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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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5 weeks of NO running (or any exercise).  The stress fracture feel significantly better, but can be tender at times.

I went to the doctor today for a follow up xray.  It was still fuzzy, but this time the doctor said that was the calcification of the bone.  I got the clearance to start to walk and to slowly incorporate running.  Maybe by the end of the month I can start counting miles.

My current game plan (which can change quickly) is to start walking (15 minutes - 30 minutes - 45 minutes - 60 minutes) and to do weight-bearing PT exercises.  DEPENDING on the pain level after this week (or maybe next week), I do a 60 minute walk with 9 minute walk - 1 minute run.  IF that feels pain-free, then do 8 minute walk - 2 minute run.  Etc.

My major dilemma is can I be ready for the Ogden marathon in time.  I have 8 months to finish recovering and train for a marathon.  So by January 13, I need to be at 10 miles for a long run (if I follow an 18 week training program).  Am I trying to do too much too soon?  Should I plan on doing a fall marathon (TOU or SGM) so I won't be rushed??  Decisions....decisions.....

My desire to run has returned and I'm ready to go.  I just hope my body lets me!

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20 minutes P90x yoga

get kids off to school

2 mile walk with my neighbor pushing strollers.  It was a beautiful morning and I was grateful to have my friend to occupy my mind (walking is not the same as running).  So I was glad she was there.  She wants to run a half marathon...yeah!!

At the 1 mile turn around point, we stopped at a park to let the girlies get out and play.  We did lunges (front and side lunges) across the park and planks.

It felt super to be outside and be moving.  Progress

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I got up earlier this morning to get my walk done before everyone got up.  The weather was so beautiful!  I really do love fall.  It is my favorite season!

2 miles walking

stretching and PT exercises

I'm still trying decide how the ankle feels (stress fracture or weak muscles). 

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I went to the gym when hubby got home from work.  "Upped" my mileage to 2.5 miles.  I felt great!  I stopped every .75 miles to do calf raises or other PT exercises.  Watched Top Gun....such a great show!

Stretched and foam roll.

I think I'm going to try a minute or 2 of running.  Feel the speed!

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I met my neighbor this morning for a "long" walk.  She got bombarded with my marathon sadness.  I've been doing okay emotionally, but today I melted.  The weather was perfect and it could have been a great run for me (or maybe not).  

BUT it did feel great to be outside and moving....it made my sadness go away (partially).  I ran for 1 minute.  Beautiful....

Ankle was a bit achy when I got home.  I wore my brace the rest of the day and will take tomorrow off.

Can't wait to read all the race reports.  Way to represent FRB!!!!

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Early morning walk for 2 miles - 30 minutes.

2 cul-de-sac worth of lunges

10 minutes ab ripper x

10 minutes PT exercises and stretching

After reading several race reports, I'm feeling extremely excited and sad.  Weird combination, I know.  Excited for what races are coming this year, but sad because I have so long to go to get into shape.

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After school walk with 2 neighbor friends.  Funny.... I can find a lot more walking buddies than running buddies in the neighborhood!

During the walk, we let the little girls play for a minute on the playground.  I did a ton of lunges and sit ups.

Ankle is still achy.  I feel like I will never return to normal.

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26:51 on the stair mill at the gym.

It felt like I was hardly moving, yet my heart was beating out of control and my breathing was gasping for air.  BUT...the longer I went, the better I felt.

1 set of

3xcore work

3x60 wall sits

3x60 sec planks

Ankle has felt much better today.  I'll see how the stair mill treats the ankle.  I would really like to do it everyday....it is the closest workout to running. 

Leaving for Cali in the morning.  It's gonna be a looooonnnnnggggg day.

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Sicker than sick.  Laid on the bathroom floor of the Circus Circus hotel in Reno all night thinking I would rather be dead than have the stomach bug.  

But grateful it happened in the middle of the night and not while driving to Cali.  I turned my alarm off at 5:00am and crawled back into bed dismissing all physical activity (especially my planned run).

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Feeling ALIVE!!!!!

I went out for a run/walk around my brother-in-laws house in the Bay area.  Wowzer...it was beautiful.  I watched the sun come up over the mountains.  I ran on some trails.  Saw a beautiful deer.  Received a warning about coyotes. 

Just what I needed after spending 2 days in a car.

9 minute run...1 minute walk.


We went to my niece's baptism and had a wonderful day with family.

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SHOULD'VE gotten up to run before we drove home, but I needed to be up by 4:45am and wasn't motivated. 

But I did spend 13 hours in the car with my hubby and kids.  

And I ate way to much junk and feel yucky.

And my kids were EXCELLENT travelers today.

Go kids.

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Peachy and I went for a walk after the big kids left for school.  Carter broke our nice stroller and so I had to use our umbrella stroller (because I am not buying another stroller for a 5 year old!!).  It is not a very smooth ride!

We walked up to a park.  While she played, I did 2 lengths of the park worth of lunges.  

I did a 9 minute walk and 1 minute run.  The verdict is still out on how my ankle feels.  Sigh....

100 sit ups and PT exercises

Good to be home!

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I got my lazy bum out of bed this morning and went to the gym.  It has been a loooonnnnngggg time since I've done an early morning gym trip.  Same people are there!

3 miles on the stair climber.  Huffing and puffing, but less impact on the ankle!

1 mile on TM.  2x1:30 min jogs

I trade sewing with a massage therapist and asked if she would just be willing to work on my lower legs.  She said that the SF site ....the tendons were very tight and "tawngy".  Ouch.  I go again on Friday.

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On Wednesday while I was running, I received a text from my neighbor.  She had seen me out running with our umbrella stroller and offered me her jogging stroller.  So Georgia and I tried it out today.  It reminded me of my triple stroller: big and heavy to push.  My arms were very tired by the end of the workout!

We walked/ran 2 miles to a park.  Peachy played for a few minutes while I did 2 park-lengths of lunges and pushups.  Then we headed back.

I've been a bit frustrated that I've taken more days off than I would like.  But having the stomach flu and traveling make if very difficult to hit the pavement.  I'm wondering NOW if those were actually blessings...forcing me to slow down.

My ankle feels really great.  I think the VERY slow come back and the few deep tissue massages have been beneficial. 

8 min walk/2 min run x 6

It was SO beautiful out this morning.  Crunchy leaves and crisp air.  This is my very favorite season!

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10 skull crushers

15 side lunges with weights 

donkey kicks/hip exercises



5 miles

2 x 8 min walk - 2 min run 

4x 7 min walk - 3 min run 


Another deep tissue massage right after my workout. 


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BEST part of my weekend:

1.  Seeing Kelli at Gardner Village!  What a treat to chat for a minute!!

2.  Seeing Catherine (and Eric and Elliott) for a few minutes on Sunday night.  


It is kinda weird to see my running friends clean (aka....not sweaty) and in normal clothes.  

It makes me miss everyone :) 

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I've really tried to have a better attitude about this injury.  Last stress fracture, I didn't handle it very gracefully and really wanted to make a better effort this time around.

BUT this weekend was not-so-pleasant.  I had a really wonderful workout on Saturday morning.  But then I took my kids on a bike ride while I pushed Georgia in the jogging stroller.  The walk/ride was probably 1-2 miles.  I think I pushed it too much.  I didn't run, but I walked a lot more that day that I have in awhile and my ankle became very sore and achy.

I will never say that I'm giving up.  But I'm seriously thinking about really adjusting my running goals.  Last year, I spent a lot of time and effort with running.  I feel like the time and effort inputted (is that a word???) didn't result in a sufficient output (or I didn't meet my goals).  I feel like I studied a lot on running/training programs and really made an effort with lifting/stretching.  BUT I'm still so far away. 

I'm feeling frustrated and defeated.  I've been out of my boot since the beginning of October and I'm just starting to run (2-3 minutes every 10 minutes).  Shouldn't I be farther along? What am I suppose to be learning from this?  What am I doing wrong?  I don't like NOT have any race plans for 2013 because I'm so out of shape.  Ughhhhhh....

Funny thing is....I'm only "emotional" about running. 


And I ate 3 donuts today.  sigh.... 

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I was wide awake at 5:00am thanks to my hubby's snoring (love you Tim!!!!).  So when my alarm went off, I hopped right out of bed.

I was nervous about doing a workout, but I really needed some endorphins and stress relief!

About 60 minutes 

2 x 8 min walk/2 min run

2 x 7 min walk/3min run

1x 7:30 min walk/3min run

1 x 7 min walk/3 min run

In between each set, I did calf raises and single leg box hops.  I really wanted to make it 5 miles, but I was already late.  Close enough.  

Ankle felt good, but I want to see how it does throughout the day.  

LOVE LOVE LOVE this weather!!! 

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Another early morning at the gym with gentling falling snow!

1 x 8 min walk/2 min run

4 x 7 min walk/3 min run

1x 6.5 min walk/3/5 min run


60 minutes on the DOT!! 

Calf raises and single leg square hops in between each 10 min set.  Ankle felt good until the last set and then it was getting tired.  We'll see

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Smooth mandated that I take a rest day.  I obeyed.  And I'm grateful for her keeping me in line :)

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5 x 7 min walk/3 min run

1 x 6.5 min run/3.5 min run

58:12:00...getting a little faster!

Calf raises and single leg box jumps between each 10 min set 

I felt really great this morning except for being cold.  My running sections were a bit faster than normal.   

I got my kids off to school...turned on a show for my 5-year old and took a 30 minute nap.  I feel much better now!! 

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3 x front lunges, back lunges, curtsy lunges

3x side lunges with weights

3 x skull crushers

3 x hamstring lifts


2 x 7 min walk/3 min run

1 x 6 min walk/4 min run

1 x 7 min walk/3 min run

2 x 6 min walk/4 min run

My legs felt very sore from all the lunges.  But my ankle felt great.  Just wait and see!

LONG stretching session and foam roller.  It has been awhile since I've done the roller and I could feel it.  I need to be better.

 I was talking with my hubby last night about my running goals and this is what I can up with.

My short-term recovery goals:

1.  Work up to 8 miles/day - 5 days/week and keep that mileage for 1-2 months.

2.  Train for a marathon at 50 miles/week - don't know what marathon yet.


My long-term goals:

1.  Qualify and run the Boston Marathon

2.  Run a half marathon in the 1:30's.

3.  Run the Utah Grand Slam


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I created a flexible training schedule to try to get back in shape over the weekend.  I only increase my mileage 2 miles a week.  But the key to this schedule is being flexible.  I'm still undecided about races.  I guess it all depends on on my comeback.  Sigh.....

3 x

10 lunges (side, front and back)

10 chest press

10 skull crushers

10 hamstring lifts




3.5 miles on the TM

1 x 7 min run/3 min walk

3 x 6 min walk/3 min walk

I wore my older Kinvaras and I think they are done.  My legs felt very funny after my run today and this happened last time I wore them.  Foam rolling and stretching. 

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I decided to run outside this morning since it was going to be warmer.  It was SO beautiful and there was a full moon!

I ran up LP Hwy.  I haven't done this route since before my stress fracture.  It brought a lot of memories of the day I was running my mid-week longish run (12 miles) and decided that my ankle just didn't feel right.  Sad. 

But today was a good run (not a sad one!).  54:00:00 (getting faster each day)

2 x 6 min walk/4 min run

3 x 5 min walk/5 min run

1 last sprint home...probably 2 minutes or so.

My running started out slow and got progressively faster and faster.  I even hit the 7MM.  Nice.

2 x 2 house worth of lunges

I'm kinda a Halloween Grinch....it is so much work and money for one lousy evening.  Grrrrr..... 

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We had our ward Halloween party last night and didn't get home until 9:00pm.  By the time everyone showered and got to bed it was WAY too late.  And they were grumpy and sugared up.

So when my alarm went off at 5:00am this morning, I was feeling grumpy too!  I turned it off planning on sleeping in.  Then my mind starting racing about when I was going to get my run in....I can't do it tonight, tomorrow is ward temple night, blah, blah, blah.  I finally got up.

By this time I only had 35 minutes, so I walked/ran as far as I could and thought I could add my shortage onto Saturday's run (.8 miles).  My ankle was definitely tired from yesterday's power run.  So I kept the pace very slow today and I *think* everything feels ok.

1 x 6 min walk/4 min run

2 x 5 min walk/5 min run

No stretching....nothing.  A quick drink, shower and back to bed.  It's gonna be a long day. 

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