Fall Break 2019

This fall the colors in the canyons have been so vibrant. I love taking the kids on drives and walks/hikes to take it all in.

Luckily my mom and sisters love it too. For fall break we took the kids in a short hike in Kaysville.

After we took the kids to chuck arama because they LOVE it and the adults don’t haha but we splurged for the sake of a good time. And you know what, the kids had the best time eating all the buffet food, drinks, and desserts.

Then we hung out at Leah’s all evening. We had 5 showings on the house that day! It was so nice not to be home haha PS one of those showings ended up making an offer! We are under contract and move in a month, we’re so excited!!!

Friday Josh took off work so we spent the morning cleaning and doing yard work. That afternoon we took the kids out to eat, ran errands, and just got to be together as a family.

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SOJO Marathon Review

It’s been a week since running my first marathon and I’m still on a high! By Wednesday my body felt 99%. Thursday I went on small hike with my kids, my sisters and mom for fall break and felt normal.

Friday I was itching to run so I ran 3 slow treadmill miles and the rest of the day my left hamstring felt tight. So I’ll take several more days off of running to be safe.

I wanted to write down my thoughts about the SOJO marathon so here’s my honest review.

The price wasn’t very expensive, I believe I payed $90 a few months before so I didn’t get any early bird discount. For the price I think you get what you pay for.

The packet pickup was quick, but just that, a packet pickup. No expo, food/party/hang out like other races I’ve done.

The swag bag came with a few advertisements, a newspaper, a coconut water, gel, energy bar, shirt, bib, and a safety light key chain.

The morning of the race my GPS brought me to the start but the road was closed for the race and I had no idea how to get around it. Luckily, I followed a car going to the race too. There were plenty of warm buses, parking spots and bathrooms.

We didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn like so many other races. Since this ones in the fall it’s a later start(6:45am) so I didn’t get up till 4:45am, got to the buses at 5:30 then was at the start by 6:30.

The start had water, bathrooms, bananas,and gels and we counted down and started in the dark. It was gorgeous seeing the sunrise.

There were plenty of aid stations along the way, there were only 2 hiccups for me; the first station at about mile 3 was out of water and Gatorade upsets my stomach. 2nd there was a mile marker at mile 16 that said 17, which had me little excited but I didn’t think my Garmin could be that off(it wasn’t).

The route was beautiful. Mostly flat with a few pretty big hills and in return a little downhill. It was mostly on roads and through neighborhoods which can get boring but I was just excited to be running my first marathon to care too much. The arrows are just stickers on the road so that was a little tricky, but I never got lost so they did their job.

The finish line had a lot of slow walking spectators that was hard to dodge, and the after party was pretty anticlamtic. Just water, apples and oranges. I saw some kids eating chick fila but it looked like their booth was empty. The DJ was fun and there were some vendors. It would have been nice to have chocolate milk or a protein bar to eat before driving home.

Overall I would run this race again. It’s a smaller race so don’t expect all the frills you get from bigger races. I loved the fall weather and a lot of the scenery. The flat course left my body WAY less sore than the downhill races Utah is famous for. I’m glad this was my first marathon!!

**you can read my race recap here

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SOJO Marathon Race Recap(My First Marathon!!!!)

After days, weeks, months of training I finally did it. I ran my first marathon, 26.2 miles! I am still on cloud 9 from one of the best days. I accomplished something that seemed so daunting, and I enjoyed every minute of it, truly!

This recap is very detailed because I don’t want to forget anything! So feel free to scroll down to the race recap haha.

Let’s back way up to the beginning of race week. I didn’t workout much, just a 5 miler Monday with an upper body workout, rest Tuesday, Wednesday 4 miler, Thursday and Friday rest.

All week I drank a lot of water, ate the best I could(nourish my body first,then satisfy it second from Carli Fitness’s meal plan) and tried to go to bed early. It felt great to sleep in on those rest days and I was feeling ready. Thursday I ate a lot more carbs(I don’t like to eat a ton the day before a race, so I carb a load a lot more 2 days before a race and it seems to work for me). Then Friday I ate normal and then Josh took me out to Olive Garden. I ate spaghetti parm but I took most of the breading off the chicken and asked for plain bread sticks (sometimes garlic doesn’t sit well with me so I didn’t want to take any risks).

Saturday morning I woke up at 4:30am, 2 hours before the start of the race and ate 1/2 a plain bagel and 1/2 an applesauce pouch with lots of water.

Got ready, used the bathroom and nursed Cooper and left by 5:15am.

My fueling plan throughout the race was to take in something every 2-3 miles. I get very hungry! I brought a Gu just in case I got sick of chewing but I didn’t use it. I was able to eat every couple of miles and at mile 16 I ate half a kidz oatmeal z bar. It hit the spot!

Utah decided to be very cold the week of the race, so I went to our local thrift store on Friday and got an extra layer so that I could take it off and donate it(you can leave gloves, hats, jackets at aid stations to donate)as I got warmed up. Best. Decision. Ever. Oh and hand warmers, those were so so wonderful. I put them inside gloves and they kept my hands nice and warm.

^wearing the jacket I bought at Savers early on in the race

I met at the buses that were shuttling us to the start at 5:45am and then we waited for more runners then headed to the start, Copperton Park. We got there about 6:30am where I ate a few bites of my pb&j sandwich on white bread, more water, and used the bathroom again. It was cold at the start, but not freezing like most UT runs that start up in the canyons. This is a VERY small race, only 104 marathoners total. So after about 10 minutes a guy said it was time to line up and start.

^on the bus

Miles 1-6

I was off! I wanted to start out nice and slow and just get warmed up. My body was cold, so I wanted to give it time to start moving. I hit mile 3 and took in 2 energy beans and planned to take water at the aid station but they were out. I’m so glad the weather was cold, because it wasn’t a big deal waiting for the next aid station. Luckily, every aid station after that had plenty of water. My biggest fear on race day was getting lost or hitting a wall. I had read this was a small race and that you’re often alone and the race isn’t well marked so my plan was to stay by someone. Eventually, at mile 4 I was with the 4:15 pacer going up a long 2 mile hill that ended at mile 6. He was an older gentleman that runs races every weekend, and even competed in a 100 mile race!

^the long hill in the distance

Miles 7-13

The pacer and I chatted from miles 4-13 at a very comfortable pace. The scenery was gorgeous and I really enjoyed hearing about his running journey and take in any tips and tricks he had. He kept telling me to reserve the first half and if I felt good to push ahead at the halfway point, so that’s what I did.

Miles 14-18

We parted ways and I picked up the pace slightly. I was so nervous I would hit a wall, so I really tried to run at a very comfortable pace and keep moving. I stopped and walked through every aid station so I could drink the full water cup( I only drank water, Gatorade upsets my stomach and makes me feel thirstier) and then I would keep going. I was still feeling really good, and was sending video updates to Josh and my sisters. I was having fun! Then, my watched dinged saying I hit mile 16 and when I looked up the race sign said mile 17! I was like, “my Garmin is a mile off??” so at the next aid station I asked what mile we were at and they said 16.5 miles, the mile marker was wrong! Oh well! Right after that aid station I went up another steep hill(there were probably 5-6 pretty good hills, but the rest of the course is flat as a pancake) and then down a bit and passed the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

Miles 19-21

I started to feel pretty lonely at mile 19, I still hadn’t turned on my headphones and started to think ahead at how many miles I had left. Just then, I hear the cutest voices yelling, ” Mom” Mommy!” “Go Mom!” Josh had surprised me and stopped along the course with all the kids to cheer me on. I still get teary eyed about it. It was such a wonderful relief to see them. I stopped for hugs and kisses and of course started to cry. This crazy goal of mine took up a lot of time. My kids and Josh were always there to support me and it was just the cherry on top to see them. I through them my gloves and kept going. They popped up again at mile 21 for high fives and cheers and I just kept pushing.

^this is at the finish, I was never fast enough on the course to get a picture of my crew ❤️

Miles 22-to the finish

At this point I was running the mile I was in. I didn’t want to think about the finish and start going too fast too soon(looking back I wish I had pushed just a bit more to break that 4 hour mark haha) so I put in my headphones I started to sing along to take my mind off running. I saw Josh and the kids one last time at mile 23 where Josh asked if I was feeling okay and I said I was. He said, “great, see you at the finish!” and I felt so excited. I was doing it! I was 3 miles away!! I started feeling a little achy in my legs and randomly in my back, I’ve never felt that before. But nothing crazy, so I just kept moving.

Finally I could hear the finish line and I wanted it so bad. I started really picking up the pace that last corner and there were several spectators walking on the small sidewalk on the path to the finish. That was frustrating to dodge people, but I sprinted in at 4:02 and it felt so great!! My parents, sisters, my kids and Josh ran over. It was so fun to see them. I felt so loved and so great to have accomplished such a big goal I set for myself. I never had to stop and use the bathroom and I didn’t hit the wall!

Everyone keeps asking if there will be another marathon. My competitive side would love to break the 4 hour mark, but I’m also so proud of my time. I feel very happy and content right now, so the answer is I’m not sure. I will definitely be running more half marathons and trying to beat my previous times there. I love that distance!




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Cooper at 11 months

This month has been a big one! Cooper cut 3 top teeth all at once, started pushing furniture or toys around so he can walk with assistance, and climbs up stairs.

He is so giggly, playful, and happy. He loves to gives hugs, kisses, and waves goodbye. He still loves all food, baths, swinging, his siblings, mom and dad.

His favorite thing to do lately is chase bouncy balls all around the house, he’s so cute and pretty fast!

He’s been sleeping great and usually takes 1 long nap in the afternoon but with all the house showings at random times he’s been pretty flexible to sleep whenever.

We love him and can’t wait to celebrate his big 1 year in a month!

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(First) Marathon training week 15

I just finished week 15 of my first ever marathon training. I am 1 week out from my first marathon!!! I am more excited than nervous and can’t wait to see how it all goes.

This last week all of my runs were done on the treadmill. I’m so grateful I have one in my home so this training was possible. There’s no way I could have trained for a full marathon with 4 kids, 1 nursing, and early morning workouts. Josh was gone all last week but I was still able to put in the work. Harder work in my opinion since I wasn’t just running, I was running while entertaining kids haha.

Monday-lower body workout

Tuesday-6 mi on TM I ran 3 mi then drove carpool then finished 3 more.

Wednesday-rest( decided to go to the temple in the morning)

Thursday- 5 mi on TM comfortable pace

Friday- upper body workout + 4 mi **felt off all week, then I started my period for the first time postpartum. So glad it started this week and not next week during the marathon!!**

Saturday- 8 mi; 3 mi w/u, 4 mi at mpg(marathon goal pace), 1 mi c/d

I had to take a lot of breaks to be mommy. But I got it done!

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(First)Marathon Training week 14

I am getting so excited to race. I feel ready and confident I’ll be able to finish, the test will be how long it will take me. I haven’t been doing a lot of speed work for a specific time goal since I don’t really know what to expect in a full marathon. I don’t want too much pressure, I want to just take it all in this first time.

This week I drove part of the course for the first time…it looks pretty boring,flat with a few hills , and ugly haha BUT it’s the only fall marathon that fit in my schedule(part of me wishes I would have just ran the Big Cottonwood). I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a bit bummed I’m not running in a beautiful canyon with fall colors but I’m going to find the beauty and make the most of it.

Here’s what week 14 looked like:

September 23-28

Monday- lower body workout from Carli Fitness

Tuesday- 8 miles total on TM

3 miles w/u, 4 miles at marathon pace, 1 mi c/d I had so many interruptions from the kids, but it’s just part of it. Even when I wake up early they just know haha I was grateful for Jackson who played with Cooper the last 2 miles when Cooper wanted nothing to do with the pack n play(he didn’t wake up till I was at mile 4 and played for 2 miles, I’ll take what I can get).

Wednesday- upper body workout by Carli fitness

Thursday- 6 mi on TM nice and slow-felt so nice

Friday- 6 miles on TM at a comfortable pace +core from Carli Fitness. I ran this a little later in the morning and it felt so nice. It was a blessing Cooper took such a great morning nap.

Saturday- 10.5 miles total. 8 with Megan and then 2.5 solo. The weather could not have been more perfect. It was a gorgeous fall morning. I walked a bit at mile 7.5-8 just chatting with Megan. I loved being outside and catching up with Megan.

you can read about training week 13 here

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(First)Marathon Training Weeks 10-12

Marathon training brings a lot of highs and a lot of lows. I wasn’t expecting to feel burnt out or ready to quit. There have been SO many mornings where I asked myself why I was getting up so early or why I was having to rearrange my family’s schedule so much just for running. I was so close so many times in dropping out of the race. BUT the little piece of me that really wants to accomplish this big goal keeps pushing myself out of bed and into running clothes. Once I start running I’m always really grateful I did and I’m always so happy after my run because I’m doing something that is hard for me even when the conditions are far from perfect.

Week 10: August 26-31

Monday- 6  miles on TM with 3 miles fast) at night(I had just gotten home from WA and my family was still gone at Josh’s carnival work party that I was so BUMMED to miss).

Tuesday- 4 slow miles on TM

Wednesday- legs + 3 slow at night on TM(Josh was boating with friends)

Thursday- arms


Saturday- 18 miles down Big Cottonwood Canyon with Rachel. It was a gorgeous morning and the canyon was so beautiful. I couldn’t stop commenting how pretty it was. It felt great most of the run. I stopped at mile 10 to use the bathroom(first time I’ve had to pee while on my long run this whole training cycle) and then we continue down the canyon. My legs felt great, Rachel and I could easily talk the whole way, it was a nice pace. Then at mile 16, I started to feel nauseous. Every time I started to run I felt so sick. I felt so bad slowing Rachel down, but she was nice and walked/jogged the last 2 miles. I felt pretty defeated and frustrated. I looked back at my nutrition and I think a lot of how I was feeling has to do with that. I ate crappy and I had a terrible cold. I couldn’t stop coughing at one point. So, I hoping it was all just a fluke!

Week 11: September 2-7

Monday- arms + 2 mi on TM(cut short because we had a showing of our house and only had 45 min to get the house ready and leave)

Tuesday- 8 mi on TM during nap time, first afternoon run. I needed to sleep in and get some additional rest. So glad I still made it happen.

Wednesday- fly to Japan

Thursday-still flying

Friday-Climbed 4 miles up Mt. Fuji

Saturday-climbed 4 miles down Mt. Fugi

Week 12: September 9-14

Monday- 5 mi on Tm nice and slow

Tues- legs

Wednesday- 8 mi on TM legs were so sore and stiff so I made sure to roll them all day

Thursday- arms + 5 mi on TM


Saturday- 20 miles!!

This run was HARD! I was in such a terrible mood all night. 2 nights before this run a woman was attacked by a man on the trail I run 99% of my runs on. I was so glad she got away but so angry that a man would do that to someone and ruin it for the rest of us. All of my running buddies were busy so I wasn’t able to run with anyone in the early hours, so I had to run on my TM for the majority of my run. I also had to run a lot more miles on my TM because I didn’t want to run on that trail. SO I ran 13 miles on the TM then 7 miles outside. I was angry for the first 7 miles and I honestly was going to quit. I started doubting why I’m even doing this and thinking all the things I mentioned above. THEN I remembered I can do hard things, and I’m going to run 20 miles! So, I just kept going. I got to 13 miles, ate more food had a few sips of my protein shake and headed out for the last 7 miles. I ran up hill for the first 1.25 miles then it was flat for 3.5 then I got to run down. It felt so good. I was so glad I finished and felt completely fine after. My muscles weren’t sore at all. I think mostly because most of the miles were on my TM and flat as a pancake ha.

My marathon is coming up, I can’t believe the rest of my long runs are less than 20 miles. I’m getting there!

Read training weeks 7-9 here


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(First)Marathon Training Week 13

My marathon is 3 weeks away. EEk! I am so excited and also so ready to NOT be training. Don’t get me wrong, I love running, but having to stick to a schedule for this long has worn me out. I’m looking forward to running whatever I feel like for awhile. I realized I was really missing my strength training days, so this week I’m going back to running 4 days a week and seeing how I feel.

Week 13: September 16- 22

Monday- legs

Tuesday- 8 miles on TM with some speed work thrown in there and a cute “running” buddy.

Wednesday- core

Thursday- 6 miles on TM slow

Friday-4 miles +arms

Saturday- 12 miles outside with Rachel

It was a gorgeous fall morning. There is nothing like running in the crisp cool fall weather. It’s the absolute best. We started up Sun Crest and ran down to the Canal trail through the park and back home. It was a perfect slow recovery run. Rachel and I almost went longer than 12 because we got distracted talking, those are the best kinds of runs.

I took a very hot shower after, my toes and feet were freezing!

Read training weeks 10-12 here

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(First)Marathon Training weeks 7-9

I am way behind on updating my first marathon training but I want to document anyway. I have a running journal that I write in after every run to see how I’m feeling, any aches or pains, what I ate before, during my run to see what feels best, and on and on. So, I’m using those notes to fill this in so I could easily look back on this in the future.

Week 7: August 5-10 2019

Monday – 5 miles felt nice and easy to go slow since my legs were still stiff from Saturday’s 15 mile run.

Tuesday- 13 mile mid week long run since I’d be gone in Heber that weekend. I fought for every step of this run. I’m so proud of myself for doing it and all alone. I did 8 miles on the treadmill and then 5 miles outside. I was up all night with Lily and Coop who were throwing up. I was so glad I still did it!


Thursday- 4 mi on TM

Fri- 4 mi on TM


Week 8: August 12-17

Monday- 8 mi on TM

Tuesday- 4 mi on TM

Wednesday- 17 miles long run because we left for Lake Powell later. Personal Distance record! It felt so good to hit this mileage. I ran 9 miles on the treadmill till the sun was out and then 8 miles outside. I felt good, sore but good. I had 1 mini plain bagel and 1 apple sauce pouch before and then cliff blocks and energy beans every 20-30 min during my run with lots of water. My stomach likes just water more than gatorade. It feel much more hydrated and my stomach doesn’t cramp.



Saturday- 6 mi on a track in Lake Powell. Unfortunately, Claire was throwing up our week in Lake Powell and Saturday everyone decided to have a slow morning so I snuck out and ran. It feel really good. It was boring and so hot, but it felt so good to just run and be outside.

Week 9: August 19-23

Monday-5 mi on TM, my stomach felt nauseous but I kept it slow and steady. I think I had a mild case of  what my kids had last week.

Tuesday-8 mi  on TM  stomach still felt a little off

Wednesday- rest

Thursday- 18 miles! I cannot believe I ran 18 miles. It’s incredible to me that our bodies can adapt and things we never thought we could do we can and survive haha! I felt good! 9:09 pace overall, 11 miles on the TM and 7mi outside and done by 7:45am! I had to get up at 4:30am, but I’m so glad I’m able to juggle everything to make this goal of mine happen. Most of my runs have been solo, and my marathon will be solo too so it’s all good practice. I wish I could run outside more, but it’s too dangerous to run alone in the dark.


Sat- rest since I was in WA visiting family.

It’s getting real!

Read training weeks 1-6 here


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Cooper at 10 months

At 10 months(posting a month late, oops!)Cooper is finally sleeping through the night regularly and taking after Jackson in the sleep department(doesn’t require a whole lot).

He loves bath time and kicks like a wild man the minute he gets in, so I am prepared to be soaked 90% of the time haha.

He loves to eat and eat and eat. It’s his favorite which is no surprise because I love to eat “snack” all the time too.

He got 2 new teeth that finally popped up, had an ear infection and a mild case of thrush, it was a busy month!

Josh and I also flew to Japan’s for 5 days. It was the longest I have ever left him(the longest I’ve ever left him before was 3 hours to get my hair done) and it was so hard. It was fine and he did great, but when I got home he didn’t want me and wouldn’t nurse for 3 hours. I was pretty heart broken. He took bottles like a champ and slept great for my mom, he’s such a sweetheart! He warmed back up to me, but it was a bit stressful.

^you can see a top tooth coming in too!

His smile is the best. He loves to smile with his whole face and does the best fake whine where he puckers his lips and scrunches his nose. He puts up with a lot from his siblings and usually loves it. He is a chunk of sweet rolls and his raspy belly laugh is the best.

We just love him, everyone is still obsessed. Claire, who loves puppies, calls Cooper “boy” all the time like he’s a dog. “Come on boy! Oh! No no boy!” It’s so funny.

^please note J’s old sleeping cap Coopers wearing, and Claire’s muddy feet! She was running away from me in this pic when I was asking her to get in the bath. It’s wild over here!

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