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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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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 82.80 Year: 1452.62
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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20 eliptical

2 miles on the stair climber


I'm having a hard day today - maybe even a pity party!  Over Thanksgiving, I decided I was going to run my first marathon.  On things like that, once I commit - it is go time.  I don't turn back.  All my best efforts are put forth and very very rarely do I slack.

My left ankle has been bothering me for 2 weeks.  I should have rested it.  I thought I could run through the pain.  After doing some internet research (and that is always SO accurate), I think I might have a slight stress fracture.  This makes me mad cause gosh darn it -  I'm ready to go.  Mentally, I'm ready to work hard and hurt after a good workout.

I've been icing several times a day, Motrin, an ankle brace - but I think it needs rest.  While waiting for the stair climber at the gym, I went on the eliptical - YUCK!  What a waste of time.  It just bums me out!

 I'm ready to start racing fast.  Last year was my "warm up" after my 4 year "having babies" break!  I'm ready to loose my last few baby pounds (I'm 146 and want to be between 125-130) and be fast.  

Okay - I'm done with my frustration - time to make the best of the situation!

Weight: 146.00
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I decided to beat all the gym fakers and get there at 4:45am (fakers don't get up that early, do they??).  All the stair-climbers were occupied when I walked in the door, but by the time I took off my jacket and put on my brace one freed up.  

 My ankle is starting to feel better.  I've been wearing my hubby's old school ankle brace and it is really helping.  I think taking yesterday off helped too. 

I got home earlier than normal from the gym, so I went back to bed for an hour - AWESOME!


4.25 miles on the stair climber

45 minutes

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 I decided I wanted to get on the road this afternoon -an easy slow run.  I wore the ankle brace and it did help.  My ankle got sore around 2.5.  I am going to cross train tomorrow, but it sure felt good to get outside!

Total time 35:13

Average mile split 8:51




4 - 8:21

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This was my first awesome workout of the week!  I went to the gym at 4:45am and still had to wait for a stair-climber.  I asked the front desk guy about getting more machine - I wasn't the only one who had been complaining.  

2.25 miles on elliptical

4 miles on stair climber (35:25 minutes)

My ankle felt great!  I really massage it hard last night and the seemed to help a ton! 


Weight: 144.00
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8 miles on stairclimber


I was the 5th person in the gym today and got on a stairclimber - HAH!  I had people coming up to me the whole time asking when I was going to be done.  Unfortunately, there isn't much on TV at 6am on a Saturday morning - "The Bass Masters" is an AWESOME show (NOT!!). 

I didn't wear the ankle brace today and felt fantastic.  I think next week I will run every other day and cross train.

So on New Years Eve, on my way to the "Beat the New Year" race, they played the top 100 songs of the year/decade on the radio.  I hadn't heard this song in a long time and downloaded it the next day.  It helped me endure today on the stairclimber.


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Weight: 145.00
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