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Utah Valley Half Marathon

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Location:

South Weber,UT,

Member Since:

May 09, 2012

Gender:

Male

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.

 

Personal:

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: 1810.85
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
61.330.0013.115.9680.40
Brooks Transcend 2 Miles: 11.70Brooks Adrenaline 15 Miles: 16.60Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10 GTX Miles: 20.15Brooks Pure Cadence 4 Miles: 32.90
Weight: 154.60
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
21.300.000.000.0021.30

AM: 16.6 miles with four sets of hill sprints at the end, avg pace 7:08/mile.

PM: 4.7 miles easy from my house, avg pace 6:58/mile.

Brooks Transcend 2 Miles: 4.70Brooks Adrenaline 15 Miles: 16.60
Weight: 155.20
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

10 miles easy on the trails with Ben, Matt, and Denver, avg pace 8:18/mile. My legs were TIRED.

Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10 GTX Miles: 10.00
Weight: 153.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.590.000.005.9614.55

1200-METER REPEATS

I met up with Ben, Jason, Jon, Ken, Denver, and Matt at Smiths. We warmed up over to tempo loop and then Denver and Matt just kept going easy while the rest of us got down to business. Goal today was eight 1200-meter reps at 4:51 pace with 2-minute jogging rest (I ended up with about 2:15 rest since we went off of Kens 2-minutes).

I was worried this may end up being an ugly workout. My legs have been very fatigued and tired all week. Also I woke up with a really dry mouth and felt dehydrated the whole run. But in the end it all worked out and I got a great workout in.

Splits: 3:36.6 3:37.0 3:35.3 3:37.5 3:35.1 3:35.1 3:36.3 3:34.3 for a 3:35.9 avg which is 4:49/mile pace.

Brooks Pure Cadence 4 Miles: 15.50
Weight: 155.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.150.000.000.0010.15

10.15 miles easy on the BST with Bret, avg pace 8:08/mile.

Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10 GTX Miles: 10.15
Weight: 155.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

6 miles easy around my neighborhood, avg pace 6:46/mile. Then I did another mile with my kids to get ready for their kid's k next week.

I'm running UV Half tomorrow. I don't have high expectations, but I'd like to do well. Typically May and June are my worst racing months due to allergies, so I guess my goal is to run my best June Half or a June PR. My legs have felt heavy all week from the increase in volume last week and most of this week. But, they felt a bit better today and should be good to go tomorrow.

Brooks Transcend 2 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
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Race: Utah Valley Half Marathon (13.109 Miles) 01:06:49, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.290.0013.110.0017.40

UTAH VALLEY HALF MARATHON

This is my second time running this half; the first time two years ago was miserable. I was sick and struggled the whole way. Today, was quite the opposite. I felt surprisingly good, despite heavy legs earlier in the week. I really enjoyed the race out there this morning. Temps were perfect, with the whole race being run before the sun hit me. There was also a noticeable tailwind for sections of the first half in the canyon, which was nice.

Before the race my stomach was not too happy, so I didn't get much of a warmup, only 1.4 miles which included a couple half-hearted strides. The field of competitors was loaded up front. Ryan Hall was in the race, but he ended up doing a fartlek of alternating 5:00 miles with 7:00 miles I think. 

At the gun I settled into second behind Brett Hales, who has an OTQ in the half earlier this year. After a tenth of a mile or so Ryan Hall passed me and settled in right behind Brett. After the mile Hall slowed down and I took over second place and stayed there the rest of the race.

I measured the gap from Hales to me a few times and despite some sub-5:00 miles in the middle, he was still increasing his lead. I ran strong the whole way though and actually negative split the course. I did some poor math in my head somehow and thought I could break 1:06 if I ran last four miles at 5:02 pace. So I really went after those miles and then with one mile to go and I did the math again and realized I wasn't really all that close afterall to 1:06 and I think that killed my spirit a bit and I let up the last mile a little.

But overall I'm happy with the result. I was second place in 1:06:49. Brett won in 1:05:44. There were a lot of other great performances out there today. Congrats to everyone that ran. Utah Valley puts on a great race and is very organized with great staff and volunteers. Thanks to all of them!

Garmin Splits: 5:10 5:05 5:15 5:04 4:52 4:53 5:03 4:57 5:01 5:04 5:12 4:57 5:08 and 4:50 pace for the leftover change.

Brooks Pure Cadence 4 Miles: 17.40
Weight: 0.00
Comments(11)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
61.330.0013.115.9680.40
Brooks Transcend 2 Miles: 11.70Brooks Adrenaline 15 Miles: 16.60Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10 GTX Miles: 20.15Brooks Pure Cadence 4 Miles: 32.90
Weight: 154.60
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