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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 83.00 Year: 715.50
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Race: Top of Utah Marathon 2014 (26.2 Miles) 02:57:23, Place overall: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

marathon #30. TOU #10. 

splits: 6:24, 6:25, 6:14, 6:16, 6:16, 6:22, 6:22, 6:10, 6:13, 6:19, 6:21, 6:18, 6:15, 6:15, 6:24, 6:33, 6:46, 6:57, 7:32, 8:04 (zonkers), 7:41, 7:59, 7:50, 7:04, 7:24, 7:30, 1:16 

today was my tenth and final time running TOU. i am left feeling pretty crushed, as i really did not want to go out on a flop. it was basically a repeat of des news. complete meltdown. again.

the plan going into this race was to run with devra for as long as i could. i thought i could hang with her for at least 20 miles and then see where things went from there. we were hoping we could snag the 1 and 2 spots, and i was pretty confident about pulling off a sub-2:50.

we started off together at what felt like a very comfortable pace. there were a few other women around for the first three miles or so (who eventually went on to take the 2, 3, and 5 spots), but we slowly pulled away and had a comfortable gap by about 10k. i was feeling okay through 10 miles, and then everything started to break down in the exact same fashion as des news.

it started with an overwhelming feeling of nausea. i poker faced it for the next three miles, but it was clear that things were not right with me. devra started putting little gaps on me about every 20 seconds or so. i would fall back, she would encourage me with a "come on" and i would catch back up briefly...then i would fall back again. i was determined to stay with her to the canyon exit, and i thought maybe things would turn around if i could get some fluids in me.

we came out of the canyon and saw amiee with her lenzes. i gave her a thumbs up and a smile to show her i was better off than when i saw her at des news, but it was a lie. i thought if i faked it enough i could somehow stop the drowning and find another gear, a second wind, a third eye, a ninth life. but it was not going to happen. once we turned onto hollow road, i felt this sudden drop in pace, and my form/stride/rhythm completely shut down on me within a matter of seconds. it was like all the batteries fell out of the plastic square on my back. it happened so fast. 

devra put a more significant gap on me almost immediately. she kept encouraging me to hang, and i tried three or four times to surge back up to her, but it was not happening. she gapped me for a final time and i knew she wasn't coming back. she slowly started pulling away and she looked so strong. my eyes filled with tears as i watched her take off -- this was my last run with devra for a long while, and it was ending prematurely because i was failing. i was mad at myself. i felt like i was ruining the plan. i felt weak and i felt like i was just giving up, but i honestly could not go faster. 

i slowly made my way down hollow road, watching devra's pink singlet fade off into the distance. aerobically, i felt okay. i was just feeling this intense overall bodily fatigue that left me unable to do anything but The Survival Jog. at this point, i started worrying about getting caught from behind. my pace had slowed enough that i knew it would probably happen, but it happened a lot sooner than i was expecting. apparently, the gap we had on the rest of the field wasn't that big, and i was caught and passed by heidi pugmire at the mile 17 aid station. i reached back to grab a cup and saw a pink singlet out of the corner of my eye. zerp! she passed me with ease and was moving at a very strong pace. 

i spent the next few miles fighting against my failing body as i continued to slow down. i saw my friend may at mile 20. she jumped in with me and offered some much needed encouragement. i expressed my current mood via #$*&@* and she responded with lots of kind words and positivity -- keep going and finish no matter what.

just before mile 23, i was passed again, this time by mandy ashcroft. another blow for sure, but it was nice to see mandy running so well and on pace for a sub-3/PR. she is a TOU regular, and she ended up running a PR of 2:56. i gave her a wave and a "get it" as she passed, and had to accept the sting that i was now in fourth place. 

with three miles to go, i realized i could still break three hours, so that became the ultimate goal for the day. when i reached the final mile and saw that i would be sub-3 with some time to spare, i just focused on soaking it all in and "enjoying" it as much as possible. my emotions took over as i ran through the finishing stretch one last time. i was saying goodbye to it all -- my favorite race, logan, utah, friends, etc. even though the outcome was not what i had in mind, i really tried to appreciate those last few moments of the race.

a huge congrats goes out to devra for winning the race (in moose ears!). she is one of the strongest people i know and she can fight through anything. i am really going to miss her. she has been a great training partner for me over the past couple of years and i've learned a lot from her. that woman is made of tough stuff.

as i process this race i can't really say what went wrong. just like i said after des news, my workouts and overall training have led me to believe i'm at a certain level of fitness, and then i totally miss the mark when it comes to racing. right now i feel like i am broken -- like my body just can't do it anymore. i need to take a big break, i think. 

admittedly, the training for this marathon was a huge struggle for me. there were many days leading up to the race where i felt like i wanted to quit. i would tell myself that i was just going to drop it and focus on the other areas of my life that i have been trying to manage (moving, finishing work, etc). i was so tempted to just stop pushing through the training because i wasn't very enthusiastic about it anyway. i was also so nervous about running the marathon again after the des news implosion. but i also knew that i would greatly regret not running it, and i really wanted to finish out the 10 years.

in those 10 years, TOU has been good to me. i have many great memories running this race, including the best race of my life in magical 2013. it was here that i won my first marathon and broke three hours for the first time (2008). it was here that i first saw the beauty of cache valley and connected to the community when i ran it my freshman year of college (2005). it was here that i saw steaming port-o-potties because it was so cold out (2006). it was here that i've had painful physical and mental breakdowns that have forced me to dig deep and face failure (2007, 2009, 2014). it was here that i've experienced some of my best days of running, where everything clicked into place and the plan somehow just worked out (2010, 2011, 2013). it was here that i stayed in a mansion house with a sitdown shower (2012). 

so, this is goodbye to the utah racing scene. i am going to miss it, but i am excited to start something new. i have been away from james for 46 days now, and i am more than ready to get myself to atlanta and begin the next stage of our lives.



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From Jon on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 05:41:04 from

Allie, sorry about your bummer of a race. You'll love the Southeast- Atlanta has a huge running/racing scene (and you're even missing the hot summer). The SE rocks.

Are you planning to take a long break for a while? I wonder if you're suffering a bit from overtraining syndrome/adrenal fatigue?

From Tom Slick on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 06:55:12 from

It does sound like over training and putting too much expectation upon yourself to please too many people. But non the less, congrats on being 4th place overall at the TOU. I keep thinking that for me to come in 4th there would have to be only 4 runners in the race with me and the other 3 would have to be about 75 years of age, ya know what I mean.

I wish you well down there in the south, there are many many wonderful people and places to meet and go to. Enjoy it all.

I really enjoyed your TOU race report, except where you you were too mean to yourself. Time to take the negative stuff and learn from it and turn it into a positive learning situation.....and move on into the next phase of your life....running and other wise.

What's really neat about this is that your just coming up on the best years of your running life, your just coming into the prime of your running life!

I hope you will continue to post here on the FRB so that we, your fans, can share in you exploits in the future.

I'm pretty sure that I can say that we all here love you and will miss you very dearly and will be very sad if you give up running or fail to keep in touch. I for one hope and pray that you will aim your unique talent at winning the Boston marathon in the near future!

You be careful out there.....

Old Tom Slick

From Nancy on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 07:56:51 from

Congratulations! I am proud of you for hanging in there. 4th overall is great. I can't even imagine training for a marathon while moving and doing everything you had to do. You have been a great example to me and I am glad I have been able to follow your blog. Keep us posted while you are in Atlanta.

From josse on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 08:49:19 from


From SlowJoe on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 11:28:03 from

Great report Allie. Here's to new beginnings...

From Fritz on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 13:04:02 from

Allie, As always, a tough/hard fought performance. Sorry that it didn't turn out as planned. You have been going at it for so long that some semblance of a break could be just the trick. As Tom said, you really are just coming into the prime of your running career. The best is yet to come.

You have been such a stalwart on the Utah scene and supporter of everyone for so long that your absence will certainty be felt by many. I wish you and James the best of luck in Atlanta and hope/expect to cross path in the not so far future. -Fritz

From Tina on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 13:39:55 from

I always love reading your race reports. I'm sorry that things did not go as planned, but congrats on gutting it out and fighting on when most would have packed it in. Best of luck in Atlanta. "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."

From MarkP on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 15:00:55 from

Way to finish! You will love Atlanta.

From Rob on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 15:02:35 from

Thanks for making me cry, you're such an inspiration to everyone you come in contact with, I wish you the best, I hope they have fastrunningblog in Georgia.

From Smooth on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 17:07:48 from

allie, I am so sorry that your 10th and last TOU did not go as planned. You trained so hard. You did your best, you gave it your all. You are an inspiration to me and many here in the running community. Thank you for sharing your genuine self, your journey of triumph and trials, your example of perseverance, compassion and passion. I was in 7 of those TOUs (whether at the mouth of the canyon running friends in or as participant), and loved TOU so much because of YOU!!! We will miss you as you take a well deserved break and look to a new beginning in Atlanta. Take good care! All the best to you and James! :)

From Seth on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:37:29 from

Sorry for the crappy race Allie. Big life changes can always throw you out of whack, so I think you're smart taking a break to focus on bringing your life back to an equilibrium before running hard again. It's been awesome seeing your determination and progression over the years. Super inspiring. Keep it up and take care.

From runningafterbabies on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:38:17 from

Only you could pull me out if my lurking and get me to post again :). You will truly be missed and will always be remembered!

From kevin212 on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:50:16 from

Sorry Allie. No advice here, only sympathetic sadface. It's frustrating when your farewell tour doesn't go as planned, especially when you'd had good training. Be proud of what you've accomplished out here nonetheless.

I do hope you continue blogging here after the big move. You always post great stuff and your cleverly disguised pics keep me on my toes!

From Cam on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 18:50:31 from

You've had a big impact on my running and been so inspiring for so many years. I dont even cry and this is gonna make tears come out my face. I hope you'll be back someday- although I bet that sounds less than appealing now.

you're one of the g.o.a.t Allie!

From Nan on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 19:39:40 from

Allie. It breaks my heart to read how much pain and frustration you had to endure through your final TOU. I loved reading your nostalgic reflections there at the end. You have made such a positive impact on the Utah running community and will be sorely missed, I'm sure. I agree with you that a long break is the best choice for now. Best of luck getting settled in Atlanta!

From Russ on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 20:11:43 from

allie, great race report. I felt like I was there cheering you along. I'm sorry your race didn't go as planned but that's the marathon as you know all too well: miserable happiness. You gutted it out where many other elites would've packed it in and gone home. If frb used hash tags we'd have lots of hash tag superlatives to use.

Thanks for your encouraging words and making us all feel like your friend. That is a gift. Enjoy your hubby, your new digs, and a nice running break (and Oxford commas).

From JulieC on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 20:17:53 from

this thought and psalm has been coming to my mind a lot these days and fits here.....there is a time and season for everything under the sun :-) move forward with faith! I know this is just a well needed break for something greater. As far as I can read from your post..this was not a flop....this was an emotional run...a farewell run that was built on friendship and memories....not about the time it took or place you got. No dwelling on that apect any longer is necessary but the wonderful journey you made!! best wishes in your move!

From emruns on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 20:39:51 from

Yes, Allie, your contributions to Utah running go far beyond your running accomplishments. You truly have a gift for pulling the running community together and supporting us all. I admire you and take your running advice to heart. And, I love someone who can make me laugh. I wish we could have spent more time running together, but I have loved every time we have. Our trip to Logan with Devra, Jenny, and Noah will always be one of my favorite running memories. You are so special and unique, and you cannot be replaced in the world of Utah runners.

Enjoy your new adventures. I'm excited for your new journey, and happy for you to be back with James. Take a nice long break. Run for the love of running, and enjoy adapting to your new home. I will really miss you

From Bec on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 21:10:14 from

Hey Allie, just wanted to say thanks for letting us read about this part of your journey. I am not going to lie, I wanted to look at your blog today and see another #1 for you at TOU. Reading your report you really put your feelings, thoughts and love for the sport out there. Ever since I have started the blog you are one of the few athletes I look up to and still follow.

Sure TOU didn't go as planned, you have so much more in there. You keep running girl. I still remember being at the OMT and thinking "Allie should be here." I am looking forward to seeing where this sport will take you. You are incredible! Good luck in Atlanta.

From Toby on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 21:38:25 from

Oh Allie....Sorry doesn't seem to cut it! I want you to know just how much I've appreciated your kindness to me on the blog. You have been so supportive and offered so much good advice. You are a shining star to many people. Most of us will never accomplish what you have. Be proud of all those runs...races...victories...failures.

It's time to start anew in ATL. There are a lot of great runners there and they should be nervous you are coming to town.

Recover well! You will be missed in Utah, but I hope we can still follow you on the blog (keep posting!!!!!). Farewell friend!

(it was a total treat to run into you at Maceys...a celebrity siting!!)

From Glory in the long run on Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 21:58:21 from

You surely can pull on the heart strings. Go with joy and peace. We never met personally but your grace and candor were always brilliant. May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine on you.

From JD on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 09:09:59 from

thanks for being you allie.

enjoy a well deserved, long overdue break from training.

From AngieB on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 09:11:30 from

Oh Allie your race report made me tear up. I am not going to lie I was really sad to not see you #1 on the podium but the fact that you persevered and finished and didnt give up says alot. I am going to miss not seeing you at races. I wish we could of talked and ran together alittle more. Take some time off, rest, and recover you deserve it. I hope to see you running again in Utah.

From Stacie on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 09:39:06 from

ALLIE, Thanks you for sharing this experience with us. It was so good for me to read. I was so emotional reading this report! You've been away from James for 46 days. Maybe that's why you struggled:) I'm sad this is your last TOU and sad that you're moving. But excited for you to go be with your husband and start a new adventure. I'm so glad 2010 was a good year! Maybe it helped sitting with those crazy people on the back of the bus that year?!:) I felt so blessed to be able to meet you and be near you for my first marathon! You are an amazing runner but more importantly an amazing human being! You are funny and caring and humble and you're just all around awesome! Thanks for your kindness toward me. Love you and good luck.

From Tara on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 09:45:38 from

Ok, that left a clog in my throat.

I was beautifully written. I'm sorry things didn't pan out the way you want them to

From Tara on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 09:59:36 from

Ok, that left a clog in my throat.

This was beautifully written. I'm sorry things didn't pan out the way you wanted this year. I think this summer has been filled with so much stuff in your life that sometimes it takes more than "tough stuff";) to pull off it perfectly. I'm amazed at your strength, knowing (only part) of the things you've fought through these past 10 weeks. You did it!

I'm going to miss you terribly. Stay in touch. Atlanta is lucky to have both you and James:)

From Lysa on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:07:55 from

allie! This totally made me cry. I'm so sorry that you are sad about it ending this way. I will always be impressed with you no matter what you do. I'm really sad you're moving away and that's stupid bc I will talk to you as much as I do now via the internet but I just find a certain comfort in knowing that amazing allie is out there somewhere running the streets in Salt Lake kicking butt and taking names. You're going to kill GA and bring some serious competition to their scene. Not to mention one of the best personalities out there. They're lucky to have you. You've always been hilarious, awesome and supportive even of little old amateur me who could never be as cool as you. :) Keep blogging, I can't wait to hear about your adventures in a whole new world. Love ya allie.

From Rachelle on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:37:31 from

I completely agree with so many things already said. Congratulations on fighting through a tough race. You are incredibly strong, determined, humble, and kind of awesome. I loved the nostalgia and timeline of memories from TOU. Allie you have absolutely had a major impact on my running and my will to improve. I appreciate you always showing genuine concern for everyone and I just love you to pieces. Utah is going to miss you.

Best of luck with your new chapter.

From jtshad on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 14:40:58 from

A courageous race and effort. Good luck in Altanta and enjoy the offerings and adventures of your new surroundings.

Take care.

From Jake K on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 15:51:05 from

As much as I like Devra and was happy for her to win... I was really, really, hoping to hand YOU the moose ears as you came around the final corner. It was sad to see you hurting.

On the positive side, it's really cool to have such a history at ONE race that encapsulates all the ups and downs of a decade of running. A full DECADE at one race - and you aren't even old!

I wish this TOU chapter could have gone down as you imagined it... you deserved that... but as you know from all the other ones, good stuff often follows the low points.

Have fun with all the humidity and coca cola.

From steve ash on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 15:54:56 from

Sorry to hear that you struggled but cheer up and remember it's only one race. In addition your young and you have so many good ones ahead of you. We'll miss you, good luck Allie.

From Lily on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 19:07:12 from

You are always my running hero. I am going to miss you so much. Your race time does not change what we all know you are capable of. You are the strongest long distance racer I know. Please stay in touch. TOU will always remind me of you -2010 somehow finding you in the dark, stuffy, crowded tent! I am going to miss you so much. (tears)


From Jenruns on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 16:28:08 from

Ah man...I also got a lump in my throat reading this. I'm going to miss you Allie. You have helped me so much over the past 10 months. Not just with running but with life. You are one hellafa person.

Who's gonna help me find IKEA when you are gone?

From CollinAnderson on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 08:36:54 from

Sorry you didn't get the time you wanted here on your last racing of the course. After last year, nobody can really deny that you're the top woman of your era at TOU, and last year's race is the one that's going to stick in everyone's mind. Take a break and then use that sea level to your advantage in the future. Best of luck to you guys in Atlanta.

From Yasir on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:52:22 from

Welcome to Atlanta....(an old song) knew begings knew results good luck to both of you.

From Steve on Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 07:08:32 from

You're one of my favorite runners of all time. I'll always remember being "chicked" by you at TOU once at mile 25. Take the break, enjoy some other great sports, go back to road racing if the urge comes back.

From seeaprilrun on Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 05:46:33 from

Allie--you are my hero. You have many great things to come. You have been an inspiration to me in a huge way. Thanks, as always, for so honestly and perfectly writing the story and sharing your journeys. I hope to see more! Cheers to new beginnings!

From allie on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 at 17:10:27 from


thanks very much to all of you. i have read and re-read your comments and i really appreciate the kind words. i have many fond & fun running memories with a lot of you and i hope to be back for a race or two at some point -- but not in the winter. :)

i'm glad we have FRB to keep in touch with training and racing and other life happenings. also, snapchat @ alliesmoore.

thanks again.

From Jason D on Thu, Oct 02, 2014 at 12:25:22 from

Allie: As I was brunching my face off at the Rock and Roll half I kept checking the reports to see if yours was up. I was hoping to see another fine performance, but it would be really tough to match last year's performance, PARTICULARLY with all you have had going on. We like to think that we are hard-headed determined creatures (and we at times are), but given the occasion of this race it would be very difficult to shut off all the emotions and what it means to you and focus on running.

This may not have been your finest race, but it's certainly your finest race report. Best of luck in Atlanta.

I now have an epic car-house post to catch up on!

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