Category: Are We Prepared Yet?

Be Prepared … and other stuff.

No race this past weekend. In fact, not much running at all. And, by much, I mean — none. I got some good miles in during the week, but my time and feet were used at PrepperCon this past weekend. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad — I got a lot of time and mileage on my feet walking around the South Towne Expo Center — which is great prep for this weekend’s running adventure.

If you’re not familiar with PrepperCon, it’s a preparedness convention and trade show that my family founded, created and owns. We started this three years ago and it has grown into quite a large event. We had 150+ vendors, numerous classes, tons of demonstrations, a number of celebrities and — my favorite … PrepperFash! — a prepper fashion show.

It’s been a lot of fun watching the show grow and I believe it grew to an even higher level this year. The quality was superb and the guests recognized that. The synergy and energy was fun — and far from what you would probably associate from the word “prepping.” There’s very little of the associated doom and gloom, the focus is on food storage, sustainability, emergency kits and protection for the individual and family.

Throughout the weekend I played host of PrepperCon Live! via Facebook Live. Honestly, it was a role that was just kind of thrown on me on Thursday. And, I just kind of went with it. And, I won’t lie — it was fun.

We broadcast a couple panels, gave updates and then I also interviewed David Holladay — one of my favorite prepping people — who fed me a mouse head! YES! A MOUSE HEAD! His expertise is finding food sources off the land. He also let me try some herbs, nuts, berries and leaves. It was a cool experience and — yeah — I ate a mouse head.

You’ll have to watch the video …

Anyways, I also bought WAY too much stuff over the weekend as well. I bought a new backpack for my ultrarunning. Since I have the Salt Flats 50K this weekend I wanted a smaller and sleeker bag that I could tow my needed food and equipment in, especially since rain is very possible. I also got some water filter straws, a new knife and a solar powered USB charger.

Lots of fun stuff.

My focus this week is to get one more 3-4 mile run in before my races this weekend. I have the Salt Flats 50K on Friday and then the Tulip Festival Half on Saturday. The goals are to complete both. I want to do the 50K within 10 hours and then I don’t care much on the Tulip Festival time goal. I know it’ll at least be three hours. It should be a nice brisk walk depending on how fresh my legs feel the morning of the race.

We’ll see.

That’ll be 43.3 miles or so of running for the weekend. I won’t lie — I’m half tempted to round it up to 50 miles. But, 6.7 miles is much longer than running around a tree a few laps to round up your Garmin. But, we’ll see. Depending on how I feel — I would love to round it up.

I’m just exciting to run both of these races. They’re both races I’ve wanted to run for a while. I’ve always wanted to run the salt flats and the tulip gardens. It should be a long slow, but fun adventure. And, I’ll check in one more time before my races with my weekly numbers, etc.


This is the gun that I’ve been looking for … I found C3PO’s gun! #preppercon

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Bought myself a $10 knife. I call him Stabby McStabface. #preppercon

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Rockin’ it like a hurricane! 132MPH wind in the Hurricane Simulator! Wow! #preppercon

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Even Trish was impressed with my new knife Stabby McStabface! #preppercon

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The brains behind the operation. #preppercon

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#FitnessFriday: A Midnight Run, Pokemon Go and some Whole30 fun …

FRIDAY, FRIDAY, FRIDAY! I haven’t been this excited for Friday — since — last Friday! I definitely work for the weekend. It’s been a good and productive week, but I am ready for a reprieve. And, summer weekends are the best at providing that.

It’s actually been a really good week — had a few really good runs. Not so much the physically great, but the emotionally great runs. I had a double run day on Monday and then did a couple of miles yesterday while also doing some needed circuit training in the days between my running days.

Then tonight I am racing the Utah Midnight Run in Farmington, doing some running tomorrow morning and then mowing the lawn. I know I should really add mowing as a workout — but, I do. When I do the whole lawn it’s about 3.5 miles of walking. It’s a great workout. Now if I could just run and mow at the same time that’d be ideal.

I am really starting to focus on my 50 miler in October (October 21-22). Like, getting excited about it and planning out my race plan. I am in the process of organizing my crew, meals and schedule. I don’t want to do overdo the planning, but this being my first 50 miler — I kinda think I should? It’s the prepper in me I guess?

I’ve already started making a list of food I’ll need (want) to get for the race. As expected bananas are pretty much on the top of that list along with grapes, pretzels and canned potatoes. I know canned potatoes sound nasty, but during a long arduous run there is nothing better than canned potatoes dipped in salt. Seriously. It saved my life last year at the Antelope Island 50K.

So, yeah, I’ll need plenty of that in my life when October comes.

Anyways — I am going to be blogging more about that all next week or so. So stay tuned for that. But, if you are interested in crewing or pacing me, let me know? I am thinking of getting a crew of 3-4, but if I can find a big vehicle — let’s make the party bigger, right?

Anyways, stay tuned next week for more on all of that. Just know, I am getting really excited for October!

So it should be a good weekend coming ahead. Lots of running, family time and SUMMER loving! But, make sure to come back tomorrow for my race pictures of tonight’s race and my Whole30 results from my second round!

Make it a great weekend! Go running!


125-Utah Midnight Run Legacy

Wow, only 55 more races until I hit my goal. It’s really hard to believe that tonight’s Utah Midnight Run will be my 125th race! That’s 25 races just in the past year. Which has been pretty much my pace since 2012.

People ask me why I race so much. The first answer is well — because I love it. I obviously wouldn’t be doing it this much if I didn’t love it. But, also, because I want to get as many of my races done (if not all) before I settle down, get married, have those kid things and all that jazz. Because, I know with great responsibility comes a lot less running.

Anyways — I am looking forward to tonight’s race. This is my fifth year running this specific race in Farmington. The original one. There is another Utah Midnight Run in Provo and I ran that last year. But, ever since 2012 I have ran this race. I’ve had some up and down experiences with it.

It was the first race I ran after my first marathon. I had some pretty nasty shin splints the first couple of miles to deal with during the race. Not fun. It was also the first race I puked during back in 2014. I was pacing and just got — sick. I felt better eventually, especially after barking at some spiders. But, it wasn’t fun. It was just too hot for my liking.

But, races like last year’s were a lot of run. I ran with Tim and pretty much had a party and a half. We swept the course of runners and glowsticks. We made some pretty fun glowstick get ups from all the fallen ones. It was a great time.

So, with the race — I am not sure what to expect? I am not sweeping it. I am just running it. Well, I am actually using it as a training run. Because then tomorrow morning I am going to run 3-5 miles to get some good fatigue training in. But, I won’t lie — I’m half to tempted to turn the run into a hike. I’m kinda craving a hike.

But, I digress.

If you’re going to be there tonight, come say hi! Jim and I are recording an episode of the Runcast during packet pick up! And, if you are the first person to come say “I PARKED THE CAR IN HARVARD YARD” you’ll get a free entry into the East Canyon Marathon (August 27).

So who’s running with me tonight?


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Okay, we were going to post this last week before the servers over on PodBash crashed thanks to an awesome day of listening (really this is a good problem to have).

This has pushed back the Runcast to July 29th. Why two weeks? Because, “Are We Prepared, Yet?” will be returning next Friday (July 22nd) to the Friday circuit. Schwendy and I recorded this past week — and it’s a good episode. I’m excited to launch it next Friday.

But, give listen to the newest episode of Addict II Athlete. This is a great story. And, please if it strikes a chord with you — share it. You know never know who you are going to inspire to make the change they need to make in their life.


PHATGRAMS

I just had one of the scariest experiences this morning — and I’m not afraid to chalk it up to the paranormal. When walking from my room to upstairs this morning I heard something in the family room near the grandkids’ toys, etc. I walked in to inspect the noise thinking it could be the turtle’s filter going out or something. Nope. It was my toy horse Clip Clop swaying by itself and “clopping” as it does when ridden. But, that wasn’t the worse part! After a few seconds of trying to process what was going on — IT NAYED! The only time it nays is when it’s ridden long and hard (TWSS) for an extended period of time! After it nayed it stopped. It’s never done this and I’ve had since I was a toddler — so about 30-33 years? WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! #paranormal #horse

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Oh look, I got one of those things. #ihavenoideawhatimdoing #butthisisfun #pokemongo

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When autocorrect makes you giggle like a schoolgirl. #polemoms #gottacatchemall

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I think I was just crowned Prom King by the munchkin? #nowwhatdoido? #calliekoko #unclejosher

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Well, today is my LAST day of my second round of Whole — which means tomorrow is my weigh-in! I’m eager to see my progress. Also a little nervous.

Mainly nervous because I don’t want to be disappointed. But, I shouldn’t be. I’ve been spot on with the diet plan, I feel great and I am looking thinner. So, really I shouldn’t be disappointed.

I am trying not to go into the weigh-in with an expected number. Part of me wants to lose another 17.8lbs. But, I feel that wasn’t the case this go around. Ideally, I’d like to be in the 240s. But, what if I am not? What if I am at 250.1?

I don’t want to go away from the weigh-in disappointed, because that’d still be 13lbs. dropped since June 15th.

You see why the Whole30 only has you step on the scale after your 30 days is over? There’s wisdom in it. Otherwise this madness would be an everyday thing. But, that’s a post for another day.

I am not going to delve into too much more — because I am going to share my results on the blog tomorrow after my weigh-in. PLUS — next week I am going to share some of my thoughts on the Whole30 diet plan.

I wanted to write it after my first round, but felt that getting two rounds of Whole30 would give me a bit more insight. So, stay tuned for that around Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Anyways — DEEP BREATH — we shall see what tomorrow brings.



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Phat Tuesday Matters & Such

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I feel like a bum. I wasn’t able to get my long run in like I had hoped on Saturday. And, by long run — I mean any run. This past weekend — and subsequent week are crazy busy leading up to PrepperCon on Friday and Saturday.

Plus, on top of that, I am taking Thursday and Friday off of work, so I am working ahead as much as I can. Busy, busy, busy.

But, I also figured I’d merge my long runs for this week and next week into one run. I am going into work later tomorrow morning so I am going to try to get at least 9-10 miles in before work. That will hopefully give me the miles I need and burn off some of the craziness of the week.

I am going to TRY to get some miles in on Saturday, but since I’ll be at PrepperCon most of the day I might not be able to. But, I am staying at a hotel down near the South Towne Expo Center — I am kinda hoping they have a treadmill. Because they do, I’ll have to try to get some miles in.

But, we’ll see.

The focus is still working towards Provo City in less than a month. I am just trying not to completely derail my training this week. So, I am fitting my workouts and runs within the cracks wherever I kind fit them in.

But, I am really, really excited for this week. I love PrepperCon and my family has put a lot of time and effort into making this MUCH better than last year’s event. We’ve got hurricane simulators, classes, vendors and a lot of other fun entertainment.

Since this week is rather crazy, don’t expect a big post on Friday. In fact, it might just be my numbers and not much else. I’ll owe you all a big post next Monday.

HAPPY TUESDAY! HAPPY RUNNING! HAPPY PREPPING!


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PREPPERCON! PREPPERCON! PREPPERCON! That’s all that’s been talked about in our family the past couple of weeks — well, okay — new babies have been a big topic as well. But, as noted above, other posts and all over my Facebook profile — PrepperCon is happening this Friday (4/15) and Saturday (4/16) at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.

This is the second annual PrepperCon and after last year’s success we’re looking for another BIG crowd this weekend. And, we’re growing! Last year we took up on hall — this year we are taking two halls! Plus, we’re expecting about 15-18,000 guests (compared to 12,000). It’s going to be a lot of fun!

This isn’t your typical Preparedness Expo — it’s all things preparedness, sure. But, we’ve got classes, entertainment, a fashion show, a hurricane simulator, TONS of vendors (from guns to gardening) … just to name a few. Think — preparedness expo meets Comic Con.

Last weekend, Schwendy and I met interviewed Scott, CEO of PrepperCon (and my brother-in-law), on Are We Prepared, Yet? about what you can expect at this year’s event. Give it a listen …


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Last weekend, I continued my quest to find the best nachos in Utah. This go around I decided to (try to) settle the debate of Cafe Rio vs. Costa Vida. A raging debate here in Utah. When it comes to our fast casual Mexican food — we are definitely a state divided.

I decided to try both nachos simultaneously to not just grade for the blog, but against each other. Costa Vida came up on top by two points over Cafe Rio. It was close — but, there were definitely differences that gave the win to Costa Vida. Namely the added queso on the Costa Vida chips.

But, I will say this — I much prefer the pork from Cafe Rio than Costa Vida. The sweet pork from Costa Vida is just that — too sweet for me. Luckily, the queso helps cut some of that sweetness.

If you’re interested in reading my review you can read it here on my Nacho Busqueda bloggy blog.


PHATGRAMS

Papou meets grandchild #5 … #papou #thaliagrace

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As much as I love my family — sadly — we are a house divided. #burritos4life

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I have been domesticated and have made dinner within a crockpot. #crockpottingitfordinner

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Dez kids. #elijees #sweetcheeks #calliekoko #favoriteuncle

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This kid rarely opens her eyes, but when she does … it’s usually to pass gas. #thaliagrace #unclejoshuwallatime

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I’m already putting my new lunchbox to work. #mybuddylunchbox

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Total 2016 Miles

RUNNING MILES

75.9 miles

RACE MILES

38.6 miles

WALKING MILES

428.7 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

543.2 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2123.8



Daily Shorts.fw

  • It’s been really fun to follow the Golden State Warriors in their chase for 73 wins. They are such an entertaining team to watch play — it’s all just beautiful basketball. The crazy thought is conceivably they could have already been there by now if it wasn’t for a couple bad losses of late. Could you imagine this team with a record of 75-7? Crazy — 73-9 will be crazy enough if they get past the Grizzlies tomorrow night (which they should).
  • I actually really like this idea — not sure if it would change people’s eating habits … but I am dying to find out how long it would take me to burn off some nachos.
  • This is the kind of world we live in — not sure, if this guy was the one who labeled his coffee with the title or if it was an errand boy, but if it’s the latter — I wouldn’t be surprised. People want attention in this world and they’ll do anything for their (more than often pathetic) 15 seconds of fame.
  • Oh heavens, when I was a kid one of my favorite TV shows was Mr. Belvedere. This is a fun blast from the past.
  • Okay, while we are on the topic of childhood favorites — Newsies. And, you know right now half of the soundtrack is going through your head (welcome me later).
  • This is interesting — I didn’t know mile races were a thing around the country? Apparently so? Either way — I think it’s about time there’s one (or two or ten) here in Utah!
  • There is a reason why my Walmart goldfish usually end up dead within six months — because I’d never consider putting them under the knife like these folks.
  • I won’t lie — I kinda want this house. Well, apartment. Isn’t that cool? It’s like a Transformer in disguise.
  • Ummmmmmmm … awkward.
  • This is a good little ditty and reminder of foods you should eat before and after your workouts. I’m filing this under things I should know.
  • I’m not much of a dog person — but, if I was, it’d definitely get myself a corgi. That’s one reason why I love this so much!
  • Give me avocados, or give me death.

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Friday Matters: Cranking up the miles, getting prep’d and mourning a loss on my race schedule …

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Every year as the calendar and seasons go into spring — I am always reminded how much I love this weather. There’s something wonderfully renewing about Spring that rejuvenates my goals and resolutions better than New Years.

But, for someone who loathes the snow — spring weather — is simply the best. Whether it’s the cool morning weather, spring showers or small glimpses of summer … I love it all (I feel like I just wrote a commercial for Irish Spring soap?).

And, with each passing day — I am getting closer to the race schedule. I am less than a month away from the Provo City Half (May 7) and I feel ready. I’m working the hills of Bountiful to my benefit — basically earning my downhill. It’s just a matter of my stamina and getting the weight off that I want/need.

But, I am looking further than just May 7th. As much as I am preparing myself for Provo City — I have my eye on the goal of the whole racing season — my 50 miler on October. That’s my goal — that’s what all my effort is leading towards — and I’m getting there.

I am trying not to let the frustration of now distract or deter me from the goal of tomorrow. I know, and trust, the process of my training. I have a plan and I am working towards it.

I am extremely excited — I feel like the challenge to prepare myself for this ultra, is not just desired, but needed. I need this challenge. I need this obstacle — especially — the obstacles I’ll encounter from here until the finish line.

The same feeling I had building up to my first marathon is back. I’ve gotten this feeling a couple times since my first marathon some four years ago. It’s a good sign that I am needing and ready for a challenge. A challenge both physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Anyways — I am looking forward to my weekend. Not only is it going to be spent preparing for PrepperCon next Friday and Saturday, but I am looking forward to my therapeutic training run. The weather looks ideal for a long run.

I was wanting to run down a canyon — but, I am going to stay close to home again. I want to get about 9 miles — so I am going to run my Bountiful Temple Loop again. But, this time, I am NOT going UP 400 North. I think I’ve earned the right to down it, right?

FUN TIMES! GOOD RUNS! HOORAY FOR THE WEEKEND!


GOODBYE VIGOR MY OLD FRIEND …

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So my best friend is getting married in May — initially — it was pitted for May 20th. A Friday — no problem. But, recently, he informed me the date was changed to May 14th — a week earlier. In the normal world this wouldn’t be a problem. But, as runner — yeaaaaaaaah — big problem. I was already registered for the Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon that day.

For most races — this wouldn’t be THAT big of a deal — but, this is one of my favorite races, down one of my favorite canyons. And, the wedding begins at 11am. So there would be no way I could run it, get home, change and then get to the temple.

Well, unless I was an elite runner. Or sub-two half marathoner. But, that’s a post for another day.

There’s no question where my priorities lay — I am going to wedding. I am the best man after all — and we’ve been friends pretty much since we were toddlers.

But, I won’t lie — I am bummed to have to miss out on this race. It really, really, really is one of my favorites. But, it’s not a total loss — I am running the Big Cottonwood Marathon (September 10) and the Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (June 11) … so I’ll get plenty of time with the canyon.

But, still.

I am lucky that I am able to transfer my bib — and I am selling it. Sooooo — if you’re interested in running the Vigor BC Half on May 14th … let me know. I’m interested in getting an Ogden bib — so if you have one or want to buy me one — let’s talk! I might even throw in some wedding cake as part of the trade?

Don’t worry though — I will be back in 2017! And, if I’m the one getting married next May — I’ll protect that date with my life!


ST. GEORGE OR BUST!

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Well, to counter the disappointment of having to drop Vigor BC Half — I did register for the St. George Marathon (October 1) on Tuesday! I have a guaranteed entry since I did the Runner Series — so no lottery for me this year.

This will be my third St. George Marathon and 10th life-time marathon. It will also be one of three ultra training races leading up to the Pony 50 (October 21-22). I’ll also be sweeping the Big Cottonwood Marathon (September 10) and running the Huntsville Marathon (September 24).

So — a marathon every other week. That both frightens and excites me a bit. I know I can do it as long as I put my trust in training and being consistent. Luckily, I am sweeping Big Cottonwood — and I am not planning on racing hard at Huntsville. It’s all about getting time on my feet.

St. George is one of my favorite marathons. There’s nothing better than running amongst all the red rocks — it’s heaven to me.

ST. GEORGE OR BUST, BABY! 


PREPPERCON 2016

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PREPPERCOOOOOOOON!!! I’m getting really excited for next week’s PrepperCon. Not just because I have a hand in the weekend, but because it’s really, really fun. AND — this year — it’s going to be much more epic.

Not only will a lot of the same vendors, booths and entertainment be back — but, it will be bigger (we’re taking up two halls, not just one) and more fun. There will be a hurricane simulator there that will let you experience the 100+ mph winds you would encounter in a hurricane.

Trust me, it’s pretty dang cool.

Not only will I be there all weekend long like a chicken with it’s head chopped off — but, I also will be helping to man the Bugout Run booth again. It’s going to be a lot of fun — celebrities, classes, entertainment, etc., etc., etc.

PrepperCon is next Friday and Saturday (April 15-16) at the South Towne Expo Center and you can buy tickets now — here.


ARE WE PREPARED, YET?

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This episode Schwendy and I interview Scott Stallings — CEO of PrepperCon (and my brother-in-law). We talk about the convention, what got him into prepping, the stigmas that come with prepping and everything in between.

Basically, get excited for PrepperCon happening next weekend at the South Towne Expo Center (April 15-16)!

Give it a listen here …


PHATGRAMS

Someone is treating my lap like a five-star hotel mattress. #thaliagrace #prouduncle

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During my walk at lunch today I came across this banana. If I didn’t know better … it looks like a trap. #bananatrap

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

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COMMENTARY: I feel really good about this week’s numbers — I had a couple really good workouts and an awesome run on Tuesday night. I would have liked to get another run yesterday, but had a pretty long 7am-11pm day. Either way, I am going in the right direction.

My current goal right now is to get under 270 by Provo City on May 7 — so basically a month to lose another 7-8lbs (or more). Doable and attainable. I am not sure what to expect next week with PrepperCon — I am going to have to do my long run mid-week since I will be running around Thursday through Saturday. 

I am going to squeeze it in somewhere, but next week won’t be a normal week for me — the goal will be to maintain or lose, not necessarily lose big. But, who knows? If that happens — I’d be surprisingly happy with it.

Anyways — good numbers heading into the weekend! 

WEIGHT: 276.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.4%
BMI: 31.7
WAIST: 45.4″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (4/1/16)

WEIGHT: 279.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 32.0
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (4/8/16)

WEIGHT: 276.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.4%
BMI: 31.7
WAIST: 45.4″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: – 2.5 LBS.
BODY FAT%: – 0.3%
BMI: – 0.3
WAIST: – 0.2″
ARMS: -0.2″
THIGHS: 0.0″



Daily Shorts.fw


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My favorite temple run, surprises on Antelope Island and much, much more …

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What a fun weekend! And, I mean a — FUN — weekend! I ended up calling a few audibles But, thats okay, everything worked out the way I wanted it to — maybe even better?

Saturday was a pretty loooooooong day. It started with a 4am wake up call — after about two hours of sleep. If that. I wasn’t getting up early for a race or even to run — but, I was meeting up with Elsha on Antelope Island to surprise our friend, Marisa, with a racing cart for her daughter.

If you recall, last August, Elsha and I raised money for our birthday month to buy two racing carts through the Kyle Pease Foundation. We gifted one to our friend Carl and his son — and this other one we wanted to gift to Marisa and her daughter.

It’s taken us a while to get her the cart for one reason or the other — but, we decided the best way was to surprise her at the start of the Buffalo Run before her first 50 miler. So that was the game plan.

We enlisted the help of some of our other running friends to make sure she was where we needed her to be so we could surprise her. We didn’t bring the cart with us — but, instead wrote a letter. So after Jim (the RD) was done giving instructions to the runners … we slipped her the letter.

It was an emotional and powerful moment. She wasn’t expecting the surprise — and it was probably a bit too heavy of a surprise RIGHT before her 50 miler. But, we couldn’t wait any longer, especially with the spring here and the opportunity for her and Corina to go outside and run passing her by.

It was a neat moment and I am excited to see Marisa and Corina out on the roads throughout the racing season. That’s why Elsha and I did this fundraiser — we wanted to give the gift of running to those that needed it the most.

After the surprise and as Marisa and others left the starting line for their race, Elsha and I left. The original plan after the surprise was for me to run back over the causeway to my car. Which is about a 7-8 mile run. It was exactly what my training called for — so it was a great plan.

The only problem was — it was a quarter past 6am at this point, still pitch black and rather windy and cold. And, I wasn’t really prepared for that — plus, I am a wimp when it comes to the wind and cold. Sooooo — I easily talked myself out of that plan. I decided to head home instead and run around Bountiful.

Since I needed a run between 7-8 miles — I knew immediately which route I was going to take. My infamous UPHILL loop towards the Bountiful and back home. This route is brutal. And, I mean BRUTAL!

The first 3-4 miles is along Davis Blvd. which is hilly in it’s own right — but, then when the street ends at 400 N. it turns right UP towards the temple. This isn’t some easy breezy uphill stretch — it’s about a 800ft climb within 3/4 of a mile. The perfect mental/physical run in my book.

So, I set out to tackle that course. A much more extreme route than a relatively flat causeway course on Antelope Island. But, it was the kind of run I needed. Plus, it was such a perfect day for a run like that — not too hot, but warm enough to not be freezing.

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Plus, I always love running past the temple — not just when it’s right in front of me, but throughout my whole run. From when I can see it sitting on the bench in a distant landscape to the quick glimpses I get throughout the run as I get closer. It’s such a gorgeous building and an inspiration to me.

Once I climbed 400 North I stopped at the apex of the hill near the temple to refuel and just take in the moment. I always do that during these runs — it’s a moment for me to marvel at the architecture and to reminisce about it’s role in my fitness and weight-loss journey.

A few years ago when I would run past the temple — it was always a reminder to me about my faith and desires of what I wanted in live. And, after many, many, many of those runs the temple was an inspiration to me to fix those things in my life that kept me from those goals.

And, it’s because of that inspiration that I like to run this route — especially in those moments when I need a little inspiration, insight or motivation. Especially when you couple that with a nasty uphill climb. There’s something about wearing down the physical body that allows the spirit to take charge — that promotes inspiration.

Anyways — it was a great run for those reasons.

Physical wise … I am getting stronger. I don’t have a specific pace goal, but I know the more I run the hills of Bountiful, the stronger I will get. That’s really my ultimate goal. I don’t have realistic expectations for PRs this year. This year is about strengthening the core, rebuilding my stamina and tackle the St. George Marathon and Pony Express 50 Miler in October.

2017 will be about speed. That’s the plan.

Anyways — it was a great weekend with many moments of inspiration, motivation and retrospection. Plus, a great weekend spent with friends doing good, baking cookies and watching the U play in March Madness.

But, I’m not going to talk about that — oh, Utah.

Looking for a great week! Especially now that Spring is officially here!

WOOT, WOOT!


DROP 13 GIVEAWAY!

The Runcast USA is teaming up with On Hill Events and Boot Camp KYT to give away an entry to the Drop 13 Half Marathon and a running/strength training fitness plan this week.

This is one of my favorite races — for many reasons. For one, I love Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s seriously one of my favorite places to run around here in Salt Lake. Plus, the Drop 13 Half — is pretty much a straight DROP down the canyon. It’s fast. And, it’s fun!

I’m running it again this year not only to run fast and free, but as motivation to keep training and run off some weight. This is one reason why we’re giving away this entry.

To enter just read the caption on the post …

GIVEAWAY TIME! Did you know that you can earn TWO extra medals at the Drop 13 Salt Lake – Half Marathon happening this…

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RUNNING MILES

56.3 miles

RACE MILES

35.5 miles

WALKING MILES

331.99 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

423.79 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2243.21


PHATGRAMS

Just as an FYI — if you have been following me on @joshuwalla, I have switched that handle over to a new account. I am just cleaning up my IG a bit and it was much easier doing a new account then going through all my followers on the old account.

I have the old account still up — and probably will forever — as @joshuwalla2 (original I know). So, if you’re following the old account and still want to follow me on the new account … with the old handle … follow me (again).

My head hurts explaining all of that.

Climbing, climbing, climbing … one step at a time. #earningmydownhill #running #provoorbust

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The T-Rex is sporting my gift — such a stud. #babytrex #favoriteuncle

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RUNCAST USA, ARE WE PREPARED, YET? AND ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCASTS

Just a reminder that the Pod Bash episodes will resume this week — with a new Addict II Athlete and Are We Prepared, Yet? episode. We’re talking about PrepperCon on AWPY? … and the second episode of AIIA is BEYOND awesome.

The response to the AIIA Podcast has been phenomenal! Great numbers — great, great numbers! Keep listening and keep getting inspired!

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#running #fitness #workout #health #fitnessquotes #quotes @wasatch.run @joshruns180 @joshuwalla

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Fight4Phat: Fightin’ and actually seeing some results!

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What a great week — especially leading into a great weekend! I am very excited for this weekend for a number of reasons. I think the exciting news is that I am actually starting to see progress with my weight-loss.

It’s been a month or so of tweaking diets, workout regimes and runs to come up with something that works with my body. Thyroids are tricky things — but the more I’ve read and learned — and tried — I am starting to see results (this week’s progress numbers are below).

In addition to the scaled success — I am just excited Daylight Savings Time is in full-swing. This is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year — the extra hour of sunlight after work does wonders for me. Especially when I get outside and run. I need the sun.

On the contrary — my least favorite week of the year is when Daylight Savings Time ends. It does a number on me. Doesn’t help the anxiety losing that hour of sunlight. In fact, more often than not — I’ll have at least one panic attack the following week after the change. But, that’s a story for another time.

Tomorrow — I am excited about my long run — I am heading out to Antelope Island and running the causeway. Which will be about a 7-8 mile run (depending on where I start). It’s also the Antelope Island Buffalo Run and I have a number of friends running the 50 miler and 50K — odds are I’ll go say hello at some of the aid stations.

Running and friends is always a great combination.

My sister-in-law should be popping any day now with child — so I should be an uncle once again here soon! I love being an uncle — it’s great practice for my future kids. But, then again — I don’t plan on sugaring and riling up my own kids. That’s only a task an uncle can do.

Anyways — for her own good — I hope she has this kid soon.

But, it’s been a great week — spring is here and I am in the full swing of my half marathon training for Provo in May. I am feeling much better about my progress, especially as some of this weight drops — it’s been such a worry for me lately just to find a solution. I am very optimistic this is a good path.

Welp, I think that’s it for me! Have a great weekend! Go for a run — have some fun! And, enjoy it!

PROVO OR BUST! 


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With the passing of Jimmy Chunga’s father this past week — all of the Pod Bash shows have been postponed until next week. This includes Are We Prepared, Yet?, Runcast USA and the new Addict II Athlete.

Next Friday a new Addict II Athlete will debut — then on April 1st the latest Are We Prepared, Yet? episode will run. A new Runcast USA will debut on April 8th. Sorry for the delays, but please be understanding of the situation.

Best wishes and sympathies to Chunga and his family.

Tune in next week!


PHATGRAMS

Getting some snuggle time with this lil’ dinosaur! #babytrex #uncletime

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually — this has been a good week. I made my diet and workout regime change. Well, the workout regime didn’t change … much. But, the diet did.

I mainly switched my protein shakes, am watching my added sugar intake and have added a few supplements to my diet plan. Mainly garcinia cambogia, forskolin and magnesium. And, I am starting to see some results!

The goal is to aid the thyroid and promote fat burning and weight-loss. It’s pretty well documented that the combination of garcinia cambogia and forskolin are great for weight-loss. The magnesium is mainly for the thyroid — I am not sure if I am getting ENOUGH — and I want to make sure that I am. So I am taking an magnesium only supplement.

The plan is to stick with this for about six weeks — so until about … um … the end of April, early May. Just in time for the Provo City Half. I am hoping to drop a good 15lbs. between now and then.

We shall see … we’re going in the right direction … so that’s good!

WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
BMI: 32.9
WAIST: 45.8″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (3/11/16)

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (3/18/16)

WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
BMI: 32.9
WAIST: 45.8″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: -3.1 LBS.
BODY FAT%: -0.3%
BMI: -0.2
WAIST: -0.2″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″



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Since I made of list of ‘shorts’ yesterday in celebration of March Madness — I’m not posting a Daily Shorts here — you can read the list of 68 shorts … HERE.

Enjoy.


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Fight4Phat Friday: Time to double down on this fight …

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I won’t lie — kinda bummed that I don’t have a race this weekend. I was so excited about my half marathon last weekend that the excitement has kinda carried over into this week — with nothing to give it.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I have no race and it’s going to get tricky getting a long run in tomorrow — because, I am attending the UCAP (Utah Coalition Against Pornograpy) Conference at the Salt Palace tomorrow. Pretty much all day tomorrow — 8am-5pm basically.

My sister and brother-in-law got involved in UCAP this past year and invited me along to the conference. It’s a cause I strongly believe in — for many reasons. Plus, Elder Holland from the LDS Church is speaking — and well, Elder Holland just speaks to my soul. So how could I bypass the opportunity to listen to him speak?

In addition to Elder Holland’s keynote speech, there are a number of other workshops and speakers. It should be really good — I am looking forward to it.

Since it is taking up most of my day — odds are my long run will be in the evening. Either that or I am going to have to break it up into a morning/evening run. I have to be down at the Salt Palace by 7am, so I’ll have to get crafty.

If I was going for pace — I’d do all of my miles together. But, since I am really just worried about miles, I don’t care how they come — as long as I get them in. So a 2-3 morning run at 5am and 3-4 miles in the evening might be what I’m doing?

Stay tuned.

Really, anything that furthers my weight-loss and running further is what I’m after. I’d love to run outside if I can — but, odds are — it’ll be on the treadmill. Which is fine since I have a few stories to catch up on, on Netflix.

But, next week — I’m running outside! With the switch of the clock on Sunday, I am using that extra hour of sunlight to my advantage. I’m tempted to run every day next week just out of sheer excitement. I love Daylight Savings Time.

Anyways — I’m still trucking along and focused towards the Provo City Half on May 7th. I’ve got a lot of training miles before then — so really, it’s just one foot in front of the other while fighting to get my body prepared — legs, weight and heart.

PROVO OR BUST!


ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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I am SO excited about this podcast — it’s been a month or so in the making, but it’s here! I am firm believer in the mission and purpose of Addict II Athlete — I am in awe of the athletes and, especially, their stories.

When we interviewed them on the Runcast in January — I was taken aback, by the power and serenity of their message and stories. It was raw, it was real. This podcast will provide those same elements.

This is the kind of podcast that’s perfect to listen to while on the treadmill or out on a run. It will change your relationship with running as well — because, it changed mine.

Give it a listen …


ARE WE PREPARED, YET?

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Spencer and I talk about disaster movies! We present a list of movies we want our audience to select a few movies they want us to review and critique. But, not in your typical review style — we want to know how TRULY prepared the characters and communities were for these disasters. And, of course — how you can survive a likewise disaster.

Give it a listen and let us know what movies you want us to review on our Facebook page

[LINK COMING SOON]

PHATGRAMS

These newborn baby things aren’t very entertaining 12-18 hours of the day. #babytrex #dosomething

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It’s always a treat having lunch with friends, especially when they come from Cedar to do so! #friendsarefamilyyouchoose

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Well, this was a very productive trip to Kohl’s don’t you think? #nachosocks #pizzacat #purrito

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Progress will come. I am hoping my doctor’s appointment will help answer some of the questions I’ve had with my thyroid. It was a fight to just STAY at 282 this week — and, I am fine with that. I know the effort I put into it.

My goal next week is two fold — I want to run more (naturally with DST starting on Sunday) and I am ramping up my supplements. Mainly magnesium and zinc. I don’t know if I am getting enough — so I want to increase that, just to see if there is a change.

But, the goal is to keep the weight training going — along with the running — and then just stick to the diet. Especially since next weekend is a nacho weekend. Gotta stick to it — or no nachos. That’s the rule.

Anyways — trying to stay positive — but, more than anything just anxious to get where I want to be.

WEIGHT: 282.0 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (3/4/16)

WEIGHT: 282.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.3″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (3/11/16)

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +0.1 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: 0.0″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″


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