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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2007



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

2008 XC WAC Champs

1600m STATE CHAMP '08
2006 & 07 XC Region Champ


    XC 6k--21:38.8(PreNat '10)
    XC 5k--17:17.1 (USU '09) 
    XC 3mi--17:38.0 (MSU'08)

Outdoor Track:

5000m - 17:10.71 (April '09)

3k steeple - 10:43 (April '09)

1500m - 4:48 (April '09)

3200m - 11:15.34 (May '08)
1600m - 5:08.37 (May '08)
800m - 2:22.62 (May '08)
400m - 1:03.13 (May '08)

Indoor Track

3000m - 9:59.48 (Feb. '09)       5000m - 17:36.72 (Feb. '09)

Short-Term Running Goals:

*Stay healthy and positive

*Top 3 Individual in WAC XC 

*3k - 9:45, 5k - 16:45, steeple - 10:15

*WAC Champ Steeplechase


Long-Term Running Goals:

*Qualify for NCAA Nationals (XC and Track)
*Marathons after college - FAST!
*Keep working hard & improving


In my fifth semester at Utah State University. A sophomore Cross Country and a junior in Track and Field. Majoring in Math Education, planning to graduate in 2013.

Joy = {roller-blading, running, fancy cheese, friends, ultimate frisbee, Jones Cream Soda, Star Wars and turtles} 

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I ran a tempo run out to the Rec center and back (I was going to sign up for the race on Saturday, but they were closed) The way there was almost all uphill, but back was downhill. :) Avg. 7:20/mi.

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I ran easy today - my legs are sore from yesterday! I went out on the trails past the Burdicks's house. Avg. mile was 7:49.

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I ran backwards Bank run today, the hill was killer! I ran a couple (1st and last) miles sub-7 (6:30 & 6:50) and avg. mile was 7:15! I meant to run some mile repeats after voice lessons at 4, but I did baptisms for the dead with David at the temple instead. (I'll do repeats tomorrow.)

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I ran the Hospital run (7:43/mi avg), then I ran the industrial loop for 4x1mile repeats. The GPS watch ran out of batteries, so I don't know my times, but I am dead tired, so I think I ran around 6:00 for them. My legs are sore already!

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Coach showed me this 9-miler on the internet map, so I did it, but I went too far at one point, so I ended up going a mile over. It was run and in the desert, I liked it.

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I ran at 9 pm out from my house toward the AZ strip and into AZ for a while. I meant to run 13, but my watch's batteries died at 5 miles, so I missed the turnaround and finally turned around a ways past the 7 mile spot. My legs are so tired! I feel like I'm going to die next week at the race!

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I ran the "new" 8-miler from the school around on the Washington Pkwy. and a bit through the desert. It went pretty well, avg. 7:33/mi. It felt good and I'm not sore, so that's a good sign. :)

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Today I ran the Bank run, I ran ok, my legs are a bit tired from yesterday. My avg. mile was 7:30 or so, after I ran, Amanda, Ally and I went and bought Jr. Prom jewelry! Tomorrow we have a track meeting at lunch, so soon after the half marathon on Saturday, track conditioning is probably due to start.

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Today I ran out with Coach to the end of the pavement in Green Springs. We ran it pretty fast, but it felt good. We talked and he gave me some pointers for Saturday's race.

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Chuckarama with Ally.

Race: Painter's Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:30:53, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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RACE TODAY!! AWESOME RACE!! Ran really well, kept a good pace for the first half, then gradually picked it up on the last ones, Holt came back and helped me push it on the last half mile and pass up another lady so I came in second place!!!  19 minute PR, 6:56/mi pace avg. for the race. I am so dead tired!!!

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I bought a new pair of shoes - New Balance Acteva size 10 W 2A. Then I ran a mile with Tim to help him get in shape.

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I ran Chuckarama with Brian Bennion. But he died at about 2.5 miles, so I took off and ran the rest by myself.

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First day of track "preconditioning." Ally, Jeff F, Josh Decker and I ran Chuckarama. (Avg. 7:13/mi!) then we ran 2 stadiums. (Preconditioning is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.)

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Jeff and I ran around in Washington for a while, then we came back on Telegraph until I decided to go back by the Dogpound, so I ran lots. Then I lifted: 3X10 ALL: LE-7, LC-9, BP-45,50,55, SQ-75, ABS-5.

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I am so so so sore from lifting yesterday. I ran an easy barbershop run because I'm so dead. It went well, but I'm still just as sore and stiff.

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I was busy all day and decided to take a day off. Maybe my ultra-sore legs will feel better.

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I ran Foremaster - the hill was killer! :) I picked up my pace for the second half and it was a good workokut - my right foot went numb for the last  2 miles - it was wierd maybe it's my new shoes...? Lifted weights: All 3x10: LE-7, LC-9, LP-90, BP-50, SQ-75, ABS-5.

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I ran with my orthotics today, they felt odd, I don't know if I like them.  I ran a mile with Amanda Lusk around the track, then ran the DI loop pretty fast.

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We ran to "the hill" and I ran it 3 times, then we (Jeff, Austin and Josh) ran back to the school ultra-fast! Hard workout, but it felt pretty good.

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I ran the Green Springs 6 miler, Ashley Judd ran with me to 2.5 then turned around. Coach ran with us/me from about 1.5 to 3 - he went 9 not 6. The way out was kind of slow, but back in was fast fast!! :) Lifted: All 3x10: LE-7, LC-9, LP-90, BP-50, SQ-75, ABS-5.

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I ran Dogpound today because my legs are tired from yesterday. It went well, kinda fast, but not a lot.

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Took a day off...I guess... but I did go on a bike ride, so that was fun. And I bought "new" shoes- Asics 2100 Men's 8.5 - like before I got the 2110's on Oct. 1. I love them!

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NEW SHOES today! I ran the hospital run today, I went slowish at the start, but pretty fast the rest. At the bottom of foremaster ridge (after going up and down) I passed Jeff, Josh Decker and Josh Chipman who went 6 miles! :) I ran so so so fast the last bit! Lifted: All 3x10: LE-8, LC-10, BP-55, SQ-95, ABS-7.5, CP-90.

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I ran with Ashley today out to Chuckarama, then picked up my car from repairs and drove back to the high school, then we ran hart's so it all added up to be about 4, I guess.

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We ran DI really fast then we did stadiums 8 laps (3 mi) so my legs are more tired. Ow! It felt good to push myself, though.

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I ran the "new 8-miler" out on Wash. Pkwy. Ran w/boys for the first 2.5 miles, then they turned around and I finished. My legs are exhausted, but it felt alright overall. Then I lifted: 3x10 all: LE-8, LC-10, BP-55, SQ-95, AB-7.5, CP-90.

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I ran the bank run pretty fast. At the spot that the sign clocks your speed, I was going 9 mph, but I sped up and got it up to 13 mph!! Good run overall.

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I worked a lot in the yard if that counts for anything, but I didn't get around to running - I'm slacking off. :(

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Today I ran with Willy Heinrich the River 8-miler. We ran pretty fast the whole way. I did ditch him the last mile and pushed hard up the industrial rd. hill. Tired legs for sure. Then I lifted: 3x10 on all: LE-8, LC-10, BP-55, SQ-85, ABS-7.5, LPD-3, CP-90.

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MY BIRTHDAY!! I went on an easy fun run out into Washington by the Firestation and then back to the HS Dogpound way, but I took a longer turn to see how far it went. I liked it, but my legs are way sore from yesterday!

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We ran 4 hills today. My legs are still sore from Monday, so it was tough going the whole run. Oh, the hills were sunrise tire out and back, too - as usual. On the internet, I read some of Coach's running blog... it was cool I guess to get more ideas of how/what to write in my log.

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I went and ran the Green Springs 6 miler. I ran out relatively fast since my butt, quads and calves are ultra-sore still. Coach caught up to me at mile 2-ish, but didn't stay with me, but I tried my best keeping up with him and did pretty well. Mile 4 was so dead and my legs wouldn't go, then the downhill was good and the last mile was ok. Lifted after: 3x10 of all: LE-8, LC-10, LPD-4, BP-55, SQ-85, Calves-mid, out and ins - 90.

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We were in Flagstaff for the NAU Jazz/Madrigal Festival, so Ally and I went running around there. We went out 3 and back. The way out was a mile downhill/flat, then two slightly uphill. The altitude was a bit tiring, avg. mile times were 7:50 - ok. It felt fast, though.

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I ran on the treadmill this morning. I ran one mile, stretched, ran 2, then ran one more. On the last mile, my left hip flexor was kind of bothering me - I was going to run more, but I decided to stop. Mostly a refreshing morning run, but not the greatest.

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I had to practice for singing Valentines right after school, so I ran after practicing. I was frustrated, so I ran fast - especially the first couple of miles. I ran out by Annie's house. Since I ran pretty fast, the middle was really exhausting, whew. (No weights - 'twas closed).

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Ally, Jeff and I ran the Bank/Mall run. My left knee and hip have been bugging me - esp. my knee ITB and PT. Yuk. I don't know what to do - I iced them yesterday, but they're still dumb. When we ran past the speed-clocking sign, I got up to 16 mph!! Avg. 7:24/mi - pretty good!

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VALENTINES DAY. I spent all day doing singing Valentines. Woo-hoo.

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Since I missed hills yesterday, I ran out to Sunrise tire and ran the hill 5 times. I didn't push as hard as I should've, so my workout was only ok - kinda frustrating. I ran fast on the way home because of it.

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I went and ran the river run, I ran the first mile and a half with Nikki J, then she turned around, so I ran the rest alone. My stomach was really upset and sloshy as I ran - I had to use the restroom twice (Carl's Jr. and Ally's house) because of it. Not so great, but a good slow run, I guess.

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I ran out to the furniture building by the AZ strip and back, mostly an easy run, but I couldn't resist the urge to push it a bit, though. Good overall, except I had to pee so bad at mile 4 I went to some random person's house to use theirs. Weird.

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I ran a "new" run, out to Stake Center, right on Brigham, out into Bloomington until you pass the Manowar Bridge and went back on trail, then Vermillion and back through the park to home. 'Twas raining, so I ran kinda slow and enjoyed the rain. Great run!!

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Even though I ran long yesterday, I went long today too with the rest of the team (no school yesterday). I ran with Josh Decker and we ran the desert 9 miler (out by Green Springs/Middleton) Pretty good at the start, slow middle miles (sandy trails, yuk) and pretty fast last miles. Very last mile was under 6:30! Man!

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Hills today! I was mad about my waste of a hill workout last week, so I went CRAZY on them this week. I pushed like it was my last time every time and by the time I got to the last one, I could hardly push it! Oh, the burn! Good workout, I think I accomplished lots with it!

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School was short so we could go to the basketball game, so my schedule got all messed up and I meant to run at around 4, but I fell asleep until 6:30. By then it was dark and I ate dinner and did homework. Oh man. I'm bummed out.

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Ally, Jeff, Decker and I went out and ran into Washington 2.5 (on Telegraph) and back.

Race: Pi k run (1.95 Miles) 00:09:52, Place overall: 1
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I ran Panorama's Elementary's Einstein PiK run. Pretty fun race - about 1.95 miles, though their course was short I think because I got 9:52. First overall and 3rd counting boys. Fun!

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Track practice "officially" starts today! We ran the Chuckarama out and back. I ran with Ally the whole way and we booked it. Around 7:10-7:20 per mile the whole way! My right ankle bugged me a lot in the middle couple of miles. After, we ran 6x100m striders on the track.

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Speed work today! 1.25 mile warmup, then we ran 4x1000 rpeats with 400m jog recovery between each. (3:44, 3:45, 3:45, 3:45) Mostly good, but I definitely got tired out by the last couple. Right ankle up outside still bugged. 1 mile cooldown easy and stretches.

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Ally, Forsyth and I ran Dogpound today. Earlier it snowed, so it's pretty cold out. Ran really slow first and second miles - sped up on last couple against wind and hail (ow - shorts and t-shirt!) Pretty good overall.

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1/2 mile warmup, then we stretched and did agilities (like everyday). Heptathlon today: first 100m hurdles - ok I guess... 21.14 or something, then high jump - 4' 4" so good!!! (best on team!) 200m dash - 31.40 ok? ha. Shot put: 17'6" not great, but ok (considering the size of my arms :) Then I ran "anaerobic threshold" 4 miler. Kind of hard, times slow and tired legs: 7:00, 7:02, 7:11 and (my watch ran out of batteries for the last mile) approx 6:40. Anger.

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1/2 mile warmup and stretches/agilities, Heptathlon again: long jump - 13'6" (?), javelin - 45'6" (ok), 800m - 2:36 which was slower than I wished but sore legs made racing crap and plus, the competition was nothing (next was 2:49). Then after, Ally, Mitch Westhoff and I ran 4.5 (bank w/o extra loop), I had eaten too recently, so I felt like crap the whole way. Yuk. Super sore legs, too.

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Kinda angry because I forgot to set my alarm for 6:30 so I could to run before day date (Preference dance) because the rest of the day I was swamped. Angry face. We did hike and run around a bit, though.

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1.25 mile warmup, then 6x800m repeats @ 2 mile pace with 400m jogs in between. Goal pace: 2:50's. First 2:53, felt ok, kinda slow, but paced it well. I don't remember all my times, but all were faster than 2:53. Last 2 were 2:50 and 2:49 - good workout, hard, but not bad, felt strong overall. 3/4 mile cooldown.

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2x around track warmup. Ran Dogpound with Coach Holt - supposed to be recovery, but I ran kinda fast: 7:38, 6:52, 7:01 and 7:37 (avg. 7:17). Felt a little tiring, but good overall. 

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2x around track warmup. Then anaerobic threshold run to Chuck-a-rama and back. First half mile easy, then picked it up to a 7:01 mile then 6:53 mile and finally a 6:35 mile. Rolling hills the whole run, so although my times weren't the greatest, I pushed really hard. Relatively good times (better than last week on the exact same run). cooled down on last half mile.

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2x around track warmup. Hand-off practice with Rachel Goethe for Medley Relay. Easy run because of meet tomorrow, ran Dogpound (4 miler) with Erin Riggs.

Race: Rotary Invitational @ Hurricane HS (T&F) (2 Miles) 00:12:12, Place overall: 5
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First track meet of the season!

Warmed up for the 3200m: 2x around track and once around Hurricane school (about .5 mile). Race was all right, I guess... I wasn't really ready mentally for how freaking long it feels to run 8 laps around a track. yuk. Splits were 1:24, 1:29, 1:32, 1:31, 1:34, 1:37, 1:37 & 1:28. Pretty good except laps 5-7 were really slow. 5th place, time was 12:12.58 - 10 seconds off state qualifying! I think I'll easily be able to get my time down there since I didn't push as hard as I could've (I think...). After I finished, I took off my shoes right away like I always do and noticed that my hamstrings were (and still are) quite tight.

Cooled down 2x around school. 

Race: Rotary Invitational @ Hurricane HS (2 Miles) 05:27:00, Place overall: 2
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First track meet of the season today!

Warmed up for the 1600m race: 3x around track. Great race, ran in my Nike Zoom Rival MD spikes.Lap splits were ok, 1:17, 1:25, 1:26 1:18 (I need to speed up those middle ones a LOT) and my time, 5:27.14, was only 2 seconds off qualifying for state! Also, I got 2nd place, only one girl from Ogden beat me and I think if I had started my kick earlier I would've caught and possibly beat her. I felt really strong the whole race, so I'm really happy with it as a starting point for the season. Then cooled down by running 2x around Hurricane school (about .5 miles each lap).

Warmed up for the 800m race: 2x around school. Wore my spikes, my calves were getting a little tired from running in them. As the race started, I forgot how short the 800m is so I didn't take off fast enough. My calves burned the entire race, there was a really strong wind against us on the back straightaway and that was no fun. 3rd place, time was 2:31.99 - not great, but okay considering I haven't put in a lot of speed work yet this season. Kind of frustrating though.

Right after, I had to rest as best I could for my 800m leg of the 1600m Medley Relay (200m, 200m, 400m, 800m) which was right after the 800m (it always is, argh). When I got the baton from the 400m leg girl, Rachel, we were in second by about 30 meters. The wind was still terrible, and my calves were so stiff, sore and tired. All that kept me pushing it was the thought that it was my last race of the meet. I passed her on our first lap and ended up beating her by about the same margin she had been leading by. My split was 2:32 - about the same as the other 800m I ran. We got 3rd overall since there was another heat of teams after us.

I was kinda frustrated about the 2 800m races that I didn't feel went well, so I began cooling down with some music around the school 2x. I was so grumpy about the races that halfway through going around the school the second time, I took off into town and just kept running a big loop around, I'd guess about 2 or 3 miles. By the time I got done, my calves were still totally stiff and sore that I could hardly run on them. ow.

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I didn't run today because my parents are lame and wouldn't let me because I was sick yesterday. argh.

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My calves are still stiff and sore from saturday at the meet! Warmup 2x around track, then a big grass loop (.75) Track work today: 4 x 1200m at 3200m pace with 600m jog recovery. Goal pace: 4:30 or less

1 - 4:25, went out well, felt kinda fast, but not hard

2 - 4:30, relaxed a bit too much on my first two laps (it felt good though) and had to push harder my last lap to get on pace

3 - 4:27, worked better first two laps, my calves were getting tireder and stiffer pushed last lap again to get a good time

4 - 4:22, went out hard and pushed all 3 laps and beat all the boys (none of the really fast ones were in town *wink* )

Good workout, felt strong the whole time and now my legs are more sore, whoopee. Then .75 mile cooldown around Sandstone elementary with Ally Robison.

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Dropped off my car at the shop to get speedometer/odometer fixed then ran to practice (1.5 miles) from there. warmedup 1/2 mile on track then we ran Dogpound (4). First 1/2 mile was warmingup then anaerobic threshold with Jeff Frodsham for the middle 3 miles - mile times were 6:23, 6:11 & 6:42 - pretty good and about the pace I wanted...felt good on the downhills for miles 1&2, but the last 1/2 mile was uphill and my time barely stayed under 7 min/mile. cooled down the last 1/2 mile. overall good run, legs are still stiff from yesterday and the meet on fri/sat.

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1/2 mile warmup on track, then stretched. Easy recovery run today, 4 miler to Chuck-a-rama from PVHS and back. Very nice, ran with Eric Goold out and Lindsay Judd back.

Lifted a little: Bench - 3x10 @ 50 lbs and Squat - 3x10 @ 75 lbs

After, I went with some of the track team and played Ultimate Frisbee at Sandstone Elementary. That counts for a mile or so of running... we only lost by 1. ;) and we had a heckofabunch of fun.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 16:49:14

Welcome to the blog! Is Eric Goold related to Danny Goold?

From Ruth on Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 22:15:50

Thanks! My friends use it, so I decided to give blogging a go.

P.S. I have no idea. (I'll try to remember to ask him.)

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Mar 16, 2007 at 07:42:07

Eating more is OK as long as it the right stuff. Natural foods taste in such a way that they trigger a feeling of satisfaction just at the right time when your body received the proper amount of nutrients. They also contain a proper balance of nutrients. Unnatural foods (aka junk food) have a built-it taste alteration and their taste does not reveal their true nutritional value. So the body gets tricked into accepting wrong amounts and wrong types of nutrients, which creates a stress on the body. For a while, a young body can cope with it. Exercise helps offset the negative effects to some extent. However, as you get older, the destructive effects of improper diet become more and more noticeable. I think it happens sooner for women than it does for men. I believe this is a big part of the reason we have age divisions 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, and 35-39. If we learned to eat right, we would not feel the need to have those age divisions - people would be running just as fast at 39 as they were in their 20s.

From ruth on Sat, Mar 17, 2007 at 19:53:54

thanks for the info, sasha

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1/2 mile warmup on track, then we ran out to Sunrise Tire (1.5 ish) to do some hills. Ran up East Ridge of Foremaster (.25 up) 5 times - went pretty well, my legs are tired from lifting so it was a bit hard to get going and by the end my quads were burning SO much, pushed well most of the time, I still have a little bit of a hard time going fast enough at the bottom because I know what's coming up later, but I tried keeping fast the whole time, not just pushing at the top half. Then ran back, trying not to go ultra-slow and succeeding a bit. Legs are pretty sore.

From Ally on Sat, Mar 17, 2007 at 21:50:07

I counted mine as slow miles because you aren't really going fast when you run up hills comparatively, but I guess you are working much harder. So you can count them as whatever you want! But yeah, it makes sense to log them as fast.

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Went on a nice easy long run from my house today. Chased some geese off the road for a car or two and moved large weeds off it too (good turn daily?) went well overall, legs are still sore from lifting and yesterday, but i think my calves have finally recovered from last week's race. My run was supposed to be a 9 miler, but my parents picked me up about a mile from the end to go on a hike - 5.4 miles and hard with my cute nephews ;). Ended up being only eight, but i'll survive, I guess. Felt pretty nice to go on a long run, I haven't in a while, but I'm not quite used to them anymore so it took until mile 3-4 to really get into it. There was this old (65ish) guy 100m or so in front of me at about mile 3 so I sped up to catch him. 'twas pretty easy. Then after I turned around on my out-and-back he had turned around too but earlier, so he was approx. .5 mile ahead of me. Pushed hard to try and catch him, but he turned where my run didn't go when I was about 10m behind (and closing the gap fast). Shucks. Overall a nice relaxing run.

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Started morning runs this week to get some more mileage in. At 5:30 went out by my house Stake Center run 3.5, went pretty easy, avg. 7:46 min/mile. Felt great, since there was no traffic, I had a good time running in the middle of the road (on the yellow lines and in the lane). Fun times on a nice easy run.

Afternoon at Track practice, 2x on track warmup then ran Green Springs 5 miler with Ally and Nikki Johnson. Just went nice and easy, stopped for Ally once and Nikki another time to go potty. Knees weren't liking me a whole bunch, my left is bugging me a bit under my kneecap and my right on the outside, a bit like ITB tendinitis I had in my left last year but not nearly as bad. Once we got back, we did 9x100m striders on the track, those weren't too bad. Lifted after that: did 3x10 Hamstring curls (at 10), 1x10 Leg Extensions (at 8) - they hurt my left knee so I stopped after one set, 2x10 laying on your stomach and doing a curl-like thing with legs (80 then 70) 2x5 leg lifts, 2x10 each on mid/in/out calves on leg press (90 lbs) and 1x10 bench press (55 lbs) - would've done more, but I had to run off to voice lessons. Iced knees when I got home for a while.

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was late to practice because of solo&ensemble after school today, but i hurried really fast and made it in time to warmup to coach's room (to get my spikes) and back and come in on everybody else's 2nd repeat (while i was doing my first). ran pretty well overall - we did 5x1000m repeats with a 400m jog recovery in between. my goal pace was to get around low 3:40s. they were AWESOME!!!!

1 - 3:38 - good time, i felt kinda fast, but it wasn't too hard, there was a bit of wind though

2 - 3:36 - still feeling great, a titch tired but not enough to slow me down at all

3 - 3:36 (again!) - getting way under pace and feeling awesome, legs a bit tired, but almost halfway, pushed really well against increasingly hard wind - i had to close my eyes to avoid getting turf bits and dust in my eyes - yuk.

4 - 3:33 ! - wore my spikes and sped up even more, kept my split times down where i liked them and pulled in a great (way under pace) time. wind was really hard and it started to rain at the end.

5 - 3:33 (again!) - tired, but i pushed it hard to keep my time where i wanted it, in spikes still, left knee a bit of trouble, but now bad

 great workout overall! i'm so elated!! woohoo. 3/4 mile cooldown on big grass loop with jeff frodsham, josh decker, eric goold and alex baker

From JohnK on Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 20:30:00

Nice workout! I think your 11:30 goal for the 2 mile will soon be within reach.

From Breanna on Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 20:44:43

What events are you doing at the track meet?

From Ally on Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 21:53:43

Fun repeats today eh? I'm glad you're feelin good!

From J-Free on Tue, Mar 20, 2007 at 22:41:27

good job today ruth. i was looking at your splits with coach from last time and you had big improvements.

From Dave Holt on Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 09:41:00

HUGE workout! That really set you up good for this weekend. I hope Judge is coming so you can run with their top runners. You're ready to do it!

From ruth on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 09:02:10

breanna, i'm doing the 1600m, 3200m, 800m and either the 4x800 relay or the 800m leg of the medley relay.

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Morning run, 2x on track warmup, then Arctic Circle (3) with ALLY (she has a blog too)(and has lucky teeth). Anyway, we went pretty fast, the first half I was really tired and wanted to go slow but Ally was pushing it more, so I went with her. I finally got into the run on the way back and it went pretty well and I ran fast. During the run I was trying to run with higher knees to see if it helped me run faster and easier. I felt good for the most part, used some different muscles so it was a little more tiring than just running faster w/o higher knees

After school at practice, 2x on track warm up. We ran AT Dogpound (4) , the first 1/2 mile was warming up, then the last 1/2 mile was cooling down. middle  mile times were alright: 6:39, 6:20, 6:47. slower than last week, but yesterday's workout was harder. while running, my legs were so tired, left knee hurting a bit esp. on the downhill (mile 2).

From Ally on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 11:48:59

From Ally on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 11:49:39

hey! thats all you have to say about your run is that i have lucky teeth??? sorry i left you a blank message.

From ruth on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 15:12:01

hey, i'm not done yet. don't make fun of me. :-(

From Brent on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 16:07:15

I look like chocolate chip cookies also, every morning they are my favorite before a run. Good luck on your goals. Great goal for a college scholorship. Forest Gump?

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 16:14:01

Very good training this week so far. I really like those 8-9 miles, they are very helpful for building endurance. The speed days could use a bit more buffering/padding mileage before and after.

From Ally on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 21:08:26

good luck at the race tomorrow RUTHIE!!

From Ruth on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 21:24:21

Brent - I don't eat anything before I run in the mornings, but I am sorry to say that I look like a cookie. :-) I was on my friend's computer when I made my blog, so I didn't have any pics of me, so I just picked a picture of something I like.

I also have never seen Forrest Gump, but whenever I mention wanting to run across the country, someone always mentions Forrest Gump...

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Warmup 2x on track, then easy 4.26 miler with Jeff, Josh, Zac Zabriskie and Nikki Johnson since we have a meet tomorrow. calves kind of tight, ran faster than i probably should've for an easy run (7:46 avg.), since my legs are dead, but i really didn't want to go slow. knees bugged me a bit, esp. left, iced them when i got home.

Goals for Friday and Saturday's meet (here at PV!):

3200m - break 12 minutes (and qualify by time for state, definitely)

1600m - low 5:20's (and qualify by time for state, definitely)

800m - not die. mid-high 2:20's (possibly qualify...i hope)

From Jeff aka Frey on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 23:20:34

good goals for the big PV invite. Go get it!

Race: Pine View Invitational Track Meet (1 Miles) 00:05:30, Place overall: 3
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Warmed up with the team (.5 on track) then warmed up later for the 1600m (.75 on track). Meet started a bit late so I ended up warming up too much too soon, no fun. Race was alright, I pushed well on my middle laps, but we didn't get splits for our races at all because our coaches were busy running/hosting the meet. During the race there was a headwind along the home straightaway and a bit of the curves leading into and coming out of it as well. On the other straightaway, you couldn't even feel it pushing behind you. Oh man! It was a hard race, I was really tired throughout, I thought I was pushing, but when I'd give a little surge to pass someone or something I realized I had more to give even though my legs felt sore and tired. Kind of frustrating. (time 5:30) Only got beaten by a 5A girl and a 4A girl (fastest was 5:24) Sad that I didn't get my goal of qualifying, but I can do it next time!!!!   Cooled down once around track.

From J-Free on Sat, Mar 24, 2007 at 22:45:30

way to go Ruth! Go job being the annoucer also on friday.

From Ruth on Sun, Mar 25, 2007 at 18:12:08

thnx ;D

Race: Pine View Invitational Track Meet (2 Miles) 00:11:45, Place overall: 4
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Today's events were the 3200m and then the 800m.

Woke up late (8:20) and threw on my uniform and sped to the HS for the meet which started at 9:00 (the 3200m was the first event). I didn't get breakfast except for 1/4 of a piece of bread as I drove to the meet. I ended up having plenty (mostly) of time to warmup (2x on track) and stretch for the race. Before the race, we did a cheer of "We love 8 laps, woohoo!" The race was amazing!! Not too many elbow wars at the start (which was nice) and I felt pretty strong the whole time. I remembered to push laps 5-7 even though I was getting pretty tired, stuck about 15 feet behind the 3-girl pack leading the race most of the time, but lost them on the 7th lap. Kicked it hard my last lap (it is so exhilarating to only have one more after the seemingly endless 7 other ones) and got a total time of 11:45.88 and qualified for state (by 17 seconds!) and met my goal by a long shot!!!

Warmed up with a big grass loop (.75) then signed in at the bullpen and did agilities (left knee hurt a lot doing high skips and high knees) and warmed up more with the other girls running the 800m (Ally & Nikki). The race wasn't that great, my legs were out of juice from running the 3200m so hard. The start was no good, they did a waterfall start instead of a staggered waterfall and we had too many girls trying to push to the front the whole first 100m. The official lined us up in our lane order, so I had to be in lane one and got clobbered at the start, which didn't help my race out at all. Overall didn't do so hot, just out of juice. Oh well. I'm kind of frustrated with the 800m this year, I did really well at it in previous years, but this year I'm really struggling to do well at it. Maybe I'll get into it later in the season...? Time was 2:31.65 ( .3 seconds faster than last week...) no fun and frustrating, didn't meet my goal at all.

After cleaning up after the meet, I went on a easy-middling 5-miler from the HS (Bank run), knee was a little hurty after the first couple of miles. I am a little disappointed that I didn't make it to a 40-mile week (by .8 miles) this week. I just wasn't counting during the week, or I would've run a 6-miler instead. Shucks.

Work harder at practice!!!


From Ally on Sun, Mar 25, 2007 at 17:27:45

Hey ruthie-o!! Way to qualify for state in the 2 mile! You are amazing, keep working hard, I love you!

From Ruth on Sun, Mar 25, 2007 at 18:17:11

I love you too!! And way to break 13:00!! You're improving tons and I appreciate that you always give your all at practice. It makes me feel like I'm not the only one there who cares (among girls). Thanks for being so awesome!!!

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Morning run with Ally, 800m warmup then a little stretching, then Arctic Circle. Avg. pace, Ally's calves were sore and I stuck with her, we stopped at the turnaround for her to stretch, my knee was mostly fine, but after the first mile it hurt on and off the rest of the run.

Afternoon practice, warmed up 2x on track, did agilities (doing butt kicks and high skips made my knee hurt so I only did them on my right side) and stretched as a team. Then we did a big grass loop warmup for our speed work. We did 2 sets of 5x200m repeats at 800m pace with 100m jog between each rep as recovery. Goal pace was 36 sec. (for a 2:24 800m):

*First set: 34, 35, 36, 35, 34. Didn't really know how fast to run for a 200m, so I didn't do a good job of keeping my times consistent. All were at or below goal pace though.

*Second set: 33, 36, 35, 35, 33. Wore my spikes for this set, so my first one was out of control! I didn't know I was running that fast, then I tried pulling back a bit for the next one and did it a little too much. 4&5 I was happy with keeping them consistent, then coach told us to get our fastest time on our last, so I went all out and tied with my fastest one.

After, I lifted, 3x10 of leg extensions (7), leg curls (10), lat pulldown (3) and in/out/mid calves (90). extensions hurt my knee so I decided not to do them anymore. 2x10 of squats (95), bench (55), back & abs (10). Pretty tiring, then I went out and did a 2 mile cooldown (DI loop), just to get my legs moving after workout and lifting. Iced knee when I got home.

From J-Free on Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 22:53:54

sweet picture, what is it from? good job today, you did really good at geting your time goals.

From Ruth on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 00:39:22

We were on the beach in cali and I got some of those seaweed bubble things, broke them in half and put them on my fingertips and made scary faces. Rrrrrrr.

From Ruth on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 00:39:48

We were on the beach in cali and I got some of those seaweed bubble things, broke them in half and put them on my fingertips and made scary faces. Rrrrrrr.

From Ruth on Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 00:41:42

whoops, twice?

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Well I just finished typing this run up and my computer died, so here goes again.

Warmup (.5 like always) agilities and stretches. AT run on Dogpound as usual... except I forgot my watch, so I borrowed coach's and it only tells time, so I approximated the middle 3 miles' time to be around 19:45 (avg. 6:35/mile). Not bad for such a windy day, though the wind was at my back for the first 2 timed miles so they were ultra-fast. The last AT mile was so hard: it was chilly, the wind was against me, it was uphill, my knee was hurting and i was panting the whole way! Overall, I felt like I worked hard and had a good workout today. When I got home, I iced my knee for a while.

From Dave Holt on Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 08:26:55

Our knees are going bad together - lucky us!

From Ruth on Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 21:52:38

Yeah!! Fin Fan Fun!! What's up with yours?

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Morning, warmup and stretches then Arctic Circle with Allie. Really slow, I felt totally crappy the whole way out. It was really cold and knee...blah blah blah. Finally the last 3/4 mile or so I felt a bit better, so I picked it up a little.

Afternoon, couldn't go to practice because of Region Vocal S&E, so once we performed, Allie and I went out for a run in Hurricane. Pretty cold out still, warmed up on their track, then we ran out 2.5 and back. It sprinkled a titch on our way out, 1.5 in my knee blah blah blah, we got to run through a peach orchard, just for the heck of it. Right when we turned around to go back, it started winding and raining a lot on us. Very cold, the stinging kind. We went through the orchard again and it was fun!! Running in the rain through an orchard! That is so cool. Period. And we ran over a wooden bridge. And saw horses. Yeah. Rained a little more the rest of the way back. We ran really slow, just enjoying our run and letting tired legs rest.

Oh, and I thought that I had a pebble in my shoe in the middle of the heel after about mile two, but when I finished and went to take it out, I discovered that a stick (presumably from the orchard) had stabbed through the entire rubber heel of my shoe and almost punctured my insole. I tried to pull it out from the bottom, but it broke off, so I spent a long time trying to push it out with the end of a hanger. Unsuccessful. I did get the ends shorter, so it won't poke me anymore and decided to give up. (any more ideas on how to get it out?)

Goals for tomorrow:

1600m - STATE QUALIFYING! Give it all I've got!!!

800m - better than freaking 2:31. mid to high 2:20's!!! Ditto to that last part!!!

From Frey aka Jeff on Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 23:14:15

Sounds like you had a fun run in Hurricane today. Good Luck tomorrow!

Race: Redrock Meet @PV-1600, 800, medley, 3200 00:00:00, Place overall: 1
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3x on track warmup for 1600m, wore Allie's spikes for the race since I lost mine after practice on Monday. There was a fall in the first 50m, so we had to re-start and that was no fun since I had gotten a better start on the first one. I planned out my lap splits to be 1:18, 2:40(1:22), 4:04(1:24) and 5:24(1:20). I got all of them right on, except for my last one, which was 5 seconds slower than anticipated. Mostly really frustrated because I was so close on all my times and then I blew it on my last freaking lap.  argh.

Big grass loop warmup for 800m, w/Allie's spikes again.  I was aiming for a 1:11, 1:17 on it, but my last lap was slower and I got 2:29 or 30. At least it wasn't 2:31, but I still think I should be doing better. I feel like all my 800 times this year are sucking and it used to be one of my best events and I'm really frustrated because I feel like I'm putting tons into track this year and not doing as well as last year.

So that's why I decided that I wanted to do the Medley relay too. We got together a team really quickly and ran it and won it, even though my split was 2:32 and I felt like it was slower since my legs were dead.

Then coach suggested I run the 3200m as well and pace Ally. So I did, but I guess I was a sucky pacer since we totally missed the time we were going for (12:40) getting a 13:07 or something. Surprisingly, after that I run I felt much better and wanted to do the 4x400 with Ally, but there wasn't any room in the race for us.  My knee has been acting oddly, only actually hurting occasionally, but just feeling really stiff and weird after about half of my race and after as well. It's kinda odd and I have no idea what the heck it's doing down there. Probably throwing a techno rave with strobe lights and stuff. Man.

From Dave Holt on Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 09:56:17

Nice races yesterday. It will come around. I know I always say that, but when you work as hard as you do and put the miles and workouts in, IT WILL COME. You would have easily hit state in the 1600 yesterday with some competition or no wind - or both. I think in a couple of weeks we will have you run just the 2 at the Wash. Co. and maybe a medley. Then have you run the 1600 and 800 at Hurr. Qual. But we have a good week and a half of uninterrupted training between now and then. 5 this afternoon. 8 tomorrow.

From JohnK on Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 10:20:41

It's frustrating to miss a goal (and believe me, I'm very experienced at this!), but if you take the "big picture" approach you'll feel a lot of satisfaction for your performances at this meet -- a very hard day's work that will pay benefits down the road a bit. From what I can tell, you'll get qualifiers in both the 1600 and 3200 when the time is right. You'll have a breakthrough meet one of these days and move to a new level, no doubt.

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Morning run at my house, .25 mile warmup, then ran from Whipple Ct. out to 2450 and back (3), pushed it a little just to get my legs moving, they're sore from yesterday's craziness. On the hill right at the end, I usually pick it up and go hard up the hill, but my legs were so drained that my push was not very effective. Then .25 cooldown back to house.

Aftn at the school by myself again, ran .5 warmup on small grass loop, then ran the bank run (my favorite!) I didn't really feel like taking it easy, every time I'm not satisfied with a race, all I want to do is run really fast on workouts, but because coach said to, I tried to keep it easy and slow. I did sprint past the sign that clocks your speed and got it up to 14 mph, just for fun. Knee was stiff most of the run, the last mile, it started to hurt more and not just under my kneecap, but on the outsides like it was in a vice or something, mostly achy and no fun. Frustration.

Later, I went and bought some spikes from the running store that I'm not quite sure I like but I'll try them out on a track with spikes actually in them and then see if I like them. If not, I'll get some different ones. I was also wondering if a brace of some sort would help my knee feel any better.

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Long run at my house, .25 warmup to Whipple Ct. then lots of stretching, then ran out into Bloomington on Brigham Rd. past Man-o-war bridge and back on the trail to Vermillion and back to Whipple ct. (8 miles) then .25 cooldown back home. Still didn't want to run slow, but legs still tired so I gave in. Legs were good until about mile 3, then knee started getting stiff and achy with occasional sharp pains as I went on. Right knee bugged me a bit in miles 4&5, but not bad at all. I did pick up the pace a bit on the 6th mile and ran it in about 7:25 or something. Avg. 8:02 min/mile. Knee was a titch swollen when I finished, so ice and ibuprofen when I got done.

From Mik'L on Sat, Mar 31, 2007 at 17:02:05

I'd be scared if I saw that coming at me!

Good miles today.

From Ruth on Sat, Mar 31, 2007 at 18:24:10


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Morning run: track warmup then stretches and Arctic Circle. Ran with Ally and Michelle Green most of the way out. Perfect cool weather, running felt really great, not slow, but easy just breezin' along. Pushed it harder on my way back, so I went by myself. Knee was great until last 3/4 mile or so.

Afternoon run: warmup, agilities and stretches, then out-and-back 4-miler to Green Springs balcony house. Kinda hot out (comparatively) today! First mile was same as this morning, legs got a titch tired once the hill started, but not enough to slow down for. On downhill back, knee bugged me a lot, tired-ish legs, but just coasted the downhill back. 10x100m striders when I got back - on the turf barefoot and it felt good.

Lifted: 3x10 of leg curls (10), lat pulldown (4,3,3), leg press on calves mid,in&out (90), front and back abs (10), bench (55,45,45) and squats (95).

From ashman on Mon, Apr 02, 2007 at 22:35:30

Thanks for the comments, My marathon pace is between 5:40-6:00/mi, depending on the terrain and temps. You look like your going places! Keep it up and remember great distance runners are like locomotives, they build up steam slowly and are seen coming from afar...

From Steve on Tue, Apr 03, 2007 at 14:04:33

Hey RuTh,

Sweet Picture! Concerning your spikes, I have no problem if you would like to return/ exchange. You did happen to try on some of the MD Spikes and I don't think you liked the feel of them if I remember correctly. If you would like to come in and try again you more than welcome. - Steve Hooper - SGRC

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Warmup(.5), agilities and stretches, big grass loop(.75), then 6x800m repeats at 2 mile pace with 400m jog recovery between. Pretty warm out today, a little breezy. Goal pace 2:54 for an 11:36 2 mile. Repeats:

1- 2:50, not too hard, just remembering to keep pace right, like the first one always is.

2- 2:51, let this one slide a little, still under 'goal pace,' but didn't want to make my first freaking fast and let the rest slow down, so I reset my goal pace to a 2:50. 

3- 2:50, right on, getting a little harder, but led this one out and didn't let times slip, though knee started getting achy on this one.

4- 2:47, put on waffles for the second half of workout, feeling fast w/light shoes and on toes, maybe shouldn't have run so fast, but good for the middle of the workout.

5- 2:48, working hard to keep fast times, back stretch on second lap breathing was really hard, but kept it down on that killer second-to-last repeat.

6- 2:48, just about died trying to keep time down, but last one finally, knee not so nice.

Cooled down out around sandstone elem(.75). Legs dead and ultra slow, but good repeats. Ice and ibuprofen at home.

From Frey on Tue, Apr 03, 2007 at 19:50:35

Good job Ruth! You do so good at keeping a good pace and being in control. You give me motivation to be better all the time.

From Ally on Wed, Apr 04, 2007 at 13:27:45

Nice job ruthie-o!

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Warmup and run to Arctic Circle by my lonesome this morning. Felt good.

Aftn: warmup, agilities and stretches then Bank/Mall run 5-miler. Legs tired out, went so slow, felt crappy the whole run basically. knee hates downhills. Only got up to 13 mph on the sign, hot out and tired. Frustration.

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Warmup and such, then AT run: Dogpound. Overcast but pretty warm out today, timed run with watch today, felt tired and not motivated, but tried to push it anyway. Times were ok, at least for the first 2 miles, the 3rd just sucked: 6:31, 6:30, 6:57. Knee has felt mostly all right today, just achy a bit the last couple of miles. Mostly I'm frustrated because this is supposed to be a good week to get in some hard training since we don't have a meet, but I feel like I'm wasting it, but not on purpose. Also, I feel like I'm getting slower since my times for the same AT run two weeks ago were better than this week's (6:39, 6:20, 6:47) and those were slower than the week before (6:23, 6:11 & 6:42). Aargh. I'm so frustrated that I just want to go running, but that would just make me more frustrated. :-( Anger anger anger, dar.

From Ally on Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 00:14:28

Don't worry, your times will come down with time (or with less time?). I love you just keep working and keep a positive attitude!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 13:17:40

What kind of course is it? Are you sure the mile splits are accurate? Do you have a heart rate monitor, or is there one you could borrow for one of those runs? I am curious if your heart rate drops on the third mile, and if yes, to what extent. You can use the Course Tool (see on your left after you log in) to map out the course, and then analyze it to get flat equivalent of your pace, as well as the pacing you should expect with even effort.

From Jeff Fre on Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 17:11:16

Thanks for the batteries and motivation Ruth! I forgot to give your batteries back but I have them. Rock ON

From Ruth on Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 19:05:24

When we do Dogpound (4) as a AT run, we use the first and last .5 mile to warmup/cooldown, so the actually AT run is the middle 3 miles. The first AT mile is mostly flat with a bit of downhill, the second is completely downhill, then the last mile is flat for a titch and uphill for the rest of the AT part.

I use a GPS watch (Garmin Forerunner 101) to clock my mile splits, so I'm quite sure they're accurate. I also have used almost every time I do the run.

It doesn't have a heart rate monitor, but I'm pretty sure that my heart rate goes up on that last mile, since it is uphill.

I also put the run in on the Course Tool under Dogpound, so you can see what you think...thanks for the suggestions.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Apr 10, 2007 at 09:54:37

Based on what I see in the Dogpound course profile, you are putting in a fairly steady effort over the entire length of the run even though your last mile is much slower. The last mile has some fairly significant uphill grade.

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Morning at school alone, warmup and Arctic Circle like always-I'd get bored of it except for the fact that I run it asleep half the time. After yesterday's frustration, I decided that I wanted to go fast, so I pushed it hard the whole way. I didn't time it though, that would probably just have been depressing. Had a sideache most of the run, but knee is feeling less achy, so I think my efforts to stretch my ITB more thoroughly before runs have been somewhat successful.     

Afternoon warmup, then Chuck-a-rama run (4.2), I've gotten a bit more used to it being warm out, so all that bugs me about it now is sweat. Ran mostly easy, though I tried keeping my turnover faster than plodding for good practice. Relatively good, knee only a bit of a bother. I think I'm about over yesterday's freakout, though I think I will try switchin' it up a bit on my morning runs.

From Jeff on Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 22:51:10

Nice job running even when you are alone. lAtEr yO

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Easy long run (8-miler) around noon, clocked a new run from my house to River Rd. onto 1450 S then around on 3000 E then onto 2450 S until River Rd. again and back to my house. 'Twas only 7.83 when I got to my house so I ran around in the park for a titch until I got to 8 miles. This run was not my favorite course, pretty boring and flat with only a couple sloping hills and all on roads. Overall good run though, slow 8:06/mile avg., knee ached, esp. the last couple of miles. I think getting a good warmup and stretching my ITB a lot is good for it, since today I didn't warmup and only stretched a little before taking off and it bugged me more than it has since tuesday. Pretty warm out, wished I could've gone running earlier when it was perfect out, but oh well. Happy Easter tomorrow!

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Warmup then Arctic Circle with Green, mostly relaxed, but kept legs moving. After, 8x100m striders barefoot on the football field (turf). Felt good to get my legs going faster in the morning.

Aftn-1.25 warmup then 6x400m repeats at 1600m pace with 150m jog recovery between. Goal pace was supposed to be 1:20 for a 5:20 mile, but I felt like running fast! So I did them faster for the heck of it.

1- 1:18-at this point I hadn't quite decided to throw away my goal pace, so I reined it in a little on this one.

2- 1:15-was feeling good, so I just took off, threw away the 1:20 GP and brought it in nice and smooth.

3- 1:15-getting a titch tired, but was looking forward to small rest to put on waffles after this one, a little harder to keep time down on it, but still pretty good.

4- 1:13-after a little break, ran with waffles right up on toes the whole way, way faster than I thought I would, knee feeling a bit unstable and achy.

5- 1:15-tried keeping time down low, but legs getting pretty tired and knee getting less agreeable, only thoughts of only-one-more-after-this kept my time relatively low.

6- 1:11-got threatened by coach with another repeat if this repeat wasn't faster than the previous one, so we went all out to keep the time low, by the last 100m, my feet were burning and knee was getting shaky and achy.

Overall happy with workout, could've been more consistent, but at least the times were going down not up. Felt nice to get in a fast workout of 400's. I'm slightly frightened to say that I really have missed them, they work me well, but don't drain me mentally as much. Whoopee! Sandstone loop cooldown.

From JohnK on Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 10:08:37

This is a great workout -- I'd say you're in shape to smash 5:20! Those are short recoveries so it's excellent that you were able to bring the times down.

From ashman on Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 00:58:55

Patience Grasshopper! You have many years of running left...

Race: Wash. Co. 6-12-Medley,1600,800,400,3200 00:05:39, Place overall: 1
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Warmedup with a big grass loop, had many feelings of lack-of-motivation-ness, this meet wasn't a qualifier and there wasn't much competition to race against. Ran the Medley 800m. Legs really juiced out from yesterday, quite windy out, total time 4:43. Ran 1600m, legs still exhausted, freaking slow time of 5:39. Anger. Ran 400m for the heck of it, I think I could've run faster had my legs been less exhausted, but I got an ok time of 1:07. Then I ran the 800m, legs deader than before (duh) 2:34, crap-for-crap times. Mostly today my knee has been feeling weak and a bit achy and sore to touch. Anger. Paced Amanda in the 3200m.

From JohnK on Wed, Apr 11, 2007 at 10:12:16

You couldn't really expect to run great today after those 400s yesterday. So chaulk it up as a good workout. And that 400 in :67 shows your leg speed is good, as you ran it far from fresh. So take that as a real positive and know that when you're rested your 1600 and 3200 results will be what you're looking for.

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Well, I've been sick today (puking my guts out). I lost 10 lbs in one morning! What a weight loss program. I think I'll be mostly better for tomorrow's meet, but I'm not hoping for any great races after not eating anything all day today. Yuk.

From Jeff Fre on Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 00:11:42

YOU LOST 10 LBS IN ONE MORNING!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are ok. See you thursday.

Race: Hurricane Qualifier(1600&800 in Medley) 00:05:25, Place overall: 1
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I really hadn't eaten much today because my stomach is still not agreeing with me, though I think I'm done puking. 3x on track warmup, then ran the 1600m, wasn't feeling too hot, but I kind of had the philosophy of "I feel crappy now and I'll feel crappy at the end, so I might as well run fast in the middle." So I took off with Abby who always starts out really fast and dies...ha. Then I just kept going strong the whole race, knee a bit lame after lap 2, but ok mostly, my splits were 1:16, 1:24, 1:25, 1:17. Total time: 5:25.62. State qualifying: 5:25.55. I missed qualifying by .07 seconds. In the mile. Seven hundredths of a second! .07 freaking seconds! Thats like leaning a titch more at the finish line for crying out loud! As I was coming up the last 60-70m, a Cedar coach yelled 5:11, so I knew I was close and I was pushing it so hard to make it, but I missed it by freaking 7 freaking hundredths of a freaking second. PR though.

Well it took me forever to recover after that race and I still felt really sick and nasty, so I decided that I probably suck if I tried doing the 800m and the Medley 800m, so I decided to only run the Medley. Pretty chilly out and windy. 1 mile warm up (2x around school), then went to run the Medley, when I got the baton, we were about 60m behind the leader (SC) so I pushed so hard to catch her, but I only gained about 20m on her. My legs just felt rubbery and lame most of the race, but I'm pretty sure I gave it all I had, though. I don't think our time was very great, but I don't know because I had to leave right after in a vain attempt to make it to my choir concert, so I didn't see our official time and nobody got splits. Overall frustrating, I guess I should be glad I PRed in the 1600m and that I'm "just that much closer to qualifying" in it, but dang this sucks.

From bill cobler on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 10:09:13

Awesome job in the mile. I have done some timing at meets and if the Lynx system was used, and it most likely was, the video will show how close you were to the qualifing time. It often is a judgement call by the official viewing it as to where exactly your torso crosses the plane of the line. First I'm not sure if you are too late to check or appeal the time, but if possible I would. The official could have been in a hurry, or ruled incorrectly on when you really finished. You are a great runner so I don't think it will matter, you'll probably qualify on time in an upcoming meet, but it would be nice to have it out of the way so you can focus on your other events. PR's are great!

From JohnK on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 12:13:22

This may not help with the frustration of just missing the qualifying mark, but considering how fast you ran the first 400 it's darn impressive that you closed with a :77. Obviously you can run much faster for 1600 -- even out those splits and right there you'll shave off a few seconds. Avoid being sick the day before a meet and there's another couple seconds. In the right race with the right pacing you can run in the 5:15-5:18 range for sure, possibly even faster if it's a race you're really focusing for.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 13:17:27

Good job on a PR. The fact that you ran a PR after not eating anything provides some food for thought, pun intended I suppose. It is possible that what you normally eat is not that good to begin with for your performance. I had a similar experience 4 years ago which led to a change in the diet, followed by a 5+ minute improvement in the marathon on the same course, another PR in the marathon 2 weeks later, and a much better experience in the last 6 miles of a marathon ever since.

From Fre on Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 19:04:06

Way to GO Ruth! You did awsome even though you were sick and everything. Keep it up

From Dave Holt on Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 10:04:07

Ruthie awesome job! Sorry I wasn't there to yell you on. MiKL says great job too. Get feeling better.

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Morning run, .5 warmup then AC like always. Judd and Green came out to run, too, but after warming up, they thought I left so they left w/o me, so I left a couple minutes after them. Ran great pace out, just smooth and fast, then I saw how far (about 1/4 mile or so) ahead they were when I got to the turnaround, so I kicked it in to try and catch them. Surprisingly, I caught them in about 3/4 of a mile, it was fun! So then I slowed it up and ran easy easy the rest of the way back for the heck of it.

We had a party day at afternoon practice, ran a lap warmup and stretched, then played duck-duck-goose, freeze tag, follow the leader and such.  Then we ate otter pops!

Someone randomly asked me to run the 'mile' leg (really a bit over 3/4) of the "Great Race" at DSC for the X-Club Alumni Team. So I did it, went there and warmed up about a mile, then ran the race, I was running against mostly male persons because it's a co-ed relay and most teams want fast starts and boys are generally faster than girls. I did come in all right place-wise, probably somewhere in the middle of the 18 teams coming in. I must've given them an ok start, since we ended up getting 4th place, which isn't too bad for a team put together in an afternoon. It was a lot of down hill, which my knees didn't agree with much, but it was mostly fun stuff.

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From my house 1/4 warmup then out and back on industrial rd/AZ strip (8), kinda tired out, so I took it slow and easy, knee got increasingly sore over the last 4 miles. Then 1/4 cooldown and stretches back home. Iced knee thoroughly. Also, I'm still pretty tired out from Wed, and dehydrated, but I've finally got some of my appetite back, so I'll try to regain more of those lost pounds back. (I'm still about 7 under normal.)

From Jeff on Sun, Apr 15, 2007 at 22:48:44

Is there something really wrong with your knee or is it just sore.

From ruth on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 16:51:10

I dunno.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 17:21:53

Track/spikes. Cut them out, and see if your knee does better.

From Holt on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 17:30:20

Hey can you do me a favor? Talk to Cappy tomorrow and ask him if he has everything ready for the meet on Weds. as well as find out times and spread the word to the girls. See you on Wed.

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(Looky it's purple!)
Morning: Warmup and stretches, then Arctic Circle. Went out easy with Judd and Green, then decided to go faster on the way back just for fun. When I got back, I ran 8x100m striders barefoot on the turf, they felt really nice just to get my legs moving a bit more and stretch out my stride a little, also my knee was happy this morning! Yipee!

Afternoon: Warmup, agilities and stretches, then I ran Dogpound AT run. Weather was really nice, a bit overcast and a titch breezy. The AT part went pretty well, splits: 6:30, 6:27, 6:31. It was kind of odd, the first two miles of it I was breathing pretty hard and felt like I was pushing it a lot, but my legs weren't burning or feeling tired at all (though my knee was hurting)and I wasn't going that fast on the downhill. The last (uphill) mile wasn't as hard as last week and my times were really consistent, so I think that I'm improving a bit (after the last 2 weeks I was beginning to wonder).

From Jeff on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 19:33:18

Nice purple writing.

From Decker on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 20:31:04

Your so fast!

From sandy on Tue, Apr 17, 2007 at 17:49:39


From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Apr 17, 2007 at 22:42:36

That is what happens when you gain aerobic fitness. Half-marathon will feel like a very long 2 mile race in terms of breathing, leg effort, and mental focus.

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Warmed up, then ran the Bank/Mall run. Since we have a meet tomorrow, I was trying to keep it at 'easy' pace, but I kept finding myself speeding up a lot - when I would notice my lungs or legs burning, I'd remind myself to slow it up a bit. Overall a really nice run, my legs are only a little fatigued from yesterday's AT, I think I could've pushed harder, though this is in hindsight. For the last half, my knee was pretty stiff and achy. When I got back, I did striders on the turf barefoot- 10x100m which were good to get some speed out of my restless legs.

From Sarah on Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 00:16:35

Hi..I'm Sasha's wife..the guy who wrote/hosts the blog. I noticed you have 8 kids (or is there more?) in your family.

I'm one of 8 too. I have a 17 (well almost) year old sister who runs track in high school also. I should get her on the blog to get inspired by gals like you..I was very impressed with you goals and times. good work!!

From Ally on Wed, Apr 18, 2007 at 13:02:13

Look who's back on the blog!

Race: Moapa Valley Meet (1600m, 800m, Discus) (1 Miles) 00:05:21, Place overall: 1
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Randomly, we went to this meet in Moapa (NV). When we arrived, we ran a team warmup 2 laps. A while later, I warmed up for the 1600m by running around the school and track, about 3/4 of a mile. The 1600m was awesome! There were only 7 girls running in the race, and I totally owned them all, I ran really well and felt good the whole race. Splits were 1:15, 1:22, 1:23, 1:21, I think-I'm not sure if the splits I got are exactly right, but those were the times I heard as I ran by each lap. Total time: 5:21 PR!!!!! Wahoo!! Also would've been state qualifying had I been at a qualifying meet, so next weekend I've got it made.

Later I warmed up for the 800m by doing the same 3/4 mile loop around track/school. Then I ran the 800m, I finally pushed better on it and got a season's best of 2:27 with splits of 1:11 and 1:16. I felt pretty strong and stayed up on my toes better this race, though on the second lap, my knee felt really weak and after that race it was achy. I was going to run the 3200m, but I didn't have much time between throwing the discus (PR of 55' 10") and the race, so I hadn't warmed up at all when they were about to start the race, so I opted out of it. I kind of wish I hadn't because I was totally full of energy the rest of the meet, but overall, I was really happy with this meet, got some good times to keep me motivated to work harder at practice!

From Dave Holt on Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 13:57:31

Nice Job! I was so excited to see you run like that again. You had the fire in your eyes like region CC.

Workouts: today - 5 EASY miles, easy miles are important, so let them be easy, please.

Fri - 8 x 300 @ 1600 pace 100 jog recovery.

Sat - Long run

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 15:31:20

Congratulations on a PR!

From Mik'L on Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 21:47:52

Ruthie! Good job in Moapa! I'm sorry I wasn't there to see it. I'm glad you will finally come out and say that you owned everyone, since you have been all season. Good job...I know you will only continue to bring the times down. Discus? That's interesting. The only reason I'm glad I wasn't there was that you mentioned you were "totally full of energy the rest of the meet." That can be scary!!! :)

From ashman on Fri, Apr 20, 2007 at 08:17:58

Congrats! I see sub 5 min in your future.

From James on Sat, Apr 21, 2007 at 00:30:33

Nice job in the mile! It is always fun to PR and know that you can do it again next race. Keep working hard and having fun, and you will accomplish your goals this season.

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Well, we didn't have school today, so I slept ALL morning (12 whole hours of sleep in a row!) and it felt so nice! I waited until around 7:45 pm to go run when it was all nice and overcast. I ran out from my house to Vermillion, around by the Dixie center on the trails in a loop around back to Larkspur and back to my house. I've run this run lots of times w/o knowing how far it was, so I decided to clock it today. It was actually lots longer than I thought it was...since I was supposed to run 5 and I did 6 instead, but I ran REALLY slow and easy (8:51/mi avg), so I think it's ok. My legs were a little sore from yesterday, esp. my left and my right arm and back are sore from throwing!

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Went to the track by myself at around 9am for some speedwork, 2 lap warmup, some stretches - my left ham and glute are really stiff and sore still, then big grass loop (.75), then 8x300m repeats @ 1600m pace with 100m jog recoveries. I was aiming at around 59-60 seconds for a 5:15-5:20 mile. I was timing myself the whole time, so I'm not quite sure how good the times I got were, but here goes:

1-62 sec - I didn't quite know how fast I needed to run for these, so I ran this one way slow.

2-61 - still wasn't getting into the right rhythm for these, I think that it was closer to a 60, though.

3-59 - finally getting down where I wanted them in the first place, felt really good.

4-59 - kept time down, got into the rhythm of the pace, so it was easy to get this time again. Took a little break after this one to put on my waffles.

5-57 - with waffles on this one was fast fun!

6-59 - let time slip a little, but still where I was shooting in the first place, so not bad-getting a titch tired.

7-56 - I did the I'm-finally-on-my-second-to-last-repeat-so-lets-go-really-fast action on this one, so it was crazy fast! Yipee!

8-57 - tried to get this time under the previous one, and almost succeeded, my garmin said that this one was at 5:04 pace and the one before was at 5:03, so pretty good.

Then I ran the DI loop as a cooldown, I was kind of frustrated because all my repeats went well except for the two stupid ones at first. My legs weren't all that tired and I felt I could've pushed myself more, especially if there had been somebody to run with. Kind of had thoughts of 'Why did I even do these if I didn't push myself that hard?' Oh well, what's done is done and I know I'll work better at our next speed-workout.

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Warmed up to whipple ct, stretched, then went on my AP 8-miler. On the way back, I did 5 or so fartleks between light posts just to get my legs moving. Felt really nice, ran w/o watch, but avg. mile probably around 8:00 or a bit under.

From ashman on Sun, Apr 22, 2007 at 12:58:58

Thanks Ruthie, By the way running without a watch is a really good way to train. It keeps your efforts honest and under control. Your body knows.

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Morning, warmup then Arctic circle, green and judd started out before I warmed up and I pushed a little on the run to catch them, ran with them around mile 2, then took off for the last half mile or so. Kinda chilly out.

Afternoon, 2x track then a grass loop warmup. Then we ran 5x300m repeats with 100m repeats at 90-95% effort. I was aiming at around 57, since I was running 59s on Fri. I don't right now exactly remember my times, but they were around 57, 56, 54, 54, 52 ... I think? Anyway, they went by really fast! We took a tiny break after #3 to put on waffles, but other than that, we had no stopping between. Felt really strong the whole time, pushed them well - after my legs were pretty wiped. Then I ran the 2450 run (3.5) for a cooldown.

From Dave Holt on Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 09:45:53

Great workout - that is the kind that makes you fast!

From The Fre on Tue, Apr 24, 2007 at 23:35:43

All I can say is keep it up, you have been doing awsome.

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Team warmup, agilities and stretches, then did lots of handoff practice with Michelle and Kailey for tomorrow's relays (4x400m and 800m in Medley). After we got those down, I ran the bank/mall run, Holt ran with me for the first half of it which went really fast and easy with somebody to make me run a bit faster. The flat part was pretty good, but wind was picking up against me and by the time I got to the last mile uphill, my legs were reminding me of yesterday's hard workout. Lately I've been noticing that my shoes (Asics 2100) are wearing out, esp. on Sat.'s long run, and random aches have been springing up, so looked at my logs and they have a bit over 400 miles on them. I think I'll retire them soon. After the run, I was pretty stiff, but I stretched out and did 8x100m striders barefoot on turf and that loosened them up a little. 

From Jeff on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 01:27:39

Thanks for the comment, it is fun when people comment on your blog and you do that a lot. It really helps me out.

How many miles do you usually put on shoes?

Race: Wash Co. 6-12 (800m in medley & 4x400) (0.5 Miles) 00:02:24, Place overall: 1
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Well I meant to run this morning, but I must've turned off my alarm in my sleep. I know I turned it on, but when I woke up it had been turned off! I truly can't remember ever turning it off, so maybe I sleep-walked or something... Anyway, besides that sad story, we had a meet today!

Warmed up on the big grass loop for the 800m leg of the medley. The race went really well, though there wasn't much competition. Mal, Kailey and Green ran really well, when I got the baton we were at 2:01 and my leg went AWESOME! I ran a 2:24 split (with laps of 1:10 and 1:14) though it was in a relay so it doesn't count toward PRs. Had it been a state qualifying meet, we would've qualified with our time of 4:25! Yay!

After that I spent most of the meet putting results into the computer and other such 'meet-running' type things. When it finally came to the 4x400, I warmed up on the big grass loop again and ran that with Rachel, Kailey and Green. Our time was a 4:27 which kinda makes me mad since I ran nothing else the whole freaking meet so we could do good in that relay and we basically sucked.  I feel like I pushed my leg well, my split was a 1:06 which isn't that awesome for a sprinter or something, but only 1 second off the fastest I've ever run it. Mostly I'm just mad I got in a jolly great 2.25 miles in. Argh.

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Got up early to run since I missed yesterday, my legs were pretty stiff and a bit sore from yesterday, so after warming up I stretched lots, then went on Arctic Circle. On my way back I rolled my left ankle kinda hard, but I kept going and shook it off, it only hurt a bit after running on it the rest of the way back.

With the meet tomorrow, I just ran easy 4 out on Green Springs. There was some honeysuckle I got to run by and it smelled so great, it made my whole run awesome, though my legs felt kinda tired out. I am so excited for the meet tomorrow at SUU because Holt signed me up for the 2000m steeplechase! (and the 3200m & 800m) Goals for tomorrow: 3200m - around 11:40, at least not slower than last time I ran it (which was forever ago). 800m - 2:25 - I know I can get state qualifying!!! I KNOW I CAN!!! Steeplechase - not die...and have fun!

From Mik'L on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 21:37:36

Cool picture. Take it easy in that steeplechase will ya?

From Dave Holt on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 09:41:23

It was scary to put you in the steeple - but you deserve to have some fun!

From Mik'L on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 11:14:58

By the way...I know you can make state qualifying too!

From Steve on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 13:35:22

Hey Ruth, Give me a call at the store about those spikes when you get a chance. 628-7766

Looking forward to hearing about your Steeplechase race!

From Dave Holt on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 14:52:30

I HATE quitters! not a reference to you by the way - just quitters in general.

Race: SUU Meet (3200m, 800m and Steeplechase) (2 Miles) 00:11:56, Place overall: 3
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Meet at SUU, their schedule was really weird with a "distance carnival" at the very end with the 3200m, 800m, 4x800m and a 2000m steeplechase all in a row. I started warming up for the 3200m way too early, so I ended up warming up around a total of a mile and a half over the course of an hour before it started. I ran the 3200m pretty well, my first lap was too fast and it cost me on laps 6-7, but I still ran an ok time of 11:55.52. Splits were 1:21, 1:29, 1:30, 1:30, 1:31, 1:36, 1:37, 1:22 or something similar to that and got 3rd place.

I got to rest during the 4 heats of the boys 800m, then I had to run the 800m. My legs were so DEAD. I tried to have a good attitude, but it still sucked. The first lap was pretty brutal with elbows and getting cut off and such, I tried kicking the last 200m, but my legs were so shot that even my kick was not much of one. I got a 2:34.82 and 13th place. Ultra-yuk.

After the 4x800m I got to run the steeplechase! My legs were feeling almost like legs again and I was so excited to run it. All of us running it were planning on going pretty easy, so none of us were even thinking of being competitive in it. The barriers weren't all that high (30"), but just to be sure I jumped really high on all of them. It was so much fun, especially the water barrier, even though it was kinda cold outside, it was so fun to jump in the water and keep going and do it again. Around the end of lap 3 and realized that I was in second, so I passed the girl in front of me and took the lead. Right before the last water barrier, a Timp girl passed me. After the last barrier, I all-out sprinted and barely passed her in time to get FIRST PLACE! Afterwards, the first 2 guy finishers, the Timp girl and I ran a victory lap and did a cannon ball into the water jump! We were drenched and it was so fun! My time was 8:03.76.

From Jeff on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 19:37:13

That steeplechase sounds awsome, I wish I was there to see it. Great job!

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I had to miss the second day of the meet so I could go to State Solo & Ensemble in SLC, but I ran 7.81 miles home from Washington. Basically it was the crappiest run I have ever run in my life. Anger. 8:40 min/mile avg.

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Team warmup and such, then big grass loop warmup for repeats today. We did 5x300m repeats at 90-95% with 100m jog recoveries between. Overall they went very well:

1- 56s -just starting, this one was pretty easy.

2- 56s -pushed harder to keep this time down, still feeling good and determined to make my first three closer to the times of the last two (unlike last week).

3- 55s (or so?) -told myself that this was my last one in the 'set' since I was changing shoes after it, so I worked really hard on it. Holt messed up on the timing though, so I'm not exactly sure of the time.

4- 54s -aimed for 54 on this and 53 on the last one, pushed pretty hard though it was not as hard as #3 since I had my waffles on.

5- 53s -got what I wanted, good times the whole way! Pretty tough workout!

Then Ally and I ran to the Middle school and back as a cooldown. My legs were pretty dead the first mile or so, but got ok by the end. And Adam gave us Otter Pops when we went by his house! 

Lately I've been changing my shoes back and forth every other day between my old Asics 2100s that I need to retire and a pair of New Balance 767 I bought in Jan that I put around 60 miles on but didn't love then. I hope that if I slowly get used to using them, I'll like them more that before. I started rotating them on Wed. Today I ran in NB.

From Ally on Tue, May 01, 2007 at 13:02:07

mmmm otter pops.

From Dave Holt on Tue, May 01, 2007 at 13:42:24

Is that why you guys took so long. Lucky suckers!

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Warmed up, stretched and did agilities with the team, then Ally and I ran Dogpound easy. I decided to not stop even if we had to for traffic at lights and such, so I ran circles around Ally while we waited. It was a blast! I love running!

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Team warmup and such, then big grass loop before repeats. 6x800m repeats at 3200m pace with 400m jog recoveries between. My goal was around 2:52 for a 11:28 3200m.

1-2:54, I went out a bit too easy on my first lap, but did okay making up for it on my second.

2-2:54, legs just felt odd, didn't have any spring at all, it was hard just keeping it down at this time.

3-2:52, pushed harder on this one, breathing has been hard on all, finally got one on goal pace, though by this point I was just hoping to keep them all faster than the first two.

4-2:53, in my waffles, I felt ok-ish while running this one, though my time wasn't the greatest, also my knee was feeling weird, kind of a burning feeling on the left side under my kneecap and it just felt weak and odd.

5-2:53, I hate my life. Felt totally crappy the whole thing, could hardly breathe, thoughts of 'just one left' didn't help at all, by the time I finished I was about ready to just give up, esp. with knee being lame.

6-coach didn't catch my time, probably 2:53-ish, I worked really hard, so I felt like I was running faster, but 2nd lap was 1:25, so I don't really know. Still felt really crappy and couldn't breathe very well, though finally my legs felt like they were being worked out at the end.

I don't know why these were so hard. Last time we did these I know I did tons better and it was easier, too. Well, I do know that the heat really took it out of me, but that is not enough of an excuse to make for a 4-6 sec slowdown from last time (Apr. 3). Breathing today was al ot harder and my legs didn't get as tired on almost every repeat. While I was running them I felt like I was pushing as hard as I could, but after I was done, my legs weren't all that sore and spent. Overall a pretty frustrating practice.

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Warmup, agilities and stretches then I ran Green Springs 4 miler. Started out with Nikki J and stuck with her for the first mile or so, then took off. I've been running pretty slow on all my longer runs lately and I don't think that has helped a lot, so I took it a bit faster today, pushing more on the uphill and letting go on the downhill back. Weather cooled down lots and was perfect today. After, I did 6x100m striders then did hand-offs with Green for our medley on Sat. I don't know what I'm running tomorrow at Kearns, but at BYU I think I'm running the 1600m, 800m and medley. I KNOW that I'm not doing the 3200m there at least! After hand-offs, I ran 2 lap cooldown with Green.

Race: Kearns Meet (1 Miles) 00:05:44, Place overall: 2
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Weather was freezing and rainy at the meet, I was going to run the 800m but we decided to leave early so we could get some sleep for tomorrow, so I ran the 1600m instead. Holt told me to not run it really hard, just use it as a workout to get my legs going for tomorrow. So when the girl who got first started pulling away, I just let her go. I felt really good the whole race, the time was okay and I wasn't even spent at the end, so overall it was a good run.

Race: BYU Invitational (0.5 Miles) 00:02:29, Place overall: 24
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Cold cold cold! and WINDY! What crap for crap. Warmed up about 3/4 mile for 800m, got all ready, then I ran the race. Went all right, considering wind and getting beat up during the first hundred meters, time was 2:29.53, wanted to qualify for state, but oh well.

Walked back to the bull pen, jogged around about 1/4 mile to get my legs loose from 800m, then checked in to the medley relay, choked down a powergel for some energy for my next 800m. Handoff was great, ran a pretty good leg, but I think I could've pushed harder. Missed qualifying by 3 seconds.

Relaxed a while before the 1600m, warmed up too early a couple of times (3/4 at one point, 1/4 later and another 1/4 even later), just anxious for the race, choked down another powergel, tried to stay warm and ready for the race. Well, the race basically sucked, splits- 1:16, 1:28, 1:29, 1:25 or something similar, total time 5:38.78. After I felt really headachy and crappy, sat around for a while, then was mad about my races, so went running, ran to the BYU bookstore from the track and back - two miles or so. Overall, the meet was really a downer, esp. a few days before region.

From Breanna on Sun, May 06, 2007 at 17:37:17

Good Job at BYU, I heard the weather was horrible. Don't worry about your times just get excited for regions. I'm sure you'll do great.

From Mik'L on Sun, May 06, 2007 at 18:37:56

Ruthie- like we talked about, I hope you can find that "fire in your eyes" that turns your great attitutue, workouts, and everything else you do amazing into amazing racing. I have no doubt that you will and that you will be amazing at region! I don't know about you but I'm still trying to get warm!

From James on Mon, May 07, 2007 at 00:16:39

When I was in High School the BYU invitational always sucked too. I remember that it snowed both my junior and senior years, but I did run my best mile in High School on one of those snowy days.

I'm sure that you will bounce back at your region meet.

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Team and grass loop warmups, then 4x300m repeats at crazy fast pace with muchos resting in between.

1- 49s - well this one was almost a 48, but felt really good, just letting my legs run fast!

2- 49s - after the break, legs felt kinda stiff, but still fun to go fast, though a bit more tiring.

3- 48s - really determined to run this fast, overcome the 3rd-lap-downs and such, was pretty hard and my knee felt pretty weak on the turn and last 100, almost done though!

4- 50s - truly tried keeping the time down, I have a little of an excuse since the wind was hard against us on the last straightaway and hadn't been the rest of the workout, but legs were really spent and my knee just about gave out about 20m before finishing. Yuk.

DI loop cooldown, started with Nikki, but she was running so slow, even for a cooldown, so I took off and tried to enjoy it...legs pretty tired out, but felt good overall. At home, iced knee for a while, still a bit stiff.

From Jeff Fre on Tue, May 08, 2007 at 01:43:26

Good job Ruth. Region this week is going to be awsome.

From JohnK on Tue, May 08, 2007 at 08:59:51

Fast workout! You've definitely got the wheels and the endurance to run state qualifying times. Just add confidence to the mix and you're there. Good luck.

From Dave Holt on Tue, May 08, 2007 at 10:35:33

You were a little on edge with Nikki yesterday weren't you? I liked it.

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Team warmup and such, then handoffs with Green (which were GREAT!) for the medley! I'm so excited for tomorrow! (and the next day!) Then ran to Staheli Village (to sign up for the Cotton Days 10k this Saturday) and back, easy with a couple of fartleks to get my legs moving. Felt great, I'm so ready for Region tomorrow! The fire is back folks! Set some goals: 800m - 2:24; 1600m - 5:15; 3200m - 11:40; medley - win! and 2:25 split. We'll see how it goes!!

From Jeff on Wed, May 09, 2007 at 00:37:23

Good luck at Region Ruth! You are so ready to run. You have been working hard for a while and now it is time!

From steve hooper on Wed, May 09, 2007 at 11:23:05

Ruth, I called yesterday afternoon and left a message with your bro that you spikes are in. We're open until 7pm so stop on by.

I'm glad to hear you would be interested in working this summer. Just let me know your schedule and we can work something out.

From Breanna on Wed, May 09, 2007 at 12:21:49

good luck Ruth! I'm sure you'll do great!

Race: Region 9 Championships (1600m & medley) (1 Miles) 00:05:16, Place overall: 1
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First day of our Regional Championships today! (Also, I spent the morning taking the AP Calculus Exam!) Warmed up two laps with the team and stretched, then ran a couple more laps with gradual accelerations to get ready for the 1600m. Totally owned the race!!! I ran a PR of 5:16.28 - not quite my goal, but a PR by 5 seconds, YIPPEE! Legs were a little tired during the race, but pushed pretty well considering I had no competition (the next girl was 17 second behind me). Great race, it felt good to do well after the complete crapfulness of BYU.

Then I ran the 800m leg of the medley relay, the other girls set me up so nice, we were in second place, a ways behind Dixie, but the girl running their leg has never beat me in the 800m so I passed her coming around the 100 of the first lap, was totally ready to own the race for the team and DID IT! We got our goal of winning the race, we ran a team PR of 4:17.8 (6 secs better!) and my leg was around 2:20! So that's basically another PR, though I won't count it until I run that fast tomorrow in the open 800m! Bwah ha ha ha ha! It really gave me more confidence in the 800m, since I've been sucking at it this whole season, but now I'm ready to kill ALL those stinking Cedar girls tomorrow in both the 3200m and the 800m! Twenty point day, two victory day, double PR day, GREAT DAY!!!! YEAH!

From Dustin Ence on Wed, May 09, 2007 at 23:46:14

Great First Day of the meet and congrats on the new PRs. Good Luck tomorrow and tell Holt hello for me.

From Jeff on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 00:57:56

Nice running Ruth! Way to set goals and go after them. V for victory

From Mik'L on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 08:31:09

You are amazing! I could say it again and again. It was so awesome to see that fire back in your eyes. You completely dominated and it was great. Let's do it again today!

From Mik'L on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 08:37:18

By the way, nice pic in the newspaper!

"One of the highlights of the first-day finals was the performance of Pine View's Ruth Hilton in the 1,600-meter run and on the anchor leg of the medley relay. Hilton won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 16.28 seconds, nearly 100 meters ahead of runner-up Diana Medina. She took the baton approximately 30 meters behind Dixie's anchor runner, but won by 70 meters."

From JohnK on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 08:38:26

Congrats! A great double. What sort of splits did you have in the 1600? Will look for a sub-11:40 from you in the 3200 today and a big PR in the 800.

From Dave Holt on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 09:51:48

Picture-esque. That was some of the most dominatingly beautiful running I have EVER seen.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, May 10, 2007 at 20:16:21

Very good. Looks like the 8 mile easy runs and the Dogpound tempos are starting to pay off. You have plenty of speed to run a low 11:00 3200. Unlike most high school runners, Natalie Haws from Davis runs 1600 only in 5:18, but this is enough for her to run 3200 in 11:04. She was not even on the list for the 800. I do not know how she trains, but I would be very surprised if she did not do a high amount of aerobic work. This goes to show that you can take decent but still not-stellar speed, and with proper endurance stir up some serious trouble as the distance keeps getting longer.

Your speed is good for a distance runner, but you will get destroyed by natural speedsters on the state level in the 800. However, the way you respond to distance training, as well as your splits in workouts suggest that if you continued to focus on aerobic training you could run some exceptional times in distances over 2 miles. Keep up the good work.

From James on Fri, May 11, 2007 at 00:45:07

Nice job! I think that you are a "natural speedster" and don't think that you are going to get destroyed by anyone. I agree with Sasha in that you could run some great times in the 3200 and higher, but I think you can run some killer 800 meters. Distance runners, especially 1600 meter runners, make the best 800 meter runners, in my opinion.

Race: Region 9 Championships! (3200m and 800m) (2 Miles) 00:11:41, Place overall: 1
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Did about the same warmup routine for the 3200m as I did yesterday for the 1600m (it seemed to work well enough). Ran pretty strong, but not a stellar race- time of 11:41.81, nobody really was there to challenge me so I just had to push it by myself. PR by 4 sec! After yesterday's awesome times, it was a little disappointing, but it was good for running the 800m later, since I wasn't all that fatigued after the 3200m like I usually am. (I'll get splits later...maybe)

Ran a grass loop warmup, got pumped up and ready to race, really got nervous for this race since it wasn't one I knew I could own. Mostly was aiming for a 2:20 since I got it yesterday in the medley. Got a really good start, but some girl fell, so we had to start again. Second start was really crappy, got way boxed in and clobbered, it took until the 150 or so before I made it out, pulled up to sit in 3rd right behind Maddie and Kristen. Shoelaces of my right shoe came untied! Argh! As I made my move to pass them both at the beginning of the 2nd lap, Kristen did too, so I ended up having to pass Maddie in the 3rd lane on the curve, really kicked it in right there to stay with Kristen, wanted the win so bad but didn't have the spring in my legs on the last 100m. Then freaking Liz Ricks of SC passed my in the last 20 meters and took me completely by surprise. I'm kinda mad about the race, but I still got a PR by 3 seconds with my time of 2:23.14! Kind of a disappointing second day of what could've been a 'perfect meet', but what the heck, PR's in EVERY EVENT! Now on to train for STATE!

From Mik'L on Fri, May 11, 2007 at 10:30:39

Ruthie- You did great! PR's in every event and you're disappointed?! (I mean, come on, you won the 3200 by 200 meters and lapped most of the field!) You should be very happy about a great meet. It was so great to see you run like that again. Keep it up! Let's do it again next weekend!

From Breanna on Fri, May 11, 2007 at 14:51:16

Good Job! You ran awesome. Good luck for state.

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Easy recovery run this evening, legs a little tired and stiff, knee a bit sore, but overall felt pretty nice, just relaxing and comfortable. Iced knee afterwards.

Race: Cotton Days 10k (6.23 Miles) 00:41:11, Place overall: 1
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Warmed up a bit around, then ran the race - my second 10k ever! Went pretty well, just wanted a PR and did, kind of... I went the wrong way on the way back and ended up running too far. Yup, I'm a dork. My 6.57-mile time was 43:23, but my 6.23-mile time was 41:11, so I count it as a PR... The other 10k I ran my avg min/mile was 6:38, so I tried keeping it around there. 6:45, 6:35, 6:58, 6:45, 6:29, 6:10 and a 6:19 pace for the last .23. The race felt pretty good and wasn't too hard, but sadly, my waffles are getting worn out and gave me a blister. Total my avg min/mile was 6:36, so not bad... I think I won it, too... but I had to leave right after I finished running, so I don't actually know.

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Today at the beginning of practice we looked at the 3A rankings for the State Meet this weekend. I'm ranked 5th in the 1600m, 6th in the 3200m and 7th in the 800m! Exciting!

Warmed up and such as usual, then a couple of handoffs with Green for the medley, then did big grass loop and 3x200m repeats. Ran them all in spikes and the last two with the sprinters (which was kind of odd). I don't know my first one's time, but I got 31's on my last two. My calves, esp. my right one, are still really stiff and sore so that wasn't much fun, but the workout was just fast and fun. Then jogged 2 laps cooldown with Judd. And drank a quart of gatorade.

From Jeff Fre on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 13:51:15

Gatorade, is it in you

From Jeff Fre on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 13:52:49

Gatorade, is it in you

From Jeff Fre on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 13:54:24

Gatorade, is it in you

From Jeff on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 13:55:57

Gatorade, is it in you

From Jeff on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 13:57:24

Gatorade, is it in you

From Jeff on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 14:03:54

my computor was freaking out so you get 5 gatorade comments today!

From Dave Holt on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 15:33:05

Apparently Jeff is wondering if Gatorade is in you!

From Ally on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 01:54:59

whoa jeff calm down. ;)

From tolmanator on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 15:59:31

that'll do donkey that'll do

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Team warmup, agilities, stretches and handoffs w/Green, then Dogpound AT. Did it a little different today, did about a 2 mile AT run with 1 mile warmup and cooldown (instead of 3 AT between 1/2 mile wu and cd) also, I left my watch at home so I just pushed hard and ran fast, but have no times (though I think I ran at most low 6:00/mi). Was really hot out and that was painful, but I think I pushed it really well in the AT part which felt good. Legs were really tingly at the end and a while after, which was kind of odd.

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Ran around to do a couple of errands in my neighborhood as a warmup, then ran this loop around Bloomington hills a couple of times, it was way too hot yet again, I've got that to look forward to this whole summer! Yay. Ran really slow and easy (8:38/mi avg), though I wanted to run fast and angry, since I had a frustrating day. @#$@#%. Getting to be pretty nervous and excited for State!

From Fre on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 23:25:55

School is almost over and then we will be seniors, Cool! Good luck at State, you will be awsome.

From Lybi on Fri, May 18, 2007 at 00:43:55

One thing I've noticed with piano performances is that the worse the dress rehearsal is, the better the performance goes. I bet the same is true here. Don't worry. You are going to fly through State!

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Went to the Juab HS track to run a bit after riding up to Nephi. 800m warmup, agilities and stretches, some handoffs with Green, then went out on a ten-or-so minute jog around. Ran out in the town a ways, felt pretty good and loose. When I got back, my legs were feeling pretty restless, so I did a couple of fifty meter sprints to get them moving some.

Race: Utah State Championships (3A) (1 Miles) 00:05:16, Place overall: 5
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Got up way too early to drive up to Provo from Nephi in time to get warmed up for the 1600m. Warmed up on the track, 3 laps gradually faster, stretched and got ready to race. Race went all right, but not great, no PR, but close and kept my ranking at 5th place. I can't recall much else about the race. Warmed up for the 800m leg of the medley relay too early since they took forever in between the heats of 1A and 2A medleys, but the race went ok-ish. Ran a split of 2:23, got a team PR of 4:16, but we took 4th place after being ranked 3rd. Everybody else on the team really stepped it up and I feel kinda like I let them down (if I had run 2 seconds faster-like the 2:20 I did at Region-we would've gotten 3rd). So that was kind of depressing.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 26, 2007 at 17:05:08

Sometimes you run your best but somebody else runs better. This has happened to me a few times this year. You just have to learn how to be happy for them. 5th place at state is a significant accomplishment.

Race: Utah State Championships (3A) (2 Miles) 00:11:36, Place overall: 6
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Ran a PR of 11:36 in the 3200m in the morning and kept my ranking of 6th. Felt really good about that race, pushed it really well, I battled this Logan girl most of the race and beat her in the end! Then I sucked in the 800m, well not that bad, but it feels like it, got a 2:23 and placed way crappy. I did pretty well on the first lap, but I just didn't start kicking it in until the 200 and even then I didn't have any heart in it, I felt like I had already given up and that's something I vow to never do again.

From tolmanator on Sun, May 20, 2007 at 02:37:33

hey thanks ruthie. but you did way awsome in the 2 mile and the 8 even if you think you didnt do that well it was still a valiant effort. those were some really tuff schools to beat, and you totally kicked some butt out thier in the 2 and 8.

From Jeff on Sun, May 20, 2007 at 14:48:49

Great job at state Ruth! can't wait to hear about it at school

From JohnK on Sun, May 20, 2007 at 21:25:15

Great running, very solid times. Congrats on the PR.

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 26, 2007 at 17:07:25

Congratulations on the PR! And a very good time again in the 800.

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Morning 5 miler, out by AP's house, just fun - ran fast sometimes, slow sometimes, got chased by some geese, raced a dog, basically just had a party. I think I'll run some miles this week then start getting into shape for the Wasatch Back.

From Mik'L on Mon, May 21, 2007 at 17:10:39

Sounds pretty wild! Watch your legs with all those animals snapping at you! Glad you got out today, I know you were debating.

From Fre on Mon, May 21, 2007 at 21:39:32

animal party! Great job racing a dog, I think they should be fast, they have four legs and we only have 2.

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Late afternoon, ran out on the 6.5 mile trail loop from my house, tried to go a bit faster on a longer run than I have been in the recent past - instead of around 8:30 min/mile like I have been lately, I was aiming for around 7:30 min/mile. It was harder than I thought it would be, my first 3 mile times were 7:51, 7:40, 7:34 and .5 mile at 7:42 pace, then a half-mile break at 8:25 min/mile, then 7:50, 7:38, and another .5 mile at 7:29 pace. I'm way more out of shape than I thought I was, well, at least for running longer distances faster. I'll be working on my endurance more! I think, though, that the fact that I went swimming for a while got a killer sunburn made me a bit tireder for running today.

From Fre on Tue, May 22, 2007 at 23:49:00

Ruth I burned the top of my feet from today. But it was fun!!

From Dave Holt on Wed, May 23, 2007 at 11:42:24

Don't worry about pace for a week or so and just get those 5-7 milers in.

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School is out for the summer! YIPPEE! Ran from the high school today, did my favorite of all 6 milers, the foremaster run! I had a great time, though I took the straight road across the top which isn't as fun as the other road. But overall I liked it lots, and I found out that if you smile while running uphill it is easier and more fun! My sunburn still hurts lots and my little toe is half a blister.

From Mik'L on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 16:11:15

Congrats on distance MVP! I can only imagine driving by and seeing you smiling while running up Foremaster...that would be classic.

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Ran out on River road, then 700 S for a ways, then back again for an easy 7 miler. The first half was way fun, but I got tired and grumpy in the middle. By the end, it was happy again, especially because there's construction on River road and I passed lots and lots of cars that had to wait for abhorrent amounts of traffic! Bwah ha ha ha ha! I like not going to school. :-)

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In Provo, ran around BYU and Seven Peaks area for a while. I wanted to run up to the Y, but I thought better of it after seeing how steep the mountain is...saw some cute little kids selling kool-aid and otterpops which was fun. The cooler weather was nice, I'm going to have some fun getting time to run everyday while I'm on vacation to Boise (to visit my sister).

From Jeff on Sat, May 26, 2007 at 16:52:36

Wasatch Back practise is mondays 7am at Wells Fargo (corner of river road and riverside drive) and wednesdays at 8PM little valley stake center (west side river road, 1/2 mile south of virgin river bridge).

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, May 26, 2007 at 17:02:19

If you are airborne at all while running up to the Y, it is equivalent to 6:00 flat pace. I do not know anybody who has not broken 19:00 in a 5 K who could stay airborne all the way.

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Late morning run in Boise, ran along the canal on a dirt trail for 2.5 or so, then looped around until 3.5 and doubled back the way I came back to my sister's house. At about .5, I saw a guy ahead of me, so I of course sped up to catch him, though it took a while since he was going about the same speed as me. I ran with him a ways and it was fun to run with somebody, while running with him, I was running 7:30 miles and it wasn't even hard! I was having such a good time running a bit faster that I kept it up the whole run, averaging 7:56 min/mile. It felt awesome! 

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Out again on the canal trail, I was glad I ran a similar route to Saturday's, since my watch ran out of batteries at 1.42 miles (6.5 miles is a guesstimate). It was kinda chilly out to begin with, which was quite odd for it being summertime and all. There were some people along the trail, so I had a fun time chasing them down and running fast again. My back and arms were pretty sore from repairing and painting my sister's fence all day Saturday, but it felt good to run around before riding home in the car all day.

From Fre on Tue, May 29, 2007 at 00:31:00

Good job running on your trip!

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Warmed up a bit, stretched, then ran up Webb Hill. I haven't done that in a long time, so it basically killed me, but I didn't stop running and it took me 10:26 to run it (it's exactly a mile). There's definitely room for improvement. Then I ran back down and around BH for 3 miles or so. It was really weird, I got this side ache like I get when I haven't eaten enough, except that after a while, my abs would sieze up and I would have a really hard time breathing. I ended up stopping twice because I couldn't breathe, after I'd stop it'd be better for .5 or so then would get gradually worse for .5 until I could hardly breathe again. Also, I decided that I still hate my NB shoes lots.

From Mik'L on Tue, May 29, 2007 at 14:45:28

Sounds like fun! Or not so much. Now you know how my lungs always feel!

From Fre on Tue, May 29, 2007 at 22:16:44

That side ache sounds bad. Don't let it happen again :)

From Dave Holt on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 13:09:14

Keep those miles up. Don't do anything crazy, but don't be afraid to be hitting 6 or so a day. Time to go try something else from ol' Stevie?

From Dave Holt on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 14:09:06

summer games 5 and 10k's coming up. Look into it.

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I ran to Wasatch Back practice, then we ran to the base of Webb Hill (how was I to know that we were going to run the hill today after I ran it yesterday?), then we ran up it (.93) and that took 9:27(10:08 pace - better than yesterday! which was surprising) and back down. Then we ran half of it (.5) and that took 4:52 (9:41 pace). After I attempted to get my legs and breath back (only the latter of which was successful), I ran back down, then around the BH loop and back home (2.5). The downhill running made my left knee ache a bit and my leg muscles are all totally shot, so I'll definitely take it easy tomorrow.

From Decker on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 01:34:40

Nice Job! You must still be in pretty good shape, I wish I never got out of shape. Dang it!

From James on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 10:41:58

What team are you on for WBR?

From Mik'L on Thu, May 31, 2007 at 13:00:54

Ya- who is on your WBR team? What is your team name and when do you start? I will be up there to cheer you on (if I ever find you in the midst of 300+ teams!) Good job on the run.

From Fre on Fri, Jun 01, 2007 at 00:02:03

Way to GO! That is a fun hill.

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Got up early, ran out onto the industrial road until 3 mi. beeped and ran back. Pretty slow and easy (8:44 avg), tried to hurry on my way back home since I was running late to get to Youth Conference at 7:30. Legs mostly just worn out after the last couple days' hills, not a ton stiff and sore...yet.

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Woke up early again to run while at Youth Conf. (in Cedar, which was kinda odd - enemy territory, y'know), didn't really wake up until I was a mile or so into the run. Sadly, it took until then to realize that my watch was out of batteries... so I don't know exactly how far it was - I wanted to go 7, but I think it went short. I went way slow and easy out (30 min), then had a party going way fast on the way back (25 min).

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jun 02, 2007 at 18:07:39

Very consistent training last week and in the last month. And it does show in races! Discipline in training pays off.

As I said earlier, you have very good speed for a distance runner, and the key to making it rock (sub-11:00 in 3200 meters) is training like a true (as opposed to a good by high school standards) distance runner. Do you feel ready for no less than 8 miles a day 6 days a week?

From Ruth on Sat, Jun 02, 2007 at 18:46:25

Not quite yet, but I think I'll go no less than 7's next week, 8's the week after, then taper a bit for the relay. After that, build up a really strong base for XC!

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Oh man. 5:30 is way too early to get up in the summer. yuk yuk yuk. Good thing YC is over! Next week I'll get no sleep either, though, since I'm going to Girls' State the entire week - at SUU again! But the 8-miler I went on was pretty good, if a bit boring. I decided to up my mileage a bit and the 8 felt really smooth and nice without dying at the end, so 'twas successful I think. Avg 8:13/mi, first mile was way slow (9:09), but my last two were my fastest (8:05 and 7:29)! I really need new shoes.

I think that my WBR team is "Roadkill." We're starting at 11:00 am and I'm runner #5, so I'll be running legs 5, 17 and 29.

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We had Wasatch Back practice this morning, we went on a 5.5 miler from Wells Fargo. I started out with the pack of all the boys, then the boys slowed up and I stuck with Ross Decker and Dave Sheeran until 3.5-4 going avg. 6:42/mi! I felt good the first mile and most of the second, but in the third and end of fourth, I died and they kept going w/o me. After I got back, it turned out to be a 5.81 mile loop and I ran out .6 and back to get up to my goal of 7 miles, and happened upon the running club. Felt really good to get out and ran that fast again, since I haven't in a long while. And I'll have fun running in Cedar for another week while I'm at Girls' State.

From Mik'L on Mon, Jun 04, 2007 at 11:33:58

Good job Ruthie! You must have been flying! Clyde said he saw you on his run this morning. Have fun at Girls State.

From Dave Holt on Mon, Jun 04, 2007 at 17:27:50

Enjoy your time up there and learn a lot, blah, blah, blah...

You are doing a great job with your running this summer. I am ready for practice to start.

By the way, I have the samples for the new unis. So I need you and Green and a few others to try them and see if you like them or if we should go another route. Call me and let me know when we can meet up.

From Steve Hooper on Mon, Jun 04, 2007 at 19:22:29

Hey Ruth - you were kickin trash this morning on that run. Probably a good 3 min. in front of everyone else. Keep up the training!

I was going to give you a call but I can't find your number anywhere. I have your schedule made up until the 21st. Just give me a call at the store when you have a chance - 628-7766.

From Jeff on Tue, Jun 05, 2007 at 01:10:06

Great job Ruth. You are doing so awsome!

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Ran way too early in the morning (it was still dark when I finished), out in Cedar. 8:08/mi avg, felt pretty good, though my legs were kind of tired from running so fast yesterday. Sideache action for the last half or so wasn't so fun, but overall it was quite nice. Our dorms were locked and we weren't given keys, so when I left I propped the front door open with a small rock. When I got back, it had been removed, so I had to climb up the balcony in back to get back in. In my attempts to climb it, I bruised my shin again, so now half of it is lumpy and blue/green. Oh man.

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Well, I meant to run morning like yesterday, but there was a huge rain/hail/lightning storm when I got up at 4:30 to run, so I decided to run in the evening. We got done with meetings around 9, so a bit after 9:30, I sneaked out the balcony and ran. Boy was it cold out! I was trying to get back before 10:25 so my roomie wouldn't worry, so I ran relatively fast...though I didn't bring my watch with me...probably around 7:30-7:50/mi most of the time, felt kinda pukey since I had eaten too recently. Then I sneaked back in the balcony (and made it back in time).

From Mik'L on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 23:20:52

Hey- I had to go to an old entry with no other comments so I could ask you...what is with Decker and Ally and the love you comment??? Are they together? Interesting...

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Slow 8 miler just to loosen up my tired legs, my hamstrings are pretty stiff. Along my way down Cedar's main street, I saw a dead cat and almost puked, so that was an adventure. I got to see the sun this morning! And the rock stayed in the door, so I didn't have to climb any balconies.

From James on Thu, Jun 07, 2007 at 20:31:59


I was down in St. George for a couple of days and ran with Clyde, Steve, Dave, and Dustin. We saw you on the the trail on Monday morning and you looked like you were running great. I was still wondering what WBR team you were on?

Also, the reason that I was in town was to see Damon Cox, who is one of my best friends. Dave Holt told me that you were good friends with his little brother Dallan.

From Fre on Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 00:58:05

Ruth you are getting some great miles in. I'll see you when you get home.

From James on Fri, Jun 08, 2007 at 22:17:24

That is cool that you are friends with Dallin, when you say he is weird what do you mean? I don't know him at all because he has never said one word to me in the ten years that I have known him. Is that what you mean by weird? Or is it because he loves his trumpet more than girls? I thought it was pretty funny when Dave found out he was Damon's brother and asked you if he would run Cross Country, I could picture the whole situation taking place! Who else is on your WBR team?

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Barely squeezed in a run before our banquet, ran on a treadmill in the PE bldg. Ran at between 7:13-7:47 pace, mostly at around 7:30. Pretty boring and sweaty. Felt good, especially the last half mile I brought the pace down lots and went really fast. Good times.

From Mik'L on Sun, Jun 10, 2007 at 17:46:32

Good miles this week. Especially having to do so while climbing balconies in the middle of the night and avoiding dead cats! Sounds kinda crazy...kinda like you!

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Got to run out by my house for the first time in a long while. Pretty late at night, I ran the AP 9 miler out in Little Valley, ran without my watch, just to relax and not worry about speed at all. Stopped once around 2.5 to use the restroom - kind of awkward... I just knocked on a random person's door and asked to use theirs since I had to go so bad. Felt pretty nice, though I got a bit tired out by the end. I haven't run a 9 miler since February, so it was good to get out and run long.

From Fre on Sun, Jun 10, 2007 at 23:26:38

Wow you did a lot of miles! Good Job running and making time to do it.

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AM-I'm just counting today's run as fast miles because I ran with Ross Decker the whole way and that's fast. My miles were 6:48, 6:40, 6:46, 6:42, 6:44 and the last .83 was 5:22 (6:27/mi pace). At 3.7 or so, I stopped for a one minute breather, since Decker was wearing me out. I really need new shoes, my arches were sore almost the whole run. After, we stretched lots, so maybe I won't be so sore tomorrow.

PM-Since in the WBR, you have to run 3 legs within a day or so, I decided to do a bit of two-a-days to get me used to running on fatigued legs. I ran out on the trail to St. James and around back to my house - 3.18 miles total, my goal was to keep my pace under 8:00 and I succeeded (avg 7:43/mi), though it was pretty tough. Lately, my left knee has been bugging me like it did during the track season and during this run it hurt the whole way, so I'm going to ice it and such. XC conditioning/practice starts tomorrow!

From The Beast on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 10:41:44

Good running today Ruth! Sorry if my dad wore you out, he does that to me all the time. Hurry and get some new shoes!

From James on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 21:19:45


We (Marathon GIS)start at 5:00pm with BYU, Weber, Runners Corner, and some other team. We probably won't catch your team for a long time, maybe not until Saturday morning.

I am doing 12, 24, and 36. I did the same legs last year, except I had to do 11, 23, and 35 before because we did an Ultra team with six guys. This year my first leg is climbing up Snow Basin and is new to the relay, but the other two I did last year.

We will keep our eyes open for your team at major exchanges though, sometimes you run into people there. Also my wife is volunteering at the starting line from 7am-12pm and I might hang out some there in the morning. Clyde and Dustin from St. George are on our team so you will recognize them. Come say hi, because I am not too good with faces from the Blog pictures and might not recognize you.

From Mik'L on Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 23:11:05

Too bad you had to go and run again so I didn't beat your miles for the day! That would be a one timer. When do you guys practice for XC? I guess Holt took a nasty fall on Saturday, so you'll have to ask him about it. I guess I will be the "driver" for Clyde's car at WBR so hopefully we will run in to you there. I hope you guys beat the PV boys! Sorry Decker!

By the way, when you and Green are going to check out the new uniforms, let me know so I can see if Kelsee wants to meet with you too.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 14:42:54

Ruth - keep your easy runs at around 8:30 pace. When you want to show class to Ross Decker (no more than twice a week), approach it as a race. If he is going 6:40, up it to 6:20 or so, you should be able to hold this for up to 5 miles. Based on his recent race performances, 6:40 on the flat should be just about as fast as he'd be willing to go without letting a young woman running next to him see he is in pain. At 6:20 he should be hurting bad enough to where you will see it, maybe that will make him stop bluffing, and he'll start running his true easy pace (7:45-8:00) with you.

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XC practice this morning, ran warmup, stretched and did agilities (they made me tired which was pretty pathetic). Then we went on the Washington Parkway loop - it was supposed to be 5, but my watch got it as 4.69... anyway I tried running kind of fast - under 7:30, and did ok, my avg. was 7:14/mi with one 7:47 (uphill) and another 6:35 (downhill) mile. Felt pretty good, but my legs are pretty fatigued from yesterday's runs. I'll probably take it way slow this afternoon.

Afternoon run, way too freaking hot outside... ran out on the Industrial rd a ways and back. I basically died, but hey... once you're dead you've got nothing but your soul to lose! And who needs a soul anyway? Ran pretty dang slow, didn't even time it so I wouldn't get depressed. (Probably was around 8:30-9:00/mi.) 

From Fre on Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 14:47:32

Way to go Ruth! You are so fast. XC..Right Now!

From Steve Hooper on Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 15:42:10

Ruth you should talk to Coach Holt and ask what he would think about you coming and running with us (Holt, Clyde, Dustin, Bill and Myself) on Thurs. evenings at 7pm.

Your training is looking good - keep it up. By the way, now that you are an employee you can get your shoes at cost.

From The Beast on Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 17:15:46

Nice Ruthy! I think we are doing repeats tomorrow not Webb Hill.

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 21:59:23

Now this is starting to look good. When building base mileage, you should run most of it fairly slow. 8:30 - 9:00 is just perfect. The idea is to get in the distance into your legs without overtraining. Many subsystems develop just as well at a slow pace as they do at a fast pace. However, a number of subsystems quit early at a fast pace. Thus, if you always try to run fast, your base subsystems never develop because the fast subsystems quit early, you cannot run fast anymore, and if you stop, your base subsystems do fully develop.

From Breanna on Wed, Jun 13, 2007 at 20:14:37

Hey Ruth,

I was just wondering what legs you are running for Wasatch Back. What team are you on? When do you guys start? We just got our team registered but we haven't picked legs yet.

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Evening run, ran (1 mile) to WBR practice today, and instead of Webb, we did repeats! .7 mile warmup to the trailhead, then 2x1600m repeats then turnaround and 4x800m repeats back with a couple minutes rest between each. Times were 5:52, 5:54, 2:57, 2:50, 2:52 and 2:54. They were ok I guess, though I was hoping to be a bit faster on my 8's, but oh well. Pretty exhausting workout... I'm pretty sure that I'll be sore as heck tomorrow. Hopefully not? After, cooled down .7 back to the church, then 1 mile back to my house and 1 around the park by my house to get to 8 today. My feet are begging me for new shoes - tomorrow! (I hope...)

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A little warmup and such at xc practice, then we did a 3 miler out around that one stinky pond behind walmart. Ran real easy and comfy, left arch is real sore to walk on, but it felt ok to run on. Legs pretty tired out, but not as sore as I thought, so that was nice. I haven't decided whether or not to run some more miles this afternoon/evening, since I'm doing the 10k tomorrow. I think I'm going to take this evening off because my left arch has been hurting lots since this morning, especially while trying on a couple new pairs of shoes and running in them.

From Fre on Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 15:18:27

Good Luck tomorrow! I'll see you there.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 15:34:21

In the long run, it pays to train through most races. I would recommend going out for some more miles in the afternoon.

From Ally on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 02:03:51

Good luck at the race tomorrow RUTHIE!!

Race: Utah Summer Games 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:36:53, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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AWESOME RACE and huge PR (-4:14)!

Only did a bit of warmup - about .8 right before the race began. My foot was bugging me as I warmed up, so I was a little leary starting out. It felt surprisingly good until the last 1.5 or so when it hurt lots. The race was almost totally downhill, which made it fast, but it really wore me down. Here's my mile by mile play by play:

1 - 5:41, was just excited to get going and just went with the flow (which was a fast flow for sure)
2 - 5:58, kept at it going fast, but realized that I probably couldn't hold onto this pace much longer, so I slowed up a titch the last half
3 - 6:13, settled into a good steady pace that I felt like I could keep up and just went with it, getting a little tired, but I looked at my watch and realized that I'd just set a 3 mile PR of 17:52, so that made me happy
4 - 6:14, kept it consistent though this mile felt lots harder than last, the whole race Josh Decker was between 20-50 meters ahead of me and I wanted to beat him so bad, I wouldn't let him pull farther away no matter how tired I was getting
5 - 6:14, was surprised to see that this mile stayed consistent since I felt lots slower and it had a couple tiny uphills, but I guess I just wouldn't let myself blow an awesome race because of a little fatigue
6 - 6:11, legs felt pretty wiped and foot hurt, but I was almost done, so I stuck it out
.11 - ?, when I got to this last bit I didn't realize I was almost done until I only had a little to the end, so my kick was kinda short, then I forgot to stop my watch (I don't usually race with one)

Sadly, Decker beat me (curse you), and after my foot hurt lots and that made me sad, too. But I won and got a course record, so that's way fun! Ran a bit of a cooldown with Holt and Steve H. afterwards. I'm way elated about today's race. :-D

From Maria on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 13:02:31

Congratulations, Ruth! This is a tremendous time, and quite a bit faster than your recent race times at shorter distances! To tell you the truth, I was wondering if the course was accurate, but then I read on Jeff's blog that there was a lot of downhill. Still, enjoy a huge PR, not to mention the win! Your training has been going great, and here are the results. You know, it's equivalent to ~17:45 5K and 5:07 mile.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 14:28:50

Good job! This puts you in the shooting range for top 3 finish overall at DesNews 10 K. Hard work brings results. I am pleased to see that the increased mileage started to pay off so soon. Your body must have been hungry for it.

Maria - that course has a drop of 500 feet, which gives you probably 1:30 - 2:00, but it is at about 3000 feet of elevation if I remember right, which costs about 40 seconds in a 10 K. So Ruth's time is equivalent to no slower than 38:13 flat sea level.

From J-Free on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 15:07:17

Nice run Ruth! You did so awesome; first girl, course record, PR, U R AMAZING! (;D

From James on Fri, Jun 15, 2007 at 21:54:29

Nice run, way to rip up a fast course and take the win! You probably would have beaten me. If the course is the same as it was last time I ran, it came down the canyon and ended at the Park. My 5K road race PR is on the old Summer Games course.

From Dave Holt on Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 19:38:41

Actually Sasha, the course is starts at over 6000 ft and end at right about 5800. So even a little more altitude adjustment. Hooray!

Race: Utah Summer Games 5k (3.13 Miles) 00:17:48, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Woke up with really sore legs from yesterday, esp. calves, but I was already registered for the race, so I decided to do it anyway. Warmed up a bit and tried stretching out my soreness which wasn't all that successful. Foot was sore like yesterday while warming up, but felt fine while racing. Pushed it pretty hard the whole race, avg 5:43/mi - fast times since it was downhill like yesterday. If I hadn't run the 10k yesterday, I probably would've been faster, but hey, double double gold medals is pretty fun!

This evening, I went on an easy 5 miler with my little cousin John. Well, I meant it to be around 9:00/mi - I thought he was fast enough, but apparently not... avg. min/mile was 10:47. He kept stopping and I could hardly stand running that slow, so I would run circles around him, up cul-de-sacs and back and took off a couple of times to run faster - so it ended up being 5.68 plus .25 warmup and .25 cooldown. I mean, my legs were freakishly sore, but man, there's no way 5 miles should take and hour to run. I don't think I've run that slow ever.

From Mik'L on Sat, Jun 16, 2007 at 20:05:48

Ruthie! Wow! You are amazing! I am so proud of you! That is so awesome. You did SO good in both races! You should be so excited. You are such a hard worker and it definitely pays off. Congrats! Course records, PRs, gold medals...what a weekend!

From James on Sat, Jun 16, 2007 at 20:22:23

Paul and I were talking about how 10 years ago when we we your age we used to be able to run good races close together. People used to say when you are younger you recover faster, I thought they were just wussy, but now I would agree, and I am not that old yet. Good job on back to back wins! Holt is a lucky coach to have someone like you on his team. I hope that I get a few Ruthios on my teams in my future coaching years.

From J-Free on Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 11:16:03

My mom says when you are 40 you will be happy to run 5 miles in an hour and she says you are awesome. I think you will still be fast at 40.

From Dave Holt on Sun, Jun 17, 2007 at 19:33:31

Holy Sh...mokes! Ruth it was sooo cool to see you accomplish such awesome things. Get on top of that foot pain so you can keep it rolling. Congratulations! I imagine you have everyone in the state shaking in their flats after back-to-back races like that.

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WBR practice this morning, ran the usual loop, my legs are still pretty dern sore from the races esp. my calves, so I didn't even try to run as fast as last week. Ran mostly with Zac, about 7:05-7:20 pace most of the time. 

From Mik'L on Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 10:18:44

I told Judd that you are taking the unis to Green's and she wanted to try and meet you over there FYI.

From Fre on Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 16:20:17

Back to Back Winner Winner. CHicken dinner. Chicken Dinner.

From Wildbull on Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 16:34:22

Two snickers bars. and an ice berg medium shake. Good job on your races this last weekend! very impressive on that 5 k after that fast 10 k friday. Just how do you expect the boys to ever catch you? you rock! Keep running and eating!

From Jeff Fre on Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 23:19:18

We are leaving Friday morning sometime. We start running WBR at 2:00. I heard your team is leaving thursday. When is your start time.

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Warmup and such at xc practice, then we ran to the tortoise fence in the desert and back. Calves still way sore esp. on up and downhills and legs still tired out from the races. Lots of random aches as I ran, not really the greatest run, but I'm over it. Probably will run an easy 3-5 miler this evening.

It turns out that our team name is "The Homestar Runners," so that should be fun!

No evening run, scraped up my foot quite a bit while playing around with friends so I decided to let it breathe tonight w/o a run.

From Ally on Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 15:25:23

Hey Ruthie-o! I am so excited for WBR now! We are the home star runners, thats pretty cool eh? We should play today!

From Breanna on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 00:31:43

hey Ruth,

Our team name is UP YOURS (for colon cancer awareness), I got leg 9 and we start at 10 am, hopefully we will see you guys out there! Good Luck

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Ran to WBR practice (last one!), then we ran .7 warm up, then did 16 x 60 sec repeats with 60 sec easy jog between each rep. Tried keeping my pace around 6:00/mi - so each repeat I ran .17 - .18. Felt pretty good, didn't go crazy fast, just kept pace nice and steady the whole time (except my last one). After, we did .7 cooldown and I got a ride home (from Ally and I love her). My scraped up foot hurted lots when we ran slow, but during repeats I just got used to it and it wasn't too bad. Last couple of repeats my left knee gave me some sharp pains and achiness, but I think I'm over it. Mostly good stuff, ran through sprinklers at the end and got wet wet wet. 

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XC practice again, just an easy 3-miler in washington w/jac and ott (except they ditched me at the end because I died on the uphill because my legs are tired). EXCITEMENT FOR WBR TOMORROW!

From Fre on Thu, Jun 21, 2007 at 23:31:35

Good luck this weekend! Hopefully we will see you up there.

Race: Wasatch Back Relay (12.9 Miles) 01:44:18
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My first leg of the WBR (#5) was at 2:30 pm, I jogged around a bit to get ready, then as I started out I kinda wanted to keep it around 8:00 pace, but that idea died around mile 3-4, and my last full mile was slow slow, avg. min/mile for this leg was 8:49. It was kinda hot out and dusty on the dirt road (esp. with vans driving by all the time), the first four miles felt pretty good, I wasn't racing real hard and it was mostly up with some small downs that made for good breathers.  The last three miles were totally uphill and really hard. I started counting people that I passed and my total for this leg was 8. Miles were 8:00, 8:12, 8:32, 8:41, 9:08, 9:12, 10:02, and the last .4 at 8:19 pace (I counted these as slow miles)

I cooled down on a bike during all of leg 6 and had crazy fun going down the dirt hill at ultra fast speeds (I beat our van to the next exchange by a ways). 

Next leg (#17) was at 10:30 pm, pretty much perfect running weather: cool and breezy. I ran this leg in my waffles since I really wanted to push it on this leg (since my last was downhill). Supposed to be 5.4, but my watch got it 5.5 - oh well. Ran 7:09/mi avg., with miles of 6:57, 7:15, 7:18, 6:57, 7:08 and the last .5 at 7:25 pace. Amanda rode along with me for miles 2-4.5, which was fun. I passed either 12 or 13 people on this leg - I'll just count it as 13 because it's bigger. My legs were getting pretty wiped by the end of this leg.

Cooled down during the next leg on bike, but it killed me because it was lots of uphill and not really cooling down - more like another workout. Dar.

From J-Free on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 16:43:18

That must have been a fun ride down hill. I ran down that one and it was pretty rocky!

Race: Wasatch Back Relay (178 Miles) 26:00:00, Place overall: 65, Place in age division: 22
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Last leg (#29) was at 8:00 am, first 2 miles were pretty intense downhill, then last 2 were flatter, though still a titch downhill. Since it was my last leg, I decided to go all out, also I made a goal of passing more people than I did during my second leg. I'm guessing my first 2 miles were around 5:30-5:50 pace (since my watch ran out of batteries about .2 into this leg), then I borrowed Big Willy's for the last 2.28 which were 5:40 and 6:32 with .28 at 6:45 pace. I got my goal, since I passed 14 people (almost 15, but my legs had no guts left right at the exchange point), so that makes a total of 35 people I passed and nobody ever passed me! After this, I was pretty much glad to be done, legs basically wasted, but I'm up for it next year!

From The Beast on Sun, Jun 24, 2007 at 23:22:33

Nice job! You ran really fast, especially on the last leg. I wish we would have seen you guys but o well.

From James on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 11:46:47

Good job at WBR! It was good to meet the famous Ruthio. How did your first relay compare to your expectations?

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Ran out on River road and back on the Virgin river trail by my house, was a bit short so I ran around the park a bit to make it 4 miles. Was pleasantly surprised that my legs felt pretty good during the run - avg. 7:33/mi and negative splits for the whole run, my foot felt sore for the first mile (it hurt this weekend, especially before I ran) and after I finished. Legs a bit stiff, but overall a good run.

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At XC we had a fun day, we warmed up and ran to Holt's house, then ran back to the school to play ultimate Frisbee for a while. I had to leave early to take Rachel home so she could get to work on time, but when I left our team was winning!

Right when I got home, I set off on an actual run since there wasn't one at XC. Randomly had the urge to go longer today, so I set off on my bloomington/ manowar 8 miler. At first I meant to take it easy, but I decided about a mile into it to try and keep all my miles under 8:00. The first 6 miles were really good, I felt really strong and didn't have to push hard to keep my pace quicker, but the last 2 were a bit harder - esp. with the vermillion and bridge hills to worry about. I did keep them fast and ate some gnats while I was at it - avg. pace 7:40/mi. This run made me happy.  : )

From Dave Holt on Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 15:02:58

Great run! Hit a 5-6 tomorrow.

From Mik'L on Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 16:53:06

Sounds yummy! You are crazy fast!

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Woke up late and ran at around 11:00, and boy did that suck. Hopefully the weather will be nicer this weekend at Girls' Camp. Anyway, took it easy for the most part, my legs were a bit tired from yesterday's run so just kept my pace around 8:00-8:30, avg was 8:17/mi. Was harder than I thought it should be to keep that pace, foot and knee hurted a bit. Maybe I'll just get a brand new left leg. That would make life lots nicer.

From Green on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 16:54:12

Hey, if you ever figure out how to get a new left leg, let me know, I'm in the market as well... Anyways, hope you feel better, I know a good doc if you leg keeps bugging:)

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Ran a shorter easy run out on the dirt road in the mountains by Zion while at Girls' Camp. The elevation was at 6750 or so, so it was a bit more tiring, especially with the last half mile completely uphill and sandy. Avg. 8:26/mi.

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Had a great time on some fun trails this morning, the first half mile was uphill and STEEP, so I almost died and had to stop a couple times, but there was the most awesome view from the lookout point and I ran with some wild turkeys and it was basically my very favorite run ever. I am also happy that with all this uphill and hard running, I managed to keep my pace (barely) under 9:00 miles! With runs like these, who needs anemones? 

From Jon on Sat, Jun 30, 2007 at 19:30:56

Runs are friends, not food.

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Evening run, meant to go long, but felt quite crappy and didn't want to die tomorrow fasting since I started my fast before running (bad plan), so I cut it shorter and still died on it, ran about 8:00 miles and had a sideache for the last 3 miles. Not so great on mileage this week, but I plan on doing lots better next week for sure.

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Ran long out toward the AZ strip, mostly ran easy but not real slow, watch ran out of batteries at 5.13, but overall time was 74 minutes, so approximately 8:12/mi avg. Not too shabby of a run, the last couple miles I was feeling pretty tired out, but overall quite nice.

From RJ on Mon, Jul 02, 2007 at 11:48:25

...and how early did you wake up to do this?

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XC practice: all the stuff... warmup, stretches, pushups, crunches and agilities, then we went out on the fire station 4 miler that ended up being quite short so we extended it to be an actual 4. It was fun to be running with people since I run lots faster with people and that is much fun. Wasn't pushing real hard, but still got down to a 6:33 mile for the second one and averaged 7:01/mi. I got new shoes, the Asics DS Trainers and I like them lots.

From RJ on Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 11:07:35

Oh so it was shorter than 4 miles? Shoot I thought you guys went running on a cool down.

From Mik'L on Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 16:48:21

Where do you get all these cool pictures? This one is AWESOME! Just a trail of Cedar girls being left in the dust. I like it.

From Mik'L on Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 16:49:01

By the way, please stay away from my dogs (in reference to personal note).

From RJ on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 01:41:17

Ya nice picture ruth... it really brings out the "quality" of cedar.

Race: Freedom Run 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:51, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Woke up so freakishly early to go run the race, warmed up a half mile and ran the race. The 'fast' boys took off at the start, one went the wrong way and the other died, so this other fellow and I had the lead together for the last 2 miles. I really wanted to beat him, but he got me at the last 200m or so. It was mostly a flat course, the few hills there were weren't steep - the problem was the wind against us half the race. Anyway, splits were 5:52, 6:14 and 6:33 (avg. 6:14/mi)  - though not excellent splits, I PRed with a 18:51! And won!

From Christi on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 12:14:05

Congrats! That is AWESOME!

From Brent on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 13:40:21

Congradulations, what was your prize? I like your picture, kicking the boy's butts.

From RJ on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 17:59:36

Awesome Ruth! I've never even heard of that run. Sounds like good practice for XC this season.

From Green on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 20:10:16

Way to be! You're an animal! It's gonna be a great year, I can tell already. Just keep it going long enough for track; can you say 2 time Medley Region Champs?

From Ruth on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 21:39:23

No prizes... sad day. (It was a really small Independence Day celebration activity in Laverkin.)

From Wildbull on Wed, Jul 04, 2007 at 23:12:32

The club was going to run that race. but we found out that there were no awards. cheap race. how many people were there? Congrats on your time.

From Christi on Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 01:09:53

To echo what Bill said I'm curious about how many people were at the race too? Would you do that race again? I almost ran it, but went to Enoch instead to meet up w/ a friend and run the Enoch 5k..

From Mik'L on Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 10:13:05

Steve told me that they weren't even timing that race...did they? Good job on the win-especially almost winning the whole thing! Who cares what you get, it's the pride of winning, right?! Clyde didn't get much for winning a marathon, so don't feel bad!

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XC practice, all the stuff, then a run out in the desert a ways and back (5) - mostly took it easy on the way out with around 7:30/mi, then picked it up a bit on the way back (esp. since it was mostly all downhill back). Avg. for whole run was 7:14/mi. Pretty good feeling, legs a little tired from racing, but not horrendously so. Sadly, the dirt and mud had gotten my brand new shoes all dirty. :-( I have decided that am going to count shoe mileage on the blog now. (DST 10)

9.2 mi. club run, those guys totally killed me. Felt real good for the first 6 miles or so, then I was feeling pretty dead for the rest of it. On the last couple of miles, I was so spent, I could hardly keep close to them so I wouldn't get hopelessly lost in Santa Clara. Last mile, my left hip and knee were complaining which didn't help either. Avg. 7:49/mi, even with a couple 8:30's thrown in there, so not bad time-wise. (DST 19.2)

From Wildbull on Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 11:34:47

Tell Steve you want to exchange the shoes for clean shoes:):)

From The Beast on Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 12:36:46

Good run Ruthie! That sucks about your shoes but it was going to happen sooner or later.

From Dave Holt on Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 16:50:09

Real running shoes are supposed to be dirty!

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Didn't even hear my alarm this morning, so I hurried over to xc way late with Kalli and took off on the Tortoise fence run, my legs felt just plain hammered. On the way out, my legs hardly were moving - I was running so slow! With the nice downhills and incentive to catch Kalli, the way back was much better and by the time I finished, my legs were feeling like legs again, so that is much improvement. Avg. 8:49/mi.

This afternoon, we drove up to Koosharem, so I ran an out-and-back 3 miler in the dark there once we had arrived. The Iceberg food I'd had for dinner in Cedar certainly didn't agree with me, so I felt pretty sick the whole run, plus sideachy. Not very fun, avg. 8:14/mi. (DST 26.4)

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Jul 06, 2007 at 12:56:10

Very solid training lately. Probably a bit too much yesterday, but if you take things easy on pace (but still keep up the mileage), the adaptation will kick in. You should probably run another 3 very easy and relaxed, not worry about hitting any particular time goal.

From Mik'L on Fri, Jul 06, 2007 at 16:30:44

Ruthie! I can't believe you ran with the boys! You should make a bigger deal of it than you did. Not too many guys can stay close with those guys, let alone girls. I'm proud of you! Keep up the awesome training!

From Green on Fri, Jul 06, 2007 at 17:41:00

Like Mik'L said, way to BE!

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I'd been looking forward to running in much cooler weather in Koosharem, but my guts were still churning and even walking hurt so bad, that all I did today was gut the fish dad caught. I hadn't missed a day in a long time, so this makes me very very sad. Curse that Iceberg!

From Mik'L on Sun, Jul 08, 2007 at 19:29:17

What are you doing in Koosharem?! I'm guessing you are fishing at Fish Lake? Torrey is just around the hill from there! I hope you are feeling better.

From Mik'L on Sun, Jul 08, 2007 at 20:46:00

Torrey is where Clyde grew up and it is in Wayne County, which if you keep going past the turnoff for Fish Lake from Koosharem, it is about 30 minutes or so that way. That's where we were last weekend. Fish Lake is fun though! We had a family reunion there awhile back. Good luck fishin!

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XC is everyday now, so that's kind of sad - I like going out by myself on long runs and such, but now I'll only have Saturdays for that. Oh well, at least I'll run faster with the boys everyday or something. Anyway, at XC, we did all the stuff (20pu, 35c), then we did the Washington pkwy loop. Ran with Jac for the first half, then Monty for the second half since Jac got sick eew. Felt pretty tired and weak, but I'll be eating more today since my tummy is almost back to normal, so that should be fixed soon. Good run for the most part, esp. at the end Monty and I totally raced it out, whew! Avg. 7:21/mi. (DST 31.4)

From Jeff on Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 14:41:19

I saw you and monte come in and you were going FaSt!!

From RJ on Mon, Jul 09, 2007 at 21:31:08

That Fricken Monty! Where does he get his speed!?

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Morning w/XC, the usual warmup routine (20p, 40c), then backwards firestation loop easy. Mostly good run, foot still hates me, for most of it I just zoned out/was half asleep, so that was nice I guess. (DST 35.1)

Evening 6-miler out on the trails by the Dixie Center and back around on River Road, just comfy at around 8:00-8:10/mi for the first 2 miles, then decided to pick it up a bit for the middle 2 miles at around 7:00-7:15/mi. Took a breather for a bit, then ran the last 2 miles at around 7:50-8:00/mi w/ a potty break in the middle. Not the greatest run, legs felt good, but the rest of me wasn't really feeling too hot. Well I was actually feeling quite a bit too hot, but at least the sun was going down and I didn't quite drown in my own sweat. (DST 41.1)

From Wildbull on Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 13:37:40

what is up with the foot? heal, or what? good job on getting out every day.

From Jeff on Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 14:10:02

Way to go ruth. That picture is so awesome!

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Dang I am tired. Woke up pretty stiff from last night's run and went to XC, 20p, 40c, then backwards Dogpound from the elementary school (4.68 mi), relaxed pace with the boys for the first 3 or so miles, then picked it up on the uphill back to the elem. avg. 7:35/mi for the whole run. I was dreading the uphill back the whole time, but truly it wasn't as horrible as I had remembered. Pushed pretty well, think I'll go 3-4 this evening. (DST 46.1) Sadly (angrily), the run tonight never came to pass. I hate stuff. And people.

From Mik'L on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 15:24:24

Hey Ruthie. Actually I am not too excited about Hobblecreek yet. It still sounds VERY far! But hopefully I will survive. Enjoy this cooler weather today! It's quite nice!

By the way...if you would go to bed at a decent hour, you probably wouldn't be so tired :)

From Wildbull on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 16:19:11

What are you doing Ruthie? Staying up late Watching Bay Watch or something? or did you go see Harry Potter? ice that foot and streach several times a day. freeze a water bottle.

From Green on Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 17:22:36

I concur-GO TO BED. Unless of course you did go see HP5, than it is completley understandable. I see it tonight, and i can't wait!

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XC, (21p, 42c), easy recovery "3-miler" that was actually .53 short, ran with Ashley Judd and that was good times, got nice and muddied going under the freeway, yay! Avg. 7:29/mi. (DST 48.8)

Club run tonight, first 3 miles were pretty downhill and we took them faster, then looped over by Sugarloaf and connected down back onto Bluff. Was feeling my dinner the whole time, foot hurt intermittently throughout, also my left knee was being quite strange and achy the whole time which made me quite unhappy. Not the best run ever, I got pwned by the boys (Steve H, Steve O and Bill) just like last week, maybe by the time I graduate I'll be able to keep up with those guys, maybe. Total 7.05 miles, avg. 7:55/mi. (DST 55.9)

From Ruthie on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 11:13:32

Good job last night. It was Hot. Keep using that sock at night! PF can be painful if you let it get away from you.

From WildBull on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 11:16:32


Good job last night. It was Hot. Keep using that sock at night! PF can be painful if you let it get away from you.Sorry about the post from yourself above.

From Maria on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 11:27:39

I agree with Bill 150%! PF is a very nasty injury, and people tend to keep running on it, because it starts feeling better after the warmup, but the problem is, it keeps getting worse until you can't run at all! I know you want to build a good base for fall x-c, but you need to start the season healthy and not crippled by PF. Maybe you should consider backing off the mileage now until your foot heals. Just a thought.

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 13:38:58

Maria, and others familiar with PF - do you know if it is aggravated more by pace than by mileage? My intuition tells me the pace is more of a culprit here, especially getting into competitive situations trying to hang in there with "the boys" day after day, but I am not 100% sure.

From Maria on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 14:00:33

Sasha, I can't tell you for sure, because I never had a full blown case of PF - I'm so paranoid that I'm backing off every time I feel anything coming on around my heels or arches. But I've witnessed my coach battling it for months, running on it until it wasn't possible anymore, and eventually opting for cortisone shot (which did help). My guess would be that yes, pace will aggravate PF more than mileage, but if your PF is already inflamed, both are bad. I think the inflammation needs to be brought down first, with icing, Strassbourg sock, Ibuprofen and rest (or at least drastic reduction in mileage), and then a slow build up may be possible.

Wasn't Mike Kirk struggling with PF? Bill also had some issues with it. They may be much more of an expert than I am.

From Ruth on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 15:12:06


From wildbull on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 15:12:28


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At XC today, we ran down to the soccer fields (.35), did 5x100m striders barefoot on the grass, then played a rousing game of Ultimate Frisbee. My team totally owned - 14 to 8!!! (and Jac was on the other team. I think it's a first!) Anyway, I'm guessing I got in about a mile's worth of running during the game, then we ran back to the elem. (DST 57.6) Hoping to get in a run later today, but I'm pretty swamped, so it might not (didn't) happen.

From Mik'L on Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 19:28:35

Good job this week! Check out my new pic cuz you are in it! :)

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Was up at Brian Head for the Choir Council retreat, so got up early and ran around there. There really wasn't anywhere to run for a nice flat easy run like I wanted, so I just tried to pick the uphill trails on the way out so I'd survive the way back. With all the crazy steep dirt hills, and the elevation as it was (crazy - almost 10,000 ft!), times were really really slow (let's not mention them). The cooler weather was definitely refreshing, though. (and I didn't go off and run a 'crazy 8-9 miler' : o ) (DST 62.9)

From The Beast on Sat, Jul 14, 2007 at 17:53:12

Its hard to run when your doing other things but good job to keep running! You guys played Ultimate Frisbee again?

From Fre on Sat, Jul 14, 2007 at 20:39:52

Like JD decker said good job running when you are doing other things. You always make time. COMMITMENT!

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XC practice (20p, 40c), ran similar to the cottondays 10k course, out in Green Springs and back to the elem. My foot felt fine for most of the run, so that was a pleasant surprise. Took it easy for the first couple of miles, then ran w/Holt a bit faster on the way back. Didn't go crazy, but pushed it a bit, avg. 7:34/mi. (DST 68.6)

From j-free on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 00:00:08

Good job today ruth. You and coach turned onto the road in front of me at the end, it suprised because you just apeared there.

From Bill on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 10:24:04

great job getting out. it was very muggy this morning!

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Woke up a bit late, but made it to xc only 10 minutes late (but forgot my watch in my hurry), so got in a warmup and agilities. Then Tortoise fence run, did kinda like yesterday - took it pretty easy on the way out w/ Jeff & Holt, then pushed it hard on the way back by myself (trying to catch up to the guys ahead of me - almost got them by the end :) ). Foot hurt again, probably from dancing barefoot in the rain for an hour yesterday. (DST 73.1)

 As a side note, I have decided to not run two-a-days this week in hopes that my foot will thank me for it by not hurting anymore.

From Mik'L on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 14:23:53

Good job as always. So where do you live? You said I might have passed your house on my Saturday run...I used to live out in that same area of BH. For some reason I had always thought you lived in south BH, but I guess that wouldn't work since they go to Dixie.

From fre on Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 20:03:59

Good runnin' ruth! I tried to keep up with you as much as I could.

From RJ on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 02:57:22

You know... it's not that hard to picture you dancing in the rain for an hour... ... ...it's almost like it's expected of you.

From Mik'L on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 11:44:25

I totally agree with RJ on that one!

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XC (20p, 40c - I really should start increasing, but I'm lazy), ran backwards Dogpound. Started off skipping for a ways, then ran with Baker, Jeffry, Decker, Jordan, Monty, Rob and Ott for the first half mile or so. Then the group kinda split and I went with the slower half, but still my first mile was too fast (7:03). Tried slowing it down a couple of times, but didn't really want to - I was feeling good - but I think yesterday's craziness started hitting me at around mile 2 so that was slower, then at about 3.5 my foot started really hurting which made the last mile not so fun and lots slower than planned, avg. 7:33/mi - hill mile 8:00. (DST 78)

From WildBull on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 15:47:55


Time to back off from training for at least a week. Do cross training. Talk to Dave ASAP. Remember (RICE) RICE = Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.

your injury is slowley getting worse from my observation.

Stretch it at least 5 x a day.

A week of cross training will not slow you down.

You may also need some shoes that have a little more support!

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 18:46:42

I would recommend first all of backing off the pace. You can get huge aerobic benefits at 8:20 pace, and this reduces the risk of injury big time vs 7:00-7:30. Do not run any faster than that even if the rest of the team is pulling away, etc, but run more if you can. Maybe you can use this as an opportunity to nurture and encourage a slower runner that has a hard time keeping up with everybody.

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Warm up (.29 mi, 20p, 40c), then 'easy' Warm Springs 2.5 miler, ran w/ Ally, then Rob and Holt. After, ran down to soccer fields (.35) and did 5x100m barefoot striders w/ 100m jogs between, then ran back to elem. (DST 82.1)

**Bought new shoes!! Mizuno Alchemy 7, I love them so far - let's see how they hold up to a real run tomorrow! 

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Met at the church by Millcreek, ran around it for a warm up (22p, 44c), then drove up to the top of Green Springs and ran all the way back down. Awesome run - shoes helped my foot feel lots better, really fun to run fast downhill and get my legs going. Good times :) 6:33/mi avg. (Alchemy 4.1)

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Went on a way fun trail run up in Heber (there goes another pair of nice clean shoes), saw a couple of deer, got stung by some stinging nettle - yippee - and got lots of stickers in my socks/shoes. Basically had a party! The downhill miles were so steep that they were lots slower than the uphill ones! Foot was about the same as yesterday, painful at the start then better as I ran on it. Really great run - the hiking trail I ran on was so narrow that it felt like I was paving my own sometimes - I loved it! (Alchemy 10.2)

Going to BYU XC camp next week! Party!

From Jon on Sat, Jul 21, 2007 at 17:09:40

I figure shoes feel neglected and not broken-in unless they are dirty!

From wildbull on Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 18:16:05

High altitude training. Breath!!! party at BYU? Right! Have fun. I look forward to seeing you run this year in xc.

From Green on Thu, Jul 26, 2007 at 19:52:06

Hey Ruthie! how's life? Read HP7 yet? I havent, so dont' spoil it! What'd you think of the movie though? I actually liked it, not counting they left out everything important...

From Mik'L on Fri, Jul 27, 2007 at 18:22:34

Hey- how was XC camp? I guess that's where you've been. Is that you brother (Elder Hilton) that came home from a mission? I saw a big sign on the bridge.

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Morning run at my house before I left for camp, out 2.25 mi toward AP loop and back, approx. 8:00/mi avg. (DST 86.6)

Evening run on Provo River Trail at BYU XC camp, 1 mile warmup, then 3.06 mile threshold run to place us in practice groups. Ran a really good workout and it felt awesome - ran a 19:12, 6:16/mi avg! Also ran the fastest threshold run of the girls and was placed in group 4 of 12! : ) (Alchemy 14.2)

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Morning: Supposed to be an easy run on the provo river trail (4.36 miles), but we kind of got carried away, so 7:07/mi avg. w/ 2 'fast' miles sub-7:00. (DST 91)

Afternoon: Ran up Provo canyon 1.5 and back, easy recovery run, 7:40/mi avg. (Alchemy 17.3)

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AM: Trail run (3.89 mi) to Stewart Falls and back, really enjoyed it, saw some great scenery, but had another incident with stinging nettle. Frowny face. 9:37/mi avg. (Alchemy 21.2)

PM: Warmed up .73 mile, then did some speedplay/fartlek at Kiwanis Park. Ran 3 min hard, then 3 min jog, 2 hard, 2 jog and 1 hard, 1 jog. Ran a total of 1.9 miles during speedplay, then ran 1.02 miles cooldown around the park. (DST 94.7)

From Michael on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 17:06:49

Stewart Falls is really nice to see in early June when there is alot of snowmelt - much bigger than now with the snow gone. Yes you have to watch those stinging nettles - they have nailed us a few times when hiking or running, Ive learned to recognize them and their habitat and slow down/watch out for them. I know the route to Stewart has some big groups of them

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Hiked/ran Mt. Timpanogos, took about 2 hours to hike up it, running the flat parts (approx. a half mile), then sat around at Emerald lake for 15 minutes or so, then ran down it, walking on the extraordinarily rocky places to save our ankles. That wasn't too successful - I rolled my ankle pretty hard at one point and narrowly avoided taking a painful spill down the mountain. Good thing it was my invincible one - I just ran it off and it only got a bit swollen and sore later on. Overall an awesome run/hike with some amazing views. Shoes got even dirtier and are only a week old - ha! Take that! (Alchemy 28)

From Michael on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 17:11:43

Me and my son (Alexander AKA Falcon on the blog) hiked Timpanogas a couple weeks ago, went all the way to the top. It was a hike not running, but still it wore us out with elevation gain and it was warm that day. On some days Ive seen up to 50 mountain goats up there. In good snow years Ive had to use an ice ax to get to the top and have glissaded (slide) down the "glacier" above the lake

Question - my son is a good runner, still young but someday would like to send him to running camp. How do you like BYU camp, is it for both boys/girls, what is minimum age and cosst? Thanks

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Morning run - on provo river trail again, meant to be an easy recovery day, but got carried away again, tee hee... First mile was 7:42, then as my legs started feeling more like legs I sped up lots, next miles were 6:58, 6:57 and 6:24! Fun run to end a great XC camp. I learned lots in our clinics and had a great time running with some amazing runners! I am now looking forward to getting more/better sleep in my own bed. (DST 98.8)

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Morning run in Brian Head, I think that I'm getting more used to the altitude, times were lots better than last time that I ran there (2 weeks ago), 8:57/mi avg. Ran with a dog for a mile - it was kinda like chasing me, but running along side - it was actually pretty fun! Really good run yay! (Alchemy 35.1)

My foot this week has been not the best, the days that I've iced it it's felt lots better, so I need to remember to do that after I run. Also, I'm not sure that the stassburg sock is making it any better - it seems to be worse the mornings after I wear it. It is getting slowly better with my new shoes and icing it, so that is very nice.

From James on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 18:22:16

I was on staff for 3 years at BYU Cross Country camp. It was a blast! I worked with My good friend Phil Olsen, Iain Hunter, and Patrick Shane, we had some good times. I have run up Timp. about 7 times, 3 with that camp and the other 4 with Runners Corner friends. You should ask Steve Hooper if he has ever done it. I didn't see that you got in the water fall at Stewart or jumped in the Emerald lake, I am disappointed!

From fre on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 23:38:46

Sounds like BYU was fun. I am excited to see you and hear about the camp.

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XC practice again!! .25 warmup, 40c, 10p and agilites. We ran from the elem around in Green Springs and back, 5.42 miles. My first mile I was having a good time going lots fast, so it was 6:50, tee hee. Then I settled into a more reasonable pace, avg. 7:35. Foot was better for the most part than all of last week, so I'm hoping that by next week or so it'll be pretty much back to normal. In all my time in the balmy weather in Provo, I've gotten soft - I could hardly handle how hot out it was already! Sad day. (DST 104.5)

Later (7pm or so) it started raining, so I decided to go run again just before dinner. I was very angry that it stopped about 3 minutes into my run. But I clocked this loop by my house that I was hoping would be 4, but ended up being 4.72. When I finished, I noticed that my right ankle is a bit swollen and bruised from rolling it last week. Woo hoo. Not the greatest of runs, but all right for it being pretty hilly, windy and muggy. And not rainy. (Angry face.) Avg. 7:45/mi (Alchemy 39.8)

From J-fre on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 17:03:30

Ya but it's a dry heat. haha :)

From amanda lusk on Thu, Aug 02, 2007 at 23:56:02

Hey i tryed to get a blog. I did something but i don't do it all the way. So i am hafe way and now you can help me get the rest of the way. Maybe on Friday night? Keep runnig you are amazing. Amazing LOL

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Ran Warm Springs out-and-back (2.5), out we ran as a team run, so it was quite slow (but fun to flank the road with all us girls :) ), then all my bottled up energy got let loose on the way back and I ran avg. 6:50/mi back to the grass field. Then 6x100m barefoot striders w/100m jogs between. After that we played Ultimate, but the teams were quite uneven (in the other team's favor, sadly) so we totally got pwned. We managed to score once though! Then back to the elem. (DST 107.3)

From Jeff on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 20:27:12

Win some, lose some.

From haley on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 11:22:13

I had fun running the mile back with you from the hills. Your an amazing runner. I wish i was as fast as you!! :)

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Holey bovines it's August already. I won't say it, but s****l is coming way too fast!! Aargh!

I finally increased my pushups/crunches from 20/40 to 22/44 - I'm going to try to make it to 50/100 by increasing by 1 more pushup/2 more crunches per day, we'll see how that goes. Wow, today is a day for tangents... anyway, we warmed up and all, then we ran to the Firestation and did some hills. I did 6 of them: times were 56, 54, 56, 53, 48 and 49 seconds. I haven't done repeat hills since track, so it took a couple to really get into it. On the way back, I ran with Haley and Ashleigh. I got a pretty crazy workout by pulling some extra weight back to the elem! :) (Alchemy 43.6)

It rained again, so I hurried to get out and run in it and, like last time, it stopped 2 minutes into my run. That is not fair. I think that the rain hates me. : ( Other than that, it was a quite nice 5-miler, foot wasn't so happy, but w.t.f., I'm sick of caring about it. I was afraid I'd be sore from hills, but I felt pretty good, 7:35/mi avg. (DST 112.3)

From Jeff on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 13:28:40

The-thing-that-must-not-be-named is getting so close. I love summer to much but this next You-Know-What year will be fun. SENIORS

From Mik'L on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 19:47:02


Why did the Elder Wand belong to Draco Malfoy? I don't get that. And how come you said the ending wasn't perfect? What more did you want?

From Mik'L on Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 22:34:37

Oh ya- I had forgotten about that (end of book 6) and was trying to figure out where in book 7 he had done it. I understood the Snape plan, so it all makes sense now! Yeah- sad about the three you mentioned, but how can you tell the difference between Fred and George? They never really make a big difference between them, except for the ear of course! Isn't it sad it's all over? :(

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(23/46) Wash pkwy '5-miler' ran it mostly w/Jac, 7:41/mi avg, back of left knee hurt, other than that quite a good recovery run and foot was fine. (Alchemy 47.2)

Evening club run, wanted to go 5-6, but my knee was killing me - I went out 2.5 to make my run 5, but I stopped a few times on the way back. Also my guts were heaving lots the last half . Yuk. Basically one of the worst runs that I've ever done. Angry face. Avg. 7:21/mi on the way out, way way slow on the way back, total run avg. 9:02/mi. (DST 117.4)

From wildbull on Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 10:43:39

no problem. consider it a contribution to your college fund! Sorry to hear about how your run kind of fell apart last night. I had to warm up. takes a little more to get the engine going at my age. avg 7:10 pace once things warmed up. when is your first xc meet?

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Iced foot and knee before run, then met up in BH for our friday run, (24/48) ran out toward the strip to 'closet creations' and back. Knee hurt the whole time, foot only hurt for a little while and was good. It wasn't hard at all breathing and muscle wise, so that was a plus. (Always look on the bright side of life - listen to the song! http://www.mwscomp.com/sounds/mp3/brghtsd.mp3) : ) Avg. 7:44/mi. (Alchemy 53.4)

From Green on Sat, Aug 04, 2007 at 21:51:23

Ruth, if that song doesn't say "Ruth Hilton" all over it, I dont know what would:) It definatley cheered me up, and made me not look so longingly at solid food (only 11 days left of mushy food!)

From haley :) on Mon, Aug 06, 2007 at 22:49:16

ooh indoor soccer is awesome. i hope you get better soon. you still are amazing even though your hurting.. way to go!

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Today, I decided that since my knee's been hurting since Thurs. to take a break this weekend. However, I am a complete idiot and played some very intense indoor soccer for an hour and a half with my crazy brothers friends (2 on 3 as well). So this 'rest' day was basically wasted. Ruth = Total Dimwit. I guess I did do a lot of sprinting during the games, so I'll add a mile to my mileage. (DST 118.4)

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AM XC  practice (25, 50), grapevine springs 5-miler. Felt tired for the most part, but an ok run, kept all miles under 8:00. Knee felt good except for last half mile or so.  Avg. 7:43/mi. (Alchemy 58.7)

PM XC practice, DI 1.9- miler to get used to the heat. I was expecting to die, but it was only 100 or so out, so it actually felt pretty good. Watch ran out of batteries, but it took about 14 minutes, so I'm guessing around 7:15 avg. (DST  120.7)

From wildbull on Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 10:52:15

Good run Ruthie. God luck in your meet Thursday. If you see some old short balding guy screaming as you race down the course just use it as motivation to run faster:):)

From Wildbull on Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 12:57:48

yes afirmative. That would be me!

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AM XC practice (26, 52), ran to the Firestation hill, then ran 7 of them: 54, 53, 51, 50, 49, 47, 48. Was happy that most were negative splits, but I wish I'd given it that last bit on the last hill where it went up. Shucks. Overall, good workout on the hills, thought I think I still could push more on the first couple when I'm just getting going on them. (Alchemy 62.6)

PM XC practice, backwards DI loop with extra loopiness to make it 2 miles, legs pretty tired, but an alright run altogether. Heat wasn't bad at all. No watch, but I'm guessing around 7:45/mi avg. Then played indoor soccer for an hour, boy am I exhausted. (DST 124.1)

From Mik'L on Tue, Aug 07, 2007 at 19:46:12

Hey good job. I hear you are lookin good for the season! The Beast said you guys got uniforms today...did you get the new ones or the old? If the new, how are they? I can't wait to see them. What time is the meet on Thursday? At CV right? If I can somehow make it up I will. Good luck! Go get em!

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AM XC, (27, 54 - man it was hard this morning - yuk), then easy Tortoise fence run. I seem to have misplaced my watch, so I ran w/o it, which was probably good so I didn't have the urge to go fast, since my legs were totally sore and tired from all of yesterday's craziness. I think that my knee hurts worst when I have too many hard runs in a row, so I'll try to back off more often so it doesn't kill me anymore. Ran with Jeff for most of it, really nice relaxing recovery run. (Alchemy 67.1)

PM XC, ran to Wells Fargo and back, I was feeling AWESOME and it wasn't too hot out, so I just got into a nice smooth rhythm and just went with it, didn't have my watch still, so I don't know how fast it was, but it felt great. (DST 126.6)

I'm pretty pumped for the race tomorrow, don't want to get my hopes up too high, but I'd like to get around 19:00... maybe get in the 18:00's... but I'll just go and see what happens.

From Ally on Wed, Aug 08, 2007 at 22:16:18

good luck tomorrow ruthie! five bucks says you win

From Jeff on Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 00:32:31

It was nice running with you today. Good luck tomorrow. I don't know anyone who would bet against you on that one Ally!

From The Beast on Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 02:01:52

Good luck tomorrow! You will probably win by a couple of minutes, maybe 5.

From WildBull on Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 11:28:47

Smack them down Ruthie! your going to do well.

From Mik'L on Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 12:28:05

Yeah! I am way excited to be twinners! haha. Too bad we will never see each other in a race as you will be done long before me! Did Kendra show you what we are getting? They are way cute! We have to have them for our big Hobblecreek Half of course! Good luck today- I am trying to talk Clyde into taking me up there to watch!

Race: Canyon View Tri XC Meet (3 Miles) 00:19:29, Place overall: 1
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(AM) Got out and ran a couple loops around the park by my house just to get my legs moving, they were kind of stiff but not awful, felt good to get going in the morning. (Alchemy 68.3)

Kinda sucked that we warmed up early for the race thinking that girls were first, but after warming up the second time (each about a half mile), we ran the race. Course was pretty hard: long grass, windy, soggy grass places and a couple of intense hills, but overall it was a good first race of the season. Was pretty tough, I got worn out faster than I thought I should, but it'll only get better from here on out! Last year's time there was 21:15, whereas this year I ran 1:46 faster, so that was a great improvement. I kind of have a goal to keep all my times at most under 20:00 this season, so this was a good start to that. And my old racing flats definitely need retiring... they are so dead and killed my feet. And I won by lots! Yippee! (DST 127.6)

From Mik'L on Thu, Aug 09, 2007 at 14:33:51

Hey- is the meet at CVHS? Or where? And 6:00 right? I'm not going to miss it if I get there at 6! haha

From Maria on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 04:48:38

Congrats on winnning and running a big improvement from last year! X-country times are hard to compare since courses are so different, but in this case you can truly say it was a big improvement. Good job! Are you racing in x-country spikes or just flats?

From Mik'L on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 11:38:24

Great race Ruthie! You dominated! You looked really strong and you should be happy with that time on that course...it looked really tough. That grass had to be killer to run on. Great start to the season!

Funny note...when I came over by the finish line and gave you a thumbs up and you waved, the lady next to me asked me if you were my daughter! haha I would claim you if I wouldn't have been 8 when you were born!

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XC, (28, 54) at HS finally, grass loop warmup, then Ultimate Frisbee. (Alchemy 68.8)

Evening run, ran pretty easy out on AZ strip for a out-and-back 6-miler, felt good to run by myself and just relax. On way out I felt great, but the way back I was feeling pretty fatigued, probably just leftovers from the hard race yesterday. Avg. 8:08/mi (Alchemy 74.9)

From wildbull on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 12:53:11

good race. you looked strong. tough course and the wind was something else. keep up the good work. good luck in vegas!

Race: Washington County Fair 5k (3.04 Miles) 00:18:42, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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My alarm didn't go off this morning, so I barely made it to the race in time to register and warm up for the race, only got in a .65 mile warm up and didn't get much stretching for my sore muscles. Course was really quite flat and easy, (good thing, too - otherwise I probably would've died) just took off at a reasonable pace and held onto it, mile splits were 6:17, 6:25 and 5:59. Probably could've raced it harder, but it was a good race and fun to win!

Then after the race, I ran the course again w/ Big Willy just for some more mileage. My hammies are very very sore (like they weren't already. ha ha ha). (DST 131.3)

From Mik'L on Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 11:29:27

Wow- good job Ruthie! You are smokin this week!

From The Beast on Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 13:07:34

2 Races in the same week and 2 wins thats sweet!

From Jeff on Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 13:25:51

I agree ^ Great raceing this week!

From Dave Holt on Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 15:58:25

Nice job! Take care of yourself now. Ice and recovery this weekend. Are you still taking off to Vegas Mon and Tues? If so and you run, take it VERY easy (pace wise).

From Christi on Sat, Aug 11, 2007 at 19:16:50

Congrats on 1st place! Awesome! Would you do this race again? I am wishing now that I had ran it...

From wildbull on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 16:03:57

how were the awards. The year I ran it we got ceramic gobblets! congrats on the win!

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XC and such (29, 58), 8 am is way too hot out already. Ran Foremaster, started out with Jeff, then mostly ran by myself the rest of the time.  Felt way sluggish today, legs were so heavy and it took way too much effort to have run avg. 8:05/mi for the run, with most miles either (downhill) 7:30 or (flat/uphill) 8:30. Not so great today, but what the hey - I'M GOING TO VEGAS! (Alchemy 75.4)

From wildbull on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 16:24:44

Hey Ruthie! what does w.t.f., stand for in your last blog?

Just wondering! have fun in Vegas!

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 19:41:07

Ruth - turned out that on top of the USGS server periodic outage, there was a bug in my code. I have now fixed it and the Course Tool is giving you elevations on new courses properly. Let me know if you experience any other problems.

From Ally on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 21:43:44

wtf stands for "whip the fairies"! ok maybe not.

From wildbull on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 11:02:47

I like it. "Whip the fairies!" sounds better!

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    Pretty tired for our run this morning from partying for a long time last night, but Lindsay and I went out for a 5-miler from my cousin's house, just out and back. Since it was just the two of us, I thought I probably shouldn't ditch her, so we ran out approx 9:00/mi pace, then for the last mile and a half, I took off to wake up the other girls a little earlier, so I ran one 6:37 mile and another half mile at about 6:42 pace. Mostly a nice relaxing run, was hoping to do hills since the team did, but Vegas is FLAT, so that wasn't really an option. Avg. 8:25/mi. (DST 136.4)

    Afternoon practice at the HS, ran .5 warmup and 2.9 mile Arctic Circle run. I hadn't eaten any breakfast after running this morning, then when I got back from Vegas at 1 pm or so, I ate lots, so I had a full gut and no energy for the run. YUK. I felt completely horrid for almost all of the run, dehydrated, dizzy, pukey, hot, and lightheaded. No good. 7:32/mi avg. (Alchemy 78.8)


From Mik'L on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 11:30:14

Good luck starting your senior year! You will probably need it since, knowing you, you probably have 7 AP classes or something crazy like that. Enjoy!

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Woke up way too early to go run before school, out to the Stake Center and back. 8:16, 7:55, 7:44 miles. Felt ok, kinda tired. (DST 140.4)

Afternoon practice after school, (30, 60 - yeah!!!) warmed up and talked to Holt morning runs and about goals for the team - we think we can do really well if we can get a few specific people to come out and work hard at it! Yay! Ran reasonably easy Chuck-a-rama 4 miler, way hot, but compared to yesterdays crap-for-crap run it was great. 7:53/mi avg. (Alchemy 83.3)

From Jeff on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 19:07:26

Way too hot today.

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Slow slow easy run to 2450 traffic light and back. Foot bugging me again. Need more sleep. 8:38/mi avg. (DST 143.4)

Took a nice cozy nap after school in Holt's room which felt so good! XC practice (31, 62) in the hot afternoon, ran grass loop warmup, got billions of papers from Holt, have a crap-for-crap headache, ran to Harts for a 1.5 warmup before 4x800m repeats on the grass loop: 2:50, 2:50, 2:48, 2:49. First three were good, I felt really strong and got a good rhythm going, but the last one my legs were pretty tired and were giving on the hill part, so that sucked. Overall, it was a good workout (which was surprising, I wasn't really feeling it today). Then I ran 2 backwards big grass loops for a 1.5 cooldown. It was really weird because I've never run it backwards and it looks and feels really different that way. (Alchemy 88.8)

From Ally on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 16:47:13

you can still sing little purple pansies and think of me

From Jeff on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 21:26:44

Sorry about the headache. Good job on the 8s!

From Mik'L on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 21:31:31

Good job Ruthie! Good luck this weekend. We will be out of town so we can't come, but I know you'll do great!

From The Beast on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 23:21:02

Nice 8's, really fast and consistent!

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Run at the high school w/ the team this morning, Arctic Circle w/ Rob and Holt. Legs pretty tired out, but good overall. A little less than 8:00/mi. (Alchemy 92.3)

Pretty crappy run this afternoon, (32, 64) lunch was later with the assembly schedule today, so my guts were nasty mean for the last 3 miles of the Green Springs 4-miler we did. 8:24/mi avg. Legs still felt drained and it was quite warm yet again. (DST 147.9)

From Wildbull on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 13:27:57

Good luck Saturday Ruthio. If I get done with our team work out, and live! I will come over and cheer you guys on!

From Ally on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 17:15:58

Did you blog this at school

From Mik'L on Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 21:45:11

Oww Oww! (That was like a whistle.) Nice photo. The running shorts TOTALLY go. I've actually pulled something like that under that same choir robe!

Race: Hurricane Invitational XC Meet (3 Miles) 00:18:56, Place overall: 1
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Not the greatest race of all, my legs felt pretty spent the whole time and I didn't feel like I was running well, but I must've done ok at least, because I won! Last year Region was at this course and I PR-ed there, so I was hoping to get a really great time, but I didn't that much. Oh well, there are other races in life that matter more. I was excited, though, that I beat my last year's time at this race of 19:33 by 37 seconds! (Not as phenomenal as last week's improvement, but still good!) (Alchemy  94) (DD spike 3)

From Jeff on Sat, Aug 18, 2007 at 14:14:35

Great job at the race Ruth! Nice work beating your last years time here.

From Mik'L on Sat, Aug 18, 2007 at 16:24:03

Way to go Ruthie! You are amazing as always!

From The Beast on Sat, Aug 18, 2007 at 20:06:53

Real Impressive!

From wildbull on Sat, Aug 18, 2007 at 20:40:16

Good race Ruthie! you did what it took to win! your a great champion. your like a different person when you put on your race face (Relentless)

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Well, this morning I thought we were doing a long run this afternoon, so on our Arctic Circle run, I decided to make it a tempo after the first half mile of going reasonably fast. Avg. min/mi including the 7:20 pace half mile at first for the 3 miler was 6:45. It felt good and I liked running fast in the cool morning lots!! (DST 151.4)

So, after a harder morning run than usual, you can imagine my dismay when after warmup and stretches and such (33, 66 - I almost died doing them today) Holt sent us on the 1.5 mile warmup we do before speed workouts. Ouch. So we did 5x800m repeats on the grass loop. At first I thought, there's no way I can run these fast at all, I'm going to die. Then I decided, what the heck, let's see if I can run better this week than last with me being already tired. So I did! Times were 2:51, 2:47, 2:46, 2:46 and 2:42. My legs were very dead, but that just goes to show ya that when you think you're dead you can still run faster! Bwah ha ha ha ha.... I think I've gone over the edge. Then two more big grass loops for cool down, backwards again!!! (Alchemy 100)

From The Beast on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 23:42:09

You and Zac did REAL well today! Nice job!

From Jeff Fre on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 00:26:08

Your times all got faster and faster! great job.

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Morning: Ran easy AP out-and-back 4-miler, 8:25/mi avg. Good recovery run, legs really worn out. (Alchemy 104)

Afternoon: Suckiest hill workout ever (x5) up Foremaster. Legs still out of juice and knee weak and achy the whole time. Forgot my watch, but tried pushing them, I think I gave all my guts on the last couple. Maybe I'm just a stupid ugly whiner. (DST 157.4)

From Ally on Tue, Aug 21, 2007 at 22:06:42

no you are a smart attractive whiner. :) jk love you. (jk about the whiner part, haha)

From Jeff Fre on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 00:26:47

I agree with Ally.

From Mik'L on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 11:38:25

When I saw the boys coming I knew you wouldn't be far behind so I waited for a minute to whistle at you! ;) Apparantly Ally and Jeff would have done the same! By the way...please don't be a whiner...Holt has enough of those to put up with I'm sure.

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Morning Arctic Circle, I did some yoga last night at YW and I feel much better (at least mentally) than I did yesterday (it was a crap day), so I just had a good relaxing run to loosen up some very tight spots (such as my right upper calf). Avg. 8:13/mi. (Alchemy 107.5)

Afternoon practice, (35, 70 - Jac will pay!), finally a pleasant surprise for our run, (no offense, Holt) expected an AT run, but instead we just went on a nice 4-miler! I think it was the yoga. :)  Legs still pretty dead and calf knotted, but I was surprised that the really hot weather didn't hurt so bad as usual - I think I'm acclimatizing to it finally! Tried picking up the pace a little on the easy spots, did ok... avg. 7:53/mi. (DST 162.1)

From Jeff on Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 22:46:59

Find your inner strength. :)

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Asleep and slow this morning, right calf is still so tight it's hard to run with and left foot was hurting more than usual. Pretty frustrated. Avg. 8:36/mi. (DST 165.1)

Afternoon (36, 72) ran a 'long' run of 5 instead of 7 because it was so freaking hot outside. My legs finally started feeling like legs by about halfway through! I am so excited! The first half I was just trying not to plod and my calf was so knotted still, but the second half I started feeling pretty good and a lot looser than I have since Monday, so I picked it up a bit and ran 7:58/mi avg total for the run. Very happy to finally get in a solid run that actually felt good! (Alchemy 113)

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Got to sleep in all the way 'til 6:15 this morning, ran with the 6:30 crew instead of the 5:30 crew which was a fun change, though it was odd for the sun to be coming up while we ran - I kinda like it more in the total dark. Ran with Holt, my legs are finally feeling mostly good so I got in a solid run, just talking about stuff w/Holt and letting the legs go with the flow. Avg. 7:20/mi. (DST 170.6)

Afternoon practice (37, 74), ran an easy Dogpound with Monty most of the way. I thought Holt said to do it backwards, so I did, but he didn't, so that sucked because I hate it that way. Oh, well. 7:50/mi avg. (Alchemy 117.6) 


Race: SUU XC Invitational (3.05 Miles) 00:20:25, Place overall: 1
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Race up at Bicentennial park in Cedar, the course was basically 3 differently sized loops around a slightly sloped grass/dirt park. Last year it was really short and I got 17:52 there, but they changed it a titch to make it long enough. Wasn't really 'feeling it' during the race, legs pretty tired out, foot bugged me the whole race and knee wasn't all that happy either, especially with some of the sharp turns. Kierstin Blauer stuck on my shoulder almost the whole race which was frustrating, though I pretty thoroughly outkicked her at the end. Ran with spikes for my first time ever in a XC race, so that was interesting. Fun to win! (DST 171.2) (DD spike 6)

One thing I think I learned from this race is to not let someone being close to me freak me out - at first I was panicking over it, but I knew I could beat her so I held her off the whole race - I need to remember that, especially at big races where people will be near me.

Wanted to get in 4 this afternoon/evening to make it to a 50 mile week, but that idea kinda gave way to the idea of recovering more this weekend. 

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Aug 25, 2007 at 15:26:20

Good job. Getting more sleep is a very good goal. Remember that it is the beds that actually make champions, miles just get them ready for bed. When somebody unwanted is following you, surge a bit to see if you can gap her, if that does not work, ease off, let her pass, then draft until she softens up enough to be dropped.

From Jeff on Sat, Aug 25, 2007 at 18:10:19

Athlete of the week!! Good job and good race.

From Michael on Sat, Aug 25, 2007 at 22:53:11

Greeat job, youve got quite a winning streak, keep it up

From Wildbull on Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 16:19:22

Your Super! Keep up the good work. Work on your speed! more then distance! It bothers me when someone is on my tail to. I think sasha is right. pick up the pace and see if they stay with you. you will psych them out and you will not hear them behind you the rest of the race.

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Ran watchless this morning so I wouldn't go crazy fast like I always have the urge to on Monday mornings... was pretty muggy. I saved a toad in the road from getting run over! Foot kinda hurty, but overall a nice run. (DST 174.2)

Afternoon (38, 76), it was actually rather nice out (90 degrees), though a little muggy still. Warmed up on DI loop, then did grass loop pyramid of 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1000, 800 and 600. I think the distances were a bit off on a couple, but what the heck, it's better than running around a track a billion times. Times: 2:00, 2:46, 3:16, 4:38, 3:20, 2:50, 2:10. Knee was feeling a bit achy from the get-go and got steadily worse as we ran, the last 800 was quite hurty, the 600 I almost died and the .5 mile cooldown hurt lots even with a long break after the repeats. Iced lots at home with my handy dandy frozen veggies! We'll see how it feels tomorrow... (Alchemy 124.4)

From Jeff Fre on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 00:01:41

Good job running today. I hope your knee gets feeling better.

From Wildbull on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 10:58:13

good luck in Vegas this next week. your training looks good.

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So basically I suck. And so does my knee. Ran a slow hobbling Arctic circle (8:41/mi) this morning and the warmup this afternoon (39, 78). (DST 177.7) (Alchemy 124.9) But my calves are bigger and more defined than Spencer Finch's, so life doesn't totally suck.

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I'm taking the rest of the week off for my lame-o knee to get better. Not so sure how well that's going since I walked around a ton at the meet today and it is about the same as yesterday.

From Ally on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 00:39:17

Hi ruthie, i'm sorry you have take time off! Its always nice to have a break though, enjoy it! I miss you :'(

From Steve Olsen on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 02:16:25

Ouch! They were twists and if I remember right, there were a few twits there too. Anyway, thanks for the spelling lesson. No excuse, I was just a little tired after 26.2 miles. you know.

From WILDBULL on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 14:13:07


From Mik'L on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 20:16:58


That sucks you are out of commission. Keep off it until coach says it's okay to run. It sucks that I am going to Tuacahn tonight and it is raining if that is any consolation!

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Knee felt a little better today... if only I didn't drive a stickshift (no offense Kermit). I HATE not running, not only do I feel lazy and tired, I'm grumpy!

From Jeff on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 21:24:53

I know exactly how you feel not running!!!! When I found out you weren't racing I knew it must be the hardest thing for you not to run. It is hard but it is the smart thing to do.

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Knee was mostly ok today, just too much walking around at practice made it sorer. Trying to get into some PT I hope. 

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I was so exhausted from this last week that I slept 14 hours straight last night! (6:45 pm - 8:45am) I guess I really needed it.... I've forgotten the last couple of days to put in my pushups and crunches: Thursday - (40, 80) and Friday - (41, 82)! Pretty soon I'll be up to 50/100!

From Christi on Sun, Sep 02, 2007 at 19:03:09

Hey Ruth- Sorry to hear about your knee! But you're doing the right thing taking time off- your body will thank you and you'll still kick booty when you start running again. Good luck!

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Well, I went on an experimental 3-miler (summit light) from my house. (43, 88 - lost track of those...) Knee felt a titch achy on the .5 warmup, but easy enough to run through. About a mile into the run it was feeling pretty hurty and continued the rest of the run. But it does feel ok when I run uphill, so maybe I'll just run uphill the rest of the season. Ice. (Alchemy 128.4)

From Jeff on Tue, Sep 04, 2007 at 00:21:57

Your new pic is the only thing everybody else in your race sees, right!

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This afternoon at practice (44, 88), we did some firestation hills. I don't really know how far or fast I ran since I seem to have misplaced my watch again. (But I'm putting it in as 7 because Decker's blog says that Jeff said it was about 7.5  and I didn't do as many hills.) We ran out to the firestation hill, I ran 7 of them and ran back around the Telegraph way. I've found that I am VERY out of shape after taking time off. Out of breath most of the time, not used to the heat anymore and overall crap-for-crap. (DST 185.2)

My knee still sucks, so I'm just going to run through it and deal with it - I'm going to a physical therapist tomorrow, so I hope that'll help. Also, I talked to our school's athletic trainer and he looked at it and thinks it's some sort of tendinitis in the tendon base of my hamstrings, or something like that. Tendinitis sucks. Icey icey.

From Jeff on Wed, Sep 05, 2007 at 09:27:06

We are having watch troubles! Yours is gone and mine wont stay on.

From Mik'L on Wed, Sep 05, 2007 at 11:38:06

Glad to see you are back at it. I hope you can deal with the pain or better yet, that the pain will go away!

The racing singlets are pretty comfy, so that's good. Where and when are you guys racing this week?

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Morning arctic circle w/ 2x track warmup. Took it reasonably fast - 7:31, 7:29 and 7:05. Knee hurt lots from the get-go and got steadily worse the whole run. Yuk. Angry face. (Alchemy 131.9)

This afternoon, I went to a physical therapist to see what he could do about my knee's issues. He basically said a similar thing as the trainer yesterday - my lower hamstring is inflamed and causing tendinitis there - so he 'therapy-ed' it, did some exercises, massage stuff, stretching and such. He taped my feet and my hamstring and told me to only run until it hurt, then stop, stretch, ice and be done for the day. But he says it's ok to start doing some cross training on a bike, so I'll do that to at least get some aerobic work in. At practice, I ran the warmup and halfway through it was hurting lots already, so I just finished up and didn't do the rest of practice. (45, 90) (DST 185.7)

From Ally on Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 03:50:16

yay for biking! have you heard of a krystal harper from Ogden? apparently she took state last year and her bro is on our xc team, he is really super fast and i think has the fastest 12 yr old marathon record in the US. carazy.

From Wildbull on Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 11:42:58

x training will make you a stronger Runner. Work it! nice pic. this is the angle that your competition see's. :)

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At PT today I got to do the elliptical for .75 miles. Whoopee. Rhett says I can 'beat it up' (referring to my hamstring) at the race on Saturday, so I guess that means I have the OK to race in Vegas!

This evening, I rode my stationary bike for some fartleks. Warmed up 2 miles, then did a fartlek pyramid of 1 min. hard/easy, 1 min., 2, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1 (all of these minutes being hard, then easy of that amount of time). Biked a total of 8.8 (5.4 hard) miles during the workout, then I did a 2 mile cooldown. Knee was pretty good most of the time, had a couple of hurty times - by the end it was getting pretty tired out. I'm just going to not count biking or swimming miles.

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Started out with a little experimental jog around the track until my knee started hurting, so I actually ran a whole whopping .25 miles today. Then biked the Foremaster run (6 miles). And man, those hills give the quads a burn! And I got going SO fast on the way down! Last mile knee was getting pretty sore, so maybe I'll avoid going up that industrial road at the end of the ride next time.

After PT I squeezed in 3 easy miles on the stat. bike before I hurried off to our team night. I don't think my butt will handle sitting on a bike much longer. Ouch! Knee still pretty sore. I'm excited, but kinda scared for the race tomorrow. Goals: 1- Not die 2- Top ten 3- Break 20:00. Cross fingers.

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Well, we were supposed to have a race in Vegas, but the bus died, so that didn't work out, which was very disappointing. Then, I was going to go on a nice, long bike ride, but I decided against it since my butt is getting increasingly sore from our bikes' hard saddles.

So, instead, I went swimming. Man, do I suck at swimming! I did a total of 32 lengths/16 laps for a nice 800 yd. workout doing mostly front crawl w/a little backstroke thrown in. I probably could've done more, but on the last couple laps my knee was getting hurty (wow, it really gets old saying that), so I stopped at 16.

From Wildbull on Mon, Sep 10, 2007 at 12:40:46

Sorry about the bad news about the Bus. Boo. looks like your getting in some good cross training. Stay with that cross training and you will be fine.

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AM - Ran on track until it hurt - 1 lap. Biked backwards Hospital run, got a reasonably ok workout in for once. (DST 186)

PM - (47, 94) Biked backwards Foremaster as a warmup for my repeats this afternoon. At about halfway, knee started acting up and was sore the rest of the way. Drove home and did 3x2 mile repeats (since it takes about the same amount of time to bike that as to run 1 mile) on my stat. bike. Times were 5:50, 5:42 and 5:30. I really felt like this actually gave me a workout and it went pretty well, though the knee was/is still lame-o. And I used some bike shorts this time, so my butt didn't get quite so badly beat up. I biked a total of 21.4 miles today!

From Ally on Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 00:04:56

way to keep working hard through injury!!

From amanda lusk on Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 22:26:37

I hope you are feeling better today. I wanted to remind you to bring the book "The Pirncess Bride" tomorrow. So, I can read it on the bus up to our meet.

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While biking the WF 8 this morning, I almost died a couple of times! I just couldn't see much in the very darkfulness- I barely swerved in time to miss biking straight into a 'road work ahead' sign, then I couldn't tell that the lane of road I was using ended abruptly with a half foot drop to dirt and bushes, so by the time I knew, I was down the drop and into the bushes! And cars are scary! So, I need to be more careful. And get a headlight.

Did elliptical for .4 today at PT. Knee bugging me much this afternoon and I'm feeling quite sickly - eew yuk. No bike this afternoon. Bleh. (48, 96)

From Jeff on Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 19:55:59

Thanks Ruth. Your having some interesting biking adventures!

From Mik'L on Tue, Sep 11, 2007 at 20:30:02

You are just having one problem after another! Get feeling better and bike with a light! (Better yet get that knee feeling better and run!)

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Sick nasty. Lost 5 lbs. Woo-hoo.

From Mik'L on Wed, Sep 12, 2007 at 22:40:21

You don't have 5 lbs to lose! Get better!

From Breanna on Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 11:19:36

Hey Ruth,

I hope you start feeling better,and your knee stops hurting. Are you still going to come to Murray though?

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Still underweight, weak and sick-ish today, but I ditched the last couple minutes of 4th to go see how running felt on the knee - did 2 whole laps on the track and it actually felt mostly normal!!! Then went to some PT and Rhett gave me the ok to start up training again as long as it feels ok. (And no more PT unless it starts sucking again!) I am SO EXCITED!!!! And I get to race tomorrow (at Murray) and the next day (at Provo)! Yippee!!! (Alchemy 132.4)

Race: Murray XC Invitational (3.1 Miles) 00:19:46, Place overall: 13
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Not the greatest of races. Pretty much I'm way out of shape. Knee felt mostly good during the race, so that was a plus, but I don't think I did as well as I could've in some ways. Of course not being able to breathe and not having eaten all that much lately since I'm still trying to shake off a flu probably didn't help matters much. But it's just frustrating knowing that I should've been so much faster had I not had to take all this freaking time off. Argh. (DST 187) (DD spike 9.1)

On the plus side, though, I've found that from all my cycling cross-training I've done, my quads are invincible. Not quite... but they didn't even burn at all pushing up all the hills, it was pretty sweet.

Race: Provo XC Invitational (3.1 Miles) 00:20:45, Place overall: 5
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Legs very stiff today. Ran an extended warmup and stretched lots with the girls, knee was kinda hurty during warmup and stretches before the race. Right at the start knee was bugging me and it niggled at me during the whole race, so I think I let it get to me when I got tired out in the middle portions. (won't happen again!) Also, I don't think I pushed it as hard as I could've, especially the second half of the first mile and first half of the second mile when I kinda lost confidence. My last mile, though, I think I pushed quite well.

After the race, I was pretty frustrated (p.o.ed) and took off to contemplate my suckiness in solitude for a while, then slapped myself and got what positive encouragement I could out of it. Then I ran a really slow mile and a bit cooldown around the block. Knee pretty sore. And legs a lot sore. (Alchemy 134.9) (DD spike 12.2)

From Ally on Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 23:04:30

I'm sorry about your knee and the getting over the flu crap! Don't worry you really don't suck trust me. Good luck with everything, you are crazy running two races in a row!

From wildbull on Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 11:40:07

Small set backs will make you more hungry! Being sick is tough! You still ran two great races.

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AM: 3 on arctic circle mostly easy - 7:35 pace or so, I still feel so out of shape, way sore and sick, so it wasn't the most triumphant morning ac run I've done by any means. knee blah. (DST 190.5)

PM: Grass loop warmup and such, (49, 98 - tomorrow I'll make my goal of 50/100!!!!) DI loop warmup, then pyramid grass-loop workout: 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1000, 800, 600. Had a kinda odd attitude today, which helped me do well on the first couple, but the later middle ones (namely the 1200 and second 1000) were lacking. And felt pukey sick nasty most of the time. Eew. Times: 2:04, 2:54, 3:17, 4:43, 3:21, 2:49 and 2:04. Knee was better than I'd expected, but worse than I'd hoped. Legs are pretty haggard from starting up from almost nothing with 2 races and speedwork, ow. (Alchemy

From Ally on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 05:57:09

Hey ruth you are amazing (of course)! I talked to Golden and told him that you were racing against his sister Krystal Harper. I am sorry you haven't been feeling good. I miss you lots, if you guys are ever at Jeffs you need to give me a jingle! Love you! love ally

From amanda lusk on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 15:30:46

Ruth I am blogging because I am at home sick well you are out running. I feel lazy. Love Amanda

From Jeff Fre on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 16:07:20

I am sorry about the injuries and stuff lately but I know you will get back up there.

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Today I did 50 PUSHUPS!!!! And 100 CRUNCHES!!!! YEAH! Then I ran slow Foremaster run with Annie and Alise. 9:17/mi avg. Felt like I was on the edge of puking the entire run, like something was stuck in my throat and trying to come up. Yuk. (DST 197)

Later, I went and got a massage from April (Bundy? I think?). Steve H. arranged it for me to see if it would help my hamstring/knee issues out. It was amazing how much tighter and out-of-whack my left leg's muscles were compared to my right! I almost died when she was working out some issues in my hamstring and quad, but now - after the fact, it feels so loose and good. If it keeps being an issue she says I can just call her up any Saturday to get a deeper massage to keep fixing it. And she wants to give me a massage the week before State. Wow. Today has been the most relaxing ever.

Goals for tomorrow's race: break 19:00 and WIN!

From Mik'L on Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 20:59:07

Good luck tomorrow! Don't overdo it to fast. I'm way jealous about the massage!

By the way...the Twilight series is SOOOO good and no, you don't have time for it because it consumes your life! Wait till Christmas break or something. You need 1-2 days per book in a row.

Race: Richfield XC Meet (3 Miles) 00:19:09, Place overall: 1
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Ran a nice easy/asleep summit light run to loosen up this morning. Knee felt really good for the first 2 miles, but the last one it was getting sorer - but not horrid at all!! Felt nice to run in the cool morning by myself and just relax. (Alchemy 144.4)

The race was pretty unorganized, first we thought the girls went first, so we warmed up, then they told us boys were first, so we just stretched slow, then they told us we were starting 5 minutes after the boys since it was a one-loop course, so we hurried over to the start w/o finishing stretches. Then some school's boys totally missed their race, so the officials were going to start those boys a minute before all us girls, then when they shot the gun for them, they told us girls to go with them when we weren't expecting it at all and they hadn't told us we were going with the boys - they'd said the exact opposite! So the start was really crappy and late. Weird.

Then the course was pretty crazy! It went out in the dirt desert on some 4-wheeler trails or something, with some intensely steep hills (up and down - ow) and the whole race there was tons of wind (mmm...sand...yummo). The race itself actually went reasonably well, I still think I could've pushed better in a couple of places when I let myself settle and my hamstring almost died on all those hills, but overall not bad. And I won!!! Got one of my two goals for the race, since my time was 19:09. Dern. (DD spike 15.9)

From Mik'L on Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 23:28:10

But so close! Without the crazy start, you probably could have gotten both goals! Good job!

From Paul Petersen on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 10:01:47

Nice job.

I noticed in your side bar that you are looking at some private DIII schools (except Brown, which is DI). Willamette and Haverford in particular are Top 20 XC programs. Nick Symmonds (America's top 800m runner) went to Willamette, so they must know something about developing runner. I went DIII myself, and enjoyed it quite a bit. It is very competitive, but your academics come first. If you're not opposed to the Midwest, check out Calvin College. It's the best DIII XC program in the nation, and excellent academics. Plus you would get to train under Brian Diemer, 3-time Olympian and coolest guy on earth.


From Ruth on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 16:43:08

Paul - I've been looking mostly at going to a DIII school and getting an academic scholarship there. I looked at the site for Calvin and it looks really good - especially they seem to have good academic programs in the areas I'm looking at, so that makes it more of an option. I filled out their internet recruitment form for XC, so we'll soon see if they're interested in me at all. The only problem I see with going there is that I'd have to race in those awkward underwear-looking uniform bottoms! Really, thanks for the info, it's definitely been useful.

From Paul Petersen on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 23:41:26

Ruth - Calvin's scholarships are pretty good. I escaped with a relatively small amount of student loan debt. Of course tuition was less than $15,000/year back then. I can't imagine what it is now.

I can guarantee they will be interested in you. You are the caliber of runner they recruit. And they have a knack for developing talent and turning "ordinary" runners into All Americans (speaking from personal experience). I improved by leaps and bounds every year I was there. The only downshot is the harsh Michigan winters.

From MichelleL on Sat, Sep 22, 2007 at 15:34:36

You get used to the bloomers. If you could get more sleep and keep improving you could walk on almost anywhere. I walked on to BYU and had a wonderful experience. For me, having really fast teammates and a world class coach helped me improve. I was never an All-American, but I blossomed. I look forward to seeing how things go for you! It would be useful if you put the year by your PR's so we can track your progress.

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I was so tired out yesterday that I fell asleep w/o setting my alarm last night! So no morning run for me today.

At practice this afternoon, we did a fun run out to chuck-a-rama with an ice cream stop at Arctic Circle on the way back. Yum! (Though my belly really didn't like running on ice cream in the middle of a run. And they wouldn't refill my cone after I emptied it - darn it!) Ran out kinda quick w/ Holt and Trevor, then I ran slower back as my knee was being pretty sore again. Argh. (Alchemy 149.1)

From amanda on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 21:47:35

I hope your knee starts feeling beter. I will have no problem kicking your sickness out of you. BUT I don't think it would work!! hahaha!!! love amanda

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I got to sleep in 'til 6:15 this morning!!! It was amazing - I got 7 whole hours of sleep!!! Then at practice I did Dogpound AT by myself. It actually went really well and felt good - yay for cool weather! Half mile splits for the AT section were: 3:23, 3:13, 3:01, 3:00, 3:08 and 3:13. So the mile splits were 6:36, 6:01, and 6:21. Looking back on my track season's AT runs, these were actually really good times comparatively - first mile was slow-ish, but my second two are the fastest I've EVER run them! I'm pretty stoked about today's run - it really felt awesome (with the exception of some knee issues on the last mile and half). (DST 201.5)

Ditched the pep assembly to go run before our choir retreat, (50, 100) ran easy AC and boy did it feel awful. Kinda depressing that I felt so crummy after such an amazing morning run, but I think it had a bit to do with being starved and dehydrated. Ran around 8:20 pace. (Alchemy 152.6)

Race: Swiss Days 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:57, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Drove down early from Pine Valley to run the race, I'd gotten a little less than 2 hours of sleep, so during the race I was basically running on pure adrenaline and a cookie. Warmed up with the team a bit over a mile, stretched and lined up for the race - hoping to win it, esp. since they give good prizes for overall winner. My race strategy the whole race was to stay with Erica Schramm (who beat me at this race last year) and out-kick her at the end, however, she was just a titch faster the whole race and increased the gap between us by a slight margin over the course of the race. So she beat me. Dang it.

I did run a good race overall, though, beating last years' time of 19:31 by 34 seconds, so that was satisfying. Also, had I gotten more sleep and been less sore (my right calf esp. has been sore since last Friday) and worn out from yesterday's AT workout, I think I would've done a bit better. Cooled down barefoot a bit less than a mile after racing, then drove back up to Pine Valley - yippee. And that DD spike is not my favorite at all. And my legs are kinda (really) hammered from going from three 10-15 mile weeks in a row to a 40 mile week. (DST 202.8) (DD spike 19)

From amanda on Sat, Sep 22, 2007 at 15:45:34

Ruth you ran great! :) I hope that your right calf will get less sore. amanda

From James on Sun, Sep 23, 2007 at 12:54:31

Maybe I will come down and run that race next year. I'll make a deal with you, I'll take out that Erica Schramm if you take out Logan and Coach Holt!!!

No, just keep it up and you will get that girl next time. Way to take off 34 seconds from last year!

From Mik'L on Sun, Sep 23, 2007 at 13:46:14

Good job Ruthie! Pretty good to only get beat by Erica Schramm...she's pretty speedy. Especially with everything you've been dealing with.

From Ruth on Sun, Sep 23, 2007 at 18:31:30

I was looking at it and she beat me by 78 seconds last year and only by 34 seconds this year, so if I'm here for it next year and improve the same as I did this year, I should beat her by 10 seconds... bwah ha ha ha ha!

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 17:35:15

Ruth - good work. Read this with Coach Holt. To reduce your injuries, and get ready for sub-11:00 3200 next year - remove all speed work right now, and start running 8 miles a day EASY. No faster than 8:00. Do not speed on those, be patient. Do that for two-three months. And make it matter of religious zeal to get to bed on time. Once 8 miles a day becomes too easy, make it 10. The longer you can spend building base, the better. Once 10 miles a day at 7:30 - 8:00 pace starts to feel like you are not even training, start adding tempo work, but still no short intervals. Then get in a race and see what you've got.

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Freaking early AC run (I woke up at 4:37 - that's not natural!), it was actually pretty chilly out today! Finally. Ran an extra warmup around the school trying to find an open door so I could use the potty. I finally found a port-o-john by the tennis courts. Run went ok, the running was mostly good, but the knee hated me lots so that was discouraging. 7:37/mi avg. (Alchemy 156.4)

"Mile" repeats for today's workout, after all the warmup and stuff (50, 100 - I'm going to stay there for the rest of the season) we ran down to the industrial loop and did the less-than-a-mile loop 4x. I died. They went so:

1- 5:13, feeling good, excited to run mile repeats (heaven only knows why), felt really strong and comfortable.

2- 5:16, well I thought I pushed it harder on this one than #1, but apparently not. It was pretty discouraging.

3- 5:23, ouch. How pathetic am I? I swear I pushed just as hard as #2 and harder than #1, yet I still got a totally lame time. Argh.

4- 5:20, this last one probably would've been slower had I not severely needed a potty break, so I got a longer recovery before doing this one, then did it by myself.

Ran back to HS w/ Jac. I'm trying to not let this sucky workout get me down. My knee was pretty lame, esp. at the start of all of the repeats. Overall, I think I pushed really hard on this workout even though the numbers don't really show a great workout. Mark (our HS trainer) said he'd tape my hammy somehow tomorrow to try and make it feel better. We'll see. (DST 208.6)

From Austin on Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 21:57:45

wow!!! you really write about our work outs. IM going to copy your cool little mile break down thing.

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Went out at freaking early again (cold!) and ran to the summit light and back - I really like that run! Concentrated on keeping my shoulders and arms relaxed, esp. on uphills, not favoring my left leg and pushing the second half of all miles. No watch, but it felt fast and good. (DST 211.6)

Mark taped my leg right before practice, so I was a bit late and had to hurry through warmup, stretches and exercises (50,100) and neglected agilities. Went long today out on the river 8-miler, my goal was to keep it around/slightly under 8:00/mi avg. which I managed kinda with an avg. of 8:02/mi. Guys started before us, so it was hard-ish at the beginning with nobody around, then I caught up to Jeff and it was really nice to run with him until he stopped for a drink, then I caught Willy, but he was too chagrined to be caught by a girl and sped up like crazy when I started running with him. Ha! Then I passed some people who had done the 6 miler! Ha again! Really good run today, worked hard keeping the last mile on the industrial road uphill faster - 8:20-ish. I'm not really sure if the tape helped at all, it felt basically the same, but I'm going to leave it on for a day or so and see if anything improves. (Alchemy 164.9)

From JohnK on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 21:52:38

I noticed the list of colleges you're considering and thought I'd suggest you check into Grinnell (in Iowa), my alma mater (class of '83). Don't let the location put you off, it's a wonderful small college in a nice little town, very highly regarded and Grinnell has a huge endowment so lots of financial aid. Track and cross country are really outstanding. The coaches (Will and Evelyn Freeman) arrived at Grinnell a couple years before I graduated so they've been there a while. The women's xc team finished top ten in NCAA Div. III last year.

From amanda on Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 23:20:03

Hey we need a new picture on my blog!?!?

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Did my morning run during the last of 5th and the first of 6th period since I accidentally slept in (until 5:37 ha). So I ran AC at around 10:30am, basically my legs are pretty tired out from yesterday's run - I haven't run 8 miles straight since July 5! "What the X?!" So 8:10/mi avg and my left ball of the foot is still bruised from running Richfield & Swiss Days in the XC spikes. Ouchie. (Alchemy 168.4)

Afternoon run, when I was stretching, I think I stretched my hammy too much and it hurt more on the run. Angry face. AT Dogpound, legs still pretty beat, sore and tired, times weren't horrid, but not as great as last week's - 6:28, 6:21, 6:35. Ran most of it with or around Jeff, he way helped me push on that last mile up the hills. Good workout, though not great. (DST 216.1)

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Accidentally fell asleep on the living room floor and slept there all night 'til 6am so I didn't get in my morning run or finish my homework. I'm all sore from sleeping in odd positions - ouch. This afternoon, we did an easy 4 - running the warmup loop plus 2450 3.5-miler, but it was .25 short, so I ran around to finish up. Avg. 7:45/mi. Felt relatively good. (Alchemy 172.9)

Goals for tomorrow: break 18:50 and win! 

From Mik'L on Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 14:36:38

Good luck today! I wish I could come but I'm at work until 4 today. Get some regular sleep would ya?

From amanda on Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 00:09:56

I hope that you have fun on your date tomorrow!:)

Race: Cedar XC Invitational (3 Miles) 00:18:39, Place overall: 2
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Got up around 5:30 and ran easy easy easy slow 1.55 miles around BH to loosen up. (Alchemy 174.5)

Warming up and such was kind of weird, it took forever to round up all the ladies and get going, so the first 5 minutes of my warmup was just jogging in place waiting for them. Finally, we ran around 3/4 mile or so, stretched, prayed and got to the start. I really feel like I ran a pretty good race today, instead of going out and settling into a pace like normal, I just went out and pushed hard hard and kept pushing the pace the whole first two miles. I almost died the last half mile, but I made it to the finish, ran a good time and legs were satisfactorily dead afterwards. (Though that Spanish Fork girl passed me up, dern.) (DD spike 22)

Cooled down a mile and a quarter or so - first bit w/Annie. I'm pretty happy with today's race, not just how I did, but how the rest of the team did! Almost our whole team PR-ed by a lot, it was really great to see those ladies improving now as it's all coming together as the season's coming to a close. Sweet! And lighting the PV w/ the whole XC team at half time of the Homecoming football game was most excellent, especially the pyrotechnics! (DST 218.1)

From ryan on Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 00:41:26

good job on the race in cedar.you are doing great considering the injury. I grew up in bloomington hills, graduated from PV in 91'. i,m pretty sure that i saw your parents at the meet today. but didn't realize it til later. i thought they looked familiar but couldn't figure it out til later. good luck finish the season strong.

From James on Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 00:42:19

Sweet race! At least you beat your time goal by 11 seconds, and 2nd place at an invite is great!

From Ruthie on Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 00:50:22

Ryan - did you know my oldest brother, Gene Hilton? He was a bit younger than you (class of '94-I think). How do you know my parents - yes, they were there today - were you at the meet for any particular reason?

From ryan on Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 17:24:57

yes i know your brother Gene. we grew up in the same neighborhood of b. hills. i remember talking to him at dixie college after my mission and before his. i have a lot of respect for him and your family. He was a great mt biker(#1 in nation) if i remember and basically gave it up to serve a mission. is he a doctor or dentist now?

i know your parents from living in b. hills. I was at the cc meet because i live in cedar city right across from the highschool. I like to run and watch others run. the cedar boys coach lives in my ward and i am building an addition on his house.

you might know my youngest brother Nick Neumann i think he graduated in 2005 from PV.

From Ruthie on Sat, Sep 29, 2007 at 18:31:05

Gene's a dentist and lives with his wife and 4 boys in Farmington, NM. I kind of know your brother, Nick, but my brother, Tim, knows him more... what connections! - have fun with your running and such!

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I was planning on going long early this morning before our 9am choir rehearsal and all the Homecoming dance activities today, since the guys said we wouldn't be doing anything before 9am. However, they 'surprised' us by waking us up at 6am to go have breakfast (except I was already awake). So, I was kind of (a lot) mad at them. Because the only time I had after that to go run was right before the dance, when I would've liked to have been getting all ready and nice-looking for the dance. Argh.
So I ran a 6-miler then and only had 45 minutes to shower and do my hair and such. Curse inconsiderate boys. However, my run went pretty well and it was perfect out (even at 5pm!), ran really easy (8:30's) at the start to let my tired legs recover from yesterday's race, then picked up the pace a little bit (7:30's) toward the last couple of miles. (Alchemy 180.8)


From Dave Holt on Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 09:44:41

THAT'S dedication!

From Lybi on Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 09:48:36

I agree. Kudos!

From Mik'L on Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 14:27:53

Wow! I agree as well! I bet you still looked amazing! ;) How was the dance? Are you or any other XC crazies coming to our blog party on Friday?

From amanda lusk on Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 20:28:55

I don't know if I am going to run track. I may just do field stuff again. I may be working on getting ready for a marathon.

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AM: It was SO cold out this morning. I almost died. 59 degrees!! I don't even know how to handle the 50s!! That's almost half of what I'm used to... gosh. So, I told myself not to run fast since we were doing 800's this afternoon, but there's something about Monday mornings that just makes me want to go fast. I restrained myself on my first mile (8:07) but then I wanted to catch Coach and Rob, so I ran 7:01 for the next one and stuck with them for the 6:48 last mile. What was that about wanting to go easy? What the heck, it felt good! By the end of the run, I had finally warmed up! But then the showers were cold. Curse them! Good thing I won't have to handle cold public showers again until the track season! (Alchemy 184.3)

PM: Legs were kinda tired from this morning... tee hee. Warm ups and such (50/100), then DI loop warmup for 5x800m repeats:

1- 2:52, I regret to admit that I took this one kinda easy to make sure my others would be faster than it. Then I got stuck in the slower group of guys.
2- 2:45, Pushed this one pretty well, I think I run better as a front runner in some ways, so I was glad to be in the slower group for this one.
3- 2:44, Thank goodness Holt said I would keep my pace good to all the boys - it was just enough of a push to make me keep this hard 3rd one at a good pace.
4 - 2:46, Legs were getting pretty tired out by this one and Willy passed me up on the second half, but I still pushed well and hard.
5- 2:46, Boy did this one feel slow and painful as much as I worked my butt off. And Willy beat me again, shucks.

Did pretty well overall, looking back at other workouts this season, I did better with consistency, though my fastest was 2 seconds slower this time that my fastest earlier. Good workout, though, legs tired out lots as I did the 3/4 mile cooldown. (DST 223.9)

From Jeff on Mon, Oct 01, 2007 at 20:48:42

Good job making time to run and do what you need to, that is really cool. Keep up the good work!

From Mik'L on Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 00:08:58

Of course you guys are invited! It's for all bloggers...do you think I'm running the marathon??? Of course not! See if you can get me a count of how many might be coming so I can plan for food. Thanks!

Is Pre-Region still Wed at SC at 4? I want to try and make it over.

From amanda on Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 19:34:56

You are so cool!!! I think we should have more crazy days like today!!!

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I think I jinxed myself yesterday for sympathizing with Mik'L's plight with her alarm issues, since this morning my alarm ran out of batteries. What luck. So Mom woke me up with barely enough time to get ready for school. Although Holt wouldn't excuse my absence in 6th period (or even a 'way late'... curse him...), I ditched the first 3/4 of it to go on my morning 4-miler then. Dogpound-ed it at a nice medium pace, 7:46/mi avg., legs pretty tired out from yesterday. (Alchemy 188.3)

Legs were still pretty hammered by the time practice rolled around, but I decided to run medium fast again. I started a titch late trying to get a signal, then what-the-heck-ed that idea since I know how far freaking Arctic Circle is. Once I got up to Kalli (.25 mi. into it or so), I convinced her to stick with me almost the whole run; she did an awesome job! On the way back, Ethan joined the party. Total time for AC run was 23:12, so 7:44/mi avg. Hope the legs are less exhausted tomorrow... (DST 227.4)

Goals for Pre-Region tomorrow:
*OWN THEM ALL!! By a couple minutes!!
*Get a PR!!
*Break 18!! (Jeffry, Decker and I are all going to break 18 tomorrow. We decided this on Monday.)

From Jeff on Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 23:52:01

You know it!

Race: Pre-Region @ Snow Canyon (3 Miles) 00:18:29, Place overall: 1
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Argh! Does tying with a PR count as PR-ing?! Because I tied with my PR today and that totally sucks. Especially since I probably could've given it a bit more in the middle. Kierstin Blauer started out the first .5 mi with me, so I just assumed she'd stay kind of close when I started pulling away from her. I kept high-tailing it for the first 1.5 because I thought she was on my tail - which helped me push it - except then some 'shall-stay-unnamed' spectator (curse him) told me she wasn't even in sight behind me and I kind of let up for a bit until I realized what I was doing, but by then I had already succumbed to the tiredness & soreness once which made it easier to do again. Argh. So I think I could've done better and gotten a PR. But I didn't. Phooey. (As a side note - we started out with a 2 mile warmup and it felt so good.) (Alchemy 190.3) (DD spike 25)

From Mik'L on Thu, Oct 04, 2007 at 11:21:00

Sorry I missed you...again! I'm way bummed that I did. I'll try and get there early next week! Good job anyway. Let's see you push it a little more next week through the middle, regardless of who is or isn't around you! You can break 18! See you tomorrow at the party!

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Got to sleep in 'til 6:30! Ran an 'easy' 3.6 miles out to Stake Center and back. Legs way tired out - I ran 8:10/mi avg. and it felt hard. After, I got to have a relaxing morning and had a sit-down breakfast and go to school at 8:15! It was great! (Alchemy 193.9)

Afternoon practice: 40/80 (I'm tapering my pushups and crunches, too!). I thought we were doing hills this afternoon, but instead, we went on a long-ish run. Foremaster, my favorite! Except today it wasn't so favorite. Legs still way juiced out and dead, the intense wind wasn't so nice and just struggling mentally the whole time to keep going. Yuk. I had been having the best day EVER, but this run kinda spoiled it. (8:16/mi avg.) And my lesson right after sucked too. Tomorrow's AT run will be much better, I have decided! (DST 234)

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Dogpound AT run this afternoon. (40/82) My legs were still feeling pretty spent, but I managed to get in a reasonably good workout. AT miles were: 6:18, 6:01 and 7:03 - that last mile was into a nasty, nasty headwind and uphill to boot. Ouch! But the first mile of the AT was my fastest ever - yeah! The knee was pretty lame for the first couple miles, but it got better as the run went on. Now, to get some sleep for the SAT tomorrow. Mmmm. (DST 238.5)

From amanda on Sat, Oct 06, 2007 at 18:34:12

I love you and you are great!!!!

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Met up with Breanna at PVHS this morning for a run. It was SO cold! And windy! I died of hypothermia again. In the dark I ran the warmup loop and that was scary, then we stretched a bit and went on the Green Springs 6-miler. It's kinda funny, we were talking while we ran and we got pretty winded. We usually run with guys, who talk less, so we weren't really used to talking more and it was tiring! So, that made me laugh. Ran a pretty nice pace, mostly just comfortably quick with a little pickup to it esp. on the fun downhill on the way back. 7:37/mi avg. (Alchemy 200.4)

Missed the marathon for the SAT test, but looked at results online - Congrats to all, there were some screamin' fast times!

Go FastRunningBloggers!

From Breanna on Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 14:47:27

Sorry I didn't know where I was going. Hope you made it to your test on time. It was lots of fun to run with you, thanks!

From Brent on Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 18:27:35

Ruthie - "O", nice to meet you, it was great that you gave Michelle's daughter the high 5, on the 9 minute mile. Best to you on all your running goals, Sylvia says nice to meet you also.

B of BS Rools out.

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Chilly out - I finally broke out my winter gear! 'Twas odd to go for such a short run (River Rd. chapel), ran a comfortable 7:41 first mile, then picked it up a titch for a 7:10 for the way back. Legs felt really fresh and nice with the exception of some knee issues after the first 3/4 mi. Today I ran my last morning workout of this season! Thank goodness, since it's getting so freaking cold outside... (Alchemy 202.4)

Had to hurry to be done w/ afternoon practice by 3:45, ran 1200m warmup, then did 3x800m repeats:
1- 2:32 - felt pretty good and fast, this is my fastest time ever on the 800m grass loop, so that was fun to do. But oh, the burn of the lungs!
2- 2:36 - they went downhill (in a bad way) from here, gave it all I had, but didn't get a better time. Yuk. Legs joined the lungs in the burningfulness.
3- 2:39 - really felt like I pushed lots harder and got about the same time as the previous one, but I was pretty disappointed to find out it was slower (again). Holt did notice, however, that this was one second slower than my freshman track PR in the 800m so I have definitely improved a TON since then!
Cooled down 1200m, my calves were so tired and burning and cramping, I was going SO slow. Felt like I got a pretty good workout, the legs-running-out-of-juice and throat-burning feeling of going really fast reminded my of TRACK! (DST 241.5)

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Ran easy around for 23 minutes. Of all days for my watch to run out of batteries, it did today, so I don't know exactly how far we went. I'm guessing around 2.5 miles total since it was a team run with the ladies. We ran the entirety of the school a couple of times and went through the car wash lots! Pretty fun run, legs felt loose and ready to go get 'em tomorrow! (Alchemy 205.4)

Goals: Break 18:00. Win by 2 minutes. ;)

From Jon on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 09:25:27

Go get em!

From Mik'L on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 11:38:23

Good luck today (Wednesday)! I am planning on being there, but you know how my luck goes! Sub 18 and a big win today! (BTW, I like the 3 mile PR x2 over there.)

From Ally on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 19:48:45


From Jon on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 23:29:36

Race report??? We are waiting!

Race: Region @ Snow Canyon (3 Miles) 00:18:22, Place overall: 1
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Basically a lot of mixed feelings today. I really don't feel like I ran as good of a race as I could've, I was totally unfocused during the race and it really felt like a practice, not a race, since I wasn't really racing anyone. I feel happy, kind of, since I'm region champ, but the second time it doesn't feel quite as cool, especially when there's no competition and I didn't run as fast as I'd hoped. Shucks. And it's really disappointing that our team didn't even qualify for State, especially because we were SO close. Dixie scored 37, SC was 41 and we got 42. AAAARRGH! Looks like I'll be starting in the 'loner box' at state again, just like my sophomore year. Woo hoo. (DST 244.5) (DD spike 28)

So, I am a whiner. Time to list the good things about today: I got to sleep in 'til 10:00 am since we had no school today! I'm Region Champ! I PR-ed for the first time all year! Our boys totally OWNED their race! Of the 4 races, 3 individual champions and 3 team champions were from PV! Yeah! Next year our girls will be awesome (our JV team totally crushed the rest)! And mom made me a steak for dinner!

From Jon on Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 23:49:06

Too bad about your team, I know it is funner (er, more fun) to run with a team. But you PR'ed and kicked butt. And not being focused today is fine, since you still won. State is the race that really counts for you!

From Mik'L on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 00:03:23

Good job Ruthie. I was proud of you! You ran a good race and you can't complain about a PR, especially when you are all alone. You looked strong and seem to be racing well. You are ready for state and I know you will do amazing!

From James on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 00:42:16

Way to run today, and congrats! State will be tough to win, but you have a good shot. Get focused and don't take it out too hard with Krystal Harper, run your race though.

I'll see you next week.

From Ally on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 02:11:42

you are awesome ruthie!! your efforts really pay off for you, way to be amazing :)

From Jon on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 09:59:22


We have always had trouble in Logan differentiating between 2 main runs- one is a paved, flat course running along the Logan river and golf course in the middle of town, the other is the dirt trail running along the Logan river at the mouth of Logan canyon. Both were often called the river trail.

This summer, the city of Logan put up planet plaques on the golf course trail (i.e. the sun is at the start, mercury is 10 meters away, jupiter is 600 meters away, neptune is 1609 meters away). We dubbed this run "planet walk" and the other trail is now the only "river trail". Easy to tell apart, now. Cody was confused by this at first, too, until he ran it. Then he understood.

Long answer to a short question.

From Jon on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 10:00:08

I'm upset they didn't put Pluto on the trail, though.

From wildbull on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 17:34:29

Get Ready for State. Every one knew you had region in the bag from the beginning. Now your dream of state is here. go get it! I know you have what it takes.

From Jeff on Thu, Oct 11, 2007 at 18:43:08

Way to go Ruth!

From The Beast on Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 02:00:14

Region Champ.........again!

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Legs were pretty stiff this morning, though after warmup and stretches they felt mostly like legs again. Went on the Foremaster run, ran w/o watch just so I wouldn't be so tempted to push the speed a ton. Started out kinda slow and easy, as my legs felt better along the run, I picked it up a bit. Some knee lame-ness and a sideache later in the run, but overall a good run, probably pretty slow, but it felt reasonably nice I guess. (Alchemy 212)

From amanda on Fri, Oct 12, 2007 at 22:34:12

Hope you don't run so much that your legs fall off!!! Hahahaha

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I didn't know what I was supposed to run today (and spent forever trying to find out yesterday, to no avail), so I just did what we did last week on Friday (AT). Since our hotel is in downtown SLC right by Pioneer Park, I thought it wiser to use the treadmill this morning. However, the treadmill I first used was crap. It shut off randomly during my warmup a couple of times, then after I stretched and started the first .5 easy and did .15 of the AT middle part, it shut off again. Argh! So, the lady using the other one let me use hers, since she was just walking on it anyway. When I got situated on that one, I just started on the AT part at 6:11/mi pace for the first 2 miles, then 6:03/mi pace on the 3rd. Then I cooled down .5 and was finally, thankfully, done. The AT part was pretty hard, especially since my legs were still tired from the race and such. And it seems, from other people's blogs, that we didn't even do AT today, so basically that sucks. And my shoes gave me a blister. (DST 249.2)

From Breanna on Sat, Oct 13, 2007 at 05:54:32

Hey Ruth,

Don't know if you will get this in time, but tomorrow me and the team are going for a run in milcreek. It's a really cool trail. We are running at 8:45. If you would like to join us you can call me at 815 1944 and I should be up by at least 7 but you can call even earlier than that if you need to.

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Got up dreading the treadmill, but saw Bre's comment just in time, so I called her up and she and her dad picked me up from the hotel to run with them and the East high XC team. We went on fun trail run, easy on the way out 8:36/mi avg, and 5x1 minute fartleks on the way back. It was pretty chilly out (thank goodness for Breanna's long sleeve shirt!), sprinkling rain and absolutely beautiful on the trail. The trees surrounding the trail were in full Fall color and it was perfectly damp- not dusty at all, but no slippage either. Great run, thanks Bre for inviting me and thanks Bill for the bagels and hot cocoa after! (Alchemy 219.2)

From Bethany on Sun, Oct 14, 2007 at 17:29:19

I asked my husband who he knows on the blog and he said you are insanely fast. I read through your blog and am impressed, nice running! Good luck at State!

From Wildbull on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 16:58:40

Go for it Ruthie at state. Leave nothing on the field of battle. Pick some parts on the course that you feel you can kick and punch it up a notch. You seem to run better in the lead. Stay close to the first runner. and pick a spot to take it to another gear. No matter what happens I know you will give it your all.

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Mall run with 3x200m fartleks whenever we wanted. I did my first one down on Mall drive by the speed-clocking sign - I got up to 16 mph on it! Then later I did one by the Dinosaur museum and finally did one on the steeper uphill as Riverside drive turns into the industrial road. And I almost died! This old man almost hit me with his car! He never even saw me! Ever! I had to speed up ultra-much and dodge the car and it still was within inches. Curse idiot drivers!! Other than that, it was an ok run, lots of little aches and such that I'll just attribute to pre-state-race nerves. Avg. 7:35/mi. (DST 254.4)

From amanda on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 20:08:54

Well I hope all your aches and pains were just "pre-state-race nerves"!!! Good luck at state. I yell for you until I have no vocie.

From Stacy on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 20:54:34

Hmmm...bad Utah drivers? I've never heard of such a thing. You got through it alive, though, right?

From Bethany on Mon, Oct 15, 2007 at 21:45:49

You should carry a rock like Cody, he uses it as ammo against dumb drivers, dogs, cats, little kids...whatever..:)

Nice on the 16 mph! I bet that gave you a little boost of energy.

From Mik'L on Tue, Oct 16, 2007 at 17:34:34

Glad you are still alive! Good luck at state...no regrets. Nothing else matters...just no regrets! Run til it hurts then go faster!

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Easy loop around South Towne mall with everybody. Took it pretty quick at the start, then slowed up to loosen out and relax later on. Legs feel good and ready to ROCK AND ROLL! (Alchemy 221.5)

From Ally on Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 02:40:09


Race: 4A State Championships (3 Miles) 00:19:28, Place overall: 6
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Here goes the whole report:

Started out with a warm up around the course during the 3A girls' race, staying relaxed and feeling good to mostly thaw from the cold weather. Stretched, hopped around a bit, did some agilities around, stretched more, then just kept warm and ready for the race until the teams started getting up to the start line, then got up there and found that I had 3 other 'loner-box' friends. Got a good position in the box just by being assertive. Ha.

Got a great start! Not insane sprinting, but quick enough to get out and up front right away. Decided to just stick with the leading pack and see what happened, took a position on the inside next to Krystal and just stuck it there. Felt great, legs were just cruising and I got ahead on the uphills a couple of times.

Once we go into the second mile, Krystal started throwing in these surges to loose me, but I just stuck with her and eventually passed her up with a Timp girl barely ahead.  Was still feeling great and strong on the whole 'back stretch' area, then it all kinda fell apart. As it was pretty dern cold out, my legs were cold the whole time, so I couldn't really tell how they were actually feeling. They 'felt good' but as I kept trying to stick on the lead pack as we got into the third mile, they wouldn't give me anything. Pretty frustrating. So I was sticking in fourth behind two Orem girls and the Timp girl, trying to surge to make up the gap, but not achieving much. The last 800m I was working so hard to pick up my pace as I got to the finish and I still got passed by two girls. Argh! Then as I ran the last 50m, I saw the seconds tick away as I missed breaking the school record by .9 sec. To top it all off, my bun fell out and I gouged my arm on a post during the race. Curses. (DST 256.9) (DD spike 31)

As with other races, I am trying to get what positive encouragement I can out of it. So far all I can think of is don't run in the cold, and beat them next time. Next time stuff includes getting more time in the weight room earlier in the season, not getting injured in the peak mileage weeks and (as always) working harder at practice!

From Logan on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 09:48:45

Don't be depressed. You have accomplished much in your high school career. You have many great years of running ahead of you.

From Paul Petersen on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 09:57:19

Believe or not, I never even made it to a state meet in high school -- for either cross and track. It's okay to be disappointed, as the disappointments make the successes and breakthroughs that much better, but your best running is ahead of you.

From Superfly on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 10:27:37

Good job. You've had an amazing high school career so far. You still get to pester Mik'L and Dave with one more track season.

From JohnK on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 11:39:12

Sorry you didn't have the race you wanted but 6th in state sure isn't bad. Thousands of high school runners across the country would love to do so well!

Each race can be useful in moving toward better performances, so try to find something positive in this race, something you can take from it, to help you in the future. And definitely this xc season will provide big benefits from track next spring.

From Breanna on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 12:12:04

There was a good picture of you during the race on deseretnews.com. It was pic number 10.

From Wildbull on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:19:36

Great job Ruth. you are amazing. you did better then last year! That being said. stay hungry and remember true champions like you always feel they can do better!

From amanda on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:33:36

You did a great job!!!

From Dustin on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:40:10

Great job! be pleased with all you have accomplished so far!

From James on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 13:52:08

Great job on Academic Allstate! I was the one that got up in your face with a 1/2 mile to go and told you to get those two Mt. View girls. You did good for being in a crazy race. Academic Allstate is a great accomplishment too, and will benefit your life more than a top 3 place would have.

From Mik'L on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 14:30:46

Ruthie! I am so proud of you. I was seriously going nutso yesterday trying to find out how you did (either you or Holt has GOT to get a cell phone!). James finally posted a link to the results and I was so proud of you, although I knew you weren't going to be happy with it. I'll be waiting for the rest of your post to hear all about it. You are still amazing! And as Clyde said above, you have another track season that I'm very excited for (not the pestering part though). Congrats on Academic All State too. That is something to be proud of. BTW, I kept my copy of the article on you if you want it.

From Bethany on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 19:08:05

Loved your play by play report. Way to go! I have always admired a go get em attitude like yours.

From Jeff on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 19:53:55

Sorry you didn't do as good as you wanted to but you still did awesome! It's cool how you learn from everything and you look at the positive. Also good job at Academic All State. Getting in the weight room more is something I want to do too, it's one major thing that I want to do this winter.

From Jon on Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 16:09:26

Good job, Ruthie! Keep training and go kick everyone's butts in track!

From ryan on Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 21:46:01

good job on your race. i would have loved to be a top 10 runner at state. keep your head up.

From MichelleL on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 10:50:32

Hi Ruthie,

Boy when I met you in St. George I had no idea you were one of the best runners in the state! Congratulations on your fine race. You went for the win and you'll never have to wonder if you had given more in this race, could you have placed better because you raced it! I agree that your running career is just beginning and if you can learn from each race, you will excel even more in the years ahead.

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Wasn't sure I really wanted to run today, finally decided to go out on a fun run to remind me that I don't just run to win races, I like running. So I drove out onto the AZ strip and ran around in the desert for a while. Found a couple of trails, mostly just made my own. I think I happened to pick a trail that went up the highest hill out there, so my already dead legs were very mad at me until I got to the top where there was the most awesome view of St. George and the surrounding mountains and plateaus. Found some freakishly loose sand with my feet a couple of times, so I'll be feeling sand in my toes whenever I wear those shoes for a few weeks. I didn't know you could step in sand up to your shin, but now I do. Ha. Slow slow, 9:00/mi avg. pace. (Alchemy 225.6)

From amanda on Sun, Oct 21, 2007 at 23:59:55

Sadies was way fun. The only think that would have made it funner was if you had come. About pictures we took them at Dixie Rock and for some of them I did stand on a rock, so I didn't look so small next to Mitch. Hope your trip was fun!!!

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Ran in Farmington, NM. Felt the elevation (5,300) a bit. Thought I forgot my watch, so went on a 2.1 mile loop by my brother's house twice. Slow easy first loop, then picked it up on the second one. Knee feeling questionable. (DST 261.1)

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Took a day off and partied with my nephews. I realize that I really don't like taking a day off - I felt fat and lazy. Except sleeping in (at least a little) felt pretty good.

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Time to build up mileage again! Woo hoo! Ran a relatively fast Foremaster, first 1.5 w/Holt, so those were kinda speedy and the slight downhill across the top of Foremaster is almost always pretty quick. For the most part, the run felt really good - I think it's the first solid long run I've gotten in since I got injured, so that was refreshing. 7:45/mi avg. After the run, I lifted for the first time since the beginning of April. Ouch. 3x11 of everything: leg extensions (7), leg curls (9), lateral pulldown (3), bench press (50), squats (75), abs/back (5) and calf press - middle/inside/outside (90). Boy, am I going to be sore tomorrow. (Alchemy 232.5)

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Ow. My legs are so sore. And my arms. And abs. But mostly my legs. As much as I'm glad in the way that this means I'm getting stronger, I don't like it. Nope nope. Accidentally left my watch home, which was probably good so I wouldn't be so depressed how slow my run was. Ran Green Springs 5-miler, hoped that legs would loosen up a bit after a couple miles, but no such luck. (DST 266.6)

From Mik'L on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 20:50:57

Yeah, I bet it was like 8 minute pace! How embarrassing! jk. Good job getting back in the weight room. Keep it up strong woman (and then you will be able to win EVERY event at the team decathlon!)

From sarah on Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 21:04:16

I never got to tell you how delightful it was to meet you when we came to St. George. Thanks for coming to the party.

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Legs and abs are still SO sore. I'm not sure how much more of walking like an old woman I can handle. Out and back 6-miler in Washington (to first reflector post after the Wash. Pkwy left turn) ran the first couple of miles kinda quick (7:00-7:10ish) right behind Jeffry, Decker and Willy until they turned around at 1.6 mi. Tried keeping the pace around 7:30/mi the rest of the time, though legs were really protesting on the fourth and fifth miles which dropped to almost 8:00/mi. Avg. 7:38/mi. (Alchemy 239) Sandy toes!

Afterward, I picked up my St. George Running Center singlet and matching shorts, so now I can road race in style!!

From amanda on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 21:55:00

I though you were not going to run with you watch today?

From amanda on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 21:56:27

What would you change my picture to?

From Mik'L on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 22:06:35

ooohhh! Now you are gonna be cute! You aren't racing this weekend are you?

From Jeff on Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 23:14:25

You know what they say, Pain is weakness leaving the body...or something like that. :)

From amanda on Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 22:12:26

I like the picture!!!!!

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Staheli Hill run w/ Holt (and Fre on the first half). The way out sure as heck felt fast, though I didn't have my watch (but Holt did - 6:44, 7:12, 6:59, 7:05, 7:32 and .3 at 7:30 pace), then after the Staheli hill and the industrial uphills on the way back I felt like my legs were barely moving for how much they were hurting. I feel like my legs are going to be sore for the rest of my life! They were starting to feel a little better today, but then I lifted again. What kind of a masochist am I? Upped a couple of weights and still did 3x11 of everything: LE (7), LC (10), LatP (3), Bench (55), Squats (80) and abs/back (5). Avg. 7:08/mi on run. (DST 272.4)

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To summit light and back 3-miler this morning and my legs are - yet again - freakishly sore. They feel like they've gone through a rock tumbler repeatedly. With very large rocks. Ran pretty easy but kept it (mostly) from plodding. I am so tired. So I took a nap in journalism class. And physics. Yay! (DST 275.4)

7.2 miles, connected a few runs to do something slightly new - ran out toward green springs, up around on fairway drive/quail ridge drive back down and out up the firestation hill and back down into washington, then back to the high school the dogpound way. It was a pretty good run, uphill at the start and end with a lot of downhill in the middle (with the exception of the firestation hill), ran it pretty easy and my legs actually felt kinda like legs during the run for the first time since Monday! Avg. 7:58/mi. (Alchemy 246.7)

From Mik'L on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 19:57:33

I ran in to the Michelles today (Green and Judd). I guess Judd has been running, she says she's up to 7 miles and want to run a half. You'll have to get her on the blog. Good luck with your test tomorrow (or whatever it is!).

From Brent on Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 21:39:06

Ruthie O, the MJ of running. Nice picture.

From Ruthie on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 00:25:45


From Brent on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 13:46:19

MJ, Michael Jordan, he often had his tongue handing out when he dunked the basket ball.

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Took the ACT this morning. Boy am I glad that I'll NEVER have to take that again!  The frustrating thing is if it wasn't timed I could totally ace it. I probably could even if I got another 5 minutes a section! Argh!

After all that frustration, I took it out on a nice long-er run and randomly decided to run with my brother's iPod, which I've never done before, so that was interesting. I'm not sure if I like running with music. One of the nice things about going for a run is the time to think and relax mentally and with music you don't really get that. But I think if I'm doing a speed workout by myself it could be nice because it would help take the mind off how hard you're breathing and how much your legs burn.

Went on the Bloomington loop 8-miler, wanted to run faster than yesterday's 7-miler and ended up averaging barely faster than Wednesday's 6-miler. Felt pretty good for the most part, legs are getting back to normal (less sore) which is really nice. And as I finished my run, I realized that the chalk arrows were from the "Save-a-sister" run this morning. Ha. That would've been much more fun that what I did this morning. 7:24, 7:52, 7:34, 7:24, 7:47, 7:48, 7:40, 7:26 - avg. 7:37/mi. (Alchemy 254.8)


From James on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 17:38:05

That is one long tongue! ACT is always a good thing to get out of the way. I am not into running with music either. I like conversation and time to think and relax when I am running, so I understand.

From Mik'L on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 21:01:26

I'm glad you got the testing out of the way so it doesn't interfere with track! (Right?) Although you would have won either race this morning. Unless you need to be pumped up, sometimes it's just nice to have background music on the run. Maybe you had it up too loud. :)

From Jeff on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 21:23:26

I wanted to run "save a sister" too but didn't get registered. I kind of knew about it but then forgot and then the newspaper did a thing on it but the deadline was passed already.

From Jeff on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 21:24:48

I like the pic! It is funny; you got the tongue, the girl behind you is smiling and the 3rd girl looks kind of dead.

From Ruthie on Sat, Oct 27, 2007 at 21:36:00

I've only stuck my tongue out twice in a race EVER! The other time was at state track my freshman year in the 800m leg of the medley relay. I stuck it out right at the coaches - I think they were mad at me for it. This time Ross was just right there with his camera and I couldn't resist.... :p

From Maria on Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 08:00:08

Congrats on getting ACT out of the way! Is it harder than SAT? I see colleges now accepting either ACT or SAT, and just couple years ago, it was mostly SAT. Seems like ACT is gaining ground. My daughter took SAT in 7th grade as part of her Center for Talented Youth program - didn't do too well, naturally (except for writing). The whole thing was 4 hours long! Is ACT just as long?

From amanda on Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 20:34:31

I like the new picture!!!

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Really wanted to get in a good run today, since I won't get a very quality run in tomorrow since I'm donating blood, and I got a great one! Ran Hopsital run with Jeff, I started out thinking of going kinda easy, but he was feeling good and I just kept up with him for the most part, especially down River Road my knee was bugging me, so I kinda wanted to slow down, but wanted to stick with Jeff, so I kept up. After all the downhill I was finally started to feel good, managed to keep the mile with the Foremaster hill at 7:37 total, and that was awesome. Felt great the rest of the run, pushed the industrial uphill at the end really well, with 7:32 then 6:58 for those miles (had to run .25 extra once I got to the HS to get the run up to 7 miles). Avg. 7:19/mi. (DST 282.9)

Weights after, all same as on Thursday - 3x11 of all: LE (7), LC (10), LatP (3), Bench (55), Squats (80) and abs/back (5). Felt good 'cause I'm not sore anymore!!!

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Realized at 1:00 last night/this morning (because my parents are out of town and my idiot brother was having a party with his college friends 'til way past then and I couldn't get to sleep) that I could get a run in this morning, before I donated blood, so I could feel better about only running a little this evening. Went on the AP 5-miler, legs were tired from yesterday, knee sore a bit in miles 1-2 and 4, didn't take it really easy, but avg. pace was 8:02/mi, so I definitely wasn't going fast either. (Alchemy 260)

Ran from church to stake center for broom hockey, then after, ran home. Felt mostly good, probably since I ran it pretty easy and it was short. A bit of lightheaded-ness going up steep uphills. (DST 286.9)

From Mik'L on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 10:30:36

Hey- thanks for saying hi this morning. I saw "Kermit" was already parked when I was leaving the track this morning.

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Wow. What a crappy run. Although I hate to make excuses, I think yesterday's loss of blood was the main culprit, combined with dehydration. Since I felt fine physically all day, I just assumed (bad plan) that I would be up to a hard run today. I definitely wasn't. 

Ran Dogpound AT (or at least attempted to), warmed up grass loop, then .5 on the run, then got into the AT part. From the get-go my legs just felt leaden and burning like they do in hard sprints, like there was only fermentation and no respiration going on in my muscles. Ouch. Pushed through it for the two downhill miles (6:37, 6:33), legs got less and less responsive and more and more hurty as I went. Then as I started going up the hills by Dogpound, my vision started getting black around the edges and I was panting and pushing and going about 7:30 pace, so I decided passing out was a bad plan and stopped for a second, then took it way easy for the last 1.5 of the run. Even going slow, it was really hard. Argh! Still, I am already hating myself for not finishing the workout. What an idiot whiner I am. (DST 287.4)

From Tom on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 18:53:47

Ruth I think you are exactly right about the blood donation and your bad run today. I learned my lesson 2 years when I gave blood 2 days before a 10K race and had an absolutely horrible race. In my experience it has taken me 4-6 weeks to get back to my pre-blood-donation fitness level after giving blood. I've had numerous other runners tell me similar experiences. Of course donating blood is a great thing for a person to do so I hate to discourage anyone, but in my case I avoid doing it anytime close to an important race.

From Ruthie on Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 19:57:53

I hope that the adverse effects wear off before Nike Ntls. and Footlocker West Rgnls! (Nov. 17 and Dec. 1)

From Jeff on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 01:15:33

I'm not a doctor, but I think passing out is bad.

From JohnK on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 08:28:16

I've donated blood several times and have always felt back to normal within 10 days to two weeks. So given your race schedule I hope the same will be true in your case!

From Maria on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 14:19:48

While it is true that it takes about 6 weeks for the body to replenish blood cells lost through donation, I don't think your fitness suffers for that long. I always felt physically fine after donating, but I did feel a bit tired the next day or two, and only ran easy. Good call to stop the AT run! I suggest running easy until you feel absolutely fine, then try some workouts. You should be fine within a week. Remember to hydrate and eat well, too.

From Cal on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 14:44:45

I ran a Marathon PR once after donating blood 10 days earlier. Of course I always wonder what my time could have been if I hadn't donated...

But I always feel drained the next day. (sometimes 2)

From amanda on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 20:32:00

Hope you don't kill over on your thursday night run!!!!

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Right after school I ran .5 to warmup a bit before lifting. Did 3x11: LE (7), LC (10), LatP (4*), Bench (55), Squat (80), Abs/back (5). *upped by one on LatP today.

Went with the club tonight, wanted to get at least 6 in and if I was feeling good I wanted to go further. Didn't feel the greatest. We went out on a pretty fun trail, I'd like to go on it sometime when I'm normal, anyway, I went out about 2.75 then I was feeling pretty crappy again, so after we paused, I split from the guys and took the Chuckwalla trail back and around through the neighborhoods to the store. Total of 6.5 miles, avg. 8:45/mi. (Alchemy 267)

From Jeff on Thu, Nov 01, 2007 at 21:22:31

Thanks for telling me to come to the club run. It was a lot of fun. Good job even when you don't have all your blood :)

From Ally on Fri, Nov 02, 2007 at 15:38:54

hey i heard you and manda gave blood and are feelin it. i dont think our team is rated very high at regionals so i think we are here to run just more for the experience. anyway seems like you are still running good! love you too!!

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I think I'm starting to feel closer to normal! Yay! Pretty sore legs and arms, though. Ran the standby industrial rd. out-and-back run from my house at 7:30pm. Got some major negative split action, and avg. 7:52/mi. (DST 294.4)

Good luck to our Olympic Trials Marathoners tomorrow!

From amanda on Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 18:01:08

My mom can be your mom if your mom cen be my mom. You know your mom acted like my mom at the XC banquet.

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Went out this afternoon on my Washington Fields 8-miler. I remember now why I don't do that run very often - it's basically a big square and it's SO boring! Felt pretty tired out from yesterday, but wanted to still get in an ok run, so I pushed it, then esp. hard on the last two miles - overall 7:51/mi avg. I can tell these shoes are starting to wear down - my foot hurts. (Alchemy 275)

From amanda on Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 22:59:59

Today is my half brithday.

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Great run today! I love Monday runs, I always feel so fresh and happy...yay! And I think I've finally gotten over the blood donation for the most part - it's been cool, the last few runs have felt almost the same effort, but they've gotten consistently faster. I'm glad to be getting over it - feeling like passing out in what should be a good run is not fun.

Today we did the Washington Pkwy 8-miler. I think my watch has issues because Holt's got the run as .2 longer than mine did. Probably because it's old and outdated...I'll go with Holt's watch's distance - especially because my run felt a lot more like 7:28/mi pace for 8.2 miles than 7:40/mi pace for 8 miles. Usually the hill up the overpass kills me, but today, I had this mantra of "float down the downhill" as I ran up the hills which really helped. I imagined that the ground was sloping down, not up, that my burning legs were my imagination and leaned forward and went with the 'downhill flow' - kind of odd, but whatever works...? And today I beat Zac for the first time in forever! The only crapfulness about today's run was the ball of the left foot was killing me for the downhills of the run. (DST 303.1)

After I lifted, 3x11: LE (7), LC (10), Bench (55), LatP (4), Squats (85*), Abs/back (7.5*). Upped by 2.5 on each side on Squat and by 2.5 on abs/back. Bench is starting to get easier - next week I think I'll up it. Boy, was I long winded today...

From amanda on Mon, Nov 05, 2007 at 20:16:14

I love Monday runs too and I feel like I has more blood or that my body as replenished my red blood cells. Ruth I think you are beautiful. I just thought you should know that.

From Jeff on Tue, Nov 06, 2007 at 00:31:33

No me gusta Mondays. Good job today!

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Legs pretty sore from yesterday's lifting and fast run. Went easy 7 with no watch- wanted to run Green Springs, so I did, then ran a mile on the track when I finished. Feeling a bit looser now. Hope I'll be feeling up to a great AT tomorrow!! (Alchemy 282.5)

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Eew. Felt so crappy on the run today. Foremaster: went easy the first 2 miles until the top of the ridge, then AT 4 miles back to the HS. I think next time I do that run w/AT in it I'll start a mile earlier - even though I'll have to run up the ridge during the AT, it won't be worse than running up the industrial road mile when I'm already tired. I'm not even sure I should count the last mile of AT as a 'fast mile' since it was SO slow. :`-(  I was aiming at middling to low 6's for the AT part of the run. Ha. They were: 6:31- feeling good and flowing down the top of the ridge; 6:32 - still going down, hammered down the ridge, feeling ok still; 7:00 - ouch, legs getting really tired out and a false sense of fastness came from passing a couple of people on this flat stretch; 7:29 - pouty face! my legs and lungs were burning SO much and I still ran so slow. argh. After I ran big grass loop to cool down and it was so slow, too. Legs still stiff and tired out. Arch hurts. (DST 310.5)

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Ditched 6th period and went on the river run, took it easy, legs pretty tired-out and dead feeling. Had to dodge some construction equipment and run through some crazy dirt and mud where the trail used to be... avg. 8:16/mi. (Alchemy 290.5)

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Sleep deprivation is killing me already and my legs are stiffer than they've been in a long time from 8-ish hours in a car (to and from the semi-final football game in SLC - it was worth it, we won!) and the sleep that I did mange to get wasn't very restful. Also took a long nap under Holt's desk during 4th period instead of going to our dress rehearsal for tomorrow's concert that I'll be missing. Very groggy and stiff on the run. My left hamstring was really stiff, so I decided to go really easy again, esp. at the start as to not aggravate the issues it had earlier this year. It was still kinda sore throughout the run, but hopefully it'll continue to loosen up. Went out Green Springs then looped through the desert to Middleton and back to the HS. Avg. 8:35/mi. (Alchemy 300)

From Mik'L on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 20:06:28

You sure talk about ditching a lot! haha And sleeping under Holt's desk??? Kinda strange. That is awesome PV won and made it to the finals! When is the big game?

From amanda on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 20:17:38

I want to go up to state football next week. It soumds fun. I don't know what day i am going to go up. Jeff say that he wants to going to go with us!!!

From Ruthie on Fri, Nov 09, 2007 at 20:27:26

It's because I ditch a lot!!! ;) About sleeping under the desk- Holt's class was in the computer lab and I didn't want people to see me sleeping and harass me for it if they came in looking for Holt. So I hid. :)

At 11am on Friday- I hope to go, but I'm missing Mon-Wed for some college visits, so I might not be able to miss Friday too.

From Mik'L on Sat, Nov 10, 2007 at 00:05:52

Enjoy your college visits...where are you going?

From Ruthie on Sat, Nov 10, 2007 at 00:44:56

Haverford (Philadelphia, PA), MIT (Boston, MA) and Calvin (Grand Rapids, MI)

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Today was our 12-hour run-a-thon fundraiser for cross country!! Got up way early and finished packing my bags, then went to the track. Ran a total of 7 miles around the track: Ran 2 during our first shift, they were ok - probably around 6:00 and 6:20, though my legs were so stiff and cold and my hamstring/groin was still really tight, warmed up and cooled down on a grass loop for the second mile. During other shifts, I ran a mile with Sandra and a mile with Kaylee - around 7-8/mi each. On our team's second shift I hurried and got in 2 more miles, the first Holt ran with me and helped me run a 5:34, then ran a 6:08 on my second one. Mostly, my legs are just really worn down and it feels like they haven't recovered from Wed's AT run yet. I think it's from lack of sleep. Ouch. Feet were also quite hurty - I think I'll get new shoes sometime soon. (DST 317.5)

Now I'm in Vegas waiting for our delayed flight (instead of 8:14pm, 11:52pm!) to Baltimore for the beginning of my whirlwind tour of Haverford, MIT and Calvin!

From Mik'L on Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 00:02:28

Well hi! I'm just over at the Monte Carlo. You can come sleep on my floor if you get stuck here. ;)

BTW, I heard you crashed our Stake Track Meet!

From Ruthie on Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 00:23:47

YES WAY! (though I didn't get to pwn anyone in any races....) :-)

From James on Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 00:38:00

I still get a kick out of that tongue! I used to stick my tongue out in running and basketball and people always said I just did it to copy Michael Jordan. I never cared for MJ though, so I pulled it in a and now people are telling me I look like Billy Mills. My tongue is only about half as long as yours, I am pretty sure I can't lick the bottom of my chin like that.

From JohnK on Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 06:55:48

You'll like Haverford, a wonderful school. I don't know Coach Rizzo but have met and interviewed men's coach Tom Donnally (for a feature in Running Times I wrote on Haverford sub-4:00 miler Karl Paranya) and he's a great guy. So I'm pretty sure the women's program is excellent as well. And Haverford's academics are outstanding. Being just outside Philly would be nice, I should think.

From amanda on Sun, Nov 11, 2007 at 17:22:56

Good luck on your trip! :-)

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Morning run from my sister Mary's house in Baltimore easy 4 miler, 8:20-ish pace. So COLD and raining! (Alchemy 304) Afternoon run with Haverford team, looped on the nature trail twice (5 mi.) first one was slow and easy, then I took off on the second one. (DST 322.5) Lifted after.

I spent most of today at Haverford, meeting coach, professors and team and touring the campus. My thoughts on Haverford: It has the most beautiful campus I've ever seen - 211 acres of arboretum and old classic buildings with their own duck pond and nature trail. The student body is around 1100 and they have a really great group of professors. However, most of the team and students that I met were kinda rude, snooty and loose - I mean morals-wise. I mean, I wasn't expecting them to have values like people here, but I thought that they'd at least have some scruples... but nope. It kinda put me off toward them. We'll see...

From amanda on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 20:53:53

You got to ran with the Haverfords team. No way that is so so cool!!!

From Mik'L on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 23:13:38


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Bridge loop once in Boston around Charles River. 4x200m fartleks at the end of each mile 2-5. Felt really good, though legs pretty sore from lifting yesterday. And the stairs hurt a lot. But it was perfect fall weather and a really beautiful run on the river trail. (Alchemy 310.31)

Spent today visiting MIT, stayed the night with a girl on the team, went to the info session, a math class, on a campus tour and met coach Taylor. My thoughts on MIT: So many serious people! Also, in talking to team members and coach, there'd be no way for me to do well at school, run and be in any choirs because of the huge amount of homework that students are assigned. As much as I'd love to go to such an amazing university, if I really 'need' that kind of prestige, I can go somewhere huge for grad school later. The people there were all really intense and nerdy. As much as I'm a nerd, I don't think I'd enjoy that kind of nerdy-ness  24/7 for 4 years. Met asst. coach Mark Coogan and liked him, but didn't really like coach Talyor. Pushy.

From amanda on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 23:39:22

Maybe one day I'll run in Boston. hahaha Hope you are having fun on your trip!!!

From Maria on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 09:15:42

Ruthie, I hope you come back and share your thoughts! I'm especially interested in Haverford and MIT. Haverford just looks like an awesome school, I'm so bummed they don't have swimming program since I'm hoping my daughter can swim division 3. Maybe they will start it in three years :).

From marciej on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 11:22:05

Hi Ruthie,

Im new to the blog but live in SG as well. I think its so cool that you are going to be running in college and being recruited by good schools.Congrats on being Region Champ Your blog is fun to read! P.S I run with Cheri Stevenson, she said she taught you in middle school and that you are outstanding runner.Im trying to get her to join the blog.


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Ran out and back from the dorm I stayed in, surprised it wasn't as cold as I thought it would be though it was randomly gusty and I froze then. Avg. 7:23/mi pace, felt really easy and nice! (DST 326.8)

Spent today at Calvin! A student picked my mom and me at the airport and at the end, she dropped us off, it was so nice. Stayed the night with a girl on the team there - it was so fun, we talked and partied until about 2 am, ha!  They gave me an itinerary for the day which was so easy  and I really liked most all of the stuff I did there. I ate meals in their cafeteria (not bad, surprisingly), met a couple professors, got a tour, met some admissions and financial aid persons, and the team and coaches. Everyone was so friendly and I really liked it there. Overall, of the 3 colleges I visited, I think Calvin was a lot better fit for me than the others.

From Paul Petersen on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 11:56:35

I'm glad you had a good experience there. In general, Calvin is much more conservative than any east-coast school. It's those mid-western values. Their choirs are pretty good too.

At any school you go to, it will be difficult at times to do choir AND xc/track. Not to say it's impossible, but it's inevitable there will be conflicting events from time to time, and you will have to pick one or the other. My geology program was always upset that I missed "mandatory" field trips for track meets, and when I went on the field trips and missed a meet then I felt like I was missing out on the team.

But at least in DIII no one FORCES you to do anything, so you do have the ability to make your own choices. We had a guy qualify for track nationals in the 5K AND 10K, and he elected to skip nationals to be a councilor at a Christian youth camp. Al and Diemer were obviously disappointed to lose a potential point-scorer, but supported his decision.

From Maria on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 17:40:04

I think you made a fairly accurate assessments of all three colleges. I can certainly confirm your impression about MIT - my cousin is a professor there (physics) and knowing him, it is an incredibly hard and nerdy school academically. He is a genius, and always has been, since middle school! I doubt a normal person can have a balanced life there, social life, sports, etc. I don't know how these runners, swimmers, etc. cope. I wouldn't want my daughter to kill herself for 4 years studying non-stop. I'm thinking, get a good education from small college and enjoy it, then go to a big "name" school to get masters, like you said.

It doesn't surprise me that Haverford students are snooty and rude, in elite college on the East Coast it is not uncommon, unfortunately. Have you looked into a couple of Claremont colleges in CA - Pomona and Claremont McKenna? Both seem very good academically, but I'm not sure about running teams. I found a cool site where students post about their colleges uncensored - www.studentsreview.com - helpful for getting at least initial impression on schools, beyond US News rankings.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 18:25:09

For what it's worth, even before I had my own business, I never mentioned my schooling in job interviews, and I got jobs just fine. In fact, I got a programming job compensated by industry standards before I formally graduated from BYU. My clients occasionally ask me to evaluate prospective software engineers. I could care less about their schooling - if they demonstrate a decent understanding of computer science, decent problem solving skills, and some creativity in my tests and in their proven experience, I give them thumbs up.

I believe there is way too much hype about going to a big name school. You should earn your position with real work, not with how much debt you accumulated obtaining a semblance of education.

From Aaron on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 09:52:19


I must make a last plug for MIT, though your assessments sound fairly accurate. My father went there, as did several friends, and they loved it. Granted, al of them nerds, but on the other hand, all very involved in extracurrivular activities (possibly equivalent time-wise to track, e.g. dance). It's not like a liberal arts school, which purposely tries to give you the opportunity to try different things, but if you have a pretty good idea of what you're interested in there are few better, richer environments. I went to school up the road and found the Cambridge area really stmulating. Can't imagine their track team is much good, but the facilities are probablu expensive and nicely designed!

In the end, it all depends what you're looking for. Sounds like you got a pretty fair sample of the three schools and can make an informed decision.

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Got a long massage today- it hurt so much! My left leg especially had all sorts of weird twisting and oddness that took forever for her to get out and boy did it hurt while she did! But now the legs feel quite nice with only a bit of soreness.

Ran with the club after, went out-and-back 5, stayed with everybody on the way out, then just me and Hayden turned around at 2.5, so we ran together on the way back. Some fast easy downhills on the way out made for some fun miles then, but on the way back it was harder. Avg. around 7:30/mi w/ a couple sub-7's. (Alchemy 315.34)

From MichelleL on Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 22:58:20

Your paces never cease to amaze me Ruthie!

From Mik'L on Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 20:32:15

Massage! I just got my first one, you can't be getting massages already! I enjoyed your assessments of the colleges you visited...sounds like Calvin is a good fit for you. Aren't you running Southwest Regionals tomorrow??? GOOD LUCK if so!

From Ruthie on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 08:25:17

Nope, just a Pre-footlocker race in AF. But I'll take the luck still!

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After the State Football game (we almost won... 50 to 7! Ha!), we went to Sugarhouse Park and ran around a lot, played frisbee, then kickball and I sprinted back to the car  - I thought I'd never run up that beastly hill again, but whatever. So that was a titch of running...

When we got to the hotel, we went on a little run out on the UVSC camupus - lots of stairs. Eew. Legs feeling kinda bruised in spots from the massage. (DST 329.3)

Race: Pre-Footlocker Meet @ American Fork (3.1 Miles) 00:20:47, Place overall: 6
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The timing was really weird at the race and coach got all our times around 20 seconds faster than the 'official' time, so my official time was 20:47 but coach got my time faster than that, which I think was more accurate.

Warmed up running one loop of the course - 1 mile, got ready to run and got up to the line - it was pretty chilly, so I ran with under-armour, headband and gloves.
Overall, I felt SO slow the whole race, cold and not motivated. Of late, I've felt (don't really know how to describe it?) kinda apathetic in some ways, like when I was racing, instead of being focused on competition and racing and winning I had thoughts of inadequacies, excuses and such unhelpful things that really got me down. My legs felt so cold and heavy, they were moving so slow and around halfway into the race my stride got shorter and lots more labored. Mostly felt crappy which was really frustrating. Slow time and freaking 6th place again. 6 really is the devil's number. Angry face.
Jogged around with Ashley and cheered for the boys during their race for a cooldown. (DD spike 34) (DST 331.3)

From James on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 18:29:23

It was nice this morning, you must be from St. George or something!!! You did good.

From Jeff on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 20:58:11

Sorry about the Angry Face, have a happy face :) You still did good!

It was a fun trip up to the game, even thought we got destroyed.

From Mik'L on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 20:58:14

Good job Ruthie. Do I really need to remind you that you are amazing? Because it seems like we've discussed this already. Hello...you are AMAZING! Remember that during a race.

From marciej on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 21:04:07

Good job today! Especially traveling ALL this week, flying and traveling is exhausting!!!That can affect your body so much. So you still maybe want to meet up for a run this week?

And I agree with Mik'L!

From James on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 21:06:48

I still can't believe how long that tongue is!!!

From Ruthie on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 at 21:53:18

Thank you?

From James on Sun, Nov 18, 2007 at 02:21:38

Your very welcome! I remember back when I was at UVSC and I traveled to Canada for a week, and came home the night before a big race. It was one of my worst performances I remember, for racing and for how I felt. I had a week similar to what you had with travel, staying up late, and playing etc., and I felt similar to how you felt I am sure. You will do better at Foot Locker so don't worry about it. Remember that hill on that Foot Locker course is a real kick in the pants.

From Ally on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 03:41:22

You are an awesome runner ruthie-o!!!

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Crap crap crap. Woo woo woo! Warmed up .5 grass loop and 2 backwards DI loop, then 4x800m grass loop repeats. They were no fun at all.

1- 2:40 - The first half of this one felt good. I think I was too excited and went too fast on this one.

2- 2:48 - Feeling ok, but kinda tired out and finding it hard to push much.

3- 2:52 - What the Fenja?! I suck.... eew.

4- 2:51 -  At least I got better than the previous one? Still uber-crappy and feeling lame.

After I cooled down on a backwards big grass loop, lifted and ran a lap barefoot on the track after to get the legs moving again. (DST 336.8)

From amanda on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 19:45:36

You are awsome to do 800 repeats. I like that you said what the Fenja. hahahaha

From MichelleL on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 19:52:55

You've gotta get out and get them done, even if you aren't pleased with it. It makes you hungry for your next speed workout.

From Ally on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 21:16:54

Haha, what the Fenja?? That is my new favorite thing to say!!

From Scott Zincone on Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 23:08:41

I always like the Orbit gum commercial where the guy at the beginning says, "What the french, Toast" I think it is on YouTube somewhere.

Race: P VHS Turkey Trot (2 Miles) 00:13:00, Place overall: 1
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There was a turkey trot today after school, so I ran in it. Pretty boring and I didn't race really hard at all since I ran 800's yesterday and am doing AT tomorrow. The only other people in it were Kalli J and Austin Smith, so I'm not sure if it really counts as a race... but what the heck. :) I won $10 to Durangos! Though I thought you were supposed to win a turkey...what is this world coming to?!

After that I ran the bank/mall run slow - 8:16/mi. My legs are tired/sore and my arms are stiff. (DD spike 36.5) (Alchemy 320.3)

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Legs were feeling pretty sore, but I'm glad I didn't wimp out and go easy. Did the Dogpound AT run: 6:23, 6:12, 6:43.The run was pretty good overall, and it felt better than most runs have of late. I think I could've pushed a little more on the last mile's uphill, but times were ok and for the most part I felt like I was pushing well but not insanely hard. (DST 341.8)

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It was colder than FREEZING this morning - 30 degrees! I almost died. My brother and sister-in-law were going to go with me, but they opted out/didn't wake up, so I went by myself. AP 6 miler, went easy and it felt great. 8:01/mi. (Alchemy 326.3)



From Mik'L on Thu, Nov 22, 2007 at 11:02:44

In St. George?! No!

From marciej on Thu, Nov 22, 2007 at 16:54:53

It was freezing today! my thermostat said 29 when I left at 7:30. Let me tell ya Im a little nervous to run with you tomorrow since I felt terrible today running.(I hope I can keep up!) My whole body felt exhausted but let me know what time and where to meet ya!

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Went on the GS/Desert/Middleton loop with Marcie this morning. It was so fun to run with a girl and talk and get a good run in. At the start I felt awful, but we went reasonably fast and after 3 miles I felt good for the rest of the run. The last downhill mile we picked it up lots and got in a 6:40/mi pace! Fun run and I'm excited for Marcie and her group to start coming to the club runs on Thursdays! 7:55/mi avg. (Alchemy 335.3)

From Dave Holt on Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 14:28:39

Your bean song would scare me a little if I didn't know you.

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Ugh. My guts were killing me for the first 3.5 miles so they were slow and painful with none of the planned fartleks. I stopped for a second and almost puked a bit, then got running again and started feeling a little bit better gradually from there on out. Weird. The last 3 miles were quicker and I put in 4x200m fartleks (2 of them were hills) and looped back for Gretchen after each. Watch ran out of batteries, so mostly no info for the run (first 2.5 were at 7:53/mi pace). The run was just the standard trail loop from my house with my sister-in-law. It was fun to have her along, especially to distract me from my heaving guts. Foot is pretty sore. (DST 348.3)

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Guts were still not agreeing with me, but I decided my run today would be good, whether my body liked it or not. Ran 2 mile DI loop warmup, then did 3x800m grassloop repeats. Warmup was quicker than usual, but felt good leg-wise (not guts-wise), then repeats were as follows:

1- 2:47 - Tried to not go out as crazy as I did last week on my first one, it felt strong and fast but not exhausting.
2- 2:44 - Remembering to push the middle repeat! And succeeding for the most part...
3- 2:46 - Harder to push, but not bad - went out too crazy the first bit and paid for it on the last half. Disappointing to not be faster than #2, but oh well.

Overall, not bad especially compared to last week's crappy 800's. Lifted a bit, fast, low weights and lots of reps, then ran 1.5 mile Harts to cool down. (DST 353.3)

From marciej on Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 20:53:05

my guts have not been agreeing with me either, I think its all the thanksgiving junk I ate. But nice job on your workout, it sounds intense! One day you will have to help me with some speed workouts.

From Elizabeth on Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 23:19:33

GO RUTH!! You're so amazing and so are those times! Even running when your gut dosen't agree with you...you're great!!

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Taper taper taper! So good! A little stiff from yesterday, but not awful, ran Green Springs 4-miler, ran on the way out w/Holt, then he went on when I turned around. On the way back I did 2 half mile pickups where I got my turnover going faster for a while but wasn't pushing hard. Pleasantly cool out and it was one of those great runs that make me smile. During most of the run. The people in the cars driving by probably though I'd lost it. Tee hee. Finally my legs are feeling almost ready to race! (About time!) Avg. 7:20/mi w/ a couple of low low 7:00's on the way back. (Alchemy 340.2)

From marciej on Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 21:19:18

I am so glad your legs are feeling ready to race! I cant wait to hear how you do in CA. I know you will be smokin' fast!!

From Jon on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 14:46:18

Did you get my email about the treadmill? I was hoping for an answer by today.

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Dogpound, went the first mile and a half or so with Ashley, then took off on a quick mile down the dogpound hill. Legs kinda tired, not bad, watch ran out after the first mile (7:40-ish), so no times. (DST 357.3)

From marciej on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 22:02:54

Missed ya at the club run tonight. I was hoping you would be there. Good luck at your meet on Sat!

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Well, I was meaning to go on the Club run tonight, but I left late from my house (curse college essays) and got there around 5:35, so everyone had left before I arrived. Still, it was nice to run somewhere else. I ran an easy out-and-back 3 miler. Nice and brisk out and legs were feeling great. Since I ran shorter than anybody, I finished way before them and I would've just stayed talking to Anna 'til people got back just for fun, but I had to get back home to write my Calvin essay which I need to finish tonight because it is due Dec. 1! So I ran a run from the SGRC, but with no people... I need to keep track of the time better! Avg. 7:18/mi. (Alchemy 343.2)

From Jeff on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 23:03:23

Dang! You probably just missed us. Good luck with the essays.

From Kim on Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 23:18:44

I learned something new about you today....You like beans! I love your goals! Especially the fast, fast, fast and break the school record! You go girl!!! We are cheering for you all the way!

From Ruthie on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 00:47:02

Yeah, Jeff, I was pretty sad. And thanks for the luck - I need it!

Kim - Thanks! About the beans thing, I don't actually love beans THAT much... those are the lyrics to a song by Brak.

From Logan on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 01:09:29

Hopefully I will see you. Good luck in the race!

From Ally on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 03:41:43

Is your race tomorrow?? Good luck! Is this the footlocker one? I love you!

From Maria on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 07:42:04

Are you writing different essays for each college, or kind of using the same one with mini variations? I'm absolutely sure you can get into Calvin, your 31 on ACT (if you didn't score higher on the last one) is excellent and good enough for the most selctive schools out there. I didn't realize how good it was until I looked at some school admission profiles! Calvin's profle has 23-29 ACT range. I assume you have very good school record as well, plus x-country - you'll get in for sure. Good luck!!

From Ruthie on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 13:50:17

Ally - YUP!!! I'm SO EXCITED!

Maria- Most of the colleges I'm applying to have different required essays, so I think the total count of essays to write is up to 8. Or 9. Yuk. And I just got my scores from my most recent ACT and I got a 32! Thanks for the reassurance about Calvin, it's just so nerve racking to put yourself out there like that.

From Cal on Fri, Nov 30, 2007 at 14:31:03

Nice job on the ACT. That puts you in the 'Elite' classification in Academics.

If you end up at Calvin, I'd like to see if you can get me a singlet from there.

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Drove through loads of rain all afternoon down to California and got to check in at Mt. SAC at around 6pm (CA time). It was really dark and I got my number (56), shirt and info, then got changed and went for a run. I wanted to run on the course, but it was all taped off and the part I could reach was slick mud and bug puddles. So, I ran around in the parking lots and the track a bit just to get a feel for the area. Felt pretty good, legs loose. Muck was all up the back of me afterwards! (DST 359.6)

 Went and ate at a tasty pasta place where they made their own noodles! I'd never had square spaghetti before, but they were sure tasty. Then we stayed the night with my parents college friends who live in Santa Ana. Pretty nervous/excited for the race, but in a good way. Thanks coach for the last pep talk, it was really awesome. :)

Race: Footlocker West Regional Seeded Race (3.15 Miles) 00:19:42, Place overall: 89
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Wow. Race day. So cool!! Got to sleep in until 8 (UT time) and I'd slept SO soundly, it was great. We got to the race at around 9 (CA time) and we just meandered around, saw that Logan did pretty great (6th!), saw the Cedar girls and a bunch of people from BYU XC camp. From them, I found out that the real Mt. SAC course was closed! Horror of horrors! Yesterday, an Orem (I think) girl had slipped on the slick muddiness, cracked her skull and broken her arm, so that was why I wasn't allowed onto the course last night. Because the course was still really slick, they had switched the race onto their "rain course" that was totally paved. Shucks. The funny thing about this is that it just so happened that the rain course was exactly what I had run yesterday after trying to get onto the real course! Weirded out!

At 9:50, I warmed up on the course and a bit extra - about 2 miles, stretched and went to the start line. People numbered 1-40 got the first line, then we (41-80)were about a meter back and numbers over 80 were about a meter behind us. Made idle chat with people by me until it was finally time to go.

First mile I went way too fast. I'm not sure that I could've run any slower though, because if I had, I would've completely lost the entire pack. So my first mile was 5:38. Yeah. Way too fast. Next mile I was at 11:54 (6:16), so that mile had slowed down a lot. The last mile and .15 was even slower (6:47 pace), even though I thought I was picking it up. Oops. The crazy thing was there was always a milling mass of people around me, so it was really hard to tell where I was place-wise, especially since there weren't any big hills (as there should've been...frown) where you could tell at least a little where you were. Avg. min/mile for the race was 6:15 - so not great, but not awful. I'm so glad I went, though, it was such an awesome experience and a fun finale to my high school cross country career! Sniff...

After, I watched the boy's seeded race. We had to run around a lot to get to the finish in time and we were astounded to see Luke get beat by about 15 seconds! NOBODY beats Luke! I was sad for him, but they were both flying! 14:53 and 15:08 in a 5k! Talk about FAST! Eek. (DST 361.6) (DD spike 37)

From Jody on Sat, Dec 01, 2007 at 23:23:35

Awesome job! What a great experience. You are so fast. Congrats!!

From MichelleL on Sat, Dec 01, 2007 at 23:26:45

It's too bad you couldn't run the traditional Mt. Sac course, its much more interesting and definitely has some hills. Congratulations on a great season!

From James on Sat, Dec 01, 2007 at 23:32:45

Good job! The original course is way better, bummer they changed it. Did you go all by you lonesome?

From marciej on Sat, Dec 01, 2007 at 23:47:05

Way to go Ruth! You are incredible. I am glad you got to go have that experience, and although your HS XC is over you still college XC to look forward to. We need to hook up for another run soon!

From Lybi on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 00:29:27

Great job Ruth and CONGRATULATIONS on a great high school CC career. :)

Holy smokes on that first mile!!!

P.S. your current picture is the only one that has ever made me laugh out loud on this blog.

From Jeff on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 00:43:50

Way to go Ruth! Good job on your race. Congrats on such a great high school XC career.

From Mik'L on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 18:37:26

Way to go Ruth! I'm glad you had such a great experience. It sounds awesome. I can't believe Luke got beat...and by 15 seconds! Now it's time to relax a bit and then get ready for track!

From josse on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 21:18:04

Great job on the race! It is always hard to end a great thing, but it only means even greater thing are about to happen. Good luck with the rest of the year and track season.

From Logan on Sun, Dec 02, 2007 at 21:19:38

Good race. I saw you come in.

From Ruthie on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 01:32:19

Thanks everybody for the encouragement, I was feeling pretty lame for getting 89th. Ha.

James- I went down with my parents, no team though.

Marcie- YES WAY! Obviously Thursday w/ the club, but how about Saturday, too?

Mik'L- No relaxing, I've got Painter's half to get ready for!

Logan- Sorry I didn't see your race, I didn't want to get up a couple hours earlier when I am sleep deprived as it is. And too bad we never ran into each other there either. Great job, though!

From marciej on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 12:48:35

Yes lets plan a run for Saturday!

From Sierra on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 18:34:58

Hey Ruth!! Holy smokes your so fast!! Congratulations on the race, it sounds like you had alot of fun!! What part of California were you in?

From Ruthie on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 19:27:53

I was at Mt. San Antonio College which is in Walnut, California. (North of Anaheim and East of Los Angeles.)

From kristie on Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 21:40:53

good job in your race! i probabley saw you there!! Your time is amazing! i want to be just like you someday!!

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Today I had one of those almost perfect runs: great weather, times, feeling, fun and only a couple of annoying things bugging me. I keep reminding myself to go get new shoes and now I really have to because I can feel my PF starting to come back. So as soon as I have a spare minute - or maybe before or after the club run on Thursday - I'll buy some! But the run was so excellent once I got into it - started the first couple miles w/Holt, then I split off and did the "green pole" run as Austin so fondly calls it. Avg. 7:16/mi!!!!! Yeah! 

After, I got back into lifting. I hate lifting. Blarg. 3x11 of all the stuff. Once I'd finished lifting, I ran a backwards big grass loop to cool down. (Alchemy 350)

From marciej on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 20:27:52

Great run today, it makes running worth it when you have these kinds of days!

Well I was thinking, I have never ran Painters but I am planning on it this year, would you want to take me on the course so I can get a feel for it??

From Ruthie on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 20:39:00

Oh fine. ;) But NEXT time, you have to take me on a run I've never done before!

From marciej on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 22:47:48

Its a deal!

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Went with Holt on an "easy" River Run. Legs a little sore, arms more sore and abs really sore. First 6 I felt mostly good, (except crappy foot stuff) but at about 6.5 I got the most killer side-ache, so I dropped back and finished the run most non-triumphantly. But the times were surprisingly good! I was sure my last 1.5 were at 9:00 pace, but they were actually still under 8:00 pace! One mile was even around 6:50 pace! Downhill... :) Total avg. 7:20/mi. I will definitely need to make tomorrow's run actually easy, no more of this "easy" 7:00/mi stuff that kills me. (DST 369.6)

From Jeff on Tue, Dec 04, 2007 at 23:24:53

I ran a little on the trails today, they are nice. Good job today.

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Nice and easy, same run as on Monday. Ran w/ Fre for the first 2.5, first half was kinda fast, but second half was slow. Left hamstring was acting up on the way back and foot unhappy esp. w/ having to stop-and-go lots with my bad luck at the traffic lights today. And I noticed that I got a bruise from pinching my sideache yesterday! Ouch! Still sore and tired. Avg. 7:59/mi. (Alchemy  356)

From Marciej on Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 22:06:39

Sorry to hear your hamstring was acting up, mine has too. Hey I am cool with however much you want to do of the course. What were you thinking? I usually like to get 13-15 right now on saturdays but I can always add on after we run. Should we go around 6:30, would that give you enough time or we can go earlier if needed.

From Ruthie on Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 23:24:36

6:30 sounds great, I'm not sure I should bump it all the way up to 13 after a couple of tapering weeks, but lets plan on the whole 13.1 course and if I'm feeling good, I'll go the whole thing and if I'm feeling crappy I'll skip out on the Bloomington Loop when we get there. Then you can add whatever you want after if you are itching to go more. Meet you at the Dixie Center on Saturday!

From marciej on Wed, Dec 05, 2007 at 23:26:55

Cool cant wait!

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Well, today has definitely been interesting... I got in a wreck! I was going straight through the intersection and a lady coming from the other way and turning left turned into me! Fortunately, she was at fault for "failure to yield," so I won't have to pay for most of the stuff. But Kermit is squished in the front driver's side and had to get towed to the repair shop! I'm so sad - I hope he's okay!

 After that, I went and ran with the club. We just went out on the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve trail out and back. I ran with Hayden (a bit) and Jeffry on the way out, but was all alone on the way back. The hilly-ness was killer! I almost died. And the right side of my neck kinda aches and so does my head. So, it wasn't the greatest of runs, I'll suffice it to say. Then I went to Amanda's ward party! Avg. 7:42/mi. (DST 375.7)

From MichelleL on Thu, Dec 06, 2007 at 23:55:55

I am glad you didn't get hurt! I got in a couple of accidents my senior year, one of which made half of my face swollen for a month (thankfully after senior pictures). Your neck and head aches sound like they might be from the accident. Take some IB and hopefully you'll feel better.

From Mik'L on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 11:46:39

Not Kermit! Poor guy. He's a fighter though, he'll be back. Glad you are okay...be careful out there! Funny how you survived the car wreck only to almost die on your run! (Well, maybe not funny?) Way to crash a ward party.

From Wildbull on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 12:43:15

poor Kermit. May he rest in peace! They will probably total it. then you can buy big bird!

From Sierra on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 22:47:04

A car reck and you still go running?!! Man Ruth your like my hero!! Looks like your unstopable! Poor Kermit, I hope he's okay. He should be your hero, saved your life. hahaha....Well i'm glad your okay!!

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My neck is SO sore today. I try not to turn my head, but the bouncing of the run and having to check traffic to cross the street was ouchie. Went out into Washington and back, started out w/Holt 'til I turned around at 3.5. 'Twas fun talking about whatever for a while, legs feeling good for the most part and great weather - it almost makes up for running in the 100s in the summer. ;) Avg. 7:38/mi. (DST 382.7)

From Ally on Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 21:46:10

oh no!! I hope you will be okay and that your neck will be better soon! And your dearest Kermit! Wrecking sucks.

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Morning run with MarcieJ! We ran the Painter's Half course (If you want to see, I just put it in the course tool) w/o the Bloomington loop because I didn't think I should do 13 after a couple taper weeks. Kinda chilly - I'm not used to the morning - but warmed up and had a good run. Neck still sore, not quite as bad as yesterday, but still didn't want to turn my head to look at my watch or anything. Avg. 7:52/mi. Felt nice to go longer than I have in while. (Alchemy 366)

From andee on Sat, Dec 08, 2007 at 16:29:05

Good job on a long run this morning. Marcie is fun to be with. Hope your neck is 100% soon.

From Mik'L on Sun, Dec 09, 2007 at 16:29:25

Good job on the mileage this week. I hope the neck feels better soon. Keep up the miles over the holidays! (That's the tricky part for me at least!)

From amanda on Sun, Dec 09, 2007 at 20:12:08

I hope your neck gets better.

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Argh. My computer is wigging out and this is the THIRD time I've typed up this run. So this is the condensed version.

Hospital 7-miler by my lonesome this afternoon. 'Twas a bit too chilly out for short sleeves (eew, numb arms) what with the cold gustiness and all, though the run was still quite nice. Kept the uphilly miles quicker, the neck is starting to feel better, though I still have the headache. Avg. 7:43/mi. (Alchemy 373)

From ryan on Mon, Dec 10, 2007 at 21:42:09

sorry about the car crash. glad you are ok. have you been to a chiropractor? the other drivers insurance should at least pay for that. sometime collisions can cause deep tissue damage and some problems don't show up till down the road and it is too late to get the insurance to help out. just food for thought. good luck with your winter training. up here in cedar i am about ready to hybernate.

From Ruthie on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 00:36:00

I think my parents are sending me to a chiropractor soon?

From Lybi on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 00:41:48

Yes yes yes--get to that chiro! So sorry about Kermit and your neck. You have to be wary of little old ladies these days...

I just looked back--I can't believe you ran the day of the crash! Nothing will stop you!

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The weather outsmarted me again, so during my run my arms were numb from only wearing short sleeves. Today I ran the Green Springs/Desert/Middleton 9-mile loop and I ran it 'naked!' This weekend's rain had made the dirt/sand the perfect consistency for running on and it was great to just go out on a run, relax, enjoy the beauty of the landscape and calmly (for once) think over the scheduling of my crazy-busy next few days. Yay for running! Left hammy and knee were questionable during most of the run, esp. downhills and paved parts and neck was about the same or a titch worse than yesterday.

After, I made myself go lift weights. Sigh. Just did the usual: 3x11 of leg extension, leg curl, lat pulldown, bench, squat, abs front and abs back. When that was over, I ran a backwards big grass loop to cool down. I froze. (DST 392.5)

From marciej on Tue, Dec 11, 2007 at 23:10:18

Today was very cold even though it was sunny out! I glad the sand was nice to run on. I hope your neck gets back to feeling good soon.

From Jeff Fre on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 00:55:26

Sorry I left you today. I have new shoes now so I can run with you tomorrow!

From Ruthie on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 02:07:45

I'll forgive you just this once, Jeffry! ;) I'm glad you got new shoes and I hope they make your issues go away.

From Wildbull on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 13:31:25

Jeff bought some awesome Asics! I told him PV woman Dig Asics! Ware somes clothes would you running naked could scare the Animals!

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Didn't get up early as planned because of a long night of homework ('til 1 am), so I ditched concert choir to run since I wouldn't have time to run the rest of today because I'm singing in Forgotten Carols tonight and have rehearsals all afternoon. Ran out-and-back in Washington for a 7-miler. Was feeling slow, sore and blah, but managed to keep it ok-paced, though not fast by any means. Finally, I remembered to bring a sweatshirt, so my arms didn't freeze! Avg. 7:4?/mi. (Alchemy 380)

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Foremaster with 4 hills: 2:09, 2:08, 2:14, 2:12. Felt like I was getting increasingly faster, but I guess not. Didn't really feel like running for the most part, so the run was mostly blah. Glad I got it done, though. No club tonight, Forgotten Carols again. (DST 400.7)

From Mik'L on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 10:15:02

Hey- I just sent you a private message for Amanda...can you pass it on to her please? Thanks!

From marciej on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 11:19:30

Hey I dont know what your plans are for sat morning but do you want to meet up for a run sat morning?

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Got up early and ran AP 7 before leaving for SLC for our Choir Christmas trip. I hate the cold and my butt is SO sore! Felt really sluggish the first 5 miles, but finally got feeling ok and went a bit faster on my last 2 miles. Avg. 8:02/mi (DST 407.7)

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Went on a morning run from the person who we stayed with's house in Centerville. So flat and boring: up Main street 5 miles and back. Similar to yesterday, sluggish first 5, then got quicker on the last 5. Butt still very sore from hills and feet killing me from hours of high heels yesterday. And old shoes. 8:12/mi avg. (Alchemy 390)

From amanda on Sun, Dec 16, 2007 at 14:47:43

I hate high heels they always make your feet hurt. Hope your trip was good.

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Ally is back to visit! Yay! She came and ran with us today and it was so much fun. And the weather was so nice! Ran the Washington Parkway loop, it was a great run. Kept it easy on the way out, then picked it up a little on all the downhills on the way back. I love this run! Avg. 7:29/mi. After, I lifted - the usual, then backwards big grass loop to cool down. (DST 416.5)

From Cory on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 11:05:12

Noticed that you usually do a "backwards big grass loop" after lifting. Can you describe exactly what that is and what the purpose is?

(Sorry if you've previously explained .... I'm relatively in to FRB.)

Hope the new shoes make the difference and your feet a feeling better soon!

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River run, ran with Ryan Nielson almost the whole way and started off with JFree, too. Started out feeling really lethargic and sore, but it turned out to be a really nice run. Mostly because I didn't want to slow down Ryan that much. At the riverside dr. hill, I did 10x10 sec hill sprints on the steep part. Foot was pretty sore for most of the run. Pretty fast times today, with the downhill miles in the middle all under 7:00. Including the hill repeats up/down and all that, my avg. mile was 7:32. (Alchemy 398.5) 

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Not the most triumphant run ever, went out Green Springs/Desert/Middleton. My right foot somehow got really bruised on the bottom outside edge, so that hurt on all the paved parts. Basically my feet are getting pretty hammered and I should go get new shoes. But I hate having to take the time to find a pair that fits well and has enough support, especially since I won't have the time to do so until after Christmas, basically. Anyway, it was an ok run, 8:00/mi avg. Still a titch sore from Monday's lifting. (DST 425.5)

From Ally on Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 23:27:49


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I seem to have a knack for barely missing the club run. As I pulled into the parking lot, I saw the group leaving, so I hurried to put on my shoes and sprinted after them. (At least, I went the way I thought they were going...) I guess not, because I never ran into anybody. Anyway, it was just as well since my run was most non-triumphant today. My foot was killing me the entire time, so I just ran fast to get back to the store ASAP. I didn't have my watch with me, so my distance is just an estimate from time (about 44 minutes). (Alchemy 404)

Since my foot is a wad-o-crap that hurts, I spent the time I would've spent running more miles trying on and buying a pair of new shoes. It was really hard to tell if the shoe fit right because my foot hurt, but after driving Anna crazy, I finally decided on the Saucony Omni 5 with the Blue Superfeet inserts. Next time I will not wait so long to get new shoes when I notice mine breaking down. Hopefully. Haven't yet decided whether to take off tomorrow for my foot to recover a bit or not. We'll see how I feel in the morning.

From Dave Holt on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 10:08:19

Take the whole weekend off - you'll survive. And the foot (and your running as a whole) will be much more thankful for it.

From Wildbull on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 15:03:31

I am sorry we missed you! Dave was excited to get the run going. Take the weekend off and eat up and rest the body!

From laura on Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 19:56:34

Hopefully no post today means that you're giving your foot a rest. I hope it gets better soon!!!!

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Ran industrial road out to the furniture store and back from my house in the afternoon. Another perfect weather day - just short sleeves and shorts! Glad to run, but it wasn't all that great. After taking the weekend off, my foot was feeling pretty good, at least until about mile 2. The new shoes are not so good, the first .5 they felt fine, but soon they made my arches hurt (all the while I was hoping they'd feel better the more I ran) and by mile 2 my outer right foot was hurting lots again. At the turn-around, I stopped and took them off and ran for a mile with no shoes, and after a little of that they hurt too, so I put the shoes on again for the last couple miles and made myself finish up w/o stopping again even though my feet were feeling even worse. When I got to my house, I was glad to stop for my feet, but I wanted to run more because the rest of me felt awesome. Walking around is hurting like before I took the weekend off. Curse my feet! And those shoes! At least I have Christmas junk food and presents tomorrow to keep my mind off my lameness.

Merry Christmas Eve!

From Jeff on Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 20:59:48

Sorry about your lame feet.

Merry Christmas!!!! We need to get together.

From Ruthie on Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 23:26:53

Yeah! When?

From Jeff on Tue, Dec 25, 2007 at 17:44:17

I don't know. We will party sometime this week. I'm not going anywhere.

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What an awesome Christmas Day!  

Tonight, I ran the same run as yesterday, but used my old DS Trainers instead of the new shoes and my feet felt better - still the foot hurt for the last couple miles more, but better than the new shoes. If SGRC is open tomorrow, I'll return them and see if another pair there will work better. Since it's Christmas Day, I ran happy and really fast! And I wore my new lightweight and compact windbreaker/jacket that my brother gave me and it was perfect! It can fold up to about a 2" cube! Also, I randomly counted how many cars were on the road (total) during my run and there were 47. Great Christmas run, I love running! (DST 432)

Merry Christmas Everybody! 

From marciej on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 00:12:21

I posted on my blog what cheri and I are running thurs morning. Our plans may change in the morning due if the weather is bad. I hadnt heard from you so I am planning on that you are not coming. Lets run on Sat morning though!

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After returning my new shoes, I ended up picking the DS Trainers again. So we'll see how they work! While I was at SGRC, Locke Ettinger came in and he's a physical therapist (or something similar), so he took a look at my lame foot and he says my problem is Peroneal Tendonitis with some bruising. Yuk. So I'm going to back off a bit on my miles until it feels back to normal. 

Before dinner, I went on an out-and-back 5 on river road. Not excellent, not awful, foot hurting, mostly uneventful. (DS2 5.1) 

From Jeff Fre on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 11:19:25

That was fun at your house wed. night! I hope your foot gets better, that doesn't sound fun.

From MarcieJ on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 13:08:24

So sorry again Ruth. If I would have had my head on straight this morning I would have had you waited when you called and still ran with you. Is that #you called on your cell phone? If so then if something ever happens like that again I can text you.

What time do you want to go on Sat? Would 7am be good for you, if not let me know what time is best. Hope your foot starts feeling better.

From Ruthie on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 18:02:20

That's my mom's cell phone... I don't have one. And she doesn't have text. Shucks.

Saturday @ 7 @ the Dixie Center sounds great - I probably won't be able to run the whole thing with you now because of my foot, but I'll go as far as I can!

From MarcieJ on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 18:27:18

Great I will see you Sat at 7am!

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Club run tonight and boy was it ever chilly out! Had a really nice run, went out 2.85 with the guys, then back by myself.  The downhill on the way out was fun and fast with a couple of mid-6:00 miles, then on the way back up I kept it at around 7:30-40 pace. Foot was a bit better today, it hurt a bit for all of the run, but only hurt lots during the last mile. Hopefully by next week I'll be able to get my mileage up a little more without issues. I'm sick of running only shorter runs. Avg 7:10/mi. (DS2 10.8)

From Mike warren on Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 21:51:25

Hey, nice run with the club tonight! Keep working on the spitting your getting pretty good, 1 car nailed tonight, go for 2 next time! Hope the foot gets feeling better, you had some pretty fast miles tonight, keep it up.

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AP loop this afternoon, went a bit slower than yesterday's fastness - 7:38/mi avg - still felt reasonably good, foot felt about the same as yesterday, maybe a titch better - I think I'll try 7 tomorrow... (DS2 16.5)

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Morning run from the Dixie Center with Marcie, Cheri and Stacy. Felt good, not really very eventful, but it was fun to run with a group of ladies (Thanks Marcie!) and chat on an easy run. They ran the Painter's course, but I decided against it with my foot being how it is, so I cut out the out-and-back and the Bloomington loop for a shorter run. I was hoping it was 7, but it was shorter, so only 6.5 for me. Avg. 7:41/mi (DS2 23)

From Ally on Sat, Dec 29, 2007 at 12:57:06

Hey looks like you had a good run so good job! You are still so fast with having an easy run and a crap foot, and sometimes its nice to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. :)

From marciej on Sat, Dec 29, 2007 at 13:10:44

Thanks for coming! I hope we didnt slow you down too much. Hope that foot gets better soon.

From amanda on Sun, Dec 30, 2007 at 17:44:41

Hope you foot starts to feel better:-)

From Mik'L on Sun, Dec 30, 2007 at 23:17:26

Good job...please tell me this foot thing will pass quickly! Be smart about it and remember Painters is cool, but track is WAY more important!

From steve on Mon, Dec 31, 2007 at 17:06:04

I'm trying to get some people together to run New Years Morning - let me know if you girls are interested - Steve

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Industrial out-and-back, meant to go 6, but had to go a bit further to find a porta-john. First couple of miles were awesome, no foot pain at all, but the same gradual increase in pain until the last mile and half were back to much more pain like last week.  I think, however, that it is gradually going away - hopefully I can still try and bring my miles up a little before the Half. Guts weren't agreeing with me much, probably all the junk food getting to me. :) 7:40/mi avg. (DS2 29.3)

From tyler on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 11:44:33

Thanks for the "hey," lol. You've got some awesome times yourself, where are you in school?

From tyler on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 12:09:50

BTW, I live in Springville, but I spent Christmas in Kennewick, WA where I grew up..... it has to be the windiest place on earth!

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