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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.

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: 12.30 Month: 77.70 Year: 1277.01
2014 - Minutes Lifetime Miles: 28605.00
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TT: 54:36

AP:  9:09

9:33. 8:50, 9:06, 9:12, 9:00, 8:53

I met my friend Janae this morning. She used to be in my ward and is running St George. She called me a few weeks ago to ask me some marathon fueling questions (like I know). So we met this morning and had a great chat. Ankle felt good. Stretch on my front lawn. I spent all day on a class field trip. I was mentally fried my the end of the day.....too many 4th graders...ahhhhhh

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Canal - out and back

TT:  1:08:05

AP:  8:32

9:33, 8:56, 8:30, 8:15, 8:16, 8:30, 8:13, 7:47


I met Kellie for our mid-week longish run.  Perfect weather, great conversation and good speed.  It is getting easier.  It took me a long time to warm up once I got back.

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My schedule is a bit different this week. I wanted to have a buddy for a longer runs, so I adjusted my plans accordingly. So today is a cross training day.


60/60/60 planks

20 push ups

20 lying leg lifts

10 rows

10 flys

20 dips


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5 miles - 45:23 (6.6 mph - 9:05mm)

5 miles - 43:xx (6.7mph - sped up at end)


At home gym:


10 ball squats

walking lunges

10 side to side lunges

single leg hamstring lift

stretch and yoga poses

Kellie wanted to go to the gym this morning to run thinking it might rain. It has beemd months since I've been with the meatheads! Ughhh... I was wishing we had gone outside. It was a long 10 mile run or 2x5 mile run. I kept trying to visual my favorite 10 mile run outside. And it was hot in there. But the long run is done for the week. Yeah!

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I met Janae this morning. I really like running with her and she didn't even blink an eye when I asked if we could go super slow. I was torn up from yesterday's long/TM run, so I wanted to be safe. Good conversation!

It was cool, but not freezing. There was a lot of wind though. Still a million times better than the TM!

AP: 9:55

Canal route...I'm going to be sad when they turn off the water!!

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We went camping last night so I wasn't able to get out until lunch time.  3 easy miles - 2 laps around the baseball field barefoot.


Stretch and yoga poses


L - 5M since Tuesday.  #7/8

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