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Member Since:

Jul 14, 2011



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

Personal Records

  • 26.2----------2:58:45 09/15/2012 Top of Utah Marathon 
  • 13.1--------1:17:55 11/02/2013 Snow Canyon
  • 10k---------38:10  03/2013 Hale Freezes Over 10k
  • 5k----------18:48  09/2012 Spanish Fork 5k

Short-Term Running Goals:

My goal is to continue to enjoy running and maybe get faster a long the way!  :)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run until I am 100 years old!


I decided to join to hold myself accountable for my training and because I love learning from others running experiences.  I just started running a little over a year ago and have a lot to learn.  I work fulltime as a Manager of Telecommunications for Intermountain Healthcare and go to school online through Weber State University.  If you want to know more check out my blog:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Asics 2160 Lifetime Miles: 362.50
Asics Racing Flats Lifetime Miles: 60.20
New Balance Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 443.00
Mizuno Waves Yellow Lifetime Miles: 419.75
Mizuno Waves Pink Lifetime Miles: 493.83
New Balance 950 Lifetime Miles: 406.55
Pearl Izumi's Iso Shift Lifetime Miles: 394.10
Asics Yellow Lifetime Miles: 490.25
Saucony Blue Lifetime Miles: 429.00
Saucony Mirage Pink Lifetime Miles: 574.90
Saucony Mirage Green Lifetime Miles: 461.45
Kinvara 2 Purple Lifetime Miles: 440.25
Saucony Mirage Blue Lifetime Miles: 443.60
Orange Mizuno Waves Lifetime Miles: 510.25
Kinvara Pink Lifetime Miles: 475.54
Altra Olympus Purple Lifetime Miles: 22.70
Virrata Pink Lifetime Miles: 11.30
Race: IMS Arizona Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:21:54, Place overall: 3
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Very happy with the race today! My friend posted on my faceboook wall last night "A winner’s strongest muscle is her heart." and these words really resonated with me. I ran with a lot of heart today and am really pleased with the way things turned out. I will post splits/report later but wanted to get the results up and thank everyone for all of the continued support. Off to read a book by the pool and enjoy some sunshine. :-) It is hot here!

Still processing this race and trying to wrap my head around the idea that it actually happened. It's still a little surreal to me but let's get to the details.

Background: I signed up for this race in July because I saw a deal on fb for $40 for the full marathon. I called my friend Heather that lives in Phoenix to see if she was on board. She was and so I signed up and decided it would be the perfect time of year to get out of Utah. I didn't know much about the course or the race besides the fact it was a total no frills race and it was in Feb in AZ. I switched to the half marathon (smart decision) in January after battling some injuries after TOU.

Pre-race: I wanted to PR (1:28 on a flat course) but I also felt I was capable of 1:25 so that was the goal. My training had been different gearing up for this race than ever before but I had worked hard.

Nutrition: Mostly noting this for myself for future reference. 3/4 plain bagel & a banana pre-race (55 grams carbs?), 20 ounces of Gatorade & 16 ounces of water. Gatorade at every aid station except the first and last (maybe 1oz total in my mouth at each station...plenty on the face) and a gel at mile 7.5. Oh and the 5-hour energy 10 min before the start!

Splits: 6:22 (slowest mile), 6:13, 6:11, 6:11, 6:14, 6:10, 6:11, 6:14, 6:20, 6:09, 6:16, 6:16, 6:12, 5:38 (50 seconds).

Elevation: 186 loss / 48 gain

Report: 1.8 mile warm-up with a few strides before wishing my friend Heather good luck and lining up at the start. There were a few girls that looked fast and a couple of people talking about going for sub-1:20. I was wondering what in the heck I was getting myself into but managed to stay incredibly calm. Staying calm is critically important to performing well in my opinion. I had looked at the course map a few times and some people I met on the bus ride up told me there was a hill at mile 7 and 12.5. I decided before the race I would run on effort and did not calculate goal splits. The race started and I managed to hang back and let people go. Little did I know that my first mile would be my slowest of the entire race! I started as 5th place female and eased into a comfortably hard pace. The first mile felt awkward and hard and it took me 3 miles to find a grove and feel like I was in control and not forcing my body. I was in 3rd place by mile 2. The weather for the race was perfect but there was an 8mph headwind that was annoying. It was not a big deal but just enough to be annoying. At mile 3 I caught up to a tall guy with bright pink socks (Steve) and did my best to draft off of him. I hit the 5k in a little over 19 min and decided at that point to not hold anything back. I was not really following my plan of 6:25 minute miles and realized I was risking blowing up but I wanted to take the risk. Why not? So I just went for it and continued to run off of effort. I hit the 10k in 39 minutes still tucked right behind pink socks friend. The effort was starting to get to me and I contemplated slowing down. As we came into an aid station and I caught back up to pink socks friend he mentioned that the female Arizona Ironman Champion was not too far ahead and then said "how cool would it be to catch her". Although I never actually saw her and had no idea how far ahead she was those words sparked some sort of fire in me and gave me just the boost I needed to fight and keep pushing the pace. Runners were very few and far between and besides me and pink socks friend Steve there was only one runner I could see ahead. We finally managed to catch white shirt guy at mile 9 and after seeing his back for 9 miles I was so excited to reel him in. He was very supportive and would end up working with me until the finish. The effort was getting harder but my splits were coming in consistently and I just continued to work as hard as I could. I hit mile 10 at 1:02:30 and thought about slowing down and just running a 5k in 22 minutes and still reaching my goal of 1:25 (moment of weakness). Or I could really see how tough I was and run a sub-20 last 5k! I wanted to see what I was capable of and I really fought for every step that last 5k. I had caught white shirt guy and stayed in between him and pink socks dude. Having these two to work with was incredible helpful. This was a small race with very little crowd support. My feet started bothering me at mile 11 and my calves were screaming at me but it felt good! This is what I work my butt off for; I train for these moments of complete pain when you are pushing yourself so far outside of what you ever thought you were capable of. This is what it is all about. I managed to stay focused and ran with my heart. I kept repeating in my head and out loud (poor white shirt guy) "run with your heart" "run with your heart". The little hill at mile 12.5 was not too bad (freeway overpass) and I powered up it and then flew into the finish with the biggest smile on my face. My friend Emily was cheering at the mile 13 mile marker and since my family wasn't at the race it was so great to see a familiar face. I was beaming from ear to ear as I crossed the finish line and was so incredibly happy!

After talking to the first & second place girls and my friend Emily I jogged back to mile 12.5 to run my friend Heather in. 1.2 mile cool down.

Post-Race thoughts: Still processing a lot of this. I feel disappointed when people ask if I won and I have to respond that no I didn't win but I did run really well. Hard to explain to non-runners (family) that winning was not the goal. I am so incredibly happy with the way I ran and at the end of the day I am only out there competing against myself. By far the coolest thing about it all is that I paced 6:15 for the race which is the OTQ pace. I want to keep working hard and make that dream a reality!


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From Bam on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 12:53:31 from

Congrats on a great race and a pr. Looking forward to the full details. Once again, well done and well deserved.

From Walter on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 12:55:04 from

Holy schnikes! Rachelle! Nice going speedy! Way to stay focused!

From Matt Schreiber on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 13:03:06 from

Way to go Rachelle!!! Awesome PR and looking forward to reading the full report. :)

From Ericka on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 13:08:34 from

So happy for you! Awesome job today!

From Christie on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 13:12:04 from

Congrats!! So proud of you. Enjoy that warm weather and bring some back with you :)

From JulieC on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 13:16:02 from

So did u jist pretend u were on the top of mt nebo? That time is like u were going down a mountain....but coolest thing was u werent....very course. Way to go and make all us frbs proud....and jealous we don't vet to read a book poolside and tanning.

From bdase on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 14:10:30 from

Congratulations Rachelle! I knew you would be great today. Well done!

From Jake K on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 15:13:32 from

Very, very well done!!! My guess was ~1:23 which would have been a big PR and you blew that away.

I'm glad you did this race. No altitude / downhill conversions on this one... just a SUPER FAST time on a fair course. That's gotta feel really good!! 6:15 pace!!! And a top 3 finish against some very good runners.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend... looking forward to hearing more about this one. Congrats again!

(and way to keep the "everyone runs well in Arizona" streak going for the blog)

From Bonnie on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 15:23:53 from

Outstanding race Rachelle!!!! So happy for you!!!

From Lulu Walls on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 15:46:51 from

That's absolutely awesome Rachelle! Enjoy the sun, you deserve it :)

From AngieB on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 15:57:41 from

Great race girl! So happy for you. I guess I need to go to AZ after reading Jakes comment:)

From Tara on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:10:17 from

Yea! Well done Rachelle! You should be excited!

From NatalieK on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:52:10 from

Holy cow woman! Congrats. Can't wait to hear all about it! Enjoy the sun.

From Jackie82 on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 18:24:06 from

Amazing! A well-deserved, fantastic PR! I get more and more amazed by your times, but not surprised you achieve them!

From seeaprilrun on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 18:32:45 from

Incredible! Can't wait for the full report!

From jtshad on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:28:57 from

Great job!

From RAD on Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:49:36 from

A-FREAKING-MAZING! Okay, So I knew you'd kill it, but KILLED it! Way to go Rachelle. I am SO impressed with your dedication and relentless work ethic. I can't wait to hear more of the gritty details.

CONGRATS on a 3rd overall finish too! Seriously, this was awesome!

From runningafterbabies on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 08:59:52 from

You smashed your so-called goal :) Very nicely done.

From Carina on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 09:23:19 from

WOW Rachelle, I have not sufficient words! Just AWESOME!!!

From Lily on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 09:57:01 from

Way to go my friend. You dropped right into Phoenix and made Utah proud! I swear Utah produces some of THE most talented runners. You deserve some recognition for your hard work mind set. You stayed focused obviously. So so so proud of you!

From Rob on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:01:14 from

Very well done. Congrats!

From JulieC on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:45:20 from

Yes u can qualify!!! I know u can!!

From Lulu Walls on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:51:19 from

Wow Rachelle that is so awesome! Way to totally blow away your goal. Seeing where you are at now, that OTQ dream will be a reality pretty quickly :)

From josse on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 11:12:47 from

What a great accomplishment, I know you have great and better things to come. You are such a hard worker and love having you as a friend:) Train on......

From MichelleL on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 13:56:50 from

Great job! You need to update your side panel now with this huge PR.

From SpencerSimpson on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:26:15 from

Loved reading the report Rachelle. I'm super impressed. You have come a long way from the start. You are definitely a force to be reckon with. Excited to see you push through pain barriers and do more. 10 more days and I'm in PHX also. Hard to imagine. Glad the hard work paid off. Oh. Please catch a flight and come cheer on all the friends. :)))

From Kelli on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 14:59:41 from

Holy awesomeness!!! That is all I can say, you rocked it and you have worked hard for these major successes! You are an incredible athlete! WOW!!!

From allie on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 19:28:11 from

rachelle - this is huge. what a breakthrough! congrats.

From Bam on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 10:06:38 from

Great report and great run. Well done for sticking in there when it got tough. This is going to be a big year for you.

Loved the sobriquets - pink socks etc.

From Rob on Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 10:26:19 from

I just got around to reading your report, I cried. Very nicely done, we all know you won!

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