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Location:

American Fork,UT,

Member Since:

Nov 27, 2009

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon

2011 - 4:11:52 

2017. -4:01:17

2021 - 4:03:05

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

Utah Valley Marathon

2019 - 4:05:37 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Mt Charleston Marathon

2019 - 4:05:33

West Mountain Marathon

2015 - 4:42:34

 

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

2018 - 1:48:12

2019 - 1:47:50

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

The Haunted Half Provo

2018 - 1:51:28

 

Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

Red Mountain 55K

2018 - 7:31:37

Antelope Island Fall Classic 50K

2017 - 6:14:23

Antelope Island 50 Mile

2015 - 10:10:00

Antelope Island 100 Mile

2018 - 26:53

 

 

**Personal Best 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston

Personal:

Married for 22 years. I have 17 year old triplets and a 14 year old. I love to sew, garden, and run!

Favorite Running Quotes: 

1.  

"Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people.

Some call it euphoria. Others say it's a new kind of mystical experience that propels you into a elevated state of consciousness, a flash of joy.

A sense of floating as you run. This experience is unique to each of us, but when it happens, you break through a barrier that separates you from casual runners. Forever. And from that point on, there is no finish line. You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you."  

~Nike Poster

2.           A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao-Tzu

You’ve no doubt heard this.  And you’ve probably recited it in your mind on a run or at the gym when you’re just beginning to get in shape.  You have a goal in sight and this quote brings you back to the current moment.

 

But the problem is that many runners forget all of the steps between the first one and the goal.  If your goal is to run under two hours for the half marathon then you need to be honest about all of the little steps to get to that goal.

 

…and what I’d rather see you do is to get the goal out of mind completely, but rather focus on the process, not the outcome. -Jay Johnson Process orientation, not outcome orientation.

 

You should have goals, but you should take it one step at a time.  And you should be honest about the fact that you don’t know how many steps it will take to get there. ~ Vernon Gambetta

 

3.  Human beings are made up of flesh, blood and a miracle fiber called COURAGE! ~ George Patton 

 

4.   Find the courage to be patient.

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Nothing...natta...pigged out on too much food!  We were in Croatia today.  Beyond beautiful!  

I had acupuncture done on my ankle last night.  I was too nervous to look at the needles! Verdict is still out on if it helped!

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6 miles in the sauna (aka the fitness center).  Another day in Croatia.

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I figured my ankle might need a rest after a few bigger mile days.  30 minutes on the elliptical.  We were in Slovenia today.  Unbelievabley gorgeous!  

My hubby asked me if I was feeling ready for Ogden.  NO! It is going to be a suffer feast!

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Today is our last day on the boat. So I knew I had to get some sort of workout in!

2.3 miles on the fitness center TM. I couldn't handle the heat/humidity any more. Because it was early, I thought the track on top of the boat would be empty. It was and there was a wonderful breeze! Much better! Venice was extremely beautiful on this quiet morning!

Finished up 5 miles.

Hiked around Venice for 11 hours. Oh my feet hurt!

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We had a wonderful experience today at the Venice ward.  Only 50 people in the ward and I was very grateful for the missionaries that translated for us.  

 Church is true where ever you go!

 

Several hours of walking around Venice! 

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COMING TO AMERICA TODAY.......one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs!

We left our hotel at 5:00am and flew to Paris.  Then hopped on another plane to SLC.  Home...sweet....home!

I had mystery meat sandwiches all day long at various airports.  I felt sick to my stomach for the majority of the day.

I honestly didn't think I would get a workout in, but my big girls went to Activity Days and I was super tired.  I thought if I ran, it would help me stay awake until bed time.  

4 easy miles around the 'hood.  2 barefoot laps around the baseball field.

My ankle didn't hurt AT ALL today.  Then when I started to run, it was buggin.  Grrrrrrr....

Lots and lots and lots of laundry to do.  It sure does feel good to be home and give my babies a BIG squeeze after being gone for 13 days. 

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I can't tell you how wonderful it was to give all my babies BIG loves last night.  Though it is fun to travel the world, there is no place like home.

 

I was tired last night and went to sleep around 9:00pm.  But I woke up at 2:24am and was WIDE awake.  So I laid in bed until 4:09am and finally got up.  I like being the first person to the gym :)

My goal was to run 7 miles.  Then it turned to 8.  When I was 5 miles into the run, Collette walked in!!  Hooray for buddies at the gym!  We caught up on life.  I thought I was done at 9 miles, but she was still going and so I threw in another mile.  I wanted to make sure I was good and tired when I finished!!!

 Hurried home, showered and tried to take my power nap.  But I still wasn't tired.  I am very tired now and have to keep moving.  I'm hoping to sleep good tonight!

 I've hardly been stretching and can totally feel it.  I need to spend a LONG time working out some kinks tomorrow morning! 

I unpacked the suitcase with all my dirty running clothes.  13 days of stinky TOXIC running clothes.  Yikes!

I had to tape my ankle with white athletic tape and I also wore a compression sleeve.  I'm not sure how it feels yet.   

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I knew I needed a cross training day after yesterday's miles.  

25 min on the bike

Core Challenge (with a few extras)

10 x side to side lunges

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50 crunches

12 push ups

1 min plank

45 sec side planks

1 min bridge

12 push ups

10 side to side lunges

LLL

1 min plank

1 min side planks

50 crunches

1 min plank

2 min bridge

50 crunches

10 side to side lunges

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LONG stretch and foam rolling.  Hurts so good. 

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2 mile walk with my neighbor pushing Peachy in the stroller.

At home:

Walking lunges 

75 crunches

15 push ups

Walking lunges 

60/60/60 planks

1 min bridge

15 push ups 

60/60/60 planks

100 crunches

60 plank

2 min bridge

50 crunches

15 push ups

Walking lunges

LLL

stretch and foam roll

ART done on ankle yesterday.  It is so very achy.  Sigh...I feel like I'm never going to be able to run. 

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6.5 miles on the stair mill.  

 

My ankle is SO very achy.  I'm really questioning if I should do my 8 mile run tomorrow.  If I don't do it, that will give me 1.5 weeks of no running before the marathon.  I'm already counting this race as a bust.  I'm so very tired of this nagging injury.

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I was suppose to run 8 miles with the ladies this morning, but I bailed. My ankle has been so very achy. I think it is tendinitis (I'm hoping not another SF), but I may try to see the doctor next week.

So instead, I did 9 miles on the stairmill in 1:20:00. I was one of the first people in the gym this morning and got the good machine! I was a sweat bomb.

Then I lifted:

3x

10 x single leg hamstring lift

10 x side to side lunges

12 x push ups

30 x donkey kicks

Quick stretch. 3 soccer games, 3 kids haircuts, several hours of yard work. I got most of my garden planted, but I need to clean out my raspberry patch. I always get so scratched up though!

We went out to dinner tonight with hubby's family for Mother's Day. Nice......

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7 miles on the stair mill - about 60 minutes. Halfway through, I did a few 2-3 minute pick ups.

Amy worked on my lower legs today. Still tendinitisy.

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7 days no running and I still have a very achy ankle.  The soonest I can get into my sports med doctor is Friday.  We'll see what he says.

25 minutes on the bike

3x

10 x side to side lunges

6 x one arm push ups

20 x skull crushers

15 x supermans

LLL

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Quick stretch 

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I went on a 3.5 mile walk with my neighbor pushing Peachy in the stroller. I did a few lunges at the park. It sure was beautiful out today!

I decided to do a short run to see how the ankle felt. 2.5 miles on the TM. It felt okay during the run, but I'm more concerned how it will feel in the morning.

Long stretching and foam rolling. I'm going to Target to buy a big box fan to put on a ladder in front of my home TM. I'm not a fan of the heat!

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Designated rest day

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Designated rest day.

I went to see Dr Rich this morning.  First thing out of his mouth, "What did you do to yourself now?"  Ha!  They took some x-rays.  There was fuzziness all around my ankle and up my tibia.  Unless I have an MRI done, they won't know for sure what the fuzziness is.

 He said to run tomorrow.  He gave me some super Advil that they give the BYU football players.  I can only take it for a few days or it will eat a hole in my stomach.  Then he gave me some anti-imflammitory cream.

 He said not to run for 2 weeks after the race.  If it doesn't start to feel better, get the MRI. 

I drove up to Ogden to get all the ladies race packets and met Jeff Galloway.

This is how I am feeling about running injuries right now:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVfB8Nlsduo

 

It may be a long morning tomorrow.  Be kind Ogden...be kind! 

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Race: Ogden Marathon (26.37 Miles) 04:17:20
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AP: 9:45

My love for the Ogden Marathon grows every year I run the race.  So when my ankle continued to ache and ache this week, I wasn't sure if I would be able to run.  I went to my favorite sports medicine doctor and he gave me clearance to run with VERY strict instructions to take two weeks off after the race!

After my appointment, I immediately headed up to Ogden to get our race packets.  While I was at the expo I met the legendary Jeff Galloway.  Awesome! 

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This is the earliest I've ever gotten up for a run/race.  Yikes....that is early! 

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I drove to my good friend Karen's house to carpool up with Jill (Karen's sister), Smooth, Karen.  As we drove up to the start, the weather forecast manifested itself.  Rain, rain, more rain AND a headwind.  We tried to catch the last bus so we wouldn't have to wait in the rain and mud. But we still had a good hour to contemplate the upcoming 26.2 miles! 

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 The start line staging area is so majestically beautiful.  We all wore rain ponchos or garbage bags to try and stay dry from the pouring rain!

 

My main goal for the race was to stick with Smooth and run a 4:30/4:45.  I knew with my lack of training and various injuries, I wasn't going to be making any personal records! 

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MILES 1, 2, 3 (9:48, 9:50, 9:50) (water stop 3) Finally, it was time for the start gun to go off.  I started with the group (Karen, Jill, Smooth, Lowell and Susan), but we quickly started to trickle away from each other.  Karen and Jill took off.

 

MILES 4, 5, 6 (9:22, 9:30, 9:58) (water stop 5)  I lost Smooth/Lowell and Susan at the water stop, but was able to find Paul and Tiffany!  What a blessing to find friends!  It made the miles go by SO MUCH FASTER!  We talked about gardening and traveling.  I was so engrossed in our conversation that I forgot to take my GU at mile 6.  

 

MILES 7, 8, 9 (9:36, 9:32, 10:09) (water stop 7)  Took GU at mile 8.  Still hanging with Paul and Tiffany.  We were having such a wonderful chat and taking in all the beautiful surroundings.  Last year, we ran by a field of stampeding horses and luckily, they were there again!  Majestic!  

 

MILES 10, 11, 12 (9:53, 10:12, 9:54) (water stop 11)  Though I was feeling great mentally (compliments of friends and good conversation), I felt like I hadn't found my physical mojo.  I felt like I was really making an effort to keep the pace (slow as it was).  I started thinking this could me a long few hours.  We had a short walk break.

 

MILES 13, 14, 15 (10:37, 10:34, 10:00) (water stop 13, 14, 15) We stopped at the POPS at mile 13.  It was a nice reprieve from the rain for a few minutes.  BUT, I lost Paul and Tiffany.  I waited for a minute or two and then took off.  The only hill in the race is at mile 14.  Last year's feelings from conquering the hill and having a race turnaround came flooding back.  I knew I wasn't in last year's "super-star race shape" and I wasn't sure how to process my mental state. I heard a volunteer say to another runner, "Just gut it out".  It became my new motto.  This stretch is my favorite part of the course.  I finally turned on my Ipod.

 

MILE 16, 17, 18 ( 9:34, 9:41, 9:25) (water stop 17 and 18)  I felt my physical mojo coming alive, but I still had a long way to go.  I knew my mojo could quickly leave as fast as it came.  My favorite songs on my Ipod came on and I tried to just "ride the wind".  I happened to run into Maynard (Smooth's friend).  I said, "Hello.  I don't really know you but I'm glad to see you.  If you are a friend of Smooth's, then you are a friend of mine". We hardly talked, but I was grateful for his company.  I saw Jill and Karen at the mile 17 POP.  I was so surprised to see them.  I thought they would be miles ahead of me.  So seeing them gave me the mental boost that I wasn't totally bombing this race.    GU at 18.

MILES 19, 20, 21 (9:12, 9:36, 9:05) (water stop 20) I really was feeling wonderful and was just trying to keep the momentum going.  Maynard had a great pace going and I was hanging on.  My body was starting to get tired.  My quads, hips and feet were starting to ache.  I wasn't sure if I was going to blow up, but I still had about an hour left of running. 60 minutes is a long time to suffer.  We started to see spectators and it gave me a mental boost.  I was starting to miss my family and kept thinking about them during the next few miles.

MILES 22, 23, 24 ( 9:35, 9:21, 9:58) (water stops 22, 23, 24)  I had not looked at my watch the entire race.  I had no idea how slow/fast I was going.  When we got to mile 22, I asked Maynard (who wasn't wearing a watch) if he wanted to know the time.  He said no, so I didn't look.  In a way, it was liberating to just run by feel and not time.  Around mile 23, I couldn't keep up with Maynard any longer and let him go.  I still felt strong, but knew I still had 30ish minutes to go and couldn't keep the pace that long.  "Just gut it out".

MILES 25, 26.2 ( 9:55, 9:48, 3:14) (water stop 25)  After I had walked through the water stop at mile 25, I had a bit of a mental breakdown.  I started to cry (which no one probably noticed since it was still raining and my face was already wet).  My body was done.  I wasn't sure if I could make it one more mile.  I knew I just had to put one foot in front of the other.  Literally.  I was beyond wet.  My clothes were heavy with 4 hours of rain.  My feet were squishy in my shoes.  My body had been up since 2:15am.   "Just gut it out". Those last 1.2 miles was a pure mind over matter moment.  One foot in front of the other.  Left...right...left...right.

Crossing a marathon finish line is such a surreal experience.  My body started to go into shock.  My legs started to cramp up and I wasn't sure if I could even walk to the car.  The Coke I drank was starting to make me sick to my stomach.   I started to shake uncontrollably.  While we were waiting for Smooth to finish, I sat on the curb with chattering teeth.  A sweet medic came up to me and asked if I wanted a space blanket. It was like manna from heaven.  Karen's husband gave me another blanket to help me warm up.  

One of my favorite parts of the finish line experience was watching other runner's reaction as they "crossed the line".  Friends holding hands, emotional runners bursting into tears as they conquered their own mental demons,  giving loved ones hugs, family members cheering with delight, children holding signs for Mom and giving 5's, and some falling to the ground with exhaustion.  I just got teary eyed watching their own stories unfold.  I understood  every one of their emotions.

 

 

 

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I didn't have an epic run today.  I wasn't even close to a personal best.  But I ran 4 hours and 17 minutes in the rain and conquered a few of my own mental demons.  Running with friends is much more enjoyable than running alone.  And I learned the real meaning of "Just gut it out". 

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A few more race thoughts:

 1.  On the way home from Ogden, my hands started to swell.  My knuckles weren't individual humps...just one long mass across my hand.  Weird, I've never had anything like that happen before.  It's gone now.

2.  I chaffed HORRIBLY!  I have some very large, bleeding sores on my inner thighs and under my sports bra.  Yikes....those puppies hurt!

3.  I was amazed at the volunteers.  They stood out in the rain for HOURS helping us runners.  They didn't get a medal or an emotional high from running a marathon.  I so appreciate those people who called out my name.  

4.  I am unbelievably sore after this race.  Whereas after the SL marathon, I felt great by Monday morning.  I'm still struggling up/down stairs.  My right foot (on the outside) hurts....I've never had a problem there.  This race beat me up and spit me out.  It is going to be awhile before I think about running again.

I'm such a whiner today! 

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I'm taking the next few days off from exercising and the next 1.5-2 weeks off from running. I'm still incredibly tired and VERY sore.  

It was awesome to sleep in, make my kids a big breakfast, get the laundry going and have my ducks in a row for the day.   

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40 minutes on the bike - easy

3x

20 skull crushers

40 russian twists

20 dips

12 real push ups

20 scissor

30 donkey kick

LLL

B6

Soreness is getting better, but that race wiped me out.  It is nice to just chill and continue to chill for the next week or so. 

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3.7 mile walk with cul-de-sac neighbor.  She's a dang fast walker.  Pushed Georgia in the stroller.

Down/back lunges in the cul de sac

Core Challenge 3x

100 crunches

15 push ups

60 sec plank

 

1 min bridge

2 min bridge

quick stretch 

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40 min bike

3x

20 skull crusher

40 russian twists

20 dips

10/side   side to side lunges

100 crunches

15 push ups

walking lunges

B6

LLL 

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30 minute bike

3x

20 skull crushers

40 russian twists

20 dips

10/side side to side lunges

100 bicycles

15 push ups

walking lunges

B6

LLL 

15 squats with overhead press 

 

1 hour hike with the family up "Unicorn Mountain" (aka Grove Creek Canyon).  We ate breakfast burritos at "Burrito River".  And we like to personalize our mountain's name!!! 

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3 miles on the home TM (it was a mish mash of run/walk)

3x

B6

one arm push ups

 

This is my first run since the Ogden Marathon.  Pathetic.  My ankle is still achy.  When I went to see my doctor the Friday before the race, he said if it still hurts 10 days after the race, he would order an MRI.  I'm really torn if I should pay the $1000.  I think there is still lingering "stuff" left over from my SF back in August and *maybe* a new one according to the xray he took 2 weeks ago.  

It would be nice to actually know what is going on.  BUT they will just tell me to rest for XX weeks.  Do I really want to pay $1000 for them to tell me to rest?  

 

I'm really done with injuries.  They are such a nuisance!   

 

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At home gym

1 mile run 10:00

3x20 squats with 15lbs weight

15x ball pikes

B6

1 mile run 9:24

8 min abs (leg lifts, side v crunch, toe touch crunches, cheek to cheek planks, side plank lift, scissors, butt lifts, windshield wipers, planks)

1 mile run 8:30

10/ side Single leg hamstring lift

15 push ups

20 skull crushers

1mile walk on TM

Stretch and foam roll. I bought an $8.99 box fan from Target and put it on a ladder right in front of the TM. Heavenly!!

Last day of school...need to find my mom mojo quick!

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