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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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I felt extremely creaky and stiff this morning.  And my ankle was very sore.  I did a long stretching session.  I scraped my ankle after and then iced it.

I've lost 5 lbs since 7/21.  Small victories. 

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3 very slow, heavy and creaky miles on my home TM.  I need to get all the cobwebs out of my legs.  


10 ball squats with weights

10 ball lunges with weights

10 side to side lunges with weights

10 Bosu push ups

16 plank rows


15 supermans


30/leg calf raises

Stretch and foam roll.


If my kids clean their rooms (as in deep clean), we get to go school shopping this afternoon.  Both are a lot of work. 

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4 miles on the home TM.  I did 1 mile of pick ups. 

2 laps around the baseball field barefoot




50 calf raises


10 overhead press

10 butterflies

20 dips


Stretch and foam roll 

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I usually love running with the lamp post ladies on Wednesdays, but todayI was riding the slow boat!  I was struggling from the get go and was consistently 5-10 seconds behind them.  I was breathing extremely hard and felt the run was "race" hard.  

I know they don't care if I'm slow, but I felt dumb.  I should be excited that I had a 2 min PR on this course.  But I'm not because I was so far behind them.  I realize that I am not training for a marathon right now and aren't running the miles they are.  

Also, I slept SO horrible last night.  I had a dream that my babysitter cancelled while I was suppose to take all the Activity Day Girls to camp.  So I was up checking my phone to see if she really did cancel! 

TT:  1:12:00

AP:  8:48

Course:  Murdock Canal

9:11, 9:06, 8:43, 8:41, 8:47, 8:23, 8:45, 8:21, 2:00 


I spent all afternoon/evening at Day Camp with my two big girls.  We had a total of 14 girls.  That is a lot of girls! 

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I had every intention of biking and lifting today.  But after yesterdays "no sleep", I decided to sleep in.  

I spent a long time stretching, scraping my lower legs, foam rolling and icing.  Hoping to mentally recovery from yesterday's craptastic run. 

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I had a redeeming run this morning. Finally....a good one. I told my husband as I was laying on the front lawn that I just need a good one every once in awhile. Just to keep the flame lit!

I decided to do my long run alone and on Friday. That way I could run my own pace to see what kind of shape I'm in for Hobble Creek. And then I could do a short run and lift tomorrow.

I started semi-slow and just ran. It was really dark and there were a lot of stars out. So beautiful!

I felt so amazing those first 6 miles. My pace kept getting faster and faster and it didn't feel hard. I took a GU at the turn around point. I also stopped at the bathroom at mile 7 to refill my water bottles and wash my face. I had a hard time getting back into the same groove. But I finally found it again.

As I was feeling good, I really wanted to make a push to the end of the trail. I would then have 1.5 miles home. Good push the last mile too.

I laid on my front lawn and watched the sun finish rising. I showered and crawled back into bed for a nap before my kids got up. BUT the darn neighborhood kids started ringing my doorbell shortly thereafter. I lowered the boom and said NO door bell ringing until after 10am! Geesh....

TT: 1:44:23

AP: 8:45


9:52, 9:25, 9:06, 8:51, 8:49, 8:35

8:42, 8:34, 8:43 (1:11- today's 8 mile time---1:12 - Wednesday's 8 mile time), 8:13, 8:23, 7:04

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10 ball squats with weights

10 ball lunges with weights

10 side to side lunges with weights

50 calf raises




Star planks


Stability ball roll out on forearms

Feet on Ball in plank-shoulder taps

3 easy, watch less miles. 2 laps around baseball fields barefoot


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