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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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3 miles on the stair climber.  My water bottle kept falling off...annoying!


10x adductor on pulley machine (each leg)

10x abductor on pulley machine (each leg)

10 one-legged squat (each leg)

10 lunges (each leg)

10 one legged hamstring lift

Stretching and foam rolling.  I am feeling good.  ITB and hip are feeling better.  I'm ready for school to start tomorrow. 

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1 mile warm up

2.75 miles worth of 1 min/hard and 1 min/easy.  I did my hards at 9.3 and my easys at 6.3.  I did the last 2 hards at 9.5 and 9.8.  I felt much better after this speed session than I did last week.  My breathing was much more controlled and I was able to recover quicker.  I didn't feel like puking and my heart did feel like it was going to pop out of my chest.  

  .75 mile cool down

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TM miles 40:44

This run seemed to take forever!  I was bored and tired!  Finally got through it.  Stretched and foam rolled.  Hip and ITB are feeling better - it seems to be the long runs that bug those.  Front right shin has been bugging alittle the last few days.  Something to make a mental note of.  

I haven't lifted in 2 days - definitely on Friday!

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TM Mile 33:43

SOOOOO tired this morning!  No energy for weights..darn it!  I did my up 12 mph and down 10 mph workout.  I started at 6.5mph for the first .75 and went up to 7.7mph for the last .25.  Then back down to 6.7 and so on.  The last mile I only went down 8mph and sped it up to 9.3 for the last .25.  I was about to puke.

I did a few myrtle exercises to keep the hip in check.  Front right shin still bugs alittle. Stretching, foam rolling and a power nap.

Now it is time to sew my last 100 skirts. Blech.

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Still having nightmares about getting my 400 skirts done in time.  Only 2 more weeks of insanity left!

I got to the gym around 6:30am.  I really wanted to get some lifting in this morning even though I wouldn't have a lot of time


10x squats on smith machine

60 sec plank

10xabductor on pulley machine

10x adductor on pulley machine



2x 6 mile runs.

The first 6 mile seemed to take forever.  It is that mental barrier of getting over the first half.  I decided to take a GU today instead of jelly beans - jelly beans take too long to eat and sometimes feel heavy in my stomach.  GU was much faster.

The second 6 miler didn't take as long, but I was getting tired (especially by mile 9).  BUT my hip didn't hurt at all.  Not one iota of discomfort!!!!!  But my front shin did bug. One thing after another.

1:51:12 -9:28, 9:22, 9:23, 9:19, 9:22, 9:16, 9:30 (reset TM), 9:12, 9:13, 9:13, 9:07, 9:01

AP was 9:16.  I thought that was really slow.  So I went back through my training log to see previous 12ish mile runs from last year and what their AP was

9:27 - 12 mile

9:30 - 12 mile

9:15 - 13.33 mile

9:59 - 15 mile

9:45 - 11 mile

8:48 - 12 mile (near the end of my marathon training)

8:59 - 12 mile (last 12 miler before SGM)

After doing this research, I felt better about my pace.  That is one positive about TM - it will keep you consistent.

Just as I finished, I saw my hubby's boss.  I was a sweat BOMB (none of this glistening stuff....more like a sweaty pig).  I was a bit embarrassed - I'm definitely not a "cute" girl at the gym!  Oh well....what do you expect after 12 miles.

Lots of stretching and foam rolling (ITB was achy on the roller, but not during the run).  Ice bath - but I don't think I filled the tub full enough (how full are you suppose to fill it???).  It didn't even cover my knees.  I was so cold before I got in the tub...brrrr......

Grocery shopping and sewing...fun....


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