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Location:

Saratoga Springs,Ut,USA

Member Since:

Jan 15, 2015

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Received a scholarship to run in college 

3rd place at State senior year 

Footlocker Nationals Qualifier 

PR's

800- 1:57.85 (Region IV)

1600- 4:21.03 (State) 

3200- 9:07.59 (Arcadia Invite) 

5k- 15:20 (Nike Southwest)

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Become a little better every day in my comeback from my mission. 

Run hard at USU and depending on who comes, run near the top 10. 

Attain the Strava course record on Luge (Bobsled) 

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Leave a legacy/ Help Weber become a school that is very competitive on the national stage.

Break 4 minutes in the mile

NCAA All-American in the 10K and Cross Country     

Olympic Trials Marathon 

Become a Semi-Pro runner with a contract/deal 

 

 

 

Personal:

I grew up in Lehi, Utah where I ran for Lehi High School and made many incredible memories. In the summer of 2018 I returned home from a LDS mission in Paris, France and am now a student athlete at Weber State University #gocats  

Follow me on instagram @connor_baller

 

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Miles:This week: 18.58 Month: 136.70 Year: 1405.83
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 88.45
Clifton 2 Green Lifetime Miles: 854.90
Saucony Shay XC4 Lifetime Miles: 52.75
NB Zante Gray Lifetime Miles: 328.43
Pegasus 32 Blue Lifetime Miles: 501.41
Ultra Boost Blue Lifetime Miles: 119.43
Solar Glide Blue Lifetime Miles: 162.99
Adios Black Lifetime Miles: 56.86
Avanti Black Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Total Distance
219.74
Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 70.15Clifton 2 Green Miles: 35.92NB Zante Gray Miles: 19.43Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 43.51Barefoot Miles: 3.60Adios Black Miles: 10.85Solar Glide Blue Miles: 36.28
Total Distance
9.25

Met up with Steady Parker at Dry Creek. Ran over to the cemetery where the team was and got Satchell, Thomas, Ben. Fast downhill mile by Sego Lilly 6:00, Wynes 6:06, down main 6:08, to Pioneer 6:10. I wanted to run faster today but went too hard cuz my body couldnt keep it up. 6:19 Came back by the rodeo grounds, trafalga. Finished up to 60 minutes and 9.25 6:30 average on the day. Good time at the Hinckleys house after.  

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 9.25
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Total Distance
6.61

6.25 in 40 minutes. Started at the Jordan River trail but didn’t run the normal way. Went East on the path and came out by North Lake Park. Crossed over to the street and came back by the Broadbents house. Finished with 6:25 avg. Had strides again. 

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 6.61
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Total Distance
7.62

50 minutes / 6:33ap

Met the guys at Dry Creek. We did the good ole fishy park run. More technically speaking we hopped on 900 N, straight shot passed the fishy park which is actually named Hunter Park but we call it that because part of the playground has a giant fish. Good time with the homies. 

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 7.62
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Total Distance
9.07

60 minutes / 6:36ap / MCT 

Had the pleasure of having my dad bike next to me while I did 60 minutes on the Murdock Canal Trail. Slept in and went a lil later in the day, it was pretty hot. Not unbearable, but undesirable enough to make me want to go to sleep earlier and get up earlier. Ice bath in the solw with the Heaps who had just completed a 22 miler! 

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 9.07
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Total Distance
7.14

45 minutes with 6x100 strides. 

Met my main man Steadyparker at North Lake and we ran up into Lehi, returning on 3rd west. It was a nice chill run, not too hot. I ran in my Zantes for the first time since being back. They felt good. Got 6.78 in the 45 (6:38pace) and then the barefoot strides on grass. 

NB Zante Gray Miles: 7.14
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Total Distance
7.76

First workout back in the 801! 4x3minutes @ 10k pace, 3 min off, 51 minutes / 7.76 total 

Started at Wynes and ran into Willow park. 16 ish minute warm up.

3:05/ .56 / 5:30 Felt relatively easy and decided to run faster on the second

3:01/ .56 / 5:23 Felt good 

3:03/ .56 / 5:26 Starting to feel harder, little slower pace

3:00/ .55 / 5:27 Nice medium workout. Cooldown back. 

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 7.76
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Total Distance
8.80

Skyridge XC Camp, Deer Creek trail! 60 minutes easy. 

Rode up to Deer Creek with @steadyparker and got to go run on probs my fav trail ever. It was kinda sad I only had 60 minutes but grateful to run there after well over 2 years. 60 minutes easy pace, got 8.8. Feeling good. 

The team went down to Deer Creek and swam around. It was a really fun time!  

 

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 8.80
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Total Distance
6.79

Deer Creek / 45 minute progression run 

Because of a fire in Spanish Fork, the valley filled up with smoke once again this summer. After my doctors appointment my dad said I could do my run at Deer Creek and it would be better so I did that. @steadyparker met me at AFHS and we drove up. By the time that we started it was already like 1pm which sucked parce qu'il faisait chaud quoi.

Started off slower than yesterday cuz I had to negative split. 7:26,7:14, 6:28, 6:19, 6:22, 6:19 #slaythedragon, 6:00 pace for .79. Wasn't a great progression looking at the mile splits but thats cuz you cant decide where the hills are. I just made sure that the effort progressed. Happy with it. Great time in the solw after.   

NB Zante Gray Miles: 6.79
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Total Distance
7.63

50 minutes / Provo River Parkway 

Great run in the canyon. Nice temps, good time. Upper 6ix's going out, lower 6ix's on the way back. 

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 7.63
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Total Distance
11.11

Weber Gang, 77ish minutes / 11.11 

Stayed over at my grandparents house in Bountiful. They just celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary so shout out to them! 

Met the guys at the locker room. We had a nice group of guys there: Tracen, Jacob, Joe, Taylor, Zach. Austin was there but I think he cross trained. We ran on Upper, dropped down to the Parkway and after that instead of turning right like normal we went left. I think, I just followed. The last few miles of the run weren’t very fun as it was gradual uphill and we would climb a street, cut over, climb another. Joe went back with me at 75 (the others did 90) and we hopped on this trail at Mt.Ogden to get back and it was a pretty good climb hahah it was great. Good week of building.

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 11.11
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Total Distance
6.00

46:45 / Bonneville Shoreline Trail (Draper)

Went with my man @Ryguy and we hit up the BST. Climbed for the first 23 minutes, came back and still had some left cuz it was so much faster on the way down. Finished up to 6ix for the day. Good times.

First run in my new Ultra Boost uncaged version shoes. I was interested to see how they would feel with the whole sock elastic thing on the ankle but they felt good the entire time. I'm excited to use them in the rotation.  

Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 6.00
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Total Distance
7.50

6x800 at 2:35-2:40 

Parked at Westlake and did my 15 minute warm up. I had 6-7x800 at 2:35-2:40. Decided to do them on the long straight road right in front of Westlake which is just under a half mile long. Times were 2:35,2:37,2:30,2:38,2:38. 90 sec rest. It took me longer than I wanted to to find the pace and settle into it. I would either start off too fast or too slow and have to adjust. Got it figured out tho. After six I felt good about it and chose not to do a seventh. Cool down on the grass behind the school which felt really nice. Need to do more barefoot running.  

Barefoot Miles: 2.00NB Zante Gray Miles: 5.50
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Total Distance
7.09

50 minute recovery / 7.09 

Started at the church on Redwood and ran on Centennial to Fairway by the golf course. Up Fairway and Colt and Fox Pointer onto the Village Parkway which ends and then turns into a few different trails. Went on the one heading North for a few minutes and then turned back. Came back trying to take the most straight shot to my house. Came out by my church and climbed most of the hill before getting to 50.  

Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 7.09
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Total Distance
6.65

15 minute warm up and then 3 mile tempo, goal of 5:30 pace. First mile was 5:36. Pace started dropping farther away from the goal and so I made some new goals and just tried to hit those but I kept getting slower and more tired. Second mile in 5:46. Third mile I got .27 in 1:40, a culmination of a few things and I decided to call it good there. Sad that I didn't finish and wasn't on goal pace but it just wasn't my day. It'll come more and more, little by little. No rush, I got plenty of time. Cooldown about 15 minutes.   

Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 6.65
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Total Distance
6.82

45 min / 6.82 

Willowcreek, Olympic Park. Nice enjoyable run. Forgot to do strides. 

 

Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 6.82
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Total Distance
11.00

Saturday long run / 75 minutes 

Some guesses on the run today. Huge shout out to Matt Todd for being my running buddy today! It had been 38 months since we had last seen each other. I brought him a bike to ride next to me but I learned that he's starting his marathon training and wanted to do 4 miles before riding the bike the rest of the way. We ran 2 out, nearly to Smiths and back. With .5 left to his house we ran by an older couple who I thought I recognized as the Norby's. We passed them and I was pretty sure it was them so I asked them "Is that the Norby's?" and they said "Yes!" They returned home from the France Paris mission around the time I reported to the mtc. Sadly that was after Elder Norby was one of four missionaries seriously injured in the bombing of an airport in Brussels, Belgium. They came and spoke at the mtc while I was there and then, after first arriving in France, I served with a missionary who knew them very well and talked about what amazing people they were. Turns out they live right across the street from Skyridge and I just so happened to cross them out on my morning run. It was fun being able to talk to them and reminisce on the good old days. 

We got to his house, grabbed the bike, and headed out on the mct. After a mile or so my watched died and we had no idea what minutes we were at. We did our best guess at 11 total. On the way back we come up on this lady running the same way as us and it looks a lot like mama heaps. Well it was mama heaps. Her and papa heaps were out on the mct. They are insane! They did 23 miles today! She was like yo go catch Papa Heaps so I was like ok and started booking it to try to catch papa heaps. After a lil bit we saw him up in the distance. It was maybe the last two miles and we were pushing the pace tryna catch him lol. He was running a strong pace, especially for a 23 miler. We eventually caught him and said hello. Got back to Matts house and I was a lot more tired than I would have been if I didn't push the last part haha. 

Waffles after. It was funny how even after 38 months of not seeing someone, you can just meet up and have a great time like you had just seen each other the day before. Matt is seriously the funniest person alive and as usual we were laughing most of the morning. Grateful for xc and the great friends that I have because of it.   

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 11.00
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Total Distance
8.00

50 + strides

First day of official practice! The day came. I am a collegiate athlete! I love the team that we have up here at Weber, the guys are a lot of fun and I can tell we are gonna have a great time together.  Easy run today on pipeline to the viewpoint and back. It got us back just a little before 50 so we finished up on the turf. Afterwards we did 6 barefoot strides. 

Today we got all of our shoes!!! The Solar Glides for the trainers, the adios for flats, and avantis for spikes. Also got some different clothes #christmas 

Barefoot Miles: 0.45Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 7.55
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Total Distance
9.75

2x800,4x400/ 1x800, 3x400 on the grass field. 

Warm up on the normal path and then through campus to the grass field. Workout was the one above, with a 5ish minute break in between the two sets. Rest was slow jog for half the distance of what you just ran. Goals were 2:34ish and 74's. 3 groups. I was in group three. Our pacing was speradic, understandable with most of our group being RM's. We started too fast on the first 8 and then over adjusted haha. 8's were a tad slow. 4's a tad quick. I felt like my stride was smooth and I wasn't over forcing it. Wasn't feeling the greatest on the wa, maybe from not rolling out and not stretching too much yesterday but I felt good during the workout. Everybody did the same first set but then second set was modified. After it was all done, didn't feel too tired so that was good. Some barefoot on the grass and then cooldown to the Dee and back.   

Barefoot Miles: 0.25Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 4.75Adios Black Miles: 4.75
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Total Distance
7.63

50 ish minutes - Upper - Strides 

Easy fiddy on Upper. Its pretty good. I like that we are close to the mountains cuz we never ran trails at Lehi lol. Barefoot striders always feeling good. Calves were sore. Camp later today, tomorrow, and Wednesday!!

I am grateful to be a college athlete. 

Barefoot Miles: 0.45Solar Glide Blue Miles: 7.18
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Total Distance
9.53

AM: Camp was tooooo sick. Didn't know like any of the girls team and wasn't very close to some of the guys on the team but now after camp we all feel like total homies. 

As usual at camp on Thursday we did the tempo run. This one was a lot more fun than the one I did last week. We warmed up up the road 3 miles and then tempoed down 3, 90ish seconds rest and 1 mile tempo back up. Conditions were perfect. Goals were 5:20 avg or 16:00. We started and not long into it I was running pretty much alone cuz Tracen was going about 5 seconds under pace and Jameson, Russell were going 5 seconds over. First mile 5:18-19, Second mile 10:41. I was feeling great and was super hyped that I was running right on pace. During the last mile, Adam came back to me and we started working together. I sped up a little bit and finished at 15:54. It was a lot of fun. I wasn't necessarily looking forward to another mile tempo, up the road with only 90ish seconds rest. Right as I was starting to think about how it might go over, Coach said that he wasn't planning on having me and some other guys do it, he just didn't tell us before so that we wouldn't have pushed the last mile. 

Road in the car up to see the guys mile, cooled down the mile back and then a lil more to 8.23 for the morning.  

 

PM:At 4 we did 10 minutes just to loosen up a lil and then did some range of motion, core, and strength work. Did a 3:30 plank. During the 10 minutes I had this pain right below my ankle bone on my right foot that I have never felt before. It wasn't there during the tempo but was uncomfortable in the pm. 

Lots of volleyball. That was definitely the best part of camp. We were going soooo hard it was lit. 

Solar Glide Blue Miles: 9.53
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Total Distance
5.47

40 minutes easy on this nice dirt trail. Foot felt fine, no pain so that was good. 

Solar Glide Blue Miles: 5.47
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Total Distance
11.22

76 ish minutes / Pine View Reservoir 

Nice run at PV to cap off a good week. First few miles were on trail, we took a wrong turn. Then you pop out and go onto the road and it picked up there. Turned around. It was a good time. Tried to keep the heart beat up but not too much and not too low. Very hungry by the end. Delicious bagels and chocolate milk after. Good times with the homies. I love our team. 

Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 11.22
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Total Distance
10.85

First day of college!!! Man was that weird to be back in a classroom. Even tho I'm a 20 year old freshman I still felt like everyone looked older than me. It was a good day tho. There were so many people and I know hardly anybody so I felt alone but then I ran into Davey Wood (lil bro of Boston Wood, ex Dez Hells runner) Bailey, Kyler Hall, which made me feel better. I had Math 970 and American Civilization. The class I'm most looking forward to is French which I have tomorrow. Can't wait! 

AM: First double! Brought back a lot of memories. 3 easy 

PM: 50 minutes. Ate too much for lunch which made it feel like I was running with a watermelon in my stomach or something. Didn't help that we went out real quick the first couple miles. Turned into Kurt, Joe, and I. Half of us went on Reverse upper which is way better than regular upper. Got back and drank some delicious water but then I might have even felt worse after that haha. 6 hill strides. 

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 3.00Solar Glide Blue Miles: 7.25Adios Black Miles: 0.60
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10.33

8x1000 w 90 sec rest. 

Warm up to Beus. After hearing so much I finally got to do a workout at Beus. 8xK's goal was 3:12-15 if I remember right. Got 3:11,3:14, then I started to dip a little faster than goal but it was still controlled. Realized I should prolly slow it down by a couple seconds and ran with Tracen but he had started running a lil quicker so I hit about the same time but it was good. Average for all of them was prolly 3:11-3:12. Felt great. Cooldown and then lifting which was a good time. 

Shout out to my boy Thomas Matthew Alma Heaps <3

Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 4.83Adios Black Miles: 5.50
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Total Distance
7.77

Easy 50 and then strides. Saw my main man BJ. Shout out to him. 

Barefoot Miles: 0.45Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 7.32
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Total Distance
6.85

3x100,150,200m hard up Strongs 

Warm up and then hill workout on Strongs. It reminded me of whistle hills except that we had rest in between. Legs were well worked by the end. Pretty hot out today. Cool down, some lifting, some chocolate milk. 

Solar Glide Blue Miles: 6.85
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5.50

40 easy before classes because we had the xc meet today. It was a good time and got to see a few friends! 

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 5.50
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Total Distance
219.74
Pegasus 32 Blue Miles: 70.15Clifton 2 Green Miles: 35.92NB Zante Gray Miles: 19.43Ultra Boost Blue Miles: 43.51Barefoot Miles: 3.60Adios Black Miles: 10.85Solar Glide Blue Miles: 36.28
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