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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: Ogden Marathon (26.2 Miles) 05:15:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Had a nice dinner with the Beestons at Oliver Garden at 5:00pm last night. Went to bed around 10:00pm (earliest I've been to bed in the last two years).  My son called at 11:30 (so much for trying to sleep).  Woke up at 2:30am.  Karen picked me up at 3:30am, parked at the Ogden Marriott to use their facility.  I ate a mini bagel, Greek yogurt, banana. Lined up at the bus at 5:00am and saw JohnnyV, and Dana.  We got on a plush tour bus and sat on the first two rows.  My seatmate was from France, love her accent.  Wonder what people think of my accent? :)

Got to the start with an hour to spare.  At the PoP line we saw the Pocatello gang, so we hung out with them by the power pole.  Then it was time to shed our warm clothes for drop bags.  A light snow started to fall with immenent rain ahead.  I put a rain poncho in my flip belt, kept my gloves, running cap and head band.  I have two hair clips to keep the poncho hood secured on the brim of the cap (two years ago in the rainy Ogden marathon, my hood did not stay on my head and collected quite a bit of rain water).  Gave Karen a good-luck hug and went back to the pole to find Lowell and use the PoP one last time. 

I love running in the rain as long as it's not cold.  The swishing of the poncho was annoying at first, but I soon got used to it and I was kept pretty dry and comfortable.  Lowell and I sang and chatted with fellow runners.  The mountains are lushy green with low hanging clouds.  It reminds me of New Zealand where I visited in Sept as part of my mission.  I'd sing a Maori song and phrase when I ran upon someone who looked miserable.  We ran into CindyF.  The last time I saw her was Boston 2013 so it was fun to catch up on what's happening.  Had to use the PoP at the half but there were only 4 PoPs next to the course with a long line.  So I ran off course to the other side of the park.  I was carrying Lowell's wet gloves while he changed to dry ones so my right gloved hand got a bit wet.  So other than one wet hand and feet, I was dry and toasty wearing long sleeve top, capris w/ compression sleeves, light headband to cover the ears.  We'd see other runners with red freezing hands and Lowell would offer his dry gloves to them.  Temp was in the high 40's, rain and calm (until mile 21-23 with headwind at the mouth of the canyon).  We caught up to the 4:45 pace group and hung with them or leaped frog with them most of the way.

Gu'ed 4 times (mile 7, 11, 17, 21) and ate the bacon Lowell gave me 3 times.  Running so slow in the rain plus eating the bacon made me drink more which resulted in numerous PoP stops.  We also stopped to take pictures at aid station with "Elvis", a cute family of little kids holding the sign "We LOVE you!" and the guy dressed like he's going snorkeling wearing swim shorts, swim goggles with snorkel and a beach towel hung around his neck.  All he needed was some flippers! :)  I got to run with TJ and his grand daughters a few times.  SO FUN!!!!  Had to use the inhaler on the uphill and again at mile 22 where the headwind was wicked.  I ducked behind Lowell bending down at my waist and coughing and wheezing.  Our last PoP stop was off course before heading down into the parkway trail.  Lowell's body must've decided that it's quit time after that stop.  My body on the other hand was like "a horse smelling the barn and just wanted to git'er done".  Once out of the parkway, I was ready to cruise to the finish picking up roadkills; but the memory of last year doing the Half after a year of no-running and I was cramping up and Lowell waited for me; I decided to return the favor and waited for him.  We stopped to take pictures for a mother whose 9 year old son was running her in.  Then they would take our pictures in front of the temple.  

Karen and her husband waited for us at the finish.  I was so grateful for her and so proud of her giving her all out there.  She ran a courageous race!  I was heart-broken for her when she told me she was 2 min shy of a BQ.  She had trained so well and so hard; but caught a nasty cold couple weeks ago, with a lingering cough.  She also had stomach cramps and the headwind at the mouth of the canyon toke its toll.  On a better day, she would've PR'd. 

I had heaps of fun, dejavu of Ogden '13, dancing and singing in the rain.  Marathon #56 in the book!

Inspire 10 (ocean Breeze) Miles: 26.65
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From flatlander on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 12:44:21 from

Thanks for the great report -- congrats on hanging with Lowell to the end, he must have appreciated it very much. I used to love running in the rain, but after Boston this year I have added two more requirement to my flat, cold, sea-level marathons: Dry with a tailwind.

From Smooth on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 15:17:24 from

Flat ~ well, dry with a tailwind is definitely preferable. However, you never do feel the tailwind on a hot day. So to your requirement list I would also add 55F and cloudy. :) Man, how did I get so wimpy?

From flatlander on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 15:24:54 from

Yep, two more requirements. With all the work we do, the running gods owe it to us.

From Tom Slick on Mon, Jun 01, 2015 at 15:41:24 from

Congrats on Marathon #56. Sorry I didn't get to see you at the end of this important milestone race. While I was standing at the finish line all I could think about was how much the weather reminded me of Boston just a month earlier and I didn't enjoy it. But, none the less, congrats on a great run and a super finish, you got the t-shirt and the medal and another notch on you gun handle for gunning down another marathon in your 60 X 60 quest......Yahoooooo!

Hey are you doing the Nestle 5K this coming Saturday? June 6th.

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