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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**

2023 - 3:57:09

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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We went to church today at the local branch.  It was the best service I've been too in a very long time.  The branch's building was only 2 years old (about 80 active members).  It was so beautiful and simple.  I was very impressed that they started at 9:00am sharp!

It was fast and testimony meeting.  The testimony of these sweet members were powerful.  No showiness or "trying to keep up with the Jones".  Just a pure and simple testimony.  My cup was filled.

I met a boy (probably 12-ish) who was recently baptized.  Then he converted his younger brother and eventually his Grandmother.  They walk to church every week.  It was several miles too.  Makes me grateful!

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After housekeeping tried to clean our room at 7:15am, I couldn't fall back to sleep.  So I hit the TM for 8 miles.  Unfortunately, the TM stops every time you get off.  I had to keep track of the miles in my head and didn't even try to keep track of the time!

I ran 7.25 miles at 6.4mph and the last .75 I keep speeding up!  I guess I was afraid I was going to miss the breakfast buffet :) 

Legs felt a bit heavy today.  Too much lounging and eating!  I stretched for a bit and did 1 LLL set.

We went shopping this afternoon.  As we were driving into the city, I began to understand the magnitude of JUST how poor the country is.  Sure, our resort is beautiful and luxurious, but everywhere else is DIRT poor.  Makes me grateful!

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We got up early this morning to go snorkeling with the sting rays.  I've decided I don't like swimming with "wild life".  Ughhh... they really freaked me out!  I snorkeled for awhile and decided I had had enough.  I sat on the dock with a few other wives!

When we got back, we laid by the pool for awhile until the lunch buffet was open.  The sun sure is hot here.  Took a long nap.  Then finally decided I should get my run in.  

So with a full gut, I headed to the fitness room.  The hard part about running here is the heat.  Oh man....it is stiffling!  Within a minute, I was already purfusely sweating.

10 minutes warm up - 6.4 mph

15 sets of 1 min hard/1 min easy


easy=6.1 mph

Usually I do all the sets at 9.3 and above.  Not today.  I'm not going to worry about it though.  I was still stuffed from lunch and it was SO hot and humid.  At least I got some speed in today!

I finished at 4.88 miles so I decided to just walk the rest for a cool down.  Off to another buffet.  Too much food and WAY too many smoothies!

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I decided I needed to get my run in today before any buffets.  I had to switch TM's, so my times were messed up again, but I did get my mileage right.

I set the speed at 6.4mph and the last mile kept bumping it up.  It wasn't quite as hot today in the fitness center.  Hooray.  My hammies and calves were very tight this morning - must have been from the speed work yesterday.  

I watched True Grit during the run today.  Such a great movie!

LONG stretching session (they don't have a foam roller here :(   ). 

3x LLL

Off to the breakfast buffet and a morning for lounging by the pool.  Hard, hard, hard life!!

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My shins have been doing wonderful for the past week until today. The right shin (and in the usual spot) was very achy. Since I'm doing my long run tomorrow, I decided to make today's workout a run/walk. I ran half and walked half.

I got a massage this morning to help loosen up my hammies and calves. Tomorrow is going to possibly be a very long...long run.

More buffets, lounging my the pool and finishing my 800 page book.

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Wowzer....what a run! I had to do my long run today as we are traveling back home tomorrow. I definitely don't mind having two rest days in a row.....not at all!

I had a hard time sleeping last night because I kept thinking about this darn run.  All my runs this week have fallen into the "just okay" department.  It is SO hot and humid....the complete opposite of what I am use too.

I finally got out of bed at 7:00am when hubby's alarm went off so he could go scuba diving.  I snarfed down my banana, got on my running gear and headed across the way to the fitness center.

Mentally I had prepared to do 3x6 mile runs OR 9x2 mile runs.  I planned on taking a GU every 5 miles.  And I planned to hop off for a 30 second "rest" after every 2 miles...wipe off my face, get a drink, etc.

So it went as follows:

6 miles (30 sec rest at mile 2 and 4 - GU at mile 5...just had to stop long enough to grab it off the floor) - 56:00ish 6.4 mph.  I felt good during this set.  Legs warmed up quickly and got into a groove.

Reset the TM.  Went to the bathroom to wash my face, refill my water bottle, grab a new sweat towel.

6 miles (30 sec rest at mile 2 and 4 - GU at mile 4) - 56:00ish 6.4mph.  SO glad to be done with 2 sets and only 1 to go.  Feet started to feel a bit sore, but legs doing good.

Reset TM, bathroom, new sweat towel, refill water bottle, etc.

6 miles (GU at mile 2).  I started to struggle after mile 2.  My feet were sore and my legs were getting tired and I was getting BORED!!!!  I watched the movie "When in Rome" and "Mission Impossible 3", but I was starting to go crazy.  I stopped every mile for my 30 sec rest for the last 4 miles.  I was disappointed I had to stop that much, but I was so sick of looking out that window! Plus my shorts and shirt were completely drenched with sweat.  It looked like I had jumped into the pool.  I had sweat dribbles running down my legs and the tops of my socks were soaked.  55:00 -- started at 6.4mph and bumped it up at the end.

Just to do this run alone and on a TM was a big accomplishment for me (even though the last 4 miles weren't ideal).  I wasn't even sure I had the mental toughness to get through any of it.  My shins felt great (hooray!!!!!).  I guess there is a reason WHY we do them...learning!  I know I need to mentally prepared for a hard last few miles...running on tired legs.

After the run, I quickly changed my shorts and shirt and headed to breakfast.  I couldn't eat that much....GI started to get a bit funny.  Then I stood in the pool for a few minutes up to my thighs.  It wasn't as cold as I hoped, but it will have to work for an ice bath (no ice machines here.....ughhhh). 

My goal for the rest of the day is to eat as much Cadbury chocolate, drink strawberry smoothies and relax on the beach.  Because it is all coming to an end really quick!

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