El Burro Blanco

Rob Burton Memorial Run

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St. George,Ut,USA

Member Since:

May 21, 2007



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

15:28 5K, 31:25 10K, 1:07:11 Half-Marathon, 2:21:45 Marathon, 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials - DNF = bummer!, 50k - 3:59:03, 50 mile - 7:56:00

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 1:10 half by the summer.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy running and fight off heart disease or diabetes that has been passed on for many generations. Try and break the cycle.


I am currently 36 years old and married to my beautiful wife, Katey. We have a 8 year old girl, Norah, a 6 year old boy, Oliver, and a 2 year old girl, Myla, who are wonderful. I am a Learning Coach and Student Council Advisor at Desert Hills High in St. George, Utah. I also coach the cross country and track teams at Desert Hills High.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 1403.95
Saucony Type A (2) Lifetime Miles: 63.00
Hoka Bondi Red Lifetime Miles: 67.50
Brooks GT-2000 Trail Lifetime Miles: 179.25
Hoka Cavu Lifetime Miles: 144.25
Adidas Boston Lifetime Miles: 129.35
Hoka Rincon Lifetime Miles: 221.60
Brooks Launch Gray Lifetime Miles: 159.15
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Saucony Mirage Miles: 23.00Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 21.00New Balance 101 Miles: 20.25Asics DS Trainer 15 (2) Miles: 7.00
Race: Rob Burton Memorial Run (6.3 Miles) 00:36:30, Place overall: 1
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I was in Huntsville with my family celebrating the 4th of July. My mom signed me up for the 10k and told me I should win it. I haven't any real speed work since March so all I wanted to do was make a good workout out of it and not be trashed after wards. This 5k, 10k, and 1 mile run is now a memorial run for Rob Burton. He was a good family friend of ours when we lived up there. He was recently killed in a car accident just a few months ago so it was nice to support the family by running this. I saw a ton of old friends and neighbors which made it fun. It was a fun event because everyone in my family did one of the races. I ran 4 miles before the race to get loosened up.

My goal was just to hit 6:00/mile for the race and not get to crazy. My legs were still a little sore from Saturday's run so I wasn't expecting much. I was tying my shoes and someone whistled to start the race. I hurried to finish tying my shoes and got going. Their was a group of 4 who took off. It was two high school kids and then another guy who I did not recognize but seemed fairly fast. I just settled in and let them do all of the work. At mile 2, I sat right behind the 2nd place guy and then moved around him. The 1st place kid kept looking back and saw me catching up to him. He looked about 6 or 7 times. I caught up to him and he said he has had hamstring problems the last couple weeks. Two no-nos! Don't ever look back and don't ever tell someone during a race you are hurt. I pushed the pace for the next little bit and then just relaxed for the rest of the race. The course measured long and I hit my goal of beating the 6:00/mile guy. Fun race to do but I could tell I haven't done much speed lately. Oh well! I am enjoying the trails more.

I cooled down back over to my grandparent's house to get 12 total for the day.

Saucony Mirage Miles: 12.00
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We were still up in Huntsville this morning so I drove up to Snowbasin and ran from the lodge up to the Ogden Canyon Overlook. It was a spectacular view from up there. I got attacked by lots of bugs but no moose this run and then finished up on the Maples Trail to get a little bit more in before traveling home. Nice trail run topping out at just over 7150 feet. 

Waited until later this evening to get out and run. It was still hot after the sun went down. I went around Ivins over towards the fire station. Kept the pace honest. No watch!

Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 6.00New Balance 101 Miles: 6.25
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Did a little bit of a warm up with some of the boys. We then did 6x1:00 min. repeats up Webb Hill with 2:00 min. recovery. We then cooled down back to the school. Nice day of running with the team. Lots of cloud cover made it not to hot. Total of 7 miles.

5 miles late this evening around Ivins. I was planning on doing more but the thunder and lightning were to close to chance it. I did get lots of yard work done today though.

Asics DS Trainer 15 (2) Miles: 7.00Saucony Mirage Miles: 5.00
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5 miles this morning with some of the boys out in the desert. Nice and relaxed. It was quite muggy due to the rain last night. We all survived though.

I wrote two papers and did some other graduate school work all day. I then ran 3 miles this afternoon with my varsity boys. They are doing really well right now. After wards we lifted. I had a little run in with the squat machine bar. I turned right into it and cut my head open pretty good. Blood was gushing everywhere I got a little light headed. It could use stitches but I decided to super glue it shut. Hopefully it gets better. I will at least have a pretty cool scar.

I wrapped my head with a pink bandage and then went to club run. I felt okay at first but then the entire day just caught up to me. I only ran 7 miles in the blistering heat. Big group today which made it quite nice. I was getting light headed so I decided to cut it short. Oh well! Not very often I did a 3xday like the Kenyans.

Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 15.00
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3 easy miles at practice and then 3 more after wards. I have not been feeling great the last day or two. Hopefully I am not sick.

Saucony Mirage Miles: 6.00
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Out the door by 5am this morning because Katey's family is in town and we were going to Zion to hike all day. I planned on running the West Rim Trail in Zion but it did not work with our schedule. I just ran from my house and then did the Barrel Roll trail by the Jacob Hamblin home. It was extremely humid this morning from all of the rain last night. I was drenched within the first mile. The pace was not crazy fast due to not being able to see the trail for the first 6 miles. Although I was drenched the run was a good one. I wanted to go longer but time was not on my side.

We hiked all day in Zion with the kids. Nice and hot but lots of fun. We saw a bunch of horny toad lizards and even came within 5 feet of a small buck deer. I got enough of a workout hauling Norah around on my back.

New Balance 101 Miles: 14.00
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Saucony Mirage Miles: 23.00Asics DS Trainer 16 Miles: 21.00New Balance 101 Miles: 20.25Asics DS Trainer 15 (2) Miles: 7.00
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