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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: 37.00 Year: 873.25
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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This run goes into the "I'd rather lay on the side of the road and die" category.  Ughhhh.....

Hubby was running Ragnar and so I was at the mercy of a babysitter this morning.  7:00am is really early for a babysitter on a Saturday morning (whereas I would like to be finishing around that time).

We had guys working on our basement until 11:30pm.  Loud aircompressors, nail guns, singing....I didn't sleep very well. My head cold is now full blown....ughhhhh

I started running and felt ok.  But the I started to climb the rec center street and my breathing became out of control.  I started to get really really really dizzy.  I happen to see a guy from my ward running and I almost turned around to catch him and see if he had a phone.  But Tim was gone and I wasn't sure who else I could call.

I thought I would make it to the turn around point and take my GU.  I laid on the side of the street and watched the clouds swirling.  I was probably there for 7 minutes or so.  I was hoping the GU would kick in.  I started walking and was finally able to start to run.  Though I had my fuel belt and was consistently drinking, I stopped sweating.  It was so hot. I had to stop and walk every couple of minutes. 

I was really hoping I would see someone I knew driving by and they could give me a ride home.

When I got home, I laid on the floor under the ceiling fan.  It took me a long while to stop seeing stars.  YUCK...I hope I never had a run like that for a LONG LONG LONG time.

I made a batch of breakfast burritos.  Each of my kids filled up their backpacks with breakfast and gatoraide.  We went on a hike up Grove Creek.  I was a bit nervous doing it alone (sometimes we have a few belly-achers and have to divide and conquer).  But this morning was about the kids and having fun.  We stopped after 400 ft and ate our burritos.  We found little trails and explored.  We threw rocks in the stream and discovered lots of "ruins".  It was great morning.

Now I just need to get over this dumb cold.

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From Lily on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 20:10:23 from

Gosh, way to be tough today. And even taking your kids out afterwards!

From Toby on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 22:47:43 from

Lily....there was NOTHING tough about today. If I could've gotten a ride home, I would have jumped at the chance. It was horrific. Glad to see you are running again!

From Bec on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 14:38:51 from

I think that you are tough Toby. Way to go getting 10 miles out of the way, not feeling well at all. I have had my share of runs where I have actually sat on the curb and contemplated life... Why I run, why I feel awful, and then I just continue to act like a big baby. Running takes emotions, illnesses, and other stuff and makes it feel 10x worse.

I LOVE Grove Creek! So cool you could share such a fun time with your family. Great jog today!

From RAD on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 14:56:16 from

Oh, I'm feelin' ya on this one. Friday's long run was pretty much exactly the same way for me, but I didn't even have to GU to try. I'm impressed you did a family hike afterward!

From catherine on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:48:08 from

So...we live so so close to there. I'll text you my address. We'll give you a ride anytime. :)

I hope you don't ever have to have another run like that, though. I'm sorry it was so awful.

From catherine on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 20:49:40 from

Also - are you still doing your way early mornings?

From Toby on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 21:41:33 from

You guys are so nice. I'm still not thinking it is toughness....more like stupidity!!! I talked with the guy at church and he did have a phone and ended up calling his wife to come and get him. I wished I would have caught up to him!!!

Catherine - yep...still doing early (insane) running. I think I'm doing m-3,t-7,w-5....then see how the week plays out. Text me if you are interested (especially on tuesday!!!).

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