Emily's training blog

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

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Member Since:

Sep 17, 2007



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

2 x Deseret News 10k winner

3 x All-American at BYU (back in the day)

10 x state champion in high school (way back in the day!)

3 x USA team member

Short-Term Running Goals:

I would like to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon.

I would also like to run on one more international team before I pack it in!

 Stay healthy!  (My biggest challenge!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run my whole life, and then live vicariously through my children. (just kidding) , but I do want to pass on a healthy lifestyle to them.

Help coach East High to a state championship. (hope it doesn't take a lifetime!)


I've been running since I was nine.  I'm married to a fellow runner who inspires and supports me.  We have two children:  Cole (4) and Lily (18 mos.)  I help Bill Cobler coach cross country at East High School.

Miles:This week: 25.50 Month: 83.80 Year: 964.60
NB 580 Lifetime Miles: 49.79
Race: Salt Lake City Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:22:22, Place overall: 5
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal

My start to the racing season. I knew I wasn't 100 percent, and haven't been for about 4 weeks. I'm still glad I ran, even though the fitness was a little off.

I drove to the start line with Jenny and Bryant. I warmed up two miles and threw in some strides. I had a funny moment peeing behind a bush with a total stranger. Runners. We're all the same. I have a new friend.

I had no idea what to expect, so put it on the line and went hard with the leaders. I couldn't hold. The top two pulled away at six, with third place passing me at seven or so. Kudos to Jasmine. She started out more conservatively and just about reeled in the top two. So, I was in no man's land in fourth place. I think I kind of settled at this point, just trying to maintain position. Apparently, I should have pushed harder. I thought I was fourth, but someone who started behind me had a faster chip time by four seconds, so they put her in front of me. It doesn't matter, really, but I wish they would stick to gun time. The race is different head to head. Whatever. It didn't really change anything.

So, I stayed healthy. No pain. I got the first race under my belt. I had fun. And, I.got to cheer Jenny on in the marathon. Mission accomplished. Time to work.

2.4 cooldown

From allie on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 18:09:39 from

i like that last paragraph -- "mission accomplished"

i also like what you said about jumping into a race even though you know you're not 100%. it's good for you and it's nice to mix that in with your training to break things up and have little goals along the way. with everything that has gone down this year with your knee and other stuff, i'd say you bounced back really well and this was a great starting point.

maybe i'll see you at chicago? or CIM? i'm still stewing over it...

best of luck moving forward -- smooth months ahead. :)

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