Buggin’ out in Spanish Fork …

bountiful-bugoutWelp, what a weekend. What a fun weekend. What a fun, busy weekend. But, truly, what a weekend.

Okay of that.

But, really, what a weekend.

Our second Bugout Run was on Saturday down in Spanish Fork. We did a five mile run/hike around Spanish Fork Canyon and to the Escalante Cross. I can’t say enough of the beauty of the canyon and the view from the cross. We are truly lucky to live in such a beautiful place.


I’m the first to admit that I am a horribly neglective Utahn. I’ve never been to Lake Powell, I’ve spent minimal time hiking the red rocks of southern Utah and I’ve skiied — water or snow. I run Utah, but not much else.

See? Horrible Utahn. But, luckily for me … that’s changing.

On Friday night after weathering that horrific microburst thunderstorm (actually, it was pretty awesome) I journeyed from Bountiful to Springville to prep for the AM with Jorge. I say “prep” for the morning, but it was basically a sleepover. Granted we didn’t stay up all night watching movies or playing Nintendo, but we crashed on his couches and shared YouTube videos until we got too tired.

But, it wasn’t a sleepover.


We had a 3:30am wake up call so we could be out the door by 4am and to the canyon to set up. With it still pitch black Jorge and I grabbed our headlamps and headed up with our gear to set up the course. I won’t lie, I was a tad apprehensive because I could imagine at any moment a mountain lion jumping out and making me its’ breakfast. Luckily, that didn’t happen, but about a half mile up the trail we did some glowing green eyes in the distance that didn’t help quell those fears.

After finishing setting the course up at the Escalante Cross. Jorge told me of a shortcut that would take us down the trail back to the reservoir’s parking lot faster. I’ve been around the block long enough to know that when people say “shortcut” it really wouldn’t be a shortcut. And, it wasn’t. After the rain the night before the so-called “trail” was pretty much rocky and muddy with little foot bearing for me.


I just ended up sliding down the side of the hill on my butt and accepting the fact my shorts were going to look like I soiled myself. It didn’t help either that the awkward spider crawl I did down the hill caused a nice massive cramp in my legs midway down. Moral of the story? Don’t take any shortcut, especially from Jorge.

Once we got back from setting up some of the participants starting arriving. After trying to clean myself up some we were ready to begin. Half of the group was wanting to run the course, while a smaller part of us went for the hike. That’s the beauty of the Bugout Run, it’s tailor made for people of all fitness levels. I hiked most of the way and it was very much a challenge in it’s own right.

Before getting to the Escalante Cross we went up the canyon and climbed quite a bit in elevation. I don’t know how the others ran that part, but it was a trash kicker for sure. They were so far ahead of us that at one moment I thought we got lost. You couldn’t even hear them from a distance.


But, then we rendezvoused at our challenge point and worked together to make a stretcher out of a tarp and lumber. We had to carry an “injured” hiker about a quarter of a mile down the trail as part of our scenario. Like all our Bugout Run events there is not just a hiking/running element to it, but there’s a physical and mental challenge to each event as well.

After the challenge we hike/ran the rest of the way up to the Escalante Cross. It was beyond beautiful. The view of the Utah Valley from the cross was truly amazing. I’ve hiked areas around the Salt Lake Valley that gave me a good view of the area, but nothing so clear as from the cross.


Anyways, after taking a moment to let the scenery sink in we headed back to the parking lot. Luckily this time it wasn’t via a Jorge shortcut.

But, in all we survived. No one got eaten by a mountain lion, bitten by a snake or chased by a rabid raccoon. But, really, I think each participant came away with a new skill or at the very least an idea of how to respond to a search and rescue scenario if needed. And, that’s really the point for these runs. When you can’t rely on anyone else who else do you have?



The next event will be September 26th in Salt Lake City. The location is secret like all our events, but it will be within the Salt Lake City boundaries and basically be an “URBAN” bugout scenario. It should be pretty epic. And, like all of our Bugout Runs it will be free and you can get information on our Facebook event page here.




In addition to the Bugout Run on Saturday, we also recorded a new episode of The Utah Runcast. We tried to find a middle place to record the show and since I was coming north from Spanish Fork with Jorge, Jim met us from West Jordan in Lehi. Specifically, at the Costa Vida World Headquarters in Lehi. Still, there were no burritos or nachos involved in the recording of the podcast. Something I was admittedly disappointed about.

But, it was a good show. We had some kinks we had to work out from our first podcast. Namely it was user error. But, the past few weeks I’ve played around with Garage Band and figured out what went wrong. I am happy with the vocals that we got this go around and it shouldn’t be so echo-y.

To give you a little teaser of what to expect on this episode … we talk about how Jim put together a 100 banana salute at my 100th race. We also talked about why Jim is sporting pink hair and how much we hate cancer. We all talk about our pre-race and post-race eating habits and how I curse Jorge for introducing me to McGriddles. Seriously, it’s like the perfect combination of what I crave after a race.

There’s a lot more we talk about, especially about some up coming races … fun runs and even themed races for charity and fun. It’s a good episode. I’ll post the link to it once it goes live on Wednesday on Podgoblin.



Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 188.0 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 249.95 miles
2015 Race Miles – 266.9 miles
2015 Total Miles – 717.95 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May  97.4 miles
June  131.15 miles
July  101.65 miles
August  29.15 miles



This weekend, well more specifically this Saturday, is my birthday. My 34th birthday. Don’t start me on the fact that I am turning 34 on Saturday. I don’t feel 34 … nor act 34 (but that’s a post for another day). I am not overly anxious or fretting turning 34. I’ve actually pretty much embraced my thirties quite well. Well, except for that whole “living in your parent’s basement” part (again another post for another day). But, really, age is relative and a frame of mind.

I am excited about my race this weekend as well, because I am running the Park City Half. Our whole family is spending the weekend in Park City so they’ll be able to be there at the finish line. Remember that my Mom threw pie in my face at the finish line of my 100th race, I probably should dodge her this go around. Who knows she’ll probably throw birthday cake at me.

I joke, but I wouldn’t put it past her.

Race #103 will be a great way to celebrate my 34th birthday and I am looking forward to the R&R. I am taking work off on Friday and Monday sooooooooo … it will be extra relaxing!




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