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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.

Miles:This week: 6.00 Month: 127.00 Year: 849.31
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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I ran 1.6 to the gym.  I did squats, sits, planks, core and then calf stuff.  Rab 1.6 home from the gym.  My legs felt a big creaky.  I'm still very bruised from having ART done on my calves.  THEN, when running up Provo canyon, I tried to climb over this bridge to avoid a HUGE puddle.  I didn't do it very gracefully and got another HUGE bruise on my quad.  I totally look beat up.  

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AP: 9:07

10:18, 9:40, 9:24, 8:47, 7:59, 2:11

It was SUPER dark this morning  because of all the cloud cover.  A little spooky!  I ran my favorite 5 mile loop backwards today - it was much more hilly!  I had a hard time getting my legs to move.  After 3/4 miles they woke up and I felt good.

Off to swimming lessons.....I had a screamer and kicker yesterday.  I hope there is no more drama today!

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1 step forward, 2 steps back.  WHY in the world can I not get my act together with running?  WHY are my lower legs always achy?  When I went to the doctor in May, he said shin splints.  But I'm not sure if that is it.  I have one spot 3 inches above my ankle (on the inside) that hurts.  When I rub my thumb over the bone, it is a bit sore, but doesn't ache like a stress fracture.  When I rub the muscles, it BURNS!  Could it be tendonitis?  What is causing this?  I am feeling frustrated and defeated.

My run was ok.  We have a lot of construction going on by our house, so there are all these creepy construction guys around.  

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AP: 8:56

9:44, 9:35, 9:29, 8:27, 8:19, 7:55

This is the best run I've had in awhile.  Hooray, it is about time!  I ran my 6 mile loop "backwards" so I could go up the 1.5 mile hill.  I'm doing more of these to hopefully become a stronger hill runner.  You can tell from my splits when the hills end!  Need to change that!

It was nice and cool this morning.  No major lower leg pain.  A great run over all. Iced.  Need to stretch out this afternoon.

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AP:  9:15 ~ 9:50, 9:22, 9:33, 9:33, 9:27, 9:24, 9:38, 9:15, 9:09, 9:08, 9:06, 9:01, 8:15, 2:03

I met Rachel and Smooth at the JRP dark and early this morning.  It was extra stinky out there!  Not sure what was in the water, but it smelled!  This was the "perfect" run!  Smooth entranced us with stories for 2 hours.  WOW - is she amazing!  I'm not sure I could have done this distance without these two wonderful gals!  Thank you!

This was my longest training run this year.  I was/am worried on how my lower legs were going to handle it.  The verdict is still out!  About a mile from the finish, I was starting to get tired.  I just wanted to finish, so I took off because I was tired of running :)

Plus I needed to get home to get my yard work done, so I could take my kids to the pool, so I could host a BBQ in the afternoon.  But man alive, I am TIRED!

Good times!

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