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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.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 15.00 Month: 76.40 Year: 76.40
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
Race: Red Mountain 55k (34 Miles) 07:31:37, Place overall: 17
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Red Mountain 55k

TT:  7:31:37. AP:  13:23 Elevation 4262

Kelli S and I  headed down to St George on Friday afternoon.  We had a 4:30am wake up call.  I was trying to check out of the hotel, but there was no one at the front desk.  I called and called and hoped someone would hear the phone.  Finally, the lady came out.  I was feeling a bit flustered.

On the way to the Santa Clara Reserve, I was pulled over for speeding. It’s been 15 years since I got pulled over.  Luckily, I only got a warning.  Now I was really feeling flustered and worried that we weren’t going to make the bus.

But we got there on time!  The race is a lot bigger this year.  I saw the Trail Manners guys and met some really neat ladies at the fire.

The race consists of several loops that all connect at the same aid station.  7 miles to the first AS.  I felt good and ran a lot more of the hills than I did last year.  

A 5.7 mile loop next.  The sun started to rise and I could tell it was going to be very warm (it was in the 60’s....I’ve been training in the 20-30’s).  I shed my jacket and kept taking my salt pills.

The 4 mile loop.  Lots and lots of climbing.  I filled one of bottles with Gatorade, took more salt, pickles and chips at the AS.  I also took some Advil.  I left the AS before Kelli and told her I was going to walk while I finished eating.  She was having problems with her foot and ankle.  Eventually, she sent me a text that she was going to turn around and head back to the AS.  It was HOT.

This section had a lot of up/down technical switch backs.  I walked all the ups and took a caffeinated GU and more salt.  Once at the top, I was ready to run. I passed several runners during this section.  Finally some clouds rolled in and there was a slight breeze.  More climbing up the other side of the little canyon.  This was a long 10 mile section.

I was really glad to get back to the AS.  I quickly filled my bottle and grabbed some pickles and bananas. Only 5.5 miles to the finish.  I took another caffeinated GU on an uphill. There was a one mile section of road.  Ugh....I felt like I was sprinting at a 11:00 minute/mile.  I was really glad to get back on the trail.  I really struggled on this section last year, but felt really good this time.  

About mile 33, I saw Kelli walking toward me.  Hooray for a friendly face!  I was SO excited to see her.  I had passed this fast local road runner and wanted to make sure I beat him :). I told Kelli my plans and she kept me going.

Overall, I felt good and am pleased with the race!  I felt my nutrition and hydration were perfect!  I felt like I evenly spaced my efforts and were able to work through my lows.  But I felt slow in comparison to everyone else.  I shouldn’t feel that way, but I did.  

This was my last long training run for the Buffalo 100.  I think I’ve figured out that I just need to keep moving.....walk or run....just keep moving.

We stopped at a friend’s house in Washington to shower and hurried home before the snow storm hit.  It was a great weekend!

Weight: 0.00
From allie on Sun, Mar 04, 2018 at 14:13:50 from

nice job, toby!

it sounds like a fun time and great practice/fine-tuning for the buffalo.

getting pulled over is definitely frazz-inducing, esp before a race. i've actually been pulled over twice driving home from races, lol. :/

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