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Member Since:

Jan 01, 2007



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

2008 XC WAC Champs

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


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

Outdoor Track:

5000m - 17:10.71 (April '09)

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

1500m - 4:48 (April '09)

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

Indoor Track

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

Short-Term Running Goals:

*Stay healthy and positive

*Top 3 Individual in WAC XC 

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

*WAC Champ Steeplechase


Long-Term Running Goals:

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


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

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

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Happy New Year! I've been a-slackin'! Well, sorta... since I've switched to Flotrack logs (as per Reeder and Mike Spence's request), it's been too time consuming to write two logs for every day. So, the fastrunningblog has suffered a bit since WAC. At this point, I'm not sure if I want to continue FRB while I'm using FT, but I think I'll at least put race results up here (if I remember). As for now, I'm trying to find a reasonable way to export my last 4 years of logs! Oh, and the color for the year is..... oRange. 

From Predog on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 22:07:42 from

can't you just copy and paste? as for exporting i think you can do it as a .csv

From Ruthio on Sun, Jan 09, 2011 at 11:50:42 from

The formats are different, so I have to re-enter a lot of stuff twice in different ways and places. It usually only takes another 5 minutes, but I'm just lazy. I figure that the logging of the runs is the important part, so whether I do it here or on FT, it's a good thing.

From Holt on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 16:15:48 from

Well, you better at least put races up here so I can see how you're doing.

By the way... thanks for stopping by while you were down! It's okay, I know you were probably SO busy.

From Burt on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 16:32:54 from

Do I detect a hint of sarcasm, Dave? LOL!

From Ruthio on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 20:02:10 from

I'm sorry! I was only there for a week, from the 18th to Christmas, so I didn't really see anybody (just Annie P - who left on her mission!). I'll probably come down for spring break though. Or you guys could come up and compete at our indoor HS meet next weekend. :)

From Bonnie on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 20:07:47 from

Good luck with indoor track Ruthio, are you running 3K or 5K? And, are planning on sticking with the steeple for outdoor track this year? And, are you coming to Tucson for the meet again? If you do, promise me you will try an Eggee ....

From Ruthio on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 18:01:35 from

Thanks! I'll be doing the 3k and 5k at conference most likely, but I'll race the mile a time or two just to get some speed under my belt. As for outdoor, I definitely will be rockin' the steeple, possible the 5k as well. We're coming down for Willie Williams as always - and this Eggee, does it to refer to the chain of restaurants in general or a specific foot item thereat?

From Bonnie on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 18:06:24 from

It is a chain, but they are famous for a "healthier" slurpee (a slurpee made with real fruit) they are so good (especially on a hot day or after an awesome race)!

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Easy shakeout for the pre-race workout today. Later we went to the track to figure out pacing - ran a few laps easy, accelerating did a 42 lap pretty easily, then jogged some more tried out a 41 and after a couple more easy laps, hit a 39. Mostly felt good, I think I can hit a solid time tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'm running the 3000m at WSU's invitational. Starting off the season, its hard to gauge where I am fitness-wise, so the goals for the race are a little vague. Kim and I are going to go out hitting 40's and see how it feels, if the two fast Montana girls (9:30 seed times) stay around that pace, we'll do our best to stick with them. If they go out crazy fast, we'll just stick with the WSU girl with a 9:50. Overall, I'm aiming for a 10:00. I guess we'll see how reasonable that is tomorrow! :)

Race: WSU Cougar Invite (3000m) (1.875 Miles) 00:10:06, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Pretty good race. The first lap was right on pace - 40, then the next few laps were pretty slow - 42, 43 etc. Took control after the third lap being so slow and picked up the pace a bit to get back on track for 10:00. By 800m, we were about 10 seconds off pace total, and I was bugged. Fortunately, the Montana girls finally made a move and I hung with them, elbowing the second girl as much as was necessary to keep from being cut off. After a couple laps, she dropped off and I just stuck on the shoulder of the first Montana girl for nearly the rest of the race. I lost her as she picked it up on the last 2 laps. We ran 40s and then 39s pretty consistently and I finished in 10:06. I wished I had stuck with Montana though, she hit exactly 10:00. Still, I managed to run my second best 3k time ever! Woo!

After the race, I coughed my lungs out forever (I've been sick for the last week or so) and my body started freaking out, lots of dry heaves, cold sweats, nausea, dizziness, disorientation and such. I think it had something to do with the medicines I've been taking for my cough these last few days. Never have I felt so wretched after racing. Hopefully I'll get over this stupid cough soon.  

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Jan 23, 2011 at 23:16:28 from

nice job Ruth, and way to beat all those other Utah runners! without that cold you would have beaten montana girl easily!

hope to see you around campus sometime!

From Holt on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:14:53 from

Good job - especially with having a cold.

From Predog on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:18:23 from

Nice job! I think half of Logan has had a little bit of a bug the past week or two.

From Burt on Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 10:43:15 from

Good race. Sorry about getting sick afterwards. Have a happy birthday tomorrow.

From Ruthio on Sat, Feb 05, 2011 at 22:52:14 from

Thanks everybody! I got better, so now I'm gonna be tearing it up. :)

And as always, Burt, thanks for your fancy ways of remembering birthdays! Hopefully it'll be an awesome one!

Race: New Mexico Collegiate Classic (1 Miles) 00:05:07, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 1
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First time I've raced the mile since May of '08! Time was pretty good - altitude adjusted it was a 5:01.28. Wished I'd run at least 1.29 seconds faster! Still, I ran a solid race and definitely could've run faster. 

First lap, I took it out with an SUU girl and we hit a 37, which was close enough to GP to be fine with me. Then we settled pretty thoroughly into straight 39s for the next 6 laps. Some jostling of places and such, so at the start of my final lap I was in third and doing fine. Then I remembered "sprint mechanics" and took off like the devil himself was after me! Passed up both the girls ahead of me and ran a 34 for that lap. Woo! Definitely should've started my kick a lot sooner. Now I know I can run that fast pretty easily, it makes me want to do the mile again to see by how much I can break 5. But next week I'm doing the 3000m at UW (and going for the school record, hopefully a low 9:40 or better)! Then at conference I'll most likely be doing the 5k and 3k double. So maybe later... :) Good race overall. 

 Ran 8 miles with Jessie and Alex for our cooldown/longish run, then after the rest of our awesome performances (seriously, it was an awesome day for the Aggies!) I ran back to the hotel with Cherise, Merissa and Hannah.  

From Holt on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 15:53:54 from

Great job Ruth - go get that record!

From Rob Murphy on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 15:48:14 from

Nice race and a smokin' mile time.Congrats!

From Ruthio on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 02:10:33 from


Race: UW Husky Classic (3k) (1.875 Miles) 00:09:47, Place overall: 39, Place in age division: 4
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Woo! I was aiming for a 9:45 today and ended up getting pretty close! Plus, I broke the school record by nearly 5 seconds and PRed by 12! Winner of a day, I'd say. 

Got bumped up to heat 2 of 4, so I raced later in the day - 4pm or so - so I had all day to get nice and antsy. :) Warmed up outside on the trail and got soaked along with muddied before the race. Still, I stayed warm and had just enough time to do some strides, get my spikes on and get ready to go! Bang, and go. Race went out quick, but I stuck to pace pretty well and (from what I managed to hear of splits) hit a 78 400m, then a 2:36 800m and a 5:14 mile. Started passing up the field as I kept on pace as the race got harder. With 3 laps to go, my splits were slipping a bit and I worked to maintain my pace. Still, I managed to keep it up well enough and even had a couple seconds worth of a kick, though a couple girls on the back stretch boxed me in and "threw off my groove." Bums! Finished, exhausted, and treated myself to a caramel filled Cadbury egg. Mmmmmm. 

 Winner winner chicken dinner!!!!! Excited to run even faster! 

From Predog on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 03:06:17 from

Nicely done! Congrats on getting into the record books!

From Jon on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 08:50:26 from

PR and school record? Excellent.

From Bill on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:28:16 from

Most excellent!

From Holt on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:38:08 from

Great job Ruthie - nice little article in Des News for USU athlete of the week!

From Ruthio on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 11:01:53 from

Thanks! I'm pretty stoked!

From scotthughes on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 13:07:02 from

Awesome job on the race! Nice honors as well. You deserve everything that is coming your way- you work your butt off and it shows with your incredible times!

From Ruthio on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 01:23:08 from

If you want to watch the race, here's a link: http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/238137-Flotrack-Husky-Classic-2011/video/457586-W-3k-H02

From Holt on Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 15:26:50 from

That was fun to watch - but we didn't get to see you patented big move in the last few laps (dang it!)

Race: WAC Indoor Championships 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:17:13, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Crazy crazy race! Broke up the NM twins, but I wish I could've gotten that first one. Darn! Still, it was a tough race, the details of which will come later. Right now I need to sleep. 

Ok, so here's how the craziness went down. Planned out with coach to hit 42s per lap until halfway, then race my booty off with whatever happened from there on out. So Kim and I took it out with the NM twins right with us and hit 41.8-42.2 forever. It felt great. Then the twins started to move. One passed me and sat right in front of me while the other tried to slide in behind her. Twin 2 ended up running in the second lane a lot. :) Still, it was tiring to keep right in that spot and I clipped Twin 1 a few times in a row and she told me to give her some space. So I hollered back for her sister to give me some space! These sort of outbursts occurred a couple more times throughout the race. Hehe. With about a mile to go, Thing 1 went crazy and started pushing the pace lots. So I stuck on her for about 2 or 3 laps, then I couldn't hold it anymore and she gapped me. With about 3 laps to go Thing 2 passed me and I wanted to die. Still, when I finally got to the last lap, I got up on my toes and kicked like there was no tomorrow. Passed up Thing 2, and as I did so she hollered to her sister that I was coming. After the warning shout, Thing 1 picked it up and I stopped gaining as quickly. Another 50 meters and I think I would've had her though! Finished in a 17:13, only 3 seconds off my best 5k ever (which was run at sea level outdoors). Freaky fast! My mile splits were about 5:36, 5:35, 5:20. Ow. Man, I hate those twins sometimes/most times.

Tomorrow I run the 3k with 33 people in my heat! Woot. Ranked 2nd going in... we'll see. 

From Holt on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 18:25:33 from

Time is awesome! Other races? Go get a title!

Race: WAC Indoor Championships 3k (1.875 Miles) 00:09:54, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Crazy race again! Why so fast!?! It's conference, people! Still, pretty happy with the meet all in all, even with some disappointments.

So, the plan in this one was to take it out at 40-41 and hold that as long as it could then go with the race. Went that way again, like the 5k. I took it out at 37 (due to the hugeness of the heat) and got our pace settled at 40s, then at about 8 laps to go, a few girls started making a move and I didn't really want to go with it. (My legs were just a bit thrashed from yesterday.) Still, I went with it to the greater extent, just sitting on some people's shoulders as I stuck on the lead pack. With about 5 to go they really started hammering it out and I didn't feel like I had it in my legs to go with them. Still, with Kim passing me up and Alex too, I just wanted to keep within shooting range of the leaders, hoping my kick wouldn't fail me. So, I drifted off a bit but with 2 laps to go I started accelerating and on that bell lap I gave it all I had to pass up the pack. I got past all the girls except Hannah from Idaho whose seed time was 4 seconds faster than mine. As I got up to her with about 50 to go she realized I was out-kicking her butt and got up and went. She's a miler. I was doomed. Still, I nearly had her and she only beat me by a second! Time of 9:54 was 7 seconds off my PR from Seattle (also a sea level type) and on tired legs, so wow. Just wow. Those races went a whole lot faster than I was expecting, that's for sure.

Our team ended up getting second to Louisiana Tech by ONE MEASLY POINT!!!! Such a bummer! Lots of shoulda/coulda/woulda occured, but that's how it went down. Sad day. 

Now that indoor's over, I'm super stoked for outdoor and the STEEPLECHASE! My hurdling has been getting lots better and I'm finally fast again, so I'm ready to tear it up out there! Woo!

From Russ Runs on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 02:15:24 from

Congratulations! My wife and I met and graduated from USU and it's a long family tradition. Way to rock the races this weekend. Go Aggies!

From Jon on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 08:30:10 from

Two 2nd place finishes in conference- Nice job, Ruth.

From scotthughes on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 10:02:52 from

Ruthie, you are the bomb! When I read your race reports I am inspired by your will to push forward even though you don't feel like it! You are incredible

From Burt on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 11:10:38 from

"out kicking her butt" LOL!

Great job Ruthio!

From Holt on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 11:36:08 from

Great job Ruthie - making us all proud to have run with you!

From JamesH on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 15:35:30 from

Wow! I am humbled to have run with such greatness. Good job.

From Scott Ensign on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 23:47:56 from

nice job Ruth, and some good press in the paper today too. aggies rule!!

From Bill on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 10:43:10 from

very smart race Ruth. well ran. your a speed demon!

Race: Willie Williams Invite (3k steeple) (1.875 Miles) 00:10:46, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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First steeplechase of the season! I forgot how sore you get after the first one and my legs are dead. Still, it was an ok race, felt stiff and fatigued going in but managed to hit an alright time for the first race of the season (though I was aiming for a 10:40). Started off the race right with the pack, we hit a fast first lap so we relaxed a bit for the next which was nearly on pace. Then the pack fell back really fast and I was by myself for the last 6 laps. Tried to keep the pace up between hurdles, but kept hitting 91 instead of 90 (long track for an outside water barrier) . My hurdling was pretty good overall, my left lead wasn't too great, and by the end all of them were less graceful. Water barriers were awesome though! I hit all but one with my good leg and one-footed every landing - I didn't even got my shorts wet. Champion! Still, I can do lots better. And run at sea level next time. :) 

From Scott Ensign on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 16:00:12 from

nice job Ruth. And I saw in the paper you took another first in California last week, with the 3rd or 4th best steeplechase time in USU history. Keep up the great work!!!

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Geez, I haven't been on here in forever! Still, I've been running and racing and all that good stuff at USU all season and now school is finally out. On Tuesday we fly out HAWAII for the WAC championships and I am super excited! I'm racing the steeplechase on Thursday afternoon and the 5k on Friday night. I'm ranked 1st in the steeple, so I'm hoping to take that one and then see what happens in the insanity that is brewing in the 5k. Should be awesome! Hopefully I'll remember to check back in with results after the meet is done... if I'm not too busy snorkeling and hanging out on the beach!

From Predog on Thu, May 12, 2011 at 02:17:19 from

You'd better check back in! Good luck!

Race: WAC Outdoor Championships (3k steeple) (1.875 Miles) 00:10:41, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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Individual WAC Champ for the first time!! I'll throw on all the gory details later, but for now I'm just excited to be the winningest! I even thoroughly biffed it on the second lap and still won the race by 8 seconds or so :) Super pumped, tomorrow we'll see how the 5k goes! Eep!

From Scott Ensign on Sat, May 14, 2011 at 19:57:01 from

WAC champion, awesome!! Looking forward to hearing how the 5K goes.

From allie on Sat, May 14, 2011 at 21:41:23 from

awesome job, ruth. congrats! WAC CHAMP!

From Holt on Sat, May 14, 2011 at 22:54:37 from

Congratulations Ruth! Way to be a winner... want to hear the details.

From Nan on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 16:08:46 from

Nice!!! Congrats on the win and the solid double. I see you are a homestar runner fan too. Hi fi.

From Predog on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 01:18:03 from

So...where's the gory details?

From Benn Griffin on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 18:33:14 from

Where oh where has the RuthiOOo gone?

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