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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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My plan was to do a 2 mile speed work out.... I pushed as hard as I could for one mile and did it in 9:30, I was very happy with that time, but I couldn't breathe or move and so I staggered around the park like a drunk for the next mile and chit chatted with the neighbors, my lungs felt like I had run a marathon, no it was harder than a marathon, I do my marathons at around a 12 min pace and it is a cake walk. I guess if I am going to improve my time it is going to have to hurt....do I want to hurt???  This blog is making me try to compete and get my speed up, it is all good, I needed a BIG fat kick in the pants.  Thanks girls, I willl be a better runner for it someday, hopefully!!!!

 

I had an appt. cancel so I ran over to Rite-Aid and got some gel heel insoles for $6.99 and took them out on a test run and did the Cottonwood trail.  It made a huge differance!

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This morning we got out the door at 4:50am to hit the road.  We had all of the Running Chics except for Erica, who has some injuries and couldn't join us.  So there was Jen, who is this cute little 29 year old, speedy Gonzales Des who is in her 30's and Lisa, the 40 year old and mother of baby twins, and me the Mother Hen , that is 53 years old.  Up until today I have kept up with my little chics, it has been hard because I usually just run for distance, but these gals are "on a mission" and they have busy lives and need to get this running done and back to their families before their husbands go to work.  Today was hard, we really clipped along.  We parked at the Old Mill Corporate Center and ran along Holladay Blvd road until it turned into 2300 E and ran all the way to the freeway and turned around and came back.  We did our 11 miles in 2:13, which was about a 12:24 pace, the girls had to stop acouple of times for potty breaks and I was very relieved and took advantage of some time to walk. I was behind them most of the way, but arrived to our destination about 2 min. behind them, not bad for the old Mother Hen!!!

Here are the mile splits:

10:48

10:29

12:02

14:48

15:55

12:00

11:01

10:59

11:56

12:56

13:57

We did a 8min run/1min walk interval.  It was hard work, but a fabulous work out. My little chics are SOOOO  AWESOME!!!

PS. I went to the pool and did 40 lengths, it took me 29 minutes, I need to do 70 lengths to equal my swim at Jordonelle, I have a LOOONG way to go! 

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6.07

Soooo LOVELY!!!!  Ardath and I got in the car with Odee and headed up to Millcreek Canyon for a hike. We put in at Birchhollow and hiked along the Pipeline trail. We liked the part between Birchhollow and Churchfork the best, nice and shady, there is more sun exposer beyond Churchfork.  Lots of trail runners out this morning, we decided next week I would run and Ardie will hike and Odee will go absolutely nuts running back and forth between us trying to herd us together.  A great way to start the day!!!  I think I made my 30 miles for the week already!!  Yahoo!  I hope you all have a VERY HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!!

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I didn't do a flippin' thing in the way of exercise today, we stayed up at our timeshare in Snowbird and lounged. LOOSER!!!

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I spent the day in Huntsville at Harold's family reunion camp out and did a very whimpy 2 mile walk, I am craving a real run!  I have been green with envy reading all your exciting posts about your weekend runs. I have some serious catching up to do!!!

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It is Sunday again, and time to plan my week out. My goals for last week were a total bomb. I wanted to lose 2 pounds and ended up gaining 2, I wanted to swim 3 times, only made it once, and speed work, well, I could write a whole page on that, I was going at it all wrong and thanks to Laurie, I think I will not really plan on a real speed work out session for awhile, everytime I run with my Running Chics I am working on speed to just to keep up with them, so for now they are my speed work outs, other than that, I am just going to focus on distance, I have  decided, now that my 50K back in May,is just a foggy memory, that I am going to attempt the Ogden Valley 50 miler with Maurine on Oct. 25, so I am going to be trying to put in as many miles as possible and have that be where I put my energy.  I am also going to try and spend more time swimming laps.  So, that being said my new goals are:

#1 35 miles for the week

#2  3 sessions of lap swimming

#3 focus on eating healthy ( notice no specific number.....)

I wish you all a good week,thanks for the support and the laughs, you guys are the best! 

 

I did an evening stroll with my hubby up Big Cottonwood Canyon, we wanted to check to see if Puke Hill was free of snow, it is ready to go!!!!

 

 

 

  

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This is a quick post, I have an appt due in a few minutes and am still in my stinky running clothes. I did 7.60 miles on the BST, from Draper to Corner Canyon and up Corner Canyon about a mile. Nice and easy, alot of walking, a nice start for the week. I ran into a massage client on the trail, I always love it when I see friends out on my morning run.

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3.29

Lisa and I did a short run this morning, a 5 minute warm up of walking then two 15min. run/1 min walk intervals, it took us 41 minutes, we had a short cool down  too. I am not sure of the pace with all the walking but we were    bouncing between 9 and 11 min. miles, while on the running intervals. It was a good effort.  Gotta cut this short, I am outta diet coke and need one in a bad way, so off to the Sev I go.....!

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This was an extra FABULOUS run this morning. Ardath and I went up to Millcreek with Odee and she walked and I ran.  On the way back I passed Ardath and told her I was going to put Odee in the car and for her drive down and pick me up!  It took me 2:16 minutes.  A nice easy pace for me on a trail.  Tomorrow is the 9 miler with the Running Chics, I won't get away with that kind of pace with those speedsters!  I am looking forward to a butt kicking run tomorrow. Today was a pure paradise!!!!!   

 Yahoo!!!  I did laps today!  60 lengths in 46 minutes, it seems like hours..... 70 will KILL me!


 

 

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Our 9 miler was really pretty laid back today, which I am so grateful for.  The younger girls had a few issues which slowed them down, potty stops, crud in shoes, chaffing ( these young girls haven't learned how to pee in the woods yet, I guess that is a skill that comes with age, and a lack of modesty) Anyway, it was nice, Lisa and I were out in front most of the time and took the time to do more  walking to let them catch up. We saw one skunk and two deer, a real nature run.  We did my favorite road route, along Wasatch Blvd. almost to South Mountain, it is nice running along the foothills,  not a lot of traffic, a nice shoulder, and beautiful homes and scenery. We did our 9 miles in 1:50, and our average pace was 12:14.  I felt we could have pushed a lot harder, but it was nice to take it easy.  I love long slow runs, especially with good friends!  Oh! I think I have my 35 miles in for the week!  Yahoo!

 

 

 

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I got up early, even though I planned to sleep in a bit, so ended up going on a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood, my heels are pretty hammered, I will have to take it real easy this next week in preparation for Bryce Canyon. I hope you all have great races or nice Saturday runs today!!  I am on my way to ww, I have had a very good week of eating healthy, but from the way my scale looks, I am not going to see much of a differance.

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Goal time again!  Last week I did pretty good, I did 37.95 miles, almost 3 miles over my goal.   I ate healthy and lost a 1/2 pound.  I missed out on one of my swim sessions, but that was my only down fall, so not bad.   This week I have Bryce Canyon so I will be running a lot less, I want to make sure my heels are healed.  So my focus this week is to swim and eat healthy.     I am now 6.2 pounds away from my goal.   Everyone, have a wonderful healthy week, no more injuries.... especially Maurine and Marion!   Oh, and I guess my biggest goal this week is to have an average pace at Bryce of under an 11 min. mile.   10:anything would be AWESOME!!!   My last half I did in 2:40, that was a couple of years ago, I should beat that all the heck!!!  Again, HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!!!!

 

 

 

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I woke up this morning tired, not in the mood to hike, Kim S. got to my house also tired, we both about decided to bag the idea and thought that if we got moving it might help. We drove to East Canyon and tried a new part of the Mormon Trail, it was completely flat and uneventful, it may have been nice to mountain bike, but since I gave that up, I won't be going up there again, anyway, now I know!  We probably walked 2 miles, I forgot my garmin along with my energy.  I don't if my low energy is all in my head because I told myself it would be a low milage week or if I am really tired, I haven't run since Friday, so I feel like there is no reason to be tired.  I am heading to the pool now to try and attempt 70 lap the full length of my triathlon swim, but I am sooooo NOT in the mood. 

I finally made my 70 lengths in the pool. I felt super sluggish and unmotivated, it took me almost 1:10 minutes, that is very depressing!!!!  I really need to whittle down that time.

 

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No running today. I did muscle up this morning and I am doing yoga at 10:30, and some swimming at noon.  I am looking forward to a nice easy trail run tomorrow morning with Laurie and Maurine, and anyone else that would like to join us, maybe Lisa and the chics? Have a great day!!!

 

I did 40 laps today in 35min.  Two days of swimming in a row!  yahoo!! 

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This is my taper week, I am not good at tapering or should I say, I taper too much. Tapering is way overrated and I always feel sluggish and lazy the week before a run, I need to taper less and run more the week before a race. I  was thinking I need to give my hammered heels a rest, which they need,but my whole mood gets funky when I don't run.   All the hiking and classes at the spa doesn't give me what I need, I have to run, so I need to find the right balance for the week before a run.  Maybe do 4 miles a day every day and do it at a slower pace...  I need to figure this out because I have so many races planned, I can't afford to feel so crappy the week before a race.   Anyway, Laurie saved the day, she came over to my house and we did the Pipeline trail up Millcreek. It was so nice and cool and beautiful, we were on the trail by 6:20, there were several other runners out that early, we had a nice time visiting and going at  an easy pace, Laurie has had a high milage week and was happy to kick back, and I haven't run since Friday, so I was just getting my wings back, so we were both happy to have a run where the time didn't matter.  Ahhhhh, I feel MUCH better.  Thanks Laurie!!!

I did 40 laps in the pool in 34 mins.!! Three days of swimming in a row! 

 

 

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Okay, I did 2 miles in the neighborhood today.  My average pace was 10:39

mile 1-11:07

mile 2-10:11

Lisa drove by and stopped and we talked for about 1 minute, so I was actually a little faster than that.  Yahoo!  Now, can I do that for 13 miles????

Oh, and my max speed was 7.8!

I went to Wasatch Running and talked to Brad for about an hour and half about my heels and the triathlon, I ended up buying a $33 pair of in soles, I think they are going to be helpful, they seem to feel a little better this morning.   He kept mentioning the PF word, and I refuse to believe that I have that!  That is what OTHER people get! 

******  I did 60 lengths in 57 minutes!!!!  4 swim days in row!!!!! 

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Hi Everyone, I am in my hotel room in Bryce Canyon!  The drive was gorgous, Harold and I walked around "Fairyland" in Bryce and a bit in Red Canyon, I  absolutely love this place, it is going to be so much fun to run thru this awesome park. I told Harold I really have to do a good job because all my blogging buddies will be watching!  He thinks it is quite funny, I am about the most non-competitive person EVER!  Get me thru the finish line with any time and I think I deserve a medal (hey I usually get one!) and I think I am wonder woman!!! I tell myself I beat all the couch patato's of America!!!  Rock on Leslie!  So, I am trying for 2:20 which would be a PR for me, my last half was 2:40 several years ago.  So we will see if this ol' girl can kick it tomorrow!!!!  Wish me luck!!!  And thanks for all your wonderful comments and encouragement!!!  I love all you bloggers!!!!!

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Race: Bryce Canyon Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 00:02:18, Place overall: 270, Place in age division: 9
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I did it!!!!! a PR!!  My time was 2:18 and my average pace was 10:33!!! I was so happy with my time!!  It is funny how kicking it up a notch, well actually 22 minutes, changes EVERYTHING!  Usually my runs are real social, chatting with all the runners in the back, but this time I put on my ipod and kept focused the whole way, watching my garmin like fool and everytime it got above an 11 min. pace I would get into gear and push.  I didn't talk to one person, one gal did comment on how cute it was that I kissed my hus band, he was on the bike beside me for a couple of miles, but other than that it was business all the way!  I loved it!  Here are my splits:

mile 1- 10:36

mile 2-10:46

mile 3- 8:46

mile 4- 9:32

mile5- 10:10

mile 6- 9:40

mile 7- 9:59

mile 8-10:28

mile 9- 11:42

mile 10- 11:09

mile 11- 11:41

mile 12- 11:53

mile 13- 10:39

I felt pretty good thru the race and recovered fast!  The course was really nice, I would love to do it again!  Harold and I are now at my folks amazing cabin in Torrey and we are going to Cafe Diablo tonight to celebrate and then to the Hale Theater in Grover (Yes, there is a Hale theater in Grover, it is soooo much fun!!) 

Girls,thanks for all the support, I thought of you all while running, it was great motivation for me!!!!   Thanks!!!!

I put on a new picture of Harold and I at Bryce Canyon.  My old picture was taken after my 50K race in Ivans and I looked like an old worn out woman, which I was! 

 


 


 




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I wanted to let you all know that my sweet 31 year old son-in-law is in the hospital.  He was in a Rugby accident and ended up having a stroke.  I was going to write more, but family just arrived, I will update when I can.  

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I decided that I need to do a short run every morning for my mental and emotional state of mind.  Maurine and Laurie joined me to run the Pipeline trail, Odee and I did a slow shuffle while the girls took off and did a nice run.  It was good therapy for me to get out after spending all day in the hospital. 

We are grateful that Paul is moving all his limbs, he hasn't spoken to us yet and he was with out blood flow to his brain for 7 hours, he is on a  drug that is supposed to thin the blood and get to his brain better, I am not sure of  all the medical terms, please remember him in your prayers.

Thank you Laurie for the beautiful roses from your garden, they will brighten up Paul's  room, and thank you all for your thoughtful remarks.  


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A quick update on Paul, he had surgery yesterday,they removed half of his skull to allow for the swelling, it was frightening to even think about it, but it was our best option.  This morning he woke up 5:00a and reached out and held my daughters hand, it was a wonderful sign, he is still with us and our prayers and thoughts and his will to live are working. Thanks for asking and caring.

 

Love,Leslie 

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I did a 6.20 mile hike on the Cottonwood trail. It was nice to move my legs again. I need to make sure and get my running in between time spent in the hospital. It looks like he will be in intensive care for at least 3 weeks. I will try and keep up on my blog entrys and enjoy watching yours.

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I slept in a bit, and did a short run/walk around the neighborhood, I will try and get back into my running more next week.  It has been hard to think of anything else besides Paul.  I really need running in my life, on many levels.

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What a fun run!  I got to run with my Chic's this morning!  We went down to the Parkway. Harold and  our grandson DeVante rode their bikes and Odee tagged along.  Des and Jen went out ahead of us, we figured Jen is 24 years younger than me, and Des is a youngster too, so Lisa and I didn't even try to keep up this morning, we just had  a nice comfortable run and caught up on all the lastest.  The super fun part was recognizing our blogging buddies on the trail. I recognized Jody first from her picture on the blog and realized she was with Kim and Paula, I knew Kim lived further south so I didn't think it could be her, but it was.  What a happy reunion!!!! We chatted for about 3 or 4 minutes and then we both went our separate ways!  We think we saw Brent too on the trail, but at the time didn't realize it was him.  It was fun to do the parkway and see all the runners and not have to deal with traffic. 

We did our 8 miles in 1:40  Our average pace was 12:31

It was fun to see all you girls!!! You look great!!

 

 

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It has been over a week since Paul had his accident, he is improving every day, if all goes well he will be out of  the ICU on Tue. and in rehab.  He spoke his first couple of words today, it looks like speech will be the most difficult for him.  We are very optimistic about his progress.

I just wanted to put it out there that Maurine and I and my hubby and hopefully afew others are running the Wasatch Crest trail Sat.  It is about 11-12 miles.  We are hoping to get on the trail super early to beat the crowds, maybe we will try to be on trail somewhere between 5 or 6 (we might need headlights!)  We have done that before, we like to hike up Puke Hill (1mile) in the dark and watch the sunrise and run along the ridge before it gets crowded.  If you have never done the trail it is spectacular, you can see Park City on one side of the ridge and Brighton and Solitude on the other side.  Once you climb the first mile it is fairly flat along the ridge and then about 5 or 6 miles down into Millcreek.  Depending on how many people are interested we may need help shuttling from Millcreek to Big Cottonwood Canyon.  We would love to have anyone interested join us!!!

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Today was a great day, a 5.26 mile hike with Kim S. up to Lake Blanche and then a 6.21 mile run with Maurine on the Pipeline in the afternoon.

It looks like Paul is really going to leave ICU tomorrow and go upstairs to Rehab!!!!!

This is a quickie! Hi to all of you and HAPPY RUNNING!!!!

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Did a 4:34 mile run by myself on the road, not my favorite thing, but time wouldn't allow a trail run, I ran slow which I usually do when I am alone, it was a 13 min. average pace, 2+ miles up hill and then back again. The heels felt pretty good, glad I stayed off them yesterday.

Paul got out of ICU yesterday and into rehab, we thought it would be 3 weeks in the ICU and it was only 8 days!  I got to see him take his first few steps, he was  holding onto bars, but he did it. He speach is what is going to need the most help. He can say-okay, yes, no, and his name.

Tonight Harold is taking me to the Steve Miller Band,  YAHOO!!!!

 

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This morning, my trail run got cancelled, so I went out on my own and ran into Lisa and Jen, they were just finishing up so I walked with them for a few minutes and then ran on my own. Slow and easy. Maurine and Laurie, and anyone else interested in running the Wasatch Crest trail on Sat., we decided to meet at 6:00am at Einsteins on Wasatch Blvd. We will put Krashman's (sorry, is his real name Chris?) bike on our car and we can all drive up to Gaurdmans together. When we get done and are at the Upper Millcreek Parking lot, Harold and Krashman can ride down the canyon to Einsteins, then Krashman can go up and get Laurie n his car, unless Laurie wants to run another 10 miles or so down the canyon road, which Maurine and I may or may not do depending on knees and heels. I will decide then if I want Harold to ride the car up the canyon and pick Maurine and I up. Did I make any sense at all?? Laurie, call me if you have questions 943-1571. Otherwise see you at 6:00am!! I can't wait!!!!

Oh, I went to WW this morning, and was down 1.4, so I am now 4.2 pounds from my goal!  I hope to reach goal before my tri on Aug. 23!!!!  These last few pounds are killer!

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