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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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Golf course - 100e-300n—TT:  1:02:26 AP:  9:36

Felt alright.  Calves and hips still tight.  Sunshine felt good!




Walking lunges

Side lunges


SL bridge 

Monster walks

Walk sit with adductor (band)


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silo road -mct loop TT:  50:38  AP:  10:07

I am doing Saturday's run today.


trx lunge

trx dead lift

trx crunch

trx side plank up/downs

trx W



adductor squeeze



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Discovery Park Loop  TT: 1:11:40  AP: 9:25  The sun was shining and it felt so good!  I felt slightly stiff and clunky.

Wide squat
SL squat to lunge
Shoe laces hamstrings 
Step ups 
Monster walk
Adductor squeeze
Donkey kicks

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TT:  2:25:28 AP: 8:53 

9.73 miles HR: 176


TT:  11:32 AP: 11:32 HR: 171

1.3 miles


Warm up with Karen and Leslie:  9:37, 9:18, 9:21

3k (8:15-8:25):  8:27, 6:40 (8:23)——-1.8 miles

1k recovery (9:15-9:25): 9:21———.6 miles

3k (8:15-8:25): 8:22, 6:38 (8:19)

1k recovery (9:15-9:25): 9:27

3k (8:15-8:25): 8:30, 6:46 (8:30)


Hmmmm....this didn’t go so well.  I felt like I was coming down with a cold all week.  Lots of water and LOTS of sleep.


Pre run:  bagel.


I met Karen and Leslie and warmed up with them for 3 miles.  I felt like I was working hard during the warmup.  Left the ladies.


Ran the first 3k.  It was a little too hard, but got through it.


Took a gel right before #2.  Not quite as hard.


Started #3.  Started seeing stars 1 mile into it.  I stopped for 10-15 seconds and took a drink.  I still didn’t feel right.  I just ran and didn’t even look at my watch.  My heart was beating so fast.


Started to cool down.  Still breathing SO hard and heart beating so fast.  Almost felt dizzy.  I missed the turn to get back to my car and then freaked out because I was 2-3 miles from my car.  I knew I didn’t have enough in me to get to back to it.  Thankfully, my husband was leaving for lunch and I was by his office.  He kept saying, “you don’t look very good.  You REALLY don’t look very good.”


So I’m not sure if it was a nutrition bonk, but that last 3k/cooldown was crazy.

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