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Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

69 70 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:

BQ again

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


Long-Term Running Goals:

Run happy and healthy all the days of my life. Be an example and inspiration to my family.



I'm 62, 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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

6 easy on MCT then went to water aerobics with Wendy.  Spent 4 hours in the afternoon hot sun laying pavers...these things are 13"x11" cobble stones weighing a ton!!! If I don't break my back... 

Saucony Guide 9 (2) Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Rhett on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 15:52:55 from

Way to cross train laying pavers. I bet it turned out great.

From Tom Slick on Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 16:49:02 from

Be careful, it's only 35 days till the Full Monte!

From Tom Slick on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 09:20:00 from

Sat, Sep 06, 2014

Race: The Mt. Nebo Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:48:02, Place overall: 25, Place in age division: 1

Total Distance


September 6, 2014

The Nebo Marathon

Oh boy, what a day, what a beautiful marathon, and what a success it was for me as a runner. I started the day hoping to run a 3:30:xx marathon.

As I got out of bed Saturday morning, 15 minutes before the alarm went off, I felt like I had put together a pretty good training cycle to conquer the Nebo. I jumped out of bed and into my pre-prepared routine and quickly found myself at the parking area of the Payson High School, the staging area for the bus ride to the top of Payson canyon for the big run down the canyon. I don't recall seeing any "Green Temples of Doom" in the bus loading zone.

From all appearances, the race director seemed to have his race well under control. It may not have been up to the standard of a Boston or St. George marathon but pretty good none the less. The bus loading for the full mary and the half mary seemed to go off well with the race director boarding our bus telling us that there would be plenty of "Port-O-Potties" at the marathon staging and starting area. Three Port-O-Potties for 110 runners. Needless to say but the promised 6:30 am start was put off at least 10 minutes, to which a large number of marathoners were still in the Pottie line and unable to start with the main group. To the best of my knowledge, the race had registered about 110 full marathoners and about 850 half marathoners.

Just as the race was about to start, first light was breaking over the valleys below and it was a grand sight of the awesome beauty of the mountains here in Utah. Bang, Bang, Boom, Boom the race was off and running. I as usual made my way to as close to the starting line as possible and was immediately passed by the really fast runners and pretty much left me to run the race in my very own private running bubble. Seemed like about 22 or 23 runners got out ahead of me at this point and only one guy that looked like he was in my age group. I was running at a pace that left me behind the leaders and ahead of the main body of runners, running pretty much by myself. It was a beautiful run down the canyon in the tall pines, Quakies and fairly lush green underbrush. It wasn't a totally lonely run as the roads were open to traffic and the family and friends of some of the runners would leap frog the course cheering on all the runners including their runners.

The race course is billed as a predominately down hill dash to the finish starting at the 9200 foot elevation level.and ending at the 4800 ft. level. This race course like St. George has a net loss of elevation while your running up seven hills in the first 10 miles of the race and these hill are not to be taken lightly, they are brutal on your oxygen intake at that elevation. I found my breathing pretty labored in those first 10 miles. So at this point, about 10 miles, the course takes a very decidedly steep down grade to about the 19 mile mark while running rather narrow twisting, turning two lane black top road to the finish line on the rubberized track at the Payson High School. I might add that running on the track was the best part of running this race. The down hill grade was brutal on the legs.I'm certainly happy that almost every training run that I do is in the hills so I felt well prepared for the brutal down hill portions of this race.

At about mile 19 the course winds out of the shade covered canyon road and into the direct sunlight where the ambient temperature jumped up to about 77 degrees and the somewhat flatter running surface. It seems to me that at about this point in my race it all started to become much harder to keep up my earlier pace on the neighborhood roads and I started to give up some precious minutes to fatigue. Personally, I was running out of gas and it became a struggle to keep up my desired pace. I was really glad to see the end of this marathon.

My unofficial time via my Garmin was 3:48:08, about 18 minutes slower than I had expected....oh well, I finished with the shinny side up and feeling good about my performance. At the finish line the super volunteers met you with your finisher medal and an ice cold bottle of water. Further into the finish they had all the recovery drinks and foods and such. Pretty well organized finish area. Shortly there after the awards ceremony started and I was hoping that I might place in my age division. In this marathon my division was defined as 60+..... and I was not disappointed. I took 1st place in my age division. It was a great two medal marathon and these medals are huge and heavy. One for finishing and one for finishing first in my old man age division......Yea! The best that I can tell, I finished about 25th overall, but this is unofficial until Nebo publishes their/our results.

Would I run this marathon again? Ya, I'll do it again someday.

This news just in;

1.Official Mt Nebo Full Marathon finish time 3:48:02

2. #14 in overall male race finish

3. #1 in 60-99 Age Division

4. 25th in overall race

I think of a Hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.--Bob Dylan

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