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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

Someone on the blog said sleep is overated.  I agreed.  Got home from my son's football game to find that I still needed to wash my sport bra & running skirt, get the gears ready and write my missionary son.  By the time I hit the sack it was well past 1:30 am and couldn't fall asleep till about 3am.   When I got out of bed at 4:30 am, the body protested reminding me that I had run a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K the last 7 days.  I told myself that today's run is going to be fun and I get to taper after this.

Got to Will's Pit Stop on time with Rachel already waiting.  She started the run with LuzyLew and Catherine while the Stephenson's and I waited for the Owens who went to a different Will's gas station.   Temp was in the 50's with a fierce headwind.

MrsFIT, Kelli and I braved the wicked dusty headwind all the way up the Provo Canyon.  I debated whether to run 22 or 20.  Kelli, the queen of hill, was out of sight by mile 9.  Kristi and I turned around at mile 10.  It was so good to have these two wonderful girls to pull me along.  Rachel doing 12 and Catherine doing 20 and my best friend's daughter, Stephanie, finished their run sooner than us.  Scott already ran 20 miles just yesterday ran with Mark; both looked strong and fast.

There was a marathon and 20 miler going on.  They were bused up to the top and ran down.  I cheered them on as we were going up.  I was surprised to see how many of them looking like they were in their mile 18 when they had only run may be 6-8 with a tailwind and downhill.  Perhaps it was their first marathon. 

I am so proud of Kristi, LuzyLew and Kelli.  They are amazingly strong and positive.  It was fun to see JulieC, Josse and another girl blasting down.  We also ran into Mel and KarinR.  I had a great time.  THANK YOU girls for making this so fun and for the yummy post run treats.  TT: 3:10:43.  AP: 9:29.  WOOHOO!  Taper time!

Mizuno Inspire 4 Jade Miles: 20.10
Night Sleep Time: 1.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 1.50Weight: 0.00
From Teena on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 17:01:42 from


I seriously can not tell you how amazed I am at you. I have no idea how you did all that. I am simply in awe!

I missed you greatly. I am so happy that you had such a fun run. I need to learn how to have fun again when running. After SGM for sure!

I love you so much.

You are woman of all women!!! Seriously ... you are incredible!!! I wish you could realize that!

I love you I love you I love you!!

From Smooth on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 17:10:11 from

Teena! I am so proud of you pushing yourself to the limit today. You had an AWESOME 22 miler and very SOLID pace. What a confidence booster for SGM!

I hope that I never take running for granted; most importantly I hope to spread joy in this journey. Yes, running will remain fun for me; and hope it does for you! Please take care of your body. I missed you today and prayed that you had a good run. LOVE YOU TONS!

From Teena on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 17:20:15 from

Smooth --

I have no idea why you are so good to me, but I can't tell you how thankful I am for your friendship. You have lifted me many many many times.

I really don't know if my pace is indicative of anything because I stopped a few times, and walked through several drinking points. Sigh. Have no idea. Plus, I remember feeling so much stronger last year at this point.

But ... it could have been a ton worse, and though there was pain, it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. So that is good. The three days a week running is certainly helping with the pain ... but I do think my endurance is suffering.

I love you!!!

You are so WONDERFUL!!!

(I am suppose to be studying ... but this is much more exciting.)

From Smooth on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 17:35:08 from

Teena ~ No second guessing yourself. When you walked, your legs had a chance to recover. When you ran fast, your form is the most efficient. So all is good! You can't compare too much with how you felt last year with this year because it is different. You know, like child birth, no two are the same. :) Sorry that's the best I can come up with!

What makes you think your endurance is suffering? YOU RAN 22 miles with pain! That in itself is an amazing enduring feat!

Now, I don't know how YOU do so much...kids, family, church, volunteer, school...give yourself some credits, will ya? LOVE YOU!

From RAD on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 17:51:53 from

Smooth, thanks so much for letting me tag along with you! I wish I could've come the 6 up with you, but knowing I had hubby's laptop and needing to get back for RS I decided I'd better take off to get back ASAP. I LOVED the company, but missed your sweet stories. I still would love to hear some good stories from the race yesterday - you are such an inspiration!!! We all love and respect you SO much!

GREAT run and way to push through this week and especially today with NO sleep!! Great pace, even with that head wind...it was NASTY! Didn't get to see the marathon runners, had to laugh that it was their first :) maybe they only trained up to 13 - a couple weeks ago :) hehehehe

From marion on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 17:52:44 from

Geeze woman, are you trying to make us all look bad??? I can't wait to see how St George goes for you :) You are such a wonderful friend :) what a GREAT day :)

From JulieC on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 18:41:56 from

Hi again Smooth!! You looked quite strong on your uphill portion!! You racing queen and fellow insomniac, you go WOMAN!!! I love it. Let me be just like you, eternally youthful : D.

From leslie peterson on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 19:02:11 from

What a great long run!! Who needs sleep? I didn't get a wink last night! ( see my blog!) I can't wait for SG! It will be a blast!!! You are on fire girl!!!!!

From Kimmy on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 21:15:51 from

Great job smooth. From the sound of the head wind I am glad that we ran the JRP. I know how bad that wind can get. Nice run...It's TAPER time baby!!!!

From Kelli on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 22:52:46 from

So great to see and run with you this morning! I wish I had had longer to chat afterward, darn soccer games! You are the best, I could just hang out with you all day. I told Scott, "I just want to take Smooth home. Everyone should have their own Smooth!"

From Smooth on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 23:54:38 from

RAD ~ I still can't believe you drove 45 min. down to run 12 miles with us. What a loyal friend! I am rooting for you at TOU! You will do AWESOME! You've put in the hard work; now it's time to reap the reward. YOU GO GIRL!

Marion ~ Quite the opposite! YOU look better than good in what you do! I'm the lucky one having found you and the rest of the RHPC gang...GREAT FRIENDS are precious!

Julie ~ The feeling is mutual. THANKS for the HIYA today!

Leslie ~ WHAT an adventurous night run in the most challenging part of the Wasatch 100. YOU ARE my inspiration! 25 miles over 10,000 ft. AMAZING! Hope you're having a restful evening and sleep in tomorrow!

Kimmy ~ I'm glad you and Kathie and Teena ran the JRP. That headwind was wicked. I'm still cleaning dirt out of my ears, eyes, nose. Going over to your blog now.

Kelli ~ My hubs and son devoured the Kneaders bread. I ate my share too. SO GOOD! THANKS for coming to run with me. Let me know anytime you need a SMOOTH,,,I'd totally LOVE to be in the presence of the AWESOME Stephenson's home. When's our LUNCH again? Can't wait!

From Kelli on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 23:55:48 from

Never soon enough....Monday???? You can move in, Emma loves you!

From Bec on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 00:43:38 from

Sounds like you had a fabulous time heading up and down the trail today. What a great run to get ready for your marathon. Those ladies were lucky to run with you today. Sounds like you had yet another running PARTY.

How did the YW 5k turn out? I still think it's so cool that you did that with them.

From Smooth on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 00:51:33 from

Bec ~ Yes it was a fab. time with GREAT friends. I posted a "race report" on last night's YW 5K. Such sweet girls. It was a success! You should see our medals! GOOD STUFF!

From Nancy on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 16:06:15 from

Wow!!! You are a really dedicated runner. No sleep and still run 20 miles. You must really love running or you are crazy like the rest of us runners.

From RivertonPaul on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 18:20:16 from

Nice job. That said, I hope you get some sleep sometime.

From Teena on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 23:01:59 from

Hope you took a LONG nap today!!!

Btw, Riva (our Stake RS Pres) begged me once more to have you speak on the 27th (of October)! Only 20 minutes ... you could do that with zero prep ... and you and I could go to dinner prior (Ry's treat)!!!

What do you say?

I love you!!!!

From Smooth on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 23:49:37 from

Teena ~

NO naps today, unless you count the 5 seconds head nods at R.S. I visited one ward Conference (3 hrs) and one Primary Sac presentation (1+hrs) then my own ward...not good for the bum bum.

OK, I penciled down the date. The dinner is too tempting. Please PM me what exactly is Riva looking for and other info concerning this mtg/conference?


Did you take a big nap?

From Teena on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 23:56:29 from


Yes, I took a nap!! Not interrupted, but it was better than nothing ... I will take it! :)

Also, it was fun to see my dad this evening. He looked better than I have seen him look for so long. It was wonderful!!!

Okay ... I will PM and/or call you.

I love you.

Please sleep tonight! Go to bed now!!! :)

From Jon A on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 14:39:04 from

Awesome run! Have fun on your taper!

From LuzyLew on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 15:36:05 from

You taught me so many things on that run, I owe you big time. Seriously you've changed my life...from the chocolate milk and pelvis tilt to your life experiences. You are so tough it's incredible to me. You've taken all that hardness and turned it into something that shines....like titanium and diamonds. That's what YOU are made of. Thanks again...Also, where did you get those electrolite strips. I have to tell Catherine about those since she's the one who practically goes into a coma at the end of every race because of hyponytremia.

From AmberG on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 16:03:59 from

You are a Racing Queen lately Smooth :) Hope you can get some good taper rest! Great Job on your long run !!!!!!! Yeah, it's all down hill from now! You are amazingly committed , , , , , , to your family, friends, AND running!

From Smooth on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 16:21:46 from

Luzy ~ Hey, how was Kidney Kamp? How are you feeling today?

Thanks for your kind words. I had so much fun running with you. You're the best! Too bad we live so far apart; we can run together more often and conquer the world! HaHa!

Ok, here are the info on the enlyten strips. I got mine from emailing Paul and Tammy Ensign (neighbors to Kathie, a FRB herself). The Ensigns are the distributor. Catherine can contact them by: www.enlyten.com/paulensign or ensigntile@hotmail.com or 801-598-4751. They can answer all her questions about this product. Besides the electrolytes plus strips, they also have energy strips, antioxidant strips and melatonin strips. I haven't tried the others; just the electrolyte plus. I like how convenient and easy it is to carry. There are testimonials of its ease of absorption and effectiveness of the products.

The cassette holds 22 strips. They sell them at 4 cassettes per pack at $40 per pack. You can order them directly at www.enlyten.com/paulensign

Hope this helps.

From LuzyLew on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 16:53:12 from

I feel pretty great today. Thanks for the info on these strips. I'll pass it along.

From DonGardinero on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 20:52:19 from

Hey Smoothie, my bib # for Top of Utah is 748. Is it good luck?

From Smooth on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 13:53:16 from

Dale ~ Yes, 8 means FAST, PROSPEROUS! Very good luck indeed!

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