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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

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 

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 

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 22 years. I have 17 year old triplets and a 14 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 had a wonderful experience today at the Venice ward.  Only 50 people in the ward and I was very grateful for the missionaries that translated for us.  

 Church is true where ever you go!


Several hours of walking around Venice! 

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COMING TO AMERICA TODAY.......one of my favorite Neil Diamond songs!

We left our hotel at 5:00am and flew to Paris.  Then hopped on another plane to SLC.  Home...sweet....home!

I had mystery meat sandwiches all day long at various airports.  I felt sick to my stomach for the majority of the day.

I honestly didn't think I would get a workout in, but my big girls went to Activity Days and I was super tired.  I thought if I ran, it would help me stay awake until bed time.  

4 easy miles around the 'hood.  2 barefoot laps around the baseball field.

My ankle didn't hurt AT ALL today.  Then when I started to run, it was buggin.  Grrrrrrr....

Lots and lots and lots of laundry to do.  It sure does feel good to be home and give my babies a BIG squeeze after being gone for 13 days. 

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I can't tell you how wonderful it was to give all my babies BIG loves last night.  Though it is fun to travel the world, there is no place like home.


I was tired last night and went to sleep around 9:00pm.  But I woke up at 2:24am and was WIDE awake.  So I laid in bed until 4:09am and finally got up.  I like being the first person to the gym :)

My goal was to run 7 miles.  Then it turned to 8.  When I was 5 miles into the run, Collette walked in!!  Hooray for buddies at the gym!  We caught up on life.  I thought I was done at 9 miles, but she was still going and so I threw in another mile.  I wanted to make sure I was good and tired when I finished!!!

 Hurried home, showered and tried to take my power nap.  But I still wasn't tired.  I am very tired now and have to keep moving.  I'm hoping to sleep good tonight!

 I've hardly been stretching and can totally feel it.  I need to spend a LONG time working out some kinks tomorrow morning! 

I unpacked the suitcase with all my dirty running clothes.  13 days of stinky TOXIC running clothes.  Yikes!

I had to tape my ankle with white athletic tape and I also wore a compression sleeve.  I'm not sure how it feels yet.   

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I knew I needed a cross training day after yesterday's miles.  

25 min on the bike

Core Challenge (with a few extras)

10 x side to side lunges


50 crunches

12 push ups

1 min plank

45 sec side planks

1 min bridge

12 push ups

10 side to side lunges


1 min plank

1 min side planks

50 crunches

1 min plank

2 min bridge

50 crunches

10 side to side lunges


LONG stretch and foam rolling.  Hurts so good. 

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2 mile walk with my neighbor pushing Peachy in the stroller.

At home:

Walking lunges 

75 crunches

15 push ups

Walking lunges 

60/60/60 planks

1 min bridge

15 push ups 

60/60/60 planks

100 crunches

60 plank

2 min bridge

50 crunches

15 push ups

Walking lunges


stretch and foam roll

ART done on ankle yesterday.  It is so very achy.  Sigh...I feel like I'm never going to be able to run. 

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6.5 miles on the stair mill.  


My ankle is SO very achy.  I'm really questioning if I should do my 8 mile run tomorrow.  If I don't do it, that will give me 1.5 weeks of no running before the marathon.  I'm already counting this race as a bust.  I'm so very tired of this nagging injury.

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I was suppose to run 8 miles with the ladies this morning, but I bailed. My ankle has been so very achy. I think it is tendinitis (I'm hoping not another SF), but I may try to see the doctor next week.

So instead, I did 9 miles on the stairmill in 1:20:00. I was one of the first people in the gym this morning and got the good machine! I was a sweat bomb.

Then I lifted:


10 x single leg hamstring lift

10 x side to side lunges

12 x push ups

30 x donkey kicks

Quick stretch. 3 soccer games, 3 kids haircuts, several hours of yard work. I got most of my garden planted, but I need to clean out my raspberry patch. I always get so scratched up though!

We went out to dinner tonight with hubby's family for Mother's Day. Nice......

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