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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: 3.10 Month: 8.10 Year: 51.79
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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2014 - Minutes Miles: 499.00
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TT: 1:32:39

AP: 8:27

9:48, 9:16, 8:54, 8:50, 8:22, 8:15, 8:03, 8:21, 7:50, 7:31, 7:23

East Murdock Canal

I haven't done an early morning run in awhile and I had a hard time finding my mojo...actually it took me 3 miles to find it :). I was feeling tired and sluggish. And my podcast was stupid today.

I finally turned on some tunes and found my groove. Took a GU after the turn around at the bathrooms. Legs felt good.

I've been babysitting my 2 nieces this past weekend and they finally left today. 6 kids is a lot.....1 set of triplets, 1 set of twins and a 2 year old. I'm ready for a nap

2014 - Minutes Miles: 92.00
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TT: 56:10

I wasn't interested in running in the wind this morning. So I ran downstairs.


2 mile run

Lunge matrix


Push up


Row fly

Quick stretch and foam roll!

2014 - Minutes Miles: 90.00
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TT:  1:17:55

AP:  8:33

9:33, 9:00, 8:59, 8:45, 8:32, 8:06, 7:57, 8:13, 7:44, 1:01

LP Hwy to SR 92 to Alpine Hwy

It was significantly colder than I had anticipated this morning.  I should have gone back and gotten a warmer shirt and gloves, but I didn't.  And I paid for it later. 

My hands were SO cold.  Now (several hours later) they are still very tingly and swollen.  Dumb move on my part.

My run was alright.  I was cold and tired and it took awhile to get moving.  That is one thing I really like running in the afternoon is that I don't feel like a zombie.  

My shin was bugging a little bit this morning...I need to work on stretching my calves and scraping them.  

I'm really tired.  I feel like all I do is run and sleep.  I'm getting so close though and then I will take some time off.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 77.00
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Planned rest day! 30 minutes weights.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 30.00
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TT: 2:39:45

AP: 8:19

9:52, 8:50, 8:35, 8:30, 8:16, 8:14, 8:21, 8:20, 8:12, 7:57, 8:05, 8:08, 8:15, 8:03, 8:08, 8:05, 7:55, 7:48

Murdock Canal

I was planning on doing my long run while my daughter was at kindergarten, but my son was tested positive for strep throat last night and stayed home from school today. I can't leave him home alone for that many hours.

So 4am it was....and dark and lonely! I wasn't sure what to expect from this run. It was strictly off feel because it was too dark to keep looking at my watch.

As always, I mentally broke the run up into bathroom segments. I would think to myself....just make it to the Battle Creek bathroom...then the Lindon bathroom, etc. Not necessarily for potty needs, but more as land markers. They were all 4-5 miles apart. I like having those small achievable goals. I knew if I could make it there mentally, I would survive the early dark run alone.

My 16 miler was an amazing run for me. My AP was an 8:09. I knew I couldn't go that fast today and I think I'm pleased with my AP. It is still faster than my marathon pace (I need to run an AP of 8:23 to get my BQ). As I was finishing today, I kept thinking to myself that come race day, I still would need 8 more miles. That is an 1:10:00 more of running and could I hang on that long. It is going to hurt!

I stretched for awhile when I got home and soaked in the bath tub to warm up. I think the combination of those has left me with no soreness. Big success right there.

It was warmer when I left my house, but windy on the canal. I didn't bring gloves again and my hands froze. When will I learn!

2014 - Minutes Miles: 160.00
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5 very slow creaky recovery miles. My legs feel surprisingly good...except this one spot on my shin. I'm quite surprised at how good they feel!

49 miles/week is the most I've EVER run. Small accomplishments!

Stretch and foam roll

We have a family friend in town, so I'm off to show her SL.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 50.00
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