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Prairie Spirit Trail

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Location:

Wichita,KS,

Member Since:

Sep 14, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

marathon pr:  2:59:49.  Saint George 2011

Praire Spirit 50 mile winner 7:36:30 2013

I accidentally ran 100 miles in November 2013.  it was hard.  I threw up a lot.  decided to do a better job next time

I did it again on purpose October 2014--Heartland 100 winner and CR 17:38:37

Heartland 50 winner May 2014

Psycho Wyco 50k winner February 2012

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run enough to hold off the middle-age spread

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

 

Sub 3 hour marathon--SOMEDAY!  Done!

 

New long term goal:  ....run enough to feel kinda like I did when I was fit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal:

I was a single mom.  Two times over.  We all survived, despite the fact that I make atrocious decisions.  Then, I met a man I didn't deserve.  And he loves me so much.  And I love him. We lived in sin and bought a house for two years then hired a judge and officially got married(to our great delight and also the delight of our mothers), then a month later he was diagnosed with cancer.  Well we survived all that and he's 100% fine now.  But, we're really out of shape and really busy with kids and jobs and running just isn't my priority and there's so many other layers to all of it, but I'm running anyway.  This is my failure blog now.  Just to log that one run a week if I snag it.  
Somehow that matters and I want that run recorded.

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 431.70
Mizuno Waverider 12 Lifetime Miles: 333.61
Nike Air Pegasus Lifetime Miles: 507.20
Pink Pegs Lifetime Miles: 595.58
Pink Nike Avant Lifetime Miles: 624.04
Crappy Asics Lifetime Miles: 146.72
Adidas Adizero Mana Lifetime Miles: 113.32
Blue Avants Lifetime Miles: 653.33
Crocs Lifetime Miles: 18.08
Lunarfly Lifetime Miles: 468.47
Total Distance
431.70
Weight: 0.00
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Happy New Year.  We have survived 2020 and a few years before that.  Haven't run consistently since surprise baby in single mom land in 2015.  Check.  Blessed with a man of pure gold and married in 2019.  Check.  My love is diagnosed with cancer one month after wedding and my career change.  Check.  Then Covid hits in the middle of it.  I have all my excuses lined up, believe me, but in the end we're all here, we're all healthy, and I'm now 42, 20 pounds overweight and out of shape,  and really I've REALLY got to do something about my health.  Started keto today.  Not even gonna pretend it's especially healthy but I'm committing to 31 days to get weight off, start running, and switch to clean eating February 1.  Chances are, given the last 5 years, I'll fail yet another attempt to get it together but I'm gonna keep trying so here goes another try.

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Comments
From Tom K on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 10:02:53 from 47.206.60.114

Wow! Welcome back!

From Jason D on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 23:16:15 from 73.161.42.48

Nice to see your name pop up! Best wishes.

Total Distance
8.00

With Kelli and Sara in Kelli's neighborhood.  It was slow.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

With Kelli and Sara.  Running whilst a bit heavy and carb starved is unpleasant.

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Total Distance
0.00

No run. Left for work at 0615.  ER shift.  It was terrible.  Didn't eat, drink, or pee for 13 hours and was barely treading water the whole time.  Came home exhausted and collapsed as soon as the kids were in bed.

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Total Distance
0.00

Worked the other ER.  Got murdered but not as bad as yesterday.  I ate cottage cheese in 60 seconds flat on the pretense of running to the bathroom to pee.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

4 by myself.  I've not been motivated to run alone in a long time.  Carb-less running is blah 

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Total Distance
0.00

No run.  Hubby at work and just refused to treadmill it.  Kids had a good day

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

5 slow by myself.  Twice in one week I voluntarily ran alone!!  Got my second dose of the Covid vaccine.  Woke up at midnight with violent shivering and body aches.  I've heard if you've had Covid before (I had it in August), that the second shot might really elicit a reaction.

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Total Distance
0.00

Work.  Woke up soaked in sweat and felt terrible.  Didn't get murdered today.  Hubby brought ibuprofen and a bun less hamburger and I ran out to the parking lot and snarfed it.  Felt SO much better afterwards 

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.50

Park loop with Sara.  Chugging quite slowly as always.  It's always good for my heart to run with her

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Total Distance
6.50

Park loop by myself.  I ran a blistering 9:55 pace per map my run.  Pretty sure my tights and bra slipped on easier.  Will be nice when the weight is gone and they fit the way they did originally!!

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Total Distance
10.00

10 carb-less miles with Sara.  It was like swimming through molasses but I was pleasantly surprised I remained upright despite what had to be profound glycogen depletion.  I can't wait until February 1.  I'm gonna get high on a sweet potato and fly.

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Total Distance
6.00

With Sara.  No watch

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Total Distance
5.00

Slow trot in the wind.  Halfway through keto month

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Total Distance
10.00

With Sara.  I'm still a bit fat but my running tights were less too-small than they have been

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Total Distance
5.50

With Kelli around her block

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Total Distance
6.00

Before work.  Stumbled over a sidewalk crack and belly flopped on concrete.  Sustained minor damages.

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Comments
From Tom K on Sat, Jan 23, 2021 at 08:07:01 from 47.206.60.114

That's horrible! Sidewalk bellyflop is no bueno.

Total Distance
10.00

On my own.  Felt good until the hard keto-crash at mile 10 and finished at a shuffle

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

Exceedingly slow as always.  But, the weight is slowly but surely starting to come off and a foundation is being laid one 10 minute brick at a time.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.50

Around the block with Kelli

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Total Distance
12.00

With Sara.  Actually felt kinda decent 

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Total Distance
6.00

Home treadmill.  That was quite dreadful.  But I had music.  

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Total Distance
8.00

First 4 with Kelli and Sara.  Next 4 on my own.  Felt good enough to...pick it up?...the last mile.  Perhaps my body is adjusting to keto.  I ran the underside of an 8 minute mile without too much strain and considering I've been running 10:00 or slower and struggling all month that was a surprise.

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Total Distance
13.10

Half marathon at 8:55 pace.  Wasn't my intent but I was ambling along to my music and hit 8 miles feeling great so figured 5 more wasn't a terrible idea.

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Total Distance
6.00

Work was a lil rough the last few days.  6 on the basement treddy today

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Total Distance
10.00

With Kelli and Sara.  The unicorn of friendships.  These girls have gotten me through so much

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Total Distance
5.00

With Kelli and Sara

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Total Distance
6.00

All by myself

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Total Distance
7.00

5 with Kelli, Sara, and Spencer.  2 erratic stop and go miles with the dog.  We're gonna have to work on his running dog skills

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Total Distance
5.00

3 easy indoor track. 2 hard cheatermill

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Total Distance
0.00

Ellie broke her toe.  Dealt with that all day

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Total Distance
5.00

Easy

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Total Distance
5.00

With Kelli and Sara on indoor track

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Total Distance
6.00

5 easy 1 hard on indoor track 

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Total Distance
5.00

Indoor track after driving through the sub zero blizzardy stuff.  1 easy.  1 hard 6:29.  3 easy.   I just had to know if my old, fat, out of shape body could run a sub-7 and apparently it can with decent enough music.

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Comments
From Tom K on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 15:30:47 from 47.206.60.114

Decent enough music - Hmmmm... I'm guessing True by Spandau Ballet.

Good job on the sub 7 mile!

From seeaprilrun on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 18:21:04 from 23.119.252.50

Great guess....more along the Shinedown/one republic route. A little anger, a little triumph of the human spirit. 😁

Total Distance
10.00

90 laps on the indoor track

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Total Distance
5.00

More circles on the indoor track with Kelli

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Total Distance
6.00

Well.  Glad that miserable work weekend is over.  Onwards and forwards.  Nice evening trot.  Although it was -18 a week ago, I ran in shorts and a tank in a balmy 55 degrees.  Felt amazing!

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Total Distance
8.00

8 easy with Sara.  Also lifted weights with my husband

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Total Distance
5.00

Indoor track, 1 easy, 1 in 6:20, 1 easy, 1 with 4 x 200meter strides, 1 easy 

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Total Distance
5.50

Slow with Kelli and Sara

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Total Distance
10.00

Easy with Kelli, Sara, Tera, Erin, and Maron

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Total Distance
6.00

Easy after lifting weights with Michael.  We are, as always, quite appalled at how out of shape we got this year.  But, on a different perspective, last year this time Michael was bald and puking his guts out from chemo and I was figuring out how to work and care for 4 kids in a pandemic with no daycare, school, and grandparents in quarantine.  I guess we're doing pretty good now!

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Total Distance
4.00

Very slow.  So sore from weights yesterday.  Then we helped friends move so I will be more sore tomorrow 

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Total Distance
6.00

Painfully slow along the River with Sara after we worked vaccine clinic all day

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Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Sun, Mar 07, 2021 at 22:00:33 from 72.250.218.114

Happy to see you running again and trying to get in shape. Good luck. Happy to help.

Total Distance
5.00

Indoor track with Kelli

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Total Distance
5.00

another 5 with Kelli on the indoor track

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Total Distance
0.00

Oh grrrr I know...haven't ran in 4 days.  12 miles scheduled tomorrow with the girls.  Such a battle this is.  I'm depressed, and I don't have motivation to run, but running corrects that depression better than any pill.  So I know I must.  And I do, with my friends , the same friends who have carried me and my family to hell and back.  So we will run 12 tomorrow, and I do not yet give up on being a consistent runner.  I keep failing but this year I'm gonna keep trying no matter how many times I fail, no matter how many times I go a week without running.  Some day it will click.  My husband, my family, my kids, we continue to strive for healing.  That path is not easy and it's not fluid, but we will get there.

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Total Distance
6.00

With the girls.  Nobody felt well

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Total Distance
0.00

Rough week.  But hanging on.  Hopefully get a run with Sara tomorrow and a long run Thursday.  We're down, but not out

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.10

Nice and easy in hurricane force winds with Sara

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Total Distance
5.00

Easy with Kelli on the indoor track.  Felt a little sluggish but otherwise no worse for the miles yesterday 

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

5 more on the indoor track with Kelli.  We discussed the epic disaster at our former employer that is unfolding (with all its horrid legal/ethical/moral disasters).  I'm glad I don't work there anymore, but I miss the job and I really pushed back very hard on what I felt was wrong before I left. I pushed back so hard that I really made some people in local government and administration mad.  Really mad.  I don't regret that, but I sure do miss that job I loved.
anyways, that puts me at 23 miles so far this week after really falling off the wagon the prior two weeks.

I don't aspire to run like I once did, but I'd really love to find that person that ran like that

 

 

 

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Race: Prairie Spirit Trail (50 Miles) 09:06:06, Place overall: 17, Place in age division: 3
Total Distance
50.00

Sometimes in order to get out of a rut you have to jump off a ledge.  I haven’t ran an ultra since Val was born but the FB nostalgia got me a few days ago and my husband was 100% on board.  It was absolutely wonderful.  Saw a few familiar faces, really enjoyed the atmosphere.  My legs were trash and my feet hurt terribly by mile 30 but energy levels were good and no nausea, and emotionally and spiritually I was right where I needed to be.  I felt joyful and marveled at God's creation--the scenery--and generally was so joyful the pain became background noise and I just shuffled happily along.  I was VERY glad to see the finish line though!!!  The wheels were coming off.  My babies and hubby at the finish line just absolutely completed it.

 

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Comments
From Tom K on Mon, Apr 05, 2021 at 14:09:40 from 47.206.60.114

Wow! This is great! Anyone that does a 50 miler as a rut buster is a hero! This is wild! Congratulations!

Total Distance
1.00

Bike 5 minutes.  1 mile jog, did some cleans and presses with my husband.  Physically am mostly recovered except for these pesky blisters between my toes that are troublesome.  I've landed, drained, bandaged but it's just a really hard place to heal

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Total Distance
7.00

5 on my own to bust the rust after the race.  Felt good.  2 more with Michael after lunch

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Total Distance
6.00

Slow on the indoor track with Sara and Kelli

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Total Distance
6.00

2 slow with Michael on the indoor track.  3 fast on the cheatermill.  1 more slow with Michael

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

With Kelli and Sara

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Total Distance
14.00

With Sara.  Felt great

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Total Distance
5.00

1 mile warm up with Michael easy.  4 hard on the cheatermill 

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Total Distance
5.00

5 easy with a few strides

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Total Distance
5.50

Easy with Sara

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Total Distance
6.00

Easy with Sara and Kelli

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Total Distance
4.00

Nervous. Participating in an insurrection tomorrow, have to write my speech

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Total Distance
6.50

Easy with Sara.  Still wound up from the revolt yesterday.  We shall see what happens 

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Total Distance
5.00

With the girls before leaving town

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Total Distance
431.70
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