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Pleasant Grove,UT,USA

Member Since:

Aug 04, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

PRs: Fleet Feet Turkey Trot 5k- 19:46;  St. George Marathon  3:07:11(2013-- coming back from the dead)  Utah Valley Marathon 2011- 3:09:13 : D  1st place Master Division, 7th Overall; Mt. Nebo 1/2 Marathon 2011- 1:19:35- 2nd Overall,  first master. Ogden Marathon 3:14  (2010); 10K 2011 Speedy Spaniard 40:47.  I have run 33 marathons: 15 St. George (1995, 2006-2019). Utah Valley (2011, 2014), Eiluj (2011), Deseret News (2015, 3:40 pacer),  Ogden (2009, 2010), Boston (1996,2012,2014,2018)Top of Utah (1999, 2011 pacer), and SLC (2006,2015), Pocatello (3:40 pacer 2012),park city marathon 3:41:53 (2013), and Big Cottonwood pacer (2017,2018)and three Ultras-Squaw Peak 51.25 miler 2010 in 12:05:27 (9th woman) and  Antelope Island  (32 miler) in  March, 2011 (4th overall in 5:10:25) and in 2009.


Short-Term Running Goals:

2020 Marathon Madness

April  Salt Lake City Marathon April 18

May  Ogden Marathon  May 16

June Utah Valley Marathon  June 6 

July  Deseret News Marathon  July 24 

August  Top of Utah Aug 22 

September  Big Cottonwood  Sept 12 

October Saint George Marathon Oct 3  

November New York City Marathon  Nov 1


Long-Term Running Goals:

Marathon--  PR (3:06 or better)

10k--  PR (under 40:47)

5K-- PR (under 19:46)



Married to Troy since 1997.  We have three daughters- Courtney 21,  Brooke 19, and Amber 16 and one dog-Cocoa (15). Troy works and cook lots of yummy dinners and desserts.  Courtney is back as of Aug 2019 from 18 months in England.  Now working as a CNA and going to BYU. Brooke graduated from PGHS IN MAY 2019. Attending UVU in Fall. Called to serve in the Michigan Landing LDS church mission. Leaves Jan22, 2020. Amber plays for Olympic Montreux Premier 1 soccer team.  And is a junior this Fall 2019. I  work full time (27 years in June 2019) as a registered nurse. Currently working in the special care nursery  at American Fork Hospital.  Our family loves to camp and go to Disneyland.  

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 94.87 Year: 1141.83
Brooks Pureflow Lifetime Miles: 309.19
Altras Zero Drop (lt. Blue) Lifetime Miles: 366.29
Mizuno Precision 11 (orange) Lifetime Miles: 610.05
Saucony Mirage 2 Grey Lifetime Miles: 223.70
Nike Pegasus Charc/lime Lifetime Miles: 487.77
Nike Pegasus Grey/blue Lifetime Miles: 428.92
Mizuno Precision Pink Lifetime Miles: 479.56
Nike Lunar Flyknits RED Lifetime Miles: 893.47
Nike Lunar Flyknits MULTI GREY Lifetime Miles: 369.20
Mizuno Sayanaras Lifetime Miles: 292.58
Asics Gel Lyte 33-2 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 163.09
Altra Intuition 1.5 Grey Lifetime Miles: 55.31
Altras Pink Intuition 1.5 Lifetime Miles: 79.00
Kinvara 5s Peach Lifetime Miles: 576.20
Kinvara 5s YELLOW Lifetime Miles: 346.56
Kinvara Blue/lime Lifetime Miles: 578.77
Kinvara 5s Green Lifetime Miles: 47.31
Kinvara 6 Turquoise Lifetime Miles: 531.20
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Saturday was completely filled up with three soccer games and a home BYU football game. No resting when I definitely neeeded it.  So of course today, Sunday, I  am completely exhausted.  The near-breakin yesterday am has me on edge and zapped the rest of the adrenaline from me.  My face is numb and tingling and my limbs are all weak.  This has been happening for years to me.  Especially after breathing in perfumes.  I think I have an adrenal gland fatigue problem.  Whenever I stress my body, running or an intruder the symptoms are more severe.  It is like I have to pocketbook my adrenaline for race day or I won't have any, no matter the training, come race day.  So REST REST REST is the theme this week with perhaps 3 to 4 x 400m sprints at 5K pace.  Not sure yet.  I slept a long time last night in blocks of three hours and still  feel extremely fatigued.  At night  I am getting very anxious.  I wanted to come down to get some ibuprofen and some water but I froze in my tracks looking at my deadbolt.  I am sure I will get over this and feel more free soon.  I hate this paralyzation of the unknown.  Any suggestions on how to restore the adrenals?  I have read up on some supplements.  Not sure they work.  

PS:  My bishop in church today encouraged everyone to watch conference rather than just TIVO later.  I shared my experience from yesterday with some scripture references to "thieves in the night" and being ready for the second coming in testimony meeting.  I shook like a leaf.  Anyway, I told the bishop I knew there was a reason I stepped up my time frame for SGM to 3:10 (so I could have 5 minutes to get back to my hotel to watch General Conference, I guess I should just listen around to those listening to it by radio).  No worries for the rest of you, your bishops didn't make you the challenge : D.

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Begged Troy, not really, to run an easy 6 with me.  We ran a nice loop  that included a long uphill, nice and easy.  First mile 9:10.  Last mile 8:00.  Average pace for 6.34 @ 8:50 pace.  Still feel very exhausted.  Went to Mel's chiropracter. Saw him last year same week.  He really worked the hip with ultrasound and some vibrating machine, stretched the psaos muscle etc... then adjusted me.  Supposed to go back on Wednesday.  Came home relaxed at first then drained.  Tried to take a nap.  Lasted briefly, 30 minutes.  The countdown begins.  I plan on running a "25.2 miler" this Saturday.  Anything I can do to get to the 25.2 mile marker (maybe I will just say the 25 mile marker) to see the clock at 2:59:59.  Of course all goals go out the window if rainstorms and pelting winds are involved.  Or lack of personal drive after mile 20.  My plan is to have that drive.  Clock is ticking.....

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Ran an even breezier pace today then yesterday.  Troy is fatigued and I don't care to push it.  First mile 9:30.  Ran a loop that included the American Fork High School Track.  Troy was unaware of our lay over, but hey he got to rest and time me.   1st lap with a "tailbreeze" @ 82 seconds!!! Hello!!  That would be a tough margin to keep up at without going all out so the second, having a "headbreeze" I came in at 84 seconds.  The END.  Ran home for a total of 5.1.  Pace a breezy 9:02.  Did anyone hear the forecast last night for the SGM?   83 degrees and BREEZY in all caps.  Hence the overuse of BREEZE * in my log today.  

* Breeze- a light sustained wind.

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I feel the need, the need for   NO RUNNING OR EVEN LEAVING MY HOUSE AGAIN today.   I think this weather is casting a spell on me.  I so am not wanting to revisit that memory.  I think I will watch Anne of Green Gables  all day and put up Halloween Decorations after I have a long warm bath.  Oh and carb load of course, but I am not interested much in food.  How can that be?  I had enough excitement being the carpool driver for my daughter and her four friends and the gas meter reading "0".  Got literally 10 feet from the gas pumps after stalling out three times on the way there.  Got pushed into place by two nice young men.  How embarrassing as I was in my pajama bottoms with a running shirt.  See how cold weather even zaps the last of the fuel out of your car?  Usually if it hits zero while driving we have more time.  I better pay heed to this warning and FUEL up even if I am not hungry.

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Felt crappy all day yesterday and all night.  Allergy to some foods I ate.  Indigestion all night. Stomach pain.  Gross generalized  itchiness, achiness and migraine on the left side of my face (numbness, fluid in the ear).  Got up and CELEBRATED THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORNING with my new 9 year old BROOKE. We are bringing in Halloween oreos and Sprite with Rainbow Sherbert for a treat to her class.  Later it is Subway (her choice) and cold stone after her New Activity Day class at 6pm.  She is so excited to move up and be with her best friend Brooke again. 

Ran with Troy this am.  Started to feel like a zombie running.  Like night of the living dead or something.  Am I running SGM or not?  Get over it body already, it is happening.  So I picked it up to try to feel decent at some point.  Last mile 7:08.  Slowed it way down at the half when I realized I was at a 6:44 pace (3:22, oops).  Still though I feel gross.  Nothing new.  I just want to feel good one of these days......I think I will feel pretty good crossing that finish line Saturday....Positive Quote of the Day..... "Ain't about how fast I get ain't about what's waiting on the other side....Its about THE CLIMB!!!  (Mylee Cyrus, really).  3.15miles @  7:46 pace, cool down 1/2 mile at 8:30 pace.  Shaking out the webs mentally and physically. 

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I know it is 1040am and I just completed a cobweb 1.15 miler.  I am on my way to St. George at 11am.  All alone.  No family : (((.   Staying with Melanie though.  Would have been quieter with Josse but Melanie needs me to reassure her of her under 3 abilities and I need Melanie to focus on so I don't puke.  I am getting pretty excited.  Chariot's Of Fire is FIRING me up.  Pace for 1.15 miles 8:55.  How can I really do 7:07 for 26.2 (7:03 is what Kim wants me to stay with her at).  I am taking all rabbits out of the hat.  Run free or die.  I got this from the state I am from--- New Hamshire, live free or die,  is on the license plate.  Everything in my power to do the best with what I have been given and training for will show tomorrow.  GO FIGHT WIN!!!!   EVERYONE HAPPY RUNNING!!!

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Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:11:40, Place overall: 50, Place in age division: 8
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Details to follow.  Most important a huge SGM PR.  Got a nice 8th place plaque from my age division (places go to 8th) and most exciting of my goals was to be in the top 10 for Master Women and I was 10th!!!!!!!!  I think I can definitely get close to 3 hours, I felt horrible the whole race.  I got the stomach flu- body aches and throwing up the night before and ran to the store at 3:45am to buy some zantac.  All my joints were achy so I just had to keep pulling out rabbits.  Can't say I EVER felt good but I knew I was trained enough for a 3:10 to 3:15 so I just forced myself to do it.  Got the HUGEST blister I have ever had on my foot filled with blood.  Started at mile 5.  Stopped at mile 12 to put vaseline on it.  Did not help.  I tried to land just on my toes and it just burned the remainder of the race--going to lose two toe nails.  My own fault for wearing cheapo socks and my sneakers with nearly 2,000 miles on them.  Pretty much no tread and holes in them.  I was afraid of my new shoes cause they gave me a lot of calf pain after runs.  So I paid the price in my feet.  But my calves are happy :D.  I was so on for a 3:10 but lost it at the last 2 miles, again.  The pain in my feet and back spasms were weighing on me that I just was fine with 3:11.  Someday I will stay tough to the bitter end.  Loved the cold cloths soaked in ice water and the sprayers at the end.  Will write mile paces later.  I fought the fight, I am so ready to enjoy the fall weather now and find that dayshift job.  Next year I want to get a 3:02 at SGM : DDDDDDD 

Okay more boring details, splits below:  Drove to SG by myself around 1130am.  Got there at 3:15pm.  Was having stomach issues.  Thought it was just nerves.  Tried to eat because looking back I realized I ate under 1200 calories/day the last two days before.  I had no appetite.  Started to get one Friday morning so kept eating and eating.  Well I was like the hungry child after the flu, eating foods that wouldn't go over well even though not unhealthy they just compounded the problem.  I figured I had 16 hours to get over this no problem.  Kim tried to get me to buy some socks at the expo but I was too over-stimulated that I just couldn't decide.  I figured if I wear my old shoes (I brought both) I might aswell wear my cheapo socks with them.  Big error.  Oh well.  I don't have a time machine.  So I slept for three hours from 1030pm to 130am.   Couldn't fall back to sleep and started having lots of indigestion, nausea.  Fingers and toes and eyelashes started to hurt, like when you get the flu.  I had sweated off something in the night after taking some ibuprofen at 9pm.  Crud-ola.  I am not a wimp so -blank- or high water I was doing this thing.  Drove to Maverick's down the street and bought some zantac.  By the time it was time to leave I was ready to fall asleep.  Dang.  Kim and Melanie were balls of energy and I felt like, well like I had the flu.  I was shivering and my knuckles hurt and I tried to eat.  We got to be in the elite section, weird.  Lots of room in that corral.  Suddenly we hear what we thought was an announcement but it really was the start of the race at 6:42 according to my watch.  It took us 26 seconds to cross the start because we didn't realize it started.  The herd of runners behind us were so ready they gained on us before we crossed the pad. Kim wanted me to run the 3:05 paces with her but with how I was feeling  I knew that wasn't going to happen.  I was thinking I would be watching the 3:15 balloon fly by me. Now for the play by play:

1-- 7:17  I just don't feel good.  I don't want to run even this fast yet.  So going to slow down.

2--7:27- Okay that hurt every bit as much. Whatever.

3--7:04  No, no.  I don't want to go fast but I am losing sight of Kim and Melanie.

4--  6:56 Close to the pace chart but I really don't care I am not going for  a 3:05.

5--7:10  Can't any of these miles feel good yet?  I am freezing having thrown off my ear warmers and gloves.  Starting to feel a blister coming on on my left foot big toe region.

6--6:45-- I tried to slow it down on the hill cause I was thinking of Veyo coming up soon.  Must conserve.  Cool thing was looking over at Veyo and seeing the leading truck with all the lights on the top runners.

7--6:53--Here comes Veyo and I want out.  I sound like the biggest wimp.

8--VEYO  7:45  Not good.  Too fast.  But I wanted to fight the demon so it slowed me for the next mile.

9--7:43  See. 

10--7:25.  Blister really hurting.  I change my footing and nothing is helping.  I put my shirt back on over my arms about two to three times.  I was still shivering. Praying for help and I was told to turn off my iPod.   I had a conversation that went like this "really? is music so bad while I  am about to crash?  I know I know I like to converse, what If I can't get thru and have nothing left?  I will just take it off at the aid stations so I can be social and thankful to all the volunteers".  Remember I used to run without an iPod then when noone talked back (because they couldn't hear me with their music on) I decided to try one.

11--7:48  I am losing ground from the cold.  Where is the sun?  The light is there behind the hills but no sun.  I guess when you run faster it takes more miles before it fully rises.  And now I realize I got to stop.  My blister is a huge thorn in my side.  Takes 24 seconds to take off shoe and sock, gob on some vaseline and replace sock and shoe.  Tried to get back on pace.  The vaseline didn't help one moment.  It seemed to hurt more.  Tried all different ways to land with my toes/forefoot off to the side.  Eventually I zoned it out until the final three miles.


13--6:59  The halfway split on my watch read 1:36:17.  The clock 26 seconds ahead.  I love chips.  Double that and that is a 3:12:34!! 

14--7:14  Hoping mile 15 will bring some sort of high to me.

15--6:57  No such luck....yet.  Still hoping.

16 &17-- 13:43  (6:52 avg for both)

18--7:04  Okay with these times but body aches not muscle cramps are just getting ridiculous.  I can't believe my muscles don't feel very crampy. 

19--7:27  With a slight uphill I was pleased with this mile.

20&21--14:24  (7:12 average), only 5.2 to go and my iPod is now almost completely going.  Mainly my earphones are staticky in one ear and fading in and out in the other.  I told myself to toss the thing out at mile 22 but the annoyance and time waster (I kept having to jiggle the wire to hear the songs) wasn't worth the 100 dollar iPod.  I wish I thought to just throw out the earphones. 

22--7:35  Kept taking out my 3:10 cliff pace wristband and realized if I could hold out  I could be just at 3:10.  Stayed on pace until the last mile.  The 3:10 pace guy passed me with his group before the first mile.  They were running under a 3:10 pace.  Kim said they came in just after she crossed the finish line at 3:06. 

23--7:20  Still on track for a 3:10 but mentally and physically losing ground.

24--7:16  If only.  When three women pass me I lose the edge.  They looked strong.  I felt so weak.

The REAL 25.2 mark--  1.2 miles in 9:04 (7:30 pace).  Because of the two 25.2 markers I lost the will power even though I knew the first one wasn't right.  I was just hoping. Love the cold towels, took two and drenched myself.  Really sad  I never got to my Chariots of Fire song on my iPod.  I forgot to reload the changes I made to myTunes on to my iPod.  For sure with that song I would have booked it in like a true blue 80s runner girl.

26.2 THE LAST MILE-- 8:25 dragging my feet, didn't even want to push it in.  Didn't want to feel anymore achy then I did.  Just wanted to be there and since I was already at a big PR I had no drive.  Heard my name announced and eagerly got under the cool mist sprayers,  AHHHHHHH.  A whopping 54 second negative split.  Should have been better.  I will wait for the stars to align for me.  No worries.  I will be back in finer form.

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