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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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Weekend update:  Baptism was absolutely amazing!  Everyone that I invited came.  The spirit was strong.  Kids were well behaved.  Enough food at the after-party (barely...everyone came).  But still one member of the family was full of drama.  

Lots of cousins in town.  Gonna party all week!!!

Women's and Men's 10,000 meter races were awesome!  Women's marathon was AMAZING!!  The USA ran their hearts out but it wasn't quite enough.  WHY are the Africans that much strong and faster?

3 easy miles this morning.  After taking 2 days off, I felt like I needed to relearn how to run. Right under my ankle (boney part sticking out) is still very achy.  Not necessarily one specific spot, but all over aches.  Blehhhhhhh


side lunges with weights

bicep curl with overhead press

sit ups/core

donkey kicks/whips

back lunges

wall sits

lots of stretching

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We are heading to Lagoon today so hubby was home from work.  Hence I got to sleep to in and met Catherine at the track an hour later than usual.  But the sun wasn't up.  Starting to get darker later.  Fall will be here soon enough.

1 mile run to the track

3x800 with 400 rest (I haven't done 800's in years.  I wasn't sure how many I could do, so I went off the fact of how many fast miles I needed).




I needed .25 more fast so I did one 400 - 1:39.  I was sad at how slow that 400 was.  Usually I hit those around 1:33.  But I wasn't going as fast for the 800's.....

Those 800's were hard.  I was breathing hard and I felt like it was hard to maintain speed for 2 laps.  I guess that is why we do these.  I'm just not feeling the "speedy" love these days.

Under the inside of my left ankle still really bugs.  I iced it right after the run and then all the way up to Lagoon.  Once all my family leaves town, I need to try to get in to the doctor.  Ughhhh.....

We ran a few laps around the track as part of the cool down and then a mile home.

I spent all day at Lagoon.  I guess I'm not a roller coaster kind of gal anymore.  I had a major headache all day (probably between the coaster and all the junk food I ate).

Around 8/9pm, I went on 5 swirly coaster in a row and about puked.  After that even watching the rides made me sick.  Ughhhh.....  We didn't leave until 10:00pm and didn't get home until after 11:00pm.  I still felt so sick to my stomach that hubby put all the kids to bed for me.  But I don't think I will be getting up at 5am to get my 8 miles in. 

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I really didn't want to take my rest day today.  But I was so hungover from Lagoon (we got home at 11:30pm), that I just couldn't drag my butt out of bed at 4:55. 

So sleeping in it is.....

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I didn't sleep very well last night.  It was too hot and and I felt like I was sleeping in through my alarm.  Hot outside.

8 easy miles - rec center road


AP:  9:19

9:27, 9:31, 9:55 (big climb), 9:31, 8:58, 8:55 (nice downhill), 9:17, 8:39

I felt good this morning even though I was tired and kept getting nailed by sprinklers.  When I do this route, I often run on the sidewalks because the road is very slanted and my feet hurt at the end.  But the sidewalks are old and uneven too and I really have to watch where I'm going.  Hard life.

30 minutes with trainer.  So many lunges with a really heavy ball.

More cousin goodness today.

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AP:  9:59

9:37, 10:24, 9:48, 10:11, 10:02, 9:53, 10:22, 10:33, 9:58, 10:16, 10:05, 9:41, 9:46, 10:05, 9:29, 9:44, 9:39, 3:11

Hubby took the day off for the final day of cousin fun.  So I invited myself to Karen, Smooth and company's run this morning.  They only needed 13 miles, so I arrived early and ran 4 miles of massive hills in Smooth's neighborhood. 

Once I arrived back to the car, I filled my water bottles and did some stretching.  I was still very sore after yesterday's trainer beating!!

We picked up all the company and headed toward Suncrest.  Oh the hills!  No wonder these gals are such strong runners!  It was fun to catch up with everyone and enjoy the beauty of the benches.  I love that area!

I took a GU at mile 6 and 12.  My ankle really started to ache the last few miles.  I made an appointment with my podiatrist  for next week.  Just want to make sure everything is ok. 

We dropped everyone off at their respective turnoffs and Smooth and I headed to her home.  What a great lady she is!  She is so kind and thoughtful to everyone!

On the way home I stopped at the gas station to grab a bag of ice and a chocolate milk.  I didn't last very long in the ice bath and the 4:30am wake up call was catching up to me.  I took an hour nap and then headed to the movies  and a hike around Sundance with my kids. 

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AP:  8:40

8:56, 9:07, 8:55, 8:32, 7:49

I met my friend Sarah at the mouth of Provo canyon this morning.  It has been since the Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon (aka my 22 miler) that I ran with her.  She is getting married in a few months and it was awesome to catch up with her. 

I forget how fast she is (even though she hasn't run in 2 months).  I've never had a training run that had mile #1 under 9:00.  I need to run with her every day!  The Provo Half marathon was going on and so we tried to book it on the way down to be out of their way.

Though my legs were stiff from trainer and 17 miles, I felt great.  My breathing was controlled and I was very happy!

Verdict is still out on my ankle.  Various weights and core work at the house.  Lots of stretching and foam rolling.  Iced ankle.

Goodbye cousins....we will miss you.  Time to clean the house and do some laundry!!

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