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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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Happy New Year!

After much partying and a pulling of an all-night-er to enjoy all of the New Year celebrations, I went over to Steve's house where we had a fun first run on the new year w/some of the club: Bill (for a bit, hope his back gets feeling better soon), Steve, Mike and Holt. I was surprised by how awake I was after getting no sleep last night - the run wasn't sleepy or blah or anything! Went out with they guys and they thankfully kept it really slow at the beginning, so it was even easy for me (thanks) and I turned around at 3.35 for an out-and-back 6.7. Judging from my random disappointment that my foot wasn't miraculously better, I must've been subconsciously hoping something of the sort would happen for the new year. No such luck, though running on the soft dirt trails made it a bit better with it only hurting lots for the last 1-2 miles. Avg. 7:52/mi. (DS2 36)

Some running-related "New Years' Resolutions":

1- Not get injured. Ever!
2- If #1 works out, run everyday! (Except Sunday rest days.)
3- Get to th 2,000 mark on mileage,
4- Change my text from purple to blue. :)

From MarcieJ on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 16:55:15

I was hoping to make it over but was wasnt able to and glad I didnt cuz I was very sluggish today and would have made a running fool of myself! Sounds like you had a good time last night and I hope #1 works out!!!!and I like the blue text:)

From Wildbull on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 19:17:19

Go with royal Blue! 2000 miles is good goal. your new car rocks!

From Ruthie on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 20:53:43

I guess I'll go with the Royal... if the Wildbull insists. I don't want to get gored! And sadly, my "new car" was just my mom's car borrowed. I don't think I'm getting a new car. :( May Kermit rest in peace.

From Mike Warren on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 21:42:06

2000 miles would be Awesome. Nice run today, how cool is it to have youth on your side, pulled an all nighter, then go running, very impressive!! I would love to see that foot get better so you could turn it loose at Painters, you were born for speed. Good luck on the goals for the new year. I say go with the Royal also, Bill has a talent for these kind's of things.

From Ally on Tue, Jan 01, 2008 at 23:02:37

Hey ruthie-o! You are a much better not sleeper than me! Although I did have fun. And I just watched the Count of Monte Cristo :)

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Not quite sure whether these were fast or slow miles, but they felt GREAT! I have no idea how or why, but my foot was feeling almost completely back to normal - a couple twinges here and there with a titch of soreness after, but no really hurting like it has been for the past few weeks. Cross my fingers and hope it stays that way! Ran out-and-back on the river trail, first couple with RJ, Decker, Austin, Jeff and Holt, all but Holt turned back at 2 or 2.5, I went to 3.5 with Holt where he kept going and I turned around. Kept the miles pretty quick, mostly 7:00-7:15's and even managed a sub-8:00 on the mile with the 2450 hill back up to the school. Avg. 7:16/mi. (DS2 43)

Afterwards, I had a big adventure! My dad took out my wisdom teeth tonight and it took forever - between 1.5-2 hours or something. They were really really hard to get out, one of them he had to cut in half to get out and another left behind a very little bit that took ages to finally dislodge. And we ran out of laughing gas so I had to be coherent during the whole thing. Also we found out that the lidocaine ran out for me in about a half hour, so he had to give me more of marcaine instead. It wasn't the worst thing ever, but the marcaine hasn't run out yet, so we'll see how I feel tomorrow. I don't want to mess up my new year's resolution of running everyday yet, so I'm determined to run at least a mile tomorrow.

P.S. I went with as close to royal as I could find. :)

From Marcie on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 22:50:27

So glad your foot is feeling better. Hope your mouth gets feeling better soon too! Wisdom teeth are such a treat! I was a chipmunk for weeks when I got mine out, take it easy ok.

From MichelleL on Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 23:05:26

Good that your foot was better and hope it won't give you any more trouble. That wisdom teeth experience sounds like more than I can bear. If there's no laughing gas AND pain meds I am not game for any messing with my mouth. You are tough! Don't be surprised if you need to take a day off. You might feel bad tomorrow because of the wisdom teeth.

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After a long day at school, I managed 4 slow laps around the track. I ran with some sort of low glide-step to minimize bouncing. First half felt pretty good (surprisingly), but second half I got a little sorer in the face. And speaking of my face, boy is it ever swollen. I'm trying to post a picture so you can all laugh at it. Because I do look really hilarious. (DS2 44)

From April on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:02:17

hi ruth! it's april (massage therapist.) i feel for you, i remember having that procedure done. (other than the swollen face) i hope things are going well for you. you've got a fun future ahead of you girl!

From Jeff Fre on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:06:08

That does not look fun! Cool you still got a mile in, that is some major dedication!!! Get better soon.

From Ron on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:08:36

Sorry about the swelling. At least it will be back to normal soon though.

From Mik'L on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:13:57

hahahahahahahahahaha...you look hilarious! That one side is HUGE! Way funny. I can't believe you ran today you crazy woman. That was quite the wisdom teeth pulling experience...I have a somewhat similar one. Don't kill yourself trying to run and tell you dad to get some laughing gas! BTW, you are totally more a purple girl than royal blue!

From Ruthie on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:24:50

Thanks for the support - I'll do my best to lose the fat face.

Mik'L - I know! I look even funnier in person. About the purple - I know it... maybe I'll change back sometime, but it is fun to see a different color sometimes. Maybe I'll change colors monthly from now on?

From josse on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:25:05

When I had my wisdom teeth (is that what you had done?) my face was about 3 times the size of yours they also dry socketed and I got lock jaw and now have horrible TMJ. Superizingly enough that is when I meet my husband. He allready knew what I looked like or I don't think he would have asked me out.

From Ruthie on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:27:47

Ow Josse! That sounds so painful! Haha about your husband - that's an awesome story :)

From James on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 21:41:33

I have an even worse picture of when I got my wisdom teeth pulled. I made the Nutty Professor look skinny.

From Ally on Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 23:57:49

RUTHIE!!!! Did I know you were getting your teeth out? You look ouchie. Do you want me to bring you ice cream?

From Sierra on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:17:06

OWWIE!! You're awsome for running even with a swollen face! Hope you get feeling better soon!

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Another slow track mile today, first 800m I ran with Steve Everett. Face is a bit more evened out today, still hurts and looks really funny. One of my friends told me I didn't look like me, and I can see what she means. (Yes, both faces in the new profile picture are me.) What a 'before and after' picture... eeek! (DST 45)

From MarcieJ on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 19:03:38

Thats is a sweet picture! Hope the recovery is going well!

From Mik'L on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 19:31:35

That is too funny! It looks like you are blowing your cheeks out but that they went farther than is possible! haha Cute "before" pic BTW. If I see you around and don't recognize you, feel free to say hi! lol (You know, only some people could take this...some of the track girls would have quit and started crying if I wrote this to them! :))

From Mike Warren on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 20:20:44

Ruth, which pic is the one after your teeth were removed? "JK" Nice job even trying to run. When I had mine out, I played in a basketball game about 2 hours later. This was pretty stupid, ended up getting dry sockets, OUCH!! Hey, take care of yourself, I'll see you at a club run.

From amanda on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 21:25:41

I hope you are feeling better

From Ruthie on Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 23:56:11

Mik'L, you make me laugh far too much for my own comfort - STOP IT! It makes my face hurt more... :(

Mike - Ouch. I think I'm offended at that first statement - you've seen me normal more than once! Hahahaha. You need to stop making me laugh, too. :)

From MarcieJ on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 01:10:37


While others are telling their experiences of wisdome teeth I might as well throw mine in too! The pain pills they gave me made me really sick so I started throwing up really bad. Picture that..throwing up with a very sore and NUMB mouth and stitches. well they dont mesh very well...and then I started healing up and a week later got an infection and one side puffed back up again worst then before. So in my Senior Prom pictures I look like half a chickmunk!!

From amanda on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 14:08:10

Ruth I went to bed late again last night. What is it? We most hang out a lot and changed sleeping habits or something. I don't really feel better to day but I hope to still go for a running.

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Around 11 I went out and ran a mile around the park by my house. It even started sprinkling/raining - it was so nice! And it was even kinda fast - 7:25! Then I walked a bit with my mom in the rain. Face is still huge, though the swelling is falling a bit, so now I have a massive double chin. Hahahaha! BTW, this whole running while I'm still swollen needs to stay on the down-low, since my dad told me I couldn't. It's a secret. (DS2 46)

From josse on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 16:00:33

I hope he doesn't read your blog.

From ryan on Sat, Jan 05, 2008 at 16:34:53

sorry about the teeth. hope the recovery goes well. look on the bright side, your dad is a dentist and i bet he gave you a good deal(at least i hope he did)

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Swelling is finally going down, so I thought I could up the miles a (very) little. Both the stitches on the left side fell out sometime today, though I don't know when, so I fear I swallowed them (eew). Ran to Harts and back, not an awful run, not excellent, ran with Fre and Holt. (DS2 47.5)

From Ally on Tue, Jan 08, 2008 at 17:22:38

You are funny posting all those pics on here, haha. Good job for still running! You are a-maz-ing.

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I actually went mileS today! Two of them! DI loop. It was cold(er) and by the last .5 my face hurt again. More tomorrow!? (DS2 49.5)

From Mike Warren on Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 00:08:04

Face is almost back to normal, YeeHaw!! Hey, good job on getting out there. Hope you get back to normal real soon.

From Michelle on Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 02:37:23

Oh that face just hurts to look at! I hope that you are starting to feel better! Can't believe you went out running already! You are a trooper! Maybe instead of Brent's commando points, you should get sympathy points... you desrve a lot!!

From Logan on Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 09:41:28

Nice progression of pictures!

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Went 3 whole miles with Ashley J today on the Arctic Circle run. Started out kinda fast and I felt out of shape, but Ash was feeling pukey, so at the turnaround we slowed up a bit and it felt good. Looking forward to some more miles tomorrow! (DS2 52.5)

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Bank run w/o the extension. I think I should've gone a little shorter today, since my left side of my mouth was sore for lots of it, but I'm still glad I ran more than I have for a week! Still feeling kinda out of shape, but I guess it'll come back sooner or later. Let's hope for the former. After, I got my stitches out, and I'm officially 'allowed' to run now... cough cough... :) (DS2 57)

From Ally on Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 21:03:02

good job ruthie!

From amanda on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 16:43:32

I saw you running!

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Green Springs 6. Started out planning on a 5, since yesterday's 4.5 wasn't the greatest, but when I got to the turnaround I felt great, so I kept on - I was even tempted to go 9, but decided against it. But it felt great to finally get into a good faster rhythm like I haven't for a while. Had some bad luck with traffic lights, but overall, it was an awesome run. And the weather has been so nice, T-shirt and shorts weather the last couple days! (DS2 63)

For the last week or so, I've been mentally debating whether or not I should run the Half, after backing off for my foot and wisdom teeth so much. My last few 'longer' runs had been feeling slow, tiring and out-of-shape, but after today's triumph, I signed up for it on my way home from school. I'm not expecting an amazing race, though, and if I feel like I shouldn't, I can still do the 5k.

From josse on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 19:58:31

I won't have an amazing race either but I decided to do it as well.

From crumpyb1 on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 22:07:17

You could consider it a long training run with a lot of friends. Whatever you decide enjoy it. Half marathon or 5k or no race, they are all good choices.

From amanda on Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 00:17:50

Ruth good job on doing 6 miles today. I know how you feel about being out-of-shape but still signing up to run the half. I am just going to run the half to finish.

From MichelleL on Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 18:48:24

Hey Ruth, check out my blog comment on my own blog (egotistic, eh?) about Painters. Since I was out of town I haven't been keeping up on the blogs and I didn't realize you were still down from the wisdom teeth. I think without that setback you would be running with Marcie and I. I'd love for your company in the race, to run pack style, if you bounce back faster next week and feel like racing it. You are a scary fast runner when you aren't in chipmunk phase :)

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Decided to go "long" today - I did the AP 9. Got out a bit late since I had to do laundry and homework all day, but I like running in the dark, so it turned out rather nicely. Altogether, it wasn't too bad of a run, considering. Still not feeling quite up to snuff, but I think my first attempt at something longer than 7 for a couple of weeks turned out rather well. Another tally on the "run the half" side of the slate! If I can run 9, I can run 13.1! Or at least attempt it... :) (DS2 72)

From MarcieJ on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 at 02:14:54

Glad you are getting back at it and feeling ok. You are going to do just fine at Painters, and you had me cracking up on your post on MichelleL's site.

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Went running around with some hooligans from school - Kimzey, Holt and Austin - we kinda started on our way to the firestation hill loop, but it turned out a bit convoluted with a some random new trails in the desert. Mostly really fun, except for when the guys tried to ditch me after I took the long way 'round Sandberg's pond and they took off on a trail I didn't know existed, so it took a lot of hard breathing to catch up. But I did!! Felt really quite nice until the catch-up bit at the end. (DS2 79.3)

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Washington Parkway, ran the first few miles with Jeffry, Decker and Austin and we played a fun game - we attacked each others' shadows! Much fun, though it probably looked rather odd to passersby. Ran it pretty easy, legs a little bit tired, but not bad. (DS2 87.3)

From Jeff Fre on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 01:00:22

That was a fun game!!!!!!!!!!!!

From MarcieJ on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 14:52:19

Good miles this week! You will do great on Saturday!

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Foremaster run, Ethan started out with me, but only did AC, so I had to brave the chilling headwinds on the Riverside Drive portions all by my lonesome. So so so cold! I've been spoiled this last week with nice t-shirt-and-shorts weather and I didn't like being cold again! A little sore this morning, but it wore off by the afternoon and the run felt really great leg-wise (though my hill-running skills are sorely lacking). (DS2 93.4)

From Sierra on Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 19:59:37

Way too cold outside today!! Looks like you've been having a great week, with lots of fun! Wish I could of seen you attacking shadows! You'll do way good at the half coming up! GO TAKE 1st!!!

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Ran with the club tonight, started off talking with Steve, Marcie and Bobbie, then ran the second half with the Wildbull! Was actually planning on going shorter, but it felt nice and the company was good, so I kept on and ran the 7. Started out with rather nice weather, though it got colder by the end - numb fingers! Excited for the race... but scared, too!!! (DS2 100.4)

From MarcieJ on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 22:03:04

You have nothing to be scared about you silly girl! It was good to see you and run with you for a second or two. Sorry I couldnt keep up, I needed to take it easy and was just not feelin it. See ya tomorrow and on sat! whoo hoo!!

From Jeff Fre on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:27:37

It has been so cold!! Hopefully it will be warmer this weekend (even thought I am only running 3 miles in it, it would be better to be warmer for us all especially your 13). You will do good saturday!

From Mik'L on Thu, Jan 17, 2008 at 23:41:50

You are ready to do good this weekend! I'm guessing I'll see you at the blog party tomorrow night? Then I'll be cheering for you at the finish line of course!

From sarah on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 09:05:10

good luck on the race..you'll do great.

From Wildbull on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 11:29:22

no fear! just excitement! you have done this before! Bring some gloves it is going to be cold!

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Nice easy sunrise tire run, a bit stiff but nothing I won't get over in the next...day... :) 7:36/mi avg. And I found out that my new jacket fits in my shorts' pocket! (DS2 104)
Good luck tomorrow everybody!

Race: Painter's Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:26:46, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Woohoo! My legs are dead and sore! After being totally sure I would completely die with my inconsistent training the last while, I had a very pleasant surprise PR! Didn't warm up really beforehand, just a little strides, stretching and hopping around at the start line. Before the start, Marcie, Michelle, Ted, Mike and I were planning on going out together, but when the gun went off, Michelle and Ted took off like insanity, so I stayed back with Marcie, Steve and Mike. Sadly, I didn't hit my start button hard enough (or something) so I realized when everybody's watches beeped at 1 mile that mine hadn't started yet! So I didn't get a split for the first mile, but I got the rest after 1.05 or so! (Though my old 101 isn't quite as accurate as those newfangled 205s.)

1- (off Marcie's split) 6:10 felt good and pretty comfy, though I realized that I hadn't used the potty before starting, oops

2- 6:45 settled into a good groove with Mike and Steve

3- 6:41 good pace

4- 6:42 staying consistent

5- 7:05 oops, let it get a bit too comfortable here

6- 6:32 got mad at myself for that last mile, so I left Mike and Steve (sorry) and made up a little time from the previous mile's slowness

7- 6:43 back to the pace, got running with a couple of random guys which helped keep it quick enough 

8- 6:48 a little slower, but decided to stick with this fellow who was aiming at a 1:27

9- 6:46 those rolling hills around Bloomington SUCK, legs getting tired, thought about taking the gu I had stached in my pocket, but was afraid of it making me sick, so I didn't

10- 6:35 again mad at myself for seeing a 7-something pace everytime I looked down, so I started kicking myself, though my buddies ditched me around here :( was tempted to use the porta-john but didn't want to waste time, so I held it

11- 6:45 knew I had a good time coming and was just trying to hold onto it, right hamstring started getting really cramped and tight

12- 6:47 got energized a lot by cheers of people going the other way since I was in second place, probably would've been much slower otherwise

13- 6:33 started trying to kick it in with about half mile to go and Sasha helped a bit got my legs going and finished! And didn't die! (DS2 117.1)

All in all I'm so so so happy with this race! I was sure I would get about a 1:30 or slower, but I feel like I pushed it pretty well and I got second overall in this race for the second time in a row! Probably won't have the chance to run another half in a while, so I'm glad I went out on the limb and ran the half today. Hopefully the next half I do I'll get in some better training and run something crazy fast like MichelleL or something! Thanks lots to Steve for hosting and sponsoring everything and Mike and Marcie for helping me run faster at the start than I would've otherwise! You guys are AWESOME!

From Christi on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 16:43:07

Congrats!!! Way to represent the FRB (as we knew you would of course) You SERIOUSLY ROCK!!!! Gonna be an amazing year for you!

From Mike Warren on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 17:23:50

Ruth, I am so proud of you! What an Awesome race you ran. It was fun to hang with you for a bit and you really looked great when you took off. I knew your time was going to be incredible. Keep it up and it won't be long before that 2nd, becomes 1st!!!

From brent on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 17:38:41

Ruthie O - 2nd place, gutsy effort, 150 commando points. I wonder what you could do with more training, awesome with will power.

B of BS Rools out

From Dave Holt on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 18:13:42

Way to go Ruthie - I didn't really get to chat with you after, but awesome job. I think it is a real testament to your long, constistent training that you could come back after the struggles for the last couple weeks and still run so strong - and be healthy for upcoming track! Let's keep building the miles up (around 8-10 a day) through Feb. and then you are going to rock 4A! Heck all A's (and I mean that appropriately!)

From Mik'L on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 18:54:10

Good job Ruthie! I really didn't see you after but I cheered you in! You looked very strong still and cute too in your yellow! :) Great start to a great year!!!

BTW, good job getting to bed! :)

From Michelle on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:01:38

Sounds like you had an amazing race! ( They should name a T.V. show after you! he,he..I'm getting some serious deliriousness (sp?) sitting here in this hospital!) But anyways GREAT JOB on the great time and snatching second place! (again!)

From josse on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:02:13

Great job on the pr, you will have a great running career ahead of you. It will be fun watching you over the years improve.

From The Beast on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:47:46


From MarcieJ on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:55:44

RUTH YOU ARE AMAZING! You are going to rock in track this year and college the next four and then we will see you in the Olympics too! Holy Cow You did so AWESOME! We defineltely need to keep running together!! I will be to your trackmeets to watch you dominate!

From crumpyb1 on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:00:39

I loved reading the mile blow by blow. Congratulations!

From James on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 20:57:25

Good job Ruthie!

From amanda on Sun, Jan 20, 2008 at 22:24:32

Ruth you ran so good. Great job on the PR. Hope your trip is good.

From Ally on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 02:20:47

you are one psycho chick ruthie, way to go! i am proud of you and am super happy you aren't wasting such a gift! so again, good work!!!

From Tom on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 08:26:09

Awesome run Ruth! You should have a great year ahead of you.

From jtshad on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 08:40:10

Great race, congratulations on the 2nd place finish.

From ron on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 11:15:50

That is quite a race Ruth. Congrats on the nice finish, there will be more to come!

From Jeff on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 12:01:47

Great run Ruthiooo!

From MichelleL on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 19:21:04

Top Reasons Ruthie is Super Talented -

1. She just ran a 1:26:46 half marathon which was not a downhill race.

2. She just ran a 1:26:46 half marathon and got 2nd place out of a field of 500 women.

3. She just ran a 1:26:46 half marathon without training specific to long races like the half marathon.

4. She just ran a 1:26:46 half marathon after having to slow down training for about a month because of wisdom tooth training and injuries.

Ruth - you are so impressive and have the potential for a long and successful racing career. You are great at enjoying the journey, so keep that up, stay dedicated, and you'll be successful for a long time to come. Care to join us ladies who are chasing OTQ for 2012?

From Karl on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 23:14:30

Ruth nice run! I didn't see you at the race but it sounds like you did great! I'm sure you will be top of this year's track season!

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Went out in the late morning in Farmington while the nephews were at swim lessons and preschool, pretty chilly out and had to avoid snow and ice on the roads.  Was afraid my legs would be mostly useless and way sore from the race, but they felt ok. Ran a 2.1 mile loop around the neighborhood, was planning on going only twice around for a 4-miler, but felt all right at the end of the second loop and took the third one. Though the legs weren't all that sore, they were still fatigued and my miles went from being comfortable at around 7:30 pace on the first loop to being comfortable at around 8:15 pace on the last loop. Avg. 7:52/mi. (DS2 123.4)

From Jeff on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:53:58

I didn't know you were in Farmington, that is where my Grandparents live (Frodshams)!

From Ruthie on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 19:58:51

That's cool! Wait... do you mean Farmington New Mexico or Farmington Utah? I was in New Mexico.

From Jeff on Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 20:26:23

oops. erase comment. ;)

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School again. Bleh. But the run was good! Ran the Wash Pkwy loop, started off with Jfree and Decker, then when Holt, Kimzey and Austin caught up to us, I went with them. Got a bit tired aerobically on the uphill sections and the left knee was weirding out like last week on this run, but overall, it was a rather triumphant run, we even got a couple of the miles under 7 with avg. at around 7:15/mi. Fun fun fun run! Yay for St. George weather and t-shirts! (DS2 131.4)

From MarcieJ on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:26:11

We need to plan a run sometime before track starts for you and then you must tell me when your meets are so I can come cheer on the best female runner in washington county!!!

From ron on Tue, Jan 22, 2008 at 23:21:20

looks like the legs are already back under you. That's gotta feel encouraging so soon after your race!

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Foremaster with Holt, Austin, JeffF, and Kimzey. Legs still feeling easy breezy and fast! Except for downhills - I hate those. On the last couple miles, I kept picking it up because I thought I was slowing everybody else down and ran the industrial hill mile 7:20! Sweet. (DS2 137.5)

From Ally on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 05:29:58

Yes it gets so boring running round and round the island! haha. the island is ond hundred eighty something miles in perimeter i think... but in all honesty there's not many places to run in Laie but you're gonna be in a completely different place. And there are always trail runs you can find :)

From MarcieJ on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 21:22:01

Hey Ruth I hope you get this, and I hope you wont be mad, but I think I may bail out on tomorrows(fridays) run we planned. I think I am going to sleep in(I dont know if I can pull another 5am tomorrow!) and go out midmorning to run, let my legs rest a little (I ended up with 17 miles today) and do a really easy run so I can keep up on Sat. They are planning on the marathon course (going 16) but you could just park up a ways and do however many you want to do. I will try calling your house if I dont here back on the blog that you got this in the next hour or so. Hope I am not putting you out!

From Austin on Thu, Jan 24, 2008 at 23:58:03

Jeff gets his name capitalized cause i just happened to push the capital button. . . . ya that about sums it up. . . . :)

From Ally on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 00:30:06

well you could always run the perimeter or just straight across or whatev... ok sorry that is prob going to be boring. but at least it will be summer and be really really humid! haha jk, it will be an adventure you'll love it i'm sure ;)

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Since I'm trying to get back into lifting weights regularly, right after school I ran a grass loop warmup, lifted 2x11 of everything, then ran a grass loop cooldown and went home.

At 5pm, I went 7 with the club. There were quite a few of us today, so it was fun to rotate around in the group and talk with different people about whatever during different parts of the run. And I jumped in a puddle and got my feet all wet! On purpose. :) A little stiff today, but mostly just going smooth and nice like this whole week has been. I'm getting spoiled with all these good runs! (DS2 145.5)

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Boy am I sore! The little lifting I did yesterday has done me in, I think. And I'm starting to get a sore throat. And I feel whiny! My body wanted to do less and my mind wanted to do more, but ended up running an easy Green Springs 6 with Jeff, and we talked a lot to keep our minds on something besides our tired legs, since they (mine, at least) were stiff, uncooperative and sore the whole way. At the end, I was pleasantly surprised that our average was 7:34/mi with one mile on the downhill back under 7:00! Hopefully my legs will feel more like legs tomorrow. (DS2 151.5)

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There is a need for a place to put down very slow miles, because that's what I ran this morning - it was cold, my legs were so tired and I was congested and sick, it was not very fun. But I did it! Ran out on River road around on Riverside, up Mall Drive and back home on River road with a couple of detours to make it 10 miles. 8:14/mi avg. (DS2 161.5) 

From Jody on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 15:18:06

I will take your very slow miles!!! Great job getting out today.

From Sierra on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 16:41:46

You're amazing Ruth. Your pace says you were booking it to me..(haha). What time did you go running in the morning?

From MarcieJ on Sat, Jan 26, 2008 at 17:28:56

We missed ya today! I was the lone female. Your very slow miles are not that slow! Hope you get feeling better !

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Snow, snow, snow! What a crazy run! Did the River 8 - we started off into some nasty wind with the snow pelting us lots and it hurt muchly. Once we got past sunrise tire, the wind wasn't against us anymore and from then on out it was a fun fast run. Nobody had a watch, but we were cold and ran fast - I think I got a new time record on the last mile up to the school! Also, we got to run in some very messy muck on the crossing to the paved trail, so my shoes have finally become filthy... bwah ha ha ha ha ha! I don't think I've smiled so much in a run since I ran the steeplechase at SUU last year. Good times. (DS2 169.5)

From Sierra on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 21:24:18

Holy Cow Ruth!! You are as tuff as nails! Good Job for running in that cold, cold, cold COLD weather!!!

From Austin on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 16:24:05

Ha ha ha ha ha Ruth! i splashed you. Woo!!! :)

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Ran to the cemetery and did  a couple of tempo miles with an easy one in between, went with Decker, Willy, Holt, Austin and Kimzey. Legs are sore and a bit stiff from yesterday's lifting (2x11 again after our run yesterday) and fast running, plus I have the remnants of a sinus headache -presumably from running in the snow with a cold- so the tempo wasn't the most excellent. But, I guess if you average the two they were almost right on goal pace... 6:14 and 6:23 (gp 6:20). After, we did 4x100m grass strides and ran back to the HS. The guys were going pretty quick on the last mile down on Riverside, so I stuck with them and that mile was 6:40-ish! My left knee is getting tighter and left foot sorer, I think I'm going to call April up for a massage soon. Good run for the most part.Avg. for the whole run 7:05/mi. (DS2 177.8)

From MichelleL on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 21:04:14

What a speedster! I wish I could train with you! It would be so fun. Let me know if you are ever up our way (don't come up tomorrow - way snowy!).

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The boys all ditched me today! Which was probably good since I think I needed a break. So, since I randomly signed up for a 10k this Saturday, I decided to do my longer run for the week today. Went out on the GS-Desert-Middleton run, legs were sore and the wind was against me for the uphill out, but after the first 4.5 at 8:00-8:50/mi pace, I started feeling good and cruised the rest of the way back at around 7:00-7:20/mi pace. When I got to the HS, I ran most of a big grass loop and a couple laps around the track to get to 10 miles. Total avg. 7:53/mi. Really great run with some wonderful scenery; felt nice to go out on my own and relax. (DS2 187.9)

From MarcieJ on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 20:29:10

Hey what 10k are you doing this weekend?

From Ruthie on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 21:05:20

It's called the Castle Rock Duathlon, but it has a 5k and a 10k, too. It starts at Tuachan HS at 9:30am.

From amanda on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 21:12:04

I was thinking about running the 10K but I don't think that I would do it. Good luck on your 10K this weekend.

From Mik'L on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 22:47:28

You are rockin it lately! Keep it up!

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Big grass loop warm up, then lifted weights - still just 2x11 easy. Next week I'm upping it to 3x11, big grass loop cool down. Will run more with the club this evening.

Ran the usual loop with the club, quite a few people out today, which was fun. In our group, only Fre, Austin and I did the 7-miler, 7:30/mi avg. and I was dying. Not really, but my legs felt really tired and heavy the whole run. Glad I resisted the urge to go donate blood at our school's blood drive. (DS2 196.4)

From Mik'L on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:31:49

Hey what's going on with Kermit? I saw him today at the strip mall. Things didn't look so good.

From Ruthie on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 18:41:03

He's totaled - a grand total of $1,100 dollars worth. But we're a bit too attached to him to let him go to the smasher, so we bought him back for $125 and we're going to take him home (soon?) to try and fix him for less than the estimated $3000. Sad days.

From Benn on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 21:58:28

Good idea resisting the urge to donate blood. It definitely would have made for a long February.

From amanda on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 22:01:20

Hey I can hang out Friday night until last but I cannot have a sleep over.

From Dustin on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 23:09:12

Hey Ruth

Good job tonight on the run. To answer your question about the DS Trainer. My first pair I got just over 300 miles and I started to feel like they needed replaced. This second pair that I have right now has just over 200 I think, so probably another 100 or 150. I don't think they are as durable as say the Nimbus or Cumulus. I know Holt has liked the Stratus.

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Took it pretty easy today, warmed up with Amanda, then did Foremaster - started off with everybody, but stuck with Jeff for most of it, since I think we were both feeling kinda tired out today. 7:41/mi avg. (DS2 203)

Goals for tomorrow's 10k: Win, PR and break 40:00! 

From josse on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 19:34:50

Good luck on the 10k tomorrow. I have no doubt you will kick butt.

From amanda on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 20:22:12

You think I should RJizzle??? Ok we can talk about it to night.

From Dave Holt on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 21:14:23

Do well tomorrow - get that massage scheduled before it gets too late!

Is RJizzle what I think it means?!

From Christi on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 21:20:26

Hey Ruth! I'm running tomorrow's 10k too! I'll be looking for you. You're gonna kick butt! GO GET 'EM!

From Jody on Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 22:22:46

Good Luck tomorrow!!

From Ruthie on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 09:51:37

Thanks for the luck everybody, I'm sick so I'll probably need it.

Holt- probably... :)

Christi- hope to see you, too you'll do awesome!

From Jeff Fre on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 12:00:00

You are probably running the 10k right now!! I hope it's going good, good luck.

and thanks for running with me Friday.

From Ally Holt on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 13:46:37

Hey Ruthie! Thanks for the comment. Hope your race went well.

Race: Tuachan Duathlon 10k (8 Miles) 00:54:13, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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I must have bad luck with 10k's - this is the second one (of my 4 total) in which I've gone the wrong way or something! I think there were a total of 10 of us running the 10k, so the start was pretty small and I took off with no boys coming near, so I had goal #1 for the whole race! The race was a out-and-back, so when my garmin said 3.1 miles and there wasn't a turnaround, I was a bit confused, but when I eventually got to 4 miles with no turnaround in sight, I was so mad! I turned around and tried to think of where I could've messed up, but there wasn't any, so as I made my way back I told all the people running it what was up.

The first 2 miles were fast and fun, and the third had a lot of slow uphill. I was actually 'racing' for them, but I got more and more confused/angry on the fourth mile so it was slower (and still uphill). Miles 5-6 were faster with the downhill, and when I got to 6.2 miles total, I glanced at my watch at 6.2 and I think my time was around 41:00. So, whatever. After that, I slowed to a 'cruise' at around 7:15/mi pace for the last 2 miles back to the finish line for a total avg. of 6:46/mi. (DS2 211.8)

It turns out, talking to the race director after, that at some point we were supposed to go from the road to the paved trail and that the turnaround was on the trail. That would've been nice to know before the race. Or even during. Or if it had been marked. But no. I don't think I've been so tempted to flip someone off in all my life! I left right after I finished so I wouldn't freak out on anyone or get even angrier, and to make it to Pres. Hinckley's funeral on time. So I spent twenty bucks for a t-shirt, goody bag, and a 8 mile tempo run. Bleh.
I'm mostly over it by now, just a bit of frustration over a wasted morning.

From Jody on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 16:37:06

That is so frustrating, but on the other hand you completely KICKED BUTT!! Way to GO!!

From Lybi on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 17:13:48

I bet there are a lot of people who are glad you ran today! Just think about how they would've just kept going and going...

Did you end up being 1st overall and beating the guys?

It IS really frustrating that you could have had a PR if the course had been marked correctly. I bet they would refund your money in exchange for the shirt if you asked them.

Anyways, great job and thanks for raising the average speed of the FRB girls. ;)

From The Beast on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 18:16:00

That really sucks! Good job on winning though.

From josse on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 18:36:26

Sorry about the race, it did make me laugh because I have dreams like that.

And good for you for resisting the finger;)

From amanda on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 18:41:04

To bad you couldn't find the turn around. Thanks for reading some ap biology to me. That was fun we need to do it again. Maybe next time I can finish the whole movie lol.

From Dave Holt on Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 23:37:08

I think I might just HAVE to tell Mr. Palmer about this one!

From Christi on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 00:52:31

That is crazy! I didn't know the turn around was on a trail?! Its weird 'cause the trail dumps you on the road and nobody knew to look for a place to get back on a trail. ANYWAY- frustrating! It was really fun to chat & warm up with you pre-race and see you in action so close- you are an AMAZING runner!

From Ruthie on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 01:28:45

Thanks guys. :)

Lybi- Yes way!! (Though I'm not sure how much of an accomplishment it was since I don't think more than 10 people ran the 10k.)

Josse - I have them dreams like it too, though I think it is because I actually do go the wrong way in races. Often.

Holt- Oh no! THAT nickname he gave me has a problem with recurring after you tell him these stories...

From Steve O. on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 12:02:05

You seemed to have a good long 10K race. I'm pretty sure you could have won the race even if everyone else would have only had to run 6.2 miles. Great job. 1st place overall (male and female) right?

From Mik'L on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 20:28:31

LOL...not really! I cannot handle races that give out the wrong (or no) information about the course! Unbelievable! I have hardly seen Clyde so mad as when they turned him around wrong on that half in Nov. Way to run through it, still win, and keep your cool! Clyde had to leave right after his race in order to not jump down any throats as well! haha Lookin good though!

From Jeff Fre on Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 23:38:17

I was worried at first when I saw your time, but great time for an 8miler. sorry about what happened but good job anyways!

From Kelly on Mon, Feb 04, 2008 at 09:17:51

Well done on the race and on controlling your temper. Chalk another victory up for you and the FRB crew!

From Mike Warren on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 10:39:20

Ruth, you are one Awesome runner! That stinks about the marking of the course. It's not that diffucult to mark a turnaround, I just don't get it. Well, not only a win for you, but the extra 2 miles will pay off down the road. Keep burning it up, I can still picture the back of your head, when you decided to shift gears at Painters and leave me for dead! "Great Job"!!

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Warmed up 600m with Amanda, then I ran out on Telegraph to the Coral Canyon stoplight (4 miles) and back to the high school. Took it pretty easy, started out with Jeffree and finished off by my lonesome. Felt slow and exhausted for the first 6 miles, but the last 2 felt better for the most part. Managing to breathe was interesting, while coughing and having a stuffed up head, but I survived! (DS2 220.7)  

After, I lifted 3x11 of LE-7, LC-10, LPD-3, BP-55, SQ-75 and Abs-5. Then I did 4x100m barefoot strides on the turf. Cold feet!  

From amanda on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 15:07:10

We should run our warm up together more, because I like see my name on your blog.hahahaha

From ron on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 20:19:50

I know what you mean about the coughing. I almost fell over today during a huge cough :)

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Early out from school today, so we ran at 11:30! Legs felt a bit stiff from yesterday as we warmed up to the cemetery and did the loop twice w/o stopping for a 2 mile tempo workout (6:20/mi gp). Last week I went too fast on the first one and too slow on the second, so I was so determined to do better this week. I held back on the first one a little and got exactly 6:20, then pushed so hard on the second one to keep it fast that it ended up being 6:09! Oops. After, we jogged another loop around the cemetery and ran back to the high school for a total of 7.6 miles. Then we took off the shoes for 4x100m barefoot strides on the turf. Knee got pretty sore and tight today, so April's giving me a massage tonight! (DS2 228.8)

From Mike Warren on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 16:07:20

Great run and out of school early, hard to beat! How is your foot doing, you seem to really be running just Awesome!

From Ruthie on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 16:11:16

Thanks! The foot has been completely great since I had to ease off for the wisdom teeth. I guess it's the silver lining of that particular cloud. :)

From MarcieJ on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 16:29:17

Nice job on your miles this week. You are so speedy! Keep it up!

From Jeff on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 18:16:31

Good run today Ruth! Have fun with that massage tonight.

From amanda on Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:37:19

I saw you running with the boys on my way home. Good job! Your birthday is tomorrow! You are going to be 18!

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Grass loop with Amanda for a warmup, then ran a fun easy River Run - first 2 with Rob and the rest by myself. Forgot to replace my watch's batteries yesterday, so I borrowed Amanda's watch for the run. I had such a fun time! Amanda's garmin was set for a "fast pace" alert, so it suddenly beeped at me and said "SLOW DOWN!" randomly. It was so unexpected, and made me laugh (a lot) so I left it on for a mile or so. The dirt part of the run was SO squishy, I could barely run through it and my shoes got dirtier. :) And I talked to myself some. And I saw some other girls doing the bank 5-miler on the way up the industrial hill about .25 ahead of me, so I hurried up and caught them! That mile was 7:12 - woo hoo! Avg. pace 7:34/mi. SO GOOD! (DS2 237.3)

Today I became LEGAL. I can now vote, buy dry ice and sign my own race sign-up forms! 

From The Beast on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 19:31:21

Alright I will have to get it tomorrow.

From amanda on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 19:36:08

Sorry about the set pace on my watch. I love when it tells me to slow down. It went off on me when I was running the last half marathon. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

From crumpyb1 on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 19:58:00

Happy Birthday!

From MarcieJ on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 20:29:31

You've had a BIRTHDAY shout Hooray! Whoo hoo you can sign your own racesign up forms, thats even better than being able to vote j/k:) Hope you had a good one!!!

From Jody on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 20:44:06


From Sierra on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 21:06:03

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Good job on catching us too!! : )

From Sierra on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 21:08:07

By the way be careful with that "Legal" stuff too...because now you can got JAIL!! ; )

From Ally on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 21:49:17

HAPPY B-DAY RUTHIE-O!!! What are you guys going to doing for your birthday? I hope you are partying down as I type this. Have a good one and WELCOME TO ADULT-HOOD! Haha. Feliz Cumpleanos! Ay ay ay, Arriba! Tiene una fiesta muy divertido!!! Come mucho comida! Ok I'm done, happy birthday chica!!

From adam on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 22:45:49

that signing race forms is a sweet deal. I once got kicked out from a 10 mile race because I was 17 and a half and they wouldn't accept the signature of the adult I was with. We drove about 4 or 5 hours for that race too.

From Mik'L on Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 23:17:02

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Ruthie is 18...that's a bit scary! I remember the days of Ruthie as a freshman...okay, those were scarier! :) Hope you did something fun!

From Benn on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 22:18:10

Adam, sorry to hear you got kicked from a race for being too young. If it were me, I wouldnt have put a different birthdate ;) it's okay to fib when youre a runenr

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Ran a couple laps barefoot on the track to warm up for lifting, but the basketball coaches wouldn't let me into the weight room. So I went home.

Club run tonight - the usual 7. Legs were really tired out for the first 3, but felt lots better for the second half. Kinda had a sloshy belly for most of it, but not awful. And I held my breath all the way through the tunnel that goes under the road! Didn't start my watch until we were 3 miles in, but the last 4 were at 7:36/mi avg. pace.  (DS2 244.2)

Off to Flagstaff tomorrow!

From amanda on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 16:43:21

The basketball coach wouldn't let you in. I bet it was because sean was in there JK. It sucks you couldn't lift today.

From Kyle on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:16:44

Thanks for the welcome! My hard workout today went a little something like this: 3 sets of 2 miles

First: 11:20

6 min break

Second: 11:00

6 min. break

third: 10:45

So it hurt a little.

From Christi on Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 00:08:39

Nice run tonight! Have fun in Flagstaff!

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Some alarm clock malfunction (whether it didn't go off or I accidentally turned it off in my sleep, I'll never know) made for a hectic morning run. I had planned to get up at 4:52 to run 7 miles before getting ready and leaving for Flagstaff at 7am, but I woke up at 5:40 because of my mom. So, I threw on my running gear and ran hurried through a 6-miler in my limited time. Avg. 7:15/mi with 6:55 first mile. And I was still late to get on the bus because I forgot my dress the first time! 

After getting situated in our hotel, we had an hour of free time, so I went exploring to see how the roads and surrounding area were to decide between outside or treadmill for tomorrow morning. Easy out-and-back 3-miler. The roads were snowy, wet and mucky, so when I finished the backs of my calves were black. Eew. 7:43/mi avg. (DS2 253.2)

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This trip has been rather unlucky! I had such a frustrating morning. Again. Got up at 5:37 to go run 10 miles on the treadmill in the hotel (since the roads were icy and it was freezing out), but the treadmill wouldn't go any faster than 3.5 mph and I couldn't figure out why. The front desk fellow was totally ignorant, so after trying again (in vain) to get the treadmill to work, I stalked back to my room, put on my cold weather gear and went to run in the icy freezing-ness. By then it was 6:15, so I barely had time to run a slow 7 miles with all the ice and snow everyplace. Argh. Avg 8:15/mi. (DS2 260.2)

Never had time to get in the missing 3 from this morning, but we got I's in both performances!

And we have good news about Kermit! He is up and running and legal, so I'll be driving him from now on! Woo hoo! And since we got $1,100 for him being totaled and spent a total of $925 on repairing him, we even gained $175 in the process... not bad!

From Benn on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 08:42:18

Good job slugging it out. Bummer on the 'mill conundrum. Hope everything works out on Sunday! Just think, in about a month or so we all wont mind getting out there in the NOTso icy freezingness :)! Run on Ruth! What's on the chopping block this spring for PRs? I think 5:10 is going down, and the 3200 goal: 11:20 = 5:40 pace. I think you'll smash that by a good 20 + seconds. By midseason at least you'll be well under 11:00 :-D. And we'll all be cheering on your state champs endeavors. VISUALIZE THE BLING! :)

From amanda on Sun, Feb 10, 2008 at 20:15:24

Kermit is back no way!!! That is awesome. I cannot wait to see him again lol. Sorry that you trip and running didn't want to go together.

From Wildbull on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 15:44:55

Kermit has been resurected! yeppie. Party, party!

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First day of track conditioning today: we warmed up 2x on track, did agilities and stretches, had a little discussion and then ran the Washington Pkwy 8-miler. Started off with everybody, ran with Jeff for most of it and finished up with Willy. Boy did I feel awful. I was working so hard to keep my pace good, when it was still hanging around 7:50. Ugh.  My inner ankles and arches were hurting the whole run, I got a few sideaches and generally felt "bleh." By the last 2 miles, I was so sick of sucking that I sped up and determined that I would make up for it a bit and run them better. So I did. Most non-triumphant. Avg. 7:38/mi. (DS2 269.2)

After, I lifted weights: 3x11 of LE-7, LC-10, LPD-3, BP-55, SQ-85, and Abs-5. Then I ran 4x100m barefoot turf strides. My feet and ankles still hurt. Iced. Bleh.

From Jeff on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 22:51:54

Sorry you were feeling "bleh" today. It's monday, it will be better!

From amanda on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 12:49:49

Good job on the weights! You are awesome! Remember I love you and your car!

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Track again! Was still pretty lame-feeling for the most part, left ankle still not liking me for almost the entire run. Took it easy to the cemetery with Holt, then ran the cemetery loop for one 2-in-a-row tempo, then one easy, then one tempo again (GP 6:20). Wasn't expecting much goodness out of these, but they were all right.

The in-a-row miles were 6:14 and 6:14 (though my watch said .98 miles for 6:20/mi avg. exactly for both). Then I ran the slow easy one, but on the downhill bit, I rolled my right ankle on the edge of a large-ish rock - ow - and came perilously close to faceplanting it, and just jogged it off, though it still smarts a bit. When I finished the lap, I noticed my watch had run out of batteries, so I jogged around a while until Austin and Kimz finished up theirs and swapped watches with them for the last one. It felt pretty icky, with ankles quite ouchy, but 6:12, so not bad. Paused to stretch before jogging slowly back. 7:13/mi total avg. Iced at home. (DS2  278.2)

From Hayden on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 22:57:40

Hey ruth how is is going you are doing awesome and running fast. Man that sucks you rolled your ankle you need to stay away from those injuries girl. Keep up the good work. Hey weights are not that bad though I would much rather run though.

From MarcieJ on Tue, Feb 12, 2008 at 22:59:11

Those are some fast miles! I cant wait to watch some of your meets!

From Dave Holt on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 11:52:59

Don't worry about the mileage off the Garmin. From the crack to the hydrant is 1 mile. Is the pacing okay for you? I know its not too fast, but does it need to be just a hair quicker? Generally it should be about 5-10 seconds slower than your 5K pace. But you seem to be handling it okay. The big thing is to make sure that you aren't pushing up to you AT and draining yourself for the mileage later in the week. (In a couple of weeks we will start to do that!)

From Dustin on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 18:21:04

Where is the cemetery at that you guys run to?

From MarcieJ on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 18:38:25

So I am not quite sure about running tomorrow. I am feeling pretty lousy at the moment. I think I will play it by ear and see how I feel. I will call you later tonight and let you know if thats ok.

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Easy Green Springs 6, felt lethargic and tired again. And sore on top of it! I seem to be having a really crappy day today and a quite crappy week this week. Ran the first mile with the guys, then slowed up a little and since my ankle is not liking me still, I stopped at the turnaround to give it a bit of rest and rub it out a little. A bit quicker on the way back with the downhill. Avg. min/mi 7:40-ish. (DS2 284.7) 


From amanda on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:02:49

I just made your valentine thing for tomorrow. I'll put it in your car! Good luck tomorrow with singing. I love you tons!

From dave holt on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 20:32:50

no big deal - that's exactly why we cut back a little today. Tomorrow 7, Friday 6 again, and then a solid 10 Saturday to round off the week.

From Sierra on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 23:12:03

Sorry you're haveing a bad day/week!! Just what ever you do don't say things could get any worse!! : ) I bet things will get better for you soon Ruth! Good luck with the rest of the week!

From Jeff on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 00:47:31


From amanda on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 21:56:10

Happy Valentine's Day!

From Hayden on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 22:06:21

keep it up ruth your awesome.

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At 4:33am (six minutes before my alarm was due to ring, grrr) I woke up, got into my warm clothes and drove to the school, then ran the Hospital 7-miler. For the first time this week, I actually felt reasonably good for most of my run. On the last mile and a half, snow flurries were coming down nice and gently, which made for a bit of fun catching them in my mouth and seeing how white my sweatshirt was getting. Avg. 7:34/mi. (DS2 291.7)

After that I lifted weights by myself. (While listening to good music! Ha!) 3x11 of LE-7, LC-10, LP-3, BP-55, SQ-80, Abs-5. Not so bad as last time. Ran a cooldown around the school barefooted - about .25 mile.

Today's workout was a good start to a awful day! Ugh. I spent 13.5 hours driving all around the community to deliver "singing valentines" to people for our choir fundraiser. My feet are killing me from wearing 4" heels all day. And the food I managed to get during the day was rather questionable and definitely bad for me. Good thing I NEVER have to do that again!!!!! And, yeah... happy Valentine's Day.

From Benn on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 23:28:07

You set your alarm for 4:39?! haha Weird time, but SUPER DEDICATION. Hope you had a great Valentine's Day and way to start off the day right though.

From Ruthie on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 23:36:24

I never set my alarm for anything that ends in a 5 or a 0. Just an odd quirk.

From Jeff on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 23:57:55

Ruth that is early! Great dedication, you rule. inspiration for me!

From Mik'L on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 00:07:19

I loved doing singing valentines! Good job getting out. Are we getting a good turnout at conditioning?

From Mike Warren on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 00:24:04

Good thing, there are good people like you to deliver the singing valentines! You will never catch me doing that. Hey long run on Sat if your planning on it. We are meeting at my house 7 AM, 1868 N Serenity Dr. My wife is droping us on Utah Hill and running back.

From Ruthie on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:38:02

Mik'L - did you do them in the community or just the school? The school ones are fun, but the community ones grate on you. Conditioning, dunno about yesterday, but previously the turnout has been around 30? So not bad!

Mike - I'd love to, but I have our Physics cardboard boat race at 8am, so I won't have time. Have a good one, though!

From Mike Warren on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 13:51:10

Can you put engines on the boats?

From Ruthie on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 18:59:51

Sadly, no. Man powered only - paddles or arms. :(

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Foremaster 6-miler, mostly ran it with JFree. Best run I've had all week. Ran up "the hill" - east ridge - like a hill workout and it killed me. Excited to run up it lots in the future? Not a chance. But the inevitable will come. Last mile up the long hill I picked it up a little. Left my watch at home accidentally, but Jeff's was 47:35 and I finished a bit before him, so I'm guessing about the same avg. pace as yesterday. Afterwards 4x100m barefooted striders on the turf. (DS2 285.4)

From Jeff on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 19:31:56

Yes I'm excited to run up it in the future too, and repeats? No. But it is coming. Good run today, I am glad that it was good.

keep it up!

From The Beast on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 19:38:16

Good run Ruth!

From Kyle on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 19:57:53

U've got a lot of miles this week. Good job!

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Made a deal with myself again that I wouldn't run until my laundry was done, so I got going at 3pm. Started off doing the AP 10, and stopped by at AP's house for the potty (and found Annie and Heidi sitting on the roof of all things), then was feeling good and adventurous, so I went off exploring new roads in Little Valley and came back through S Bloomington Hills, so it turned out longer by a ways. Felt pretty good, though my lower back is sore from duct-taping and freezer-papering our entire boat last night (which worked quite perfectly this morning, I must say) and my left ankle is still being bothersome, but the weather was perfect and the run was nice and relaxing. Also, I finally think I'm starting to kind of get the hang of running downhill better. Hopefully! Avg. 7:39/mi pace. (DS2 296.5)

From MarcieJ on Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 18:52:25

We missed you today but I am glad you got your laundry done. I am sure your mother appreciated that one! It is a very nice weather day today!

From Brenna on Sat, Feb 16, 2008 at 22:46:33

Thanks so much for the support! It's great to have encouragement from experience runners!

From ron on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 17:45:29

Running downhill is a tricky business. I still am not sure what the correct way is. Nice mileage this week.

From Dave Holt on Sun, Feb 17, 2008 at 21:02:44

50 mile week - nice work. What is freezer papering?

From Ruthie on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 00:36:38

Waterproofing! Freezer paper has a waxy side -like waxed paper but sturdier- so we covered all the surfaces that might touch water in freezer paper so the cardboard wouldn't get soggy.

From Kyle on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 10:12:10

Thats a lot of miles! Jibbing is one of two things. It's either where you grind on a rail with one foot, or when you lift a section of your board and twist it in a 360. It's way fun, but sort of hard. Anyways, I hope I can get the guts to do a run that huge on Saturday. Keep it up!

From MarcieJ on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 13:22:46

I hope I didnt miss you. I waited for 10 min and then left (Mike cancelled). Hope I you werent waiting someplace over there and I didnt see you!

From amanda on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 14:19:23

You are awesome. Maybe we can do a homework party after I got off of work tonight. But it would have to be over at my house. I don't know how much fun I will be I am sick.

From amanda on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 15:32:07

I get off at 7 so you should come over! My toe nails look really bad and we need some think to look good becuase are legs are starting to look really scary~

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Fun run out on the Washington Fields loop that I hate, but it wasn't so bad because I did it backwards! I think I'm going to only do it that way from now on. Because of the parade of homes, there were lots of balloons tied to "open house" signs, so I gave a total of 10 balloons the smack-down! And I love this weather! Really consistent miles, first and last were 7:07 & 7:09, and the rest were all within 5 seconds of 7:30. Avg. pace 7:26/mi. for 8 miles, then stopped in the park on the way home to do some barefoot grass strides. It wasn't measured or anything, so I ended up doing more like 140 meter strides. Whatever. Good run and lots of fun. And I found a dime. Winner!!! (DS2 304.5)

From MarcieJ on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 19:29:57

I hope I didnt miss you this morning. I waited for 10 min and looked around the parking lot and then left.

From Hayden on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 19:54:14

You ran backwards your crazy ruth. Good job though, yea those balloons can get on your nerves

From Jeff on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 21:04:42

Great run! Good start to the week, it's going to be awesome!

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Ran out with they guys for some tempo cemetery miles like we do every Tuesday - this time we did 2 x 2-in-a-row (with the .1 jog between) and 5 minute jog between the sets with GP 6:20/mi. Felt ok on the jog out, but wasn't feeling good in the legs or the guts for most of it. Ran the first two in 6:16 and 6:14. Jogged around feeling tired, then got going on the second two which were 6:13 and 6:17, though on the last one I was my legs were juiced and I was huffing and puffing muchly by the end. Not the greatest, but not awful time-wise, I guess. But it sure felt awful. Jogged back to the school around the pond way with Holt talking about goals for the season and first meet. We'll see! (DS2 314)

From MarcieJ on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 20:27:04

When is your first meet?

From Ruthie on Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 21:37:29

It's March 7 & 8 - the Rotary Invitational at Hurricane HS. Woooo!!!

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Started out a little chilly on the trail out-and-back run, then at almost 2 miles cold cold winds and rain suddenly attacked us! Lots of rain, wind, hail and jumping in BIG puddles. With mud. And soggy heavy shoes. I think I ran the fastest I ever have on the way back because I was so excited to be out of the cold. By the end of the run, we were drenched and freezy! Then Decker and I (Austin and Willy wimped out) ran 4x100m strides on the turf and our feet froze off. Or at least almost. The run was fun in a crazy kind of a way! And I found a dime again. And I did yesterday - so this makes 3 days in a row of finding a dime on my run. Triple winner! Avg. 7:09/mi pace. Soaking wet and still shivering an hour later. (DS2 321)

From Ally on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 20:27:39

Wow sounds crasay! I love how you can have so much fun in crappy weather!

From Jeff on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 20:41:11

Winner Winner Winner!

From The Beast on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 20:53:47

Today was awesome now that its over. Thanks for doing the striders.

From dave holt on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 at 21:24:02

I tried to put a positive spin on the run, but after you guys turned back it just got UGLY.

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Warmed up with the team and such, then lifted same as always - 3x11 of LC-10, LE-7, LPD-3, BP-55, SQ-80, Abs-5. Then cooled down on the big grass loop. (DS2 322.3)

Afternoon I ran with the club. I feared my legs would be totally spent and slow, but it felt really good for the most part. Just did the 7-miler with Austin. The easy miles were pretty quick: 7:10, 7:10, 7:06, 6:50, 6:51 - then the last uphill miles kinda died: 7:38 and 8:00. Overall, not a bad run, though I've decided boys are gross. And weird. Marcie, you need to come to these to save me from the awkward conversations! (DS2 329.3)

From Mik'L on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 00:49:33

Go to bed!

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Ran Foremaster with the big hill (east ridge?) hard once. It was supposed to be fast, but it was just hard. Started out w/Holt and finished by myself with a 'pit stop' at Maverick. My guts hate me - I think from all the cookie dough I ate during 2nd hour - and my legs are really tired and sore. So I went really slow. It was icky. Glad my watch was out of batteries. After, 4x100 strides on the beginning slope of the grass loop place because the soccer players were taking up the whole field. (DS2 336.4)

From amanda on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 19:37:56

So I hear you asked my brother if he got lost on his run hahaha

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Tired, sore and slow, out to the AZ strip and back. After about two miles I was ready to be done. The way out was so slow and - avg. 8:24/mi, then on the way back I got sick of being so slow and picked it up more - avg. 7:42/mi. Plus, the slight downhills helped pick up the pace. So, average pace for the whole run was 8:03/mi. Glad it's over with. (DS2 346.4)

From Christi on Sat, Feb 23, 2008 at 13:35:36

Nice job- but hope you're not running out to the AZ strip alone?! I know that run and love it- but I get spooked even w/ a partner...

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Track practice "officially" started today, and we had 2 of them. At 5:30, I ran a warmup and the AC 3 with Austin, Holt, Trevor and some other fellow I can't recall. It felt a lot faster than it actually was. 22:23 total time - 7:27/mi pace. And the showers at the school were freezing cold yet again. Curses.

Then in the afternoon, I ran the Hospital 7-miler, started out with Ashley J and caught up to McKenzie at AC, so we ran together until the Hospital which was fun - especially to run with girls for once! Still feeling pretty tired and slow, my shoes are getting worn down and running twice in them today wasn't good for them, so my shins were a little achy. If I can find some time I'm going to get some new ones this week. 54:21 total time - 7:45/mi pace. 4x100m strides after. And lifted, exactly the same as last time. (DS2 357.9)

From Jeff on Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 23:12:42

Great miles for the day.

I just saw your goals for track this year. Good luck, You are awesome!

From Kyle on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 12:53:30

That's some awesome miles! I can't wait to see your time in track! keep it up.

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To cemetery wtih Ashley and Kenzie and some fellow (Chris?), then 4x cemetery loops with .1 mile (1:00) jog between each - GP 6:20. Times were 6:16 (6:22), 6:15 (6:25), 6:14 (6:23), 6:10 (6:23) - parentheses are the pace/mi my watch spat out. It has been measuring a bit short lately. Weird. Shins were a bit achy again, and the last couple were pretty hard with much hard breathing. When I finished I stopped and went to the restroom and was feeling really sick to my stomach. Jogging home was slow and icky, my belly was sloshing and I felt awful and tired. Yucky and very slow going - 8:30 pace the whole way back. But I made it, barely.(DS2 366.9)

From Austin on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:17:41

:) Thanks Ruth! Im sorry you didnt feel good today. Dont let it bring you down. You still did a great work out. :)

From Jeff on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:24:21

Good run Ruth. Pledge to be drug free.

From Hayden on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 20:50:01

I agree with Jeff ruth stay away from those drugs and maybe you won't get hurt anymore. Just kidding your doing awesome and keep up the good work. Hey im posting quotes on my blog everyday if you want to check them out.

From amanda on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 23:11:53

Thanks for blog for me today you are awesome. I love you ruth hope we can hang out this weekend!

From amanda on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 23:26:26

So you are going to be out of town. Sad! I'll just find someone else to hang out with lol. I cannot wait for our track meet. You know why.... our legs are getting pretty bad hahahhaha

From Mike Warren on Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 00:41:28

Ruth, thanks for your comment. You are the hero though. It will be an honor when you line up in the olympics to say, hey, I run with that gal! Your an incredible runner and an even better person, Thanks!

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All by my lonesome in the morning, I was going to do the afternoon workout, but my legs were completely dead, so I opted for the traditional AC. 23:47 total time - 7:55/mi pace. And I got a warm shower at the school! I was so happy!

Legs still tired in the afternoon, but not quite as bad as in the morning. Had to hurry to get home by 3:45, so I left 8th period early to get going on the Dogpound AT run. It was slow, hard as heck and killed me dead. Miles were 6:18, 6:28, 6:49 and 6:37/mi pace for .25 mile. Eew. Though, thinking about it just barely, those might be a bit slow, since my watch has been off lately. Hmmm. Maybe it was only pretty crappy and not really crappy!

At 3:45, we biked about 5 miles with a lady in my ward to her cancer treatment and back. Kind of a nice cooldown, except now my legs are dead-er than dead. Dern. (DS2 374.9)

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Slept in until 8am, yay! Was supposed to do 7 today, but I'm sick of all the Washington, Little Valley and Industrial Rd. runs from my house, so I did the Man-O-War 8-mile loop, which is close. Ran it slow and easy - 8:09/mi avg. (DS2 383)

Track practice: ran the warm up, then lifted the same as always, though I upped the weight on Abs to 7.5 and added some cherry pickers, bicep curls and pull ups (which were questionable). Next Monday, I think I'll up the weight on a couple more lifts. Then I ran a big grass loop cool down and stretched a lot with the guys. Good day today. (DS2 384)

From Wildbull on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 12:16:05

what, r u a senior sluffer! good job getting out.

From Ruthie on Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 16:44:02

Nope! I was excused because of SUPAF choir festival.... :)

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AC at 6:30am, ran with Austin for most of it. 'Twas pretty slow and easy. Ran in my new shoes and they were reasonably good. (Adrenaline 3.5)

Ran 4 in Monticello, from my hotel down the highway 2 miles and back. Did some quick strides in the middle a couple of times to get my legs going after 6-7 hours in the car. New shoes again, this time they were feeling a bit weird, dunno if I still like them. We'll see. Then I partied with my brother, sister-in-law and nephews! Good times. (Adrenaline 7.5)

From amanda on Sat, Mar 01, 2008 at 12:23:12

Have fun on your trip!!!!!!!!!

Race: Monticello Triathlon (42.1 Miles) 02:37:44, Place overall: 21, Place in age division: 3
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Did the tri as a team (ski-3.8, bike-32, run-6.3) with my brother, Gene, and my sister-in-law, Gretchen. Gretchen started us off with the ski and she came in 6th last (of 82) since she mostly just swims and hadn't ever used skate skis before - her split time was 40:20. Then Gene took off on the bike, did really well, and passed 28 people - his split time was 1:18:08.

Then it was my turn! I started off a bit too fast (first mile 5:54) but got settled into a good pace after that. Probably could've run it faster, but I didn't really want to kill myself since it was mostly for fun anyway. The course was mostly gentle downhill, with about 2 miles total that were uphill/flat. So, not a hard course at all. I passed 28 people, too! Mile splits were 5:54, 6:18, 6:16, 6:19, 6:18, 6:15 and .33 at 5:42 pace with total time 39:15 and avg. pace 6:12/mi.  Had a really good time and partied with the nephews some more and ate at the BBQ, then ran a couple more really easy miles with Gretchen before the awards. Fun day and fun race. Then a long drive home again. (DS2 393)

From Ally on Sun, Mar 02, 2008 at 04:35:56

wow sounds like a blast! you did amazing for not wanting to kill yourself by the way!!! and, i didn't know you only had 24 teeth. =D Keep on keeping on ruthie-o!

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Slow in the morning. Legs were feeling pretty nice for the first time in a while. Ran with Austin again; he thinks that my new shoes make me sound like a guy running. Nice. Miles were 8:23, 7:45, 6:55 - 7:50/mi avg. (Adrenaline 11)

Afternoon 7-miler out past Washington Pkwy on Telegraph and back. Took it pretty easy on the way out with McKenzie and Ashley, then picked it up on the way back because I was feeling SO GOOD! Great weather today, great company today, and great run today! Days like these are the ones that really make me love running. Yay! Total avg. 7:34/mi. (DS2 400.5)

Afterwards, I lifted - I was feeling brave and actually upped some of my weights! (the bold ones) 3x11 of LE-7, LC-11, LPD-4,3,3, BP-57.5, SQ-85, Abs-7.5 Then I ran 4x100m turf strides to get the legs moving again. Foot hurt a bit. Oh well; I couldn't have a perfect day, now could I? Close enough! : D

From Mike Warren on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 11:17:28

Tell Austin, it's not the shoes making the noise, it's your jet engine holding back to run with him! Glad your feeling good! Are you running the spectrum 10k?

From Wildbull on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 11:27:37

Good job Ruth. Austin knows you run as good as any guy out there.

From Mik'L on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 23:36:37

Good weather? Where were you? It was chilly today! I like a good 65-70 degrees for a run.

From dave holt on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:47:34

You rock

From amanda on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 12:54:17

Nice run!!!!!!!!! Three days!!!!!!!!!

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Of all days to forget my watch! I am an idiot. Thank you SO much Jeffry for letting me borrow yours on my last 3 tempo miles and the way back. You're so awesome.

Legs feeling tired out from lifting and upping my weights, so I wasn't looking forward to Tempo miles (4x1 miles with 1:00 jog recovery, GP 6:20), this time we went down to the river trail and did the tempos on that. Didn't like it. The wind was pretty hard against us on the first two out, which wasn't fun. Times were: 6:34- argh! against the wind and Jeff was wearing the watch, so didn't know I was sucking that bad while we were doing it, angry face! 6:21- a little better, but still hard against the wind. 6:14- overcompensation? 6:15- again!?! So, I was proud of myself for coming back after a crappy first couple, but mad at myself for letting the first 2 fail. Fail fail fail. And coming back after them on the long uphill of 2450 basically killed me. (DS2 409)

From Hayden on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 21:04:53

Way to come back after those first two, i wish i could of did that in my 400's. you getting ready for the race this weekend. Man i am so excited, im trying to break 10 in the 32 what about you. O yea are you running the spectrum 10k

From Jeff on Tue, Mar 04, 2008 at 23:27:00

You are welcome.

Next time you forget your watch I'll be running fast with you. :)

Good run, u r kool.

From WILDBULL on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 10:46:26

good work out Ruth. WOW!

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Went to bed at 2am, so I am again brainless and set my alarm for 6:07, not 5:07, so I ran at the school at 6:15 really fast and got ready in 15 minutes at the school to get to class on time. Kind of a crazy morning. I need food. And my legs are still tired and sore. It was, however, a surprisingly good run. Probably was the adrenaline. Or Adrenalines? Hahahahaha. I need more sleep; thank goodness spring break is coming soon. (Adrenaline 14.5) 19:15

Didn't have much of good food during the day (all I had was a donut, 2 cookies and  5 cordial cherries during 2nd period), so I was again pleasantly surprised by my run. Did the Dogpound run; AT starting at the bank and ending at the school. Ran pretty easy for the first easy bit with a couple of girls from the team, then took off on the AT miles: 6:24- legs not quite wanting to work, a bit of a headwind, but not bad. 6:16- still a bit of headwind, but faster thanks to the downhill. 6:35- really good since this mile is ALL uphill. Then .25 at 6:10 pace- worked hard to finish strong! Total AT time: 20:47. Pretty happy with the workout today. And I did 4x100m barefoot strides after on the turf.  Hopefully I'll get a little more sleep tonight...tee hee. (DS2 413.5)

From Benn on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:14:13

crazy high schooler! haha wow i think commando points are in order for still running on 4 hours of sleep? or perhaps being able to get to the school within 8 minutes of getting up! haha!!

From ron on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 19:13:44

haha I guess we both had morning issues. I did the classic set the alarm for pm instead of am last night. Sadly I wasn't upset this morning when I woke up at my normal time and new I couldn't get a run in.

From amanda on Wed, Mar 05, 2008 at 20:52:13

I cannot wait to get our legs done:)

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Ran Hospital-7, ran with Ashley for the first 2 miles, then by myself the rest of the way. Took it really easy, avg. 7:53/mi. Hectic day, glad it's SPRING BREAK!!!!! (Adrenaline 22)

Goals for the Hurricane Invite:  3200m - qualify for state (11:48.35 or faster), and 400m - see what happens... get a fast time or something? :)

From Jeff on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 20:52:33

Good luck with your legs this weekend, if you know what I mean ;)

jk, I'll see you tomorrow.

From amanda on Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 22:32:01

One day/tomorrow morning! It is a little scary!

From Wildbull on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 11:09:50

good luck ruth! Scare the copetition! you scare me!

Race: Rotary Invitational at Hurricane (2 Miles) 00:11:26, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
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AC in the AM, nice and easy with Austin, Kimzey, Decker and (for the last bit) JFree. It was colder than I expected. (Thanks Decker for letting me borrow your gloves.) Legs a tad sore, but they loosened up after a bit. Then Amanda and I got our legs waxed! First time since January and it feels awesome. It'll be smooth sailing in the race today! Woo hooo!

First off at the meet, I ran the 3200m. It was AWESOME! Before I was really nervous that I wouldn't be able to pace it very well, but it felt great. I think I started out a tad fast, but I settled into a comfortably fast pace and stuck with it. Splits were pretty consistent: 1:18, 1:26, 1:28, 1:28, 1:29, 1:29, 1:29, 1:19.  PR-ed by 10 seconds, qualified for state by 22 seconds! And I took second place barely - by a "crazy lunge!" (DD spike 39)

Then I ran the 400m just for the heck of it and got 3rd place in my heat (and probably really bad overall). My time was 1:05.25, so I PR-ed in it by .52 seconds. A little while later, I ran to Wendy's, bought some dinner and then ran back with my food. It took me 13:15, and it felt like about 7:40/mi pace, so I'm guessing it was about 1.7 miles. (DS2 419.95)

I won't make it to the meet tomorrow, since I'm flying to Baltimore from Las Vegas at 6 AM tomorrow. Sad day, since I'm missing my favorite events - the 1600m and the Medley Relay.

From Austin on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 13:17:55

Ha ha ha sorry! I wasnt thinking correctly! :)

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 23:31:28

Who beat you?

From R on Fri, Mar 07, 2008 at 23:51:47

Sarah Callister of Ogden.

From Jeff on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 00:02:06

Great race! PR, qualified, and that finish was awesome. We'll miss you tomorrow and all week! Have fun.

From ron on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 00:59:04

wow, great way to start off. Nice race.

From MichelleL on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 13:03:16

congrats on the pr's on both fronts! I can't remember my pr from high school, but you probably have that. My pr in the 400 is a 65 too.

From James on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 15:40:31

Sarah was in our region when I was coaching at Bear River, she is very good. I would have liked to seen that race. I'm sure you will get another shot at her. Way to PR at the very beginning of the season!

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 17:32:54

What a way to start your season! Great job Ruthio--faster than ever! (And with YOU that is really saying something!)

From Christi on Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 21:44:31


From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 18:00:53

Running 210 miles in February did help. However, to be competitive against low 11:00/sub-11:00 girls you probably need to move up to around 250 miles a month and sustain it. Looking at your speed vs endurance, you are still not getting your 400 worth in 3200. For a comparison, at the age of 13 I had the following PRs:

1000 - 3:03.8, 1500 - 4:49.1, 3000 - 10:08.2. In the 1000 I hit the 800 split in 2:25. If I was racing an 800 I probably would still have been no faster than your 800 PR of 2:23. My 1500 would convert to about a 5:08-5:10 1600, which puts me 6-8 seconds ahead. However, my 3000 would convert to about 10:49 - 10:50 3200, which is now 36-38 seconds ahead! Assuming we have equal disposition to distance, you should be able to run comparable times with comparable mileage, which for me at that time was around 50 miles a week. If I were to go back, though, I would train different - same mileage, but only one 4 mile tempo run at 6:00 pace, and the rest easy. I was doing 4 speed workouts a week at the time, which was counterproductive.

Sub 11:00 would be very nice, this puts a serious claim on winning state.

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Had a long and frustrating day of travel - our flight from Newark, NJ to Baltimore got delayed twice, then canceled, then we ended up riding the Amtrak instead, so we got to Baltimore at 9pm instead of 5pm - when we finally reached my sister's house, we had no luggage - it is still in Newark, I think.

So, at 9:30pm, I borrowed her shoes, socks, shirt, sbra and shorts and ran over to the nearby clubhouse for a late-night 8-miler on the treadmill. Most of the run was at 7:53/mi pace, nice and easy with my stiff and sore legs.  Sweaty, sweaty, eew gross. After about 7 miles, the treadmill kept on trying to slow up on me! It said, "cool down" and would slow to 13:00/mi pace, then I'd have to speed it up again. Hahahaha. New record for miles run consecutively on a treadmill for me!

From ron on Sun, Mar 09, 2008 at 21:41:28

I've never heard of anyone outrunning a treadmill. Haha, poor guy needed a breather.

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Out-and-back in the morning in Baltimore. A little chilly, but not bad, kind of a boring run. Legs are feeling pretty good, though, and the low elevation here is easy to run in. How convenient! Avg. 7:42/mi pace. (DS2 425.2)

In the evening, I ran to the clubhouse, did 5 on the treadmill at 7:47/mi pace, lifted a bit, then ran back. Treadmills suck. (Adrenaline 27.5)

From Wildbull on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 09:21:06

Good job runnig in Baltimore. Don't get lost!

From Benn on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 09:36:02

Baltimore is an amazing city :) Hope you are enjoying your mini-vacation and what not. Yeah, I bet your conditioning at altitude makes you that much faster. Just remember to shout a courteous Morning! as you pass all of us slow pokes! haha

From Mik'L on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 10:34:33

Did you sing "Good Morning Baltimore" from Hairspray while you were running? I totally would have.

From Austin on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 11:16:13

Ha ha ha Hey RUTH!! Im glad you have the guts to actually run there. I would probibly get lost or shot. :(

From Ruthie on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 09:38:13

I will do my best to not get lost, Mr. Wildbull. :)

Sorry to disappoint you, Mik'L - I didn't. Probably because I don't know the song; I haven't even seen Hairspray! :(

Austin - my sister's house is out away from the really dangerous part of Baltimore. Otherwise, I'd be putting in ALL my miles on the treadmill. Gaaaa!

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Ran around a lot trying to find a hill as steep and long as "The Ridge" for a hill workout, but I couldn't find one. So, I ran a couple of different hills that were shorter, twice up a paved but rundown trail (.15), then twice up the road on the other side of that hill (.17), then once up a less steep longer hill that I found later (.3). Hopefully that's somewhat equivalent to 3 times up The Ridge. Ran around some more to make it 5.5 miles. Moved a roadkilled squirrel (with some sticks, not my hands, mind) off the road because it was grossing me out, and earlier I got attacked by a dog. Had quite the adventure! (DS2 430.8)

A couple (needed) hours after an AMAZING dinner in a crab house, I ran on the treadmill again. Started at 8:00/mi pace and every .5 to 1 mile sped up by .1 mph. Ended up going 7:13/mi for most of the last mile, then kicked it down to 6:00/mi for a bit at the end, just for fun. :) (Adrenaline 33.1)

From Austin on Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 12:41:45

Way to run the work out Ruth!!. . . ya our hill kills all other hills in the world. . . . Except for Grinder in AF. That sucks. 1.5 on a sunrise tire grade the entire way. no breaks or nutten. Blah!!!!!!!!!!! Our work out today was verry interesting. I actually thought i was going to throw up on the first one. I couldnt remember how to run them correctly . . . so i sprinted up it. :)

From Wildbull on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 09:19:03

look out for those boys (I mean Dogs) Nasty are they! And they drewl! yecko!

From Jeff on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 10:21:48

Hope your having fun in the Bronx.... i mean Baltimore.

From dave holt on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 13:16:18

Great job getting your workouts in. Many of the sprinters are actually coming to practice, so yeah! Although MiK'L had to bribe them.

From Ruthie on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 13:19:40

That's awesome! Maybe some more of them will turn out to be good runners once they put the time in. Hopefully! What kind of bribes are these? Do I get some? :)

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Legs feeling tired out and sore this morning, so I took it really slow and easy. So slow that I'm almost ashamed of how slow it was, so I'll not post my min/mi avg. Hahahahaha. Did a little loop out on Baythorne, then around on Smith Ave and Cross Country Blvd (YEAH!), then back on Rogene and Ivymount that was only about 3.5, so I did a littler loop around Western Run, Dixon, Gernand, and back on Bonnie View to get to my 5 for the morning. I don't really know why I put all the street names in there... mostly I've lost my mind. But my nephew and niece are really cute! (DS2 435.8)

Then the treadmonster at the clubhouse in the nighttime again. So boring. Accidentally hit the stop button at 2.5 ish, oops, but I got it going again straightaway. Slow again, my legs are still tired out. (Adrenaline 38.6)

From WildBull on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 09:36:56

your really getting to know the place. come back to Zion!

From Hayden on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:25:46

Hey great job stil getting good workouts in in Baltimore. How is it their? man were going to miss you at the club run Thursday. Yea seriously come back to Zion. Great job getting the running in though, nice determination.

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Way too early in the morning, got up and ran on the treadmill again, thank goodness I don't have to run on that for a long while. But sad to leave and not party with my sis and the kidlets. Anyway, mostly same-old boring run, five miles with a quarter warmup to and a quarter cooldown back. (DS2 441.3)

Then I flew across the country! From Baltimore, Maryland to St. Paul, Minnesota to Portland, Oregon! 

Once I was at Willamette (in Salem, Oregon), I met up with their XC/track team and ran a 1.5 warmup with them, then stretched a lot and went off on a cold and rainy 5 miler with the assistant coach. Fun and muddy on the trails around in some fun parks.
(DS2 447.8)

From Jeff on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 22:31:13

Sounds fun. Great job running when your not at home. Keep it up, your awesome!

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Jet lag is killing me! I woke up at 4am, with no alarm or anything. Argh. At 7am, I ran 4.5 miles around Salem and in Bush park with Maya (the girl I stayed in the dorms with). Took it nice and easy, just stretched out the legs and got moving. Still was raining and muddy, but much fun. And there was a hill! I was quite surprised, since most of the city I've seen is pretty flat.

Since I'm racing in a random 10k in Springfield tomorrow, we decided to stay in a hotel there tonight. So, after some fun exploring of Oregon's coastal region, we got to a hotel here and I ran 4 sweaty miles on the treadmill. I am so sick of those. (Adrenaline 47.1)

From Lybi on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 00:25:58

Good luck on your race! Sorry about your jet-lag (although you've always run really well when sleep-deprived, from my observations!)

From Hayden on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 01:25:36

Good luck tommorrow Ruth, show them some St.George, Utah pride. Kick some butt and get back home where the weather is awesome.

Race: Lucky Clover Trail & Road 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:42:26, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Was feeling pretty tired and not ready to race hard much, so I mostly just had a freakishly fun time at a crazy race in Oregon! Got there and checked in and warmed up a titch (since it was cold and raining), then we got on the line and instead of a gun to start us off, we started to a bagpipe serenade! The course was a trail 5k and a road 5k that we could run in whichever order we wanted.

I did the trail portion first. It was so muddy and slick and wet and beautiful in the woods and overall AWESOME! I was totally soaked and had mud splattered all the way up me by the time I'd finished the first half. Then the road portion entirely kicked my butt. The first mile and a bit was a huge uphill, then a short steep downhill, then we turned around and went up the short steep hill and down the long hill. Ouch. If I hadn't been tired already... still deaded! Then we had another long downhill, some flat bits and then back up the other long hill to the finish. Talk about a killer course! The lady who beat me was amazing - she ran a 36-something and was just blazing the whole way - she almost beat all the guys! And the pipe and drum band was still playing when I finished. Didn't get my official time, awards, or anything because I had to leave right away to catch my flight in Portland at 1:35pm. And we had to push our rental car out of the mud we'd parked in and got splattered with even more muck! What a fun race! I'm so glad I did it, the bagpipers were awesome and made me smile and it was fun to race in such crazy conditions, even though my time off my watch (42:48 - I stopped it a ways late, though) was really slow. Mostly just a PARTY!!! Just got official results - updated! So slow!!!! :) (DS2 454.8)

From Mike Warren on Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 23:16:25

Does anyone, have more fun in life than you? What a cool trip, glad you had a blast. Sounds like tuff conditions to run in! For running in the mud, slick conditions and crazy hills, Man what an incredible time. You rule!!!

From Jeff on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 22:14:35

Sounds like a fun race to end a really fun week. can't wait to hear more about it.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

AC in the AM as usual. Getting up this early is so depressing. Warmup, then the boys left without me, so I started by my lonesome. About halfway in, we crossed paths and Holt ran with me for the rest. Tired and sleepy. No watch, didn't want to know how slow I was going. (Adrenaline 50.6)

At afternoon practice, we did the Hospital 7. Ran with Holt again, still feeling pretty tired out, but the times were a lot faster than I expected. 7:23/mi avg. with a couple downhills under 7 and both uphill miles under 8. Nice run mostly, felt good to be out in t-shirt weather again. Opted out of lifting in favor of (hopefully) getting some really good tempo miles in tomorrow. If I'm feeling up to it after them tomorrow, I'll lift then, if not, I'll start up on Thursday. (DS2 462.3 - definitely shouldn't do anymore long runs in these)

From Austin!! on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 18:39:46

Ya Ruth!! no more long runs!! Ha ha I hope you know that coach made me leave you this morning. :(

From Hayden on Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 19:36:49

Don't listen to Austin, long runs are great. Its that speed work that i hate. Good luck this weekend see you there.

From amanda on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 15:31:48

Nice run :)

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Busy day today, so I got out at about 3:45 and did my workout late. Ran the warmup, stretched and ran out toward the river trail for 4x1mile tempos with 1:00 jog recovery (GP 6:20) on the trail. Felt pretty sore and tired, but they went reasonably well and felt satisfying after a particularly frustrating day at state math and school s&e. Times were 6:17, 6:19, 6:13 and 6:16. In the middle of #3, I got the most killer sideache, but after about a quarter mile of trying to breathe right, it mostly went away. Other than that, it always surprises me how much easier the second two feel, since it looks like the way back is slightly uphill. After, I ran slowly back to the school and finished up s&e. Got a few blisters from today's run- not so fun. (DS2 470.8)

Found out that I missed the school record in the 3200m by .31 seconds - Shucks. But I'll get it next time!

From James on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 21:44:22

When did you start considering USU? Steve Reader is one of the best coaches around! I'll be looking for some good things out of you this track season. Good luck, and good workout today.

From Ruthie on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 21:57:14

When I realized how much more out-of-state tuition is. Not my first choice, but if finances don't work out, it's my fallback plan. How do you know Coach Reader? I've been wondering about their track and xc programs.

From Austin on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 22:06:41

Ha ha ha Nice catch! Thanks :) OH i did see you wave. Ha ha feels good to actually have you say hi to me! :) Do you like my little cars horn? Ha ha

From James on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 22:07:28

I did some of my student teaching with Steve Reader. Plus, I was thinking about running at USU before I got hurt at UVSC. Their programs are as good as BYU's or Weber's or better. They have some great talent and the coaches are very good. Steve Reader, in my opinion, is the best coach around for developing runners. He has taken decent runners like Trever Ball and Seth Wold and made them into champions. You should get in contact with him and tell him you might have some interest. Also, USU is a great inexpensive school and Logan rocks!

From dave holt on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 08:42:06

I wouldn't go as far as to say "Logan rocks!" but...

From Cody on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 09:03:46

Dave's got a point..

From Wildbull on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 09:37:51

No kidding! logan feel like rocks in the winter! can't say it is as good a program as BYU. But i hear it is good!

From Mik'L on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:34:14

Seriously James, that is REALLY pushing it. ;)

From James on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 12:15:35

You're right! Logan is a terrible place to live and USU sucks! And Seth Wold, Trever Ball, Mike Nielson,Mitch Zundell, and Dave Danley don't hold a candle to anyone that runs for BYU! And they especially don't compare to the locals in St. George.

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Got to sleep in until 6 today! Then the usual AC with Holt, took it really easy - my legs are tired and sore from yesterday. (DS2 474.3)

Slow and easy in the afternoon, first 3.6 out-and-back in Washington - started out with Hayley, Monica and Kenzie, then 1.5 out past Arctic Circle to pick up Kermit from the shop. I went so, so slow, I felt really lethargic and my legs are tired out. No bueno. (Adrenaline 56.2)

From amanda on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 20:15:28

So I am not doing to good on running!

From Karl on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 23:43:52

I am going to Red Rock and I'm running the 1600 and the 3200. How about you?

From wildbull on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 10:35:12

rock some worlds today Ruth!

From jeff on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 12:01:39

Thanks for the comment. You make me laugh :) Good luck today!

Race: Redrock Meet @ Snow Canyon (1 Miles) 00:05:25, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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So nervous for the races today! I was hoping for some more excellent times, but I can keep improving from here. We got our new uniforms today and they are most triumphant! Woo hoo!

First off, I ran the 1600m. Overall the race was kinda slow - lap splits were 1:18, 1:22, 1:24 and 1:21. The wind was kinda rough, so there weren't the greatest conditions ever. And my legs are/were pretty tired before I even started. I need to remember to give it more guts next time - I had way too much left at the end, I think. Won by about 15 seconds in a small race. (DD spike 40.2) 

Then, I warmed up and ran the 800m. No good. Wasn't really mentally there strongly and had forgotten how much that race is supposed to hurt. Time was 2:30 - ouch. Second place. What a pathetic race. Again, not fast enough overall. Not a good race, but I'll be better next time, definitely. After that race (which was supposedly my last), I was angry and went to cool off/down on a run. Ran around for a couple of miles, then found a nice place and gave myself a talking-to and made some more short-term goals. Then, when I was feeling better, I ran back - total of 4 miles.

Later, the person who was supposed to run leg 3 of the 4x400m ditched out, so I got to run that! By then, I'd completely lost my mind! Ran a pretty slow split (1:08), but we won the race, which was lots of fun! (DS2 481.1)

From Benn on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 07:44:34

Don't be so bummed. You ran killer times! I know that when I was in high school, a woman's 800m would usually be WON with a 2:3x something at sectionals and state quals! And a 5:25 mile = woot! Way to smash them and show them how its done. Don't get down that your speed isnt there yet. Bare in mind you did a lot of endurance running this winter and your primary race was a half marathon. You have the base, now it's just a matter of honing in and finding that next gear :). Besides, it's better to be putting the petal to the metal towards the end of the season, then to peak way too early and just get "ugh" times all the way you know? You'll do great in the coming months - get ready for a super outdoor season! Best of luck and Happy Easter!

From Jeff on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 08:23:13

Ya Ruth way to go!

From Wildbull on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 09:47:46

Super track meet Ruth. Winners always want to do better! There is Always another race. Another Meet! you will come back next week.

The ground shook and mere mortals parted as Ruth made the turn in the final lap of her Race.

From Mik'L on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 10:41:40

"By then, I'd completely lost my mind!" I'll vouch for that! Good job yesterday ya crazy!

From Mike Warren on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 13:15:37

Ruth, great job! I know you are going to just keep getting better. All the great ones are always thinking they can do better, never satisfied! You can't teach that, you either have it or you don't. I love your attitude and how you compete, Awesome!

From Dustin on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 13:26:24

Great Job on the win in the 1600. I read in the paper where Liz Ricks won the 800. I was good friends with her last year, when I taught at Snow Canyon and I told her she would probably be a decent 800 runner and she said "oh no, I'll stick with the 400." Too bad they can't get her out for Cross Country over there, she is another one of those soccer players. Anyway, hope you have a good weekend and don't get down on yourself. Like Mike said you have the right attitude, so you'll keep working hard.

From Ruthie on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:14:45

Thanks everybody (except Mik'L. jk) you are so supportive, I don't think I could get down on myself with such awesome friends! You're awesome.

From Hayden on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:23:48

Nice job Ruth way to run, your doing great and don't worry it wasn't a big race anyways and next week is the big race. Good job though and we need to start running together again and talk about your trip. See ya

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I am SO tired today! 3.5 hours of sleep is definitely not enough, especially the night after a meet. (Bill and Ted's was worth it, though....) Nobody but me of the 5:30am crew was there this morning, so I ran by my lonesome with The Beatles to keep me company on the iPod. I forgot how much I don't like running with music, it makes an easy 3-miler seem like forever. Also misplaced my watch, so no times, which was probably good for my self-esteem.(Adrenaline 56.2)

Afternoon, the legs were feeling a bit more like legs, but still so dead. 3.25 mile AT on Dogpound, 21:26 total for the run (borrowed a normal watch), so 6:35 avg/mi. Better than I expected, but worse than I'd hoped. Legs were burning for about 65% of the run. Ugh. After, I lifted weights and ran a .5 cooldown on the track. Glad to have a nice easy long run tomorrow. Need new "fast" shoes, mine are dead. (DS2 485.6)

From Jeff on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:42:34

Get me a pair of those FAST shoes.

3.5 hours is a good nap, but not good for total night sleep! Keep up the good work.

From ron on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 21:08:59

I'll let you borrow mine until they are fast, then I want them back please :)

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So tired and sore. I wasn't even going fast and my legs were burning whenever I went up a hill! Hahahaha. I'm pathetic! Ran the first 3 with my brother, Jon, who's down for Easter, so they were faster. Mostly because he was calling me fat the whole time... and is faster than me. ;) They were at 7:30 pace and I almost died. My run today felt like I had suddenly gained 30 pounds and not run for a month. In a sad way, it was really funny.... Ah, well, finished the week and now can hope my legs are legs again by Monday! Avg. 8:06/mi. (Adrenaline 66.2)

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AM AC with Austin. A bit fast for my liking, but the legs were feeling almost normal again, so not bad. 7:32/mi avg. Then I got a hot shower at the school! Yay! (DS2 489.1)

5 out-and-back in Washington, first half with Kenzie and Ashley, second half with just Ashley. Legs really tired out again, ball of left foot feeling bruised from Thursday's race. Ended up pretty slow, but it was fun to run with the girls. Perfect weather. Yes! After, I lifted 3x11 of the usual set of lifts. Upped abs to 10 lbs. (Adrenaline 71.7)

Went to SGRC later and bought some new racing spikes and some new "fast shoes" - DS Trainers again but the upgraded model. Retiring the DS2s - now for the DS3s! 

From Hayden on Mon, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:26:13

Yea thanks for making me draw all those pictures just kidding. Have fun with those shoes there great shoes. See you this weekend we can hang out there a little and talk or something. Lets kick some butt at the meet and show them a little St. George Pride.

From Hayden on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 08:31:46

I am running the 1600 and 3200, maybe the 800. Planning on breaking 4:30 in 16. What about you. Thanks for the complements on the pictures and saving my life with that ladder.

From dave holt on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 11:57:38

Hot shower - YES! I told Austin about the workout, so make sure he tells you guys about it before he cruises, but I did change one thing do the first 1/2 and last 1/4 at goal pace (not the 3/4). You rock!

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Wow. I did really really badly today! Pyramid workout of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 with 1 minute jog between each. Ran out to the trail and did them out there - kinda wished they were on the track. Legs were really tired from yesterday's lifting and my times were really crappy - 1:26, 2:53, 4:25, 4:27, 2:57, 1:23 - though the first 4 I went a bit over the distance, so those times are a titch slower than actually. Sadly, this doesn't excuse the 2:57 I cranked out on the last 1/2, which was really pathetic. While I'm making excuses, I guess I'll say that since I was up with the faster guys on the later ones, I really thought they were faster (both the times and the boys). New shoes were ok, foot still hurts. Also, knee was really questionable during the intervals, so I should/will call April for a massage soon. (DS3 7.5)

From Mik'L on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 21:18:40

Hey- Holt says to plan for 200 for the dinner. Thanks for helping!

From Hayden on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 21:49:23

Hey its okay i had a crappy workout today too. Keep the head up and you will do great this weekend. See you their.

From Jeff on Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 22:09:45

I saw your new shoes, I like them.

From WILDBULL on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 11:22:02

great job Ruth. Ditto with Hayden! Keep your head up. you will fly come Friday!

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AC AM with Austin. Misplaced my watch on the way out of the house this morning, oh well. I'm really exhausted - I think I need more sleep - when I get up in the morning, I'm already spent. Yuk. But the HOT SHOWER! YES!!!! (Adrenaline 75.2)

Afternoon 4xhills on the Foremaster. Hard to know, time-wise how I did, but effort-wise, I had an alright workout. I think I could've pushed harder on the first two, but getting into the swing of that hill after a long hiatus takes a bit. Legs were feeling pretty tired the whole run, but they were actually feeling less blah on the way back than the way out. Not bad. Glad we did hills today - I almost miss them when we don't.... NOT! Hahahahaha. (DS3 13)

Driving up to Sandy tonight with Zac Z, then visiting USU for "Scholar's Day" tomorrow. Fun, fun, fun! Too bad it's cold up there still. Hee hee.

From Hayden on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 19:21:54

Tell me how you like USU. You got to love hills Ruth i'm serious. They are my favorite speed workouts. Doing awesome Ruth.

From Kyle on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 19:31:22

You're coming to sandy? Thats where I live! Tell me how you like it up here!

From Ruthie on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 19:52:48

Hayden - I really do like hills for the most part. I just don't quite "miss" them all the time, especially in 100-degree weather. ;)

Kyle - we're staying with my Aunt and Uncle who live there - what school do you go to again? My cousins go to Jordan.

From The Beast on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 20:36:43

Have fun in Sandy and good job today!

From Kenz! on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 21:45:56

Hey Ruth!! I know i'm so excited to have a blog! Haha! Well thanks so much for pushing me and helping me! Thanks for letting me run with you! Oh yeah yesterday I had to go to a spanish fair so I wasn't able to come:( But yeah:) Good job today!

From Jeff on Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 22:37:47

Hope you brought gloves up there :) Have fun!

From amanda on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 09:04:24

Have fun with BIG Z and his music. Drive safe!

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Sleep! Yes! 7 whole hours and it felt heavenly! Got up to go run and it was snowing - snow, snowflakes, snowstorm, snow - and COLD. But crazy fun, yessirree! Ran an easy and slow out-and-back in Sandy. At USU, I did all the Scholar's Day stuff, but ditched some to go meet some coaches and see the place. (It's crazy, they have 2 underwater treadmills!) Had a long, fun, busy, tiring, awesome day. (Adrenaline 81.2)

From Karl on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 22:08:30

Underwater treadmills? You mean swimming treadmills?

From Jeff on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 22:19:42

Cool, sounds like it was pretty fun.

From Kyle on Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 22:55:02

Thanks! Good job on your running! snow is aweful for running, isn't it? We get it all the time in Sandy. Well, keep running and I bet u'll be state champion!

From Ruthie on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 08:20:53

Karl- they were actually running treadmills underwater, for low impact, high resistance training for people increasing mileage a lot or people recovering from an injury. Pretty cool!

Race: Pine View Invitational (1 Miles) 00:05:23, Place overall: 5
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Way early in the morning before driving back home, ran easy 3 in the freezing cold. (DS3 17)

In the afternoon, ran the 1600m. Not awesome, not awful. The first lap was really crazy and tightly packed, so it turned out pretty slow - 1:20. The rest of the laps were almost exactly the same, so good for consistency, but I know I could've pushed harder. I'll do it next time! (DD spike 41.2)

From Hayden on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:29:26

Ruth you did an awesome job in your races, and yes in your managing the race as well. You are just awesome what do i have to say else. Nice job and keep up the good work you are increasing so much, and thank you for the comment.

From Karl on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:37:08

Hey Ruth! You were amazing! Absolutely amazing to watch! Great races yesterday and today!

Race: Pine View Invitational (2 Miles) 00:11:24, Place overall: 2
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Started out the meet today with my favorite - the 3200m! Ran an AWESOME race! Last time I ran the 3200m, I got .31 seconds off the school record, so I was sure that in this race I could break it. Don't know my splits really, but I know that they could've been a bit faster (we'll worry about that next time). But, I PRed by 2 seconds, got 2nd place and broke the school record!

Cooled down with Ash on the big grass loop really slow, then waited it out until the 800m. Mostly I was dreading this one because I sucked it up last time in it. But it went well, too! Season's best of 2:26.94 and got 4 seconds better than last time. Good splits - 1:12, 1:14. And it almost hurt really bad, so it's getting better! And I took 3rd place - that's a plus!

Then got a long massage from Bouncing Brain and stayed warm for the medley relay (800m leg). I had forgotten how much running these two 800's doesn't feel nice at all. Mostly, I was dead tired and ran like it. Still, not an awful split of 2:28 (1:11, 1:17) and we took 5th place.

Still off qualifying for state in the 1600m by 1 second, the 800m by 2 seconds and the medley by 3, but once we get going on some speedwork and I start getting up to peaking time, it'll be there. Great meet today, but glad its over - hosting this big meet sucks. (DS3 19.5) (DD spike 43.2) (V spike 1)

From Hayden on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:57:52

Thank you so much for forgiving me, i don't know what i would of done if you never would of.

From Benn on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:14:22

Sweet race, Ruth! I knew you'd be getting faster towards the end of the season :) All your hard work and grit and determination is definitely paying off! SLice 'em up! Go get 'em girl!

From Kenz! on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:41:48

Hey Ruth! Awsome job! Your my hero!!! Thanks! I hope I can beat it too! Your awsome thanks for pushing me! :)

From Mik'L on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 20:46:21

Great job this weekend Ruthie. And thanks for all your help with the meet. It does suck hosting such a big meet! I'm so glad your name will be on the record board because you totally deserve it. Keep it up...I expect you to break your own record a few times. (Curious about the bouncing part of Brain? And that was quite the massage!)

From amanda on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:04:51

I love you too. Sorry I was always doing stuff at the meet and we didn't got to hang out. Oh and sorry I didn't go hang out at Jeff's house. I just went home and went to bed. My left arm that is sun burned hurt. Yes only my left side got burned. I don't know how but whatever. See you at school Monday. Thanks for jamming our locker:) I like it better that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From Kirsten on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:53:08

Great Job in the 3200 Ruth, you really pushed me the last lap to go because you were so close. Awosome race!

From Sierra on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 18:15:48

Ruth you're an amazing runner!! I hope I can get the times your getting someday!! Good job on your race! Keep pushing hard and qualify! :)

From MarcieJ on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 19:42:22

Wait to go Ruth, what an awesome race for you! Yes we need to run, I am running with a girl that is getting ready for Boston, we are going long but you are more than welcome to come along and do some of it. The pace is quite a bit slower.

From Ruthie on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:00:37

Thanks everybody!

Mik'L- bouncing from the tripping part!

Marcie- that'll be fine, just tell me when and where.

From Scott Zincone on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 21:31:05

You are literally "flying" in your new blog pic. Michael Jordan has nothing on you.

From Jeff on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 23:23:38

Way to go Ruth! You are awesome.

From Wildbull on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:26:31

Ruth. yo had some good competition. awesome on getting the school record.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 14:30:37

Congratulations on a PR and the school record.

The key to winning state would be sleep. Lots of high-school girls have the raw talent, and some of them might even have the discipline to put in the miles. But very very few will have the discipline to get to bed before 10 pm day after day, and that is where you can get them!

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AC in the AM by my lonesome. Boring and foot hurting. Nice out for the most part. 

Easy bank run (5) today. I haven't done that in a while and I'd forgotten how much I like it. On the mph sign, I got it from 11 to 14 in about 15 meters! Sweet. Foot was being hurty again, no fun. But otherwise, it was a good stress-release. Who needs sleep, anyway? (DS3 29.3)

From Maria on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 17:01:21

Ruth, this is a great new picture, mid-flight! Congrats on the school record! I see you decided to go to USU - I assume that is Utah State? What made you decide on USU (compared with Calvin and MIT) - did you get into Honors college, merit scholarships, free ride maybe? I'm sure you'll do awesome! Is USU div.3 or 1?

From Ruthie on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 18:59:17

Hey, thanks! Yeah, I've decided on Utah State. Um, it sounds kind of cheesy, but it's what felt like the right decision and it'll be a lot easier financially. I have a National Merit Scholarship there that's full tuition, fees and $500/yr for 4 years, $500/yr for housing, $500/yr more for majoring in Engineering and most likely will get more stipend from the coach for XC and track since it's a Div I program. I'll be in Honors College there, too - maybe even stay in Honors housing?! Mostly, I'm really excited to have almost all costs taken care of, so I can maybe study abroad a semester or during the summers and be a "rich college student!" Pretty crazy!

From Karl on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 19:12:14

Utah State! Wow! Nice scholarship! Sounds like your future is looking bright!

From Hayden on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 19:23:21

That is sweet your going to Utah State. That means i will be able to see you sometime i guess. That is if you go to some of the nothern meets like state next year. huh! Good scholarship. I hope you have fun running alot though. Ha Ha. It will be okay it will help you train for that marathon career ahead of you. Good job on the running also.

From MichelleL on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 19:31:10

I forgot or didn't know you were a National Merit Scholar. That is sooo cool. Maria, if you don't know it is an elite academic honor. We have a renaissance woman in our midst!

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What an AMAZING day! I love wonderful days, they just make crappy ones (like yesterday) seem not so lame. After having an awesome day at school (or not, since I only went to about half my classes...hahahaha...), I had a pretty awesome workout. Since I ate Durangos for lunch, I wasn't sure how well that would sit, but it was ok. And I was a little nervous for our first track workout of the season, but mostly just excited! 

So, warmed up on the DI loop with Kenz and Ash, then we did 6x800m repeats on the track with gp 2:35 for first and last and 2:42 for middle 4 (goal mile race pace and current mile race pace) and full recovery between each. They went really well, times were 2:36 - 2:43, 2:40, 2:39, 2:40 - 2:35. First two mostly were easier and flew by, the middle ones were good but harder sticking on pace, then the last one was pretty hard. I need to be more consistent on my first lap/second lap times, since they were not very even (usually something like 1:18, 1:22). Great workout, though! Legs really tired, but in a good way. Then two backwards grass loops cooldown.

Knee is getting tight and sore again, and foot is bugging me more, esp. on uphills. So, I tried calling April and left a message for a massage, then talked to Mark about the foot and he's going to try some metatarsal pad and maybe a bit of taping tomorrow. (DS3 36.3)

From MichelleL on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 19:45:05

That workout sounded like fun. I miss track workouts.

From Kenz! on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:23:53

Hey! Great workout today! Thanks for letting me run the warmup with you! Your my hero!! Haha and we do our little chipmunk thing with our mouths awsome! :) Oh and I know how to spit now!

From The Beast on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:45:27

AWESOME! Those times is crazy!

From Sierra on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 21:46:12

Ruth you were amazing today!! Good job!! I like your guys chipmunk thing too!!! haha!! ;)

From Austin on Tue, Apr 01, 2008 at 22:19:34

ha ha ha Thanks ruth! You did awsome to!!! ;)

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Easy slow Summit-light 3 from my house in the AM. The metatarsal pad made the last half of the run less hurty, but the first half was worse. So, maybe we'll try something else. A bit sore and quite tired from yesterday. (Adrenaline 84.2)

Between some performances, I had some time, so I went and did our workout at around 4pm. Ran out to Foremaster and did hills. They were pretty pathetic. My legs were spent and I didn't have all that much confidence going into it, so my times at the start were really lame and they got better as I went. Times: 2:16, 2:11, 2:11, 2:05, 2:01. I really need to work on my first few. Then I ran back. Foot still lame, getting a massage tomorrow morning, so hopefully that'll help. (DS3 43.3)

From amanda on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 07:46:03

You are awesome. Nice job on running and singing!

From Hayden on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 12:37:22

Man i know how much those injuries suck (im dealing with one right now), good job though, your doing great even with an injury

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Got the massage this morning, ouch ouch ouch. Now that the muscles are mostly back in place and not insanely knotted, my hip, knee and foot should be feeling better.

Slow slow slow easy Foremaster run this afternoon. Ran with Ashley for the first 4 miles. We were sick of the Foremaster hill from doing it lots yesterday, so we ran backwards up it. I wouldn't recommend it: it took us almost 5 minutes and made our calves, quads and glutes really tired. But it was fun to do (after the fact) and now we can say we did it! Foot felt lots better than yesterday, knee still a bit sore, but it was more of sore, not tight and painful like before. Yay for the massage! (Adrenaline 90.8)

After, I lifted. It was so hilarious, there were these guys in there that were so full of themselves - they'd lift a bit, then flex and admire themselves in the mirrors, then they'd flex at a different angle and prod at their muscles and make 'intense' faces in the mirror and admire themselves and each other some more and lift a little. I laughed at them a lot. And they thought they were cool. Ha ha ha... what idiots.... :) Then I ran a couple laps on the track barefoot for a cooldown.

From amanda on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 09:07:44

I am glad your hip, knee, and foot are feeling better! It is so true that the guys that are in there lifting are totally full of themselves! They really do flex in the mirrors it is way funny.

From Sierra on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 20:44:29

You ran up Foremaster backwards?? Well thats cool ;)!! Good job on your run! Hope all your body parts get feeling back to normal soon. And Next time they're flexing you should go flex next to them! You'll make them look like wimps! :)

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AM Summit light run, legs feeling really sore, but oddly enough the running part felt way good. Ran watchless and just enjoyed it. Foot was sorer. Angry face. (Adrenaline 93.8)

Dogpound AT in the afternoon. Legs still feeling pretty beat up and dead, though weird and ok-ish for running. I think backwards up Foremaster and lifting made me even sorer. Plus getting my legs attacked in the massage. Miles were 6:31, 6:23, 6:44 and 6:22 pace; 21:15 total time for 3.25 mile AT part. Excited for the long run tomorrow! (DS3 47.8)

From Wildbull on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 09:55:10

Hi Ruth. I saw you in your frog yesterday on 700 S and River road. I tried to catch up. you are fast!

From Jeff on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 10:12:58

haha. I should go see those guys flexing in the mirror and show them what real muscles look like. Good job running.

From Hayden on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 18:46:59

You get feeling better to buddy ole pal. Thanks for the comment though. Do you think a massage would help me alot? Its strained though.

From Ally on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 20:52:52

sweet pic!

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Ran with Marcie and Jamie this morning, we started out in Green Springs and ran across town on River Road to Little Valley, they were going 18 miles, so at that point, I split off and looped around S. Bloomington Hills and back home. Turned out almost perfectly 10. Legs dead, but the company was great and they made me run faster, so thanks Marcie for letting me come along! Nice to end the week on a reasonably good note and hopefully I'll have my legs back come Monday. Avg. 7:43/mi; total time 1:18:23. (Adrenaline 104)

From MarcieJ on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:25:51

It was so fun to have you along! Hopefully after track we can hook up more before you move away to college. Jamie said you have an intimdating stride and she feels bad for the girls that have to race you in the meets! Cant wait to watch one soon!

From amanda on Sun, Apr 06, 2008 at 21:10:15

Sorry I didn't do the sports med project with you. It didn't take me to long and I don't really care how it looks. You know the feeling. That class is crazy lame.

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Summit light from my house again. Some of the longest 3 miles I've ever run. Foot was pretty sore and I was just feeling off the whole time. But the stars were awesome! (DS3 50.8)

Went on a run out and around Shinob Kibe and back with the guys; it totaled about 7.4 miles. In the middle there was this crazy fun roller-coaster-type hill section for about a half mile on a skinny, dusty path and got nice and dirty for the way back. The wind on the way back was no fun and the run was tiring, but all in all it was lots of fun and I'm excited to do it again sometime! My legs are going to be sore tomorrow! (Adrenaline 111.9)

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:37:01

Nice job on the running and hay get that foot better. Oh yea i might see you tommorrow if i come and run with the guys.

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From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:42:38

whats up Ruth

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:42:49

what up

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From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:43:28

h i

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How dy

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:44:06

have a nice day

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:44:19

have a nice week

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:44:32

have a nice month

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:44:45

have a nice year

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:45:02

have a nice life

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From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:46:32

Man i can't wait till Christmas

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:47:03

Why did the chicken cross the road?

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:47:55

What is white, black and has red all over it?

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:48:19

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robato

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:48:48

Ruthio, Ruthio, Ruth, i, oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:49:14

See you later alligator

From Hayden on Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 19:49:35

I was bored at work, you understand

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My prediction of sore legs I made yesterday was correct, and I'm tired. And cold! Long sleeves and shorts was definitely not enough to stay warm this morning, so I froze. I ran the Q-loop; I thought it was shorter than 4, but now I know it's 4.1. Avg. 7:54/mi. (Adrenaline 116)

Today's meet doesn't really count as a race, since we were just running relays and used it as more of a workout than anything. Warmed up with the team, then I ran the 1200m leg of the distance medley (400,800,1200,1600). Was aiming at 3:59 split and got a 3:57, so that was fun. And we won by almost a lap! Then I cooled down and helped run the meet, then warmed up and ran the 800m leg of the sprint medley (200, 200, 400, 800) which was what I actually cared about doing well in and my split in that was 2:26 (though our total time was bad because our 400 runner had to adjust her shorts and accidentally drop the baton in the process).

Then, I randomly ran in the 4x200. It felt really odd to run less than a lap and be done, but it was cool to run such a short race! Later on, I ran in the 4x400m - I ran the first leg and I actually was in first place when I handed off the baton! Sweet! I don't know my split, though. (Shucks.) Total workout today: 1/2wu, 3/4, 3/4cd, 1/2wu, 1/2, 1/8, 1/2wu, 1/4 - I'm rounding this to 4 miles total. Wanted to cool down a bit after, but had to finish putting in results and needed to go home and do my heaps of homework. And eat. (DS3 53.2) (V spike 2.6)

From amanda on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 23:18:49

Nice run hope you did good at the track meet. My blog is being weird.

From amanda on Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 23:28:45

Oh my blog is not being weird any more. I think it was just me. I had fun eating at your house for lunch. Tomorrow are we still going out to lunch?

From MichelleL on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 09:33:02

Congrats on the first place on the 400m. You should keep your PR for that in your running accomplishments just so you can remember what is is when you are an old lady and racing marathons.

From ron on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 18:26:47

Sounds like you ran in nearly every relay, nice work ;)

From Hayden on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 19:40:38

Nice job runing in all the relays Ruth and making all the Snow Canyon girls look bad. Those are some good times.

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AC in the AM w/Austin and I am so sore! My entire legs and even my forearms and shoulders are dead. So, this morning's run was really slow. (DS3 56.7)

Afternoon bank/mall run with Ashley and Hayley. And it was faster than this morning's run! But my foot still is hurting me, dang it. It was really fun to run with the girls today and I'm way proud of Hay for staying with us the whole run - she's been working really well and I'm excited to see her improve lots! Avg. 8:01/mi. I'll probably be still way sore tomorrow at the meet...oh well! (Adrenaline 121.5)

Goals: Qualify for state in both 800m (< 2:24.85) and 1600m (< 5:22.3) and make it to my choir concert on time after I'm done. :)

From Kenz! on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 18:10:04

Hey nice job this morning! I wish I could run in the mornings :( I get way too sick.....I can't wait till I can run with you again! I miss it and can't wait till next week so I can! :) Well your awsome!!!

From Kenz! on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 18:10:37

Oh yeah and I was SO EXCITED to see you yesterday!!!!

From amanda on Wed, Apr 09, 2008 at 22:50:43

It was fun getting ready with you this morning. Friday Sierra and I are going to run in the morning again. To bad we cannot get ready together again. Good luck in the meet tomorrow. I have fun at lunch today too. Oh what are we going to do now we don't have any more free food thing? hahaha

Race: Hurricane Qualifier (0.5 Miles) 00:02:22, Place overall: 1
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WOO HOO! I qualified for state in both the events I ran today!

The 1600 went ok, warmed up way too early because the meet was going SO slow; I felt sore, tired and overall really crappy, my splits were all over the place (something like 1:14, 1:22, 1:24, 1:19 ?), but at least I'm qualified, won the race and broke 5:20 - my time was 5:19.87. So, another season's best but no PR yet. Only 3 seconds off though! 

The 800m was AMAZING! I have no idea how I felt so good with the wind, cold and after feeling so crappy during the 1600m, but this was the best-feeling race I've ever had in the 800m - and a PR! I took off and it just flowed the whole race, splits were 1:10 & 1:12 - sweet! So, I won and qualified in this one, too, plus a PR this early in the season, I'm so excited!

After, I cooled down - first running to get Holt and Mik'L some Reese's at the gas station - then I went off in the neighborhoods of Hurricane and kind of zoned out, so I ended up running 4 miles out there. Oh well! (V spike 4.1) (DS3 62.7)

From MichelleL on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 19:55:35

Congrats! Sounds like your mile race was just a warm up!

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AC in the AM with Holt. Tired. Didn't wear any watch. Felt slow and dead. Hot shower - woo! (Adrenaline 125)

Afternoon Green Springs 6 with the boys, again easy and good recovery for the sore and tired legs. Boys are weird. But funny! (DS3 69.2)

Ran the "Sprint to Finish" leg (probably 400m or less) of the Great Race at DSC and it hurt. Not only did it hurt my legs, it hurt my ego! The last 15-20m my quads cramped up and I hit a wall and some guy passed me up and beat me by 1 second. Dang it! So, we got 7th overall instead of 6th. Sorry team. (DD spike 43.4)

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Met up with Jeff at the school for our long run. My legs were way dead, but I had this harebrained idea that we should go out on the GS/Desert/Middleton loop, so we went out that way. On the first half, it killed me dead(er). The second half was better, but it was still pretty slow tough going for a lot of the run. I had packed along some almonds to see how they were on the run and to test my stomach's ability to handle food while running, so at around 7 miles when I got hungry, I ate 2 of them and they were pretty good! Except they left lots of little bits in my mouth after. I'll keep experimenting! Tiring run, but I'm glad I got it done early and finished off a good week. Avg. 8:04/mi. (Adrenaline 135)

And Senior Ball was AWESOME! (Thanks Jeff!)

From dave holt on Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:48:08

I'll be there tomorrow - but that will probably be the last time for awhile.

From amanda on Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 22:38:09

You looked beautiful saturday!

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AC in the AM with Holt. Ran pretty fast for a Monday morning! Not quite so dead anymore. (DS3 72.7)

Afternoon 5 miler out in Washington to the end of the RV park and back. It was hotter out than I'm used to, I've gotten wimpy with all these balmy 60-70 degree days. I guess it had to come sooner or later... too bad it wasn't later. (Adrenaline 140.5)

From amanda on Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 22:48:06

Nice job on getting to the school for a morning run. It was fun hanging out with you second period today. hahaha you should never go to math again JK I would make you go, becuase that is the right thing to do. hahaha love ya

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400's! I was actually pretty excited for these today, which is kind of psycho! Warmed up on DI, then 10x400m with 1 min jog between (two sets of 4 and one of 2 w/5 min. breaks) GP 1:17 (on 1, 4, 8, 10) and CP 1:20 (the rest). And there was some insane wind attacking us during the repeats which hurt. This is how they went:

1:13 - fun and maybe a bit too fast
1:18 - settled into a pace
1:18 - cruisin'
1:15 - not quite as fast as #1, but still 2 sec under GP

1:16 - with spikes now and had to rein it in a bit
1:18 - still having to remind myself to go slower
1:15 - for fear of the #3 sag, I pushed it - oops - closer to GP
1:15 - dang. getting tired a bit, same as before

1:17 - aimed for 77 and 74 for these two and got better
1:12 - hard last one, the wind was strongest on this one. But done!

Surprisingly, these were easier than I thought they would be and all were at between 2 and 5 seconds under goal pace! Maybe I just am good at making it hurt without noticing it because the cooldown to Harts and back killed me dead. Ha. (DS3 78.2) (V spike 5.6)

From Sierra on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 22:26:54

Holy cow Ruth you're soooo fast!!! Keep up the good work :)!!!

From JohnK on Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 09:39:36

Power! This is a workout of a sub-5:10 miler, no question.

From MichelleL on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 21:02:43

Sounds so fun! Great job on them.

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AC in the AM at 6:30! Yay for no zero period class today! There were lots of people. I ran with Ashley and Haley and we went pretty fast. 7:53, 7:42, 6:45, so avg. 7:26/mi! I think the ice bath last night after the 400's helped me not be as sore today. (Adrenaline 144)

In the afternoon, we did Dogpound AT. Legs were pretty tired out, but the first couple miles (when we were with the wind) of the AT section felt great and were pretty fast - 6:12, 6:08. Then I hit the hill and the wind and died - 6:31 for the next mile and 6:51/mi pace for the last .33. So total time was 21:06 and average was 6:21/mi - not too bad. I'm actually kind of glad that last 1.3 miles weren't slower. They did not feel nice. Glad we're going easy tomorrow! (DS3 82.8)

From AUSTIN on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 20:10:10

True True.... HOLY COW RUTH!!! Nice legs in that pic.;) ha ha but ya im iceing them as we speak.

From Jeff Fre on Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 20:57:25

Thanks for the comment. Awesome job today. I'm ready for an easy day too, tomorrow!

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Bank run with Austin this morning. Nice and easy! I got the speed sign to get (barely) up to 15 mph on my way down Mall Drive - sweet! Mostly, a nice relaxing run. Except that I had the "Dead Puppies" song stuck in my head the whole run. And my foot's killing me. Oh well! Avg. 8:01/mi. (Adrenaline 149.5)

Ran the Summit light 3 miler in after weeding all morning. Just took it easy and ran w/o the watch. The weather was completely perfect - just warm enough and a light breeze to cool off - I love the spring! (DS3 85.8)

From Kenz! on Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 15:54:49

Hey Ruth! I'm trying to get better! I want to do our chipmunk thing!! ;) haha! Well Nice job this morning!

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Hills this morning. Last week's were pretty pathetic, so I was determined to make these lots better. And they were! I still think they could've been better, but a solid workout nonetheless. Times were 2:04, 2:03, 2:02, 1:59 and 1:57 (really good compared to last week's 2:16, 2:11, 2:11, 2:05 and 2:01). Pushed it well enough that I was going lots slower than I thought on the way back. Nice out. (DS3 92.1)

Right after that, I went on a 13-mile bike ride with the sprinters. It was really slow and not really much of a workout at all, but I had a fun time talking with people and goofing around. Took forever. Then IHOP!!!!! Yummo!

Afternoon/evening run - Summit light 3. The weather was good, but that was about all that was. Tired, headachy, dehydrated,  and drained. Glad I'm done! (Adrenaline  152.5)

From Sierra on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 15:01:17

Good Job Ruth!!! You're way, way, way fast on those hills! Keep it up ;)!

From Jeff Fre on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 21:11:00

I have been feeling dehydrated too. Hydrate!!! Good job on your running and bikeing today.

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From MarcieJ on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 12:40:08

Ruth I feel so bad, i just bearly checked my blog comments and saw that you wanted to run today (sat). I would have loved to! I went by myself and would have loved some company. bummer-when is your next meet?

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Didn't really want to run when I first left for the run, but after a couple of miles I was really glad I went! Decided to keep all my miles under 8:00 and it felt great just cruising along. Ran the Man-O-War route from my house. Avg. 7:45/mi. (Adrenaline  160.5)

From Jeff on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 15:27:57

Way to go Ruth!

From Sierra on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 16:50:49

Good job Ruth!! :) . . . I love it when you don't want to go but when your done you're glad you did it! :P

From Hayden on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 18:04:31

Nice job Ruthi, doing good, and keeping those miles up. Now lets both get ready for SUU, oh yea baby, i am so excited for the steeple. See you later

From Christi on Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 18:13:42

Wow- really good pic on your blog! I think I saw you cruising down Brigham Rd. this morning, looking good!

From amanda on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 13:00:50

My ankle is lame, but getting better :) I am thinking of running with week. Hope you had a great weekend too. See you at track

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Ran to the Stake Center and back this morning. Kind of zoned out and went too long - 3.4 miles, but oh, well. Tired, took it nice and easy. (DS3 95.5)

Speed work this afternoon. I'm an idiot and I'd just assumed that we were doing a longer run today like we usually do on Mondays, so I brought my slow shoes. They turned out to be really heavy for speed work. Anyway, we did a DI loop warm up, then 2x1200m at mile goal pace - 3:51 (5:08). They ended up pretty lame.

1- 3:57, got a little thrown off by the lack of a split on lap 1, (blaming Holt is fun to do, fun to do, fun to do... ;) took it too easy on the second lap  and it would've been worse except Jeff really helped me push it - thanks! Not great.

2- 3:56, legs were wobbly and tired from the get-go on this one. I pushed really hard, but still didn't get the time down where it was supposed to be. Frustrating and tiring. Though passing Wet Willy was fun... tee hee.

Whiny time! (I put it in Wingdings so you don't have to read it!) My shoes were way too heavy and I felt like they slowed me down lots. The guts were hating me in a starving way and my foot is still hurting and has been for what seems like forever. Mostly I don't feel like I'm getting faster with the speedwork and I should be. Argh. Ok, now I'm done!

Then I did a slow slow backwards DI loop cooldown, tried doing some clapping pushups (failed), got to shoot the gun and scared Mik'L half to death! (Adrenaline 166.5)

From MichelleL on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 21:00:36

Some workouts are better than others. You just have to show up and give it what you've got.

BTW, running mile goal pace for 1200m on a workout sounds like a race effort to me. That sounds like an almost impossible workout (I agree: blaming Holt is fun to do, fun to do, to do, to do).

From Jeff on Mon, Apr 21, 2008 at 23:45:23

I was trying to catch you! Good job getting that whiny time out of the way. Good job today, see you tomorrow.

From Mik'L on Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 09:39:49

You did scare me half to death...I was zoned out on the phone and didn't realize you were going to shoot a gun next to my ear! BTW, I read your whining to make sure it didn't have anything to do with me and it really wasn't too whiny! ;)

Race: Washington County 6-12 Grade Meet (1 Miles) 00:05:16, Place overall: 1
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AM Summit Light in my sleep. Felt ok, mostly just the same as usual. (Adrenaline 169.5)

Meet this afternoon. Originally I was supposed to do the 400m, 800m and 1600m, but I ended up doing the 100m, 1600m, 400m and pacing Ashley in the 3200m. Green taught me how to use starting blocks for the 100m (I've been begging the coaches to let me do one forever) and I won! But, I didn't beat anybody... :) I was hoping to get less than 15 and I was close, but didn't get it - 15.03. Fun, though!  

Then I did the 1600m. Mostly I wasn't feeling all that great from my gluttony at lunch (so much of Famous Dave's!) and from the hard workout yesterday. So, I was pleasantly surprised to pull off getting .25 slower than my PR, though I felt very very crappy, wobbly and slow. Still, I got a season's best! And I won!

Tried qualifying for BYU in the 400m - and missed by .13 - dang it! But I finally broke 1:05! My time was 1:04.7 and I PRed! I was pretty beat after this one, so I convinced Holt to let me pace Ashley in the 3200m instead of running the 800m.

So, then I ran the 3200m with Ashley. She got a PR by 2 or 3 seconds and did really awesome. My time was around 12:55. Now I'm dead and want to sleep. (DS3 99.3) (DD spike 45.2) (V spike 6.9)

From Jeff on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 00:07:48

Thanks for the comment Ruth, the encouragement really helps. You did a lot today. Great job!

From Sierra on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 00:10:59

Ruth. . .What can I say. . .YOU'RE AMAZING!! Good job today!! :) Sounded like you had fun!

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Summit light, so tired and slow. No watch to make me depressed! Done and done! (DS3 102.3)

Another slow recovery run, Chuck-a-rama, first half with Ashley, then picked it up a little on the way back. Sore legs. (Adrenaline 174.1)

Exactly ONE MONTH until Graduation today!!!!!! 

From Mik'L on Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 21:09:19

I will definitely have to hook you up if I get that account! :) Have your dad call me at the office tomorrow if he wants to...652-0565. I'll be there from about 9:30-12:30 (in between meetings).

From Jeff on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 09:50:35

ONE MONTH!!!!!!!!!! wow. OnE MoNtH!!

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AM Summit light 3 as usual. Freakishly tired as usual. Get more sleep, Ruth! Still sore, but not quite as awful as yesterday. (DS3 105.3)

Afternoon Green Springs 6. Everybody wanted to do Foremaster, but I rebelled. So, I went all by my lonesome! It was a great run. The way out wasn't the best, kinda tiring with all the uphill, but on the way back it was awesome! I just cruised at about 7:00/mi pace the whole way. And I visualized my State Championship 3200m race - it was sweet (I won)!  Glad I went out by myself. Avg. 7:38/mi. (Adrenaline  180.6)

From Karl on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 20:00:03

Yes I'm singing in a men's double quartet before our choir performance. We are singing Shenandoah. What are you performing?

From Karl on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 01:05:26

Sounds sweet! I'm excited too! Good luck to you too!

Race: SUU Coliseum Championships (2 Miles) 00:11:26, Place overall: 1
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Meet a SUU today; I ran the 400m, 3200m and 2000m steeplechase! First off was the 400m, it went really well - I got 14th overall and PRed with a 1:03.13! Now I'm qualified for BYU in it, so I'll probably get to run it next weekend at the BYU invite. Excited!

Then I ran the 3200m. Warmed up way too early (twice) and finally got to race. Overall it didn't feel very good. Splits (from memory, off in a few spots, but I can't remember) 1:20, 1:27, 1:29, 1:30, 1:28, 1:27, 1:25, 1:19? I dunno. Summat like that. Basically pretty pathetic. Felt sluggish the whole way, like it took all my effort to even go fast at all. Oh well. Glad it's over and glad I won!

And then, finally, the event I'd been waiting for all day: the steeplechase!! By then it was really cold and we had lost our minds almost completely. All us girls running it went crazy at the start line waiting before the race - we were yelling like insanity and playing "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?" with a button I'd found. Lots of fun! And the race was crazy! We were all so tired from our other races, so it wasn't fast at all. And the water jump was FREEZING! By the end, my legs were totally numb and my arms were well on their way. Then all of us winners did a victory lap and cannon-balled into the water jump! It was SO cold! Sooooooo Gooooood! Oh, and I won this one, too! Lots and lots of fun! Time was 8:03.50 (DS3 107.6) (DD spike 48.5) (V spike 7.2)

From MarcieJ on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:11:58

Track meets are always so much fun! SOunds likes you had a blast with the steeplechase. You will do so good at the BYU meet, that was always my favorite meet! Good luck!

From Lybi on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 10:55:07

Great meet, Ruthio! I can't BELIEVE you jumped into the water, though. You've got guts, no doubt about that. Congrats on the wins and qualifying for the BYU invite!

From Sierra on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 20:16:12

Good Job Ruth! :) You were fun to watch on the steeplechase!!

From MichelleL on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 20:20:43

Hey ruth, congrats!

You might want to note your 2000m steeple chase time in your blog so you can remember it.

From Little Bad Legs on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 21:03:35

Impressive run on Friday night! My wife and I got cold watching so I can only imagine how you must have felt! When I ran in college, I ran my pr in the steeplechase @ Utah State during a blizzard. In fact, they ended up canceling the meet around 11 am because the snow was so bad. Needless to say, I can relate!

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Sad I had to miss the second half of the meet for State solo and ensemble festival, but it went well. Our duet got a I- and both our double quartet and Trilogy (madrigal choir) got I's! Sweet!  

Ugh. Out-and-back in Alpine, first half against this insane wind. Legs sore and guts very disagreeable for most of the run and just not into it. First half was pretty slow (8:12/mi avg), then lots quicker on the way back - because of the wind at my back (finally) and my excitement to be DONE. So, total average min/mi ended up 7:52. Not bad for how crappy it felt, I guess. (Adrenaline 190.6)

From dave holt on Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 16:46:08

see you in the morning?

From Karl on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 01:02:32

Hey nice job on the 1's at S&E. Sorry I didn't get to hear you.

From Jeff on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 09:24:39

Great job this weekend. Track and singing!!

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AM AC with Holt. We went fast. At least fast for the morning. Not too bad. 7:17/mi avg. (Adrenaline 194.1)

At afternoon practice I sucked. Don't want to write about it. My times for 12x400m: 1:19, 1:19, 1:19, 1:16; 1:16, 1:19, 1:22, 1:18; 1:18, 1:19, 1:19, 1:15. Right now I'm just really mad/depressed, but hopefully I can get something out of these later. (DS3 114) (V spike 8.4)

Ok, so I just really felt tired from the get go on these. I tried to keep a good attitude, but that soon went down the drain as well. Last time we did these, they turned out awesome and obviously these weren't so much. One odd thing was the feeling of my throat being really small when I was trying to breathe for most of this workout. And that made me panicky in a hyperventilating way, which probably didn't help matters. Hopefully that never happens again. So, this workout was not what I could've wished for, but I guess sucky workouts just happen. I think I might be starting to get sick, so that could've been a problem in trying to run fast. Whatever the reason, I probably shouldn't have gone so emo after them, but what's done is done and I am better now!

From MichelleL on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 19:50:28

What was your rest, and what was your goal pace?

From MurseR on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:03:52

I wish I could run that fast and that long! I wouldn't get to down on yourself, there are down days for everyone!

From Karl on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:11:39

Oh my! 12x400s! That is insane! I can barely take 6! Our men's double quartet got a 1 but I still don't know what our choir got. I'm not going to state with the choir cause I didn't sing with them at region and they didn't make it.

From Kenz! on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 20:24:14

Hey Ruth you did awsome today! You are my hero... And I hope I can be like you someday! :) I miss running with you...of what I could!So I hope I can get feeling better... But you did great today! Nice job!

From Mik'L on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 21:44:15

Good job Ruthie. You know you are amazing. I'm sending you a private message...please tell me when you get it.

From Ruthie on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 22:29:06

Michelle - We did them in sets of 4, in the set we had 100m jog recovery and between sets we had about 5 min. GP for #'s 1, 4, 8, 10 and 12 was 1:17 and GP for the rest was 1:19.

From MichelleL on Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 23:16:51

So you were supposed to hit 1:17 5 times and you were able to go below three times, and were able to hit 1:19 or below on all except one. I bet you fell asleep during the 1:22. You need to work on your get more sleep goal!

Seriously though, it seems you did ok instead of great, and sometimes just ok has to be ok :)

From Hayden on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 18:45:30

way to keep them all around the same time and being consistent. I had 8 of those today.

From Ruthie on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 19:05:19

Thanks guys for the support and encouragement. I think I just needed to be mad for a while, just to get it out of the system. But I'm feeling better now! :)

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Dogpound AT this afternoon. Another sucky workout! First two miles went well, then I died. Total time was 22:03 (avg. 6:45/mi) with miles at 6:12, 6:21, 7:29 and .25 at 7:31/mi pace. Ouch. Wind was really temperamental and killed me on the last uphill parts. Dead and dead. I'm hoping that this sucking streak of mine runs out before this weekend! (DS3 118.5)

From Sierra on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 19:21:42

After a bad day comes the good! :) . . . Last Monday I stunk up the 1200's and Tuesday at the Pine View meet I PRed like none other!! I bet you'll do so amazing this weekend and PR like none other too!!!! :)

From amanda on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 23:46:25

You DIED.....

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AC in the AM with Holt. Easy and slow. Feeling kinda tired out. (DS3 121.8)

In the afternoon, I first did some handoffs for the medley, then went on a crazy 4-miler with the boys. We ran out to the half-buried car past the Dogpound and back around through some neighborhood to the school and finished up on half a grass loop. Somebody must've paid Rob to sabotage me, since he took me out halfway into our run and I got a nice gouge down my shin for it. Battle wound! But later, I tripped again, so maybe I just have issues... oh well!  Fun run and nice and slow. (Adrenaline 198.6)

From wildbull on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:36:37

looking good Ruth. ready for regional/state!

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At track today, we had an odd day. First off, we held an unofficial "race" day today for those not competing at BYU on Saturday. Then I practiced using the starting blocks since I'm running the 400m at BYU! By the time I started my run, everybody was done. So, I went on an easy 4-miler out into Green Springs and back. I almost died on the way out, but the way back was much better. Excited for the trip tomorrow!!  (Adrenaline 203.2)

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AC in the AM with Kimz and my brother Jon. I was slow and tired, my bro was crazy and Kimz tripped, same old, same old. Going to BYU!!!!!!! (Adrenaline 206.7)

Up in Lehi, warmed up, then did handoffs, starts and ran around the track for a while. (DS3 205.7)

From Ally on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 18:44:51

yay! good luck!

From MichelleL on Fri, May 02, 2008 at 19:29:36

What races are you running and what are the times for the races?

Race: BYU Invitational (1 Miles) 00:05:34, Place overall: 30
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Sick of sucking. Ran crappy three times. Good thing it's over. Writing these times down is really depressing.

400m went ok - 1:03.84.

800m sucked - 2:27.24.

800m leg of medley was a tad better, still sucked - 2:25 split, 4:31 total.

1600m was a complete disaster.

(V spike 9.6) (DS3 209.2)

From Benn on Sun, May 04, 2008 at 16:07:20

Well, if it makes you feel any better, you could beat me in any race even on my best race :-D So just take all your races in stride. I bet you didn't do that bad, and there are an amazing few (and I mean few) runners that go unbeaten for any length of time. Just think about the Olympics and the trials and such. Most of those women train for four years for one race. They don't care about any other races. Other races are only run for tempo training, etc. They have "their eyes on the prize". Just like in indoor track, focus on the prize, you want to focus on the end of the season, the major races coming up, and what you need to do to peak at the right time. You put in the miles religiously. You have the fitness, now it's just honing in on your speed. Just work hard at your interval training the next few weeks and you'll get there. Use these races as a learning experience. So long as you took something away of what to do next time, then it was a worthwhile experience. Running is a lifelong learning process. heck, look at the elite runners. Even they need coaches to tell them what to do. You're doing fine, and just get psyched about the end of the year and the fun that college xc and track holds in store for you! Best of luck.



From MichelleL on Sun, May 04, 2008 at 21:40:23

So sorry it didn't go as well as you know you can do. You know you have faster times than that in you, just do what it takes to bring them out. Get the sleep you need. Eat right. Train hard on hard days and easy on easy days. You'll get out of the slump just fine. You aren't supposed to be peaking yet so just keep putting in the effort. I know it is so hard to focus senior year but you won't regret all the effort you put into your running.

From Sierra on Sun, May 04, 2008 at 22:19:57

You got this Ruth! Just hang in there!! You'll GREAT in region! :) Just don't get down mentally just think . . .Kickin butt!!!. . . and you will! :) the rest will come along if it wants to or not! :P

From josse on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 14:11:00

With out the bad the good doesn't seem so great. Chin up you are an all star runner and it WILL show.

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4x400's today. They went ok, but not awesome. 1:11, 1:20, 1:15, 1:16. I will be feeling fast and fresh by Wednesday, I know it. (DS3 214.2)

From Sierra on Mon, May 05, 2008 at 20:44:40

GO RUTH!!!!!!! :)

From Benn on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 19:08:28

Good luck, and Way to Stay strong! I am a staunch supporter of staying positive. It's definitely helping me get through my injuries. I agree with Sierra. GO RUTH!

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AP tests suck. The statistics test today made me late for practice, too. But now I'm all done with them! Yes!

So, I warmed up and stretched and did some medley handoffs with Green (which were amazing, as they always are) for tomorrow. Then I ran a nice easy church 4-miler out in Washington. At the church, I caught a ladybug and carried it all the way back to the high school without killing it! I was so excited! Feeling fresher than yesterday, Region tomorrow (and Thursday...) is going to be AWESOME! (Adrenaline 211.2)

Goals: 1600m - win, PR, time < 5:10
           medley (800m leg) - win, PR, split 2:20, total < 4:20
           3200m - win, PR, time < 11:20
           800m - win, PR, time < 2:20

From lacey on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 23:15:32

Go RUTHIO!!! You are awesome and I know you will be absolutely amazing tomorrow!!!

From Austin on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 09:30:03

WRONG!!! ha ha But way to entertain me for 1 minute! It means Do I Look Like I Give A Freak!!

From ron on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 22:27:27

Good luck at region Ruth. If you want to get all those goal times it's gonna hurt, so don't let em' see you sweat.

Race: Region 9 Championships (4A) (1 Miles) 00:05:13, Place overall: 1
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Woo hoo! I finally PRed in the 1600m! I was hoping for a bit faster, but oh well. There was a killer intense wind happening on the back stretch, so I think my time goal would've been met had it not been so windy. My splits were also questionable (1:16, 1:19, 1:21, 1:17), but not quite awful, so I'll keep working on those 2nd and 3rd laps. Still, I won by 15 seconds and got a PR, so it was a good race to start off my last Region meet EVER!

Then in the medley 800m, we adjusted our goals and decided not to kill me - go for the win, and not worry about time - so when Green handed off to me and we were in first place already, I ran kinda hard, but not very. Holt even told me to slow down on the last lap! We ran a 4:29-ish and my split was 2:30, but we qualified for state by place and won the race by a lot! YES! (V spike 11.1) (DS3 217.2)

Our team scores are really close so far - with SC at 20, us at 17 and Dixie at 15, but with some sweet wins and some awesome people stepping it up tomorrow, we can be Region Champs tomorrow!

Just so my time (and place) in the 800m tomorrow is stellar, I'm planning on taking it pretty easy in the 3200m. So I'm adjusting my goals to just win in the 3200m (kinda like we did in the medley) - I'll worry about my times in that one at state!

And I got some more scholarships today! I'm officially part of the USU track team now and they're giving me $500/year more and books! So total, I'll have 4 years full tuition and fees, books, $500/year housing, $2000/year stipend. Sweet!

From MichelleL on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 00:09:01

Congrats on the awesome PR, and whatever splits it takes to get a PR are splits you should be happy with!

Also a big congrats on your scholarships! I had many small scholarships from $100 to $1000 from various organizations, and for you it all adds up to: going to college where running is your job! How sweet is that?

So glad you pulled out the PR you deserve!

From Karl on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 00:59:24

Nice job today Ruth! You are amazing! Way to go on the scholarship offer too! Good luck tomorrow!

From Karl on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 01:01:03

Oh and my "evil glare" is not only used when I'm catching someone, so watch out! REGION CHAMPS!

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:24:11

Congratulations on a PR.

From MarcieJ on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:54:28

Wait to go Ruth! THat is so awesome. I wanted to come watch but didnt get off work in time. CONGRATS again and on the scholarships!

From Dustin on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 15:52:11

Congrats Ruth on the race and the scholarships

From Jeff on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 02:53:45

Way to go Ruth!

Race: Region 9 Championships (4A) (0.5 Miles) 00:02:22, Place overall: 1
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Ran slow and easy in the 3200m and won, time was 12:11 or something. That was fun. 

PRed by .09 seconds in my 800m. Got 2 of my goals for that event -  I got a PR and won!

We lost. So, when we got back, I went angry running for a while. I'm guessing about 4 miles. (DS3 223.2) (V spike 11.6) (DD spike 50.5) 

From Jeff on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 10:28:07

Good job Ruth! Sorry you didn't win. You did so awesome!

From Mik'L on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 11:29:42

You did great Ruthie and I just love ya to death. I'm glad you care! Way to have an awesome Region! 4 #1's!

From Jon on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 11:36:05

Nice job in all your races! I just saw that you will be coming up to Logan- it will be nice to have another FRB-er up here. You can run with us (I think it is just Paul, Cody, and myself) any days you don't have team practice or off-season.

From MarcieJ on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 11:59:47

Ruth you are so awesome. I wish I was half the runner you are!!!! What are you running on sat morning? You want to hook up possibly. Call me and let me know if you get this before tomorrow morning. Hopefully you still have my number.

From Superfly on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 12:57:17

Good job on hitting a PR. You guys did great yesterday. Now it's time to really get ready to go run and win some races next week.

From austin on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 14:17:09

You have always hated me! Not any thing different. :/

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 16:03:25

Congratulations on the PR! Good thing you guys lost, it helped you get in the miles. Will pay off in the end. A few extra miles of base do more for your fitness than a regional win.

From Karl on Fri, May 09, 2008 at 18:08:18

Hey Ruth! Nice work! Four wins is amazing! I can't wait to see what you do at state! Good luck!

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Ouch. My pride is wounded. I ran 6 slow, tiring, icky and pathetic miles. Holt was nice enough to stick with me for the first 3 miles out into Green Springs. We talked and it was fun! My guts were hating me the whole way. And I think I have one of my perma-sideaches. At one point, I had 3 different sideaches. I think that's illegal... somehow. Avg. 8:07/mi. It felt lots slower, though. And harder. I'm sorer than is normal the day after a meet, probably from that crazy fast angry running I did at like, 11 pm last night. Ah, well. (Adrenaline 217.2)

From Jeff on Sat, May 10, 2008 at 01:53:58

Thanks for the comment Ruth. You are one of my best friends. I will miss you when we all go away this summer, I'll miss running with you too. You are an amazing person and so happy and fun.

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Easy out-and-back AZ strip run. Jonny ran with me for the first bit, then I finished up by myself. The way out was pretty slow going, but on the way back I picked it up a bit. Avg. 7:54/mi. There's still sand in my shoes from the buried car run last week, dang it. (Adrenaline 223.2)

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Fast and fun 4x400's today! Started off with a DI loop warmup, then ran the 400's, each with 400m jog recovery between. I ran them all in my spikes and it was awesome! Times were 1:12, 1:10, 1:10 and 1:09! YES WAY! Then we cooled down on a couple of backwards big grass loops as usual. I'm so excited! (V spike 13.6) (DS3 227.2)

Today Holt showed us the rankings for the 4A State Track Meet this weekend and it should go pretty well! I'm ranked 2nd in both the 1600m and 3200m - by 6 seconds in the 1600m and by .03 seconds in the 3200m. So, I should definitely own the 3200m and have pretty good chances to do so in the 1600m as well! Also, with the lineup we have for our medley relay, we have a good chance at that state title as well as our school record! Sweet!

From ron on Mon, May 12, 2008 at 21:28:23

nice workout. Looking good for state. Last races of the season are the best- there's nothing to lose so you can kick your heart out at the end.

From Jeff on Tue, May 13, 2008 at 01:27:11

Great job today! Good luck this weekend, Hopefully I will be there.

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Easy Bank/Mall run by myself during 8th period. Killer winds, dude! Then warmup and all that stuff at practice, but no handoffs because Greenie said so. (Adrenaline 228.7)

Afterwards I got a massage with April and it hurt. But now I feel awesome and ready to rock state! And later I got "Outstanding Athlete of the Year" at my school's Senior Honors Evening - with an engraved watch! 

From Jeff on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 01:03:53

Way to go Ruth! Athlete of the year, you totally deserve it.

From Ally on Wed, May 14, 2008 at 06:44:34

Yo Ruthie! Congrats on killing everyone at region! And on the award, thats awesome! Well please remind me which day you are coming again exactly and what time of day. Sorry I don't remember! I'm gonna try and borrow a car from someone, it'll be all good. It'll be WAY GOOD!!! Can't wait. Can you believe you are almost graduated! Crasay! Hey, maybe I'll just give you a call sometime. Possibly tomorrow, but probably the next day (Thurs). Anywho... love you... hope all is well. Maybe I should have just e-mailed you, this is kind of long for a comment. Love Ally :)

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Easy AC with lots of people. How are freshmen boys so awkward? Actually, I don't think I want to know. (DS3 230.7)

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Went to Lehi's track and ran around for a bit to get the legs moving after the long bus ride. Did warmups, handoffs and ran a couple of miles on the track. Legs feeling fresh and ready! (DS3 233.2)

Race: State Track Championships (4A) (1 Miles) 00:05:08, Place overall: 1
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1600m STATE CHAMP!!!!! Yes way! It feels SO awesome to finally do it! I went into the race ranked 2nd (by 6 seconds), so for the first three laps, I stuck right on the girl ranked first and another girl was right behind us. As the last lap started, they both started to gap from me, and I almost let them, thinking "Man, this hurts and sucks, why do I even do this?!" Then the other half of me said, "Go GET them, you idiot, you want to win, not lose again!" So, I took off with 300m to go and ended up winning by 4 seconds! And I PR-ed by 5 seconds and got the school record! I literally couldn't stop smiling for the next couple of hours. Splits were 1:13, 1:19, 1:20, 1:16. Woo hoo!!!!!

Then we had a downer of an afternoon; our medley got DQ-ed because our 200 to 200 handoff went past their zone. So, I started my leg of the race, then Holt yelled at me to stop since we were already out of the race. So, I ran 100m of that, then walked back around to the start line and was frustrated for a (long) while. But it's done and I can't do anything about it and... I'm still 1600m State Champ! Yessssss! (DS3 235.7) (V spike 14.7)

From adamr on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 00:29:53

great job!

From Mik'L on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:12:16

YOU ARE AWESOME! I'm SO proud of you. You had such a great state meet and it couldn't come to a better person. Congrats again and again on doing so good. You are going to just keep getting better. I'll miss you lots though!

From Lybi on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:17:23

WOW!!! What a way to finish your senior year! Congratulations! You've had this coming for a long time. Enjoy the glory!

From Breanna on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:39:03

Good job Ruth, You did awesome!

From Dustin on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 01:41:02

Way to Go Ruth! Congrats, sounds like an awesome race. You deserve it, you've worked so hard to get to this point.

From Benn on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 09:32:25

What an awesome way to end the season. FRB is so proud of you, Ruth! What a high point, huh? I bet you're feeling on top of the world now! What a phenomenal race! Huge PR, school record, AND State Champ?! Doesn't get much better than that! Oh, did you go celebrate with some serious "I kicked everyone's butt" ice cream? I agree. You've put in serious miles and you've made great strides (pun intended ;) ) in your running career. With a little more speed work I think you will be close to sub 5:00 :) Man, you put me to shame. My best time in my year of track in high school was a 5:12 and I thought I was all that! I'm sure some Commando points are in order. I will let Brent distribute those for ya. Again, GREAT JOB!!!

From josse on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 11:03:58

That is so awsome. What a great accomplishment for you. Great thing to put on your resume.

From JohnK on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 11:37:30

Congrats! Your last 300 shows what the power of positive thinking is all about. Nice PR too. Big things in your future.

From Superfly on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 11:59:17

Great race. We all knew you could do it. Now your a state champion and no one can ever take that away from you. Good job on the school record too. You must have some really good people coaching you!

From MichelleL on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 15:07:04

A big congratulations! Way to listen to the angel who told you to go for it. We all have two voices, we just have to listen to the right one. Great to have such a strong PR. And college will be awesome, way better than HS.

From Ruthie on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 15:29:08

Thanks everybody!

Benn - I actually did have some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (BYU Creamery type) ice cream, though it was after the medley disappointment... but it still tasted awesome!

Clyde - I do have the BEST coaches (and we both know it)! :)

From James on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 15:52:29

That was a great mile. You really kicked some trash. You two mile yesterday was also a goodie!

From Jeff on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 16:37:21

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go Ruth!!!! I am so happy for you! Congrats.

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The 3200m was not quite as AWESOME as yesterday, but it was pretty sweet anyway! I got ganged up on by the Orem and Timpview girls! My legs were a bit stiff and tired from yesterday from the get-go, but not awful. It was a crazy race, way tactical and lots of surging throughout. I came into the race with a time basically tied for 1st, but since I'd won the 1600m, it seemed like I was "the one to beat" or something. As a side note... at one point, the announcer said something like, "We have Hilton in the lead, she won the 1600m yesterday..." and I did a little dance... it was way fun. :) Anyway, I think I got passed about 20 times and passed them back about the same number, it was insane. The whole race was pretty up-in-the air until the last lap where Krystal Harper and I pulled away and I surged at the start of the lap and she got me on the last 300m and ended up beating me by 4 seconds. I really gave everything I had, though, so there aren't really any regrets about the race, which is all you can really ask for, I guess. Holt got my splits as 1:19, 1:25, 1:26, 1:25, 1:27, 1:29, 1:24, 1:18. The crazy thing is, Krystal must've run a 1:14 last lap, since mine was still a 1:18, and it was the fastest of all my splits! So, I just re-broke the school record and PR-ed by 9 seconds! And got 2nd place in the state, SWEET!

Then I had the 800m, ouch. My legs were totally sucked dry from the 3200m this morning, so it was rather questionable. Even with ample warmup, my legs still were stiff and sore for it. By the time I was 200m into the race, my legs were tired and I felt hammered. So, I gutted it out and got the place I was ranked to begin with - 8th - with a pretty slow time - 2:24 - and finished my last high school race EVER.

It feels odd; I think that it hasn't even really hit me yet (otherwise, I think I would've started crying) and I'm nervous for how different college is going to be. My years of high school track and XC have been awesome, my coaches are amazing (the best ever) and it's sad for it to be over. (DS3 237.7) (V spike 15.2) (DD spike 52.5)

When I got home, I found an awesome/hilarious message on our answering machine from Coach Patrick Shane of BYU. Click HERE to HEAR!
He apparently has forgotten that I attended his XC camp this summer. And I think he's a little late for recruiting, since I've already signed onto USU's team. Funny, though, and a definite confidence boost!

From Paul Petersen on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 14:59:45

Awesome job, way to cap out your high school career. The best is yet to come. You'll have to run with the Logan FRB crew once in a while when you get the USU.

From Jon on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 15:08:04

Congrats on an awesome state meet and high school career. You will love competing in college- it's a whole new ballgame, running against the best (even some future Olympians). Train as much as you possibly can this summer to help you be real prepared for your cc season. Eat well, and GET MORE SLEEP (to quote you)!

From Jeff on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 16:39:52

You beat me in the 3200! Way to go this weekend.

From Mik'L on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 17:16:39

The dance was AWESOME (and hilarious). Like I said before, great state meet. I'm so proud of you! You will do awesome things in college and beyond. Not just in running either. We will miss you. I wish I could take credit as one of your awesome coaches but I really didn't do much other than give you a lot of crap!

From Ally Holt on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 23:01:54

Ruth, I am so proud of you! Congratulations, you did incredible! You will do such a great job in college. You should be VERY proud of yourself.

From MichelleL on Sun, May 18, 2008 at 23:06:11

Great job Ruth! I echo Jon. I regret not getting the base I needed the summer after my senior year. Get sleep and get in the mileage you will want so you'll be ready for cross country. Your college years will be so fun and enjoyable and you'll gain even more great experience. I think you might be in that future olympian category :)

From Karl on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 02:13:48

It was amazing to watch you Ruth! Great job on all your races! I was so excited when you won the 1600 it got me pumped up and I decided I had to do good. You really inspire me and I wish you good luck in your future :)

From Ally on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 04:07:05

DANG GIRL!!! You, seriously, are the prime example of "you get what you put into it"! Way to go out there and do something amazing, not all of us have the guts for that.

From Ally on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 04:07:46


From Benn on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 07:53:00

Hey Ruth - Though I am a late comer as far as kids are concerned ( I only did senior year of high school for xc/track and then two years at college on the xc team), If there's one thing I've learned it has been to make the most of each and every opportunity. I agree with all of the other bloggers on here that you possess the determination, the grit, the guts, and the sheer willpower to do anything you want, which when added to your natural ability is a phenomenal gift that I think is only going to become that much clearer and more defined as you embark on the next stage of your running career. Don't sweat xc in college. Yeah it's a big step up from high school, especially D-I or D-II, but you will do great. :) It's going to be such an awesome experience. Just concentrate on getting that base mileage in early on, and rest as much as you can. With freshman year getting used to classes can be a doozy, especially if you're on a school sports team. We know you're going to do awesome though! Congrats again on the very cool 2 day huge breakthroughs. I mean you broke school records, huge PRs, and laid it all on the line... you can't ask for more than that!

From Kenz on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 20:42:40

Awesome job Ruth! Congratulations! I wish I was there to cheer you on.. but you did great!

From lacey on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 23:45:54

Ruth you are amazing! Congrats!

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 19:01:09

Congratulations on both PR's, and a call from coach Patrick Shane. Yea, who the heck is Ruth Hilton after all? A very important event in the history of FRB. BYU starts paying attention to our high schoolers.

If BYU offers you a scholarship, will you go?

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Getting sick sucks! Temperature of 99.9 degrees!

From Scott Zincone on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 23:10:33

You are correct, "Getting sick sucks!" But you are still State Champ !!

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Still not feeling too hot today. I don't know exactly how long I'm going to take off, probably just go out when my legs start feeling like legs again. Maybe in a day or two. We'll see.

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At about 1-2 am Jeff and I ran around barefoot on the not-track, played leapfrog on the field, did roundoffs and handstands and overall went insane! Then more Indiana Jones until 4 am!

Since I was already feeling somewhat sickly, my mom decided to compound the problem by taking me in to get immunizations for staying in American Samoa all summer. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis, I don't know what all. No fun. So, now my arms both ache and so do my neck and back, in addition to an already upset stomach and a severe lack of sleep (only 2 hours = masochism).

From MarcieJ on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 15:15:23

You are crazy!!! Are you still going to stay with your sister this summer, if not you better run with me alot this summer!

From dave holt on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 18:29:20

You know, I arranged for you to get sick so that you would HAVE to take a little time off and get the legs rested some. MWA HA HA!

From Jeff on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 18:41:30

Ruth that was crazy fun!

From Ruthie on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 23:54:30

Marcie - All summer with my sister in Samoa! But I've got a week more here, we can get in at least one run together!

Holt - Jerk! (jk) I don't think this qualifies as rest, I feel tireder! :(

From dave holt on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 10:29:49

Tireder or MORE TIRED? Hum... I think you have ripped on me about similiarer thingers.

From Mik'L on Thu, May 22, 2008 at 13:17:35

Happy Graduation today (Thursday)...right? Enjoy! I LOVE the message from the BYU coach. Classic.

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Had a weird urge to run Webb Hill today. So, I did! I ran up the road on one side (w/o stopping!), then down the trail on the other side and back home by way of Vermillion. Pretty crazy and fun! My downhill mile was actually slower than my uphill mile, not that either were anywhere near fast. Rolled my invincible ankle at one point, that's always enjoyable... or not. (DS3 241.2)

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First legitimate "workout" type run since state and it was pretty good. Went out on an easy/fun 5 just to see how it was. Mostly the run was smooth and awesome, though it turns out that my invincible ankle isn't as invincible as I thought... it's a bit swollen and bruised-looking and is a bit unstable and sore esp. when the ground is sloped. Not the most fun, but not awful. The run went around on Brigham Road and back  along the freeway and on the Vermillion trail. And the weather was completely PERFECT! Avg. 7:41/mi. (Adrenaline 233.8)

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Only 2 days and 12 hours left in St. George!!!!!

Around noon I ran to the Cox's house with Jon, then he had to drive the car home from there, so I ran back by myself. On the way back, I stopped at Green's house and we watched the state track video she made and it is AWESOME! So, I had a long break in the middle, then ran the rest of the way home.  Avg. 7:48/mi. (DS3 248.3)

From Jon on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 18:24:28

Where are you spending the summer? You're not coming to Logan right away, are you?

From Mik'L on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 20:03:12

I'm VERY scared to see that video! :) Are we still on for tomorrow night? When and where?

Jon- she's spending the summer in Samoa! Fun!!!

From Sierra on Mon, May 26, 2008 at 21:06:55

HAVE FUN IN SAMOA! My dad is from/grew up there. You'll have loads of fun! I'm way jealous! Running there should be awesome too, lots of wonderful sights! You can even run around an entire island in a day! How many people can say that! haha You'll have to tell me how it goes and if you like it! :)

From MarcieJ on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 11:51:16

Hey do you want to run Wed morning and do a ten miler? If so call me today or tonight (tues) and let me know. I was thinking we could just go from my house at 5:30.

From Hayden on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 12:54:31

Oh man Ruth i can't believe your leaving all us guys down here by ourselves. We will miss you. Ha see you later and keep in touch. We can go for a run sometime when you get back.

From MichelleL on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 14:57:04

Will you have internet access there? Be sure to track your miles so you don't sluff off. You want to be ready to go for the fall with a good summer base. Have fun!

From Ruthie on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 16:18:22

Marcie - Yeah! That would be so awesome, I'll give you a call!

Michelle - Thankfully, there is internet access, so I'll keep blogging and running!

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Only 1 day and 4 hours left in St. George!!!!!

Ran Webb loop with Lauren Whelchel. We ran slow slow, but I had a fun time talking with her and running circles around her and cheering her on! It was kinda weird, my legs got really tired out running at that pace (no watch, but probably around 10:00/mi pace) for so long - it really got sore by the end. That wasn't all that fun, but I'm glad that I got to run with Lauren before I leave! (Adrenaline 238.8)

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Only 16 hours left!!!

Early morning run with Marcie over by her house. A little chilly out to start, but turned out just right. Had a fun time running and talking with Marcie, she's so awesome! 7:48/mi avg. (Adrenaline 254.2)

Only 3 hours left!!!

In the evening, I went and ran with the PV WBR team for fun, though I ended up getting pretty thoroughly thrashed. I probably shouldn't have run as fast as I did or as much as I did, but it's done now, so oh well! By the last couple of miles my knee was getting pretty tight. Not so good, but the rest of it was fun, I ran with Decker for most of the middle and that was awesome! 6.25 miles at 7:15/mi avg, then one slow cool down mile back to my house. I ran a half-marathon today! Too much is right! It's sad to say goodbye to so many awesome people - and I won't see Jeff F again for 2 years! :( (Adrenaline 260.5)

From Lauren on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 12:46:54

how fun! amazing-ness to the max, but how could anyone expect less of you and your familia, you are a family of amazing-ness!! I hope I didnt slow you down too much yesterday =) hoorah for running amazing!

From Jeff on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 16:16:59

What time do you leave?

From Ruthie on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 17:54:55

I leave my house at around midnight and my flight leaves Vegas at 2:30 AM.

From Christi on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 23:40:39

Wow- so what you up to in Somoa? (I read on Marcie's blog that you are going)Cool! I saw you running with Lauren down Brigham road the other day. Looks like you've been having fun running w/ friends!

From Lybi on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 00:28:01

Have a great time in Samoa!

From Jeff on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 02:08:05

I'm going to miss you!!!! You are so awesome and such a great friend. We can keep in touch. Have fun!

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I made it to Hawaii so far and am hanging out with Ally! I'm going to stay here until Sunday when my flight to American Samoa leaves, so I get to run with her lots! After we go to her Spanish Tutor, we're going to run on the beach and stuff. Woo hoo!

We ran to Temple beach, then took off our shoes and ran to Kahuku point barefoot and walked around there for a while. Then we ran back to Hukilau beach and stood in the ocean and hung out for a while until we decided to walk back to Temple beach to get our shoes and go back to Ally's house. I got big blisters on the bottom of my second toes, but it was so beatiful and lots of fun, so it was worth it! (DS3 248.8)

From MichelleL on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 18:31:15

Awesome that you get a big layover in Hawaii! Which island?

From Ruthie on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 18:35:41

Oahu - I'm staying in Laie!

From josse on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 18:49:23

Fun! Sounds like you get a nice long trip. I'm jealous.

From amanda on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 20:55:55

I so wish I was there with you guys. We could have fun like when ally still lived here. Well have some fun for me. Love you and I'm glad you made it to Hawaii.

From Lauren on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 21:23:16

RUTH! thats super great! take tons of pictures so I can see! You shall be missed but I know you will have a super great time!! LOVE YA!! have a super great run and runs to come!

From The Beast on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 15:37:56

HAWAII! Have fun over there! Thats Sweet!

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Jet lag! I woke up at 5am and couldn't sleep anymore, even though I'd only slept since midnight thirty. Sad day! I'm so tired and dead! Anyway, when Ally woke up we went on a run from her house to Kahuku, this time we ran along the highway instead of along the beach. And had shoes on. No more blisters! :) Easy 4.6 at 8:00/mi avg. (DS3 253.4)

From dave holt on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 19:06:50

Glad you're alive! Enjoy.

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SO FUN! Ally and I ran out on the Laie Falls trail this morning and is was so crazy and awesome! The way out to the trailhead was about 1.3 miles, then the loop of the trail was about 3.1 miles. There were some absolutely insane parts with this way skinny trail twisting and turning up and down incredibly steep hills and it was a blast! This is my last run in Hawaii and it was an awesome grand finale! Thanks Ally! (DS3 259.1)

From Jeff on Sun, Jun 01, 2008 at 21:31:38

I love that picture of you and Ally. Sounds like you have had fun!!!

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Holy HUMID!!!!! Hawaii is so dry compared to Pago Pago. Most of the time the humidity is at about 80%. By the time my run ended I was completely drenched - eew. It did sprinkle rain a tad, but that didn't really get me any wetter. I kind of got lost at one point, but I made it back home alive. I'd better get used to this, since I'm going to have fun with it all summer! 7:46/mi avg. (DS3 264.9)

After breakfast, we went on a hike up Mount Alava. It was long and tiring, but the view at the top was amazing! I'll put some pictures on here once I get a bit more time. I think the round trip was a bit more than 7 miles. Tiring, but awesome!

From Sierra on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 01:09:00

Sounds like you are having tons of fun!! Oh and one of my friends. . . I guess you broke her school record that she has maintained for 5 years or something like that?! She says you're an amazing runner and to keep working hard!! :)

From Sierra on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 01:11:23

Sorry I left out that she did run at PineView High and I think she said it was the 3200! Anyway good job!

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Another easy run - 7 miler - I ran on the main road (again) out along the coastline earlier in the morning today. I brought a rock along this time to keep the dogs away - there are TONS of wild dogs here and most of them are scared off by acting like you're throwing a rock at them, but some are a bit more persistent, so I brought along a real rock this time. Of course, since I was prepared, I didn't run into as many really fiesty dogs this morning. Figures. The salty air along the coast was so refreshing and great and the people here are so friendly. I like it here. :)  7:55/mi avg. (Adrenaline 267.5)

From dave holt on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:07:37

Glad you are alive - enjoy. Practice started this morning - a little different w/o you there.

From Mik'L on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:49:44

Glad you are having fun already. Don't get eaten by any crazy dogs! Get used to the humidity, you are going to be wet all summer basically. Post some pics when you get time!

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My  legs were sore in very odd ways today from all the snorkeling we did yesterday, so I'm pretty sure this run would be slow slow slow. So I ran naked along the same route I did yesterday, just out and back again. At the turnaround I stopped and watched the waves crashing into the rock for a while and almost caught a couple of crabs and skinks (close, but no cigar). Tiring, but a nice run. My left foot has been hurting lately, I'm not liking it much at all. (DS3 271.4)

After the run, my nephews wanted to go running with me, so we ran about a half mile really slowly with lots of stops and walking. The biggest problem was Ila, the dog, coming along too and trying to pick fights with every dog along our way. Fun still, though!  

From sarah on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:43:05

Great picture...do you like coconuts? I've just started eating them occasionally and I love the coconut water in them.

From dave holt on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 19:56:14

What is that thing? A mollusk?

From marciej on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 20:16:04

Sounds like you are having a great time! Scary dogs-i should have sent you with some pepper spray!

From Ruthie on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 22:38:15

Sarah - I LOVE coconuts! They're everywhere here, so I can eat them all the time and we don't have to buy them - score!

Holt - A giant clam shell, duh. ;) It was trying to eat my head as you can see.

Marcie - Yes way! And I just unpacked my mace, so I'll bring it along tomorrow for sure. Let's avoid rabies!

From Jonny on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 01:36:18

nakers?!?! I hope you mean your feets...

anyway, welcome to the blog. ;)

From Jonny on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 01:39:34

oh, and tell mom or dad to tell me what is in the Soy Protein container... cause it sure isn't soy protein!!! - I made a shake and when I tasted it I was like, "This tastes like batter?!?! not nasty soy protein shake..." I was very much confuzzled. I think it might be gf pancake mix, since I didn't get any stomach cramps and it reminded me of the smell of pancake mix.

anyway, have funs in SAMOA!

From Lauren on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 14:18:14

RUTHIE!! my friends sounds like you are having a greatness time! I miss ya...but thats okay you are amazing still for sure! i hope your foot feels better and that running stays great. my consistency is helping! thanks for all your help!! you rock my socks and running shoes too lol!!!

From Karl on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:14:30

It's hot here but I'm having fun. Sounds like you are having a blast. I wish I could go run on the beach. I'm way excited for my senior year, it's going to be great. Anyway, catch a sunset on the beach for me k?

From Michelle on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 02:20:08


Reading your blog I am very jealous. That sounds like a great way to spend your summer. Where exactly is american Samoa in contrast to Samoa? I see your off to Logan for school, my oldest daughter is going there this fall too. You guys should say "hi" She's not into running but maybe you could be a good influence and convince her that it's not evil!

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Inevitably, I miss something important when I pack for a trip. A week into this summer-long vacation, I now realize that I've forgotten my Garmin charger. Yup, I'm an idoit. Hopefully it'll get here soon, because I'm really sick of the two out-an-back runs I have right now. And I wish I'd bought a new pair of shoes for later in the summer when my shoes wear out. Oh well. 

Anyway, it was pouring rain today for about half of my run - the first half and the last half - so I got completely soaked and was dripping drenched by the time I'd finished my 5.5 mile run this morning. My legs still feel kinda worn out, so I just took it easy again. 

After the run, my oldest nephew, Everett (he's 8), wanted to go running with me again, this time without the dog or his little brother. So, we ended up running out-and-back for a total of 1.5 miles. It was mostly pretty slow jogging with him trying to outsprint me every so often(oh no, 7:00 pace, I  can't handle it), so it was kind of a funny run. He did really well, though, for only his second run and I hope he sticks with it! (Adrenaline 274.5)

From Benn on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:35:53

That stinks about the charger. Well Ruth, you could always rough it and either go barefoot and embrace the Lybi adage, or you could bushwack through the rainforest, and craft yourself a pair of American Somoa moccassins! :)

From Jon on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:08:41

You could join those of us in the anti-garmin club and just run without knowing the exact distance! It is very liberating! Plus, I bet you will be surprised how accurate your internal speedometer/odometer are.

From Ally on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 22:08:52

could you please make sure you talk to your parents about the money? thanks

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Same run as on Tuesday - 7-miler out toward Utulei and back. No watch again, though. I'm saving its final bit of charge for my long run tomorrow. Hopefully it'll last long enough! Just another so-so run. I'm kinda getting lonely with nobody to run with here. Maybe I'll find a buddy or two at church or somewhere so I'm not so bored. Cross fingers! (DS3 278.4)

And my nephews wanted to run again, but this time they insisted on running at a track. So we found a track to run on. It was under construction and was pretty haggard looking, but it worked for them to run on. Everett wanted to race me, so we ran 200m of a 'race.' The first 100m, I stayed mostly with him, then got bored, so I all-out sprinted the last bit just for fun.

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Got dropped off in Asili on our way home from the beach and ran back 8 miles. Almost home I nearly got eaten by a rather frightening wild dog. Then I yelled and threw a rock and it backed off. I'm going to start running with my pepper spray, just in case. This week I've been eating like crap and so this run felt like crap! Woo hoo. I'll try and be better next week. But the Samoan barbeques are SO tasty... I'll try to moderate my junk/extremely greasy-food intake, though. It'll be worth it when I finally get a good run in next week! Avg. 7:44/mi. (Adrenaline 282.6) 

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Crazy one! My sister dropped me off in Pago Pago and there I shopped around, spent forever finding awesome shells on the beach and wandered around for a while. At Utulei, the 6 mile point, I took off on my run. Pouring rain! I got completely drenched. On the way home, I had to carry all the shells I'd found in my camelback and boardshorts pocket, but I was listening to The Killers and ran fast! I ran in my swimsuit since it had looked overcast when we left home. Big mistake - I got major chafing on my right inner thigh. It was even bleeding when I got home. :( Next time I'll just use my swim top and not bottoms, that's for sure! And I stepped in a big puddle that had a pothole in it and rolled my ankle. But overall, it was an awesome run with the insane rainstorm, cool weather, fast running and bewildered looks from Samoans thinking "Who is this palagi running along the road in the rain?" Good times! (DS3 284.5)

From Breanna on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 01:42:14

The recovery is going well, I'm so excited for xc It's going to be so much fun. It looks like your having fun in American Samoa (I'm Jealous;) ) Your going to do awesome at Utah State, I hope you like it there!

From MichelleL on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 20:01:13

Yeah, I have thought about running in my swim suit at times, and the chafing is the issue.

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Slow, stiff and tired miles today! Ran easy 5.5 to the Adventist place and back. Mostly I died and tried to sleep. It didn't work, but I'm done now and that's happy. I really need to sleep more. And do less crazy stuff. No, I like doing crazy stuff. But the sleep would be good. And getting my Garmin charger sometime soon. Oh well. (Adrenaline 288.1)

In the afternoon, Everett wanted to run, so we ran a mile. It took 9:30-ish. Not bad!

From dave holt on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 17:26:14

Did you leave it at home?

From Ruthie on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 17:33:34

Yup. I'm an idiot.

From Jeff on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 17:34:32

Crazy stuff like Indian Jones Marathons!!! And running around between movies! Sounds like you are having fun in Samoa.

From Ruthie on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 17:37:32

Yes way! That was so awesome. And the leapfrogging! And roundoffs and scaring Anna and Ahlin to death and running on the not track! Good times.

From Kareena on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 09:48:50

That sounds amazing ruth. I'm glad your having fun in samoa.

From Jonny on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 17:33:52

I sent it! I swear I did!

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Slept in (8 am, yay!) and went on a new run with my bit of Garmin battery life. Woo! It was crazy and I'm tired out! I ran out along the garbage walk trail and around the whole airport on the fence trail (stopping at airport beach along the way to look for shells) and back home on airport road. Airport loop! The rockiness and thick bushes made for some hard, slow going at some points, esp. all the washed up coconuts along the garbage walk, but aside from some sore ankles, it was a good run and I enjoyed going somewhere new. (DS3 291.5)

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Yesterday afternoon we went to airport beach with the boys and Everett left behind his shorts (not swimsuit, just shorts) so I went on the airport loop again today to pick them up. And since it stormed a lot last night, I brought my camelback empty to see if I could find a big, shiny, newly washed up cowry - I did, but it was pretty hammered - and got a couple nice shells while I was at it. The crazy trail running is wearing me out, it was a lot slower than I'd anticipated and my left ankle is really sore. So, probably I'll run on the roads the rest of this week. Fun though; I  got rained on halfway, plus I didn't fall into any blowholes! Victory! (Adrenaline 295.1)

From dave holt on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 19:01:17

You didn't include the numbers on your email when you wrote it down! That would be the issue. I'll send it again.

From Ruthie on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 21:57:51

Someone probably distracted me in the middle of writing it, or maybe I'm just mostly brainless. Anyway, sorry about that. Thanks!

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Slow, tired, stiff and boring. No dog fights, no rain, no trail, no beach, no fun! Almost got rained on, but no suck luck - just got drenched in my own sweat as usual. Getting kind of lonely here with nobody to run with. And I can't even go exploring since my watch is out of batteries. Hopefully I'll find a buddy sometime. My charger won't be here in forever since my family shipped it without the customs forms, so I won't get it until they re-ship it here with the right paperwork. It'll be a while. Woo hoo. Kind of a downer of a day. (DS3 297.5)

From Jeff on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 21:19:31

Sorry about the downer day. Cheer up! some how I guess :) Good job still running. It will get better!

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Rainy rainy rainy! Ran a loop from the house around on the airport road until it ended and turned onto the main road and came back for a nice 9-miler in the rain. I got completely soaked  and ran through some huge puddles -bigger than at Murray!- one was up to my knees it was so deep! Woo hoo! Crazy run, glad to finish off week two of Samoa running! (Adrenaline 304.1)

From austin on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 23:12:21

RUTH!!!!! Oh man to bad i wasnt there so i could jump in that puddle and get you all wet. :)

From Ruthie on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 04:19:46

Whew! Dodged a bullet on that one! You're crazy. ;)

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Ran the new Ottoville loop (5.5), but wanted more miles, so when I got back to Lion's Park, I ran to the McDonalds road and back home to make it 7 total. It was pretty warm out today and sunny. My head still hurts from getting beaned with tree branch yesterday, but I'll survive! (Adrenaline 311.1)

I got my Garmin charger in the mail today! Hooray!

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Up early and got rained on again. Ran out and back along the ocean toward the harbor and back, nothing really exciting at all. Except I ran with my Garmin for the first time in a while! It was funny, I'm already not that used to wearing it, so I kept looking at it on the run. Avg. 7:48/mi. I feel so slow! I think I'm going to start up two-a-days this week, so I'm hoping to get in 3-4 miles in the afternoon or evening. (DS3 304)

Later, I ran a little loop around Tafuna then did a bit of extending to get it to 3.5 miles. Got chased by dogs, raced random kids and ran faster than I have in a bit. It was fun! Avg. 7:28/mi. (DS3 307.5)

This little abandoned puppy that we took home on Friday died today and I had to bury him. It was really sad.

From Mik'L on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 19:45:09

Hey girlie. Sounds like you are livin it up in Samoa! Have fun but don't forget about us! ;)

From Jeff on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 22:42:08

Lots of rain. How is that job you told me about going?

From Ruthie on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 05:23:16

Mik'L - Party party! ;) Don't worry about me forgetting you guys, I don't have many friends here yet, so I am still kinda lonely. :(

Jeff - Well, they aren't cleared to provide my salary yet... basically everything on this island is slow going, so I haven't worked there yet. Probably when I have only 2 weeks until I leave will it finally be available. Crazy stuff! :D

From Jeff on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 09:56:38

Working is lame anyways.

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So slow and so dead. Got sprinkled with rain the whole time, but not poured on, so that was rather nice. Tried extending the Ottoville loop by going past the airport, but it didn't make it much longer, so I had to do the little out-and-back through Nu'uuli to get it to 7. My legs feel pretty crappy and I need to eat better! Two 6-dollar burgers at Carls Jr. in two days is not good for running that's for sure. Hopefully I'll feel a bit better tomorrow. Avg. 8:21/mi. (Adrenaline 318.1)

From The Beast on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 16:16:54

Wow! Your still getting a lot of miles in, nice job.

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My hamstrings are not happy with me and I don't know why! So, todays run was blah again. Ran the Adventist out-and-back and stopped to run an errand at KS Mart on the way. It's been almost 3 weeks since I've run with anybody. I'm kind of getting used to it, but it still is hard when I really feel crappy (like today and yesterday). I'm planning on 4 more miles this evening. (DS3 313)

I hurried and got 4.5 miles in this evening on our way to snorkeling at IBM beach. The sun was setting fast, so I actually had a good reason to run faster than normal! It was fun, especially since I was racing my sister in her car (kind of...). Avg. 7:20/mi. I like running in the evening here, it's just harder to manage that the morning stuff. (Adrenaline 322.6)

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Backwards Airport loop this morning. After the first four miles or so, I started feeling way sick, so the last half around all the blowholes and beaches and at the end on the garbage walk, it wasn't the most enjoyable. And there were tons of spiderwebs hitting me all over, eeew! I did find a couple really cool shells at the beaches, though, and am glad I didn't die or drown in high tide! Or something. (DS3 320)

Because coconut husking is so hard, I think that the 5 coconuts I husked today should count for something.... I know! Piña Coladas!!!!! Yay!

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This run killed me! I haven't run 10 miles in ages and I am not in very good shape apparently. Ran the Big loop with the CJ extension. It felt mostly good until mile 7 or so when I started getting a sideache and heavier legs. Thank goodness the first half has most of the uphill and the last half has more downhill or I would've died! Stopped at a convenience store for a potty break at one point and used green toilet paper for the first time in my life... awkward! Glad I did it early this morning so now I'm done for the week. Avg. 8:08/mi (Adrenaline 332.6)

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Got an email today from Coach Reeder with workout information for the summer. He'll be sending a weekly workout for the team, so now I have some kind of structure to my training! This week's workouts are:

M - 56 min.
T - 48 min.
W - 54 min.
R - 48-56 min. w/6x15 sec. at 3k pace w/45 sec. recovery
F - 40 min.
S - 72-80 min.

I'll go along with these but still go by feel and maybe get a bit more in if I'm feeling good. 

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Everett insisted on running 1.5 miles with me this morning, so we did. Wondered how 'fast' we were going, so I wore the watch. 11:03/mi avg, total time-16:20. Is that slow for an 8 year-old? It sure felt slow.

After that, I had not the greatest run, my legs are tired from all the snorkeling this weekend and the 10-miler on Saturday. Oh, well. Done and done! Avg. 8:02/mi, total time-56:16. (Adrenaline 341.1)

Total of 25 push-ups and 150 crunches today. 

From Hayden on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 20:38:49

Hey their Ruth how is it going. You are doing some good training over on that island. Way to keep it up and keep up the good work. Hey i have been looking at going Utah State, so you might see me up their in a year. Hey keep in touch. See you later

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Sick of sucky runs! Nice and rainy, but legs still pretty tired out. Back of left knee being kinda lame. Did 20 pushups and 100 crunches before the run and two 20 sec. strides at the end of the run. Avg. 8:00/mi, total time 48:02. (DS3 326)

Had an emergency, so I jogged a bit this afternoon... we needed eggs for our snickerdoodles but had none, so the boys and I ran to Steven and Sons to get some. Simon got tired, so I gave him a piggy back for half of it. Good thing we were jogging so slow! (DS3 327)

Today's total push-ups: 35, crunches: 200.

From Sierra on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 18:38:19

Ruth you're so amazing! I'm sorry about your sucky runs but hey I guess it can only get better!! :) Keep smiling, you're awesome!!! :)

From dave holt on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 18:45:52

Sorry your runs are not so great right now - we are officially in the HEAT now, so that is something to be happy about (but I guess you have humidity).

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My abs and arms are sore from starting up doing lots of pushups and crunches these last couple of days! 15 pushups and 100 crunches this morning. Ran to the church and back. The run today was faster than most lately, so that was good, I guess. I'm getting wimpy, I think. There were some medium-sized hills in this run and they almost killed me! 7:52/mi avg., total time 55:04.

When I got back, I ran .25 with Simon at 13:00/mi pace, then 1 mile with Everett and Ila at 10:30/mi pace. Those kids are crazy! (Adrenaline 349.3)

From jonny on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 11:39:45

yay for running and doing crazy pushups and junk!

Mom gave me a wierd look when she walked in on me doing gymnastics exercises in the living room yesterday. Like going from sitting cross-legged on the floor and then swinging up into a handstand.

oh, and good job with being an amazing runner. ;)

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Did 15 pushups and 100 crunches before the run. Then I ran 26 minutes out, then back on the airport road and did my little pickups on the way back. Apparently I can't count because I did 9 instead of 6 like I was supposed to. Oh well! The run started out really crappy from 10 tacos last night, a fast 5 mile hike and sleeping on the couch most of the night, but it got better as the run went on. Total time - 50:51. (DS3 333.3)

From Hayden on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 19:06:12

Were those girl pushups or man pushups?

From Ruthie on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 04:16:10

REAL pushups. Duh! Who does 'girl pushups' anyway? They're way too easy! ;)

From amazing amanda on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 12:34:40

Your going to be tanner then me when you get back. I love you and hope you are having fun :)

From Karl on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 12:40:26

Oh come on Ruth 100 crunches? 100 full sit-ups, then I'll be surprised.

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I need a new attitude, I've decided. I keep on having sucky runs and I should get over it! So, no more suckiness will be allowed anymore! Maybe once a week if it's really bad, but no more than that. Slow and a bit sore today. 5 miles on the ocean road out and back, 8:09/mi avg. Total time - 40:44.(Adrenaline 354.3)

Later I ran a little 4 miler on the west side of the island. Wasn't too bad except for a couple of odd run ins. Good thing I can run faster than some idiots! 8:09/mi avg. (DS3 337.3) 

Totals: Pushups - 55, Crunches - 200, Situps - 50 (sorry Karl, not 100...)

From Kenz on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 10:20:25

Hey Ruth!!! Thanks for the comment you left on my blog! Good job today! I'm gonna miss you this season! :(

From Karl on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 17:15:28

Wow! This time I am impressed! I'll count the 200 crunches as 50 situps. Anyway, I am so jealous that you get to run by the ocean. Oh I love it so much! Well, take care!

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Same loop as last week. Faster than usual and crazy; I wore myself out! Now, to the beach.... Avg. 7:54/mi. (Adrenaline 364.3)

I just found out there is actually a 10k race! HERE! But... we'll be in Apia (Western Samoa) from July 3-8 and it's on the 4th, so I'm going to miss it! I'm so sad! Talk about rotten luck. I guess I'll have more chances to run 10k races, but not more chances to go to Western Samoa, so it's not that big of a tragedy. I guess. But still depressing.

From Hayden on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 17:37:11

That is now fair you get to go to the beach after a run. That is awesome. Great run.

From Hayden on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 17:37:27

no fair

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This week's workouts from Coach Reeder:

M: 62 min
T: 53 min
W: 59 min
R: 53 to 62 min, “push” segments: 6x20 sec @ 3k race pace w/1:00 jog recovery
F: 44 min
S: 79 to 88 min

From Mike Warren on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 23:56:38

Looks like your having a blast over there! We had our youth conference a couple weeks ago, Kami Bentley was on my boat, she said you two had alot of fun competeing against each other.

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Awesome run! So glad I got up early today. Ran an out-and-back on the ocean road. The sunrise was so beautiful, lighting up the waves as they rolled into shore and giving everything a gold and pink glow. And, as a plus, the run went well and quickly. Glad to have a good one! Avg. 7:47/mi, total time - 62:30. (Adrenaline 372.3)

Totals: Pushups-65, Crunches-200, Situps-50.

From Lauren on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 17:09:58

That sounds like an awesome run, just by the scenery! hoorah! you are awesome also! keep up the amazing job! =)

From Karl on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 19:57:06

Sounds wonderful!

From ron on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 02:46:43

once again I'm jealous of your scenery! I like the new pic too.

happy running

From Kenz on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 16:03:15

Hey Ruth! Thanks for the comment! I hope it all goes well too! I hope I get to see you, you should come to one of the meets! That would be awesome! :) Ha ha well nice job today! You're amazing! :)

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I went to bed at 9:35 pm last night! It felt SO good. This morning I ran toward Leone and back, the hilly run, and I died. Legs felt pretty crappy, but the sunrise was awesome yet again! I still need a buddy, it's day 26 of lone running. Total time - 53:20. (DS3 343.8)

Totals: pushups- 50, crunches-200, situps-50

From Kenz on Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 16:14:25

There were about 10 people I'm guessing. So it was fun, but very different! Thanks!

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Stormed pretty hard last night, so I headed out on the Airport beach loop today to hopefully find some awesome cowries! I got totally drenched in the rain and ocean and found 2 awesome cowries plus about 8 other pretty good ones. The garbage walk part and rocky sections really slow me down on this run, so my avg. was really slow. But it was a good run and will give me stronger ankles! And I got almost 10 hours of sleep last night! Woo hoo! Total time: 64:22. (Adrenaline 379.8)

Totals (so far): pushups-25, crunches-150, situps-50. 

Tomorrow morning, we're flying to Apia for 5 days!

From Kareena on Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 19:45:01

Ruthie that's awesome. I'm glad your excited and having a good time. I love the new pic by the way its awesome.

From Kareena on Thu, Jul 03, 2008 at 00:26:47

A couple of weeks ago. Thanks Ruthie. I've started working too so that kills for awhile but in the end i figure it'll strengthen my legs.

From Kenz on Thu, Jul 03, 2008 at 18:22:07

Ruth! Sounds like your having fun! Good job today!

From amazing amanda on Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 10:35:50

I love you and you should call me sometime because I have the hardest time getting on my blog and e-mail for some reason. Maybe because when I get on I never want to get off hahahaha. Well have fun.

P.S. do you remember funning the word we made up?

From dave holt on Tue, Jul 08, 2008 at 19:29:40

Why all the sleep? Is something wrong?!

From Ruthie on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 04:08:55

Manda- you can call me too, my number is 684-770-0400! And I'd totally forgotten about funning - awesome word! I'll try and call soon if I can.

Holt- Hmmm. I don't think so! Sleep feels good and there's not much to do at night here, so I just go to bed.... I feel like you - going to bed at 9pm - it's so crazy, but it feels nice! :D

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Woke up freakishly early - 4:44am - to run before our flight left for Upolu (Western Samoa). Ran out and back on the Ili Ili road and ended at the airport and got to fly all gross and sweaty (good thing the flight was less than an hour long). On the run I did my 6x20 second push sections with 60 second jog recovery and it was an overall good run. Avg. 7:57/mi. (DS3 351.4)

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Ran from our hotel in Apia along the waterfront and looped around the court buildings and back for an easy 5.5 miler. Nothing too exciting, except Upolu is prettier than Tutuila. (Adrenaline 385.3)

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This run killed me! I ran from the hotel, then out and back on the cross island road, which goes up a mountain. So, in 4 of the miles out, I gained 1600 feet of elevation and it hurt! Then I ran back and hammered my legs on all the downhill. I realized yesterday that my Garmin only had 3 hours of battery left, so I only used it on the way out to measure the run. And that part was way slow! (Adrenaline 396.3)

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I'm not sure what A and B are for (coach didn't mention in his email), but I'm going with the B workouts this week, since they seem to be better! 

Monday:  A-62 min, B-70 min
Tuesday:  A& B-53 min
Wednesday:  A-59 min, B-67 min
Thursday:  A-62 min, B-70 min, w/ 8x20sec@3k race pace w/60 sec jog recovery
Friday:  A-44 min, B-52 min
Saturday:  A-79 min, B-96 min

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This morning, I woke up to go running and realized I didn't have my running shoes! Apparently, I left them at our previous hotel, which really sucks. I got lucky and they still had them there, so we picked them up in the midmorning. Plus, I didn't have access to the internet to find out this week's workouts until afternoon. So, I ran later in the day.

At around 4pm, J&C dropped me off at Apia Park Sports Complex and ran on their track. Although 6 miles on the track usually would suck, I had entertainment - there was rugby practice on the field and some of the track and those guys... yeah. I ran for 45 minutes on the track (switching direction every mile) and the guys there at first were giving me annoyed looks, but by the end I even got some applause as I came around! It was funny and fun. Then I ran from there to the hotel up on the cross island road - all uphill again, yuk - three miles more. After, I hopped in the pool with the kids for a while and it felt so awesome. Yay for being on vacation! Avg. 7:47/mi. (Adrenaline 405.3)

Today is my halfway point for being in American Samoa  - I've been here for a month and a week and have the same amount of time left - crazy!

From Jeff on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 14:58:09

entertainment?! haha, I am laughing so much right now, you are funny! I bet you weren't watching the game. ;D

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We flew back home today in the afternoon, so once we got unpacked and situated, I left on my run. Ran out and back on the ocean road and got rained on. It was a really good run, though, and felt awesome. The vacation was awesome: I relaxed lots, had fun on great beaches and got some great deals on souvenirs, but now, it feels good to be home again. Avg. 7:44/mi. (DS3 358.4)

From Benn on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 07:48:03

How do you like Am. Samoa so far? It seems like you are having a blast. You have way more dedication than me!

From Hayden on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 14:37:40

Great dedication Ruthi

From Ruthie on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 18:54:09

Benn - It's been crazy! Sometimes it's really really hard to get out the door in the crazy humidity to go run, but at least I have to report back to my new coach with my miles to make me run when I don't feel like it. I've been having a fun adventure and it's so beautiful and relaxed here. So, yeah, I like it lots!

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Out and back on the main road this afternoon. Another good run. This week has been a week of good runs so far (knock on wood) and I'm loving it! My guts were being a bit uncooperative on the way back, but I only ended up taking one pit stop and it all ended well. All miles were under 8:00 and my avg. was 7:41/mi. (Adrenaline 414.1)

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I'm livin' the life! Awesome runs all week and cool weather (today was even a bit chilly - 72 degrees - I'm going to die this winter in Logan!) even in the afternoon. Got rained on quite a bit, but it's fun and I like it. Did my 8x20 sec push segments and they just went by so nice and easy. Avg. 7:35/mi. Farthest run this week and fastest run this week! Good times. (DS3 367.7)

From Mik'L on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 09:55:35

Glad to see a better attitude, thus better runs! ;) Good job on this run. You ARE going to die in Logan if 72 is chilly!

From dave holt on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 14:03:24

Keep it rollin! You are doing great. It is weird to see you write something like, "my Coach" and know you aren't talking about me. boo hoo.

From Jeff on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 15:10:28

Great run. Logan is very cold!

From Ruthie on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 17:38:28

Holt - It's weird for me too! And it makes me sad. :(

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Slept in this morning (again), so I had to run after Julia got home from work. Fortunately she came home early, so there was plenty of daylight left to go run the Airport loop. When I got around on the ocean side, the tide was high and it was way windy. The waves crashing at the blowholes before the beach were amazing and got me wet wet wet! At the coral beach I found a couple pretty good cowries, but nothing awesome, sadly. No watch, just partyfulness! (DS3 374.7)

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Awesome ending to a great week of runs! Around 7 I took off on the Ocean road and ran all the way to Utulei and back for a long run. The wind was crazy again today and it kept blowing me off the road and my legs around, which made for a hard run. Overall it was a really good run, though. It's funny, I think this run is the farthest I've run straight since the half marathon! 7:41/mi avg. (Adrenaline 426.6)

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Monday: 72 min
Tuesday: 56 min
Wednesday: 72 min
Thursday: 56 min, 8 x 20 sec @ 3k w/ 1:00 jog recovery
Friday: 48 min
Saturday: 104 min

From The Beast on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 14:33:28

Thanks Ruthie! Your runs sound crazy, timed runs?

From Ruthie on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 21:22:48

Yeah. Coach Reeder just sends the workouts in minutes for us. It's kinda weird to get used to, especially when I want to run w/o a watch. But I gotta do it the way the coach says I guess!

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Ran out 37 minutes on the main road, then back again for a 9.75-mile run. Went pretty well, though the uphill first half kinda sucked compared to the downhill last half. I got completely drenched on the run because it poured rain on me for most of it and there were huge puddles that I just couldn't help but run through! :) Avg. 7:32/mi.

After, Everett wanted to run. So, we ran a little bit out-and-back, not quite to Steven and Sons since Everett slipped and fell in a puddle and didn't want to run very much after that. (Adrenaline 437.1)

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Ottoville loop this morning, nice and easy w/o the watch. Just ran a little bit since I'm going to run in the afternoon today too.

This afternoon, I ran the airport loop with a person! He was really really late, so I just left after waiting for 20 minutes, thinking he just didn't show. Good thing I stopped for a pretty long time at the first shell beach, because that's when he caught up with me. He isn't really a runner, so he basically died and I feel bad. We had to stop lots and walk (that's why I put it as 6.5 miles not 7) and it got kinda annoying. But it was somewhat nice to run with a buddy for the first time in a month and a half! (DS3 387.2)

And, in only a month from today I'll be arriving back in the USA! Time flies....

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My quads are SORE! I randomly did 4x20 lunges on Monday and my legs are feeling it. Ouch. So today's run was a victory because I didn't die, puke, stop (except to fix my mp3 player), run really slow, go crazy, explode or drown! It was sunny out for the first time in a week and I got up late since today is a holiday.... Happy Manua Flag Day! Avg. 7:54/mi. (Adrenaline 446.2)

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Arrrrrrrgh! So mad at myself! I slept in this morning after a long night getting up for puppies, then forgot I had to babysit for some friends at 5:30. So, by the time Julia and Cliff got home from work and I was ready to go, it was 4:55 and I didn't have enough time to get in my 56 minutes before babysitting. So, I ran around to their house and got in 4.8 miles with my 8x20 second fast segments in 35 minutes total and thought I could run back home once I was done babysitting. But, lots of villages here have a 10pm curfew (enforced by big Samoan guys with sticks) and it was 10:15 by the time the parents got back, so I couldn't go run. So, I'm annoyed at my lack of planning, forgetfulness, and stupidity that made me not get in all I needed to today.  >:(  7:29/mi avg. (DS3 392)  

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Easy 6 on the Ottoville loop this morning, measured the 'track' on my way (.35 mi) and just took it slow. Still need to work on the sleeping in thing. 7:55/mi avg. (DS3 398.1)

From Mik'L on Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 11:56:31

I think you and that sleeping thing are going to be at it for awhile. 1 month left! Enjoy it while it lasts!

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More than a half marathon today! Woo! And the run went pretty well once I got through the first 3 miles or so and re-tied my shoes. My shoes are starting to wear out, so my feet are not liking it. As I ran it was fun to see all the decorations and preparations for the Pacific Arts Festival that starts next week. Painted coconut stacks, fabric-covered rocks, Dr.Seuss-esqe bamboo and palm fronds around every pole, it's quite a sight and fun to run by! And the ocean, of course, is awesome to run along. Avg. 7:41/mi (Adrenaline 459.8)

From Kenz on Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 21:53:11

Ruth! You're doing awesome, as usual! I hope you're having fun!

From MarcieJ on Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 21:56:13

Wow what a great run today for you! I love to run by the ocean, so jealous! Cant wait til you get back and we can run at least a few times before you head up to Logan.

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USU xc camp is on the 19th of August, so a couple days after I get home from Samoa I'll be going there! And the week's assigned runs as usual...

Monday: 80 min.

Tuesday: 64 min.

Wednesday: 80 min.

Thursday: 64 min, w/8x20 sec @3k pace w/1:00 jog recovery

Friday: 48 min.

Saturday: 112 min.

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Iliili loop w/ extension this afternoon for a 80 minute run. Slow, tired, hot, sweaty and achy for most of the run. Not so great, but glad it's done. Almost got killed by a rogue aiga bus! Avg. 7:51/mi. (Adrenaline 470)

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'Twas nice and cool out and I got to watch the sunrise over the island and ocean since I ran an out-and-back on the ocean road this morning. Slow and easy. And the Festival of Pacific Arts started yesterday and it's going on for 2 weeks - talk about awesome! Avg. 8:01/mi. (DS3 406.2)

From Karl on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 11:19:28

Not fair ruth. So jealous.

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Got a nasty nasty surprise when I went to put on my shoes this morning to run - they were swarming with tiny ants! Aaaak! Heebeegeebees... so I opted to use my other pair even though I used them yesterday. The bugs are one thing I won't miss when I go back to the desert!

Then I ran the main road out-and-back for 80 minutes total. Still feeling a bit worn out and blah, so I just relaxed for most of it. Pretty uneventful. 7:53/mi avg. (DS3 416.5)

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Iliili road out-and-back this morning. Started out pretty sucky, but once I did the 8x20 second pickups on my way back it started getting better. I saw a person running (on purpose!) and passed him - he turned out to be in the marines. Avg. 7:51/mi (DS3 424.7)

From dave holt on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 16:34:46

Was that dog your lunch!?

From Ruthie on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 16:40:20

Mmm hmmm. Dogs are abundant here, so we eat them. jk :)

From dave holt on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 17:20:24

That's what I thought!

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Ottoville loop with extension. Ok run. 7:51/mi avg. (DS3 430)

From dave holt on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 17:22:47

For racing's sake, it was too bad you weren't here to do the Des. News 10K. You would have had a great chance to win the high school 10K championship! By the times, some of the good quality girls were obviously out of shape (but some were not, that's for sure).

From Ruthie on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 23:59:21

Shucks. That would have been tons of fun! I'm sick of running no races, 'cause they're a hecka blast. Training and training and no crazy racing! :( Only beaches. ;)

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Longest run I've ever done! Ran to Pago Pago and back. Went a bit too fast on the way out so the way back was somewhat painful. And hot. Through Utulei I got flirted with/offered an apple by a fautasi rower (talk about lame pickup lines). Good run, though - avg. 7:38/mi. (Adrenaline 484.8)

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Monday: 88 min w/ 8 x 1:30 @ tempo pace w/ 2:00 jog recovery

Tuesday: 64 min

Wednesday: 88 min

Thursday: 72 min w/ 8 x 20 sec @ 3k race pace wi 1:00 jog recovery

Friday: 48 min

Saturday: 120 min

From Mik'L on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 10:40:38

Aw...who's cute doggy?

From Ruthie on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 13:52:40

Our neighbor's - the puppy's mom is wild, so we took all 4 of her puppies in and adopted them out. They're all way cute!

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11.4 this morning on the main road. Ran a ways past Leone and back. The way out felt really hard and pretty slow. On the way back I did the 8x1:30 tempo sections and the run got lots better. Tried to make sure I didn't do go too quick, but the first few were still a tad fast, esp. with the downhill. Distances were .23, .23, .23, .21 (uphill), .22, .22, .22 and .22 for the tempo sections. A bit tired out at the end of the run. Took a nice cool ice bath after. 7:46/mi avg. (Adrenaline 496.2 - Almost dead, please hold out another couple of weeks!)

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Slow and easy on the ocean road this morning. Got rained on a tad at the start, but it cleared up quickly and the sunrise was by far the most amazing I've seen here. So nice. Avg. 8:04/mi. (DS3 438)

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Pretty nice run today, went out on the Iliili road, then onto the main road past Leone and back. Legs were a bit achy, I should get more sleep. Avg. 7:46/mi. (Adrenaline 507.6)

From Mik'L on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 22:57:33

"I should get more sleep." Hmmm...I've never heard that one from you before. ;)

From Ruthie on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 15:32:53

Oh, definitely not. ;) Though I did get to bed at 10:15 last night! Ha!

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Iliili loop early this morning. Ignored my watch for the first half and it was slow! The 8x20 second stuff went all right, but after it was still slow and blah. I'm sick of the humidity and the same runs over and over! (DS3 447)

Today I finally made it to 500 crunches/situps and 100 pushups!

Only 2 weeks 'til my flight leaves to go home!

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The stray momma dog we've been feeding lately followed me as I started my run this morning. I thought she'd stop at the end of our street, but she kept with me for the first 3 miles of the Ottoville loop! I was afraid she got lost, but an hour or so after I finished up, she made it back to our house fine. The run was a bit slow, but felt really nice. Avg. 8:03/mi. (DS3 453.1).

From Kenz on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 19:38:41

Hey Ruth! Are there really stray dogs there?! That's kind of scary! I hope you're having a good time there! Good job today!

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Long run. Thank goodness it was a bit cloudy out since I left a bit later than I'd planned. My new record longest run (again) and it was pretty good. The humidity is so nasty, though. My shirt had no dry spots at all by the time I'd finished the run. And I could wring sweat out of my hair - eew! But only 10 more runs in the humidity for me! Avg. 7:46/mi. (Adrenaline 523.1)

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My first college meet ever is in less than a month! Aaaak! And the workouts:

Monday: 88 min, w/10x1:30 @ tempo pace w/2:00 rec.
Tuesday: 64 min
Wednesday: 88 min
Thursday: 72 min, w/8x20 sec @ 3k race pace w/1:00 rec.
Friday: 48 min
Saturday: 128 min

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Main road out-and-back this morning. On the way back, I did the 10 x 1:30 min. push sections. They were all right. Dist. were: .22, .22, .22, .22, .21, .22, .22, .23, .22 and .23, so not a bad workout - min/mi. were all around 6:40 for the tempos. I'm already getting excited to be back where there are people to run with! (Adrenaline 534.2)

From Lauren on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 23:23:06

Ruth! you are amazing! I am excited for your cross country career. you shall be great!

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Bleh. Tired and up too early this morning, legs are worn out from yesterday's run plus the hike around the entire island of Aunu'u. Both pairs of my running shoes are in need of replacement! Avg. 8:06/mi. (DS3 461.1)

From Kenz on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 22:51:09

Yes! That's what their called! Haha yeah it cracks me up too!

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Suckiest run ever. Really. I don't think I've had this crappy of a run for a long long time. Hard, slow, tired, sore, grumpy, slow and super super sucky! My feet are killing me, too. Crap for crap. (Adrenaline 545.2)

From dave holt on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 22:21:19

Thanks for the reminder - I'll send one to you tomorrow! Enjoy the crappiness, they come and go!

From Kareena on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 11:59:35

I'm sorry your runs have been crappy for the better part of this week ruthie. Hopefully if not the next couple days, next week will be better.

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The awesome thing about having an absolutely awful run yesterday is that it would've been really hard to get much worse! So, today's run was better. Not a ton better, but I'm headed in the right direction.... Did the Iliili loop this morning, on the way down the main road, I did the 8x20 sec. pickups and my legs felt good during those. My knees were feeling lots better than yesterday, too. I got a killer sideache for the last few miles, but overall, it was an ok run! Avg. 8:06/mi. (DS3 470.1)

I'm coming home in exactly ONE WEEK!

From Kenz on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 19:46:48

You're coming home in a week?! Awesome!

From Kenz on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 19:47:14

Oh and we have our first XC meet next Thursday! Ah!!! I'm excited.

From Kareena on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 01:25:18

Thanks ruthie. Ya i'm way excited.

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Ottoville loop this morning. A bit tired in the legs, but overall it was a good run. I love Fridays! Avg. 7:58/mi. (DS3 476.2)

From Kenz on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 19:49:00

Ruth! You don't get home til Friday?! :( that stinks! Yes I get to try and run the first race, even though I have to go get another katscan :( But everything will turn out good! I hope! Are you excited to come home?! I love Friday's too! :)

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The first half of this run was really awesome! But on the way back, I got an awful sideache after a half mile or so and it killed me dead. On the way out, I ran 8.25 miles, but I only ran 8 on the way back in because my 128 minutes were up. So I just walked and did drills for the rest of the way home. Too many painful stops today. Next Saturday, I'll be running in St. George! Woo! Avg. 7:55/mi. (Adrenaline 561.5)

From Karl on Sat, Aug 09, 2008 at 19:22:01

Ruth! When you get back you need to come running with me sometime so you can tell me all about your trip!

From Ruthie on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 00:55:06


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My last week here in Samoa and my last week of runs by myself all the time! Woo!

Monday: 88 min w/12x1:30 - first 70sec@ tempo, last 20@ mile race w/2:00 rec (Ocean)
Tuesday: 64 min
Wednesday: 88 min (Main)
Thursday: 72 min w/8x20 sec@ 3k race w/1:00 rec (IliiliL)
Friday: 48 min (Hawaii)
Saturday: 128 min (SG)

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Ocean road out-and-back this morning. Relaxed on the way out, then did the workout on the way back in. Distances were .23, .23, .22, .23, .22, .23, .23, .24, .23, .23, .23 and .23. The .22's I had were against some heavy wind, so overall these were really consistent and felt pretty good (besides the sideache I had for most of it). Good workout and glad to be back feeling reasonably fresh! Knock on wood. Gosh my shoes are DEAD. (Adrenaline 572.9)

From Kenz on Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 23:12:13

Oh yes you have been spoiled with good weather! Lucky! Yeah it is really hot here! I had my first afternoon practice today! And man it reminded me of PV practices last year! Oh I will tell you how the meet goes! I will do my best! :) Nice job today!

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Iliili out-and-back this morning. My whole upper body is sore and I can't figure why! The run was really relaxed and slow and it was fine. My left foot was achy for most of it, probably from needing new shoes. A nice recovery run from yesterday's workout. Avg. 8:20/mi. (DS3 484.2)

From Lauren on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 13:08:50

new shoes will feel great when you get them! its like christmas every time i get new ones, so exciting! lol. you are amazing! keep up the great work! i will keep track of ya during the cross country season and watch how amazing you are! =D go ruth go!

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My whole body is exhausted! Again! Yesterday I went on my first ever scuba dive and it wore me out. All that gear is heavy! So, today's run was way slow. I was so tempted to slack off this morning since the boys' school started, but I'm glad (now) that I got up freaking early. Avg. 8:25/mi. (Adrenaline 572.9) 

From Kenz on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 21:13:16

Thanks Ruth! I'll miss you there!

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Last run on this island! It's insane how fast time flies. Ran the Iliili loop nice and early. I got rained on (just for old time's sake, I guess) and nearly got run over in Iliili! Once on the main road, I did the 8x20 second pickups; they went well and easily. Still have that crappy sideache from forever ago, though. My legs felt tons fresher today and the run mostly flew by. Avg. 8:06/mi. (DS3 493.2)

Late tonight my flight leaves to go HOME! As long as the Honolulu Airport has lockers, I can still get my run in for tomorrow during my 10 hour layover.

From MarcieJ on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 13:47:36

Hey Ruth,

We are meeting at 5am at the church on bluff (by the running store). My father n law is going to drive us up 20 mi. You can follow us up and park your car 10 up or whatever and then hop in with us. Does that sound ok? Call me if you have any questions. Hope you had a good flight home!

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Arrrrgh! I am so angry about today! The Honolulu Airport SUCKS! I flew in at 5:30 am and didn't leave until 3 pm. In the 10 hours I spent there, I should've been able to get a run in, but there weren't any lockers and if I left my carry-on bags anyway they would've been "confiscated and destroyed." Angry face. After 24 hours in transit, I finally got home at 3:15 am on Saturday. So, it looks like I get a big fat ugly goose egg for today.  >:(

From The Howling Commando on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 08:26:42

Hey Ruth. Looks like you've had a blast this summer. I agree that time has flown by! Don't get so uptight about missing out on the run. We all know you tried your best and it's not your fault Honolulu airport is stupid! ;) Hopefully you could rest up a bit and get ready for the next run. You won't lose any fitness and with all the 8+ days you've done, you're definitely prepared for the 6k or 8k or whatever your school races you in.

Also, did you catch Shalane Flannigans awesome run in the 10,000m? It was on late night here on the east coast around 1:30 am. She was in 5th place until 3 laps to go and then just steadily motored up to third and really showed them what grit and determination can do. Just keep the faith, keep on truckin' and great things are right around the corner for you!!


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After getting home and situated, I decided to forgo the possible 20-minute-night's-sleep and just pulled an all nighter! At 5 am, I met up with MarcieJ and company, we got dropped off up on the marathon course and ran down it. It was awesome to run with fun ladies and enjoy the cool morning. Marcie was fresh as ever and wore me out! The legs were pretty stiff from no run and sitting around all day yesterday, plus the feet are begging for now shoes. Exhausted! Record number of yawns on the run made today: 11. Good run overall, avg. 7:36/mi. (Adrenaline 389.9 - retired!)

 SGRC to the rescue! Got the Asics 2130 later today - hope they turn out as good as they felt at the store. 

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Monday: 88 min w/12x1:30 - first 70sec@ tempo, last 20@ mile race w/2:00 rec
Tuesday: 64 min
Wednesday: 10k time trial, then travel to Bear Lake
Thursday: AM - 88 min, PM - 30-45 min
Friday: 48 min
Saturday: 128 min

From Mike Warren on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 21:09:17

Hey, welcome home. Good to have you back. Great job on the Sat run. No sleep and you still tear it up.

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Hoping for an easy day today, but alas, I die. Did a weird figure-eight type loop around Foremaster and down past the Dixie Center this morning. It's so nice to not have to run out-and-backs all the time! Did the 12x1:30 intervals: .23, .24, .23, .24, .23, .24, .23, .23, .23, .22 (little uphill), .21 (big uphill) and .23 miles. Not bad for how worn out I feel. Avg. 8:02/mi for the easy parts and 6:31/mi  for the tempo sections. New shoes feel great! (GT 11.5)

From Kenz on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 21:45:13

Ruth it was good to see you on Saturday!!! Thanks for cheering me on! You're amazing! I hope everything is going well!

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Up so early. Yuk. Frustrating run, but oh well. Ran Chuck-a-rama once and Arctic Circle once and did a few laps on the track between. Then I got on my way to Logan to move into my dorm! (GT 19.6)

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I'd been so nervous today's time trial with my new team at USU, but it actually went really well! Did a little warmup around the field beforehand, then got going on the time trial. It was a 10k with a goal pace of 6:40/mi; Coach Gensel rode his bike with us to keep us on pace. I haven't done very much continuous tempo work this summer, so I was scared that I'd die after a mile or two. But it went awesome! I got a bit tired at the turnaround and on a couple of slight uphill spots on the way back, but overall, it was great. Avg. pace was 6:39/mi with mile splits at 6:48, 6:43, 6:59, 6:29, 6:34 and 6:23 and total time of 41:06. And, as a plus, I finished first of the freshmen and in the first group of girls! Took an ice bath after and it felt awesome. (GT 27.2)

Later in the day (at the mini-camp thing with the team), we all ran down from our cabin at Bear Lake to the lake and played around there. Then we ran back up to the cabin, all wet! Fun times. (GT 31.1)

From Mik'L on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 21:50:02

Great job Ruthie! Sorry I missed you. :( Keep up the great work up there.

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This morning, we drove out to a dirt road someplace and ran an 88-minute out-and-back on it. My watch was out of batteries, so I guessed on the mileage. Legs were a bit stiff, esp. the hammies, and the sloping uphill for most of the way out was pretty tiring, but on the way back, Ali, Caroline, Vanessa and I cruised  back down 4 minutes faster than the way out. Good run. (GT 42.5)

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Another guess on the mileage. Gensel dropped us off a ways up on the same dirt road we did yesterday and we ran back down. A little misunderstanding... we ran all the way back to the main road when we were only supposed to run to a little gully place before that. So, Ashley, Jessie, Ali, Vanessa and I ran quite a bit extra and Gensel got mad at us. Oops. Felt pretty good though.... The mini-camp was a blast and now I know all my teammates' names! (GT 52.3)

From dave holt on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 16:54:11

Sounds like things are going awesome. Have fun up there and best of luck - we all miss you.

From Hayden on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 17:40:15

Great job on the time trial and good job with your training. Hey tell me if you like the coaches and how things are up their so i can have an insite if i want to go their.

From Jon on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 19:03:51

Ruth- tomorrow is the TOU 1/2 marathon in Logan. So that is what Paul, Cody, myself, Seth, Sasha, etc will be doing for a long run. You could join us if you wanted. But we won't be doing any other long run tomorrow- sorry.

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It's cold up here! I got going on the run at 8 am and I was chilly for the first half of the run! I am gonna freeze come wintertime.... Anyway, I'm getting a cold and I am so congested! So, lots of snot rockets were flying. I ran out by myself up the canyon on highway 89, then ran along the river trail until it ended and ran on the road again for a while. And back. Not too bad, just a bit worn out and covered in bugs at the end. (GT 66.3)

Weekly mileage record this week! Woo! 

From Jon on Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 14:16:19

Cold? Cold? Heck, it's unseasonable warm right now! You better get used to it quick, living in Logan now. We use it as a point of pride that we can endure the 0 deg temperatures! You'll adjust, though.

Nice job on the record miles. Let us know when you want to run together (other than today). Just wondering- did you turn around at 3rd dam and Spring Hollow campground, or did you find the singletrack leading another 1.5 miles to Guinavah Malibu? Trail head to GM is 5 miles each way. 3.6 each way if you turned around at SH.

From Ruthie on Sat, Aug 23, 2008 at 20:27:42

Thanks! I think I got to Guinavah Malibu by trail, then I went onto the road and ran a mile or two on the highway again until turning around. I'm not all that familiar with the area yet, so know I went 8 miles out, and that's about it.

Most days we have practice as a team, but on Saturdays we fend for ourselves. So, on the Saturdays that I don't have races, I'd love to meet up with you guys for a run!

From Jon on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 00:09:43

Yeah, we all like the river trail. Gravel, then singletrack, then gravel, then singletrack- good variety. Not too hilly. And a bit cooler than in Logan.

Cody and I are in Denver next weekend, but Paul will be around and may be up for a run. I'll be available for long runs Sept 13, 20, and 27.

From Jon on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 00:10:12

But you have to take it easy on us slow post-collegiate guys...

From Austin on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 18:09:59

We lost by 2 points

From Paul Petersen on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 18:19:34

Cold, ha ha. I was hot yesterday morning before the race, so started stripping to my shorts and singlet early. A couple strangers (on different occasions) told me I was crazy. I gave them a funny look, and said, "You're from Salt Lake, aren't you?" Both times: "Yeah, so?"

Welcome to the frozen tundra. It only gets worse.

From Jon on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 18:47:31

I was laughing cause Walter was shivering at the starting line while I was warm.

From Ruthie on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 11:54:48

I'm doomed!

From Jon on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 00:37:42

No, you'll adjust. That which doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.

Anyways, it's easier to train in the cold than the heat- you can always add another layer. Although the ice stinks.

From Ruthie on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 00:45:31

Yeah, but if it kills me... I'm dead! That would suck. ;)

From Paul Petersen on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 09:08:26

The cold won't kill you, but the air pollution might.

From Jon on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 09:16:09

Paul, you're spoiling all the surprises!

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Monday: 80 min w/15x1:30 @ 3.5 effort w/30 sec. rec.
Tuesday: solo AM: 56-64 min, PM: strength training -ST
Wednesday: 45-60 min w/15 min at 7:00/mi pace (race course)
Thursday: solo AM: 56-64 min w/3-5x10m strides, PM: ST
Friday: :  45-60 min run with a 5 min “push” @! 3
Saturday: RACE @ home (American West Heritage Center) @ 9am

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First 'workout' with the team today and it was brutal! Coaches had us run at 3pm and it was warm out, so we warmed up out to the River trail and ran our 15x1:30 push sections there. I got thrashed. It's so crazy to be running these workouts with girls and that some of them are owning me at it! Caroline made us run up front on the next one if we fell back from the pack, so I had to a couple times. And the switchbacks hurt SO bad! After we got back to the trailhead where Reeder and Gensel were, I drank so much water and powerade that running back to the track was hard. Kira and I jumped in the river and froze, too! Then abs and ice and a barefoot walk back home. Tired out! I'm gonna be feeling this tomorrow. No watch, guesses on mileage. (GT 78.8)

From MichelleL on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 00:27:58

Great workout! Welcome to collegiate running :)

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Not to sore, but definitely tired this morning on my run. Just did an easy out-and-back from my dorm to main street, then north on main for a ways and back. Not bad, not great. Avg. 8:18/mi. Met up with Mike after and we went and took an ice bath in the training room. (GT 86.8)

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My quads KILL! I am so freakishly sore, I want to die. And not live on the third floor. For today's workout, we drove out to the American West Heritage Center and ran around on the course for Saturday's race for an hour. In the middle, we did a 15-minute section at 7:00/mi pace, it wasn't too bad. But I want my legs to feel like legs again! (GT 94)

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Still pretty sore today, but I had a great morning run. Not that it was fast or anything, but I just felt content and enjoyed how beautiful the valley looked and how perfect the weather felt. I ran out on 1200 E, then finally got to the canal trail and ran on it for a couple minutes until I had to turn back. Maybe I should get up early more often! Avg. 8:22/mi. (GT 101.9)

From Mike Warren on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 20:38:22

The world is pretty cool, early in the morning. Hows Logan treating you? Your miles are looking good. Get those legs feeling better and keep up the good work!

From dave holt on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 13:45:07

Thanks for the b-day wish. We have all been following your workouts and progress! Keep it up! Ashley had a strong race the other day at Cedar and took 6th overall (only to Cedar girls and Gunn, who she closed the gap on a lot - and beat the 2 Dixie girls who had been beating her). The boys are still rolling hard - 3 wins and a second (to Mt. View by only 2 points!)

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Right after class I hurried over to coach's office and got my new uniform! And the bummie shorts... oh man, I'm not excited for those -they're tiny! I guess they'll be more motivation to run fast - the sooner I finish the sooner I can put on some decent pants! :D I have my first collegiate-level race tomorrow... I don't really know what to expect or aim for, so I'm just hoping to get a good time and feel fast and good. Cross my fingers!

Anyway, after getting my kit, I ran to the track and then did an easy 45-minute run along the canal. We did a 5-minute push section at 7:00/mi pace, mostly we just goofed off and relaxed, though. (GT 107.4)

From Sierra on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 22:04:47

Good Luck at your race tomorrow! You'll do amazing! Can't wait to hear how you do :)

From Kenz on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 12:28:23

Good luck today at your race! Tell me how it goes! You will do awesome! :)

From MichelleL on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 12:48:04

Anxiously awaiting your race report. Hurray for bummies!

Race: Utah State Open (XC Meet) (3.1 Miles) 00:18:11, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 3
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This whole week I've been so sore, I was afraid my legs would be dead today, but the race turned out to be super awesome! There were only 4 teams total at the race (us, Weber, UofU and UofU's xc ski team? go figure...) But it was still tons of fun and a good race.

Our team together started out as a big pack near the front, so we were really close for most of the race. Lots of jostling and tight turns for the first mile, but it made it go by fast. By mile two we were a bit more spread out, but still pretty close. With about 600m until the finish I was getting pretty tired out and that's where the only hills were, so I was pathetic on those. I passed a Weber girl on the downhill, then she passed me back on the uphill, then on the final straightaway to the finish I pushed and caught her right at the line! The only sucky thing was that the uni bottoms gave me a wedgie and are supershort... no good. But our team won the meet and I got 7th overall, 3rd on my team and a PR! Awesome! Way exciting for my first college meet ever! And here's our article and results. (DD spike 55.6) (GT 110.9)

Late at night, I randomly wanted to go run some more, so I jogged around the area for a few miles during the thunderstorm. Fun times. Finished the run at exactly 12:00 AM! (GT 115)

From MichelleL on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 13:44:19

Great job Ruth! You'll get used to the wedgies :)

From cody on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 17:40:38

3rd as a freshie! Nice start to the season!

From Mike Warren on Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 22:46:06

Ruth, thats way cool! very impressive time and placing. You just gotta love the uni!

From The Howling Commando on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 08:33:11

Congrats, Ruth! Way cool for your first college race ever! I remember my first xc race in college, I Was WAY underprepared. I only had been running a year at most and did one season of xc in high school which were 5k races. Well for guys in college it's 8ks and 10ks.. I think my first collegiate race I finished dead last, despite averaging 7:00 miles! LOL Glad to see you sliced and diced. I bet all the older girls on the team are jealous that a frosh beat them.

From dave holt on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 12:01:14


Super excited for you - you are Amazing.

From Ruthie on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 16:44:18

Thanks all! :D

From MarcieJ on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 16:48:09

Great job Ruth and at least you look good in the bummie shorts!

From Brent on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 17:30:19

RuthieO, congrads on standing up for your first race, 300 commando points.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From paul on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 18:07:42

yeah, that's awesome. I was driving to Salt Lake yesterday morning and passed the Heritage Center, saw one of the races in progress. That is such a great debut! I hope your team has a strong season.

From Superfly on Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 18:44:20

Good job. I think you look better in blue than you did in black :)

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After a tropical summer, I forgot that rain is COLD here! So I froze on my run. It felt like my 2-hour run lasted forever! Three times I got really freaked out when the power lines right next to me crackled and sparked blue right before a huge burst of thunder came. I was sure I was done for... but no electrocution for me, thank goodness! Cold cold cold! My cold was almost gone before this run, but I guess this'll prolong it. Now for some hot cocoa to make it all better. Avg. 7:57/mi. (GT 130)

From JeffC on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 16:13:33

I really feel for you coming from the tropical and St. George climates to the Logan ice box. Being a USU grad I know all too well about the Cache Valley cold. You will get acclimated as time goes on but cold is still very cold especially in Logan.

Good luck to you in your first collegiate X-country and track season. I saw your name mentioned in an article on the USU website and it looks like you are already turning some heads with your skills. Great job!

From Jon on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 16:44:38

Think warm thoughts. Plus, once you get cold enough, everything starts to feel warm :)

Honestly, running in 35-45 deg rain is far colder than running in snow and any temps above 20 deg. Once it is below 20 deg, though, it is a bit chilly, too. You should have seen a run we had a few years ago where one guy was in shorts and another in a t-shirt even though it was about 15 deg and windy!

You have dropped from 80 deg to 40 deg. You are halfway there (i.e. to expected low's of 0).

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Besides the painful rash(es) I've been dealing with, this morning's run was awesome. Ran out on to the river trail and on it a ways, then back. A bit chilly to begin with, but my legs felt great and quick the whole run w/o pushing at all.  Avg. 7:48/mi. (GT 137.8)

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Good times! Today's workout was awesome! Especially compared to last week's speed work on Monday. So, for our workout, we ran out to a park and did some grass repeats - 12x400m in 3 sets of 4. Woo! First set, GP- 1:30 w/1:00 recovery, next set GP- 85-87 sec w/63-65 rec, and last set GP- 80-83 w/97-100. Our times were pretty consistent and we stayed together pretty well throughout. Oops on #1, but the first set was really pretty easy: 1:32, 1:30, 1:28, 1:28. After our 4:00 break, we did the next set - still not too bad and just cruisin' with everybody: 1:25,1:25, 1:25, 1:23. The last set was a bit harder and my heartrate didn't slow down much between repeats, but it felt good and we had some great times: 1:17, 1:18, 1:17, 1:16. Really a fun workout and a confidence boost. Then we ran back to the training room and did abs and stretched and ice bathed and all that good stuff. I love college! (GT 141.8) (DD spike 58.6)

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Planned out my time wrong, so I only ended up getting 50 minutes of my  run in before our weight circuit this afternoon. I really should go to bed earlier. (Doh!) I ran around up 15th N and onto the Bonneville Shoreline trail for a bit, then back to my dorm the long way. It only ended up being 6.1 miles, but I'm planning on 20 or so minutes later this evening to make up for my mistake with timing earlier. Hopefully. (GT 147.9)

At around 9:30pm, Bryan Janson came with me on a fun, eventful run around town! We'd both never seen the Logan Temple, so we ran there and walked around for a while. A couple minutes into the run back home, my guts killed me! Less than a half-hour before the run, I drank 2 big glasses of chocolate milk and ate some blonde brownies. They were good then, but not later on! My guts were churning so badly that I couldn't even run w/o losing it. So we walked about a half mile to the nearest public restroom. That was the longest half-mile walk of my life! Once that was over, we ran back up the hill to campus, up Old Main hill (by stair), across campus and through the cemetery back to my dorm. It was really fun and relaxing. We ended up going a bit farther than I meant to, though... about 4.3 miles. Good times, though. (GT 152.2)

From Kenz on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 22:14:25

Hey Ruth!! How did you're first meet go?! I hope good! Haha I know soccer jogging! Good, good times! Thanks for the comment! Sweet pic by the way! You're still amazing! :)

From MichelleL on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 09:05:26

Tons of chocolate milk and blonde brownies right before a run? The mother in me says, "You should know better than that!" :) I'm glad it resulted in no incidents. Careful about going to the temple to "walk around" with guys.

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Easy 45 minute run with a 5:00 push at 6:57/mi pace. Just cruised and ran comfy. Out on 12th and back to the training room to stretch and ice. Legs are a bit stiff from a couple crazy running days and biking everywhere, but hopefully tomorrow I'll be hunky-dory! (GT 157.7)

From Mik'L on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 17:47:31

I have been out of it for a bit...did you race already? That is the cutest little Ruthie ever in your picture! Look at those socks! I'll have to go back and read your entries. It sure was weird to go to a cross country meet and not see you!

Race: BYU Autumn Classic 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:20:30, Place overall: 24, Place in age division: 4
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This course sucked!! Three laps of the same exact loop = no fun at all. Plus the course was long, so times were slow for everybody. But aside from those rather inconvenient facts, the race was good. Not amazing, not bad, just reasonably good. I think I could've run faster by quite a bit, since I just kept cruising along and only pushed it hard a couple times. So, I'm going to do better on that front next time - most definitely! And it was super awesome to see all the PV team and goof off with friends at the meet! Oh, and I got 4th on my team and our team got 4th (almost 3rd - by one point), so not bad there either. (GT 161.2) (DD spike 61.7)

From Ali on Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 23:42:51

It's going to be fun to watch you run this fall. I read your blogs quite often and I'm amazed at how talented and effortless you make running sound. Good Job on your race and keep running hard!

From The Beast on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 20:08:27

Good race Ruthie! Its nice to see you still dominating even on a collegiate level.

From cody on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 22:50:37

Nice race Ruth! You are running well! Must be the Logan city water!

From Ruthie on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 00:34:59

Oh yes way! :D

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I was so freaked out for today's run after last night's email, but it turns out that Coach made a mistake and wrote 7-6-7 for our paces when that's what the BOYS were doing. We did 8-7-8 and that was awesome. 

So, we warmed up out and around the temple and back easy at avg. 8:10/mi pace (4.2 miles), then took a minute breather at the track. Then we did a 7:00/mi pace push section on the time-trial course for 30 minutes total (4.25). The push section went really well and we ended up being under 7:00 pace for all of the miles: 6:59, 6:59, 6:56, 6:47 and 1:43 for .25.  After another little breather, we cooled down out to the space lab and back a bit slow, avg. 8:20/mi pace, but ok (2.85). Tired out now. It was a good workout! (GT 172.5)

From Karl on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 00:21:40

Thanks Ruth! It was fun to watch you run too. Wow! In college! How does it feel?

From Ruthie on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 00:49:11

Weird.... But super fun! The perks are amazing. Definitely run in college, it's awesome.

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Relaxing morning run up the canyon on the river trail. Comfortable and excellent. Avg. 7:50/mi. (GT 180.1)

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Awesome o-possum workout today! We did 6x800m grass loops and they were amazing. First 3, GP was 3:00, then 2:45-50 for the second set of three. The first set just cruised in and was easy: 3:00, 2:59, 2:55. Second set was a bit tougher, but still felt good and times were great: 2:45, 2:43, 2:43. Loved this workout lots and lots. And I love having a fast team! It's so fun to run with girls all the time and to have people faster than me to make me want to be even better. Yay college! (GT 183.5) (DD spike 64.7)

From Kenz on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 21:37:43

Hey Ruth!!! Awesome job today!! You're amazing! Thanks for keeping me doing my best! :)

From MichelleL on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 20:27:21

Soak it up! I'm jealous :) It is so cool to run with fast girls. You all pull each other up. And they're thinking, "I better work hard at this workout. I can't let that freshman Ruth teach me a lesson!" It's good for everyone.

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Tired and sore, but a good relaxing easy run.  Went on a new-ish route around on the canyon road. Avg. 8:02/mi. Weights after the run were hard - we did double the circuit. I'm gonna be super super sore tomorrow! (GT 191)

From Luke on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 19:39:59

Hey Ruth this is Luke from last years cross country team! Wow you run a lot!

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Legs are sore today. But the run was good and fun with the team. We ran out on the canal trail a ways and back with a couple of push sections thrown in. This dog kept running with us and would not stop for 15 minutes or so, it was way funny, at least once I realized it wasn't going to bite me! Fun team run. (GT 197.2)

From MarcieJ on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 20:35:02

Wow you have had some great workouts this week! I am glad the dog didnt bite you, and so glad you are doing well up there!

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First off, I'm an idiot. Somehow I thought that 100 minutes was 2 hours and would be about 16-17 miles. Yeah... and I'm supposed to be good at math. Hmmm. Anyway, I now know that 120 minutes is 2 hours. Hopefully coach won't be mad that I ran a bit extra.

Jon, Cody and Paul picked me up and we met up with some of Jon's work people and drove up to the start line of the TOU marathon course and ran down Blacksmith Fork canyon. The first bit was pretty cold, but it warmed up and was comfy by the end. It was definitely a fun run with the guys. I love going along with fast people, they make it feel so easy! Thanks guys for an awesome run and for slowing down enough that I could keep up. And thanks to Jon's work for supplying breakfast afterwards. Also, I'm glad that both my lungs are still intact, though I think I was pretty close to coughing one up a couple times.... Avg. 7:09/mi. (GT 214.2)

(I don't really know if these miles should count as 'fast' or 'slow' because they weren't meant  to be fast, but lots of them were as fast as Monday's tempo section. I'll just stick them in as slow miles since they were supposed to be slow, long-run miles.) 

From Jon on Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 14:27:53

It was good to run with you today. I was wondering about the distance cause you had said you needed 100 minutes, but also said you wanted 17 miles. Either way, you did great and (as long as you can keep your lungs inside you) will have a great season.

From Heidi on Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 10:19:47

Hi Ruth

This is Jeff's Mom. You sound great and like you are having an awesome time. You go girl!!. You will do so well. I hope you are loving school also. Miss you.

From dave holt on Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 11:46:44

UMMMMM.... If I did something like that (the Math issue) you wouldn't let me live it down!

Be careful with that group. They will try to make you a Loganite. Remember your roots!

From Ruthie on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 01:24:47

Jon - Thanks again! And I'll do my best on the lungs thing....

Holt - It's true, but that would be because I pointed it out to you in the first place... plus it's not someone else's splits we're talking about... ;)

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This week will be about the same as last week, different repeats on Wednesday (maybe) and a race at Montana State University on Saturday! This race is the last one where everyone on the team runs, so it's an important one - as long as I can hold on (or close) to my 4th spot, I should be good.... 

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My hamstrings are still sore and tight from Saturday's run! So, that made the run today more exciting... or something. We did a similar workout to last Monday, just a tad shorter and different places. As the warmup, we ran to Coach Reeder's house. Then we did a 5k loop push section and the last mile was uphill and it hurt! But other than that it was good and just cruised along. After a rest, some gatorade and almost coughing my lungs out, we ran back to the track. (GT 223.2)

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Today was one of those days when you wake up and want nothing more than to sleep for another 8 hours. Eventually I got out of bed and dragged myself out the door for a run. Glad I did! I went exploring and found some awesome trails. First I went up 15th north to the Bonneville trail and went north on it until it ended, then I ran up the canyon in Kings Nature Park until I got to the Green Canyon Trail and ran on that a ways before I had to turn back to go home. Fun, nice and relaxing run. 7 miles. (GT 230.2)

Bryan and I randomly went on another night run! But this time I didn't gorge myself on junk food right before the run, so it went lots better. Around 11pm, we ran the Canyon Road loop with Old Main stairs and a coupla shortcuts. Kinda went crazy and ran through all the sprinklers we saw, even though it was only about 50 degrees outside! And we yelled out our battle cries while we froze in the water and crazy wind. Good times. 4.5 miles. (GT 234.7) 

From MichelleL on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 17:44:09

How many hours of sleep are you getting on average? When I was a freshman in the dorms I was very bad with my sleeping, preferring fun over sleep. That's great if you aren't running competitively.

The other day I was thinking about your goal to get more sleep. I am wondering if you should make a more concrete goal, like always get at least 7 hours of sleep, or a bed time goal. Sleep will help you perform and, just as important, avoid injury.

Unrelated question, your current picture has you in a USU uniform with short shorts. I thought you had to wear bummies?

From Ruthie on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 00:23:47

Average? Probably 6-7...? Usually I go to bed after midnight, but I have late classes and the earliest I get up is 8 am. Lately my sleep has diminished because of my cough, but that should be gone soon. My coach and I have talked about time goals for the season and ways to get there. Getting adequate sleep will definitely be a 'progressive goal' to get my 5k time goal this year. So far, though, I'm getting more sleep than I did in high school by a couple hours per night, so I'm already doing better!

About the shorts - we have the 'boyshort' spandex uniforms, thank goodness! They're still short and I'm not comfortable in them, but better than bummies by a lot! There are bummies available for us if we want, but I DON'T!

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Now that my hamstrings are almost back to their normal state, my glutes have decided to be the freakishly sore part of me. Yay. So, today's workout was uncomfortable, to say the least. We ran out to Elkridge park and did 12x400s in two sets. We did them at our 5k goal pace for the first set and a half, then ran fast on the last couple. I didn't get all our times, oh well. They were ok, I guess? Then we ran back to the track. Woo hoo. Another thrilling day of USU cross country practice. (GT 242.2)

From MichelleL on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 19:14:37

Guess what Ruth? My husband's parents just got their mission call today - Samoa temple mission! Cool, eh?

From Ruthie on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 00:39:20


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Easy as PEASY! Loop run down 10th north onto main, then up 25th north onto 8th east until 12th north, then finally back onto 12th east and home. My butt is still super sore, no fun. Slow! (GT 250)

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In the morning we did a little 15 minute shake-out run from our hotel. Super easy and comfy. 

In the evening, we ran around at the course of tomorrow's race for a while. Did a 5:00 push section just to get the legs moving. Later, once I got my new long spikes into my race shoes, I ran around the finish area for a bit, just to get the feel of them. Feeling good! Excited for the race tomorrow. (GT 257.7)

Goals for tomorrow's race: *Keep or improve upon my team place *18:00 or less *RACE it and make it hurt *No regrets

Race: Montana State XC Invitational (3 Miles) 00:17:38, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 1
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Great race today! Our team got 2nd of 13 teams, I placed first on my team, 8th overall (and got a spike bag, tshirt, socks and some stickers for my prize - yay!) and PRed. It felt awesome! Started out at just the right pace and held onto it, pushed in the right places and finished pretty well. I can still do better on pushing the second mile and starting my kick earlier, but I definitely improved on BYU's race, so I'm happy with it. And I definitely get to go to Notre Dame in two weeks for our next meet, woo hoo! After the race, we ran back to our hotel - about 4 miles. (DD spike 71) (GT 263.5)

From Jon on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 11:34:14

Nice job on 1st place for the team and top 10 overall- that's awesome. Maybe you should do more 18 mile runs!

From dave holt on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 11:37:57

Way to go Ruthio

From Ali on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 12:10:05

Good Job Ruth. That's some good running right there! THat's has to feel good to come in first on your team. Keep up the hard work and effort.

From MichelleL on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 19:25:40

Wow, what a race! And what a feeling it must be to know you were so instrumental in getting your team that 2nd place. Congrats!

From paul on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 19:31:03

Yeah, congrats. I saw in the paper today that you were top runner on your team, and was excited for you. Good job and keep it rolling at ND. That is a flat, fast course, great comp, and a good chance for a big PR. There's usually several Top-20 teams there, so have fun with it!

From Mik'L on Sun, Sep 21, 2008 at 23:26:53

Yeah! Great job Ruthie. You are awesome!

From Ruthie on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 04:31:46


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Tired out today, I dunno why. Ran an easy long run with the team, out on the River trail and back to the track. And abs and pushups as always. Hamstrings and calves are tight, no fun. But I drank a whole cup of Powerade with 2.5 miles left in our run and I didn't get sick or a sideache! (GT 273.5)

And I got a letter in the mail from JeffF today! So awesome!

From dave holt on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 22:13:34

How is the Fre-master doing? Baker is running with us tomorrow morning; he stopped in today and asked how you are doing. I told him, "Well."

From Ruthie on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 22:48:05

From his letter, it sounds like 'Elder Frodsham' is doing awesome! Now I need to learn some Spanish so I can read the second half of it... :D

Have fun running with that crazy fella, Bake, tomorrow... what's he up to?

From AUSTIN YOUR DEAREST! on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 09:35:22

:) te he! :) hey Ruthie!!! Your just basically the best. Almost literally. :) keep working hard, NCAA Champ for you!!!

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Slow easy run up on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail for a while and around the neighborhoods below. Not very eventful... I think I'm getting better at making sure my easy days are easy, though. (GT 280.5)

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Sucky workout. We ran to the Lundstrom and did a half-hour of loops around the park - first 200m at 7:04/mi pace, then 6k pace for the rest. I did 11 total and felt crappy the whole time. After, we did two 45 second sprints, then ran back. Left knee is hurting like last xc season, just not that bad yet. Hopefully I can nip it in the bud this time. (GT 285.2) (DD spike 74)

From AUSTIN YOUR DEAREST! on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 09:33:22

Oh you can bet on that!! ;)

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Easy run after class ended this afternoon. Ran around first dam for a while, then up on the River trail for a bit until heading back home. Not a terrible run. Knee still bugging me, though. (GT 292.3)

From Kenz! on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 19:15:33

Hey Ruth! :) I haven't found out what's wrong yet :( I am on medication right now and if that doesn't help, then they're going to quit trying.... But I don't know yet. But i'm doing good! How are you?! How's running going for ya? I miss ya!!

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Today's workout: 8:00/mi pace out to first dam, 7:00/mi pace section back to the track and finally 8:00/mi pace to the firestation and back. The middle tempo section went really well (6:43/mi avg pace for 4 miles) until the last half mile up 10th north where I lost the pack and dropped to 7:05/mi pace. Not awful times, though, especially for how I was feeling. The knee is bit worse than yesterday, still manageable though. (GT 301.7)

From Hayden on Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 13:05:45

Tell the coach to give me a holar then.

From Hayden on Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 20:18:49

Hey Ruthie i have put in some effort. I have sent in Two questioneres. one of them i sent in last week. So ha. You really think i could get a good scholarship and how good is your boys team up their thats what i want to know and how are they going to look in the future.

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Mid-morning run out on 12th, then onto the canal trail for a while until I got half-done. Then I ran back to the training room and stretched and iced. First half of the run was pretty good, but the second half sucked - that's when the ibuprofen wore off. Oh well! Avg. 7:53/mi. (GT 311.9)

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6x800s at Elkridge park. On the warmup out to the park, I felt pretty crappy. Once we got started on our 800's though, I got feeling better! The first set of 3 went by quick and just cruised along- 3:00, 2:54, 2:59. On the little ups and downs of the park, my knee was giving me some trouble. So for the last set, Caroline and I stayed on somewhat level ground and just did 3x3:00s, since we had no GPS. They were at around 2:45-2:50 (per 800) pace I'm guessing. After, I ran back pretty quick with Jessie and it felt good. Icey dicey after! (GT 319.2) (DD spike 77.1)

Random milestone of the day:

Today, my 2008 mileage total (1863.5) surpassed my 2007 mileage total (1856.5)! And it's only September... cool beans.

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Jason and I randomly did our run for today at 12:45 am this morning! We just cruised around town and enjoyed the cool weather, empty roads and had a good time. Ended up going to bed at 2:30 am. Good thing my first class today is at noon! (GT 326.7)

From Lauren W on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 16:01:57

That sounds like so much fun!! how cool. I hope everything is awesome possum with you! go ruthio!!

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Out to the canal trail, then we did two 5:00 push sections at 3.5 with two minute recovery between. They felt relaxed and good. Knee felt about the same as yesterday, so hopefully it'll stay under control. Tomorrow at 4:30 AM we're leaving to go to NOTRE DAME! Yay! (Not yay for leaving at 4:30 am, but for going to Notre Dame.) Easy as PEASY! (GT 332.5)

From Sierra on Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 13:56:02

Thanks for the comment the other day. That pictures was way cool!

How exciting to go to Notre Dame! You've earned it! You're such a dedicated runner. Good luck! You're my hero!!!

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After a long long morning of traveling, some amazing Chicago Deep Dish pizza and more travel, we went on a little shake-out around the campus of Merrillville High. Thirty minutes with a five-minute push at 3. It would've been easy had I not eaten so much pizza earlier... but it was SO tasty! The race tomorrow is at 4:15 pm. Whew. (GT 336.3)

From Benn on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 07:03:44

Congrats on the milestone this week, Ruth! How are you liking College xc?

Race: Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational (3.1 Miles) 00:18:30, Place overall: 142, Place in age division: 5
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The race today kinda sucked. And so has typing up this entry!!! This is my third go at it, I had better not have to do it again. So, the race: I started out too fast and died on the last mile. Not a great one, but oh well. I need to get better at these huge, far away races. Anyway, it was fun to be at Notre Dame and run in such a big, crazy, fun race! The first place girl got 16:something. That's insane! (GT 338.8) (DD spike 80.2)

From The Howling Commando on Sat, Oct 04, 2008 at 06:55:18

I think you had a sweet race :) only what 19 seconds off your PR which you set earlier this year?!?! Not bad!! Not bad at all!

From JohnK on Sat, Oct 04, 2008 at 09:05:03

It's great experience for you to get in a big, extremely competitive race like Notre Dame as a freshman. Every bit of experience you get now will play a part in your future development and you can take positives away from something like this. You have lots of time to get up to the level where you want to be and everything points to you getting there! If you keep a positive attitude even when an outcome is less than you'd hoped for that's probably half the battle.

From Ali on Sat, Oct 04, 2008 at 14:47:56

Nice time! Stay strong your an amazing runner.

From paul on Sat, Oct 04, 2008 at 22:59:11

Welcome to NCAA racing! Meets like this are what it's all about. Great experience as a freshman! I didn't get to run this one as a freshman, but ran it the next three years. Yeah, we always got smoked in the Blue race, but it was so fun to race with that kind of competition!

From Mike Warren on Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 15:30:09

Ruth, thanks for you very nice comments. Paul hit a key word Freshman! You are such a great runner. You are getting some awesome experience right now. Keep working hard, your time to rule is coming!

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Seventy minutes out-and-back on a paved biking/running trail in Merrilville. As we were running, the SG Marathon was happening, so my brother texted me updates and results as people came in - and I found that it's way hard to text and run at the same time!! We ran pretty quick since we weren't going very far, at least for a Saturday long run. No watch, so a guess on mileage. My hamstrings cramped up tons on the way back, especially my left - no fun! (GT 348)

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Hard workout today! We ran way out to Mount Logan Park and did three 2ks. They hurt. That park is so hilly and from this weekend's rain, the grass was really soggy, which made the repeats way hard. On our first one, I accidentally spiked Kim and she has an intense gouge on her ankle - I feel so bad! She did way awesome today, though. I didn't have a watch, so I don't know any of our times, but they felt pretty crappy. The first was pretty good, the second one was really bad and the last one was ok. On the way back to the track, we ran a bit faster and I was glad to be done. It didn't kill me, though, so it'll make me faster!!! :D (GT 354.8) (DD Spike 84)

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River trail out-and-back. Most of me felt really good. My hamstring is still super tight, though. (GT 362)

From MarcieJ on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 17:46:07

Hey looks like you are doing good! You gearing up for the cold weather?

From Ruthie on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 18:53:38

Thanks! Um... I kind of am! I'm trying to pretend that it just won't get cold... so far so good! :)

From jake beynon on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 20:58:11

u rock at running haha good job

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Out on the canal trail with the team today. We did three 7:00 push sections with 2:00 recoveries, then three 45 second sprints with 1:00 recoveries. Pretty average: not amazing, not sucky. So I'm happy - I'll take a not-sucky day anyday! Sleep helps, I think. (GT 368.2)

From Ally on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 17:04:03

Hey! No I'm not working at Subway anymore. It's actually closed and all torn up because a pipe burst in the ceiling. It will re-open, but I have a job doing athletic laundry! How is school going and how is xc???

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I need to cut back on my trail running - it's fun, but I don't think it's all that great on my legs. The hills and unevenness don't feel so great on my hamstring and knee. Today, I ran on the canal trail behind Lundstrom park, then got onto the Bonneville trail until it ended, then ran around Kings Nature Park until it connected with the Green Canyon trail. It looked (and smelled) amazing with the colorful leaves on the trees and along the trail. I love the fall! (GT 375.6)

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Before the get-go, I was a bit nervous for today's workout, but it turned out really well! We ran out 4 miles on the time-trial course, then back at 6:30/mi pace. My tummy (the quesadillas were a bad idea) and hamstring/knee gave me a bit o' trouble, but my time was somewhere around 25:20 - 6:20/mi pace. Happy with today's workout and glad for the weekend! (GT 384)

From Ally on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 19:14:02

I actually love my job! Its way easy and I get to do homework while I work, or even leave and grab food while the clothes are washing. No cookie dough, though, which is a shame. I can't believe it is getting so cold there!! I would die too!!! It is still really hot here, I was sweating like crazy on my way to school today.

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It is so COLD! I wanted to cry this morning on our run - it was 36 degrees with windchill down to 26 degrees (25 mph wind with gusts up to 40 mph!). And it's not even Halloween yet. I'm gonna DIE! Anyway, we ran an out and back toward the north - once we got past Hyde Park the wind calmed down and it got to be tolerably cold. Still... brrrrr! We picked it up a bit on the way back, and I wanted to curl up and die, I felt so crappy. But I'm so glad that I got it done early. Yay! And Donna's breakfast was amazing, so that brightened up my morning. :) (GT 394.7)

From paul on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 15:32:22

he he. Yup, kind of a nasty morning, but it sounds like you got out before the snow hit. In January it will be 40 degrees colder than today. We are only halfway there...

From dave holt on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 18:03:18

Although it is pretty crappy down here today (hailing as I write), yesterday the girls and I were swimming! Enjoy Logan!

From dave holt on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 18:03:54

Oh... By the way, any chance you could come down and catch State? Z said he is going to try and make it.

From Jon on Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 18:46:03

Yup, 40 more degrees to go. Buy warm clothes for layering now... You'll wish it was 36 deg in a few months!

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A surprisingly good Monday workout! We ran to the Lundstrom park and did one 2k, two 1k's and three 600's. The grass was pretty soggy, but at least the snow had melted! The knee only bugged a little, no nasty stomach issues, and no cough. Good stuff. I just realized I left my mittens there... hopefully I can recover them later. I'm excited for the meet this weekend, (my first ever 6k race) 'cause it guarantees a PR, yay! (GT 398.2) (DD spike 87.6)

From Mik'L on Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 20:16:28

I was thinking about you on my run this morning. I was freezing and it was 44 or something and I was thinking, poor Ruthie! I hope you survive the winter! Bundle up!

From Lacey on Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 23:02:53

Hey Ruth! I wanted to thank you for all that you did last year... especially for motivating us at xc and track region! i'm thinking about all of that right now... and you really helped me so much, even now. So THANKS! you're amazing!

From jake beynon on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 13:02:16

how do you run so much running i try for three miles a day and i can barley do that somtimes

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The road was boring. Ran an hour around town. I'm proud of myself - it was 52 degrees outside and I wore only a t-shirt and shorts - and I didn't freeze! Legs felt kinda crappy. 7:49/mi avg. (GT 405.9)

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Easy canyon canal loop this morning (with the Old Main Stairs - ouch). The wind was chilly, but the rest of the run went really well. No GPS, just went by feel. 36:30 total time.

At practice, we did 2.75 out at 8:00/mi pace, then 2.5 back at 6:20/mi pace, and a .25 mini-cooldown - all on the time-trail course. The tempo section felt really relaxed and fast, lots of fun! Then abs and ice and all that joyous stuff. (GT 416)

From Kenz! on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 13:51:02

Hey thanks Ruth!!! I'm so excited that I get to go to state! All I remember from state last year was you running in the cold! That was so fun! Are you going to be there?

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Easy 45 minutes from the dorm by myself. Chillin'. (GT 421.5)

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Ran around on the race course in Terre Haute. It's so cool, the course there is only for cross country! Not a marked-off golf course or park, a place where the sole purpose of all the grass and trees is to be part of a varied-length (4k, 5k, 6k, 8k or 10k) cross country race course. So awesome! Anyway, the run was ok, just way stiff from all the travel. Knee was kinda sucky, too. But I'm way excited for the race tomorrow! Goals: 22:15 or faster, top 5 on the team, top half in the race. Here goes nothing! (GT 427.3)

From MichelleL on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 00:03:51

Good luck!

From dave holt on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 01:01:26

Go get 'em Ruthio!

Race: NCAA Pre-Nationals (Blue Race) (3.73 Miles) 00:22:32, Place overall: 173, Place in age division: 4
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Got to the race a bit later than we'd planned, so we had a short (15 minute) warmup and a slightly stressful time getting race ready and checked in on time. But we made it!  The first 2k of the race went by really quickly, 7:00 or something similarly fast. Probably was a bit too quick. My next 2k I was a bit weak mentally, just didn't focus as well as I should've and let myself settle a bit too much. The last 2k went reasonably well, though, especially the last 1k . I came across the 5k mark in the 18:40's (that middle 2k really messed up my time, shucks) and started picking off people. As we came down the final stretch up to the finish, I think I passed 20 or more people, plus got to hurdle a couple of girls who went down. Crazy stuff!

So, the overview: overall, it was a solid race. Goal-wise, I was 34 places behind halfway and 17 seconds off my goal time, but I did stay top 5 and ran pretty well. I wasn't totally dead at the end, so I know I could've pushed harder, and I'm really going to work on that middle section. Next race is Conference (in 2 weeks) and I'm ready to start peaking! (GT 431.8) (DD spike 91.3)

From MichelleL on Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 18:22:54

How fun that must have been to run with so many women! Good job!

From David Hilton on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 12:27:29

Go Ruthie!

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Long warmup (to 19th and on the Bonneville trail) to Lundstrom Park, then two 1800s on the grass. We did them in three laps of 600 - first two laps at 6:40/mi pace, then full out on the last lap. First one was 6:57, second was 7:02. Cool down back to the track. Not awful, but my legs are still stiff and tired from Saturday's race and all the traveling. Bleh. (GT 437.3) (DD spike 93.5)

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Sixty minute run with three 5:00 pushes at 3.5 pace and 3:00 jog recovery between each. Ok, I guess... still feeling dead. The last fifteen minutes or so, my knee/hamstring was really sucky. Glad for the day off tomorrow. (GT 444.9)

Ran to weights and back. 

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Coach told us to take a day off. I went and watched State XC. It was really really odd not to be running there.

Yesterday, I made it past 2000 miles this year - one of my New Year's Resolutions! 

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Easy run around town for an hour. Then weights. After, we got all sorts of USU gear: bag, t-shirt, long sleeve dri-fit, short-sleeve dri-fit, spandex, long shorts and warmup pants! Sweet stuff! (GT 452.3)

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Ran to 2nd dam at 8:00 pace, then ran back. Coach let us think we'd be running the whole way back at tempo (6:45) pace, but about a quarter mile after we crested the huge hill, he had us stop the tempo. So, first 3 miles back were at 6:13 (trail), 6:18 (trail and road) and 6:50 (big hill). Then we just ran the short way back to the track as our cooldown. Knee still sucky, but a pretty good workout. (GT 461.3)

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Slept in late and went for an easy run by myself. Just meandered around to Providence with some detours at parks and trails, then back to my dorm until my time was up. Nothing spectacular, just happy to be done. I need new shoes. (GT 471)

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Warm up to the middle school, then three 1k's and one 1800m acceleration. 3:38, 3:33, ~3:30 for the 1ks. Then 7:09 on the 1800m -we started at 8:00/mi pace and increased pace every 200m- the last 200m we were going at about 5:15/mi pace! Knee gave me more trouble, but it'll be ok for the rest of the season hopefully. Definitely I'll be ready for Conference on Saturday! WAC Champs! (GT 474.5) (DD spike 96)

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Easy out-and-back on the time-trail course by my lonesome. Beautiful morning + tired legs + perfect weather + sore knee = average run. (GT 481.6) 

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Forgot we were meeting at the middle school today, so I ran really fast on the way there and I was still late. Oh well. We did grass 800's (2:47, 2:42, 2:45) and some 20 sec strides after. Pretty good. I feel lopsided. :( (GT 484.6) (DD spike 97.8)

Go get it! WAC CHAMPS!

From Mik'L on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 18:59:50

Good luck!!!

From Ally on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 19:35:07

Hey good luck at conference!

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Easy fun run with lots of Logan FRBers at early AM!

Once we got to Las Cruces, I ran around for a few minutes with Ash and Ali to get a bit of stiffeness out of the legs. (GT 490.8)

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Ran the course at NM state for tomorrow's meet with a 5-min push in the middle. The course seems pretty sucky, so that's just all more reason to go kick some serious WAC butt tomorrow! (GT 494.5)


From The Howling Commando on Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 06:14:14

Good luck, Ruth! Whenever I type in your blog address and see your name pop up all I can think of is Peter Pan.. "RUFIOOO" only of course in your case "RUTHIIIIOOOOO" :D Kick major butt today!

From Ruthie on Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 20:42:50

Hehehe... in races my HS team would yell "Ruthio" like they do in that movie.

Race: WAC Championships @ NMSU (3.1 Miles) 00:18:58, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 4
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WAC CHAMPS! Both boys and girls teams won it! I got 2nd team All-WAC and it was a crazy race. Right at the starting line, my team captain told me that the first freshman finisher would get "Freshman of the Year," so I set my sights on that as we got going in the race. Sadly, I ended up being the 2nd freshman by 9 seconds, but I'm still pretty happy with how I did!

Now, for the play-by-play! First mile went by quickly with tons of downhill and a split of 5:45. At that point, almost all of my team was right in the front pack together and it felt great. I let up a bit on the second mile and fell behind the lead pack, but still held reasonably strong, remembering to push on the turns and little downhills (which were far too few), so I didn't loose too much ground on the leaders. 2-mile time was 12:00 (I think it mighta been a tad long). As the last mile came around, I started pushing more and slowly started gaining of the people ahead of me. On the last half mile, I really picked it up and caught quite a few girls. The big hill right before the finish killed me, but it killed the people near me even more...hehehe. Into the finishing stretch, I passed two or three more and ended up coming in right behind my teammates (we finished 3, 9,10,11,15). The course was pretty hard and possibly long, since all the times were slow (the winner didn't even break 18:00). We thought the points were really close, but we won by 18 points. It was super fun to win the meet as a team, my voice is half-gone from all the screaming and yelling we did in celebration!

Today, my legs aren't even sore, so I'm pretty sure I could've run faster. Shucks. I'll do better at Regionals in two weeks, though! (GT 498) (DD spike 101)

From lisap on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 02:59:36

well then, preliminary congrats. more congrats to follow when i hear about your awesome race. great job to both teams and you!

From Andy on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 03:27:53

Congratulations. That is quite an accomplishment as a freshman.

From The Howling Commando on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 08:12:03

I agree with Andy! I can't fathom having such a gift like you do! Sweet race! You a fast chicka for sure! And I just now saw in your picture from race earlier this season that you're wearing socks with SKULLS AND CROSSBONES?! That's hardcore! No wonder that girl looks so perturbed behind you she got passed by DEATH!

From dave holt on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 11:41:12

Awesome Ruthie! I am so stoked for you. And I am sure it feels great for you to actually be on a team championship!

From cody on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 14:18:22

Nice race Ruth! Enjoy the post-race celebrations!

From Ruthie on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 17:12:01

Thanks all you guys! I haven't stopped grinning about it yet!

Benn- sad to say, but I'm not that hardcore... :( I borrowed those socks, it was just for the home meet! But the girl behind me looks like death... maybe she can have the title!

Holt- truly! It's amazing. And I'm excited for more!

From paul on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 17:12:43

Awesome job! I was excited when I picked up the paper this morning and saw an Aggie sweep (the headline was above the football team for once). Running a race like that and still being the second freshman on a championship team must make you very excited for the next four years. Good team depth.

From Ruthie on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 18:01:37

Thanks Paul! I was the first freshman on my team, though, just not in the race.... But we're still gonna own in the next four years, fo sho.:D

From MichelleL on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 22:51:46

Great job Ruth! And you got fourth on your team. So sweet.

From David Hilton on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 23:04:12

Sweet! See you next week? Or in three?

From Jon on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 09:54:29

Yes, congrats Ruth! 11th place overall is awesome! Keep up the amazing work.

From Mik'L on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 22:01:03

Nice job Ruthie! The first thing I thought was you deserve a team championship like none other! Nice individual stats too! I'm so proud of you! Keep it up at Regionals. I miss you!

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Out 25 minutes on the time-trial course, then back accelerating from 7:00/mi pace. Well, um, we were supposed to, but didn't actually start at 7:00/mi pace. It was more like a 6:30/mi pace that accelerated a little bit per mile. Splits were 6:23, 6:17, 6:09 and the last .15 at 5:59/mi pace. Tough, but lots of fun to fly along with the team and enjoy running fast! Then a bit of cooling down with Kimmie and Ash. Good day, knee was only a bit sore, very manageable. Yay! (GT 505.7)

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A bit rainy and cold out (though I luckily avoided the worst part of it since it poured rain and snow this morning and now that I'm done it's hailing), but the run was remarkably awesome nonetheless! I love the peak part of the season, I just feel energized and running fast feels effortless. Today's run was just that, fun and really easy, even though my avg. pace was 7:45/mi. New shoes are in order, though. (GT 512.2)

And... for the first time ever, I voted!

From The Howling Commando on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 17:38:01

Voting is fun. I remember going to the polls as a little one and sneaking a peak under the curtain to the booth with my parents. :)

Glad you got to vote! It's an exciting time each and every year! Keep it up!

From The Howling Commando on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 18:12:26

Did you see Paula in the NYC Marathon the other day? She ground the competition into a pulp! Kind of reminds me of your grit and determination :) You are one runner not to be messed with! Slice and dice!

From Ruthie on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 19:36:11

That sure was some dominatingly beautiful running. Thanks, btw! Though I'm positive she would slice and dice me pretty thoroughly if I ran in the same race as her!

From Austin on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 20:18:47

Hey babe!!! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha jk jk YOU VOTED!!! nice, i hope for the right person. ;) ha ha ha yeah im so excited for nike cross. its november 22 in mesa i think. . . or pheniox either one. idk its in arizona no body cares. jk jk hows training?

From Jonny on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 23:04:41

It hailed here too! I hate it with a burning passion!!! good to hear you're still amazing though. :D

From Austin on Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 10:14:53

I know!!! coach was telling us that you guys won WAC.

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:55:58

Yeah but see, Ruth, you rock out the pirate socks! And you know how to hang tough. In a couple years you will be scooping up runners from the lead packs in marathons and throwing them to the wolves, taking no prisoners, and plodding on to victory. Big things are in order for you ;) I am sure of it!

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Weird weird weird workout today. We ran 600m loops at the middle school with random 200-600m pushes whenever coach told us to. For 20 minutes. And somehow "rabbits" were incorporated into it? It mostly made no sense. But it was fun? Um. Yeah! Coach is crazy! (GT 516.7) (DD spike 103.7)

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Slow and easy in the freaking freezing this morning. Glad I got it done early. (GT 522.2)

From lisap on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 00:55:18

hey, yeah. good seeing you on the run too. we should run together again sometime

From Jon on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 01:05:25

Are you looking for a run Saturday?

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Got up early to get the workout done before heading down to SLC for the weekend. Quite a few came, so it just flew by and felt just like normal practice. We did two 1600's (first 1200 at 6:20/mi pace, then last 400 at hbl), then an 1800 acceleration starting at 8:00/mi pace and speeding up each 200 until hbl for the last 200. There was one place on the loop (at the middle school) around a backstop that was so slick and muddy that it was really hard to keep the pace around, it was gross! But fun! And the weather was pretty nice out compared to yesterday. (GT 525.7) (DD spike 106.5)

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Nice run in Salt Lake from my brother's place. Went up Harvard to 18th then on Michigan to Foothill and on that until I got onto a paved trail for a while. Went out at 8:00/mi pace for most of it, on the way back I did a 20-minute push (7:00/mi GP) splits: 6:53, 6:59 and 6:51/mi pace for .9). Most of the run just cruised by, especially with how great the warmer weather felt. (GT 535.4)

After, I played Ultimate for a couple of hours. And not just fun and easy Ultimate, hard and intense with lots of sprinting Ultimate. My legs are beyond dead. Sore, stiff, tired and killing me. Especially the hip flexors, quads and hammies. Ouch.

From austin your hubbie on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 12:15:50

Yeah im so sad! i cant run for like 3 days!!! :(

thanks though ::)

From David Hilton on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 20:05:56

Yay for ultimate!!!

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Rainy rainy day... dismal. But not a bad workout considering, I guess. Frustrating though. Four 1k's at the middle school field - first 600 at 2:21 GP, last 400 at 1:24 - total GP 3:46. Times were 3:46, 3:39, 3:42, 3:39~ish (overlapped with the boys so there was some confusion on that last one). Overall good, just wet. Hot cocoa after to warm up! :D (GT 539.1) (DD spike 109)

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Out and back toward into the canyon, then ran over to the grocery store to pick up some squash. And avocados. And brownie mix. Mmmm. Then I ran back. The groceries were kinda heavy, though. And awkward. (GT 545.4) 

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Another of the funny 20-minute fartlek sessions at the middle school with a random 7:30/mi paced rabbit. Except on the last one, she started sprinting! Ouch. Still, not a bad workout, fun and relaxing for the most part. Excited for Regionals this weekend! (GT 549.1) (DD 111.8)

From Sierra on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 19:31:42

Good luck this weekend Ruth! You'll totally kick butt! And Holy cow you've run so much this year too! GOOD JOB!

From Austin your hubbie! on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 11:08:39

Life is going awesome! Except for this little injury. But im in the home stretch now. :) how is life for you in the freezing cold? It sure gives a whole new meaning of WINTER training huh??

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Easy easy run on a trail in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Thirty minutes seemed SO short! It  was awesome. Knee being a bit dumb, but the season's almost done, yay! (GT 552.8)

From Jon on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 20:32:20

Good luck! Is the course on a golf course in Ft. Collins? I liked that course.

From Chandis on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 21:36:36

Hey Ruth your running right in my old neighborhood where I use to live. . Good luck!! :)

From Ruthie on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 00:30:42

Yup, just a golf course as always. From what I hear, it's really flat and fast! Yay.

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Windy and cold at the course today as we ran around for a half-hour. And did a little push near the end, then some strides out from the start line. Coach had us do this thing where when he whistled, we took three quicker steps and told us to do it tomorrow in the race so we don't get dead in the head. Good stuff! I'm super pumped and ready to qualify for Nationals! *Cross fingers* (GT 556.8)

Race: NCAA XC Mountain Regionals (3.75 Miles) 00:22:20, Place overall: 75, Place in age division: 6
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Sucky, sucky race. No Nationals for us, so the season is officially OVER. And my foot hurts tons. Frustrating all around. I'll fill in details later.

The more I let it sit, the less mad I am about how the race went, but it was definitely a disappoinment. Before the race, it was a bit chilly out, but my legs felt fresh and only had a bit of tightness in the hamstring - I really felt like it would be an absolutely awesome race. Obviously not.

Right from the starting gun, my foot hurt. Not just a little like it had been the last few days, but a LOT, right on the ball of my left foot right below the big toe. For the first 1k loop, I just figured it would go away and stuck right with the team as planned. Even on the second loop I did pretty well, but from then on, it got kinda ugly. The foot hurting so much just shattered my racing determination and drive and I found myself losing the team and just trying to hang on and finish the race. I HATE that! More than anything, I'm mad at myself for giving up at that point. Anyway, I just tried to hang on to the pace and keep pressure of my foot so I could just finish it. In my entire life, I don't think I've been so close to dropping out of a race as I was. So, I guess that's the little victory amid the suckiness of this race - I did finish. Ha. But that just sucks. My foot has been throbbing and painful since then, so now I'm going to take a week off of running and hopefully get this foot and hamstring healthy for the Indoor Track season coming up. Bleh.

And our team took 8th place. Most non-triumphant. (GT 559.3) (DD spike 115.5)

From MarcieJ on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 09:15:43

Oh man! I am sorry your season is over and all of the above. You are still one of my running idols. Are you coming home for Thanksgiving?

From Ruthie on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 19:19:34

Thanks Marcie. Yeah, I'll be coming down next Tuesday (the 25th?). Hopefully I can get a few fun runs with you guys while I'm home!

From Mary on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 21:51:01

No fun about the hurt foot, or the lack of nationals. Bummer. Rest! Dave over trained on a sore knee in college and can't run very much now because of it, so just be careful! Love ya

From dutterman on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 23:04:35

Hey. Hope you had a good productive freshman year. Good luck to you next year. Rest up, reflect and give yourself the opportunity to step it up for indoors.

From paul on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 11:52:12

Bummer about the foot. But still, congrats on a solid freshman season. It's excellent to even make the Regional squad as a freshman. Sometimes the disappointing races are needed to better savor (and motivate) the great ones.

From Sierra on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 21:33:42

Sorry about your foot Ruth! Thats really a bummer of hard thing! But you've by the sounds of it and what I saw at BYU you are still an AMAZING runner an you've ran some WAY incredible races!! Great Job on the season!!! =)

From Jon on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 21:10:11

Sorry your foot hurt. Make sure you take enough time to get it better! And I think you still did awesome- congrats.

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Mountain biking! A bit over 9 miles - up on the Green Canyon trail and back to the dorm. Got a bit muddy and had some crazy encounters with rocks, but no blood. Lots of fun!

From Burt on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 10:21:49

Thank goodness for that! How is the off-season training going?

From Ruthie on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 15:49:18

It feels so weird! I've just been biking and goofing off this week and I feel lazy. Haha, but it is relaxing!

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Today I did some exercises to help strengthen my hamstrings so that they don't keep having issues! Whee!

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Ran to the training room the long way. Near the end my hamstring started to seize up, so I stopped and walked the rest of the way. Then I did tons of hamstring exercises and now I'm dead. Tomorrow I am heading home to St. George! I'm SO EXCITED!!

From austin on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 18:17:25

Your here in st george!!!! Come over to the school and lets do a run together!!!

From austin on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 13:29:03

Lets go today!!! were going after school in the rain. Whats your number

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Webb loop by myself in the rain. First real run in a week and a half or so. Besides my legs, it felt surprisingly good. Hamstring was kinda lame. But it was pretty nice out, I didn't even need long sleeves! And I got super muddy. (K 5.2)

From Jon on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 10:09:47

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and be sure to eat lots of food, Ruth!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Ran early early early with Amanda, her mom and some friends. They went 12, but I cut it short so my hammie won't be quite so sucky. The legs are still feeling super craply. Eew. (K 10.5)

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Went out on a crazy 14-miler this morning with Holt, Clyde and Logan on some trails in Hurricane. The weather and views were awesome, though the distance was a little much for my out-of-shape-ness. After about 8 miles, I was ready to be done! Thankfully the guys slowed down so I could keep up. All in all, I managed not to die and we didn't get hit by any vehicles on the way down the highway. Lots of fun! And I got to see Mik'L, which was most excellent! (K 24.5)

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Mile warmup, then mile time-trial on the track - 5:29. Two mile cooldown with Vanessa. Hamstring was not good on the warmup and time-trial, but ok-ish on the cooldown. Exercises and ice when I got home. (K 27.5) (V 16.2)

From Austin your hubbie on Tue, Dec 02, 2008 at 18:24:59

ha ha i wont die! I really enjoy working there! :) Sorry i didnt come run with you guys. i was in oderville which dosnt get verizon till about 9 pm saturday. so ya. next time though. You coming home for christmas?

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Pretty good run today, I figured out that if I run on flat ground and don't go super fast my hamstring stays reasonably happy. So I ran around the neighborhoods behind the dorm for 40 minutes this afternoon. A little bit later I ran down to the weight room for our weight circut. A tad sore from the weights, but hopefully it's just making me stronger! (K 32.5)

From Austin your hubbie on Tue, Dec 02, 2008 at 22:45:09

Awesome!! call me up. im sure we can go do one! :)

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North from the track, out 20 minutes then back at "6:30-7:00/mi pace." Ha! Our pacers on the way back were a bit on the fast side, since we got back in 15:30 (~6:20/mi pace). The first while went  surprisingly well, but the last half-mile or so I probably should've toned it down a bit. Blah. And then it exploded again! (K 37.4)

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Ran from my dorm to the outdoor track, walked to the indoor track, then after everyone had finished their 4x800 relay there, we all ran to the weight room from the indoor track for weights. (K 39)

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Warmed up with the team, feeling pretty nervous for the workout today, but it turned out to be not nearly as hard as I was expecting. Coach gave us a pace for our 400's (1:31 for me) and told us to do as many as we could with as much recovery time as we wanted. Eeek! But it turned out he meant as many as we could do in a half-hour. No probalo! Justine and I buddied up and started off doing them with 60 sec recovery. We did our first 7 or 8 that way and they were so easy, and too fast to boot . Then we started gradually cutting down our recovery time so we could get more in - we ended up with 13 and a half total. Times were 1:27, 1:28, 1:30, 1:29, 1:28, 1:29, 1:28, 1:28, 1:28, 1:27, 1:26, 1:27, 1:27 and 0:43 for 200m. Not bad at all! It felt really easy and my legs felt surprisingly good. Nice way to end out the week. (K 41.6) (M spike 3.4)

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Plotted out a perfect 60-minute loop: down 12th east and onto the canyon road, then on the canal trail until it ends, on 6th east until 14th north, then up that until the canal trail, on that until Lundstrom park, then down onto 16th east and back to the dorm. Overall the run went pretty well, legs a bit sore and hamstring a bit worse than yesterday, but the running came easy and was relaxing for the most part. Plus, the weather was great and the snow is almost all gone! 7:52/mi avg. (K 49.3)

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I didn't really feel like running in the snow today, so I braved the treadmill instead. It wasn't quite as bad as I'd expected, but that's not saying much. Started off just doing an easy run, but decided to do this week's tempo workout during it instead: 20 minutes at 3.5 pace during a 6-10 miler. So, after 4.5 miles at ~7:40/mi, I ran ~6:40/mi pace for the tempo and ~8:00/mi for the cooldown.  Not awful I guess, though I think that the treadmill isn't good on my hamstring. Like I need more incentive to NOT run on the treadmill... ha! (K 57.8)

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A bit chilly out on the run this afternoon, but tolerable I guess. Did another of my handy dandy 1-hour runs and had some fun running along the Bonneville trail for part of it. I realized that if you ignore how cold and wet and annoying snow is, it's actually really pretty in the sunshine. It's sparkly! Only one more final (tomorrow), then I'll be headed home to sunny St. George soon... yay! (K 65.3)

From Becca on Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 05:24:23

I love sparkly snow!

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Got quite the runaround trying to get my run in tonight. First I went and ran on the Lundstrom's treadmill for 2.6 miles, but then they closed. Some RA told me to check if Merrill Hall (way across campus) was open since they have a exercise room. So I ran .7 miles there wearing only shorts and a t-shirt and it was 28 degrees! On the treadmill there, I did a silly "fitness test" that ended up stopping because my heart rate was too low for the "workout" I was doing. Good times. After that, I finally forced myself to do another half-hour of real running on it and got in 3.8 miles. Then I did another literal "cool down" run back to my dorm in the freezy cold. Yay adventures. Moral of the story is don't wait until 9:30 pm to start the run. And eat less candy. (K 73.6)

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Warm-up then 8x400 at 1:22. First one was slow, then they were good. (I'll put up times later.) Then a cool-down. (M spike 5.4)

In the evening I went on a bit of a frustration run. It was cold, but good. (K 80.3)

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Easy run with Jonny once I got back to St. George! Yay for not-quite-so-cold weather! Calves are kinda sore from yesterday. Eeew. (K 85.8)

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Met up with the SG crew for a trail run around the Bear Claw and Stucki Springs trails. Ran the first half with Holt and Clyde, then I got feeling really thrashed and sick, so I slowed up and joined Logan and Steve. Note to self: next time Clyde picks the course, run by myself. Okay, it wasn't quite that bad, but close! (K 99.6)

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Freezy freezy cold River run in the snow with Holt, Austin and Kimzey. The first half wasn't too bad, but once we got running into the wind, it was awful. I almost died. Curse snow and cold weather. Fun to run with the boyos though! (K 107.6)

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Speed workout on the PV track this afternoon. Warmed up on AC with some high school peeps, then did 4x1000s at 4:00 GP. Really easy. Jonny and bro-in-law Dave joined me and we just cruised and chatted for most of them. 3:57, 3:57, 3:58, 3:47. On the last 200m of the last rep, Dave and I full-out sprinted and he beat me easily. Dern! After the workout, I ran a 3.5 mile cooldown toward home. Nice weather, nice workout. (K 114.1) (M spike 7.9)

From dave holt on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 09:53:51

They looked pretty chill. Glad to have you come out with us.

From Austin on Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 19:50:29

Te he! I just like watching you ;) ha ha ha ha ha

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Bloomington loop from home this afternoon. First mile and a half, Dave and Jon joined me, then I was on my own with the snow that started a little ways into the run. Yuk. My face got plastered with it, especially when I did my 6x2:00 push sections. Distances were .33, .3, .31, .31, .3, and .31. Legs got feeling a bit fatigued from yesterday just a couple reps into the workout, but I figured I'd just get it over with. Got home drenched and freezing. I'm sick of snow. (K 122.8)

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Club run tonight. We took it easy down the river trail a few miles and back. James and I did the DI loop to add a couple more after. Knee's still feeling kinda odd. Fun run all in all. (K 130.6)

From JamesH on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 17:14:40

Thanks for the company on the extra miles. I needed an extra pair of eyes to keep me from running the wrong way.

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Easy South Bloomington Hills loop with a Ft. Pierce loop tacked onto the end. Again, Dave and Jonny made for some fun company. Really a nice recovery run today. (K 136.7) 

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Blah. I waited way too long to get out and on my run, so it was cold and dark and not-so-fun. And I slacked off and didn't get more miles this week than last. Ah well, life happens. (K 147.8)

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Treadmilling miles tonight at the Holiday Inn! The Princess Bride was on TV which made for slightly less boredom than usual for that much time on a treadmill. Ran between 7:30/mi and 8:00/mi pace for almost all of the run, picked it up to 6:00/mi pace for the last 400m. Not bad. (K 156.8)

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AZ out-and-back with 5x5:00 push sections at 3.5 with 2:00 recovery. Distances for them were .74, .74, .74, .74, .75 - nice and consistent and not too tough. Weather was awesome. Knee was a bit touchy on the way back. Then some ultimate frisbee. Good times. (K 165)

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Backwards Washington Fields loop with a couple loop extensions at the end. Apparently, I have the suckiest luck with snow. Two miles  in, it started snowing and froze me to death. I'm proud of myself for finishing the run though, since I had 3 different people offer to take me home. Frozen face and all, I made it home alive and glad I finished. The snow does make me run faster - though whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I dunno. Avg. 7:35/mi. (K 173.8)

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Dragged myself out of the house to do my speed workout for the week. Dogpound warmup, then 8x400 in the rain. Tabasco breakfast sausage didn't agree with me running and made for a very sucky workout. No specified GP, but I figured I'd try for a bit under 1:20's. Times were 1:22, 1:18, 1:19, 1:19, 1:19, 1:18, 1:17, 1:16. Not the greatest, but I managed to keep my breakfast down even with some dry heaves between reps. After, I did AC for a cooldown and got soaked. Glad it's done. (K 180.8) (M spike 9.9)

From Burt on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 09:09:46

Wow! That does sound like a Merry Christmas! lol

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New 8-mile loop - Larkspur trailhead to River Road to 700 S to Main to Hilton Drive trail and back on the Vermillion trail. No watch, just went out and enjoyed the amazing weather. First time I've run in only a t-shirt in what seems like forever! (K 188.8)

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Got up early to run down in St. George before heading up to Salt Lake for two days. Did most of the Painter's half marathon course from my house, just shortened it a bit so I could get home in time to pack and head out. 'Twas a bit chilly out, but I overdressed, so it wasn't too bad. 7:50/mi avg. Definitely wore me out. (K 201.8)

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Yay for awesome weather! It was absolutely perfect out: 48 degrees, a little breeze, bright and sunny. Did the AZ out-and-back for my 'push' run. Warmed up 15 minutes then did 8 x 3:00 push sections at 4 with 2:00 jog recoveries between. Distances were .48, .47, .48, .48, .48, .48, .48 and .49. Then a 15 minute cooldown back home. Pushes felt pretty good, knee was a bit sore on the last half. Haha, some twelve-year-old kid tried to flirt with me at one point. Awkward. Funny though! (K 211.3)

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AP 9 miler. Ran a bit fast to make it home in time to leave for the bike ride with buddies. We biked the Green Valley loop - bad plan. The melted snow had turned the ENTIRE trail into a mud pit. So we ended up walking our bikes most of the way (stopping occasionally to scrape enough mud off for the wheels to still turn) and getting covered in mud. Quite the adventure. (K 220.6)

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AC warmup - hit the police car for old times' sake - then did my speed workout for the week. 16x400 at 1:25 with 45 second recoveries. Times were 1:27, 1:24, 1:25, 1:24, 1:26, 1:26, 1:25, 1:26, 1:25, 1:25, 1:25, 1:25, 1:25, 1:24, 1:23 and 1:20. Felt surprisingly good for my record number of 400's done in one workout, though I didn't do them all that fast. Still, it was nice to not be totally dead at the end. After, I ran GS 4 to cool down. (K 227.6) (M spike 13.9)

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