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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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Workout at home gym

3 miles


walking lunges in my yard - down and up back lawn=1

20 push ups

stability exercises

stretch and foam roll 

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3 miles on home TM

.6 miles at running camp with my kids


front plank

back plank

20 squats

20 supermans


20 dips LLL

walking lunges

I'm in a bit of a dilemma.  When I went to the doctor the day before the Ogden Marathon, he said to come back in 2 weeks to have an MRI done.  I've had such mixed feelings about have the MRI done.  Mostly because it costs $2000.  Yikes...that is a lot of cash.

And I think I already know what they are going to tell me.  Tendonitis, and tibialis posterior.  Ankle strengthening  exercises, stretching, low milage.  

BUT...I still don't know what to do.  It does still ache and is sore.  What's a girl to do? 

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I met Collette early this morning.  My Garmin had a hard time finding the satellite, so I'm not sure what out pace was.  As much as I don't like getting up early, I always love running with friends!  I felt like my form was totally off this morning.  Not sure what the deal was.


10x one arm push ups

30xcherry pickers

20xskull crushers 


Walking lunges up and down the cul de sac 

Long stretching and foam rolling.  Back to bed for a quick power nap! 

My kids started running camp yesterday.  They are encouraged to run on the days they don't have camp.  My oldest daughter (who is quite the athlete) was asking me how many miles it was to different places around the neighborhood.  Then before I went to bed, I noticed she had made a "training log" on a stickie note.  That's my girl! 

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Race: AF Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:48:24
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AP:  8:14

7:43, 8:21, 8:37, 7:57, 8:04, 7:47, 7:49, 8:08, 8:22, 8:32, 8:17, 8:11 (splits were totally messed up due to satelite in the canyon)

I've purposely been keeping my mileage low lately in hopes that it would help my tendonitis.  It's been refreshing to keep running low key this summer.  I haven't had any stress out incidences.  BUT I had very low expectations for this race today.

Collette suggested we do this race.  I was a bit nervous about doing a race so close after racing Ogden....since I have a horrible recovery track record.  I was semi-regretting signing up for it until this past week.  Then I was excited.

I've only run 3-4 miles/day and one 8 mile run, so I knew I wasn't going to make a PR today.  My main goal was to run under 2:00.  My alarm went off at 3:50am this morning and I gave the standard, "WHY do I do this craziness" groan.  But I quickly got ready and Collette picked me up.

I lost Collette and Kellie at the busses, but ended up riding with Karen (yeah!!!!  I didn't know she was running today) and Emily.  We hit the POPS and the drop bag vans.  I still didn't find Collette or Kellie at the start and felt bad that I lost them so soon.

Finally the gun went off and the reality of my ability to get down the mountain was made manifest!!  I hung with Karen for a few miles and then we ran into Larissa (Smooth's daughter).  Shortly thereafter, Collette came zooming by.  

One of the things I really like about this race was that hometown feeling.  I knew so many people along the course and never felt like I was running alone.  I saw neighbors, friends, people from church....so fun to know so many people.

I took water at all the stops and took a GU at mile 6.5.  My Garmin was going crazy and kept losing satellite so I was unsure of my time/mileage.  When I would look at my current pace and I saw 7MM, I became nervous.  I was just waiting to BLOW  UP!!

We finally came out of the mountain and I saw Smooth...love her!  Collette had to make a potty stop (and I lost her) and I had finally caught up to Karen/Larissa and passed them.  I was running alone, but was able to hang on.  When I realized that I only had 5 miles left, I was definitely feeling better about life.

My  mile 10, I was starting to grow weary.  I tried to hang on and eventually ran into Kelli/Rachelle pacing the 1:50.  I NEVER expected in my wildest dreams to ever run a 1:50 today.  I hollered to them that I needed help and was struggling.  Those were the only words that I could mutter.  

Kelli kept pacing and Rachelle transformed into my life saver.  I appreciate her yelling at me and putting those thoughts into my head that I could finish.  She fought those "final few mile" demons for me.  I had no kick and shuffled across the finish line, but she saved me today.  THANK YOU RACHELLE!!!!

Shortly thereafter, I caught up with all my friends.  Again, I loved that hometown feel and seeing so many familiar faces. Collette and I chowed our french toast and chocolate milk and reflected on the great morning.  I love to talk running with people who understand.

I had to get home, shower and get my ankle/lower leg scrapped.  YIKES!!!!  That was painful, but so vey helpful.  I learned a lot in the short amount of time I was there and have a renewed hope that I can run to my full potential.

All in all....it was a super morning and I was just grateful to run. 

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