Things that are week 20 of Marathon Training - 4 more to go!

Sunday, August 30

I am at the exhaustion point. I haven't run this much in all my years of running, and I think it's taking a toll on my body as a whole. I also started new hours at work this week, and I have been extra sluggish on my runs (could be from the IUI I just had done). But I got all but 1 workout that I had scheduled done this week! woo woo! So I'm happy about that.


Here's the recap:

Monday: The gym is closed for 2 weeks so I just did exercises I gave my sister for her 10k training. Legs were on the menu. I did 2 sets of 8-10 reps each of ballet squats, reverse lunges, dumbbell calf raises, regular squats. I also did this video which literally killed my legs!

Tuesday: I ran 3.16 miles super easy and super slow. I wish I would have taken water with me. I ran at about 7:30-7:45 and it was still quite hot out, and my mouth was pretty dry.

Wednesday: No exercise, but I did get a massage from my friend Kelsey. She tried a cupping technique on both of my it bands (which I have had done before on my back). It looked pretty cool after it was done, and they are a little tender now.


Thursday: Only ran 1.90 miles. I was going to do a lot more, but I had dinner only 15 minutes before leaving and that left me feeling full and gross.

Friday: Rest day - but not really a rest because I was on my feet for 10 hours at work (end of month=long day).

Saturday: Got up early to go run 15 miles - but it ended up only being 14.7 just a little short. I asked Chase if he would run with me, so he met me at mile 11 and we ran home together. I was doing really good throughout the entire run and then by mile 12.5 my hip/IT band were giving me lots of problems. By the end of the run I was walking in pain. Not the best way to end a run. I realized that I haven't been foam rolling as much as I normally do, and think that and not stretching every day may be the problem. Thankfully I go to the Chiropractor on Monday.

The moon was SO big and it was just so beautiful I couldn't help by take a picture!






 I was SO glad I was finished yesterday! Hot and sweaty don't mix with me!

Sunday: Rest rest rest!

Total Miles for the week: 19.76 miles

Total miles for August: 76.6 miles
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Things that are Friday Five: 5 Things I Did This Summer

Friday, August 28

I'm linking up with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the Friday Five. If you want you can join us at any time by linking up with them! It's a lot of fun (that may just be me)!


This week's Friday five is 5 things I did this summer:

1. Started the summer off with running the Memorial Day 10k. That was a LOT of fun - the part after the run, when I injured my knee = not so fun. I will finish the summer with running the Huntsville Marathon at the end of September (is it really fall by then or still summer?).


2. Got to go to two Real Salt Lake Games with friends. We always love watching Real Salt Lake play (though I tend to forget when the games are), but we enjoy going to the games more.




3. Went to Anchorage Alaska with family, which was AMAZING. I can't believe how green and beautiful it is there. We did a LOT of fun things too! I'm still writing about my trip and all the things we did while we were there (on my personal blog).



4. Chase and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary. It's been a crazy, fun, exciting, adventurous 8 years. I can't believe what we've been able to do and see together. We did get to go kayaking and have fun with the dogs those few days.


5. We just did our First medicated IUI with a reproductive endocrinologist. We're still in the two week wait. I don't know if we're pregnant or not. Won't know till next week with a blood test.

Hope you enjoyed a few things (though I have done a TON more - but these were just the highlights of the summer) about my summer.
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Things That Are Our First Medicated IUI

Tuesday, August 25

Back in July, Chase and I went to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist, one that we haven't seen before. We switched clinics because we didn't feel we had been treated very kindly and didn't feel like we were being taken care of. Felt like we had no direction. Well...

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In my last Male Factor Infertility update

I said this:

"We just recently had an appointment with our new RE (Dr. Foulk). In the appointment he mentioned that we did Femara with 2 cycles, but didn't do anything as far as sperm goes. So we had the egg, but not the sperm, so we wasted 2 cycles doing that. Then Chase got with the clinical trial, and it boosted his sperm, but we didn't do any treatments for me. So we had the sperm, but not the egg. So this time (and with insurance hopefully working...) we are going to do it right... We'll have the sperm (SA) + the egg (Femara, hCG, Progesterone Suppositories) = outcome of a baby. Basically we are going to do 3 rounds of IUI.

Dr. Foulk was really worried about me, and my ovarian reserve level. I guess it is a bit lower than what my aged women have in their own bodies. He was also worried about my fallopian tubes not working properly. He said they may be clear (from the HSG), but not functioning properly.

I seriously was so impressed by him, and his ability to explain it on a level for Chase and I to get. He didn't say the only way for us to have kids is through IVF (which our previous RE had said), he said we're gonna try IUI, and if that doesn't work then we'll meet back here in 3 months."

So within a week of our appointment with Dr. Foulk I had a few days where I thought I saw Aunt Flo (AF) come but it was a false alarm. The nurses (who are so gosh darn patient with me) asked me to come in for my baseline, even though AF hadn't really started yet. There was confusion on my end because I didn't know if spotting was considered my period, because the last RE said that it WAS cycle day 1, when this clinic said that cycle day 1 is full flow of my period. After them explaining that to me, I went back to the book "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" and in it, said that sometimes women will start spotting towards the end of the Luteal Phase of your cycle. So they did a baseline using an instrument called a "transvaginal wand," and found out that my uterine wall was still too thick. They said that Femara needed to be taken when your uterine lining was thin, due to your period, and that it wasn't good to take it when your uterine wall was still thick. They told me they would call the next day to see if AF had started, which it did happen to start. The nurses told me to start taking them that night, but I waited until the next night to start taking them to really make sure my uterine lining was thin enough.

I started taking Femara, 3 times a day for 5 days. I did not take that much the last time I was on it (back in 2013). I honestly wasn't expecting to be THAT emotional. I don't think I've cried THAT much and have been THAT moody in all the years we've been trying during my monthly cycles. That was definitely a change, and not a good one. I can see how women totally freak out on their husbands when they are on Clomid, or Femara...
 

I scheduled my follicle scan for day 11 while on the call with the nurse. We went in and did another ultrasound (same wand as stated above - that's all that they use and you must have an empty bladder for this ultrasound), and I had a good sized follicle on my right and an okay sized one on my left. Once dressed they told me I was supposed to give myself the hCG injection (The hCG injection is to get me to ovulate without waiting on my body to ovulate) at 3:30pm that day. Since I used to be a medical assistant I know how to give injections, I just didn't know how to give myself one. The worst part was the anticipation of getting it ready to be injected in my belly. The only problem was I was headed back to work, and would need to give myself the shot in the bathroom there.



We scheduled the IUI for the following day and Chase needed to give his sample about 1.5 hours before our IUI. Our IUI was set for 3:30 on Chase's birthday (what a great birthday present right?!). I was really nervous, and I told Chase the whole drive over that I was nervous. When the nurse came in she went over the procedure with us and I tried asking questions to make sure I knew what was going down before she did anything to me. She asked if I had a full bladder - she said it makes it a lot easier to find the cervix (Remember that if we go through this again...). I told her of my past experience and that they had to use a tenaculum to straighten out my cervix (that was seriously traumatizing for me - as you can tell from my nervousness), and she said if she needed she would just use a more rigid catheter. There was a little bit quite a bit of cramping (deep breaths and tylenol) for me during and after the procedure. She took the catheter out and bumped up the bed so my hips were elevated, and asked that I lay there for 10 minutes and then come out dressed and they had instructions for Chase and I.


So in a huge long post - that was our first medicated IUI experience. Let me say that it was MUCH better than going to my general doc and having him do this (insert painful word here) procedure. What made it worse (going to try and not be too graphic here) when we did those 3 IUI's with the general doc is that he would keep me in the stirrups and have all of the equipment used for the procedure in place for those 10 minutes. Talk about crampy.

Now we are a week into our two week wait (2ww, tww). I know there are lots of people who would rather they go it alone without the support, but we did 3 IUI's without telling our families, and it made it so much harder to not have that support. This time we told them and our friends and some extended family - I also posted the picture above on social media to get people praying for us. We wanted prayers and positive thoughts flowing towards us so we thought it was important to share. Just like everyone else posts about their pregnancy announcements we post our baby making announcement! HA!
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Here's to staying busy the next week!
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Things that are week 19 of Marathon Training

Sunday, August 23

I'll be upfront and honest with you, I kinda went MIA when it came to marathon training this week. I was not really on social media and did not really post what was going on this week. But I'll give you a glimpse at what happened this week here:

Monday: I did barre at the gym, and also... 

I had to give myself a shot for our upcoming IUI cycle. Not only did I have to inject myself, I also had to do it at work. I also went to Barre later that evening.

The amount I had to inject myself with, 1cc of the hCG trigger shot (I will explain what all happened in another post). 

 I posted this on instagram on Monday. The anticipation was actually worse then the actual shot. I didn't even feel the shot go in. But while I was prepping for the shot my hands were really REALLY shaky. You can see on my face that I really didn't want to do it either...

Tuesday: I was going to get up early and run - but I was so exhausted that I ended up not. We also had our IUI that day, and I needed to rest after having that done. So it ended up being a rest day for us.

It was also Chase's birthday and so we went out to dinner and celebrated him! He got a present from his brother, which was very thoughtful. I also wrote a post on my personal blog about his birthday


Wednesday: Another rest day. I was not 100% and still not feeling so great (there's a lot of cramping involved when it comes to an IUI) so I decided to take it a little easy. I really wanted to go for a bike ride, but couldn't get my little behind out the door.

Thursday: I was going to wake up and go running, but yet again... Couldn't get my butt out of my bed. I had also been reading things about making sure my core temperature doesn't get past 101 because that can be harmful for the baby and prevent implantation to occur (even though implantation usually happens 7 days after you ovulate). I ended up calling the fertility clinic and asking the nurses if it was okay for me to still run and workout. They said it shouldn't be a problem since I had already been training and running a lot. The nurse said to just stay hydrated and to not run in the heat of the day, which I'm totally okay with.

Friday: My normal rest day.

Saturday: I got up super early (5am) and had Chase drop me off and ran 11.46 miles to home. I did run a lot slower than normal. I didn't sleep good the night before so I think that had a play on my pace. It took me 2:32 my average pace was 13'19, which was a little slower than usual, but I didn't burn up and felt pretty good.

 I was trying to take a picture with my phones self timer so I could be cool like other bloggers who do that sort of thing too. I was having trouble and even looked at the camera the first few times. I felt a little awkward with traffic going by.
 Then I tried it again, and it worked better! 

Sunday: Resting it up!

Total Miles this week: 11.46

Total Miles for the Month (which I'm pretty proud of that's why I'm putting it on here): 56.8
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Things that are Friday Five: Things I’ll be Doing in 5 Years

Friday, August 21



The year will be 2020 in 5 years. I'm linking up with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney for the weekly Friday Five.

1. Become a mom - yes this may change if things don't work out with our IUI cycles. But either way we'll be closer at least knowing what's going on with us.

2. Be faster at running - I am working towards it now with strength training and weekly speed workouts. I may have to get with a trainer to help me learn how to do speed work properly and for my body - since it likes to be injured a lot.

3. Becoming debt free. Chase and I are working hard towards that now, it is something that we have been wanting for quite some time.

4. Running another Marathon or two (I'll decide next month if I like them or not). I definitely would love to do more half marathons.

5. Going to Zions National Park and hiking Angels Landing, hiking to the top of Timpanogos Mountain, AND maybe Hike down to Havasupai in Arizona (it has been on my bucket list for several years now).
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Things that are Manilla Creek Triathlon Race Recap 2015

Tuesday, August 18

This is my first Triathlon ever, and I'm so glad I was able to finish it!

You need to know that this was put on by a few of my friends, so it was a very low key event.

We had a race meeting on Friday night, and we discussed things you should and shouldn't do (wear a helmet, don't drift, things to bring to help with transitioning, etc.). Easy enough, since I had never done this type of a race, and was really glad they helped.


The race started at 8am the next morning. They told us to be there at 7:30 to get set up (bike tires pumped up, transition area set up, wet suits on, etc).

I had rented a farmer Jane style wet suit. I am so glad that I did because the water was freezing, and I think I would have panicked if I hadn't had one on.

One of our friends got a timer all set up on his phone, and we got into the water and then he said "GO".

I had gotten my goggles all prepped for anti fog before getting in, but the water was so cold compared to the temperature outside, that my goggles still fogged up. I would swim about half way each lap (totaling 4 laps), and then take them off because I couldn't see. I couldn't tell how far away I was from the shore, I was worried I was going to run into something. At one point the sun was the right height that I could not see in front of me. It was more just annoying then anything else.

After I finished the swim I got out of the pond and started getting out of my wetsuit while I was walking, it was at that point that I realized how warm I was actually feeling (because the water was coming out of my suit). I realized then how nice wetsuits are and that I should probably rent one if I do another race in open water.

Once partially dry I decided to change into my clothes that I would be biking and running in. Much better than trying to bike in a swimsuit. I'm sure my transition was a lot longer than most, and that's okay. I was in it to experience this race, not to try and go fast.

I got all ready to go on my bike, and I wanted to track my distance on the bike, so I could see how slow/fast I went per mile. I knew it would be a long bike ride, but it took me just over an hour to complete. I felt like I was going pretty slow. I don't have a water bottle holder, so I had to carry my water bottle the whole ride. The water in my bottle was pretty disgusting and I didn't drink hardly any - which probably wasn't the best decision I made. I got to see two ladies that I knew while out and said a quick hello while riding past them. It always makes it better to have someone cheering for you and wishing you a quick good luck. I finished my biking in 1:07:27.

When I got back to the pond to transition to run, I felt tired and gross. My legs felt like jello when I started to run. I had enough energy for the run but I don't think I had enough water. I got my running app ready and I started making my way up a big hill to get to Murdock canal trail. My friend, Kelsey (who had finished long before I started my run) rode the bike with me for a little while to make sure I knew where I was going. It was nice to have someone to talk to even if it was only for a few minutes. I walked and ran most of it and finished my run in 35:32. It was nice to have friends and family cheering me on while I came in from the different events.

I finished the triathlon in 2:17. I was estimating my time to completion around 2 hours, so being about 20 minutes over wasn't bad at all.

I don't think it was a big enough event to really justify my pros and cons list. I will say that I will do another triathlon, just not during a marathon training cycle. I also completed it faster than I would have running a half marathon.

I am (and I'm sure everyone who completed it is as well) VERY thankful for my family for coming and helping out! They stayed around watching our transition area to make sure bikes and such didn't get stolen. They also have been very supportive with my running habits/races and now doing my first triathlon.
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Things that are Week 18 of Marathon Training

Sunday, August 16


Monday: I had an appointment with my chiropractor and I've been having this soreness in my ankle and really wanted to have him look at it. Come to find out it was due to me trying to keep on my sandals (lifting my toes up to try and keep the shoes on). So he did a little electrical acupuncture, and it felt a lot better. He told me to not wear sandals for the next two weeks. Thankfully my IT band hasn't been acting up (thank goodness!) so I didn't really need him to look at that (and I've been running a lot more too!).
After I went to Barre class, nothing too exciting there. Just typical ballet stuff mixed with pilates, its quite fun, and I like the mix up the teacher gives.

Tuesday: I had on my training to do at least 3 miles, and I didn't feel like waking up early to go running. I felt I needed that extra hour of sleep so I didn't go. I also got my fertility meds in the mail. So that was a little exciting and scary (The amount of money I have to pay out of pocket for these things is seriously ridiculous!).

Wednesday: Barre class and this wonderful quote for the day:




Thursday: Went running after work at the gym, and it was so so hot inside - I seriously felt I was outside running in the heat! I have never had sweat drip into my eyes before, and it did! I had to pause my workout to get a shirt out of my bag to use for my sweaty eyes. I seriously was wanting to die, but I kept running knowing that I just had 10 more minutes to go.



Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: Ran 16 miles! Holy cow! That was a hard run - and thankfully my head was in the run, so I was able to just run and not care. Which made running that 16 miles even better! Chase was a sweet hubby and dropped me off, and then I basically ran home. I told him to be ready to come get me, because my ankle had been giving me problems and it had given out on me a few times on Friday at work. I have been praying a lot more before my runs - like pray for my safety (I'm a girl and I constantly worry about that kind of stuff), and pray that I'm able to finish the run without injury. My prayers have been answered and I am so so thankful that they have been.
 It turned out to be such a beautiful morning. 
At this point in my run I was almost done, and I was sweating like nobody's business.
I ran with my "I'm hungry because I run, I run because I'm hungry" from @hungryrunnergirl I seriously am in love with it! 
Finished off my day with a cinnamon roll maple donut! Yum!

Sunday: Rest day!

Total Miles for the week: 20.46
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Things that are Friday Five: Running Tips

Friday, August 14

I'm linking up with Courtney, Mar and, Cynthia again this Friday, for Friday Five. I've been really enjoying linking up with them, and it's been fun to see other running blogs in the process.


My list is going to be things that I have personally had issues with:

1. Don't. Run. In. Cotton. Seriously!? I keep forgetting and go out and run/exercise in it and it always makes me sweat 10x more! Please refer to the picture below for an example... Extra sweaty! Just don't do it!


2. Pace yourself! I tend to forget to do this out on my weekly Tuesday runs, and go a lot faster the first mile, but then I'm burnt out the rest of the 4 miles that I'm running. For new runners its especially good to do. I know there are several apps that will yell at you (not really yell) and tell you you're going to fast or too slow. You can see that I still have a hard time with that...



3. Get a good pair of running shoes. For me I wear Altras (though I just returned a good pair because I could feel them pushing me to supinate when I need more pronation in my feet). I used to wear Ascis, but then I got that nasty case of ITBS (not sure it will ever go away??),  and switched and running has gotten a lot better. For me it was trial and error. I have been wearing Altra Intuition and have also run in Altra Torin's. I'm going to go try on the Altra Olympus for my long runs possibly tomorrow.

4. Strength Train. I'm new to this whole strength training thing, but I can't tell you how much it has seriously helped my running the past few months of just doing a few basic squats and lunges - and don't forget your arms and your abs! I am now a believer in this!

5. Stop running when something hurts. Yet again, I don't know how many times I have run through the pain because I had to keep going. That has been the stupidest thing in the world for me to do. Yes, there are times if it is an ache or a pain that hasn't happened before that it's okay to keep going - but if it persists and happens every time you run, then you probably should see a doctor. **This was from my knee injury a few months ago.




***Disclaimer - I'm not a professional, I've just learned from experience with certain things, and know better now when my body needs a doctor/chiropractor vs just a day of rest. So my word of advice is listen to your body...***
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Things that are Life Doesn't Go the Way You Planned It

Wednesday, August 12

From marathon training to infertility treatments. Life and training hasn't gone the way that I had intended it to go. For me, this picture says it all:

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I don't know how many times I have thought back through our infertility journey that if we had gotten pregnant right off the bat we would have a 6 year old, and maybe other children too. That is always wishful thinking, and the thinking's of "what if." When ever I start thinking like that it always seems to put me in a bad mood. I mean you can't take those "what if's" now and put them into play in your life, so why dwell on them?!

I was on Facebook a few weeks ago and a friend posted this: "...all I have to say is life rarely goes as you want it to or as you plan it. Life throws some major curveballs when you don't expect it. All I can say is stick strong through it. Through all the tears and sorrow, stick strong. Whatever you're going through or whatever trial you face, you can always, ALWAYS get through it."

I loved it so much that I thought I needed to share what she says cause it's SO true! When has life ever gone the way you had intended it to go?! Um, for me, never. I have always had stuff come up that I wasn't expecting or had to do things that were out of my comfort zone. 

It was interesting to me that that same day I read that from my friend I saw a new blog post from Al Fox titled "I Don't Want to Be a Mom..." The title took me by surprise and I was intrigued by what she had to say. This is part of what Al said that really spoke true to me:

"There are those struggling with moving forward out of fear of their circumstances or pride in their own desires and vision of how they think their life should be. The Lord always provides and always blesses and it is always profoundly better than what we could have ever imagined for ourselves— greater than we even knew was available!"



I find it very ironic that when Chase and I attempt to go see a fertility specialist, or do any type of fertility treatments, we have financial issues that come up the week or two before our appointment (this has happened before and that's why I say it's ironic). In July our dog, Hurley, got bit by another dog costing us a few hundred dollars for him to get better. Then Chase and I had the day off  for a Utah Holiday, and my purse got stolen out of our car, which had about $600 cash alone in my purse (we use the Dave Ramsey envelope system). Which now will put a little bit of a strain on us, but won't throw us completely off course.

I was texting a friend and told her how I sometimes feel that Chase and I are being stopped at all costs to try and prevent us from starting a family. She said that Satan knows how powerful of parents we'll be, and that he will keep trying to stop us, but we need to keep moving forward as long as we feel that it's the right thing for us. So even though we had a few things come up that put up a road block, we should still press forward, because the Lord will always provide a way and will bless us, just like what Al said.

Once my friend reminded me of that one road block (Satan), I kept thinking of this quote that my 10th grade teacher had on the board before a hard test:


Life definitely hasn't gone as how Chase and I thought it would go. We don't have kids, we have 2 dogs. We don't get to go on vacations with our children, we go on vacation by ourselves. Instead of spending money on children, we spend it on ourselves. Some would say that's a blessing, I don't see it like that at all.

Looking back on the 6 years of trying to have kids, it's been a rough and a well learned road. I think things have gone how they were supposed to, though it definitely wasn't the way that we wanted them to originally go. You know what, I'm now okay with that. I'm finally to that point that if it's God's will for us to have kids then so be it. But it's taken me 6 long years for me to learn that, and there are definitely days that are hard, and some that are easy. 

So what did I get from all this and what you should get from it too? That it's okay for life to not go the way you planned it to go. Life changes, people change, the world changes and we grow. But as long as we press forward, stay strong and tough it out, the Lord will bless us way better than we ever imagined. I know that to be true!
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Things that are TIMPanogos Half Marathon Recap

Tuesday, August 11

So this was kind of a last minute decision to run this race.

I got up at the awful hour of 3:15am. I had my stuff ready the night before so I could get dressed, get my food and leave. I was out the door by 3:45.

I was surprised at how much traffic there was, but considering there were over 1300 people who ran, that makes perfect sense. I parked about 2 blocks away, and just walked to the buses.

Since I was by myself I got to sit by someone I don't know on the bus ride up to the start. It's always fun to sit and chat with another runner. The gal I sat next to got my number and hopefully I can join her Ragnar team for next year (My bucket list for running is doing the Wasatch Back Ragnar and Vegas Ragnar in the same year).

I also saw a few people that I know - a girl that works at my chiropractors office, and a blogger that I have gotten to know well through Instagram. Both ran a lot faster than me! That's okay! I'm training to be faster! :)

It had started to lighten up by the time the we started the race. The race started at Tibble Fork, in American Fork Canyon.


There was 7.5 miles until you were out of the canyon. The requirement was you had to be out of the canyon by 7:30, which is about a 14 minute mile. I was out just after 7.

It was so pretty running down the canyon. The only thing I decided I DO NOT like is running down a steep canyon road. The whole time I was running down the canyon, I kept thinking "get me outta here!" and "Am I almost out of the canyon?!". I know it was horrible of me to think like that - but I KNEW that too much of the downhill can cause me MAJOR ITBS problems for me! Something that I didn't want to flair up again. I've been doing great at keeping it at bay.

There was a guy ducking out of my picture so he wasn't in it! haha! It was pretty funny! You would think he would WANT to photo bomb my picture, right?

Once out of the canyon I was doing great! I stopped and stretched for a few minutes, which seemed like a must after running down the canyon. I had ran part of the course last year for the Rivalry Relay, so I knew there were a few small hills and I was willing to tackle them. By this point there were lots of people walking up the hills - I don't blame them, I would if I hadn't told myself that I wasn't going to run them in the first place. HA!

I was neck and neck with this older guy the whole time. I would pass him and then walk for a little bit, and then he would catch up and pass me. It was a game we were playing - except he was winning because he was running the whole time and I wasn't. Finally at mile 12, he started walking - I passed him and told him he was doing awesome. Then I just started passing lots of people. See I have a game plan when I run (not really - but lets believe that I do) I reach a certain point on the course (usually mile 10-13.1) that a lot of people are just walking, they are spent and are either exhausted or injured, and I pass them. Probably not the nicest thing to say out loud here. But it's truth - gotta save your energy for those last few miles, and just keep running!


It definitely wasn't my best time, but I also wasn't doing it to get a Personal Record. I have worked really REALLY hard to remain injury free after my knee injury back at the end of May. After all this hard work I'm not going to go "all out" on a race that I wasn't exactly sure I was going to run in the first place, and injure myself. It doesn't make any sense.

I finished in 2:24 minutes per chip time. My watch told me I ran it in 2:19 minutes. Not sure where 5 minutes went. They did say the course was 13.36 miles, but that wouldn't have put me at 5 minutes over (I think I forgot to turn off my watch when I reached the finish line - I have done that a few times). Either way I'm still really happy with my overall time.

I'm pretty happy with how I did - I'm glad I got an orange Creamie at the end of the race. I love the medal and It's pretty stellar!
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Pros: Started on time, Beautiful course through American Fork Canyon, Awesome Medal, and Awesome shirts.
Cons: I swear they said in an email that there was chocolate milk at the end of the race, which is something that I ALWAYS look forward to, and I didn't see any; There was scarce food at the finish line; There were a few aid stations that did not have any water and only had powerade; There was also a LOT of congestion in trying to get needed nourishment at the finish line (all about the food - can you tell?!).

Will I run this race again? I don't know, it definitely depends on the swag, the medal and if I'm up for running 7.5 miles all downhill. :P
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