I'm not crazy...I'm just bored!! Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:11:10 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-12-2018.html <p>4 miles with Kelli up the ridge on yellowfork and then down my favorite trail section! It was the perfect pace and company! I&#39;ve missed that girl...a lot!</p> <p>4 miles with the racecats Elite team. We started at the reservoir, up Blackridge then Diamond fork to one tree hill, then down to sidewinder and back to the reservoir. 3.25 mile and then some cool down around the reservoir to get an even 4. I was finally able to catch and pass Adam at the end. My last .25 mile was 6:20 pace! It really felt good. The full downhill mile chasing Adam was 8:01, so he was keeping a good pace as well. I took sweeper on the way up, so I encouraged the kids in the back and hung with them. It was a great loop and I loved the time with the kids!&nbsp;</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-11-2018.html <p>I did the adjusted Shaggy Mountain loop. Went the backway out of the &#39;hood, up and over old flag hill, then up to Shaggy Mtn Road and then I came down Sharose and back up and over old flag hill home. It is perfectly the same distance as regular Shaggy Mountain Thursday, but I don&#39;t have to deal with being terrorized as I run through Nazi territory during daylight hours.&nbsp;</p> <p>Daisy came with me and had a good run too. She was much better on the road as we went home and she was unleashed than she can be sometimes, so I was glad. Didn&#39;t have to re-leash her and she could run free all the way home...we both could! :)&nbsp;</p> <p>It was slow as slow gets, but with recovery week I&#39;m just glad I had the gumption to get out. My quads don&#39;t feel right. They don&#39;t feel sore...almost a zing in them like they are torn. Which doesn&#39;t make much sense to me, but whatever. I just need to take it easy and relax until they come back to me. I&#39;m old and fragile now, I can&#39;t run endless miles like I used to! hahahaha.&nbsp;</p> <p>1:24 for the loop and I didn&#39;t walk any uphills. Which is always a feat for me!&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 08, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-08-2018.html <p>Battle/Grove Loop with Amy Thackery. I had a wonderful time despite being sore! She was patient with my slow pace and it was mostly hiking, but I got a little jog going on the downhill after my legs warmed up and loosened up. It was a beautiful fall day with low clouds in the upper hamongogs. Oh, it was glorious! Just what I needed. We chatted about conference, families and running. Amy is such a wonderful person to run with! We are always able to talk about the gospel and strengthen each other&#39;s testimonies as we run and see the beautiful world that our Heavenly Father created for us! I wish I could run with her everyday and have her next door!</p> <p>I then ran 1/2 mile with Adam to help him get his 2 miles in today. It was slow and he did 3 laps to my 2...but the legs are slowly coming back...slowly!</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 06, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-06-2018.html <p>A perfectly wonderful race! Yes, things could&#39;ve and should&#39;ve gone better, but I didn&#39;t put the work in to make them better so what can I expect?? I need to get faster base mileage up before I can expect to run like I did when I had faster base mileage. But, I felt like it was a good effort through the whole race.&nbsp;</p> <p>I started at the back (8+ minutes behind the clock) and I like it that way! So much less crowded and I can work up through the crowd passing people and my brain doesn&#39;t go wonky when I go uphill and everyone leaves me in the dust. I actually can reign people in and pass them. Veyo seemed shorter and Dameron Valley seemed not so steep and long, I saw more flat and rollers than just an uphill climb! I would like to attribute this to my constant uphill training, but who knows. Maybe I&#39;m just realizing the reality of the course instead of what my brain has made it up to be all these years. I wasn&#39;t fast up the hills, but I was steady and strong...look on the bright side, right??</p> <p>I took a gu at mile 5, run gum at mile 7, another gu at mile 11, potty stop at mile 14, ibuprofen and one salt tab at mile 15, gu at mile 17, run gum at mile 20 and ibpurofen and salt tab again at 21. That is at least what I can remember. I know I didn&#39;t do my gu as often as I should&#39;ve and I realized after the race that I should&#39;ve done a LOT more electrolytes. The weather was overcast, but upper 50&#39;s. I didn&#39;t drink or fuel like I should&#39;ve because the cool tricked me into thinking I wasn&#39;t sweating as much. Rookie mistake. I tossed my jacket and gloves at mile 15 and thought I&#39;d get them back...I always do at SGM! But, I searched the discarded clothes a few different times (a total of HOURS) and never found it. Oh well, no biggie, it was a $10 UVM jacket I had bought at the expo. I think someone picked it up thinking it was theirs. I kind of hope they&#39;ll figure out it isn&#39;t theirs and return it, but who knows.</p> <p>I neg split the course by around 45 seconds - this was with my walk breaks to actually get fuel/gum out, refill water, a potty stop and to kiss my beautiful family! So, I&#39;m confident my actual running pace would&#39;ve neg split the course by a few minutes if I hadn&#39;t have taken the breaks. Look like I need to work on hills...and my starting pace. What else is new?? sigh...</p> <p>I listened to the book Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer the whole time. I love listening to books while I run. It is like having someone next to me just chatting and telling me their running story. I can zone in and out all I want, but I always have something to distract me. I felt pretty strong the last 10K and my splits seemed like they were low 8&#39;s (8:02-8:08), so I can&#39;t smirk at that. I&#39;ve got the endurance, I just need the hill speed and mental confidence and faster base miles. I need to push myself when I run! Instead of just lally gagging around all the time. I want speed, but am I willing to work for it? THAT is the question!</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 05, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-05-2018.html <p>Sleep in day and travel down south. Drove with Smooth and Larry and had a simply wonderful day! Dinner with Lowell, Suzy and Lews and then got ready for the race and bed while my family drove down. I got a couple hours of sleep in before they got there.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 04, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-04-2018.html <p>I did the Shaggy Mountain meet route (when I run from home and meet them for the last couple miles) even though there was no one to meet!&nbsp;</p> <p>Had some good miles home and let Daisy run off leash, because she is going stir crazy with just road runs and short mileage.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ready for this race to be done!!</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 03, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-03-2018.html <p>I waited until Adam got home and then ran the classic 5K loop with him. It was a nice day, the sun peeked out for a minute and it was a light rain for some of the time as well. A good easy fun run with the kid, just what the doctor ordered.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 02, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-02-2018.html <p>Classic 4 mile route in 34 minutes. Not super fast, but again that&nbsp;darn uphill mile always gets me! Other than a 3-4 month old little goat trying to follow me home (I almost let him! Good company for Billy :) )it was rather uneventful. Finishing paces were mid 7&#39;s. Felt more comfortable than I thought.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 01, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-01-2018.html <p>Nice start to the taper week! I ran more than 2.5 miles up Rose Canyon Road, because I did some funky business with my watch and paused it when I should&#39;ve been running it...anyway. I figured I would run until my watch said 2.5 miles. I did have to make it to the top of the hill, so it was 2.7 by the time I stopped :) Then I took a different way home and I thought it was shorter, but I finished with exactly 5.5 - so I&#39;ll take it. Mid 7&#39;s for the downhill miles and it felt good. Ready to get this darn marathon over!</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 28, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-28-2018.html <p>Heat Training time for SGM!</p> <p>Ran a 5 mile loop around the hood at 12:30 to get used to a little heat. Unfortunately, it was only 77 - I fear St George will be much hotter than that this year. Right now it says the high will be 80 for Saturday, but knowing how things change, my luck would be 80 at the start! :P</p> <p>I ran an AP of 8:32, which actually felt decent. It was a little slow to start and the hills always kill my AP, but it is just like Dameron Valley...long, gentle uphill! 8:45, 8:27, 9:39, 8:15, 7:40, 7:09 for my finish tenth.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am kind of determinted to run a sub 3:40. I did it last year and I feel more prepared and healthy than I did last year so there has to be something with that...right?? ugh! I just hate dealing with my brain. I&#39;m finally starting to feel like I can move at a decent pace again, but am I ready to conquer a full at that pace? I guess we will just taper and let the cards fall where they may.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 27, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-27-2018.html <p>Shaggy Mountain</p> <p>Mandy asked me to wait and not start early, so I did...but then as usual was accused of being late. So I just can&#39;t win! Anyway, she was still much faster than I was and I brought up the rear like normal, so I&#39;m not entirely sure why she wanted me to wait and run with her.&nbsp;</p> <p>I pushed through some of the uphills and really tried to get a good pace. I only stopped at Sharose, the gate and Mother hill. I did stop as I exited the hi-country gate, but it is kind of impossible not to now that you have to physically open the door to get out.&nbsp;</p> <p>I felt strong, but I did last time as well and was only 1 minute faster than normal. So I said to myself &quot;if I don&#39;t get under 1:15 I&#39;m going to be MAD!&quot; Well, I finished and I was at 1:11!! I seriously haven&#39;t finished Shaggy Mountain that fast in years. Sad, but true. The fact that I felt good and strong through the run was amazing as well. I just couldn&#39;t have had a better run. I didn&#39;t get to really run with the group, but I can&#39;t talk and run that fast anymore anyway, so I&#39;m&nbsp; quite boring to run with nowadays. So, it was good for my brain to run alone and to get a faster time and feel strong and ready for St George. I just have to convince my brain that I can still do this.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 26, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-26-2018.html <p>Lazy day of nothing...</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Sep 25, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-25-2018.html <p>Left from home to join the Newtons on their Tuesday 10. Because I have to get home to get kids up, I leave earlier from home then finish at home instead of running the course to/from Chads. The only issue is I&#39;m always a mile short...but I don&#39;t want to get up earlier :)&nbsp;</p> <p>I hit some good paces to start with and although I was slower than I&#39;d like on the uphill, once I met up (waited for) them at Mike&#39;s drop off, I had Chad pull me through 7:30&#39;s until my drop off. It was nice to push through some speed.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 24, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-24-2018.html <p>As Slick says: &quot;pay me now or pay me later&quot; I&#39;m trying to get in a few last minute payments before SGM. Doubt it will work, but hey...here is to trying!&nbsp;</p> <p>2 warm up miles</p> <p>8X400m with 200M jog between sets. I didn&#39;t work my watch correctly, so I don&#39;t know all the splits, but the 3 I timed were 1:34; 1:30; 1:36 - Those were #4, 5 and 8. I actually stopped and drank water and walked a few steps instead of diving right back into the jog at the end of some of them, so I feel a bit like a cheater. But, it was good to get some turnover going.</p> <p>Since Meridith drug me to the track, I drug her out on a trail :) Daisy needed to get out and the school kicked her off the track (rightfully so, I just didn&#39;t really think about it!), so we then went out to do Eric&#39;s trail loop. We cut back across the ditch and connected back behind the water tower. It was a total of 7.8 miles, so with the cool down lap at the track I&#39;m calling it 13 miles. Makes up for my missed long run this weekend, right? :/</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 22, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-22-2018.html <p>My plan was to run the Golden Leaf trail in the evening, but my sister had a headache and couldn&#39;t join me and I got lazy and took a nap then woke up too late to get it done. So I bailed on myself. Great mileage this week, huh?!? :/</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 21, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-21-2018.html <p>I slept in...had to leave for Aspen at 8am. My alarm didn&#39;t go off and well, it is a good thing my kids got to school. I woke up at 7:17!!! So my plans for a run got trampled.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 20, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-20-2018.html <p>8.3 miles on the traditional Shaggy Mountain Loop. I only left 5 minutes early, but no one ever caught me! Bruce got to my house about 30-45 seconds after I did, but still :)&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>Worked on positive mental thoughts. Used Smooth&#39;s &quot;I am fast, I am strong, I can run all day long&quot; - it is helping to pick up my mental game instead of telling myself I&#39;m fat and slow now.&nbsp;</p> <p>Got my fastest AP for Shaggy Mountain that I have in a long time (1:17TT)</p> <p>Then I met Amy Thackary for a yellowfork Robert&#39;s loop. It was good and I ran a lot of it, but my legs were tired from Shaggy and so it was slower than Monday. Still some good miles and I never hit the dirt :) 6.7 miles with beautiful, ripe fall leaves! I love my backyard.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 19, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-19-2018.html <p>Extended Shaggy Mountain.&nbsp;</p> <p>I was going to go on a trail run with Toby and Kelli, but for a myriad of reasons had to cancel and run close to home. Primarily due to the fact I didn&#39;t have transportation! But, I digress.&nbsp;</p> <p>I ran the extended Shaggy loop and fought on the hills. I have run the loop without walking any hills, but I was giving into my mind and took a couple walk breaks. Still finished with some good high 7, low 8s on the return. Making gains somewhere, right??&nbsp;</p> <p>On Saturday there was a fire in hi-country area that burned 2 homes, a barn and over 100 acres. It was started by kids playing with fireworks. :/ So the last couple miles I stopped and took some pictures of the damage. Man alive! So many people had that fire right next to their homes and yards. With the nasty wind that day, I&#39;m surprised only 2 homes and no people or pets were injured. Tender Mercies.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Sep 18, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-18-2018.html <p>Because my knee was a tad sore, I didn&#39;t want to push the full Tuesday 10 with the group. So I just did the out and back to meet them again.&nbsp;</p> <p>I had some good paces that were conversational on the way back and I felt decent with no issues from the knee. So it must just be a surface wound :)</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 17, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-17-2018.html <p>Yellowfork Loop with Daisy.&nbsp;</p> <p>I finally got up there! It was a wonderful run and it was nice to just &quot;ground&quot; myself again! Until I HIT the ground a little too hard with body parts other than my feet. I&#39;ve lost skin on my thumb, palm, elbow and knees and my left knee just feels tender. Like there is a bruise on the knee cap. Nothing functionally wrong, just tender like a bruise tender.&nbsp;</p> <p>Took me less than 90 minutes and the last couple miles were a decent pace, but I walked some of the uphill. Not sure I&#39;ll ever learn to run uphill well....</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 15, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-15-2018.html <p>My friend Leslie from Iowa called me a few months back and asked me to pace her at this race. I&#39;m glad I agreed then, because man alive I wasn&#39;t ready for a marathon. I&#39;m old, slow and broken :D&nbsp;</p> <p>We went up Friday night after I FINALLY finished mailing out the awards for Brineman, but got there around 10:30pm so it was off to bed.&nbsp;</p> <p>Adam came with me, because he was being abandonded Saturday by everyone else and he wanted to run the 5K anyway. He had to play his tablet and wait in the car (with my phone so he could call Leslie&#39;s phone/me if needed) until the alarm went off and then he lined up for the 5K and ran. Afterward, Joshua Hansen said that he would watch him as they did the aide station at mile 25.5 - It all worked out perfectly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Leslie did a great job, but it was hot and she is used to humid and sea-level running. I tried to get her to drink more...but she realized she was quite dehydrated AFTER the race was over. Her quads gave out from the downhill around mile 16 and it was a struggle from there to the finish. Not only with sore legs, but the heat and wind were crazy! The last 4 miles of Huntsville is hard anyway, but with the exposure, wind and heat it was really rough this year. Earlier I had taught Leslie that pouring water on herself was wonderful evaporative cooling and I carried a water bottle for her and an ice bag when they were handing them out at mile 23. But, she just didn&#39;t tolerate it as well as she had hoped. at mile 20 the time was 3:22 and I was hoping we could get in under 4:30, but that didn&#39;t happen. I was a slave driver and wouldn&#39;t let her walk except every other aide station and I kept pulling her along. I told her she could slow her pace, but not walk. It was always harder for her to start running after she took a walk break because her quads were so sore. Finally we got to Adam&#39;s aide station and I got to see Janet. Her husband just passed away a few weeks ago and I hadn&#39;t seen her since! I spent too long embracing and crying with her, because catching back up to Leslie to finish with her was HARD! But, we got to cross the finish together and she still crushed her PR by about 5 minutes!!&nbsp;</p> <p>We hung out the rest of the day at their condo in Eden (tried to get Adam&#39;s 1st place in AG award, but they ran out? so they are mailing it to him) then went to dinner, had ice cream and chatted until the cows came home! She has an awesome group of people that she runs and trains with. Sunday morning was more chatting and massage time (Scott brought a chiropractor&#39;s massage thing...it was awesome!) and then I took Leslie and her friend to the airport on my way home and attended church.&nbsp;</p> <p>A great relaxing weekend! I needed it after this past week of driving 150+ miles/day because my other half of carpool was gone.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 15 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 14, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-14-2018.html <p>I slept in...had to leave for Aspen at 8am. My alarm didn&#39;t go off and well, it is a good thing my kids got to school. I woke up at 7:17!!! So my plans for a run got trampled.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 13, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-13-2018.html <p>Shaggy Mountain morning. Because of the fire, some of the group decided to meet and run in South Jordan. I needed to stay close to home for mornings with the kids and carpool duties, so I said I was just going to run it backwards...then if the road was closed I would be running down and out of the canyon and not past the &quot;road closed&quot; signs :)&nbsp;</p> <p>I figured no one was running with me, so I took too long getting ready to leave...but to my surprise Bruce was there! So, he had to deal with my slow pace, but we had a great time running the course backwards. It was kind of a head trip for me! The hills come in different places and I&#39;m so used to doing it one way I know HOW to run it. But backwards? Man, it was tougher than I thought. We also took the new up and over hill back to 7300W so we could still get the Mario Kart strip in...so an extra 1/2 mile!</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 12, 2018 http://RADRunning.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-12-2018.html <p>Long story...had to work. I wanted to run yellowfork with Daisy (I need a little trail time), but I was falling asleep on the way home from school drop off so I took a short nap. About 10 minutes into the nap Greg called and needed me to grab awards and t-shirts in Provo. So I drove down there. Figured I would run after. Nope. Figured I would run in the evening with Daisy up there. Nope. Canyon was on fire. So, I did a lot of driving around but no running...</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2018 06:00:00