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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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2014 - Minutes Miles: 533.00
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TT:  1:25

AP:  9:25

Slow creaky run on the home TM.  The longer I ran, the better I felt.

I'm having a hard time getting early to run outside...my family just needs to go to bed earlier!!!


walking lunges

single leg hamstring lift


side to side lunges

front raise



supermans on bosu

Stretch and foam roll

2014 - Minutes Miles: 120.00
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I finally recruited Heather to join me for track Tuesday.  We ran together a few years ago and did lots of track workouts together.  So I knew she could handle it.  

I had my normal pretrack workout anxiety and didn't sleep well.  

1.5 mile warm up

McMillion Calculators say I should be hitting these paces (I'm not sure about these time!!!!):

400:  1:24-1:36

800:  3:20-3:31

          Today     Last Week      2 Weeks Ago

800     3:19         3:21                3:27

800     3:17         3:24

800     3:16

400     1:33         1:38              1:35

400     1:34         1:37              1:34

400                     1:33              1:32

400                                          1:34


Running with a buddy certainly makes you run faster.  I'm hoping I can keep her coming on Tuesdays!  Those 800's were extremely hard.  I felt like my gut was going to fall out. But each one got faster....yeah!  Getting more comfortable with the uncomfortable.

AM 2:  1 mile with the running camp kids.  It was probably more, but it was slow.  We have our big race next week!!!


Ive been so tired lately!  My husband jokes with me that I need to stop smoking and using drugs and find a better lifestyle choice!  Ha Ha!  When my kids do their 30 minutes of reading , I totally crash on the couch!!

2014 - Minutes Miles: 70.00
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10 miles

TT:  1:34:45

AP:  9:28

Quick break to get kids ready for bed

3 miles

TT:  28:00

AP:  9:20

Quick break to put kids to bed


Lunge matrix


Hip swings


I didn't get started on my run until 6:00pm.  Not the most ideal time, but I was beyond exhausted this morning and was busy being a mom all day.  BUT...I did get my miles logged even though I had to stop a few times to help my kids.  Thank goodness for my home TM...major blessings in that thing!

Stiff from yesterday's speed.

Stretch and foam roll

2014 - Minutes Miles: 142.00
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2 pitifully slow miles with running camp kids.  One of the twins that I've become good buddies with gave me one of her special rocks.  I feel the love! 


Legs feel lik toast

2014 - Minutes Miles: 20.00
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TT:  3:01:05

AP:  9:04

9:21, 8:50. 9:00, 9:45, 9:40, 8:56, 9:24, 9:05, 8:58, 8:52, 9:02, 8:49, 8:53, 9:09, 8:49, 8:48, 8:58, 8:55, 8:55, 8:45

JRP Sweet Rachel met me in the middle of the night to help me through my long run. I think my favorite Rachel saying was while she was turning on her head lamp "It's for the skunks". So reassuring. We had a wonderful run! I'm so glad that even though she has reached elite status, she will still run with me :). It was fun to catch up on life and have someone to squish snails, run big hills, drink obscene amounts of water, and get super sweaty with. Oh that JRP is humid! She left around mile 13 and I was sad to see her go. I turned on my iPod and listened to my book and eventually switched to music. The last 3 miles, my legs started to get heavy. I always start to think....how can I go faster and still run 6 more miles. Ughhhh.. I forgot to bring a towel and my car seat needs to be sanitized from all my sweat. Off to have my 7 years old birthday. I sure hope I can get a nap in sometime today.

2014 - Minutes Miles: 181.00
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Nothing! I'm suppose to have a lower mileage week next week. But the following week, I'm going to be traveling with my family. It will be really tricky to do a big mileage week (including a 20 miler) while on vacation. SO, I'm going to do 3 big weeks in a row which means I needed to rest today.

This probably makes no sense, but I'm trying to be smart. We'll see if if all turns out.

My baby turned 7 today. Sigh....why do they grow up so fast.

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2014 - Minutes Miles: 533.00
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