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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

2022-  1:42:45**

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: 3.00 Month: 99.40 Year: 677.98
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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100% pure laziness this morning.  I took a long nap yesterday and couldn't fall to sleep last night.  Hence I didn't want to get up this morning.  Hence a workout in the basement.

2 miles

Several minutes on monster walking at a 15% incline with the band around my ankles.  My buns were burning.

LLL and foam roll ankles/shins.

A pathetic workout. 

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I was so tired yesterday that I went to bed at 8:45pm.  I felt much better when I woke up this morning.

AM #1 

7 miles on the gym TM.  I felt very sluggish and yucky the first 4 miles.  The last 3 miles, I started to pick up the pace just to get the darn run over with!  Then I started to feel better.  67:40.

AM #2

Strength training in my basement.  


25 squats with overhead press

10/side single leg hamstring lift

10/side side lunges

10 side line leg lift

15 REAL push ups

Ling stretch and foam rolling.   My left shin just above my SF site has been bugging the last few days.   I took my rolling pin to it this morning.  Now it really hurts.

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Workout at home gym

1.5 mile run


12 overhead press

12 butterfly

20 skull crushers

16 plank rows

15 supermans


1.5 mile run

Long stretch and foam roll..achy..achy..achy 

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I got my ankle worked on today by my massage therapist.  It is still tender, but definitely feels better.  That was the only working out going on.  Lazy...

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Oh my....what a morning.  I slept super great last night.  I wasn't meeting anyone and had no pressure of missing my alarm.  I got to the gym right at 6:00am.  I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  Since I felt pretty good last week, I was excited to get this run ON!  After all, it was only one more mile.

I set up my treadmill and started my first 7 mile run.  I felt good and watched Law and Order.  Took a GU at mile 6.  

Reset the TM and only made it to 2 miles.  My mental mojo fell in a dark hole and I started to struggle.  I took a potty break (but couldn't go) and a few GU Chomps to see if it would help.  But the thing that got to me was A.  watching the clock and know I still had HOURS left to go and B.  seeing people come into the gym and then leave.  For the most part, I am a good TM runner.  I don't get super bored and can handle the miles alright.  Except for today.  I totally crashed. (so maybe I'm not a good TM runner anymore)

I barely made it through the last 7 miles.  I took a 2xcaffeinated GU at mile 11.5 and was really banking on the caffeine.  I think it helped physically, but not mentally.  I stopped every mile for a few seconds just to try and finish.

Another thing that assisted in losing my mojo was that I wore a cotton tank.  It was soaking wet.  It was heavy and sticking to my stomach.   I would have given anything for a new shirt.

I walked for a long time after and laid on the floor in the stretching area.  Physically, I was tired and my ankle felt good, BUT mentally I was gonezo.  Finally, I mustered up enough strength to do two LLL, foam roll and stretch.  I also took off my tank and put on my long sleeve shirt.  Sorry for all you that I offended.  I just didn't care anymore.

I stopped at the gas station and got  a Coke on the way home..  

This is probably too much TMI, but I couldn't pee until 1:30pm.  I drank 3 large water bottles and a 1/3 thing of gatoraide during the run.  I ate a peanut butter/honey sandwich, 2 GUS and a few chomps.  So I'm not sure what the dealo was.

Regardless, it is done. 

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