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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
Race: Boston Marathon 2016 (26.2 Miles) 05:59:31, Place in age division: 344
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

The theme in Boston this year was RUN BOLD.  I thought about the meaning of "bold" many times.  When hubby and I served in Sydney Australia, we taught our missionaires (what we've learned) to be "bold and loving" in their teaching and proselyting, to not be timid nor apologetic, but bear your message or testimony with your heart in a bold and loving way.  Do it like you mean it.  So I searched my heart: what is it that I want to "stand for "with this Boston run, what is the purpose of my 7th Boston Marathon?  About a month ago, I got an email from a friend, Lark, to me and Marcie.  He indicated that he has developed a bit of swelling and pain in his knee.  He went to see his ortho-doc who is a triathlete and talked him into postponing the MRI until after Boston and got a cortisone shot.  He said that he had worked too hard for this BQ and would crawl if needed to finish his 9th Boston.  He jokingly said he would hire me as his nurse.  I eagerly accepted the invitation to meet at the start and will run/jog/walk/crawl with him from Hopkinton to Boston.  The last time I saw him was at mile 19 of St. George 2014.  He was running with a lean to his left where he had had hip surgery from a bike accident previous year.  We ran together with a goal to BQ as we both have the same BQ time.  I actually had BQ'd at TOU a month earlier.  Anyhow so I was there to witness his "hard work". 

Woke up bright and early with plenty of time to get dressed and eat and meet Marcie at 8am at the Prudential T station.  We got off at Park St. and walked 100 yards to the bus loading.  This was the most lesisurely time I've ever had at Boston to get to the start.  I texted Lark to let him know we're waiting at the Welcome sign by an ambulance.  He had riden an early bus with his son who's starting in the early wave.  So here we are three friends of 10 years meeting up with 90 min to chat and get caught up on our happenings of the last three years.  Lark 71, me 60 and Marcie 50 all starting in the same wave.  This was the most orderly and timely start ever.

Lark warned me that he would be taking lots of walk breaks and I assured him that walk breaks are good for me.  By mile 1, we have lost Marcie in the sea of runners.  By 5K, the walk breaks became more frequent and Lark urged me to leave him.  I had heaps of stories to tell him.  I would ask him questions and when he was slow in answering, I knew he was hurting.  I'd tell him all kinds of motivational quotes and pointed out all the beautiful things that I hadn't noticed before.  He'd say:  "You are too happy.  You are having too much fun."  He insisted that I leave him and go run my race.  I said: "Why would I want to run with all these strangers when I can run with you, my dear friend."  He'd say: "They're not strangers to you.  I see you talk to all of them, you even know their names."  Haha!  He's like my other dear friend, Lowell, argumentive!  I love these "sibling type arguments".  He had no idea I can be very stubborn. 

I high-fived bazillion people, even the ones whose hands are not opened, including the cops and security personnel.  Took so many pictures that the battery on my phone died.  At Natick there were a zone of 20+ missionaires that I high-fived each and made them sing Called to Serve with me and then ran back to grab a hug and selfie with the two sister missionaries.  Kissed a Wellseley girl whose sign said: "NEVER BEEN KISSED".  Took picture with a bacon and a banana, but missed Santa who was mobbed by some crazies.  Texted Lowell around mile 14 the picture of the bacon and a sign that reads: "when your legs don't work anymore, run with your hearts".  Yep, today I was running (err jogging) with my heart which was filled with joy and gratitude, with thoughts of my hubby, Lowell and Sister Levine who for various reasons cannot run.  I ran/jogged/walked with a huge smile on my face.  I had this silly grin on my face the entire time even after I finished when walking back to the hotel.  My PF was killing and my 2nd toe was beaten numb), I was freezing cold, but it didn't show on my face...I was SO SO SO VERY HAPPY!

Anyway, back to the race, I don't know what possessed me, when we got to the last of the Newton's Hills, the infamous Heartbreak, I had a surge of adrenalin.  I decided to run up that.  I thought to myself, I got to "do it like I mean it".  I passed all these walkers and encouraged them to power up with me.  When I got to the top, I ran back down to get Lark.  He would not run no matter what I said.  Then I saw this guy with an artificial limb (blade) walking up, I decided to jog up with him.  When I got to the top, I turned back and said, hey, you almost beat me.  He then dropped on all four and did 10 push-ups and said "let me see you do that!" Ha!  The crowd went wild!

There were lots of red rose buds on the road along the stretch by the cemetery.  I picked up two handfuls.  When we got to Kenmore Square where we ran on some railroad tracks, I pulled apart the rose petals for Lark to walk on!  I hope he was not annoyed too much by my silliness.  He probably was and by now in too much pain to yell at me.  :)

Lowell had texted me that he would meet me with a mile to go and since he had cut out the timing chip from his bib, he would run with me the last mile.  I looked and looked after the Citgo sign and could not find him.  At the northwest corner of Hereford I spotted Susie and Kelsey, I ran up to them, hugged and kissed them and asked where's Lowell.  Apparently we both missed each other.  Then I ran back to Lark and tell him that I will go over to the southeast corner of Hereford and look for my hubby.  Admidst the loud cheers I heard my name and waved over that direction.  There were so many security personnel that it was hard to get passed them.  So I ran with arms raised and basking in this glorious stretch of Boylston.  I ran back to Lark and ask if he would run this last 0.2 with me.  At this point my watch was sending out a low battery signal.  He said: "Nope, I can't run."  I said: "Come on, you can do it."  He said, "What does it matter? Whether I run or walk, we're finishing!"  Yes, it does! You're a Boston runner!  Let's show it boldly.  You're the boss, tell me when you're ready to run.  "Ok, at the first cross walk."  So we ran from there, crossing the finish with a sub-6.  So very very proud of Lark with his courage and tenacity!  Yep, a well earned medal which by the way is different from years past that the unicorn is a cut-out!

After a quick shower, hubby and I met Lowell and his family, Marcie and his son, Gary and Lily at Jacob Wirth for dinner.  That restaurant is the oldest German restaurant in America.  I had my first German food, snitzel and German burger! Yum!

A shout out to my AWESOME brother-in-law Gary!!!  He ran a 3:08 just 3.5 months after donating one of his kidneys to my hubby!!!  He is my hero!  We are forever grateful for his selfless gift of life! :)  Am so so so very grateful that Larry was able to make this trip!  This is one Boston that I will treasure forever and ever! :)


Inspire 10 (eBay) Miles: 27.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Rhett on Mon, May 02, 2016 at 11:31:03 from

Smooth, you never fail to inspire me with your race reports. Sounds like a wonderful day. Also sounds like you ran an ultramarathon with all that back and forth you did. :) What was your final mileage reading on your watch?

From Smooth on Mon, May 02, 2016 at 21:19:11 from

The final mileage was 26.89 so I round it off to 27.

I failed to mention that Gary ran a 3:08 just 3.5 months after donating one of his kidney to Larry. He's running Prague this weekend and celebrate his wedding anniversary with Lily there! He is my hero!

From Nancy on Thu, May 05, 2016 at 05:39:07 from

That was an awesome Boston Marathon report. I loved the whole thing. You are really an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

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