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Member Since:

Aug 04, 2008



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

I've run off and on (more off than on) throughout my adult life. Most recently I started running in May of 2007.

5K PR: Colder Bolder in December 2009 in 22:50.

10k PR: Bolder Boulder in May 2009 in 48:06.13.

1/2 Marathon PR: Canyonlands Half-Marathon in March 2010 in 1:43:20.

Marathon PR: Newport (Oregon) Marathon in June 2010 in 3:42:17.

I have completed two full marathons.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back to consistent running.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3:30 marathon.


I grew up in Utah, but live in Colorado now.

I am married and am a working mother of four children, ages 9-19.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Nike Lunarracer Lifetime Miles: 284.91
Brooks Adrenaline Trail Lifetime Miles: 574.62
Brooks Green Silence Lifetime Miles: 681.13
Brooks Adrenaline 10 (2) Lifetime Miles: 424.52
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Brooks Adrenaline Miles: 43.24Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 11.08
Night Sleep Time: 29.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 32.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Easy run with 10 x 30 sec. @ 3K-10K pace. Average pace: 9:20.

Weather: 17°F, 69% humidity, minimal wind from the SE.

My head is a little stuffy and throat is a little sore, but I got outside and did some deep breathing of the cold air anyway. I actually think that doing that helps to keep my lungs and sinuses clear. It certainly empties my nose out.

My legs were a little tired when I started, but then I got going fairly well. I probably took the fast sections a little faster than I should have. My paces on the 10-30 sec. fast bits were: 6:45, 6:55, 7:01, 7:26, 7:07, 7:16, 7:14, 7:07, 7:05, 7:02. I really didn't think I was going quite that fast when I was doing them. I did on average 4 minutes of easy running between fast intervals (with nearly 3 miles at the beginning and about 2.5 miles at the end, all easy).

I'm trying to decide whether I should register for the Bolder Boulder this year, and if so whether I should get in a qualifying wave. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Bolder Boulder, it is a VERY POPULAR 10K race that is held in Bolder, CO every Memorial Day. I ran it for the first time last year. I would like to do it again, but my problem is that it is 9 days after my marathon. If you think you can run the race faster than 62 minutes, you can register for a qualifying wave, which requires that you show proof from a previous race of your ability to run the time you predict. Based on my recent half marathon performance, I could qualify for about a 49 minute time. If you're slower than 62 minutes, they have open waves that don't require qualification. I don't know whether I should try to "race" a 10K 9 days after my marathon, run a 10K as an easy pace 9 days after my marathon, or give up the whole idea and skip it this year. Because this race is so huge, I can't really wait until after my marathon to decide. Registration fills up before then.

Brooks Adrenaline Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Easy run. Average pace: 9:47.

Weather: 36°F, 24% humidity, wind 10 SSW.

Tired today. Stayed up too late. Busy day yesterday. In a hurry today. Sentence fragments.

Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 7.05
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Progression Run - 3 miles easy, 6 miles moderate, 2 miles easy. Average pace: 9:11.

Weather: 41°F, 35% humidity, wind 9 SSE.

I was up too late again last night, but not quite as late as the night before, but then I got up a little earlier this morning so that I'd have time for a longer run. I was out the door to start my run at 5:30, but then I had to wait for my Garmin to get its bearings.

Yesterday when I was driving home from work I saw a runner going up a hill near my office. When I saw that I wanted to run that hill (I'm crazy, I know). That particular street is not on the route I normally take when I do my 9-mile office loop run from home. However, I needed 11 miles today, so by extending the route a little bit, I could get that street and get some extra distance, so that's what I did. It ended up not being enough extra distance, so I had to do some winding around the neighborhood at the end of my run to get the distance. Splits were: 10:27, 9:59, 9:45, 8:58, 8:40, 8:42, 8:41, 8:25, 8:38, 9:21, 9:24. After I finished the 6 moderate miles, I felt like I could have kept going at that pace, but I slowed down to an easy pace for the last two miles anyway.

I was reading the May issue of Runner's World yesterday and there's an article about Kara Goucher. In it, she says this: "While training for New York, my watch alarms went off at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. I'd get up, work out, eat, and go to sleep. Then I'd wake up at 5 and do it again. It was really hard, but I liked being that dedicated."

I can't even imagine having the freedom to do something like that. I guess when you're an elite athlete and you can earn money by running, you can do things like that.

Brooks Adrenaline Miles: 11.24
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

My training plan gives me a rest day today, so I'm taking it. My nose is a little drippy and my throat is a little scratchy, but I think it might be seasonal allergies, not a cold. I never used to have hay fever, but maybe I'm developing it in my old age.

Inasmuch as I don't have anything running-related to report today, I'm going to plug a website that I enjoy. It has absolutely nothing to do with running, but it's fun. It's kind of a "mommy blog" but is broader than that. The address is

I'm taking a vacation day tomorrow in order to go on a long run. I won't be able to get out for the run until after all the kids are at school, so I'll have a (relatively) leisurely morning. I'm doing my long run on a Friday for the third week in a row because I need to run a choir practice Saturday morning.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Loooong Run. Average pace: 9:23.

Weather: 42°F, 56% humidity, minimal wind, overcast.

Why do I do this to myself? I am beat.

I felt sluggish at the start of this run. The sluggishness eventually diminished, but I never felt great the whole time. I was tired by the time I was half-way through, but I just kept going. The trail was in good condition, so that was nice. Since it was Friday mid-morning I saw a lot of moms with strollers and older walkers on the trail. When I run on Saturday mornings I see more runners. I also saw some guys playing baseball and some people playing tennis. Usually, the baseball diamond and tennis courts are empty when I go past them. And there was water in parts of the canal and I even saw two ducks.

Oh man, my son just got home from school. How did so much of the day get gone already? I haven't even had lunch yet. This always happens when I take a day off from work. I think I'm going to get all these things done, and before I know it, the day is over.

When I had about 4.5 miles to go, I got a text message from my husband (I carry my cell phone when I run). It said, "You go girl! You can do it (si, lo puedes hacer)." This has reference to this bit from SNL. So when I got that message, I raised up my arm and said outloud, "Si, lo puedes hacer!" in the voice of a cartoon mouse. It was kind of fun and gave me a spring in my step for at list a little while. Maybe that will become my mantra during the marathon.

With a little less than a mile left, I tripped crossing a street. I got right up and finished crossing the street and then stood for a minute to collect myself, then finished my run. I was not badly hurt. But I seem to be getting clumsy in my old age. I need to learn to pick up my feet more, I guess.

After the run I forced myself to take an ice bath. I didn't have a lot of ice, but the water was cold enough that the ice I had didn't melt readily. It wasn't terrifically deep - deep enough to cover my lower legs, but not deep enough to cover my massive thighs. I managed to stay in there for 3 minutes. But I followed it with a hot bath. I hope that's an acceptable thing to do.

I won't bore you with all my splits, but I will tell you that they were mostly between about 9:20 and 9:35, but my last two miles were my fastest, at 9:01 and 9:00.

Sasha said I would get more out of shorter long runs at a faster pace than I would doing really long runs. However, I feel like I need to go over 20 a couple of times before the marathon so that I learn to run for an extended period of time, and so that I'm mentally prepared to go the distance. So I'm alternating long runs at an "easy" pace with slightly shorter long runs with big chunks at marathon pace.

Brooks Adrenaline Miles: 22.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Recovery run. Average pace 10:45.

Weather: 37°F, humidity 65%, no wind.

That was a recovery run if there was ever a recovery run. My legs did not want to move.

Now I've got to conduct a choir practice and a lot of people said they won't be there. I'm very worried about our performance tomorrow.


Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 4.03
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Brooks Adrenaline Miles: 43.24Saucony Omni 7 Miles: 11.08
Night Sleep Time: 29.00Nap Time: 3.00Total Sleep Time: 32.00
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