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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

Ogden Half Marathn

2024 - 1:48:58 - 3rd place in AG

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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Ankle has felt really good lately.  I've had lots of thoughts and learning on this whole experience, but just don't have the time to write them down (lots and lots and lots of sewing lately).  Seeing the podiatrist on Friday.

27 minutes...something

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4 miles on the stair climber in 33 minutes.  Sweating buckets.

 Lifted legs...wall sits, squats, hamstrings and hips

planks....they are finally getting a tiny bit easier

sit ups

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Time: 36:13 (AP 8:36) 9:08 (BIG HILL), 8:44, 8:23, 8:09, 1:47

Weather was beautiful today.  Slow run..feel alittle out of shape.  Just glad to be running.  My ankle feels SO much better.  I don't think I had a stress reaction....tendonitis maybe?  Again....I use to think I knew a lot about running and am realizing I know nothing about running.

Today...just glad to be outside and shuffling along.

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4.5 miles on the stair climber.  Some days I think it is harder than running because you need more coordination running up those darn stairs.  Sweat fest!

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6.5 miles

57:41 (AP 8:52) 9:39, 9:23, 9:10, 8:38, 8:17, 8:22, 4:10

Yesterday, I went to see my podiatrist.  I was considering canceling my appointment, but I had waited 2 weeks to get in to see him.  He told me what I already knew...tendonitis in my ankle and a small area of shin splints on my other leg.  NO STRESS FRACTURES OR ANYTHING!!!!!!  I think that my tendonitis ankle was caused by wearing that darn walking cast for so long last year.  It totally made my ankle weak.  He gave me a steroid for the shin splint area, told me to wear compression socks and to not run so much.  

I asked him about barefoot running/wearing minimalist shoes.....he told me that was a crack case....I would tear my body up and die an early death.  Okay then.....

So I went out for an easy 6.5 miles (I was able to roll my Thanksgiving Point Half Marathon to next year).  It felt good even though my first half was SO slow.

When I got home, my hubby asked how I felt and I responded "SLOW".  Then he gave me the best "food for thought" I've had all day.....AT LEAST YOU ARE RUNNING.  Amen!

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