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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

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.

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: 125.00 Year: 1166.91
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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Farmroad down route


AP: 8:58

10:26, 9:20, 8:52, 8:24, 8:06, 2:05

That darn hill by my house throws off my AP every day.  Oh well.....

So I've decided I'm not going to get "freaked out" until exactly 1 week after my 20 milers.  I've had all sorts of weird aches and pains in my lower legs.  I know this is normal, but it also puts me in a case of the worries! 

I wore a long sleeved shirt this morning thinking it was going to be cold.  But by the time I got up my hill, I was already sweating like a pig.  After 2 miles, I couldn't stand it any more.  Now, I'm not usually one to  just run in a sports bra....nope not after having 4 kids.  But I was so hot and sweaty this morning, I decided to take off the long sleeved shirt and just run with my sports bra and my reflective vest.  It was still very dark, so I thought no one will notice.  I looked like a total dork.  I thought I was home free, until I got to my street. 

Our newly called counselor (my neighbor) in the bishopric pulled up right behind me.  He rolled down his window and asked how many miles I'd done this morning.  I stuck my hands by my sides trying to hide my flashing white skin.  I quickly uttered 5 miles and jogged home.  I sure hope he didn't notice. 

It was a good run.

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300 N route

Time: 53:00


9:26, 8:56, 8:48, 8:46, 8:54, 8:03

SOOOOOOO tired this morning!  I'm loving the cooler weather!  My run went a lot faster than I had planned.  My right shin/right below my knee is still bugging.  Will I ever be able to run without an ache or pain?

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Down farmhill road


AP:  8:49

9:49, 8:46, 8:22, 7:35

I'm SO loving these cool morning!  I felt great this morning on my run.  My aches and pains are going away and things are returning back to normal.  When SGM is done, one of my main goals is to really start lifting...focusing on the legs.  I need to strengthen them so I'm not always feeling injured. 

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AP: 8:59

9:30, 8:41, 8:48, 8:42, 8:45, 9:18, 9:09, 9:02, 9:01, 8:56, 8:45, 8:50

SO tired when the alarm went off!  I met Rachel and Annette at the JRP.  It was chilly, dark and rainy!  It took me several miles to get all my aches and creeks out.  I probably shouldn't have taken yesterday off, but I really needed the sleep. 

We had a great conversation and the miles flew by!  Hooray for such great running buds! 

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