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Beat the New Year 2009

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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: 24.60 Month: 113.80 Year: 782.34
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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I ran with one of my favorite running buddies this morning - my sister in law.  She's really fast and can "talk and run at the same time" quality.  She's AWESOME!!!  Hooray for her being in town the next few days.  Plus she has a Garmin - I totally need one of those!


6:15am - 12 degrees outside

3 miles out-  28:15

3 miles back - 26:28

6 miles total - 54:44

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It wasn't as cold this morning (18 degrees).  I definitely run faster with my sister in law and love using her Garmin. Off to family pictures!

5 miles - 44.44

1 - 8:57

2 - 8:59

3- 9:04

4 - 8:58

5 - 9:01

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I got it!!!  I got my Garmin 305 and my running will never be the same!  Too bad is was snowing like  crazy and we were running really slow - still an awesome run with my awesome new toy!

 Miles - 4.34

Splits (12:03, 11:24, 10:53, 9:55, 3.35 - 10:30 pace)

Total time - 47:53

My left ankle has been swollen for the past few days and tender while I run.  I'm going to wait and see how it feels after another day or two.  The ice does help, but it may need a few rest days.

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Easy, loose run.  I'm running the Beat the New Year tonight -  should be fun and chilly!

Splits - 9:24, 8:55, 8:52 =27:10

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Race: Beat the New Year 2009 (3.1 Miles) 00:27:40
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Holy smokes - what a fun race!  I certainly wasn't brave enough to wear a "colddddest costume", but enjoy watching everyone else!


Here are a few of the highlights:

-Driving up to Salt Lake listening to all the best songs from the year/decade (two that particularly stuck out were "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns and Roses - secretly, I always wanted to be Axel Rose for Halloween AND "Dreeamweaver").  Nothing like a good song to put you in a good running mood.

-Seeing the hairy dude in the red speedo and the ladies in the string bikinis (Maybe they weren't highlights, but I had bad dreams because of the hairy dude....)

-My race number was 2010.  I thought maybe that was good Karma for the year, but then I realized everyone had that number! 

Definitely not my fastest race, but I was there to enjoy!  It is always nice to have a starting point for the year - I want to run every race faster than the next.

1 - 9:10

2 - 9:03

3 - 8:05

.1 - 1.20 (7:52)

Average pace - 8:44

Total time:  27:40

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I wish I would have run outside today!  But ended up taking the kids to the gym's daycare.

7.5 miles on the treadmill

70 minutes

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