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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.

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TT:  45:23  AP:  9:04  300 N to 100 E--first 1.5 miles with Tim.

Chilly this morning and I wore gloves.  Taper crazy in full swing.

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3 easy miles on the home TM.  Not worth the dirty clothes!

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Race: St George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:01:17
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I ran the 2011 St George marathon as my very first marathon and had a horrible experience.  It was my first 26.2 mile distance, it was hot, and everyone said it was all downhill.  It took me 6 years to run it again.


My summer training cycle leading up to the race was just ho-hum.  I ran all the miles, but no race specific workouts.  My heart wasn’t in it.  It was also a very hot summer.  So I had no real goals for this race other than just to survive.




I met Smooth, Lowell, and Rachel at the busses.  It was so fun to have friends and catch up.  The race started 15 minutes late and we were freezing.  I lined up at the start line with the 5:00 pacer.  I really wanted to start slow (maybe that was too slow).  I didn’t listen to any music for the first 7 miles.  




I took my first GU and salt pill at mile 7 (right before Veyo).  I forgot how big Veyo was!  But I kept my head down and tried to keep my breathing under control.  Then came Dameron Valley.  


I turned my music off for awhile and just enjoyed the beauty.  It was fun to listen to other people’s conversations.  The miles just clipped by and I was feeling good.  I was surprised by this.  At this point in Ogden, I was already to feel labored.


I was really consistent with my GU’s and salt pills.  I stopped all caffeine intake for 3 weeks prior to the race.  I saved my caffeinated GU’s till later in the race.  I also took some Advil at mile 18.  All of this nutrition planning worked so well.


By mile 16, I felt like I could really start to pick up the pace and not have the wheels fall off.  I hate the wheels falling off because the tears come and I hate running.  I just kept picking up my pace.  I stopped once for an icy/hot rub down and once for a potty break.  


At mile 20, there was a lady that I had been leap-frogging with.  She was walking through the aid station.  I came up behind and grabbed her arm.  I told her I had been following her and she had to keep moving.  We ran together for a few miles.  We talked a little, but it was just nice to have the company.  Eventually, I lost her at another aid station.


At mile 23 in 2011, Tim had just finished running a few mils with me.  He told me all I had left was a 5K.  NO BIG DEAL!  I literally thought I was going to die.  3 MORE MILES.  This year, I just got faster and faster.  I have never felt so good during a race.  I looked at my watched at saw 8:20’s.  I’ve never run that fast at a marathon finish.


It was so encouraging to see spectators.  I knew my family would be coming up soon and I couldn’t stop smiling.  I was so happy and felt so good.  Finally at the finish line, I saw my son and daughter holding up a big sign.  I gave them the pump fist and relished the moment.


I have never felt this good during a marathon.  I’m sure starting so slow didn’t help my time, but I the wheels didn’t come off.  The tears were replaced by smiles the entire way.  I call that a HUGE success.  And my time was pretty good considering my training.




TT:  4:01:17  AP:  9:10

9:47, 9:38, 9:02, 8:53, 8:52, 8:47, 8:43, 9:33, 9:33, 9:21, 9:28, 9:25, 9:03, 9:29, 8L52, 9:01, 8:58, 9:42, 9:56, 9:10, 8:55, 9:02, 9:45, 8:18, 8:40, 8:39, 2:36


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I've done absolutely nothing since the marathon.  I'm going in for a LASIK consultation today.  I haven't been able to wear my contacts since Saturday.  It's been a good excuse to be lazy.

I hope I'm a candidate to get my eyes fixed.

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Timp Overlook (at the summit of the Alpine Loop) with Wendy.  TT:  1:08  AP:  20:44  Elevation:  800 feet  Started at 8000 feet.

I felt very rusty and full of cobwebs.  I was also sucking wind at 8000 feet.  It felt good to get outside and see the colors.



squat to front lunge

hammie rollout

side lunge

front lunge to single leg squat

dead lift

paper plates

trx row

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Pine Hollow-Heber Lookout with Karen.  It was cold, windy, and snowy.  

TT:  1:19. AP:  20:44. Elevation: 1100 ft

ITB started to bug.  Very sore from lifting.

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MCT - very creaky the first few miles.  I went a lot faster than I thought.  

TT:  53:06, AP:  8:50

9:50, 9:10, 8:46, 8:39, 8:21, 8:13



squat to front lunge

hammie rollout

bicep to shoulder press


side lunge

front lunge to single leg squat

dead lift

paper plates

trx row


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45 minutes step mill


chest press


seated row

skull crusher


2x ITB rehab

bohemian lunge

LLL with band

clam shell with band

bridge (single leg)

side hip bridge

side step with band

pistle squat

hip hike

donkey kicks

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Corner Canyon south for 2.5--then north for 2.5.  TT:  1:57:26 AP: 11:34. Elevation: 2044

It was a very beautiful sunny morning and the trails were covered in brightly covered leaves!  I was huffing and puffing those climbs.  Will they ever be easier?  Ha!  

ITB bugged all yesterday and the first few miles, but then it chilled out!


Trx crunch

Walking lunges

Trx side plank drop


Trx side crunch

Calf raises



Up/downs on Bosu

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2 mile run to Potts Field at UC

4x400 with partner (1:44, 1:40, 1:39, 1:39)

2 mile run back to hotel


Camp Kara is the best!

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Another Camp Kara run up the canyon.  I ran with Adam Goucher on the way down.  It was super fun to chat with him.

TT:  42:08. AP: 9:21

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