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September 2012

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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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I headed to the gym today.  First time in months.  Only arms and core.  Arms were definitely sore after.

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Arms and core at the gym.  Hike up Dry Creek canyon as a family.  Not one iota of complaining and everyone had a wonderful time.  We are definitely getting better at hiking!

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I saw a good friend at the ski bonanza on Saturday.  She is running SGM and we talked running for a long time.  She continued to boost up my running spirits and told me to quit being an idiot and get to the doctor.

So I went in to my favorite sports medicine doctor.  They did an x-ray and saw a tiny bit of fuzziness where it was hurting on my ankle.  He said to get a better picture and more precise diagnosis, he would have to do an MRI.  But given that it was hurting and there was fuzziness his conclusion was a stress fracture.

Since I haven't been running for almost 2 weeks, he told me to wear the boot for 3 weeks and then reasses the pain.  If there is no pain, I can start to walk.  Then walk - run...but it is all based on pain levels.

Even though I already "knew" I had a stress fracture, I'm glad I don't have anymore doubts.

So THANK YOU Collette for telling me to be smart!!

I should be doing arms, core and swimming everyday, it has been nice to catch up on life (and get some sleep).  I've been doing a lot more sewing.  I just bought a piano and my big kids start lessons next week.  I'm really having to gear-up for that monster :)

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4 weeks of no running.  I've been in the boot off/on about 3 weeks.  According to the doctor, I'm suppose to have one more week of the boot and then I can start to run.  BUT I'm a bit sketchy if I can really start back.  That would be really fast recovery.  I think I will go back in for another xray and clearance from the doctor just to back sure.

We went camping this weekend and I took my boot off.  I know...I know.... that was a big NO NO, but I didn't want to get my boot totally dirty and gross.  It was a good experiment to see how my foot was feeling.   I could tell it was weak and it didn't ache when I woke up this morning.  But it has been a bit achy during the day.  Is it SFX or weak muscles...I don't know. 

Regardless, we had a really fun camp out up AF canyon.  I was sad to go home.  It was SO beautiful and fall-like.  I really love the crisp air and crunchy leaves.  There were so many great running trails this morning and it got me thinking about my 2013 goals.

I'll admit, I've really enjoyed my break from running.  I was burned out and I've decided to only run one marathon next year.  I guess I'm not meant to run more than one marathon in a 12 month span.  (You guys are amazing who do more than 1/year).  I need to decide which marathon to run.  I don't think I can be ready for Ogden in time...hopefully, I can get into SGM.  I really want to do a lot of half marathons.

I really hope I can get one good crunchy leaf run in before the cold snowy weather comes.

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