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Jupiter Peak Steeplechase

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Location:

Bountiful,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 24, 2009

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Winner of 1994 Teton Dam Half Marathon, 1:25:01.

Best Marathon: 3:23:40. (Deseret News 2006).

Completed Utah Grand Slam (2006).

Completed 8 Marathons in 1 year, the last four were each two weeks apart.

Marathons to date: 25.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay Healthy

Sub 3:15 Marathon

Train consistently

Finish in the top 10% at all races 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hr marathon

Complete a 100 miler

1st Overall at any race

 

 

Personal:

Hi, my name is Matt and I love to run! I especially enjoy trail running. I am married to Susie and we have six children Connor-10, Jed-8, Jaxine-7, Evan-4, Eliza-2, and Susanna-0. Look for me at your next race, I wear the same bright yellow Twinkies shirt at all my races.

Favorite Course: Mid-Mountain Marathon, Park City, Utah

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
54.247.002.000.0063.24
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.730.000.000.004.73

Easy recovery run. All systems seem to be in check.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.930.002.000.0010.93

Today I ran to the Legacy Parkway Trail and did some speedwork. I did .5 mile intervals and 6:40 pace with .25 slow in between. I was surprised how few people were out on the trail today, just a few bikers.

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Race: Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (15 Miles) 02:37:36, Place overall: 66, Place in age division: 22
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.507.000.000.0016.50

Today I ran the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase. This is one of my favorite races. This is the third time that I have ran it. The race is held at Park City Ski Resort. They changed the finish location this year, so before the race I jogged over to the new finish to check it out. The new finish was all down hill and made the course about a half mile shorter. 

The race started right at 8 a.m. 250 of me and my best friends headed up the mountain. The course starts out with a steep climb up a jeep road. About .75 mile up we hop onto some really nice single track. I was feeling the pain of having just ran the Speedgoat 50k last week and couldn't run the uphill as fast as I would've like to. The course works its way up the mountain towards Jupiter Peak. There were a few short or downhill sections, but for most of the first seven miles we were heading uphill. The final ascent up to Jupiter Peak is a brutal grind straight up the mountain. I reached the top of Jupiter in 1:13. Not bad for seven miles uphill. The next mile has a little bit of downhill and then the more uphill to the top of Tri-Counties Peak. The second uphill is a tough one. I was ready for the downhill. 

After reaching the top of the second peak the course is all downhill. The first trail we hit is one of the best single track trails on the mountain. It winds through the trees and is very runnable. My downhill gears were working much better than my uphill ones. I passed about 15 people in three miles. After that I started picking off other runners as we cruised down. Towards the end there was a stretch where I could see a ways in front of me and saw that there were about 5 of us close together. I set a goal to pass them all. I picked off one but didn't catch the others on the single track. The final stretch of the race is on pavement. When we hit the pavement I poured it on strong and passed the remaining 4 guys before crossing the finish line. I finished in 2:37:36. That is slower than is past years, but this was the first time I ran the race one week after running a 50k. That probably had something to do with it. The new setting for the finish was great. This race just keeps getting better.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.800.000.000.006.80

Mueller Park Trail. Beautiful morning.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.630.000.000.009.63

Up at a family reunion in Idaho this weekend. Last night I ate lots of junk and played cards until 1 a.m. Felt really sluggish when I started my run but after a mile or two I had my energy back and had a good run.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.300.000.000.009.30

Wasatch Crest Trail

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.350.000.000.005.35

Things have been crazy busy at the Twinkie house lately. Consequently, I haven't done much running. This morning, even though I was tired, I got up and went for a run on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The temps were perfect for a run this morning. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
54.247.002.000.0063.24
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