I’m a little late posting this weeks accountability report. Why I am late posting? Just when I thought I was past the rumbly in my tumbly stomach issues I have been battling the past two to three weeks, they returned with a vengeance yesterday afternoon. I have been on a roller coaster the past few weeks that has made eating feel like a game of Russian roulette. The consistent stomach issues has made getting my weekly mileage in a chore. I have to worry about getting sick to my stomach during every run, or worse, dealing with a dreaded case of GI distress (sorry if mentioning GI distress is a little too real).

Rumbly Tumbly

With the extra time I had from not running on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, I was able to have some extra fun with Tamsin.  We continued to work on our selfies.

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selfie 1

Kimberly and I took her to the local carnival. I won Tamsin a stuffed lemur, got her face painted for the first time, and, of course, took her on the carousel. Tamsin LOVES the carousel!

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paint face

photo 4I was feeling pretty down about my week but on Saturday, I was reminded, once again, why I love the sport of running so much. On Friday night, I was getting jealous as all my friends were posting how excited they were to race the American Fork Half Marathon in the morning. One of my friends, Rendi, suggested that I meet her somewhere along the course and help pace her to the finish. That idea sounded great to me, so I set my alarm for just after 5am so I could run the course backwards from the finish to meet Rendi. When my alarm went off, my stomach was in full on rumble mode, making the idea of running very undesirable.  I got dressed, drove to where the race would finish, and began running the course backwards.

I felt awful as I set out to meet Rendi. So awful, that I almost stopped running and went home. Then I reminded myself that I was not racing and to just enjoy the run and to not worry about pace. I settled in after giving myself the positive affirmation, but I still didn’t feel worth a damn. As I began seeing the runners in the race, I started to forget about how I felt. Six miles up the course I found Rendi. As soon as I turned around to pace Rendi, I magically felt like a million dollars. We had a mission to accomplish. Cross the finish line in under 1 hour and 45 minutes!

Pacing Rendi was awesome! If she was in pain, she never let it show. She steadily held our pace of just under eight minutes a mile and I never had to worry that we would not get her across the finish line in under 1 hour 45 minutes. As we pushed into the final mile, Rendi seemed to get stronger. Rendi’s husband Scott joined us for the final stretch to the finish and she sprinted across the finish line with a time of 1 hour and 42 minutes! A PR of over five minutes!

This experience was just what I needed to bring me out of the funk the consistent stomach problems had put me in. As always, my running family was there to make the day even better.


Me and Rendi at the finish. PR’s make everyone smile. 🙂

RA Family

My running family was out in full force on Saturday. I love going to races and seeing so many familiar faces.


I have to give a shout out to my friend Wan. He is responsible for the great photos from after the race. Wan is one of the coolest people you will ever meet; just being around him brings a smile to your face.

To wrap the week up, Kimberly and I took Tamsin on her first hike. We went to Big Springs up south fork in Provo Canyon. Tamsin did great! She loved being outdoors and when we got to a large meadow, she started shouting “Bambi! Bambi, where are you?!” She knew that Bambi lives in the forrest. 🙂

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Resting on Dad’s shoulders on the hike down.

Workout Log:

  • Monday = Rest
  • Tuesday = 4 miles (running)
  • Wednesday = Rest
  • Thursday =  Rest
  • Friday =  7 miles (running)
  • Saturday = 14.25 miles (running) – Paced the second half of the American Fork Half Marathon with my friend Rendi
  • Sunday = Rest

Weekly Totals:

  • Running = 25.25 miles
  • Total Miles = 25.25 miles
  • Weigh In = 191.0 pounds – Down .8 of a pound

June Totals:

  • Running = 87.50 miles
  • Total Miles = 87.50 miles
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