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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 and stay injury free in my comeback from my mission.

Break the Weber State freshman record in the 10k (30:06)

 

 

 

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: 0.00 Month: 0.25 Year: 1539.90
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 91.63
Clifton 2 Green Lifetime Miles: 864.22
Pegasus 32 Blue Lifetime Miles: 522.43
Ultra Boost Blue Lifetime Miles: 175.61
Solar Glide Blue Lifetime Miles: 184.87
Adios Black Lifetime Miles: 78.95
Avanti Black Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Total Distance
36.00
NB Zante Gray Miles: 16.00Clifton 2 Green Miles: 13.25Asics 33-FA Blue Miles: 6.75
Race: Deseret News 10k (6.214 Miles) 00:31:51, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance
16.00

Stayed at my cousin Bryn's house the night before which is just a couple minutes from the start line so that was nice. About two miles warm up, then stretches and strides and then some more jogging. Very fun to see a bunch of people from lots of different teams. 

First mile I ran side by side with Frazier and talked to my boy Dave Taylor for a sec. 4:46. Made a move up to Adam, shortly followed by Seth coming up and we ran in a good pack for two more miles I think. 5:01, 5:13. Ryan then joined the group and it was a 2 on 2 Region 4 showdown. 5:10, 5:10. Seth then dropped, I was very impressed with his race. Towards the end Ryan gapped Adam and I and then I made a surge and gapped Adam and it stayed like that til the finish. My 6th mile was 5:18 and 5:22 pace for the last .22. I wish that was a little stronger but 5:08 pace is a good showing and I am happy with the work I put in because I had these races but I also leave soon so I could have been lazy and made excuses. 

After the race I found Garek and we drove over to Park City High School. Cool place. First time there. We went on a run with 2x Nike Nationals qualifier (bae goals) Alyssa Snyder and let me tell you she does not play around. She was running 15 miles. We got there late so she did two before we got there. So she is warmed up and I was super tight and my legs were thrashed from the race and car ride so we start and she blazes out and leaves me in the dust lol. We had to climb this super steep road to get to the trail and it was short but it was the most steep hill I've ever run and I thought I was going to die. The trail was flat but they still ran way faster than me and had to stop and wait for me a couple times. We got off the trail and ran on the rail trail for a lil and looped back to the hs for 7 total. It  was exhausting but it was a super fun time. 16 total for the day. Capped it off by hanging with the bavis dabes and skootz. 

NB Zante Gray Miles: 16.00
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Total Distance
6.00

Had Vickie Fitz give me my missionary haircut today :'( rip my luscious locks. 9:45 set out on a night run with Spanky and Justin. We met at AF and ran by an Elementary that started with an M I think and then to the legend Tyler Penrods house. He wasn't there but we had a nice convo with his mom. We ran over to discovery and saw these three girls. I told them to follow me on insta. We were over by the drinking fountain for a couple minutes and they yell over Connor Baller I followed you lol. We did a loop around discovery and at the end saw Parker Barnes who used to run for AF. Talked about our upcoming missions. He's going to Lima on August 23rd Mexico MTC cuz Pero is too full. Ran back the way we came. We didn't have super accurate distance watches but I'm 99% sure we ran 6 miles and it was at 6:48ap. 

Another thing. My farewell is this Sunday. It starts at 10:30, the address is 267 W Weatherby Dr, Saratoga Springs, UT 84045. Everybody is invited. We will be having food at my house after the meeting. 

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 6.00
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Total Distance
0.00

I'm gonna pass on running today cuz I almost passed out earlier and don't think it would be a good idea 

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Total Distance
0.00

Lol didn't run today either. Whatevs. Looks like I'm just prepping for the mish. I will run tomorrow tho, no matter what. 

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Total Distance
6.75

Went to practice. Started with the guys. Legs were tight but go better as we passed Eaglecrest. I went down by Matts house, cut over to the end of the rail trail. Went up to Timp highway and back, taking a little shorter way back. Last 1.75 was around 6 min pace. Avg 6:50. I was only away from running for two days, but it made me grateful for it. I'm very pleased that I could run thru junior high and high school and never feel like I lost the love of running. I can only imagine how much I'll miss it if I go a couple weeks in between runs which could very well happen. I'll have to start really slow because my legs will be super tight haha. 

Asics 33-FA Blue Miles: 6.75
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Total Distance
7.25

Got together with Asa, Josh, and Landon and drove over to the Y. We warmed up on the trail they run at the BYU XC camp. I got 4 in. Then we lined up at the gate, started the watches at the same time. I got 1.07 to the Y. It was the hardest freaking mile of my life lol. My mile time was 12:03 (goal next time is to break 12 lol) and total time was 12:48. Whenever it flattened out a little I got to open my stride up more it felt so nice. Hung out at the top. Ran down and did a little over a mile cooldown on the other trail. Good times. 

Shout out to my girl Alli P for turning 17 today! 

Reminder that my farewell is tomorrow at 10:30. The address is 267 W Weatherby Drive Saratoga Springs 84045

Clifton 2 Green Miles: 7.25
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Total Distance
36.00
NB Zante Gray Miles: 16.00Clifton 2 Green Miles: 13.25Asics 33-FA Blue Miles: 6.75
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