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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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2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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3 very long miles on the stair mill


10 squats on the smith machine

10 x real pushups

12 x leg press 

50 calf raises

60/60/60 planks


Stretch, but I couldn't find a foam roller.  Ankle is very achy after Saturday's long run.  I'm not running tomorrow either.  Gotta be safe.  I just felt blah this morning.  

Spring break this week and I made the kids move their beds and clean under them.  I washed all their bedding, wiped off baseboards, cleaned out closets, pulled out clothes that don't fit (and took them to DI), and gave everything a good scrub.  I love spring cleaning.  My children, on the other hand, do not.   

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Ankle still very tender from Saturday's run. This is very annoying.

I walked .5 miles, ran 1 mile, walked .5 miles, ran 1 mile.

One round of LLL, foam rolling and stretching.

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I was lazy and slept in this morning. Plus, I knew the weather was going to be beautiful and I wanted to run outside.

My five-year old was spending the morning with her cousin, so I quickly made an executive decision to take my big kids on a hike. Kinda of like skiing is our winter family thing, hiking is our summer family thing. When I heard Annie say to Carter, "lets run up this mountain", I swear I heard heavenly anglers singing. We had a super fun hike up to the Battlecreak water falls. It was awesome to see so many moms and kids having a good spring break!

For my run this evening, I had planned on having my son side his bike with me, but he had a flat tire is it was going to take awhile to fix. We were both sad he couldn't come. Now his bike is fixed and he can come next time.

5.3 miles around the 'hood. I really tried to focus on form and step counts, but it made me feel vey floppy and uncoordinated. It was definitely a progression run. Big hill first mile, then I finally started to warm up. Once I got going faster, I had a hard time holding the pace-lack of fitness!

When I got home, I grabbed my son and 5 year old daughter and headed over to the baseball field. I took my shoes off and we ran 2 laps around the field. I've never run barefoot before. I ran more on the balls of my feet than on my heels. It was a rather exhilarating experience. Plus I love running with two of my kids.

At home I did the following:


Walking lunges back and forth across my back yard

10/side to side lunges

20 B6 on Bosu


Foam roll and stretch

Great day!!!

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Designated rest day.

After 7.5 months of still having a bugging ankle, I decided to make an appointment with my PT. I've been quite bothered by the whole situation. It's made me a bit mental. I've done EVERYTHING the PT asked me to do when when I saw him in November.

So I brought my iPad so I could show him my workouts, I brought him my shoes and my list of questions. I think he was a bit surprised at my preparation. And even more surprised that I actually did what he told me. I jokingly responded that I do what to get better and will do whatever he tells me to do.

Then ankle tendons/muscles are still inflamed and have some edema around them...hence the pain. He gave me some good suggestions to help reduce the inflammation. Then he video tapped me running. My cadence wasn't perfect, but definitely better. The major issue in my form is I am as straight as a brick. So my legs are landing way in front of my body....making my heel striking even more prominent. This sending major shock up my ankle/leg. He had me stick my neck/belly button out 1 inch and to hold it for 30 seconds. It totally felt unnatural and I'm not sure I could have done it longer. I guess I get distracted easily :).

So that was my main homework from the session. He said all my lifting/stretching/foam rolling was perfect. I just need to stick my neck out more to try to get my legs to fall under my body and not in front. We'll see how it works out.

This session with the PT was very successful in my opinion. I thought he listened well and answered all my million questions. He gave me hope that I can accomplish my running goals.

Heading up to SLC to spend the night in a hotel with my family. There is something magical about swimming in a hotel pool :)

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AP 9:23


9:48, 10:10, 9:30, 9:23, 9:41, 9:20, 9:12, 9:08, 9:10, 8:29

We took our kids to stay in a hotel last night in SL for spring break. Oh, the thrill of swimming in a yucky hotel pool! We went with my hubby's sister and her hubby and kids.

Mandy is a wicked fast runner and we planned a run for this morning. It was a shorter run for me, but long for her. I know she could have run A LOT faster today, but she hung back with me until the last half mile. I really love running with her. I actually raced her at a high school national cross country meet (I was from GA and she was in UT). Little did I know I would marry her brother.

The weather was so perfect. It was overcast and not very cold. Then the rain came hard during the last few miles. We ran around Liberty Park on the wood chips. It felt so heavenly on my legs. I wish we had a park like that near my house. But there was no Allie sighting!

We didn't stretch because we were too cold and wet. We hurried back to the hotel, changed into our swimming suits and warmed up in the hot tub. We had a full morning of swimming, going out to lunch, and Croon movie. Yeah for spring break.

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I went to the PT dark and early this morning. They did the estim, lazer and massage. Then they redid the tape job. I realized since they taped it on Thursdy, I have not had any ankle pain. I bought some of their magical tape. I probably wont go back to see the PT until after my 20/22 miler.

The I headed to the University Gold Gym today. WOWZER....that is a HUGE gym. I've never been to such a big gym before. I felt a little lost. One of the things the PT suggested is to not workout by miles but by minutes. Thesis going to take me awhile to get used to.

45 minutes on the stair mill -5.3 miles

15 minutes on the elliptical to help my "trunk rotation"


Walking lunges with weights

10/side hamstring curls

60 sec planks

10/side to side lunges

10/Crossover drill. ( I was calling it the B6)


Quick stretch and hurry home to walk conference!

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