Park City Marathon

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Saint George,UT,USA

Member Since:

Dec 23, 2009



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

Mount Charleston Marathon 2016 - 3:17:51

Snow Canyon Half 2012 - 1:33:30

Spectrum 10K 2012 - 43:41 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a destination marathon. 

Complete a half Ironman.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Know when to hold 'em

Know when to fold 'em

Know when to walk away

Know when to run....


Surrounded by the people I love. Life is good.

Passionate about my family, the University of Utah -- GO UTES, almond M&Ms, mountain biking, comfy t-shirts, Survivor, friends, and (of course) running.

Physical therapist at The Health and Performance Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center. I LOVE what I do. Seriously, living the dream!

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Race: Park City Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:46:47, Place overall: 17, Place in age division: 1
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Park City Marathon

(a story of miles and alcohol)

 J J J




First, a quick shout out to antibiotics – especially when given intravenously.

Tuesday morning I was pretty confident that I would not be running this race. For those of you who saw the worst of my pics you know what I am talking about. Fortunately, the combination of three different antibiotics worked their magic in about 72 hours. Hallelujah!!

In short, I loved this race. It was definitely not a fast course, and was extremely difficult in portions, but spending time with friends and running in such a beautiful part of Utah made it absolutely unforgettable.

Here's the rundown:

Loved the openness of the first several miles. I could see the leaders off in the distance and tried to feed off of their energy. I had started with Mark (huans32) but soon he left me in his dust. Sadly he had a rough day and I caught up to him around mile 10, which was about the same time that I saw Pres. Smooth and his huge smile! Awesome, I needed that.

The major uphill portions were right around the corner and I tried not to psyche myself out. Ironically, this portion of the race ended up being one of my favorites. I felt a surge of electricity as the leaders came in view. Amber looked SUPER!!!!! I was completely re-energized as she stuck out her hand for a high-five. Seriously, what lead woman (or man for that fact) does that? She seemed to be celebrating life and enjoying every second as she was running supersonic speeds!!! That girl is something else!!!

Next, I saw Slick and Kristi. I was having so much fun that I completely didn’t register the directions the volunteer was giving me to turn up Deer Valley. He had said left, I heard it, I smiled and said, "thank you" and then turned right!!!!! Luckily he ran after me and got me back on track.

Within seconds of my failure to follow directions I saw RivertonPaul running effortlessly down Deer Valley. On my way back down I enjoyed the smile of my SSF. (It was such a relief to see her. She looked so strong and I had been so worried because she was so sick.) Yes, these miles were technically the hardest, but dang they were fun!!!!

(Should I mention the hill up to Empire Street? Nah ... I followed the example of others and walked the blasted thing. Dang!)

MILE 20 – I will NEVER EVER EVER forget this mile. My plan for the race was simple: Just get to mile 20 and Andy will make sure you get across the finish line! True to his word, Andy was there! Our journey together began with a real bang! Let me explain: There was an aide station ahead and I was already feeling the signs of glycogen depletion. I reached for a Gatorade, but two guys grabbed them. So as the station was ending, and after hollering, “Gatorade please.” I reached and grabbed a cup on the very edge of the table. I took a huge gulp. Something was off. Being the hypochondriac that I sometimes am I immediately panicked and started thinking to myself, “Stink! I am entering ketosis, and the burning icky taste I am experiencing is my own protein that I must be burning. I better force down a couple more swallows to avoid dehydration.” My second gulp was just as bad, but I forced myself to swallow. Wait a second, why was there ice in my cup? “Hmmm . . .” I thought, “Since when did they start doing this?” I asked Andy to take a swig. The look on his face was priceless, “This isn’t Gatorade, Teena, this is ALCOHOL!!! It's vodka and orange juice!!!!!!” What in the ...????. I must have grabbed the volunteer’s personal drink!!! Andy was so extremely nice and ran back to his vehicle to grab me something he was certain was Gatorade! Alcohol at mile 20 .... I still laugh each time I think about it!!!!

By mile 23 I was hammered (unfortunately, not by the alcohol). Had Andy not been there I am sure that I would have slowed to a shuffle. He would have none of that. He'd see a woman ahead and tell me to pass her. He knew exactly how to motivate me. Thank you so so so much Andy. I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciated having you there to see me through.

In conclusion (this is much longer than I had planned) I have NEVER placed in the top three of my division in any major race, let alone first!!!

I was giddy all day!! :) :) :)

*A very special thanks to all those super fast women in my age group who stayed home so that my dream could come true!!! *



Adidas Boston Classic #9 Miles: 26.20
From DonGardinero on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 21:48:33 from

Wow, Teena!!!! Congrats on first place in your age group. That is so so cool, you lush. LOL. By the way, my family and I saw you and your husband while we were eating dinner Friday night. We were eating at Good Thymes while you were waiting to be seated at the place next door. We figured you were on your anniversary dinner date, so we didn't want to bug you.

From DonGardinero on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 21:49:28 from

Hey, I was first to comment. Do I get your first place award? Just kidding, you earned it.

From artichoke on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 21:53:34 from

Way to go Teena! Congratulations on 1st place in your AG.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 21:53:40 from

Wow! I don't know what to say other than great race! Very, very impressive effort on that course.

Take some time and relax and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from such a great run.

From AZDesertmonsoon on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 21:59:28 from

I am glad everything turned out not just ok, but hopefully better than expected. Thanks for sharing both your pre-race and race story.

From Teena Marie on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:02:11 from


You should have come and said hello!!!! :) :) :)

Artichoke ~

Thanks! It was a fun race and my first first!!! :)

Rob ~

Okay ... so here's the thing: I am registered for the Pocatello Marathon in two weeks. Ugh ... I don't know what to do. I want to have my best race ever at SGM. Pocatello could be help or it could hinder that goal. People say that I should just run it as a training run. I know me, I won't. So then people say I shouldn't run it. But even if I make up my mind not to, chances are that I will!! I am talking in circles. Sorry!! What I really meant to say is, "Thanks!"

From Teena Marie on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:03:43 from

Thanks Arizona!!! :)

Have I ever told you how much I like your pic on your blog??? Very cool!

(Yes, my race went MUCH better than expected!)

From allie on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:45:21 from

congrats on a great race and the division win! i am so glad that everything worked out for you after a tough week. you are incredibly resilient

and about the swig (or two) of alcohol...hilarious!

From Andy on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:47:02 from

I honestly had so much fun. You did great and I am very proud of how strong you were at the finish. Let me know if you need that number for AA.

From AZDesertmonsoon on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:48:29 from

Thanks, the Vo2max testing was a lot of fun.

When I was a kid at scout camp at the mess hall I got a cup of "root beer" that was really coffee. Boy was that a shocker.

From Mike Warren on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 22:49:18 from

Teena, you remind me of the villians in horror shows. Everytime you think it's all over and there finished, here you come again:) Wow! first in your division! That is so cool. Tough course and what an awesome time. So, let me get this straight. First your smiling and saying hello to Pres. Smooth and by mile 20 you have turned to drinking:):):) Hey, as usual it's always fun to read your reports. Great job Teena!!

From Burt on Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 23:33:21 from

I knew you were a closet lush, but now it's out in th open. Time to talk to bishop.

Great job on the AD win!

From Maynard on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 00:26:52 from

And now I've got this mental image of Teena staggering through all her races and long training runs, slurring her words cause her "beverage of choice" has gone hard-core.

A lush or not, you totally rocked it at Park City! Way to claim the 1st in your division prize!!

From Bonnie on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 01:20:30 from

Teena, that was much funnier than my stupid joke!! You rock Chica!

Tooooooo funny. And congrats on the race, unbelievable given your week.

From JulieC on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 02:00:57 from

You are so cute and funny!! Love your race reports. They always put me in suspense!! AND this one takes the cake. Way to go on the AGE WIN!! You deserve it!!!

From Mike on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 03:25:47 from

I was wondering who stole my screwdriver...

From seeaprilrun on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 07:32:03 from

Speechless, laughing....that is so AWESOME!

From timp on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 10:48:32 from

great race Teena!! - Big congrats on the AG win. That is totally awesome!

From Brent on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 10:56:26 from

T NA NA - 1,000 commando points for the age divsion win. Have you signed up for AAA yet? Age division win awesome, medal, trophy, money? Very good time on a hard course. It seems you always run great with adverstiy! Whats up with that? Altitude, rail trail, bar stops, wrong turns - Andy gets 500 commando points for his effort keeping you sober the rest of the way.

Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out

From Smooth on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 11:56:43 from

SSF ~ :D I've already congratulated you a bazillion times! :) So what's one more!?! Prez. now has greater sympathy for Ry! :D

Next time I staggered across the finish line I can blame it on mistaken aid station beverage! :D

Wait! Didn't I tell you you'd be free of infection and run with fresh legs? Didn't I tell you you'd win at PC? Hmmm, when are you going to trust me!?!

You know you want to run Pocatello. You are now need to sign up for AA, you are in RA like the rest of us! LOVE YOU! GOOD LUCK w/ school! Don't forget to call! That's what I told by kids when I sent them off to college! LLL LLL LLL LLL LLL

From Tom Slick on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:22:08 from

How was the Screw Driver? Did the volunteer make the drink right? Hey congrats on a race well done and bringing home the 1st place AG prize!!!!!

From Teena Marie on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:34:35 from


What's the harm in a swig or two, right? Ha! :)


If I join AA will you be my mentor? :) Again ... THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH. You are the BEST!!!!


That is hilarious! :)


You make me laugh so hard!! Yep, from Prez to alcohol all within 90 minutes. Who would have thought?


Dang (and thank you)!!! :)


Thanks!! You should have been there! We missed you.


I actually think the week off helped my legs tremendously. My legs felt better than they have in a long time. :)


Thank you, thank you! You, dear friend, had an INCREDIBLE race!!!!


Next time don't leave it at the end of the table!!!! :) :) :)


It was an experience that I will never forget! :) :) :)


Thanks!!! It was so so so much fun!! :)


Things just fell in place at the last minute! Yes, Andy definitely deserves commando points!! :)


If it wasn't for you I would have never run this race!!! I am so so so lucky. And yes, you called it. I would have NEVER thought though. Dreamed, yes ... but never have thought! Thank you thank you thank you!

I better hit my physics! Stink!!!

Love you so much. :)

(And you know I will call!!!!)


Thanks!!! Yet, I have NO idea if the drink was made correctly or not!!! :) It was great seeing you! Looking forward to SGM. :)

From JohnnyV on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:47:08 from

Great race Teena. I am not sure I can run with you anymore you are too fast for me. Congratulations on the AG victory! You continue to impress me with you drive and dedication.

From Eric Day on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 13:07:10 from

I think just the fact that you had fun in the race makes it a perfect race. Congratulations, you are awesome !

From Rhett on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 13:26:38 from

That is so great that you won your AG especially after the week you suffered through leading up to the race. You are amazing. So Vodka and OJ is the secret tonic to your succes, awesome!!!

Congrats, you deserved that AG win!!!!!!

From Kelli on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 13:30:44 from

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!! That is so awesome, Teena! You deserve a win like that, that is a super tough race and your time was FABULOUS! I am so glad that you were feeling well enough to run it and that, aside from your Vodka, everything went well!! Seriously, who is drinking that at a race???

Hope all is still well and that you are still on cloud 9!

From RAD on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 13:39:46 from

Oh my!! Seriously?!? I have now vicariously learned my lesson to NOT take cups off the table! I can not believe that. However, I am SO happy for your win!! That is SO awesome!!! You are one stinkin' fast runner, and doing it all off of IV anti-biotics and with a little somethin' somethin' on the course :)

From Doone on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 14:41:48 from

I'm so blasted proud of you for the AG #1 that I am almost in tears. SO PROUD!! SO IMPRESSED! SO EXCITED!! You deserve this win and enjoy every minute of it. I seriously cannot believe the alcohol mishap at mile 20. What a reject of a volunteer. Congrats a million times over!!!

From kellies on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 17:18:11 from

Ah ha ha ha!! SOrry, but I had to laugh out loud at your Mile 20 bit!! Oh how I needed that today! SO STINKING FUNNY!! So sorry you got to drink that unbearable drink but it looked like it sure kicked in and LOOK WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED!!! Na, I know that your win today was ALL Teena and NO Vodka!! I am so so so happy for you, proud of you, gitty for you, etc!! Way to go cute Teena! Congrats~ Luvs

From RivertonPaul on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 19:10:38 from

I should be more amazed but am becoming too accustomed to your awesomeness. Totally Bosch!

From Teena Marie on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 19:33:20 from


Whatever!!! :) Have we found a way into SGM for you yet??


Amen. :)


Wouldn't that be something!!! :) Thank you so much everything. I feel so lucky to have you and Doone as friends. I just love you both so much. :)


Thanks! I was on cloud 9 all weekend. Unfortunately, now I am back and school!! :)


At least not one from the very end of a table!! :) :) :) Thanks!


Not as proud as I am going to be of you when you BQ in less than 2 weeks!! :) :) :)


Thanks so so so much!!! I always wondered what Vodka tasted like! ;) Luvs right back at you. :)


Huge smile on my face! You, my friend, are the boschest of bosch!!! :) It was so much fun watching you effortlessly fly down Deer Valley Drive. :)

From Tom Slick on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 10:06:42 from

OK Ms. Teena, whats the plan.....are you doing anything between now and SGM?

From Rhett on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 16:13:03 from

How's the face feeling today? :) I mean your legs, how are they feeling?

I am still so excited for you finishing 1st in your AG. I can't get over it. We all new you were a rock star, but now the rest of the runners know it too.

From Teena Marie on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 16:23:18 from


Still debating on Pocatello. You?


I actually just got back from the endo, so the left side of my face is completely numb!! :)

As far as my 1st place -- Seriously, the super fast women in my AG stayed home. Really. BUT ... it was still BEYOND COOL!!!! :) :) :)

From Andy on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 16:25:13 from

You can only race those that show up that day. No need to make excuses. It is beyond cool.

From Kim on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 16:40:33 from

Whoa Teena! I wasn't even sure if you ended up running the race or not. Just barely got the chance to check in on you and look what you did! Way to go! I'm so glad things turned out so well for you! Congrats on the 1st place in a marathon!

From KP on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 16:43:26 from

way to go, tm!

that drink at mile 20 doesn't sound too bad either. haha


From Burt on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 21:21:57 from

Teena, you need to lay off the booze. I found a picture of you, don't know if it was from before or after, but it looks like you have a serious problem:

From RivertonPaul on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 21:30:27 from

Kudos to Burt's finding the completely legitimate photo.

From Teena Marie on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 22:32:37 from

Oh Burt ... my gut hurts from laughing so hard!!! I'm not quite sure what to say!!!

(How is it that you always find the worst pics of me to post??? Oh, I know how ... because I look like that in all my running pics.)

Seriously ... can't stop laughing!!!!

(Still laughing.)

From Teena Marie on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 22:34:44 from


Thanks!!! :) :) :)


A million thanks! It was a good day. :)


You are too funny! :)

From Burt on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 00:01:51 from

For someone who's drunk off their rocker, I think you look pretty good.

From Tom Slick on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 08:23:39 from

So Teena Baby, what have you been doing since the 21st???????

From MarcE on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 23:04:51 from

Who drinks Screwdriver's in the morning? Maybe a Mimosa? Way to go, Teena. So cool of Andy to run with you and see you to a fine finish. YOU ARE AMAZING!

AND CONGRATS ON 1ST IN YOUR AGE GROUP!!!! WOOOHOOO! PC is not an easy race. You did great!

From Tom Slick on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:27:35 from

Hey Teena, how about a new post! looks like your stuck on the 21st....

From Lyman on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 16:25:46 from

A belated congratulations! You did awesome. I believe what you had at mile 20 was a "screw driver".

From Walter on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 21:51:06 from

Teena, meet me after the race at the pub. I will be drinking Gatorade. haha

From Teena Marie on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 00:04:09 from

Mark, Lyman, and Walter~

You all are making me laugh!!!

Count on it Walter James!!!

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