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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 just got back from Bootcamp, I am not sure  if I am going to run or not.

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Bootcamp and then 6 miles with Julie.  I did speed work today.  My garmin is busted, so I have no idea how fast I was, but I was booking it granny style!!!  hahaha!!

It's almost Friday and  then the long weekend.  We are going to Torrey, the happiest place on earth! :)  I will have 3 of my 4 kids, yippee!!! Slot canyons, arches and family fun!

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I forgot to set my alarm and woke up 10 minutes before bootcamp.  If you are late, you have to do 10 push-ups for every minute you are late, I opted to play hookie.  I am into this 8 weeks now and this is my first sluff, not bad.  It felt good to sleep in.

My run with Julie was also canceled due to Paul having 2 seizures last night, Julie didn't dare leave him, so I opted out of that as well.  It is kind of nice to have  a day off. I took Julie down my juicer and a bunch of carrots and apples, she is going to try and get Paul off of processed foods, since his stroke he has lost his appetite and wants a lot of junk food, we think a healthier diet will help, even if  he is not excited about it, he is at Julie's mercy and I think she is going to insist he eats better.  

As a side note, I am down 5 pounds from bootcamp, and  down one dress size.  I feel alot stronger and  am really pleased with the results.  I have  4 weeks to go.  I am hoping for another 5 pounds now that my nutrition is on the right path.  That will have me at a decent weight for St. George. 

Have a great long weekend, and good luck on all your races and your time off!

 

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Bootcamp at Hillcrest. Love those bleachers!  I am now running up them skipping a stair at a time and feeling like Rocky!!!!!!   My instructor had me tell of my experience at bootcamp to all the new and old classmates.  I shared about how I ran the Ogden Marathon and  how all my joints and my whole body hurt, and then did bootcamp and ran Park City and it was painless, no stiffness or soreness at all!  Bootcamp has really made a huge differance in my fitness level. I also told them that the first six week course I didn't drop a pound, but I am in the 3rd week of my second session and I am following the nutrition plan have dropped 5 pounds.  I have really enjoyed this exprience and have learned so so much!!!  I am a believer in Bootcamp!!!

Now I have to pack up and head south to Torrey!!!!  Have a great weekend.  Good luck Smooth on  the SF 1/2 and everyone else who is running!!!!!!!

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Spooky slot canyon

Harold and I and our friends Ernie and Gary hiked Spooky and Peekaboo just outside of Escalante.  Spooky was amazing, it was a 1/2 mile of a very narrow slot canyon.  I just about had a panic attack in the middle of it, but Harold talked me through it.  The sky was alittle threatening and I had visions of a flash flood.  We also hiked Peekaboo. It was probably most interesting hike I have ever done.  It was a perfect weekend.

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Bootcamp this morning and then a 10 mile loop from my house, up to LaCaile and to 9400 S. and up to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and back.  I felt pretty good after taking it easy over the Labor Day weekend.

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Bootcamp and then  8 miles on the JRP with Gary.  We ran into Jeff and Ardath on their bikes, that was fun!  My legs felt tired today after 13 miles yesterday, good thing I was with Gary or I would have wussed out and walked.  Gary and I have a fun plan for a long run this weekend that will be awesome, I just have to talk my dear hubby into it.  I am not going to post it until I get permission, I guess I better start turning on the charm!!!

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Bootcamp and then a 2 1/2 mile walk with Julie.  Julie is in the process of trying to start a non-profit organization to help stroke victims that have run out of insurance.  There is not a place like this in Utah (there is in other states), it is going to be a huge undertaking but she is very determined and passionate to help others like Paul who are in need of therapy and have run out of insurance.  I thought I would put that out on the blog just incase someone out there knows someone who might be interested in something like this.

 

Have a great day my running friends!!!  Stay safe and strong, the SGM is almost here!

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Bleachers at Bootcamp.  Dang I am getting good at this.  Met with my nutritionist, he is going to send me my fat percentage today.  I feel good.  I am determined to have a perfect weekend, even with two parties!!!!! 

 

Have a nice weekend!  Come join us at the Cheesecake Factory at 11:00am tomorrow!!!  I am excited to cheer on Marion, Maurine and Marsha at the I  Can TRI!!!!!!  It will be fun to be a spectator!!!!!

My weekend long run plan bombed.  Oh well. It wasn't hubby's fault, I just wasn't thinking it though clearly.

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The HARDEST LONGEST SLOWEST 25 MILES EVER!!!!!!!!

I ended up doing my hair brain idea after all.  Ever since I paced a 70 year old man from New York 25 miles on the Wasatch 100 race I have wanted to do it, but have also realized it is out of my league. I paced about 8 years ago from Lambs Canyon to Brighton.  I thought it would be fun to hike the last 25 mile section from Brighton to the Homestead in Midway, to see what that portion of the race was like, and thought what better way than to go the night of the race and follow the glow  sticks and be a little fly on the wall and have a mini Wasatch 100 experience.   So on Friday morning I called Gary and asked him if he was up for it and he was totally up for the adventure.  I thought I might have to twist Harold's arm but he agreed, knowing I would have begged him until he gave in anyway, so we decided to get up to Brighton and start running around 11:00pm.  We didn't want to interfere with the race at all, so we packed all our food and water and avoided the aid stations, and we would move off the trail and give every runner the right of way.  I felt we did a great job of  staying out of everyone's way and yet we got to experience a part of the thrill of this amazing race.   

This last part of the course was so much more difficult than the Lambs to Brighton section that it blew me away.  I have never been up and down so many mountain in a 25 mile distance  in my life.  As near as I can tell from my garmin we climbed over 10,000 ft of elevation.  The highest peak of the race is on this last 25 mile stretch.  We climbed from Brighton to the top of Sunset Peak and then down into the American Fork Canyon and back up and down several mountains, it was very steep and very rocky.  I fell 6 times through the night, many of the sections were so steep that my quads were screaming to keep me from going too fast and going out of control, the climbs were exhausting.  I was so impressed with all the runners who had already run 75 miles pass me with such strength.  Ultra Runners are an amazing group of people.  It was hard to see  at night and my depth perception felt off, I wish I could explain our experience better.   I learned today that my dream of ever doing the Wasatch 100 has been put to rest. I have no desire to do the whole race, it is definitely out of my league.  I would love to hike the first 50 miles so that I can see what the whole course is like but I would never be able to do it in the 36 hours allowed.

I have to thank Gary, he stayed with me the whole time, I know he could have done it in half the time, but he was kind enough to wait for me when I got too far behind.  I know he is young enough and strong enough to do it, so I hope he does one day, but this old gal got a good taste of reality today and realizes it isn't happening for me ever.  Now that I have  had a nap, I can already look back on our night as a fanatastic adventure.  I am so impressed with the RD and his wonderful crew, this race is a gem.

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This morning  I decided to skip bootcamp.  I felt pretty good, but thought another day of recovery from Sat. would be the smart thing to do.  I took Odee out for a 1 mile walk, and felt great, what little soreness I had yesterday is gone today.   Now to find the perfect balance for tapering for St. George.  I know too much tapering makes me crazy, so I will try and be moderate.

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We did a lower body work out at bootcamp and then went outside and did 3 hill repeats on Fort Union Blvd.   I have dropped 2% body fat in 4 weeks. My goal is drop another 5% and then maintain, now that is the hard part!

Less than 3 weeks to SG!!!!!

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Upper body work out at bootcamp, run with Julie and Pink Floyd tonight!

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Lower body work out at bootcamp.  I have one more week of bootcamp and am really looking forward to a break. It is so intense.  I will go back to the CHRC and do muscle-up and yoga for a while.

16 days until St. George!

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I am such a naughty girl, I slept in and missed bootcamp at Hillcrest.  Ahhhhhhh...... heaven.  I am taking tapering to the next level.

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I only did a 5 mile walk today, maybe they will kick me off the FASTrunning blog!  I told you I know how to taper!!!!

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Bootcamp and then 5 miles with Ardath on the BST. It felt like winter, 49 degrees!   BURRRR!!!

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Just bootcamp!  I have a super busy day today!   

Happy Running or Happy Tapering!

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I am going to miss Bootcamp SO much, only two more days.  Today was a tough workout, but laughed so hard with my niece and the class that my abs got an extra hard workout. I am hoping to sign up again after St. George and the Pony Express, maybe 2 days a week.  I have never in my life worked out so hard and enjoyed it so much. Once you have gone thru bootcamp you can always do the friday session at Hillcrest, so that is really awesome. 

After class I ran down to the Jordon River Parkway and walked with Julie and Ziggy for a while.  Legs felt good at my comfortable granny pace! 

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Today was my last day of bootcamp, except for the Friday sessions which I will continue to do.  Bittersweet, I will love sleeping in alittle longer, but will miss the intense workouts and the people that trained me and my co-workout buddies. Next week I will start back up the the rec center and do my muscle-up classes and yoga. 

1 mile walk with Odee.

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Beachers at Hillcrest today, okay this is my offical end of bootcamp.  Harold took a before picture of me 12 weeks ago and then one yesterday.  I was surprised at the results.  I could really see a differance. Even though it was only 6 pounds, I have lost quite a bit of fat and gained muscle. I am going to have Harold take another picture in 12 weeks and see if I can see a change while working out on my own, I think I have learned enough that I should be okay.  My nephew went thru hell week this week, he had to run outside  and puke, it was kind of funny because there is a salon next door and they were all watching.  He was flying up the bleachers today and passing me, I was pretty impressed. His wife said that he told her he  couldn't hold the baby because his arms were so stiff.  Funny.  

One more week until St. George. I can hardly wait!!!!! 

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Did one of my favorite routes with Harold this morning, Harold rode his bike, it was nice, it made me push just alittle faster.  From my house to the Cottonbottom and past the Old Mill and up to the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon and and back home. I am feeling pretty darn good with the marathon being a week from today!! 

Looks like I am going to be doing the Misquite half marathon in Nov. with my girls ( they will do the 10K) and my friend Ardath and her sister from California.  My mom is coming too to be the cheerleader with Paul and Harold!!!  Fun times!!! I love to try new races!!!  That will mean I have done races now in Utah, Calif., Oregon, and now Nevada!!

 

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Hiked with Ardath on the Little Cottonwood trail.  It felt strange not doing bootcamp,  good timing to end though so I can taper for St. George.

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I had a mamogram appt. this morning at 7:00am, so haven't been out yet, I am thinking of going for a walk with Odee sometime today.  I am enjoying my taper way too much!

For those of you that have heard about my daughter's husband that was injured in a rugby game and suffered a stroke, you can check out Julie's new blog.   She is trying to start up a non-profit organization to help stroke victims that have run out of insurance.  http://theroadtostrokerecovery.blogspot.com/

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Merry Christmas!  Holy Cow it is snowing, and really coming down, not just a skiff!  I had to go over to the CHRC to run, I usually wait until it snows, oh yeah, it IS snowing and that is why I went there! I did 3 miles on the tread mill.  My avg. pace was a 10:?? min. mile.   That's good for me.

I hope you can all stay cozy today, drink hot chocolate with lots of whip cream today!  Maybe I will play the Transiberian Orchestra too!

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