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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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I had  my tooth pulled Wed. and the pain is getting worse each day.  I don't understand, I am going to try and get into the dentist tomorrow and see if I need antibotics or something.  The pain has to be gone by Friday!!!!

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I just got back from the dentist, I had a dry socket, they filled it and it was instant relief. Whew!  No wonder I haven't felt like doing anything all weekend,  hopefully tonight I can get in a little run or do the eliptical or something. 

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I ran at 6:00am this morning from my house to the mouth of BCC. I went at a nice slow ultra pace. All the body parts seem to be working fine.  Even though they are fine, the thought of going for 50 miles is very frightening.  I will not dwell on being negative.  I can do this!  I can do this!!!

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I beat the storm, the sky was dark and it was windy, but had a nice little run up to Bywater Park and back, I was running effortlessly down hill at a 9:00 min. mile, which is totally NOT me. I feel like I am as ready as I can be for Friday.  I just thought of something, I think I will have trekking poles in my crew vehicle, they may be nice to use those last few miles.

I talked to my son Chris and he may come out early in the day and run with me thru the finish.  I can not tell you how happy I am about that!!!!!!!

Last night my packing came out of my tooth and it started to hurt again so I got online and found out about a product and went down to Rite -Aid and put it on, it was clove oil and some other essential oil and my jaw felt instantly better and I woke up to no pain!!!  Life is GREAT!

50 MILES  here I come!

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                                  To Do List

1- sleep in  DONE

2- no running

3- get all my appts. done

4- double check my supplys and pack the car

5- pick up ice and a mylar balloon

6- make pasta

7- down load more music from Jana to my ipod

8- try and get to bed early (we are getting up at 3:00 am and want to be out the door before 4:00am )

I can't wait to see Gary, Jun, Twinkies, Davy and of course the birthday girl Smooth!!!  Good luck to us all!!!  May we all FINISH!!!!

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

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