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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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Nice and easy this morning.  The weather was ideal....a bit on the chilly side.  I'm not as motivated to do "extras" when I run in the morning, but I did do a few houses of lunges.  I must think that is is taking away from my morning nap or something.  I need to be more motivated in the AM as I am in the PM!

NOW....I'm wondering how many miles I can run this week safely????  I was thinking about 3, 5, 7, 5, 10=30.  Is that too much too soon?

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1:03:00 - UP rec center loop


9:38, 9:22, 9:21, 8:57, 8:47, 8:49, 8:50

I'm loving this more summer sunlight!  It makes it so much easier to run!  I just went by feel today.  I found it easier to run on the sidewalk than the really slanted road.  About mile 3, I stopped to stretch my calves - very tight.  My foot felt a lot better when I was pushing off with my big toe (whereas I usually push off more on the outside of my foot).  Still achy, but no pain.  Trial and error.  All the ankle tendons and muscles were quite sore though. 

Heel/toe walking cool down

30 minutes with the trainer.  She had me do some crazy lunge thing....ughhhh

Stretch and foam roll

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Too many "life" things going on yesterday...hence the rest day.  

AM:  30 minutes with trainer this morning.


PM:  Too hot to run outside, so I headed to the gym.  I watched Barefoot Contessa and plugged out miles.  Started slow and went by feel.  I was able to get progressively faster and the miles went on.  Foot - still the same.  Small amounts of tugging - need to push off on big toe - ankle tendons/muscles sore.

A few more sets of core stuff. 

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Manilla Elementary - up farm hill

Easy and slow was the name of the game this morning.  Beautiful weather too!  Arch muscles is feeling better.  But still have very achy ankle tendon/muscles.  

I'm getting a head cold.  Bleh.....

Stretch and ice

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This run goes into the "I'd rather lay on the side of the road and die" category.  Ughhhh.....

Hubby was running Ragnar and so I was at the mercy of a babysitter this morning.  7:00am is really early for a babysitter on a Saturday morning (whereas I would like to be finishing around that time).

We had guys working on our basement until 11:30pm.  Loud aircompressors, nail guns, singing....I didn't sleep very well. My head cold is now full blown....ughhhhh

I started running and felt ok.  But the I started to climb the rec center street and my breathing became out of control.  I started to get really really really dizzy.  I happen to see a guy from my ward running and I almost turned around to catch him and see if he had a phone.  But Tim was gone and I wasn't sure who else I could call.

I thought I would make it to the turn around point and take my GU.  I laid on the side of the street and watched the clouds swirling.  I was probably there for 7 minutes or so.  I was hoping the GU would kick in.  I started walking and was finally able to start to run.  Though I had my fuel belt and was consistently drinking, I stopped sweating.  It was so hot. I had to stop and walk every couple of minutes. 

I was really hoping I would see someone I knew driving by and they could give me a ride home.

When I got home, I laid on the floor under the ceiling fan.  It took me a long while to stop seeing stars.  YUCK...I hope I never had a run like that for a LONG LONG LONG time.

I made a batch of breakfast burritos.  Each of my kids filled up their backpacks with breakfast and gatoraide.  We went on a hike up Grove Creek.  I was a bit nervous doing it alone (sometimes we have a few belly-achers and have to divide and conquer).  But this morning was about the kids and having fun.  We stopped after 400 ft and ate our burritos.  We found little trails and explored.  We threw rocks in the stream and discovered lots of "ruins".  It was great morning.

Now I just need to get over this dumb cold.

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