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Location:

UT,

Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

50 marathons, 5 times Utah Grand Slam finisher.

6 Bostons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

Two 50Ks, one 50 miler (Pony Express).

A handful of AG wins in all distance races.
 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Loose the weight (10-13 lbs) I gained on my mission.

Get back to running marathons after having been away from it for a year.

Finish SGM 2014 healthy. (It will be my 9th SGM).

BQ again and run Boston in my 60s.

Run 60 marathons at age 60. 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run happy and healthy all the days of my life.

Personal:

I'm 58.9, retired RN, happily married, Nana to 7 8 beautiful grandchildren.  Picked up running in 2005 to stay healthy and active after raising 6 children (1 daughter, 5 sons) who are absolutely the best kids a parent can ever ask for!  :)  :)  :)

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 90.05 Year: 842.25
Saucony Kinvara 2 (pink) Lifetime Miles: 48.00
Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 368.71
Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 370.40
Altra Lifetime Miles: 101.90
Inspire 10 (UK) Lifetime Miles: 97.70
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Spent the morning getting hubby ready for dialysis and prepared food for him.  Then quickly packed an overnight bag with race gear.  

Tobby picked me up at 2pm and off we went to Logan.  We got there before the Expo was opened so we drove to the mouth of the canyon and traced the course by following the pink arrows and orange mooses from Hyrum to the finish so Toby got a pre-view of the many twists and turns of the last 12.2 miles of the course.  Didn't realize there were so many darn hills! :)  We both wondered out loud, how in the world did Allie run this crazy thing and won it so many times!!! :)

We got back just as the Expo was opened and picked up our packet/bib.  Then went next door to the Firehouse Pizzaria for dinner...yummy!!!  Then drove to the hotel and talked and talked till time for bed!!!  I just love Toby and her darling family! :)

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.003.800.000.004.80

Got very little sleep last night...hubby's PD cather exit site was bleeding...a few dressing changes...he was restless and paced the floor.  Nights are so hard for him.

Did a short run on MCT west to 1500W and back.  4.8 mi. TT: 45:13  AP: 9:24 (10:38, 9:33, 9:00, 8:53, 8:50)  

After the run, I changed into some jeans and long sleeves top to mow the lawn.  It's my first time learning to use a riding lawn mower...it was scary at first...but I got the hang of it and felt so proud that I could mow our humongous lawn all myself! :) :) :)  The only "injury" was my forehead got scraped up by a tree branch.  

Babysitting Skylar tonight....I love her...she brings me such joy and delight! :)

Inspire 10 (UK) Miles: 4.80
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.004.000.000.006.00

Same solo run on JRP from South Mountain Dialysis Center 3 miles south then turn around.  TT: 56:05 AP: 9:21 (10:49, 9:45, 9:24, 8:51, 8:44, 8:32)  

After hemodialysis, took hubby to Liberty PD Center on 90th S Bangerter to have the PD catheter flushed and dressing changed.  Everything looks good.  

 

Inspire 10 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.500.000.000.000.50

Wendy and I ran around the hood to tape invitations door to door while Karen and Leslie walked along. Then took hubby to AF Hospital for transfusion.  Then walked to do visiting teaching.  

Inspire 9 Miles: 0.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.003.000.000.007.00

Got up dark and early to drive hubby to dialysis.  After getting him settled in; I changed into running clothes at the dialysis center bathroom and headed out on the JRP with a heavy heart.  First mile was slow, sluggish, battling swarms of gnats...wanted to find a secluded spot to sit and cry!  Once out of the park-like area and passed the 11400 S. bridge, I began to pour my heart out to my Heavenly Father... tears flowed freely as I ran south under cool breeze and the sun hidden behind a big fluffy cloud!  

It's been 5 months since that eventful day of April 15 when hubby had an emergency craniotomy at the prime of our mission service in Sydney!  I asked not why, what, nor how...only pleaded with the Lord to strengthen us through this trial.  At times it was hard to feel God's love; yet I felt many times the power of faithful prayers from family and friends sustaining me and comforting me.  I felt helpless and wanted desperately for my husband to be made whole, to be healed completely.  It is heart-wrenching to watch him deterioate, withering before my eyes!  He has gone through and is still going through so much!  

I pleaded to feel God's love and approval as I trudged along with heavy heart and tear streaked face.  Then in my mind's eyes, I saw the suffering of the Savior in Gathsemane; how much more heart-wrenching and painful it was for the Father to watch His only begotten Son suffered and died for us.  I then was filled with immense gratitude and instantly engulfed by His love.  I thanked Him for His tender mercy, kindness and love.  I thanked Him for granting me life, yes even the very breath that I take.  I thank Him for His Son's sacrifice, for giving me a wonderful eternal companion and family, for dear friends and loved ones, for the ability to run, for the very earth that I run on.  As I looked yonder at the cat-tails marshland and meandering river, the amber alfalfa fields and South Mountains ahead, the song "Lilies of the Field" flooded my mind:

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, how they grow.  

Consider the birds in the sky, how they fly, how they fly.  

He clothes the lilies of the fields.  He feeds the birds in the sky.  

And He will feed those who trust Him, and guide them with His eye.

Consider the sheep of His fold,

How they follow where He leads.

Though the path may wind across the mountains.

He knows the meadows where they feed.

He clothes the lilies of the field.

He feeds the birds in the sky.

And He will feed those who trust Him,

And guide them with His eye.

Consider the sweet, tender children

Who must suffer on this earth.

The pains of all of them He carried

From the day of His birth.

He clothes the lilies of the field.

He feeds the lambs in His fold.

And He will heal those who trust Him,

And make their hearts as gold.

He clothes the lilies of the field.

He feeds the lambs in His fold.

And He will heal those who trust Him,

And make their hearts as gold. 

Oh, these comforting words lifted my heavy heart and feet.  I saw these words painted on the pavement: "Triathlon Mom Turn Around" then looked at my watch to see that I've gone 3.5 miles so I turned around and headed back with much smoother and lighter strides.  I now know what I need to do!  I will have more courage to do His will.  I will be kinder, be more loving and patient.  I will be more grateful.  I will not mumur but sing praises to Him whom I trust and depend on.  I will listen more.  I will ponder and search the scriptures for daily guidance.  I will serve with pure heart and hands.  I will cherish the time I have with my husband, take care of him and love him more deeply.  I will go to the temple often.  I will cling to the sacred covenants I've made.  Then I saw a man on a motorized wheelchair and his small canine companion, I greeted him with a smile...I will lift others' heavy hearts and cast my own burden on the Lord.  

Today's run reminded me of my first run some 25 years ago when I "ran away" from home.  I was suffering from post-partum depression after the birth of our 5th child; my husband was called to be the bishop; my mother had died from complications of diabetes in HK.  I felt alone, trapped, the burden of caring for 5 children under the age of 10 was too much.  I wanted to run away after I put the babies to bed.  I kept running and running until I reached the edge of Utah Lake where I knelt among the tall cat-tails and poured my heart out to God.  Again I felt God's encircling love; and with gratitude got up and ran home to my five sleeping children who to this day remain a source of joy and blessings in my life.  It wasn't until 15 more years later after that "running away", that I picked up this sport of running when the children grew up and I needed to take better care of my body so that I can take care of my husband who suffered a near death heart valves replacement surgeries.  I will run and pray for as long as I live!!! :)

Altra Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.5010.800.000.0018.30
Altra Miles: 7.00Inspire 9 Miles: 0.50Inspire 10 Miles: 6.00Inspire 10 (UK) Miles: 4.80
Night Sleep Time: 10.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 10.00Weight: 0.00
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