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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} 

Favorite Blogs:

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

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

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Happy New Year!

Bloomington loop with a couple extensions this afternoon for a nice 9 miler.  My whole body felt pretty achy. Calves are especially sore from yesterday's 400s. Beautiful day out again, I've been loving running in a t-shirt this week! (K

After the run, I went and and got a massage from April. Hopefully it'll help my hamstring/knee issue for the upcoming track season.

New Year calls for a new color! I'm thinking I'll go green. And resolutions? Hmmm.

1- Stay injury free.

2- Run 2500+ miles this year.

3- Keep improving in track and cross country.

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Washington Fields 8 miler with a couple extensions. (K 244.9)

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Treadmill sweaty icky sticky gross not-so-fun miles. New record for number of miles run on a treadmill at once. Next time I won't wait until 8 pm on Saturday to do my long run. (K 257.9)

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Warmed up (or more accurately, froze) outside on the long way to the Laub -2 miles- before our mile time trial in there. 8 laps on the turf-type field indoors. No fun at all. Ran a 5:26, better than last time but still not very fast. I think that my time was 3rd on the team though, so almost nobody did very well. After, Ashley and I ran around and around and around and around the Laub for 40:00 to cool down. Jessie and Erin joined us for some near the end. It was fun to hang out with my teammates again after a long break! (DS 7.5) (M spike 14.9)

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I'm far too cowardly to face the nasty weather outside, so I opted out on freezing and ran an hour on the treadmill this morning instead. While I ran, I attempted to read my assigned Calc 3 reading. Double torture! It was tolerable only because I had some new tunes to jam out to while I was at it. Yay tunes! (K 265.3)

This afternoon we had weights. Ran there, but walked back up the hill after.

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Legs were a little stiff today from yesterday's circuit. Ran to the Laub, then warmed up for 30:00 with the team before our speed workout.

First, we did 3x1000's at 85% date pace (GP 4:00 - easy) with 2:30 rest between. Times for those were 3:51, 3:52, 3:53 - a little under, but still easy. Then a 10:00 break. Once got our rest, we did 6x400's at mile goal pace (for me-5:04, GP 1:16). We had 3:30 for each of the reps, so about 2:15 recovery between. Times for those were 1:16, 1:12, 1:13, 1:13, 1:15, 1:12. A bit fast, but I was excited to feel some speed in my legs! Pretty tired out by the end, but they felt awesome. (M 18.3)

After, Aimee and I cooled down 2 miles the long way back to the dorms. Feels like my legs are pretty well juiced, so tomorrow's run should be a nice recovery. And I'll probably be super sore. (DS 14)

From Jon on Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 00:18:07

Are you acclimated to the cold yet?

From Ruthie on Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 01:15:47

Nope! But today was pretty nice out. If its too cold, I wimp out and treadmill it.

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60-minute loop. Probably shouldn't do that one anymore, since running on the canal trail was kinda tricky with all the snow. About halfway in, I ran into Ashley who was just starting out on her run, so we ran together until I was done. It was fun to chat and run easy. (K 272.8)

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Ran to the Laub, then 30:00 warmup and 16x400. Coach told us our GP, then let us pick our own recovery times. Justine and I both had 1:31, so we buddied up for them. Since the pace was pretty easy, we did 30 second recoveries between each. They went well, with all reps at or below GP (when below, it was by about 2-3 seconds). 2 mile cooldown back home. Legs feel tired out and I'm excited for the weekend!! (DS 20.5) (M spike 22.3) 

From Mary on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 09:54:00

I don't remember his time. I think his goal was under 21, and he got it. He was glad, but at the same time it's hard for him to be racing slower than he used to train. :( He was pleasantly surprised to come in 23rd.

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Big long loop through Providence and around town for 14.5 miles. Not terrible, but kinda boring. Left a bit late, so it was getting dark and really cold by the end. (K 287.3)

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Yucky sick today. Ran to the Laub and did our 30:00 warmup and could hardly breathe. Instead of today's workout, Coach told me to go home and sleep. So I did. (DS 25)

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Still feeling pretty crappy, so I ran super slow. And I'm still exhausted. I wish I could sleep all day. Alas, I have class. (K 293.5)

From dave holt on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 14:07:48

Sickness is fun.

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Warmups as usual, then our workout in the Laub. First we did four 1000's - 600m at 85% date pace, then date pace for the last 400m. GP 3:45 and 4:00 recovery between each. Times: 3:50, 3:43, 3:45, 3:44. The first two were off on the 85% and date pace, but the last two were right on. Especially tough because my whole body feels exhausted from being sick. Then we had 10 minutes break before our 4x300 accelerations - 100m at mile race effort, then 100m at 800m race effort and the last 100m at 400m race effort. Ouch! Sprinting (or at least, my pathetic attempts at it) hurts, especially around the 200m loop on the turf in the Laub. Dead tired when I finished, so I only ran .85 cooldown back home. (DS 30.5) (M spike 25.6)

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Actually had some energy today! The run went  pretty well, just out-and-back on the time-trial course with some tunes. Easy, but not super duper slow like Tuesday. 7:52/mi avg. (K 301.1)

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Team run from the fieldhouse with three 5:00 pushes at 3.5 effort. Well, they were supposed to be 3.5 effort... the last one was way too fast. And I already felt really really tired out, so I wish they hadn't pushed the pace. Oh well!

Good luck to me in the race tomorrow - I'm doing the 3000m. First time ever! Goals... um, I don't really know what to expect. Somewhere in the mid 10:00's? I guess I'll just run hard and try to stay consistent with my splits and see what comes of it! (K 308.3)

From The Howling Commando on Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 21:56:17

Best of luck to you Ruth. I know it's hard to remember when you are competing at the college level, but have fun and just run your race. You have the determination, guts, and talent to go the distance. Rock on runner chica!

Race: Wilson Motor Indoor Track Meet @ USU (1.875 Miles) 00:10:37, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 1
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First 3000m ever today! I was feeling kinda crappy before, but it went really well. Warmed up about a mile outside, then another mile and a half (or so) indoors with Vanessa and Kim.

Started off the race with Kim and stuck right behind her for the first while. With 4 or 5 laps to go, I was still feeling good and she was slowing a bit, so I passed her up and tried to pick it up a bit for the last few laps. The middle laps were a bit slow I think, but now I have a lot of room for improvement! I like this race (even though it is 15 laps, ugh) and am not so sad about indoor track now... still a little though. Good race, got 3rd overall and 1st from Utah State. And a PR... but that's assumed with the first time thing. (DS 33.8) (M spike 27.5)

From cody on Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 21:03:37

Nice job Ruth. Now that you have set the benchmark, you are all set to kill it next time...

From paul on Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 19:17:26

Nice job. Indoor track is tough. I couldn't imagine doing it at altitude.

From dave holt on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:20:00

A PR is a PR!

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Long run on the loop I mapped out last week. Not too bad of a course, just running up Main for 27 blocks is a bit too boring. And my hands froze! It was 10 degrees out at the warmest part of my run, so sad. At least the snow is minimal. Mostly just relaxed and sang along to some excellent tunes. Good times. (K 322.8)

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Braved the canal trail again so I could do the 60-minute loop. Wasn't too bad except for the super icy spots. Not a single fall, though! I'm proud of myself. Easy run again. Legs are feeling good after a couple of rest days. Weights after. (K 330.2)

From austin your hubbie on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:04:38

NO. indoor is for wannabes!!!! (says coach holt)

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Sore, stiff and tired today! Probably from weights. No fun. Hamstrings are especially tight. The usual warmup with the team before our speed workout for the week. Then the workout: 3x2000 @ 7:30 w/4:00 recovery, 8x200 @ 40sec w/35sec recovery and 2x300 accelerations (mile, 800 and 400 race pace for each 100) - a total of 41 laps around the Laub. Eew. 

The 2000s went pretty well: 7:29, 7:28, 7:27 for them. Nice. Then the 200s - 41, 40, 38, 39, 38, 39, 38, 38. Took a bit to get going, but not bad once I got into the groove of it. The 300's were untimed, but I just about died on the last 100m of each of them. One of my toes had the biggest blister on the side, so it throbbed during the entire workout. Once I got home, I drained it and it feels much better. Tired out! Long day, long workout. Cooled down to the engineering computer lab, then home after I'd finished my project. (DS 40) (M spike 32.6)

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Again exhasted and sore. Ran around a bit this morning, then later I did 60 minutes on the sweatmill at the Lundstrom Center. It's supposed to snow the rest of the week, so I'll probably be stuck on the treadmill lots in the near future. I'm going to get even better at singing along out loud to music while I'm running though! But I'm not sure when that'll ever come in handy. Scaring people away maybe? Greater lung capacity? Killing-you-guy? Anyway, it was boring. After, weight circuit as usual. (DS 48)

From Burt on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 18:05:26

You're back! At least, I can see your entries again. Happy trails on the treadmill.

From Ruthie on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 20:37:21

That's awesome. I hope whatever bug that was has been taken care of!

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Ran around town in the rain listening to some new tunes. Did my 3x5:00 pushes at 3.5 and they were all right. Got pretty dirty with all the wetness and rain and mud and stuff. Decided not to run up the hill up highway 89 on my way back, so I hiked up the steep mud side instead. Fun adventure. Went a little over 60 minutes, but a good run overall. (K 338.7)

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Froze to death on my run this morning. I thought it was only sprinkling rain so I only wore my water-resistant jacket, not my water-proof one. And I got thoroughly drenched. Brrrrr! I was intending to go a bit longer, but I couldn't stand it anymore. (K 346.9)

Later in the afternoon Sam wanted to run some, so I joined him for a half-hour run. We went 4 miles in the drizzle: from the fieldhouse, down 7th north onto highway 89, on the canyon road then up 6th east and back up 4th north, up the old main stairs and across campus back. Fun little run, minimal rain and good company. (DS 52)

From dave holt on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 14:33:02

You ran this many miles in high school!

From Ruthie on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 17:01:00

Almost... :) Good thing I had an awesome coach!

From Jon on Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 16:29:03

I actually stay warmer just wearing fleece- it keeps the water on the outside. I find that when I wear jackets due to cold/rain, I build up sweat (and sometimes ice) on the inside which chills me far more.

From dave holt on Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 18:57:11

Keep it rolling Ruthie, you are doing awesome!

If this winter crap up there doesn't kill you, it will just make you stronger.

From Ruthie on Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 19:13:03

Jon, I usually do better with staying warm, I just was out of clothes since I hadn't done my laundry for two weeks!

Thanks Holt, that makes me feel lots better. I'm not dead yet! I feel fine... I think I'll go for a walk!

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Warmed up for about 45 minutes (give or take a few) around the Laub. I only survived because Lexie, Justine and Vanessa and I talked for most of the time and goofed off. Felt pretty nervous for the workout coach had emailed to us: 4x1600, 4x800, 2x600!

Started the workout off with the 1600's: GP 5:44. Did the first one in 5:48, got a 4:00 break, then ran the second in 5:48. As we lined up to do our next one, coach gave us a most welcome surprise and told us we were done with our 1600s! Whew. After a 10 minute break, we started on our 800s: GP 2:44. Times were 2:45, 2:44, 2:44 and 2:44. Right on, but hard, especially on the last couple. Finally we were on the 600s: GP 1:51 (1:14 per 400). 1:54 and 1:52 for those. Man, did they KILL. I just about passed out on the last lap of each of them.  I have no idea how I would've handled today's workout had we done all four 1600s!  But it went pretty well and I'm excited to race again this weekend. Cooled down 2 miles in the snow back home. Brrr. (DS 59.5) (M spike 37.3)

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Ran on the treadmill at the Lundstrom this morning. This time I brought my laptop and read a book off it while running, so it wasn't quite as bad as usual. A bit tired out from yesterday, but nothing too unbearable. Slower at the start, faster at the end, but mostly 8:00/mi pace. (K 354.5)

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Instead of risking death by running in the snow storm, I opted to treadmill it today. Not super fun, but bearable, since it was broken up with some fartleks. Ran 16 minutes at 8:00 pace to warm up, then did 4x5:00 pushes at 6:07 pace with 3:00 recovery between. After those were done, I did 10x20 second pushes at 5:00 pace with 40 second recoveries. Then 17 minutes of cooldown at 8:00 pace. Got into the groove a couple times on the 5:00 pushes, but trying to run that fast on a treadmillfor the 20 second pushes just felt odd. (K 365)

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After a long day of travel, we went on a 60-minute run out in Moscow. Yes, I'm in Moscow! ...Idaho... And I decided once again that I HATE snow. The parts that weren't snowy were good though. (K 372.5)

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Ran with the team around Pullman for a half hour and did our 5:00 push in the middle. Feeling really good, so I ran around on the track for another 15 minutes. Then I did a 400 meter acceleration on the track in my spikes to get the legs feeling fast. (K 378)

Excited for the race tomorrow! I'm going to do the 3k again - my goal is to break 10:30. The faster the better!

Race: WSU Indoor Meet 3000m (1.875 Miles) 00:10:17, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
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Awesome race today! Went into the race hoping to get in the mid 10:20's and did even better than I'd planned. The race started off pretty fast, one of the girls was going for 9:45, so I might've started off too quick. I felt strong for most of the race. Had I not lost sight of the lead pack, I think I could've even gone faster. Great race, though - 20 second PR and I can still do better! 

After the meet ended, all us distance girls kept with tradition and ran back to Moscow from Pullman (8.5 miles). We went pretty quick, too! Around 7:30/mi avg. Nice, but a bit tiring. (DS 69.5) (M spike 39.2)

From dave holt on Sun, Feb 01, 2009 at 15:53:50


From Burt on Sun, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:38:32

Great race! It's always good to do better than you expected.

From MichelleL on Sun, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:53:57

Great job. Sub 10 in outdoor? You should be close soon.

From MichelleL on Sun, Feb 01, 2009 at 18:55:32

Ok, I'm a total dork, forgot about the whole hurdle issue in outdoor. Can we tell I was a 10k girl??

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Ouch! Today's workout easily won a #1 or 2 spot on my "Top Ten Toughest Workouts" list. I almost cried. Still really sore and exhausted from the race and run last Saturday plus travel all day Sunday, I was tired 10 minutes into our 30-minute warmup. Then the fun part: 3x1600's at 5:44 GP w/4:00 rest, 10 minutes break, 8x400's at 1:12 GP w/full rest, 5 minutes break, then 2x600's at 1:51 GP w/2:00 rest. 

The 1600's went pretty well, we actually were under pace for all of them: 5:41, 5:43 and 5:43. All of the reps felt pretty tough, just feeling tired out. On to the 400's:  1:13, 1:11, 1:13, 1:13, 1:13, 1:13, 1:14 and 1:14. Aaargh! I was pushing so dang hard on all of these and those last two still slipped. Only halfway through them, my legs were completely jelly. By the time the 600's started, I was almost in tears, just because I was so spent! The 600's were questionable: 1:58 and 1:59. I'd say they should've been faster, but I had nothing left and even getting those times was an accomplishment. Heck, just finishing this @#&* workout was an accomplishment!

After, I ran home. Super slow. Then I drank away my sorrows... with Sprite!  (DS 74.8) (M spike 45)

From Sierra on Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 12:41:59

Hats off to you! You are tough!!!! That is awesome that you completed that! I'm rolling around in a grave just thinking about it! You're incredible!!!

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An hour on the treadmill this morning (6 degrees is a bit too cold for me first thing in the morning). With a book, so I didn't get quite so bored. In the afternoon, I ran to weights, lifted, and walked home. Legs are way sore. And I'm exhausted. (K 385.5)

From JamesH on Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 19:17:38

Too bad you dont live down here where its warm enough for just shorts and a tank. :)

From Ruthie on Tue, Feb 03, 2009 at 19:35:26

Don't rub it in! I'm jealous.

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The usual warmup, then we did yet another speed workout: a 2000 @ GP 7:10, 4 minutes rest, then a 1600 @ GP 5:44. Then 10 minutes break, after which we did 2x800's at GP 2:36 w/3:00 rest. Then 5 minutes break and 2x300 untimed accelerations with ample rest. My times were: 7:09, 5:43, 2:38 and 2:37. A bit tough with my tired-out legs, but nowhere near as tough as Monday! Cooled down in the Laub. (DS 80.5) (M spike 48.7)

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60 minutes around town, a bit tired but nothing terrible. Easy and relaxed. Weights after. (K 393.5)

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Great run between classes this morning/afternoon. A bit cloudy out, but warmer than it's been in a while. Plus the rain last night cleaned up the air a lot, so it was really clear and beautiful out. Did 60 minutes with 3x5:00 pushes at about 6:30 pace, nice and easy. Guts gave me some trouble, but mostly, I'm feeling good. So far I've had an awesome birthday! (DS 88.3)

From The Howling Commando on Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 17:04:32

Happy Birthday! My youngest brother is 15 tomorrow :) Feb birthdays rock! /me is jealous as my birthday's in Late May. Doh!

From Burt on Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 17:12:34

Happy birthday!! Are you in 20 yet?

From Ruthie on Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 17:15:24

Feb birthdays DO rock. 100 times. But I'm only 19 today. One more year of being a reckless teen-ager!

From Burt on Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 17:20:20

Enjoy those teen years while you got them. Pretty soon you'll be an old man like me. Well, not a man, but old. I'm 35 and soon I'll need a walker.

From Jon on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:21:45

Happy Birthday! Feb 6 is my sister's B-day, too- you have a twin!

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Just did the big Providence loop again for my long run this afternoon. The weather was so amazing and my music made me so happy and running just felt so GOOD! I was grinning almost the entire time. So great. I love days like this. (K 407.7)

From Jon on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 15:32:05

Do you do these runs as a team?

From Ruthie on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 23:52:45

Nope! I keep meaning to get together with you guys some Saturday, but I always forget until late Friday night... and then all you old folks are already in bed! :P

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Good workout today! Started off a bit funny with warmups being all jumbled... I missed the memo that our workouts are now a half-hour earlier than before. But we ran 20 minutes with some recruits. So I ended up getting in about 35 minutes of warmup before. Then we did 5x1000s GP 3:35 w/4:00 recovery, 10 minute break, 3x800 GP 2:44 w/3:00 recovery, 5 minutes break, then a 600 GP 1:51.  

My times were 3:34, 3:35, 3:34, 3:35, 3:34, 2:45, 2:45, 2:44 and 1:52. Nice! A bit tired on the last few and definitely worn out as I cooled down, but a quality workout today. Almost makes up for the freaking blizzard outside. Almost. (DS 94.8) (M spike 53.7)

From aunker on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 01:17:09

RUTH!!!! You are amazing, tell kim hi for me

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Read a book and ran on the treadmill. Then I ran to weights. (K 415.4)

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Warmed up to the Laub and a half hour on the TT road before our speed workout. We did one 2000 @ GP 7:10, 10 minute break, 2x1200 @ GP 4:18 w/4:00 recovery, 5 minute break, then 2x300m untimed accelerations. Times were 7:06, 4:17 and 4:16. Nice workout and not too hard either! Yay! I'm so excited for the meet this weekend. Seattle! Cooled down back home 2 miles. (DS 101.4) (M spike 56.8)

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Did the 25th north loop this afternoon. My eye got cold for a while and it hurt! Talk about a weird sensation. Why can't it be spring already? Fun run, maybe a bit quick for a recovery day, but I was happy... so it was more of funning. No watch. (K 422.9)

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Easy shakeout in Seattle with the team. We ran on the greatest trail - with bridges and through marshes and in an arboretum - it was so pretty and the weather was really nice! It was amazing. At the track after, I did a few laps of acceleration in my spikes. My left shin has been hurting a bit from all the pounding lately and today it was pretty sore, especially on the laps. (DS 106.4) (M spike 57.3)

Goals for tomorrow's race (3000m): PR, be happy and make it hurt lots!

Race: UW Husky Classic (3k) (1.875 Miles) 00:09:59, Place overall: 46, Place in age division: 7
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PRed by 18 seconds and broke 10:00!!! YAY! And still I think I can do better. So awesome! Only 25 seconds off provisional qualifying time for nationals... ok so that's a lot, but still! The race was a kind of weird mentally since the track was 307m instead of 200 like I'm used to. Nice to only have to run a bit less than 10 laps (instead of 15), but different to try thinking in 400s after thinking in 200s for so long. 

The first couple laps of the race, I felt really tired and stiff, not really in "race mode." Still, I tried to stick on Kim and keep hitting my splits right on. I lost her a little on some of the middle laps, but kept contact enough that (once I got my head and body together) I caught up on the last couple laps. Went all out on the last lap, just trying to make it under 10:00 and barely got it! Truly, I love running at sea level. My lungs didn't even feel like they were bleeding when I finished! Yay! 7th in my heat, 1st from USU. My 400 splits: 1:20, 1:20, 1:21, 1:20, 1:21, 1:21 and 1:19, with the last 200m at 37. (DS 116) (M spike 59.2)

From paul on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:18:41

Wow, what a spectacular time! Goes to show what good training combined with a sea level race can do. Great job.

From Burt on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:32:14

Way to go! Keep up the good work.

From MichelleL on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 11:29:50

Sweetness! I told you so (at least I did in my head)(about breaking 10 and beyond). I am so happy for you!

From Jon on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:47:43

Nice job, and very consistent times?

Do you ever run on 160 or 140 m tracks?

From Ruthie on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:52:16

Thanks guys!

Jon- I haven't so far this season, I think the coaches try to avoid torturing us like that!

From Nevels on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 23:37:07

Nice time! That looks like it was fun meet (and a fast one). Did you watch Jenny Barringer run that ridiculous 15:01?

Keep it up, and the provisional qualifier will be yours...

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For the first five miles of my two hour run, I ran with Sam on the Canyon Loop. Then I took a little break and talked more with him for a while since he was done running. He had to do some homework, so I took off and did the rest of my run. Just went out and back on the time trial course plus some on 4th east (in North Logan, I think). I got all the way to 44th north! I think that's a record for me. A bit worn out today, running in Seattle spoiled me. Avg. 7:58/mi. (K 437.9)

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Left class early to hurry and get my run in before weights. Treadmilled it for the first 54 minutes (6.75 miles) then ran (as fast as the snow would permit) the .9 miles to the weight room. Was barely late, but luckily was spared the punishment for tardiness. Whew. (K 445.5)

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Survived yet another freakishly painful workout! And broke my record on number of 400 repeats done in one workout. Now that number is 20.

We warmed up for 20 minutes on the usual route, then we started on our 45 minutes of 400s. Coach told us to run as many 400's at GP 1:18 that we could within the allotted time. I did nineteen of them: 1:17, 1:16, 1:17, 1:18, 1:17, 1:18, 1:18, 1:17, 1:18, 1:18, 1:17, 1:18, 1:18, 1:18, 1:18, 1:19, 1:18, 1:18 and 1:18. Then we got 10 minutes rest, then did 800 at 2:40 GP (2:42 actual time). After that we got 5 minutes rest and then did one more 400, this time GP was 60-65 seconds! My PR is 63! Needless to say, after all that, my time wasn't quite on pace. 1:08 for that last one. Ran home to cool down. Hard hard workout, my legs are dead. Dead dead dead. (DS 120.2) (M spike 64.7)

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25th north loop again. Not backwards. I like it better that way, I think. Then ran part of the way to weights, and lifted. Legs pretty tired out from yesterday. (K 453)

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Speed again today. Warmed up to the Laub and 20 minutes with Kim, Vanessa and Amber on the tt course. Then we did 2x1600s @ GP 5:28 w/4:00 recovery, a 10 minute break, 3x45 second sprints w/4:00 recovery, a 5:00 break and then 2x300 accelerations w/full recovery. The 1600s were pretty tough, my lungs were raw by the end of each and legs feeling tired out. Times were right on - 5:28 for both. Then the 45 second sprints killed me! I don't use those muscles ever, so they were burning after 200m... pretty pathetic. By the time I got to the 300s, I was just happy to be almost done and just pushed through them as well as I could. Cooled down running home the long way. Hard today, but not nearly as exhausting as Wednesday. Thank goodness. (DS 125.5) (M spike 67.6)

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Got up way early to run with Paul and Joe this morning. Kinda cold out and pretty tired legs. Good company made for a good run though. The hill up 10th north killed me dead. Sorry for slowing you down Joe. Fun but tiring.

Later, Sam and I went to the fieldhouse and I did elliptical for 25 minutes, then we did a few strides, then a whole bunch of abs and some more barefoot strides. Again, it was fun, but exhausting! (K 463.6)

From austin on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 09:55:17

Dang it! You beat me on miles again. :( When is your next trip down, definatly call me for a run.

From Predog on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 18:52:57

that was a nice run. and no worries on slowing me down. I was kinda tired at the end too because I'm a little out of shape so it was okay not to push it.

From austin on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 20:21:28

For sure party!! Good luck at the WAC! Ill be checking your blog for some new world records. ;)

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Only one more speed day before the WAC Championships! Today, we did 2x1200's @ 4:00 w/4:00 recovery, 10 minute break, a 600 @ 1:57, 5 minutes break, then a 400 @ 1:16. The 1200's were pretty tough, but times were on: 4:01 and 4:00. Then the 600 was right on as well: 1:57. We were so excited to be done and a 400 is just so dang short, that it ended up way fast: 1:13. Hehehe. Good workout though. Cooled down long way home. 

Coach told me that I'm doing the 5000m and the 3000m at Conference this weekend! Crazy stuff! I'm way excited for the 3k, but the 5k will be an adventure... kinda scared for that one. 25 laps!? Eeek. (DS 130.8) (M spike 69.7)

From dave holt on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 15:36:46 from

Good luck Rutie - you'll do awesome.

From Ruthie on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 22:24:40 from

Thanks Coach!

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I've been feeling kinda worn out lately, so I decided to just do the 45 minute option today, especially with the big races this weekend. Ran into Vanessa on the last 15 minutes or so, it was fun to run with her for a bit. Then weights. (DS 136.4) 

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Yay! Easy workout! Warmed up a bit, then we did a 1200 @ 4:12, a 8:00 @ 43 seconds per lap until the last 200m sprint, then a 300 acceleration from 5k pace to mile pace! So nice. Times were 4:10 and 2:44 for the 1200 and 800. Then I ran home. Shin is pretty sore. Excited/nervous for this weekend's races! (DS 140.6) (M spike 71.1)

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Easy half-hour with the team. Tomorrow the WAC Champs start! Goals? Score lots of points for my team so we can win! PR in the 5k and place in the 3k. Run my best and be happy! (DS 134.4)

From andrew on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 20:39:48 from

Good Luck!! Tell kim good luck for me too!

From Jon on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 11:44:48 from

Yes, good luck! Run hard!

From paul on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:17:23 from

I don't like the phrase "good luck", so I'll use, "fulfill your destiny" instead.

From Ruthie on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 01:47:54 from

Haha thanks guys!

Race: Indoor Track WAC Championships (5000m) (3.1 Miles) 00:17:36, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 1
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I'm so dead! The 5k is such a hard race, but I think I did reasonably well - I PRed by a lot and got 3rd place too. More details later, I'm exhausted and need to go to bed. 

So the coaches told me that the 5k is actually really nice because it starts off so slow. But the Nevada girls started it off way fast and I want to kill them. Overall, the race hurt a whole lot and killed me. The first 10 laps or so, there was a pack of 5 or 6 girls sticking on the stupid Nevada girls. I had to run in the outer lanes a bit in attempts to not get boxed in. For the most part, I tried to not look a the laps-to-go sign just so I wouldn't get depressed. It didn't work so well though. With 10 laps to go, I almost cried - realizing I'd only run 3k and I was already exhausted. For a couple laps, one Nevada girl kept stepping on my feet and kicking me and I got so sick of it that after one really hard kick, I yelled "Aarrgh, JERK!" at her and pushed to pass the next girl so I wouldn't have to put up with it anymore. I think she laughed at me... I probably would've if I hadn't been so mad at her. The last few laps were death. The Idaho girl in first was 15 seconds up on us by then, so it was a race for second with a NM girl. I gained a few seconds on her in the last two laps, but didn't quite catch her. Almost puked at the finish. Eew. So so so hard. Hopefully I have enough guts to do some damage in the 3k tomorrow! (DS 137.9) (M spike 74.2)

From paul on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 08:39:20 from

That's awesome. Not sure which is better, the time or the placing, but both are great. Now just dig deep and find something for the 3K! That's the problem with being a stud: you'll have to double at all the big meets!

From kelsey on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:50:04 from

Nice race, and congrats on the PR!!!! Awesome!

From James on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 13:53:38 from

Excellent racing!

From josse on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 15:10:04 from

Great job on the race. A 5k on the track is tough, I raced it a couple of time and hated it. I am so glad you got those Nevada girls. YOU ROCK!!

From Little Bad Legs on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 15:36:30 from

I saw your result from the WAC homepage and had to come read your report. Great job! Paul hit it right on the head--get used to running the double :)

From allie on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 15:47:36 from

nice job!!!

From Jon on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 16:09:35 from

Getting spiked. Endless laps. Puke. Repeat the next day- ah, the life of indoor track runners!

Kick butt tomorrow!

From Nathan Bundy on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 18:56:40 from

Good job ruth, keep it up!

From dave holt on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 19:25:42 from

Ruth I am SO proud of you! That is totally amazing... I have been bragging about you like crazy!

From Predog on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 19:57:00 from

Congratulations! Now the 3k will seem like cake after that! (or at least that's what you can tell yourself) Good job and good luck.

From cody on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 15:06:22 from

Wow! What else can I say???

From The Howling Commando on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:20:39 from

Congrats on the PR.

From Mik'L on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 22:39:29 from

What Holt says is true...since I haven't been on the blog forever he was excited to tell me about your race last night. You are SO awesome FRESHIE! I'm in awe yet not surprised at the same time. You are just amazing so I expect amazing things out of you. Great job and keep it up going in to outdoor season! (I'm seriously waiting for those cinnamon rolls come spring break :)!)

From Burt on Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 18:09:03 from

My favorite part was when you called her a JERK.

Race: Indoor Track WAC Championships (3000m) (1.875 Miles) 00:10:20, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 2
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Well.... today sucked! My legs were totally thrashed from the 5k and I didn't really know exactly how dead they were until I tried to run fast in the 3k. The first half of the race went perfectly - I felt good, Kim and I were at the head of the lead pack and kept the pace down pretty well. Then people started making their moves with about 6 laps to go and I tried to do the same and found that my legs wouldn't go any faster. The pack just passed me up and I tried to hold on but didn't do so great at that. Ended up scoring one measly point and running a really slow time and being really really really frustrated and disappointed. And my legs hurt a whole lot. (DS 140) (M spike 76)

From paul on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 16:26:46 from

That's a tough double, don't worry about it. Besides, it's nice that you can call this a "bad race" even though it blows away your high school 3200m (a good sign of progression).

From dave holt on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 17:44:43 from

Paul - or a sign of a bad high school coach!

Ruth, that really is a beastly double. It shows how much Coach thinks of you, what you mean to the team, and your future to put you in that as a Freshman. And the next time you have to pull something like that you'll be that much stronger - just think how easy an 800/med. 800 back-to-backer would be right now!

See you over Spring Break?

From paul on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 18:22:07 from

Holt - bad coaches don't produce state champs...and good coaches usually set up their athletes to progress into the future. :-)

From Ruthie on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 21:13:00 from

Thanks I guess!

Paul - It hadn't even occurred to me that my time was an equivalent 11:02 3200m. Funny how your perspective changes...

Holt - I hope to never have to run ONE 800 again, let alone two! But yeah, I was planning on running with you guys next week over my spring break. I'm so excited to wear shorts and t-shirts again!!!!

From Burt on Mon, Mar 02, 2009 at 17:45:00 from

Great job. Your 2 mile equivalent is now officially faster than mine.

From sam on Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 05:47:39 from

Hi, 1st time I read your blog, fantastic times, that was awesome to run two races like that, especially after such a killer 5oooms. well done ;-)

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After a great day off yesterday, I did an hour long run today in the awesome weather! I only wore a t-shirt and shorts, it was almost like the good ol' days in SG. Legs are still a bit sore and worn out from the weekend, but not the worst I've ever had. Lifted afterwards, as usual. (K 471.2)

Did some strides with Sam at the fieldhouse later in the evening. The hard surface wasn't so great on my shin, but other than that they felt good. 

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Warmed up and stuff, then did a 48 minute tempo at 7:00/mi pace. There was the nastiest crap in the sky for the whole thing! We just called it acid rain. But it got speckles all over me and dirty and didn't feel good to breathe. However, the run itself went a lot better than I was expecting. I only got tired on the uphill sections and even those weren't that bad. Average pace per mile was 6:49 and we were trying to slow down for most of it. Hahaha. Then I cooled down to the engineering computer lab. Then it rained. And now it's SNOWING! Wtf? I hate the bipolar weather. It was in the fifties yesterday! Good thing I'm going to be in sunny St. George come Friday! (DS 152.4)

From Kenz on Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 18:01:14 from

Hey Ruth!! Ha thanks :) That wouldn't have been good if the dog ate me. Nope I'm not doing track this year... :( How are you?!

From Jon on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 13:48:26 from

I grew up in Denver, where it will literally be 70 deg one day and then will snow 2 feet the next day. Gotta love crazy weather.

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Not too bad out, just did an hour around town before weights. In weights, I almost died. We did more than we've done before and it was really hard. I feel like a wimp. (K 478.7)

From Kenz on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 09:20:28 from

Well I was doing XC then basketball right after that, and that kind of wore me out. Ha I'm a wimp! I love XC but not so much track :)

Sounds like school is fun! Oh I don't like the snow either! Does it snow a lot?!

You're coming down here next week?! Yay! Yeah we should hang out! That would be way fun! Just let me know when you are in town :) And we will plan something :)

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Did 45 minutes of 400s @ GP 78-84 before class. 7 am - so early! Hehehe. Was feeling pretty dang sore from weights, so the repeats didn't go so well. Plus I did the repeats on the outdoor track of which about 1/3 was covered in ice and/or snow. The ice was ok (because of spikes) but the snow sucked. Anyway, I ended up doing 17 reps. Two less than last time, but oh well. I finished. Times were: 82, 79, 80, 79, 77, 78, 78, 79, 78, 79, 79, 80, 80, 79, 80, 80 and 76. Done and done. Dead and dead. Now, on to Spring Break!!! (DS 156.4) (M spike 80.3) 

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Had the hardest time getting out the door today. I'm in Farmington, NM with Gene, Gretchen and their kids and I'm so dang sore! Plus, it was super windy and a little chillier than I was expecting. So I didn't want to go out and have to wear a jacket. Pout. I finally dragged myself out the door and got in an hour of running. I know, I know, I was supposed to go at least a half hour more than that, but I just couldn't muster any motivation to go any more. It was a feat that I did as much as I did. Blah. (K 486.5)

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Left for the run a little too soon after breakfast, so I was tasting corn flakes and feeling the 5 bowls I'd downed the whole run. Eew. Ran into the wind on the way out in hopes that the speed on the way back would be with the wind and a bit easier. But the wind changed direction a bit before I turned around! So lame. Ran easy on the way out, then on the way back, ran at 3 and gradually sped up until the last half mile or so was at 4.5. It wouldv'e gone a lot better if I hadn't had to stop and heave a couple times. Yucky. (DS 164.5)

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Easy run with Holt and the PV track boys. I was once again reminded why running with girls is nearly always infinitely better than running with boys. We did the mosquito trail run, then I added on a grass loop to get in my 45 minutes total. Nice recovery run. Then I did lots of weights, similar to those we did last Thursday and it wore me out. (DS 170.3)

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Long tiring run at way too early this morning. Got up and ran with Holt starting at 5:20. Eew. Once I got going, it was worth it to have the company, but man did it ever suck to get going. We started off doing the mall run - first 10 minutes were warmup, then we started on my three 10 minute pushes at 3.5. They went well, not super hard except for the hilly parts. Then AC and a little Costco loop and another AC - on those I did the eight 60 second pushes at 5 and the five 20 second sprints. My right foot started bugging me a bit last night and hurt for the entire run. Hopefully it's just an odd ache that'll go away soon. (K 499)

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Easy 45 minutes from the running store by myself - I missed the running club by a couple minutes. Foot was hurting quite a bit, but finally some of those great running endorphins kicked in so it felt almost ok for the last 15 minutes or so. Just ran down to the river trail and back. (DS 175.8)

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Ran out on a the industrial road a little, then turned back and started to pick it up gradually until the last 5 minutes were at around 4.5 effort. Foot felt better than yesterday, hopefully this random pain will be all the way gone soon. Still a bit sore from weights and the hard run on Wednesday. Excited to do the 10k tomorrow! It seems like I haven't done a road race in ages, so we'll see how it goes... (DS 181.3)

Race: Spectrum 10k (Bandit) (6.2 Miles) 00:37:04, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Awesome race this morning! Didn't know how well I'd end up doing, but I ran pretty fast and had lots of fun. Started off too fast (5:10 for the first mile, I think - yikes) but with that downhill, it's hard not to go so fast! But I probably shouldn't have tried to go with the crazy fast guys I'd warmed up with. Stuck with a couple guys I met during the race for a couple miles in the middle, then tried to sustain my pace up the flatter and uphill parts. I must've left my Garmin on after my run yesterday (it was out of batteries) so I didn't get any splits or even a "real" time. I just looked at the big race clock as I ran by the finish. Before today, I'd never done a race bandit. It wasn't too bad, but it's more fun to actually sign up. So next time I'll just plan ahead and sign up before the late fees apply... or talk Steve into giving me a comp entry. After the race, it was great to talk to so many running friends that I haven't seen in a while! Then I ran up the course to the 3 mile marker and back to get some more miles in and got quite a few "you're going the wrong way"s and "I think you're winning"s as I went. Silly people. (DS 187.8)

From Burt on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 20:23:41 from

Uh-oh. Bandit...don't let MichelleL know...

From JamesH on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 21:09:00 from

Good job El-Bandito. To bad you wherent registered so you could be recognized officially. Thanks for the company before the race.

From MarcieJ on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 23:04:38 from

Oh Ruth! You should have registered!!!!! You crack me up. I wish I would have gotten to talk to you more. What an awesome time!

From Mik\'L on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:18:45 from

Good job Ruthie! I knew you would end up running it! Thanks for the cinammon rolls...they were delicious! Everyone that came in while we still had some said whoever brought those is awesome!

From Christi on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 16:39:06 from

Holy Cow! Under 6 min pace- you are AMAZING!!!! Excellent job!! Now I wish I'd run Bandit too (although my time would have been almost double yours LOL)

From LaurenW on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 17:28:44 from

I am so glad you did that! It was great to see you at a race we were both running. =) Even if I was SLOW. You win!

From DonGardinero on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 00:06:48 from

I saw you at the Pizza Factory after the race. Holy cow, you're fast!!!

From Amber on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 00:44:03 from

Hey miss fast Bandit! Now I know you have a name , Ruth :) Great Race, thanks for running bandit cause I never would have run through the ribbon if not! j/k I would have taken second to you and still felt great. I coudn't even see you the whole time ahead of me, , , but i knew you were there, , , that's how fast you are! You're amazing, Great Run!

From Ruthie on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 00:38:07 from

Thanks guys!

Mik'L - I'm glad you liked them! It was so fun to see you.

Don - Where were you sitting? I don't know if I got all the names of everybody we were dining with, so I'm trying to remember...

From DonGardinero on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 01:06:05 from

I was sitting on the end closest to the stairs, wearing a grey hoodie and brown hat.

From dave holt on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 16:06:39 from

You're a lot like a Heinrich now - banditing and all! Have a great outdoor season. Keep me updated.

From Ruthie on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 21:10:15 from

Ouch Holt! That hurts.

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Boy am I ever SORE! My calves are absolutely shot and my hamstrings are almost as bad. That race was lots of fun, but the soreness has not been. As a result, today's run was quite terrible. We ran out on the TT course for 35 minutes at 8:00 pace, then ran at GP 6:30-7:00 on the way back. Usually this wouldn't be so bad, but ouch! Both the uphills and the downhills killed my legs and I just felt super out of shape. Add wind and a nasty stomach ache and... voila...we have a perfectly painful run. Yay! Tempo miles were 6:36, 6:43, 6:52, 6:49 and 6:24 pace for the last bit. Not great, but glad it's done and I'm hoping that I won't be so sore tomorrow. And especially the next day. (DS 196.2)

From LaurenW on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 10:40:57 from

Oh Ruthie, I feel your pain...not as bad but I do. =/ I hope your legs feel betters. Soreness is lame...to the max. But, you still are amazing. hehe

From aunker on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 15:41:21 from

Ha sorry you feel so ouch!

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And the soreness strikes again! Got up before class did my hour of running on the 25th loop, legs still pretty dead. Just took it easy and enjoyed the nice weather. I hope it never snows again. (K 506.5)

From Burt on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 18:01:38 from

Maybe with Obama as president it won't.

From paul on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 18:03:28 from

Usually we'll get another good snowfall in April. Sorry.

From Ruthie on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 18:28:03 from

Burt! Bah ha ha ha ha! Oh good times.

And Paul, don't shoot my hopes down like that!

From LaurenW on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 14:42:23 from

Yeah, if I could bottle up St George warmth and sun and send it to you...I would. But wait! If I show up there...that is basically like bringing some St George. haha...jk.

keep up the greatness Rufie!

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Thank goodness coach modified today's workout, it was hard enough without another 1600 and two 1000s too! We warmed up 20 minutes, then started on our first of three1600's @ GP 5:56 w/ 3:00 recovery. All of them were 5:55. First was easy, then a bit harder and a bit harder. Not bad all around though. Then we had a 10 minute break, then started on our four 400's @ GP 72 w/ 3:00 recovery. They went well too - 1:12, 1:12, 1:11, 1:10. It was fun, I smiled for most of them and enjoyed feeling free and fast. Then we had a 5 minute break and ended off the workout with a 300 acceleration. Great weather out and a great workout. Iced after. (DS 200.6) (S Spike 4.2)

Oh, and joy-of-joys... I get to run the 5000m at the meet this weekend. Woo hoo, my favorite ever.

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Easy 40 minutes with the girls. Ran out and around Tucson in the awesome warmness! My calves are pretty dang sore. Not fun. Not excited for the 5k tomorrow. (DS 205.6)

Race: Willie Williams Invite (5000m) (3.1 Miles) 00:17:56, Place overall: 4
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Didn't do so well in the race today. I was hoping to run a more consistent 5k than I did at indoor WACs, so I was kind OF frustrated when everybody started off our first 400m at a 1:20. Tried to stick on Kim and the pack ahead of her for most of the middle laps (and got a bit nostalgic when I saw the 8-laps-to-go sign, wishing I was just doing the good ol' 3200m). Calves were pretty stiff and sore for most of it. Bonnie (from the blog, who I randomly met before the race) accused me of sandbagging it, since I had quite a bit left when I suddenly decided to pick it up with 800m to go and my last 300 meters of a kick were pretty fun and fast. Alas, I should've pushed harder in the middle, but I still don't have the feel for a 5k on a track. The next one will be better! (DS 208.7) (S spike 7.3)

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Before heading off to watch the rest of the meet today, we went out and ran 80 minutes (out-and-back) on a trail near a wash in Tucson. Felt tired out and calves still sore but I had a good time with the team. Ashley was nice enough to stick with me on the way back when I was feeling a bit sick. At the meet later, I got super sunburned! And then we went swimming. Soon I will be tan! (DS 218.9)

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Snowy and gross! Nonetheless, the workout went pretty well. We warmed up for 20:00, then did a 5k @ GP 19:10, 10 minutes break, 6x200s @ GP 33 w/2:00 recovery, 5 minutes break, then 12:00 of 800s @ GP 2:50. The 5k was long, but went well - Vanessa and I stuck pace pretty well and hit a 19:12. Then the 200s - ouch. All of them were 33's, but the last couple got a bit hard. After all those 200s and a break, the 800s took a little adjusting to. Ended up doing reasonably well and got 3 of them in: 2:49, 2:48, 2:47. Cooled down with Ashley and up to the Engineering building. Pretty nice workout today. I hope tomorrow isn't so cold and wet! (DS 222.7) (M spike 85.7)

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Got out this morning before the weather got gross, so I'm super happy about it! Went pretty well, just relaxed and did the TT out-an-back. No garmin, just a plain watch to time the hour. Later, I ran down to weights. A bit stiff and sore later in the day. (K 514)

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Warmed up to the track and 20 minutes with the team in the wet wet snow. Then we did our oh-so-fun speed workout on the sopping wet/slushy track! Yay! First off we did 20 minutes of 40 seconds at 3.5, then 20 seconds easy around the track. On a couple, I tried jumping some hurdles... I suck. But it was still fun. Then we did 15:00 of 500's @ GP 1:30 (72/400 pace). They were really hard: times were close, but never under GP - 1:33, 1:32, 1:30 and 1:32. After 5 minutes break, we did two 400/200's (400 @ GP 72, 30 seconds rest, then 200 @ GP 36) with a 60 second break between. Ouch! The first one was really pathetic, then they got a bit better. Still really hard though: 75/37 and 73/35.  Drenched and frozen by the time I'd finished - I was absolutely miserable. Ashley and I cooled down around the churches loop after. (DS 228.5) (M spike 89.7) 

From JamesH on Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 01:15:32 from

That sounds fun. Did anyone mention that its tanktop weather down here. :) Just incase you didnt know.

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Treadmilled it for an hour to avoid the nasty snowy roads. In the afternoon, we did the body-weight workout plus more abs like a few weeks ago at weights. It was really hard. (DS 236.1)

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Warmed up down to the track plus 20:00 with the team. Decided to try doing the steeplechase workout and it went reasonably well, I guess. First we did a 3k with the first 2k at GP 7:40, then the last k a bit quicker and with hurdles. 2k time was 7:42, with 11:15 total for the 3k. We got 10 minutes to rest, then did 3x800 at race effort with one lap over hurdles. I still sucked at the hurdling but they went pretty well: 2:47, 2:45 and 2:44. Then we got 5 minutes then did a 1200 with the first 800 @ GP 3:00 with the last 400 @ GP 72-. The first bit was fine (3:01), then had to go basically hbl to get down to a 72 for the last lap. But I got it! Ash and I cooled down for 20:00 after. Weather was actually reasonably nice... for once.  (DS 241.7) (S spike 11.4)

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Did the Providence loop this morning by myself. Felt surprisingly good and I was glad to have the time to think and relax. Left shin bothered me some. Again, the weather was beautiful and I just enjoyed life. (K 528.7)

From Jon on Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 17:08:48 from

We're around any Saturdays you want company. Well, except Apr 4 when we have a race.

From Ruthie on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 22:45:15 from

I'm not sure I'll have many more free Saturdays for the next two months, but if I am, I'll get in touch with you guys.

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Speed workout! Warmup, then 3k @ GP 11:30, break, 4x400 @ GP 72 w/3:00 rest, break, 3x500 @ GP 1:30 w/2:00 rest. Times were 11:30, 72, 71, 71, 72, 1:29, 1:31 and 1:32. Mostly, it went really well. The last couple missed the mark a bit, but I gave it everything I had! So, the workout was a success. And killed me dead. (DS 245.7) (S spike 15.2)

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Did the usual loop in the morning. Had a lot on my mind, so it went by quite quickly. Life is CRAZY! (K 535.8)

Weights in the afternoon.

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Easier speed workout! 1600 @ GP 6:08, 1200 @ GP 4:36, 800 @ GP 3:04 w/ 1:30 break between, then 2x800's at 2:48 w/ 2:00 break and a 300 acceleration. Went really well, mostly just easy and nice. ((DS 250.5) (S spike 18.6)

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Easy out-and-back on the TT course and it felt good and comfortable. Some shinnanningans and downheavals, but not bad overall. Then weights! (K 544) 

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Ran from our hotel to Hayward Field with a little detour in Alton Baker Park. It's so pretty here! I love it. Except for the fact that it went from sunshine and blue skies to hailing in less than a minute. That was no good. Once we got to the track, I ran around a few times in spikes just to get a feel for it and let the legs go for a bit. Feeling pretty crappy. Hopefully I'll get over the travel and lack of sleep by tomorrow! (DS 255) (S spike 19.4)

Race: Pepsi Invitational (5000m) (3.1 Miles) 00:17:10, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 4
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AWESOME RACE! I'm so super excited! I PR-ed by 26 seconds and it didn't even kill like it does at altitude. Again, I love sea-level so much! I had to break 17:30 today so that I could win my bet, so I was aiming for 84/lap beforehand. I started off a bit quick with the Oregon girls and stuck with them for the first mile or so, then I lost the pack and basically ran on my own for the rest of the race. Reeder was telling me splits, so I knew I was doing pretty well. A few girls dropped off the lead pack and I got one right away and gradually reeled in the other two so I passed them both on my last lap. Shin hurt though. And a lot of Oregon girls beat me. But I beat 2 of them! Mostly, I'm just so excited! Woo hoo! (DS 260.6) (S spike 22.5)

From paul on Sat, Apr 04, 2009 at 22:00:29 from

Very awesome!! Great time, congrats. When do you break 17?

From Jon on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 01:39:08 from

That's a huge PR- nice work.

From Burt on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 22:56:15 from

Geez Ruth. I remember when I used to be faster than you. Then you sped up.

From dave holt on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 14:59:43 from

Way to go Ruth.

From Ruthie on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 19:54:32 from

Thanks! Breaking 17, Paul... I dunno? Next time, hopefully!

From MichelleL on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 20:12:14 from

Congrats Ruthie! Where's the Pepsi invitational? Isn't it kind of weird that they are sponsoring it? It will be KFC next.

From Ruthie on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:03:31 from

It was at the University of Oregon! The facility there is AMAZING.

From Burt on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:07:18 from

Nothing better than an ice cold pepsi and some fried chicken right before a race. (I'm getting paid to say that.)

From Mary Ann Schauerhame on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 03:59:41 from

Ruth, you are having incredible P.R.'s! You are one talented and hard-working runner! Keep up the great running! I'm sure you'll go far!

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Legs pretty tired and sore from the race, but the workout was reasonably good. Really hard, but not too bad. Warmed up on the churches loop, then started off with a 1600 @ GP 6:08. We ran a 6:05 and it was pretty easy. Then 4 minutes break, then another 1600, this time at GP 5:36. With hurdles! Ouch. It was super hard - but Erin went out really fast so I ended up running a 5:33. Five minutes break after that, then we did 3x800s @ 2:40 GP. For the first one, we did hurdles on the second lap, but we were dead. So we opted out of hurdles for the rest. 3:00 break between each. Times were 2:41, 2:41 and 2:41. After, we got a nice 10 minute rest, then did 4x300s @ GP 54 with 2 minutes break. We were pretty tired out, so we overcompensated a bit on all of them. Times were 51, 53, 52 and 51. Quite dead afterward. Cooled down with Ali and Ash on the canal trail. (DS 265.6) (S spike 26.7)

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The weather was awesome today! Yay! Ran the canal loop and just enjoyed life so much. Well, it would've been perfect without the downheavals that necessitated a potty stop. And my shin was hurting lots. But oh well. I'm happy with the weather. A lot happy. Lifted with the team after the run. (DS 273.1)

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Loved today's workout! Warmed up to the track and 20 minutes with the team, then we did a 2000 @ GP 7:40, got 5 minutes break, then did 4x400 @ GP 76 w/90 recovery. So awesome. We hit a 7:39 for the 2k, then the 400's were great: 75, 76, 75 and 72. Nice and short, felt fast and happy even with the intense winds. Practiced the water jump after the workout and got a bit better at it... started off really sucking. Good to get a few jumps in before running the steeple at UCLA this weekend! Cooled down on the extended churches loop after. And froze. (DS 279.1) (S spike 29)

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After flying to LA, we went straight to the track and ran around the UCLA campus for a while, then ran on their track a bit. The track is almost a circle, so it was kinda weird to run on. Especially since the barriers are in different spots than they are on our track. Don't really know what to expect for the race tomorrow, just want to do my best. If it goes well, I want to qualify for Regionals (sub-10:50). We'll see... (DS 283.8) (S spike 29.5)

Race: UCLA Meet (3000m steeplechase) (1.875 Miles) 00:10:43, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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QUALIFIED FOR REGIONALS! Wooo! I'm so excited! Before the race, I was pretty nervous and didn't really know what to aim for, but it went really well and I think that next time I can go even faster. Mostly, I just concentrated on having a good approach and good form over all the barriers and the water jump and the race went by really quickly. I really liked it! A couple of the barriers I got a little lazy and caught my trail leg and lost my balance a bit, but for the most part it was awesome. And I got second place, which was pretty cool too. (DS 289.3) (S spike 31.4)

From Jon on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 09:26:26 from


From Little Bad Legs on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 09:37:26 from

Way to go! I ran the steeple in college and learned over time that it's all about a good approach and good form, just as you said. Impressive time and once again, great job!

From Mike Warren on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 12:02:15 from

Ruth, you just keep getting faster & faster! Us Southern Utahns are sure proud of you, GREAT job!

From Bonnie on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 15:01:06 from

Way to go -- man, this is awesome Ruth!!

From Nate Bundy on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 16:01:25 from

Good job Ruth! Just don't hit your lead leg on the barrier!

From paul on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 16:01:40 from

Killer time! And second place is always good too. Congrats on your steeple debut. Most people are humbled in steeple before they have success, but you got to skip that part.

From Burt on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 16:50:03 from

Yeah, that is pretty cool. Great job!

From MichelleL on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 17:10:29 from

I was like, man what happened, why so slow, then I remembered its outdoors now, steeplechase. Congrats on qualifying so soon.

From dave holt on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 21:04:27 from

Qualifier! Great job Ruthie! Way proud of you.

From Superfly on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 21:08:10 from

Nice job Ruth. I could use some more of those good sweet rolls.

From Sean Sundwall on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 12:21:27 from

Nice race. I've always wanted to do the steeple but I'm afraid I would do irreparable harm to my body.

From Ruthie on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 20:00:58 from

Thanks guys!

Clyde - next time I'm down I'll have to make some and bring them around

Sean - my old coach thought I would do that too... usually I'm not very coordinated

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We drove out to the beach to get in our hour-long run before the meet. It felt like the longest hour ever! My shin was so sore and my butt was having some major issues. Plus the trail along the beachfront was straight, flat and pretty boring. Still, it was fun to be at the beach. After the run, we took off our shirts and shoes and ran into the ocean - it was so cold! We played around a bit, but couldn't handle the cold very long and got out pretty soon after. Fun times. (DS 296.8)   

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Long run today! Yay! Ran around on the big loop and enjoyed the awesome weather. Shin and butt still hurt, but I'm getting used to it. Stopped at Subway for a drink, which felt good temporarily. Then I got a sideache. Oh well. Actually wore my Garmin (for the first time in forever) and my average was 7:58/mi. (K 558.5)

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Went out on a new loop for an easy run this morning. I think I'm getting less wimpy in the cold! It was 44 degrees, raining and windy and I was fine in just a t-shirt and shorts. Weird. I got totally drenched, but the run felt really good. (DS 302.5)

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Gross weather! The track was covered in slush and it was snowing huge flakes the entire workout. So, we did a short warmup, then started our workout. Because of the slushy track, coach had us run by effort instead of pace - so no times for any of them. First, we had a 3000 @ 11:30 effort. Ran in my steeple spikes, so my feet were soaked and frozen from the get-go. Still, any shoes I wore would've gotten that way, so I'm glad I had shoes that drained out some of the slush and wetness at least. After 5 minutes rest, we did 5x300 @ 57 effort. Pretty sure they were too fast though... in my efforts to not be depressed about the weather, I got a little hyper. Then coach let us end the workout then, w/o having to do 3x400,200s! I was so happy!!! I should've cooled down after, but I couldn't bring myself to run in the snow anymore. (DS  304.5) (S spike 34.2)

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After classes, just went on the treadmill for 40 minutes at 7:30 pace, then ran down to weights. The run felt really good, though weights didn't. 

Later in the evening, after finding that I have to redo about 8 hours worth of work on a graphics project, I ran to the fieldhouse and ran off some of my frustration. Didn't get all of the frustration out though... I think that would've taken about 10 miles at 6:30 pace. And since I don't want to be dead for tomorrow's workout and the next day's race, I didn't do that. (DS 313.6)

From Jon on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 14:02:51 from

Just take out your frustrations on your opponents at the next race...

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Coach had us do a "Conference simulation" workout, where we had a 'race' today and will have one tomorrow too. So, we did a 1600m steeplechase - time was 5:38. Then we did a 300m sprint at GP 51. But it ended up being a bit too fast... 47. Oops. Felt pretty tired out after, plus I was wet, so Vanessa, Justine and I just did a 15:00 cooldown. (DS 318.1)

Race: Mark Faldmo Invitational (1500m) (0.94 Miles) 00:04:48, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 3
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Ran the 1500... woo hoo? It was so stinking short! I felt really sore, tired and slow, but my time was equivalent to a 5:07 mile (which would be a PR) so I don't know. Mostly, I felt like I could've done a lot better. So that's good, I guess. Cooled down with Amberber after. Then I helped out with the discus for the rest of the meet. And got pretty well sunburned... curse Logan winters. (DS 322.8) (S spike 36.3)

From Dustin on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 16:01:07 from

I ran with your brother the other day he said you are running the steeplechase. That should be fun, that is what I did in track.

From Ruthie on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 16:46:39 from

Yeah, I did it last week and I loved it!

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Tough workout today. Warmed up and all, then started off with two 1600s @ GP 5:52 w/2:00 rest which weren't too difficult - 5:50 and 5:51 for those. After a 5:00 break, we got to the harder part: 6x400s @ GP 70-76 w/4:00 rest. Started off conservative on my times, but got down to the fastest times pretty well later - 74, 73, 72, 71, 70 and 70. Was feeling worn out by this time, even after our 10:00 break, and so the last part of the workout was tough. Two 400, 200's @ GP 72, 36 with 30 seconds between the 400 and 200, then 60 seconds between reps. Ouch. Times were pretty good, just took it a bit too easy on the first 400 - 74, 36 and 71, 35.  Tried cooling down a bit after, but I was dead. So I just ran to the Engineering building and called it quits. (DS 327.3) (S spike 40.5)

From MarcieJ on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 17:19:11 from

Will you be back down here in June? If so I need to get your address at your parents for a baby shower. Private message me with it. THanks!!

From Burt on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:38:47 from

I had forgotten that you were majoring in mechanical engineering. I majored in civil and I always thought it would be amazing if someone could complete the work load required for an engineering degree and participate in a sport. It seems like you would have to skip classes sometimes for meets, and it would be easy to fall behind. But that never happened because engineers are too nerdy to be athletes. I guess you're the exception to the rule.

From Ruthie on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 00:49:57 from

Haha well, yeah. I'm plenty nerdy... so no exception there.

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Ran after class on 8th east for a while. Then went to weights. (K 565.5)

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Hard workout today. First off, we did a 2000 with the second half over hurdles and with the water jump. GP was 7:40, but we were way too fast - 7:16. Oops. Then we did 2x600s @ GP 1:48-1:54. They were really hard. And fast. Times were 1:51 and 1:48. After another break, we did a 300 @ GP 45-51, and I got a 49. Then done and done. After a cooldown with Vanessa. (DS 331.3) (S spike 42.7)

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45 minutes around the town. Ish. Slow and easy. Weights. (K 571.3)

Race: Robison Invitational (5000m) (3.1 Miles) 00:17:56, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 1
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Ok race I guess. Just altitude sucks and killed me. And I started out too fast. I'd write more about it, but I'm busy studying for finals and trying my best not to explode.  (DS 333.3) (S spike 45.8)

From Jon on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 20:15:39 from

You're not supposed to complain about altitude! Only people who live at sea level and come race here are supposed to complain about it ;)

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Ran around Sandy for a while. Pretty nice out. Should've gone longer, but my shin was killing me. (DS 341.5)

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Warmed up, then we did a 5000 at GP 19:10 (92s/lap). Got 19:07, not bad, it just felt really really long. Then a 10:00 break and 4x300's @ GP 51 w/4:00 between each. Times were 51, 51, 50 and 50. Satisfied. Cooled down with Vanessa on the churches loop afterwards. (DS 345.7) (S spike 49.6)

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Sucky sucky run. Probably one of the worst this year. Woo! Just felt 'blah' and tired and hungry and exhausted and... eew. No fun at all. Plus some of the big D in the middle was no good. (K 577.5)

From Mike Warren on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 21:17:48 from

You must of been running in my body, LOL!

From Jon on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 21:42:41 from

Are you sticking around Logan all summer?

From Ruthie on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 23:46:28 from

Na, I'm staying until the end of May for track, but then I'm going to go back to SG for the rest of the the summer.

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Nice and short workout today. Warmed up, then did a 2000 with the first 1600 at 6:08, then the last 400 at 80 seconds or less. Kept pace pretty well, we did 6:06 then 1:13 for a total time of 7:19. Then we did four 200's at GP 33. Somehow I did them all at 30s! It was so fast, and it killed my shins, but the workout went by so quickly! Awesome. Then Vanessa, Justine and I did a little cooldown. (DS 351.2) (S spike 51.4)

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Ran with Amber! 'Twas great! Ran the little loop plus a little out-and-back after Amber was done. Felt pretty tired out, but I'm done and done. (K 583.2)

Race: BYU Tri-meet (3000m Steeplechase) (1.875 Miles) 00:11:00, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Steeple again!! Yay! Warmed up with Vanessa and Ashley, then got ready to race. Was a little nervy before, but no problemo. Ran reasonably well, not super fast, but it went well. Especially, my water jumps were awesome! Well, one of them was bad, but the rest went so great - better than ever before, it just kinda 'clicked' today. So I was happy even though the time was kinda slow. Cooled down after for a few minutes. Then I ate ice cream. (DS 355.2) (S spike 53.3)

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Moved out of the dorms and into Vanessa's house! And helped Spela move too. It was a long and tiring day of going up and down 3 flights of stairs over and over and over and over and over again. I probably should've run in the morning before all the moving stuff... but oh well. I'm not going to beat myself up over a missed run. 

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Speed work today. Left my watch at home, so just estimating on the times. Warmup on the canal trail, then a 3k - the 1st and 3rd k @ GP 96/400, with the 2nd k @ GP 88/400.  Right on for the first 2k, then the last k was too fast by about 8 seconds total. Then we got 10:00 rest, then did 2x800's @ GP 2:40 w/4:00 recovery. Times were about 2:37 and 2:33 - oops. 5 minutes break after that, then 2x300 @ GP 51 w/3:00 recovery. Right on with those. Then a little cooldown with Jessie and Amberber. (DS 358.5) (S spike 56.7) 

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Ran up Green Canyon with Vanessa. The weather was absolutely perfect and the canyon is so beautiful! Felt a pretty crappy, but the atmosphere made up for it. (K 589.2)

From The Howling Commando on Wed, May 06, 2009 at 12:49:08 from

Almost done with FRESHMAN YEAR! Beautiful scenery makes even crappy runs SPECTACULAR. Hope you enjoy the rest of your semester!

From Ruthie on Wed, May 06, 2009 at 21:49:20 from

Hey thanks! I'm glad the semester is over, now all I have to worry about is track. :)

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More speed today! Started off with a 3k with the first half at 96/400, then race effort with hurdles and water-jumps on the second half. Time was 11:28, water-jumps were average. I seem to have a problem with landing on my right foot - every time I lead with my left, I'd somehow try to land with my left as well. Not so good. Friday I'm going to do some more water-jumps to try and remedy that situation. Anyway, after that we did 2x300 accelerations and we were done. I'm liking these short workouts! (DS 363.5) (S spike 59)

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Easy 60-minute run around town from Vanessa and Jeremy's place. Pretty nice run: great weather and I felt good (though a tad hungry). Luckily I did my run early, since I ended up being sick a couple hours after I'd finished. (DS 371) 

From austin on Sat, May 09, 2009 at 11:44:35 from

Well here it goes, yes im going to state in both the mile and 2. The team, we didnt win region. One of our key sprinters hurt his hammy, and had to drop out of three races where he could have taken either 1st or 2nd in eash one. So that put us behing by about 25 points. But we all still had fun.

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Ate 4 pieces of pizza way too close to practice, so my stomach was super nasty for the whole workout. We warmed up, then did a 'handicap 1500,' where we all lined up, slowest to fastest, and started at different times according to our PRs in it. Then we should've ended up together, if we all ran exactly on our adjusted PR. We were kinda close, but some of us were way off. Like me: I ran 11 seconds under what I was supposed to get (5:03), so I did a 4:52. Still, it was fun... I guess. Then we got a break, then did 2x300 accelerations. After the workout was over, I went and worked on  my water-jumps for the steeplechase. They went really well! My first one was awful, but after that I got past my weird blockage of not landing on my right foot and had really solid jumps. I'm SO excited for Conference next week! I think I'll be doing the steeple and the 5k! Woo hoo! (DS 377.3) (S spike 60.5)

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Ran on the underwater treadmill for an hour today. It was great to not have my foot, shin or back/butt hurt at all for an entire run! First half of the run I did at 6.6 mph with 39% jets (equivalent to about 7 mph), then the next half was 7 mph with 45% jets (equivalent to about 7.5 mph). Good run. No shoes!

From MichelleL on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 16:52:03 from

That's so cool you have access to one of those. I wish I could use one.

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Today's workout went great - we did our usual warmup, then started off with a 2000 @ GP 96/400 for the first 1200, then race effort over hurdles and water-jump for the last 800. We were a bit quick for the first bit - more like 94/400 - total time was 7:25. Water-jumps were great! SI joint issue was a bother, though. Then we got 10:00 break, then did an 800 - GP 2:06 for the first 600, then all-out for the last 200. Again we were too fast, but it felt good: first 600 came at 2:00, total time was 2:31. Five minutes break, then we did 2x150 accelerations. Fun and fast today! Ran home to cool down. (DS 382) (S spike 62.5)

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Fast and fun easy run this morning with Vanessa. Talked lots and just enjoyed the awesome weather and company. (DS 386)

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Easiest workout known to man! Warmed up for 20 minutes, then we did a 1200 @ GP 4:30 (we got 4:28), then a 10 minute break, then a 300 acceleration and 10 minutes cool down. That was it! Yay! Felt fast and ready to go... one more day... (DS 389.7) (S spike 63.5)

From Jon on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 17:06:52 from

Gotta love taper week!

Good luck this weekend.

From Ruthie on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 19:52:03 from

Thanks! You should come watch! I race at 2 pm Friday (steeple) and 6:45 pm Saturday (5k).

From Jon on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 22:45:35 from

Is it at USU track?

From Mike Warren on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 01:26:45 from

Ruth, thats not the easiest workout know to man. We were down in Oceanside with some friends. I hit the fitness room to workout on the treadmill. I had been in there about 30 min, a heavier set gal walks in. She starts to give me her weight history and how she is really dedicated to this new program. She did the spinning bike for about 1 min, then hit the treadmill for about the same. I asked her if she was all warmed up. After a insulting glare directed at me, she let me know that was it, her great new program.

From Ruthie on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 12:35:02 from

Jon- yes!

Mike - wow. I guess I stand corrected. I don't know if you call that a workout though... ;)

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Easy 30 minutes with four push sections (about 25 seconds each). Felt pretty good, though there was a little pain in the shin and butt. All in all, ready to race tomorrow! (DS 393.7)

Goals: 3k steeplechase - win or PR (altitude adjusted); 5k - top 3.

From MichelleL on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 20:26:25 from

Good luck Ruth!

Race: WAC Championships (3k steeplechase) (1.875 Miles) 00:11:05, Place overall: 2
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Way excited after the race! Ran the race out front from the gun, but let a Nevada girl gap me on the fifth lap and I never caught back up. Time was a bit slow and just felt kinda crappy for most of it. Still, it was a solid race and cool to take second as a freshman! And there were fish in the water pit, so that made my day. (DS 397.7) (S spike 65.4)

From paul on Sat, May 16, 2009 at 18:29:52 from

Great finish. I saw your results in the paper this morning and was excited for you. Of course, this means that there is only one way to improve for next year...

From MichelleL on Sat, May 16, 2009 at 19:01:44 from

Hey congratulations! Were there any fish hurt?

From cody on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 01:05:54 from

I too read the paper and was very impressed! Way to go!

From dave holt on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 02:10:03 from

Fun seeing you today - hope you did well in the 5. Great jarb!

From Jon on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 15:38:45 from

Nice job, Ruth. That is awesome.

From Ruthie on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 17:18:07 from

All fish are alive and well.

From Burt on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 15:07:54 from

LOL about the fish. Great job!

From JeffC on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 15:26:07 from

Great job Ruth! Congratulations on a great Freshman season!

Race: WAC Championships (5k) (3.1 Miles) 00:18:08, Place overall: 4
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Easy shake-out around from my aunt's house, legs feeling pretty stiff and sore. 

Weird race. There were almost 30 runners in it, so the pack was enormous and there was lots of jostling as we started. First lap went out pretty slow as I'd hoped (around 92), then the next lap the pack sped up a whole lot (around 83) and stayed quick for the next few. I wasn't so happy about that since I was feeling a bit tired. A fast Nevada girl took her own lead, but I stayed in the next pack after a NM girl, a Nevada girl and another NM girl. I must've zoned out for a bit then because next thing I knew, one NM and Nevada girl had gapped me and I was just with the other NM girl I'd stuck onto. We played 'surge' games for the next few laps until I started to stretch out with 4 laps to go. I lost her and was trying to go get the next girls, but I couldn't really figure out which ones they were by then, since we were lapping lots of people. So, finally, I got my eyes on one with a lap or so to go, but I only gained about 30 meters on her and she still had about 20 on me as we came into the finish. I'm pretty happy with how the race went (mostly that I didn't die like I did in the 3000m in Indoor), just a little frustrated that I lost the pack just ahead of me. Still, it was a great way to finish the conference championships and I'm excited for Regionals in two weeks. (DS 401.7) (S spike 68.5)

From dave holt on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 15:19:06 from

Another good race!

From JeffC on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 15:26:56 from

Still a great race Ruth! Congratulations again.

From Jon on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 15:35:16 from

Where is regionals held at?

From Ruthie on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 00:00:56 from

Thanks you guys. :)

Jon- this year it's in Eugene, Oregon! Yay!

From Jon on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 00:31:43 from

Sweet- track town, USA. Have fun!

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Ouch. Not-so-easy easy run this morning for 55 minutes around St. George. So exhausted and sore, I just plodded along as best I could... which wasn't very well. Hopefully my legs start feeling like legs again soon. (DS )

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Another easy run. This time it was a bit easier, but still tired and slow. Just a half hour. Did some bodyweight exercises as my 'weights' afterwards. Got a massage from April later, it killed. I hope it helps with the issues I've been having. (DS )

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Speed workout. Not so speedy. Legs still were feeling quite dead and I didn't wake up early enough to run in the cool weather. It was pretty hot, at least to my wimpy Logan-acclimated self. Warmed up on an extended version of the DI loop, then did the speed workout: 2000 with first half @ GP 3:45, then the next at race effort half over hurdles (sadly, no water jump at PV), then 10 minutes break, then 5x300's @ GP 54 w/90 seconds recovery between, then 5 minutes break and a final set of 4x200's @ GP 33 w/3:00 recovery. Times didn't go so well. 3:55/7:44 then 58, 56, 56, 55, 54 then 35, 34, 33, 33. So, I was a bit off today. Mostly I'm just still dead from last week. (DS ) (S spike )

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Easy half hour again, this time in Baltimore! Ran around my sister's house, enjoyed the scenery and cool weather. (DS )

Did abs and other exercises tonight after a long day on the town. Squats and lunges with a “medicine ball” (aka baby), then lots of abs (used a sack of rice for those).

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Another speed workout, this time at Towson High's track in Baltimore. Felt lots better than Wednesday, but still a bit tired. Warmed up on the track for two miles, then did 3x1000's @ GP 3:30 w/4:00 recovery, 10 minutes break, then 3x300's @ GP 51 w/3:00 recovery. Times were about on: 3:29, 3:31, 3:30, then 51, 51 and 51. I love running at sea level! My nephew and my niece came with me to the track and cheered me on, they got especially excited when I'd pass people. Good times. Cooled down on the road. (DS ) (S spike )

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Dead again this morning, went out and survival-shuffled for 45 minutes. I'm feeling pretty exhausted, part jet-lag and part running around Baltimore with my sisters nonstop for the last few days. (DS )

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Minimal speed workout. Started off  with a 1600 - first 1/2 at 88/400, then 80/400 on the last half. Wasn't too bad, 5:34. Then 10 minutes break and then 3x300s @ GP 51 w/3:00 break. All of those were on. Then 5 minutes break and 2x300's @ GP 57 w/90 seconds break. 55 and 56 for those. Easy cooldown after. (DS ) (S spike )

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Ran on the water treadmill today. Last night I killed myself playing tons of soccer and ultimate, so my trouble spots are a bit ouched and some side-to-side muscles are super sore. Not the brightest of ideas, but that's in hindsight. Oh well I guess. So I did the treadmill to relieve some of that and it went ok. 8.5 mph w/33-44% jets for 30 minutes, then 7.5 mph w/50% jets for another 5. 

From Predog on Sun, May 31, 2009 at 19:51:42 from

what in the world is a water treadmill?

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Easy cheesy workout today - yay! Warmed up a bit, then started with an 800 @ GP 2:00 for the first 600, then 34- on the last 200. Got that one pretty much right on - 1:59 and 34, total 2:33. Then I got 10 minutes break, then did 2x200's @ GP 34 w/3:00 recovery. 33 and 34, so right on again. Nice. Then cooled down, felt a bit sick from lunch. (DS 439) (S spike 76.3)

From Burt on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 01:53:56 from

Saw you on the lone faithful board :(

Love the new pic!

From Ruthie on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 19:46:52 from

Thanks! :)

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Went to the track once we got to Eugene. There, Caroline, Erin and I took off on an easy run around UO's campus. After that, I did a couple laps on the track with a few 100m strides thrown in. Feeling a bit sick (sore throat, congestion) and stiff from traveling, but I'm hoping I'll get over it before Saturday's race. (DS 442.7) (S spike 76.8)


From Predog on Sun, May 31, 2009 at 19:52:34 from

how was the steeplechase? Hope it went well and that you didn't pass out or anything.

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Nice little run from the hotel to the park area with the awesome trails and around for a while and then back. Did a few pushes. Still feel sick, a little sicker even. Blah. (DS 447.7) 

Race: NCAA Western Regionals (3k steeple) (1.875 Miles) 00:11:22, Place overall: 26, Place in age division: 9
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It seems that I'm doomed to do badly at Regionals. XC went terribly and so did this race. Since I'd been feeling really congested and sick, I'd been taking Sudafed in an attempt to feel race-ready. It helped me feel a little more able, so coach and I decided that I'd be ok to race. Turned out I kinda could race, but not well at all.

The first lap I stayed with the pack, but once we got to the first water barrier I totally lost them. If someone told me that they'd left the barrier at the men's height, I would've believed them -it felt that hard to get over- and my landing was the worst ever. The barriers weren't too awful, just tiring, but every water jump was terrible and wore me out way more than usual. All in all, I just was exhausted and breathing felt like I was still at 4000 feet. My head ached and the only reason I did ok in the midde/end was my refusal to drop out or get last place. I finished. And didn't get last.

Definitely a disappointing end to the season, but the circumstances were mostly out of my control. Next time I'll not get sick! Now I'm glad to take a week off and recover before starting up for cross country again. (DS 452.2) (S spike 78.7)

From paul on Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 14:34:43 from

Bummer for the last race, but congrats on a great season anyway. You have a lot to look forward to.

From Jon on Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 14:50:12 from

Yes, too bad on this race, but you still have many more seasons to look forward to. No worries.

From Austin on Mon, Jun 01, 2009 at 22:14:52 from

Your totally flipping people off in that pic! :) im excited for you to come run with us over the summer a few times.

From Ruthie on Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 14:02:03 from

Austin. That is my index finger. ;)

From dave holt on Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 19:55:24 from

Still way proud of you on an awesome Freshman year. See you down here this summer.

From Dustin Ence on Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 20:35:37 from

Sorry to hear you weren't feeling too great. I know how it feels to be running the steeplechase and not feeling a 100%, those barriers get bigger each lap.

From Predog on Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 23:37:48 from

I hate running sick. That really sucks that it was your last race. But you'll have plenty of other chances...you're only a freshman you know. haha.

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I'm transferring my remaining running log entries to the blog (July-December 2006). So that's why my name keeps coming up on the 'Most Recent Entries' list, even though it looks like I haven't changed anything.

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Oh boy. I hate feeling out of shape. It was only 9 days without running? Blah. Well I don't think a run has ever felt so long in my legs yet seemed so short in my head. It went by so quickly, but after about three miles, I was pretty tired. Warmed up with PVXC and ran the Firestation loop from Washington Elementary with Ashley. After, I went to Summit and did the assigned weight circuit for weeks 1-3 of summer training. Soreness tomorrow is inevitable. (DS 459)

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Soreness has happened. Not only from the running and lifting yesterday, but all the installing of light fixtures and bashing through wallboard involved in remodeling the basement. I'm feeling like an old granny, hobbling through the house moaning about my back. Anyway, the run this morning was all right I guess. Just went out to Tamarisk and back for an easy 3 miles. (DS 462)

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Went to the gym, ran on the treadmill for a couple miles to warm up, then did the weight circuit and stretches. (DS 464) 

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Got up and did a little loop starting on the trail and coming back on river road. Felt pretty good, legs still quite sore. (DS 467.7) 

Race: Utah Summer Games 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:40, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Fun race this morning! Went up not expecting any great shakes with my lack of training for the last couple weeks. But I ended up winning and getting a pretty quick time! Took off with some of the slower fast guys and just settled into a nice, fast cruising pace down the canyon. Didn't wear a watch but a volunteer yelled out our first mile splits - 5:42. Average for the race was 5:41, so I think I stayed pretty consistent throughout. As an added bonus I was around 8th overall, including boys. Felt strong and happy the whole race, it was great! (DS 472.3)

From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 13:31:46 from

Way to go Ruth. Nice first season this year -- can't wait to see what you do as a SOPH next year! Are you planning on running the steeple or 5K next year?

I hope your first year of classes went well too!

Have a good summer.

From Holt on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 13:41:12 from

I thought you were feeling out of shape? You were really just tapering for the big race!

From Kelli on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:21:10 from

Oh my, great job!!!!

From tracy1 on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 01:06:49 from

Great job!! I saw you down there this morning! I was very very happy with my time too...!

From Ruthio on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 16:57:04 from

Bonnie - Thanks! I'll probably do both again next year... I do like the steeplechase better though. :) And the classes did go well: 3.89 this semester and 3.73 cumulative!

From Mike Warren on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 17:11:08 from

Ruth, your just an animal! As usual, I am very impressed with your running talent. AWESOME JOB!!!

From Bonnie on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 19:39:36 from

Great choice the steeple is awesome! Remember when we were watching the women versus the men at the steeple pit? Get out there and run like a guy -- don't hesitate and blast your way through the water pit you will kick a bunch I am sure!!

Good for you on the classes! See you next year in Tucson - next time you have to try an Eggees.

From Burt on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 19:45:09 from

I wish I was a slower fast guy :)

From Sierra :) on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:56:12 from

GREAT job Ruth. You're amazing and you're getting even more amazing! It's mind blowing!!! You're so CRAZY!!

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My summer freedom is over... Reeder sent out the first email for summer training! Now I can't just goof around and only run 3 miles every day. Shucks. So I got up early and did 48 minutes on the LV loop with a couple extensions. Whee! Legs are feeling pretty sore from Saturday's pounding. 'Twas an average run though. (DS 478.3)

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Went out to PVXC again, this time we went out toward the parkway and down on some trail in a canyon place. The high-schoolers were going 4 or 6 and I needed 40 minutes, so I tried to estimate half-way between for 5, but I'm pretty sure I overestimated. So I'll guess 5.25 on the short side of what I think I did. Legs still tired out, but oh well. Then I went to the Summit and did the weight circuit. (DS 483.5)

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Out and back on the Madera trail and under the bridge and over toward Washington and back. Still tired and blah. Listened to some Coldplay! Yay! (K 595.2)

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Virgin Trails loop from the house this morning. Pretty nice out, felt a bit stiff, but it was an average-good run. Foot was sore for the first couple miles, then it was good. Saw a couple deer on the trail by the river. Cool stuffs. (K 601.5)

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 16:25:09 from

Did you try to talk to them? Ruth, the Deer Whisperer.

From Ruthio on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 00:22:39 from

Of course. The deer and I have a deep connection... I eat them.

Race: USG Track 5000m (3.1 Miles) 00:19:12, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Well, definitely didn't do super well today... I was hoping to get in the low-mid 18:00's, but obviously that didn't happen. Started off at a good pace, a little under 90's, but after halfway or so they got up to more like 95's and I didn't really have much motivation to run any faster. So I didn't. Barely got lapped by the top two guys. Annoying. Felt kinda tired out. Already I feel unaccustomed to spikes, the calves are dead. (K 603.5) (M spike 92.8)

From Burt on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 15:58:10 from

Way to go - Ruth-i-o! Sorry it wasn't as fast as you'd liked, but it's still pretty darn fast.

From Kelsey on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 20:49:25 from

I agree with Burt. Still very impressive!!

From Kelsey on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 20:49:40 from

P.S. A win is a win!

From Ruthio on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 12:58:00 from


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Ugh. I'm so exhausted! The last few days I've been staying up way too late (since I got a job at the movie theatre and work 'til all hours) and getting up early to avoid running in the heat has been so hard. But I managed to pull myself out of a blissful slumber to go run this morning. Went out toward AP's place and ran across Kenz and her mom running, so I stuck with them for a mile and had a fun chat! Just did an out and back, wore the Garmin for the first time in ages, so avg. 8:10/mi (or 8:02/mi w/o the 8:58 chatting mile). Glad I got out. (K 610.6)

From KeNz on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 17:01:56 from

I had a good little run with you Ruth! Thanks for catching up to me!:)It was fun!

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Took a while to get going this morning, started off so slow and sleepy, but managed to get a bit quicker on the way back (VT out and back). Still, I hope I start getting in shape soon because I hate running slow!! Went back to bed after the run since I work late tonight. (K 616.4)

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Yet another slow and sleepy run. Got to bed at 2 and got up at 7, blah. Good thing I have the mid-shift at work today. Negative splits the whole way, but the first few miles were hecka slow! Avg. 8:12/mi. Eeeew. (K 623) 

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Finally a run that wasn't freakishly slow! Still slow, just not freakish. Did the Virgin Trails loop with a little extension in some inviting shade west of Webb hill. Started a bit late, so it was a bit too warm out for my liking.  Did my 6x15 second pushes at 4.5 w/45 second recovery - didn't feel to shabby, especially compared to the rest of this week's runs. More sleep will probably help me be less dead running. Avg. 7:53/mi. (K 629.7)

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Easy run this morning. The cloud cover and breeze made it so nice out, even though I slept in until almost 9! It was great. Just did the LV loop with the end extended through Sherman circle. On the circle at the end, a mini poodle started nipping at my heels, so I gave it a little kick in the head and it stayed away after that. :) About 40 minutes total judging from the wall clock. (K 634.7)

From Burt on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 12:44:18 from

That puts you in the same category as Michael Vick! LOL!

From Ruthio on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 14:12:41 from

Not even close! There was only one dog involved. Plus, I didn't get any money for it. Sadly. ;)

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Ran up Wasatch Blvd for a bit, then ran up Big Cottonwood Canyon and back. Ouch. Fun for a ways, but then it got way steep and killed me. 40 minutes out, then 36 on the way back. So nice and cool up here! (K 652.8)

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Was just so exhausted, I decided to sleep in this morning. So, at 11 or so, I got out the door and ran to the Summit (1.8 miles) then did 4.25 miles on the sweatmill, then ran back home. It was nice to mentally break the run up and good to do some of it inside... on the way back I was dying in the heat! 63 minutes. (K 660.6)

From Sierra :) on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:47:21 from

It was way hot yesterday morning. . . must love the heat!

Hey Ruth what do you lift when you lift weights? Do you do arms one day and legs the next? What have you done?

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Ugh. So slow and tired on the run this morning. Got up a bit late, too, which didn't make matters much better. Just plodded along and managed to finish the minutes without dying. Actually did a bit extra, but only because I ran slower on the loop than I usually do. 54 minutes. (K 667)

So the Kayanos are finally dying, my feet started hurting on the run today. Still, 667 miles is pretty impressive - the most I've ever gotten out of a pair of running shoes (since I started tracking them at least). Went over to the SGRC and grabbed myself a pair of GT-2140s. (Thanks, as always, to Steve!)

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Actually got up early for the run today and it was still pretty warm out. Still feeling out of shape and slow. Blah! Went a little over on my minutes - 62. New shoes felt alright, a bit stiff. Hopefully they'll break in quickly. (GT 7.5)

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Muggy out this morning (only by SG terms though). Did the LV loop with a couple extensions - AP and Vermillion. Workout was 6x20 seconds at 4.5 with 1:00 jog recovery. Went pretty well, though still a bit slow and exhausted. Remembered to start taking iron again, hopefully that'll help with the exhaustion and blah-ness. (GT 15.3)

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Guessing at the miles, just did an easy out-and-back to my dad's office and back (5.5). I've been working the morning shift for the last couple days so getting up early has been necessary - of which I am very glad. The temps are much better at 7am then at 10am. :) (DS 489)

Went out with Jon in the evening, ran around the park twice in the Five Fingers. Felt... interesting. Gave me a blister on my left big toe. 

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Got up way too early and met up with Mike to do my long run for the week. His wife was nice enough to drop us off on the marathon course and we got going on the run. Started off nice and easy and the running felt good for the first 7-8 miles. Then I had to keep asking Mike to slow down. Come to find out, we'd been doing sub-7's for almost the entire way down! It was so fun to have great company for the run and to get it done nice and early. Though next time Mike, you need to take it easy on me! (GT 25.5)

From Mike Warren on Mon, Jul 06, 2009 at 20:16:47 from

Ruth, you make me laugh! I still remember Painters.I believe it was around mile 5. One second your right there, I am running as hard as I can. Little did I know, you were just joking around. All the sudden, it's like a rocket taking off! I never saw you again. Now, when I run with you it's in fear, I did not want to get left in the Desert all alone. Girl, you were not even breathing! Your to nice, but thanks for the props. Was alot of fun to run with you.

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Slept in a little later than I should've so the run was a bit hot. Went out on the Bloomington loop with an extension right at the end to add an extra half mile. Went pretty well, just relaxed and easy. Finally feeling somewhat in shape... I think starting up the iron supplement and multivitamin are helping too. In any case, I'm glad to be feeling good! (GT 34.2)

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Up early this morning for the run. Backwards VT loop, stopped at the Summit to do the weight circuit 4.65 miles into it, then went straight back on the road for the last 2 miles. Had a couple extensions to get it on, but turned out perfect. Still feeling good. 7:59/mi average. (GT 40.8)

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Mapped out a new loop last night and did it this morning. Went out from my place to River Road, addend an extension into the Boulders and ran up to 700S, then went west on that until Main, turned south and crossed over onto the trail that parallels Hilton drive and then ran back home by way of the trails. Turned out pretty well, it's good since it has lots of ways I can extend it for more mileage later this summer! Legs  are feeling pretty sore from lifting, just took it really easy on the run. (GT 48.9)

From Kelli on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 13:05:57 from

Nice work outs this week! Great job.

What is the point of fencing off the road, do UT and AZ not get along?

From Ruthio on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 02:21:50 from

All I know is that they're putting up a beltway around the entirety of St. George that connects with the new airport and the freeway. And that industrial road intersects with this beltway, so it'll probably become a more major thoroughfare soon. So now we'll just have to drive further out to get to open lands to goof around on... :)

From Kelli on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 00:30:57 from

What is the purpose? Easier for drivers I guess?

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Ran out toward the AZ strip this morning, again took it easy for the most part. In the middle I did 8x20 second pushes with 1:00 recovery. Felt tired, but it went alright. There's a new road that's fenced out past the industrial area, it makes it so that you have to go all the way to Arizona to go out four-wheeling or biking and such. And it gives me less dirt roads to go run on out there. Frustrating. So, instead of taking the new road, I off-roaded a bit to get to the old one. Much better. Anyway, the run was adequate. Then Jonny and I went to Summit and did the weight circuit. (GT 57.5)

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Easy run, went out on the LV loop with the Vermillion extension. No watch, just cruised. Went a bit faster than usual, felt good. Arms sore from weights; legs are a little, but not bad. (GT 64.1)

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Another way too early, way too fast, way too fun Saturday run! Met up with an enormous group of the running club and got dropped off up on the marathon course. Got going with Nate, Ben and Hayden, who took off with the sole intent to kill me within 5 miles. And I think it worked. First miles were sub-7 and tired me out with all that downhill pounding. Hayden took off like we were just out for a morning stroll a little after we took the turn down Snow Canyon. The scenery was absolutely beautiful, there was even a rainbow. But the run killed me off, definitely. Average of 7:15/mi. Ran into Marcie at the ball fields when we both happened to be taking a pit stop - it was so great to see her! When I took the pit stop, Nate and Ben kept going, so I had to survive the last couple miles alone. And now my legs are pretty thoroughly trashed.  Still, it was fun to have good company again on the long run. (GT 77.3)

From Mike Warren on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 20:19:15 from

Ha Ruth, you can't blame me this time! Let's see, Ruth runs fast last week with me and again this week without me. You do the math, I would say your to blame. When your as fast as Ruth, you just can't help it, Nice run.

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Extended the Bloomington loop for a nice 9-miler, felt really good. Avg. 7:58/mi. (GT 86.3)

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Out-and-back past the Summit for a 56 minute run. Stopped on my way back at the gym to do the weight circuit, then finished up the run. And stretched. (GT 93.2)

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Saw the midnight showing of Harry Potter 6 (which was pretty awesome), after which, I decided to get my run done so I could sleep in as much as I wanted to. So, at 3:15 am, I headed out on my run around town, which was so fun! Well, I was absolutely exhausted, but it was crazy to see the streets so completely empty of cars. Sometimes, I ran in the middle of the road, just because I could! Stretched out lots when I got home, then went to bed. Slept until 1:15 pm! Nicely done. (GT 102)

From Holt on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 18:24:13 from

Sorry I forgot to get back to you until now - we are camping over up at Bryce so I won't be able to give you a ride.

I'm not sure who else is going up from down here (James and Steven are camping as well) - Scott is going up I think, no Bill, Mikey, or Dustin (I don't think).

From Eric Day on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 18:37:18 from

3:15 am running? awesome! I say it out of pure envy, plus getting up till after 1 pm, man, wish I could do that.

Good running spirit!!

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Accidentally slept in this morning, after a late night at work, so I ran to Summit and did part of the run inside to escape the heat for a bit. On the way there, I did my 8x20 second pushes @ 4.5 w/1:00 recovery. Then at the gym, I ran 28 minutes on the sweatmill, then did my weight circuit. After that, I ran back home. Barely made it to work on time after! (GT 109.1)

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LV loop with AP extension. Took it nice and easy. (GT 115.2)

Goals for the half tomorrow- A: sub-1:25 (PR), B: sub-1:30. Feel good and strong.

From allie on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 10:59:31 from

good luck in your race tomorrow. go for that PR!

From Mik'L on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 11:06:56 from

Good luck tomorrow Ruthie! How is your summer going? Where are you working?

Race: Bryce Canyon Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:20:21, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Awesome stuff! I'm so excited and surprised I did so well in the race today! Just pushed hard the whole time and came out on top, time-wise and place-wise. Hamstrings and calves are pretty dead. And I'm depressed to no end that I had to turn down $500. I am planning on doing a blow-by-blow of the race, I just have to work all night first. So tomorrow sometime, hopefully.

Now, for the mile-by-mile breakdown!

1- 6:16, was sure I'd started off too fast, but just stuck with the lead ladies and hoped they'd slow down, chatted a bit with Erica Schramm.

2- 6:24, glad we'd slowed down a bit, still was doing my best to stay with a group of about 5 women nearby, was thinking how dead I was going to be for the second half if we stayed this fast for much longer (hilarious, since this was actually my slowest mile).

3- 5:47, the crazy downhill started! Just stuck with the leaders and let the hill take me along for the ride. Way fast.

4- 5:48, still downhill, lost a bit on the first few women but just decided to stay with my rhythm and make it up once it flattened out a bit.

5- 5:51, started reeling in the three ladies ahead of me, tried to cut good tangents and made up some ground when they slowed to get some water.

6- 6:00, finally the course leveled off a bit, by now I'd passed one woman and had two ahead, legs getting fatigued.

7- 6:06, at the end of this mile I barely took the lead, which I was certain would be recovered by some better conditioned marathoner, so I was running in fear the rest of the race (half at 39:22).

8- 6:14, with 5 to go I was dying and just kept pushing in hopes of not getting passed.

9- 6:18, so tired, but I was just thinking that 4 miles isn't too far to go... finish it!

10- 6:15, hanging on and pushing, sure someone was right on my tail.

11- 6:16, same as mile 10

12- 6:15, teamed up with a man nearby and helped push it for the last couple miles. So ready to be done!

13.1- 6:16+0:29, finally realized I could actually win this thing, kept pushing with dead legs and cruised into the finish.

Realized right after the finish how close I was to breaking 1:20, but I'm just ecstatic to have run as fast as I did! Met Melanie and got to congratulate her on her awesome finish, plus talked to Erica a bit too. Had such great competition, it was an awesome race. Got to go home with 2 free smoothie coupons, a refund of this year's entry fee, a comp for next year and an ugly trophy! I don't even want to think about all that money I had to turn down... probably won't do this race for another 4 years, so I don't have to turn down that much money ever again. It's just too depressing. But, neglecting that issue, this race was awesome. I pushed harder than I thought I could and managed a huge (6 minute) PR and a win!

From Walter on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 18:07:36 from

Hey Ruth, what an accomplishment today! It was good to see you down here and tuff it out with ya. Keep up those miles and keep on winning!

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 18:52:08 from

Dang Ruth! Low 6's? For 13.1 miles?? You just keep getting faster and faster.

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 18:56:46 from

Oh yeah. Please make a comment when you're done with the detailed report so I know when to come back and check it. :)

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 19:04:32 from

Congratulations on the win!

From Mike Warren on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 19:38:49 from

Ok Ruth, after this you have to admit your the one who pushes the pace when we run! What an awesome race, I am not even worthy to comment on your blog. Holy smokes, very sweet time and the victory to boot, Yeehaaaw!!!!

From JamesH on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 20:36:46 from

You kicked some serious booty today Ruth. I'll be expecting my check in the mail. Good job.

From josse on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 20:41:57 from

Wow congrats on the win and great time. Isn't this a huge PR for you?

From allie on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 21:34:28 from

great time and congratulations on the win!

From Jon on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 10:14:06 from

A win and a huge PR? Nice work!

From MichelleL on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 11:53:58 from

Hey congratulations, it was a tougher field this year and you still had a good lead on the other ladies! Do you know if they pushed the prize money down a slot because of your refusal? I remember forfeiting something like $20 in college, nothing compared to $500.

From paul on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 15:49:36 from

Great job Ruth. Bummer about the $500, but hopefully you also got some pizza coupons or free socks or something you can actually keep.

From Ruthio on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 18:07:02 from

Thanks you guys!

Fine Mike, I'll admit it once you admit that you're to blame sometimes too! It takes two...

Michelle, I just tried not to think about the money, though I think MaryAnn went up and made sure they pushed down the prize money so she got 100 for 6th.

From melanieb on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 18:41:33 from

Ruth you are so awesome! Sorry I took the $500 I would of been happy with my PR. You are an amazing runner!

From scotthughes on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 20:26:19 from

Great race! You did awesome. I am sure it had something to do with the great training run last saturday....lol

I loved reading your recap...makes me want to push harder next time, that is certainly my weakness.

From Superfly on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 22:16:59 from

Way rocking time. I think I ran a 1:20 in 2006 and then ran a 2:36 at STG so there you go... even though you won't be running the marathon maybe that's your calling.

From Superfly on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 22:27:16 from

Oops. I ran a 1:15 in 2006 and got chicked by Devra... but you still kicked some trash so good job.

From Cody on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 22:28:46 from

Awesome Job Ruth! Way to run with your head and not panic early on.

From Holt on Mon, Jul 20, 2009 at 12:43:16 from

As always... Super proud of you Ruthio. Your love of running is an inspiration TO THE WORLD!

From Stewmyster on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 15:24:56 from

Great job on the race. You really smoked it!

From redrooster on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 01:52:49 from

Nice job, great race and way to represent USU! Sorry about the 500 dollars! Hey, I was wondering if you are going to be taking my general chemistry 1210 this fall at USU since you are a mechanical engineering major. I teach the 8:30 section (Scott Ensign) and have most of the engineers in that section. If so I will see you soon!

From JulieC on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 18:26:15 from

You will more than likely me soaring even to higher heights (in running) by the time you are 40!! Great run!!! Hey, I noticed that your third mile was 5:47, somehow I ran a 5:48 that mile then someone took off my wings (basically I put on the breaks, I don't run THAT fast but it was cool while it lasted). Good job for running strong, happy running!!!

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Woke up with a pretty awful cough and major congestion. That, coupled with extreme soreness after the half, made me less than able to go run. Just got some good rest and recuperation. 

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Started off on the Bloomington Loop 8-miler, but my body was still in recovery mode.  So, in favor of not passing out, I took the Vermillion shortcut home by the Flying J and was happy with 6 miles. (GT 121.2)

Did the weight circuit at Summit afterwards.

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Again cut the run short, almost feeling recovered but the congestion makes the breathing hard. Took off out on River Road and, due to my lack of imagination, just stayed on it until I turned back toward home. 70 minutes total. (GT 129.7)

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Finally did my whole workout today! Slept through the 7am alarm, so I had to go out at 9:30 when I actually woke up -- eew. The heat was sucky. Did the reverse LV/Fields Loop. Did 8x20 second pushes througout (though I forgot my watch, so those times were estimated) with 1:00 recovery a couple miles into the run. Stopped at the Summit to do the weight circuit near the end. Good run for what it was, I guess. (GT 137.7)

From redrooster on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 14:17:01 from

it's nice and cool here in Logan. be sure and bring your alarm when you come back, you don't want to miss your 8:30 class this fall :-)

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Ran from our campsite at Pine Lake for 24 minutes out and back. 8200 feet in elevation and a lot of uphill on the way back to camp made it a bit less fun than my average run. (GT 143.7)

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Didn't much feel like running back up the dirt road to camp, so I just ran out from the camp toward highway 12 for fourteen miles and had my mom come pick me up when I was done. She forgot, so I got in about 2 miles of a cooldown walking back toward camp. Tiring run, but not too bad considering. Average of 8:08 per mile. (GT 157.8)

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So last night I planned out this perfect 11-mile run for this morning! But I ran too slow so it ended up being too long... blah. And I had some running math problems too! Somehow I thought that 8x1:30 (12) plus 7x2:00 (14) was 36 minutes instead of 26, so I started my pushes at an inopportune time instead of waiting until I could do most of them downhill or flat. Unfortunate. Anyway... I did 8x1:30 pushes at 3 w/2:00 recovery in the middle of the run. Felt pretty wiped out from the get-go, so they weren't very fast or good-feeling. Oh well. (GT 168.5)

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Great run today. Started off the run with a neighbor who wanted to try his hand at running. He made it almost a mile and was warn out, so he turned back. I continued on the LV/Fields loop, when I came around to the Summit, I went in and did my weight circuit, then finished the run back home. Went pretty well. (GT 176.6)

From Mike Warren on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 14:08:08 from

Good job Ruth, you nearly killed the poor soul, lol!! Think your neighbor will go with you again? I think not.

From Holt on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 16:27:20 from

I bet he didn't have a clue what he was in for running with you!

From Ruthio on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 01:41:21 from

Haha I don't think he will, Mike. I really tried to tell him to start off easy but he refused!

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Slept in way late, so instead of braving the 100 degree weather, I drove over to the Summit and ran 88 minutes on the sweatmill. After I finished, I hopped in the pool, then drove home. (GT 187.6)

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Did a version of the Vermillion/LV loop that extended out to the Summit and back so I could do my weight circuit. About 10 minutes in, I started the 8x20 second pushes at 4.5 - forgot that the recovery was supposed to be 1:00, did 40 seconds instead. Randomly, Nikki J drove up next to me in her car as I ran and we talked a bit. Funny stuff. (GT 196.5)

From Holt on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 15:19:59 from

Why does Nikki J. driving while you run not surprise me?!

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Easy out-and-back on the Virgin trail this morning. Nothing fancy. (GT 202.5)

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Got up at some ungodly hour to run down the marathon course with Mike. Went pretty nicely, some slow miles and some fast. I think I'll stick with running with him post-marathon, that way I don't get forced to run sub-7:00's the whole way down! Legs still felt a bit tired out, good thing we took it easy. Had to add on a bit at the end to get to my 2 hours, but Mike was kind enough to help me out. (GT 217.8)

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A little bit of tempo this morning. Did the PV loop, started the 10x1:30 pushes (@3 w/2:00 jog recovery) just past Wendy's. The pushes went reasonably well, most were .22-.23 miles with one .21 where I kinda failed. Still, they went a lot better than last week's! Saw Ells and Steve on the run and exchanged some pleasantries. 'Twas nice. (GT 229.1) 

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Had to sneak out to avoid a creeper neighbor, but finally got on the road to do the Bloomington loop. Clyde came up behind me a few miles in and we ran together for the rest of my run basically. It was a good run and fun to have some company. After, I went to the gym and did my weight circuit. (GT 237.3)

Put on my crazy five-fingers shoes and did a couple miles with my cousin around the park.

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Started off on the LV/Fields loop and extended it on the Flying J and Vermillion trail. (GT 248.3) 

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Ran from Cassie's house in Bountiful out to Main and just ran on it out through Centerville and Farmington and back. On the way back, I did 8x20 second pushes @ 4.5 with 1:00 recovery. It rained a bit!! 'Twas so great! And I couldn't resist the urge to run through the huge sprinklers at Viewmont High. So I was pretty drenched when I finished. :) Did 10 minutes of abs when I got back, since I had no access to weights. (GT 257.3) 

From Holt on Sat, Aug 08, 2009 at 16:18:14 from

for Sat:

sorry about not knowing how to add big numbers like 73 and 17. ummm.... can't really explain that one away!

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After all day yesterday painting, plus an all-nighter drive back down from Logan, went running at 6 am on the extended LV loop. Very odd feeling, my legs and body were basically numb from exhaustion, so it was surprisingly easy to run at a good pace. (GT 263.3)

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Met up with the club and we drove up the marathon course to run back down. Holt dropped me off a bit after Scott, so I spent the first mile or so catching up to him so I could have some company. Found out that my watch was totally out of batteries, so we stuck together basically the entire way, he stopped for water or to readjust his new inserts a couple times, so I'd just keep running, then turn back around and rejoin him the few times he did (I was keeping track of my run time by clock since I couldn't use my stopwatch). Run went pretty well, felt pretty exhausted and ready to be done by about 10 miles, but I survived! We got back to the old running store and I still had about 12 minutes to go (I blame Holt and his inability with math for that one), so I had to run around the theatre and such a couple times until I was done. Glad to be done with the week and excited to be moving up to Logan soon! (GT 279.8)

From scotthughes on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 10:46:18 from

Thanks for sticking with me. It really helped motivate me to push a little harder when I really wanted to take a break. Oh what I would give to have a young pair of legs and the lungs to go with them....LOL

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Got out and did the PV loop this morning, with 12x1:30 pushes at 3 with the last 20 seconds at 5. And 2:00 jog recovery between. Got to the high school at 46 minutes, so I took a potty break, then started my pushes from the school. Felt a bit tired overall on the workout, but they were pretty consistent once I got going. Nice to have the hard day out of the way! Only one week until I move!!! (GT 291.3)

From Burt on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 16:29:37 from

Hey, where ya moving to?

From Ruthio on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 16:43:30 from

Just back to Logan for school! WHEE!

From Jon on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 17:00:28 from

The weather is a lot more runner-friendly in Logan right now...

From Ruthio on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 17:07:42 from

They just want you to think that! And then it starts snowing and icing and all sorts of crap. ;)

From Burt on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 17:53:26 from

Good luck with the upcoming studies and running season! Remember F=ma. That's all you need to know for mechanical engineering.

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Did the Fields loop backwards, stopped at Summit to do the weight circuit, then finished the run. Felt pretty good, a little tired. (GT 299.3)

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Ran up the trail that parallels Hilton, then up Bluff for a while until I got to turn around and go home. On the way back, I took a detour at Staples. Fun times. (GT 310.3) 

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Went out on the Bloomington loop with an extension at the end around the park. Felt super exhausted the whole time, probably should've eaten something besides milk and candy yesterday. Did 8x20 second pushes, which were pretty pathetic. (GT 318.9)

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Just ran on the extended LV loop. Went pretty well. (GT 324.9)

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Got up way too early and had Tim drop me off up on the marathon course (about 10.5 miles past the old running store) then I ran all the way home from there, by way of Bluff and the Hilton-Vermillion trail. Went really well, just the last mile or two I got pretty tired out and thirsty. My feet have been acting up most of this week, so I did the run in my old Kayanos, which were a tiny bit better on the feet, but worse for my hamstring. Bleh. (K 683.7)

From redrooster on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 21:52:08 from

Don't forget to set your alarm so you make it to your 8:30 AM class on time!

From Ruthio on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 23:25:28 from

You too. ;)

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Before moving up to Logan, got up early and did the PV loop with 12x1:30 pushes @ 3 with the last 20 sec at 5 with 2:00 jog recovery. went pretty well, last couple I was tired out a lot, the whole moving thing wears me out. (GT 336.3)

From allie on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 23:28:07 from

yes, moving takes a huge toll. not that fun. ready to start school again? :)

From Ruthio on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 23:33:57 from

Not really! I'm ok for school to be going, but the starting it part kinda sucks. :P We should get together this next weekend for a run though!

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From my new house, ran through campus and up to the Bonneville trail for a ways, then back. My body isn't liking the altitude change much. (GT 344.3)

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At team XC camp this morning, we did an hour-long time trial at 7:00 pace. Back and arms were still pretty sore from moving boxes and furniture, but I kept us right on pace with the Garmin and it felt surprisingly good. About 6 of us stayed at pace the whole way and we have tons of new freshmen, so I'm super excited about how well our team will do this season!! (GT 354.4)

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Coach took us out to an awesome trail on Beaver mountain this morning. It started off way cold, but a few miles in we warmed up and had a fun time chatting. The trail through Gibson Basin and back down to the cars was super fun, about 6 of us just flew down the trails and had a total blast. (GT 362.9)

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Went out from our cabin in Bear Lake on the main road for a half hour, then back. Amber and I had fun goofing around and talking. Randomly, I ran into my cousin Camille (who lives in Sandy) who was running the same way we were. Funny stuff! The run was pretty fast with Jessie being spastic on the way out and a need for a potty break on the way back. (GT 370.9)

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Did an altered version of the Providence loop from my new house this morning, it's so nice to not have to get up at 4 or 5 to avoid burning to death! Kinda died the last 45 minutes from the altitude and general fatigue, though. After, I got to go get some awesome breakfast at Dona and Reeder's house. Dona makes the best breakfast ever. Mmm. (GT 385.9)

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Ran to Elkridge park and did a half hour of 400's on a grass loop there. Coach just told us to do as many as we could in the 30 minutes, so Jessie and I just decided to go moderately fast continuously. We did about a 6:30 first mile barefoor, took a small break, did another 2 laps, put shoes on, did another mile, took a small break, did another mile, took my shoes off, then did 3 more laps before the time was out. The elevation up here is still killing me, but overall the workout was pretty good. Then we ran back to the track for a cooldown. (GT 392.7)

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Went out with Julia for 45 minutes on 8th east, then ran down 10th for a while and back up to my place to finish up the hour. (GT 400)

Later in the afternoon, I ran to weights (about 3/4 mile) and then lifted. 'Twas a bit harder than last year, but not too bad. 

From redrooster on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 01:06:28 from

sounds like fun! don't forget your iclicker tomorrow :-)

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Easy run later this morning since I didn't have class today. Woo hoo! Went on the canal trail (and ended up trekking across the landslide area, oops) then around on the canyon road, up main and back home via 1250 north. (GT 416.8)

In the afternoon, I ran to weights where the weight coaches proceeded to attempt killing us. It was no fun, hopefully I can walk tomorrow.

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Got up freaking early for practice because most of my teammates are wimps and can't handle 90 degree weather. So, in the dark cold morning, we ran up to the Quad and did a few laps of indian runs, then a bunch of strides across it and did a mini-relay with strides too. Pretty easy. Then we ran back to the track (and then I ran back home). (GT 422.8)

From redrooster on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 12:07:25 from

and then you got to do a cool down in your favorite class at 8:30 AM. Now that is what I call a productive morning!!

From redrooster on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 12:08:53 from

and thanks for adding me to your favorite blogs... not that you were REQUIRED to or anything...


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Got up at 8:30 this morning, but really didn't feel like running. So I went back to sleep. Then I was going to go at noon, but still didn't want to go. And at 3 nearly went again. Finally at 6:30 I got out the door and ran to first dam and up Logan canyon until third dam and back. Once I got onto the trails and started enjoying myself, I was super glad I'd made myself go run. That trail is just so great! (GT 437.3) 

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We all drove out to AWHC and did our workout there to get ready for the meet on Saturday. Warmed up for a few minutes, then ran the course a couple times with 6 half-mile pushes throughout. The pushes were pretty quick (5:40-6:20 pace for all) but went pretty well and felt reasonably good. (GT 444.8)

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Went out at around 9 for an easy run. Ran up on the N Logan loop with a mini extension on 16th north to make it long enough. I really liked the run, I'll probably do it more often in the future. (GT 453)

Ran to weights in the afternoon. Lifted and all that good stuff. And later in the evening I did a heckofabunch of situps. Woo!

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Ran to practice, there we did a nice little tempo workout. We ran up to first dam from the track, then on the river trail we ran out 1.5 miles at about 7:00 pace ('twas supposed to be 7:30, but we got a little excited). On the way back we picked it up to just cruisin' down at a comfortably fast pace - Jessie and I stuck together and chatted a little. Time for the whole tempo section was 18:40, so 6:13/mi avg. for the whole thing! Nice. After the push, we took a break, then ran back to the track (with a stop at first dam to jump in and cool off, hehe). Good run. (GT 498)

From redrooster on Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 21:20:32 from

hey- you ran your tempo at the same pace I ran my half marathon. But I was running flat out of course. good thing you track and field athletes are prohibited from racing your old professors.

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Got together with Joe and went on an hour run out into north logan and back. He made us run too fast, so I died. 'Twas fun to run with him and chat and all that good stuff though. (GT 461)

From Jon on Fri, Sep 04, 2009 at 14:58:22 from

When do your meets start?

From Ruthio on Fri, Sep 04, 2009 at 21:00:01 from

TOMORROW!!!!!! :)

From Jon on Fri, Sep 04, 2009 at 22:38:23 from

In that case... GOOD LUCK!!!

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Ran to the track, then drove out to AWHC for an easy pre race workout. Jogged the course with the team, did a 5 minute push at 3 (or so) near the end, ran around a little while more after to get to a half hour, then put on my new spikes (which are awesome) and did some strides on the start and finish. Feeling a bit stiff, but ready to race tomorrow! Ran home from the track after. (GT 467)

Race: Utah State Open (XC Meet) (3.1 Miles) 00:17:17, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Woo hoo!!! Sweet race to start off the season today! Started off really relaxed and comfortable, a little under 6 minutes for the first mile. On the second mile a Weber girl tried to break away, but Jessie and I stuck pretty well with her as she went. Mostly ran in third for that mile, but didn't lose more than ten feet on them. The last mile I started to kick it in, especially using the downhill to pass Jessie and Weber with about a half mile to go and just trying to keep my momentum to the finish. Cruised it in strong to the finish and won a college race for the first time ever! The course was a bit short, I mapped the course, it is a 3 mile. So my adjusted 5k time is 17:50- ish.) (F spike 3.1)

 After I got home from the race, I went out on a run with my neighbor up the canyon. We ran out to second dam, so about 9 miles. He did super great and it was fun to have company to finish out the week. Awesome day of running! :D (GT 479.5)

From paul on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 16:55:39 from

Congrats on your first collegiate win! I figure in XC the course can be short or long, but it doesn't matter; it's all about place and scoring those points (or to be specific, NOT scoring points).

From allie on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 17:26:41 from

great race and congrats on the win. nice time! is that a XC pr? i was planning on heading out there today to watch...but didn't make it. it would have been fun to cheer you in.

From MichelleL on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 17:32:06 from

Wow! Congrats!

From Burt on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 18:33:32 from

Ruthio! (said with Dustin Hoffman Hook voice.) Great job! That's got to be a good feeling. And what a great time!

From AmberG on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 20:34:09 from

Congrats on your win!!! Amazing, must be the start of a GREAT year ahead for you!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 21:17:15 from

Congratulations on the win!

From Jon on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 22:53:51 from

Congrats! Well deserved. Can't beat a win!

From Holt on Sat, Sep 05, 2009 at 23:15:51 from

Very awesome Ruthie! Now I am even more mad that we didn't get to watch you today, since you are running so well. Congrats and keep up the great work!

Is that Sarah Callister from Ogden (the Weber girl) in your pic? You own her! Did she run with that stupid watch in her hand?!

From Burt on Sun, Sep 06, 2009 at 00:49:00 from

Maybe that's why she did so well. Ol' Coach wasn't there to jinx her.

From sam Dean-Howard on Sun, Sep 06, 2009 at 08:59:40 from

Hey wow amazing racing nice report tooo well done crazy fast speedy women :)

From Ruthio on Sun, Sep 06, 2009 at 15:22:45 from

Thanks everybody!!

Allie, it surely is a PR! By lots, whee! Super excited.

Holt, yes that's Sarah Callister, though I think she has finally figured out that watches are made to go on wrists. People learn some great things in college!

From paul on Sun, Sep 06, 2009 at 15:34:30 from

Nice picture in the paper today. I like the quotes too. You are becoming a Logan celebrity!

From James on Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 00:14:15 from

Nice win Ruth!

From redrooster on Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 21:11:02 from

Ruth, way to represent the aggies in the best sports program at USU! We are proud to have you here!!! I saved you the front page of the sport section with your picture on it. I'll give it to you wednesday :-)

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Ran up Green Canyon this morning, an hour out and back. Super great run! Once I got up onto the trails in the canyon, I was in heaven, it was so beautiful and cool. When I got to turnaround time, I went a bit extra just because I didn't want to leave. Legs still sore from the race (calves and hammies especially), but awesome run nonetheless. (K 698.7)

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Nice easy run this morning, out on the canyon road loop. (GT 487)

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Grass repeats with the team out at Lundstrom park this afternoon. Started with a mile at 5:50, then did 6x400s @ 90sec GP, and 4x400s @ 86sec GP. We were a bit under goal pace on most of the 400's, but the workout felt pretty comfortable. (GT 490.5) (F spike 6.6)

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Was feeling frustrated and restless at midnight, so just did a wee-hours run for today. Ran out to the temple, then headed down main for a while and back home with an extension around campus. Was a bit chilly out. Fortunately the run cleared my head and I got home around 2 and went right to sleep. (GT 498)  

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This morning we ran to the Quad and did what coach called "calisthenics, games and relays" for a long time. It was... fun? Then we ran back to the track and I ran home.  (DS 495)

Had an appointment with doc about some foot pain I've been having and it turns out I have a sesamoid stress fracture (ball of the foot). Two weeks with no weight-bearing at all then we'll see where we go from there.  Woo hoo, life.

From Sierra :) on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 15:10:52 from

OH NO! That is not very good. I'm sorry about the foot. Hope it all works out and gets better fast!!

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Went to the training room and treaded water in a running-type fashion for 80 minutes with the jets at 50% or so. Did a 20 minute "push" in it by increasing the jets to 70%. Not bad, just super boring and lame. My arms are already sore from crutches. Bah!

From Holt on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 14:39:49 from

Get that foot better - blah.

From paul on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 19:25:34 from

Bummer about the injury. But don't lose heart. I had several teammates in college come out of the pool and be AA at the end of the season.

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After a super long and tiring day of crutching my way around campus with super sore pits and hands, I headed over to the training room to do some water jogging! Warmed up with the jets at 56% for twenty minutes, then did 6x3:30 pushes at 82% with 2:30 jog recovery between them. Then I cooled down for ten or so minutes and iced. There was the greatest rain storm today... I wished I could run in it!

From Speeders' Dad on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 21:03:38 from

Dear Ruth,

Sorry about your injury. It seems that you get some of those. I love you and hope you get better pits or crutches.

Love, Dad

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Did an hour at 60% jets in the pool this afternoon. Nice and boring. Foot still feels about the same.

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More pool jogging! Did a 10 minute warm up, then a 20 minute push and a 10 minute cool down. Fun times, I guess. Heat and ice after. My back and arms and abs are so super sore! Haha, I'm so pathetic. 

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Pool jogging again, whee! I got bored, so I started doubling numbers (2, then I did 13) and I got past a million twice! 'Twas cool I guess... just a little sad. And strange.

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Easy 40 minutes in pool. 

From Burt on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 15:33:54 from

Hey, what's up with the pool running? Are you injured?

From Ruthio on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 17:13:58 from

Yep. I got a stress fracture in my foot. :(

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Crutched all the way up to the HPER building to swim, only to find that the pool is closed today. So, I called an athletic trainer to go swim in the small pool in the training room. We got there and spent a half hour trying to get it to work, to no avail. And since none of my roommates with a car are here today, I have no way of getting to a different pool in which to swim. So, no workout today. Erg.

From Jon on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 17:16:05 from

Hey wait, What?!? I don't read your blog for a week and all of a sudden you're on crutches? Wow. So will you be able to jump right back into running after 2 weeks, or will it be a slow build back up?

From Ruthio on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 17:40:05 from

Slow build up, definitely. And depending on how my x-rays go next Friday, maybe more than just two weeks of crutches. Meh.

From Jon on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 17:41:34 from

Ugh. Meh is right (perfectly matches your new picture)- I'm sorry. Hopefully this is early enough in the season that you can bounce back for the meets that really count. Water running is boring but can maintain fitness.

From Mik'L on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 22:02:38 from

Ah! This totally sucks Ruthie! I hope you are dealing okay. Get that foot better!

Myler is doing good, btw. Thanks for asking! He is a chunk!

From James on Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 19:07:28 from

Hey, you little college girls need to learn how to let your body rest, recovery days should be just that recovery. It always catches up with you and bites you right in the butt, or the legs! Sorry to hear you are hurt though, I hope you mend quickly. Make you you ease back into it though.

From Ruthio on Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 19:26:07 from

Hey! I do take recovery days easy! I sure as heck didn't during high school, but I have been a lot better at taking easy days slow. >:( Apparently 'twasn't good enough.

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Pool stuff. Half hour at 57% jets then half hour at 73% jets for a push section. Brittany chatted with me for the second half so it actually went by reasonably quickly. 

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Pool for 60 minutes. Whee.

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Did a speed workout of sorts in the pool. Warmed up, then did 4x6:00 pushes at various jet speeds w/4:00 active recovery. Around 75-80% on the pushes. Then cooled down for a bit. Total workout time was 60 minutes. 

From The Howling Commando on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 21:09:46 from

Hahaha super funny picture :) Like "hhhhwwwwhaaaat?!?!" What's the countdown til running?!?!

From allie on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 21:13:45 from

great job keeping fit in the pool. i was talking to a friend, curtis allen...he was telling me about this amazing runner girl that took him for a killer 10 mile run. he then went on to mention that he can't run with you anymore because you injured your foot. it eventually clicked and i said "is her name ruth?" haha. pretty cool. i used to be in the 55th ward...curtis lived in the apartment above me for 2 years.

From Ruthio on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 23:17:30 from

Ben- Um, well I don't know the countdown quite yet. On Friday I'm going to be "re-evaluated" by doc and then hopefully I'll have a more definite end to this madness.

Allie- That's super hilarious! He lives next door to us and we hang out lots. When were you talking to him? Just on campus somewhere?

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More pool jogging. Jets on 55-57% for an hour. Boredom. Talked to our trainer about talking to Doc tomorrow - he says not until next week since it's still way tender. So super frustrating.

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Had to hurry in my pool time today, so I only got in a half hour with a 10 minute push at 30 minute effort. 

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Went over to the HPER and did 75 minutes of aqua jogging in the pool. I think I did about 50-55 laps. Boring, but not quite as bad as the stationary pool. Plus, it's chlorine isn't quite as nasty smelling as the HydroWorx pool's.

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Workout in the Hydroworx pool this afternoon. Warmed up a bit, then did 4x5:00 pushes at 76% jets with 3:00 recovery at 54%, then a 2:00 push at 80% and a cooldown at 54% again. Actually got my heart rate up past 130 today. Going to the doc tomorrow!

From Holt on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:31:56 from

Is everything good with your sis and family?

From Ruthio on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:56:20 from

Yes, thankfully! She and the kids woke up during the quake, and they loaded up in their car and drove up the mountain before the tsunami hit. I think they are still up on the mountain so they don't know about their belongings yet.Hopefully the roads will be clear soon so they can go see how their home fared.

From Holt on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 13:16:56 from

So glad. That was the first thing I thought of when I heard the news last night.

On the other hand, get that foot better.

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Jogged for an hour in the Hydroworx pool. Afterwards, did some strengthening exercises for my left leg so I hopefully don't get quite so lopsided from only using my right for so long.

Talked to Doc Lyons about the foot. He had hoped that  the fracture was minimal enough that a couple weeks without weight bearing would take care of things. But he's pretty sure it's more severe and will behave more like your average broken bone and take ~ 8-12 weeks to heal. LAME! So in another week and a half (4 weeks after the initial injury), I'm going in to get x-rays to see how well it's progressing. Then hopefully I'll get better news. But for now, I've got some NSAIDS to take and more therapy stuff to do and more time walking around on my "silver legs." Ugh.

From redrooster on Thu, Oct 01, 2009 at 15:57:51 from

sorry to hear the bad news Ruth, hope it heals soon, and way to stay dedicated and fit in the pool. you need to get me into that hydroworx pool sometime. I can't take anymore of this stupid water running in the stupid HPER pool. I am not a fish. thanks for the company today anyway!

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HydroWorx pool for 55 minutes today. 20 minutes easy, then 15 minutes at 60 minute effort, then 20 minutes easy again.

Afterwards the PT, Lori started my foot on treatments of some corticosteroid (dexamethasone, I think) through a method called iontophoresis. It sends the medication through the skin by the difference in ion concentration or something. I'll be doing treatments on alternating days for a total of 6 treatments, hopefully it'll help me heal faster! 

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Aqua-jogged in the HPER pool today (HW was being serviced) and did laps for an hour. It was cold in the pool. And it's freaking cold outside. Whee. 

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Aqua jogged for 40 minutes, then did ionto.  

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Went to the summit to aqua jog, but they didn't have belts or a deep area to do so. So I just swam for a half hour or so. I'd forgotten how much I hate swimming and that drowning feeling. Blah.

Had fun seeing people at the marathon though! Great job everybody!

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50 minutes, acceleration for the last 25 minutes. Good workout for the pool I guess.

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45 minutes in the pool.

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13 minute warmup at 55%, then 6x4:00 pushes at 76% with 3:00 recovery. Then 5:00 cooldown. Afterwards, did some left leg exercises in the pool so it doesn't completely atrophy. 

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45 pool minutes. Then left leg exercises. X-rays tomorrow.

From The Howling Commando on Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 07:28:54 from

Hope the XRays go well! Are you growing fins and gills yet? :=p

From Ruthio on Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 11:36:37 from

Feels like it!

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So x-rays... just made life more confusing. There are, apparently, two explanations for what my x-rays looked like (my tibial sesamoid is still in two pieces, and has no evidence of knitting together). First: that particular sesamoid can sometimes just be two-pieced naturally, so if that's the case, some cartilage or tendons must've been causing all the crap. Or, I broke my bone into two pieces and it just is being slow in healing, which is probable due to limited blood flow there. If it is still broken, surgeries are somewhat necessary (either pinning it or removing all or part of it). Since we'd obviously rather the first option, Tuesday (the 13th) I'm getting shoe inserts and will start partial-weight bearing! By Saturday, I should be totally weight-bearing and on Monday (the 20th) I'm going to try running! If it doesn't hurt too much, then I'll be ok to go for the rest of the season!

In the pool I did 9x1:15 pushes with 3:00 breaks. 'Twas great... 

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Tomorrow is my one month anniversary of being a cripple! Whee! And... I didn't swim today. Just 'cause of stuff and stuff. Words.

From trackstar532 on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 10:46:24 from

How long 'till you can start running again?

From Ruthio on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 11:07:04 from

It's a long story... and I don't want to write it out again... so read Friday's post!

From trackstar532 on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 23:42:56 from

Wow, fun stuff. Good luck!

From Jon on Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 20:52:19 from

Happy anniversary!

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5 minute warmup, then 8x1:30 pushes at 30 min effort with 1:00 recovery. 10 minute cooldown. Not bad. Exercises after. 

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An hour in the pool, still just aqua jogging. Got super bored. BUT! I got my orthotics today and I am now partially weight-bearing! And tomorrow I get to RUN on the water treadmill! No more aqua jogging for me!!!!!

From Jon on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 23:21:56 from

They have a water treadmill at USU? Wow.

From Ruthio on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 17:02:29 from

Yes way! We have TWO!!

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Actually ran on the water treadmill today!! Ran pretty slow for the first 20 minutes, then picked it up for a tempo on the second half. 

From MichelleL on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 18:09:53 from

Is the water treadmill through USU? I've wished I had access to one of those sweet babys.

From Ruthio on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 01:48:15 from


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45 minutes, slow (6.5 mph on water treadmill, with 40% jets). My left side is getting sore from actually using it! Hopefully soon it will be less wimpy...

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Went home for fall break, so I just rode the stationary bike for 40 minutes at the Summit today. 

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Rode for an hour. Woo! 

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Did 40 minutes with 2x10:00 pushes at 30:00 effort. On the water treadmill! Again! Warmed up 10:00, did the pushes with 5:00 break between, then did 5:00 cooldown. 6.5 mph w/45% jets for easy times, 7.5 mph with 55% jets for pushes.

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45 minutes on the water treadmill, more weight-bearing today (50% or so). 6.5 mph and 35% jets. Many exercises after.

From Burt on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 18:39:38 from

How's the cripple?

From Paul on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 18:56:21 from

Trying to make it back for Conference, or are you redshirting?

From Ruthio on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 11:28:38 from

Still haven't quite decided. Most likely redshirting, but if it goes well when I try running in the near future, then we'll consider competing at Conference.

From Paul on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 11:35:13 from

Yeah, I'm sure it's not an easy decision. I always wanted to redshirt, just so that I could be a year older, but I never got hurt, so never got the chance. :-( Oh well.

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10 minute warmup, then 6x3:00 pushes at 30 minute effort (55% jets, 8 mph) with 1:30 jog breaks between, 5 minute cooldown. Good workout. Foot feeling sore.  

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Feeling super crappy, so once we finally got the spikes out of my spikes, I threw them on and ran on the water treadmill for 30 minutes at 7 mph and 45% jets. After, I was feeling pretty down and annoyed at life, so I went on a bike ride up to the Bonneville trail and up to the entrance of Green Canyon, then back home. Very great.  

From Dustin on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 14:31:21 from

Hope you are feeling better today. Hang in there it is always frustrating trying to come back from an injury.

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I RAN TODAY! Did 12:00 minutes at 7 mph on the treadmill! My orthotics gave me a blister on my arch, but my foot didn't hurt too much while I ran! Woo hoo! After the test run, I did my actual workout on the pool treadmill: 10:00 @ 7.5 mph w/45% jets (60 minute effort) then 3 minute break and 9x1:30 intervals increasingly faster on 3:00. Cooled down for a bit in the pool after. Got three new blisters on my toes from the steeple spikes I wore in the pool for the workout. Ugh. Then I stubbed my toe on the carpet and tore off half my toe skin, so my feet are pretty trashed at this point.

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Ran again! First I did 2 miles on the treadmill, then attempted the poolmill but it hurt my torn open toe lots. So Coby and I just rode bikes for 30:00 (it said I did 11 miles!) then I ran for another 10:00 on the treadmill. During the last 10:00 of running, I tried a 2:00 section just at 6:00/mi pace and it killed me. I feel so out of shape!! Angry face.

From Jon on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 11:36:35 from

Don't worry, it comes back quick.

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After talks with coaches, we officially decided to redshirt this season. Whew. Disappointing in some ways, but mostly a big relief. Since I'm not competing this season, there really isn't any point in doing speed work until Indoor. So, today I just did some cardio. Started off with TWO miles outside on the TRACK! Super great! And it didn't hardly at all! Much better than either treadmill option. Then Coby made me do 35 minutes on the watermill, blah. But tomorrow I get to do weights for the first time in a couple months and hopefully I'll get to run a little more on the track!! 

From Paul on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 13:33:47 from

That's nice to know for sure. You'll be even happier about it when you get to use a 5th year, be a year older, and kick everyone's bum that much more.

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Went to weights, rode bike for 30 minutes, then did elliptical for 15 minutes. Exercises, then a rub out of calves and arches by Coby. 

From redrooster on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 13:47:06 from

that sounds kind of like what I have planned today. except no weights or Coby. not looking forward to it anyway.

From redrooster on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 13:48:48 from

oh and congrats on passing me on the quantcast numbers again. I only got that surge because I made my students look at my blog. now they have lost interested in the blog. they are more interested in lewis structures now.

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Ran 1.5 miles on the track, then ran another 1.5 miles on it. Not bad on the foot, just my left shin has started being super painful. Ugh. After the runnings, biked for 40 minutes, then did my exercises. 

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Ran 3 miles in a row! On the grass inside the track, to try to make my shin not hurt so much. Still hurt though. Blah. Foot only hurt a bit  on the last 3 laps. Then 20 minutes of biking. And stuff. Iced my shin and foot afterwards.

From BlondeRunner on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 00:42:29 from

Injury stinks. I just had shoulder surgery...not good for a triathlete. I feel your pain. Say hello to Gensel and Coach Reeder for me (oh, Donna too - she's awesome).

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Since the shin is being buggy, just biked for an hour today. Read "The Pale Horse" by Agatha Christie and listened to Keane as I did so. Then exercises and home. 

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This kinda doesn't count as a race today, since I wasn't  supposed to race it, but I did the IWA 5k "Run for your life" this morning. The course was just a couple loops around campus. I think my time was somthing like 18:00, so I'm certain it was short, probably something like 2.6 or 2.7 miles. Oh well. I won and that was fun... but it's not like there was any great competition going on, what with all 30 female contestants (that's a high estimate) jogging the course with me. My shin was pretty sore throughout the race, but my foot felt quite good. Due to my orthotics, I got a nickel-sized blister on each of my arches, unfortunately. Still, 'twas fun to get out and run on the road again!

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Shin killed me during my 3 mile jog on the track, even biking hurt afterwards. Blah. So I just iced and headed home, started taking ibuprofen to take down the inflammation.

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Just did 15 minutes on the water treadmill, then 20 minutes on the bike before weights. Lifted, then Coby tried to rub out my calf in an attempt to make my shin not hurt so ferociously. We can hope!

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Before the 3 miles on the track, Coby did combo (stim and ultrasound) on my calf and it helped my shin not hurt quite so much on the run! By the end it hurt lots, but it felt better at the start! Then I did 20 minutes on the bike and headed home. 

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Stim before doing elliptical for 15 minutes, then biked for 30 minutes. Read The Pale Horse more - it is getting pretty intense.
Coby rubbed out the calf again, it hurt so much, I wanted to cry!

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Combo, then 3.5  on the track, then 10 minutes bike, then biked down the Mt. Logan middle school, then ran around the grass loop there 4 times in my Vibrams, then biked back up to the training room and did my exercises. Shin still killing me, foot getting better.  

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Biked around Logan for 75 minutes. With about 5 minutes left in my ride, I stopped and joined a game of Ultimate for a half hour or so. Pretty great. Shin is hating me much from that and my craziness at the dance last night. Such is life, I guess.

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Combo, then my 14 laps on the track. Shin blah blah blah, running slow, then biked for a half hour, then did foam grabs, balance and 4-way hip exercises.

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Donated blood today! Then I went to weights and biked for a half hour. Got my calf rubbed out some more - it's finally loosening up a little!

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Combo, then 3.5 on track as usual. Then 20 minutes of bike.

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Rode my bike around town for about an hour. Got out before it snowed - yay!

Later at night, warmed up on elliptical for 10 minutes, did a bunch of abs and free weights, then did a 5 minute cooldown on the bike.

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Went on a little run around with Cameron. About 25 minutes, just easy and great. 

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At around 2 AM, I roller-bladed for about 90 minutes around campus. During the day, I rode to Quizno's and back to visit Cammie. So I got in about 15 minutes of biking. 

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Did a mile on the track, then Coby let me go out on the road! Did a total of about 26 minutes. Then I rode the bike for another 25 minutes with a 5 minute push section. 

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Warmed up a half-mile on the track, then did a little loop out on the TT then got onto the Stokes trail to Elkridge park and back by way of the canal trail. Great to run out on roads and trails! Shin still buggy, but I think its finally starting to get better! Foot was barely noticeable. Starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Did 10 minutes on the bike, then went to lift. Coach Matt tried to kill us, I am doomed to be perpetually sore for the next couple weeks!

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Ran for 31 minutes, biked 5, walked uphill 10, then biked 5 again. Getting there? We can hope!

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No run today, just biking, then weights, then biking again.

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Ran 33 minutes, then rode the bike for another 20 minutes after.

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Rode my bike around Logan for 40 minutes in an attempt to find Squeeze Pops. No success.

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Combo, then did my allotted 35 minutes of running, then biked for 7:30, incline trainer-ed for 10 (high intensity), then biked for another 7:30. 

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I slacked off and didn't do much of anything but rush around trying to get everything done before driving down to SG!

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Ran to Summit (20 minutes) then biked for 20 minutes w/10 minutes at higher intensity, then ran home. 

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Again, ran to Summit (20 minutes), then did 15 minutes on the elliptical and 10 minutes on the bike, then ran back home (15 minutes). 

After half the festivities and most of the food, I went on a bike ride with my cousins. We rode down, then up, then back down the Green Valley loop and then home. The sun set while we were on our way down the second time, so I was a bit chilly on the ride home. Good times though! 

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Rode from home to the bottom of the Bear Claw Poppy trail, then rode up to the top of the drops (and went down them lots of times) then rode back down and home. Pretty great and fun!

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Got my legs worked over by April this morning. Decided to take the day off and hopefully my issues will be mostly resolved next week!

From Jon on Sun, Nov 29, 2009 at 00:55:11 from

Man, I wish all my "issues" could get resolved in just a week. ;)

From Holt on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 15:47:27 from

Are you alive?

From Ruthio on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 18:25:21 from

Yes. I just got bored of blogging my semi-running. I will come back soon. :) Is there still Thursday club runs? I am home now and could join you for a short while...

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Foot was a bit buggy from my exploits over Thanksgiving break, so no run, just cross-training today. 

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Again, just cross-trained. Then weights where Coach Matt tried to kill us. 

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Got 35 minutes of a run today, then some biking. (KB 5)

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Another 35 minutes of running. Then weights, and some hurdle drills to get ready for steeplechase and outdoor! (KB 9)4

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Just cross-training today. Biked.

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37 minutes out in a snowstorm this morning. Eew. Then I went ice-skating for an hour. Good times. (KB 13.5)

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Had a meeting with coach, talked about coming back for indoor (yes) and hopefully steeplechase outdoor. Then cross-trained.

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40 minutes today! Good to run, feeling out-o-shape, but happy to run. (KB 18.5)

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Another 40 minutes, snow is gross. Did some abs and stuff with roomies. 

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Went to the Fieldhouse and worked out. Did a half hour on the track w/10 minutes at 3.5 effort, then did my weight circuit, 10 minutes of bike & elliptical, then L-7 stretches and hurdle drills. Then 10 minutes of running to cooldown. Pretty great workout today! (KB 23.8)

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Did 40 minutes with Steve this afternoon, nice run though even his slow pace was fast for my out-of-shape-ness. Bleh. (KB 28.8)

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Slacked off today, just did some TurboJam and abs with roomies.

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Went out this evening, 45 minutes on a big square loop from my house: 7N-22N, 6E-12E. Pushed the pace a little, felt reasonably good excepting the moment at the top of the 12th east hill where I almost puked my guts out. (KB 34.4)

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Once I made it to St. George, I headed out on a 45 minute run. T-shirt and shorts weather?! Heck YES! (KB 40)

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Went to the Summit and rode bike for 50 minutes, then did a weight circuit and some abs, then did a 5 minute cooldown on the bike again. 

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Club run, enjoyed running with some Holts, the Bull and Logan. Went out 25 minutes and back, on the way back did a 10 minute push at about 3.5 effort. (K2 46.7)

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45 minutes easy. Did weights at Summit in the middle. (52.3)

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Slacked off on running. :(

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Got sick yesterday, so I figured I'd try to rest and recover to some extent today. 

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Went out for 50 minutes from home, feeling tired and sick still. (58.5)

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Another easy run, only 40 minutes today. (K2 63.5)

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55 minutes today, did a 10 minute push in the middle. Feeling super crappy and sick today. Probably should've done a bit less. (K2 70.6)

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Sick and gross + Christmas and festivities = not a run today. 

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Hardly can breathe, decided against running yet again today. 

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DISNEYLAND!!!! All day awesomeness. Still much inability to breathe. No running, just constant walking and joy of the happiest place on earth!

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Same as yesterday.

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Sickness yuk! Almost feeling up to running again. Finally. But still a slacker today.

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Out and back from the house. Easy and great. Still a bit stuffy but tons better than last attempt to run. Ran by a mph measuring sign and got up to 15!! (K2 76.8)

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