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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

39F cloudy 4mph WSW.  Wore new shoes, exact same model, old ones has nearly 300 miles, so may wear new ones for the marathon...trying not to get them dirty.  There's so much dirt/sand/mud debri on the road from the snow which is mostly melted and black.

Didn't feel like doing the prescribed 2x1000m workout; so just ran 2 miles at threshold pace after 1mi warm up.  Paused watch to clear phlegm, wait for traffic, recover, etc.  I've never trained with such a long 4 weeks taper before...wonder if my body goes into vaca mode...  On the other hand, I've run multi-marathons 3-6 weeks apart before and the body was essentially on a constant taper mode. Haha! :)

4.3 miles in 41:35.  AP: 9:40 (10:26, 9:16, 8:55, 10:00, 9:54)


Saucony Guide 10 (2) Miles: 4.30
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From allie on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 16:51:52 from

i see you are running the woodlands?!

i'm not sure if you have done it before or not, but it's a really, really good race. it's very organized and they are extremely hospitable about everything. you will be well taken care of. it's in a fun area, too. lots of shopping and restaurants to enjoy pre/post race.

good luck and have a great time! :)

From Smooth on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 16:54:55 from

Hey there allie ~ thanks for the headsup! I remember you ran the Woodlands and won a few years ago! :)

From Toby on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 20:02:55 from

You are a marathon pro! How many have you done? I hope you have so much fun with your family and enjoy the race :)

From Tom Slick on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 17:23:04 from

Yo Smooth - Go have a great run thru the park, just save the smelling of the roses until you successfully conquer the Woodlands Marathon course. Do you know your bib number?

From I Just Run on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 09:52:14 from

Hey Smooth,

I'm running the Woodlands too! Headed down there tomorrow. Good luck! Hope the weather cools off a bit!

From I Just Run on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 09:53:50 from

Ha ha ... I just noticed you're running the SoCal Ragnar too! So am I!

From Smooth on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 11:10:37 from

Toby ~ Woodlands will be my 70th. Excited to spend time with my daughter and grandkids.

Slick ~ My bib number is 754 which in Chinese phonics means certainly-not-dead. Yep, gonna cheat death again! :)

I Just Run ~ I'm flying out to Houston tomorrow. Here's to cooler temp on Sat. Best of luck to you at Woodlands and heaps of fun at Ragnar SoCal.

From Smooth on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 13:15:57 from

Slick ~ just got the latest email update my bib number is now 1237 which is even better = one-easy-alive-certain, which means if I take it easy I will certainly stay alive! :)

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