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October 20, 2019

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Pleasant Grove,UT,USA

Member Since:

Aug 04, 2008



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

PRs: Fleet Feet Turkey Trot 5k- 19:46;  St. George Marathon  3:07:11(2013-- coming back from the dead)  Utah Valley Marathon 2011- 3:09:13 : D  1st place Master Division, 7th Overall; Mt. Nebo 1/2 Marathon 2011- 1:19:35- 2nd Overall,  first master. Ogden Marathon 3:14  (2010); 10K 2011 Speedy Spaniard 40:47.  I have run 33 marathons: 15 St. George (1995, 2006-2019). Utah Valley (2011, 2014), Eiluj (2011), Deseret News (2015, 3:40 pacer),  Ogden (2009, 2010), Boston (1996,2012,2014,2018)Top of Utah (1999, 2011 pacer), and SLC (2006,2015), Pocatello (3:40 pacer 2012),park city marathon 3:41:53 (2013), and Big Cottonwood pacer (2017,2018)and three Ultras-Squaw Peak 51.25 miler 2010 in 12:05:27 (9th woman) and  Antelope Island  (32 miler) in  March, 2011 (4th overall in 5:10:25) and in 2009.


Short-Term Running Goals:

2020 Marathon Madness

April  Salt Lake City Marathon April 18

May  Ogden Marathon  May 16

June Utah Valley Marathon  June 6 

July  Deseret News Marathon  July 24 

August  Top of Utah Aug 22 

September  Big Cottonwood  Sept 12 

October Saint George Marathon Oct 3  

November New York City Marathon  Nov 1


Long-Term Running Goals:

Marathon--  PR (3:06 or better)

10k--  PR (under 40:47)

5K-- PR (under 19:46)



Married to Troy since 1997.  We have three daughters- Courtney 21,  Brooke 19, and Amber 16 and one dog-Cocoa (15). Troy works and cook lots of yummy dinners and desserts.  Courtney is back as of Aug 2019 from 18 months in England.  Now working as a CNA and going to BYU. Brooke graduated from PGHS IN MAY 2019. Attending UVU in Fall. Called to serve in the Michigan Landing LDS church mission. Leaves Jan22, 2020. Amber plays for Olympic Montreux Premier 1 soccer team.  And is a junior this Fall 2019. I  work full time (27 years in June 2019) as a registered nurse. Currently working in the special care nursery  at American Fork Hospital.  Our family loves to camp and go to Disneyland.  

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 94.87 Year: 1141.83
Brooks Pureflow Lifetime Miles: 309.19
Altras Zero Drop (lt. Blue) Lifetime Miles: 366.29
Mizuno Precision 11 (orange) Lifetime Miles: 610.05
Saucony Mirage 2 Grey Lifetime Miles: 223.70
Nike Pegasus Charc/lime Lifetime Miles: 487.77
Nike Pegasus Grey/blue Lifetime Miles: 428.92
Mizuno Precision Pink Lifetime Miles: 479.56
Nike Lunar Flyknits RED Lifetime Miles: 893.47
Nike Lunar Flyknits MULTI GREY Lifetime Miles: 369.20
Mizuno Sayanaras Lifetime Miles: 292.58
Asics Gel Lyte 33-2 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 163.09
Altra Intuition 1.5 Grey Lifetime Miles: 55.31
Altras Pink Intuition 1.5 Lifetime Miles: 79.00
Kinvara 5s Peach Lifetime Miles: 576.20
Kinvara 5s YELLOW Lifetime Miles: 346.56
Kinvara Blue/lime Lifetime Miles: 578.77
Kinvara 5s Green Lifetime Miles: 47.31
Kinvara 6 Turquoise Lifetime Miles: 531.20
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I decided to add this at the top before you fall asleep at the end.  You never know what good you can do in an early morning decision of which route to run.  I encountered two moments to help out a stranger and I thought if I chose a different route I wouldn't have helped out. Even though I didn't get a thanks I felt good I could be of service.  About five kids were biking to school at 745am and one got his back pack caught in his wheel pretty tightly.  He had no idea what to do and was standing in the middle of the road confounded.  I simply instructed to take off the back pack, lifted up the chain and removed the tightly woven strap and he sped off without much to say.  Then I met up with the same bikers crossing the road and one girl was crying due to an "injured" ankle from another rider.  "no blood"  I said.  "you just feel more pain due to the cold, you will feel good soon, and after my gentle reminder about "where are all your new helmets that were passed out to you last week at safety week to every kid at Manila Elementary? (my next door neighbor, mother of four, her helmet although crushed, saved her life as she was in ICU for three months last year)... but that young girl was off too (she said her new helmet caused her last accident... interesting).  Wow hadn't even got to the first mile mark and I was feeling like I saved  the world (or at least tried), not really but... it really does pay to be at the right place at the right time for both sides. 

Now back to my story...  I went back to the chiropracter due to my hip and knee acting up with this run which feels really great during the massage, ultrasound heat and stretching and realignment then whamo in the car the nerve is still acting up.  I am not sure what to think.  But really I want the nerve pain to migrate to an arm, I really don't need them too much in a marathon.  I felt great cardiovascularly (is that a word?) and my whole right side was like this is easy, but no the left hip was like "ry doing this for 23 more miles and I will show you"  I am now looking for a miracle to have this nerve pain transform out of my leg/hip/knee/foot within 60 hours.  My last mile felt very easy despite the pain as far as respiratory effort   (7:03) which I was happy with but a half hour after the run the nerve pain set in.  The same burning pain that I feel in my head neck and shoulder often.  I figure one of these days I get a correct diagnosis.  I have gone from multiple sclerosis, chiari malformation,  fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivity, lupus  to yeast overgrowth.  Some day answers will come.  In the meantime I choose to run.  I tried to stop running in the past because I got comments it was due to running, but low and behold the same pains even after taking off for a month.  Okay enough already.  Don't feel sorry for me if anything be stronger from reading my story.  The power  of the mind (over matter) is achievable.  I want everyone to remember that at mile 15, 20-26.2 etc....  This too shall pass if you are at that point in feeling... or say to yourself....  I can do this,  turn a frown upside down and smile those miles away.  It truly works.  I will be at the starting line no matter what.  See you all there sooner than later.  Get lots of sleep the next two nights.  I hope to make it by the blog party, but my husband will be in the hotel watching the BYU football game tuning out the kids so I may have to stay behind to entertain at the pool.  Another long post.  Thanks for hanging in there.  ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzss.

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