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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

Rain/snow/wind = dreadmill.  Went to Legacy Center with hubby who walked on the indoor track while I ran on the mill.  I downloaded a Netflix movie on my iPad to keep me from getting bored.  The deck on these Lifetime Fitness treadmills are narrower than my home treadmill and the belt felt tighter.  But am sure the pace setting is more accurate.

Warm up for 1.5 mi @3-4mph pace then ran mostly @ 5.5 to 6mph pace.  The TM automatically goes to cool down mode the last 5 min of 60 min when I had done 5.66 miles, then I had to restart the thing.  I was getting tired and hot and thirsty so decided to just ran another 32 min with 5 min cool down to top off the mileage at 9. 

9 miles in 1:42:20.  Lower back, piriformis and hip pain. 

Saucony Guide 10 (2) Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Rhett on Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 20:21:58 from

Itís good to see you back running. I need to go back and read your race report. I kept looking for it but then gave up.

From I Just Run on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 07:26:27 from

Always hard on the TM!

Hope those pains go away before SoCal...!

From Toby on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 20:46:11 from

What did we do before Netflix? Hooray for President out walking!!!

From I Just Run on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 at 21:43:45 from

Hey Smooth, what is your SoCal Ragnar Race team name? Our is "Worse Pace Scenario".

From I Just Run on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 at 17:42:22 from

Hey Smooth,

What time is your team starting the race?

From I Just Run on Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 11:18:00 from

Hey Smooth,

Did you make it to SoCal Ragnar?

From Rhett on Wed, May 09, 2018 at 11:20:09 from

Hi Smooth, Happy Mother's Day this coming Sunday. I think we should designate you as the honorary Mother of the running blog. I know you have touched my life in many ways that a mother does. Thanks for inspiring me.

From Tom Slick on Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 19:22:16 from

How was your run at UVM???

From Tom Slick on Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 09:49:05 from

Hello Ms. Smooth, where are you? Tell us what your up to!

From Tom Slick on Mon, Jul 09, 2018 at 13:06:35 from

Smooth, are you doing St George 2018 ?

From Rhett on Sun, Aug 05, 2018 at 08:52:22 from

Hi Smooth and anyone who was on the old SGM blog. I went to Melís funeral yesterday. He was such a nice guy with a big heart. He was always so pleasant to chat with. He will be missed.

From Smooth on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 11:28:16 from

Hi there Rhett, Slick and IJR! Sorry I've been MIA on the blog. But I'm still alive and go for jog average 3 times a week, participate in marathons, slower than tar. Can't complain. Thank you for your wonderful friendship! Hopefully see you in some future races! :) :) :)

From Tom Slick on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 16:14:50 from

Smooth, you better!!! By the way , whereís your SGM race report?

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