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Ogden Marathon

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American Fork,UT,

Member Since:

Nov 27, 2009



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

St George Marathon

2011 - 4:11:52 

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 - 4:23:03 

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35**

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Time)

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Dogtown Half Marathon

2012 - 1:52:14

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Rex Lee 10K

2011 - 52:03

2012 - 52:23 

Pioneer Day 10K

2010 - 49:31** 

Goblin Valley 50K
2014 - 5:58
Antelope Island 50 Mile
2015 - 10:10:00

**Personal Best 



Short-Term Running Goals:

2016 Tentative Schedule


Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston

Run a 100 mile race


Married for 17 years. I have 12 year old triplets and a 8 year old. I love to sew, garden, and run!

Favorite Running Quotes: 


"Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people.

Some call it euphoria. Others say it's a new kind of mystical experience that propels you into a elevated state of consciousness, a flash of joy.

A sense of floating as you run. This experience is unique to each of us, but when it happens, you break through a barrier that separates you from casual runners. Forever. And from that point on, there is no finish line. You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you."  

~Nike Poster

2.           A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.


You’ve no doubt heard this.  And you’ve probably recited it in your mind on a run or at the gym when you’re just beginning to get in shape.  You have a goal in sight and this quote brings you back to the current moment.


But the problem is that many runners forget all of the steps between the first one and the goal.  If your goal is to run under two hours for the half marathon then you need to be honest about all of the little steps to get to that goal.


…and what I’d rather see you do is to get the goal out of mind completely, but rather focus on the process, not the outcome. -Jay Johnson Process orientation, not outcome orientation.


You should have goals, but you should take it one step at a time.  And you should be honest about the fact that you don’t know how many steps it will take to get there. ~ Vernon Gambetta


3.  Human beings are made up of flesh, blood and a miracle fiber called COURAGE! ~ George Patton 


4.   Find the courage to be patient.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 93.93 Year: 662.87
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
Race: Ogden Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:55:11, Place overall: 320, Place in age division: 26
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"There is always joy after sorrow"


I signed up for the 2017 Ogden Marathon very quietly not knowing if I would be able to actually run it.  After I graduated from physical therapy for my hip scope and ACL reconstruction, my physical therapist told me that if I ever wanted to make it to a starting line of a race, I needed to only run three days a week.  I needed to let my body recover between each run.


This philosophy went against everything I had ever believed in regards to running.  But I knew I was essentially starting over with running and had nothing to lose.  I lifted weights and did physical therapy every day.  I did the step mill on the days I didn't run.  I finally lost all the surgery weight and my fitness was starting to improve.


I had a few hiccups along the way, but for the most part, I felt good.  I maxed out at 45 miles a week.  I ran a 12 - 11 - 22 mile runs.  But I had no idea how this would translate into running a marathon.


My goals for the race were as follows:


Goal A:  Run as hard as I can and be happy with the results.

Goal B.  Run a 4:10 marathon

Goal C (moon shot goal):  Run a 4:00 marathon




Collette and I headed up to Ogden on Friday afternoon.  We ate at Slackwater Pizza and headed to the race expo.  We went to bed early, but hardly slept.



We took the buses to the start and headed to the staging area.  I started to see so many familiar faces;  probably 20 different friends.  It was such an added bonus to such a beautiful chilly morning. 



It was finally time to head to the start.  I started just ahead of the 4:00 pacer, but was not committed to staying with her.  My pacer experience in the past has not been good. 



I thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of Huntsville and Eden.  But I could tell I was running too fast. I didn't look at my watch, but kept trying to slow down.


We ran by the "Here Comes the Sun" guy blasting his music and then around the corner came the beautiful pack of horses (mile 8).  I was still trying to keep my pace under control and my legs were starting to get a bit heavy.


I was grateful to finally get to the halfway point.  Legs still feeling a bit heavy, but I kept playing mental tricks -- make it to mile 12 -- make it to mile 14. 


I did look at my watch at mile 13 and it said 1:55.  I was nervous that I had gone out too fast. 


The hill at mile 14 came and went without any major problems.  I felt bad for the young kid waiting for the sag wagon back to the start at the aid station.  He was not well.  I passed Rachel, Becca and Janice.  It was so great to see friendly faces!  I love finishing the Pineview Reservoir stretch and dropping into the canyon.  It is so beautiful and I was grateful for the downhill.


I was feeling good (as good as you feel during a marathon) at mile 18 and visualizing my 8 mile route at home.  I kept trying to figure out my splits for mile 20.  HA!  My math skills are horrible while I'm running a marathon.  My IT Band was really starting to hurt.  It only flares up while I'm racing, never during training.  I kept thinking, "Time to grind.  Time to grind."


We finally hit the large overhead water canal, exited the canyon, and started on the paved trail.  The little up/downs on trail and brutal on tired legs.  I was getting weary and kept telling myself to make it to mile 24.  Then reassess.  Mile 24....mile 24...mile 24.


The wheels came off during mile 25.  I looked at my watch to see if I could still PR.  And then tried to work my fuzzy math skills to see what the slowest pace I needed to run to get a PR.  The tears started to swell and it was pure mental will power to run that last mile.  Every single body part hurt. 


Mile 25/26 is down Grant Street and the finish line is at 25th street.  Those last 5 blocks were SO long.  It took every bit of will power not to cry.  Not to walk.


But finally the large finish arch appeared and the clock read 3:55:11 (AP: 8:56).  A 3 minute PR!!!!  I couldn't believe it.  I started to lose my balance and immediately had two volunteers grab my arms.  I guess it takes a second for my heart to slow down and my legs to stabilize.  The volunteers walked with me for a minute till I got my bearings straight.  I grabbed some water, a creamy popsicle and sat on the side of the road.  My body HURT!






I saw a few friends at the finish and we celebrated each other's success.  I didn't have a lot of time to spend at the finish line as I had to get to Georgia's dance recital.  But I also wanted to soak in 100's of hours spent rehabbing my poor broken body that just ran a PR marathon.


I hobbled back to the hotel to take a shower.  All the Gu's that I had taken during the race were revolting.  Weird muscles were spasming.  It required so much effort to take off my shoes.  I'm sure that sounds dramatic, but I had used every iota of energy that my body had.  I literally had nothing left.


I'm grateful for my training partners who constantly believed in me.  Who told me that I could things that never in my wildest dreams I really believed I could do.  They've seen me fall apart on the side of trails.  And have witnessed my mental breakdowns.  Yet, they are still my dear friends.


I'm grateful for my physical therapist, massage therapist and chiropractors who kept my poor body working.  I'm most grateful for my family.  They listen to my recap of running podcasts, articles, training plans, and put up with my frequent naps.  


I still have a lot of work to do with the marathon distance.  But at least I'm moving in the right direction.  It's time recover and let my body heal.  Way to go 38 year old body.  Way to go!

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Easy 3 miles on home TM.  I can still feel the high hamstring pulling.  No more running till race day.

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45 minutes easy on the step mill


lunge matrix


60/60/60 plank


push up

hammie roll out

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6 miles easy no the home TM  TT:  57:11  AP:  9:32

Everything felt good...just kinda creaky.  Taper...Taper...Taper

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