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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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I had to get "high" somehow today even though my drug of choice wasn't an option.  I headed to the gym after hubby got home.  It was a perfect break from all the summer madness.

5 miles on the stair mill - 37:02 minutes.  That :02 bugs!  I felt amazing.  My legs has a lot less cobwebs in them than Saturday.  Both my feet/ankles felt a bit funny, but I think that is from taking time off and being on a stair mill versus the road.  But I was a sweaty betty!

30 minutes of core work

-sit ups, swimmer, planks

-one arm on weights push ups (I really stink at those!!!!!!), skull crushers

-wall sits/curtsey lunges/squats

stretch foam roll

So  my son went to basketball camp at the high school.  He is extremely tall and semi-athletic.  Though he was the youngest in the camp, he was put with the "middle" boys.  They were being a "big boys" and playing a bit more aggressive than he is used too.  He proclaimed he was never going back.  He's good, but just needs to be pushed a bit/challenged.  So we had to build up his little confidence tonight.  I just hopes he goes in the morning!  Love those parenting moments!!!

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I went to the gym after hubby got home.  I have GOT to get back into the habit of getting up early.  But it is so nice to have a quick break from all the littles.  Soon enough, I'll be pounding the pavement.  

9 miles on the stair mill 76:23. 1100 calories burned.  I brought my book and read, so it did make the time go by a little faster.  But it was still a long time to be on that dumb machine.

2 miles at 5% incline.  After the first mile, I walked for a few minutes to give my arch a rest.  Then ran until I reached 2 miles.  That incline stuff is hard!!!!  I felt like I was a'huffin and a'puffin!!  My arch was very tight when I first started and I thought, "I will only go .25 miles".  But then it started to loosen up.  I tried moving my toes in different spots to see if the landing would help.  I wore my Kinvaras and they felt great.  HOORAY!!!!!  


Got home, drank some yummy smoothie and worked out with my trainer.  I think I deserve some ice cream  and a little Downton Abbey!

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I got up early this morning as we have stuff to do tonight.  It had only been 12 hours since I'd been at the gym and I was tired.

I needed 6 miles today.  I did 3.5 miles on the stair climber and did a slower pace than the past few days.  

Then I hopped onto the TM and wanted at least 2.5 miles, but ended up at 3 miles.  I did do some incline, but that is HARD!  I steady decreased it throughout the run.  I stopped at 3 miles because there was some tightness around my left ankle.  I'm sure it is from the lack of running, but I wanted to be safe.

Left arch felt good.  I could feel it when I started, but it would loosen up. 

I only had time for a little stretching.  Off to keep kids busy all day!

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30 minutes with trainer this morning.  The way she had me do lunges made me realize I really have no idea what I am doing.  Ouch

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5 miles - SLOW - Manilla Elementary, up farm up hill

I decided to try my foot out on the road today.  I was really bored on the TM (I still can't believe I did 18 miles on it not that long ago...ughhhhh).

It definitely pulled and ached as I ran (not like the onset of the injury).  It got better as it warmed up and I tried to push off on my big toes.  But it still did ache.  Now (a few hours after running) it feels fine.  Ankle muscles/tendon were a big sore too.  Good grief...when you go down, everything starts hurting!

Overall, there is definite improvement.  I pulled out of Ragnar so I don't feel the pressure to run 21 miles in 2 days (thanks SIL for taking my place!!!!). 

I'm not as depressed about the whole injury situation like I usually am.  I'm making quicker improvement than I had thought.  I am still getting a good cardio on the stairmill.  I am really liking working out with my trainer and can feel a definite strength coming on.  I've been working on her assignments even when we don't meet. AND I'm realizing there needs to be balance.  I was so caught up in marathon stuff, I needed a break and didn't know it.  So all in all....life is good!

We are taking our kids on a little overnight trip to say goodbye to Tim's grandma.  She's really old and has lived a good long life.  They are most excited about the zip line at her old farm house and I'm excited about the new fabric store I get to stop at on the way up. 

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We spent the night up in Logan.  After my children got up at 6:15am (WHO GETS UP AT 6:15am on vacation?????), I headed to the fitness room for a few miles.  I knew I needed to be quick, so I could help everyone get breakfast and ready to swim.  

4 quick miles on the TM.  Again, it took awhile for my foot to get warmed up.  I was constantly trying to make sure I was pushing off on my big toe.  I think I will be able to start back "full time" with training.  I'm going to take it slow, but think I can add on more mileage than 10%/week.  I'll go by feel and pain level.

Spent the day riding 4-wheeler, riding zip lines, shooting bb guns, watching dairy cows being milked and eating WAY to much junk.  Super fun, but I'm tired!

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