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Ogden Marathon

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Location:

Cottonwood Heights,Ut,USA

Member Since:

May 17, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

Pony Express 50 miler  2009   13:19

*** 50K PR is 7:11 Red Mountain 50K  2010

Red Mountain 50k 2008

   Goblin Valley 50K (twice)

Antelope Island 50k

 

24 hours of Moab (dropped out at 42 miles)

Antelope Island 25K

***  Marathon PR is 4:50 (St. George)

14 St. George Marathons

Portland Marathon

2 Ogden Marathons

2 Park City Marathons

Top of Utah

*** Half Marathon PR is 2:18 (Bryce Canyon)

Hobble Creek Half

Provo River Half

Salt Lake City Half

Bryce Canyon Half

Painters Half

Short-Term Running Goals:


I did it!!!  Pony Express 50 miler!!   13:19 !  Oct. 16, 2009

 2011 Race Calendar:

Feb. Aloha Race - Honolulu

April Red Mountain 30K

April  SL Running Co. 5K

May Running with Angels 5K

July Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Aug. Park City Half Marathon

Oct. St. George Marathon

Sept. Little Grand Canyon Half Marathon

Provo Halloween Half Marathon

Nov. Mesquite Half Marathon

2012 Race Calendar

Jan New Years Revolution Race at Oval (14 miles)

April Red Mountain 30K

July Bryce Canyon Half Marathon

Aug. Park City Half Marathon

Oct. St. George Marathon

Oct. Halloween Half Marathon

Nov. Mesquite Half Marathon

Dec. Honolulu Marathon





Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay fit enough to run marathons all thru my life


Personal:

I started running at age 40 (14 years ago!)  I am married to Harold, he is a super supportive husband and we enjoy running and biking the trails along the Wasatch Front together. Between us we have 7 children and 9 grandchildren.  I am really having fun trying new races in scenic parts of Utah, I am a newbie in the ultrarunning world, I am slow, but love everything about it!  I have a lot to learn,but I am enjoying the journey.  

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Did a short 3.5 on the trail the goes from Wasatch Blvd. to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.  Short and Sweet. Now I have to go beautify the world!

 

Have a great weekend, let's pray for sunshine!

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Harold, Gary, Ernie ,Odee an I  drove to the Draper BST trail and Gary and I took off running, Ernie and Harold were going to bike but decided to hike instead with the rain, they ended up going a mile or so and then went back to the car and went for breakfast while Gary and I ran to Corner Canyon and then onto the Porter Rockwell trail, the rain was coming down hard the whole time, actually it kept getting worse, so we called the guys to come pick us up and called it a day.  Crappy weather, but still had a fun time,  we are hoping to get one more decent long run before Ogden on Wed. and then taper.  I am not ready for the marathon, but I have done marathons in this condition before and so I will survive!

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A slow run this morning, I am feeling my age, I never got to that point where it felt comfortable, the joints felt stiff the whole run.  I am shooting for 15 miles with Gary Wed. and then tapering for Ogden.  Ogden will not be pretty, last year I felt so good at this time, things are not working right and I am not sure what to do, just take it slow I guess for now and keep plugging along.

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I just got back from muscle up and have yoga in a couple of hours.  

Have a nice day,   Love  and Kisses, Granny

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TODAY WAS THE BEST RUN OF 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to back track to yesterday, I ran out of Naproxin, my prescription Ibprofen, so I went to Target to get it filled and they couldn't do it until they talked to my doctor, so I was bummed, because I have been feeling so horrible these last few months. Last night I took 3 200mg of Motrin, and then took 3 this morning and then met Gary and took off to Millcreek. 

We parked his car at Einsteins and mine at the top of the road where they close it for winter and ran up to Elbow Fork and then hopped on the Pipeline and ran all the way to the end and then turned around and ran down Rattlesnake Gulch.  By the time we hit the road we were at about 11 miles.  I had absolutely NO PAIN and felt like a million bucks the entire time.  After about 10 miles I wanted to cry I was so happy.  I felt like a kid, tons of energy and loving every minute of it.  So, at mile 11 we hit the road and ran on the side of the road for almost 2 miles to Einsteins, we were doing about a 10:?? minute mile pace.  So we get to the car and realized Gary's keys were in my car at the top of the canyon so, Gary, being half superman runs back up the canyon 5 miles to get the car and I speed walk up to Church Fork and hike up to get my jacket I left hidden.    Our timing was perfect, Gary pulled up just as I got back to the road.

I am sure that the Naproxin is the culprit here, I am so glad the prescription wasn't filled.  The moral of this story is doctors don't always know what is best!! I am buying stock in Motrin.  Another plus for my great run was,  #1 a FABULOUS TRAIl,  #2  Amazing weather #3 Great Company.  

I feel like have been given a new lease on life!!!!!!!!  Watch out Ogden, here I come!!!!!!!!

Thanks everyone for all your helpful comments, I am going to figure out a way to adjust my training and get better, but I think I figured out the number one problem today!!!!

 


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I took Odee for a little walk on the trails to stretch out my legs, they are a little sore, but a good sore, that showed me I had a good run yesterday.  I am going to do my yoga stretches at home and stay out of the gym today.   I am going to work in my garden today and then celebrate my step daughters birthday tonight.  

 

Have a great day!

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This morning  I showed Ardath the new trail I discovered afew weeks ago at the base of Little Cottonwood. We hiked and visted, a great start to my weekend.

I have decided to do 8 miles on Pipeline tomorrow, I can't bare the thought of  a hard road. Maurine, if you come with me you could run ahead and run down the canyon for  more miles. 

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Maurine and I did the Pipeline this morning. We started at Birch Hollow and ran to the SLC Overlook and back. Beautiful way to start the day!  Thanks Maurine!  Zippy Maurine went ahead of me and ran down the canyon and I picked her up in the car. Lots of runners were out this morning, fun atmosphere!

 

Now off to work in the garden!

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I forgot to take my Motrin this morning, my legs felt sore and the joints felt unstable.  I am sure yesterdays's Mother's Day feasting didn't help much either. Oh, well, it is Monday.  I ended up hiking up the Little Cottonwood trail, there was no desire to pick up the feet and run going up or down.

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Yoga is it for today!  A little walk with Odee maybe.

I am bummed for Maurine and Smooth, heal fast!

 

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Odee and I got up early and ran the Pipeline trail in Millcreek. All my working parts seem to be working properly! I am looking forward to Ogden.

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I did a hike in Corner Canyon to show Jana some new biking trails, the canyon is a mess with construction.  I hate running in the afternoon, so I didn't, just walked, it is all for the taper, yeah right, my lazy butt!!!

Hopefully I will see you at the Expo, I am heading up at 3:00 with Gary.

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Ardath and I and Odee had a great run on the Pipeline this morning!  What a beautiful morning!

 I am so excited to go to the expo tonight and hopefully see all my running buddies!! 

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Race: Ogden Marathon (26.2 Miles) 06:07:00
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Is this the same race that I LOVED last year?  Oh, how one year can make a differance!! Me and gary crossing pineview dam Last year I ran it in 5:23 and felt like a million bucks at the finish line. This year every step was painful and I did it in 6:07. I still enjoyed it, but it has sure got me thinking!!  Thank goodness for Gary and for an early start.  Gary and I got off the bus and started walking, we had fun having the road to ourself and laughing to all the aid stations and the cops that we were the first place runners.  No one seemed concerned!  It was a beautiful day, I enjoyed the scenery and Gary's company.  We saw the first place runners zip by us at almost the 10 mile mark.  Scott was the first person I recognized, but he was past me so quickly I dare not yell at him and have him break his stride.  Then I was looking for Kelli, I would have never missed the dark curly haired cutie, and sure enough at about the 12 1/2 point she zipped by and gave me a sweet little greeting , she looked also very strong and focused.  AT a about mile 15 some said "are you Leslie?"  and it was Lori Metcalf!!!  How fun is this to know all these awesome runners.  My hubby and Ernie were at mile 17, the dam crossing,  to take pictures, I will see if he can down load it on my blog later  At this point Gary took off not to be seen again until the fiinish line.  Running down the canyon, I am not sure just where, this little yellow and black bumble bee pasted me, I thought to myself that could be Smooths double, but I found out later it was HER!!  I can't wait to read her race report.  I limped thru the rest of the race,  I had way to many motrin and nothing seemed to help. I had no juice left to finish strong, just dragged my tired exhausted fanny over the finish line, like a worn out old woman.

I sat with Gary on the grass and he looked like he had just run a 5K and was feeling chipper, I sat there and ate a creamie and saw Smooth and Kelli, but by the time I got my crippled body off the grass to go say hello they were gone, then Kelli popped back into the picture and I got to chat with her for a few minutes.  She told me about Scott's race, you need to read Kelli's blog for the details, but that was very disapointing.

Met up with Harold and Gary and  Ernie and ate lunch at Roosters, came home and showered and slept. I can not believe no race reports are out yet. My two oldest children called me, and my son told me to stay away from the road races and get back on the trails.  This race was nasty for me, mean to the core,  and I am considering not doing UVM and Park City and just doing trails and then St. George, St. George is an absolute must until I die. This will be year number 13 and DNFED in the storm last year, so I need to redeem myself.

Time to really focus after a week off!  And I have to drop 10 pounds, I was up 6 pounds since TOU  last year, and I know that is part of the problem, I am way to heavy.  If I can get 10 pounds off by UVM and feel like I have increased my fitness level some, I may give it a try, but I am keeping my options open.  Oh, and the 50 miler???? Holy cow!!!  I really need to rethink that one!!!!  Who do I think I am fooling??

This was tougher than most marathons for me.  I have now 3 super slow "over 6 hour marathons" now and this is one of them, but I also have 17 marathons under my belt and am happy I can still run ( or hobble or waddle or whatever the heck you want to call it!) The crazy thing is I still love it pain and all!!!  It was a fun day!!!  Thanks Gary and Ernie and Harold for your undying support!!!  I love you guys!!!

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Took Odee out for a one mile walk, I am still very stiff!! 

Okay, it is time for an adjustment on my running schedule and game plan.  I have decided not to run UVM unless I drop 10 pounds and feel like my fitness level has improved. Ogden was a huge wake up call for me.  I really want to complete the slam so I am going to be very focused, so hopefully I will finally get these 10 pounds off that I have been working on for 2 years.

I am also not planning on the OV50.  50 miles of road running would kill me.  So I am taking that one off my calendar and I will not add anything else until I am in better shape. 

I am not even depressed about this, I feel like I am just being sensible and adjusting as my conditions change.  Who knows what I will feel like after St. George, maybe I will plan a 50k, just not sure, but I think a 50 miler is not in the cards.

Whew, that was a relief!  I am not running all week, I am going to enjoy my recovery time!  Next weekend Harold and I are back packing in Southern Utah, so I need to rest up!

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I am really enjoying my recovery!  I am going to go spend the morning with Paul, maybe go on a bike ride or take a dip in the pool.

Have a great day! 

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I am still enjoying my recovery, I am taking the rest of the week off and then Harold and I are going to be hiking down in Escalante over the weekend.

I have lost 4 of my 10 pounds and am feeling like I am going to make my goal and run UVM!  Life is good!!!

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Hello from the liesure queen! I just got back from a fabulous lunch at  Market Street Grill with Ardath, no exersize today.  I am loving it!!! 

 

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Did a 3 mile hike to the falls behind dad's house with the family.

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My first run since Ogden.  A beautiful run thru Capital Reef on red dirt trails.  Amazing scenery and weather. My dad dropped me off and picked me up after he went birding.  I didn't see a soul on the entire length of the trail.  Slow and easy, no pain, just perfect.

I have been talking to my sons and dad about my running, they are all in agreement that if I want to run another 10 years I need to stay on the trails, something that I think about often and have mentioned on my blog,  I am going to try  and stick with this plan, it was awesome today to be in such beautiful country and enjoy the soft trails and feel no pain.  

I am going to be in Torrey until Thursday with my son Tracey working on my folk's ranch, it has been so much fun to spend some time with my family.  Julie and Paul and Chris were here for awhile,but have left, so it is just Tracey and I for the rest of our trip. 

Enjoy your running! Stay injury free and eat some sugar cookies for me!!  Last night we went to Cafe Diablo and had the most amazing meal EVER!!!

Good-bye from the desert! 

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I am back home now and trying to get back into gear after Ogden and then a week vacation.  I did a nice easy 3 miler this morning on my new trail at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon.  Now off to play catch up on the house and all my ladies.

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 Harold and I did our first bike/run of the summer together. It was so much fun we got to the Birch Hollow trailhead about 7:30 am and stayed together until Rattlesnake Gulch, he then decided to take off down the gulch and ride his bike home and get busy on some yard work. I went on to the SLC overlook and then turned around and headed back and low and behold I came upon my most favorite homie  MAURINE! I decided to turn  around and head back to the overlook so we could catch up on all the lastest and put in a few more miles. It was a great morning.  Now it is off to run errands and then Harold is going to see Terminator with grandson and  I am going to stay home and play Susie Homemaker and make cool stuff with my new wheat grinder ( Maurine, I couldn't resist buying one, I know you were going to  let me borrow one, but I got a killer deal  and I will enjoy having one I can use with out driving over to get yours, thanks anyway- anytime you want to make bread come on over, I have lots of counter space!) 

For the record, I have not run on pavement since Ogden, and all my chubby parts are working well, the slow trail runs are my friend, I have not had one Motrin or pain drug in two weeks.  I think I might change my blog title to Trail Running Granny!!!  I am trying to talk my cute hubby into getting on the blog to  track his biking miles, and then we can write love notes to each other, does that make you want to puke?  :) 

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