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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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Mish mash of situps, pushups, donkey kicks, whip arounds and other junk

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I met Catherine at the high school track this morning.  Our plan was to do 5x400 with a 200 rest.

1 mile run to the track for a WU


1:35 (When I looked at my watch after the lap, I thought it said 1:45.  That would have made me really sad!!!)





Though these were hard, they were manageable.  Catherine took off like a shot and I thought that was the end of me!  She is a good training partner....just faster than me to really make me push.  When I did this workout before Ogden (8x400), I was in the 1:38 range, so I was pleasantly surprised.  Thanks Catherine for making me faster this morning (please don't move)!!!

1 mile cool down run home

It totally BUGS me when joggers/walkers don't move out of the inside line.  I always get out of the way for other runners when I am done with a set.  They need a track etiquette sign!!!

Lower legs have totally been aching.  I'm wearing my compression socks this morning which stinks because I have to wear pants over them (shorts and compressions socks don't jive!!).  I think my legs are going through some shock.

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Catherine was nice enough to meet me again this morning for a longish run.  I met her a little over a mile from my house.  It was still very dark, but nice and cool.

I didn't sleep well last night.  I kept waking up thinking I had slept through my alarm.   I always do that and it drives me bonkers.


AP:  9:36

9:17, 9:29, 10:21 (we had some serious sprinkler dodging issues here), 9:24, 9:19, 9:43, 9:36

We had a wonderful run and I was very grateful for her company.  Great conversation, but I was totally holding her back.  She could have gone way faster....thanks Catherine!!! 

I felt great when until I dropped Catherine off, then I started to tank.  My shins were totally bugging and I was just tired. 

Just a little stretching and foam rolling

Back to bed for 1.5 hours till my kids woke me up.  That is one nice thing about summer is I get to sleep in more.

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30 minutes with trainer this morning.  She had me do the one-arm-on-a-ball/one-arm-on-the-floor pushups.  I still had a hard time lifting my arms to do my hair this morning.  Weaksauce.....

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I finally slept really great last night.  Yeah!!!  But my body is still so darn sore from yesterday's trainer workout.  I've been so tired lately.  I forget how tired marathoning makes me.

I haven't been as intense/focused/crazy about training for St George this year.  In someways it has been nice to have balance.  But as I was figuring our my remaining training schedule, I realized I was only going to have 1 half marathon before the race.  Whereas with Ogden, I had 3 half marathons.

 So on a whim, I was able to get into the Timp Half Marathon next weekend.  I'm very nervous to test out my fitness level.  I know I can run 13 miles, but how fast is the question.

I wanted to get another speed session in today, but not as intense as a track session.  So I ran a 2.5 mile warm up (this section of the run was all uphill), then did a 2 mile tempo and ended with a .5 mile cooldown. 

45:38 - AP:  9:07 (10:06, 9:44, 8:48, 7:49, 9:06)

2.5 mile warm up - 24:44

2 mile tempo - 15:36/7:48 (slight downhill with a few little rollers)

.5 mile cool

The tempo was definitely pushing the pace.  I was breathing hard (but not at puke zone) and I really had to work.  It probably didn't help that I was so sore from yesterday.

I'm hoping to get one more speed session before the race next Saturday.  I have no idea how it is going to play out!

Long stretching session and foam rolling


During running club today, a film crew came out to film all the kids for Studio 5.  They were pretty darn excited!!  They are running the Steel Day's kids run tomorrow.  We picked up our packets.  The medal was included.  But I told them they couldn't wear it until after the race :)

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AP:  9:32 (10:09, 9:44, 9:49, 9:58, 10:01, 10:18, 9:51, 9:09, 9:12, 9:13, 8:57, 9:02, 8:49, 9:08, 2:25)

I decided to run the portion of the Timp Half course that is out of the canyon.  I tried to add on as many miles as I could before I hit the canyon so I could just head right home when I hit 14 miles. 

I ran part of the course that I ran with Catherine last weekend.  Running that route is so hard for me.  It is long and hilly.  BIG hills.  And they just don't stop!!!  I was having a bit of a pity party too.  So dark, alone, 5:00am and my feet/ankles were hurting.

I got to the mouth of the canyon around 7/8 miles.  Perfect - just like the race.  But I just couldn't get my legs moving and had some serious doubts about next weekend.  Even though I run this route a lot it was good to look at it through racing eyes.

Once I got by the AFHS, I saw the Steel Days runners and ran with them for a mile or so.  I was only .25 over for the day. 

I ran in the door and did all my girls hair then we headed to the Steel Days kid run.  My kids were very excited and we had a lot of neighborhood friends there.   I love the little hometown races!!!

The 1/2 mile fun run should have been very easy for them....they run at least a mile during running club.



But my son shoots from the start in a full sprint and dies 100 yards into the race.  It's hard to explain pacing to an 8 year old. Then he was mad and grumpy at everyone.  I need to figure this out because he really likes to run, but needs to learn how to race.


But my oldest daughter (blue shorts) took 2nd in the 7-8 category.  And my other daughter (purple shorts) just had a lot of fun (which was the goal of the day). 





We had to have a long talk about sportsmanship when we got home.  Joys of parenting.


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