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January 17, 2019

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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: 0.00
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

Today's workout:  1x5 mi at 10:16 pace, 1 mi WU, 1 mi CD

38F partly cloudy 3mph SES wind.  Pre-run 6oz orange juice and water.  1 mile warm up in 11:52.  Paused for 1 min to stretch before beginning threshold miles.  Splits for the 5 threshold miles: 9:47, 9:52, 9:34, 9:56, 9:43.  I did pause for 5-10 seconds after each mile to clear the phlegm and drink.  Drank 6oz water that I carried.  I wheezed badly on the 5th threshold mile.  At one point I thought I heard a puppy barking but it was the sound coming out when I exhaled.  Eeek!!!  Encounter the same 6 double strollers brigade.  Two pre-schoolers on little bikes saw me coming and started to pedal fast and when I caught up to them, the bigger boy said to the little one: "we'd better turn back because the last time we did that we got in trouble."  Yep, last week they were racing me and got farther away from their mommies.  1.25 mile cool down in 13:08.  7.25 miles total in 1:13:50.  AP: 10:12. 

*Thoughts to self: how in the world will I be able to run a BQ when a 9:55 pace sends me wheezing?  It's gonna take a LOT of work....

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 7.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Toby on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 15:46:30 from

It was a beautiful day to be out running! Iím SO very impressed with your speed work! And your racing the bike brigade :). Letís get together soon!

From Rhett on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 17:50:34 from

Yes itís going to take a lot of work to BQ but youíve done it many times before and youíll do it again especially if your 10:16 mile repeats can be done at a 9:45 avg. Thatís 30 seconds per mile faster than goal. That could be a good thing if you are really ready for that pace but it could lead to overtraining if you really should be at 10:16. Hopefully you are just in much better shape than your plan thinks you are in. No matter what, great run!

From Tom Slick on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 23:13:16 from

Oh Baby Ms Smooth, remember; Faith without works is dead! Keep the faith and get into your taper. What matters now is get your rest and get your mental game up to par. Go to the Woodlands and take no prisoners. Go Smooth-Fast & Strong....My good friend, you are an awesome, experienced, Expert Marathoner......Just do it!!!!!!! Hey, I Just Run is doing the Woodlands, you two should talk......

From Smooth on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 14:54:37 from

Rhett and Toby ~ I have not done any structured speedwork for years. This is really pushing me out of my comfort zone. This 12 weeks training program is like a crash course with 8 weeks intense build up and 4 weeks tapering of miles but still keeping/increasing the intensity. I really hope that I'm not overtraining. I know I do need more sleep and rest for proper recovery cause I find myself very very tired these days. And remember to take my asthma meds every night.

Slick ~ Thanks for the encouragement. I checked out IJR's blog...he's fast...my daughter is running more of his pace.

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