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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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9:15, 9:26, 9:30, 9:35, 9:29, 9:11, 8:46, 8:41, 8:27

I ran with my friend Heather this morning.  It has been a LONG time since we have gone together.  The best part....not starting the run until 6:15am (verses starting at 5:00am) - hooray for sleeping in!  Plus, it was cool out this morning!  Fall is coming!

We ran the trail route today.  I did part of this route during my 20 miler.  The middle 3 miles have been hard for me the last few times I've done it.  I'm not sure why...maybe I need to run it more to get better at it. 

I planned to only run 8 miles, but it turned out alittle longer.  I felt really good and my legs felt fresh.  Except for the last .2 miles where I about had a potty accident.  Bleh....those are never fun moments!

Lots of foam rolling this morning.  I have extra time to stretch and roll which is so nice. 

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Designated rest day.  I thought after doing 9 miles, my body might need a rest.  It just so happened that I came down with a cold too.  Awesome timing!  Sore throat, body aches, runny nose.  Bleh......

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AP: 9:26

10:32, 9:37, 9:09, 9:02, 8:54, 2:03

I'm feeling better today.  I was able to sleep well last night and my sinuses have already started draining. 

I felt a bit creaky on  my run and had to make a few stops to shoot a few snot rockets and hack some loogies (I know...TMI), but I'm glad I went.  It was chilly this morning and it felt wonderful! 

I'm having all these phantom weird pains on top of my ankle and inner shin.  I think part of it is taking a day off, but I'm starting to get paranoid about injury.  The race is only 3.5 weeks away.  I must hang on!

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AP: 9:16

10:33, 9:09, 8:55, 9:04, 8:38

Soooo tired this morning!  I ran up toward the rec center.  I'm thinking I don't like this route as much as I used too.  The curb dips way down, so you are always lopsided.  It bugs.

Lower leg tendons still very sore.  But I'm not sure why.  I didn't fall back to sleep this morning, so I was excited to take a nap this afternoon.  Just as I put my head on my pillow, the school called.  Daughter has a tummy ache.  Hmmm.....funny because when we got home, she wanted to play with her friends and have a treat.  Unfortunately, at our house when you are sick, you stay on the couch and go to bed at 7:00pm.  I hope she learned.

Designated rest day tomorrow before the big 20 on Saturday!

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AP:  9:52

4-mile warm up with Karen:  9:23, 9:52, 9:48, 9:49

13.1 mile Spanish Fork Half Marathon:  9:16, 9:14, 9:40 (water stop), 9:30, 9:20, 9:32, 9:32, 9:59, 10:31(water stop), 9:54, 10:20, 10:27 (water stop), 10:02 (AP for race was 10:05)

3 mile cool down with Karen and Rachel:  10:22, 10:31,  10:01

I have mixed emotions about this 20 miler.  First and foremost, I am SO SO SO grateful for such good running friends.  There is NO way I could have done this alone! 

I went to bed at 9:00pm Friday night and slept terrific!  Karen picked me up at 5:30am and we headed down to Spanish Fork.  We needed to do 20 miles, so we decided to run a 4 mile warm up - run the Spanish Fork Half Marathon - then a 3 mile cool down.

As we headed out for the 4 miles, we saw Rachel picking up her packet.  It is always so great to see friends at races!  Just as we finished our warm up, we heard the race start count-down.  I grabbed my jelly beans from Karen's car, but forgot my Ipod.  Bleh.....

The first few miles, I felt good.  I stopped at the water stop and jelly-beaned up.  I was planning on there being a water station on mile 6, but there was NOTHING!  The sun was starting to beat down and I was starting to get dizzy.  I was running with Terry (who by the way tells great stories!  I told him, we need to chat during a non-hard run...I really do talk.  I'm just not very good at it during a long run).

I told him to go ahead.  I walked for a minute and the light-headedness went away. 

Finally at mile 9, there was a water station.  But I drank too much too fast and it started sloshing around in my stomach.  I took some more jelly beans.  I feel like I started to tank at this point in the run (mile 13 of 20).  I had to walk some during the race and never felt really hydrated.  Walking is hard on the ego!  The out and backs (there were 2 of them) were hard mentally for me.  Good practice I guess.

There was another water station at mile 11/12, but they didn't have any cups.  REALLY!  So I knelt down and tried to get some in my mouth.  Warm well water is AWESOME!  Around mile 12.5, I saw Rachel running toward me.  I can't tell you HOW wonderful it was to see that gal.  I couldn't talk to her (too tired and thirsty), but was so grateful to have her at my side.  There were 3 gals in front of us.  Rachel told me to sprint to the finish and beat them.  I politely (I hope it was politely) told her to bug off.  My legs were done!  She kept on and told me to catch them.  So I took off the last 400 meters and caught them.  Thanks for being there Rachel!

I probably drank a gallon of gatoraide after the race and then felt sick.  I was chaffing badly and found some vaseline.  Karen, Rachel and I headed out for 3 more miles.  They asked which way I wanted to go and I told them I was in no condition for making decisions :)  I just followed.  It was slow and I was feeling defeated for running so poorly.

I was hoping this long run would have gone more smoothly than the last 20 miler.  I felt like I walked too much and didn't hydrate properly.  My expectations for SGM have definitely decreased!  If I do another marathon, I think I need to add more 15, 17, and 18 milers.  I do a lot of 12-13 milers, but they aren't enough.

Live and learn!  I had a massage this afternoon.  The gal really worked my lower legs...so they are a bit sore.  Hopefully a good sore.  I just hope I can finish SGM.

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