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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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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 692.04
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Easy to just shake out the legs after Saturday.  My right lower - inner leg still bugs.  I've been icing and stretching.  It had better go away before Saturday!

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Time: 46:49

Hauled all my kids to the gym daycare....fun!  My run was ok...my lower legs is still bugging (mostly my right inner lower leg).  Why do runners always get injuries?  We are trying to exercise and stay healthy..what gives!

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Race: Utah Valley Half Marathon (13.15 Miles) 01:54:00
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1:54:00 AP 8:43

9:00, 8:21, 9:13, 8:52, 8:37, 8:38, 8:42, 8:44, 8:40, 8:40, 8:41, 8:35, 8:40, 1:12

 As of yesterday morning, I wasn't going to run the race.  My lower right leg has been bugging and I was feeling down in the dumps about it.  But I decided last minute I was going to do and try to just get through these next 2 weeks/races (Ragnar is next weekend).

I woke up at 2:45am (uggggghhhhhh) and picked up my babysitter at 3:15am (she is a ROCK STAR!!).  I drove down to Provo Towne Center Mall.  Construction was CRAZY and there were a lot of people on the road (all going to the race, I guess).

I made a mental note of where I parked and got in line for the bus.  It was dark and cold!  It was neat to see all the mile markers on the way up.  We were dropped off a mile north of the Sundance turnoff.  With all the fires and people, it looked like a cult gathering.

I was super grateful for the fire...it was cold.  I met some super nice people while we waited over an hour for the start.  Some 12 year old kid was running his first race.  Wowzer!

Finally, I took care of business in the potty and dropped my bag off.  It was COLD waiting for the gun to go off! 

I didn't have any goals considering my lack of training and injuries.  I just wanted to finish and enjoy.  I found the 2:00 pacer and thought I could maybe hang with him.  Only until mile 3. The mile 3 hill wasn't as bad as it looked.  It was long but very gradual.

I took water at every station and jelly beans at mile 8.  My toes were rubbing funny in my shoes.  I thought they might be bleeding (and they were).  But I can't really stop.

By mile 11.5, I was starting to loose alittle steam.  I was getting to puke zone...I hate puke zone.  I just kept saying to myself, "Puke at the finish...Puke at the finish". 

 It was hard to see the finish line from mile 12.  One of the things that bugged was the lack of cheering from the crowds at the finish.  I ALWAYS cheer for runners and it was SILENT.  Maybe I just need to be a bit more entertaining!

At the finish, I bent over and put my hands on my knees ready to puke.  I had an old friend come up to me.  She had just finished too and was feeling the same way I was.  It was a funny conversation. 

The race was very well organized (except the shirts were ugly).  The aide stations were great and well stocked.  The finish line food was outstanding.  I drank my first chocolate milk after the race (Thanks Smooth and Rachel for the good advice).  I don't drink milk, but chugged it down.  It actually tasted great.  

I got a massage...gotta get my money's worth.  Got my drop bag and changed into my sandels.....my feet were a bloody mess.  Ate lots of Creamies and watched a few of the marathoners come in.  I had to leave and relieve the babysitter, so I was sad to miss seeing fellow bloggers come in.

 Took an ice bath (Thanks again Smooth and Rachel) and am going to get pedicures with my big girls!

A great race...glad I did it!

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