I Can Do Hard Things

Week starting Jan 22, 2012

Previous WeekRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesToby's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageMonth ViewYear View
Graph View
Next Week
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!


American Fork,UT,

Member Since:

Nov 27, 2009



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 

2022 - 1:48:53

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 

2022 - 1:49:40 (AF Cancer course)

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


Married for 23 years. I have 18 year old triplets and a 15 year old. I love to sew, garden, and run!

Favorite Running Quotes: 


"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.


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.

Favorite Blogs:

Click to donate
to Ukraine's Armed Forces
Miles:This week: 29.00 Month: 12.00 Year: 135.00
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Weight: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Today was all about recovery

SLOW 1.5 miles on the TM (I walked the first and last quarter mile)


10xadductor on the pulley machine

10xabductor on the pulley machine

foam rolling

60/60/60 planks

20 clams


SLOW 1.5 miles on the TM (walked the first and last quarter mile)

more foam rolling and stretching

I feel really great after Saturday's race.  My hip was very achy on Saturday and has progressively gotten better (lots of icing and stretching).  I could feel it while I was running this morning, but it was definitely better.  Massage today :)

Weight: 0.00
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

TM Miles 41:25

We are taking the kids skiing on Saturday and I was trying to figure HOW I was going to fit in 14 miles before 8:00am (considering the gym opens at 6:00am).    It kept me up all night.  Dumb.  I know!

I felt really super on my run today.  No leg stiffness (only hip aches and pains).  The miles flew by. 

Stretching and rolling

Weight: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

TM Miles - 5


10 minutes warm up

12 sets of 1min/hard (started at 9.3mph, then 9.4mph - my last was at 9.5mph and it felt awesome) and 1min/hard (6.1 mph)

5 minutes cool down (I wanted to stay within my 5 mile range today)

Foam roll and stretch x2

1 hour nap (preschooler was home sick and I totally took advantage of the cuddle situation).

I was really surprised at how good these felt.  As I was telling my hubby this morning when I got back from the gym, it is so nice to see hard work paying off.  Speed work has always made me "freak out" alittle.  But I am SO seeing the benefits of it.  NICE!

So I am running Ogden Marathon in May.  My 18-week "training plan" started 2 Sundays ago.  But I have NO idea what kind of training plan I should use.  For my first marathon, my highest weekly mileage was 40 mpw and no speed.  I want to do more speed and a few more miles, but I really don't know where to begin.  Decisions.

Weight: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance


10 adductors on pulley machine

10 abductors on pulley machine

60/60/60 planks

fire hydrants

3.5 mile run on TM 31:40 

I felt good, but piraformis was a bit tight today. 

I went to PT this morning too.  I was feeling a bit frustrated.  I keep getting the "aides" to show me exercises.  The majority of the exercises have been too easy.  I keep telling them, this is what I have been doing...I need something more advanced.

So finally I met with the head PT and I was sweating within minutes of him working with me.  I feel bad for continually saying "these are too easy", but I'm not going to pay money for easy stuff. 

Big run tomorrow....hooray!!!

Weight: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

TM Miles - 14


9:27, 9:22, 9:39, 9:07, 9:24, 9:17, 9:44, 9:14, 9:22, 9:21, 9:22, 9:12, 9:19, 8:25

We were taking the kids skiing today, so I had to get my run done early.  I didn't want to go outside in the dark (and cold), so opted for the TM.  This is the farthest I've ever gone on the TM.

I did a 6 mile run first.  This seemed to take forever.  My legs took a long time to warm and I knew I still had a long time to go.  After the first "leg", I reset the TM, took a gu and water and stretched for a minute. 

Then I started my second 6 mile run.  I watched another "Law and Order".  It was sad when I would see people come in, run 6-7 miles and do weights, then leave and I still had several miles to go.

After my second "leg", I reset the TM again, took a gu and water and then started my last 2 miles.

My body felt good.  I could definitely feel my hip/piraformis, but it didn't prevent me from running.  I did a lot of visualizing from last week's race to help pass the time.

Stretching, foam rolling and a LONG ice bath.  Foam rolled again when I got home.  Showered and headed up to Park City to watch all my ski bunnies!

My shins are definitely bugging this evening.  More icing.

Weight: 0.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Weight: 0.00
Debt Reduction Calculator
Featured Announcements
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):
Recent Comments: