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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

Karen and I must've lived right!  Another lucky window of opportunity to run outside.  Temp was in the low 30s, calm, cloudy and relatively fresh air as we could see the mountains and foothills.  We ran to the Elementary school at mile 4 for a quick drink then to the eternal fountain at the Alpine Park mile 6.2 to gu, drink and potty break.  Continue east and north in Alpine and turned around at mile 7.75 and head back the same way with the same two stops for drink.  Perfect weather and condition to run.  When we finished we walked a bit and saw that it was snowing in Alpine where we had run earlier.  Now it is a whiteout blizzard out there!!!  :)

Elixir 6 (black/pink) Sz 7 Miles: 16.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
From RAD on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 14:19:38 from

This morning was some of the best weather we've had in a LONG time! A perfect window for a couple of perfect runners to enjoy a perfect run together. I'm jealous. Wanted to get out, but hit the gym for the day care. I certainly enjoyed the sweet snuggle time I got afterward though, so I won't wish it away.

From Smooth on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 14:27:03 from

Rachel ~ Where are you planning to run your b'day 33 miler next Fri. We know we can't keep up your pace; but may be if it's a loop or some sort we could join you for part of the run. We need to do 20 next week then taper for Phoenix. :)

From Toby on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 14:27:04 from

I love that run because I always do with you ladies!!! It was beautiful this morning, but this snow is the BEST!!! Hooray for getting your long run today and you can play tomorrow!

From RAD on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 14:35:43 from

Smooth, I was thinking if you wanted to, you could run the last 10 miles toward us, then meet us and finish up with us. I will be going plenty slow those last 10 miles!! We can certainly work something out. We are starting at 8AM and then I'm figuring with stops we'll be done by 2PM. So, maybe you want to do the last 20 with us? Meet around 10? I'm sure we can figure something out. The course isn't a loop, kind of snakes around from my house to Daybreak, along the corridor and then to Riverton at the JRP is the finish. So, I'm sure we can figure it out!! Lets do it! :)

From Smooth on Fri, Feb 08, 2013 at 14:38:49 from

Ok, sounds good! Keep us informed! :)

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