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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
Race: Park City Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:28:19, Place overall: 51, Place in age division: 9
Total Distance

One of the best, most amazing, fun and fabulous races I have ever ran! Rode up with Karen, Smooth and Becca and then met Teena and Lowell before the start. Hung out in the lobby of the Hotel staying warm until the final 2 min count down. We were off to a wonderful start! Teena of course took off, the rest of us were just there to mosey along and enjoy it :)

Wandered around Park City for 26 fun filled miles of chatting, harassing, picture posing, and over-enthusiastic cheering of all those we passed. Had a great time picking up extra gu's etc. at aid-stations and we all just stuck together and had a wonderful time. I think if you added up all the time we spent just stopped at the aid-stations you could take off about 15+ minutes from our time. Honestly, I would guess the AP (of running mind you) was around a 9:30.

It's kind of funny how despite all the fun and 'talk' going through your head we all seem to just drop dead silent and just want to be done around mile 22-23. We all just got quiet and simply enjoyed one another's footfalls and breathing. THEN the finish line becomes the chatty room again. Full of celebration, fun and eating! Finally getting to talk to and get names of the people you've leap-frogged for MILES and get a few more pictures.

Some highlights for me:

*taking the caffeine gu at mile 13 - holy moly that put a nice kick in my step and some fun comments in my brain :) Okay...I never shut up, but all the extra energy was coming out of my mouth instead of coming out of my legs! Now I know to keep one of those in my pocket at SGM so I can let it come out of my legs!!!

*The top of the Deer Valley loop - seriously you should have a short party there. The end of the MILES of uphill, so my party was chasing down Larry driving away. I sprinted as fast as I could to catch/keep up with the car, he said it was about 10mph - oh yeah!!

*Empire street - oh that hill? was that a hill? I didn't even notice :) RAN up it. Took it by the horns, threw it down, sliced it up and ate it for breakfast. Heck yeah baby! Everyone else was looking around wondering who the crazy woman was that had enough energy at that point to do a hill sprint up that nasty thing. LOVED it!! When I hit the top and could see the nice downhill stretch I spotted a pair of flag shorts and got to chat with the ol' Slickster! Good times baby!

*Jumping for a picture at mile 18.5ish aid station. We'd lost Lowell by then, but all 4 girls posed for Larry and jumped in the picture! Again, everyone around us was looking at us like we were crazy for having enough energy and mind to stop and take a jumping picture that late in the race!

*95% - yes, the last 10K I promised Karen (no more lies!) it really was all downhill, a few parkway rollers of course, but REALLY 95% downhill. Every time we'd come to one of those rollers Karen would curse "Raaacheelll!!!" Then I'd yell back 95% I'm sticking by my 95%!!

*The last mile. About .2 ish after the mile marker for 25 I looked back (I'd gotten a bit ahead of Smooth) and noticed that she was safely in the company of Karen and I wanted to see if I had a good pace mile left in these ol' legs at the end of a grueling marathon. I turned it up and finished with an 8:38 split, which with the bit that I was going slower I'm going to guess was at my 8:15ish goal MP. I was really able to hit the gas after a guy with a sprinkler on the trail near the finish hosed me down! He got my 'favorite person' award for the day. I was going strong and when I hit the mile marker 13 for the half I put it in gear. My final split for the last .1 split was an AP of 5:51....wow, I didn't think my garmin would work going that fast :) I love a strong fast finish and being able to feel like I have it left in my legs!!!

*The company. I seriously loved this race more than all rest for so many things it gave to me through the wonderful people that accompanied me on the run. At one point Smooth said I could leave her. I denied the request and told her I'd be poking my eyeballs out with a knitting needle if I wasn't there running with her! I needed an escape this weekend after the rotten week I'd had and I got it - more than I probably deserved. Thanks all my wonderful peeps for putting up with my antics, whining, caffeine high and craziness. It was WONDERFUL!!!

After the race we did lunch at Cafe Rio with families, our pre-race group and EricO. It was simply delightful. The only warm, quiet, uninterrupted meal I'd gotten to eat all week!

My only complaint is that my feet hurt. I've never had my feet hurt before and I'm blaming it on all the trail/gravel running. I have pampered feet and they aren't used to such pounding abuse. I came home and stuck them in an ice bath! They are feeling better today, and I feel I'm ready to run tomorrow. We'll see what the feet/legs have to say about that when I take off in the morning :)

Cookie Monsters - Take 2 Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Carina on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 23:49:26 from

What a great time and fun race!! Way to go!!!

From Toby on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 00:22:03 from

I've been PATIENTLY waiting and waiting for this report to come in!

THIS is why we run....to have fun and be with great company. Hooray for a Park City party with some fun gals! I so wish that Hobble Creek would have been a different weekend and I could have run with ya'll!

Hooray for you - you totally deserve a fun weekend! SGM is going to have a rude awakening when RAD hits that course in 6 weeks...the BEAST is going to bust out! Now go get a massage/pedicure!

From RAD on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 00:38:20 from

Carina, thanks!

Toby, I think a massage is in order - I may just have to put a request in to the holder of the funds :) oh wait, that's me!! We will have just as much fun on your long run, which weekend were you planning on?

From Nancy on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 08:19:51 from

Nice race Rachel. I loved reading your report. You make it sound so fun and easy.

From leslie peterson on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 09:05:28 from

Sounds like you girls and Lowell had a Blast! sorry I missed you too!! See you at SG my dear!

From Terri on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 09:16:50 from

Wish I had your energy. I would be one of those people looking at you like you were crazy! Sounds like you a lot of fun which is what it is all about. Good times!

From Chad on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:08:16 from

Wow! That sounds so fun. I wish I could have been there.

From calliej on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 12:25:23 from

You ROCK!! Sounds like the best race ever!

Your energy is insane! I love it! That's the way everyone should run!!

From Brent on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 15:37:01 from

Devine - good luck this coming saturday, interested in reading your kid's race report, your's too.

Nice PC marathon, good hard training run for the George. Does it not make you wonder, is running PC funner than the mental and physical stress of going after a PR?

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

By the way, know you have a sub 8 marathon in you if you really want it.

From RAD on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 17:32:13 from

Nancy, fortunately this one was fun and easy :)

Leslie, it's a date! Glad you had a good time as well.

Terri, you got to see some fun crazy RAD moments at OBX :) you know how weird I get after running for hours and all pumped up on caffeine!

Chad, you would LOVE PC. Most of it is like running up 13400S - not horrible hills, but just enough to slow you down and make you work for it!

Callie, Sometimes I feel like my conversations and craziness is my inner 'phoebe' coming out :)

Brent, I don't like stress - so yes it's easier :) I'm excited for Saturday too! I can't wait to see how she likes it and how she does. A sub 3:30...I have wished and dreamed about that, but I'm such a pansy when it comes to pushing myself. I will make 3:29 my A+ goal for SGM and see how it goes :)

From Toby on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 21:26:11 from

I am running 8 miles....then meeting Karen and whoever else wants to come (hint hint) to do 12 miles. The only problem is I have to be done by 7:00am. So we will probably start 12 miles at 5:00am down by me. We are having a ward rodeo on Saturday and I need to be back. Let me know if you are interested and pass along the word!

From Burt on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 21:35:58 from

Sounds like you were still on caffeine when you wrote your report. Haha! Great job. Congratulations on another marathon under your belt.

From bye-wing on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 11:11:39 from

Good race, good report. As always, fun to read :)

Sounds like you had a blast and this was just the "getaway" you needed after last week.

From Scott Wesemann on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 11:38:40 from

What a fun run! It sounds like you guys had a blast. Congrats on another marathon and for having a ton of fun while doing it. I love reports like this.

From The Quiet Pirate on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 11:57:20 from

Hey- nice run! Pamper your feet a little from all that pounding!!

From Smooth on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 15:42:22 from

Raayyycheeelll ~ I can still hear it! LOVE LOVE LOVE your report! It was as though I was there!!! :) :) :) :)

You seriously had more energy than a gazelle, a horse, a cheetah added together! You were AWESOME!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE running with you!!! This is by far the most memorable funnest run for me THANKS to you!!!! Love you to pieces! :)

My feet would always hurt after PC, I think it's all the rocks on the trails. They will be fine!

From Rossy on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 at 21:02:41 from

Hey RAD, I have been meaning to read this report for weeks.... Wow, what a fun 26.2-miler! This is what running is all about! I love how you made the Empire Street look easy. Great job!

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