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June 2010

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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
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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2.66 walking  miles in 36 minutes

Spin class

Last PT appointment today and I am allowed to run another 1 minute on Friday - YAHOO!!  I can run strictly on pain levels - such a slow process.  Just happy to be exercising again!

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We've been babysitting our friends kiddos while they are out of town - full contact MOM MOJO going on (I totally needed to workout, but none was happening!!).

Finally got to the gym today - HOORAY!

30 minutes walking (2x1 minute runs)

Spin class

Pull ups and dips on the assisted machine

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Walking - 26 minutes (before class) - 1.67 miles - 4.1mph - 6.5 incline (ran 2 minute - then a 1 minute)

abs class

pull up and dips on machine

tried to go for a bike ride, but I about got blown over and had to cut it way short - 4.23 miles

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I was up at 5am this morning walking the 'hood.  We had lots of activities tonight and I wanted to get a workout in.  Though it was torturous to drag my hiney out of bed, I really enjoyed my walk.

The air smelled SO clean after our big rainstorm last night.  Though it was quiet from cars and such, the birds seemed extra loud.  The sunrise was an unbelievable pink against the super green mountains. 

I was reminded why I love getting up before the world gets crazy.  Non-the-less, I am discouraged that I am unable to run more (1 minute here and 1 minute there).  All my running friends are RUNNING - racing too.  And I am walking.  Urghhh....  My patience is wearing really thin!

37 minute walk - probably 2ish miles

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3 miles walking on treadmill - 45 minutes (ran 1 minute) and ankle still feels good.  Tomorrow, I'm going to try 2 minutes.

pulls and dips

Saw lady wearing really bad hair extensions at gym.  I'm not against extensions, but with the pounds of makeup on her face and hooker pink crazy outfit it was hard not to notice her.

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45 minutes walking on treadmill - 3 miles (2x1minute run)

I was planning on going to spin today, but they started the class 15 minutes early.  Urghh....  Ankle feels really great.  Tomorrow I am going to try 3x1 minute  run.

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36 minutes walking on the treadmill - 2.66 miles - 3x1 minute runs

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Spin class

2 minute run on treadmill

leg - weights

Hubby needs to get home soon or the kids are going to be for sale on the side of the road

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Spin class

2 min run on treadmill

leg weights

So so so tired and sore....off to bed!

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My hubby is finally home and the kids have been taken off the street!  Went to the gym and did 5 minutes of the stair climber.  Then walked 2.3 miles (35 minutes).  

 The awesome part of the workout was seeing a young man that lives 3 house down the street.  3 years ago he had a massive stroke and was not expected to live.  But alas, he has and has made major improvements.  His left side is still very weak.  He is going to be walking a half marathon soon and is trying to train for it.  His parents signed him up at the gym and got him a personal trainer so he could be strong enough.  What a great kid (and great parents)!

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I lifted this morning before spin (legs). 


Had a daycare lady come get me early from class.  My Peachy had tripped on a toy and busted her lip open.  Off to the doctor office and then the ER. 

They told me she would probably be put to sleep since she is so young (2) and would be wiggley while they did the stitches. 

But she was a CHAMP and took the local numbing and didn't move.  She thinks her hospital bracelet is cool.  Hooray for my good friend who took my big kids during our brief hospital trip.



Thankfully, this has been our very first trip to the ER and it was only stitches.

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Walked 3.16 - 48 minutes - run 3x1 minute - ankle a bit achy

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My ankle has been really achy the past 2 days and I am not sure why.  Frustrating!  This recovery business is taking WAY TO LONG!

I walked this morning (no running) for 35 minutes.  I am beginning to like the cardio cinema room at the gym a lot more.  It makes the time go by so much faster!


It was really fun to meet everyone on Saturday!  A BIG thanks to Kelli for planning and hosting!


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45 min walking (no running) - 3 miles 

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45 minutes walking (1 minute run) - 4.1 mph - 9.0 incline


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I went to spin class this morning.  The instructor was subbing from another gym and was amazing!  Best class I've ever been to.  Love the squats in the middle of it!


Saw Karate Kid tonight (I LOVED the original one when I was a kid).  It is still just as dorky :)

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13 mile bike ride (lots of hills) and ran for 1.5 minutes.  It was so beautiful this morning - lots of hot air balloons, runners and bikers.  Once the sun was up, it got hot though.


Off to a day at the water park!

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I was too lazy to get out of bed this morning, so I did my bike ride this afternoon (and it was HOT).  

13 miles - 1:06 (man I am SLOW)

I ran alittle past the mailbox (maybe 3 minutes).  Too many jiggles!

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3 miles walking (3x1min run)

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10 min walk before spin (2x1min run). 

 Spin was hard.

We are celebrating 6 years old at this house.  The most important celebration is the fact that Tim and I survived 6 years of raising 4 kids.  Yay....we made it another year!

The excitement level has been through the roof today.  We started by decorating cupcakes.  Love that sugar high at 8 am!  They turned out really cute:



We had a few melt-downs today (some of us have a hard time handling all the excitement - can you guess who?).



Off to the roller skating rink we go!  They allow the kids to ride scooters (and roller skates) and they had inflatables to jump on.


25 kids, pitchers and pitchers of lemonade, great friends, round and round the roller rink, lots of presents, tired Mom and Dad - a great way to celebrate 6!





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