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Location:

UT,

Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

74 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:

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 (5:30:07)

2018 Races:

Jan 13 - St. George Half (2:19:45, 3rd AG)

Mar 3 - The Woodlands Marathon (5:01:35)

Apr 6-7 - Ragnar So. California

June 1-2 - Ragnar Wasatch Back

June 9 - Utah Valley Marathon

June 30 - Morgan Valley Half

Sep 1 - Pocatello Marathon

Sep 15 - Huntsville Marathon

Oct 6 - St. George Marathon

Oct 20 - SoJo 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 63, retired RN, happily married, nana to 11 beautiful grandchildren, mother to 6 children (1 daughter, 5 sons) who are kind, hardworking, caring, wonderful people! Wish they live closer!!!  :)  :)  :)

Picked up running in 2005 at age 50, to stay healthy so I can take care of my husband who had endocarditis resulting in AVR and MVR in 2004, end stage renal failure in 2014, kidney transplant on Dec 30, 2015.  Six months after the kidney transplant, we discovered that he has a rare auto-immune disease that was probably triggered in 2004 with then the undiagnosed infective endocarditis.  The doctors had to make up a name for this rare disease, Monoclono Gammopathy with Renal Significance (MGRS).  It is not curable.  After desperately trying different chemotherapies, the doctor finally found one immuno-therapy, Daratumamab, that works to treat the MGRS.  It is a miracle!!! 

Grateful for the gift of life, blessings, dear friends and loved ones!!! Thankful for the ability to move, walk, jog, and yes run!!!!

 

Favorite Blogs:

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Altra Provision 2.0 Lifetime Miles: 183.20
Inspire 10 (mum's Day) Lifetime Miles: 416.45
Inspire 11 (teal) Lifetime Miles: 118.75
Inspire 10 (eBay) Lifetime Miles: 44.50
Torin 2.0 (teal/yellow) Lifetime Miles: 25.35
Provision 2 (sz 6) Lifetime Miles: 55.35
Saucony Guide 8 Lifetime Miles: 40.75
Saucony Ride 8 Lifetime Miles: 278.58
Saucony Guide 9 (2) Lifetime Miles: 294.35
Saucony Guide 9 Lifetime Miles: 429.85
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Saucony Ride 9 Lifetime Miles: 20.00
Saucony Guide 10 (1) Lifetime Miles: 283.40
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 29.55
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Easy chatty run with Wendy and Karen (Sky).  Did anyone see that bright full moon?

Shorter version of CSE and myrtle.

Picked about 5 lbs of raspberry while workers did curbing around our orchard/lawn/shed/fence.  NICE beautiful Fall day.


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Ran west on Canal Trail with Wendy, Karen (Sky) and Leslie.  Gorgeous fall morning.  Then Karen, hubby and I went to the pool.  We did 14 laps (9 free style, 5 backstroke).  

Mini core.  Major house cleaning!  Hubby loves that I'm in taper mode!  :) :) :)

Yoga I at LC.  I like this class.  Lots of core, balance and of course good flexibility stuff! :)

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Karen, Leslie, hubby and I went to the LC.  Swam 17 laps (9 freestyle 8 back stroke) before water aerobics (wet and wild).  Leslie (former member of BYU women swim team) could not believe I was swimming!!!  :)  That made me feel good! :)

Wendy, Karen and I took Carolyn to lunch for a belated birthday celebration!  :)

Anxiously waiting for three missionary calls of my friends' sons and daughter, one of whom is Wendy's boy! :)

Going to the Beijing Ballet Dance Company and BYU Philharmonic Orchestra Concert tonight!  :) :) :) :) :)

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Ran 4.5 easy with Karen and Wendy on a nice cool morning.  Packed.  Off to SG! :)

Nice drive, arrived at Santa Clara around 4:30.  Judy fixed us a yummy dinner of pineapple sweet pepper chicken over brown rice, orange rolls, salad, banana marange pie.  After dinner Scott treated us to the musical, Aladin at Tuacahn. 

FUN day! :)

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Still laughing over the funny musical Aladin.  Slept in.  Ate breakfast of Greek yogurt, orange roll, banana and orange juice. 

Scott, Judy, hubby and I went to the St. George Temple where we attended the 10:40 endowment session.  Ate lunch in the temple cafeteria.  I had a baked potato, small bites of hubby's Malibu chicken, broccoli and a delicious cinnamon peacan sticky bun!  YUM!!!  

Went to packet pickup around 2:30ish.  Saw Lowell and his friend Lucas, Teena and Annie.  Went to Brick Oven at 4:00ish to reserve a table of 6.  John, Wendy, Becky and Karen arrived before 5:00.  Everyone had the pasta/salad/soup bar while I had 2 slices of BBQchicken/pineapple pizza.  Then went back to the Expo.  Hubby won a SG1/2 2011 ls shirt. :)  Saw TJ.

Went back to the house around 7.  Got race gear ready.  Took a Tylenol PM at 8:30 while everyone watched the BYU vs USU football game.  Slept off and on from 10:00 to 3.

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Got up at 3:30.  We picked up Karen at her parent's.  Ate a banana, yogurt, EmergenC and gatorade.  Hubby dropped us off south of the finish arch.  Got to the tennis court at 4:30 to meet those who wanted to ride the bus with us.  It was a pleasant surprise to see Lark there along with Marcie.  Called RAD who was still waiting for the hotel shuttle.  We (Karen, Wendy, John, Marcie and Lark) were anxious to get going so we got on the bus without her. :( While on the bus ride, got a text from Kelli that RAD got on the bus with Bart Yassoo, HOW COOL is that! :) :) :) 

The bus ride always seemed to take forever so it was nice to have friends to visit with.  There was no line at the POP when we got off the bus.  Marcie and Lark went to the 5th fire pit which was not yet lit, since Karen was freezing so we went further back to the ones that were lit.  A crowd quickly gathered.  I had my pink glow stick on my visor hoping RAD and Teena/Annie would spot me.  Ate a package of PowerBar chews and drank water.  We made two more pop stops then it was time to shed our clothes.  John took our bags to the truck.  Just as we turned away from the fire-pit, Leslie Petersen and Maurine spotted me.  We walked to the road together and lined up in front of the 7 hr pace group.  It was so fun to see Leslie and Maurine, two great friends who got us off to a happy start.  :) :) :) 

My training has been dismal, simply surviving each marathon, starting with Park City (9 weeks after the stress fracture at Ogden), Pocatello (11 weeks), TOU (13 weeks); recovered with minimal running, supplemented with learning to swim.   I did zero speedwork because of the tachycardia episode and recovery from each marathon.  Now 16 weeks post stress fracture, I hope to finish without any injury or heart issue.  Based on my 4:18 finish at TOU, figured I'm capable of 4:15 today.  It would be sweet to get a BQ (4:10) for 2014.  The weather gods were generous with us this morning, start temp in the mid 40s, cloudy sky and a TAILWIND!!! 

I printed out a 4:09 pace chart from S. Zimmerman's course tool (pace in parenthesis).  But the font was too small for my old feeble eyes so I never looked at it.  I'd look at my Garmin occasionally when it beeped at the mile/lap alert. 

1.  9:52. (9:49)  I believe this is the slowest 1st SGM mile I've ever run, just going with the flow of traffic.  It was dark, crowded and simply having too much fun running with my best friends! :)

2.  9:37.  (9:38) About half way thru this mile, I found some openings to weave out of the crowd.  Spotted Karen's cousin Donna.  The four of us stayed together thru the next few miles.  I think it's around here that Annie spotted us.

3.  9:13.  (9:15)  Got a side-ache. 

4.  9:12.  (9:04)  Felt twitches of tightness in the vastus medialis. 

5.  9:13.  (9:27)

6.  8:47.  (9:27)  This mile has more downgrade.

7.  8:40.   (9:27)  Same steep downgrade.  Lost Wendy at the crowded aid station.  Took the one and only Gu I brought with me.  Not sure if the station had any Gu as promised.

8.  10:31. (10:35)  Karen pulled away.  Donna and I sputtered along.  I noticed the people with long legs were walking just as fast as I was running.  Darn my silly short legs!!! :)

9.  9:36.  (10:06)  Kept Karen within sight after the aid station.

10.  9:24. (9:49)  Donna and I stayed together and talked about our children's similar career paths.

11.  10:09.  (10:12)  Karen has now disappeared.  She was running strong through this chain of rollers.  At the aid station, I asked for GU, but there was none to be found.  Donna gave me one of her chocolate GU. 

12.  10:22.  (9:44)  Donna was slowing here as she was telling me about her emotional finish at Boston. 

13.  9:02.  (9:27)  Donna was running watchless which was a good thing.  She asked what our half split was.  I looked at my watch for the first time which read 2:05:xx, right where I wanted to be.  She said it was the slowest half she's ever run.  I assured her that it's perfect.  We can now run the second half the same, telling ourselves that we just erased all the previous miles!  :)

14.  9:20.  (9:15)  The mile alert starts to come just ahead of the aid station where we'd walk and drink so it reflects the slower pace at the even miles.

15.  8:42.  (8:58) Asked for Gu again none to be found.  A nice runner, Shauna, gave me one of hers.

16.  9:05.  (9:15)

17.  8:52.  (9:15)  Finally the aid station has Gu.  Grabbed a couple.

18.  9:29.  (9:15)  I think we saw Kathie and Kimmy somewhere around here.  Got a quick hug from Kimmy.  I missed the sisters terribly.  It was so wonderful to see them! :)

19.  9:54.  (9:44)  First sign of cramps showed up in the shins creeping snake like up and down my lower legs.  Took 2 salt caps and iB with a GU at the aid station.

20.  9:24.  (9:15)  Ran into Lark and his friend Hawkeye who picked up a whip on the road and was being a "task master" to keep Lark going.  We ran together for the next few miles.  Somewhere along Snow Canyon, I saw/heard a cheer from a biker who turned out to be JonA.  Saw Kelly who was having tummy issue and encouraged her to stay strong.  She ended up running a PR!!!  AWESOME JOB Kelly! :)

21.  8:40.  (8:53)  These downhill miles are really beating up my quads.  Kept my strides short and quick.  Tried to relax with each threatening cramps.

22.  9:55.  (9:15)  Wheels fell off miserably.  Lark said I was going too fast so he announced he was going to walk a bit. 

23.  10:16.  (9:21)  Lark caught back up.  Hawkeye told us that we would walk and drink at the next aid station.  After walking, I dared not pick up the pace like I normally did because Charlie Horse was threatening to seize me; so I got into jog mode.

24.  9:22.  (9:21)  The cheering crowds were awesome.  But each time I tried to extend my arms to high five them, one of my calf muscles would tense up.  So I just held out my hand and let it catch some fives along the way! 

25.  9:37.  (9:27)  Somewhere in the middle of this mile, the two guys in front of me came to a complete sudden stop,  I collided with them while both my calves nearly went into a vice-grip.  I pushed thru between them stomping my feet to chase away the charlie horse.  It was very frightening because if both my calves seized up I would collapse and not be able to run the rest of the way! :(

26.  9:50.  (9:27)  All I could do was focus on not letting the muscle cramps seize up my legs.  Kept my arms pumping, singing hymns in my head (We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet, Call to Serve) and praying really hard.  At the last turn, charlie horse bite my right calf.  I stomped my right foot, stumbled and tried not to cry.  Someone said it's just two blocks to the finish, but I seriously could not see the finish arch and wish marathon was only 26 miles!  :)

0.3  9:42.  (9:27)  I did not dare pick up the pace nor turn my head to look at hubby when I heard his cheer...just focus on putting one foot in front of the other and keep charlie at bay.  I was so happy to cross the finish and saw my Garmin reading 2:09:xx.  It was the hardest BQ I've ever run. 

Karen was right there to give me a hug and apologize for leaving me and Donna.  She finished in 3:56:20,  a 4 min PR, albeit shy of a BQ (3:55).  I was so proud of her!!!  Donna came in within a min. after me followed by Lark and Hawkeye.  I walked back and forth between the mist tent and drink tables until my muscles calm down.  Seriously even my feet and toes were ready to cramp up.  Teena came over and told us the good news of her awesome PR, RAD's amazing PR, Amber Green and Fritz won the whole thing, and Kelli's 2:58.  WOW!!!  I was SO SO SO SO HAPPY for my friends and so proud of each of their accomplishments.  We stayed there until Lowell, TJ, Annie and Wendy came thru.  Then Karen and I went to get our bags and called our families. 

Well, marathon #40, 7th of the year, my 8th SGM is in the book!!!  I am so so so grateful for the support of all my friends and sweet hubby.  I love running!!!  I love the challenge and demand of a marathon.  What a blessing it is to be able to run...indeed each run is a gift to me.

Jared, my nephew ran his first ever SGM in 2:48:43.  Steven's mission president, a SGM veteran, who came home this July, ran it in 4:46:07.  :)


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Judy made us a scrumptious breakfast of omlet (w/ red pepper, onions and cheese) while Scott made fluffy blueberry pancakes.  Fresh orange and apple juice, Greek yogurt.  We have been treated like royalty this weekend in their home.

Got in the car just as the 10am General Conference started.  Listened to the entire session and made it home in time to watch the 2pm session.

After Conference hubby and I went for a walk. When we got home, we returned the phone message from our long-time friends of college days, who are visiting in Utah for their mission reunion (they served as mission president in HK a few years ago) in conjunction with GC.  Their son and family live in Saratoga Springs.  So they invited us over for dinner.  It was so wonderful to visit with them and their families as well as the Tai's who served as HK mission pres. temple pres and quorum of seventy. 

Brenda made a spread of delicious authentic Taiwanese dinner:  beef noodle soup (ngau lam fun with boiled egg, seaweed, daufugeung, cylantro), charsiu bau, bolo bau, fried tofu, taro cake, lo mai te, hondau tonyun tonsheu, spring rolls, fresh fruits.  I ATE SO MUCH!!!  It made me "homesick" for Steven.  I think I need to learn to cook like this when he comes home next May!  :) :) :)

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Walked with Wendy and Karen to recap our SGM experiences.  SO FUN!!!!  Hubby ran 2 solo miles.  Got a lot of "what's wrong" teasing from our friendly neighbors with our Frankenstein walks!  Hehe! :) :) :) 

Hubby and I went to the pool.  Did some walking in the lazy river then swam a few laps.  The best part was the hydro-massage in the hot tub afterwards.  

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AM:  Legs still sore, going downstairs sideways! :)  Walked 3 miles with Wendy and Karen while hubby ran by himself.  Then we went to the pool for some hydrotherapy! :)

Evening:  Talked Karen into going to Yoga class with me.  The hammies and calves definitely felt the love! :)  The instructor asked what we wanted to work on before class.  I requested quads stretches...as a result...we did this dancer pose holding one foot behind us pulling it toward the back wall or ceiling while standing on one leg and balancing with one arm stretching forward.  So fun!!!  So relaxing!!!  I love this class! :) :) :)

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Jogged with Karen, Wendy and hubby on the canal trail.  We could barely keep up with hubby the first mile!  I think he loved that we ran together the entire time! :) :) :)

We then went to water aerobics, Wet & Wild, finished with 15 min lap swim and again hydrotherapy in the hot tub.

Still lots of knots in the calves and shins.  Going up and down stairs normally now...so quads are recovering better than the lower legs where the muscle cramped up during the last 5K at SGM. 

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Ran with Karen (Sky) and hubby.  Wendy's toes/nails were too tender to put on shoes so she rested.  

Hubby and I went to the Temple with my friends of 32+ years for our monthly get-together temple/luncheon.  Such joy and delight to be in the temple and have lunch with my faithful friends, to recap favorite talks from General Conference, to catch up on our children's happenings.  We've been doing this for over 20 years.  These were my neighbors when we moved to our first home.  We were all young couples in our early twenties. We became fast friends raising our children together.  We remained close friends even after moving away. :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Evening:  Swimming a few laps and hydrotherapy.  Shins and calves still tender, lots of massages while watching movie.  :)

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Legs feel pretty good and wanting to run but will save it for tomorrow.  Swam for 45 min and 10 min hydrotherapy.

30 min CSE.  

Dinner date tonight with another couple, long time friends from college days in the Asian Ward.  We got married the same year.  Anna and I had our first babies (her boy, my girl) in the same hospital, same year, exactly one day apart! :)

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Ran first mile with hubby to Jimmy John's where he purchased a newspaper then ran home.  I then got on the Murdock Canal Trail heading east and turned around at the tunnel by Smith's (mile 2.5).  Continued west to Center where the tunnel construction is not complete and got my shoes muddy (mile 4).  Stopped to stretch and clean the mud off the shoes; then continued west to near rail trail junction (mile 5.5) then turned around.  Got a headwind going east and uphill. 

I have not run alone for a long time so it was nice to focus on form:  belly button to spine, go to the glutes and hammies when the quads were squawking, tall puppet and elbows back.  No drink nor fuel for the run which took 90 min.  Last year on the Sat after SGM I ran 10 miles and the pace was a min per mile faster.  Dang, I'm so out of shape! :( Didn't help that I have gained 5 pounds over the year.  On the bright side, I am so grateful and happy to be running on a beautiful Fall morning!!! 

Got a call from my daughter who ran the Ten for Texas this morning.  It's the longest distance race she's ever done!  So proud of her!  Can't wait to run with her in Dec.


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6 easy watch-less miles down 3rd West, up Rail Trail to Canal Trail with Karen and Wendy (hubby peeled off at mile 2).  This is my favorite route with gentle grade uphill and nice view of the east mountains!  Glorious Fall morning!!! :) :) :)  

I contemplate these words from Pres. Eyring's Conference talk:  "The Savior's only motivation was to help people.  Many of you, as I have, have felt fear in approaching someone you have offended, or who has hurt you.  And yet, I have seen the Lord melts hearts time after time, including my own.  And so I challenge you to go for the Lord to someone, despite any fear you may have, to extend love and forgiveness.  I promise you that as you do, you will feel the love of the Savior for that person come to you, and His love for you and it will not seem to come from a great distance.  For you, that challenge may be in a family; it may be in a community; or it may be across a nation.  But if you go for the Lord to bless others, He will see and reward it.  If you do this often enough and long enough, you will feel a change in your very nature, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  Not only will you feel closer to Him, you will feel more and more that you are becoming like Him."  

Elder Holland:  "So we have neighbors to bless, children to protect, the poor to lift up and the truth to defend.  We have wrongs to make right, truths to share and good to do.  In short, we have a life of devoted discipleship to give in demonstrating our love of the Lord.  We can't quit and we can't go back.  After an encounter with the living Son of the living God, nothing is ever again to be as it was before...The voice of Christ comes ringing down through the halls of time, 'Do you love me?'  And for every one of us I answer...'Yea, Lord, we do love Thee.'  And having set our hand to the plough, we will never look back until the work is finished and that love of God and neighbor rules the world."

HAPPY Monday all! :) :) :) :) :)


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To celebrate my 57th birthday today, my best friend, Wendy, picked us (Carolyn, Diane and Karen) up at 9am for a beautiful Fall hike and lunch afterward.   I told her I wanted to run/hike 5.7 miles.  Last night I searched the internet on the trail system in Draper Corner Canyon.  I remembered Steam8, Jun and bunch of other FRBs ran on Ann's Trail before and I wanted to run there.  I'm not good at reading maps so on the drive up to Suncrest, Diane called her daughter who lives in Suncrest and asked her where the trail head is.  Turned out Potato Hill is right off Traverse Mountain Road where we were traveling.  WalaaH! we were there at the trails head in no time (about 7 miles from home)!!! :)

I started my Garmin and off on Ann's Trail we go.  Only Karen wanted to run so she and I ran ahead.  We'd stop to take pictures and wait for the others to catch up.  There was a good breeze at Potato Hill and at Ann's Point; otherwise it was calm, crisp, cool with cloudy blue sky and the sun did peek out at times...ABSOLUTELY PERFECT GORGEOUS morning!!!  The mountains were ablaze with vibrant red, pink, gold, yellow and brown dotted with evergreens.  It was so fun to run on a carpet of crunchy maple, oak leaves sprinkled with tiny acorns here and there.  We reached a trail junction at mile 2.24 so we continued onto Brock's Point Trail until Garmin read 2.85 then turned around.  We decided to stay together on the return to chat and enjoy the scenery so I didn't run; nevertheless we covered the symbolic 5.7 birthday miles!!!  :) :)

We drove back down Suncrest.  My friends treated me to a delicious and elegant lunch at Blue Lemon.  It was a PERFECT MEMORABLE DAY doing what I love with my favorite girl friends. !!! :) :) :)  My camera battery died so didn't capture everything I wanted!  We'll just have to come back next week! :)




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45 min in shallow pool with Karen and hubby to practice swim/balance/breath/float.

60 min water aerobics.  Instructor worked us hard in Wet and Wild.  I definitely earned my hot-tub time afterward! :)

So tempted to go running under this beautiful clear blue sky, calm and cool temp...but right shin bugging so will let it rest a day.

Took lunch to my 85 yo neighbor.  For 2.5 hours she talked and recalled her amazing life and her children's achievements!  I just love listening to her and marvel at this frail yet elegant classy lady!!  :) :) :)

Going to Bryan's concert tonight at the Covey Center.  He won the competition to solo with the Utah Valley Symphony last year but the orchestra was not ready to perform with him then; so they postponed it until tonight and tomorrow night.  Very excited for him. :)

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Easy run with hubby, Karen, then picked up Leslie on the last mile.  Nice cool crisp air, sunny blue sky.  Temp was in the mid 30s, definitely gloves and ear muffs morning! :)

Picked up bib/packet at RunG8, nice running store in Riverton.

Going to Bryan's concert and reception afterward in Provo...so another late night.  He performed fabulously last night.  :)

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Pool running and swimming in the morning. :)

Carb load at PizzaPieCafe in the afternoon. :)

Laundry while watching movie.

Babysit Skylar in the evening. :) :) :) :)

Hit the sack at 11:30.


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Race: SoJo Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:30:09, Place in age division: 1
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:) :) :) SoJo so SO so SO so SO FUN Marathon today!!! :) :) :)

When I signed up for SoJo a month ago, my intention was to have FUN, take advantage of the last bit of good Fall weather and make up for the marathons I missed this summer (due to sf injury).   After studying the course and consulted with RAD, I decided that SoJo is perfect choice.  Knowing I would have residual soreness/fatigue from SGM 2 weeks ago and comparing it with my TOU's time,  I figured I could realistically get a 4:30.

Sweet hubby dropped me off at RAD's home so her kind hubby could drive us to the start!  Love not having to ride the bus (THANK YOU Craig!!!), felt more like going to a Sat. group run than a race!  On the way to RAD's, I listened to KSL radio doing a live interview with Russ about the Pony Express 50/100 (that started 24 hours ago and still going).  It made me think of the fun times Lowell and I had running the PE50 last year.  CHEERS to all the PE runners and the RD, legendary Davy Crockett!!! :)

Craig dropped us off at the start in the little town of Copperton.  The fun began with  meeting RAD's Newton buddies.  VERY EXCITED to see our very own FRB elites: Chad Robison, Walter and Josse!!!  Lowell and Marci arrived shortly to join the fun.  I love a race with short pop lines, and low key atmosphere.  After a sweet national anthem and announcement of 1 min before start, I made one last dash to the pop.  We got in at the back of a small field of friendly runners (about 220).

The first 5Ks in and out of Copperton reminds me a bit of the first 5K in Hopkinton (minus the loud spectators).  Love the quaint little town's homes, firehouse, cemetery and small farms.  We were greeted with a beautiful pink/orange sunrise vibrantly behind silver clouds and pale blue sky, overlooking the vast valley and the majestic Wasatch mountains to the east.  :) :) :)

It warmed up rather quickly...so happy to see hubby around mile 5 where I handed him my jacket and cell phone!  :)


Then comes the hills that stretch from about mile 5.5 to 7.  I took them easy trying to conserve energy.  My breathing was less than ideal with the side/headwind and the stinky whiff coming from the dump's compost.  RAD could run hills easily twice as fast as me; but she stayed with me and somehow we lost Marci.   Between Lowell's singing and RAD's pointing out the hawk, the hunter, the "turned inside out mountains" and story telling, the miles flew by!  :)  (Mile 1-7:  9:56, 8:40, 9:11, 10:26, 10:52, 11:55, 10:54)

Mile 8-11 are the sweet downhills outside of Butterfield Canyon.  This is RAD's stomping ground!  She knows the folks that live in these homes, the coolest Halloween haunts with funny skeletons on the front yard, the hill of despair, etc.  :)  (Mile 8-12: 9:16, 9:34, 9:11, 10:34, 9:15).  I should mention that we stopped at every aid station to joke with the volunteers and sample the buffet...very organized with signs telling you when to expect the next buffet table! :) 

RAD pointed out where Kelli would run her mile repeats on the way to Herriman High School where I thought hubby would be cheering.  I should've known he'd gone to the halfway point where Karen was waiting to join us.  I was so so so so happy to see my son Jeff and daughter-in-law, Jen and I got to kiss my sweet grandbaby, Skylar who was sleeping and didn't seem to be bothered by the wind.

Karen, Jenn and Jeff, baby Skylar inside stroller waiting patiently for us! 

Final ditching of head bands, gloves, arm warmers, l/s shirt, jacket to hubby (aka paparazzi, cheerleader, race manager)!

Hubby's shutter finger is not as quick as the Zazoosh's capturing our "before" and "after" jump shots! Haha! :-D

We crossed the half mat and saw our time of 2:06:23 and proclaimed to Karen that we would run a negative split.  HA!!! What optimism!  Lowell wise cracked:  "Yep, we've been negative all morning!"  Hahahaha!!! :) :) :)

The wind was relentless.  It seems that it didn't matter which way the course turns, we'd have headwind!  At the traffic circle in Daybreak we heard a hiyah honk!  RAD excitedly pointed out that it was Kelli's suburban so we all turned and waved hello back!  :) 

I found myself slowing and Lowell caught up to a girl with a camelpak and Hoka shoes.  I think we've been leapfrogging with.  When they turned and Lowell said she ran PE last year, Karen recognized her as her friend from their days in Wisconsin.  It was Annette Palmer, the women winner of last year's PE50.  She had paced a friend there yesterday and found out her record was broken.  She's running with a friend, Dawn this morning!  So Dawn and Annette joined our crew.  It was fun listening to their stories.  We also leapfrogged with a girl who reminds us of Teena.  Each time I passed her I'd say:  "Good job, Teena! explaining to her why I'd call her Teena."  At the last time we passed her, I asked for her name, Erin (27 years old)! :)

Running into a stiff headwind up Oquirrh Mountain Temple really zapped the life out of me.  How NICE of the family who handed us popsicles just when I was feeling parched.  (Pretty certain I have discharged at least a quart of snot rockets)!  Lowell made us high five every child. (Mile 13-19:  10:36, 9:42, 10:28, 9:16, 12:06 {temple hill}, 11:13, 10:00)

The stretch along SR68 was tough for me.  Instead of feeling a tailwind, it felt warm.  Felt like I was running in mud.  I hit the wall hard around mile 20.  The mile 21 aid station was awesome, literally an oasis.  It was situated just behind Annette's house.  I used the p-o-p.  They had music, great buffet and RAD's doc was volunteering there!  I didn't want to leave that station knowing the last 10K would be a grind. 

Mile 22 was a nice down hill lined with sycamore trees.  I think RAD said the BBK sometimes do hill repeats here.  My legs are now jello.  I urged Lowell to leave me and go on ahead to get his BQ time (4:25).  Karen asked RAD to run with Lowell while she stayed with me.  Looking at my watch, they would have to run a 27 min 5K to make it.  RAD was up to the task and off they ran down the hill. 

The steep incline down to the parking lot to access the trail nearly gave me shin cramps.  The last two miles on the JRP trail seem to go on forever.  I had to fight the urge to walk.  If it weren't for Karen's talking to keep my mind off the pain, I would've stopped.  We even managed to pass couple of walkers and encouraged them to come with us.   A fast cyclist nearly hit us head on, good thing we were running slow and got out of the way in time.  I was ecstatic to see hubby at the trail with perhaps half mile to go.  This time he ran us in! :) (Mile 20-finish: 11:53, 12:03 {potty stop}, 9:47, 10:32, 9:36, 10:45, 9:47}

The smiles sure ease the pain of the death march on the trail. :)

At the finish we had a feast of Chic-fil-A sandwitch and biscuit, fat-boy ice cream, banana, snow cones.  So happy to find out Josse took 3rd and Chad 4th overall.  I was surprised to see my nephew there (he had a friend running the half).  Chad helped me bring up my result and I was super surprised that I took first in my AG.  (So glad the speedy ladies in my AG ran the Utah Marathon last week and didn't show up today!)  Hehe!  The award ceremony was prompt with medals presented by three cute little cowgirls! :)

Marci running happy to a 4:12:26 finish, 3rd AG! :)

SO HAPPY to be done!!! Marathon #8 of the year in the book! :)

THANK YOU RAD, Karen and Lowell for making miles and miles of smiles and fun memories with me!!!

 


 

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Aqua jogging. 

Practice TI lesson 1 SSP:  head first, superman, weightless hand placement, slight roll to side. 

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Ran easy with Karen and Wendy (hubby did 1st mile with us) west on Murdock Canal to road by Smith's.  Very strong NE wind.  Lower legs were stiff then got better once warmed up.

Played with baby Charlotte so her mom can play the piano accompanying Bryan for his lesson at HFAC; so no time to swim.

Evening Yoga.  Found out the instructor lives in the 30th ward!  :)

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Karen and I went to our first ever cycling class.  The instructor showed us how to adjust the seat, handle bar and strap on the pedals/clips.  We did hills and sprints intervals.  It was a very fun and intense 60 min class.  We were sweating buckets.  I couldn't do sprinting off the seat very well and got a bruise on the left knee medially.  

Then went downstairs to the pool.  I practiced same SSD as Monday's for 30 min.  

3 hr lunch visit with my 86 yr old neighbor again! :)

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Karen and I practice swimming for 45 min then went to water aerobics for 60 min.

Temple.

Birthday party for Valerie! :)

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Hubby and I ran to Karen's but she already left (1mi) so we ran to Wendy's/home via the "long" way (2mi).  While hubby went home, I picked up Wendy and ran east to her daughter's friend who needed help with dead car battery.  Then we ran further sw to get on rail trail then north to canal trail and back home.  Boy, was I sluggish today.

In the afternoon, we went to the LC to swim; but it was closed for Halloween Party.  Dang!

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Only had time for a quick 5 miler because I needed to be at the church for Primary Sacrament Mtg. Presentation practice and pizza party.

Busy busy day getting ready for the Stake Book of Mormon Fireside (tomorrow night) and preparing/cooking/hosting dinner (9 courses) for members of our stake presidency and their wives (tonight).  :)

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5.25 miles with Wendy and Karen.  Hubby ran the 1st mile with us.

Practice TI Skill 1&2. 

CSE

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AM:  Beautiful bright full moon greeted us this morning.  Ran west to meet Karen then east to get Wendy for the first warm up mile.  Then I decided to quicken my strides since we only had an hour to run.  Mile 3 was at the traffic light by Smith's then east down and up the trail by SR92 then turned around running the dip again.  I ran the hill dip strong.  Then we ran on the trail back to Karen's.  Did not look at my Garmin once since it was covered up by my jacket sleeve.  I was happy to see that it took us 59min including all the stopping and waiting at the lights!  :)  AP: 9:34 (10:14, 9:37, 9:48, 9:37, 9:15, 9:03, 8:50)

Played with little Charlotte at the HFAC while her mommy accompanied Bryan for his recital jury.  Lunch at Costa Vida with her and her mommy afterward. :)

PM:  ST's (Super Teena's) st: lower body and core/fl  (below is what fl entails) :

Bird Dogs, Skydiver, Forward Planks, Side Planks, Bridges with glut squeeze, Crunches, Bicycles, Half-up twists, Squats, Wide leg stance squats, Prone leg lifts, Kneeling hamstrings, Heel raises, Walking lunges, side-lying hip abduction, Single leg stance.  I did 15 reps in 2 sets circuit, no weight!  :) :) :)

EVENING:  Went "booing" (cookies) to neighbors before going to Yoga class!  :)

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 :) :) :) Happy Halloween!!! :) :) :)

Karen, Leslie and I met up with Rachelle, Rob, Chad and RAD at the Lehi JRP for a spooktacular moonlight fun run.  Karen dressed up as a blue leopard. :) We were a little concerned that she might not see very well with that mask on, haha! :)  The full moon was bright enough that we did not need headlamps.  We turned back for a short 5 miler since that's the longest distance Leslie has run coming back from an injury and walked the last 0.25 to the car.  We waited a little bit at the car; since we didn't know how far the other 4 speedies were going, we decided to leave. 

We drove to the Legacy Center and RAD called just as we were entering the pool locker.  We swam 30 min. freestyle while Leslie gave us breathing pointers.  Then I did TI drill for 30 min. with hubby who met us there.  I wanted to go to the 8:15 cycling class but hubby said I would not have a ride home plus he said I should rest my legs for the Halloween party! :)

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