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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
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Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 13.75Inspire 5 Purple (3) Miles: 6.00Inspire 5 (4) Miles: 26.30
Night Sleep Time: 29.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 29.00Weight: 0.00
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I did it!  I conducted/directed my very first choir performance at Sacrament Mtg. today.  I was sooo nervous at the warm up practice before church started...only two men showed up... the pianist made mistake in her solo interlude...only one soprano came...I forgot to do the "cut-off".  The music stand was wobbly.  I had my good friend, Dianne (who's the music chairman and sings alto) to say a prayer before practice.  

I was also the chorister during the meeting.  I kept praying and praying that the Spirit would help us.  Our number, How Great the Wisdom and the Love, happened to fit perfectly with the sacrament's talks on the Atonement.  When it was time to sing, a whole bunch of people came up to the choir seats.  I was blessed with a calm feeling!  The choir sang with dynamics and most importantly w/ the Spirit.  My eyes started to well up w/ tears.  I got to experience the answer to Dianne's prayer in a timely and wonderful way! 

I have a testimony that the Lord will bless us in our capacity to serve.  I have no training whatsoever in music or choral conducting.  I had to watch a video clip of *how to conduct music*.  I can't sing or play the piano.  I am learning and finding joy in this new calling as my ward's choir director.  I am so grateful for His blessings and patience with me! :)

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SEVEN & HALF hours...the most sleep I've ever gotten!!!  YAY!!!  Ran the first 3 miles with Karen who had developed bad heel pain the week before Spanish Fork 1/2 & DNS.  We stopped at her house and talked then I finished off the run by myself with couple of mp miles.  7.25 in 1:08:50. (10:13, 10:13, 10:02, 9:49, 9:10, 8:50, 8:32, 7:45) 

Something sad sad happened.  I saw one of my hawks...I think it's Charity based on the vicinity of where her dead body laid.  On the way back I picked up a feather.  Wonder if I should go back to bury her?!  :(

Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 7.25
Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50Weight: 0.00
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Lower legs were tired and achy last night perhaps b/c I didn't wear compression sleeves for the run yesterday plus did a lot of walking in the afternoon w/ VT.  Debated whether to run when Karen and Wendy bailed but Carolyn needed company.

6 sluggish lead leg miles w/ the pleasant company of Carolyn!  We ran the reverse bench loop.  AP: 9:38.  Felt very tired and cut the run short.  She reminded me that I had a similar icky run the few days before Pocatello so no worries about SG.  Hope she's right! :)

6 Pfitz CSE.  Foam roll.  Ouch!


My SSF sacrificed her study time to work on my legs!!!  I am the luckiest girl to have such a dear dear friend to take such super super nice care of me!!! :)  Legs felt soooo much better!  THANK YOU SSF!!!  I owe you big time!!! Hope you were able to get everything done that you needed to attend to!  I LOVE YOU!!!


Inspire 5 Purple (3) Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
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Did the 5K loop w/ Carolyn & Wendy.  No watch.  Off to visit teach and take Carolyn to lunch...it's her 40th birthday today!  

Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 3.10
Night Sleep Time: 6.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.50Weight: 0.00
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Just a little run w/ Wendy & Carolyn to keep things loose.  Foam roll.  Epsom soak.  :)

Laundry, shopping, pack, go to bed early.   Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  It's gonna be a hot one on Sat.  :P

Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 3.40
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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AM/PM Yoga

Stopped at Fillmore Subway for lunch where we saw Walter & Misty Brown, Staci and her family.  Staci let us borrowed one of her cameras as we forgot ours.

Got to Expo at 3:00ish.  Saw Leslie, RunningUtes, Staci, Melanie...

Went to 4pm Ed Eyestone's lecture.  Very entertaining.  Sat by Teena, RivertonPaul and Matt.  Kelli & Scott, Julie were behind us.  For Q&A I had Teena asked Ed if it was true that he has his runners take mustard for cramps.  Did we feel foolish for asking!  So Lowell was full of it!  :)

Got to Scott and Judy's house before 6.  This year she has a house full of guests.  Her aunt, Ramona, cousin Carolyn whose husband Paul Losee has the same birthday as mine turning 62 running his second SG.  He is running the Pony Express 100 on his birthday.  Carolyn's daughter Katherine whose husband Charles is running his very first SG. 

While the men watched the BYU vs USU football I got my race gear ready and went to bed.  Could not fall asleep.  Took an AdvilPM at 9pm and was still awake at 12:34am


Race morning:

Woke up at 3:30.  Hubby took Paul and I to the bus.  Left the house at 4:10 and got there at 4:27 and was met by Maynard and his brother Russ.  We walked south one block on 400E to the tennis court where the Forumites congregated.  Called Teena to make sure she was coming.  Took group picture, at least 25 of us, got on the bus.  It was so fun to sit w/ so many friends.  Ate the one yogurt I brought, no banana and forgot to eat the Clif bar. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:58:49, Place overall: 622, Place in age division: 28
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I love SGM!!! I love love love seeing soooooooo many Forumflyers, friends and family!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I got to sit by BeMo(Julie Ann) on the bus :D ...loved it...the shortest bus ride ever.  The only problem was too busy visiting and ate only a yogurt for breakfast! :|

Ya know it's gonna be a sizzling hot one when you don't need gloves at the start and had to douse w/ water at the first aid station. :roll: Maynard, Kathie and I lined up together in between the 3:50 and 4:00 balloons while I hastily chomped down 3 cliff bloks. Kathie, Da Ms Organizer, printed Cougar's 3:55 pace wrist bands for us. 8-) I warned her that I would jump up and down or hug and kiss her if I PR (I only need to run 3:57:08 to PR:). My training was going well and was able to avoid any cramping until the last mile in the last 2 marathons this summer.  However with the unprecedented heat a PR was doubtful. Nevertheless we were hopeful for sub-4. For the first 10K we were 30-60 seconds ahead of pace. Then we walked a little on Veyo and were back on pace. I carried only one Gu which I took at mile 5 (hoping to use 3 from the aid stations as promised on the runner's guide, they lied :evil: ). I loved running w/ Maynard & Kathie and watching the motor-gliders, helicopters overhead. I had fun harassing Lowell when I passed him. 8-) Mile 1-7: 9:03, 8:56, 8:52, 8:22, 8:34, 8:45, 8:19.

Somewhere around mile 10, Kathie started to see spots. :? We didn't know whether it was the heat or what. Her breathing was not labored, form was good. She doused w/ water at the station...it didn't help...the vision was closing in on her :(. She urged us to leave her when the 4hr balloons were passing us at the half. :( We hated to leave her but hoped that she would soon catch up if we stayed at the 4hr pace. Mile 8-13: 10:13 (Veyo), 9:18, 9:27, 9:23, 10:06, 8:46. We ran the first half in 1:59:xx.

I lost Maynard soon after mile 15. In the past he always found me if he had to take a pit stop. I kept looking back and couldn't see him. Darn this old lady eyesight! :x I spent way too much time at each aid station looking for Gu, filling cups w/ gatorade and water...quite a juggling act :evil:!!!  I had to be smart to stay hydrated. For the entire race I had one cliff bar, one piece of banana which I took w/ a Hammer electrolytes cap, and orange slices. The 4hr balloons would get further and further away after each aid station. I would then gradually reel them in. Mentally I fooled myself into thinking I'm running in mid 50 temp w/ a cooling canyon breeze. I thought of many wonderful blessings in my life. I tried to run w/ a smile. :) I told myself to "run like a horse" as Ed Eyestone inspired us at the Clinic yesterday. I concentrated on good downhill form, running relaxed. Mile 14-19: 10:10, 8:30, 8:48, 8:31, 9:59, 9:23.

It was so awesome to have so many spectators cheering, I side-fived the kids and thanked the "cheerleaders". :D I passed Staci Carroll on Bluff St and felt bad that she was having tummy issue. :( I passed many runners and encouraged walkers to run with me. I passed the 4hr balloons with a little less than a mile to go. :) Phil Struthers, my Ragnar team captain, passed me just before mile 26. As I turned the last corner I saw and passed him. Within a min. he passed me back and wasn't going to let me finish ahead of him...stinker! :mrgreen: That last 4 blocks were painful as my left calf and foot began to cramp up. :? I stomped hard w/ each stride to keep charlie horse from ceasing me. I saw and heard Teena which helped a tiny bit. Then I saw my sweet hubby and almost lost it!!! I didn't dare return his cheer, just focused w/ all my might to keep charlie horse at bay. :cry: Why did they keep moving the finish arch away from me?!!! :twisted: I crossed the finish and was elated to see my Garmin reading 3:58:51. My chip time: 3:58:49 (1 min 40 sec short of a PR). But I was and am very HAPPY with my effort. I "ran like a horse".  I did my best, no regrets!!!!   Mile 20-finish: 9:26, 8:30, 9:40, 9:08, 8:16, 8:39, 8:41, 9:13.

The elation was short-lived as I stopped at a shady spot next to the p-o-ps within min. of finishing. I collapsed in a heap of pain and cried like a big baby as the vice-grip-like angry cramps ceased my entire lower legs including the feet. Two kind souls, Larry and Ian, helped me passively stretch them out, got me ice bags and even bought me a bottle of gatorade. I laid on the grass for what seemed like eternity as my legs went into involuntary convulsions. :( I was soooo HAPPY and relieved when Maynard and RAD found me and helped me get up on my feet and walked gingerly out of the finisher corral. I found my hubby and had to wait 'till after the award ceremony at 1pm to receive my Grand Slam division award along with Canyon (Marcie) and Teena. I was bummed that we did not have time to go to Cougar's to say hello to everyone there! :(

A million THANK YOUs to you my dear dear friends for your love and friendship. HUGE CONGRATZ to all of you who finished this sizzling hot SGM 2010!!!! See you on the road/trail soon! :D :D :D

Inspire 5 (4) Miles: 26.30
Night Sleep Time: 2.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 2.50Weight: 0.00
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Inspire 5 (2) Miles: 13.75Inspire 5 Purple (3) Miles: 6.00Inspire 5 (4) Miles: 26.30
Night Sleep Time: 29.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 29.00Weight: 0.00
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