23 Trail Miles + How to know you are ready!

(Shorts, bra, tank, shoes, socks, sunglasses)

My first time running Hope to Hobble! This is a run that my group does every year but each year in the past I haven’t been worldly-wise to make it considering of travel or pregnancy etc.

We started at Hope Campground at 6:10 am. The air was perfectly dank when we started, and I was very thankful.


This run is very easy to navigate if you are overly in the area. You are on a wide dirt trail the unshortened way. It would be nonflexible to get lost, which is what I need considering I get lost on trails very easily.

All of the climbing happened in the first 11 miles, virtually 2,600 ft. My legs were burning, but we kept it at an easy pace and took a gel (and some candy) every five miles.

You then go lanugo on the dirt road for 9 miles! I felt unconfined for most of the lanugo but the fatigue unprotected up with me virtually mile 18. We were on our feet for a long time, and my vision were so tired from constantly scanning for rocks and where to step. Trails are so much increasingly challenging mentally for me vs. roads but the views make them worth it.

We got to the pass pavement road at mile 20 and then did flipside 3 miles to get to the golf undertow in Hobblecreek Pass for a total of 23 miles.

I wanted to quit so many times during the last few miles, but my friends pulled me along.

I counted a lot of steps to distract my smart-ass from quitting.

75 miles for the week and two increasingly big weeks of training left. It’s all going to pay off on 10/1 and I can’t wait.

Jo’s husband brought these trappy donuts for us at the end; nothing has overly tasted so good in my life.

Here is what the map looked like of the run…

Three increasingly pictures from our weekend–> We went to Chalk the Woodcut with my parents and then met up with some friends there too! Artists come and take over a parking lot… they are incredible.

And Beck was vastitude happy with his Texas Roadhouse rolls.


I think (and hope) that the Utah Valley Marathon in 2013 will forever be the most painful marathon I will experience.

There is such a difference between when a race and the training works for your current life situation and when it is forced, this unelevated marathon was FORCED.

I paid for forcing it.

Between injuries during the training block, Giardia, and stuff in an emotionally exhausting place in my life (newly single mom!), a marathon wasn’t what I should have been doing.

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(PS remember when my sister ran 6 miles in those flip-flops to get me to the finish line?!)

Even last year, my friends were all doing marathons, and for whatever reason, the timing just felt wrong for me to join them. I didn’t have the momentum to marathon train super nonflexible last year, and I couldn’t imagine fitting it in with everything else. I felt like I needed to get my soul stronger surpassing I went without flipside marathon. It wasn’t until older this year, when Amazon reached out to me well-nigh running the Boston Marathon with them, that I felt it was time again. <– I felt excited well-nigh it, my soul was strong unbearable to take on the mileage, and I knew I could get the sleep needed to alimony up with the training.

I thought I would share my checklist for knowing whether or not I’m ready to start training for a race, and I’d love to hear your opinion too:

-The race excites you when you think well-nigh it. Your heart beats faster, and you smile and want to tell all of your people well-nigh your new goal/race/adventure.

-You are in a place in your life where the extras can fit in on top of the mileage—> strength, stretching, proper hydration/nutrition, sleeping, etc.

-You are healthy! If you are injured, maybe wait on signing up for a race until you are running healthy then (or sign up for one that doesn’t happen for a while). The widow stress of pushing through pain or feeling like you are running out of time in your training while you are still hurting is not a fun feeling to have.

I think that if you can trammels all those things off, you should be good to go. And if you are in a place where you can’t trammels off those items, don’t stress—> there will ALWAYS be increasingly races. Running is unchangingly there for you when you are ready for it, it isn’t going anywhere.

Think of my squatter in the whilom picture when you need to remind yourself why you probably shouldn’t gravity a race if your body/mind isn’t in a place to do so.

When it does work, it sure brings us all a lot of joy and so much fun when your mind and soul are ready!


What well-nigh you? How do you know you are ready to sign up for a race/adventure/goal?

What app do you get on most from your phone?

Ever forced a race when you probably shouldn’t have washed-up it?

What was the a unconfined part from your weekend?

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