Thursday, April 30, 2009


I wanted to give you all a quick shout out from the sidelines. I am not sure who filled my spot on the team, but I just wanted to say thank you!

The events that have come up since my last post have confirmed that there was no possible way for me to run. I ended up requiring surgery at the University Of Utah hospital and have still not recovered. It is going to be a long road back and I may not run for a very long time but it has been a blessing in many ways.

I just wanted to thank you all for your support.

Erin is there anything you need me to do in order to change names on the race registration site? I want to make sure things are covered because you are a busy girl, I don't want you to be doing a bunch of extra things...let me know.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Don't Run with Strangers

I'm Cameo and I am thrilled with the invitation to run with all of you. I have watched this blog for a few months now, but being incompetent on the computer I have just learned how to post on a blog. I am the mother of 3 kids, Rachel (9), Reed (7), Kate (3) and the wife on Jason. We live in Payson, UT. I stay home and he teaches exercise and sports science at UVU. We will celebrate our 16th anniversary next month. I have been running for about 14 of those years, but couldn’t run a 2 blocks in my youth and I am not kidding.

Now, running is just part of who I am, it’s just what I do. But I will admit I don’t usually run with strangers;) but I can tell from your intro’s it won’t take long to become friends.
The day my friend “Mel” invited me to join the team I was swimming in emotion. My mom is battling breast cancer and that particular day was in the hospital fighting for life. It took a few hours for me to figure out that if my mom had to go through something so life changing, maybe running this race could be a token of my love for her. I will admit, spending a few days with new friends is as much out of my element as seeing my mom lying in a hospital bed; both are really hard for me to do. My mom is doing better and I know I will only be a better mom from trying something new too! Thanks for the invitation.

Shirt, version 3

Hot Mommas!

Here is version 3 of the shirt. Note the changes: oh mama removed; names updated; color added to front for more 'pop' (adding to the sleeve was too hard with people ordering short and/or long sleeve)

As soon as I have the .pdf version, I'll ask Erin to email it to everyone. Take a look at your name. Is it spelled right? Are you on there? Also, check for your teammates as well.

Then, when all is checked and double checked, post a reply. Let me know how you feel and what you'd like to order. I have to have an approximate number before I can get prices. I'll need to know what size you'd like, and whether you'd like short and/or long sleeve.

Whoo hoo! I can't wait to run in those mountains....

Friday, April 24, 2009

Volunteer information...

Ok here is what I have gathered from the web site on what being a volunteer includes/involves.

Sign up for shifts will open on May 6th

Volunteers must:

~be at least 16 years old and have a valid drivers license
~provide their own transportation to and from their assigned location
~wear their official volunteer T-shirt while at their assigned location
~be physically able to perform their assigned duties
~be willing to fulfill any assigned volunteer time
~be willing to fulfill their entire shift at an assigned location

Time Commitment
Shifts are 4-6 hours

Crowd Control
Course Direction
Exchange Point Mgnt
Time Keeping
Course Supervision

Race Official T-shirt
Race Packet
Access to all events

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jenny O. Can't wait to get "Back"

I am Jenny O. I am Kari A. neighbor if you know Kari. I am so excited to be running the Wasatch Back! I have been dreaming of running this crazy race for awhile, but everyone I know thinks I am crazy. I just did my first half marathon in Moab a month ago. It was the most fun I have had for myself. What a rush running can be. My husband thought I was crazy, but when I finished he said he wants to do it next year and beat my time!
I am 31 and have 3 kids I started running after my second when I couldn't loose the baby fat! or just plain fat! I ran the Moab race in 9 min. miles and finished in 2hrs 2mins. I hope that is a good pace for running. I really have no idea what a good pace is, since that was my first race.
I am excited to meet everyone and spend a lot of time in a van and running with everyone. I love to be social and hear about others lives and stories. I look forward to meeting all of you and hope we have a great race together and have lots of fun!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Team #2 Leg Assignments! and a few other things that need some attention!

Ok team two.... The much anticipated leg assignments!

Runner #1 Tancy
Runner #2 Cameo
Runner #3 Jennifer P
Runner #4 Melanie
Runner #5 Saria
Runner #6 Angie R
Runner #7 Mandy
Runner #8 Amy P
Runner #9 Emily F
Runner #10 Bethany
Runner #11 Tiffany
Runner #12 Marianne

Ok... now that all legs have been assigned on to other things....

Our teams are full (as you can see)! Now how to get all 24 of us through this craziness!


From the sounds of it the consensus seems to be to not rent the big vans. In that case we need to make sure we have vehicles. Who has them and can we use them. I would like to get some definitive answers on this, so if your family can survive without your large vehicle for the Friday and Saturday please email me if you are willing to let us use them.


We need to decide on this quickly! We have two options.

1. Each team is required to provide 3 volunteers. Do you have someone that would do this? If so lets get them signed up.

2. We have the option to pay for volunteers (some or all). It is $120 per volunteer that we don't provide (that is $10 per team member per volunteer so if we pay for all 3 it would be $30 per team member). We only have the option to pay for volunteers until the 13th of May so we need to get this taken care of NOW! Email me with your opinion/thoughts.


Ok I am starting to get my lists back in order (now that the SLC marathon is over I can get my brain back) but I know we are going to need at least 2 (preferably 3) sets of reflective gear per team. Ragnar requires 2 but we found that it was a little easier to have an extra set in the off van so when we switched we weren't so rushed. I have 1 vest and a head lamp and wouldn't mind getting another but does anyone else have any? Let me know

Along with the gear comes vehicle decorations :) It helps the runner on the road identify which one is us.... so just start getting your creative brains flowing....


I think I have gotten invites out to everyone for the blog. If you need it again just let me know and I will get it right out. We still need to hear from the following :)

Kari A ~ you better get on this or I might start sharing things you don't want the rest of them to know :)
Sarah G
Lisa B.
Jenny O.
Marianne L.
Tiffany N.
Bethany G

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Training Question

It's two months and counting 'til the Wasatch Back! I can't believe it's so close... seems like so long ago that it was first proposed.

My question for those who've done this kind of relay before (or anyone for that matter): How important is it to do two or three different runs over the course of one day to be best prepared for the 24-hour relay? Right now, I'm running three days a week, a short recovery run (4 miles), a medium tempo run (8 miles) and a long, slow run (12 miles) mixed in with three other days of crosstraining. While I have done double workouts in one day (crosstraining in the morning and running at night), I haven't yet attempted to do more than one run workout in a day. I'm sure doing two run workouts in a day wouldn't be too tough, but I'm wondering how often I should do them and if I should even add in a third. I'm often known to overcompensate and overtrain, which never has good results, so I don't want to risk doing too much with the race coming up so quickly.

Ideas? Suggestions? Two cents?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Team #2

Are we still looking for team member #12? I don't want to ask around if the spot has been filled but if it hasn't... I would love to do what I can to get the team filled so we can get our leg assignments.

Have we figured the final cost for the vans and volunteers?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shirt, version 2

I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing Easter.

Here is the second version of our shirt. Please note the changes:

Saying on the back changed, team names in all caps, 'oh mama' added to shirt front of running momma (I thought that would be a subtle touch, but am not married to it), names added around border (will wait to totally finalize that one), and pink toned down a bit.

Now for the good stuff... more opinions. Compare the two. What are you thinking? It is a little cramped, but hey, we are 24. What do you think of the two pinks? Would you prefer to change it to blue?

Lastly, be thinking of your size and what you want to order: long sleeve and/or short sleeve. Shirts are Hanes Beefy-Ts. They are unisex. I usually am a small in most store things, but like to have a bit more room with T-shirts, so I like mediums. They do shrink a bit, but not too much.

Once I know everyone's vote on the shirt, I'll get prices and sizes. We'll do one final proof once we get some more input.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Shirt, version 1

Here is a rough draft of the shirt. I am sure the person I am working with totally was rolling his/her eyes with all my comments and links to blogs and such. But, it is not a bad first try. Take a look at it. Critique. Keep in mind we can change color schemes, fonts, text, etc. We can especially change what I have put there. It was my lame brained, half-witted attempt to connect our two hot momma teams. Also, if we decide to do names, we can put them around like we did for Texas.

If this is a total NO WAY JOSE, please say so. I can easily choose something else. Make your voice heard. Keep in mind, at the end of the day, you only have to wear it for one or two pictures. Or, it can be part of your weekly wardrobe. Majority rules here ladies.

No word on price yet. It will depend on the final numbers.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hi all. I have a friend named Lisa Bickmore, who is interested in running with us. She has run many marathons, most recently completing the Lake Tahoe and Sacramento Marathons in the last year. If the spot is still open, please let me know and I will get her in touch with the right people.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Amy's Intro

I believe that there is only one other person on Mommies Got Back that knows me, so allow me to make a proper introduction. My name is Amy Hardy. Here is a picture:

I am a 33 year old mother of four children. I was born in raised in Southern California. I made the move to Utah in 1997 to attend the U. I met my husband who was born and raised in Utah and the rest is history.

It would be easier to list the sports I haven't been in rather than list the ones I have been involved with. My love for movement started when I was very young. However, it wasn't until I was about 16 that I found the joy in just running. I picked up running three miles on my own and I kept running those three miles (give or take a few) until I decided that I could do more. That decision to do more came last year.

Of course I haven't just been running the past 17 years. I have many different athletic interests. But always, those interests are intermingled with running. Its the sport I always come back to. The one that makes me smile.

Here are some things I've learned about myself in the last 17 years of running:
-No matter how much I run, or don't run, my weight NEVER fluctuates (a blessing and a curse).
-Life isn't all about running, but life isn't as fulfilling without running and movement in general.
-If I try really hard I can run without brushing my teeth. But my legs absolutely refuse to turn for me if my hair isn't pulled back or if I don't have Vaseline on my lips.
-My best thinking is done when my feet are hitting the pavement.
-My best miles are 7-9. In those miles I am in heaven, full of peace and euphoria.
-I can't help but smile or laugh when my run becomes ridiculously hard.
-Almost always I get choked up during the last stretch of a long run. My mind goes to my favorite marathon running uncle who lost his fight to Cancer. His memory inspires me to no end.
-Monotony is my nemesis. My angst against sameness directs the routes I choose and the path I take.
-Training kills my cravings for sweets.
-Races are worth the money. They're incredible motivators for training and goal setting.
-Without running I have insomnia, back aches, and therapy. $100 for a pair of running shoes every few months is cheaper than fixing the above.

Here's another picture of my first race last year. I decided to do a half marathon for my first running race. I'm the second from the right in the blue long sleeve shirt.

It helps to have people surrounding me that are inspiring. The Mommies Got Back blog has been one of many sources of that inspiration. I am so looking forward to meeting you all! I'm proud to be a member of your team.

Here is another major source of my inspiration:

See you in June!