As I mentioned yesterday — I’ve had an up and down week. Mainly down because of this stupid cold. Or whatever it is? I was hoping it was just allergies — but after a couple days I realized that wasn’t the case.
But, still it hasn’t been an overall bad week. Just crummy.
It really was kind of a buzzkill after coming off an amazing week with the O.U.R. fundraising gala here in Bountiful. Being so motivated and pumped up — my engines completely pooped out. Kinda like driving a new car off the lot and discovering it’s a lemon after applying the gas.
But, setbacks just set the scene for comebacks — and who doesn’t love a good comeback? If someone doesn’t — then odds are they’d hate all the Rocky movies.
I feel like I am turning the corner — so hopefully I can still run tomorrow. I am still planning on doing it. I mean, heck, I ran a half marathon last year with the flu — so that’s nothing!
And, luckily the race is down in St. George and it’s suppose to be in the mid to low 50s — ideal racing weather in my book. So it really wouldn’t be much of a problem running outside if I still have a semi-stuffy nose.
So I am not worried.
But, if I am going to die from running with a cold — I couldn’t think of a better way to go. Well, except for maybe dying hand in hand with the love of my life in a nursing home bed — oh, wait — I just stole that from The Notebook.
Anyways — I am just WAY exciting to be running this weekend. I am also excited for Christmas — and New Year’s — and basically the next three weeks. December really is one of my most favorite times of the year. Heck, I don’t mind the snow that much during December.
But, once January comes — it sucks. I hate January and basically all of February. There is nothing good that’s ever come out of those two months. Here in Utah it’s cold, miserable, snowy and depressing.
But, December — Christmas makes up for all of that.
Gosh, I love Christmas. I’ve already watched Elf three times this year. Last year I got to 7 — maybe I’ll break that record this year?
We shall see. But, if I was to consult my Magic 8 Ball — it’d most definitely say, “most definitely seems so”
Welp, have a good weekend — if you’re going down to St. George for The Bakers Dozen please make sure to come hi to me! I also love meeting new friends and seeing old ones too!
RUNNING WITH REESEMAN
My friend Reeseman — who I’ve pushed in a few races, as well as around the neighborhood (we only live about a mile apart) is growing. And, because of his growth spurt — he’s getting too big for his race cart.
So as a group of friends we’re working together to get Reese a new chair. One that hold and support him much better when we’re out running with him. We have set up a GoFundMe campaign for him in hopes of raising the needed $6,000 for the chair.
Any donation amount would be appreciative. Whether it’s a dollar or a $100 — each dollar gets us closer to the needed funds.
I can tell you on a personal note how much Reese loves and needs running in his life. Whenever we’re running — especially downhill and cruising — he’s all smiles. He loves the wind again his face, the force of gravity carrying him forward and the bounce of the cart.
Running is his haven and heaven.
Please consider making a donation, especially during this Christmas season. You can make a donation at the link below … mucho gracias!
THE JOSHBY AWARDS
For the past eight years — yes, eight years — I have been giving out yearly awards. What are the awards? Well, when I started “The Joshby Awards” — it was just something I did for my family. Basically it was a formal way for me to tell my siblings which ones were my favorites.
But, over the years that’s expanded over to my friends — and also my running world. Two years ago I started a running category and it’s just kinda grown into what it is now — I guess?
Really, it’s just a fun way to celebrate not just the past year, but my friends and show them my appreciation for making the past year awesome.
All of next week is dubbed “Joshby Week” here on the blog. I will be giving out my awards to my running friends, non-running friends and family. I also give an award to my favorite race medals — so look for that one.
The week should look like so —
MONDAY – Nominees and Special Awards
TUESDAY – Family Winners
WEDNESDAY – Friend Winners
THURSDAY – Running Awards & Top Race Medals
If I had the money I totally would give every winner some sort of award. Maybe after I make my first million I’ll make some nice shiny medallions? Or maybe I could just make yogurt lid medals this year?
I should let the winners decide.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the week. Don’t take it too seriously, it’s suppose to just be fun. And, please know — I am appreciative of EVERYONE!
But, I am also allowing my friends pick the running awards. This includes runner of the year, most inspirational runner, best race, etc., etc., etc. Make sure to vote here if you haven’t already — RIGHT HERE.
THIS WEEKEND’S RACE
One of the reasons why I am going to push through my cold to run tomorrow — is because I really want to run this race. I mean, really, really, really want to run this race. This has been on my radar for the past few years.
I’ve had a number of friends who have ran the Bakers Dozen Half and loved it. And, from all the pictures that they posted online hasn’t helped that desire to run the race lessen.
In addition to running a really fun race, it also happens to be one of my required St. George area races I need to run before April to get guaranteed entry into the St. George Marathon. So, basically I am hitting two birds with one stone.
I like that saying, but I love birds so sometimes when I use it — I actually feel kinda bad.
But, I digress.
I’m WAAAAAAAAY excited. Granted, we’re leaving Salt Lake at 2am and getting back in town at 3pm. But, it’ll be fun. I’m carpooling with some fun peeps — my friend Mindy and Cevan.
Make sure to come back here on Monday for my race report.
RUNCAST USA — EPISODE ONE
We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the newPodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed,individual page at PodBash.com as well as our own website atRuncastUSA.com. Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!
So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.
Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …
AWESOME FREEDOM2MOVE OFFER!
This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”
But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).
I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.
There are three volumes to the workout series — and I’m in the third volume which focuses on the abs, back and pecs. Intrigued aren’t you?
Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code“OUR10“ to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)
That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.
So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!
- Who doesn’t love some awkward family pictures — especially around the holidays?
- Whenever I see a Cinnabun in an airport, I always think of Jim Gaffigan’s bit about the overly sugary and carbohydrate rich treat. But, this is a pretty interesting read.
- This is actually a struggle for me — especially during the winter. That’s usually why I run on the treadmill of death in the winter, because my bloody hands turn into inflated cartoon hands.
- This painfully made me cringe and laugh at the same time — just make sure to read the whole thread.
- I am geek about many things — Disneyland, running, basketball statistics, paranormal investigating and the like. But, one thing that I’ve always loved — the weather. Specifically tornadoes. They’ve always fascinated me. I’ve been been in one — I was close to the SLC Tornado of ’99, but never experienced it. Also, my whole family is kinda nerdy about it too. We’re weird like that.
- I posted this last week — but it still makes me laugh. Poor guy.
- This is really an interesting and heart wrenching read — I love the Golden Gate Bridge and seeing this side of the bridge really opens your eyes to other people’s suffering and what leads them to suicide. Suicide is never the answer — life is.
- I could possibly get behind this — better than anyone else currently in the running for the GOP Presidential candidacy. Am I right, or am I right?
- This. This is cool.
- Do you like dogs? Then you MIGHT like this Instagram account. No guarantees though.
- Seriously, who names their kid Haze? Or Keno? If you’re going to name your kid after one of your favorite Vegas games — I guess that works? Better than Craps?! Check out the rest of some BAD names parents called their kids this past year.
- This caught my interest about possible movie titles of some popular movies. Take a read.
- If you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas you can take this Disney gift quiz from BuzzFeed — but I just took it and I can tell you I got Disney pajamas. Sooooo — there’s that.
FRIDAY’S HOLIDAY LAUGH