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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

WORST run, or should I say jog, I've ever experienced.  I don't know what the deal is! Temp was perfect in the low 30s, very little wind coming from the North and sunny sky.  So can't blame it on the weather.  But for the life of me, I could not keep any steady pace.  If you look at my pace chart (from Garmin Connect), it resembles a fine-tooth comb.  I'd run 200-400m at a comfortable pace and then had to slow down to walk...picked it up again onfly for a short distance and back to walking again...on and on...walk, jog, walk, jog.  I was wearing the Boston official jacket which was a bit long.  And with the phone and water flaskt in each pocket hitting me at the the top of my thigh got to be annoying so I finally held phone and flask in each hand.  But that shouldn't make me feel so sluggish.  The logical thing I could think of was that I only got about 5 hours sleep and was on my feet most of yesterday preparing food for the hot-pot dinner last night which by the way was very high in protein and low in carb.  [On a side note, it was so fun and nice to have some of our returned missionaries (sisters) over for the hot-pot dinner social!]

Anyhow, mentally I was a bit down thinking about the goodbyes coming up early Monday morning when my son and his wife flying back to Japan and I don't know when I'll see them again.  It's been fun having them home for the last couple weeks.  Well, I had ZERO energy and very lacking in motivation to run.  I think it would help if I had someone to run with.  I envy the groups of runners, walkers, joggers, cyclists I encountered on the MCT.  I realize I'm really a social runner. 

Ate 4 Bloks at the turnaround (mile 5.6) at the Lone Peak restroom.  Took off jacket with the flask and phone zipped in the pockets and wrapped around my waist so my hands were free the last 5Ks.  Somehow I snapped out of this funk and ran a 10:27 last mile home.  The rest of the day was shopping with my son and his wife...feet so so so tired...no rest for the wicked! :)

Awefully slow and lonely splits:  12:09, 10:57, 14:07, 11:37, 12:51, 13:46, 12:40, 14:10, 12:59, 13:44, 10:27.   11 miles in 2:19:31 (this was my St. George Half time!!! SO sad!!!) AP: 12:40

Saucony Guide 10 (1) Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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