I'm likely hurting my fitness.

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