:) S.M.I.L.E. :) Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:33:04 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Mon, Aug 21, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-21-2017.html <p>Bright sunny sky 72F at 8:45am. AP: 10:48 (exactly the same AP as Saturday&#39;s).</p> <p>Very cool watching the total eclipse on NASA channel and KSL.&nbsp; Went outside at 11:30am to view the 91% eclipse here.&nbsp; Darker, dusk like atmospere/sky even though it is cloudless and the sun is high above at 11:30am.&nbsp; Temp fell, crescent shadows from the tree reflected on the front porch and walkway.&nbsp; Holes from the colander also reflect crescent shapes.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 19, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-19-2017.html <p>Solo run on MCT east.&nbsp; Saw Pres. Grimley and Steven&#39;s CFO.&nbsp; 61F sunny.&nbsp; AP: 10:48</p> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 17, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-17-2017.html <p>With Wendy on MCT to Mitch Hollow.&nbsp; New shoes!</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 15, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-15-2017.html <p>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!</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 12, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-12-2017.html <p>Got up super early, 4:15 so I could take Lily, Sammi and Jessie to the airport.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Arms so sore.&nbsp; Showered then went to Elder Macfarlane&#39;s wedding.</p> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 10, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-10-2017.html <p>6 easy on MCT then went to water aerobics with Wendy.&nbsp; Spent 4 hours in the afternoon hot sun laying pavers...these things are 13&quot;x11&quot; cobble stones weighing a ton!!! If I don&#39;t break my back...&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 08, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-08-2017.html Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Aug 04, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-04-2017.html <p>17.75 in 3:42.&nbsp; Last 8 miles with Wendy on MCT in PG.&nbsp; Woke up to the alarm at 5:15.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; My arms and back still sore from yesterday&#39;s shoveling dirt, digging trenches last night.&nbsp; It&#39;s only been 6 days since I raced a Half so legs are still fatigued.&nbsp; I managed to run in the high 10s the first 9 miles.&nbsp; Took some Powerbar chews that Wendy brought me at the PG Canyon Rd parking lot/bathroom, I was at my mile 9.75.&nbsp; Then we headed out for 8 more.&nbsp; By now the sun was peeking over the mountains and getting warm.&nbsp; I had to walk a lot the last couple miles.&nbsp; Wendy was very patient and so nice to sacrifice her morning to run/walk with me!&nbsp;</p> <p>I think I&#39;m going to sign up for a marathon in 3 weeks, most likely the Nebo Marathon.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 03, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-03-2017.html <p>We (Wendy and Amanda) went to water aerobics at 9am.&nbsp; Felt so good.&nbsp; But I undid all that good afterwards with raking dirt, weeding, etc. immediately after I got home.&nbsp; Three plus hours later I took a quick shower and headed to Costco. Since I didn&#39;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.&nbsp; Didn&#39;t come in until dark around 9pm.&nbsp; I ate some left over noodles, started three loads of laundry and went to bed at 11pm.&nbsp; Have to get up early for long run tomorrow.&nbsp; My shoulders, arms and hands and back are so sore.&nbsp; Took me awhile to fall asleep.</p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 02, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-02-2017.html Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 29, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-29-2017.html <p>I was supposed to run 18 miles today; so plan was to run to the mouth of AF Canyon to wait for Wendy (who&#39;s running the Timp Half) then run her to the finish and then tag on 5 more miles afterwards.&nbsp; Lowell called last week and asked if I would run this Half (for old time sake when we used to run the SOGOFull/Timp backward).&nbsp; Anyway, last time I ran him in to the finish, I wished I had signed up and ran the race.&nbsp; So, the night before packet pick up, Lowell called and said he was not going to run this afterall because he had a wedding to go to in Pocatello on Sat.&nbsp; But really, this is only a half...I told him I would sign up if he would.&nbsp; SO, we both signed up at the last min.&nbsp; By now the entry fee is a whopping $90 (more than what I paid for SG Marathon).&nbsp; Luckily I got a FB discount of 15%.&nbsp; With that, I feel motivated to actually run this and test where my fitness level is.&nbsp; Three weeks earlier I ran the Hobbler Half in 2:19:&nbsp; , I figure I can shave at least 30 sec./mile on this.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wendy and I picked up the race packets at AFHS.&nbsp; We bought some running shorts/capri at the Expo.&nbsp; Lowell got to my house at 6pm and off we went to Oliver Garden, his favorite, for his birthday celebration! :)&nbsp; We didn&#39;t go to bed until 11:30 so got about 3 hours of sleep.</p> <p>Since I&#39;m driving, I told Lowell we have to leave the house at 3:35 to pick up Wendy and make it to the bus ride by 4:00.&nbsp; Well, we left at 4:45 and got to AFHS at 4:05.&nbsp; I ate a Greek yogurt and 1/2 banana on the bus.&nbsp; Got to the start with 90+ min to spare.&nbsp; Wendy brought a camping pad for us to sit on.&nbsp; Saw Don and David Rogers, Emily King, Josse Tobiason and Michelle Lowery.&nbsp; Plenty of portapotties and time to make 3 trips.&nbsp; Race started on time at 6am.&nbsp; We all lined up with the 2:30 pace group.&nbsp; Temp was probably in the high 50s. as the sun was rising.&nbsp;</p> <p>Within the first quarter mile, we passed the pace group.&nbsp; I told Lowell we should run the canyon miles in 10 mph pace conserving energy.&nbsp; We started to pull away and lost Wendy after about mile 3.&nbsp; At times Lowell would run ahead chatting with other runners, I kept a steady comfortable pace and would always catch him at the aid stations where we would walk.&nbsp; I took a Gu at mile 3 since breakfast was over 2 hours ago.&nbsp; There was a nice tail wind around mile 6 which I took advantage of.&nbsp; Took another Gu given by the volunteer at mile 7 aid station.&nbsp; The course flattened out at mile 7.5 leaving the Canyon onto the Golf Course trail which was rolling with some inclines which I also walked.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mile 9, 10 and 11 are on the Cedar Hills trail and Murdock Canal Trail which for some reason slows me down; may be my brain has been conditioned to run these slowly because I&#39;ve run on them for my long runs.&nbsp; Weird!&nbsp; Once I got to Art Dye Park, I realized there&#39;s only couple miles to go, so I put a little more effort.&nbsp; It was also getting warm, so I took off my hat and dump water on my head at the last aid station.&nbsp; I saw the 2:10 pace group as we turned onto 700 N. so I focused on reeling them in.&nbsp; We made a right turn onto Cavemen Dr. I focused on passing people and before long I saw Larry and John (Wendy&#39;s hubby) at the corner by the Seminary Bldg.&nbsp; I smiled and waved to them as we made the last turn left towards the High School&#39;s track.&nbsp; We had to run 3/4 way around the track to the finish.&nbsp; The 2:10 pacer was yelling for us to go faster.&nbsp; I realized he had gone a bit faster than pace and waiting to get the group in on time.&nbsp; The clock read 2:09:xx when I crossed.&nbsp; My official time 2:08:01.&nbsp; So pleased with this time, and no cramping.&nbsp; Well, I did have to keep walking after I finished around and around the water mister.&nbsp; Lowell came in couple min. after me and Wendy came in 14 min later.&nbsp; We&#39;re impressed with the finish goodies: chocolate milk, fruits, pizza, creamies, wash cloth.&nbsp; We took some pictures and high tailed out of there as Lowell had a wedding to attend in Pocatello at 1pm.</p> <p>Splits: 9:58, 9:50, 9:46, 9:58, 9:23, 8:48, 9:36, 9:14, 10:40, 10:28, 10:22, 9:43, 9:35, (0.1@8:12)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 26, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-26-2017.html Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 24, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-24-2017.html <p>This run/walk was organized 5 years ago by a local Stake.&nbsp; I understand it has doubled in size every year since.&nbsp; It&#39;s a free race but you do need to register to obtain a commemorative bib.&nbsp; My brother-in-law Gary was in town so he signed up his wife, daughter and mother.&nbsp; So I signed up my hubby, and our missionary (an elder from HK who graduated from BYU-H and now here to start graduate study at the U) who&#39;s staying with us.&nbsp;</p> <p>The website projected that there were nearly 10,000 registrants (we registered the night before).&nbsp; The race starts at 8pm. at the Provo Temple and finish at the Provo City Center Temple.&nbsp; Bib pick up at the start between 6:00 to 7:30.&nbsp; So hubby being the punctual guy decided we need to leave the house at 6am.&nbsp; We parked our car at the temple overflow parking lot where they have the bib pick up tables.&nbsp; After getting our bibs, we called Gary who was parking at the finish and taking the shuttle bus to the start.&nbsp; We moved our car to the church parking lot where there were lines of portapotties. We saw a big group of missionaries at the parking lot.&nbsp; Gary and the rest of the family arrived, we took pictures and milled around until the race started at 8:10.&nbsp; The annoucer said there were estimated 20,000 participants this year.&nbsp; The atmosphere was fun, families with strollers and even pioneer costumes.&nbsp; There were hymns being broadcasted and even a poster cut out of Pres. Monson standing on the top of the starting ladder.&nbsp; The sun was peeking over Squaw Peak and you could see a sea of people on the road going up the hill behind the temple.&nbsp; Those with timing chips (for about $9) get to line up in the front marked up cones followed by runners, then walkers.&nbsp; Those with strollers or wheeled stuff line up behind the second crosswalk.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gary and my niece Jessie (18 yo) and Nelson (our former missionary) jumped in after the first wave of runners.&nbsp; Lily, Grandma and Larry would jump in with the walkers.&nbsp; The first mile was down Temple Dr. going west then turn south passed the MTC. then another right turn going west to the stadium.&nbsp; Then we turned onto BYU campus running pass the field house.&nbsp; I was able to keep up with Jessie and Gary.&nbsp; At the field house they were giving out water bottles, so I made my way across there and picked up a bottle.&nbsp; Took a big gulp and was going to put the cap back on so I could run with it; but dropped the cap so decided to drink some more and ditch the bottle.&nbsp; Gary and Jessie got a little ahead and I chased back up to them.&nbsp; We&#39;re now running south on 200 E.&nbsp; and I glanced down at my watch and saw that we&#39;re running a 8:40 pace which scared me a little.&nbsp; I told Gary our pace and saw Jessie breathing hard.&nbsp; I eased up a bit and let them go.&nbsp; The runners around me were all breathing just as hard.&nbsp; I wanted to keep a good tempo and would sprint once I see the finish.&nbsp; I was surprised to see the finish as soon as we turned west on 100 S.&nbsp; So we only have to sprint from 200 E to 50E.&nbsp; Man, I should&#39;ve picked up the pace sooner!&nbsp; I stopped the watch after I crossed the finish and high fived Gary.&nbsp; Very pleased with the time.&nbsp; The last time I &quot;raced&quot; a 5K was probably in 2010 at the Nestle 5K.&nbsp; My PR was 23+ min.&nbsp; I seriously thought it would take me 30 min to run a 5K.&nbsp; I guess it helps to have some youngsters to pace me! :)&nbsp; Splits: 9:19, 8:59, 8:53, (0.1 @4:58)&nbsp; I have not run in these paces for years!!!! Haha, I know...this is supposed to be &quot;fast&#39;runningblog&quot;...and I&#39;m really a jogger these days! :)</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 22, 2017 http://smooth.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-22-2017.html <p>16 in 3:07, second half with Wendy on MCT in PG.</p> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:00