Running Conference: Temple to Temple Run

On Saturday my running group did a run from the Draper LDS Temple to the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple. It’s a 13 mile run that takes you from the Draper Temple through a good portion Draper and the southern Salt Lake Valley, under I-15, past the Utah State Prison, through some neighborhoods, around some strip malls and finally to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. The course is challenging, hilly, flat … and remarkably rewarding. It wasn’t my best training run, but I didn’t mind it one bit. I think the nature of the run itself was rewarding enough.

Such an ugly hour.

The morning started at 4:30am. Which despite popular belief exists. This actually good training for all the summer races when you’re loading onto buses at 4am! Oy. I’m not looking forward to those 2am wake up calls. But, I digress. The plan was to leave at 5am to get down to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to carpool to Draper where we were starting the run. But, I make really bad decisions and have remarkably bad timing (this is a whole other post) and ended up arriving more around 5:45am. I am really bad at timing distance. Really bad.

The later group.
The early group.

Alas, we made our way to the Draper Temple. The majority of the group already left and were heading out as we pulled up. It was actually a really cool sight seeing so many runners on the side of the road in their headlamps and reflective gear moving along. Our group pretty much pushed up the rear. After a few pictures we started our way out.

It was really cool because from where we were in Draper you could also see the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. We couldn’t see the whole path that would get us there, but we could see our destination. It really made me think of the road map of life and how this run was a lot like faith. We know our destination, but the path we take is somewhat of unknown. We had to rely on the map to know what turns, streets and path ways to take. If we relied just on the end sight without the map we surely would have gotten lost.

The fear of deer also covers plastic fake deer.

Which, almost happened to us.

After about three miles of running we got separated from the group members who had a map our little group kind of got worried because we were approaching the I-15 off ramp and were not quite sure where we need to go from there (obviously not onto the freeway). I made a mad attempt of trying to catch up with the speedy runners to no avail. After trying to find a map that was posted onto Facebook we just decided to keep going.

Me and the Woods!

Luckily, not far away was a couple of our runners who had a map and we were able to run with them. We relied on that map because as we passed the State Prison and into neighborhoods we would have surely gotten lost because we didn’t have that view of the temple at that point. That map was invaluable. And, saved us many extra miles and frustration.

That experience really made me think about the need for a map in life. The scriptures and words of the prophets are there as a map for us in life. We won’t always see the end goal, but we know that if we put faith in the map that it will lead us there, we know we will get there. The experience also taught me how important it is for us to have our own map. I was very careless in not printing out my own map and reviewing. Honestly, I kind of thought someone else would know where we were going. What a dangerous attitude!

The rear pushers thanks to Robert Merriman.

The run really was a challenge. Once we were in the valley it turned rather hilly and I honestly walked a bit more than I would have liked. I also got chased by a dog, which didn’t make me very happy. I don’t understand why people can’t make sure their dogs are on leashes. But, I will be honest, if it was a three-legged dog that chased me I would have just stolen it. End of story. But, seriously, chain your dogs folks.


When even got a surprise visit from Robert Merriman who wasn’t running with us that morning. Instead he parked himself and his camera along the path and took pictures of us running. It was so awesome seeing him. He is such a great friend and being there wanting to support us though he wasn’t running meant the world to me. Seriously. Even the signs he made meant a lot.

Becky, Nate and I ran a lot of the last few miles together and it was challenge especially as we approached the temple. The last quarter mile is a uphill run that proudly Becky and I didn’t walk. We ran up that BEAST! Basically like the hardcore Pioneers that crossed the plains. We were then greeted by our friends who already finished and a plethora of food. Even, Cathy who wasn’t running with us came and brought us hot chocolate. I am always in awe of the awesomeness of my friends in this group. Like I’ve said before, the running brings us together but the friendship is genuine inside or out of running.

Me and London’s chocolate cake in front of the Temple.

I was really glad that I did this run. I even finished before the first session of Conference began and was able to listen to it on my way home. I was beyond excited when the first hymn was “Lead Kindly Light” (my favorite hymn) followed by Elder Jeffry R. Holland’s (my favorite apostle … we can have favorites, right?) talk. It was almost like God was giving me a little gift. But, I had a remarkable weekend of listening to conference. I was even able to attend my first ever LIVE session of Conference on Sunday afternoon. Even though I am a Utah-lifer, I’ve never been to a live session. But, now I can check that off my bucket list!

Even though my run wasn’t the best as far as time of effort. It was still a challenge that taught me many other lessons. It was the kind of run I needed and more than anything has prepared me even more for my marathon … and my 20 miler next weekend.

But, mark off this run as reason #4359 why I love running …


Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 286.35 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 25.50 miles
2014 Race Miles – 46.4 miles
2014 Total Miles – 358.25 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 28.25 miles


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