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AHA 5K Sugar House SLC

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Member Since:

May 31, 2007



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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 November 3, 2019 done 

London Marathon April 26, 2020

Tokyo Marathon 2021???...

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


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: 6.50 Month: 57.75 Year: 2232.25
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.71
Brooks Launch Gray #17 Lifetime Miles: 273.00
Brooks Launch Silver A #18 Lifetime Miles: 272.25
Brooks Launch Silver B #19 Lifetime Miles: 268.00
Saucony Rides Blue #23 Lifetime Miles: 267.75
Saucony Rides Black A #24 Lifetime Miles: 262.00
Saucony Rides Black B #25 Lifetime Miles: 262.25
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 76.50
Race: AHA 5K Sugar House SLC (3.04 Miles) 00:18:47, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance

This was the second time I've done this race. It is also the race that the picture from my blog currently comes from. This year was much cooler though.

Ran to Sugar House from my house plus some other running for a 3 mi warm-up.
Avg. 9:30 HR 154 (strap still misbehaving 110 to 160 HR)

Race was good I felt like I was pushing. Literally and figuratively. The race was two loops of Sugar House.

Mile 1: 6:08 HR 176 A 70 ft D 53 ft
Mile 2: 6:25 HR 184 A 67 ft D 62 ft
Mile 3: 5:59 HR 184 A 46 ft D 82 ft
0.04 Mi: 0:14 HR 188

TOTAL: 18:47 HR 181 A 183 ft D 196 ft

If given another 1 mi I probably could have won the race. The positions were set by 100m into the race and stayed the same the whole time. It is always good to be pushing the girls. I think it gives them a good taste of racing without starting them too young. My wife took 3rd overall for the women so overall another double hardware weekend.

Cool down ended up being 4 mi. Most of the way home but then realized we forgot my daughter's shoes at the bounce house so I ran back.
Avg. 8:41 I had taken off the HR A 541 ft D 380 ft

Overall a very good day and I took off nearly 15 sec from last year although both girls were much heavier and I'm sure I was pushing > 80 lbs.

Asics DS-Trainer #5 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 23:06:55 from

Great job!

From JD on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 23:22:05 from

That's amazing you can do that pushing a full double stroller. Congrats to the Wende family today!!

From Andrea on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 23:24:03 from

Wow - I'm pretty sure that if there was a stroller race, you would dominate! I've heard that the stroller hurts your back; do you have any problems with that?

From Jake K on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 23:24:12 from

Dude you are a beast w/ that stroller! Hope you can come to our track 5K in a couple weeks (and run w/out it!)... you'll crush it on the track!

From Adam RW on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:09:51 from

Thank you. We had a good time. The girls even got to run in the 1/2 mi event.

Andrea, I have not had back problems with the stroller and I have been pushing at least one of the girls for over 4 yr now. Usually only once a week. My wife often pushes them 3-4 times per week and actually has had less back problems since. So my guess is that it is all in your form. I notice a lot of people lean on the stroller which makes life more difficult in a number of ways.

Jake, I am looking forward to running weight free. When pushing the girls(especially up hill) that is about 2/3rd my body weight I'm pushing.

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