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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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Official rest day on my easy week.  My lower legs were quite sore on Saturday and Sunday and I really want to be smart.  I'd rather be a bit under-trained than injured.  Maybe I'm just craaaazzzzyyyy.....

I'm toying with the idea of running the SL half on Saturday.  It would be really nice to have a good, fast race under my belt before Ogden, but I don't want to be dumb.  I've got until Wednesday to decide.


I can't wait to read all the Boston reports!

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58:58  AP:  9:49

10:27, 10:08, 9:55, 9:15, 9:41, 9:23

EASY recovery run.  I decided to run outside this morning.  It has been my first run in the dark all year.  I was a bit worried about the road construction in front of my street, but I brought my head lamp and took it really slow (hence the 10:27 first mile).

About mile 2, I had some MAJOR GI issues.  I was almost bush desperate.  But I made it to the rec center.  The front desk lady must have seen the look of despair on my face and waved me right in.  Thank you front desk lady.  Sweet relief.

I felt much better after that!  Still tried to keep the pace slow.  My lower legs are still achy.  Will they ever toughen up?  Still undecided about SL Half.

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AP: 9:25

9:58, 9:52, 9:58, 9:55, 9:23, 9:02, 8:51, 9:03, 6:31

Rec Center Route

Dark and early this morning!  I decided not to wear my Ipod this morning.  I ALWAYS wear  my Ipod.  There were a lot of noisy birds and chickens out today.

The first 4 miles were definitely climbing a long slow hill.  I was breathing hard.  I took a GU and water at the turn around point.  Then I just enjoyed the downhill. 


foam roll and stretch

Legs are feeling better.

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I have some friends who are baaaadddd influences!  They convinced me that I need to run the SL Half on Saturday.  So at 10:00pm (1 hour before registration closed) I registered and paid $90...ughhhhh....

So I'm taking today off and doing a slow 3 miles tomorrow.  This is the most spontaneous I've been about a race.  I'm getting WILD!!


Stretching and foam rolling

I happened to have a massage scheduled for tomorrow....hopefully that will help work out the rest of the kinks in my legs.

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Race: Salt Lake City Half Marathon (13.15 Miles) 01:51:17
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Running the Salt Lake Half Marathon was a last minute decision!  I was a bit nervous about doing it...my shins have been very sore and I was nervous about racing the Saturday before a big training week.  But I'm glad I did it and (as with every race) I learned a lot.

I got up at 4:25am, ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich, took my Immodium AD and headed to Salt Lake.  I met Rachel at Trax dark at 5:40am.  I saw some friends on Trax which is always fun!

I lost Rachel when we got off the train and headed to a POP line.  It was forever long and I knew I would be cutting it close making it to the start on time.  Rachel grabbed my arm (right when I was putting on my vaseline) and ran me to a really short POP line.  Talk about a great running friend!



Rachel took her "magic mouthwash".  Quite funny!


We had a few minutes before the gun was to go off, so we headed to the start to see all the elite!  It was awesome to finally meet Allie!  Andrea and Emily already had smoke coming out the back of their shoes!


AP:  8:28

Mile 1 - 8:20  My goal was a 1:50 (I ran a 1:55 at SG Half and 1:52 at Dogtown...so I thought that was a reasonable goal).  I found the 1:50 pacer.  Gun goes off and that pacer sprinted out of the starting area.  I was feeling frustrated with myself that I couldn't keep up.  I looked at my watch and it said I was running around an 7:30 ish mile(during that split second when I looked at my watch)...average pace for a 1:50 is 8:23.  That pacer was at least 100 yards ahead of me. 

I had to quickly decide that I was going to run my own race regardless of the dumb pacer.

Mile 2 - 8:27  I grabbed a quick water.  I was worried I was going out too fast.  My legs were a bit stiff.

Mile 3 - 8:16  Finally starting to warm up and felt like I was in the groove.  Never saw that stupid pacer again.

Mile 4 - 8:10  Still worried I had gone out too fast.

Mile 5 - 8:21  Feeling good

Mile 6 - 8:41  Took a GU and walked through the water station.  I got GU all over my hands and on my chin.  During training I always stop to take a GU...I need to practice taking a GU on the GO!  When I got through the water station, a little kid came running up behind me.  One of the other runner's asked him his age "11 1/2".  That totally ticks me off when "children" can beat me!  I did pass him later on though!

Mile 7 - 8:24 I was still feeling very good.

Mile 8 - 8:25  I tried not to look at my watch until mile 10 and now that I look at these splits, I super pleased at how consistent they are (minus the GU water stops).

Mile 9 - 8:29  Started thinking, I only have 1 more mile until another GU and water stop. 

Mile 10 - 8:27  Starting to get tired and just tried to hang on.  Trying to mentally prepare for the hill at mile 12.

Mile 11 - 8:42 Going through the park.  The water station came up sooner than I had expected and I quickly took my GU and water.  My stomach was starting to feel pukey.  I always seem to get pukey at the end of the race.  Uggghhhhh....

Mile 12 - 8:49  I was officially out of gas.  I started running next to this man and woman.  It appeared that he was pacing this lady.  He asked me for the distance and time off my watch.  Then proceeded to give this lady pep-talks.  I was in need of pep talks and hung with them.  My breathing, going up the hill, became very labored and my stomach was getting pukier by the  minute.  I'm SO frustrated with myself that I stopped and walked for 10 seconds.  WHY couldn't I have just run slower or just toughed it out.  I was able to catch back up the the man and lady.  State street seemed to take forever.  I couldn't see people turning and I was growing wearier by the minute. 

Mile 13 - 8:36, 1:04  I thought the finish line was at the Gateway, so when I turned off of State Street, I thought we still had a ways to go.  Then I saw the arch and looked at the distance on my watch and knew it really was the finish.  I started to speed up and pukes came on.  I just kept swallowing them down.  Ughhhh...

I grabbed some water and ran into my friend Janae.  She and her hubby are so darn fast! 

I have mixed feelings about the race.  For as many miles as I've been running, I feel like I should be able to go faster.  But I couldn't.  It frustrates me that I was starting to run out of gas at mile 10.  This confirms I need to do more speed work ON THE TRACK. AND I just need to run more miles.

Running certainly keeps you humble!

After I chatted with Smooth, Lowell and Rachel, I headed out to watch the winners of the marathon.  The police escort for Fritz was pretty darn cool!  While waiting for Allie to come, I ran into Jake and Andrea.  Talk about a darn to earth, friendly pair!  Allie looked great coming into the finish!

When I got home, we needed to go to my son's soccer game and clean out the basement (we are finishing our basement and everything had to be cleared out).  Stupid food storage.  I'm officially tired!

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