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American Fork 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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LP Hwy —Walmart roundabout-silo road-pioneer house 

TT:  56:37 AP:  8:45—-9:33, 9:10, 8:58, 8:22, 8:07, 5:37, *3:48*, 2:59

Legs felt heavy the first few miles.  I finally got off the MCT and I need to do that more often....get some more hills.  Pioneer house sprint wasn’t super fast, but considering my miles before that were fast, I was pleased with it.

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TT:  50:35  AP:  8:26 -- 9:04, 8:52, 8:15, 8:15, 8:04, 8:02

MCT with Janice.  Wowzer, when I saw the 9:04 mile split up the HILL, I knew it was going to be a fast day.  Everything felt good.  I'm feeling slightly more confident about Saturday.




Adductor hold

firehydrant kickouts

calf raises

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2 very easy shakeout miles on the home TM.

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Race: American Fork Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:48:12, Place overall: 525, Place in age division: 66
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TT:  1:48:08 AP:  8:15—8:14, 8:38, 8:30, 8:08, 8:07, 8:02, 8:26, 8;09, 8:14, 8:15, 8:20, 8:34, 8:01

A neighbor, Roy, has prostrate cancer.  His daughter used to babysit for us a ton and we are very close to their family.  His kids made a team for this race.  It is always fun to run for a bigger cause.

I was unsure how this race would go.  I’ve been doing speed work since May, but I wasn’t sure if I was in PR shape.  I took the canyon easy (8:18)...maybe too easy....then tried to maintain during the flat portion (8:12).  The last few miles hurt and I was in puke zone.  But I was only 31 seconds off my course PR.  I was sad that I didn’t get the PR, but pleased with my speed progress.

I love the experience of this race.  I saw lots of friends and my kids came!  I took a long nap afterwards.  That 3:30am wake up time is brutal!

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