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Location:

Riverton,UT,

Member Since:

Jun 21, 2011

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

800m- 2:23

1600m- 5:10

1 Mile- 5:12

3200m-11:03

XC 3 mile-17:55

XC 5k- 19:00

XC 6k- 22:25

Local 5k- 18:42

Local 10k- 41:31

Local 15k- 1:03:55

Unofficial Half (2020)- 1:45:46

Official Half (2021)- 1:49:28

60% (5 miles)- 32:32 (6:30 average)

80% (3 miles)- 18:52 (6:17 average)

16x400s- 82.0 average

20x400s- 82.6 average

SUU Road Race- 23:30 (3.9 miles/6:02 average)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get up to 45-50 miles/week

Run a sub-19:30 5k again

Train for and race a half marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

18:45 or under 5k

Run a marathon

Personal:

I graduated from East High School in 2015. I ran track and cross country for SUU the following year. In 2016 I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Independence, Missouri. I was honorably released from my mission due to severe depression. I returned to SUU in the fall of 2017, continuing in collegiate running as well. In the spring 2019 semester, I emergency withdrew due to suicidal ideation. I sought medical help including 11 ECT treatments at the University of Utah, then moved back to Cedar City for the summer to train for the next season at altitude. However, mid-summer my plans changed and I left SUU and my scholarships behind to transfer to BYU-Idaho. There I met a man that got a ring for me and promised me everything, all but officially proposing. Then I crashed mentally and had to be hospitalized for suicidal ideation, and he broke up with me while I was in the hospital. I was devastated. But somehow, I decided to fight for my life rather than to end it. I decided to give life another chance. I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder, and I decided to drop out of school for the time being and work full-time so I could pay off my medical bills. In January 2021 I decided to take classes online to finish my Associates degree through SUU while still working full-time. I graduated with my Associates in July 2021.

I'm hoping to go back to school probably at UVU in the spring. I just have to figure out what I'm going to study first. Right now I'm thinking either ASL interpreting, massage therapy, or accounting. All very different careers. 

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.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 11.25 Year: 345.91
Adidas Distancestar Spikes Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Adidas Boston 7 Lifetime Miles: 430.33
Nike Pegasus 34 Lifetime Miles: 493.60
Nike Pegasus 34 II Lifetime Miles: 290.41
Nike Pegasus 36 Lifetime Miles: 480.43
Nike Pegasus 36 II Lifetime Miles: 319.00
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Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 30.25
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Today I met up with a friend I made in my new singles ward named Brittany. She says that a ton of the ward runs. Another friend from the ward named Jenna said she also loves to run and wants to meet up for a run sometime. 

Anyway, Brittany and I went out to Daybreak and ran around Daybreak lake. It was so nice to run with somebody again. We're going to try to make this a weekly thing. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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3.00

Dang I didn't run yesterday... but imma try to run the rest of the week.

Today I rode a horse English style for the first time! Next week I'll learn how to ride while it trots. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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1.50

It was HOT

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 1.50
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Easy 3 with Olivia

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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3.75

I'm at my parents house this week because my parents went to California for a wedding so I was in charge of watching my sisters (ages 14, 9, and 9). They got back late Tuesday night but I'm still here because my cousin and uncle who live in Georgia are in town and staying with my grandparents. So I'm in Salt Lake until Sunday. 

I miss running in Salt Lake. I miss the neighborhoods and big trees overhead. It has been good to be back. 

Today I went up to Foothill and took it over to 1700 S, up to Wasatch and back down 1300 S.

I also got bitten by a dog... first time that's happened while running. I thought he was a friendly guy just getting excited like my dogs but no I think he was protecting his owner who I was passing. Ah well at least it's not a bad bite. 

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.75
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5.00

Fun run with Jenna and David :)

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 5.00
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4.00

Ran with Jenna and David again. One of my best friends gets married tomorrow so today and tomorrow are full of wedding festivities :)

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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3.00

I feel like there are a lot of things that I want to be doing (like running, scripture study) that I'm really struggling to do. I need to create a new morning routine and wake up earlier so that I'm able to get everything I want and need to done. 

I'm 2 weeks away from having my Associates degree :) it's been a long, windy road to get it but I finally decided to take that last class online. I'll have more credits than needed for it but at least I'll have something to show for my time at SUU.

This week is going to be crazy because I'm working full-time, finishing up my class (which includes taking a couple quizzes and writing a paper this week), I have 3 appointments (psychiatry, therapy, and the equestrian program), I have a job interview, and I got asked to speak in sacrament meeting on Sunday. So I'm a little stressed haha

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 3.00
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4.00

It was relatively cool this evening so I decided I better take advantage and go running. Easy 4.

I got an email today from someone from the U of U Huntsman Mental Health Institute (formerly called University Neuropsychiatric Institute or UNI where I had two psychiatric stays and 11 ECT treatments done) saying I may be eligible for a new research study. I still have yet to figure out if I qualify.

They said, "Severe mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are known to be caused in part by genetic factors (DNA inherited by your parents). But the specific genes involved are not well understood. Furthermore, how genetic factors influence response to treatment remains unclear. The primary objectives of this study are to discover the genetic causes of severe mood disorders and to identify genetic variation that affects response to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). A secondary aim of this research is to find non-genetic characteristics that predict clinical response to ECT."

I think I'm going to participate in the study if I qualify. It would be awesome to contribute something to finding out the specific cause of bipolar disorder as well as aid in the research of ECT's affect on different people with genetic predispositions to bipolar disorder.

Nike Pegasus 34 II Miles: 4.00
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These last couple weeks have been crazy busy. Running has kind of been put on the back burner. 

I enrolled in that bipolar disorder/ECT research study today :) should be interesting.

I also accepted a new job today as a special needs caregiver. 

I finish my associates degree this weekend, all I have left is a final.

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