Category: PrepperCon

RACE #143: Emigration Canyon Half Marathon

Welp, I finally got the Emigration Canyon run I’ve been wanting since at least last week. And, I can’t be any more happier with my effort AND results. It’s been a good two years since I last ran down Emigration Canyon — well okay — 18 months-ish? Whenever the Haunted Half was in 2015? Anyways — I’ve needed a good Emigration Canyon run for QUITE A WHILE.

And, I got it this past weekend.

Canyon races here in Utah have a tendency to be seen as pure downhill courses. While that may be true in some canyons and for some races — this is a different kind of race. Sure, you get some AWESOME downhill, but you’ve got to earn it first. The first 4-4.5 miles of the race are pretty much all uphill. It’s kind of a beast.

I ran this race back in 2014 so I knew what to expect. I knew it was going to suck. I knew it was going to be tough. But, I knew if I endured it well and ran it smart, the rest of the race should be a fun brisk run down the canyon.

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Even with the daunting first 4.5 miles of the race, I felt I had it in me to do really well and get the sub-three time goal, I’ve been pining for the past couple of races. I just had to be smart, be patient and keep my goal in my mind during those first few miles.

I was still trying to figure out exactly how I was tackle the climb at the starting line. I knew I was going to have to employ some sort of run/walk method. If I tried to run those first few miles I would burn out before I got to the summit. So, I had to reserve some energy, because once I hit that summit I was planning on cruising down the canyon.

So, that’s what I did. Once the gun sounded, I started doing a two minute run/one minute walk. I did that for about the first mile or so and then I did a one minute run/one minute walk. After a while it went to a 30 second run and minute and a half walk. And, when the climb was a bit too steep, it went to a nice fast mall walk.

Basically by mile 3-4 my pace was kind of all over the place.

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It was hard to gauge where I should be putting my effort and where I should be holding back so I don’t tank my later miles. So, I just kind of played if by ear and tried just listening to my body. I reached the summit (mile 4.5-ish) in about an hour and five minutes (14:27 min/mile). I didn’t know how I felt about it, but in retrospect, I was okay with the pace. Especially, considering the last 8.5 miles were much faster (.12:35 min/mile).

But, once I hit the aid station at the top of the summit, I just hit cruise control and immediately felt right at home. I was on familiar terrain. I immediately passed a couple of runners. I was a bit worried I was going out too fast — and while I thought about it, I didn’t really care. I figured my 4.5 mile warm up was enough and I’d just listen to my body the rest of the way.

Which is what I did.

I walked the aid stations and ran most of the way. There were a couple spots around miles 11 and 12 that I had to walk, but I tried to focus on my goal at hand — and that was to sub-three the race. So I pushed myself.

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The last mile was really tough on me. I was just gassed. And, part of that — meaning all — was because of fueling. I brought some Clif Bloks with me, but I figured I’d be fine with the water and Gatorade at the aid stations. The only problem was — the aid stations had only water. This threw me off, especially as we ran out of the canyon and into the warmer valley. My body needed those electrolytes.

I was worried about depletion so that is why I slowed down a bit those last couple of miles. And, because, I just didn’t have much else to give. As I turned toward the home stretch I kind of chuckled of the thought of someone carrying me across the finish line like those two runners did to the one runner in Philadelphia a couple weekends ago. But, I carried myself across the finish line and double pumped my fist when I saw the clock read 2:52:21.

I did it. I reached my goal.

And, not only did I reach my goal, but I also placed AGAIN! I was third in the Clydesdale Division! This was the second time in the past two races that I placed! This made the effort and result that much sweeter.

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As much as I am happy with the results, I know it’s just the beginning of what I want to do with my running and training. As much as I’d love to get back to my 2:08 hour PR days, now isn’t that season. I have a few ultras I am planning on running this year and ultrarunning doesn’t mix with half marathon speed training. At least for me.

But, I want to consistently get back to my 2:25-2:35 race times and I feel like I can do that with my ultrarunning hand-in-hand. It’s just a matter of continuing to train smart, continue losing weight and temper my Hashimoto’s. I know no doubt I’ll get there — and I want to be there by the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon in September.

I’ve got a lot of running coming up in the next 4-5 weeks — including my 50K at the end of the month. While my focus is on that — the Riverton Half is next week and I really want to build upon what I have right now.

Which I know I will.


MY NEXT FIVE RACES


Here’s to the Happiest of Birthdays to my dear mother. Words can’t fully express the love and admiration I have for her. She’s simply amazing. Besides ALWAYS going above and beyond what’s expected, she has the purest of hearts I know. She’s the greatest example of “The Golden Rule” in my life. I’m also grateful that she never told me what I could or couldn’t do in life. She never, and still hasn’t, put limitations on my abilities. Even when everyone else tried to. As tacky as it sounds, she gave me wings. She’s also taught me the value to fight. Seeing her fight breast cancer … AND WIN … showed me the necessity of faith and grit with a side of stubbornness to overcome and accomplish anything truly great. Happy Birthday Mama!

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Moana Singalong Chorus.

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Hoka. Hoka. Hoka. Hoka. Hoka. And, those might be filled with race medals too.

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GET THAT GLUTEN OUTTA MY FACE!!! 🚫🍞

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Weekly Review

It was a great week of running for me. Not only did I meet my race goal time, I got some really good training in. I am being coached by RYR (Run Your Race) and I got some awesome assessment runs in — along with a couple good recovery runs. I had a fast clipped 5K and all out mile run to do — and they were beasts. But, that will give my coaches a starting point to help with my race goals.

I am hoping to gain some speed, but also endurance for my ultra races coming up in the next month and year. I’m excited to start seeing my progress.

Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 7.0 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 24.17 miles
TOTAL MILES — 44.27 miles
Race(s) this week — None.

March 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 44.1 miles
Race Miles — 26.2 miles
Walking Miles — 110.52 miles
TOTAL MILES — 180.82 miles
Races in March — March Madness Half and Lucky 13 Half Marathon.

April 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 0.0 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 2.7 miles
TOTAL MILES — 15.8 miles
Races in April — Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, Riverton Half, Saltair Half, Salt Flats 50K and Tulip Festival Half

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 181.75 miles
Race Miles — 109.22 miles
Walking Miles — 328.16 miles
TOTAL MILES — 619.13 miles
Races done in 2017 — New Year’s Half Marathon, Sweethearts 5K, Jackpot Running Festival, SL Tri Club Indoor Half, March Madness Half, Lucky 13 Half Marathon and Emigration Canyon Half Marathon.



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Playing catch up and — BOSTON!

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Oh man, it’s been a week since I last blogged — I was starting to go through withdrawals. But, it was a busy, busy week with PrepperCon last weekend — and I just didn’t have the time to give the blog the attention I needed to give it.

But, I am back and getting into the swing of things. I’ve got a lot of things I want/need to get back into a groove with this week — workouts, runs, etc. So, some sense of normalcy is appreciated and needed.

As much as I am looking back to last week, I am more so excited for today! Today is Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. Why someone out here in Utah would care is that on every Patriots’ Day — the Boston Marathon is ran.

Today is the Super Bowl of running. This is the top of the top — especially here in the U.S. They’ve been running the Boston Marathon now for 119 years — and despite what a couple of terrorists thought they could do a few years ago — there’s no sign that they’l be stopping anytime soon.

Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is tough — especially for the average runner. Honestly, it’s something that I probably will never qualify for — unless — I’m still running at age 80+. That’s something I am fine with, because I don’t need to run Boston to enjoy Boston or chase my “own” Boston.

The Boston Marathon is a celebration of running and I will forever love this race and what it means to the running community. I look at the standards it takes to qualify and I am in awe of all those who are able to meet them — I am in awe of those who strive relentless to meet them.

I have a number of friends who are running the marathon today who have struggled years trying to qualify for the race. It took them a number of attempts to “BQ” at races around the country and here in Utah.

But, they’ve made it. And, I couldn’t be more proud of them and their sacrifices. One moment that will always stay with me, was at the Ogden Marathon last year when I was able to see my friend Angie Pace cross the finish line — as she realized she qualified for Boston. The tears down her cheeks as she hugged me and those closest to her will stick with me as what the Boston journey is about.

I will always have Boston on my heart — for those reasons and for how it changed my running back in 2013. Being able to be a part of the healing process for this country, for Boston and for the running community was humbling. The Salt Lake Marathon was the first major marathon after the Boston Marathon bombings — and we all ran with heavy hearts.

That is a moment I will never forget.

Today is many things to the running community and I hope everyone — runner or not — takes the time to celebrate what today is all about. The human spirit.

HAPPY RUNNING! YEAH BOSTON!


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I didn’t post this on Friday (obviously), but you’ve got to listen to the latest episode of the Addict II Athlete Podcast. This is the meat of the podcast — the narratives — the stories of the many athletes who have changed their lives through this program.

This story of courage from Christy Long is inspiring and needs to be heard. Give it a listen …


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It’s hard to put into words what this past weekend was like at PrepperCon. It was crazy. It was fun. It was inspiring. It was draining. It was frustrating. It was empowering. It was many, many things.

This was the second year my family and I have organized the convention and like last year I think we were all very surprised by the numbers. Last year we had over 12,000 patrons — we are well above that this year. We don’t have a specific number yet — but, with the larger space and vendors the growth was substantial. 

Plus, it was a lot of fun. As difficult as it is to run a massive trade show like this — there were a number of awesome moments. Whether it was seeing families preparing together, listening to inspiring speakers and teachers, riding the hurricane simulator or being a part of the PrepperFash fashion show … it was just a lot of fun. 

A lot of fun.

The next show here in Salt Lake will be next April 2017 — April 21-22 to be specific. And, I can’t wait. I have no doubt it will be much bigger. Not to mention — much more fun! 


PHATGRAMS

Pizza Cat and I are ready to #RUN (more so me than pizza cat) #runningoffthecrazy

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While Jorge and Julie are off posing for pictures I’m stuffing my face doing my job. #lifeasafoodjudge #preppercon16

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We have some tough (and cute) security guards here at @preppercon! #calliekoko #preppercon16

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Parallel parking like a BOSS. #jazzyprofessional #preppercon16

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BA BA BA … ROCK ME LIKE A HURRICANE! #hurricanesimulator #preppercon16

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@jasonmuir1 strapping up in the #hurricanesimulator at @preppercon! Best $8 you’ll spend this weekend! #preppercon16

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Did you know that today is ‘Trade your hat with Ms. America Day’?! #truestory #preppercon16

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Who wore it better? #whoworeitbetter #preppercon16

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Flirt. #babytrex #prouduncle

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Oh man, this is by far the fanciest oatmeal I’ve ever eaten. #oatmealporn

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2016miles

RUNNING MILES

84.9 miles

RACE MILES

38.6 miles

WALKING MILES

463.4 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

586.9 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2080.1 miles


THIS LAST WEEK’S NUMBERS

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COMMENTARY: I am not putting much into the numbers this week, mainly because it doesn’t show the whole picture for the week. First off — I didn’t get much sleep. And, secondly, I didn’t get many workouts in. I got one work and my long run in — on Wednesday. That helped, but like I said — I probably averaged 4-6 hours of sleep for most of the week. Not ideal for weight-loss. 

But, now that PrepperCon is overwith, I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things with my workouts and running. Like, really, really, really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. 

So, I am hoping for some good numbers this upcoming week. I need/want it …

WEIGHT: 278.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.6%
BMI: 31.8
WAIST: 45.25″
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 (4/8/16)

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

THIS WEEK (4/15/16)

WEIGHT: 278.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.6%
BMI: 31.8
WAIST: 45.25″
ARMS: 16″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +1.5 LBS.
BODY FAT%: +0.2%
BMI: +0.1
WAIST: – 0.15″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″



Daily Shorts.fw

  • This is an endearing and tender story of one runner from southern Utah who’s running the Boston Marathon today. I can only imagine what it would be like to lose a child, but what a way to honor your daughter and to help you heal.
  • This is a pretty interesting piece about BQers and charity runners — I’ve thought about seeking a charity spot. But, honestly, I feel like I shouldn’t. Mainly, because Boston is such an accomplishment. But, I don’t know? A part of me would love the chance? What are your thoughts?
  • I hate the “J-Word” — I really do. And, so this piece from Runners World made me laugh — and cringe a tinge. Do you mind the “J-Word” when people describe your favorite hobby?
  • A must read — especially for anyone who gets the spirit of the marathon.
  • I hate cheaters — especially when it comes to those that cheat to run Boston — or to scratch time off of their course time. Why? What joy is there in that? You’re totally missing the point of running. I just don’t get it.
  • I love these Boston themed running gear. I have a pair of Hokas that are blue and gold — not just for Boston, but I just love the color combination.
  • Wow. Wow. Wow. 40 years of daily running?!?!! That’s crazy (awesome). There are so many awesome runners out there on the course of Boston today. I am envious.
  • My thoughts exactly of today.

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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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2016miles

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″



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Fight4Phat: Just fightin’ and takin’ names … well okay … not taking names, but I am fightin’

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HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!

I won’t lie — I don’t got anything to pull on you. I love a good prank, but I kinda hate those “trying to be funny April Fools jokes on Facebook.” Because really — they aren’t. I’m sorry — but — ever since basically 2007, we’ve all seen those fake engagement/pregnancy announcements.

I’m the type though to tie a rubberband around the sink hose, Kool-Aid in the showerhead or saran wrap over the toilet seat. Those are my kind of practical jokes. And, believe you me — I use them. After all April Fools Day is pretty much a national holiday — should be federal if you ask me.

Anyways — good week this past week. Busy week, actually. Lots of projects and trying to balance everything (the joys of life, eh?). I’ve been busy with my 9 to 5, PrepperCon, R.A.C.E. and my involvement with The Abolitionists Movie. It’s fun, but hard to balance sometimes with my workouts and runs. Just trying to find a happy balance.

But, I can’t complain — I am very compassionate about all of the projects. It’s just about time management, especially the hours when I am not at work. Anyways — busy, busy, busy!

No organized run tomorrow — though it’s been tempting to go run the Riverton Half or Winter Circuit Half. But, I really don’t want to spend the money — and I am saving myself for Provo (okay, that last sentence made me laugh).

Soooooo — since it’s LDS General Conference weekend — I am planning on running from the Draper LDS Temple to the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple tomorrow. It’s exactly 13.1 miles between the two temples. I did this about two years ago — it’s a tough fun run.

Though my training doesn’t require that long of a run, I am not racing it — so I am fine with it. But, I may have to stay closer to home depending on some family things. And, if not, I’m planning on doing my Bountiful Temple Run — but, we shall see. It should be a fun, crazy weekend.

And, I wouldn’t have it any other way …


AIIA PODCAST: ERASE & REPLACE

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I love this podcast! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! And, I am not surprised with their success. The numbers on the first episode were phenomenal! The Runcast gets good numbers — but, nothing like the Addict II Athlete Podcast with their inaugural episode.

And, honestly, I’d rather have it that way — because the message of AIIA is more important than any running podcast. As I will always say until I am blue in the face — there is a power in narrative. And, the stories shared by AIIA are POWERFUL — they are courageous, humbling and real.

Make sure to follow the podcast via iTunes and Pod Bash so you don’t miss an episode. Here’s this week’s inspiring episode …


JORGE & HOLLY’S MEDICAL RELIEF FUND

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As many of you are aware from my social media posts and Monday’s post, my friend Jorge suffered a heart attack last Saturday after his run. It’s been a shock and humbling experience for him, his family and friends.

For being an active 40-year-old runner who’s physically fit — it was a shock. But, quite literally, running saved his life. I can’t adequately recount the story — that’s Jorge. But, his running that morning helped break up a potentially fatal blood clot from his heart. Pretty cool — considering how people might initially blame the running for the heart attack.

Anyways — to help Jorge and Holly with the expenses we started a GoFundMe campaign. We’ve raised just over $1700 at this point for them. It’s been amazing to see so many people come together to rally around the Garcias.

We are going to keep the campaign up for a couple weeks — and if you ever feel so inclined to donate, please do. And, for those that already have — THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 


PHATGRAMS

I’m quite jealous. This kid grows a better mustache than I do (or can). #calliekoko #mustachemarch

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Like Uncle, like nephew. #elijees #birthdaycake

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For those kids wondering where Easter Eggs go after Easter — the answer is — my lunch. #easter2016 #leftovereggs

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Sometimes you just have to stop and take in the scenery (while gasping for air). #todaysrun #sunset

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mmmmm … my favorite pre-run snack — PB&H Banana! #runningfuel #irunonbananas

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You wanna see a big baby? This kid is only eight weeks old and he’s already over 13lbs. #bigboy #babytrex

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: It was a good week, but after two weeks of good numbers, I probably should have seen this coming. But, I also had a bad night’s sleep last night — so that probably had something to do with it too?

Either way, I still feel like I am going in the right direction. And, that’s what matters. I had a couple great workouts and a good run mid-week. I am also planning on another great long run tomorrow.

Next week’s focus is going to be threefold — 1) getting my steps in, 2) workout in the morning three times during the week and 3) Do a three and five mile run mid-week.

I usually don’t have a problem getting my steps in, but it’s a good focus to go the extra mile (quite literally). But, the real focus is rising the intensity of my workouts. I still plan on running in the evening after work, but in the morning — M, W, F — I am going to workout in the morning — strength/circuit training. 

Anyways — once, again — not bad numbers, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture of my week. I’m hoping for a BIG number next week!

WEIGHT: 279.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 32.0
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
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 (3/25/16)

WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.5%
BMI: 32.2
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS 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’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +1.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: +0.2%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: 0.0″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″



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  • First off, read this. It’s a GREAT READ from Runner’s World.
  • Okay, second off, read this. Another GREAT READ from Runner’s World.
  • Color me NOT surprised by this statistic. And, allow me to add a couple of things about it — it’s not as simple as lay off the donuts and go for a run. Much, much, much more complicated than that — but, it’s reversable — watching what’s in your food, cutting sugar and not just running or exercising daily — but, moving throughout the day helps. But, I could go on and on about this topic. It really is a post for another day.
  • I probably shouldn’t follow up that last point with — this — glorious, glorious tacos.
  • And, these pictures of awesome milkshakes isn’t helping either.
  • Yeah, no.
  • ooooooo — this looks fun. I love me some sharks.And, sleeping in a bed surrounded by them would be AWESOME — excuse me — JAWSOME!
  • I’m all for science. I’m all for cats. And, sure, I’m all for accents. But, mixing that all into a science experiment? Not sure about that … but … sure.
  • I love “What If” history — especially when it comes to cities, architecture and sports. So this is actually quite fascinating to me. It’s a good read.
  • Oh gosh — this is a tearjerker. I just love this. Another reason to love Disney.
  • mmmmm — chicken recipes.
  • Okay, first off — no naked couple baby pictures — that’s a BIG no when I get married and have kids. Not just because I’d look totally awkward naked — but, I am sure this would happen to me.
  • Alrighty, I am leaving you with this and — I am slightly geeking out about this. How cool?! It’s like a Swiss Army Phone Case.

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Fight4Phat: [I GOT NOTHING CLEVER FOR A TITLE … or do I?]

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It’s been a fun week. It’s been a busy week. It’s been a very rewarding week. First off, the switch in my diet is paying off and I have found some MUCH needed energy. That’s been the hardest thing for me the past couple years. Broken thyroids don’t lend themselves to giving out much energy.

But, this week — I’ve felt a tremendous difference in my energy levels. But, I am not going to talk about that here. Scroll down in my weekly numbers and I’ll come more in depth. I just needed to mention it here, because it’s something I’ve been PRAYING for, for years.

One reason I have also felt very energetic as of late probably has a lot to do with Spring and the switch of the clock. This time of the year has always been my favorite — especially after months of dark, cold, stupid winter. Spring is a renewal of all things — and quite honestly — I get more excited for my projects now than at the start of the year. This feels like the start of the year to me.

And, I guess, historically speaking — April was the start of the new year on many calendars. So, there’s something there in how I am feeling.

This past week I’ve had some great advances in a few projects I am working on. As might know, since November I’ve been involved with Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) — I joined a grassroots movement in Bountiful and have been involved since.

But, one project that Jorge and I — along with a few others — have kept fairly quite about. But, we have started a race series called RACE (Runners Against Child Exploitation) — I won’t bore you with the details here. But, scroll down a bit more for more information and our social media links. I’m WAY stoked about this project — because this is a cause that I am extremely passionate about.

Anyways — as you can tell — I am very excited about many things right now. I haven’t even mentioned that it’s Easter weekend … and … that I have a race tomorrow. I am running the Eggs Legs 5K in North Salt Lake with Elsha. Won’t lie … I’m also excited to run with Elsha! But, then again … who isn’t?

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Friday! Actually — Happy Good Friday! Happy Running! And, why not .. Happy Life!


IT’S A NEW “ARE WE PREPARED, YET?!!”

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Pod Bash took a bit of a sabbatical last week after the passing of Chunga’s father. My deepest sympathies to Chunga, Spinari and their family. Losing a family member sucks — and it’s a bittersweet time. And, after a week off — Chunga is excited to be back at work and so are we!

This episode of AWPY? talks about disaster movies. No, not disastrous movies. But, movies about disasters. You know, like — 2012, Day After Tomorrow, Dante’s Peak, Twister, etc., etc. Spencer and I are going to occasionally review these movies and tell you what things you should and should not be doing from their (good/bad) examples.

It should be a fun project. Give it a listen here …


THE ABOLITIONIST MOVIE

This past week, the producers of The Abolitionists held a special screening of the movie at the Megaplex Legacy Crossing Theatres in Centerville for the volunteers, donors and families of those involved with the grassroots causes in Kaysville and Bountiful last year.

This was the first time I’ve seen the movie. Sure, I’ve seen the trailer and a bunch of content from the movie — just not the full movie. Until, now. And, it’s changed my life.

I didn’t know exactly what to think or feel about going into the movie? So, I just kind of let myself be unguarded and open to what I saw and felt. And, it got me — numerous times. Numerous times.

The ugliness of human trafficking — especially that of child sex trafficking — is beyond description. It’s an ugliness that’s not just seen with the eyes, but felt with the heart. It’s ugly. It’s powerful. And, it’s real.

We believe the notion that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln — but, sadly that is not true. He might have helped end institutionalized slavery within our country — but, it hasn’t ended. In fact, there are over 27 million enslaved people worldwide! And, of those 27 million — two million are children. And, a number of those are sex slaves.

Basically, there are more slaves NOW in the world today than at any time of our history. Even when institutionalized slavery was the law here in the U.S. Just think about that?

Can you start seeing why I am involved with organizations like The Abolitionists, OUR, Fight The New Drug and UCAP? This is a fight not just to save children from slavery, but this about rescuing them and persecuting their captors.

If you want to see The Abolitionist it will be hitting theaters here in Utah on May 16th. Stay tuned into my Facebook and the blog for more information. And, if you are interested in getting involved please .. and, I mean please … contact me.


RUNNERS AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION

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As mentioned above my friend (and I guess business partner, but more friend than anything) Jorge and I have started a non-profit called Runners Against Child Exploitation (RACE). There are many reasons for this — namely, because we’ve been touched by the missions of OUR and The Abolitionist and have known for quite a while that we NEEDED to do more.

Being heavily involved in the running community we wanted to combine our two passions and the creation of RACE is our way doing that.

So what exactly are we doing? What are we about?

Well, I’ll give you a 10-second answer to that — because, we’ll be adding a few things in the near future that I can’t announce quite yet.

First off, we’re going to be organizing a number of local and statewide races — mainly 5K and 10K races under the banner of RACE. These races will benefit organizations like OUR and other organizations both local, national and international that are dedicated to eliminating child exploitation worldwide.

We are shooting for our inaugural RACE 5K/10K in July or August of this summer. Odds are it will be in the Salt Lake City area. Again, more details will be made available later. So hold tight.

We have been working closely with OUR and a number of other local organizations on launching the RACE series. And, both Jorge and I have been BEYOND anxious to get things going. And, after watching The Abolitionist on Wednesday night — that anxiousness elevated itself.

That anxiousness isn’t from the eagerness to just start a project or do what we’ve been planning for months. It’s an anxiousness to save kids — to save their lives, grant them their freedom and to change the world. I can’t think of bigger social ill plaguing our society than human trafficking — specifically child sex trafficking. 

It’s time that we stand up and erase this ugliness from our society once and for all. It’s time to say NO more!

If you’re interested in joining our cause — you can join us right now on our Instagram account. We’ll be launching a website shortly — so please stay tuned. 


PHATGRAMS

Funny, I found a mermaid in the bathtub tonight. #mermaidcallie

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Not cool, Mother Nature. Not cool. #ihatethesnow

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The kid just busted his diet. I tried to warn him, but to no avail. #babytrex #pizzaovermilk

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: It’s been another great week for me. Lost another 1.4lbs — which makes me happy. Especially considering how busy of a week it has been. And, honestly, I could have done more. I wish I got one more run — I missed Tuesday’s workout because of a few projects I had to get done in the evening. Plus, I accidentally slept in — I missed my 5am alarm.

Anyways — I am still going in the right direction and that’s what matters. The garcinia combogia and foresklin have been helping and quite honestly most of my success probably comes from adding that to my diet. They’re not magic pills — but, they help burn fat and suppress my appetite. Which has helped me not crave lots of sugary or sugar loaded foods.

Anyways — I am excited to see what I can do next week! I am hoping for a big number — especially considering that I will have most of my evening frees for a few longer-ish runs. YEAH! 

WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.5%
BMI: 32.0
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
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 (3/18/16)

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

THIS WEEK (3/25/16)

WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.5%
BMI: 32.2
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: -1.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: -0.3%
BMI: -0.7
WAIST: -0.2″
ARMS: 0.05″
THIGHS: 0.0″



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Fight4Phat: Just searching for that ‘key to success’ in a sea of discarded keys

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Kind of an odd week. It’s (luckily) been a fast week for me. But, it’s just been kind of odd. Probably because I’ve been uber busy with a number of projects — recording podcasts, working on PrepperCon, the Bugout Run and running stuff — among other things.

I’m not complaining, but it’s just been a tad crazy. And, I am ready for a weekend. A fun weekend.

This past week I’ve been really focusing on my runs, workouts and food — and the frustrating part of all that? I gained like half a pound. My weight-loss efforts are really testing my patience here. It wasn’t more than 2-3 years ago that the formula to lose was fairly simple — and whenever I was consistent with my workouts I saw results.

There’s a part of me that wants to say, “well you are in your mid-30s” … but, I know there is so much to play with my testosterone and thyroid. I just wish it was balanced. I wish I had done my own homework when my doctor tried medicating both without considering how the one would effect the other.

I wish, I wish, I wish … but, that won’t change the past. Which I understand. I am where, where I am and that’s the only thing I can work on and change.

Anyways, I don’t want to rehash my frustrations. I feel like I do that enough. But, I feel the need to share some of those frustrations, because I know I am not the only one who deals with them. It’s also nice to know you’re not alone in these frustrations too. That’s why I do it.

But, anyways — I just keep searching for a way to work through it. I keep looking for the key to success — albeit while standing in a landfill of lost keys. But, I have enough faith I’ll eventually find the needed key. It’s just a matter of NEVER giving up.

Anyways — onto other things.

I’m excited for this weekend — since I’ve been spot on with my diet, my cheat meal this week is NACHOS! I’m going to Penny Ann’s Cafe in Downtown SLC for BREAKFAST NACHOS! Totally excited for that.

Probably more excited for the company — I’m going to breakfast with Cousin Em. It’s been a while since I’ve last seen her. What better way to come together over nachos, right?

Also, I’ve got a run planned — a movie night with Dave — and a few family birthdays as well. Oh, and my sister-in-law is having her baby shower tomorrow as well.

Lots going on — but, lots of fun.

And, the end of February is approaching — where is time going? My next half is May 7th — while that’s far enough away to get some better training in — it’s a couple months away now! I’m terrified and excited.

Anyways — HAPPY FRIDAY! HAPPY WEEKEND! And, of course — HAPPY RUNNING!


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This week — Schwendy and I talk about bugging back home when a disaster strikes while you’re at work or school. We ask — do you know how you’re going to get home? Are you prepared to hoof it back home? Do you have a bugout bug in your car? Office?

Do you know the best route home? What to avoid and what to prepare for? We touch on this and much, much more!


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Some of you may have seen my running memes on Instagram and Facebook this past week under the handle @my.run. This is a little project of mine — I want to celebrate running especially my friends and local running. So I am making running memes and posting them online.

Kind of as simple as that.

I am going to share them here as well throughout the week. Ideally, I’d love to share running pictures of my friends, but I’ve also grabbed some stock images and other fairly popular running pictures as well.

I hope you draw inspiration and motivation from the memes, that’s the intent. And, if you have some awesome running or even scenery pictures that you’d like to let me use — please shoot them my way!


THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Workout and mileage wise — this has been a great week. I’ve been watching my sugar and food intake. While I haven’t seen much change — like at all (welcome to my frustration the past two years). I am just keeping at it.

Right now the fight seems stationary. Because, well, it is. The fight is basically to stand still and not gain weight. Which is VERY counterproductive. And, very difficult to actually do. Luckily, I have an appointment to an endocrinologist in a couple weeks — and it can’t come soon enough. 

I just wish weight-loss/fitness was an equation as easy as x+y/z=SEXY JOSH. But, right now in my life — it’s pretty much trigonometry or some other kind of math that I don’t understand.

Anyways — I keep fighting and doing what I can, right? Answers will come. 

WEIGHT: 282.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.3″
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 (2/19/16)

WEIGHT: 281.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (2/26/16)

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

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +0.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: +0.1″
ARMS: +0.5″
THIGHS: 0.0″


Daily Shorts.fw

  • It’s a nacho weekend for me again — tomorrow I am trying out the breakfast nachos at Penny Ann’s Cafe. I am going with Cousin Em — my objective is to be non-objective mainly because her husband’s family owns the joint. But, if the hotcakes are any indication of what I get to look forward to — I’m in for a treat!
  • Running is such a mental sport — in fact, it’s really about 90% mental. If you believe you can do it … you can do it. The remaining 10% is usually ability, but honestly that 90% and some ingenuity can make up for that 10% — anyways, this is a great read from Runners World.
  • I signed up for the 13 Miles of Freedom Half Marathon this past weekend — it’s actually not on the 4th of July, but close enough — July 2nd. Since Canada Day is the day before I’m going to be carbloading for the race on pancakes with maple syrup. I would also add poutine — but, that’s probably advisable before a race.
  • The biggest thing to hit social media since George Takei — the new emotion buttons on Facebook were launched this past week. I like them. I know lots of people complained about the change (as they always do) — but it works. The only thing that need to add is a “rolled eyes” emoji reaction. There needs to be more of that on Facebook.
  • What is it about these “Damn Daniel” memes that I love so much? I mean really, it’s the stupidest thing ever, but yet — so endearing. Still — damn Daniel!
  • Oh geez, of course this would happen in minor league baseball — and in Albuquerque. Is it bad to admit that I might a Better Call Sal jersey?
  • What the what, what? Really? A bluegrass band of Natalie Portman look-a-likes? HA!
  • I love running/weight-loss stories like this — gives me the motivation to keep doing what I am doing, especially when my health prevents me to give everything. Every running/weight-loss story is awesome to me anyways — it takes A LOT to get to that finish line.
  • If you are going to get a new identity — why do so as a high school student? So bizarre.
  • Oh my heavens, this doesn’t help me NOT want a running dog — at all. I love, love, love this piece and feel like I would have a similar experience if I had a running dog.
  • The Everything Bagel Donut? Really? Good thing I’m on a diet. Okay, let’s be honest — I probably wouldn’t try it even if I wasn’t on a diet. It just sounds gross.
  • You gotta love Kayne rants — even when he’s remotely right. It’s the only reason why I follow him on Twitter. The guy is completely delusional — and full of himself.
  • And, then of course there are the Kardashian sisters who always make you feel better about how normal you are.
  • I am going on a ‘Man Date’ with Dave this weekend — and we’re going to a movie … Kung Fu Panda 3. I’m not ashamed to say that I am looking forward to seeing it. I love Kung Fu Panda.
  • FULLER HOUSE IS OUT TODAY ON NETFLIX!!! — but, I’m scared to watch it after reading this. Still, I am going to watch it out of pure excitement!