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Another 2017 race audible …

So, after last week’s post about my remaining 2017 race schedule — I had a few changes. My 4th of July race — The 13 Miles of Freedom — was cancelled. Then I found out the dates of a few races were different than I originally thought. So that allowed me to pick up an extra race in November.

That extra race is the Antelope Island Classic 50K, but I’ll be honest — not sure if I want to do the 50K or the half marathon? It’s kinda hard to make that decision right now with a bum ankle. But, I won’t lie — I am almost tempted to do the Pony Express 50 again on October 20th. I just don’t know if I’ll have it in me? And, again, the ankle is screaming at me not to.

We’ll see on that. But, if I do the Pony Express — I might still do the Howloween Half the next day since it’s a night race. I would scratch the SoJo Half in the morning — for obvious reasons.

Anyways — there are a lot of variables that would need to be figured on out on that. But, here is what I am looking at for the rest of the year. I also added a tentative race schedule for 2018 that leads to my 180th race. I am still a little unsure what I’ll do, but I need to be very stragetic since I am doing my 100 mile run in February.

So here are the schedules …

Remaining 2017 Race Schedule

153. Utah Midnight Run; Farmington (July 7)
154. The Hobbler Half; Springville (July 8)
155. Handcart Days Half Marathon; Bountiful (July 22)
156. Deseret News Half Marathon; Salt Lake City (July 24)
157. Vigor Solitude Trail Half Marathon; Salt Lake City (August 12)
158. Run Elevated Half Marathon; Sandy (August 19)
159. Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon; Salt Lake City (September 9)
160. Huntsville Marathon; Huntsville (September 16)
161. Timp Elk Run; Provo (September 23)
162. Jordan River Marathon; South Jordan (September 30)
163. St. George Marathon; St. George (October 7)
164. SoJo Half Marathon; South Jordan (October 21)
165. Howloween Half Marathon; West Jordan (October 21)
166. Saltair Half; Magna (November 4)
167. Mt. View Trail Half Marathon; Antelope Island (November 11)

*-italicized races are ones I am NOT registered for yet.

Tentative 2018 Race Schedule to 180 races

168. New Year’s Run Resolution; Kearns (January 1)
169. St. George Half Marathon; St. George (January 13)
170. Jackpot Running Festival; Las Vegas (February 16-18)
171. March Madness Half Marathon; West Bountiful (March 3)
172. Canyonlands Half Marathon; Moab (March 17)
173. Emigration Canyon Half Marathon; Salt Lake City (April 7)
174. Salt Lake City Half Marathon; Salt Lake City (April 21)
175. Tulip Festival Half Marathon; Lehi (April 28)
176. Provo City Half Marathon; Provo (May 5)
177. Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half; Salt Lake City (June 9)
178. AF Canyon Race Against Cancer; American Fork (June 23)
179. Utah Midnight Run; Farmington (July 6)
180. Handcart Days Half Marathon; Bountiful (July 24)

*-italicized races are ones I am registered for.

RACE #146: Provo City Half Marathon

This past week has been a struggle — to say the least. After getting sick during the Salt Flats 50K last Friday my whole weekend and most of this past week was simply derailed. I’m still not 100%, but I am past the flu and bronchitis and I feel much, much better.

Having DNF’d the Salt Flats 50K and DNS’d the Tulip Festival Half — I was ready for a race success this weekend. Not even a success, just a race. And, this was the perfect rebound race. Especially since I was pacing the 3:35 time (basically the sweeper).

I’ve always enjoyed running the Provo City Half. It’s a fun course that starts at South Fork up Provo Canyon and then drops down to University Blvd. by way of the Provo River Trail. It’s not a super fast canyon race, but it has a good combination of downhill and nice rolling hills.

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I was excited to not just run this course, but to be pacing it with my really good friend Tricia Wilkins. This shouldn’t have been our first foray into pacing. Back in 2014 we were suppose to pace the Thankful 13 together, but we got separated in the corral and lost each other. I tried to catch up as I was pushing Elsha, but we just never did.

So this race was pretty much making up for that failure.

And, it didn’t disappoint. Especially since we were also joined by Tricia’s husband Cory. It was a REAL party now!

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I carpooled down from Bountiful to Provo with Carla and Reese Thorne. It was nice because I got to bypass the bus shuttle up the canyon since Reese has his cart. As much as I enjoy bus shuttles up canyons, I also like avoiding losing an extra hour of sleep — it was nice not having to leave for Provo an hour earlier.

The race start at the South Fork Park up Provo Canyon near Vivian Park — and in year’s past it’s pretty dang cold. So I always come prepared with a fairly heavy and/or layers, but when we got up the canyon I was fairly surprised how warm it was — my jacket was hardly needed. Which is good and bad — bad, meaning, it meant the valley was going to be fairly hot.

But, since I was pacing 3:35 I wasn’t too worried about the heat. Plus, I brought my backpack which still packed from the previous week’s 50K misadventure. I had some water leftover along with bacon jerky, applesauce, Swedish Fish, some Honey Stingers and a first aid kit. So, I was pretty much set for anything between an empty stomach to the apocalypse.

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After the gun sounded and we corralled everyone toward the starting line we made the decent down the canyon. I love the Vivian Park portion of the canyon, especially during the spring — not only is the canyon beautiful, but you also get some great views of Timp as well. It’s gorgeous.

We fartleked down the canyon trying to keep a good pace while trying not to frighten the people ahead of us much. As much as I love sweeping and pacing the last pacing times — I also know how much the people in the back don’t want to see you, especially early in the race. I’ve had a few run ins with runners in the past that came close to cursing me out at miles 2-3 or so. And, I don’t blame them! No one wants to be passed by the sweeper.

After our fartlek down Vivian Park the course took us down the Provo River Trail — which is even prettier than South Fork and Vivian Park. After passing Bridal Veil Falls and switching under the highway we kept the party going with dance parties (Tricia brought Bluetooth speakers), squats and plenty of laughing. It really was a party in the back.

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It was a blast.

Around miles 7-8 the course dumped us onto University Blvd. toward the finish line. I was a bit worried about getting to this point, because I was expecting it to be pretty hot — since it warm up the canyon. But, I was relieved to see cloud cover as a storm was approaching Provo. It didn’t look particularly nasty — so the cloud coverage was welcomed.

As we got closer to the finish line we were joined by the Petrossi’s — Timothee and Jennifer — who planned on grabbing a Slurpee and running in with us. They are both a part of Team Addict II Athlete and it was really touching to have them run with us, because it reminded so much of last year’s Provo City Half when the team ran me in on that same home stretch — because nobody runs alone on Team AIIA.

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At mile 12.5 we hopped off course monetarily and grabbed our Slurpees. Though it wasn’t scorching hot — the Slurpees were manna to my lips — and cooled me down. It was perfect. So, with our Slurpees in hand we headed toward the finish line for our victorious finish picture! And, thanks to Jorge we got some sweet photos!

But, we were done! We did it! We may of been a tad past our pace, but that didn’t matter much. We lingered a bit at the finish line to cheer in some of the runners behind us as we finished the last of our Slurpees.

I just felt great. Having finished the race helped erase a lot of discouragement of my previous week. And, being able to just get out and run was something I couldn’t imagine earlier in the week after overcoming the flu and bronchitis.

My only regret was that my ankle was pretty sore, but that was my own fault — as I realized afterward I forgot to wear my sports brace. But, after icing it throughout the weekend I should be okay. But, it is one of the reasons why I planned on backing out of the Ogden Marathon distance. That foot on pavement for 26.2 miles would just be too much.

Anyways — my next race isn’t until Memorial Day weekend at the Jordan River Half Marathon. I’m planning on getting some good running in, but at the same time I am taking it easy to let my body and ankle heal a bit. It needs it, because I feel it.

But, this race was a victory and such a fun memory I will remember among my 180 journey.


MY NEXT FIVE RACES


Everyone needs a Dave in their life. This past week has been pretty stressful. Between overcoming the flu and bronchitis while juggling two jobs, it’s been a tough and stressful week. Tonight after work my plan was to dive head first into some pending projects I need done by Monday, but that kind of got derailed when I got a call from Dave asking to hang out because his Mom wasn’t home. I had a million reasons to say no, but I just couldn’t decline his request. I knew he didn’t want to be alone. So I told him he could come over and watch some basketball while I worked on my computer. When he got to our house he told me how he felt sad for his Mom and how she wasn’t having a very good week. He then told me that he wanted to cheer her up and wanted to go get flowers for her. I knew this meant I wasn’t going to be spending much of the evening at home as planned, so I hopped in the car and headed to the store with Dave. My heart melted watching Dave pick out some flowers, chocolates and a card for his Mom. The love and admiration he has for her is truly special. And, as I stood next to him as he was making these choices, I just couldn’t help but recognize that I needed this pause. I needed this reminder of what life is about. Dave has provided many of these kind of moments during our friendship. I don’t know how I got so lucky to call him “friend,” but I truly cherish his friendship. And, I am truly grateful for these many little lessons and reminders he teaches me.

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RACE #146: Provo City Half Marathon (3:35) After the previous weekend’s debacle of DNFs and DNSs and subsequent illness, this was a nice rebound race. I paced 3:35 alongside Tricia and her husband … we were essentially “the sweepers.” But, we had a blast! We had dance parties, made new friends, grabbed Slurpees at Mile 12.5 and made sure there was a party in the back! I wasn’t 100% with my lingering cough and ankle, but the situation was perfect where those weren’t a factor. I’m taking a little more time off to rest my sprained ankle. But, come later this month I should be ready for the Jordan River Half on the 27th. But, I’m still enjoying this moment and race and being able to party on with my dear friends throughout the 13.1 miles! Such a fun time! #provocityhalf #race146 #running @joshruns180 @fight4phat @josherwalla @myracemedals @ryrpacers @run13utah

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Newborns always make the best drunk faces.

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I always love a good graduation ceremony, but I won’t lie … five minutes into it, I’m ready for it to be over.

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Somebody’s feeling pretty.

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Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 5.5 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 19.47 miles
TOTAL MILES — 38.07 miles
Race(s) this week — Provo City Half Marathon

May 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 5.5 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 19.47 miles
TOTAL MILES — 38.07 miles
Races in May — Provo City Half Marathon and Jordan River Half Marathon.

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 210.75 miles
Race Miles — 164.52 miles
Walking Miles — 439.88 miles
TOTAL MILES — 815.15 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, Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, Riverton Half, Saltair Half and Provo City Half Marathon.


Fight4Phat Friday: Time to double down on this fight …

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I won’t lie — kinda bummed that I don’t have a race this weekend. I was so excited about my half marathon last weekend that the excitement has kinda carried over into this week — with nothing to give it.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I have no race and it’s going to get tricky getting a long run in tomorrow — because, I am attending the UCAP (Utah Coalition Against Pornograpy) Conference at the Salt Palace tomorrow. Pretty much all day tomorrow — 8am-5pm basically.

My sister and brother-in-law got involved in UCAP this past year and invited me along to the conference. It’s a cause I strongly believe in — for many reasons. Plus, Elder Holland from the LDS Church is speaking — and well, Elder Holland just speaks to my soul. So how could I bypass the opportunity to listen to him speak?

In addition to Elder Holland’s keynote speech, there are a number of other workshops and speakers. It should be really good — I am looking forward to it.

Since it is taking up most of my day — odds are my long run will be in the evening. Either that or I am going to have to break it up into a morning/evening run. I have to be down at the Salt Palace by 7am, so I’ll have to get crafty.

If I was going for pace — I’d do all of my miles together. But, since I am really just worried about miles, I don’t care how they come — as long as I get them in. So a 2-3 morning run at 5am and 3-4 miles in the evening might be what I’m doing?

Stay tuned.

Really, anything that furthers my weight-loss and running further is what I’m after. I’d love to run outside if I can — but, odds are — it’ll be on the treadmill. Which is fine since I have a few stories to catch up on, on Netflix.

But, next week — I’m running outside! With the switch of the clock on Sunday, I am using that extra hour of sunlight to my advantage. I’m tempted to run every day next week just out of sheer excitement. I love Daylight Savings Time.

Anyways — I’m still trucking along and focused towards the Provo City Half on May 7th. I’ve got a lot of training miles before then — so really, it’s just one foot in front of the other while fighting to get my body prepared — legs, weight and heart.

PROVO OR BUST!


ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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I am SO excited about this podcast — it’s been a month or so in the making, but it’s here! I am firm believer in the mission and purpose of Addict II Athlete — I am in awe of the athletes and, especially, their stories.

When we interviewed them on the Runcast in January — I was taken aback, by the power and serenity of their message and stories. It was raw, it was real. This podcast will provide those same elements.

This is the kind of podcast that’s perfect to listen to while on the treadmill or out on a run. It will change your relationship with running as well — because, it changed mine.

Give it a listen …


ARE WE PREPARED, YET?

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Spencer and I talk about disaster movies! We present a list of movies we want our audience to select a few movies they want us to review and critique. But, not in your typical review style — we want to know how TRULY prepared the characters and communities were for these disasters. And, of course — how you can survive a likewise disaster.

Give it a listen and let us know what movies you want us to review on our Facebook page

[LINK COMING SOON]

PHATGRAMS

These newborn baby things aren’t very entertaining 12-18 hours of the day. #babytrex #dosomething

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It’s always a treat having lunch with friends, especially when they come from Cedar to do so! #friendsarefamilyyouchoose

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Well, this was a very productive trip to Kohl’s don’t you think? #nachosocks #pizzacat #purrito

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Progress will come. I am hoping my doctor’s appointment will help answer some of the questions I’ve had with my thyroid. It was a fight to just STAY at 282 this week — and, I am fine with that. I know the effort I put into it.

My goal next week is two fold — I want to run more (naturally with DST starting on Sunday) and I am ramping up my supplements. Mainly magnesium and zinc. I don’t know if I am getting enough — so I want to increase that, just to see if there is a change.

But, the goal is to keep the weight training going — along with the running — and then just stick to the diet. Especially since next weekend is a nacho weekend. Gotta stick to it — or no nachos. That’s the rule.

Anyways — trying to stay positive — but, more than anything just anxious to get where I want to be.

WEIGHT: 282.0 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
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 (3/4/16)

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

THIS WEEK (3/11/16)

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

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


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Adding to March’s Madness …

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!


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Two more weeks of Daylight Standard Time! Can we … LEAP .. ahead already?

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Happy Leap Day! Is that an actual thing? I know four years ago it was billed as an ‘One More Disney Day’ with the parks being open 24 hours. I won’t lie — I’d rather be celebrating Leap Day that way instead of a typical Monday.

But, it is what it is, right?

I shouldn’t be complaining though — I am excited about the change of the calendar. Spring is coming and it’s literally in the air! It was just a short few weeks ago when the snow was falling and the air was dirtier than a cesspool.

But, after running outside for the first time in 2016 (besides my two 5Ks) — I was on cloud nine. I am just so ready for the warmer weather. It’s also getting to the point where I might start running outside in the morning now that there’s much fear of snow or ice to fall on.

That’s been one of my biggest fears. I just don’t run on snow or ice, especially in the dark.

This past weekend’s run outside was perfect. It was tough — that’s partially what you get for running in Bountiful … it’s all HILLS — but, totally worth it. I am following my Galloway Method training — I did five miles, which will be followed up by six this weekend.

I won’t lie though — if the weather is just as good as it was this past weekend — I might run a bit longer. I really want to run my Bountiful Temple route along Bountiful Blvd. — it’s about a 8-9 mile route. It’s both challenging with hills and beautiful with the views of the city and Great Salt Lake.

But, we’ll see.

I think I am just getting ahead of myself — both bouts of excitement and eagerness.

But, I am probably more excited about Daylight Savings Time starting in a couple of weeks — that extra hour of daylight saves me. Not just with an extra hour of running outside, but it helps my mood tremendously! It’s quite the opposite effect when we lose the hour.

Anyways — 13 MORE DAYS!!!

I am excited for this week — I’ve got a couple of runs and workouts planned that will hopefully result in some changes with my weight. It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks not seeing much progress. But, consistency is the key, right?

I am focusing on balance, but ramping up the lifting and running. I am hopeful that will help. Not to mention staying true to my diet — which is basically cutting out a lot of additional sugar and watching the carbs. Fairly simple.

Anyways — lots of things to be excited about — and a lot of things to buckle down too. Should be a fun and productive week.

BOOYAH! 


PENNY ANN’S CAFE’S BREAKFAST NACHOS

I am still on my quest to find the best nachos in Utah … and this past weekend I tried out the nachos at Penny Ann’s Cafe alongside Cousin Em. They didn’t disappoint. 

Were they the best nachos in Utah? No. But, you’d definitely find me back in front of them again in the future. I fell in love with the pork chile verde and silky runniness of the sunny side up egg over my nacho chips.

… mmmmmmmmm …

Anyways, before giving away my whole review, here is my write of the Breakfast Nachos from Penny Ann’s Cafe. Enjoy!


PHATGRAMS

My new protein powder came in the mail today … the new flavor better not disappoint! #bananalover #proteinshakesfordays

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The proper greeting whenever you meet a new baby family member for the first time. #lionkingmoment

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RUNNING MILES

31.85 miles

RACE MILES

22.4 miles

WALKING MILES

231.75 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

286.0 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2381.0


AWPY? AND RUNCAST USA

If you haven’t caught the latest editions of Are We Prepared, Yet? and Runcast USA make sure to catch them here. They are two of my favorite episodes. There will be a new Runcast coming out this Friday so make sure to come back on Friday. We’ll be talking about winter running … just in time for … spring!

Anyways … give the podcasts a listen —

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ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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Since the Runcast USA interviewed Blu Robinson and Addict II Athlete (AIIA) last month I’ve been working with Blu and his wife, Marissa, on launching their own podcast that will be hosted on Pod Bash.

I am really excited about this podcast for a number of reasons — one, I love narratives. I absolutely love hearing people’s stories and, two, the AIIA message fits so well with the podcast medium. It’s perfect.

AIIA’s tagline is “turn your mess into a message” and that’s perfect for a podcast. It works so well. I am getting excited for the podcast to launch. I am not sure when it will launch, but it should be sometime within the next couple of weeks.

So stay tuned into Pod Bash — it will post there and iTunes! And, of course, I’ll keep you all in the loop!


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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!

 

Nacho Dates, German Chocolate Cake and starting fires — just a few ways to describe my weekend.

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Such a busy weekend. And, I mean busy. Friday night was spent baking a German Chocolate Cake for my friend Dave’s birthday. What I thought would be a fairly easy ordeal turned into a three times a charm adventure.

My first two attempts failed … completely. The first attempt came out bulgy in the middle of the round pan. Realizing my mistake (needed to lower the temp of the oven) I attempted again — aaaaaand — it came out too flat.

So, I just gave up on the idea of making a layered round German Chocolate Cake and just made a sheet cake and threw the coconut filling and frosting on top. My Mom really helped me on that third attempt — and saved the day. Baking really is a chemistry experiment.

And, I failed chemistry.

But, we got the cake made for Dave’s birthday party so turned out okay. We just were left with a lot of ruined cake. Seems like a great opportunity to make a trifle, right?

Anyways, Saturday was jam packed — we had the Bugout Run in Murray at the RFT Coaching facilities. I didn’t participate, I just helped facilitate it and record some of the challenges. It was a good turnout and quite a bit of fun.

We pulled weights for a mile, learned about pressure points and started fires with flint and steel. It sounds a lot like adult Boy Scouts, right? You’ll have to come check us out on a our next run, April 30th. But, we’ll also be at PrepperCon, April 15-16, as well. That’s going to be a lot of fun.

After the run, I headed down to Utah County for a lunch date. Well, it was actually my first taste testing of my nacho quest. You can read more about it further in the post, but I am in the hunt for the best nachos in Utah and my date and I ate nachos from Milagros in Orem. Read about it below.

My training plan called for four miles on Saturday … aaaaaaand … I didn’t get my run in, because as soon as I got home I had to quickly finish the cake in time for Dave’s party … at Chuck-a-Rama. Yes, C-a-R. Not my favorite place in the world, but for Dave — I’d go anywhere.

Since I already had my free meal for the week, I just stuck with the salad bar. I had three plates of salad. Lightly dressed, but heavy on the veggies. It took some restraint, especially when Prime Rib is sitting right there in your face. But, I did it.

So since I got home late I decided to scratch the run, especially since I had to get up for 9am church. I made a deal with myself that I would HAVE to put my four miles in on Monday morning — and I did.

I am looking forward for this week to slow down a bit. I still have things pretty much every night, but at least they’re spread out — thank goodness.

One good thing of note is that my Dad will be back from the Rehab Center this Friday. He hasn’t been home in over six weeks — so it’ll be a much needed return home. He will need another surgery to put the new permanent knee parts in — which will require another six week Rehab Center stay.

But, he’s recovering REALLY well, so we’re hoping this other surgery (whenever it is) will be a quick recovery. Not sure how that would effect his Rehab Center stay, mainly because Medicaid requires him to be there after the surgery.

But, we’ll see.

The important thing is he’s doing much, much, much better. Thanks to all those who said a little prayer for him, my Mom and our family — they’ve all been much appreciated and felt.

I’m excited for this week — so let’s get it rolling … HAPPY RUNNING!


NACHOOOOOOOOOS!!!

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I reviewed my first plate of nachos this past week. I took a date — Courtney — to Milagros in Orem. It was her choice. I won’t fully critique the nachos here — mainly, because you should read it on my nacho blog — but, they were pretty good. Not the best — especially when it came to the chips.

But, not only I am searching for the best place in Utah for nachos, but I discovered on Saturday that this is a great way to also understand food and what I am eating. How often do we just eat something because we like it? But, what do we like it?

And, I think doing this little nacho quest … I’ll come to a better understanding of the “why” with my food, not just my nachos.

Anyways, here is the full review.


PHATGRAMS

Friends deserve birthday parties. BEST friends deserve birthday parties at Chuck-A-Rama. #partylikearockstar

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Sometimes you go to @chuckaramabuffet and eat two plates of salad. #dietwins

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I love my friend Dave. Seriously, can’t ask for a better friend. I’ve learned more about friendship from him than anyone else. He is never judgmental, a friend to all and assumes the best qualities in everyone. I made his birthday cake today — a German Chocolate cake. It wasn’t easy. I never knew how complicated German Chocolate cake was to make. Literally took me three tries. The first bubbled up in the middle, the second was flater than the salt flats … luckily I learned my lessons and, during the third try, I just went for the sheet cake. I’m pretty sure he would have loved my first failure with the same enthusiasm, but for someone who means the world to me … I’ll only give my best. Happy Birthday Dave! Keep being you and no one else! #bestfriendbirthday

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I think they call this … #style?

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RUNNING MILES

20.6 miles

RACE MILES

22.4 miles

WALKING MILES

195.57 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

238.57 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2428.43



Daily Shorts.fw

  • I really kinda, wanna, maybe, really need to see the new Jesse Owens bio pic. I’m a sucker for running movies. And, maybe the occasional Disney movie as well. But, most definitely, I will have to catch Race in theaters.
  • I love lists like these of celebrities as kids — quite a bit of awkwardness. But, the good thing is, we all go through that awkward stage. But, oh man, the Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton and Adam Driver cracked me!
  • So there’s this Instagram account of really dressed up cats … maybe you should know about it? Like … right meow … and I’m not kitten. Sorry that last part was pretty lame, I wasn’t committed to the joke like I should have been. I just felt obligated to tell a cat joke here. So paw-lease forgive me.
  • I love turtles … but … this might be a bit too much. Still, can’t stop watching.
  • It’s been fun watching the Jazz play as of late — especially emerging stars like Rodney Hood. I’ve loved watching him step up and help the Jazz win some big games with big shots. It’s going to be fun to see what the Jazz do in the next couple years as they put a few more pieces to this puzzle.
  • I remember Skeeter from Muppet Babies — and quite honestly — I forgot about her. But, it’s interesting how she’s just GONE. I’d love to see her make an appearance on ABC’s Muppets. Maybe I should start a White House petition or Facebook group to make that happen? Meh. Too much effort. I’ll join though if someone else does it … just sayin’
  • Chicken McGriddles? Yes, please … maybe? K, not sure what I really want in life, but these look and sound amazing.
  • This is hilarious … JUST SUCK IT UP LEBRON! BAHAHAHA!
  • YES! Now I have a goal when I get a dog. Make it purr like a cat. BRILLIANT!

MONDAY INSPIRATION

#running #fitness #workout #health #fitnessquotes #quotes @my.run @joshruns180

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#running #fitness #workout #health #fitnessquotes #quotes @my.run @joshruns180 @joshuwalla

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