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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

St George Half Marathon

2012 - 1:55:00

2013 - 2:03:00

2014 - 1:46:00

2015 - 1:48:00

Salt Lake City Full Marathon

2013 -  4:23:03 

Salt Lake City Half Marathon

2012 - 1:51:00

2014 - 1:44:01

Ogden Marathon

2012 - 3:58:35

2013 - 4:17:20

2014 - 4:02:51

2017 - 3:55:22**

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

Timp Half Marathon

2012 - 1:47:18 

Utah Valley Half Marathon 

2011 - 1:55:00 

Top of Utah Marathon

2014 - 4:09:27

Top of Utah Half Marathon

2010 - 1:48:20 

Goblin Valley 50K

2014 - 5:58

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 21 years. I have 16 year old triplets and a 13 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.

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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10 mile ride on my new bike.  I need to think of a name to call it! 


The ride was just ok - I went around 4:45pm, so it was really hot.  My legs were also really sore and felt like lead.

3 minute run around the church


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4:55am -- uhhhhh...I'm tired

3.25 mile walk

3x1:min run

1x3:min run

I'm babysitting too many extra kids today and it is going to be hot - I'm going to be cranky :)

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58:44 - 14.36 miles

4 minute run around the church

I survived yesterday and the million kids we had over made it home alive.  I was blessed with an extra tank of patience - hooray!

 I went for a ride tonight and loved the overcast weather (there was even a few rain drops).  It was the farthest ride I've been on and by far the fastest.  I can't believe how sore my legs have been lately- hooray for muscles getting stronger due to all the biking (hopefully that is it). 

I hope to go for a really long ride on Saturday.

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32 minutes walking - no running.  Ankle was really sore yesterday and alittle today.  Ughhhh.....it has been since January that this injury has been hanging on.

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12.95 miles - 1:06


Today was a big day - I rode Suncrest.  You know when you have a big speed workout or a long run coming up and you can't sleep because of the anticipation.  That was me last night.

I drove the course yesterday to see if I was crazy for doing it. 

Today, I started at the Smiths off Highland Highway and biked up to the little grocery store on top of Suncrest.  I think the elevation change is 1500 feet (correct me if I am wrong). 5 miles up and 5 miles down.  I think I was more scared to come down. 

I wish I could record my thoughts during that ride.  Doubt to pain to exhilaration to pain to excitement. I didn't go fast, but I rode the entire way and didn't stop.

I texted my hubby at the top - "I did it. No stops.  All the way".  I wish I had a camera.

I felt really good when I was done, so I rode around the neighborhoods my the Smiths.  There was this HUGE downhill gully to an uphill.  I felt so great going up and down - so I turned around to do it again.  After going down and heading back up, my gears got stuck.  I couldn't peddle and crashed.  My first crash.  I'm grateful there wasn't any cars coming.  I had a car stop (they were going the other direction) and ask if I was ok (hooray for nice people in the world).  I had to walk up the hill because it was so steep I couldn't get going again.

I learned a lot from this ride.  I CAN DO HARD THINGS.  Next time I do Suncrest, there will be more speed.

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