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Mt. Nebo Marathon

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Location:

UT,

Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

68 marathons, 5 times Utah Grand Slam finisher (division winner twice).

7 Bostons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016).

Two 50Ks, one 50 miler (Pony Express).

A handful of AG wins in all distance races.

Marathon PR: 3:57:09 (Boston'08)

Half Marathon PR: 1:48:41 (Bryce Canyon '11)

10K PR: 47:50 (Spectrum 10K '09)

5K PR: 22:31 (Nestle 5K '08)
 

Short-Term Running Goals:

BQ again

2017 Races:

June 10 - Utah Valley Marathon (5:13:43)

June 24 - Morgan Valley Marathon (5:49:01)

July 8 - Hobbler Half (2:19:37, 2nd AG)

July 24 - Temple to Temple 5K (27:43)

July 29 - Timp Half (2:08:01, 3rd AG)

Aug 26 - Mt. Nebo Marathon (5:16:16, 3rd AG)

Sep 16 - Huntsville Marathon (4:48:53)

Oct 7 - St. Geroge Marathon (4:57:11)

Nov 4 - Canyon City Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run happy and healthy all the days of my life. Be an example and inspiration to my family.

 

Personal:

I'm 62, retired RN, happily married, Nana to 10 beautiful grandchildren.  Picked up running in 2005 at age 50, to stay healthy so I can take care of my hubby who has AVR and MVR in 2004 and End stage RF in 2014, kidney transplant on Dec 30, 2015.  We have 6 children (1 daughter, 5 sons) who are kind, hardworking, caring, wonderful people... Wish they live closer to us!!!  :)  :)  :)

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
103.700.000.000.00103.70
Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 32.00Saucony Guide 9 Miles: 8.25Saucony Guide 9 (3) Miles: 45.70
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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We (Wendy and Amanda) went to water aerobics at 9am.  Felt so good.  But I undid all that good afterwards with raking dirt, weeding, etc. immediately after I got home.  Three plus hours later I took a quick shower and headed to Costco. Since I didn't even eat lunch, I ate samples there. When we got home at 5pm, the irrigation flood water had started, so I went back out to the orchard and pine trees and dug trenches for the irrigation water to flow.  Didn't come in until dark around 9pm.  I ate some left over noodles, started three loads of laundry and went to bed at 11pm.  Have to get up early for long run tomorrow.  My shoulders, arms and hands and back are so sore.  Took me awhile to fall asleep.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
17.750.000.000.0017.75

17.75 in 3:42.  Last 8 miles with Wendy on MCT in PG.  Woke up to the alarm at 5:15.  Since I ate so little and so late last night, I felt hungry so I ate a yogurt and a banana and headed out at 6am.  My arms and back still sore from yesterday's shoveling dirt, digging trenches last night.  It's only been 6 days since I raced a Half so legs are still fatigued.  I managed to run in the high 10s the first 9 miles.  Took some Powerbar chews that Wendy brought me at the PG Canyon Rd parking lot/bathroom, I was at my mile 9.75.  Then we headed out for 8 more.  By now the sun was peeking over the mountains and getting warm.  I had to walk a lot the last couple miles.  Wendy was very patient and so nice to sacrifice her morning to run/walk with me! 

I think I'm going to sign up for a marathon in 3 weeks, most likely the Nebo Marathon.  I was eyeing the East Canyon Marathon; but we have 2 wedding receptions to go to the Friday before so Nebo is better choice as it is closer to home. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

Saucony Guide 9 Miles: 8.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 easy on MCT then went to water aerobics with Wendy.  Spent 4 hours in the afternoon hot sun laying pavers...these things are 13"x11" cobble stones weighing a ton!!! If I don't break my back... 

Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Got up super early, 4:15 so I could take Lily, Sammi and Jessie to the airport.  Ran 10 solo, slow miles with tired legs. After I got home, spent the rest of the morning and afternoon digging trenches on the east side of the shed removing the short logs-border, weeding and raking the dirt on the east side of the pines/orchard.  Arms so sore.  Showered then went to Elder Macfarlane's wedding.

Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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8.000.000.000.008.00

Down MCT west to rail trail, turn around at top by condo and home via 600 E access. Cooler 63F and cloudy with SW breeze!

Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

With Wendy on MCT to Mitch Hollow.  New shoes!

Saucony Guide 9 (3) Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.000.009.50

Solo run on MCT east.  Saw Pres. Grimley and Steven's CFO.  61F sunny.  AP: 10:48

Saucony Guide 9 (3) Miles: 9.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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4.000.000.000.004.00

Bright sunny sky 72F at 8:45am. AP: 10:48 (exactly the same AP as Saturday's).

Very cool watching the total eclipse on NASA channel and KSL.  Went outside at 11:30am to view the 91% eclipse here.  Darker, dusk like atmospere/sky even though it is cloudless and the sun is high above at 11:30am.  Temp fell, crescent shadows from the tree reflected on the front porch and walkway.  Holes from the colander also reflect crescent shapes. 

 

Saucony Guide 9 (3) Miles: 4.00
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Hiked 3 miles on the rims at Bryce Canyon.

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Hiked 5 miles on various trails, Queen's Garden and Navajo Loop at Bryce Canyon.

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Race: Mt. Nebo Marathon (26.2 Miles) 05:16:16, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
26.200.000.000.0026.20

Signed up for this race last minute.  Was debating between this one and East Canyon.  The deciding factor was that we had two wedding receptions to attend last night, thus Payson being closer to home than Morgan.  In hindsight, should've done East Canyon instead.

I went to Packet pick up at the Provo Towne Center Mall and ate at the mall food court some blah spaghetti.  Then went to the wedding receptions and ate cake and punch, doughnut and chocolate milk.  Not very good pre-race food!  Got home around 9 and readied some race gear, set the alarm for 2:30a and went to bed at 10:30p.  Tummy was rumbling, legs were restless, very tired but could not fall asleep.  Tossed and turned and up to bathroom couple times...finally got up at 1:48a and read.  Out the door at 3 and got to bus ride at 3:40.  Got on the first bus and sat by a very friendly young fella from Tennesee who greeted me cheerfully with a "Good Morning!"  Told him I did not sleep a wink (hinting that I wanted to nap on the bus ride).  He proceeded to tell me that he's been in Utah hiking at Arches and Bryce and been sleeping in his car so he too did not sleep much.  So we ended up chatting up a storm for the lenghty 1hr 15 min bus ride.  Good thing it was a plush touring bus, not some ricketty school bus. Got to the start at 5:05.  There were 6 SIX port-a-potties!!!  Good thing we were on the first bus and seated towards the front.  It was so dark I had to use my cell phone to navigate around.  They had some fire pits which gives out more smoke than warmth.  I wrapped myself up with a space blanket and sat on the small airline fleece blanket I brought and positioned myself at one of the two port-a-potty lines.  The lines were so long and so slow!!!  There was just enough time to shed the warm clothings in the drop bag and headed up to the start line at 6:15.  

There was an uphill from the get-go.  At 9300' elevation I could hardly breath no less run uphill.  I remember Slick told me there were 7 uphills in the first 10 miles.  They actually had signs naming those hills, listing the distance and elevation gain. One of them was 1.25 mile long with over 200' gain!!!  What goes up must comes down! On the very first decline my quads immediately protest.  O MAN!!! This is a BIG mistake!  I'm gonna injure myself at worst or suffer for 6 hours at best!  There weren't very many full participants.  I found out from the result that there were only 170 running the Full.  So we were pretty spread out.  Some had a partner to run with.  Those running alone had ear buds on so I pretty much ran alone.  The one good thing I can say about this race is the gorgeous sun rise in the distant and beautiful scenery!  There were a few Lookouts the first few miles, Bald Mountain, Mt. Nebo, Santquin and Utah Lake.  On the top of the ridge you can see mountain ranges 360 degrees! 

I leapt frogged with a couple from Payon.  The husband was running shirtless with cargo type shorts.  He had a beard and long hair like Forest Gump.  Occasionally he would stop to stretch his sides and I'd remark that he's doing a ballerina pose!  His wife was quiet with a pretty long braid.  I also leap frogged with a gal who looked very familiar to me.  She was doing the tengent and a couple of times encountered oncoming vehicles at a blind curve.  When I said hello to her she only responded with a nod so I assumed she wanted to be left alone.  I found out later on the result page who she was.  I actually ran with her and Lowell together at the very rainy Ogden in 2012.  Dang!

At mile 6.5 we turned left onto a 1 mile long out-n-back dirt road where I could see 2 or 3 old ladies ahead of me.  I was so happy to see Maynard!  We gave each other a quick hug and I uttered: "This is a BEAST!" to which he agreed!  He sure was looking strong and in control!  HOW I wish I had trained better and ran more hills and....

My quads were screaming with each step, it didn't matter whether I ran or walked so I just tried my best to minimize the damage.  The worst part about this race is that the winding narrow canyon was not closed to traffic.  I had to jump off the road a couple of times.  The smoke from the firepits earlier had aggravated my lungs and now the burning smell of vehicles brakes made it worse.  At mile 15 aid station, I took an Aleve and couple salt caps along with a GU.  A tall young man ran alongside me remarking: "Got to take this for energy, huh!"  I told him I tried to take one every 5 miles so this is my 3rd Gu.  He said this was his FIRST Gu and then proceeded to say, "EWWW! Nasty!!!"  He also told me that this is his first marathon.  He's running this because his wife wants this for her birthday.  This is her 7th marathon and now leaving him in the dust!  Poor guy!

At around mile 18, the road got even narrower with a rushing river to the left.  I passed 3rd old ladies just before mile 19 which gave me a boost...got a 10:02 pace for mile 19.  But that was short lived...nearing the mouth of the canyon there was zero shades and getting very warm.  It was now a boring grinding run.  I started to pass a few more runners.  A young lady asked me if I'd passed her husband earlier.  I asked if this was her 7th marathon and had her husband running this for her birthday to which she replied with the affirmative.  Yep, I passed him at mile 15.  How was he? I feel so quilty leaving him? I thought this being a down hill course would be an easy one for his first marathon.  Ha!!! She realized now how this brutal course chewed you up and spit you out mercilessly.  So, we chatted while we wogged (walked/jogged) together.  We were both grateful for each other's companies.  At the last aid station mile 25 she urged me to go on ahead so I left her and ran by myself.  My phone rang and I was too tired to pull it out knowing it was probably hubby calling to see where I was.  He mentioned that he may or may not come to the finish.  Then I saw him standing on the south side of the park.  I high-fived him!  As I made my last turn north to the east side of the park I saw Slick cheering me at the corner.  What a pleasant surprise!  I high-fived him just as the "familiar lady" sprinted past me.
I will probably never run this marathon again, I may do the Half, but not the Full.  My quads were so trashed.  I was getting very sleepy on the drive home.  Good thing the traffic was light.  I fell asleep after a shower and lunch while attempting to watch the BYU game!  So so so tired!!!!
 

Here's the splits just for the humor and heck of it :  13:10, 9:47, 11:03, 10:49, 15:41 (this was the monster hill that everyone was walking up), 11:51, 11:16, 12:33, 14:53, 15:23 (another beasty hill at mile 10!!!), 12:26, 12:04, 11:00, 11:03, 12:14, 11:16, 11:02, 11:12, 10:02 (passing people at a elevation loss of 339'), 10:46, 10:58, 11:09, 12:39, 14:05, 12:40, 12:20, 11:30.  Yep! pathetic!  This marathon advertised: "Find Your New Fast!" Sure! I found out I'm OLD and SLOW! Haha! :)

Saucony Guide 9 (3) Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
103.700.000.000.00103.70
Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 32.00Saucony Guide 9 Miles: 8.25Saucony Guide 9 (3) Miles: 45.70
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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