Playing catch up and — BOSTON!


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.



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! 


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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84.9 miles


38.6 miles


463.4 miles


586.9 miles


2080.1 miles



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″


BEGINNING (1/8/16)

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

LAST WEEK (4/8/16)

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

THIS WEEK (4/15/16)

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


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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