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Pleasant Grove,UT,USA

Member Since:

Aug 04, 2008



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Running Accomplishments:

PRs: Fleet Feet Turkey Trot 5k- 19:46;  St. George Marathon  3:07:11(2013-- coming back from the dead)  Utah Valley Marathon 2011- 3:09:13 : D  1st place Master Division, 7th Overall; Mt. Nebo 1/2 Marathon 2011- 1:19:35- 2nd Overall,  first master. Ogden Marathon 3:14  (2010); 10K 2011 Speedy Spaniard 40:47.  I have run 33 marathons: 15 St. George (1995, 2006-2019). Utah Valley (2011, 2014), Eiluj (2011), Deseret News (2015, 3:40 pacer),  Ogden (2009, 2010), Boston (1996,2012,2014,2018)Top of Utah (1999, 2011 pacer), and SLC (2006,2015), Pocatello (3:40 pacer 2012),park city marathon 3:41:53 (2013), and Big Cottonwood pacer (2017,2018)and three Ultras-Squaw Peak 51.25 miler 2010 in 12:05:27 (9th woman) and  Antelope Island  (32 miler) in  March, 2011 (4th overall in 5:10:25) and in 2009.


Short-Term Running Goals:

2020 Marathon Madness

April  Salt Lake City Marathon April 18

May  Ogden Marathon  May 16

June Utah Valley Marathon  June 6 

July  Deseret News Marathon  July 24 

August  Top of Utah Aug 22 

September  Big Cottonwood  Sept 12 

October Saint George Marathon Oct 3  

November New York City Marathon  Nov 1


Long-Term Running Goals:

Marathon--  PR (3:06 or better)

10k--  PR (under 40:47)

5K-- PR (under 19:46)



Married to Troy since 1997.  We have three daughters- Courtney 21,  Brooke 19, and Amber 16 and one dog-Cocoa (15). Troy works and cook lots of yummy dinners and desserts.  Courtney is back as of Aug 2019 from 18 months in England.  Now working as a CNA and going to BYU. Brooke graduated from PGHS IN MAY 2019. Attending UVU in Fall. Called to serve in the Michigan Landing LDS church mission. Leaves Jan22, 2020. Amber plays for Olympic Montreux Premier 1 soccer team.  And is a junior this Fall 2019. I  work full time (27 years in June 2019) as a registered nurse. Currently working in the special care nursery  at American Fork Hospital.  Our family loves to camp and go to Disneyland.  

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So I knew this would HAVE to be a recovery day after Saturday's wicked awesome Half Marathon.  I worked all day yesterday so I was forced to walk all day long on sore legs, mostly outer left shin, slightly in the quads, left calf and oddly my gluteus maximus muscles on both sides.  I don't have much of a butt so I am sure it was in shock from all those downhill miles.  I started thinking that 9 minute mile would be where I would end up.  The first half mile was like ouch, ooo, ohhhh, with my butt muscles.  But VERY WEIRD was that my first mile was at 8:08!! HELLLOOOOO this is recovery so I slowed it down.  My heart didn't feel like it was working at all so that was great news.  No arm or upper body pain at all.  Just a bit in the quads and left shin/calf.  But nothing that said "don't run".  So I did the remander of the miles at a nice route around my neighborhood and beyond in the coolish air at 6:34am.  AP 8:18 for 7 miles.  Iced in Grove Creek for 8 minutes. BRRRRRRrrrrr!!!    TAPER TIME.  So going to relish in taking it easy the next few weeks (meaning fewer miles).  YIPPEE!!! 

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Going out for an easy nine after nine hours of needed sleep last night.  Still sore in the calves/glutes and quads but less so not going to risk picking it up.  The first three miles I felt like I wanted to lay down and take a nap.  I guess all the running around getting to me. After that I awakened but my legs said "back off" on pace.  So  I did.  AP for 10.25 miles (yup went over as usual) = 8:32.   I left at 9:25 am so it got a little warm.  I perspired a lot oddly, even in the cooler air.  I don't think I will do any speed this week.  I will do my 10 x 800s next week.  I am counting my 12 x 800s with my six miles in a row at AP 5:53 for last weeks speed and since it is making me recover longer I will take it where I can.  Imagine how bad off I would be if my focus WAS that half and put all my energy into it?  I don't think I could have run the last two days if that were the case. 

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Left my house at 6:04.  Still dark but ran an out and back course knowing the light would appear soon.  Growling dogs on Canyon Rd.  freaked me briefly and then some guys tried to pass me (although they were on the "inside track" or the curve in the road on the inside and I was on the opposite side running longer), but I didn't let them have that glory.  I was doing about a 8:45 pace then and ended up with a 8:08 for that mile from picking it up.  Well that pumped me for the rest of my run so I just cruised through my hilly route and over to Lindon on their running trail there until I hit 5 miles and turned around and since I was running better than yesterday and a lot less sore I decided I had time to fit in one more mile so I turned right up another hill in Lindon for another 1/2 mile and turned around and headed home.  The cool air was refreshing and it was fun to watch the world come alive in just one hour on the roads.  It is dangerous at early hours when cars get on the street (more so then my 5am runs) because people don't expect runners but they sure expect a text or phone call.  A lot of swerving noted on the roads.  I just keep myself aware of EVERY driver in my vicinity and don't take chances they ever truly see me unless I wave my arm and hands at them to "connect" with the driver when necessary.  AP for 11 miles with two 10 second stops = 7:53.  Last .18 miles I was at about a 7:03 pace and I thought "let's get this down to marathon pace before it hits 11 miles" and in that short period of time I kicked it in gear and got that mile to be a 6:51 (I hit my pace to a 5:37  UPHILL  : D, legs feeling VERY strong as well as my arm swing to the back).  Good sign all is coming back after Saturday's race.  I have skills day today at work and also have to work the next two days so going easy.  If I had tomorrow off I would run speed work but that is hard in the dark so I will just do some pick ups.  A short long run on Saturday should be happening (17 miles, A VACATION for me ; D). 

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5 measly miles at 440am before work. Drove to UV hospital.  Ran slow and easy.  Left shin having a bit of issues since race but I think its on the mend.  I just ran thru all the soreness so I am sure my legs weren't to happy with me.  I would not recommend the Nebo Half to anyone with bad shins or IT band problems.  AP 8:35 for 5.  I have no idea why I felt like not following a diet....I ate the worse I have in a long time--- Nacho Grandes and reeses pieces!! seriously, not me.  I am sure my legs will feel like lard tomorrow.

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6 miles easy in the am before work with 8 x .1 mile strides at about 6 pace.  AP for 6= 7:59.   Off to TOU marathon tomorrow to run Risa in for her first marathon.  So excited to be there!!  She is picking me up after work today and we are only driving to Layton as all the hotels are taken in Logan an hour from Layton.  Plus she gets an awesome deal at Marriott (33 dollars a night : D). 

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Race: TOU Marathon (26.7....) (26.2 Miles) 03:53:57
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Absolute funnest time running with Risa and Nickie!!  Arrived in Layton at 830pm.   Chatted until 11pm.  Slept until 345am.  Drove to Logan in the POURING RAIN at 4:20am.  We were pressed for time because number pick up was until 520am and last bus 5:45am.  Amazingly driving slow in the rain we got there right at 520am.  Got our packets.  Nickie's husband was injured so there you have it.  This was a SUDDEN decision learning this while we were chatting last night.  I had never met Nickie but we totally bonded and they were both wanting a upbeat pacer to be help them run especially now in the rain.  When we got there the rain stopped but all above us were dark clouds.  We got on the bus at 5:40am and took the long ride to the top.  We had 40 minutes at the top to potty and then run for cover just 5 minutes before the race.  YUP DOWNPOUR just after we took off our top layer of clothing for the race.  We were quite drenched for the start but managed to spend the remainder of THAT downpour in the tent.  It lasted about 5 minutes.  WE found large plastic garbage bags and put those on.  But lost those after the first mile.  Still lots of dark clouds but  you could tell that daytime was approaching.  We took about a minute before passing the starting line after the gun went off.  Oh yah just before the start I briefly talked with Allie.  Somehow I knew she could STILL run well in the rain.  So glad this WASN'T the SGM weather.  Who knows?  There was really no plan and when I realized my garmin was only showing the time and for some reason not displaying distance or pace, just a blank spot I decided it just didn't matter and I was running whatever pace Risa wanted to.  Her goal was originally under 4 hours but a few times she would interject how the rain and lack of training would make her fall apart at mile 20 or so (she ran two 20s so  I knew she would be okay).  I would tell her how do you know, maybe you will feel great and not ever feel a wall.  We removed our jackets (nickie and I at mile 3) and Risa at mile 9.  Every mile I would stop and take a picture of the mile marker and then turn around and take a picture of Risa or run ahead of them, stop, and take a picture.  I got several comments about having too much energy to take all the pictures.  We pretty much  found ourselves with the TWO 3:50 pacers all the way until mile 20.  Risa needed to walk longer through the last few aid stations.  I would hold their stuff or pick up things they dropped but I didn't have to help them thru aid stations.  They walked.  I would hand the camera to some strangers to also get some photos of me as Risa and Nickie wanted them  They decided that I need to sell my services as a marathon pacer/photographer and they feel very strongly that people would hire me.  Never thought of that as an occupation.  But perhaps I should : D.  Talk about loving my job.  Risa is all set to set up my web page.  I had a blast.  EVEN at mile 11 when it began to DOWNPOUR FEROCIOUSLY and then HAIL for 7 miles!!  It was all too comical for Risa's first marathon.  She would doubt herself and her ability to run in weather like this but then TOTALLY persevere through it.  IT WAS TRULY INSPIRING.  AND to be back in the pack with all the other runners running ahead then snapping pictures of picturesque moments and people it was so cool.  Much more exciting then running a fast half marathon.  I even got to stop at three porta potties then  I would run a little pick up pace to catch up to Risa.  One time it took just over a mile to catch her.  Nickie was always right there.  Sometimes she would be right beside us sometimes just behind or ahead.  We gave no one any pressure to run faster.  Just finish and finish without crumbling.  Risa was even cheering other runners to stay strong.  She totally ROCKED it all.  She never gave up. It is hard to describe HOW AMAZING this run was for me.   It was the I- ChING of running. The YOGA moment of life.   It was super.  The countryside was so beautiful, the twists and turns and minor hills were just that.  All the volunteers were wonderful, and the spectators were fun to wave and give high fives too!!   At mile 23 Risa told me NOT to let her WALK again and that she was going to run and try to sprint the last .2.  So at the little blib of a hill, which at mile 25 of a marathon feels like a mountain, I looked over and she had started to walk so I turned back and strong and firmly grabbed her left arm with both my hands and literally pulled her up the hill and I told her "Risa you told me not to let you walk, YOU CAN DO THIS YOU ARE THERE.  She began to run as I pulled her. I said  IT IS JUST A SHORT HILL AND when she crested her strength was renewed and she continued strong to the finish.  SO INCREDIBLE.  I would do this kind of thing EVERY DAY.  I couldn't ask for a better way to help a friend accomplish a goal!!  Nickie was right there and at one point just before the finish I took a picture of them holding hands then they finished only seconds apart-- about 7. Risa. Then me then Nickie as I stopped just before the finish line to take a picture of the finish balloon and turn around to snap a picture of Nickie at the finish.  And Risa as she had crossed earlier.    Running is the answer to all ailments.  At least it usually feels that way to me.  LOVE RUNNING.    **funny competitve part in me story during this race--- around mile 5 or so when we were leapfrogging constantly the 3:50 pacer dude because of our walking through aid stations and stopping at the timing clocks for a photo etc... I was right in front of him and looked back after passing him and he said "hey I know you....I passed you at Bryce Canyon last year (meaning 2010) in the last 1/2 mile!!"  Of course he is yelling this to his WHOLE pacer group so  I had to yell out-- WELL (thinking how in 2010 I was injured for the race so I wouldn't be rude and say that to him).... instead I said "well I ran 1:26 there this year....and then we started talking about Mt Nebo half and he talked how his buddy ran a 1:10 and of course I had to tell him I ran a 1:19 just to shut him up  : D).  I got a few chuckles with that conversation....and one lady said "who in the heck am I running with?".  And then I proceeded to speed up and take more snap shots.  We found him at the finish and he is like "what did you end up running it in with all your stops and picture taking?"  yahta yahta yahta WE eventually realized we live in the SAME STAKE one mile from each other and have never LITERALLY RUN into each other.  He really is a nice guy.  So it was fun to officially meet him and not be competitive. 

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