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December 2017

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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:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 283.24
Inspire 10 (ocean Breeze) Lifetime Miles: 445.97
Inspire 10 Cranberry Lifetime Miles: 430.73
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
Saucony Guide 9 (3) Lifetime Miles: 232.30
Saucony Ride 9 Lifetime Miles: 20.00
Saucony Guide 10 (1) Lifetime Miles: 283.40
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 29.55
Saucony Guide 10 (2) Lifetime Miles: 53.32
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
78.330.000.000.0078.33
Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 72.33Saucony Ride 9 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

Did the 4:1 ratio. Terrible air.  Wheezing.

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 4.50
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
3.500.000.000.003.50

Not a good run.  Started late.  Did the 4:1 ration.  Poor air quality. 

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 3.50
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

First Coach Green Workout.  Supposed to run 9 miles at marathon pace with 0.5 mile WU and CD.

Due to the terrible air quality, smog, cold air, plus I caught a cold on the flight to New York on Thanksgiving morning so still hecking up a lung.  I opted to do this on the dreadmill.

1 mile WU starting at 12 pace and gradually increase to 11:05 pace.  Then did 10 mile alternating between 10:34 and 10:15 pace (on the treadmill which would be more like 11:00 and 10:45 road pace).  Had to stop every 2 miles to drink, blow my nose.  The only way I could finish this dreadmill run is watching a show on TV. 1 mile CD gradually slow to 12 pace.

I seriously don't know how I can follow Coach Green's 12 weeks training program.  The workouts are 3 days a week with very intense intervals threshold, 800 and mile repeats, all long runs are to be done in marathon pace.  Kowabunga!!!

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 12.00
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
7.000.000.000.007.00

Temp was 19F, heavy smog, it was pea soup out there.  I'd have to wear an O2 mask to run outside with my asthma, haha! so back on the dreadmill I go at incline 2.

1 mile warm up @12 pace

4 x 1 mile repeat @ 10 pace (up pace slightly to 9:50/9:40 during commercials)

3 min. recovery in between mile repeats @ 12 pace, pause briefly for 30 sec. to blow my nose.

1 mile cool down @11:06 to 12:00 pace

7 miles total time 1:14:10.  AP: 10:36

My treadmill is over 12 years old and not calibrated so the pace is not accurate.  I also feel that it is less effort to run on the treadmill.  But given the poor air quality and my residual head cold, dreadmill is healthier for me for now.

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 7.00
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

The smog has accumulated overnight into fog.  This morning the mountains are not visible and the sky is gray.  The fog's condensation/moisture became frozen overnight with the dropping temp forming an icy sheet on the pavement.  So, not only was it unhealthy to breathe the air, it was unsafe to run outside.  So, back on the dreadmill @ incline 2 again.

Combination workout:

1 mile warm up

Set 1 - 1 x 30 min @11:00 pace (or as close to marathon pace as possible)

Set 2 - 4 x 200 m in 1:08 with 2 min recovery between

Here's how it went down this morning -

1 mile WU @12:00 pace

30 min @10:54 pace

5x200m repeats @ 8:57 pace (which feels more like 9:05 road pace in effort) with 2 min. recovery between @ 12:00 pace

10 min cool down (5 min @ 10:00 pace, 5 min @ 10:54 pace)

6 miles total in 1:04:50.  AP: 10:48

Saucony Ride 9 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
13.000.000.000.0013.00

Today's workout calls for 11 miles @ 11:00 pace (marathon pace or as close to marathon pace as possible) with 0.5 mile warm up and 0.5 mile cool down.  Cannot imagine doing this on the treadmill again even though the smog is still horrible outside.

1st mile warm up east to MCT in 11:57.  Then the rest of the run was miserable.  Stopped at Mitch Hollow Park bathroom (mile 3) to refill my water bottle and shed the jacket.  There was a 10mph WNW wind.  So everytime I turned north or uphill, my breathing would become labored.  Turned back at halfway (6.5 miles) heading west.  Stopped at Lone Peak Parkway bathroom to refill water bottle, used the facility and ate a Gu.  By mile 8, the wind has picked up and got very cold with snow flurries which made my asthma flared up.  Had to slow down and walk and cough.  Fingers and toes were frozen numb.  Walked a lot the last 5K when the headwind and snow flurries got nasty.  The splits reflect the miserably slow run: 11:57, 10:50, 12:05, 11:13, 11:33, 11:10, 11:04, 11:41, 11:41, 11:58, 12:46, 12:33, 14:32, 11:52.

* Coach Green made one and only remark on my Vdot2 app on this workout:  "GREAT jog! "   What a slap on the face!!! It was NOT a jog, but a miserable walk/run!  May be it's a typo and he meant to say Great Job! Haha!!!  Well, what does he know!  He's over there in Houston TX, never met me, has no idea I'm an overweight, out of shape, old lady who's pretending to be a runner! Sigh! :-/

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Didn't run today!  Spent the whole day at the hospital with hubby's kidney biopsy.

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

Today's workout: 1 x 4 miles @ 10:30 (threshold pace) with 1 mile WU & 1 mile CD

Temp this morning was in the teens with 20mph NNW wind and 2" snow on the ground.  So on the dreamill @2 incline I go.

Here's how it went:

1 mile WU @ 12:00 pace

4 threshold miles @ 10:30, 10:20, 10:10, 10:00.  *Treadmill pace does not equate road pace but tried to match the effort of road pace.

1 mile CD gradually slow to 12:00 pace

6 miles in 1:03:48.  AP: 10:38

Saucony Guide 10 (1) 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
4.000.000.000.004.00

My daughter and her family were driving from Houston straight overnight to spend the holidays with us here.  Original ETA was 4:30pm.  But when she texted me at 7:00am that they may arrive as early as 10:30am, I got up and made preparation for their arrival and cooked a pot of curry chicken. So, didn't go out for my run until 12:45pm just as the snow storm rulled in.  Turned around at mile 2 running westward with the blowing horizontal snow jabbing into my eyes.  By the time I got home, my torso, front of my arms and legs were caked with snow.  Tried to thaw out and attempted to finish the rest of my 10 miles on the treadmill unsuccessfully.  Had to abort the run when my back started to ache and the achilles protested.

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 4.00
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
8.330.000.000.008.33

Today's workout: 6 x 1 mile repeats @ 10:00 pace with 3 min. recovery between reps. with 1 mile WU & 1 mile CD

Training hasn't been going well the last week due to holidays, etc.  This morning Temp was 20F, sunny, patches of snow/ice on the road.  My daughter and I started the run together with 1 mile warm up to the MCT, having to walk during some icy slipperies.

There was still some slipperies on the MCT going east for the 1st mile rep.  Didn't know how to program the workout on my Garmin so ended up including the 3 min. recovery into the mile splits.  After 4 miles I stopped at the 1500W bathroom to use the facility and paused the watch.  So mile 5 split was the only true mile rep pace @ 10:01.  I seriously could not hold a 10:00 pace the rest of the workout to save my life. 

8.33 miles in 1:36:39.  AP: 11:36. 

Splits:  13:45 (WU, lots of walking around the slipperies), 10:35, 11:07, 10:33, 10:02, 11:10, 11:00, 13:31 (CD).  Jogged 0.33 in 4:48 to home. 

* My daughter did the same workout on MCT at different pace running back and forth around me and ended up with 9 miles. 

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 8.33
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Does skiing with my Houston grandkids and Taiwanese daughter-in-law count as workout?

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Second day skiing with my Houston grandkids and Taiwanese daughter-in-law!  SO FUN!!!!  NOT working hard at all!   So much partying, eating and very little sleeping! :)

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
14.000.000.000.0014.00

This was supposed to be a 13 miles @ 11:00 (marathon pace) with 0.5 mile WU & CD

T 34F, partly cloudy, 5mphWNW.  Very disappointed that I could not run that pace.  Legs felt heavy, well, my whole body is heavy.  May be lack of sleep and the last two days of skiing?  Well, no excuse really!!

Had to use the bathroom at mile 5.5.  On the return around mile 8.5 stopped the watch at the same restroom to refill my water bottle and forgot to retart it until about 0.25 mile later.  Thus the Garmin reflects 13.75 miles.

13.75 miles in 2:45:53.  AP: 12:04

Splits: 12:17, 11:25, 13:14, 10:57, 12:10, 12:11, 11:37, 11:24, 12:16, 11:26, 11:54, 13:13, 12:46, 12:08

 

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 14.00
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
78.330.000.000.0078.33
Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 72.33Saucony Ride 9 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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