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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: 0.00 Month: 16.50 Year: 727.55
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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Designated rest day.  My legs felt totally thrashed - marathon sore.  It is a lower mileage week for me, so it all worked out perfectly!

But I still did get up early and worked in my garden for 2 hours.  The basement is officially DONE so I finished moving everything back downstairs.  Garage is cleaned out.  

T-minus 5 days until the baptism.  Lots to do.

I didn't run but I did burn a million calories :)

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 BEWARE:  Proud Momma moment below!!!

Today was the last day of running (sniffle...sniffle)!  And to celebrate, they had a one mile and a two mile race.  Abby ran the one mile and Annie and Carter ran the two mile race.  The weather was overcast and cool.

Abby signing in at the race


Pre-race jitters!


The starting line of the one mile



And their off.....


I love that when Abby runs, she is ALL smiles!  That girl loves to have F.U.N.!


Abby is about half-way through the race....still smiling!


Start of the 2 mile race....those boys are ready to race!


Carter at the halfway point!


Annie is fast on Carter's heels.  That girl has beautiful form!


Trying to catch her little brother!


Carter on the home stretch.  I guess he crashed hard somewhere on the course.  Another mom told him to get up and finish.  I was semi-glad that I wasn't there.  Sometimes it is too easy to "crutch" on mom and after our Steel Days mishap, I was just happy to be the cheerleader!


Annie on the home stretch.  She heard us cheering and really turned it up a notch.  She told me after the race that she really wanted to beat that pink-shorts girl!


Here she comes...gaining on the pink shorts girl....Mom cheering so loud as she is so excited for her girl!


Perfect form...booking it to the finish...Mom about to cry she is so proud!


A great morning for all!

It has been a great experience for me (as Mom) to watch my kids participate in running camp this summer.  Obviously, I love to run and to have them enjoy it (or even semi-enjoy it) makes me spew with happiness.  They have gotten so much better with their running and their times are proof.  

I receive so much joy from this great sport, but to be able to cheer on my children (while they are feeling that runner's high) makes me want to cry.  I almost had tears running down my cheeks and I watched my kids cross the finish line.  I know those feelings they were experiencing.  I hope this amazing running trend continues.



8 easy miles for me.  My calves were still extremely sore from Saturday's race.  But after a few miles, they started to loosen up.  AP:  10:00....SLOW!!!!

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I met Catherine this morning!  I told her I wanted to do a tempo run, but my legs were still super heavy and sore.  So I decided every run this week was going to be easy (just because my legs won't move!!!!).

Easy 5 miles - good conversation - fantastic trip and fall by  me (luckily, I landed in the grass...honestly could I get any clumsier????)  - no stretching and a 2 hour nap before my kids got up.  Honest-to-goodness-GREAT!

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AP:  9:21 

9:50, 9:42, 9:21, 8:46, 5:53

There was a beautiful moon out this morning.  First I have to start with a small rant:  There is so much darn road construction by my house.  I literally can't turn on my main street without hitting chunks of large, broken up asphalt, huge piles of dirt, running into a million cones and half the streets are closed.  It takes me twice as long to drive anywhere (because of all the detours) and when I run these portions, I have to walk over them.  Done.

I really wanted to have a bit of a faster run this morning.  My legs have been dragging all week and I needed a bit of a booster.  So once I got through all the road crud, I really tried to pick it up.  I semi-succeeded. 

I'm doing my longish run tomorrow, so I can totally focus on my kids' baptism on Saturday.  Then next week, it is back to bigger miles and the track.

I had to have a really hard conversation last night with a family member.  As a result, I'm not very popular right now.  Sigh.....

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My baby turned 5 yesterday.  Sigh....


We had a cupcake birthday party. Lots of little 4-5 year old girlies at my house yesterday.  In the middle of the party, Tim's mom called.  His dad was just taken into the hospital.  It was a busy day.

Onto running news:  I woke up extremely sore from my 30 minute trainer session!  Oh, how I have a love/hate relationship with my trainer!!!

Hubby took today off to finish final stuff around the house.  T-minus 24 hours till the baptism.  So I was able to sleep in for an hour (I didn't want to start too late or else it would be too hot!!!). 

I felt pretty good today.  The last 1-2 miles, it started to get hot. GU at mile 5.


AP: 9:22

9:39, 9:43, 9:55 (hill), 9:39, 9:27, 9:13, 9:08, 9:07, 9:12, 8:40,

  20 minute weight session in my new workout room in the basement.  Too bad it only has a 10lb and 12lb set of weights.  And my foam roller.   I hope to get a treadmill soon.

Taking the next 2 days off. 

More family drama last night.  I think I am moving my little family to the island of Sicely. 

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