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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!!!!


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Elixir 5 (charcoal 3) Miles: 4.50Elixir (ski Patrol) Miles: 4.50Elixir 6 (black/pink) Sz 7 Miles: 30.80
Night Sleep Time: 21.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 21.50Weight: 0.00
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What a day!!!  Got up super early to make shrimp tofu (16 lbs of tofu and 8 lbs of shrimp).  Made cookies for choir.  Went to a different ward for sacrament immediately after choir practice.  Got home, ate, changed and load up the car with woks, rice cookers, all the necessary utensils and the huge roaster pan of shrimp tofu.

My sis-in-laws and me were asked by the Young Ambassador's director, Randy Booth, to cook for 100 honored guests, most of them from China.  They are from Being and will be performing at BYU this week.  For the last 33 years since the YA performed in China, this is the first time the Chinese will be performing here. 

Anyway, since today is Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Harvest Moon Festival), Randy wants to treat them to a 9 course home-cooked Chinese dinner complete with moon cakes.  We were able to host this dinner in the beautiful spectacular Ashton family's ranch in Walhsburg inside this amazing huge Red Barn.

We got there at 2pm and immediately went to work.  Ann's amazing organizational skill was very evidence today.  With the help of our nieces and nephews we chopped, cooked, stir fried and served up some delicious dishes that rival a 5 star restaurant.  Here's the menu:  beef pho noodle soup, BBQ wings on bed of broccoli florets, garlic bok choy & napa cabbage, pork chow mein, shrimp tofu, tomato beef with green and red pepper, ginger whole tilapia, fresh fruits, rice, moon cake.

To our surprise, my son Bryan came with the guests/YA and dean of the Communication Dept.  He was one of three students that performed the "er-hu" (a Chinese string instrument) for our guests.  We didn't know he was coming and he didn't know we were the chefs.  It was a fun evening of cultural exchange with friends and families playing/working together.  Our Chinese guests were impressed with how well these American students played the Chinese songs.  We can't wait to watch the Being Ballet Company dance concert (with the accompaniment of the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra which Bryan is principal violist) on Wednesday.

I was exhausted by the time we got home in the evening, driving home under a full moon, smiling and grateful for my rich heritage and the Gospel of Jesus Christ! :) :) :)

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Easy chatty run with Wendy and Karen (Sky).  Did anyone see that bright full moon?

Shorter version of CSE and myrtle.

Picked about 5 lbs of raspberry while workers did curbing around our orchard/lawn/shed/fence.  NICE beautiful Fall day.

Elixir 5 (charcoal 3) Miles: 4.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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Ran west on Canal Trail with Wendy, Karen (Sky) and Leslie.  Gorgeous fall morning.  Then Karen, hubby and I went to the pool.  We did 14 laps (9 free style, 5 backstroke).  

Mini core.  Major house cleaning!  Hubby loves that I'm in taper mode!  :) :) :)

Yoga I at LC.  I like this class.  Lots of core, balance and of course good flexibility stuff! :)

Elixir (ski Patrol) Miles: 4.50
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00Weight: 0.00
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Karen, Leslie, hubby and I went to the LC.  Swam 17 laps (9 freestyle 8 back stroke) before water aerobics (wet and wild).  Leslie (former member of BYU women swim team) could not believe I was swimming!!!  :)  That made me feel good! :)

Wendy, Karen and I took Carolyn to lunch for a belated birthday celebration!  :)

Anxiously waiting for three missionary calls of my friends' sons and daughter, one of whom is Wendy's boy! :)

Going to the Beijing Ballet Dance Company and BYU Philharmonic Orchestra Concert tonight!  :) :) :) :) :)

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Ran 4.5 easy with Karen and Wendy on a nice cool morning.  Packed.  Off to SG! :)

Nice drive, arrived at Santa Clara around 4:30.  Judy fixed us a yummy dinner of pineapple sweet pepper chicken over brown rice, orange rolls, salad, banana marange pie.  After dinner Scott treated us to the musical, Aladin at Tuacahn. 

FUN day! :)

Elixir 6 (black/pink) Sz 7 Miles: 4.50
Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50Weight: 0.00
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Still laughing over the funny musical Aladin.  Slept in.  Ate breakfast of Greek yogurt, orange roll, banana and orange juice. 

Scott, Judy, hubby and I went to the St. George Temple where we attended the 10:40 endowment session.  Ate lunch in the temple cafeteria.  I had a baked potato, small bites of hubby's Malibu chicken, broccoli and a delicious cinnamon peacan sticky bun!  YUM!!!  

Went to packet pickup around 2:30ish.  Saw Lowell and his friend Lucas, Teena and Annie.  Went to Brick Oven at 4:00ish to reserve a table of 6.  John, Wendy, Becky and Karen arrived before 5:00.  Everyone had the pasta/salad/soup bar while I had 2 slices of BBQchicken/pineapple pizza.  Then went back to the Expo.  Hubby won a SG1/2 2011 ls shirt. :)  Saw TJ.

Went back to the house around 7.  Got race gear ready.  Took a Tylenol PM at 8:30 while everyone watched the BYU vs USU football game.  Slept off and on from 10:00 to 3.

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Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:09:03, Place overall: 1000, Place in age division: 24
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Got up at 3:30.  We picked up Karen at her parent's.  Ate a banana, yogurt, EmergenC and gatorade.  Hubby dropped us off south of the finish arch.  Got to the tennis court at 4:30 to meet those who wanted to ride the bus with us.  It was a pleasant surprise to see Lark there along with Marcie.  Called RAD who was still waiting for the hotel shuttle.  We (Karen, Wendy, John, Marcie and Lark) were anxious to get going so we got on the bus without her. :( While on the bus ride, got a text from Kelli that RAD got on the bus with Bart Yassoo, HOW COOL is that! :) :) :) 

The bus ride always seemed to take forever so it was nice to have friends to visit with.  There was no line at the POP when we got off the bus.  Marcie and Lark went to the 5th fire pit which was not yet lit, since Karen was freezing so we went further back to the ones that were lit.  A crowd quickly gathered.  I had my pink glow stick on my visor hoping RAD and Teena/Annie would spot me.  Ate a package of PowerBar chews and drank water.  We made two more pop stops then it was time to shed our clothes.  John took our bags to the truck.  Just as we turned away from the fire-pit, Leslie Petersen and Maurine spotted me.  We walked to the road together and lined up in front of the 7 hr pace group.  It was so fun to see Leslie and Maurine, two great friends who got us off to a happy start.  :) :) :) 

My training has been dismal, simply surviving each marathon, starting with Park City (9 weeks after the stress fracture at Ogden), Pocatello (11 weeks), TOU (13 weeks); recovered with minimal running, supplemented with learning to swim.   I did zero speedwork because of the tachycardia episode and recovery from each marathon.  Now 16 weeks post stress fracture, I hope to finish without any injury or heart issue.  Based on my 4:18 finish at TOU, figured I'm capable of 4:15 today.  It would be sweet to get a BQ (4:10) for 2014.  The weather gods were generous with us this morning, start temp in the mid 40s, cloudy sky and a TAILWIND!!! 

I printed out a 4:09 pace chart from S. Zimmerman's course tool (pace in parenthesis).  But the font was too small for my old feeble eyes so I never looked at it.  I'd look at my Garmin occasionally when it beeped at the mile/lap alert. 

1.  9:52. (9:49)  I believe this is the slowest 1st SGM mile I've ever run, just going with the flow of traffic.  It was dark, crowded and simply having too much fun running with my best friends! :)

2.  9:37.  (9:38) About half way thru this mile, I found some openings to weave out of the crowd.  Spotted Karen's cousin Donna.  The four of us stayed together thru the next few miles.  I think it's around here that Annie spotted us.

3.  9:13.  (9:15)  Got a side-ache. 

4.  9:12.  (9:04)  Felt twitches of tightness in the vastus medialis. 

5.  9:13.  (9:27)

6.  8:47.  (9:27)  This mile has more downgrade.

7.  8:40.   (9:27)  Same steep downgrade.  Lost Wendy at the crowded aid station.  Took the one and only Gu I brought with me.  Not sure if the station had any Gu as promised.

8.  10:31. (10:35)  Karen pulled away.  Donna and I sputtered along.  I noticed the people with long legs were walking just as fast as I was running.  Darn my silly short legs!!! :)

9.  9:36.  (10:06)  Kept Karen within sight after the aid station.

10.  9:24. (9:49)  Donna and I stayed together and talked about our children's similar career paths.

11.  10:09.  (10:12)  Karen has now disappeared.  She was running strong through this chain of rollers.  At the aid station, I asked for GU, but there was none to be found.  Donna gave me one of her chocolate GU. 

12.  10:22.  (9:44)  Donna was slowing here as she was telling me about her emotional finish at Boston. 

13.  9:02.  (9:27)  Donna was running watchless which was a good thing.  She asked what our half split was.  I looked at my watch for the first time which read 2:05:xx, right where I wanted to be.  She said it was the slowest half she's ever run.  I assured her that it's perfect.  We can now run the second half the same, telling ourselves that we just erased all the previous miles!  :)

14.  9:20.  (9:15)  The mile alert starts to come just ahead of the aid station where we'd walk and drink so it reflects the slower pace at the even miles.

15.  8:42.  (8:58) Asked for Gu again none to be found.  A nice runner, Shauna, gave me one of hers.

16.  9:05.  (9:15)

17.  8:52.  (9:15)  Finally the aid station has Gu.  Grabbed a couple.

18.  9:29.  (9:15)  I think we saw Kathie and Kimmy somewhere around here.  Got a quick hug from Kimmy.  I missed the sisters terribly.  It was so wonderful to see them! :)

19.  9:54.  (9:44)  First sign of cramps showed up in the shins creeping snake like up and down my lower legs.  Took 2 salt caps and iB with a GU at the aid station.

20.  9:24.  (9:15)  Ran into Lark and his friend Hawkeye who picked up a whip on the road and was being a "task master" to keep Lark going.  We ran together for the next few miles.  Somewhere along Snow Canyon, I saw/heard a cheer from a biker who turned out to be JonA.  Saw Kelly who was having tummy issue and encouraged her to stay strong.  She ended up running a PR!!!  AWESOME JOB Kelly! :)

21.  8:40.  (8:53)  These downhill miles are really beating up my quads.  Kept my strides short and quick.  Tried to relax with each threatening cramps.

22.  9:55.  (9:15)  Wheels fell off miserably.  Lark said I was going too fast so he announced he was going to walk a bit. 

23.  10:16.  (9:21)  Lark caught back up.  Hawkeye told us that we would walk and drink at the next aid station.  After walking, I dared not pick up the pace like I normally did because Charlie Horse was threatening to seize me; so I got into jog mode.

24.  9:22.  (9:21)  The cheering crowds were awesome.  But each time I tried to extend my arms to high five them, one of my calf muscles would tense up.  So I just held out my hand and let it catch some fives along the way! 

25.  9:37.  (9:27)  Somewhere in the middle of this mile, the two guys in front of me came to a complete sudden stop,  I collided with them while both my calves nearly went into a vice-grip.  I pushed thru between them stomping my feet to chase away the charlie horse.  It was very frightening because if both my calves seized up I would collapse and not be able to run the rest of the way! :(

26.  9:50.  (9:27)  All I could do was focus on not letting the muscle cramps seize up my legs.  Kept my arms pumping, singing hymns in my head (We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet, Call to Serve) and praying really hard.  At the last turn, charlie horse bite my right calf.  I stomped my right foot, stumbled and tried not to cry.  Someone said it's just two blocks to the finish, but I seriously could not see the finish arch and wish marathon was only 26 miles!  :)

0.3  9:42.  (9:27)  I did not dare pick up the pace nor turn my head to look at hubby when I heard his cheer...just focus on putting one foot in front of the other and keep charlie at bay.  I was so happy to cross the finish and saw my Garmin reading 2:09:xx.  It was the hardest BQ I've ever run. 

Karen was right there to give me a hug and apologize for leaving me and Donna.  She finished in 3:56:20,  a 4 min PR, albeit shy of a BQ (3:55).  I was so proud of her!!!  Donna came in within a min. after me followed by Lark and Hawkeye.  I walked back and forth between the mist tent and drink tables until my muscles calm down.  Seriously even my feet and toes were ready to cramp up.  Teena came over and told us the good news of her awesome PR, RAD's amazing PR, Amber Green and Fritz won the whole thing, and Kelli's 2:58.  WOW!!!  I was SO SO SO SO HAPPY for my friends and so proud of each of their accomplishments.  We stayed there until Lowell, TJ, Annie and Wendy came thru.  Then Karen and I went to get our bags and called our families. 

Well, marathon #40, 7th of the year, my 8th SGM is in the book!!!  I am so so so grateful for the support of all my friends and sweet hubby.  I love running!!!  I love the challenge and demand of a marathon.  What a blessing it is to be able to run...indeed each run is a gift to me.

Jared, my nephew ran his first ever SGM in 2:48:43.  Steven's mission president, a SGM veteran, who came home this July, ran it in 4:46:07.  :)

Elixir 6 (black/pink) Sz 7 Miles: 26.30
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
Elixir 5 (charcoal 3) Miles: 4.50Elixir (ski Patrol) Miles: 4.50Elixir 6 (black/pink) Sz 7 Miles: 30.80
Night Sleep Time: 21.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 21.50Weight: 0.00
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