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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

My daughter Larissa and her family got into town yesterday. :) She and I ran to meet Karen and Leslie and we ran the rail trail hill loop.  They kick my trash on the uphill. Nice cool morning with partly cloudy sky after last night's rain.  :) :) :)

It was so fun to spend the day at Thanksgiving Point with 5 of my grandchildren and shopping with the girls at Traverse Mtn Outlet.  Lotsa walking, now my dogs are tired! :)

Splits for the uphill miles: 

July 16: 10:09, 10:27

Aug 2:  10:01, 10:20

Aug 7:  9:42, 9:40

Aug 26:  9:45, 10:11

Distance: 7.01 mi
Time: 1:07:28
Avg Pace: 9:38 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 213 ft
Calories: 601 C
Time: 1:07:28
Moving Time: 1:07:08
Elapsed Time: 1:13:29
Avg Pace: 9:38 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 9:35 min/mi
Best Pace: 7:13 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 213 ft
Elevation Loss: 213 ft
Min Elevation: 4,610 ft
Max Elevation: 4,831 ft
Running Dynamics 
Avg Run Cadence: 196 spm
Max Run Cadence: 212 spm
Avg Stride Length: 0.85 m
Avg Pace
Summary 1:07:27.6 7.01 9:38
1 9:54.9 1.00 9:55
2 9:42.2 1.00 9:42
3 9:45.3 1.00 9:45
4 10:11.0 1.00 10:11
5 9:39.5 1.00 9:40
6 9:01.8 1.00 9:02
7 9:09.0 1.00 9:09
8 :04.0 0.01 8:34
Feels like 61°
4 mph SE wind
Humidity 72%
Source: KPVU
Additional Information
Garmin Forerunner 220,
Elevation Corrections 
Summary Data:
2000 feet500 m
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16:4033:2050:001:06:4004:0008:0012:0016:0020:0024:00Pace (min/mi)


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Inspire 10 (UK) Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
From Bec on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 13:33:49 from

Look at you and all of this technology on the blog!! Love it! I can't even figure that kind of stuff out to put on here. Sounds like you are just having a lovely time with everyone. I think I saw somewhere, probably Facebook, that there was another wedding in your family??? congrats! It's neat to see your family grow in special ways.

I think about you. I will be there most of October, so I would love to get some runs with you. Are you doing sgm? I sure hope so, if not I am sure you have a marathon planned around the corner. I just love you Smooth.

From Nancy on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 15:33:24 from

Nice run. I am glad you are having a fun time with your grand children.

From Smooth on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 21:22:42 from

Bec ~ There's not much technology involved. I just copy and paste the data from my Garminconnect webpage. :)

David got married last Thur in the Mesa Temple. He and Maddi flew to New York where he is starting his 5 years residency program in general surgery.

I think of you often too. Yes I am doing SGM. It will be my 9th. So happy you will be in Utah. I can't wait to see Naomi. I'm sure your mom is too! :) LOVE you heaps, Becca!!! :) :) :)

Nancy ~ so happy my grand children are here...not long enough though! I don't get to see them very often as they live out of States.

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