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Salt Lake City Half Marathon

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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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Easy 6.0 mph run on the home TM. Everything is going to be slow this week to help my shin chill out and taper for the SL Half.

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Long stretch and foam roll

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1 mile run

I've had the hardest time getting up in the morning lately. Lazy bum :). I worked out while my daughter was at kindergarten. Calves tight today. Lots of stretch and foam rolling.

Easy run tomorrow and rest on Friday. Be kind SL.

I had to take my 6 year old to get a few worts frozen off her fingers. Unfortunately, I had tons of worts as a kids and she has inheritated that trait from me. Poor kid....it was quite traumatic. But a treat from the gas station seemed to make life a bit better. And showing her cool band aides to her kindergarten class.

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Easy TM run at home. Lots of stretching and foam rolling.

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Race: Salt Lake City Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:44:01
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Salt Lake Half Marathon Death March 

There was nothing beautiful or lovely about this race. It was a 13.3 mile suffer fest.  

I've been really nervous about this race.  I knew that if I ran a 1:44 at the race today, I would be close to my BQ plan for the Ogden Marathon.  I guess the anxiety of that 1:44 goal put me over the edge.  And I wasn't sure how my body would hold up.  It's getting worn out and semi-broken and I still have 4 weeks to go.

I left home at 5:00 am and found a great parking spot close to the finish area.  I took Trax to the starting area.  I found a few friendly faces, Josse, Ericka, Paul, Tiffany, and Allie.

 I found the 1:45 pacer and had plans to hang with him for awhile. The gun went off and immediately, I knew this race was going to hurt.  

The race started uphill and was followed by several more rolling hills.  My heart rate was already going crazy and my breathing labored.  My stomach felt sick with anxiety. I still had a LONG time to suffer through the streets of Salt Lake.

I hung with the 1:45 pacer for awhile but eventually left him during the Memory Grove down hill.  I was able to pick up some speed during this section, but felt like I was still putting forth a lot of effort.  

Tim and the kids were waiting for me at mile 5.  It was SO wonderful to see friendly faces with a big sign!

Eventually, I saw the 3:25 marathon pacer and ran with them for several miles until they split off at mile 9. I still felt like I was exerting a lot of energy and had a long ways to go.

After the pacer turned off onto the marathon course, I tried to stay with the half marathoners that were with that group.  My wheels started to rapidly fall off at mile 10.  I felt like I kept pushing the gas pedal harder and harder, but the speed was not coming.  

My calves were cramping and my mental mojo was trickling away.  I was in shuffle mode and was just trying to hang on for dear life. The numbers on my watch kept getting slower and slower and my stomach was growing angrier by the second.  

I kept thinking to myself, "This is SO hard.  This isn't fun.  My body is going to start revolting."  I felt like I was going to burst into tears.  This desperation was not part of my race plan.

I knew I only had less than a half mile to go.  I turned the street corner and could see the finish line.  But the more I pushed the pace, the further away the finish line got.  It took forever to complete that last .5 miles.  There was no euphoria or singing angels when I finally reached the balloon arch.  I stepped off to the side right in front of the camera man and tried to keep my breakfast together.  Tears started to form in my eyes....I have never had a race experience like that before.

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My body hurt in ways I didn't know was possible.  I had exerted so much mental and physical energy that I didn't care about anything else.  Pain was the only word in my post race vocabulary.

But then I saw my beautiful family.  My kids were cheering and the pain subsided momentarily.  I was so glad they were there.  I wanted to make them proud.  I told them I ran the race in a very horrible 1:44:01....which was exactly my goal.  A 7 minute course PR (the race director changed the course and it was way more difficult than last year in my opinion).

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I said a quick goodbye to my beautifuls and all my grumpies returned.  I left the race shortly thereafter to get home for a soccer game and egg hunt.

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(Good to see Ericka at the finish line....she totally rocked her race!)

I was hoping to have a mental boost from running this half marathon today for my big race in May.  But I'm unsure of what to think of the situation.  I'm not sure I can handle that kind of excruciating nonsense for another 2 hours in a marathon.  I felt like the harder I tried push the pace, the more I mentally and physically hurt.  There was no adrenaline to take off the edge.  

I hit my goal today so I'm not sure why I'm so hesitant and not feeling the "high".  I may have entered into that next level of physical discomfort.  

And it is really painful. 

TT:  1:44:01

AP:  7:52 7:59, 8:00, 7:21, 7:37, 7:20, 7:57, 7:49, 8:12, 7:58, 7:52, 7:43, 8:26, 7:57, 1:46

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