Posted by: nankennard | September 23, 2009

Top of Utah Marathon

For those of you who are not on Facebook, here are a bunch of pictures from our trip to Utah last weekend where I ran the Top of Utah Marathon.  Aaron bought a Canon Rebel two days before we left so he could take good pics of the race.  The kids were SO excited to go to Utah to visit Grandparents and cousins.  Mom and Owen took them to their house from the airport so Aaron and I could go straight to Logan to stay with my friend Holly Haguewood along with Aaron’s sister, Ashley, who also ran the race.  Then they met us at the finish line as I came in with a huge personal best and set a course record of 2:44:10!  That time is fast enough to qualify me to run in the Olympic Trials in 2012, but the qualifying window does not open until 1/1/10, so I just need to stay healthy, keep training, and go do it again sometime next year.  This past weekend was an awesome confidence builder and very fun race and I am SO grateful for the faith and support of family and friends throughout the race and training process.  Mostly, I am SO grateful for Aaron’s encouragement, support, and faith in me.  I could not do the weekly mileage and all the other lifestyle commitments that it requires (proper rest, healthy eating, strength training, positive mental imagery and belief) AND take care of the kids and meet all their needs without his 100% support and assistance.  He is my rock and my best friend.   Thanks, hun!


  1. That was a great entry, I like how you formatted it. You’re the best!

  2. Nan…I love all the pics and your story of the day’s events. You and Ashley are incredible!

  3. Nan, what an amazing race! Congratulations! I would love to hear more about your training – mileage, speed work, etc., and how you felt during the race if you get a chance sometime. It’s fun to see pictures of you and your fam via your blog.
    Amy Cooper

  4. Way to go Nanners! I always knew you would continue to be a superstar!! I can’t wait to watch ya in 2012 at the Olympci trials 🙂 Katy

  5. Wow. Nan, you are so fast! What does it feel like to be so speedy? It’s so exciting to hear that you ran so well.

  6. That is absolutely amazing Nan! You are an inspiration.

  7. Nice job, Nan!! You are amazing! I feel so lucky that I was able to run with you a few times in college. I can’t believe you’re going to be qualifying for the Olympic trials. You are such an inspiration!

  8. Thanks for your support and encouragement, everyone!

  9. WOO WOO! Nan huge congratulations coming from the Hughes. You are a machine! Good Luck in all your training and races. Come and run a race in Spain.

  10. I dont even know what to say. That is just crazy. Jake had a super heros marathon 2 weeks ago and I ran a 1/2 marathon in 2 hr and 27 minutes. You’d better watch out I am right on your heals.

  11. Great pics! It was so fun to be a part of this fabulous day! Great to see you cross that frinish line and hang out with your sweet kids.

  12. Hey Nan –
    Jessica Patterson here (once Jessica Day). If you have time to post what you did to train, I’d love to find out. Congratulations on an amazing run!!

  13. Nan! You are so amazing! Congrats on a fabulous win! I am so impressed by you and your absolutely unreal endurance and speed! I was looking at the picture of you and the other two women who were #2 and 3. Julie Esplin is my best friend from high school’s older sister! Small world!

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