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November 2018

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Location:

Cedar City,UT,

Member Since:

Jun 21, 2011

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

High School

800m-2:23.47 (Pine View Invitational)

1600m-5:12.39 (Pine View Invitational)

1 Mile- 5:12.97 (Arcadia Invitational-sea level)

3200m-11:08.34-altitude (Utah 4A State Championships), 11:03.68-sea level (Arcadia Invitational)

XC 3 mile- 18:42

XC 5k- 19:37

College

XC 5k- 19:00 (UNLV Invite)

XC 6k- 22:25 (UC Riverside)

SUU Road Race (4 miles)- 23:30

Local Road Races

5k- 18:40

10k-41:31

15k-1:03:55

Short-Term Running Goals:

18:00 5k

5:10 mile

Long-Term Running Goals:

17:30 5k

5:00 Mile

Go to Nationals

Run a marathon (after college)

Personal:

I run for SUU and I'm going into my third year. I took a year off between my first and second years to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Independence, Missouri. NCAA eligibility-wise I’m a redshirt sophomore and I’m majoring in Exercise Science.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 5.00 Month: 77.91 Year: 1397.88
Flats Lifetime Miles: 50.00
Spikes Lifetime Miles: 10.35
Adidas Adizero Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 551.05
Adidas Boston 6 II Lifetime Miles: 607.21
Adidas Boston 6 III Lifetime Miles: 477.75
Adidas Boston 6 IV Lifetime Miles: 410.47
Adidas Boston 6 V Lifetime Miles: 434.41
Total Distance
77.91
Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 77.91
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Total Distance
8.00

Another 50%, 7:18 average

HR 52

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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Total Distance
5.75

Ended up running with the other group today. 50% on Canyon, 7:19 average. This was their “slow” haha, Angie said she is wrecked from weights and their workout yesterday. It was relaxed for me, but my calves were tight

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 5.75
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Total Distance
6.00

6 with Bino on Main, 7:43 average

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 6.00
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8.00

Had a team meeting today, basically practices will be on our own for the next few weeks because of Nationals coming up and things getting busy for the coaches, Coach is going to be sending us workouts. We’ll be doing the progression run again, or some will, as a workout. Some walk ons will use it as a try out for the team. Then after the break we’ll be doing the 6 minute test, basically 6 minutes all out. Good indication of where your mile time/race fitness is starting out at for the season. Also, to give some perspective, I was the only girl there and there were like 10-15 guys. Our men’s team is so much bigger than our women’s. 

Then met with Coach individually because it’s been a while since I’ve talked with him. It was awesome actually. He thought I had one year left, nope I’ve got the rest of this year and two more. So he was happy about that. He keeps forgetting I still have some time. He was very honest and I was grateful, he said he probably won’t be traveling me much unless I can step it up. Basically if I want to travel I have to be where Haley is right now. 3-5 seconds off the pack on the 20x400s workout (I was off Brighton on the 16x400s by 2-3 seconds so check), Coach said Haley hit 3:35 average for 4x1ks and I hit 3:40 for 3 so really I’m not that far off. It’s doable. He also said that it’s just getting me to relearn to run fast, because I’ve already done it. If I had come in as a 5:40 miler that would’ve been different, but I’m a 5:12 miler. He just shook his head when he asked for my 3200 PR (11:03), as in a that’s crazy shake haha. Because I HAVE done it before. I think my problem has been just shifting gears from relaxed to pushing with all I’ve got. Going to that next level. So for the next couple of months I’m going to work harder than I’ve ever worked before, focus on forcing myself to hurt and push through when it does. 

Coach also brought up how Maddy her freshman year sat down with coach and he’d told her the same things he was telling me last year, basically that he wasn’t sure if this was the right thing for us. He’s stopped saying that for me so I must be doing something right haha. Now Maddy is one of our top runners, top in the conference. Angie struggled her first semester. Sharlie wasn’t very fast my freshman year. Morgan went on a mission, was a walk on and rose up to be on the best team we’ve ever had and score, her whole class is gone now and those that went on missions with her never came back. Who would’ve thought she’d be the one to do that. Then he said if we could get me back to where I was in high school and faster, that would be a crazy story. Because he said he’s talked to a lot of different coaches and they’ve all struggled to get women back and running fast after they return from missions. Morgan and I are the only ones on the team, and we are by far the most successful in coming back. So I’m going to prove that wrong, just because I served a mission doesn’t mean my running career is done. Yes, it’s taken a lot longer for me than it takes the guys to get back. Yes it’s been a struggle. But I have gritted it out this long, I’ve lost 16 lbs, and I’m running faster now than I was last year. Two years ago, Maddy wasn’t running as fast as I am now. She was still coming back from her hamstring injury. Coach said I don’t have to worry about being kicked off the team anymore, he wants me here, the only thing I do have to worry about is my scholarship. But really, I’m just not gonna. As long as I do my best and work my hardest, that’s all I can ask of myself. I’ll use it as motivation to run fast, but I’m not gonna stress over it, since there’s nothing else I can do but work my hardest. 

The main takeaway was that the program is here, it’ll help me get there, but Coach said it’s up to me now. And for the first time, when he said I need to start running faster, picking up the paces and trying to hang onto the pack, it didn’t cause me stress, I wasn’t hesitant, I just accepted it. It is what it is, and for the first time I know I can do it and I’m 100% on board.

I’ll be staying at 8 miles a day and working on quickening my paces over the next few weeks. This is the time for volume and base building for track season, so normally I’d be increasing miles, but since I’ve been injury prone coach doesn’t want me above 8. We’ll be getting new bikes for the weight room soon so I can substitute that for extra miles, plus I’m swimming now for class, and I’ll start doing core every morning. Anything and everything to take it up to the next level. 

Today I started with just a 50% then decided once I got to Canyon Park that I’d pick it up. Ended up doing an 80%, not planned, on Canyon. Finished 3 miles in 19:30 (6:52, 6:18, 6:20). The 6:52 was the uphill mile, 6:18 partial up/downhill, 6:20 flat/slightly downhill. Felt good, legs were heavy, but I was motivated and was happy with how it went. Finished to 8.

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
4.50

Knee felt a little stiff before I started but my hip flexors were super tight/sore today too so I thought little of it. Started from my house took end part of Dikes to the hotels, then once I was on Main and somewhere around Fir street (so about 2 miles in) my knee was getting more annoying. Thought maybe it was just the downhill aggravating something. Got to Lin’s and each step became really painful, so I stopped. Started walking home, then about 3 minutes later my knee was feeling a little looser so I decided to try running again, wasn’t too bad, a couple steps in it the pain was dull. Was stopped at a light, stopping caused sharp pain, but running itself was alright. Went straight home. 

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 4.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
0.00

Woke up this morning, knee hurt. It was weight bearing and knee extension that caused sharp pain. Going up the stairs hurt bad. Went into the training room after classes (swimming was fine), it had warmed up with all the walking throughout the day so only stairs hurt now. Ligaments and meniscus are fine, thank goodness, it’s just my IT band that’s tight. I’m relieved. All the same, going with the injury prevention plan. Time off until I feel no pain, then increase miles slowly. Time to show my body some love and stop trying to tough out injuries.

Cross training... yasss. Biked 10ish miles in an hour. Was iffy about biking because thought it might hurt it but it was alright. A good alternative. Today is just not my day. Was on campus by the PE building when my tire popped, that was sketchy. Called a friend that lives close to campus, she let me borrow her bike for the rest of the way. I have such great friends :)

Met with Coach again, turns out the workouts he’s going to send are for winter break, we’ll be having workouts still after nationals. I won’t be doing steeplechase this year, Coach isn’t a fan of the steeplechase because it’s so tough/there’s so much impact on the body and can cause a lot of injuries. I’m kind of glad I’m not doing it anymore, I just want to be injury-free. For now Coach says I need to focus on getting my mile time down, but 5k is my strength. I guess once you get the speed down the 5k time comes down too, and I really just need to relearn how to run fast and hold it. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
0.00

30 minute bike

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0.00

Swam with Bino for about 45 minutes to an hour

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Total Distance
4.00

Wanted to run so I did. Pain had mostly subsided, could feel it a little. 2 miles in IT band became irritated so I turned around. Felt the couple days off even though I cross trained. 7:31 average. 

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.00

Good run with Jacey. 7:45 average. Still felt the time off a bit

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
7.50

Getting back into it! 7:23 average.

Our women’s team is going to nationals for the first time in SUU history!! And our men are going as well, it’s their 5th year in a row! I definitely signed with the right university, I love it here. Of course I didn’t know back then how much success we would have now, but that’s the fun part. I believed it could happen, so it’s not a complete surprise and we’ve all worked so hard, but crazy to see how our dreams, and coach’s dreams, came true. My freshman year coach told us that one day we’d win conference and go to nationals, just you wait. Now here we are, after 3 years of dreaming and hard work, it’s a reality: Conference champs and NCAA D1 national championship qualifiers! So crazy cool.

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 7.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
8.63

Ended up averaging 7:18. Felt decent, IT band still a little tight

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 8.63
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
4.78

Didn’t look at pace or distance. Just ran until I felt better. 7:02 average

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 4.78
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.50

I was tired today. 7:32 average

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.25

7:34 average

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
5.00

Main Street. Started with Jacey, got faster each mile. Jacey turned after just over a mile because she wasn't feeling well. Miles were 7:49, 7:23, 6:54, 6:46, 6:34. Cedar is a hill so the first 2 miles uphill, next 2 downhill, last one fairly flat. 7:05 average

I didn't mean to go fast. It just happened.

Practices will start up again next week. I'll be with my family tomorrow night. I'm excited to see them.

To be honest, I've been pretty depressed lately. Running's going well. Can't wait for practices to start again so I can get refocused.

My brother's suicidal. He told me he wanted to over the phone. My mom said she wasn't surprised when I told her, that her bipolar friends all committed suicide. I guess it was only a matter of time before he started thinking about it. That’s not the only thing that has me stressed or down, but it’s the major one.

I think I'm fine. I'm not as depressed as this summer. This summer I had 4 different stressful things going on, all enough to cause a breakdown on their own. So comparatively this is bliss. And I still have an appetite, I don't forget to eat like I did this summer so there's a physical sign I'm not as depressed as back then. But I also have no motivation for classes. Sometimes I don't want to run, either. Not because I don't enjoy it but because I just get feeling so down that going outside is difficult. But once I get moving I'm fine and am reminded I really love what I do. I forgot about weights 3 times in a row, just cause it slipped my mind. Which I feel bad about. But that's also not like me. I never miss practice or weights. I find myself just trying to get through one day at a time some days. I've forgotten things a lot lately. And my grades are suffering, I don't really want to put in the effort to make them better. cause I don't care much anymore.. but I'm trying. I've always been an A/B student but now...C's get degrees right? Sigh. I'll be better from here on out.

When I go out I'm fine. Most of the time. It's just when I'm alone. I guess I've cried almost every night this past week. My brother's feeling way worse than me though so I've got nothing to complain about. I've been through a couple pretty stressful situations before, more stressful than this. I've just got to be there for him and do what I can, things will be fine.

Positivity! That's what's helped me through running. Life is good. I have a great support system here at SUU and this is the best place I could be. And I get to do what I love every day. I have so many resources at my fingertips. I've been so lucky to come here and receive the scholarship I did, and to stay on the team, and to meet the amazing people I have. Things are good, really.

Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
77.91
Adidas Boston 6 V Miles: 77.91
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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