But, at the same time I won’t lie … it’s strange. I don’t feel 34 mentally or physically. Well, physically, probably more so than mental. But, I can’t much of a difference from when I was in my 20s. Which I am fine with. The number is just shocking to me, because I’ve always held some what of a stereotype to that number. But, I really don’t care. And, now I see what my grandma meant when she said age was all perspective.
And, I know for a fact that mentally she was a teenager trapped in a 85 year old body. Because, she very much was.
Since I am turning 34 this Saturday I thought it would be a little fun to (re)introduce myself to some of you. I haven’t done this in a while here on the bloggy blog and it’s probably overdue. But, I thought I would share 34 things about myself that you may or may not know about me. Hopefully this will give you a glimpse into the life of Josh and a better understanding where I am coming from with my perspective on life and running.
So without further adieu …
- I was born legally blind as a kid. I was suppose to grow up with the need for a seeing eye dog, etc. But, through the power of miracles, faith and really good doctors I got 100% of my eye sight back when I was a kid.
- I share a birthday with my sister, she is two years younger than me, but we always celebrate our birthdays together and have always joked we’re twins separated by two years. But, we’re not the only ones in our family that share a birthday. Our dad and other sister share a birthday with my Aunt and then my brother-in-law and sister-in-law also share a birthday. More cake the better, eh?
- I love cats and wish I could be a cat person, but I am actually HIGHLY allergic to them. I found this out the difficult way this past January when I got two kittens. Life isn’t fair sometimes.
- I also love dogs and aspire to one day have a three-legged dog.
- I do all of my graphics, logos, etc. on my blog. Graphic design is a skill/talent I enjoy immensely, not enough to make a career out of it, but it’s come in handy throughout my career.
- When I was a junior in High School my design for Utah’s “Red Ribbon Week” logo was accepted and I became the first student to design the “Hot to Not” logo. Because of that the logo was painted on the drive way of my elementary school for about 3-4 years afterwards.
- I am an extreme Disneynerd. Especially when it comes to the history of Disneyland, Walt Disney and early Disney movies. The story of Walt fascinates me. The way he dreamt, worked to make that dream reality and envisioned new ways to get there.
- Besides being a Disneynerd, I am also a HUGE Sportsnerd. Growing up my choice of reading material was a sports encyclopedia. It still sometimes is. I love reading novels and history books, but there are times I’d much rather read sports statistics. I can’t really tell you where this passion came from, but it didn’t help when my family bought a sports card and memorabilia store when I was a teenager. It just fueled the passion for it tenfold.
- I have a legitimate fear of deer. Not sure where it came from, but living in Bountiful and running either early in the morning or at night there are ALWAYS deer around. It makes it a TAD uncomfortable for me. The anxiety of being outside in front of a deer is very UNNERVING for me.
- I have extremely good handwriting, not just for a guy but for a person. Especially in today’s technological world. It’s sad to me to see so many people be unable to write in cursive. It’s a dying art which it shouldn’t be.
- I spent eight years in Special Ed. It was mainly due to pretty severe anxiety as a kid, but it also didn’t help that I faked a speech impediment to get out class. I don’t know how I got caught, but I must have fallen out of character when saying my R’s.
- I served an LDS mission in the Chicagoland area back from 2000 to 2002. I met a lot of people that impacted my life while there, including my first trainer who happened to be one of my District Leaders and really good friends. He was also the one who encouraged me to start running. So I blame him for all of this!
- My biggest accomplishment in my bigger days (meaning, when I was fat) was winning a Truffle Shuffle competition. I’m still proud of that, though one probably
- I’ve had over 15+ parakeets that I’ve owned over my lifetime. They are by far my favorite pet. But, at the same as I’ve grown I’ve realized how noisy and messy they are. So now I just love them through books and Google searches.
- Nothing annoys me more than clowns. Seriously. They don’t scare me at all. But, they sure as heck annoy me to no end. I find nothing funny or charming about them. I just don’t want to be bothered by them.
- My middle name of Snow doesn’t come from the white stuff outside during the winter months, it’s a family name. I am a great grandson of Lorenzo Snow. One of the early Mormon prophets of the LDS Church. If you look at pictures of me and Grandpa Snow you’ll notice we have the same earlobes.
- My first ever race actually was three years before my first 5K. I got talked into doing a 10K back in the summer of 2007. I had NOOOOOOOO idea what a 10K was and literally trained running (walking) on a treadmill no longer than a mile or mile and a half? I was dead last, it took me just over two hours and I vowed to myself NEVER to try that again. I’m glad I didn’t keep that promise.
- I am a quarter Greek and dang proud of it. My Grandma is full blooded Greek. And, it’s something she always shared with us, whether it was cooking Greek food or talking about her time in the homeland. We even have relatives still in Greece we communicate and visit with. My goal in life is to visit the homeland and my family there!
- I hate my hair. I have the thickest and most luscious hair in my family and I would prefer to shave it then maintain it. This of course drives my poor mother crazy. But, while I hate my hair I also have aspirations to grow it for a long period of time … for religious reasons.
- As a kid I was overly obsessed with killer whales. Shamu was my idol. Every summer we went to southern California and the trip was never complete without a trip to Disneyland … AND … SeaWorld. I was the kid that would draw whales, dolphins and penguins constantly on homework, paper and sometimes even the walls. My dream as a kid was to be a killer whale trainer. And, then, well … I watched Blackfish.
- When it comes to the BIG rivalry question … BYU or UTAH, the answer is always now … neither. I grew up a Ute fan, but ended up at Southern Utah for my undergrad. I will always be a T-Bird at heart. And, for as much as I try I just can’t root for BYU. I can’t … it’s basically against my religion at this point.
- I flunked gym class in 7th grade. I flunked for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that I was always the last one to finish the mile and half run. I often wonder now what my placement would be among those classmate today?
- I also flunked Special Ed Social Skills. Go figure? I have theories about why that was … but … yeah, how many people can claim they failed that kind of class?
- I really kinda hate movies, I wrote about it here on my personal blog. But, seriously, if you want to go see a movie with me and it’s a super hero movie be ready to pay for me. But, I will say this … I actually enjoyed the Dark Knight trilogy. That I could stand.
- I am a huge Utah Jazz fan and when I was a kid my Dad played what he thought was a harmless April Fools joke and told me that Jazz were moving to Las Vegas. I cried. And, by cried, I mean, I UGLY cried for a good 5-10 minutes. After that I did the April Fools jokes around the house.
- While we’re on the topic of sports fandom. It gets complicated when it comes to rooting for sports teams for me. I am a diehard Jazz fan as well as a Clippers fan. And, I have been since the early 90s (big Danny Manning fan). When it comes to baseball it’s the Giants first and then the Cubs, Mets and every California team except the Dodgers. I just can’t come to root for the Dodgers. Football it’s the Niners first and then once they’re out of playoff contention whatever storyline I like better. So … yeah … there you go.
- I once got slow clapped by Richard Simmons in his exercise studio. I probably hold too much stock in this memory, but it was right after losing 100lbs. He found out about my weight loss after my aunt told him before the class started. I love this memory just for the fact that I got slow clapped by a celebrity.
- I have never broken a bone in my body … which I feel like typing and knocking on wood at the same time. But, I have blown out my knee. It was at my best friend’s wedding as I went after the garter. Luckily, I got it. Mainly because I rolled right over it. So I guess you could say I have still never CAUGHT the garter at a wedding.
- Sometimes people think I am indifferent about life when they don’t know me. But, when you get to know me better you’ll understand my philosophy in life is to not worry about things out of my control. I am pretty sure if I lived in the 60s and 70s I would have been a hippy.
- On a related note, I am a yellow-blue-white personality (like basically equal in all three) with a sliver of red. I was tested about 10 years ago, but I am pretty sure I have more red in me now. But, still, that gives you a better glimpse of my personality according to the Color Code.
- My biggest claim to fame is being the lead story for the Channel 2 and 5 newscast a couple years ago. Luckily, it wasn’t for anything bad. And, quite honestly, I was surprised it got much media attention at all. But, it was a mere suggestion I made on the SLC Marathon Facebook page to wear green at the SLC Marathon in support of the Boston Marathon bombings. It was a crazy day.
- My dream race is to run the Athens Marathon in Greece. My Grandma was Greek and the homeland will always hold a dear place in my heart. We even still have family we communicate with over there. Most of my family have visited them, but I need to get over there soon!
- Each birthday and Christmas my Grandma and I would exchange cards that usually included a picture of someone mooning the recipient. We had a very interesting relationship based on mutual respect, a wicked sense of humor and pickles. I miss her daily.
- I have counted all of the bananas that I’ve eaten this past year (well since January 1st) and I am currently (as of Thursday, August 12th at 4pm) at 663. The thought came to me … I should be hitting 666 on Friday or my birthday. YIKES!
So there you have it. Maybe you learned a thing or two about me. Maybe you didn’t? But, I am still trying to come to terms with the fact I am going to be 34 on Saturday. I feel so young, yet am so old.
Well and as my Grandma would also say, “you can’t win them all!” But, at the same time if she thought I was complaining she’d also call me a “chicken shit” … sooooooooo … I’m just going to leave it at that and enjoy my birthday!
So as part of my birthday and in conjunction with my awesome friend Elsha, who’s birthday is later this month, we are asking our friends and family to donate their birthday gifts to us to the Kyle Pease Foundation.
We are trying to raise money to buy a racing wheelchair that can be used locally for a needy assisted athlete. Basically, we want to give the gift of running to someone who would love and enjoy it. That’s why we’re doing this fundraiser.
Every dollar counts whether it’s $1, $5 or $500 we are trying to raise $1000 for a racing chair. So please consider making a donation to our cause. You can make your donation below …