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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2009



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!


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

Got up for a wonderful early summer run. Just 6.25 on a new loop, nice and easy...the way I like it :) Except when at one point I could hear two guys gaining on me. I had to keep telling myself it wasn't a race and it was okay if they passed me. Turned out I know the guys and when they caught me we had a good laugh about it.

AP: 9:47 - lots of uphill, not an excuse...just a fact.

Went to the gym and ran a quick 6.75 to round out the miles for the day. Met a new 'friend' on the TM and she is married to a coach for the U gymnastics team. Amazing woman! Helped time go by quickly as well.

AP: 8:51 - why is it so much easier to run faster on a TM? Am I really that lazy?

Hit FIT class for a good workout before taking off for the day. I really like the new teacher - she has changed things up for the good. Too bad I'm only at this gym for another few weeks. HA! Who am I kidding I won't miss the drive or the hollywood :)

Okay...so the main post is done. This is my venting now. So, if you're not in the mood...you may stop here :)

WHY IN THE WORLD CAN'T I BQ?!? I keep reading more and more reports of people who run slower 1/2 and 10K times than I do by 3-7 minutes and they are in my AG and can BQ, but I can't. Why? I don't get it. It just rips my heart out. What am I doing wrong? Am I too fat? Don't push myself enough? Need to increase miles? Need better stability so my body will handle the miles...what?!? I'm SO frustrated when I read about other people who are my same age (or older) and most of the time don't train as much as I do, can't do shorter races as quickly, typically weigh more than me but yet have beat my marathon time into the ground. Uggghh. Sorry, I'm just frustrated. I know that I can only ever race myself and my first 3 marathons I should've BQ'd and ITBS prevented it, but I am still frustrated. I just want one little thing...to run a marathon in a 'predicted' time for what I do a 1/2 and 10K at. bother... I guess I should just stop, but I know this is the place I can vent and not get criticized for it. Thanks for 'listening' to the rant.

Inspire Yellow Racers Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From runningafterbabies on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 18:07:03 from

Hang in there girl! You have been plagued with injuries and coming back from having a baby the past year. I know you have a BQ in you! When is your next marathon?

From Carina on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 18:47:08 from

Rachel, you are so there!! You will definitely BQ. I don't know much, but I have learned that marathon running is a lot mental. Yes you have to prepare your body physically, but just as important is really believing you can do it. It's amazing what a difference that makes!!

From allie on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 18:57:50 from

you will get there, rachel. i think you are doing great with your training. you definitely put in the miles and you have the speed for the BQ. don't give up hope! you've got it!

From Carolyn in Colorado on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 20:23:02 from

You'll get that BQ one of these days. You are super fast. The only reason I managed it is because I am OLD and so the standards are easier.

From Nancy on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 20:35:19 from

I thought you had already BQ'd. How fast do you have run for your age group? I think you are a great runner and you will BQ soon.

From Andrea on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 21:22:28 from

You are definitely on track for a BQ! The two aspects that I believe have really helped me to get faster are increased mileage and some fast 200s about once a week.

You did a lot today! Great work :o)

From glidergirl on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 11:45:13 from

That's funny, I think it's harder to run faster on the TM. I've never figured out why!

I have some of the same frustrations so I'm not sure that I'm much help. :( But maybe that's just it, maybe you do too much and need to taper even more or back down on the XT or something? Who knows. Either way, I won't give up trying to BQ if you don't! :)

From catherine on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 12:01:29 from

You'll get it. I agree with RAB - you've had hard stuff going on with your body. When you get it are you going to go run Boston? :)

From Jake K on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 12:03:21 from

From a quick stalk of your training log, it seems like despite coming back from having a baby and an injury, 2011 has been a pretty consistent year for you. Not to mention getting 2 marathons under your belt already this year. You are on the right track. Staying consistent w/ the mileage is the most important training aspect, in my opinion. Mixing up the training stimulus once in a while (like Andrea said) is also very important. But what Carina said is the most important thing of all - JUST BELIEVE IT!!! Its incredible what you can do if you just convince yourself that you are going to do it. You know you have run the times at shorter races that predict a BQ, so you know you can do it. Visualize it non-stop while you are running until no other outcome is even possible! :-) And then when marathon day comes, all you have to do is execute what you have already done in training and in your head a thousand times.

From RAD on Tue, Aug 09, 2011 at 18:34:19 from

Melody, I'm running PC on the 20th, but just for fun. SGM will be THE race for me.

Carina, I feel like I believe it...until I try to run fast and die. Then I lose all hope.

Allie, maybe on our long run I will make you pace me 10ish mile of MP for me (slow for you). Then you can see how 'fast' I am...as I breathe like a freight train!

Carolyn, I'm not accepting your excuse :) Your PR for a full is still faster than mine!

Nancy, well, it used to be 3:40, but by the time I get to SGM it will be 3:35. 3:45 at SGM last year was my fastest.

Andrea, this is one reason I started heading back to my running group (BBK's) they really push me in that speed. I hate to run uncomfortably and they help remind me that I won't die if I do :)

Brooke, I think I'm just good at going a set speed and on the road when I set my speed it is usually a lot slower! Sounds like a deal. Glad you can feel my frustration!! What's wrong with us? :)

Catherine, yes. I do want to run Boston. I've already promised a rock climbing retreat to my husband this next year, so I'd like to put it on the calendar for 2013. More importantly I just want the # and the distinction. with or without running it :)

Jake, so what you're saying is that I need a new brain? :) I do dream about it, but then when I try to run MP I just think 'yuck! 20 miles of this?!? you're too slow.' All right...time to throw out the old thinking and reach for the stars and believe again!

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