Ogden Marathon-Journey to the Finish Line

Young Subaru is a proud sponsor of the Ogden Marathon. We will be following the journey to the finish line of some amazing runners. 

Sarah
My Name is Sarah and I am Thrilled to have this opportunity to run the Ogden Marathon this year. I am a 36 year old, Stay at home mom of 4 very wild but fun boys ages 11, 8, 7, and 15 months. Before having kids, I worked in Physical Therapy helping rehabilitate Athletes after injuries/surgeries. I loved working, but I also love being able to be home with my 4 active boys who always keep me on my toes. 

I grew up in Logan, Utah, but I have lived Just outside of Phoenix, Arizona for almost 14 years with my awesome husband who always supports me in everything I do, especially running. He is my favorite running partner. I am a big sports fan, especially soccer, running and anything my boys are playing! I love to be active and love being outdoors! I love to hike, run, practice Yoga, and road bike! 

After having my 3rd baby and running a couple 1/2 marathons, I made a goal to run a full marathon. After I ran my first marathon I was hooked, and I immediately signed up for my second, at which I qualified for my first Boston. Since then I have run 7 marathons, including 2 Boston Marathons, as well as many 1/2 marathons and a couple Triathlons.

 I have had a couple injuries that have set me back this past year, but now that I am healthy, I am determined and have made a new goal to try to re-qualify for my 3rd Boston marathon. In March I ran the Phoenix Marathon, which was an incredible race, but I missed re-qualifying, so I am grateful for another shot at it by running the Ogden Marathon. I am always working hard at being healthy, eating healthy, and being active. Most days it requires me to start my day very early to fit everything in, but it is worth it! I have a lot to learn and I  am working really hard at becoming a better runner and a better person. Thank you Young Subaru for this opportunity!

Here is a picture of My friend Venessa and Me! We ran the Phoenix Marathon together on March 2. We are so excited to get to run Ogden together as well! I have continued my running and training since then but took a week off, two weeks ago, for a minor surgery. 

So, We officially kicked off our training for Ogden on Saturday, March 30 by going for a 6.5 mile run before early morning easter Egg hunts. We met at the mailboxes in our neighborhood at 6 am both wearing the exact same outfit :). We got a good laugh out of it. We started our training off by dressing like a team!  

Monday April 1st

5:30 a.m.
Ran 5.33 mile Easy Run with 3- 100 meter strides @ 8:57 average min pace on part trail, part road. It was 57 degrees this morning which was Beautiful!

8:30 a.m. Strength Workout 30-45 min

Core: Medicine ball twists x 10 each side, windscreen wipers (2 sets of 10 to each side), hip bridge (2 sets of 10 reps), Lying Double foot slide (2 set of 10), Lying single-leg alternate slide (2 sets of 10 each side), Side plank (2x60 sec on each side), swiss ball roll-outs x 10, Swiss ball crunches 2x30 reps, Plank 2x 60 seconds, Mini Glute Circuit with exercise band (3 exercises, 2 sets of 60 seconds each)

Foot strength: Peroneal exercise (band on foot, pull toes toward you) 2x15 reps, single leg balance 2x60 second each leg, Single leg put-down-and lift (2x15 each side)

Strength: Dumbbell squats 2x 10 reps, Curl to press standing with dumbbells (2x10 each side), hamstrings curls on swiss ball (2x12 reps), On-leg hamstring curl on swiss ball 10 reps each leg.

Tuesday, April 2nd

5:30 a.m. 
Sumits Hot Yoga 90 minutes

8:00 am
Core: Medicine ball twists x 10 each side, windscreen wipers (2 sets of 10 to each side), hip bridge (2 sets of 10 reps), Lying Double foot slide (2 set of 10), Lying single-leg alternate slide (2 sets of 10 each side), Side plank (2x60 sec on each side), swiss ball roll-outs x 10, Swiss ball crunches 2x30 reps, Plank 2x 60 seconds, Mini Glute Circuit with exercise band (3 exercises, 2 sets of 60 seconds each)

Felt very tired today, but I got to bed late because we took the family to the Opening night of the AZ Diamondbacks Monday night!

Wednesday, April 3rd

5:15 a.m.
6 mile Tempo Run ( 1mile warm up @ 9:04 min mile, 4 mile tempo @ 8:36 min mile, 1 mile cool down @9:03 min mile). Beautiful Morning. 56 degrees, part trail, part road running. Felt good!

Thursday, April 4th

5:30 a.m. 
Sumits Hot Yoga 90 minute flow

8:00 a.m. 
4 mile Easy Run @9:23 pace in 72 degrees on road (I was super tired and struggled a little) 

Friday, April 5th

I took today off (Kind of)  because my niece was in town, so I let the kids skip school and we headed to the Phoenix Zoo. We walked the Zoo for 6 1/2 hours (pushing a stroller). 

Saturday, April 6th

Didn't get in my morning long run because my boys had early football and soccer games. 5 1/2 hours of games in 90 degree heat. I decided to run in the evening but made sure to hydrate well all day (I am a believer of Pedialyte clear, NOT a fan of sport drinks for electrolytes!)  and I took a salt pill before my run, in the middle, and after.

7:00 p.m. 

15.1 mile run @ 9:33 pace average with friend Venessa. We had several water breaks and a couple 20 second walks. The temperature was 82 when we started and cooled to 64 degrees by the end of the run so it was a nice night run, part trail, part road/sidewalk. Good Run overall. I felt really tired once we were done (maybe had something to do with being in the sun all day) and my back was aching a little.

Sunday, April 7th

REST DAY!! WAHOO!

Week 2 Marathon Training

Monday: April 8

5:15 am

6 Mile easy run with 3x100 strides @ 8:53 min. pace in road/sidewalk. It was a chilly 49 degrees this morning and WINDY! :). 

8:00 a.m. Strength workout 30 min

Core: Medicine ball twists x 10 each side, windscreen wipers (2 sets of 10 to each side), hip bridge (2 sets of 10 reps), Lying Double foot slide (2 set of 10), Lying single-leg alternate slide (2 sets of 10 each side), Side plank (2x60 sec on each side), swiss ball roll-outs x 10, Swiss ball crunches 2x30 reps, Plank 2x 60 seconds, 
Foot strength: Peroneal exercise (band on foot, pull toes toward you) 2x15 reps, single leg balance 2x60 second each leg, Single leg put-down-and lift (2x15 each side)

Tuesday: April 9
5:30 am
90 min Sumits Hot Yoga Flow

8:00am
Core: Medicine ball twists x 10 each side, windscreen wipers (2 sets of 10 to each side), hip bridge (2 sets of 10 reps), Lying Double foot slide (2 set of 10), Lying single-leg alternate slide (2 sets of 10 each side), Side plank (2x60 sec on each side), swiss ball roll-outs x 10, Swiss ball crunches 2x30 reps, Plank 2x 60 seconds, Mini Glute Circuit with exercise band (3 exercises, 2 sets of 60 seconds each)

Foot strength: Peroneal exercise (band on foot, pull toes toward you) 2x15 reps, single leg balance 2x60 second each leg, Single leg put-down-and lift (2x15 each side)

Strength: Legs: Dumbbell squats 2x 10 reps, Curl to press standing with dumbbells (2x10 each side), hamstrings curls on swiss ball (2x12 reps), On-leg hamstring curl on swiss ball 10 reps each leg. Leg Lunges with dumbbells 3x10 sets each leg

Wednesday: April 10

5:30 a.m. Intervals/Farklet Run. 6x800 meters with 400 meter jog in between sets. Warm up 1 mile, cool down 1 mile. Total 6 miles @ 7:59 average pace. Another nice cool but beautiful morning for a workout. 52 degrees.

Core: Medicine ball twists x 10 each side, windscreen wipers (2 sets of 10 to each side), hip bridge (2 sets of 10 reps), Lying Double foot slide (2 set of 10), Lying single-leg alternate slide (2 sets of 10 each side), Side plank (2x60 sec on each side), swiss ball roll-outs x 10, Swiss ball crunches 2x30 reps, Plank 2x 60 seconds, 
Foot strength: Peroneal exercise (band on foot, pull toes toward you) 2x15 reps, single leg balance 2x60 second each leg, Single leg put-down-and lift (2x15 each side), calf raises 3x30 seconds

Thursday: April 11

5:30 a.m. Sumits Hot Yoga Flow Followed by a salt pill to rehydrate for my run

8:00 Easy run 5 miles @ 9:06 min mile. 65 degrees but hot sun this morning. 

Friday: April 12

8:00 a.m. Strength
Core: Medicine ball twists x 10 each side, windscreen wipers (2 sets of 10 to each side), hip bridge (2 sets of 10 reps), Lying Double foot slide (2 set of 10), Lying single-leg alternate slide (2 sets of 10 each side), Side plank (2x60 sec on each side), swiss ball roll-outs x 10, Swiss ball crunches 2x30 reps, Plank 2x 60 seconds, 
Foot strength: Peroneal exercise (band on foot, pull toes toward you) 2x15 reps, single leg balance 2x60 second each leg, Single leg put-down-and lift (2x15 each side)

Upper body: Russian Twist on Swiss Ball 2x20 reps, single Leg Lunges with dumbbells (10 lbs each) 2x10 reps, Alternate arm tap in plank 2x10 reps, Single Arm Row (10 lbs) 2 sets of 60 seconds, 4 exercise upper body circuit: Front arm raises, lateral straight arm raises, side bends, triceps dips on chair (10 lbs in each arm) 3x10 reps circuit, Kettle swings 2x10 with 10 lb weight, Single leg Russian deadlifts with 10 lbs weight 2x10 reps, Bench Press 3x8 reps with 10 lbs free weight in each arm, kneeling cable cross with exercise cable/ standing cable cross ( wood chop) 3x 8 reps.

7:30 pm LONG RUN (too many early morning games for my boys on Saturday)

Goal was 17 miles. This was a tough run for me. My kiddos had a stomach bug all week which I thought had skipped me by some miracle until about 6 miles into my long run it hit me but I was in the middle of no where so I powered through until I hit a grocery store at mile 11, Got water, potty stop and determined to get home and through my run. I made it to about 13.5 miles and then needed to take small walks and then the darn bug hit my stomach hard and had to walk the last mile. SO… end of a hard evening run I made it 15.5 miles with help from my good friend Venessa. NOT my fastest but I powered through finished just 1.5 miles shy of my goal and spent the next 5 hours sick with a bug :(. Glad it was over!!! Averaged a 9:41 mim/mile until the last 3… those were about  a 10:40 min pace due to walks :(. Praying for a better long run next week. 

Saturday: April 13

Took today off, recovering from stomach bug and cheering my boys on at 5 games (soccer and football) for about 7 hours in 90 degree sunshine :).

Sunday!

REST!















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