I Can Do Hard Things

January 2011

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Location:

American Fork,UT,

Member Since:

Nov 27, 2009

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon

2011 - 4:11:52 

2017. -4:01:17

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

Antelope Island 50 Mile

2015 - 10:10:00

Antelope Island 100 Mile

2018 - 26:53

**Personal Best 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston

Personal:

Married for 18 years. I have 14 year old triplets and a 11 year old. I love to sew, garden, and run!

Favorite Running Quotes: 

1.  

"Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people.

Some call it euphoria. Others say it's a new kind of mystical experience that propels you into a elevated state of consciousness, a flash of joy.

A sense of floating as you run. This experience is unique to each of us, but when it happens, you break through a barrier that separates you from casual runners. Forever. And from that point on, there is no finish line. You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you."  

~Nike Poster

2.           A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao-Tzu

You’ve no doubt heard this.  And you’ve probably recited it in your mind on a run or at the gym when you’re just beginning to get in shape.  You have a goal in sight and this quote brings you back to the current moment.

 

But the problem is that many runners forget all of the steps between the first one and the goal.  If your goal is to run under two hours for the half marathon then you need to be honest about all of the little steps to get to that goal.

 

…and what I’d rather see you do is to get the goal out of mind completely, but rather focus on the process, not the outcome. -Jay Johnson Process orientation, not outcome orientation.

 

You should have goals, but you should take it one step at a time.  And you should be honest about the fact that you don’t know how many steps it will take to get there. ~ Vernon Gambetta

 

3.  Human beings are made up of flesh, blood and a miracle fiber called COURAGE! ~ George Patton 

 

4.   Find the courage to be patient.

Favorite Blogs:

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35 minutes

I felt like I had just fallen asleep when that dumb alarm went off this morning at 4:55am/  I've been out of whack all day!

My run felt great though - hooray!  Double hooray for school being back in session!

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38:24 minutes

Too tired to get my hiney out of bed this morning!   So I headed to the gym as soon as hubby got home.

 I watched some show on HGTV that made the time fly by!  I need new couches, so I need some decorating inspiration!  Anyone have/used Slipcover couches?  Thoughts or opinions on them?

Back to running....felt really good!  Hooray for running!

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39:25 minutes

It sure was dark and cold at 4:55am.  I felt good this morning on the TM - just trying to keep my easy runs easy!

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Hubby goes to the temple on Thursday mornings, so I usually run in the evenings.  I had every intention of going to lift weights and then to spin tonight, but lacked any ounce of motivation.  I don't know what my deal was, but....

So I ended up just lifting (regretting that I didn't do spin).  Mostly upper body (I need to figure out what everything is called) and a few leg exercises.  Then lots and lots and lots of stretching.  I need to do that every day.

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Glad to be back on a running day - lots more motivation!  I felt really good during my run and am so grateful to be back at it!  I am alittle sore from yesterday's lifting - good sign!

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57:47 minutes

Lots and lots and lots of people today at the gym!  Maybe it was because I went a bit later than usual, but wowzer everyone was there!

 I felt super duper great today on my run.  I felt like I could have run longer and faster, but kept my slow run slow (not that I am really all that fast). 

Push ups/sit ups/planks (golly those are planks are hard).

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I wanted to make sure I gave my ankle plenty of rest after my long run on Saturday.  Paranoia, I know, but I just don't want to repeat last year!

My arms were super sore after those few push ups I did on Saturday. 

3 sets of 20 sit ups and 10 push ups

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3 sets of 20 sit ups and 10 push ups

Brrrr...I have not been able to warm up all day!  Do you ever feel like your to-do list just gets longer, but nothing ever gets crossed off?

Run felt ok today at the gym (just not super motivated).  Too lazy to get up this morning, so I went gyming this evening.  Done and done!

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39 minutes - The miles went on forever.  My arms were sore from below workout and I was thinking about the big pot of chicken noodle soup at home.

 

Lifting upper body (I totally stole this workout from Kelli!  But I didn't do as heavy as weights as she used.)

 

Upper Body - repeated 3x

     overhead presses - 15 reps

     tricep kickbacks - 15 reps each side

     bench press -  15 reps

     biceps curls -  20 reps

     tricep dips, 30

     front raise - 15 reps

     lateral raise - 15 reps

     tricep extensions -  15 reps


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38:17 minutes

So so so tired this afternoon.  I've been lazy all week and have been going to the gym in the evenings.  But not today and I am feeling the effects!  My arms are sore from yesterday's lifting, but what a great feeling!

I got on the scale last night and couldn't believe my weight - 15 lbs over what I would like.  How does it creep up so fast!  Why is it so hard to have self mastery over food?  It is like an addiction almost.  I've never had to worry about my weight until these past few years.  It's been on my mind constantly!  I love to eat treats - right now my favorite are the mini chocolate covered donuts.  How can I get this self control over stupid FOOD!

 But my run felt great and I am excited for lifting and 6.5 tomorrow!

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Have you ever felt like "you've been hit by a truck" tired?  That is how I feel today after this workout.  A nap is definitely in order.  I lifted arms and a few legs today.

It took me about 3 miles to shake out whatever stiffness I had from lifting.  I felt good but the miles seem to go by slowly!  I bought a visor to wear and hopefully act as a sweat absorption device!  It didn't bother too much, but it was definitely wet by the end of the run and I still had to keep wiping my face.

I've eaten pretty good today.  No soda or treats.  But I am really craving something sweet - I should go and chew some gum!

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I lifted legs today.  I can't tell you how much I hate doing squats.  HATE HATE HATE!  But I did them and it is over...but thinking about them makes me angry :)

It took me a few miles to shake the stiffness out of my legs during the run.  There were oodles and oodles and oodles of folks (dudes and dollies) at the gym at 7:00am (hooray for sleeping in on a holiday).  But I got to all the weights I needed and a treadmill!

 

Off to go sledding...my kids really need to burn off some energy.  I got so many "I'm bored"'s this morning.  When I hear those, the chore chart comes out...I got all my drawers vacuumed out and my van!

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I actually woke up feeling really refreshed (which usually doesn't happen at 4:55am).  My legs are still a bit sore, but that all went away after the first mile or two.  

I love running....even a bad day on the road/treadmill running is better than a day without it!

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42:19 minutes (progressively faster each mile)

I felt really good this morning.  Last summer when I was riding my bike up the Alpine Loop, there was a group of runners coming down the mountain.  Single file and bright neon yellow jerseys (smart considering how narrow that canyon is).  They were BOOKING down that mountain.  When I finished riding, I went running on a nearby trail and they were STILL running.  I remember thinking to myself how impressed I was with these ladies because they were fast and looked sharp in their matching shirts AND looked intimidating.  

 Well, one of them ran on the treadmill next to me this morning and she was cooking.  Funny how runners notice each other and all congregate to the same places.

Last night, my hubby got a text from a buddy that a couple had bailed out on this Ragnar team....would we be interested?  Doing that race has been on my bucket list forever and I am SO SO SO excited to do it!  Maybe I will change my mind after running for 2 straight days, but for now I can't wait!

 

It is great to be a runner!

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Mile splits:  9:06 (up a big hill),  8:56,  8:35,  8:17,  2:27 (7:56)

First, I got to run outside today because it was BEAUTIFUL!  Blue skies and warmer temperatures!  Hooray for that!  Feeling that fresh air is always good for the soul!

Second, I ran a lot faster than I thought I was going.  I felt like I was totally plugging along (like a 10:00pace) and was pleasantly surprised.  I still have a long way to go on speed, but at least I am running!

 Good luck Painter Half Marathon Runners!

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Oh what a workout!  I told my hubby I was going to be awhile this morning!  First, I lifted legs and then arms (for 1 hour).  I haven't had a chance to lift since Monday, so I REALLY wanted to get it in.

I got my orthotics this week and stuck them in my running shoes.  They felt like butter - really supporting my high arch.

I started my run and 2 miles into it my feet are on FIRE!  The orthotics were rubbing and rubbing and I was hoping I wasn't bleeding.  The next 5 miles I just tried to plow through.  I would stop periodically to get water and wipe my face (and give my feet a rest), and starting back up was super painful. 

The sad part is my legs felt really great, no ankle pain and I didn't feel like I was huffing and puffing.  I need to get some mole skins ASAP!

Can't wait to read the race reports!


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My feet are still a bit sore after the orthotic disaster on Saturday.  I brought my other insoles just in case and after 2 minutes of running in the orthotics, I changed back into my old ones.  Much better!

I am loving this warmer weather and hope to get on my bike sometime this week!

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I slept in this morning and it felt heavenly!  I left my house this afternoon with way too  many neighborhood kids, pumpkin bread remnants on the floor, and dinner still to be cooked.  A perfect time to go to the gym!

I lifted legs and did some core work tonight.  My lower back always hurts after I do squats (I HATE SQUATS...one more time...I HATE SQUATS).  I'm assuming I am doing them wrong, but I don't know what I am doing wrong.

I ran in the cardio cinema and watched some dude totally crash on the TM.  Poor guy.  I felt really good and am going to try some speed tomorrow.

I've been wearing my orthotics during the day and am becoming more use to them.  Someday, I may try them running.

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Oh....I'm so tired today...way too many kids up in the middle of the night.  My favorite line of the middle of the night madness is "Mom I have the coughs because of the new dishwasher).  Sweet....our new dishwasher gives out coughs!

I did my first "speed" workout in well over a year.  I'm not sure it would really be qualified as speed since I'm still not that fast, but.....

2 mile warm up at 6.2 mph

5x400 at 9.0 (6:40 mile or 1:40 quarter..I think) (2 summers ago when I was training hard before my injury, I was running those at a 1:35...sigh....)

Cooled down until I hit 4.5 miles

Speed work is such a mental game.  A hard game for me to play!  But it is done and over!

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I was suppose run 3 miles today, but I've been shivering in bed all day.  Body aches, chills, sinus infection and a case of the flu.  Hooray for good doctors, antibotics and chocolate covered mini-donuts!

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I was really thinking about not running today.  I still didn't feel good (lots of body aches, coughs, runny nose), but miles have to be done right?  I knew I couldn't do my scheduled 8 miles, so I settled for 6.  I will turn this week into an easy week.

My legs felt great, but I was hacking up a lung and had to stop lots to blow my nose.  I'm sure the people around me wanted me to leave!   Off to bed!

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I was wide awake for some odd reason this morning, so I didn't mind getting up in the "middle of night" aka 4:55am.  The gym was super busy...all the treadmills were full.  

I saw "gangsta" girl this morning.  WOW...on Saturday, she had on long regular pants (not workout pants), some vest on top of a sports bra - wide open though, some neckerchief hanging off the side of her belt loop and some weird gangsta belt.  Oh yeah... the best part in the walk/skip gangsta hop/walk.  I don't get it.....she old enough to be my mom!

I had a good run the TM.  The last mile seemed to take awhile, but got through it.  Not as much coughing today and I am feeling much better (too bad my kids are all getting sick).

Off to do laundry!

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