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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 

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 - 4:23:03 

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35**

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

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 Time)

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Dogtown Half Marathon

2012 - 1:52:14

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Rex Lee 10K

2011 - 52:03

2012 - 52:23 

Pioneer Day 10K

2010 - 49:31** 

Goblin Valley 50K
2014 - 5:58
Antelope Island 50 Mile
2015 - 10:10:00

**Personal Best 



Short-Term Running Goals:

2016 Tentative Schedule


Long-Term Running Goals:

To qualify for Boston

Run a 100 mile race


Married for 17 years. I have 12 year old triplets and a 8 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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Miles:This week: 24.00 Month: 168.00 Year: 355.55
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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5 weeks of NO running (or any exercise).  The stress fracture feel significantly better, but can be tender at times.

I went to the doctor today for a follow up xray.  It was still fuzzy, but this time the doctor said that was the calcification of the bone.  I got the clearance to start to walk and to slowly incorporate running.  Maybe by the end of the month I can start counting miles.

My current game plan (which can change quickly) is to start walking (15 minutes - 30 minutes - 45 minutes - 60 minutes) and to do weight-bearing PT exercises.  DEPENDING on the pain level after this week (or maybe next week), I do a 60 minute walk with 9 minute walk - 1 minute run.  IF that feels pain-free, then do 8 minute walk - 2 minute run.  Etc.

My major dilemma is can I be ready for the Ogden marathon in time.  I have 8 months to finish recovering and train for a marathon.  So by January 13, I need to be at 10 miles for a long run (if I follow an 18 week training program).  Am I trying to do too much too soon?  Should I plan on doing a fall marathon (TOU or SGM) so I won't be rushed??  Decisions....decisions.....

My desire to run has returned and I'm ready to go.  I just hope my body lets me!

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20 minutes P90x yoga

get kids off to school

2 mile walk with my neighbor pushing strollers.  It was a beautiful morning and I was grateful to have my friend to occupy my mind (walking is not the same as running).  So I was glad she was there.  She wants to run a half marathon...yeah!!

At the 1 mile turn around point, we stopped at a park to let the girlies get out and play.  We did lunges (front and side lunges) across the park and planks.

It felt super to be outside and be moving.  Progress

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I got up earlier this morning to get my walk done before everyone got up.  The weather was so beautiful!  I really do love fall.  It is my favorite season!

2 miles walking

stretching and PT exercises

I'm still trying decide how the ankle feels (stress fracture or weak muscles). 

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I went to the gym when hubby got home from work.  "Upped" my mileage to 2.5 miles.  I felt great!  I stopped every .75 miles to do calf raises or other PT exercises.  Watched Top Gun....such a great show!

Stretched and foam roll.

I think I'm going to try a minute or 2 of running.  Feel the speed!

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I met my neighbor this morning for a "long" walk.  She got bombarded with my marathon sadness.  I've been doing okay emotionally, but today I melted.  The weather was perfect and it could have been a great run for me (or maybe not).  

BUT it did feel great to be outside and moving....it made my sadness go away (partially).  I ran for 1 minute.  Beautiful....

Ankle was a bit achy when I got home.  I wore my brace the rest of the day and will take tomorrow off.

Can't wait to read all the race reports.  Way to represent FRB!!!!

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