- So, the Mad Pooper is still at large, eh?
- Also, why couldn’t we have given her a better nickname than Mad Pooper? Seriously. Mad Squatter? Poopy Runner? Sh*tty Runner? So many better alternatives than Mad Pooper. Just sayin’ …
- There’s a new episode of The Runcast out today. I interview my friend Meridith in a special breast cancer awareness month episode. Give it a listen.
- Today is National Coffee Day or as we like to call it here in Utah — Friday.
- This is an interesting read I found on MentalFloss — it’s some interesting facts about coffee.
- It’s been really interesting following the madness that ensued with the Mexico City Marathon. Over 5,000 runners we’re disqualified due to cutting the course, presumably to qualify for Boston. The Marathon Investigation website who’s caught a number of cheaters in other racers was one of the first to catch the glitch/cheating.
- I actually really like Derek Murphy’s website — it makes for a great read and wonder why anyone would cheat? Other than for the LIKES and validation from social media?
- Of all the investigations that Derek has done, one of my favorites will always be this one from earlier this month at the Disneyland Half Marathon. Not just cheating — but STEALING!
- I’m pretty guilty of all of these.
- Poor cat.
- As someone who deals with Hashimoto’s Disease this interests me, but at the same time — I’m also very weary of what’s done to my food via science. Don’t count on me to rush to the store to buy gluten free wheat right away — but, I’m watching.
- It seems like we all need the occasional reminder on Port-a-Potty etiquette, no?
- Hmmmm … this seems like a new little podcast to throw into the queue.
- Going old school is a real struggle these days.
- So, I am supposed to run the Jordan River Marathon tomorrow — I am not sure which distance I am going to run yet? Is that bad? I’m signed up for 26.2, but 13.1 right now sounds more agreeable, doable and realistic. But, oh, how I want to do 26.2.
- Interesting read. But, on another note — can I just say how much I HATE Burger King. It’s by far the nastiest of the fast food chains out there. Their burgers are crap and their french fries taste like sadness sprinkled with salt.
- This is kind of an interesting read from Runners World about the keto diet. I am not sure if they’re trying to warn or mock the diet. I’ve had great success with it, but the tone is slightly off putting.
- I’m pretty sure if my mother used text emojis she’d be just like this … well … actually, she has come to think of it. HA!
- I did DietBet a couple times in the past … I am intrigued to try HealthyWage. I love the motivation.
- We need more stories like this in the news today, am I right?
- I wish Salt Lake City had a running club with street cred like these clubs.
- I need a new adventure, I am not sure what that means or entails — I just need a new adventure. some new goals and a rocking vision.
- I also need an In n’ Out burger — protein and animal style. But, that’s a whole other post for another day.
IT’S A RACE WEEKEND!!!
You if you can’t tell I am VERY excited to run tomorrow. As I wrote about the other day, I am running the March Madness Half Marathon here in Davis County. It’s a small little race that runs along the Legacy Parkway Trail — and a good test for me.
I am not going into the race with a time goal — well, I’d like to be under three hours if I could. But, really, the goal is to simply do my best and finish. I know I can finish within the four hour course time limit — easily.
But, I want to just do my best without killing myself.
Sounds like a reasonable goal, eh?
Plus, I have been dying not having a race longer than a 5K the past couple of months. My last looooong race was the Revolution Run on New Year’s Day. And, since I had to drop the Zion Half (happening next week) — I needed something between the Revolution Run and the Provo City Half in May.
That’s just WAY too long to not run a half — well, at least for me.
Plus, I just want to give my body a challenge. It needs a challenge. And, hey, who knows — it could help kick into gear? Maybe, kinda, sorta — probably not — but, I’ll do it anyways. I’ve got to give my body a challenge.
Anyways — if you couldn’t tell … I am excited. Lots to be excited and optimistic about!
This week’s Runcast is me and Tim Gill talking about — winter running. You know, just in time for spring to begin. But, really, being in Utah — you know this is just preparation for running in April.
Anyways — Tim shares a few tips for running outside during the winter months, whether you’re running on snow, roads, trails or — heaven forbid — ice.
Give it a listen —
ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST
I mentioned this earlier in the week — and last week. But, I am REALLY excited about this new podcast coming to Pod Bash (the network that hosts the Runcast and AWPY?).
A few weeks ago the Runcast interviewed Blu Robinson and Addict II Athlete (AIIA) team for one of our episodes. Needless to say — it was one of our most popular episodes. Jed — one of the guests — shared his powerful story over addiction and it resonated with many who have struggled with addiction (drug, alcohol, pornography, etc.).
I’ve always believed in the power of narrative and the sharing of people’s stories. You don’t know how that’s going to impact others — it might just be another story for some — or a powerful life changing catalyst. And, everywhere in between.
So the past few weeks I have been helping Blu, and his wife Marissa, launch an AIIA podcast. They’ve done one before so they knew what they wanted — I’ve just been helping them with hardware, software and a few behind the scenes things.
But, needless to say — I am excited about the launch. It will be released next Friday. Don’t worry, I’ll blast it here and everywhere else on social media. I’ve listened to the episode and you’ll love it.
Last month my sister gave birth to my second nephew — Tatum Rex Snow Minson. As much as I share online and through my social media accounts, I ALWAYS wait for the mother to first post pictures, etc. on Facebook before I post pictures.
Well, after nearly three weeks of life — my sister finally posted pictures of the “T-Rex” … so I did too.
Needless to say, I am in love. He’s such a chill kid and his big sister Callie is too. Don’t let that one picture fool you. She just doesn’t understand that she can’t be all the pictures with “Baby Tatum.”
So cute, so Callie.
Anyways … behold, Tatum —
I’ve been DYING not being able to post pictures of my new little nephew. Out of respect I waited to share until my sister made Mr. Tatum Rex Snow Minson “FACEBOOK OFFICIAL” Well, she posted pictures of him today … and so am I! Needless to say, I’m in love! And, Callie LOVES being a big sister to the “T-Rex” I’m sure as soon as he gathers his legs and lungs he’ll be running around the house like a monster just like big sister Callie! Welcome to the Hansen Gang little man! #prouduncle
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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS
COMMENTARY: I am trying to stay optimistic about the results against my efforts. The effort was definitely there — workouts, runs and diet. I just hope when I go to my new endocrinologist — I get some answers. This drives me crazy sometimes.
But, I’m not going to do what I can do, because I’m seeing the results. I know it’ll come — I just can’t give up. But, I won’t lie — I’d sure love to see 30-40lbs. off me right now. But, I can’t think that way … I gotta go step by step.
Anyways — at least I lost something and I am going to focus on that …
WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
LAST WEEK (2/19/16)
WEIGHT: 282.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
THIS WEEK (3/4/16)
WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT: -0.7 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
- This is golden information about weight-loss, fat-loss and protein from Runner’s World. Great read, invaluable information.
- Getting pretty excited about ‘Finding Dory’ coming out in June — and the latest trailer was just released, thus making me THAT much more excited.
- Here’s some food for thought — literally.
- I’m not a very political person — but, what came out of Romney’s mouth yesterday about Trump is truth. How can we as a nation succeed with him “leading” the country? We can’t.
- I guess while we’re talking about politics — I should throw one of these bad lip reading videos.
- Yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day — and here are some pretty awesome quotes attributed to my childhood author. Love ’em all!
- This pleases me — if I was remotely elite, I would run for Greece as well! (I am a quarter Greek).
- Oh, I love this little diddy about Strange Brew — I loved it growing up. A true Canadian classic.
- While we’re talking about my childhood — I also fondly remember Supermarket Sweep. Probably up there on the same level as The Price is Right and Golden Girls. When I was home sick from school — I was definitely watching all three of those shows.
- Looks like I need to prep up the ‘ol resume — Cat Nanny? That’s a puuuuurfect job for me!
- … hmmmm … I feel the need to set a new World Record … dressed as something epic. Definitely not as a superhero (hate’em). Maybe a cat? Or as a plate of nachos? That seems fitting.
- As much as I love Peeps — this is gross. Just say no to Peeps Milk. Just. Say. No.
A HALF MARATHON AS TOLD MY EMOJIS
When I sat down to schedule out my 2016 race schedule — I wanted to keep myself true to what I planned out. Partly to focus on my health, especially earlier on in the year — and partly, because I wanted to focus on getting faster again.
My original race plan saw me running two half marathons between January 1st and May 7th. And, besides a two week sick break — I’ve been used my training to lead up to the Provo City Half on May 7th.
Originally, I was going to run the Zion Half Marathon on March 12th — but, weddings and obligations have made that an impossibility. So, the original plan was to just focus on Provo City instead of finding another half marathon.
Well, I found another half marathon.
The March Madness Half Marathon in Woods Cross. Happening this Saturday.
The start and finish is actually less than a 5K from my front door. I was tempted to actually run (more like walk) to the start line … but, that seemed a bit too ambitious. Especially considering running a half marathon right now is definitely a bit too ambitious.
The race is rather simple and small — it’s an out and back course along the Legacy Parkway Trail. I am not sure how many participants are signed up, but I’m putting my money on me being last. Which is totally fine with me — last is still better than ‘didn’t get off the couch’ .. right?
The game plan is simple. I am going to treat it like a training run. I am bringing along my Galloway Run/Walk Timer and focusing on that. I haven’t decided if I am going to do a 4/1, 3/1 or other run/walk ratio set? I’ve been training right now with a 3/1 ratio — so that might be the best bet?
Either way, I am not going in for a time goal — I am expecting it to be 3+ hours. I just want to do my best and get some of my pent up race wiggles out. I can’t tell you how hard it’s been NOT racing anything over a 5K the past couple of months.
So in preparation for this weekend’s race, I ran a 5K on the treadmill this morning. I am planning on another 5K tomorrow before resting on Friday — but, with the weather looking so good this week, I am tempted to run outside tomorrow night. We’ll see.
But, I need this run. I need the challenge. It’s been a tough month with being sick and being setback some with my training. I am trying to be smart about my comeback — but, it’s hard not being able to run like you once were able to.
I just want to fly — and sometimes, like right now — I feel like the Spruce Goose.
I am hoping this race will help that mentality change. I need to be happier about my small successes — and successes in general, than by focusing on things I can’t control.
And, mentally, I am getting there. I have no doubt that I will.
But, oh, how I want to soar now!