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Training Report

Training Report

As was previously mentioned, Noel and I have both been training for large events. Now that both are complete, here’s the report:

Noel – Ogden Marathon

Noel focusing in on the finish line
  • Despite some hitches in his training (see below) Noel completed his 3rd marathon
  • He didn’t beat my time, but now he has run one more marathon than me which I think gives him a competitive edge

Audrey – Childbirth

  • Cooper’s arrival was 100% natural – no meds. We’d taken some childbirth classes on a method called Hypnobirthing and even though I wasn’t necessarily the perfect model (most of the women in the videos we watched looked like they were comatose), the nurses were all amazed at how calm I was (When I showed up at the hospital no one really believed I was in labor and the nurses were shocked when they discovered I was already at a 9).
  • I didn’t beat my marathon PR with the total time of my labor, but I did beat it with the amount of time I labored at the hospital (2 1/2 hours)
  • Even though Cooper was surprisingly early and just a little guy (weighing in at 6 lbs), they couldn’t find anything wrong with him (and it sure seems like they tried).

Right now, we’re just glad both events are over and are working on a full recovery.

The whole family taking it easy after Noel's run
Top of Utah Marathon 2008

Top of Utah Marathon 2008

Check it out: a moose trophy.
The thrill of victory
I really shouldn't have drank all that chocolate milk right away.
The agony of defeat.

So, we ran the Top of Utah Marathon…again. This time Audrey’s parents ran it as well. My family came and cheered us all on. It was a great time. However, in case you all were wondering, it’s still a long way the second time around. I was able to keep up with Audrey for about 21 miles or so, but then she kicked in gear right about when the guy with the trumpet started playing the Rocky theme song. She ended up improving her time from last year as well as qualifying for the Boston marathon again and winning 3rd place in the 20-24 yr women’s division. I found my way to the finish line about ten minutes later. Cindy and Wayne also ran strong races and did very well. A great time was had by all. Pictures are below.

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