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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" (5.89 Miles) 00:32:20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

Where to start? Obviously a few others have voiced their disappointment in the organization of the course this year. Racers really are just lemmings and if you point us toward a cliff, Look Out!


Got up before my alarm 4:45am and did the prerace ritual. Then ran to the start.

2.4 mi Avg. 9:00 HR 150, it is amazing how my heart gets moving on race days…


Was able to talk with Ben V for a little before the race. Lined up a row or two back so as not to get pulled out with the high schoolers. My mileage and running have been good the last couple weeks but the lack of consistent training always has me weary of making any predictions.


They had a 10 countdown for the start and we were off. About 100 m in a kid takes a spill two people ahead of me but everyone manages to not trample the guy.


I was running very relaxed and felt great with the effort. I was amazed to see my split. I know these miles are fast but I really felt like I was going 5:30ish. The rest of the race more or less went like this. I was completely oblivious to those around me and really just felt in the zone. I was consistently picking off some of the people that went out to hard and only 1 or 2 passed me after mi 2. A little after mi 5 I noticed something was wrong with where we were running. Someone had mentioned that the course finish was changed but it didn’t seem like we had enough room left. I was correct. Hit the finish line in 5.89 mi, about a quarter mile short. This is a real bummer. I was on pace for a decent time. Not a PR but still better than last year.


Overall, I was happy with the effort and the race. Just wish it would have been accurate and that I wouldn’t have “cut” for placing…


Afterward spoke to a few of the bloggers. Was surprised to see Josh S at the finish I guess he hadn’t moved yet. Safe travels on Friday. Then headed back home via the course to cheer on a few of the marathoners. Saw James and Allie.

3.29 mi Avg. 8:59 HR 149


Got the family and back down to the parade route. I wasn’t planning on going but we have been here for 7 Julys and have never made it so why not. It was good and we got prime seats right were the marathon course joined the parade route so we were able to watch both.


Mi 1: 5:06.15 HR 175 Net -101ft

Mi 2: 5:08.39 HR 185 Net -190ft

Mi 3: 5:32.89 HR 188 Net -89ft

Mi 4: 5:33.60 HR 186 Net -58ft

Mi 5: 5:44.01 HR 188 Net -136ft

Mi 0.89: 5:14.85 (5:53 pace) HR 189 Net -24ft


TOTAL 32:19.89 HR 185

Adidas Adistar (flats) #2 Miles: 11.50RM 090416 Miles: 0.02
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From allie on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 16:42:46 from

great race today, adam. bummer about the course mix-up though.

so nice seeing you along the course -- thanks for boosting my spirits just when i needed it!

From JD on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 18:25:06 from

whew - speedy. nice job. unfortunate about the course mix up. it was a fun race! sorry i missed seeing you today - i did run about a half mile of your "firehouse mile" during my cool down though.

From Adam RW on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 10:14:48 from


Glad I was able to see you even if only for a moment. Sorry the race didn't turn out as hoped for but still a nice showing and progress back in the right direction.


Sorry I missed you yesterday. And give yourself more credit. Instead of going from 20% to 50% by those who just finish. I would say go from 20% to 2% of people overall.

From Jake K on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:17:40 from

Nice race Adam. And just think, you "saved" something for the last 400m of your next race :-)

You're running well this summer - keep it rolling.

From Andrea on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 11:37:40 from

You seem to really be getting into racing form - those 5k time trials are doing you well! Looking forward to see the improvement curve for the rest of the season!

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