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Cottonwood Heights,Ut,USA

Member Since:

May 17, 2008



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


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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Race: pony express 50 miler (50 Miles) 13:19:00
Total Distance

Jana (my daughter), Gary and Ernie (running buddies) and I left the house at 4:00am to get the start line by 6:00.  Driving thru the desert, the temp was in the 20's and there was frost on the ground. There were 9 of us doing the early start. 7 men and 2 women.  The other woman Joann dropped out at about 27 miles, so I was the only woman in the 50 mile distance to finish, so that made me the first place woman.

We all had on our headlamps and reflective wear on and headed off at 6:03.  I felt strong and took a comfortable pace for the first 30 or so miles.  My plan was to not sit down for the first half of the race.  Jana was also crewing for Gary and Ernie, I got ahead of the boys around mile 1 or 2. Gary would normally be ahead of me, but Ernie was attempting his first marathon distance and so Gary stayed behind to be supportive. Jana was the ultimate crew. She pampered us royally and took a zillion pictures of the day.  Jana would drive up to me and ask me what I wanted  and then pull ahead and have it ready for me.  She had a clip board and recorded my time at each stop, what I ate, and my bathroom stops and other notes that might be helpful if we decide to do this again. 

It was fun to be able to keep up with the other runners, I got to know Marilyn,a 100 miler and  the only other female on the course, Quentin, Gary, David, and Rand.  They were friendly and fun.  I love the feeling of comraderie in these races, afew times I would slip back and Dave would yell and wave, "Get up here Leslie" and I would kick it up a knotch to be with the group. 

At mile 11 my new LaSportive shoes were giving me a hot spot so I changed into my trusty old broken in Brooks.   This was when I realized how fabulous a driving crew is.  Jana was right there, put on a blister bandage and I was ready to go, had it been a marathon, I would have had to tough it out and have major blister problems, my feet never gave me any trouble thru the rest of the race.   Well, I guess I should say, I didn't notice anything until I went to bed and found little blisters on almost every toe, but nothing bad enough to give me trouble on the course.

I kept thinking around mile 15 I would see the 8:00 start group, but I was almost to mile 30 before they started passing me.  ( I am not sure exactly, Jana has it in her notes she is going to type up for me, so I am guessing for now)  Anyway, Scott was in the lead, and then Davy and then I lost track after that.  I never saw Smooth.   In her honor we did write Happy Birthday Smooth on the side of our car, so she was with us in spirit.

At 25 miles, the half way mark, I had been at it 5 hours and 54 minutes.   I felt great and thought I am going to do better than my 14 hour goal.  Jana kept track of my eating, "Mom, I think you need salt", or whatever.  I took Vit. I every 5 hours. Looking forward to Jana's crew stops were like a slice of heaven.

At mile 35 I told Jana I felt great but wanted her to stretch out my legs and I thought I would take a 5 minute rest with my feet elevated.  I never should have done that, my stomach started to ache and I then had some serious potty issues, which I will spare you, but managed to gross out Jana with. Jana said, "Mom TMI"!  At that point, I lost my running mojo, my gut felt horrible and I basically speed walked for the next few miles, during this time we went over the one and only  big pass, probably a mile of a very steep incline.  I was getting alittle down, Chris said he would come and pace me around noon and it was after 3:00 and I really needed him. 

 At the top of the pass Jana took afew pictures and I headed down hill and met up with Don a 64 year old ultra runner from Canada, he was adorable, his wife also an ultra runner and was crewing him. He had the biggest grin on his face and was so happy to be out in the desert running that you couldn't help but feel better.  At the bottom of the hill I stopped to get some more fuel and water from Jana and was ticked because my garmin just died, no sooner had I realized this, when I looked up and my kids had just pulled up Chris, Julie and Paul, I could have just bawled I was so happy, but instead I ran to them and hugged and kissed them!!!  I ran ahead while Chris adjusted his garmin for me and they got the bikes out.  Not too long after Paul comes up to me on the bike and rides along side me, it was so fun to have my kids out there.  Julie and Paul would switch off to pace me on the bike and Chris ran with me.  He told me to take it easy for a while and then the last 4 miles we were going to pick up the pace and finish strong.  I can not tell you how much that helped me mentally.  I was about the point to pick up my trekking poles and hobble in, but instead we picked up the pace and passed 3 runners! It was a strange mix of feeling strong, but I also felt alittle delirious, at mile 48 I tripped over my own feet and fell to the ground and bloodied up my hands and arms.  Chris kept saying stay with it mom, it is all mental at this point, your body can go afew more miles, mind over matter, you can do this, he never stopped talking, he would hand me my water bottle and say we are going to push it 100 yards, now breath, long slow breaths and relax and then push it again.  For those last 4 miles we had many sections where we had a 10 min. per mile pace.  It felt so awesome.  My kids all came to meet me just before the finish line and we went across together. Having my children there made my day absolutely perfect.  This has been a dream of mine for probably 10 years now.  It feels so GOOD!

Gary and Ernie came in 11 minutes after me.  I was so proud of Ernie, his goal was to run his first marathon with Gary out in the desert and he ended up doing 40 miles!!!!!   Gary was awesome to slow down the pace to encourage Ernie.  What a great couple they are.  It was fun to be with them  on my  50 mile adventure.

I loved every minute of the race and wouldn't change a thing.  Davy Crockett is so awesome to organize this. Thank you Davy.

The results are out, Marilyn the only 100 miler woman dropped out at mile 74, so they put her in the 50 catagory.  She crossed the 50 mile mark 7 minutes before I did, so I came in 2nd place.

From allie on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 15:27:44 from

wow! congrats on the 50-miler. glad you had such an enjoyable time. so awesome.

From Teena on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 15:38:28 from

I am in awe Leslie!!! You did AWESOME!!! Seriously, so incredible! And ... you beat your goal by 41 minutes!!! How cool is that?

A huge CONGRATS!!!

I talked to Smooth once she got in cell phone coverage and she was sad that she hadn't seen you. She will be so happy to read your report and know that you had done that to your van. Very cool!

Hope you are having a very restful Saturday!

Congrats again.

You are so so so tough!!!!

From marion on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 17:34:36 from

I thought about you all day yesterday! I am SO proud of you! I can't believe that you did that. What a woman :) You are such a GREAT example to me and I just love you to death! I am SO proud of you!!!!


From Smooth on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 18:40:51 from

Leslie! I was looking for you and Jana the whole way. I think we leap frogged with Rand from mile 17 on. I was actually happy that I never caught up to you because I knew you were running an awesome time. We finished at my 54K just before 3 pm and drove home from there.

HOW WONDERFUL to fulfill your 50 miler dream of 10 years in making. I wish I was there to see you and your kids celebrating that most memorable finish. YOU ARE a true inspiration to me.

THANK YOU for decorating your car with my birthday wish. Funny Wendy and you had the same idea. Great minds think alike. THANK YOU for running "with me in spirit". I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! YOU ROCK, Leslie!!!!!

From Jon on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 19:10:22 from

Leslie, that's awesome! Congrats on achieving one of your long term goals- you finished a 50!

From RAD on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 19:45:17 from

Totally in awe! After hot spots, feeling yucky, falling, no garmin - you were undeterred! You kept at it and finished in a GREAT time. I am so proud of you and your AWESOME achievement! Take some time off to spend with your wonderful family and rest sweet!

From Twinkies on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 20:35:36 from

Congratulations on reaching your goals. You did awesome. It was great to finally meet you. When you passed us at Black Rock after running 48.8 miles you still looked great. You are one strong woman.

From Snoqualmie on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 23:45:53 from

You are so awesome!!! HUGE congratulations on an amazing achievement! I am so happy for you. Wow!!! Just incredible.

From jun on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 00:43:24 from

Leslie, you had a fantastic race. It was so great to meet you. I am so inspired by you and think you are an amazing runner. Nice job out there. Next time we'll take more time to talk and get to know each other. Congrats again.

From Scott Wesemann on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 02:24:08 from

Great job Leslie! That report was inspiring. Congrats on reaching your goal, and living your dreams. I'm happy for you. Now go heal up, so you can get ready for next year :)

From Maurine/Tarzan on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 18:23:46 from

I don't know whether I am more proud or more jealous of you. OK - I know that I am more proud of you! I was so excited when you called. The best part was knowing that you had finished even before you called, because you would have called much earlier if you had DNF'd.

Way to go. I love you so much and am so happy you accomplished this. I can't wait to see the DVD tonight!

From leslie peterson on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 19:05:27 from

Thank you everyone for all the kind words. It really was a dream come true for me. I felt awesome and finished strong. I couldn't be happier, and look forward to doing it again next year!!! It was a magical day in a beautiful desert!

From leslie peterson on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 23:06:55 from

The unoffical times are out on the Pony Express. Marilyn, the only female 100 miler dropped at mile 74, so she was put in the 50 race. Her 50 mile finish was 13:12, so I came in 2nd at 13:19.

Davy came in first at 22:58, holy cow. Only 5 of the 14 100 milers finished. 3 runners have not reported their time yet.

From LuzyLew on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:11:36 from

You are amazing. What an accomplishment. I loved that your kids nursed you through the end. What a great day out in the desert. Running 50 miles seems like an impossiblity. I can not wrap my brain around it. But it also seems wonderful to be out in the desert like that -- particularly doing what you love, with people you adore. How wonderful!

From Bourneadams on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 11:33:07 from

leslie, what a great post. wish i'd had time to read it earlier. the end with your kids with you made me cry. how amazing that you did it!!! and your kids are the best.

From leslie peterson on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 13:12:30 from

thanks Lisa Lou!!!

From Kelli on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 17:39:39 from

WOO-HOO!! Second place is awesome, you are amazing. I can not believe you ran 50 miles, that is so incredible!!! And I love how you "took it easy the first 30 miles or so!" That is so flippin' incredible. You are my hero!!!

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