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November 20, 2018

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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

What a beautiful gorgeous day!!!

Wendy called to see if I had already run b/c she needed to run or bike for an hour as part of her sprint-triathlon training and wanted company.  What a welcome invite!  I had not run with her since last Fall.  It was sooo good to run and chat that we ended running 7 together (the longest she's run this year was 4, oops!).  She let me keep her Garmin (mine died) while I ran 3.25 more by myself.  9:30, 9:03, 8:40, 8:23. 

**** No sugar challenge report ****

Yesterday was Fast Sunday.  Didn't get home from meetings until 4:30pm.  Was happily surprised that hubby had prepared dinner:  onion grilled chicken breasts, corn, rice, whole wheat bread.  The boys ate pies for dessert while I had yogurt.  For superbowl treats, we had popcorn, nachos, tropical trail mix, oranges and apples.   So far so good!!!

Mizuno Nexus2 Miles: 10.25
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
From Kathie on Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:31:44 from

Great run! So how has the not sugar made you feel? Better I am sure.

From Smooth on Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 17:50:55 from

Kathie ~ I think it's working wonderfully. See, I was hoping that the higher mileage would help me drop the last stubborn 5 lbs; but it didn't. So I hope by cutting out the sweets and treats, I can finally get down to my race weight. I used to feel very tired after lunch; now I don't. I think this no sugar eating is keeping my insulin/blood glucose more steady so I don't have this sudden drop in energy. The No Sugar Challenge is only for this month and we can have our treats on Valentines Day. Chocolate is still my weakness!

From Kelli on Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 18:36:39 from

YEAH, you withstood sugar on a party day!!! I seem to go really out of control on fast Sunday, I think I deserve lots of calories since I have not eaten two meals!

Glad you and Wendy had a GREAT run on this GREAT day!

From Bonnie on Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 19:00:30 from

Great Job Smooth, it sounds like you are helping your whole family (at least a little bit). I am a "salt snacker" so I would have LOVED your superbowl treats!!

From Scott Wesemann on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 11:24:45 from

Smooth, you're awesome! I could never to the 'no sugar' thing. Good luck the rest of the month.

From timp on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 12:10:45 from

good job Smooth!

From Kathie on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 15:58:32 from

Hey smooth in order for me to register for Lake to Lake I need your birthday,email address and shirt size. could to PM me the info

From Smooth on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 16:46:51 from

Kathie ~ Thanks for registering for Lake to Lake. I just PM'd you the info. Can't wait to hang out with you and Kimmy, Teena and who else?

Bonnie ~ I like salty snacks too; but when I'm tired or hungry I seem to go for the sweet stuff.

Kelli ~ The body seems to know how much calories it needs to survive; so yah, I end up eating a huge meal after fasting for two meals.

Scott & timp ~ Thanks!

From Kelli on Tue, Feb 09, 2010 at 18:35:01 from

HUGE meal is okay, mine was tootsie rolls and salt and pepper cashews----a huge container of them!!!

From Sophia on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:44:01 from

thank for beining nice to me Sophia

From Smooth on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 18:13:31 from

HI there Sophia!

I LOVE YOU!!! Hope I get to see you again soon!

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