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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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Miles:This week: 3.10 Month: 8.10 Year: 51.79
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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Hubby gone again, so I only had time for 2 miles before the Halloween parade started.  It was crappy.  My aches and sore throat have turned into a full blown sinus infection.  So I was shooting snot rockets every few minutes during my 20 minute run.  My PF starting acting up again.  Ugh.....  Tomorrow will be better!

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I can talk today...Hooray!!!  I was able to get my run in while I traded babysitting with a neighbor.  My lungs were on fire for the first bit of the run...probably due to all the congestion. Cold and windy....loved it!

fire hydrants 3 x15 sec holds (getting stronger in each of the 3 holds, but still have a long way to go!!)

60/45/60/45 plank holds x 3

push ups x 3


foam rolling

2 house of lunges

3.9 mile run - 37:28 minutes...so so so slow

2 houses of lunges

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Ran the preschool route.  I'm feeling so much better today.  Hooray!

Slow start (I always start so slow), but after a few miles I was able to pick up the speed.

Total Time:  44:53

1st half - 24:15

2nd half - 20:38 (hubby still has my Garmin :(  )

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Designated rest day.  Hubby is finally home and my kids are out of control with excitement to see him.  

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AP: 9:04


Hubby and I are in Moab for our annual Slick Rock ride.  We came down with two other couples.  I got up before our ride to get a run in.  My 2.5 mile run out was the longest, slowest, windiest run EVER!  I felt like I was running in place.  My legs felt heavy, I was breathing heavy and I felt like crap.

Then I turned around to head back and realized I was running up a long gradual hill.  Another reason, I was so slow.  But now I was running down the hill and had a tail wind. Finally, I was able to pick up speed. 

My right quad has been bugging me.  Same with my PF.  Something to keep an eye on.  Stupid!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous to ride the beautiful trail this morning.  I only had one minor crash (unlike the dude who broke his color bone).  The other gals and I didn't ride the entire trail like the guys.  We came back to eat, shower, take a nap and get pedicures (way better than riding for 6 hours).

Hope I can get a run in before the snow storm blows in tomorrow.

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AP: 8:50

Thankfully, there was no snow, but it was the yuckiest road to run on.  SO SO SO boring.  The heel of  my foot feels like there are knives shooting through it.  I think I am done with running.  Blech....so many stupid injuries.

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