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Salt Lake City,UT,United States

Member Since:

Dec 08, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

13.1: 1:09:58 (2018, aided)

26.2: 2:38:50 (2018)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy!


2018 Running Schedule

Feb - Phoenix Marathon: 2:39:39. Glad to get a sub-2:40 marathon and a new PR in my first marathon in 3.5 years.

April - Emigration 10: 54:44. Happy with this one. Glad to get a good win.

April - Bonneville Shoreline Trail Marathon - 3:59:16. Finally a sub-4 here despite the worst conditions I've run it in.

May - Stillwater Half Marathon (MN): 1:16:50. Went out at 1:12 flat pace in high heat and humidity and died very badly, barely maintaining a running cadence on the final hills. Worst race of the year by far.

June - Utah Valley Marathon - 2:38:50. Glad to nab a new PR off of mostly half training.

July - Des News Half: 1:09:58. Really surprised myself with this one.

September - Berlin Marathon - Goal of sub-2:35:00. 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy, make improvements, maximize my potential.


I am a bioengineering PhD currently working as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University of Utah, where I design neurosurgical approaches for treating movement disorders.

Summer 2018 update: I'm lazy about copying over from Strava, so find me over there for day-to-day runs until I eventually get around to copying everything over here. I'm really thinking long term this year; thus, I'm focusing on consistency while still working really hard, and I'm glad to say that I'm not only in the best shape of my life, but my fitness is rapidly improving. I'm strongly motivated to see how fast I can get over the coming years.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 83.90
Skechers GoRun 4 Blue - A Bit Too Big, But Free Lifetime Miles: 105.80
Saucony Grid Type A Lifetime Miles: 94.20
Saucony Fastwitch 7 Blue Lifetime Miles: 132.40
Saucony Fastwitch 7 Red Lifetime Miles: 135.90
New Balance Vazee Summit V2 Black Lifetime Miles: 121.90
Skechers Go Med Speed 4 Lifetime Miles: 36.70
Race: Phoenix Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:39:39, Place overall: 10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Giving myself a B+ for this, but it was enough for a pr. I'll eventually catch up and copy stuff over here.


Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Rob Murphy on Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 11:59:26 from


From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 at 16:32:27 from

Congratulations on a PR!

From CollinAnderson on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 at 16:46:56 from

Thanks! It's been a long time coming that I got back in shape. I was repeatedly injured in 2015/2016 while simultaneously focusing more on spending time with my wife in the spare time from finishing my doctorate and starting a postdoc. I got back into decent shape last year, but I built up way too quickly and wound up with a stress fracture in the first week of September. So, I had from November until the end of December to ramp mileage carefully and get ready for real training without injuring myself again. January into mid Feb was a focus on 70-80mpw running with very high quality workouts that I always rested well for. In the end, 7 weeks of really good training was enough to get me back in shape and net me a 2.5 minute PR, even with a slightly less-than-perfect race strategy. I now have a nice fitness base and decent aerobic base to build from, and I'm extremely motivated to work both hard and smart this year. I'll take all of that into training for an upcoming half in my hometown in May and the Berlin Marathon in September, and I'm looking for substantial PR improvements in both.

From Holt on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 at 22:14:07 from

Good work Colin

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