#FitnessFriday: So summer begins …

I know this is getting a bit TMI — but, I’m still hurting from Ogden. My legs have recovered nicely — but, I seriously chafed like no one should ever chafe. Like, I have scabs all over my body. I feel like I got attacked by a bunch of cats. Especially under my armpits where my bra got the best of me.

I won’t tell you where the chaffing is, but it’s bad. I wanted to go out for a shakeout run on Tuesday and Wednesday — and nope. Last night I forced myself and I felt like I was going to die. I am doing a half marathon this weekend — sooooooooooo — we’ll see how things turn out I guess? Luckily, I am sweeping the course and not racing it.

Anyways, enough of that. If I go any further I am sure I’ll get a concerned phone call from my mother about what I blog about. She’ll then go into a whole spiel about how talking about wearing bras and chaffing won’t help me find a wife.

She has a point.

But, then again, if my future wife can’t appreciate a good discussion about bras and chaffing, will the marriage really even work? Will I want that kind of negativity in my life?

Speaking of marriage, my friend Joe Coles — and owner of On Hill Events — started a page on Facebook called “Josh Sole Mate.” It’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a page helping aid me in the search for a wife.

When he came to me with the idea — I just laughed and gave him the go ahead. It wouldn’t hurt, right? Tinder and LDS Singles weren’t working — sooooooo — why not this? Joe is going to be giving out some entries to some of his races as first dates, etc. — it sounds fun.

What will come of it?

Well, hopefully a wife …

Soooooo — if you want to set me up with another single runner — go to the page. BAHAHA!

And, if you’re wondering, yes, it’s 100% approved and in full support of my mother. And, probably the rest of my family, my friend Jill, Cousin Em and anyone who ever wanted to go on a couple date with me.

But, seriously, I’m laughing about it.

Anyways — it’s been an interesting week between my chaffing problems, search for a wife and work. Let’s just say, I am very glad it’s a three-day weekend. A much needed three-day weekend.

The only thing I have planned basically is my race tomorrow, church on Sunday and mowing the lawn on Monday. Of course after sleeping in until probably noon. Well, okay, probably 9am. It’s sad that 9am is sleeping in, in my book. I’m getting way too old.

Anyways — Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you take the time to remember why we celebrate (and no the answer is not so we can break out white pants or breakout the grill) and spend some quality time with close friends and family.

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This time tomorrow — I will be 60 races away from my 180 goal! It’s kinda crazy to see how fast I am coming up onto that goal. Granted, when you run about 20-25 races a year that will do that.

But, I’ve enjoyed the journey and as many people ask — yes, I remember every race. They’re like children to me. Each has their own lesson, personality and memory.

I am running the Alpine Classic Half tomorrow — aptly in Alpine. This will be the second time that I’ve ran Alpine — I ran it back in 2013. It’s a hilly course — lots of rolling hills. Honestly, it’s kinda fun. And, after running and training around Bountiful, I feel more than prepared.

I’m not going for time though this year — especially since I am sweeping the course for the RYR Pacers. I am not sure where that will put me time wise and it doesn’t matter. I am as fast as the slowest runner. After a miserably wet Ogden last week it will be nice to have a relaxing run instead.

Well, I should say a nice relaxing DRY run.

Anyways — come back Monday for my recap.


When Addict II Athlete (AIIA) was added to the Friday podcast cycle in February, I had one goal — make them more successful than the Runcast. Seriously.

The Runcast has some phenomenal numbers on Podbash.com — I think we are the second or third most downloaded show? Which, I am beyond grateful for by the way. But, the message being shared by AIIA — is so much more important than what Jorge, Jim and I do with the Runcast.

AIIA is about saving and improving lives — physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc., etc., etc. It’s a podcast I look forward to listening to every other Friday. There’s such a power in the narrative and in sharing one’s story and Coach Blu does an awesome job getting these athletes to share their stories. It’s awesomely beautiful.

Anyways, here’s the latest episode featuring Mike. Please, if you like it, share it with others —

2 Roads 2 Boston

Yesterday, I wrote about my goal to run the Boston Marathon. It’s been interesting seeing the response that I’ve gotten. I knew it might be fairly bi-polar since Boston is such a sacred marathon to runners.

But, it’s been quite the opposite. I’ve gotten a number of notes and messages from other runners encouraging me to go the charity route. Just those notes of encouragement make the effort worth it to me — AND — excite me more.

I am not sure exactly what needs to be done to start fundraising — and I kinda don’t want to wait until October to start fundraising. I might start collecting in a month or so via PayPal, GoFundMe, etc. We’ll see, there’s pros and cons to that, especially if people who want to donate want to use it as a tax write-off.

Anyways — I’m thinking out loud.

I am just eager to get things started and get fundraising. I’ll have to get creative — maybe I should start selling bananas for inflated prices or make gourmet Rice Krispy Treats for donations?

There’s a thought.

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Someone’s getting a nice plush seat tonight. #chubbingtatum #prouduncle

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Welp, I am Day #9 into my Whole30 diet — and — I’m alive. So, I’ve got that going for me. Actually, it’s not that bad. It’s fairly simple — the focus is on eating whole foods while avoiding grains, dairy, added sugar and processed food.

The biggest giveaway right now — is my energy levels. I am not relying on sugar (or sweeteners) or caffeine to regulate my energy or give me a pick up boost. It’s all natural.

And, staying away from added sugar really isn’t as hard as I feared. If I eat anything boxed or store bought — I just read the label. If has sugar or other sugar sources — I just don’t buy it. It’s unbelievable how many food items add sugar to their products — it’s about 70% of all grocery items have added sugar in them.

I am not going to get on my soapbox — well, maybe a little — but, we really do eat a lot of sugar as a country. Do you wonder why we have so many problems with diabetes, heart disease and other ailments? We’re poisoning ourselves.

I watched a documentary on Netflix last night called “Sugar Coated” — I highly recommend it. It really focuses on the deceiving ways the Sugar Association (yes, there’s such an organization) PR’d their way through the 70’s defending sugar and putting the blame for rising obesity rates on added fat and eating too much.

Anyways — go watch it. Seriously.

Besides going along on this little journey, I haven’t jumped on a scale for over two weeks now. That’s part of the Whole30 program. And, I won’t lie — it’s a bit tough. I am not addicted to weighing myself — for the past couple of years it’s a Friday thing for me (just to check in).

So not knowing where I am on the scale is frustrating — because, I know I’ve lost weight and I want to know how much! I’m kinda tempting to go to a carnival and find the booth where they guess your weight — just so I can get a ballpark estimate.

Anyways — it’ll be interesting to see where I am when I step on the scale come June 16th.

But, so far, so good.

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