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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: 0.00 Month: 26.25 Year: 137.12
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance


AP:  9:21 

9:50, 9:42, 9:21, 8:46, 5:53

There was a beautiful moon out this morning.  First I have to start with a small rant:  There is so much darn road construction by my house.  I literally can't turn on my main street without hitting chunks of large, broken up asphalt, huge piles of dirt, running into a million cones and half the streets are closed.  It takes me twice as long to drive anywhere (because of all the detours) and when I run these portions, I have to walk over them.  Done.

I really wanted to have a bit of a faster run this morning.  My legs have been dragging all week and I needed a bit of a booster.  So once I got through all the road crud, I really tried to pick it up.  I semi-succeeded. 

I'm doing my longish run tomorrow, so I can totally focus on my kids' baptism on Saturday.  Then next week, it is back to bigger miles and the track.

I had to have a really hard conversation last night with a family member.  As a result, I'm not very popular right now.  Sigh.....

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From RAD on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 at 13:12:20 from

Oh Toby! I wish I could come on your long run tomorrow. I think we could both use a decompression run! Sorry about family crud hanging over your head again, I know it isn't always popular. But, you are doing what is right for you and your family and that is what is RIGHT! It may not be easy, but it is RIGHT! Don't let 'popularity' win out, but let your Heavenly Father's guiding hand guide you to what is best for you and yours. It isn't easy, but it will be worth it.

Okay, now off MY rant :)

We both have baptisms Saturday! You just have 3 :) My kiddos are doing a tri that morning (super short sprint!) and the baptism is at noon...it will be a crazy morning! I think it is a good thing I can't/shouldn't run and am just focusing on them. I'm kind of excited! Then I'm going to try and get out on a longer ride in the Evening. Maybe I'll bike out to see you :)

From Toby on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 at 20:13:32 from

Oh sweet Rachel!!! I'm really in the dog house right now. After major issues and I feel like I have taken a stand, I always question if I did the right thing. I sure hope so!

This is my rest week and I'm only going 10 miles tomorrow. But next week is 17 if you are interested (or if you foot is interested)?

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