Monday, June 23, 2008

and we're done

I just wanted to say how great it was to run with all of you...and by run, I mean walk a lot, jog a little, and limp a little more. This was such a great experience and I am so glad that I got to be on our particular team (especially you last minute alternates)! I really do hope I get to run it with some or all of you next year (and by run, I mean run). I promise to email pics as soon as I can get them uploaded!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Rock Chalk - Jayhawk - KU

My curiousity got the best of me. For all the non-jayhawks:

I'm not gonna lie... I don't even know what to think.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

treadmill hills are my bitch!

Last night I did the treadmill/hill workout Anne posted about. I didn't expect it to be fun! Seriously- fun! I felt tough!

I hate- HATE- running on treadmills. But, I live in a pretty flat town so it's hard to do hill workouts without driving up the canyon so the idea of doing hills on the treadmill suited me. It's a pretty good workout. When I do it again I'll increase the time on the hills. WBR has lots of hills!

Anyway- try it. You'll like it.

PS- Sorry about the swear but... I like to swear. Don't judge me.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Hello fellow team mates. Let me introduce myself. My name is Matt. I too am from the Kansas City area, in fact, I have a bachelors in economics from the University of Kansas... Rock Chalk Jayhawk. What a great season. Amazing Final Four....Anyway, more about me. I am married and have two little girls, Savannah 3 and Emily 18 months. I have been running for about 7 years. I made it a goal while on my mission in Montana to run a major marathon. I hadn't run more than a few miles at a time when I made the goal which made it a somewhat monstrous feat. I don't have the typical runners body either making it that much more unattainable, or so I thought. A year after I got married became the time to begin training. I read books, magazines, and websites about training, the right shoes, diets, stretches, injury prevention, chaffing, etc etc. I settled on a training program by Mr. Chicago Marathon himself, Hal Higdon. I began training with the goal of running the Kansas City Marathon in the fall. I can still remember, like it was yesterday, the first time I ran 10 miles as part of that training schedule. To me training became a series of mental hurdles. I had never run 10 miles before, but I would never fear it again. I ran the Kansas City Marathon that fall and caught the bug as they say. My wife thought I had gotten it out of my system, but a few days after the race I was already planning for the next one. I know its crazy. I have since run the Chicago and St. George Marathons, and a hand full of other races from half marathons to 5K's. I look forward to the Wasatch Back with each of you...


Well I would have to agree with the love/hate relationship with running, that others have spoken about. I was talking to someone yesterday, and was telling him about all this running madness in my life right now, and he said, "wow, you must really love to run" and I told, him, no actually I hate it, but when I was little my mom would always make me eat my vegetables, and told me I would eventually like them. And guess what mom was right. I love veggies now, even broccoli!!! So I feel like if I keep doing enough of this, I'll learn to love it. Right? Someone please tell me this is worth my time! please?
When I'm not having an internal battle about running, I live in Vegas and do hair. I love my job. I get to hangout with fun people all day,talk and be creative, what could be better? I'm also in school studying interior design. But am on the 8 year track, because it's really more of a hobby than a goal for a career.
I just finished my first triathlon a couple weeks ago, and that i can say I loved. I am planning on another one at the end of the summer. I love to hike, and spend lots of time every summer up in Zion climbing around. So yeah, that about sums it up for me. I cant' wait to meet you all. This is going to be great! (i hope!)

Friday, April 25, 2008

just me...

ok here's me.

my name is katie bailey (obviously). i'm from las vegas but i'm moving back to p to the rovo in june. i love to run and have been doing it most of my life. i've done a couple of marathons and hope to get into the st. george marathon again this year. i qualified for the boston marathon my first year but didn't get to run it so that's the plan for this year's st. george. i've done the wasatch back before and it was by far one of the funnest races i've ever run. if you have not done it yet prepare yourself for a good time. my favorite smells are chlorine and swiss army cologne. i hate fruit and literally almost anything good for me. =) my favorite time to run is also in the rain. oh and i never train which is really terrible of me and my old coaches would be so upset if they knew. =)

i can't wait to run with all of you. it's gonna be a blast!

Free music

So last night I put together a playlist of some of my favorite songs to run to and would love to share it with you guys. If you're interested in a copy, email your address to me at anniesblog (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll mail one to you asap. I promise not to sell your contact information to any third parties. *wink*

And please don't feel obligated to send me music in return, I'm just generous like that. However, I wouldn't turn it down if you did...

did i happen to mention that we have a full team?

shout out to jason from the boards for being our 12th and final member of heaven or hell.
welcome kiddo! make yourself at home!

also we may need an alternate or two if any of you drop out (but just be aware that if you do i'll come straight to your house and punch you in the throat).

yet another intro...

Okay's your intro. First of all, I would like to start by saying thank you to Anne for even getting me to do this race. I have never been a runner. I've always kind of despised it actually. This year I will be turning 28 and decided that I needed some new goals to work towards. One of my friends asked me to do the MS 150 with him (150 mile bike race)...and I said yes. What the?!! I don't even own a bike! So when I told Anne that I was doing the bike race she kind of jokingly asked me to do the WB. I said yes. She had to ask me a few times to make sure I was serious because she knows I don't run. So, yes...I'm serious. I have been training hard core every day for the past three weeks...don't worry Anne, I am taking a day off ;o) I am up to speed with the training program. I'm a pretty determined person. I live near the University of Utah so I have access to great hills and running paths. It is weird how running can be so addicting! I'm way excited to meet everyone! This will be awesome! Thanks for letting me be a part of your team!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Intro...

Well, I guess it's my turn to introduce myself. Let's see, I live in the SugarHouse area of Salt Lake City, UT. I'm originally from Kansas City - go Chiefs and GO KU!!! Rock Chalk baby- National Champs! Sorry, I had to throw that in. Anyway, I went to Ricks my freshman year, served a mission in Peru, and graduated from BYU about 5 years ago. I now work at Goldman Sachs as an analyst.

I love to run; but this is a newly found hobby of mine. About 11 weeks before the Salt Lake 1/2 Marathon, a friend told me about it. I didn't hesitate to start training for it. It was nice to do something that I enjoyed and have a goal to work towards as well. So, the race was about a week ago and I loved it - people are right, this is addicting - weird. I finished in just over two hours - a little disappointing since I thought I had finished in under two hours - oh well. I'm now training for a triathlon that will be in July and, of course, the Wasatch Back, now that we have found a team. So, thanks for having us! We're excited. I'll see if I can get Matt to get on here and introduce himself as well. We're looking forward to meeting you (i've already met one, I'll let Anne tell the story - it's pretty funny, actually. It's got to do with a co-worker of mine, a text-to-land-line, and me calling her not knowing who in the world I was calling!) Anyway, good luck with the training we'll see you all soon!

Continuing the theme...

Much like Christy and Chloe, I HATE to run, but I absolutely love bragging, er, talking about it after the fact. (If you need proof, check out the Christmas card I sent out last year!!)

I started running last January and after my first race (I jumped right in with the Cherry Blossom 10 miler) I vowed never to run anything longer than that. I went back on my word though when I registered for the St. George marathon a day later. Best/worst decision I've ever made. I've definitely become addicted to racing and hope to run a marathon every year until I die. This year it's the Marine Corp Marathon in DC. Running has literally changed my life, I can't get enough. My favorite time to run is when it's pouring rain, and I can't run without music.

Some non-running facts about me:

-I graduated from the U (GO UTES!!!) in Human Development and Family Studies. Mainly because it was the easiest major and I thought that I'd have humans to develop and my own family to study, but 6 years later I have neither. So instead I've spent the time working at the US Senate, for an eccentric lobbyist, and the coolest crew of people at an accounting firm you'll ever find. In short, having a blast.

-I am from Salt Lake, but have lived in DC for the last 6 years which has provided me with some amazing experiences and stories. Like the time I got a free week off of work because someone found ricin in the office down the hall from mine, or the time we had a serial killer on the loose in the area. Life has been exciting to say the least!

-When I'm not running or thinking about running I like to take pictures of DC with my holga camera and sleep through movies.

I am so excited for this race and to get to know all of you guys. We're going to have such a blast!!


I think Anne's ideas of both posting intros and doing a cd exchange are great. Or maybe a playlist exchange.

I'm Chloe. I'm not the best runner ever, but I love it (in the sense that I love to be able to talk about it after I do it). I ran my first marathon last year, and will (hopefully) be running St. George again, and LV for sure. I'm originally from the Bay Area, but currently live in Provo and I LOVE IT (like I love doing laundry) but will be here two more years for grad school.

I haven't been training very well, but that will all change as soon as this damn cold is gone.

Oh, and I swear, which is why I'm case any of you wanted to know.

How's that by way of intro, Anne?