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August 19, 2019

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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2008



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

3K: 8:58 Pocatello, ID 2003 (indoors at Idaho State)

5K: 14:55 Salt Lake City, UT 2010 (Law Day 5k)

10K: 29:33 Salt Lake City, UT 2010 (Des News 10k)

1/2 marathon: 1:06:59 Provo, UT 2010 (Utah Valley Half)

marathon: 2:21:59 St. George, UT 2009 (St. George Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

To get running higher mileage more consistently without getting injured

Sub 2:19:00 marathon


I used to run competitively, and maybe I will do so again someday.  Right now I am primarily running to try and get in better shape, and to maintain both physical and emotional health, but also for the simple joy that comes when I run.

I am also the proud daddy of five little ones.  I love the opportunity that I have to be a daddy, and my challenge is to balance my family responsibilities with work and running.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 36.40
Asics Speedstar Lifetime Miles: 2020.05
Asics Gel Ohana Racer Lifetime Miles: 2332.20
Adidas Adizero Lifetime Miles: 1375.45
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 183.10
Nike Free 5.0 Lifetime Miles: 2221.85
Saucony Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 795.92
Puma Faas 200 Lifetime Miles: 373.50
Puma Faas 250 Lifetime Miles: 466.10
Altra Adam Lifetime Miles: 1836.85
Baretrek Lifetime Miles: 290.15
Hoka Conquest Lifetime Miles: 41.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

I ran approximately 7 miles this morning in 54:30.  I was supposed to meet Tyler, but he never showed up so I ran alone.  My back felt decent but not great this morning. This is a positive for me because I helped a neighbor move a couch into his apartment last night and my back was fairly sore afterwards.  I was worried that I would experience a fair amount of pain, which never materialized.

About 5 miles into the run I performed a little experiment.  I mentioned on Tuesday that while hiding in some tall grass I had to squat super low in order to remain unseen while doing my business.  Upon commencing running once more I noticed that my back felt better.  Today I decided to see if there was something inherently special about holding a super low squat, so I stopped, spread my legs out a little wider than normal (to simulate the attempt to avoid getting my nastiness on my shoes when in the bushes) and I squatted down really low, holding the squat for about 20-30 seconds.

I didn't notice anything special at first, but I remembered that on Tuesday I had also bent forward at the waist to get my torso lower to the ground.  When I did this I felt like there was a slight stretch in my low back, and when I stood up I felt less discomfort.  It made me think that my pelvis rotated just slightly when I squatted like that, prompting a slight decompression on one side of the vertebrae.  Unfortunately, whatever happened did not last and within a mile I felt no different than I had felt previously.  The positive is that I felt better after I held the squat, while the negative is I still do not know what actually happened to make things feel better.

I may try squating as such on occasion during my runs or while at school/work if my back is feeling off.  Maybe I will get a better idea of what is happening through repetition.  I also think that I should name the squat.  Since I discovered this while doing my business maybe I should name it based on it origins?  Something like "nature's squat", or maybe the "squatting dog", or "excreta's squat".

Altra Adam Miles: 7.00
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