Sunday, July 31, 2011

Timpanogos Half Marathon Recap

Before I get into the race recap I have to thank Nikki from The Worth of My Sole for featuring me as one of her Saturday Sole Sisters.  Head on over to her blog right now and check it out.  Nikki is truly amazing and I am continually inspired by her hard work and dedication.
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Now to try to Recap the race.  For starters this race was incredibly untypical for me.  Friday night I babysat my nephew until 10pm.  I ate a random dinner including some Gerber baby spicy cheeto puffs (don't knock it until you try it) and didn't even know what I was going to wear for the race until the next morning.  Typically I have my outfit picked out before I even sign up for the race. :)  I went to bed by 10:30 and did not even wake up one time until my alarm went off at 3:15.  I was so relieved that I slept well but was definitely in a scramble trying to get everything ready in the morning.

I met up with Julia, Becky, Alisha, Candice, and Stephanie at the buses at 4:15.  We hopped on the buses and headed up to the start.  I was feeling excited and just could not wait to start running.  Seeing the full marathons running on the way up was inspiring and I just so anxious to get going.  We got up to the top around 5:15 and headed up to the bathrooms.  It was still dark and there wasn't much lighting but it wasn't cold like I had anticipated.  I walked around a bit and chatted with a few familiar faces and about 15 minutes before start decided to start warming up.  This is when I couldn't get my watch to turn on.  I panicked and kept pushing the button knowing it wasn't going to change things.  I went from excited, optimistic, and energetic to mad, frustrated, and defeated.  I thought about aborting any plans of setting a PR and just running it as a training run but I knew that would just be giving up and I also knew I was capable of PR'ing without a watch.  So I threw my drop-bag into the bus and went to the start to line up.  I chatted with the 1:30 pacer at the start and decided I would just try to stick with him and see how it went.  The gun went off at 6am and it was off to the races. 

Since I don't have splits for this race you will instead be entertained by my thoughts throughout the miles.  Get excited!

1-3:  "What was I thinking signing up for this race and what in the H-E-double hockey sticks made me think I would ever set a PR.  My legs feel heavy and I wish this were just a 5k or maybe just a 1 mile race, that would be great.  Maybe I should go hide in the woods and fake an injury"  I felt like I was running 10 times slower than at the start of the AF half.  Everyone was flying past me it seemed.

3-6:  "I love running!  Running is so much fun and it is such a beautiful day, I wish this were a 20 mile race.  That would be awesome!"  These miles flew by and since I had no idea what my pace was I just kept on running what felt natural.

6-8:  "I bet it's going to really suck once I get out of the canyon.  I wonder who I should target and try to ask for a time?  I wonder if this triple caffeine GU is going to turn me into a superhero and make me fly to the finish?  I wonder if I can somehow take a shortcut and still get a PR?" These miles felt pretty good and I was excited to see the cheering crowd at the bottom of the canyon.  This part of the race was weird because I was literally all by myself.  How could there by 1300 people running this race and somehow I am all alone?  For a second I even thought I was going the wrong way.  At mile 8.5 maybe the 1:30 pacer went flying past me and this was the point I wanted to give up.

9-10:  Brian met me at mile 9 and I was a complete mess.



B:  "Yay you look great, your doing awesome."

Me:  "Shut the hell up I look terrible and I am sucking ass."

B:  "No you look good smile."

Me:  "NO you don't understand I think I'm going to die." 

B:  "Just finish strong your almost there."

Me:  "I'm not even close, I need you to follow me and probably give me a ride to the finish."

B:  "It's okay you can do it, do you want a 5 hour energy shot?"

Me:  "Yeah why not, it's not like I'm going to catch the 1:30 pacer anyway."

So I chugged the 5 hour energy and kept on going.  I grabbed an otter pop at mile 10 and just kept on plugging on.  I am positive that my pace slowed significantly but I really have no idea.


11-12:  "This really freaking sucks.  Why do I keep putting myself through this torture?  This will be my last race ever.  I freaking suck so bad at running I don't even know why I try."  At mile 11 I asked someone what the time was and he said 1:15 and told me if I ran 7 minute miles I could make 1:30.  Yeah easier said than done buddy.  I did not want to run that fast but somehow I just kicked it into gear (maybe it was the 5 hour energy. he he).  I sped up and told myself how awesome I was and cool it would be to set a PR despite all of my problems.

13-finish:  "Hey this isn't so bad, I'm almost done.  I bet Trevor would be pretty freaking proud of me."  I got over myself, ran hard and was shocked when I saw the finish line approaching so quick.  I sprinted to the finish and looked everywhere for a clock.  The clock wasn't up yet and I had no idea what my time was.  I knew the 1:30 pacer was at least 2 minutes in front of me so I was just hoping to be under my previous PR of 1:33.


Talked to the 1:30 pacer and come to find out he finished in 1:28?  Um okay good job at pacing buddy.  Anyway finally found out the results and my time was 1:30:15.  I was so mad that I was 15 seconds off of sub-1:30 but still so impressed and excited about my time.

1:30:15, 6:52 average pace, 14th overall female and 4th in my age group.

My Mom and the sweetest LeeAnna who came to watch me finish.  Sorry for the super sweaty hugs.

The awesome Alisha!  So glad I found a runner that is my height!  :)

Julia, Candice, and I!  Both of these girls set PR's and rocked this race.  Congrats ladies!

Finishers medal almost as big as my head. :)
Sorry for the super long recap but I just wanted to share a little bit of the roller coaster I go through as a runner with each race.  Overall this race was a lot of fun and I had a blast hanging out afterwards and cheering all of my friends in.  I am so excited to have set a new PR and know that I will break 1:30 this fall. 

Do you think I am a nut job or do you go through ups and downs similar to me during races?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

She Races NAKED

Hey bloggy friends!  I am off for a full day of shopping with my Mom and Sister in Park City but before I go I couldn't leave you all hanging.

This morning I raced the Timpanogoes Half Marathon.  I will be back with a full recap tonight but here is the short version.

Basically anything that could have went wrong for a race did.

1.  (This is definitely TMI, but if you've been following my blog for awhile your used to that right?)  I didn't have my normal morning before a race poop.  hmmm Oh well I can deal with it.   If I have to stop I'll stop.

2.  10 minutes before the race start I went to turn on my garmin and it will not turn on.  hmmm awesome, oh well I guess I'll run with a pace group.

3.  Right before race start I check to make sure I have my chomps ready.  hmmm oh shit, I left them in my drop bag that I already threw into the trucks.

My thoughts at this point:  If I had a freaking cellphone I would call the meat wagon to haul me off before the race even starts. 

Well I didn't have a cellphone and what can you do right?

So I just ran.  And I ran.  And I ran.  I had no idea what my pace was or what the time was but I just freaking ran.


I ate a 2x caffeine GU someone gave me at mile 6, ate an otter pop at mile 10, and drank a 5 hour energy shot at mile 9.5.  What the heck I wasn't going to PR anyway so might as well try something new and have fun right?



I somehow crossed the finish line at 1:30:15, with a 6:52 average pace and a 3 minute PR!  14/600ish females.

Lesson learned:  Running NAKED is okay.

Be Back later with a full (without splits of course) recap.  Happy Saturday everyone. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Winner & I RUN BECAUSE I CAN

Today's Workout:  8.5 miles outside 1:06, 20 minute elliptical cool down, 15 minutes weights.
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The winner of the 6 pack of GoTein is #20 Elle from Eat Run Sail!  Congratulations Elle, please e-mail me at rachelle.wardle@yahoo.com and I will get your gotein sent out.
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This morning I did not feel like running.  My sleep pattern is off this summer and I have been staying up way too late (11pm) and waking up way to early (5am).  I completely realize that a lot of people get a lot less sleep than me and I am not whining as this is completely my own fault.  Anyway I have the above picture set as my screen savor on my home computer and after I read it this morning I was out the door in 10 seconds flat.

Whether it is a friend that is dealing with an ongoing injury or illness, someone who physically cannot run, or someone that has passed on from this earth we all know someone who CAN'T RUN!

Lets run for them.  Today I ran for my brother and although I was tired I ran hard for him because I know he would do the same for me.

Who will you run for when you are lacking motivation?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A freaking SLUG!

Today's Workout:  25 minutes upper body weights, 9.5 treadmill miles.  Yee Haw!
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Well my long 3 day weekend was a success............sort of.......

2 -trips to the pool I made (sufficiently fried to a crisp!)


1 race I ran


29 miles total I ran

0 times I got ready (Tempo shorts & t-shirts are the new sexy.  Put that in a bra and stuff it Victoria's Secret!)

1 time I washed my hair (IN 3 DAYS???  I usually wash my hair twice a day Kelly Kapowski style.)

3 midday naps I took

5 times I was interrupted during my midday naps by the dogs




100 times I walked from my couch to my computer

50 otter pops I ate

The trick is grabbing a full sleeve and turning the AC on full blast to keep them frozen. This way you don't have to get up from the couch as much. :)
8 episodes of Teen Mom I watched (800 brain cells I lost during those 8 hours.)

In a nutshell I turned into a big ole freaking SLUG over the weekend.  I went from running, to the pool, to the couch, to my bed, to the fridge and repeat.  In all honestly I am not really regretting any of it because I needed a break.  A break from work and responsibility, a break from being super blogger commenter, and a break from reality.

It was a nice little sluggish break but now here I am back in reality. (funny how we can't ever really escape it huh?)  Reality quickly reminded me that I have a boat load of sh*t to do. 

I am not normally a procrastinator but I am a pick the fun things on the list first and then when you complete them add more fun things and avoid the necessary things. :) he he

Time to get my rear into gear and get some things done!

On the Agenda this week

- Design and Order shirts for the Dash for Donation

- Study for the Math placement exam

- Find a time to take Math placement exam

- Meet with a school counselor to finalize my fall classes

- Finish reports I have been putting off at work

There I wrote what I need to do on my blog and now you all will force me to follow through right?  Basically I need to quit procrastinating my education and "get er done".  I really don't mind school, I really just hate the cost, hate trying to get into classes when they aren't offered online, and hate trying to find the time to deal with it when I'd rather be basking in the sun, or eating fro-yo, or twiddling my thumb.

What have you been putting off that you are going to accomplish this week?

What is your TV guilty pleasure?

Don't lie and tell me you don't have one!  For me Teen Mom, Big Brother, Jersey Shore, The Secret Life, and anything Kardashians!

Do you like otter pops?

My Mom wouldn't let us have them as kids because they were too messy.  Clearly I am making up for it as an adult.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Speedy Spaniard 10k Re-Cap

Just another reason that everyone should move to Utah, the greatest State ever!!

Besides moving here to be my best friend and running along the mountains with me we also have special Holidays!  Yep, today is a state Holiday and an extra day off of work for me.  Yippee!  To celebrate the joyous occasion I started my day off with a local 10k.

Speedy Spaniard 10k in Spanish Fork Utah, only 7 miles from my house in Payson.  I hadn't ran a 10k since early March and since my short distance running has been struggling with my increased marathon training my goal was to finish in 45 minutes and run consistently.  Although this is a 'local' race it is incredibly competitive and lots of amazing runners turn out for the event.

I met up with Julia and Nikki before the race start and then did a quick .75 mile warm-up.  Right at 6:30am the gun went off and it was off to the races.

Mile 1:  Mostly uphill.  I tried to stay calm and not get caught up in the hype.  7:20 pace

Mile 2:  Slightly downhill.  I tried to stay relaxed and controlled.  I felt really good.  6:54 pace.

Mile 3:  The course flattened out and I kept a good pace.  My mantra for this race was "Strong, Smooth, Fast."  I literally repeated this over and over with every step.  7:06 pace.

Mile 4:  Felt tired for the first time and happy to be halfway done.  7:24 pace.

Mile 5:  Turned on my music and tried to get into a rhythm.  Stopped at the aid station and drank an entire cup.  7:24 pace.

Mile 6:  Ready to be finished but saw my sister at 5.25 miles.  I was happy to see her and she encouraged me to stay strong.  7:35 pace.

Running into the finish.
Mile 7 (.17):  Kicked it into gear and ran strong into the finish.  6:35 pace.

Overall Time:  44:29, 7:09 average pace, 17th place female and 4th in my age group.  I think there were about 275 females but not exactly sure.

Yup I'm a dork

Me and my sister.  She ran with me for about .3 miles and took a bunch of pictures.  I'll have to get her pictures from her.

Me and the amazing Julia who set a new 10k PR!!  Woo hoo so proud of her!

Nikki me and Julia.  Love these girls and had so much fun chatting with them.

Although I did not set a new PR I am incredibly happy with the way I ran.  I didn't start out too fast and I felt really good the entire race.  I finished wondering if I should have pushed harder, but I felt great and knowing I have a half marathon coming up this Saturday I think I performed really well.  Me and my sister ran a 1.25 mile cool down after the race and enjoyed talking to friends and soaking in the race atmosphere.

So whats stopping you?  When are you moving to Utah?

Do you like the 10k (6.2 mile) distance?

Although it pushes me really hard I still think it is my favorite distance.  It is good to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones and shorter races definitely force me to do this.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Sightings

Today's Workout:  17.5 mile run up the steep right hand fork of Hobble Creek Canyon and then back down.  It was a great run with Stephanie from Run Lil Mama Run.  Overall pace was 8:08 and it felt great to run long.  Thanks Stephanie for listening to me gab for half the morning.
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Today has been a day full of sightings.

I started my day out by seeing tons of runners and walkers out on the trails and even spotted my good friend Ashley running down the canyon with her friend Lindsey.  I love running past other runners and chatting and soaking in the atmosphere.  This is absolutely the best way to start a Saturday.

Then I saw a lot of sun, smiles, and spotted my nephew James ride his first alligator.




While at the water park I even spotted my good friends Megan and Ashley.

After some rest I took a ride up the canyon to the lake where I spotted lots of people fishing, the beautiful sunset, and the pure serenity of Payson canyon.



On the way home I even spotted a four legged creature. 


What did you spot today?

Do you like to talk to other runners and walkers when you pass?

Love it!  I think runners are the most friendly people around.

*I am behind on reading/commenting but I promise to catch up! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I'm Having an Affair & Q&A

Yesterday's Workout:  4 miles in my racing flats-33 min, 10 minutes ab work, 5.25 miles with 4x800 sprints-41 min .

Today's Workout:  25 minutes weights (shoulders), 8.05 treadmill miles, 62 minutes.
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First things first, if you live in Utah please sign up for the Dash For Donation 5k/2k.  The event is on August 13th at 8:00 a.m. in Sugar House Park and I have created a team "Running For Trevor".  We will be running in memory and honor of my Brother Trevor who was an organ donor.  I am also ordering team shirts for everyone who participates.  All proceeds go to support organ donation and it is such a fun and family friendly event.  To register click Here and use team name "Running For Trevor".  Make sure to let me know if you sign up so I can get you a shirt.  We will all wear matching shirts in honor of Trevor and I know he will be smiling down at us.



Second things second, I am having an affair on blogger.  Eeee how dare me, I know!  After much hesitation I joined http://www.fastrunningblog.com/ and I am loving it.  Basically it is a training log and you can comment on other members training, read race reports, or just stalk Elite runners that you idolize.  I was incredibly hesitant to join at first because I though it was only for elite runners and I was not fast enough.  But I have learned that there are a lot of average joe's out there and it has been a great resource for staying accountable for my training.  A lot of big time racers are on it and it is really fun to see how they train.  You can check out my training log here and play around for a bit and see if you are interested in joining.  It is completely free and another cool feature is that you can plug in any race (in Utah) and it will predict what you will run other Utah races in.  Based on my UV marathon time it predicts I can run St. George in 3:22!  Um awesome!  Okay go check it out and if you're interested join!

Now to the boring part of this post.


The Answers to your burning questions about me. 

Have you always been super speedy as a runner or did you start off at a turtle's pace?

I ran a 12:58 mile in H.S. 2 seconds under the 13 minute qualification to pass the class. :) he he!  However when I started racing last year I was luckily naturally faster.  Since then I have added speedwork and tempo runs to continually 'try' to get faster.

Were you always active? If so, what sports have you played in the past?

Yes and no!  I was incredibly active as a kid and played basketball, soccer, and softball (soccer was my favorite.)  But in H.S. I was a lazy ass and sat around eating little debbie snacks and watching re-runs of Saved By The Bell.  I did drillteam for 2 years and volleyball for 1 but I was incredibly out of shape!

What is your diet like? You run tons of miles so I am curious as to what you eat to fuel on a regular basis.

I would define my diet as "normal" whatever that means. ha ha!  I would like to think I eat fairly healthy but I definitely splurge on the weekends and I don't count calories.  You can read about my history of eating disorders Here.  In treament one important thing I learned was to use food for fuel and revolve my life around activities instead of food.  A day in the life might look like this:

Breakfast:  yogurt, apple, granola bar
Lunch:  Turkey sandwhich, string cheese, pretzels, hard boiled egg and carrot sticks
Snacks:  grapes, fruit snacks, cottage cheese, trail mix, candy bar, crackers, suckers!
Dinner:  Meat, veggie, grain, (pork chops, rice, green beans.)
Dessert:  Homeade cookies, popcorn, or fro-yo :)

Do you fuel during runs? What are your favourite types of running fuel (Clif Shots, Gu, etc)?

I generally fuel for runs over 8 miles and usually use strawberry Cliff shot blocks.  I try to eat 3 every 45 minutes.

When you weight train, do you do full-body workouts or are there specific muscles you focus on?

I am admittedly a newbie to weight training but I like to focus on 2 muscle groups at a time.  I usually lift 4 days a week and rotate biceps/triceps, back/shoulders, core, and legs.

Have you ever been injured/gotten injured from running? What was the injury and how did you get over it?

I am knocking on wood as I type this but No!  I did attempt the splits in the air on the trampoline in H.S. in front of my crush and I ripped out the crotch of my pants. That really injured my ego.  :)  I deal with a little bit of runners knee but nothing serious.

What is your favourite way to cross-train?

Any sport like soccer, tennis, or basketball, and I love long walks on the beach. he he

If you could have one wish what would it be?

To spend one day with my brother.  That would be awesome!


Can you move to Toronto and be my best friend in real life?

Yes Christina I can!  Seriously though we should meet up in Seattle next year for RnR.

Do you like lifting free weights, or do you use the machines?

Definitely free weights!  I hate those @*$& machines.

What keeps you motivated?

Fitting in my jeans, Trevor, and my ambition to continually work to get faster and stronger.

Favorite childhood memory?

My childhood was seriously perfect and I loved every second of it and have so many favorites.  One favorite would have to be pushing Trevor around on his green sled.



What is your favourite type of run?

Definitely Tempo runs! 

What do you think about during your runs? Are you a constant Garmin/pace checker or do you listen to music and completely zone out?

I used to not be able to think at all because running was using all of my brain power but now I like to think about all sorts of crazy things.  I definitely zone out unless I am working on speed and think about life, goals, future plans, weird ideas. 

What are your upcoming races?

Speedy Spaniard on Monday, and Timpanogoes HM next Saturday.  I rarely have a weekend without a race in July, August, and September.

What is your favorite race medal?

I really like the Ogden medals from this year.
This picture doesn't really show the medal. oops!

What is your favorite Hostess product?

Raspberry zingers!  Seriously so freaking good.

Tempo or track?

Definitely tempo!  The track gives me anxiety.

What is your favorite book?

Holes

What were some of your favorite things to do as a child?

I loved games!  Capture the flag, Red Rover, night games, and sleeping outside on the tramp.

What are some of your happiest memories of growing up?

Camping trips with my family, riding around with my Dad in his old truck, and being a cheerleader for Trevor's pretend wrestling matches and basketball games.

What is your favorite song to get pumped up/motivated?

Love anything by the Black Eyed Peas, and I love G6 by Far East Movement

Do you use runs to think about everything going on in your life that day, or do you completely zone out?

Definitely both just kind of depends on the day.  I love to talk when running with others.  I love good conversations!

Whew!  That was exhausting. 

If you made it to the end go enter my Gotein Giveaway to win some free protein drinks!

*I apologize in advance for all of the spelling and grammer errors in this post!  It took me way too long to type, there is no way I am reading it again. ha!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Go Go Go GoTEIN Giveaway

Today's Workout:  25 minutes weights (triceps & biceps), 8 miles running, 62 minutes
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I was contacted by Anna with Gotein awhile back to review Gotein and then host a giveaway for one lucky reader!  Thank you Anna for this exciting opportunity.


I know a lot of you have heard a lot about gotein in the bloggosphere in the past few months so I will keep my review short.  To read all you want to know about gotein simply click HERE.  I personally spent a lot of time reviewing their site before trying out the product and the site is incredibly thorough and informative.

My first impression before trying or learning more about the product:

I DO NOT want to drink my calories, I'd rather eat a freaking kitkat.


Don't I get enough protein from food without supplements?

My Review: 

I really really honestly love this product.  I for one am terrible at re-fueling after workouts and eating breakfast in general and found Gotein to be a perfect supplement post workout.  My favorite part about Gotein is that it is low in carbohydrates, calories, and sugar yet high in protein providing 17 grams of protein per serving.  To put this into perspective 17 grams of protein is comparable to 3 hard boiled eggs (210 calories), or 5 tablespoons of peanut butter (470 calories).  So for just 110 calories I am getting not only 17 grams of protein but also 50% of my daily value of vitamins and minerals.  As a girl who struggles with taking a multivitamin I absolutely love the fact that gotein provides added vitamins and minerals in addition to protein.  My other favorite part about Gotein is definitely the fact that it is filling.  I drank it with a piece of fruit and a yogurt for breakfast and felt completely satisfied clear until my lunch break at 12:30pm.  (this never happens)

The Pro's:

It is Easy Peasy -  For someone like me who leaves the house at 5:30am and returns home around 6pm this is incredibly important and I absolutely love the "on the go" idea!  Plus I am not the brightest tool in the shed and measuring out protein supplements blah, blah, blah just does not happen at my house so the pre-packaged portions are perfect.


It tastes great - If I am going to drink my calories they dam well better taste like a candy bar right?  I wouldn't say it taste quite like a kitkat milkshake but it is pretty dang close.  I of course liked the chocolate the best. (It comes in 3 flavors, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.)

It is filling - Probably my most favorite part about it is that it is satisfying and didn't leave me feeling like I needed to eat an entire breakfast buffet.

The Con's

Cost - The only con I can see is the price which comes out to $2 per serving.  However if click Here to order now they are offering one dozen packages for just $17.95 which comes out to $1.50 per serving.  Realistically I think this is a great deal.  I know that if you try to buy protein shakes at the gym for example they cost upwards of $3-6 dollars.

How to enter to win 6 free samples of this product to try out for yourself?

4 easy ways to enter!! The giveaway will end Wednesday July 27th

Mandatory:  Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment letting me know you are a follower.

Bonus Entry:  Go to Cravings-alishacupcakes on facebook and "LIKE" it.  Then scroll down to my comment and "LIKE" my comment.  Leave me 1 comment letting me know you have liked Cravings-alishacupcakes and my comment on the facebook page.

Bonus, Bonus, Entry:  Refer your friends to Cravings-alishacupcakes and have them "LIKE" it and then "LIKE" my comment. Leave a comment letting me know you did so.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Shake That Thang & Tag I'm It

Today's Workout:  20 minutes weights, 9 mile tempo run, 70 minutes.
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I found the quote below on my new obsession Pinterist and loved it and had to share.  Such a great reminder to all of us who get down about not being fast enough or good enough.


 We may not have great runs or workouts every day but no matter what we are always doing more then those people sitting at home wallowing in self pity and crying into an empty bag of potato chips right?

Okay so I may still cry when the potato chip bag is empty but at least I got my workout in before hand!  I can testify that working out in any form truly does relieve stress and improve quality of life.  No matter how fast or slow you go it doesn't really matter.  Resist to compare yourself to others and get out there and shake what your Momma gave you! 

Wouldn't it be fun to run a full marathon with laps around a couch?  he he I can only imagine how dizzy that would make me.
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So the practically famous Jim at 50 After 40 (Seriously go check out his blog.  He is a great writer and a maniac that runs marathons like every other day) tagged me in the crazy new blogger craze going around.  Basically you can ask me anything and I am suppose to answer.  On a scale of 1-10 my life is probably an 11.9 when it comes to lameness.  But now is your chance, ask me anything you want to know. 

If you want to know how to procrastinate your bachelors degree until your 30, misspell every other word, and create 100+ grammar errors in one post then I'm your girl!  My Mom obviously dropped me on my head as a small child.

And to Tag 5 other bloggers to play along.  (Blogging is just a more mature and excepted form of Middle School. Promise.) :)

Carrie at Running RN

Christina at The Athletarian

Cory at Fast Cory



Ask away!  I know a few of you asked questions on my giveaway post so I will be sure to include those in the answer segment.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Love at First Stride

It feels good to back in the bloggosphere.  I was out of town all weekend and can't wait to catch up on everything that's been going on while I was gone.  Friday I headed up north to Logan to take Dillon home and visit my Grandmother that has been in the Hospital.  I am so so sad to see Dillon go and really am going to miss his face!


Seriously love this kid so much and had so much fun while he was staying with me.  He brought so much joy to my life and I am going to miss him like crazy. 
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Workout Re-caps

For being out of town a lot over the weekend I sure worked out like a mad women and hit my first 60 mile running week since April.  I had great runs this week and feel like I am really progressing and learning a lot with my running right now.

Friday:  15 miles long run.  This was my furthest run since the marathon and I was nervous.  It is also the furthest I have ever ran alone without a group or in a race.  I ran 11 miles from my house in Payson so my sisters house in Palmyra and then my sister ran with me into Springville and then back to her house.  My average pace for the first 11 miles was 7:47, and overall pace was 7:57.  It was such a great run and a confidence booster I really needed.

Saturday:  Ran 2 miles from my grandma's house to the golds gym in Logan.  Lifted weights for 30 minutes and then ran 5 more miles on the treadmill.  The treadmill miles were torture so I wussed out and instead of running home I called my dad to come pick me up.  Later that night I decided to break out my new racing flats and it was seriously heavenly.  They are so comfortable I almost fell asleep in them and they made running feel effortless and like I was flying.  I ran the best 3 miles I have ran in such a long time and came home on cloud nine.


Sunday:  Ran a quick 2 miles in the racing flats before I headed out to my Grandparents house for church and Sunday Dinner.
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I spent the rest of the afternoon hiking, exploring, eating, and relaxing with my cousins and my family.  I love Sundays!

Want to know the no gym and no sweat secret to my sisters amazing arms?


Produce a 25lb 1 year old.  You try packing this load around all day and see what it does for your arms.  Good thing he is totally worth it.

Poor kid.  His dad pulled his pants up to his chin and then I took a picture to document it.
On our way up to the cave.


The awesome view of Eureka from the top.




We made it!


The view from the cave.


And since it is my blog I must end with a hideous picture of myself. :)


That pretty much sums up my last three days.  It was a fabulous weekend spent entirely with family.  I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and I can't wait to catch up.

What was the best thing you did this weekend?

I would have to say my awesome 15-mile run takes the cake.

Ever tried racing flats?

I shouldn't speak too soon.....but I seriously am IN LOVE.

Have you ever been inside a cave?

I didn't go inside of the cave today but I had a hard time getting my cousin Sydney out.  She was obsessed!