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!!!!
St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:19:43, Place in age division: 40
Marathon Pace Miles
VO2 Max Miles
9th SGM. Marathon #52. 5th marathon this year; over the last 4 months.
Woke up at 3:15, got 2.5 hours sleep. Drove to Worthen Park at 4:30. Plan was to meet Teena at 5 by the tennis court. :) The bus lines were very LONG and moving very slowly and there were NO buses!!! Waited with Kelly and Tyler S, Lowell, Suzette, Seth and Teena for over an hour for the bus to come! Ate my banana and yogurt, hit the port-a-potty in the park. The wait was very stressful if not for the company of good friends. I think we finally got on the bus around 6. What a sight at the start to see flags waving southward which means tail wind, YAY! Took couple of pictures. Made a quick trip to the PoP; then it's time to drop off clothing bags. So bummed that I didn't have a chance to look for MarcE, Kathie, Brad, Lark and RAD. Lowell and I jumped in with the 4:15 pace group. Based on my TOU time of 4:18:33 two weeks ago, I have these goals in mind: Ecstatic (sub 4:10) Happy (4:15) Satisfied (sub 4:25 BQ).
Lowell and I had a lot of fun making new friends and reading all the signs posted on the road side, some of them were hilarious. My nose started running almost immediately so it was very annoying. I could not get in a good rhythm. I'd slow way too much on the ascend and try to make up time on the descend so we were hanging well with the 4:15 group. On Veyo I tried to run but my lungs would not co-operate so I'd take 10 seconds walk breaks here and there. It was very disheartening when others were walking as fast as I was running! 5K came in at 29:58. 10K in 57:54. Got to the half in 2:08:35.
I started to pull away from the group in the downhill miles of 15 and 16. It was in the 17th mile that I ran into a dear friend, Lark, whose goal was also to get a BQ of sub 4:25. He had surgery a year ago when he broke his leg in a bike accident. I was so proud of how well he was running and pushing through these challenging hilly miles. I felt so grateful for the ability to run and absolutely love love love the beautiful colors and scenery that SGM course is famous for! :)
After walking and taking in fluids at the aid station just before mile 19, I proceeded to run when suddenly my shins started to cramp up bilaterally. The muscles in my lower legs were convulsing wildly. Lowell passed me as he cheerfully introduced me to a girl. I was in so much pain that I could not go with them nor the pace group. I tried lengthening or shortening my strides to no avail. I even got a side-stitch like cramp in my left flank so I tried to breath deeply. The cramps subsided a little on the incline; only to return on the descend at mile 21. I took my last and 4th Gu with couple of salt caps and ibuprofen. I had gu'ed at 7, 13, 17 (one salt cap), 21 (2 salt caps & ibuprofen). I prayed with all my heart that charlie horse would stay away. I'd stomp hard when the calf muscles threaten to cease up. I tried singing (in my head) "Call to Serve" and repeating my mantra "smoothfastrong" which helped very briefly.
Saw Susie cheering at the bottom of Bluff. She asked how I was feeling, I mouthed the word "cramp" pointing to my legs and tried to smile away the pain. I took a popsicle handed out by a little kid and ate couple of bites which tasted good but the pain was knotting up my stomach. I willed myself to keep one foot in front of the other as runners passed me left and right....SO different from TOU where I was the one passing other runners. I was grateful for the spectators' cheers during those painful torturous two miles. As I passed the mile 26 marker, I attempted to give a little push but my left calf immediately objected and I nearly fell. I heard hubby cheering and turned to wave to him as I stumbled to the finish putting on a brave smile. I did not look at my watch during the last 5K so I was very happy to see that I finish in 4:19:43, although a little disappointed that I ran 61 seconds slower than TOU.
Supper happy to see Brad (Maynard), TJ, RAD at the finish. EXTRA excited to find out AmberG won!!! It was a GREAT day and SGM weekend!!! And hubby did well waiting for 3 hours at the finish...not an easy feat for him!
Some self evaluation and thoughts ~ I did the best I could with the limited and dismal training over the last 19 weeks. I started back running in the middle of May when I returned home from Australia. I did the Ogden Half Marathon (on a whim 'cause Lowell got me an entry from the RD at the Expo) on May 17; finished in 2:35 and cramping the last 2 miles. Then I quickly ramped up the mileage and signed up for some marathons as long runs: Sogonapmit in July, Park City in Aug. Pocatello and TOU in Sept. I did no speed work, zero cross training and very very little hill running. My nutrition was sub-par. I cannot remmember the last time I had an uninterruped 6 hours sleep. Life has been rather stressful to say the least.
OK, enough excuses...now what to do to move forward. Running will continue to be my therapy and give me joy. I love the marathon distance. No matter how many marathons one runs, the last 5-10Ks are always the hardest and one always feels a sense of accomplishment or huge relief when one crosses the finish. I love the challenge of 26.2. I love the journey. I love how it makes me a stronger person in all aspects of my life. The key is to find the right balance and never give up. Each run, each race is a gift, to be opened and accepted with joy and gratitude! :)
Above all, I am forever grateful for wonderful friends!!!! :) :) :)
Teena can carry someone THREE times her weights/size!!! :)
From MarcE on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 at 13:02:39 from 22.214.171.124
Way to BQ!!! I need to get myself in gear so I can see you in 2016. I too was bummed that I didn't find you. Brad said he saw you after the race. I think Charlie Horse paid a visit to Teena this time (like he did you back at Park City 2008)
From Toby on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 at 10:11:26 from 126.96.36.199
Oh Smooth...way to endure! You are so amazing at overcoming obstacles with a smile. I'm sorry it wasn't TOU quality, but I guess we need a few hard ones thrown in there every once in awhile to make the good ones extra sweet! 😃🎈🎉
It sounds like it was a fun trip and hooray for Larry getting to come! You've run more marathons since you've been home than I've ever run....you are amazing!
Recover well! Any more thoughts on GV?
From Nancy on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 at 05:31:28 from 188.8.131.52
What a great run. Staying strong through all the pain and BQing is great. I am sorry you had such a hard run. You are really amazing.
From Rhett on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 at 19:23:18 from 184.108.40.206
You are tough Smooth, to keep on going with your legs cramping up and still finish with plenty of time to spare for a BQ. Very impressive.
From flatlander on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 11:53:37 from 220.127.116.11
Good job, enjoyed the report and that you got the BQ despite all the problems. Not many people can do that, congratulations.
From Smooth on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:22:28 from 18.104.22.168
Marc ~ You came all the way here from TX and I missed you!!! Dang! We need to meet up at Boston 2016 for sure!
Toby ~ Oh, I really think it was YOU that made TOU an an amazing quality run for me! I would really really really like to run GV! But am afraid it's gonna be too far and too long for me to be gone from hubby! :( I know he'd rather I run SoJo instead!
Nancy ~ thanks. Like they say, pain is temporary...even though it was 7.5 miles long! :)
Rhett ~ thanks, you are too kind! Only runners can understand the insanity of keep on going with pain and then turn around and sign up for more! :)
Flatlander ~ thank you. Are you running Boston 2015?
From Smooth on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:23:32 from 22.214.171.124
Flatlander ~ oh, I forgot to mention! I am coming to run the Woodlands Marathon Feb 28, 2015. It will be Larissa's first marathon! :)
From flatlander on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:28:17 from 126.96.36.199
Cool! I am running Boston, finally, but I might do the Woodlands half -- perfect timing just to keep the race muscles moving. (I can't do a marathon every month like you can!) Hopefully I'll see you then. Congratulations to Larissa.
From Smooth on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 10:35:11 from 188.8.131.52
Flat ~ that is awesome! Beantown here you come!!! :)
From Teena Marie on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 22:30:18 from 184.108.40.206
Roses are red
Marathons are quite far
Charlie is evil
But girl you're a STAR!!!!
I love you so much and I love seeing those pictures of us!
Btw, you and I are pretty much the same weight!!! And check it out ... I'm using a large base of support! Widen your stance a bit and you could toss Lowell over your shoulders no sweat!!! :-)
Thank you for making the good and beautiful of the weekend far outweigh the ugly and hard!
You are AMAZING!
Luvs and bubblegum!
From Tom Slick on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 11:29:32 from 220.127.116.11
Yo Mama, Smooth you are something else. I love how you look and took adversity by the throat and made a "BQ" out of your 9th SGM. Hey, next year at SGM you are in without waiting for the lottery, Yea! All you have to do is sign up and your in! Then you get to go to the 10 year club members dinner! I'm certainly glad you will be doing the 2016 Boston marathon, which I'm planning on attending and running. I will just have to go and run a "BQ" time at Boston in 2015 for the 2016 Boston. Hey, get all rested up and let me know what your next marathon or challenge is going to be. Are you doing the Vegas Ragnar?
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