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Member Since:

May 31, 2007



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

Marathon Top 10 Finishes: 7 Bridges ('15), Utah Valley ('13), Salt Lake City ('08), Top of Utah ('07), and St. Louis ('04). Ran around the equator (24901.55) in 4,388 days.

Personal Records
Marathon 2:39 (SLC '08)
1/2 Marathon 1:12.30 (Provo River, aided '08)
10K 34:16 (Track, sea level '00)
10K 33:15 (Des 10K, aided '08)
8K 25:32 (Crack of Dawn, aided '13)
5K 16:44 (Track, sea level '00)
5K 16:07 (Running of the Leopards, aided '12)

Short-Term Running Goals:

NYC Marathon 2019

London Marathon 2020

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship...


Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...


Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 35.50 Year: 2123.25
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.71
Brooks Launch Gray #17 Lifetime Miles: 253.75
Brooks Launch Silver A #18 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Brooks Launch Silver B #19 Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Saucony Rides Blue #23 Lifetime Miles: 252.25
Saucony Rides Black A #24 Lifetime Miles: 253.50
Saucony Rides Black B #25 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 76.50
Race: Deseret News 10K (6.2 Miles) 00:33:30, Place overall: 38, Place in age division: 7
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

Deseret News 10K 2009—

This race sure knows how to turn around my mood. I’ve been very hesitant coming off my August 20th injury. I know I ran St. George on it (probably not the best idea but I don’t regret it). Since then I’ve been making a slow climb back to “health” and now athlete again. I’ve had glimpses of encouragement along the way, some fast time trial 5K and all out miles. However, I still had some lingering pain and was not 100% confident going to the start line.


Sandra was gracious enough to pick up my, Sasha, and Jeff’s race packets Thursday. Sasha stopped by that night to pick up his (sorry about the safety pins). Then Jeff came by my place at 5:20am on the dot and we warmed up over to the start. With both I had good conversations.


Then at the start saw a lot of people I haven’t seen in awhile. I could really feel the nerves. I knew I had built this race up in my head as “my return” so the pressure was on. However, I wasn’t sure what to expect or how to proceed.


A few minutes before the gun, I felt that I would just try and keep some of the familiar faces in view and go by feel. The night before I had re-read last year’s race report and really wanted to have a repeat but also did want to go out and break myself again. I knew Albert was in much better shape than last year and there would be no Chad, however there were both Cody and Jon at the start this year and though I knew they are both running well this year I felt I would try and keep up with them.


The first mile as always is a screamer and to my surprise I looked down at a almost the exact same split as last year. The good news was that despite the heat and humidity it didn’t feel as hard as last year.

5:03.86 aHR 176 Ascent 16ft Descent 206ft


I could see Albert was already well out of reach. I felt Jon might be as well. I could see Cody and began to work up to him. Though he had his first split as a little slower than mine I didn’t think I passed him until the down by the VA Hospital. The second mile surprised me even more as I saw that split was also about the same as last year.

5:05.05 aHR 185 Ascent 32ft Descent 205ft


After this I was a little in a daze. I couldn’t believe how good I was feeling with the heat. I just focused on a Wasatch Running Center jersey about 50m up and wanted to catch whoever that was. However, every time I made a move he seemed to do the same. The distance even started to grow at this point. There was a guy in a black jersey and one in a red jersey as well and I tried to work off of them. The third mile felt hard and was bummed to see that it did deviate from last year’s but wasn’t too worried about it at that point.

5:23.90 aHR188 Ascent 86ft Descent 172ft


Remembered were the 5K point was and looked down to see a 15:55.## click by. Pretty sure that is a new PR…


At this point I was just happy that I made it through half the race without my legs falling off or my knee exploding all over the street. My hip was tight but not too bad. I was in race mode and wanted to keep going. This next mile was the last of the “easy” miles and I wanted to do my best. Wasatch guy still didn’t seem to be getting any closer and I was definitely getting more tired.

5:34.82 aHR 186 Ascent 91ft Descent 187ft


I could tell the wheels were falling off and even with the parade crowd I was finding it hard to hang on. Mile 5 was a blur and all I remember is hearing someone coming up very close.

5:28.79 aHR 186 Ascent 130ft Descent 232ft


I was happy to see a slightly faster mile. However, the “person” got closer and then pulled up alongside of me. When I heard my name I just assumed that yet again I had gone out too hard and Jon had got me toward the end of yet another race. But to my surprise it was Josh S. I assumed he would have either been way ahead of me or playing around out back. But I forget what a stellar athlete he is and he was just playing around up front (or at least by me). I tried to tuck in behind him and he encouraged me. But I was not having it. I was done. I let it creep into my mind how few training miles I had done and that it was too hot. My bad on all accounts. Before he left me he said we could catch the two guys ahead (one of them Wasatch guy). I didn’t think so and just watched him go. But to my surprise they started coming back to me. I tried to push a little harder and though Josh continued to leave me the other two were getting closer and closer…

5:47.19 aHR 188 Ascent 52ft Descent 70ft


I was really hurting but mustered a high school finish and “sprinted” past first black shirt guy and then at the line Wasatch jersey guy.

1:06.63 aHR 190 Ascent 4ft Descent 10ft


My post race time and place: 33:31.1 in 33rd place

My official striderracing.com time and place: 33:30.8 in 38th place


That is my second fastest 10K. Turns out Wasatch Jersey guy was Darrell Phippen and black jersey guy was Seth Gutzwiller. Chris Odekirk also came up to me after the race and I guess I was his Wasatch Jersey for the race but he ran out of road, lucky for me…


Overall, I am very happy with this performance. I guess I cannot play lame duck anymore. I’m still sore in all the wrong places but I am not sorer than going in so I think that is a good thing. I double checked and I have run 719 mi less this year than last with much less structured training.


After the race (and before the race) I met some more bloggers. Redrooster and Dave S among a number of Walter’s women. It is always nice to put a face to a name. Then Jon Cody and I ran up to the start.


Total for the day

2.5 mi wu Avg. 9:14

6.2 mi Race Avg. 5:24

5.5 mi cd Avg. 10:08

Adidas Adistar (flats) #2 Miles: 14.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.24WM 090416 Miles: 0.01
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
From Holt on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 17:11:57 from

sweet job! Glad to see things are rolling along quite well - you have been very patient with all this (it seems!).

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 18:19:51 from

Decent return, almost all the way there.

I assume the splits are off the GPS. First two mile look normal, the third one looks short, and the fourth one long. The fifth I cannot tell since the marker was disguised.

Was Josh just too sore from Bryce Canyon? I would have expected him to run 31:30 or so.

From JD on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 20:17:33 from

Congratulations on such a strong comeback/recovery. Thanks for blogging though all of it. It's been real educational for me to follow your persistent and patient efforts in getting back to it!

From Dave S on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 21:21:10 from

Adam, nice to meet you. Nice report. That's great you ran your second best time after all it appears you've been through. Looks like your on your way to some PRs.

From Adam RW on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 21:32:21 from

Thanks everyone.

Sasha, Those are my Garmin splits. Since I train by Garmin I race by Garmin, close enough for me. However, I agree that the markers seemed a little off as my Garmin was often beeping a good 10-20 ft away from them. As far as Josh goes, he was just out for a run. I'm sure if he had wanted he could have hit a much faster time...

From redrooster on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 23:51:04 from

Adam, great race report, glad I could line up with you and see you at the end! I will find your university email account and send the pics I took. that is awesome you got your postdoc grant funded, really lets you focus on doing science and publishing, you will notice a huge load lifted not having to worry about and rely on your lab PI for money (and technically you're only accountable to yourself now too which is a nice feeling, ignore the "boss" and pursue some of your own interests on the side). That's how I felt when I got my postdoc grant anyway- I scored a Life sciences research foundation fellowship, and then split my time between a lab project and building my own independent project to take with me. And it helps when looking for faculty positions too to have asuccessful funding record already. Of course you know all this stuff already so I am just rambling. Hope to see you at another race soon, Scott

From Superfly on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 10:09:16 from

Great race Adam and nice book or a report:) JK. It looks like your ready to do some more racing.

I'd guess anyone running this race after doing Bryce last week would be sore and slow... notice Seth dropped out of the marathon. Bryce beats you more than any other race in the state. Because it's a half and because of the downhill.

From sam Dean-Howard on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 16:46:36 from

great race Adam well done, great report too :)

From Adam RW on Sun, Jul 26, 2009 at 22:24:48 from

Clyde, I'm all about the novels. Plus this year with only having three races planned, I have to get all I can out of the ones I do.

From Ashbaker on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 16:16:08 from

I have Sunday off, does that work for you?

What time? I think we could both benefit from the company and motivation.

From paul on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 16:26:08 from

Good report and congrats on the return to racing. Your patience has paid off, and hopefully you can get some PR's in the near future.

From Jon on Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 16:38:09 from

Nice race, Adam. I cannot believe how easily you gapped me on mile 2-3. You were running great. Looks like your slow ramp up in training is paying big dividends. Hope to see you in a month at TOU 1/2.

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