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Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

74 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

June 30 - Morgan Valley Half

Sep 1 - Pocatello Marathon

Sep 15 - Huntsville Marathon

Oct 6 - St. George Marathon

Oct 20 - SoJo Marathon


Long-Term Running Goals:

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



I'm 63, retired RN, happily married, nana to 11 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: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 283.24
Inspire 10 (ocean Breeze) Lifetime Miles: 445.97
Inspire 10 Cranberry Lifetime Miles: 430.73
Altra Provision 2.0 Lifetime Miles: 183.20
Inspire 10 (mum's Day) Lifetime Miles: 416.45
Inspire 11 (teal) Lifetime Miles: 118.75
Inspire 10 (eBay) Lifetime Miles: 44.50
Torin 2.0 (teal/yellow) Lifetime Miles: 25.35
Provision 2 (sz 6) Lifetime Miles: 55.35
Saucony Guide 8 Lifetime Miles: 40.75
Saucony Ride 8 Lifetime Miles: 278.58
Saucony Guide 9 (2) Lifetime Miles: 294.35
Saucony Guide 9 Lifetime Miles: 429.85
Saucony Guide 9 (3) Lifetime Miles: 232.30
Saucony Ride 9 Lifetime Miles: 20.00
Saucony Guide 10 (1) Lifetime Miles: 283.40
Brooks Ghost 7 Lifetime Miles: 29.55
Saucony Guide 10 (2) Lifetime Miles: 53.32
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Clear blue sky, T 20F at the start, 40F at the finish, no lines, 20+ runs on the slopes of Solitude from 9 am to 3 pm.  A fun day with the family and lotsa fresh air.

Recovery run 6.5 miles at 4:50 pm to beat the sundown in 58:28.  AP:  8:59.  Hazy, stinky air.  Splits:  9:16, 9:02, 8:44, 8:57, 8:54, 8:55, 9:14.   

AM/PM Yoga 

Inspire 3 Sz 6.5 Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
From DonGardinero on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 21:48:24

Wow Smooth...You skied AND ran today?I'm still super sore from the race on Saturday. You're amazing.

From Kelli on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:28:07

Skiing---fun! We went bowling, FUN!!!

Great miles. I hope you are feeling well and I promise to never feed you a bunch of junk before a race again!

From Smooth on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:39:42


Hubby made me go. He said it's good for my legs. What does he know?


YOU had great miles today!!! OK, you can feed me a bunch of junk AFTER a race. Just kidding, it was ME who can't contain myself. I LOVE to eat. I'm a garbage disposal.

From Marion on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:46:07

You and Kelli and animals! I feel like a major wimp :) I am going to be like you guys some day :) GRREAT RUN!!!

From Smooth on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:04:07

You haven't seen Leslie's or Tarzan's yet! They are da womanimals!!!

From Marion on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 23:07:53

You gals are unreal! I am not worthy :)

From kellies on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 00:50:54

Wow, what a fun day. It was so great seeing you in St. George Smooth! You are a sweet heart. Hope to see you again soon.

From Becca on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 01:01:26

I don't know if I should read your blog before I go for a run... just reading about all you did made me almost too tired to go out! ;)

From leslie on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:54:35

You guys are funny!

I am trying to clean out my garbage disposal this week! Oink! Oink!

I am all over your idea of massages for the girls next time! Do we have to wait for our annual Painters?

From lelsie on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:56:18

Smooth, I agree the skys were beautiful up the canyon! I am glad you and Larry got above the YUCK!

From Smooth on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 14:32:56


It was so good to see you at SG. You looked gorgeous and ran an awesome race. Did you get some running gear from runningwarehouse.com? My shoes came right on time. So excited.


I need to check your blog for more inspiration and the beautiful pics. When are you coming back from the "future"?


Hope you're the top biggest looser this week and not an oink oink garbage disposal like me. I am so ready for fresh air, blue sky, warm sandy beaches.

From leslie on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 14:39:52

So far so good Smooth, 1 1/2 days of perfect nutrition, if I can just keep it up for 5 1/2 more days!

From Bec on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:32:16

Hey, I found you! I am new to this "running" blog world. Hope you are doing well and your training for Boston is going great! Good job on the half.

From Smooth on Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 17:58:21

Hey Bec, WELCOME to this "blog world". How are you doing? When's your next race? How's Boston training? Have you got your tickets yet? I haven't.

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