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January 28, 2020

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Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

74 81 marathons, 5 times Utah Grand Slam finisher (division winner twice).

7 Bostons (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016).

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 PR: 1:48:41 (Bryce Canyon '11)

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

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

Short-Term Running Goals:

2017 Races:

June 10 - Utah Valley Marathon (5:13:43)

June 24 - Morgan Valley Marathon (5:49:01)

July 8 - Hobbler Half (2:19:37, 2nd AG)

July 24 - Temple to Temple 5K (27:43)

July 29 - Timp Half (2:08:01, 3rd AG)

Aug 26 - Mt. Nebo Marathon (5:16:16, 3rd AG)

Sep 16 - Huntsville Marathon (4:48:53)

Oct 7 - St. Geroge Marathon (4:57:11)

Nov 4 - Canyon City Marathon (5:30:07)

2018 Races:

Jan 13 - St. George Half (2:19:45, 3rd AG)

Mar 3 - The Woodlands Marathon (5:01:35)

Apr 6-7 - Ragnar So. California

June 1-2 - Ragnar Wasatch Back

June 9 - Utah Valley Marathon (5:19:22)

June 30 - Morgan Valley Half

Sep 1 - Pocatello Marathon (6:00:43)

Sep 15 - Huntsville Marathon (5:37:08)

Oct 6 - St. George Marathon (5:25:43)

Oct 20 - SoJo Marathon (5:29:23)

2019 Races:

June 1 - Utah Valley Marathon (5:44:24)

June 22 - Morgan Valley Marathon (6:15:13)

Aug 31 - Pocatello Marathon (5:38:47)

Sep 14 - Big Cottonwood Marathon (6:03:51)

Oct 5 - St. George Marathon (5:57:46)

Oct 12 - SoJo Marathon (5:55:45)

2020 Races:

Jan 18 - St. George Half (2:38:28)



Long-Term Running Goals:

Run happy and healthy all the days of my life. Be an example and inspiration to my family.



I'm 64, retired RN, happily married, nana to 12 beautiful grandchildren, mother to 6 children (1 daughter, 5 sons) who are kind, hardworking, caring, wonderful people! Wish they live closer!!!  :)  :)  :)

Picked up running in 2005 at age 50, to stay healthy so I can take care of my husband who had endocarditis resulting in AVR and MVR in 2004, end stage renal failure in 2014, kidney transplant on Dec 30, 2015.  Six months after the kidney transplant, we discovered that he has a rare auto-immune disease that was probably triggered in 2004 with then the undiagnosed infective endocarditis.  The doctors had to make up a name for this rare disease, Monoclono Gammopathy with Renal Significance (MGRS).  It is not curable.  After desperately trying different chemotherapies, the doctor finally found one immuno-therapy, Daratumamab, that works to treat the MGRS.  It is a miracle!!! 

Grateful for the gift of life, blessings, dear friends and loved ones!!! Thankful for the ability to move, walk, jog, and yes run!!!!


Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 8.00 Month: 90.60 Year: 90.60
Saucony Guide ISO Wide Lifetime Miles: 255.00
Saucony Guide ISO Lifetime Miles: 195.10
Sacony Guide ISO (2) Lifetime Miles: 4.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Thanks to Karen's encouragement/support/love and driving us to the Olympic Oval; I started off 2020 with a run, err a jog for me as I am slower than tar these days.  Eric got in over 14 miles, Karen ran 10 and I got 8.5 in the New Year's Revolution Run. 

My running has really declined the last three years, although I still managed to finish 6 marathons a year.  I run by my lonesome self about 3 times a week.  I have gotten so fat and slow that it's embarassing.  My asthma was getting so bad that I finally saw my doctor and renewed the medications.  I started taking the Symbicort inhaler on Nov 1.  It's beginning to show a bit of improvemnt 2 months later.  I need to be consistent in taking the meds, eating less, running 4 days a week. 

My Garmin 220 (which I got in 2014 when I came home from my mission) has not been holding its battery charge for over a year now.  Trying to decide if I should pull the trigger and purchase a new GPS watch.  My reasoning of not wearing a watch: 1. I don't want to or need to know how slow I'm running.  2.  I already know the distance of my running route. 

Anyhow, I don't know if anyone even reads my blog anymore since I've not been active on here for quite some time.  I'd love to hear what suggestions you have on a good basic GPS watch. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Burt on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 12:14:45 from

Hi. Welcome to the blog.

From Smooth on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 12:27:32 from

Thanks Burt! :)

From Burt on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 13:08:30 from

LOL! I have no suggestions on watches. I just use Strava on my phone nowadays. And hardly anyone comments on other's blogs now. I'll leave a comment late in the afternoon and still see my name on the Recent Comments list early in the morning. But I'm not a quitter, so I keep going.

From Smooth on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 13:19:50 from

Burt, thanks for the "update" about the blog. I guess this blog is not much of a social forum anymore these days.

I don't have a Strava account. I may have to look into that.

From Rhett on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 13:07:26 from


You are blogging again. Maybe that is the inspiration I need to get back to training hard again. I just got a new Garmin I think it is 245. Itís simple and easy to use.

Welcome back.

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