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Cedar City,UT,

Member Since:

Jun 21, 2011



Goal Type:

NCAA Champ

Running Accomplishments:

East High (2015 grad):


1 Mile- 5:12

1600m- 5:10 (official split from above Mile)


XC 3 mile-18:42

XC 5k- 19:37

Local 5k- 18:40

Local 10k- 41:31

Local 15k- 1:03:55

6th place in 3200m at State 2015 (UT) in 4A with an 11:08; 9th in 1600m with 5:13, and 13th in 800m with 2:26.

Southern Utah University (2015-present):

XC 5k- 19:00

XC 6k- 22:25 (17:55 3 mile)

1 Mile- 5:39

SUU workouts:

60% (5 miles)- 32:32 (6:30 average- 18:44 3 mile split)

80% (3 miles)- 18:52 (6:17 average)

5x500s- 96 (76 400 split) average 

16x400s- 82.0 average

20x400s- 82.6 average

Progression run- 2 progressions, 3 laps

Road Race- 23:30 (3.9 miles/6:02 average)

6 minute test- 1688 meters (first/only attempt)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Improve off of my high school times

17:45 5k

5:10 mile

Long-Term Running Goals:

17:00 5k

5:00 Mile

Go to Nationals

Run a marathon (after college)


I run collegiately for Southern Utah University and I’m majoring in Exercise Science. I also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Independence, Missouri. 

Number of seasons I’m still eligible for in NCAA collegiate running:

Cross Country- 2

Indoor Track- either 1 or 2 (hoping to get a medical redshirt approved by the NCAA)

Outdoor Track- 3

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 56.40 Year: 614.88
Adidas Distancestar Spikes Lifetime Miles: 3.00
Adidas Boston 7 Lifetime Miles: 98.90
Total Distance
Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 47.00Adidas Distancestar Spikes Miles: 1.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Small meeting today after warmups, then an easy run.  Coach said not to go fast lol. But it didn’t feel too fast and Morgan nudged me a bit when we were going sub-7:00 pace, I’m usually not the one to go ham lol. Whoops. Canyon to Bicent then added a mile at Bicent before heading back to the track. 7:18 average. Felt the time off/elevation a tiny bit but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. 

Weights after, wooo it’s been a while. I’ll probably be sore tomorrow. Also we added two minutes of jump rope to our warmup and all of our calves were dying hahaha

Rehab for hip after and Drew checked my ankle. I have a minor sprain in my ATL. But it’s small, only slightly achy, only hurts sometimes (on uneven ground), and feels a lot better than last week so I can still run on it :) hip flexor is tight again. Game readied my ankle

Nervous for the 6 minute test tomorrow. But I’m excited too. My whole group from last semester is gone now, we’re down to 11 girls :/ unless Danielle decides to come back. We’ll see. But hey I guess we’ve narrowed it down to the tough ones, right? Lol. Also cool to remember that I’m running with one of the best teams in the country (top 8% of teams in the NCAA- 25/349). Helps me feel better about being one of the slowest haha at least I can keep up sometimes

Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Two days into the semester and I've already had a mental breakdown. Oh boy, I'm literally going to have no life this semester. Three of my professors said on the first day of class either, "this is the most difficult class you will ever take, students pass the lecture and fail this lab every semester," and "This is the hardest class I teach because of how complex the concepts are," and "You HAVE to put in 12 hours of studying a week specifically for this class if you want to pass, and just because you put in the hours doesn't mean you will." 3 different classes. I'm also taking a different class online that might be the death of me, so much memorization. Yeah, I might have to change my schedule and spread these out better, I don't think I can take them all in the same semester.

Anywho, with that on my mind, into the 6 minute test we go! I was definitely already stressed beforehand trying to figure out how I'm going to manage finances and school and track and work and my future and still stay afloat. Today was a real slap in the face with reality that's for sure. This adulting thing really sucks sometimes. But I tried to calm myself enough to focus on just running, and I think I managed alright. I'm going to be starting up medication for depression and anxiety next week hopefully, when I can get in to see Dr. Newman.

We warmed up 2 miles before doing warmups. Odd? I think because of something with the recruits.

I was really nervous before we started. I was so sore from weights yesterday and tried to tell myself it wouldn't affect me at all just so I could forget about it and run. I really wanted to break 5:30 and believed it was possible. But I started to doubt because I didn't have as smooth range of motion and it felt heavier and harder to move because of the soreness.

But alas! Shut that out of my mind and just went with the group. Started at the back of the group because I know my place. Unfortunately that means a second or two late start (we run into repeats). Ah well. First lap (according to coach's watch) 79, second 80 (2:39), started struggling- 86 (4:05), and then hit the wall- 94 (5:39). Yoli watched it and said she could tell exactly when I changed pace- my stride got so small and I tightened up etc. Yikes. I fought and fought to work through it, to just go faster, but my body was physically done. I don't know what happened. I thought for sure I'd break 5:30, sigh. Finished with 1688 meters.

Mostly I just feel sad and defeated. I think I've finally advanced to the acceptance stage of the grief process. I no longer feel stressed out about the potential loss of my scholarship, the potential of being the absolute slowest on the team, the potential of never being the athlete that coach gets really excited about and proud of (not like he is of Angie or Maddy or Sharlie), because well, it's upon me. I accept it. I'm not stressed anymore, I'm just sad.

Now that I've cried it out, I've realized that I've been fighting for all the wrong things- to move up in position on the team, to prove to coach that I can run fast, to secure my full scholarship for another year. But I know a lost cause when I see one. It's time to change my motives. It's time to let go of those dreams and settle with what I can do now. To find the simple joys and truly be happy for my teammates when they run fast times, not envious. Not bad about myself for being so slow. It's time to stop being critical of myself and feeling so inferior to my teammates. We're all working hard. We all just have different abilities, and that's okay.

The only reason I'm the slowest on the team now is because all the others that were slower than me quit. From my freshman year to now. And we keep signing faster and faster girls each year. And now, this is one of the best teams in the nation. So, if I must settle for improvement and chasing after my PR's, I will. As my coaches have told us over and over again, if we improve off of our best times that is as much cause for celebration as Angie winning conference is. Even though I'll never be the fastest, I am here because I want to be. Because I enjoy running and want to improve off of my high school times. Because I like challenging myself and pushing myself to do hard things. Because I like being an athlete and enjoy the journey towards improvement.

Coach asked for my best distance. I told him I haven't run it before. He said well this is your best distance then! Haha. Then I told him well, I opened the season last year with a 5:56. Because I did. And he asked for my mile split today. 5:39. He said, wow, that's major improvement! Later he brought it up again and said, the improvement you've made is crazy, and it was long past our conversation ended. I think he's also referring to this past semester/season. He seemed genuinely happy. That made me feel a little better.

Instead of feeling sad, I want to focus on what this is teaching me. Even if I never achieve the status that Angie, Sharlie, or Maddy have, I want to be able to look back on my experience as a collegiate athlete in a positive light. I don't want to just see stress and defeat. I'm done with that.

I'm learning to be more meek and humble. How to love and encourage others even in the midst of competition. How to let go of unrealistic dreams and tone them down to be more realistic. How to get back up after a fall, how to endure, how to find happiness wherever you're at. How to be confident in myself even if there are plenty of others faster than me. How to not care about what other people think. How to be more accepting of myself with all my flaws and weaknesses, how to love and encourage myself the way I would with anyone else. How to truly believe in myself and get excited about what I might be able to do if I work hard for it. How to not take things personally, how to let go of comparisons and just be my own person. How to maintain a positive attitude and keep moving forward even in the midst of difficulty, how to take advantage of every possibility and do things because I want to do them not because of what anyone else tells me I should or shouldn't do. How to be independent as well as how to soften up and allow others to help from time to time, how to loosen up and relax.

I'm grateful for a sport that can teach me so much.

We cooled down on 3 mile loop then Julieta and I were debating doing another mile or two, but we were both dying. We asked coach what we should do, he said no today was a hard day don't worry about covering distance. So we didn't. Yep, now my body's wrecked. Sooo sore

Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 6.00Adidas Distancestar Spikes Miles: 1.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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50% today, Dikes. Our group split up twice as we went along, I ran the majority of it with Morgan and Haley. 7:18 average. Then strides after. Then rehab and weights

Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Had a meeting during practice, then came home and crashed. What I thought would be a 10 minute nap turned into a 2.5 hour one. I was exhausted. Then went for my run, 8 miles on Dikes + Canyon, 7:31 average. Drew is gonna get after me for not coming in for rehab, lol

Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Tough workout today. 1 mile warmup, strides then started. 1 mile with 3:00 recovery, 12x400s split into 3 sets. First 4 had 30 seconds recovery, next 4 had 45 seconds recovery, and last 4 had 60 seconds recovery. Times went:

Mile: 5:43


1) 81, 85, 84, 87

2) 86, 87, 90, 91

3) 94, 87, 90, 88

Mile cool down. 87.5 average

After 2x400s, I was struggling. Didn’t think I’d finish, told myself I could quit after 8. Got to 8, then was like why not I’ll regret it if I don’t finish. So I did. Even though my times weren’t great, I finished and that’s an accomplishment. It was also tough with such little recovery. Compared to where I was at last year I’ve improved a lot. Looked back and I actually opened with a 5:57 mile at NAU last year. So comparatively, I’m doing pretty well. No way would I have finished this workout at the beginning of Cross season, either. Progress

Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Ran a mile on Dikes then ran into Max, Josie and Alison so I turned and ran with them for a bit. Then ran back towards Parks with Max and Alison and then went back up Dikes backwards (lol we’d just been talking about how we switched the directions my freshman year because of the dreaded hill and then I ran up it hahaha). Then back out to Main and finished to 10. 7:20 average

Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Adidas Boston 6 VI Miles: 47.00Adidas Distancestar Spikes Miles: 1.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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