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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

2021 - 4:03:05

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

Utah Valley Marathon

2019 - 4:05:37 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Mt Charleston Marathon

2019 - 4:05:33

West Mountain Marathon

2015 - 4:42:34


St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

2022 - 1:48:53

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

2018 - 1:48:12

2019 - 1:47:50

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

2022 - 1:49:40 (AF Cancer course)

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

The Haunted Half Provo

2018 - 1:51:28


Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

Red Mountain 55K

2018 - 7:31:37

Antelope Island Fall Classic 50K

2017 - 6:14:23

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 23 years. I have 18 year old triplets and a 15 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: 20.40 Month: 108.40 Year: 341.70
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2014 - Minutes Miles: 1204.00
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7 miles on AF mouth of canyon trail.  

AP: 13:07

TT:  1:29

This was WAY harder than it should have been.  My legs still very heavy and ITB was bugging a bit.  Sigh.....

If I can make it through Ogden, I'm taking off a whole month.  I've lost my mojo.  Running is not fullfilling my needs right now.  Plus, my whole body is full of aches and pains.  I just need a break.  

2014 - Minutes Miles: 90.00
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TT:  1:58:34

AP:  9:09

I did my "long" run today on the MCT.  Ughh....I felt horrible.  I tried to run with correct form - and last night I was so incredibly sore.  Good sore vs. Bad sore....I don't know.  But running fast and on the road was HARD!

Foam roll and PT stuff

2014 - Minutes Miles: 120.00
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6 miles at the gym before power pump.  I should have stayed home.

This was a walk/run.  I just felt horrible.  My ITB feels better (a trail injury), but my hammie (a road/fast running injury) was MAD!  My whole body just hurt.  I should have stayed home.

I went to only 45 minutes of power pump.  My body was SO SO tired and sore and absolutely revolting against everything.  Sigh....

1 hour nap

2014 - Minutes Miles: 100.00
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4 miles on home TM - happy spring break! I felt SO much better than I did on Saturday.  I think I need a rest day after my long run.

1 mile warm up at 6.3 mph

1 min hard (7.0-7.3mph)/1 min easy (6.5mph)


My PT has really been getting on me about my hip mobility.  He's given me some exercises (they are cross fit moves), but I wasn't sure if I was doing the exercises right at home.  My neighbor, Lindsay, is a cross fit instructor.  I went to her gym today and she worked with me for 30 minutes.  It was SO helpful.  She gave me a lot of good cues.  I meet with her again on Wednesday.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 70.00
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7 easy miles on the home TM

30 mins of PT stuff

2014 - Minutes Miles: 97.00
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It was a no good, very bad run.  I was hoping to do 18 miles, but my body would only allow 15.  I'm feeling very burned out and worn out.  It's time for a break.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 150.00
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4 miles at gym

power pump - there was a sub today and I liked the variety!

Still feeling off and burned out

2014 - Minutes Miles: 100.00
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2 miles at gym - 1 min hard/1 min easy - felt blah....

power pump

Overhead squat work with Lindsay.  Considering doing Cross Fit for 2 months to change things up.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 80.00
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6 miles outside - mct 

It started off with a tiny rain drizzle and finished in a blizzard.  I was warm except for my face and wind pelting snow at it.  It was so refreshing actually.  When I start to "really" train for my next marathon, I have to run outside.  I run so much faster and push myself harder.

LLL, clams, overhead squats.  Foam roll

2014 - Minutes Miles: 75.00
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2 easy shake out miles. PT stuff Stretch and foam roll

2014 - Minutes Miles: 40.00
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Race: West Mountain Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:42:34
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AP: 10:43


I won a free entry to this race at the St George Half marathon expo. I planned to use it as a training run for Ogden. Smooth and Karen were also running it too!


The race started at 8:00am, so I got to sleep in. The race was very small-maybe 50 people. It was also a cupless race so I wore my Orange Mud pack. If I was racing this race, it would stink to not have cups!


I ran the first 10 miles with Smooth and Karen. It was wonderful to catch up and enjoy their friendship. But my kids were home with a babysitter and I was starting to stress about being gone so long. So I sadly left Smooth and Karen and picked up the pace.

I found a group of ladies just ahead. I ran with them until mile 16. They were training for the Wasatch 100 and I appreciated their chill ultra attitudes. I left them at the aide station. It was starting to get hot and I started to pass a lot of people.

We ran by lots of orchards-it was beautiful. I started to hit the wall around mile 22. I was grumpy. My ultra buddy caught up to me and we ran the last mile together. I was glad to have the company. I grabbed some Gatorade at the finish and drove back to find Smooth and Karen. Smooth was cramping and was trying to smile! Bless her for running 55 marathons.

I wanted to stay and chat, but knew I needed to get home. My ITB started to bother me again. I'm really questioning running Ogden. My body is broken. My hips and hammie have been angry for a long time. I'm planning on taking a month off from running. Two weeks nothing and two weeks cross training. I wonder if running Ogden will dig me into a deeper hole. I'm looking forward to my rest.


Usually if I have to take time off, I get frantic. But I'm not that way at all. I see so many motivational quotes and movies on the Internet. I see in Facebook people running a gazillion miles. But that's not my problem....getting motivated to start. My problem is the need to rest. Be smart and let my body recover. When I was talking with my new ultra buddy along the course, she talked a lot about overtraining, burnout, and injury. I finally get it. I'm slow to that train, but I get it. Having life-run balance is tricky. I'm hoping to lean more toward the life balance right now. Maybe that will help me get my BQ.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 282.00
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I met with Dr Rich today about getting another PRP in my hammie and hip.  He decided to do an xray on my hip to rule out FAI.  But the xray came back a bit fuzzy on one spot.  So I got an MRI later that afternoon.  

This is a bit more complicated than I had anticipated.

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I met with Dr Rich and one of his fellows to review the MRI.  The report said that I have a CAM impingement and a slight labral tear.  The fellow is working with surgeon Dr West at TOSH and was able to get me an appointment next week.

PRP shot in the high hamstring.  That's always fun.  No exercise for 2 weeks.

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