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5K Time Trial (Hessel Park, Champaign Illinois)

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Feb 13, 2017



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

I have just recently started running.  I ran my first race on April 29, 2017  It was a 5K race in Singapore.  My time was 18:37.4.  I hope to continue running for enjoyment for a long time, and run in races occasionally.

Since my first race I have lowered my 5K time to 17:47.58 (June 30, 2017, Singapore)

And then again in August 2017 (while staying with my grandparents in Champaign, Ill.) I lowered my 5K time again to 17:19 (non-certified course, could have been longer or shorter, but probably fairly close).

I have also run 61 sec for  400m, and 2:13 for 800m.

Short-Term Running Goals:

I want to increase my training and become faster.  I would eventually like to become the fastest in my age group.

Long-Term Running Goals:

I would love to continue running as long as I can.


I am Vietnamese-American and I am 15 years old.  I am home schooled so do not run on a team. 

I started running in the Fall of 2016 when my mom and I were living in Salt Lake City.

 I love running everyday.

My favorite subjects are History and Math.

I would love to be a history teacher or math teacher someday.

I am currently (since Oct 2017) living in Japan because my step-father, who is an architect, is working here for 3 years on a large project.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 130.00 Year: 1210.12
Race: 5K Time Trial (Hessel Park, Champaign Illinois) (3.1 Miles) 00:17:47, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

This morning I ran a 5K time trial with my grandfather doing the timing.  I was kind of nervous before starting, because my training hasn't been that great lately.  It was nice and cool but a little humid.  I finished in a time that tied my personal record that I set in Singapore.  If I know I was going to be at the same time, I could have found some energy from somewhere to have finished much faster.  Oh well.  I was very pleased with the result, because I was running this all alone.

After wards my grandfather and I ran to complete 10 miles.  We started out at 8:00 per mile and each mile gradually increased the speed, and finished the last mile in 6:30.

Today's workout was a confidence builder.

(One thing I have noticed.  Last week I did 60 miles of running.  I have found that for me 50 to 60 miles is the optimal distance.  When I put in a 100-mile week, I found that I was not able to put 100% into my harder workouts.  I think I will try to stick with around 60 miles per week for a while.) 

From Rylie on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 10:22:25 from

Eva, that's great!!! I wouldn't worry about your training, clearly its working. You're on fire!

From brynbryn on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 14:28:30 from

you're so awesome! that's definitely something to be proud of :)

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 15:07:00 from

Great time!

And, yes, you should not be running anything close to a 100 mile week.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 15:58:24 from


It is good to do time trials, but in order to establish some legitimacy - e.g. you want to get a collegiate scholarship, you need to race in races where your performances can be verified.

I have a couple of suggestions for respectable local races coming up:

Layton Classic 5K or 10 K, Layton Sep 9th

Top of Utah 5 K, Logan Sep 16th

With your training and speed you will also have a good shot at top 5 at the Top of Utah half on Aug 26th in Logan. 10 miles a day at a comfortable pace on a regular basis is more than sufficient to hold a decent portion of your 5 K speed over the half marathon.

What are your thoughts on that?

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 16:44:11 from

Did not see that you are in Illinois. In that case I would suggestion Monumental 5 K or half marathon on the first Saturday of November.

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 10:06:22 from

Mr. Pachev,

Thank you very much for your comments and for the information about the races.

In order to get "legitimacy" in my running, do the races that I participate in need to be USATF sanctioned races?

I would love to race, but being only 15 and not having much spending money for entrance fees, a very unsupportive mother when it comes to racing, and no means of transportation to get to any races,I have only ran one race so far.

I have not put much thought into whether or not I would like to run in college or get an athletic scholarship, but I would love to go to college in Utah I think. I loved it there when I lived there.

After the summer it appears I will be going to live in Japan for a couple of years. My step-father has already made arrangements for me to attend a Japanese high school starting sometime in September.

I have heard that people in Japan love running, so maybe I will be able to run on the high school team and participate in some races while I am there.

Again thank you very much for your concern.

I very much enjoy reading your blog about you and your family's races. It is amazing what you have accomplished in running as a family.

Good luck to you in the future.

From emruns on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 10:18:09 from

Japan is very well known for extremely strong high school and collegiate programs. Check into club teams and your high school team when you get settled. If you're interested in University running, Colleges look at track and cross country results. I don't think they're as interested in road times, as they don't compete on the roads. However, road races are good for fitness checkpoints and for fun. I'm pretty sure with your mix of academics and athletics, you are a strong candidate for a college scholarship.

I ran at BYU, and my husband ran for the U of U. When you hit your junior year, don't be afraid to contact coaches and send them your running and school resume. But, you will definitely need some legit times in races. I would focus mostly on track. 800-3200 (or 800, 1500, 3000 outside of US)

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 at 10:25:55 from


Thank you for the advice. That will help me in where I need to focus in my training.

I would love to attend the University of Utah in the future.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 at 16:25:38 from


Ideally this would be a USATF-certified or a track race with results posted online. I saw one in your area:

This is a couple of hours from Champaign - see if your Grandpa would drive you.

There are a few others to choose from:

Once you get to Japan, make sure to talk to the high school coach about joining the track team. Then you will get to race in some legitimate races that will give you something you can show to a US collegiate coach.

One idea also is that if you can score 30+ on the ACT test you can skip high school and go straight to college. At least that worked for my son and daughter at BYU. I do not know how old you would have to be for them to take you on the track team, you might have to wait until you turn 16. 17:47 should be fast enough for most teams, even BYU. Plus even without any increases in fitness you will probably improve it in a race where you can run in a pack with people of your ability.

If your mom or step-dad have any questions about our experience, getting into college for a home school student, your running, or anything else, have them e-mail me - - I'll be happy to share what we have learned so far.

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