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Member Since:

Oct 14, 2008



Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

74 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:

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

June 30 - Morgan Valley Half

Sep 1 - Pocatello Marathon

Sep 15 - Huntsville Marathon

Oct 6 - St. George Marathon

Oct 20 - SoJo 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 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!!!!


Favorite Blogs:

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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
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Mizuno Inspire 4 Jade Miles: 3.00Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 9.25Inspire 5 Purple (3) Miles: 13.10
Night Sleep Time: 40.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 40.00Weight: 0.00
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 A wonderful DATE DAY with my honey on Labor Day!!!

A nice morning walk w/ my sweet hubby to Kneaders for breakfast.  Then we went to the SNIAGRAB (bargains spelled backward) at Sports Authority...bought some new skis & equipments for our return missionary son and a new parka and gloves for me.  Then we went to see the movie "Salt", wow, one tough *Jane Bond"*.   I love the foot chasing scenes...she really pumps those arms wearing trench coat w/ back pack and all. After the movie we went to my favorite store, Wasatch Running Center to shop for trail shoes.  They don't have my size, dang!  I also tried on some FiveFingers.  Those things are cool.  I almost bought a pair!  We finished the date w/ dinner at hubby's favorite pig-out joint, the Upchuck-a-Rama!  Spent a quiet evening at home watching football!  So yeah, hubby was successful in keeping me from running today!

Mizuno Inspire 4 Jade Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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Nice recovery run with Wendy & Carolyn.  Cool calm morning.  I wore the CWX tights to help w/ muscle recovery.  Just little tightness on the quads, otherwise no pain.  AP: 10:00.  

6 circuits Pfitz CSE.  

Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
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No running!  Nada exercise!  Here's an article that makes me feel less guilty!


Visited with my friend of 31 years.  Her mother passed away recently. 

Went to temple w/ hubby and the presidency and their wives.  Then we all went to Olive Garden for dinner.  Ate 6 bread sticks, 2 servings of salad, chicken nocchi soup and the scrumptious shrimp & crab tortellini.  SOOOO GOOD! 

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Read Alma 7 this morning.  I love this chapter which talks of Christ's atonement and the way to inherit the Kingdom of God.  I soooo need to work on those virtues:  purity, humility, faith, hope and charity.

Ran w/ Wendy & Carolyn.  Got sprinkled on a bit but escaped the windy storm.  Got a friendly *offer for ride* by JonA...sure put a smile on my face!  AP: 9:30  Splits: 10:13, 9:37, 9:23, 9:32, 9:16, 7:52.

6 circuits of Pfitz CSE

The quads and hip flexors are tighter than tight!!!  Kills to foam roll! :(  Lots of stretching!

Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00Weight: 0.00
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My SSF is the GREATEST! 

She was so in tune w/ my needs/pain.  She literally dropped everything at home last night to work on my legs, ITBs & lower back on her brand new PT table.  She's AWESOME! :) She's pro at finding and loosening the knots and tight fascia.  After feeding me she sent me home w/ a yoga dvd, joint juice and epson salt so I can continue the recover process.  

The weather was perfect for running this morning...but my legs were NOT!  I slept in.  Did two yoga exercises, hip opener and twist.  Foam roll the legs, OUCH!!!  Soak for a long time in a warm epson salt bath...it was very relaxing.  I hope the legs will be ready to run 13.1 tomorrow. 

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH SSF for taking care of me!!!!  I LOVE YOU!!!

Oh, my daughter called me from TX...she's gonna have a baby boy!  :)

Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
Race: Spanish Fork Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:53:27, Place in age division: 1
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I LOVE everything about this race, the course, the organization, the hometown feel w/ great friends!  It was made more special today as MichelleL smashed her own record setting a new course record!  She is one classy AWESOME AMAZING WONDERFUL athlete!

Last year we had a group of 8 from my neighborhood running.  This year we recruited a new comer but she got some bad heel pain and had to DNS.  So bummed about that!  Still feeling some residual soreness from Pocatello, I had no expectation/goal.  If Teena hadn't worked magic on my legs 36 hrs earlier, I'd have sat this one out.  Thanks SSF!

Wendy, Carolyn and I got to the start shortly after 6.  MichelleL parked next to us.  Teena and I got to the registration table at the same time followed by Maynard, Running Utes & his wife.  Lowell found us at the p-o-p line which was LONG b/c  the park bathroom was locked resulting in a 19 min delay start.

Starting temp was in the 40s w/ a strong E wind.  We lined up together.  Teena botled out within the first 0.1 mile.  I hang with Marci Wood (a 27 yo whom I ran w/ most of the miles at Ogden and UVM) for the first 2 miles.  At mile 1 Tyler, a nice 22 yo BYU student, latched on and we ran the whole race together.  This was his first Half (he'd run triathlons and the Ragnar).  He said he liked my pace!  I think he was shocked when he realized I'm old enough to be his mother. 

Saw the two leaders running side by side on the opposite lane at our 5+ mile.  Then came MichelleL running so fluidly by.  WOW!!!   We hit the highest point of the course around mile 6.5 and passed 3 girls one of whom know McKenzie who was cheering at the T intersection.  There was an awesome guy playing wonderful songs on his Saxophone for us as we turned up the hill.  I later found out he's Lowell's 78 yo brother!  VERY COOL!

I thoroughly enjoyed running with and talking to Tyler.  He would ask about our time at each mile marker.  Such a cute kid!  With 5 miles left to go he asked if we would come under 2 hrs.  He was elated when I told him we would finish sub 1:55.  My time last year was 1:53:00.  I thought perhaps I could come close to that (well...stinkin' 27 sec shy).  He was doing a great job staying w/ me stride for stride. 

With a little less than a mile to go, I heard Lowell coming from behind.  Then he passed me!  What!?!!!  I asked if he cheated!  He had crossed the start behind me b/c he had to retrieve his Garmin from his car when the race was starting.  Dang!  That totally deflated me to be geeserized!  I had nothing left to chase him down.  Luckily Teena came back to get me with 0.5 mile to go.  She and MichelleL pushed me to catch the girl about 20 yds ahead.  I couldn't catch her.  Then Tyler started pouring it on to catch her.  So I had to catch Tyler but coming in 2 sec behind him. 

Here are the splits comparing w/ last year's on the left:

1.  8:23     8:31 (too fast for a cold start)

2.  8:32     8:23 (stiff headwind)

3.  8:41     8:46 (headwind and no one to draft off)

4.  9:08     9:01

5.  8:32     8:54 (cheering wildly the fast guys/girls)

6.  9:31     9:16 (pleased w/ the uphill effort)

7.  8:58     9:03 (quads protested, gu'd just before mi 8)

8.  8:36     8:28 

9.  8:27     8:33 (sun in the eyes, watching traffic)

10. 8:42     8:37 (missed couple of tangents b/c of traffic)

11. 8:41     8:47 (leg cramps threatening)

12. 8:28     8:34 (running scared w/ charlie horse ready to hitch a ride)

13. 8:12     8:25

0.1             7:15 (THANKS to Teena & Michelle)

So so so so proud of all my friends.  Teena course PR'd and took 1st AG!  Lowell walked away w/ 2nd AG.  Wendy PR'd by over 2 min & took 1st AG.  Carolyn PR'd by over 13 min!  Maynard course PR'd by 11 min!  Marci Wood also took 1st AG!  A good day indeed! 

Now I need to do some serious recovery!!!  :)  Off to get ready for Stake Conference!

Inspire 5 Purple (3) Miles: 13.10
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Mizuno Inspire 4 Jade Miles: 3.00Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 9.25Inspire 5 Purple (3) Miles: 13.10
Night Sleep Time: 40.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 40.00Weight: 0.00
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