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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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AP:  9:32  (10:08, 9:45, 10:02, 9:28, 9:08, 9:18, 8:47)

Honestly, I feel like crud.  My left ankle is totally sore.  Just under the ankle bone.  It hurt after my run on Saturday and hurts again today.  Ughhh.....

I did my mid-week long run today (instead of Wednesday) because of the race on Saturday.  Climbing those 100E hills kick my trash.  All hills are kicking my trash these days. 

I'm kinda feeling grumpy about running right now.  Grump...grump...grump....

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I was totally bummed that Catherine wasn't able to join me this morning on the track.  She really pushed me last week and it was mentally helpful to have her there.  But she did a great job at Deseret News!   Go Catherine!

1.5 mile warm up

6x400 with 200 rest







Cool down until I hit 5 miles

I definitely had consistency this week.  During the last 100 of #4 and 6, I really tried to get up on my toes like I did during high school when I ran the 800m.  They were hard today and I was breathing hard.  But I don't think I could have gone any faster.  I was also in a better mood.  My ankle didn't hurt during the run, but definitely after (and now at night). 

30 minutes with trainer.  Stupid front and side lunges.

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5 very slow - easy - recovery miles with Catherine.  Rehashed yesterday's race.  It's been so fun to run with her and I am really sad she will be moving.

Left ankle and flexor on the bottom of the foot still wacked out.  I have no idea how Saturday will play out.   Right now, my main goal is to give my kids a big sweaty kiss at the end.  I hope I can make it to the end.

Very sore from yesterday's beating with the trainer.


ART done on the ankle/calf/flexor...ouch

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Designated rest day.  The carpet guys just finished in our basement.  Basement is officially done.  So I ended up moving all our million #10 food storage cans and food storage from the garage to downstairs.  

Maybe not so restful.  But I did get a massage.

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Easy shake out run.  Everything hurts.  Below my ankle still totally bugs.  I think I did something to my back moving all that junk yesterday into the basement.  


Racing makes me go absolutely mental.

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Race: Timp Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:47:18
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I decided last minute to sign up for this race.  But come to find out it was sold out and I got on a "waiting list".  I've never heard of a waiting list before for a half marathon.  But a few days later, I received an email and I was in for $75.  

The race was well organized and had super cool T-shirts (why is it so hard to design a cool shirt???).  My far my favorite shirt thus far!!!

I wanted to have 2 half marathons (Timp Half and Hobble Creek) before SGM.  As much as I don't like racing, I feel like every race helps me learn and grow.  So I was really stressing about all this "learning and growing" all week.  It makes me sick to my stomach.  But I got a true test of where my fitness is at right now.  

Because of my hard recovery from Ogden, I'm behind on my training.  Nothing I can do about it.  I will still get my 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, and 22 milers in, but nothing extra.  I knew the course would be similar to Hobble Creek, so my goal was between 1:45 (Hobble Creek PR) and 1:50.

I had two main prayers this morning: 

1.  To have fun (and get rid of all the stressing). 

2.  To not get any more injured.

Both goals were met!

My alarm went off at 3:55am and I quickly got ready.  I live exactly 1 mile from the AFHS and I quickly found a parking spot.  I happened to see Julie C in the bus line and she kindly invited me to sit with her on the bus.  I was grateful for the stressing out distraction.  We had a great chat on the way up!  She is such a great runner that I hope she finds answers to her injury issues!

We parted on the top of the mountain and I headed for the POP line.  The weather was perfect - cold at the top!!  Quickly got through the POP, dropped my clothes bag and saw several friends (Emily H., Pacer Paul, Kelli, Lindsay Dunkley and Mckell).  I love seeing friends at races!

Soon enough, they called for everyone to head to the start line.  I wanted to try and run with pacer Paul (the 1:45 pacer).  But soon enough, I couldn't keep up.  Then 2 seconds later, the 1:50 pacer flew by me.  It totally deflated my mental ego.  It reminded me of the Salt Lake Half.  So many people were trucking down that canyon  that it really messed with my mind.

But I knew I still had the majority of the race to go and I needed to grow up and just run my race. 

Mile 1 (8:02):  Feeling mentally down

Mile 2 (8:16):  Worried I was going to fast.

Mile 3 (7:59):  I could hear my watch beep and knew I was losing signal in a few spots.

Mile 4 (8:01):  Still worried I was going to fast, but only 9 miles to go.  I saw Lowell somewhere around here and gave him a quick hug. 

Mile 5 (7:50):  The AF track team was handing out water, so I found my cute neighbor and grabbed a cup from her. (maybe the water station was at mile 4)

Mile 6 (7:37):  Feeling mentally better and starting to warm up and get into the groove.

Mile 7 (7:51):  Took a Gu and quickly grabbed a water.  Tummy started to have issues shortly there after. Saw Smooth heading up the canyon.  I always feel better after seeing her!

Mile 8 (8:03):  I was just entering the golf course trail and saw Catherine.  She texted me yesterday and asked if I wanted a buddy to run the last few miles!  I quickly took her up on the offer but told her I'm not a very good story teller during races (sorry!!!!!).  I was grateful for her stories and had a lot of questions, but knew if I opened my mouth, I might vomit!  I want answers next week when we run!!

Mile 9 (8:38):  I'm not sure why this split is slow.  I was on the very familiar part of the trail and I was just starting to loose steam.  Took water.

Mile 10 (8:44):  Maybe this was the water stop.  I kept saying to myself to hang on for 3 more miles.  My calves were starting to cramp from the downhill canyon.  Thankfully, this was all in shade.  Catherine had an emergency potty stop.  I was sad to see her go, but was grateful she was with me for as long as she was. 

Mile 11 (8:20):  Took another water stop.  Just hang on.  Mentally tired.

Mile 12 (8:48):  I've run this hill several times a week.  The houses are in my ward.  I knew I was getting close.  I tried my darnest to hang on.  I was totally in puke zone.  I also knew there was a downhill and a flat portion to the finish. 

Mile 13 (8:19/:20):  I got down the hill and got close to the last turn.  I see sweet Kelli.  She turned and started running.  I couldn't believe she was going to run me in (I figured she had an awesome race and was tired).  I couldn't utter one word (puke would have come out), but was SO grateful for her company.

I was totally BUGGED at the finish.  They had a timing mat and a balloon arch.  I figured it was the finish.  I crossed it and hit my watch.  Then someone yelled "keep going".  The real finish line was still 10 feet away.  I wasn't sure I could keep going.  So my watched stopped/started/stopped at 1:46:55 (it had a few lost signal canyon stops too). 

I got my medal, grabbed a water and sat on a volunteers chair.  One of the things I need to work on after a long run and race is that I drink too much water/gatoraide too fast.  It always makes me feel MORE pukey.  I complained to Pacer Paul and Rachelle about the too fast 1:50 pacer (she finished before I did).  But they were spot on with their times!  Yeah for their runners!

I headed to drop off my medal in my clothes bag and saw Kelli.  She said she would run my 2 extra miles with me.  I politely told her I was just going to waddle.  But she ran with me anyway!  She is just an amazing runner and person.  We ran into Smooth (who was looking strong) and a few ambulances (boo!!!).  My legs felt better after the cool down...not as much cramping.

I grabbed another water, went to look up my official time (1:47:18) and headed home.  I was sad my kids/hubby weren't there.  But kids had a late night Friday evening and had no interest in getting up.  Understandable.


So overall analysis:

1.  Injuries felt fine (yeah!!!!!) - leg cramps and soreness feel "after-race" normal

2.  Love the course and weather

3.  Semi-happy with results. Now I know where my fitness is - I have a better idea how to train.  MORE MILES.

4.  Grateful for good friends.  Good...good people!

I came home and took a shower (sat in Epsom salts for awhile).  Hubby had to leave, so I had all the kids.  I closed my eyes for an hour, but knew I would need a real nap later when he got home.  Ate a big burger at In n Out and came home and took nap #2.  Feeling much better. Calves still very sore.  Wearing compress socks.


(Sorry for the blurry picture!  Gotta love wearing compression socks with shorts!!!)

Going to see Neil Diamond tonight.  Gotta love Neil!

Onward and upward

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