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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: 14.00
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
Mizuno Inspire -cookie Monster Miles: 6.00Inspire Yellow Racers Miles: 35.66
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

On the road again, just can't wait to get on the road again...

It is SO nice outside I need to start getting to bed so that I can wake up in the morning and run. I really hate the dreadmill! 

I just did 6 today. The plan is 6, 5, 4, 3, off, UVM. A short little taper for little to no build up before the race :) I did a good 5 min warm-up on the stair master just to get the hip flexor moving. Then I did a good 90 second stretch and jumped on the TM. The 9:50 I started at sure seemed a lot harder than it should've been :( It took a while, but when I would get comfortable at the pace I'd increase the speed. Finally by 3 miles I was at 8:57 and feeling 'normal'. The first 4 miles were uphill, then I put the TM on a decline (-1%) to test out some downhill miles for Saturday. I was nice and comfortable there at an 8:20 which gave me some hope. Stayed there for the last two miles (but with a fast finish of the last .4, sprinted at 6:30 for the last tenth). I finished 6 miles at exactly 54:00 - 9:00 even AP, nice!

I skipped fit class to not tire myself out too much and just did some PT stuff for the flexor/quads, and then some planking and push-ups for good measure. Finished it off with a good 15 min stretch and roll-out. Felt like I finally got a decent workout in at the gym.

Mizuno Inspire -cookie Monster Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Nice easy normal 5 route with Cal this morning. It's nice to have someone to drag my butt out of bed - or I might just sleep! The morning was nice and cool, but still warm enough to wear a skirt and t-shirt. It's nice to have these days back again. It was probably only around 50, but better than we've had in the past 8 months, so I can't complain! 

Almost kept a decent pace...almost. I will blame it on Lucy today, it is NEVER my fault! :) 

AP: 9:10 splits: 9:35, 8:45, 8:44, 9:13, 9:32 (uphill home, I lose it every time!)

Did a short warm up and a nice cool down then came home and stretched. Oh, the anxiety about Saturday is killing me. I just really wish all these aches and pains would go away. I can't wait to run happy and strong again without feeling everything ache! Blah!!

Now I'm off to boot camp, but will do a workout like the other ladies there - 2 for the regular 25 of everything in the set :)

Inspire Yellow Racers Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Slacker...yup! That's me :)

I was going to run 4 today on the TM, but Wednesdays are crazy at the gym because I have to take my son to/from swim lessons in the middle of my time and it's hard to get the motivation to run on the TM anyway. Also, my legs didn't really want to run - so I argued with myself about doing it or not. This close to the race, it doesn't matter. I can do other stuff and keep cardio, right?

Well, I did 20 min on the stair climber, swim lesson break, 25 min on the bike,  swim lesson and shower break (for the little dude), ran into my SIL chatted then Sara came and asked if I wanted to do volleyball...well, that was it. I went and played volleyball until the end of my daycare time.

I don't feel guilty about not running either, I wish I had the miles to add up, but I think my leg enjoyed the break. Better every day, still only about 85%, but better. PT appointment on Tuesday to asses the damage from UVM :)

Came home and spent the next 3 hours on my feet taking care of yard stuff (disease control, fertilizer, garden fertilizer, watering, tie downs for the trees and weed control. I figure time on my feet makes up for the lack of 'miles'. Now off to do all my normal house stuff for Wednesday...

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

The first mile is always the hardest.

I seriously felt like I was running the last 5K of a marathon as I set out this morning. Tired heavy legs. I didn't think I'd been doing all that much this week, and maybe I haven't, but my legs feel blech! Not nice and fresh and recovered. I kept thinking "It shouldn't be this hard to run this slow!" Didn't exude a lot of confidence about Saturday.

I ran into Sandra just after mile 1, she'd gotten in late from vacation last night and wanted to sleep in so she didn't text me to meet up. At 6:30 she couldn't sleep due to allergies and got up to run on her own. We should've coordinated better, because we both only did 3 miles.

AP:  9:07; splits: 8:49, 9:30, 9:07, 8:07 (had to get a fast finish, I was actually in mid/low 7's the last .35 of the run - gotta love the downhill)

Ever since my daughter started running the mile at school for presidential fitness (her fastest time was 8:30 - and always the first girl!) she has asked to run with me. Well, today was the morning. I came home and got her to run just one mile, my son also wanted to come so we all got out to the mailbox for an out and back mile.

My 6yr old son made it a 1/4 mile before stopping and my daughter only stopped to walk at the turn around for a couple house lengths. They've both got congestion and cough going on (just like Kelli - I had it 10ish days ago), but I certainly was proud of the effort they made! Lauren (10) finished in 10:22 and David was a few minutes behind us, but had a fast finish as I challenged him to race me the last .10 home, as dad and baby were on the porch cheering us in. I'm sure the neighbors loved us! All in all I ran 1.25 with them. I've never had anyone in my family even want to run with me, so this was a fun thing. Surprisingly, my legs felt the best the last 1.25 :)

Now I'm off to yoga and am going to sit on my patutie and be lazy until Saturday at about 6AM.

Inspire Yellow Racers Miles: 4.35
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Race: Utah Valley Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:59:30, Place overall: 711, Place in age division: 72
Total Distance

Warning....VERY long, even for me. But, I hope it's worth the read :)

Today was the most emotional race I have ever ran. I've never felt so much. 

Friday night was just kind of disaster control and lets just say I wasn't having any of it. Then to top it off my son woke up the baby while he was getting pajamas on and although I haven't had any problems with the baby sleeping he wouldn't go to sleep! I felt trapped in a nightmare and I just wanted to run away. Baby and I finally drifted off to sleep in MY bed (ugghhh) around 11:30, making my 2:30 wake up call VERY early!

Problem was...alarm didn't go off. I had set 2 alarms (or so I thought) which I have only ever done for one race. I set my phone for the last possible minute to get up as my just in case, and I shot out of bed like a cannon when I heard it. 15 minutes later I was out the door on my way to Provo. Picked up Smooth and we had a great chat about how we were just going to hang in the back and whine and complain the whole way down - misery loves company! Until Smooth (the wonderful woman she is) gave me my mini fireside for the day as we drove down. I was feeling better, but still guilty about being a grumpy/bad mom last night and I was still ready to run my 26 miles away from it all!

The ride up was quite enjoyable chatting with JohnnyV, Matt and Teena. Even though our bus was one of 4 or so that got lost, we still had more than plenty of time upon 'landing'. At the start we found Luz and Cath (who we'd ditched for fear of lines at the buses) and had some wonderfully fun conversations.

When the gun went off I was sitting in a POP. HA! Always good times. It was our second trip there and I needed both due to my rush out of the house so early. It is nice to have a chipped timed race that starts when you do! We were about 5 minutes behind the gun, but between Lowell and the Luz and Cath duo (they'd ditched us as we dropped bags on the way to our late start :) ).

The first few miles were slow and painful, yes literally. Hadn't warmed up or stretched properly before hand and I was paying for it. The hip flexor was doing okay, I was just rusty and creaky all over everywhere else. Lowell caught us just after mile 1 and THAT of course brought up the entertainment factor. I love running with that guy! He makes it SO fun and chats with everyone. However, I got separated somehow at the first aid-station from them and that was all she wrote about running with friends (that weren't strangers). This started my downward spiral.

Running alone can sometimes be a good thing and sometimes a bad thing. Today it was a bad thing. My beaten up mental state took over and by mile 4.5 I was choking back tears and trying to hold it together thinking about my family as well as my dad (who passed 4.5 years ago).  Then my phone rang. I was going to ignore it (I had enough on my mind to not add whoever was calling's problem!), but I decided to answer it. As I pulled it out of my pocket I saw it was my sister bye-wing. She had called earlier at the buses (gotta love a time difference that makes that possible!) and I was just SO happy to hear from her and get her encouragement. I told her I was at mile 5 and then it happened. The flood gates opened and I just started bawling uncontrolably. I don't think she realized I was crying and not exhausted she said good-bye I said "I love you" and hung up. Nearly the next full mile (and aid-station) I spent bawling as I was running. No one said anything to me (thankfully!) and I since I couldn't stop I thought maybe my ipod would be a good option. Nope...first song just made it worse!

By mile marker 6 I'd gathered myself and was doing well. Feeling better too. I kept picking people out to chase (another good thing of starting so late!) and I'd run them down. Well, after passing one of my 'victims' she asked if I was Rachel. YUP! It was Michelle from Colorado. She runs with Carolyn and she had a baby a few months after I did last year and was in town for the race. I was hoping I'd see her, but couldn't have imagined the circumstances that it happened under. I had a good chat with her for a bit then left her to tackle the first of the few rolling hills.

Feeling MUCH better at this point I shut off the ipod and blasted up some hills (relatively speaking) and tried to encourage others walking. Then I got another faint "Rachel" spoken as I passed them...I turned to see Luz! Due to the hill we didn't chat much, but I said a few words to her and Cath just ahead as we crossed paths. Life was going great!

True to fashion I wasn't looking at my garmin and just paced along what was comfortable. I knew a PR wasn't possible from the beginning, so I was just there to finish. I lost track of the next few miles until 11 and I realized the next quickly approaching aid-station would be mile 13 - half way baby! Met another good chatty runner Jennifer at this point. She'd also run Ogden, had a good chat for a while!

At the 1/2 point I checked to see my split...2:00:30 yikes, this wasn't going to be pretty! Ogden was faster at 1:57 - and more enjoyable and comfortable. I figured I'd try and open it up and go for that elusive negative split, which has never happened to me.

Somewhere in the next few miles as I kept passing folks down the canyon I would surge for a short time then recover. I was feeling good and put together a good mental finishing plan! Since I got reprimanded the other day about my definition of 'family' I decided that the last 7 miles of the race would each be given to a member of my family that inspires me to run. I knew this would keep me focused on just one mile at a time and the individual and NOT on the pain.

Mile 19: The first dedication went to my favorite pirate...of the quiet variety. I mentioned that to one guy I passed and after 'favorite pirate' he said "Oh, Jack Sparrow" ha! nope! I just finished "of the quiet variety - THE Quiet Pirate." So, everyone I passed I would say "c'mon pick up the pace or ye be walking the plank!" Then I'd raise my fist and give 'em a good "Haaarrrrrhhhh!!!" I'd also shout the "Aaarrrgghhh" at the spectators as they'd cheer. Got lots of good cheers from that :) It was fun to watch the racers faces light up with a smile.

Mile 20: Bye-Wing got this one. My sister working every day to achieve her goal of running the Des News 10K. She may kill me for ousting her as my sister, but I can't help it. I love her! Since Bye-wing is a Thai phrase that means "go run" everyone I passed got a "c'mon, let's GO RUN." I got a few that would latch on and run a bit with me. Doing the dedication of each mile and getting to chat with each person I passed motivated me to run faster just to say 'my line' :) To the spectators I'd say "you know you wanna go run!" Again, good cheers and lots of energy.

Mile 21: Lauren Rachel, my first born. I knew this one was going to be hard, but I had to make my daughter proud of me. The song "Just the Way You Are" came on and I thought about her sparkly eyes and beautiful hair and just how Amazing she really was. She has been running the mile at school and finishing as the first girl and I told her to try and hit 8:30 - my marathon pace, and she did! So, since I wasn't really running my marathon pace my dedication to her was to hit my marathon pace to make HER proud. Huge hurdle came when the aid-station was just after the mile marker. Ugghhh, I had to walk through to get some liquid, but I had to hurry! I needed to still hit 8:30. It wasn't easy, but when the mile hit on my watch I had done it! 8:11! Even with the aid-station! Which means I was most likely in the 7's most of the time. She now has a new goal to hit in the mile :)

Mile 22: David A, my oldest boy. I like to call him Crockett (Davy Crockett?) and so when ever I'd pass someone, I'd tell them "Rock it like Crockett!" Not understanding the words, but feeling the encouragement I'd still get good smiles from the racers. I was just happy to not be running another 8:11! :)

Mile 23: Nathan Craig, my funny guy. Lately this 4 year old has just had one funny thing to say after another. His latest thing is everytime he wants something he'll say "Mooooommm, if you let me (watch a movie, play the wii, etc etc), I'll be your friend!" So, I decided every person I'd pass I'd say "if you run with me, I'll be your friend!" I couldn't believe the responses from this one! It was great! I actually ended up with about 4-6 people running with me. Others would say "you're going too fast" I'd reply "we'll help you out!" I couldn't believe the response!! One girl actually stuck with me and we made it to the end together. SO Amazing!

Mile 24: Adam Dekker, my baby. For my sweet baby as I passed people I would say "c'mon baby!" "you got this baby!" or some other encouraging phase finishing with baby. Kept my mind on my favorite running partner and the days we spent shuffling along together. My friend that was still with me from the last mile I told her "marathons are like labor...painful and horrible, but we do it for what we get when it's all done." Pride obviously, not the medal :)

Mile 25 - finish: Craig, my husband. Since I'd had such a cruddy day yesterday I figured that come what may, this amazing, wonderful man has covenanted to stay with me to the bitter end. Come what may and love it! So, as I passed people I'd proclaim with a raised fit "To the bitter end!" The crowd loved that one too :) As they would cheer I'd shout it out and they'd respond with a little more. He had to take me....to the bitter end.

I finished to a shouting crowd as I shouted back at them and encouraged them to "give us something! We've been running for FOUR hours! C'mon!" It was nice to have an energetic crowd to bring me home. 

Starting so late I didn't know how far behind the clock I was, so I had to look at my garmin. I was happy to see that I'd just eeked under 4 hours and achieved my negative split...maybe just barely, but I had.

I cooled down and had some chocolate milk, found Smooth after she'd finished and walked her circles in the corral with her - which I was doing MUCH less painful than I had anticipated! I loved seeing everyone at the finish and hearing their stories - good, bad and ugly (sorry Slick!). Picked up my Grand Slam Schwag bag, soaked my feet in the 'ice tub' (a hot tub full of ice water - SOOOO cold!) and chatted with Becca and new marathoner David about his debut BQ performance and wedding talk. Finally ready to head home I grabbed my drop bag and headed off.

I got in my car and decided to take one last detour. My father is buried in the Provo cemetery just blocks from the finish. I let him hold my medal and talked to him about my day. I know he isn't there...he was with me SO many times during the race. But sitting there and chatting with him was just the therapy I needed. I thanked him for all he had left me. No, not money, notes, pictures or even memories. MY FAMILY! It truly is the best thing I have and the only thing you can really leave behind. If it wasn't for my family I wouldn't have made it to the end...at least in such good fashion and spirits. I need them. Sometimes we run from home: kids, spouses and problems. We run to get a break from it all and sort it all out. We run away. Not today for me. Today...I was running home. I'm comin' home. They'd forgiven my mistakes. It was time for me to come home and show those I love the most just how much they really mean to me. I'm comin' home.

AP: 9:06 splits: 9;56, 8:59, 9:09, 8:48, 9:05, 8:28 (my bawling mile - ha! must've helped), 8;31, 9:39 (hills!), 9:29, 8:44, 8:50, 9:36, 9:10, 9:31, 8:52, 9:24, 9;08, 9:07, 8:49, 9:09, 8:46, 8:11 (Lauren's mile!), 9:03, 9:22, 9:36 (fading HARD! but, still happy), 9:24, 8:22 (funny, this was my goal race pace for this one before injury!) for the last .31 on Garmin.

Inspire Yellow Racers Miles: 26.31
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Mizuno Inspire -cookie Monster Miles: 6.00Inspire Yellow Racers Miles: 35.66
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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