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Myrtle Beach half-Marathon

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Location:

Herriman,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2009

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon: 3:23:54 (10/6/12)

Half IM: 5:44:03 (8/25/12 - course was long!)

25K trail - Buffalo Run (16.5) 2:34:50

Half Marathon: American Fork - 1:30:44  6/23/12

Spectrum 10K 43:42   3/17/2012

Best 5K: Spanish Fork 21:55 05/30/09

Short-Term Running Goals:

Okay, so for 2013 I am going to have FUN! Not that running isn't always fun, but I had a wonderful breakthrough year last year and I want to play this year :) AND get faster! So, my first goal I'm going to put out there is my yearly mileage goal.
It is 2,186 miles from my driveway to my sister (QP's) driveway! I want to spend this year on a virtual trek cross country running those miles. So, that is how far I will run in 2013...from my house to QPs. It will take all year and yes, this is measured on Hwys so it isn't really exactly how I COULD run it, but good enough. 43 miles/week...totally doable, and a fun goal to track how far I've traveled as I go along. Who knows...maybe I'll even run PAST her house :)

I will do more trail runs, Boston, Pacing duties, another Half IM and some other tris. I'm excited for this next year and look forward to having fun with all of you out on the roads, and trails! Maybe bag a few peaks this year too!!

Long-Term Running Goals:


Big Dreams: 5K in 20:2X; 10K in 39:XX; Half in 1:29:XX; Full in 3:15:XX; complete the Rim2Rim2Rim run and not die; Comrades; Iron(wo)Man.

Run for the rest of my life!

Personal:

4 children: twelve, eight, five and baby Fartlek - 2 1/2. Wonderful supportive husband that lets me drag him and the family all over for race after race!

Finished 13 marathons and LOVE running that distance! I'm definitely hooked to the marathon monster and hope to constantly improve my endurance, speed and stay injury free!

I've also found a love of trail running! I hope to keep improving on this front.

After being injured with a broken foot at the first of 2012 I found a tri group and started training with them and am now loving tris! The half IM was harder than I'd ever imagined...and am ready to do it again. I'll earn my bike butt and someday have enough time to train for a full IM.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
BIKE MILES Lifetime Miles: 1168.40
LUCY MILES Lifetime Miles: 25.25
Adidas Lifetime Miles: 319.66
Orange II Lifetime Miles: 390.41
Boston Mizuno Lifetime Miles: 568.97
Fargo Nikes Lifetime Miles: 500.03
BEANS Lifetime Miles: 755.00
Orange Bostons Lifetime Miles: 527.59
Solomon Trail Lifetime Miles: 363.98
PI Tri Shoes Lifetime Miles: 4.00
Boston Mizuno 10s Lifetime Miles: 140.75
New Orange Lifetime Miles: 157.05
Total Distance
159.28
Saucony Miles: 42.00
Night Sleep Time: 173.00Nap Time: 5.50Total Sleep Time: 178.50Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

Did step and 4 miles at the gym on the treadmill at around a 9 mm but ramped up the last one to finish at an 8 mm. I'm trying to just add on one mile a day (or so) and that will put me up about 10% per week. I think that will be a good addage for ramping up to Ogden. I'm still pretty stoked about it, I also need to find a 'plan' and try it out a little. Since I've never run a marathon I'd better take some sort of advice from an organized plan, because then I may be slightly more successful than 'guessing' how to do it on my own. My foot is feeling better. I did feel it a little on the treadmill this morning, but not nearly as bad as last week. Now I'm off to my 'race from one end of the valley to the other 3 times' day.

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Total Distance
11.00

I ran those lovely hill repeats with BBK's again this morning. A total of 7 miles and I am proud to say that my AP was 8:50 for the total mileage. The worst split was only 9:15! Now, some may laugh at the fact that I'm proud of that number, but you must take into consideration that my PR for a 1/2 marathon (the SLC one in Aug that goes UP the Mtn Dell side of emigration and then down) is a 9:17 pace (2:01 or so). So, being able to run probably at least 4 miles of tough hills and keeping a lower pace than that is great for me. This is what I love about running, constantly being able to improve yourself and its all up to you - no one else can take you or push you across that finish, you have to do it yourself! After the morning workout I went and did resistance and ran another 4 miles (around 9 mm) at the gym. Definately feeling the lingering effects of Aunt Ruth visitng and yucky eating all weekend. Only 11 days until Myrtle Beach! Eating crap and Aunt Ruth must go away - for at least a couple weeks :)

Okay, I wanted to post my splits so here they are:

1- 8:45  best 7:34

2- 8:17 best 6:58

3- 8:37 best 7:03

4- 9:15 best 6:49

5- 9:07 best 6:43

6- 9:08 best 7:28

7- 8:30 best 7:25

Of course, the bests were on those nice downhills ... thank goodness for long legs!

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1.00

So, after a nice lunch of gouda, whole grain crackers and grapes and a nice afternoon nap I'm awake and ready to do my 'stint' at the computer. I did the kick-box class this morning and then ran a mile, just so I'd have something to put on the blog. After my 8:20 treadmill mile I finished off with the Ab's class. My foot started bugging me again yesterday, so I decided with Myrtle Beach coming up I could take a little time off and get it fully put away. Its feeling much better after some ice and rest this afternoon. I'll also take Friday off to spin instead of run, hopefully it'll be enough. I really want to swim tonight while my kids are in swim lessons - it just sounds nice and relaxing, especially the hot tub and steam room after :)

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 2.00Total Sleep Time: 11.00Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
9.00

I did end up going swimming yesterday, and after about 10 minutes finally got into a good breathing routine. After about 40 minutes went to the hot tub and then the steam room to stretch .... oh, it was lovely!! If I didn't have to get wet I'd go to the steam room everyday.

This morning, I woke up early and met BBK's for extra miles. Did a nice easy warm up then about 4.5 miles (2-2.25) of tempo runs. Peggy said it should be comfortably hard, didn't understand until I was about a mile into the run, THEN I decided what I was running was comfortably hard! Finished up at a nice round 9, went home to grab 30 min more sleep then showered for my 'pretty day' at the gym. Did yoga then stretched and chatted for my last 30 min of nursery time. The best part is that after when I did my ritual weigh in at the gym I was down to my lowest weight!! Only 4.4 pounds left to get to my goal. That seems so much more reasonable than the 50 plus I started with. I'm feeling pretty good now, although another nap this afternoon will probably be mandatory if I'm to be amicable at all this evening.

I did have to put up my splits for this morning, because I'm so stinking proud of myself for getting ONE under 8! Here they are: 9:32 - 9:30 - 9:18 - 9:00 - 7:57 - 8:35 - 8:05 - 9:01 - 8:26 The overall AP was 8:49 but look at those pushes! A pat on the back for my 'tempo' today!

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Did resistance training with my trainer this morning. Some arms, but mostly legs ... I'm hoping it doesn't make me too sore for tomorrow's long run. I'd like to get in 16 and Kelli said she was hoping to keep an 8:30 pace. That would be an awesome run for me, so I'll see if I can keep up! After resistance I did spinning for 30 minutes and went almost 8 miles. Its so nice to get cardio and not have fatigue in those legs and feel like they're rested and ready to run. Definately looking forward to tomorrow. Now, for some lunch!

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Total Distance
16.18

I have looked forward to today since I found out Kelli was entertaining at Lehi again. However, this morning was definately not my best running morning! lead legs and crampy gut and exhaustion were unfortunately all part of the 'bad' equation. We did keep an AP of 9.02, and it seemed like 7 mm to me! I hit a huge wall around 10, but thanks to good company and my pack mule (Smooth) saving me with a little gatorade I made it through the last 6. I really wish I could get my body to do what my brain wants it to do! I wanted so bad to run this under 9, but since I started this Typhoid oral immunization on Monday (last pill is on Sun YEA!) my gut has been in a knot and everything I eat makes me nauseated, not to mention Aunt Flo's visit. I think I was just all out of energy and storage. It still was a good run and good for me mentally to not dwell or whine, but just keep up with the speedy ladies a stride in front of me. Thanks again Kelli and Smooth! I'm sure I wouldn't have made it, or at least nearly as fast, without your good company and the muffins at the finish!! I did it and didn't die, that today is an accomplishment - I also feel okay muscle/fatigue wise. Yea for my body, I have been blessed.

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So, this week we're already starting out with the good, the bad and the ugly. We'll start with the ugly: my son was diagnosed with strep yesterday and had a high temp of 105 for about 4 hours last night after motrin and antibiotics, poor boy! Whats ugly about this is that if I get it and go on antibiotics it will void the Typhoid immunization I just finished yesterday and I'll have to do it again - YUCK! So we're practicing good handwashing here and using Lysol like its going out of style, although I've proably already been infected before we even knew he was sick. Cross your fingers for no strep on race week! The bad: I have to taper this week for the race. I've read a little about tapering lately, but I've never done it before. Its so hard not to run! Can someone please explain to me, or give me a good reason why this really is good for me?!? I want to run so bad it hurts. The good: I get to go to NC and see my sister and her family and do the Myrtle Beach 1/2 marathon. I've been looking forward to this for a long time now and I'm so excited! I leave early Thursday morning so I'll miss running group that morning and won't be back till Midnight Monday so I don't think I'll make Tuesday either, but we'll see where my excitement level is to get back to all the good friends I've made.

As for my workout report (sorry, I know thats what this site really is for) I did a step class at the gym then the 30 min Ab's class and then came home. Again, no running due to the taper, but I'll probably stick in a walk with Lucy, or a good snow shoveling this afternoon evening. OOOH, maybe some swimming at lessons tonight...always good cross training - not to mention the steam room after :)

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Total Distance
7.50

Met the BBK's this morning and I nearly didn't go. Out here it was a sheet of ice with a little snow on top and I didn't want to get hurt trying to run on it, but when I got out just the few miles to Riverton the streets looked a TON better. So glad I didn't go back to bed. So, we met near O Roi Hardy Park and we started with our 'Kenyan' warm up. Slow, very slow - which actually felt great! Then we ended at the bottom of the Lampton hill, unfortunately I then knew what was in store! I have no earthly idea how many hill repeats/sprints we did, but it seemed to go on forever. I swear that someday those hills will not kick my butt!! We then did a 10 minute tempo run, which on my splits was 8:14. Yea, I can run after hills. I really felt great about the run today, it was hard, but I was just so happy about getting to get a good run in today I couldn't complain. I do also like pushing myself to see what I can do, its enthralling to push and get good results from it.

I then went to the gym for my appt with my trainer - took legs easy for the 'taper'. Did 45 minutes resistance training and then did intervals on the treadmill at 15% incline. Walk 2 min sprint 30 seconds (8:30 mm). Then I put it down to 2% and did a sprint (for me) at 8 mph for 2 minutes. It felt great at that speed and incline after doing the other. Walking and running was a total of 1.5 miles.

I'm getting really excited for Myrtle Beach and to see my sister, I just want to go to bed when I think about all I need to get done for my home/family before I go. I'm just so used to packing up and not worrying about anything here, but leaving everyone I feel I've got to get everything just right before I leave. Oh my, I better stop rambling and get to it! 

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Today I did kickboxing and Ab's and oh, are they sore! They had us doing a ton of ab work in kickboxing and then 30 min of abs, YIKES! They'll be sore tomorrow. Legs are feeling goood and I hope all this tapering will pay off Saturday. I did go to the Dr this morning because I woke up with a sore throat (the 'ugly'), but they said it wasn't strep, more likely a virus - or my head playing mean tricks on me since I've been so afraid of getting it! Hopefully the fever stays away and sitting all day on a plane will help the 'rest' factor. Have a great rest of the week, and if I don't post before then I'll see you all Saturday for the post race post :)

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On the plane early this morning. Yeah, don't laugh at the sleep time! I'm always up as late as possible the night before a trip, because I'm a really good procrastinator and wait till the last possible moment to do almost everthing! Had a good flight, but wind back east made take-offs and landings horribly bumpy and I nearly tossed my cookies (oh, wait I didn't have any because they are now $5 on the plane). Relaxing evening and bed early!

Night Sleep Time: 3.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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4.00

See, I more than made up for my sleep time being away from my kids and no good reason to wake up. If my phone wouldn't have rung, I may have slept in past noon! I ran a nice slow 9.30 AP 4 miles to try to get used the new climate. Since it was afternoon I thought a nice warm run, tights and a ls shirt... NOPE! I never thought I'd complain about 70 degree weather! I was so hot, I thought I was going to faint. After running in 20 degrees changing all of a sudden to 70 and sunny was crazy. Other than being overdressed and hot, it was a good run. My sister had to go to work, so I hung out with her husband and found some great 'treasures' at Treasure Mart (oh, boy I couldn't touch anything...gross!) and got to meet some of the local fanfare, another oh, boy. Afternoon we drove down to Myrtle Beach and technology nearly killed us, but other than that it was a good drive with fun memories. Due to some traffic delays we got into town late, barely made the expo, checked into the hotel and then didn't get to dinner until 10:00 (Ruby Tuesday Avacado Turkey burger with salad bar and LOTS of water). Got to bed late (12:00), but the sleep in this morning made it not feel so off.

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Race: Myrtle Beach half-Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:47:05, Place overall: 412, Place in age division: 23
Total Distance
13.10

I typed it all in and then the computer kicked me off and I'm mad, so I'll type it later when I feel better. Great race, overcast cloudy but the rain stayed away. IT band bit me with a vengance (haven't felt it for 8 months or more!) at mile 8 and that next mile was PAINFUL! It did subside, and I was able to keep up my 8:05 pace. Yea! I'll RICE it this weekend. Lots of love, I feel good and 30 minutes after the race I got thinking I wanted to try again, because I didn't think I gave it all I could - I knew I could do better! Well I've got SLC 1/2 in April and we'll bust my PR again!!!

splits 1-8:25

2- 8:12

3-7:53

4- 7:56

5- 7:50 (look at me speed by :)

6- 7:53

7- 8:04

8- 7:51

9- 8:29 (IT seizes up!)

10- 7:56

11- 8:11

12- 8:05

13- 8:17

14- 8:01 (2.03  min  garmin stopped at 13.23 best 6:13!)

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Total Distance
9.00

I ran a nine mile loop on a trail with my sister in NC. It was a great recovery run at about a 9:30 AP. It was in the sand hills, so different than what I'm used to! The hills didn't seem like much (thank you BBK's), but running on sand is much different. Most places were pretty packed, but some were quite squishy/sandy! No IT problems at all, I was really trying to keep good posture, have the foot strike directly under the center of gravity, and lift my heels (like was suggested in Runner World, my flying entertainment). I really think the form made a big difference, but its hard to concentrate on changing something that your just used to letting go. I guess if I work on it enough it will get easier and more routine. After the nine, we walked to meet my Bro-in-law who was carrying a 70 lb rock sack (litterally, it was filled with rocks!) and walking/hiking. That was probably at least another 3 miles of walking - a great cool down, which I rarely get because I've always got to rush off to one place or another after a run. It was great, but then I had the 6 hours of sitting on a plane to get home :(  Luckily the Atlanta airport is big and I just kept walking the whole hour plus that I was there - and resisting all the crap there was to eat! YEA! I didn't get home until about 1:30 AM, a very long day!

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3.00

Well, despite the late flight I was able to get up and get the children off to school and get myself to the gym. I did a body sculpting class and then ran 3 miles on the treamill (9:30-7:30 mm accelerating slowly at the end). I think I probably should've done 4, but Lucy needs to get out so  maybe she and I will take a nice little jog around the 'hood this evening. It was really great to get back to life again, you kind of start missing the routine of things when you get so out of them. I did miss running group- 3 hours of sleep wasn't on the docket today! I figured I got some good mileage and hills yesterday on the trail, I'm sure its nothing like I would've had to do this morning, but not getting any sleep and the snow kept me rationalizing. I will be there Thursday though and ready for some speed/tempo work! The IT is talking to me a little, so I'm stretching and icing - it's not bad, I can just hear it a little so I really want to take care of it so it will go away! I think I'll take a nap this afternoon and try to get back to cleaning and taking care of my family.

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4.00

Missed Michelle's class this morning because I was too lazy to get up, but I did get to the 8:45 kickboxing class where they did circuts (one with 1 min 30 sec of push-ups, uuggghh!) and then afterward ran for 4 miles at 9 mm with a 2% incline. Felt good and IT doesn't seem to be bothering me much, which is great! Looking forward to a long run this weekend, and seeing everyone at running group in the morning.

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
10.50

WOW! What a run this morning. I felt so good, about 3 hours after it was over. We started at BHS and did a nice slow 3 mile warm up, then met the group and did another mile or so. Cheryl then had us do some 'striding' (?) where for a 1/2 a block we tried to pick up pace and stride out to tempo. I thought it was silly (isn't all of running anyway?), because I couldn't understand how doing a short sprint 4 times could help me run faster over 4 miles - I always think I should save it! There were 2 groups the chasers and those being chased. I started in the 'being chased' group, because I didn't feel like I could push it; however, after about a 1/2 mile I decided to kick it in. I just went as fast as I could at 'comfortably hard' where I couldn't really talk while breathing, this is much harder than I was breathing even once in my race. I soon noticed I was in the front of the group, then I heard those footsteps, I was so impressed that even with me pushing all out there was someone in the back group (that ran an extra .6 mile) that had already caught up to me. Thankfully, it was Eric who had started in the group with me. Then we hit a little hill and thanks to BSROOLS I picked up the pace up the hill and I think Eric decided to leave the crazy lady to her own devices. I pushed through the whole route and even when I saw those who had cut out some of the loops and gotten ahead of me, I pushed to catch them and pass them, luckily it was downhill. I got to the finish first (with NO ONE passing me, even those short-cutters) and decided to take the extra chasers loop. By the time I got finished with that everyone was back and I got only a few second rest before we took off to do a 2 mile 'cool down' loop. Those miles my legs felt done, but my breathing was undercontrol (the opposite of when I was pushing), I was excited to see that even those last 2 I was at a good 8:30 mm or so, helped me rationalize my tired legs anyway. I was ready to stop and walk at 10, but those wonderful people I run with pushed me to finish the last .5 back to the car. I was exhausted and my shin bone on my left leg is flaking apart, or thats what it feels like! Ice and stretching this weekend with rest Friday and Sunday should kick those in the butt (hopefully). Back to good eating- I've had a good week off and made the most of it (the scale shows!) so now I'm going to get back to putting GOOD fuel into my body so it can perform better, I will, I will, I will (trying to convince myself I don't want diet Mtn Dew and chocolate today). Here are my splits that I am so proud of today, especially because this was me pushing me and I felt good in the run, no one but myself pushing myself... I LOVED IT!!

10.5 miles overall AP 8:32 best pace 6:02 -- 1= 9:30 2=8:57 3=8:57 4=9:03 5=7:52 6=7:47 7=7:47 8=7:54 9=8:51 (mostly cool down after the 'race') 10=8:35 11=8:56 (.5 mile finish)

Then I finished with a great 60 minutes of stretching at Yoga at the gym...MMMM, time for a nap!

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Did resistance training and rode 7 miles on the upright bike. Trying to nurse my shins from yesterday - RICE RICE RICE, hopefully it won't give me fits tomorrow. Why do we have to fall apart as we get older and more determined to do things?? UUGGHHH! I just want to have my 16 yr old body back that would heal overnight and do nearly anything I wanted it too, even though I fed it and treated it like crap! I just don't want the brain that came with it at the time :)

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Total Distance
18.00

Today was the longest run I've ever done in my life so...Kudos to me for surviving! And here's the best part, I actually feel okay now. After a good hours rest I could go out and probably put in a few more! I'm feeling better and better about Ogden every weekend. I still think 26 will kill me, but it may not be so painful a death as I first thought. It was a great run, I felt great and when I was done I was done, but I still felt okay and I even averaged 9.14 min miles. This is faster than my previous 1/2 PR - pretty sad, I know! I'm feeling great and ready for my 20 next weekend, I think I can do it now. Plus the last 3 plus miles will all be a GOOD down/flat! I did my best remembering of how to tape shins and taped up my left one and wore a brace on my right knee for the IT, but I didn't feel either one the whole run or so far after! My hamstrings are feeling quite tight, but I'll make sure to stretch them well this weekend and we'll be ready for another great week!

Oh, with my splits I had a couple 8:30's in the middle of the run, but my last mile was the 3rd fastest of the whole run at 8:43! Whoo Hoo! I'm feeling the runner's high now...I wasn't so sure about mile 15, but now that its done I'm GREAT! Thanks to Kelli, Smooth, Jon 'A' :), Bec, Alan, and Scott for keeping such great company...thats what makes the run good for me!!

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4.00

Did step at the gym this morning and then went out to the treadmill to do a few easy miles. I can't look at the display while I run, so I don't know what the speed was - somewhere between 8:30 and 9:00, I adjust it up a few down one and back and forth through the run as I'm 'feeling' it. I had a hard time running through without Kelli there to distract me; however, I was finally feeling good and ready for a little more speed when time was up. Dang nursery! I would've gotten in one or two last faster miles. Oh well, there's always tomorrow with the lovely promise of hills!

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Total Distance
12.00

Met the BBK's for early miles this morning and wow, they were off! I was ready for a nice slow warm-up, but there was none of that today. I think we started at a 9mm and I usually like to drag more of a 9:30 plus - especially today I was just tired. I was feeling better after the 3 warm up though and ready for the hills. I thought for sure we were going to do Lampton again, but no such luck (yes, I said luck). Peggy took us to the S curve hill behind the county pool and we were to sprint up, recover about .25 mile at the top, then push downhill as well and recover again about .10 mile. I was pushing it and at first thought the S curve would be easier - push the curves then glide the straightaways, but nope! It was definately all good up hill. It was really good for me to push myself, and as always loved the downhill pushes! 3X of that and then an 'easy' push uphill to meet at the top. We then did .25 mile sprints with a .25 recovery, all flat. I thought I should've been able to push the sprints a little more, but the hills had done in my legs. 4 repeats of the sprints then back down to the car. I finished at 10.25 miles with an AP of 8:56! With all those hills I feel rather vindicated with that time. I did have one mile during the sprints that was 8:21, with the recoveries and everything that felt good. Then I hit the gym for resistance traning and another 1.75 at an easy 10 mm at 2 % to even things out. Now, I'll be working on that nap.....

Saucony Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 1.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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3.00

I went to the kick-boxing class at the gym, then ran 3 on the treadmill. I ran the 3 at a decline of 3% and it was amazing, it felt so effortless (imagine that). So I kept uping the speed. I was comfortable at about a 7:10 mm - which was crazy to me...I didn't even realize it was that fast until I looked at the very end WOW! If I could run a downhill race I might be able to keep up with some of you :) I then finished off with the last 15 minutes of Ab's class. It was a great morning and I feel refreshed and ready for the day.

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10.00

Met the BBK's for a great tempo workout this morning. We had a 3 mile warm up, and while we were on a neighborhood street I steped on a dirt clod in the road and completely landed on the side of my foot instead of the bottom. Eric was running next to me listening to me whine about my neighbor discounting my race since it was at sea-level and didn't have any elevation. Anyway, I basically fell into him and grabbed onto his arm - Eric saved my life! If he wasn't there I would've been on the road for sure, and thats a long fall; so thanks Eric I really owe you one! My ankle is just a little tender, but luckily its on the ankle bone and above, forward and back motion doesn't bother it just 'around'. The tempo run was great we did 2 minutes at marathon pace and the 1 min at 5K pace. I actually really liked pushing for just the 1 minute, then getting a little 'recovery'. I felt really strong this morning and I have no idea how fast my 5K or marathon pace really was, but my splits were around 8:00-8:30 mm. So, I figured they had to be pretty good (for me) - my overall AP was 8:32 for the 10 miles.

After then run got the kids off to school then went to the gym for yoga and then 30 minutes of my own stretching -I've got to use ALL the nursery time I'm alloted :)

Saucony Miles: 10.00
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Today I did the body building class at the gym and then rode the upright bike for 30 min (6 miles). Got a lot of errands to run today, but I'm ready for my long run tomorrow - I think I'll hit 20.

I have a request. I'm leaving for a cruise next Friday evening for 2 weeks. I don't know how to 'train' while I'm on vacation. I just can't run long distances on the TM, they do have a running track that is 5 laps/mile so its not too small, but I still don't think I could do 15-20 on a track. I'm nervous about loosing my training for these 2 weeks. Does anyone have suggestions about what to do while I'm gone? Or somewhere I can get a training plan? I think I'm making too big of a deal out of it, but with Ogden being just over 2 months away I don't want to have to start nearly over again in training...help, please!

Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
20.00

Do you know how amazing it is to know that your feet can carry you 20 miles?!? Wow, I feel so accomplished today I feel like I need a medal :) - (I already rewarded myself with french fries and icecream).  I ran from my house in Herriman to my mom's house in West Valley along Bacchus Hwy. It was so invigorating...when I was done. I had to scream (with joy) when the garmin clicked over to that 20.0 and I got to stop! I did a few water drops yesterday and I got really worried because the first stop my water was frozen nearly solid. I was banging it on the concrete to break it up enough to get the middle out to get a few sips with the GU. This was the first time I'd used GU (Power Bar variety), and I could feel an energy difference, but a mile after the second one (1@ 7; 2@ 13.5) my tummy was telling me I'd had enough, so I didn't do the 3rd one when I had planed at 17, I just had water. The water at the other 2 drops was fine, not even icy. Everyone tells me that 20 is the wall at a marathon, but today it was about 15 for me. I just couldn't believe I was still so far away, my knees were hurting my tummy ached and I thought about stopping, but when I stopped at 16.8 I knew I only had 3 to go and it was easy to rationalize going that far after a short water stop and stretch...especially knowing it was all downhill from here! My AP for the run was 9:07 - I was really suprised by that, because Bacchus has some GOOD hills, even going 'down' it. I thought I'd be closer to a 10 mm. I did start out slow, but I guess its just the Kenyan in me :)

Here are my splits 1-9:42

2-9:27

3-10:14

4-9:45

5-8:21 (I finally felt warm and ready to run!)

6-8:45

7-8:41

8-9:12 (dodging cars in the mud on Bacchus, one time I came out of it with an extra 5 pounds on my shoes!)

9-8:43

10-9:00

11-9:21 (hitting those hills for this one and the next three!)

12-9:31

13-9:05

14-9:11

15- 9:23 (this was my wall! No hills, just bad mental capacity :(

16-8:43 (feeling much better - obviously!)

17-8:42

18-8:58

19- 9:06

20- 8:39 (Happy to be almost done, lets go!)

I had a great run, and now that I'm feeling a little recovered I'm feeling great and mentally ready to tackle 22 next :) However, first I'll scale back for a couple weeks and enjoy the cruise -- YEA!

Saucony Miles: 20.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
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Saucony Miles: 42.00
Night Sleep Time: 173.00Nap Time: 5.50Total Sleep Time: 178.50Weight: 0.00
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