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Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

57 marathons, 5 times Utah Grand Slam finisher (division winner twice).

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

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

A handful of AG wins in all distance races.

Marathon PR: 3:57:09 (Boston'08)

Half Marathon: 1:48:41 (Bryce Canyon '11)

10K: 47:50 (Spectrum 10K '09)

5K: 22:31 (Nestle 5K '08)

Short-Term Running Goals:

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

Run 60 marathons by age 60 (10/16/15). 

Run Boston in my 60s.

Races in 2015:

#54  Woodlands Marathon (Feb 28) 4:43:31

#55  West Mountain Marathon (Apr 18) 5:06:47

#56  Ogden Marathon (May 16) 5:15:00

#57  Jordan River Marathon (May 30) 5:11:18

#58  Utah Valley Marathon (June 13)

#59  Pocatello Marathon (Sep 5)

#60  St. George Marathon (Oct 3)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run happy and healthy all the days of my life.


I'm 59, retired RN, happily married, Nana to 8 9 beautiful grandchildren.  Picked up running in 2005 at age 50, to stay healthy so I can take care of my hubby who has AVR and MVR in 2004 and End stage RF in 2014.  We have 6 children (1 daughter, 5 sons) who are kind, hardworking, caring, wonderful people... Wish they live closer to us!!!  :)  :)  :)

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 56.83 Year: 770.00
Saucony Kinvara 2 (pink) Lifetime Miles: 48.00
Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 528.15
Altra Lifetime Miles: 295.20
Inspire 10 (UK) Lifetime Miles: 528.30
Altra Torin Lifetime Miles: 89.50
Inspire 10 (ocean Breeze) Lifetime Miles: 345.22
Inspire 10 Cranberry Lifetime Miles: 51.33
Race: Utah Valley Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:45:45
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I always wake up just before the alarm no matter what time I set it.  Got up at 2:45 so got 4 hours sleep.  Holly and I convinced Lowell to leave the house by 3:30 so we could get to Provo at 4:00 since the last bus is leaving at 4:15.  We ate our breakfast and make Lowell's so he could eat in the car.  We got to the parking lot by the bus ride at 4:08.  I was surprised there were lots of parking spaces left.  There were three buses waiting and we saw Rachelle who was pacing the 4 hr group.  It was so GREAT to see her.  Then I noticed Ryan Hall standing there!  I knew he was running the Half and so was surprised to see him there.  Lowell took our picture with him.  With the sighting of Rachelle and Ryan, the morning is already off to a wonderful start.

On the bus ride, I sat by a fellow from Peru, Jube, who spoke very little English but enough to find out he's 52 and runs 3:35 marathons and hasn't seen his wife and children for 11 years since he's moved to Utah to work.  Got to the start with about 50 min. to spare.  Lowell make himself a bed with space blankets on the grass close to the U-haul while Holly and I headed to the potty lines.  The smoke from the campfire was yicky.  After the first potty trip we walked further up to the shorter line ones and saw Kelli Stevenson which made me so happy!  Then we walked back to where Lowell was sleeping and woke him up.  The announcer said it's last call to drop off our bags.  So I shed my jacket and put in Lowell's bag.  I didn't want to have a drop bag because I had to high tail out of there as soon as I finished.  I did carry my phone with a flip-belt.  He gave Holly and I the space blankets he was sleeping on then we headed to the potty for one last time.  As we're heading to the potties and everyone was heading to the start line, Rhett spotted me!  I was SO happy to see him!!!  Soon after I wished him a good run, Marcie Nielsen (Canyon) spotted me.  She looks awesome.  Found out that her goal is to run 100 marathons by the time she turns 50 (in Jan.) and she's well on her way running a marathon every week! :)  We had time for one last potty stop then headed to the start where I saw Brad (Maynard), gave him a hug and felt that my day is now complete, I've seen everyone I needed to see! :)  So so so happy to see these dear friends whom I haven't seen for over two years! :)

Lowell and Holly jumped in with the 4:15 pace group and I gave them a hug and wished them well.  I knew I was in no shape to run 4:15.  I jumped in at the back of the pack (surprised that there was no 4:45 pace group) and took my sweet time to warm up.  No matter how many marathons one run, the first few miles are always pleasant and easy and I enjoyed chatting with fellow runners.  Somewhere after the first 5Ks, a girl heard me talking as I ran past her and she called out:  "Smooth?"  She looks familiar to me and I couldn't place where I might've met her then she told me she's Amy!  "Ah! Dale's wife!"  When I found out she wants to run faster than her Ogden's time of 5:11, I told her we should go for sub-5 which she said would be a PR and a CR for her!  So I made that our goal!

Running with someone you know or have connections with makes it so much easier and more pleasant.  We chatted and enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  The miles just flew up.  Starting temp was in the low 60s, sunny blue sky and calm.  We walked most of the uphills, thanked the volunteers profusely.  My bladder was filling up at a faster pace than usual so I had to speed up as we approach the aid stations where I'd wait in line and told Amy I would catch up to her.  I did this about 3 times before the half.  Ran the first half in 2:24:xx.   

Ran into Susan Roundy around mile 14ish so ran a mile or so with her and chatted.  She had torn a ligament at the end of last year and decided not to have surgery and now back on running.  The last time I ran with her was at Ogden two years ago with Lowell in pouring rain.  We shared so many inspiring stories then and even more so now!  I am so grateful for great friends I met in the running community.  They have enriched my life tremendously!

It was getting warm but surprising I did not feel the effect as bad as couple weeks ago at Jordan River.  I was able to keep running the uphill towards Bridal Veil Falls.  I told Amy we can walk once we get up there so we can enjoy the beautiful BV Falls.  I felt strong and would pick up the pace.  I saw a young girl bended over to stretch and then she limped away.  As I got closer to her I asked how she's doing.  She said her hip(s) was killing her.  So I offered her two ibuprofen when we approached the next aid station (mile 19, I think?).  There was a very slight headwind at the mouth of the canyon.  Amy began to slow as the course started to level out.  I told her we would only walk when there's shades.  I kept a steady pace and told Amy not to loose sight of me. 

I thanked all the traffic cops, high-fived the spectators and felt great.  At mile 21ish aid station, I looked at my watch and realized if I kept my pace above 10:30, I could finish in 4:45.  Mile 23 was 9:47.  I took a popsicle at the next aid station, walked through the two misters.  I focused on picking off and passing the runners ahead.  The last two miles were 10:09, 10:05 with the last 0.33 mile at 10:03.  Saw my hubby dressed in white shirt and tie, the Robisons at the last 200m and high fived them and crossed the finish in 4:45:45.  I kept jogging a little to fend off any charlie horse.  Maynard was there and totally made my finish to get a hug from him.  Grabbed couple of chocolate milk and walked with hubby to the car which was parked by the Marriott.  I had packed a bag with temple dress and wash clothes, etc.

Got cleaned up in the Marriott's lobby bathroom where there was no one except for one girl who upon seeing my running clothes and medal on the counter asked if I'd run the marathon and how I did.  After I told her I finished 15 min faster than I wanted and asked how she did.  She sheepishly told me she WON the marathon!  Holy cow!  How cool is that to meet the women overall winner in the bathroom 2+ hours after she finished!  We took a selfie!  Then I high tailed out of there and made it to the Salt Lake Temple where we got to witness the sealing of one of our returned missionaries! HAPPY DAY!!!  :)

Inspire 10 Cranberry Miles: 26.33
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Been a busy week.  Spent the morning cleaning the upstair and downstair bathrooms and got the guest bedrooms ready for Lowell and Holly.  Totally forgot about packet pick up when Lowell called and I missed his earlier text.  I called him just before noon and they were on their way to the house after driving the course.  So hubby took me to packet pick up in Provo in the afternoon.

There were not very many people at the Expo when we got there around 1:30ish.  The KT-tape booth was offering free taping and no customer with 3 staffs working, so I took advantage of it and have the guy taped both my calves (the left calf up extend higher to the hammie) and the left PF.  I didn't linger or visit any other booths because Lowell and Holly was already at my house.

We had an early dinner at Oliver Garden at 4pm.  So very nice to visit with Holly.  What a wonderful young mother.  Larry and I were very impressed with her....kind, humble, considerate and a sweet person.

Got my race gear ready (I decided not to have a drop bag), took a Tylenol PM and went to bed around 9:30pm.  Woken up around 10:30 by Wendy's text telling me she's in Huntsville and might not make it back to run me in.   I was able to fall back to sleep thanks to the Tylenol PM. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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4 with Wendy.  Legs feel sluggish.  Calves are not tender to touch anymore but still quite a bite of tightness.

Inspire 10 Cranberry Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy run by myself.

Inspire 10 Cranberry Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy run with Wendy.

Inspire 10 (ocean Breeze) Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Ran easy with Karen, Leslie, Wendy.

Inspire 10 Cranberry Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Inspire 10 Cranberry Miles: 40.33Inspire 10 (ocean Breeze) Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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