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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: 3.10 Month: 8.10 Year: 51.79
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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My running schedule is a bit wacky this week because hubby and I are going on a trip.  YAHOOO....


6 easy recovery miles on TM

I felt good and legs felt fine.


2xLLL(30 lifts)

Stretching and foam rolling

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I kept waking up last night fearing I had missed my alarm and didn't get my miles in.  Weird.

4:38am eventually came and I headed to the gym.  8 easy miles on the TM.  1:14:00.

I felt good, but was very bored.  I think that is an injury too...boredom on the TM.  I watched a few early morning cooking shows (definitely better than the news).  I had to wear my old visor this morning.  The velcro is wacked and it kept falling off.  Then sweat kept getting in my eyes.  Fun times on the TM.

1x30 LLL.

Stretched and foam rolled.

Got my mullet cut off yesterday.  I gotta look spiffy for the trip.

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I went to bed at 9:00pm last because I was so tired from last nights constant waking up.  I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to run.

I wanted to get some sort of speed in this week.

Mile 1 warm up - 6.4 mph

Mile 2 tempo - 6.8 mph

Mile 3 tempo - 6.9 mph

Jumped off for 1 minute to get a drink and wipe off my face

Mile 4 tempo - 7.0mph (at every .25 miles, I bumped up the speed another 1 mph.  So I ended the 4th mile at 7.3mph)

Mile 5 cool down - 6.6 mph

Surprisingly, I felt really good.  My breathing was controlled and my legs felt bouncy and fresh.  I always have such a mental block coming into speed work.  But once I get going...it always goes by fast.

1x30 LLL

Stretch and foam roll

Rest day tomorrow and 17 miles on Friday.

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3:40am...alarm goes off.  Surprisingly, I am awake and am ready to do my long run.  I thought my gym opened at 4:00am, but when I went to open the front door, the sign said 4:30am.  Ughhhh....I had to be done by 7:00am so hubby could get to work (he was going in late so I could get my run in.  He is AWESOME!!!!).  So I set a water bottle outside my car and started running laps around the well-light parking lot.  Yep - 100% LOSER!!!  But I was on a time schedule and had to take care of business!  I got in 2.25 miles (I think...didn't bring the Garmin, so it was based off of time).

Once the gym opened, I quickly grabbed my stuff and found my favorite TM.  I brought my hubby's Ipad and turned on "The Help".  I planned on doing two - 6 mile runs and then  a 2.75 mile run. (TM resets after 60 minutes and I wanted to end at an even mile).

I set the speed at 6.5mph (9:14mm).  The first 6 miles were very long.  I stopped at mile 4 (which was really mile 6) and took a GU.  Reset the TM at mile 6.  Took another GU at second set mile 4 (which was really mile 12). 

I was SO darn surprised at how GREAT I felt - I felt like I could have run forever.  I've had a fair share of hard and horrible runs lately.  I'm not sure why, but I really needed a good run.  I needed an emotional running deposit....too many withdrawals lately. 

I thought about upping my speed, but decided that if I continued to feel good, I would on my last set (which was 2.75 miles).  I had to bring 2 sweat towels and 2 hats.  It was hot in there today!  I had a sweet pile of GU wrappers, empty water bottles, tissues by my treadmill.  I got a few interesting looks from fellow gym-goers.

I continued to feel wonderful (no hip or shin issues).  So at bumped up the speed to 6.6mph and make the last 1.75 a temp run.  So at the risk of sounding like a dork, I do a lot of visualization when I run.  I know...dork.  Shut up - it works!  I was just so surprised at how great I felt AND "Eye of the Tiger" came on the last .5 miles.  I had the perfect picture in my mind that I had just BQ'd.  Maybe someday.

 I only had time to walk for a cool down for a few minutes.  My feet were tired, but no other aches or pains.  I contemplated doing another mile to make it 18, but didn't want to push my luck making my hubby even later for work.

I came home - stretched and foam rolled.

1.5 - LLL x30

I feel like I can go on my trip with no worries (I just hope I can find a place to run at the resort).  All the kid stuff is taken care of and I know they will have a lot of fun.  My long run is over (I have to do an 18 miler while I am there) and I plan on wearing my compression socks on the plane.  Just time to enjoy!

I just calculated my time doing 9:14mm x 17 miles = 2:36:58 (didn't get a true time since I had to reset the TM so many times).

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After a long day of traveling, I'm very glad to be sitting in an air-conditioned hotel room.  The fitness center has treadmills, towels and water.  Enough for me!  Except it is very warm and humid...makes for a sweatier mess.  I'm so glad there is a TM and I can get a few miles in.

3 easy shake out miles with hubby.  


Time to go PIG OUT!

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