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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 

2017. -4:01:17

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

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 Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

Antelope Island 50 Mile

2015 - 10:10:00

Antelope Island 100 Mile

2018 - 26:53

**Personal Best 



Short-Term Running Goals:



Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston


Married for 18 years. I have 14 year old triplets and a 11 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.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 37.00 Year: 873.25
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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Run #1:  13.5 miles on the MCT.  TT:  2:19:14. AP: 10:19.  Oh so early.  Saw a dog with alien eyes.  Tried out Tailwind.

Got kids off to school

Run #2:  2.5 miles on the home TM.  TT: 25:00. AP: 10:00

Yesterday it took me all day to put away my vest, wash out my bladder and clean up all my stuff from my trail run.  Then I got all my stuff out for today’s run.  It is an all day effort.  Cleaning up one run to get ready for another....makes me happy!

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Antelope Island with Kelli!  Bless her soul for coming with me!  I felt SO much better on this run than the last time.  And I my time showed...30 minutes faster.  It was very warm today and I was very sweaty/salty.  I tried some new nutrition today--cheese quesadilla and snickers (no gels).  And lots of salt pills.  I also taped my toes to work on my blister prevention.

We had two encounters with buffalo today.  They were very close and intimidating!

TT:  4:05:41. AP:  12:56. Elevation:  2100 Feet. HR:  164

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TT:  3:02:00. AP:  10:07

On the home TM.  Legs felt heavy with a slight twinge of ITB.  Glad it’s over.

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I slept so horrible last night.  My allergies have been crazy!  5 slow miles with lots of stops to blow my nose.  Bleh.....

TT:  50:00. AP:  10:00

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Herriman hills with Rachel.  We explored some new areas with a bushwhack.  It was warm out,but it was quite windy.  My allergies have gotten worse and I’m heading to the urgent care tonight.  I can’t stop sneezing.. miserable.

TT:  3.31:37. AP:  14:04. Elevation: 2018

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TT:  2:35:02. AP:  11:04 on the MCT

Rachel and Karen were kind enough to hang my patheticly slow pace today.  Every 2-3 miles, I would have to walk.  100 mile training has definitely slowed me down, but I have gotten use to walking the up hills.  So running a straight 14 miles is hard.  Especially after running 15 miles yesterday.

Hooray for good friends who come along for the ride.  Time to recover.

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On home TM.  I slept super well last night and didn’t wake up until my alarm went off.  We have a storm coming it and I was too lazy to run in the wind/cold.

TT:  2:21:00 AP:  10:04

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My right quad/hamstring has been SO tight lately.  I'm sure its a combination of needing to stretch/strengthen and overuse.  So I decided to lift today.  It has taken a back burner in my training and it shouldn't.  I'm recommitting!!!!

I was looking at social media last night and saw a few other Buffalo runner's pictures of runs.  COMPARISON IS THE THEIF OF JOY.  I've run more than I ever have.  I should be very proud of that.  Instead last night, I was feeling blue.  I can't do that to myself.  If I ran what they did, I would be VERY overcooked and probably wouldn't make it to the starting line.  I'm done with that comparison business :)


walking lunges

dead lift

calf raises

trx crunch

push up

bohemian lunge

fire hydrant holds

hammie rollout

trx side plank up/downs


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Easy on the home TM.  TT:  1:40:00  AP:  10:00

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Run #1-10 miles on home TM  TT 1:40

Got my big kids off to school 

Run #2 - 4 miles on home TM  TT: 40:00

Got my 4th grader off to school

Run #3-16 miles at Corner Canyon with Rachel  TT:  4:04  AP 15:15 Elevation:2954 FT

I hardly slept last night. So when my alarm went off, I knew it was going to be a very long day.  When I was driving to Corner Canyon, it was a full on blizzard.  I was worried I didn’t have enough warm clothes.  I was ok, but kept my gloves on the entire time.

I was quite grumpy when we started.  I almost called the run off.  My legs were SO heavy and I had no enthusiasm (the snow didn’t help).  I went into silent mode for a few miles and kept praying that the low would pass.  After 2 caffeinated GU’s, it did go away.  I was super chatty the last few miles.  Between the snow and my heavy legs, it was slow hiking/running.

I ran 40 miles in the last two days.  That is the most I’ve ever run.  This gives me confidence that I can run on tired legs.  I’m really glad today is over.  I hope I can finally sleep tonight.

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3 easy miles in the sunshine to Manila Elementary !  It was a slow run.  I felt good but still very creaky from Wednesday/Thursday.  This is the most I’ve ever run in a week!

AP: 9:50

30 minutes of lifting 

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Cut back week!!!!!!

I slept in until 8:00am.  Shoveled, went sledding with my kids, and baked treats.  I was still feeling very hammered from last week.  No need to be a hero (or stupid).

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So snowy and icy out...I stayed inside and caught up on TV shows.

TT:  2:11:00  AP:  10:05

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TT:  1:51:31  AP:  10:08

It was 10 degrees this morning and icy.  No thank you! I felt good this morning (as good as I can feel with all these miles).  I went to the chiropractor yesterday and that really helped my hip/hamstring achiness.

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Early morning to test out my new headlamp.  I finished right before the snow came!  MCT.

TT:  1:17:38  AP:  9:42

Everything hurts :/

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I really hope this is my last EARLY morning training run for awhile.  I never sleep well and I don’t love running in the dark.  But everything felt pretty good.  I took Saturday off (an unplanned rest day).  My legs were so heavy and hurt.  I’m hoping it was the right call.  No over cooking the legs!

9 miles—MCT TT:  1:32:26. AP 10:15

3 miles—home TM  TT:  30:00


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4.7 miles on home TM.  Lots of interruptions!  TT:  47:00

5.3 miles outside.  TT:51:23  AP:  9:46

I was flagged down by a sheriff on my outside run.  He asked if I knew the lady that recently disappeared while running last week.  They don't have one lead.  Very sad.


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