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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
Awesome Elixers Miles: 25.10BIKE MILES Miles: 37.00Purple People Runners Miles: 10.00Cookie, Cookie Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

After a rough last weekend as far as running goes for me, I'm back and little more rested and hopefully ready to go this week. I'm still debating whether or not to race AF on Saturday. If I'm doing it, I think I should just push it all out and race...but that requires tapering, which I'm not sure I want to do. But, if I don't race I'll just pace 1:45 with Kelli. Poo...I don't know.

Met at infinite cycle for Queen of the Hill ride. Because of that lady that died due to crud in the road on Redwood last week everyone is really nervous about doing Camp Williams, so we rode up 12600S to Rose Canyon/Yellow Fork, then at the bottom of the canyon (my house) we did another climb up the Cove. Finally, we got the long nice downhill back to the shop. I really try to pedal hard and not just coast on the downhill. I can't stand being a 'cheater' :) 22.5 total miles - 15.5 mph, not too fast, but 1400ft of climbing will do that to you.

Drove home and changed shoes then took my new tri jersey out for a little run. I've gotten used to running in the shorts, but needed to see how the jersey would do on a run. I figured it would be a slogging run like the past few runs, but at least the pace was decent. I was especially surprised when my first mile came in at 8:43 - that uphill first mile is usually closer to a 10! Then, it just got better from there. Besides the super lucky stop at the skate park to pee (a city worker was there and unlocked the bathrooms for me!), I had a rather uneventful run.

AP: 8:01 splits: 8:43, 7:46, 7:41, 7:49, 8:10, 8:31, 7:23 - I'm kind of proud of the pace on this run especially because I didn't feel like I was pushing it, just out for a normal ol' run. with nearly 600ft of climbing it was no easy run either. The first mile was definitely the biggest with 167ft of climb. Helps me feel like I'm going to be okay at Spudman.

Awesome Elixers Miles: 7.00BIKE MILES Miles: 22.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

The regular 10 mile loop with just George and Ronnie "Todd Newton". We had a great run and a great chat as well. At one point I was in the middle flanked by these 2 guys. I told them I felt like a rockstar out on a run with her 2 bodyguards :) Good times. I was surprised when the pace came in. I hadn't looked at my watch the entire time, just felt comfortably hard. I'm really liking my new AP :)

AP: 8:12 splits: 8:24, 7:58 (up and over temple hill), 7:57, 8:22, 8:33, 8:23 (Mavrick Hill and gentle uphill these last 3), 8:06, 8:03 (downhill fun, but the 8:03 we had to run 1/2 mileish on a dirt road and I think it slowed us a bit), 8:18 (flattens a bit), 7:57 (last push to the finish - I let George and Ronnie race it out). The garmin has my last 36 feet at 6:14...nice finish.

Came home and slept for another 2.5 hours. I was tired :)

I think I need to taper and sleep this week for AF...maybe.

Purple People Runners Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Sleep, sleep glorious sleep! I finally don't feel like I'm going to fall asleep all day. Amazing what 9.5 hours will do for you :) 

I was going to get up early and go bike with a group, but they decided to go at 9 when I have kids awake and no hubby. I thought I could do the spin class at 5:30 then run on the TM afterward, but when the alarm went off and I got up I decided sleep was more important. Crawled back into bed and figured I'd find a way to get to the gym in the morning...late morning.

Got a sitter to come over at 11:00

I went and did the spin bike for 60 min. Good solid push and pace, not as great as outdoor, but hey...better than nothin'! Don't you love it when you can just feel the sweat? 8-12 beads running from your hair line down your face and neck? oh yeah...love the sweat! :)

Went to the TM for a few miles to top it all off.

5.0 miles @ 1% incline - TT: 39:33 AP: 7:55 splits: 8:00, 7:53, 7:47, 7:53, 8:00

stretch and home.

Awesome Elixers Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Urban Trail Loop with the South Valley Newtons - a force not to be reckoned with. Yes, there has been a slight name change...but I believe it to be for the better :)

I thought this would be a nice easy run for the final miles before AF Canyon. HA! I swear I didn't know we were running that fast. Oh well. Big group, lots of fun and a couple water stops along the way. Daybreak is doing construction by our fence where we hop...they better not take it away :( the big tree and fence you have to duck through are gone. 

Brownies and chocolate milk afterward - an awesome perk to go along with an awesome group! Chad, George, Kimberly, Christine, Paul (in spirit today), Charles and James. Come one, come all - best loop in town!!!

AP: 8:04 splits: 8:49, 8:44, 7:56, 7:49, 8:18, 7:40, 7:52, 7:24

Open water swim at Blackridge this afternoon.

Cookie, Cookie Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance

Just an easy little jaunt on the bike this morning with a friend that is trying to get used to biking and get some more miles under her belt before conquering busy roads. 

Nothing more now until tomorrow...then, lets hope I can FLY - without my cape this time :)

BIKE MILES Miles: 14.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Race: American Fork Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:30:41, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance

HO-LY-COW! I seriously, truly, honestly didn't think I had this in me. I'm going to blame it on Chad, yup...going to blame it on him :) 

Had a great day yesterday celebrating baby Fartlek's birthday (Adam, no I didn't really name him Fartlek :) ), and I guess Five Guys, movie popcorn and treats and cake and icecream are good race fuel! Or, maybe I could've run faster eating better :)

Getting up at 3:20AM is never easy, but the ride down with Kelli then the bus up with her and bye-wing was beautiful and I had no complaints. It was finally cold up at Tibble Fork! When I got off the bus, my sister drug me to the wrong side of the parking lot...I didn't know why, but whatever. Then she pointed up - they had a big movie screen type inflatable up and it was printed with pictures that had been submitted as to who we run for (this was a cancer survivor/fight race). They had used a picture my sister submitted of her and my dad with some wonderful words under it. It made me cry! What a perfect way to start out a race, thinking about my dad and how stinkin' proud he would be of me for doing what I'm doing and how he is with me at every race and on every run and always there when I need him. Being in Heaven does have its advantages :) I wore orange ribbons on my bib and in my hair for Lymphoma fighters too.

After cowering in the back of the starting line up with Kelli, I put my big girl panties on and joined Chad at the 1:30 pacing spot. I don't like being able to see the line on the ground...I like to start in the back. BUT, I knew that if I could just hold onto Chad's pace for a few miles (I'm used to clipping onto his shoulder and letting him drag me at a fast pace on runs!), that I could at least beat a 1:35 when I started to fade.

The gun went off, and yup...this is a downhill course! YIKES! SO downhill. I doubt I'll be walking well tomorrow! I was chasing then passing Peggy and Cheris from the BBK's. I had a moment, a 'remember when' moment. Very vividly I remember watching Peggy from across the track (I was doing the same 800's, but was a half or more of a lap behind!) and thinking how effortless she made running look and how I longed to someday be able to run that fast. Wow, well guess what? Now you are. CRAZY!

Mile 1-3:  (XXX?, 6:30, 6:31)

Watch lost satellite about mile .68, finally got back on track after 2nd mile, but I don't know how to figure out pace. Then, mile 2.5ish? I'd had it. It took effort and mental energy, more than I thought I'd be able to give, to keep up during mile 2. I bargained with myself to just hang in until the 5K split, then fall back. You can do this....

Mile 4-6 (6:25, 6:26, 6:38 - 10K: 41:12)

Well, before I got to that 5K mark, the downhill had picked up again and my breathing was under control. Chad was managing pace/time and I just hung on. I asked him to tell me what the 10K split was...yikes! An unofficial 10K PR by almost 2.5 minutes. Hmmm, I'll take it :) I was feeling good and enjoying the ride.

Miles 7-10 (6:52, 7:00, 7:07)

Hmmm, did the downhill stop? why yes! :) Just past mile 8 after about 1/4+ mile on the golf course flats I told Chad I was dropping back. My breathing was too hard and it was time to plug in and run my race. Cheris passed me in mile 9. I kept looking for the downhill. I was gazing far ahead, trying to see heads dropping down, but no luck. Had to tough out the flats. We finally got a nice downhill for .10 and then we hit mile 10 marker. Just a 5K left. I was at 1:08:XX...did I have a 22 min 5K in me? I honestly didn't think so.

Mile 11, 12, 13 (7:36, 7:17, 7:29, 7:00 (last .19 recorded to finish))

11 had a HUGE hill, not long, but big. I crawled up it licking my knees! ugggh, after downhill uphill is SO hard! I knew I was slowing down, but I refused to look at pace. It was run how I feel time and the best part was people weren't passing me. I was passing others. So, if people who run this time are running slower than I am it has to be a good thing! I could still see Chad ahead on the long stretches, but lost him on the last couple turns into the finish.

I was SO elated to see 1:30:XX on the clock as I came through. I'd done it! I was SO excited. Honestly, I was just happy it wasn't 1:30:01...that might have killed me after Ogden :)

The only problem I had was a nice silver dollar size blister on the ball of my L foot from about mile 3. I'm glad I didn't stop before the finish, I think I probably would've realized the amount of pain I was in and not get going again! Only gu'd once at mile 6-7ish, and never walked through an aid station. I did get pretty adept at using 2 hands though - water AND gatorade :)

At the finish line I finally took my shoes off at the aid tent - a nice silver dollar sized blister I'd been feeling since mile 3. Popped and bleeding, fun times! I've never run fast enough to get blisters before, but I love war wounds.

Kelli and I grabbed our stuff and drove up to Highland for the Wedding Bells 5K. All had finished running, but I think we got to see everyone and say hello! What an awesome thing to do on your wedding morning. Maybe I should get married again :) I also got to hold Carina's cutie pie little guy for a while. I love cuddle time! I was excited to meet Bonnie and Dean and well. We went to brunch after all the visiting was done and I had just a spectacular day!!

Just before we left for brunch, I got a text from my sister that I'd taken 1st in my AG!!! I was SO excited! A PR and 1st in my AG in a Utah County race! YIPEE!!! Chad had picked up my award, so after dropping Kelli off I went and picked up my certificate, ribbon and movie passes!! So, since I won movie passes, does that count as a cash (equivalent) prize? :)

Oh, one last point of info...this is the first race I've ever done where my AP has been in the 6's - 6:56!!! Not even a 5k or 10K in the 6's. Yes, I love downhill :)

Awesome Elixers Miles: 13.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
Awesome Elixers Miles: 25.10BIKE MILES Miles: 37.00Purple People Runners Miles: 10.00Cookie, Cookie Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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