Believe to Achieve

St. George Marathon #9

Previous WeekRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesJulieC's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageMonth View
Graph View
Next Week
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!


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
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Night Sleep Time: 11.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 11.00Weight: 127.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Met and drove Kim to Janes at 550am.  Plan to run easy and 2 @ mp.  Well that never goes over well. Meaning we always go faster than marathon pace :D.  But I really was like no way the first two warm up miles with Chandi.  Jane and Kim were up a minute on us the first two miles.  I told them I was going easy.  And as I ran easy I felt I should not even run any fast but then after stopping at mile two I felt charged even with my music not yet on and they took off and the music falling out of my right ear about five or six times I felt incredibly good at a shockingly nice pace of 6:30.  First mile 6:29, second 6:30.  I slowed purposefully as 6:23 and 6:30 for that matter is not even marathon pace.  Ha ha.  Kim and Jane were about 20 seconds ahead of me.  There average was somewhere between 6:16 and 6:20.  Jane said right before running " I am not going to go faster than a 6:40".  LOL.  Well  I just ran what felt comfortable.  Then Kim ran home and I ran with Jane and Chandi (chandi ran 6:40s 8 weeks pregnant).  7 miles at 7:51 AP.  Now rest and ponder what exactly I am capable of at sg.  He He.

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

no garmin.  stop watch varied route.  just course tooled it.  Thought I was running recovery pace.  felt it.  AP 8:15.  : D.  NICE.  7 miles.  Went to Dr. today...again...menopause confirmed.  Started hormone replacement.  also have referral to rheumatologist.  however I wonder if no estrogen or progesterone is the reason for all...sleepless, depressed, joint pain, pain, night sweats...just not feeling right.  Celebrex has helped a lot but estrogen and progesterone might be the bionic power I need!!  : D.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Easy pace before work. 8:20.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

8 pace in high winds cool air. Sg is gonna be cold.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Add Comment
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Slept only from 1130 to 430 then broken sleep til 625. Up for kids then moms and muffins with amber at 730. Then back in bed at 810 for 1 hr 20 min. Took a lortab at 10 pm then 1/4 xanax sleep. So woke zombie like hence the nap. Picked up katie after courtney at high school. Left orem at 1224. Ate 3/4 apple strudle muffin. Then at 1130 had cinnaomon raisin bagel with cream cheese. Cottage cheese and oj. Driving currently with katie driving after i drove to beaver exit. Pee d a lot there.feel good. Better than before any marathon. No pain. Just have to pee a lot. It is cold out. No running. Saving myself for tmr. Hoping to pr. U just never know. I feel so good that i sbould but i have not done near as much training. Three long runs. 22 hope to hobble last sat in august, 16.5 walked 1.5 disaster the next week and an 18 miler slow with last four at 6:46 ap. Then three milers times four and last weeks 13 @ 6:36. Going by feel.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Add Comment
Race: St. George Marathon #9 (26.2 Miles) 03:07:11, Place overall: 51, Place in age division: 5
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

So after last weeks surprising run down AF canyon and a short tempo Monday I was hopeful I could get under 3:14 for sure.  I even thought a PR was possible but honestly my miles have been short (for me) and painful.  Since my blog is NOW OPEN go ahead and read back from April on---Okay you will get the drift from beginning of August on.  It has been the hardest Summer of my life since I suffered a major depressive episode when I was 17 that lasted a year after losing my father and sister in car accidents followed by my brother three years later also killed in a car accident.  My depression this time was due to physical pain.  What started out as plantar fascitis grew to envelope my hips, knees and ankle joints, also plagues of chronic fatigue, headaches and nausea.  I honestly could not make sense of it only knowing that after I was very ill in April just before the Thanksgiving point half, about that time all of my joints and tendons were hurting more and more.  Something seemed to be attacking my body.  After numerous Dr. visits I have one diagnosis under control -- hemochromatosis (iron storage disease) and waiting for official diagnosis-- autoimmune seronegative joint disease.  It is so hard to look in the mirror and think "I look normal" but then to struggle to get out of the bed in the morning.  All summer I got out of bed walking like a mummy.  Most mornings scared to get out of bed.  I couldn't believe this was going to be "me" for the rest of my life.  Miraculously after some strict diet changes, and celebrex and one last steroid injection in my flaming heel (not plantar) just part of the joint disease I came up on top just ONE week before SG.  My training has all been forced.  None of it felt fun until last Saturday (week before SG) when I ran with Jane and Kim for the first time.  We ran down AF canyon fast.  It was cold and that is what my joints liked.  I think the very humid summer had something to do with the continual flare all summer.  Anyway what I am getting at is truly ST george marathon # 9 was a MIRACLE for me.  This is the first race I cried at.  Yes, MILE 24 I was crying and smiling.  I was so glad to be there and not be back in bed, lying flat wondering how to get out of bed.  It was THAT bad.  I prayed a lot.  I had miracles happen through wonderful friends that care so much for me.  Simply wonderful.   I wasn't in top form at the starting line I wanted to stop at mile one.  Very serious.  I knew it was going to be tough for me to battle my fear of doing damage beyond repair with overdoing it on an already stressed body.  Every step was cautious...til the final two miles where I just allowed myself to smile and cry.    I started behind the elite corral even though I was allowed there.  I started with Jane (three months post partum) and our plan was to have fun.  We only ran 9 miles together (as she had very bad GI issues) and I was sad without her until I realized  I wasn't going to see her.  I had to just run.  Here are my splits (just before being picked up by Jane I wrote some goal of 3:06:30 on the back of a cliff pace band, using the sg pace calculator, parenthesis are calculator, I only looked at them occasionally and gave up on it after 12 miles):

1st Half 1:35:48 :  2nd Half  1:31:23  (4 min 23 second negative split : D)

7:27 (7:10)  never good to start behind by 1.5 minutes, we burned a lot of energy just to get this 7:27 moving around a huge crowd.

7:24 (7:19)  Really not wanting to run.  I can feel every crevice on the road with my foot joints.  My shoes have 350 miles on them but I was too worried to get new ones just before a race.  Nike Flyknit.  They have helped me not pronate but cushion on forefoot is next to nil with all tread worn away.  CRUD.

7:00 (7:06)

6:56 (7:02)

7:07 (7:09)

6:53 (6:52)

6:52 (6:52)

8:11 (7:40)  Garmin downloaded showed my time as 3:06:40 for moving time so YUP a 32 second porta potty break.  I needed to go but could have held it.  Jane really needed to go and I didn't want to lose her.  She ended up stopping again in two miles and we never saw each other again.  She stopped 11 TIMES!! POOR girl.  Other wise she felt great.  Pretty awesome shape post baby!!  FYI don't stop just before VEYO  really really sucky to come out of port a potty and see my pace at 12 mm and have to climb veyo and watch it move slowly back to pace.

7:24 (7:28)

7:21 (7:27)  Bye Jane.  I told her what splits to hit and that we could do it.  We can!!

7:39 (7:39)  My butt is NUMB!!!  I wore my skirt that has shorts underneath that DON'T breath well so all my sweat pulls in my backside and the windchill froze my butt.  My IT band on left leg is really bugging.  Probably from the frozen butt muscles.  I try massaging while running and some kick backs.  No over reacting.  Just stay calm.  I wore a fueling belt so I should have worn regular shorts.  I wore the skirt cause it has one awesome pocket to hold lots of gu but I have lost weight and the skirt was falling down with all the gus so I had to use the belt.  Wish I thought to just wear my shorts.  Definitely a factor in my ability today. Sounds crazy if sweat doesn't whisk away it just adds to the problem of overheating/cooling.  But I definitely just didn't let myself think too long about it cause can't do anything about it in the middle of the race :D.

7:25 (7:18)

7:11 (7:07)

7:13 (7:13)

6:48 (6:51)  IT was here that I thought absolutely NO way.  I just couldn't run fast down hill.  IT was here that I regretted last weeks fast 12 miler at 6:36.  I thought I was toast.  I thought I was going to HIT a big wall.  I tried my best to just put one foot in front of the other. Celebrex not working.  My pelvic joints were on fire.

6:51 (6:41) definitely thought I was in trouble since 6:51 was all I could do on a steep down hill.  But my joints and hamstring nerve pains were just not allowing me.  Memories of mile 19 coming on strong.  HOLD IT TOGETHER.

6:53 (6:59)

7:01 (6:59)

7:17 (7:16)

7:06 (7:02)

6:49 (6:39)

6:59 (7:09)

6:46 (6:48)

6:53 (6:56)

7:07 (7:05) thought last six were under 7....guess not.  Bummer.

6:58 (7:10)  See my watch at mile to go sign at 3:00 even.  Told myself I got this.  Not sure where I ran bad tangents, my watch after mile 15 was reading early.  I may not have seen the seconds after 3:00 so maybe I was just delusional....but I ran ...

6:43 pace for 0.25 miles....yup darn bad tangents...but 0.05 isn't as bad as 0.27 miles over at Boston : D.   I honestly thought I had the 3:06 based off the 3:00 on my watch....or I really would have pushed harder.  I had it in me.  I was elated.  I was smiling and I was totally focused but I didn't realize I was 0.05 off the mark so I needed to push harder instead of cruising in.  Seriously I just needed an APRIL moment.  Darn it all!!   Another 3:07....a SEVEN second PR.  14 seconds faster and I would have been forth in my division.  1 minute 12 seconds faster and I would have a COMPED entry into the SG marathon next year.  Love when I read this AFTER the race.    :D.  BUT I have to have a reality check.... IT WAS  A bad YEAR.  I haven't raced since April !!  Not one race.  I did take on one pacing gig accidentally three weeks ago for the Spanish Fork Half .  Somehow I was put on the roster.  I showed up and did it.  With too much time to spare.  I hadn't done any pace work for months.  So I had no idea.  Anyway....I am trying not to be hard on myself.  I was in no shape to run this well.  It was a MIRACLE.  AND the biggest miracle for my running career is YET to happen.  SUBTHREE BABY!! SG MARATHON NUMBER 10 at  45!!!  For now it is five weeks off from running.  Happy FALL!!


Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 127.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Night Sleep Time: 11.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 11.00Weight: 127.00
Debt Reduction Calculator

Featured Announcements