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Top of Utah 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: Top of Utah Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:20:44, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal

Well, some days you just have a bad race day. I warmed up three miles. My goal was at least a minute faster than last year, with an A goal of sub 1:18. Based on my training that seemed doable. Merilee Blackham was in the race, so I knew I had good competition.

I just felt horrible from the start. I was struggling early,and never hit a groove. I got gapped at mile four and found myself stuck in no man's land. I just kind of stayed there. It was difficult to even hit sub six.

My legs felt ok. I was just so tired. I ran four after. I didn't feel trashed by any means, but that's all I had, today. Such is the race. I did manage to hold on to second place, do the day wasn't a waste.

Factors to today's performance: Really intense week last week. Probably not recovered.

I'm still struggling with insomnia. Only 3 hours last night. Got to get this under control.

My period. Enough said.

Oh well. Onward to Chicago.

From RileyCook on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 14:25:18 from

Yeah, like you said...some days you just don't have it. Still impressive to come in 2nd on an off-day. Looking forward to your marathon!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 14:55:06 from

Emily - those symptoms sound familiar. I have had a lot of races and workouts like that. To a certain extent, all of my races are like that - my legs are stronger than my nervous system so they are never trashed, and I often feel like I am slacking although for the life of me I cannot make myself go any faster - especially in the later stages of the race.

Insomnia here would be the number one culprit to blame. My better races come when I am able to figure out how to sleep - which has been a challenge lately, although not due to insomnia, though. Truth of the matter is when the nervous system has become the limitation, sleep does more for your fitness than workouts. So maybe if the hard workouts overstimulate the brain, tone them down a bit - the benefits will still be there. Otherwise, do what you can to remove unnecessary stress from your life - easier said than done, I know.

From allie on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 15:25:51 from

sorry it was a tough day. those are three legit factors, plus you're in the thick of marathon training. all things considered, a solid result (and a very good 20 miler!).

i hope you can figure something out to help you sleep. i've been playing a lot of tetris lately. :)

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