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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

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

Hobble Creek Half Marathon

2001 - 1:40:00**

2011 - 1:45:00

2012 - 1:43:00

2013 - 1:43:00 

American Fork Half Marathon

2013 - 1:48:24

2014- 1:53:23 (pacing Tim)

2017  - 1:47:54

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

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 21 years. I have 16 year old triplets and a 13 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.

Favorite Blogs:

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TIME: 55:15

Early, early, early.....but because of all my glorious naps yesterday, I was awake!  Ran in the cardio cinema room and watched "We are Marshall".

I felt really good - no stiffness after Saturday's run.  Lots of stretching and foam roller.  Chiropractor this afternoon.

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Ughhhh.....I'm feeling a bit defeated today.  My ankle (the one I got the stress fracture in) has been aching just a bit.  Sometimes, I wonder if it is a phantom ache or for real!  But I've been coming back so slow (I haven't increased my speed more than 10% a week, shoes are good, rest week every 3 weeks), so I don't know how I would have refractured it.

I had planned on doing my first speed workout of the season (4x400).  I probably shouldn't have done it today...I wasn't in the right frame of mind, I ran it alone, the wind was out of control, and it was speed.

But I ran to the track and battled the wind and it wasn't the best workout ever.

WU - 1 mile

1- 1:37




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I wanted to do more of a warm up and cool down, but it was windy and raining and I was feeling a bit grumpy about the situation.

I think I will take the next day or 2 off just to see how things feel.

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TIME: 43:13

I got new running shoes last night...they always feel like butter!  I can't decide how I feel.  My left ankle is sore in a different spot (this is my SF ankle) and my right shin is sore.  But I'm not sure if it hurts enough to require rest or to just run through it.

The thing is....I'm not in a big hurry to bump up my miles.  My main race of the year is SGM - which is in October (though I have lots of half marathons, I only want to really UV half and Hobble....which are both later in the year).  It is only April.  So if I need to chill for awhile, that is alright.  RIGHT???!!!

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I just got back from the doctor.  Two more stress reactions (not quite as bad as a fracture).  Honestly.

So I'm out for 4 weeks and have to start rebuilding all over again. 

I'm feeling quite defeated and my spirit is crushed.  I've really tried to "come back" from the last injury slowly and smart (and the doctor said I have), but my body just isn't having it.

Sad sad sad day.

Over and out

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