St. George Marathon

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Indian Harbour Beach,FL,

Member Since:

Mar 05, 2007



Goal Type:

Half Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:


I owe my PRs to the friendship, support and expert tips I've found here on Fast Running Blog!


5K  24:25 ('07 Run for Kids)  24:12 ('08 Spring Into Summer 5K, FL)

10K 52:34 ('07 Spectrum) 49:30 ('08 Spectrum )

Half Marathon 1:59:47 (Hurricane '07) 1:53:42 ('08 Painter's)

20 Miler 3:00:48 (The Trails River Run Sept. '08)

Marathon 4:00:54 (St. George Marathon '07, 1st marathon- yah!)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Following Hal Higdon's Novice 2 Half Marathon Training Plan for Space Coast Half Marathon Dec.1, 2013

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep it in balance.  



Blessed to be LDS. Married to world's greatest guy for over 16 yrs w/ 2 amazing kids. Busy being a mom to 2 active teens (a very equestrian minded daughter & a soccer obsessed son). Mental Health Counselor by training.  Loving Life at the Beach. Running to eat & fit in my jeans. 

I'm much more active on Facebook- find me there Christi Lovelace Dieckman


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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Nice & easy run/ walk with Heather.  Took us 50 min. to go 4.5.  Wowzers... Nice conversation though and miles are miles on taper week- right?  BTW- I will be wearing a white "sole sisters" tank (with black writing on it) on race day and probably teal blue shorts.  Hope to come in just under 4 hrs.  I'm currently traveling for work in Richfield and won't get home until Friday afternoon in the nic' of time for the expo and blogger party.  Hope to get in 1-2 easy runs in the next couple days here either on hotel dreadmill or around town.  Good luck with race prep to all you racers!

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Did a little cross training at the hotel gym- 2 miles on treadmill, 3 and bike and 10  minutes on elipticle (sp?).  Finished off with a little ab work.  Now off to training!

Follow-up:  In the evening got to visit with Michelle.  It was great to see her & her kids and catch a quick dinner with her!

Later Follow-up:  Got SICK from food poisoning.  Hit me about 8:30 pm, sure it was lunch.  YUCK!

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Food poisoning from last night really put a damper on my workout plans for today.  I had wanted to get up early and do a nice little outside 4 miler on a route that Michelle had shown me.  Needless to say, after being up puking all night I did not get up early and workout.  I tossed and turned all night.  Feel better today, went to training.  Ate bananas, oranges, drank gatorade- tried to replace what my body lost being sick last night.  Bummed I didn't get my last little pre-marathon race in.  Silver lining....silver lining...(thinking of you Kim) at least I lost a couple pounds? (ha)

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Outside in Richfield.  A few easy miles to try to get the legs ready for SGM. Took a couple miles to get warmed up.  Nice cool morning.

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Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:03:15
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Bottom line - didn't make goal time- but still on cloud 9.  Can you say thank you endorphins?!   Day started off well. Met up with Sole Sisters and took the bus up together.  We started with a prayer- really loved that, started the day off just right.  I can thank that prayer for the peace I felt all race despite many obstacles.

It RAINED, RAINED and RAINED some more.  White singlet probably NOT best choice for today.  ha ha. 

The first 6 were great, good pace (8:30ish) went by fast.  I was mentally prepared to be challenged on miles 7-11 and I was! ONLY it didn't end at mile 11, it lasted until 14!  Then I could pick it up on & off for the rest of the race.  I would have a good couple miles then struggle again. Did stop for 2 calf massages which was really nice.  

Pretty much ran my own race.  Would see my Sole Sisters come & go, stayed with Shelly for most of the last half. 

Fun to see Kim about mile 17- since I missed her at the blogger party last night I was happy to see her along the way. She was very strong despite some serious knee issues.  Think she still smoked me in the end.

Saw another chica with a FRB singlet and a cute pink running skirt.  Yelled "go FRB" and she gave me a nice wave, but I couldn't catch her.  Who were you wonderwoman?

This was a tough race!! The rain didn't help.  About the last 3 miles I knew it was sketchy at best that I could break 4:00.  I would have had to pick it up to 8:00 and I just didn't have it. However I kept up the positive self talk and at this point I would normally be crushed, but I wasn't.   I just smiled and enjoyed the cheering fans along the end of the route.

Felt a great since of accomplishment.  Probably earned about what I deserved due to my "erratic" training as Brent would put it (good adjective).

Got 'er done.  Had a good time with good friends.  Enjoyed every minute of it despite the rain.

1 ugly toe, a couple more are questionable.  At this point of course I'm saying I've had my fill of Marathons.  Maybe just halfs from now on- but give it a few months.

So fun to see you all briefly at the blogger party.  Sorry I didn't stay too long. Can't wait to read ya'll's reports!


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