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American Fork Canyon Half Marathon

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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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Miles:This week: 27.55 Month: 91.71 Year: 583.99
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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MCT loop -- TT:  1:14:58  AP:  9:03

9:30, 9:18, 9:07, 9:16, 9:04, 8:48, 8:54, 4:31, **3:54**, 2:31

I ran just slow/fast enough to keep the high hamstring happy.  I passed my daughter running the grinder with the team.  I'm SO not cool and only gave her a little wave (while inside I wanted to shout and give her big pump fists!!!)


bohemian lunge

hammie ball roll out


Long stretch and foam roll

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MCT loop -- absolutely no mojo.  My high hamstring and ITB are bugging.  My body does NOT like downhill or fast running.  Sigh....  Still trying to decide if I should run the AF Half on Saturday.

TT:  1:17:03  AP:  9:17  9:50, 9:35, 9:31, 9:32, 9:23, 9:05, 8:55, 4:33, *3:54*, 2:41

LLL, B6 and lots of stretching and foam rolling

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I think my ITB and high hammie have been bugging because I've been running a bit faster and I'm not strength training as much.  Balance!  Next year, I am NOT going to run during the summer.  The heat is horrible.  It will become my off-season...ha ha!!


trx lunge

trx dead lift

trx side plank

trx hammie/adductor

push up

side lunge

trx bridge to pull up

hammie roll out on ball

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Race: American Fork Canyon Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:47:40, Place overall: 417, Place in age division: 58
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TT:  1:47:40  AP:  8:13 --8:21, 8:30, 8:35, 8:11, 8:10, 8:07, 8:06, 7:50, 8:25, 8:06, 8:16, 8:15, 8:01

WOW, what a day!  I have had some high hamstring and ITB pain.  I was NOT excited to run this race.  I felt very unprepared.  But I got a text from our primary president (I'm her 1st counselor) who has breast cancer.  She asked me if I was running the race.  I knew I had to run and make a FAST attitude adjustment.

I took some Aleve on Friday night and Saturday morning and hoped that it would help any aches and pains.  I rode the bus solo while listening to a Trail Manner's podcast.  Accidently opened a porto-potty door with a dude in it.  It was quite chilly at the start--perfect!

I started with the 1:55 pacer, but he was talking too much.  So I slowly crept ahead of him, but constantly worrying I was going out too fast.  I really tried to keep my pace in check down the canyon, but in retrospect, I needed to pick it the pace.

I felt great exciting the canyon and enjoyed the AFHS drum line in the golf course section.  I just kept trying to pick off people.  I kept waiting for the WALL to come and the wheels to fall off.  But honestly, I felt really good until mile 12, then it was keeping the pukes in check.  

I REALLY loved the course finish.  It made the race feel so much faster.  Looking through my mile splits, my non-canyon miles were almost as fast as my canyon miles.  I ran significantly faster than I anticipated and my family didn't make it in time.  I was sad they weren't there.  I ran a course PR (previous PR was 1:48:24).  

We waited for my primary president and her family to finish the 5k.  It was emotional to see all her kids run in with her.  It is such a great race with a great cause AND I got to see SO many friends.

Half marathons are awesome!  I feel great aftwards and I even did a ton of yard work today!  If I had run a marathon, I would be passed out on the couch.  I need to do more halfs!

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