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Member Since:

Jun 11, 2009



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

5K- 16:37

6K CC - 19:55 

4 miles- 22:10 

10K- 34:38

15K- 49:57 

Half Marathon- 1:12:03

20K - 1:08:38 

Marathon- 2:35:49

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay fit and have fun doing some local races.

Get my youth cross country team, off the ground.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Feel energized. Stay healthy and balanced


Four awesome kids ages 4, 8, 10, and 12 years old. Love to run, play, and write. Married to entrepreneurial Aaron.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Book Dissolved Lifetime Miles: 6539.00
Altra Intuition Lifetime Miles: 35.00
Race: Freeman Myer Sunset 5K (3.07 Miles) 00:16:41, Place overall: 3
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Ran the elite criterion section of the Freeman Myer Corporate Challenge 5K this evening.  Companies organized teams and competed against each other to prove who had the most fit corporate team and I guess the elite race was the entertainment for the night because after the corporate teams finished, they all had food and drinks in hand while cheering on the elites.  They started the elite men's race one minute before the elite women's race, which I was kind-of disappointed by because starting with the men would have added more depth and more competition for us but as it was there were only six women in our elite women's race.  SIX!  And the top five got prize money.  I felt bad for the sixth place girl because she knew before the race started that she was going to get her bum kicked as she nervously asked what kind of time we were shooting for.  She was tempted to just not run because she didn't want to look stupid, but we all encouraged her to just run and see what she could do, so she did.  

The course was back and forth on one road with a cone at each end where we turned around.  Three laps slightly over a mile each as flat as a pancake with a mild puff in the middle.  Exactly one minute after the men took off, we went out pretty fast as well.  Five of us were pretty close for the first mile (sixth place was a bit back already).  

My watch said 5:15 at mile one, but the race announcer said we came through in 5:20.  I'm not certain their mile markers were exactly correct because a few of the guys I talked to after the race said their garmins measured a bit short for the overall distance and so did mine.

 Anyway, my next split on my garmin was 5:29 and I had lost a few meters on Benita and Fiona but had also gained a few meters on Nuta.  (An Aussie, a Kiwi, a Romanian, and Me ;)  I kept trying to hang on to Benita and Fiona to see if one of them would drop off so I could fight for another spot but they had gained a few meters on me.  Mile three was the toughest as I started to feel that beloved high-altitude, "probably went out too fast" oxygen debt kicking in.   Benita and Fiona were battling for first and I was trying to keep them as close as possible and hang on for a PR.  Garmin says 5:36 for mile three.  

The final .07 was a 4:35 pace sprint to the finish knowing that I had secured third place and just trying to get the best time I could.  I had a happy moment of joy as I was sprinting to the finish and this old guy in a 10 year old USA track warm-up suit (the same one I got after Jr. Nationals years ago) yelled "GO BYU!!" at me as I ran past him.  Apparently he was the former CU Cross Country coach and had just been chatting with Aaron about how I ran at BYU and how he knew Patrick Shane well.  Anyway, it made me smile and helped pass the final seconds.

So the overall results were

Benita Willis 16:21    $400

Fiona Docherty 16:29    $300

Me 16:41      $250

Nuta Olaru 17:16      $200

Michele Suszek  17:54     $150

After the race I said hi to Aaron and the kids, chatted with a few of the elite guys and noticed Benita and the men's winner, Andrew taking off for their cool down.  I ran up to them and asked them if they'd mind me tagging along and they were very welcoming and kind.  So I ended up cooling down with Benita and getting to know her better.  She is a very sweet person; friendly and super easy to talk to.  Learned that she has been in four Olympic games for Australia and has run a 2:22 marathon.  Benita and I barely got back in time for the awards and chatted for a few more minutes, then I found Aaron and we gathered our kids and left.

I am super happy with the race and how well it went even though I probably should have run more even splits.  Maybe if we would have had started with the guys I would have had more people around and would have been persuaded to run a more realistic pace from the start.  And maybe not.  Hard to say.  Maybe the course was a tad short but even if it was it is still a huge PR for me in the 5K (previously 17:27).  I'm really happy that I was able to be pulled to a fast time by some cool veterans and enjoy a fun, fast race close to home.

Aaron got some pretty sweet pics and already posted them on his site, so I'll just copy and paste what he did here:

Womens Elite start - a whopping 6 entrants!



All 6 women went out together, that didn't last for long



1 woman has fallen off so far - almost to the 1st mile point which was about 5:20




down to 4 women 1/4 mile later



Now Down to 2 women at the lead coming into the finishing mile, Nan holding strong onto a small gap



Benita Willis takes 1st in 16:22



Fiona Docherty is 2nd in 16:30



And Nan finishes strong in 3rd at 16:42 - huge 5K PR for her.




Nuta Olaru comes in next at 17:17 - Nan and her have been swapping back and forth the last few races this year

From Burt on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 02:45:00 from

Wow Nan! Awesome PR! Time to update. Love the pictures. Modest is hottest.

From seeaprilrun on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 08:52:23 from

love the pics! Congrats on the huge PR! You are one of those people that smiles a lot when you are running!

From baldnspicy on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:22:21 from

Go BYU! Congrats on a killer PR and sweet $$! I think Burt is jealous of these ladies calves? :-p

From Nan on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:53:49 from

Burt-Thanks! Modest IS probably hotter. Not as much ventilation. Oh, you mean more appealing? ;)

April-I was smiling at the start because my kids were being cute on the sidelines. Then again they are always cute. They guy yelling "Go BYU" at the end made me smile too but it was masked by my labored breathing.

Spicy-Seriously. Michele in the black has some intense calves huh? I think she is a former body builder gone runner.

From Burt on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:25:01 from

Don't think I didn't notice the calves Chris. I always notice the calves. So much to say about these pics. I could say 12,000 words. Hmmm...there's 12 pictures. That's a thousand words per picture. I better just sum up. The third one from the bottom makes Nan look like the body builder gone runner. Look at those arms! And is that gum on your tongue or cotton mouth? Did Benita make a minute up on one of the elite guys? It sure looks like she's cruising past a dude there at the end. Cutest outfit award goes to of course the lady in pink. And what's up with Nuta's crazy hair? I mean, I like it, but it's crazy.

From Nan on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:36:29 from

Yeah definitely cotton mouth. Thanks for noticing. And technically I AM a body builder gone runner. Remember when I could do like 3 sets of 12 pull ups? Those were the days. It was funny when the race announcer said they were going to start the guys one minute ahead of us and a couple of the guys were like, "OH MAN! Now thats going to be even more embarrassing when they catch us!" Benita passed a few guys, Fiona and I even passed two, I think. As for the pink outfit; I think Nike intentionally uses the same bright colors in their uniforms as they do in their shoes so Nike runners stand out more in race pics.

From Scott Wesemann on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:53:09 from

Wow! Really cool post and congrats on the PR. I loved the pics. I really like seeing the grit on the faces. Awesome!

From allie on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 13:15:07 from

go nan! congrats on the big PR. great pics, too. i love how you are smiling. and your shoes are awesome.

From Burt on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 14:13:19 from

"Yeah definitely cotton mouth. Thanks for noticing."

"I'm a kid. That's my job."

From Nan on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 14:56:28 from

You have much more hair in your nose than my Dad

From Snoqualmie on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 16:58:19 from

Great report and pictures! Congratulations! You are so strong.

From Lindsey Dunkley on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 18:30:43 from

Great race, great time, great pics! You are awesome! Oh and I like your tank top over the "sports-bra" look too!

From MichelleL on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 21:30:51 from

Wow Nan, congrats on the PR. Nice performance. I didn't realize the Houston 1/2 marathon champs and OTQ race were both on Saturday, how great is that!

Burt, how do you cook up all these comments? Does Sasha pay you big bucks to keep us coming back for more?

From Burt on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 21:45:14 from

Wes - sorry for calling you Chris earlier.

Michelle - I have a team of writers like Jay Leno. I'm not funny in real life. Ask Nan. She can expose me for the fraud that I am.

From Carolyn in Colorado on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 23:04:38 from

Congratulations on the PR. And you really do have awesome biceps.

From Toby on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 23:10:07 from

Sweet pictures Nan! I totally noticed your incredible arms too - jealously :)

Great race and big congrats on the PR!

From JulieC on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 07:15:07 from

totally loved the pics!! Tried to pick out the winner based on the photos (since I don't anyone there except you). You certainly looked that happiest :D. Way to PR SPEEDY!!!

From Scott Ensign on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 21:59:53 from

nice job. you just keep getting faster and faster. next year you should think of doing the DN10K, I would be interested to see how your 35:40 at BB would translate on that fast downhill course.

From runningafterbabies on Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 08:59:57 from

Sweet race, Nan. I am so impressed. I love your finishing photo - you are so strong!

From catherine on Sun, Aug 01, 2010 at 00:50:59 from

Congratulations Nan. And I agree with everyone else - you're super buff.

From Nan on Mon, Aug 02, 2010 at 23:46:56 from

Thanks everyone!

Michelle-I wont deny it, Burt is right, he is more funny from behind his computer screen than in real life. More serious and sincere in real life.

Julie-So who did you pick as the winner from the starting line pic? Its never easy to pick a winner from looks because fast runners come in different bodies and you cant tell how fit their lungs are just by looking at them.

Scott-I've done Des News 10K and its fun. I don't know that its worth a trip to all the way to Utah though. There is a fast 10K in Colorado Springs that same weekend anyway, I just couldn't do it this year because we were river rafting.

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