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Murray Fun Days 5K

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Member Since:

Mar 01, 2004



Goal Type:

World Class

Running Accomplishments:

PRs 15:34 5 K (loop course in Liberty Park), 1:08:21 (Top of Utah Half Marathon (downhill).

As a 14 year old in 2013: 4:31.58 1500. 9:35:32 3000m (Utah Youth boys state record). 17:01 5K (Draper Days). 1:15:21 half (Utah Valley (aided)).


Short-Term Running Goals:

Get the marathon under 2:20.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Make it to the Olympics in the marathon. Keep training throughout my life.


 I have five brothers and five sisters,
all younger. I'm currently studying applied mathematics at BYU (masters degree) and plan to get a PhD in applied mathematics. Not married (yet).

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 20.00 Year: 316.50
Crocs Lifetime Miles: 1237.31
Racing Flats Lifetime Miles: 251.40
Race: Murray Fun Days 5K (3.107 Miles) 00:15:58, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance

First all-out race after the mission, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I ended up doing better than I thought. Historically, Murray Fun days has been a difficult race for me, and I never had cracked 16:30. This year was different. 

  I started out with Teren, but dropped back a little before mile 1. I missed my mile split, but was 5:35 at the turnaround which gives me a 5:13 or 5:12 first mile. I was afraid of crashing after falling back, but when I hit the downhill, I was feeling great. Was 10:22 at 2 miles, and catching up to second place, who had dropped back from Teren as well.

  Normally, at this point the heat gets to me and I writhe in pain to the finish, but today I was feeling good. One thing that may have made a difference was that I poured cold water and ice on myself right before the start. Perhaps it was a good night's sleep. Or possibly, being two years older compensated for the lack of training.

 In any case, I smelt blood, and went for it. I caught second place a little after two miles, on the little hill (of doom and sadness). Normally, this is where I get caught. But not today. The last mile was in 5:08 (long) and I ended up with 15:58.9. Under 16, and a huge personal course record.

  I'm grateful for how things turned out today, and wish all a happy Independance day (first one in the USA for 3 years!) 

From Jason D on Sun, Jul 07, 2019 at 18:04:36 from

Well done, Benjamin. Looks like you are sliding back into training post-mission quite well.

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