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June 2008

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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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I am finally back running again, and it feels great.  It has been 9 days since Red Mountain, I ran a nice slow 4 miles on the beach.  I ran down by the water where the sand is hard, it was a perfect way to get my legs moving again  and scenery I don't get in SLC!  I am excited to get focused again on my running when I get back home.  I have missed running with all my running friends!

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Rain, taking the day off!

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This morning part of our marathon training group, "the running chics" got together for a 3 mile power walk, it was raining so we went to the Cottownwood Heights Rec center to walk. We wanted to take it easy because we are doing our long run tomorrow (9 miles). Desiree, Jenny, Lisa and Erica are training for their first marathon and I am their Mother Hen, showing them the way! It has been so much fun with these younger girls, I think that training with them is going to improve my time and I will  be a better runner by trying to keep up with these gals who are 10 and 20 years younger than me.  Our little group is very dedicated and we have more fun than we should be allowed to have on these long runs, time zips by, lots of laughs and great conversation! I can't wait for 5:00a tomorrow, we are going to run to Mimi's and have breakfast, now that school is out and young moms don't have to get their kids out the door.

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This morning our running group got out on the road at 5:00am and did a nine mile route weaving thru Cottonwood Heights and ending up at Mimi's in Murray. It was one of those perfect runs, great weather, great company and feeling the thrill of being pushed just a little harder than normal and yet feeling strong at the finish.  Our average pace was 11:55. 

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I was planning on taking a day off of running after my 9 miler yesterday, but after a email message from Laurie and Sasha mentioning the 6 day a week running program, I went out for a little 2 mile run. Usually after a 9 mile run I am fine, but my run with my friends was at a pace a little faster than my normal training run and I felt some tenderness in my knees. I hope that as I continue to run at this pace my knees will get used to it, I would really like to improve my time. So today makes 3 days of running in a row, only 3 more to go. I need to go check out Lauri's blog and see if she made it.

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I took Odee, my dog, on a 2 mile run thru Butler Park this moring, I usually don't run on a Sunday, but I am going to give this "6 days straight running" a try.  I always like a new goal.  My knees are still a little tender so I kept it to a short run, I think they are a little better than yesterday. I just noticed my ultrarunning best buddy is now on the blog, everyone welcome Tarzan, she is awesome!

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This morning Lisa picked a route. We parked at the The Store on 6200 S. and did a loop, it was a flat course and we ran it at an average pace of 11:03 minutes per mile.  My knees felt good. We keep improving our time with every run. Running with a group is helping me with my speed, and it is so much more fun!

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Tue. and Thurs. are usually my crosstraining days, but I have decided to add to that and try for 6 days of straight running as well  So, this morning I went to muscle up over at the rec center and then went out for a 2 mile run. The first mile was all up hill to Bywater Park and then turned around and ran home. My time was 22:21 min. and it was an average pace of 11:04.  At 10:30 I am going to Yoga with Ardath, I have just been 3 times and absolutely love it!!  It is almost as good as having a massage, it is glorious!!

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This morning I ran with all the "running chics" We met at Erica's house at 5:30a and drove up to Wasatch Blvd. and ran north for 3 1/2 miles and then turned around and came back. It was cold and rainy and it even snowed on us for about 10 minutes, the wind was blowing pretty hard.  I am glad we didn't let the bad weather stop us.  It feels good to know we can run no matter what the weather conditons are! Lisa and I both have garmins and we both screwed things up, but we were running for about 1 hour and 25 minutes at about a 12:00 pace, it was a good run.

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This morning I hiked 5 miles with Ardath on the Bonneville Shoreline. We parked at the church/park pavillion on Wasatch and went south, almost to Corner Canyon and back. Odee went with us. It was beautiful weather, birds chirping ( I thought of Marion's blog), it is nice to take notice of those things. Everytime I hike with Ardath I notice the flowers and the beauty around me, she is always so positive about everything!  I think I will have to pay her for therapy, I got a lot of venting done! She also paid for the diet cokes after too, it was my lucky day!!  Thanks Ardie!!!!!!

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I met Lauri  at the Parkway and we did a nice easy run.  It was fun to get to know her.  It was nice weather and there were quite a few runners and bikers out this morning.  Thanks Lauri for the great run and for the sport beans!!

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Today was my first day off in over a week and I am enjoying the break.  I went up to the Heart of Holladay to see my running chics do their 5K, they all did awesome and improved their times since their last race at the Running for Angels 5K in May. It is so fun to see them do so well and see those happy faces!!!  It almost makes me want to cry!!  Ardath was there watching her granddaughter race, she was super fast, she was finished before I started looking for her. I think my chics are ready for a 10K!   Now off for the rest of my fun filled day!!!

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This morning I ran with the girls, we did a 10min run/1 min walk. It felt like hard work, I think having the scale go up this morning was playing tricks with my head!  I really need to work on following my weight watchers routine on the weekends, all those Father's Day treats were devine yesterday, but now I am paying the price!

 

OOPHS!  I noticed after reading Maurines note that I wrote this entry on the Sunday slot, but I ran it today- Monday. I will see if I can fix this

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***See Sunday's note, that was my run today!! 

PS.  I had to go up to Snowbird to pick up my final winter pay check and decided while I was going up I would run the Little Cottonwood trail.  It was scorching hot, I made it up one mile and turned around, giving me a big 2 extra miles to add to my day.  What was I thinking??  I think we are into full blown summer!!!!

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This morning Kim and I hiked the Porter Fork trail in Millcreek with Odee. We thought it would be low enough to avoid snow but ran into it just after 2 miles, we fought through it for a while and then said to heck with it.  We got a lot of catching up done and had a fun time. A nice cross training day. Now I am headed to the pool to do laps. I had my first private swim lesson last night. I am going to do the Jordanelle triathlon in Aug. and will have to swim a mile, it is completely out of my comfort zone, so I need to spend lots of time in the pool getting ready for this. I am hoping this will fun, I keep telling my self  "this will be fun, this will be fun... I am actually pretty dang nervous about the whole thing.  

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What a busy day!  I got up this morning and did a 5 mile hike with Colleen, the Shoreline trail again.  I will write tomorrow and report on our 10 mile long run.  I wonder if I can come any where near Marion's Riverwoods pace, that would be nice, but I doubt it.   Off to the bank before my next appt!!!

Oh dang, I am mixed up, my long run is Friday!!!!!!  It has been a super busy crazy day!!

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 This morning I did muscle-up, I am looking forward to our 10 miler tomorrow!!!

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This morning was our 10 mile long run, we had Erica, Lisa, Jenny and me.  We started at 5:00a from the Smiths on Bengal and ran to the bridge at South Mountain. We all felt great, I did not put my garmin on for the 5 minute warm up or the 5minute  cool down, our pace was  11:39.  We all felt strong at the end, the only problem we had was Erica took a fall within the first few minutes and turned her ankle a  bit, she was a trooper and did the whole run with us. I love the long runs, they are the best part of this whole running thing!  Marion, my goal for my half marathon is to shoot for 10:55!!  Now I have to get to work, I will sneak up to my computer while my perm is processing to see if you gals have made your daily entry.  Have  a great day!!!

 

5:00p  I just went on a 45 min. bike ride with my hubby!  It is such a work out!! Going up hills on a bike is TORTURE! I think it is 120 degrees outside too!  I prefer my feet to do the running rather  than biking any day!!!  Oh, well I need to support my husband, he is doing the bike leg of our triathlon.

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Finally!   We did a real live trail run. Ernie and Gary and I ran, and Harold mountain biked. We started at Mill B in Big Cottonwood and ran to Desolation Lake and back.  There was a bit of snow on parts of the trail, but not enough to discourage us.  Everything was great, except my adorable husband lost the car keys at the lake, good thing we had one of those magnetic boxes with a key inside on the car. Afterwards it was breakfast at Silver Fork!  DELISH! 

 

 

 

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I keep messing up writting my Mon. run on the Sunday slot, I will get this right yet!

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Okay, I am  re-writting this, I just wrote  about my morning run on the Sunday slot, I did that last week too.  So here I go again, different words same run, and in the right spot.

I ran with Lisa and Jen on their 5k route, it was hilly and hard work, I usually am not even a wake until I have run 3 miles, but we did it and now I am feeling great and ready for the day, I am going to do some yard work and then swim laps when the pool opens at noon.

I hope you all have a great week!

 

  I just did 36 lengths in the pool, I am not sure how many meters that is. It took me 27 minutes. It was nice and easy, I didn't push hard, I need to find out how many lengths is 1500meters. I am thinking around 60 lengths. I think I will be the last person out of the water on this tri, but what the heck it will be my first one of this length and I have to start somewhere!

 

 

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I am really excited about my day, I just got  back from muscle up and now I am going to run a couple of errands and then go to Zumba, a Latin dance work out and then yoga with Ardath.This afternoon  some trail running with Maurine on the Cottonwood trail, I am not going to post my miles until after we get back. It will be fun to run with Maurine, she has been recovering from surgery and now SHE'S BACK!!!

 

OH MY GOSH!  Is she ever back!!  We had a nice hike up the trail, it took an hour to go 3 miles, alot of talking and catching up and then we ran down, the first mile was very rocky, and had to be alittle cautious, but we sailed down the last two miles. It felt great.  There is something very magical that happens when you get of the asphalt and hit the trails!!  Thanks Maurine!  We had fun talking about all the runs we want to do together, again, I say, so many runs, so little time!!!! 

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I am taking a day off. My 3 hours of workout classes at the gym yesterday and run with Maurine, pooped me out, it was a lot harder than running 4 1/2 hours, I am stiff in places I normally don't hurt.  Any way I am off to help out at Girls Camp this morning and then hang out in Park City until my open water swim clinic at East Canyon. It  should be a fun day! 

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This morning I met Colleen and Ardath at 6:45 at my house and we headed up to Millcreek for a hike.  We put in at the Church Fork trail head and did a 3 mile hike along the Pipeline.  We had a nice time visiting, but it wasn't long enough, I had to be back for a 9:00a appt.  I am running out to the airport this afternoon to pick up Kim S. who has been in Hawaii, and then I think I will do the Cottonwood trail to get in afew more miles, I have had a very low mile week, no complaints it has been a fun week!!

Maurine if you brought your running clothes to work, want to join me around 3:00ish again?

YAHOO!  I got my Cottonwood trail in as planned!  95 degrees at about 3:00, I know this is a little crazy, but I wanted to get some more miles in for the week.  Today, I went all the way to the top , Maurine and I got alittle lost last time, but now I have it figured out.  The total miles, round trip is 6.56, and I dd it in 1:40 which is an average pace of 15:22, not super speedy, but a real good work out.  Maurine and I will do it tomorrow and see if we can take a minute or so off.

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Today was supposed to be my scheduled 8 mile long run, I am following a program that some of the younger gals in the neighborhood are doing, but they are still up at Girls Camp so I decided to do 2 miles this morning of speedwork (my idea of speedwork will probably make you giggle) and then I am doing 6+ miles this afternoon on the Cottonwood trail with Maurine.  I have never really focused on speed, just putting the miles in and going for the distance, so this is new to me, I am inspired by my young running group who are faster than me and from this fabulous blog, reading about all these fast runners, I didn't  do anything fancy at the track with a stop watch, but I went out for a fast 2 mile run. I put my garmin on at my front porch and just ran fast around my park and neighborhood, at one point my heels were feeling like they were getting pounded so I took off my shoes and ran on the lawn (thank you Maurine for bring that up) it was HEAVEN!!!  I will do that often on my new "speed work sessions"  Anyway, I am posting my stats because it is my first attempt at this and I want to see how I improve.  And, by the way, I am thrilled!!!

 

2 miles - total time 19:56  Average Pace 9:57

mile 1  -10:05

mile2   -9:50

Max speed 7.4 mph

Maurine and I did the Cottonwood trail again, we are feeling like one of the "regulars"  alot of the same people do the trail daily.  I had run past the same man twice this week and he was there again today with his daughter, the daugher was my son's girlfriend, so I got to meet her dad, that was a pleasant surprise.  Anyway we did it in 1:36 minutes, we shaved off 4 minutes. Our pace was 14.48.  Maurine was a head of me most of the time until about the last mile, I think she was pushing too hard after surgery and she had a little pain and had to slow down. It was a great run!  The mileage on the trail was 6.55

 

 

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This morning I felt like the bottom of my feet had been pounded over and over again with a hammer, they felt almost bruised.  I went over to the park and ran for one mile on the grass barefoot and then said to heck with it!  I am now recovering up at Snowbird with my hubby  in our lovely cozy timeshare with my feet up and enjoying the scenery and the quiet.

 

I went to WW this morning and was not too happy.  I am 6.8 pounds from my goal, but this is getting to be a joke, I joined in Nov. with only 10 pounds to lose and I can't seem to get there.  I thought maybe if I add this to my blog, it might keep me a little more honest, it is worth a try.  I am so guilty of rationalizing the food.... must carbo load, and then the reward after a good run, I need to find a balance.   

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I am going to follow Marion's lead on making weekly goals

#1 30 miles

#2 2 days of speed work

#3 lose 2 pounds

#4 3 days of swimming laps

 Okay this is all very do-able!  No excuses!!!   Here's to a good week for all of us!!!

 

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Kim S. and I took the dogs on a hike to Grandeur Peak.  Kim's dog is old and really struggled with the heat so we only made it to the saddle.  We had to baby him all the way down, so now we know.... Lucky can only do sissy-la-la hikes and strolls thru the park, that's it!! I was planning on doing laps at the pool, but right now a nap sounds like heaven.  So we shall see....

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