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!!!!
Pocatello Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:28:34, Place in age division: 3
Marathon Pace Miles
VO2 Max Miles
Tossed and turned all night. I was so very groggy when the alarm went off at 4:30am. Shouldn't have taken the Tylenol PM so late! Got ready in SLOW motion. :) Lowell made me instant oatmeal while I ate a yogurt on the way to the bus ride. Marcie called and said the last bus is ready to take off waiting for us and Lowell has Marcie's bib/bag. Have I ever mentioned that it is Lowell's goal and desire to be the last person on the last bus EVERY STINKIN' TIME? No difference here especially when the RD knows him very well. He is one of the sponsors of this marathon and this being his 101th...ROCK STAR!!! :)
Got to the start with 10 min to spare. SO many people rushed up to greet us...Bill Mandler, Lance Clark, Dana, Brett B., JoEtte, Amanda, Karen, Evan, Holly and many others can't remember...I was too groggy and sleepy to respond properly. Ate my banana while waiting in the pop line. Got out of the pop and immediately hugged by RAD who had to dash off to the pacers position.
Time to shed clothes and walk to the start. I was seriously so groggy that I just wanted to lay down and sleep. Took couple inhaler and dropped everything in the bag.
Someone took group pictures and I don't remember anything else other than being ushered toward the start. Star Spangle Banner solute with Dana (Lowell's nephew running his first marathon)
We stood by the start watching and cheering as each pace group passed. Marci went with RAD's 3:50, Brett, JoEtte and Amanda went with the 4:00, Lowell, Brett, Karen, Evan, Dana...went with the 4:15. I stood there alone and waited for the 4:30 to pass then jumped in with the 4:45. It was dark, cold with a hint of Fall air. I think very fiber in my body is asleep!
I tried to hang with the 4:45 group but it was just too hard to hold a 10:53 pace on downhill. So I found myself running comfortably a couple minutes behind the 4:30 group. It was a gorgeous morning as the sun peeked over the horizon. I chatted with a lady from Texas for the first 5K then she pulled back. I passed Kalita Ford seeing her favoring one leg. I gave her some encouragement. She responded that I would beat her because her knee was bothering her. I bid her good luck. (Side note: I always beat her anyway because she runs 5:45-6:00+ hr marathons.) Anyhow, I picked up lots of Marathon Maniacs and 50 Staters along the way to chit chat with.
At the mile 7 hairpin turnaround, I got to highfive our friends in the 4:15 group running down, did jump-shots for the photographer. Finally I felt awake, needed to make a potty stop, ate a gu, took water from the littlest volunteer. I LOVE this stretch of the course, beautiful green hills and valleys. I saw a cow galloping across a ridge in the hill ahead. Others thought it was a moose.
I missed running with my friends on this rather special marathon, my 50th! I pushed away any sad or lonely feeling. With a prayer and song in my heart I thought about how I need to be strong, to have faith and trust in God that He will heal my husband, my eternal companion. I would run each step for him, visualizing the nephrons and glumerulis waking up and doing their job in my husband's kidneys. My daughter and her family would be starting their long drive home to Houston, hubby would be getting ready for dialysis. My other children would be busy with their scholastic pursuits and nurturing children of their own. I know my Heavenly Father is watching over me. I kept thanking Him for all these wonderful blessings and gifts. My heart was overflowed with joy and gratitude! :)
I caught up to Elisa, the 4:30 pacer and listened to their conversations about their husbands cleaning homes. With nothing to offer in that conversation, I passed them around mile 10 and caught up to a guy from New York. We chatted and ran together for couple miles. I lost him when I stopped to take a Gu from the volunteer at the turn and up the hill to mile 12 aid station. Saw a sign "Happy 100th Lowell, we love you!" That has got to be from Holly who lives by there. Oh, how my mind was flooded with memories of running through this stretch in the past looking forward to the start of the Half where hubby would be waiting and cheering with camera in hands and I'd give him my gloves or jacket. I passed the half mat and looked down at my watch for the first time, 2:12:22. Hmm, shouldn't have passed the 4:30 group, it may come back and haunt me!
The second half of the marathon is rather boring. Now running mostly alone, I started to form in my head what I would talk about on Sunday in the Pocatello Highland 4th Ward. My thoughts would be interrupted by passing trains. I found myself slowing, and the sun started to beat down on my back thru the rollers in mile 15-21. I gave encouragement to the Half-marathoners as I passed them. Took 3rd gu at mile 18. I asked for ibuprofen at the mile 20 aid station from some awesome "LIFE GUARD" shirted guys (HS swim team?). I ran up the hill under the freeway overpass, only walked through the shady spot created by the freeway pillars. Right at the top, Elisa passed me. Wondered how long she's been reeling me in! That woke me up and I began to look forward to reaching Century High School where I hope Susie and Kelsey would still be cheering. They could very well be gone after Lowell and everyone else have run past. But nope, there they were yelling and cheering my name. I LOVE the signs they made for Lowell. They asked how I was feeling. I said: "Good!" They said: "Yeah, you're smiling! Good! We'll see you at the finish!"
I tell myself, the last 10K is when the race really begins. So I kept my eyes fixated on Elisa's 4:30 sign (she's now running alone, what happened to her group?)...but the gap was growing...my legs were tired with twinges of cramps in the shins. I drank gatorade and poured water on my head at each aid station then quickly got going. Saw a sign that said: "You better run fast! I just farted!" had me laughing out loud. :D A good headwind is now blowing and I thought to myself, I ain't gonna draft off anybody now! :) I passed a girl with a sinklet reading "Idiot Running Club". I wondered what Lowell would say to her! Haha! :)
Around mile 24.5 I passed a couple who called out my name. I said Hi to them and recognized that they're Rhett's Pocatello friends whom I was introduced to and had dinner at their house a few years back. Russ said: "Now I'll have to tell Rhett that you beat me again!" All I could say was: "So good to see you. I loved the time you had us for dinner at your beautiful home. SO NICE! Say hello to Rhett for me!" Around mile 25 another guy yelled, Smooth! It was TJ running the half with Carolyn. I wanted to give him a hug but I was afraid I would stumble. Then he called out loudly: "LOWELL, you better hurry up, Smooth is catching you!" With that I saw Lowell about 200m ahead with Karen running by his side. He didn't hear a thing because I sneaked up to him and was about to pinch him...but I behaved and said: "You lied!!! You said there would be NO headwind!" He must be tired because Karen came to his defense and said: "But the headwind cool us off nicely!" Then Karen started to latch on with me and we ran together. Lowell said: "Smooth does that everytime! No matter how much I waited, she'd always beat me to the finish!"
We passed Elisa just before mile 26. I think she must've come in too early as she was slowing, I hope anyway...because I was afraid that my shins would cease up if I suddenly change pace. Somewhere after we passed the Zoo sign, RAD came running towards us to run me in. She had great encouraging words like "you are running so good! sub-4:30. I see Elisa's face saying ~ 'how am I going to keep up with Smooth?' How's your legs? no charlie horse?" I just nodded, I just fixated my eyes to the finish searching for the finish clock which was nowhere to be seen! I heard my name announced, raised my arms as I crossed the finish and stopped the watch reading 4:28:38. Official time 4:28:34!!! I continued to jog in circles then collected my medal and turned to wait for Lowell. A mob of people ran over to him as they announced him running his 100th (actually 101th because he ran Timp with me which was not planned). Pictures galore by his friends and families!
Lowell and I sitting in the boot (trunk) of Susie's 5 passengers SUV... us stinkin' stubborn runners! :)
After getting home, Lowell and I walked Molly in the golf course. I walked barefooted suggested by Lowell, it felt great! Then we texted Larry the direction to Lowell's. He drove straight after dialysis from So Jordan to Pocatello just in time for post-race dinner at TJ's. We had a GREAT DAY!!! I am so happy to be part of Lowell's 101th marathon celebration and most of all encirlced in the love of his friends and families...such WONDERFUL and LOVING folks! :)
After dinner, Lowell and I walked home from TJ's house, not wanting the day to end. :) :) :)
15th Pocatello Marathon, my 50th marathon
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 6:16 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada) By smootheroo
From Bec on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 15:24:06 from 18.104.22.168
:) :) :) :) This makes me so happy!! 50 for you and 101 for Lowell. You and I started running at the same time (10 years ago) and you have doubled my marathons. love it.
I just love your posts, thank you for being you and posting at this time in your life. I pray for your family often, as do many others. I just think you are amazing and you are someone I will always look up to and seek to be like. Thank you for your positive outlook on life, running, and the gospel. So many love you. Keep runnin' your race girl. :) You are what true running is all about.
From Smooth on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 15:36:40 from 22.214.171.124
Bec ~ thank you for your sincere and kind words and your loving thoughts and prayers! I am very very blessed to have you and so many wonderful friends in my life! Can't wait to see you and your sweet Naomi next month! Love you, cute girl! :)
From Nancy on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 16:20:22 from 126.96.36.199
Congratulations on your 50th marathon. You are awesome. I hope your husband recovers fast. I love reading your race report.
From Toby on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 16:42:16 from 188.8.131.52
You have run 50 marathons????? How in the world did I not know this????? The thing that gets me is you are ALWAYS smiling in your race pictures! ALWAYS!! Do you put smiling bugs in your inhaler? I always look like I want to cry :). Sounds to me like I need to run a few more races with you!
I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend doing your favorite thing!!
From Smooth on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:09:32 from 184.108.40.206
Nancy ~ thanks!
Toby ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) We do need to run more happy smiley races together! :) :) :)
From Tom on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 17:57:35 from 220.127.116.11
Nice job Smooth!! Hey looking at those pictures... is the dark haired girl in a couple of those pics named Carolyn? Looks a whole lot like a Manti High School classmate of mine named Carolyn Braithwaite (not sure what married name is). How do you know her? If it is her tell her hi from Kim and I will you? Wow 50 marathons is awesome, congrats!!
From Smooth on Mon, Sep 01, 2014 at 18:05:20 from 18.104.22.168
Hi Tom ~ yep, that is Carolyn. Her married name is Nelson. Her hubby, Lance is seated next to her. They live in Colorado now. She is a good friend of Terry and Marilyn Jensen seated next to them whose house we're having dinner. Terry was Carolyn's bishop in the YSA ward in Wichita.
Carolyn has run 20+ marathons. Very nice girl, very accomplished in her career. :)
From Rhett on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 at 10:05:53 from 22.214.171.124
Smooth, Congrats on # 50. That is a huge accomplishment. You astonish me with how quickly you have regained your marathon speed. That was an incredible time considering how short you have been home and training.
From Tom on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 at 10:18:10 from 126.96.36.199
Smooth - Thanks for the info on Carolyn. Not surprising she is doing well. Comes from a a great family. Her father Wilbur Braithwaite who passed away a few years ago is legendary and one of the most influential HS basketball/tennis coaches ever, as well as a gifted public speaker, clarinet player, poet, and WWII veteran. During the summer he volunteered countless hours teaching the local Manti/Ephraim youth how to play tennis and created a bit of a tennis dynasty at Manti High School. Not to mention all the life skills he taught to his players/students and many many lives he changed for the better (including of course his own kids as well). Great memories!
From Andy on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 at 11:49:46 from 188.8.131.52
Congrats on #50. I echo what Rhett said. Amazing how quickly you were able to get into marathon shape. I can't believe Larry drove to Pocatello after dialysis. I've always admired how supportive he is of your running.
From Smooth on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 at 12:00:53 from 184.108.40.206
Tom ~ I did not make that connection Carolyn is the famous Wilbur Braithwaite's daughter. He was an extraordinary man who blessed many many lives. My husband played HS tennis and remembers Wilbur fondly. He said he was very kind to him. There's a Wilbur Braithwaite tournament trophy somewhere in his collects. Great memories indeed. Thanks for sharing.
Rhett and Andy ~ Thank you for your kind words! I feel very fortunate/blessed to be able to run. I am most grateful for a very supportive husband. Since he can't run, I run for him! :)
From Teena Marie on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 at 22:07:14 from 220.127.116.11
It has taken me a bit to get caught up on your blog and as usual I am in awe!! You have had quite the week!!!
Congrats on 50!! For some stupid reason I was thinking Park City was your 50th!
And now I see you are already back to running some fantastic runs so soon after Pokey!!!!!!
WOW WOW WOW!!!!
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