Every year as the calendar and seasons go into spring — I am always reminded how much I love this weather. There’s something wonderfully renewing about Spring that rejuvenates my goals and resolutions better than New Years.
But, for someone who loathes the snow — spring weather — is simply the best. Whether it’s the cool morning weather, spring showers or small glimpses of summer … I love it all (I feel like I just wrote a commercial for Irish Spring soap?).
And, with each passing day — I am getting closer to the race schedule. I am less than a month away from the Provo City Half (May 7) and I feel ready. I’m working the hills of Bountiful to my benefit — basically earning my downhill. It’s just a matter of my stamina and getting the weight off that I want/need.
But, I am looking further than just May 7th. As much as I am preparing myself for Provo City — I have my eye on the goal of the whole racing season — my 50 miler on October. That’s my goal — that’s what all my effort is leading towards — and I’m getting there.
I am trying not to let the frustration of now distract or deter me from the goal of tomorrow. I know, and trust, the process of my training. I have a plan and I am working towards it.
I am extremely excited — I feel like the challenge to prepare myself for this ultra, is not just desired, but needed. I need this challenge. I need this obstacle — especially — the obstacles I’ll encounter from here until the finish line.
The same feeling I had building up to my first marathon is back. I’ve gotten this feeling a couple times since my first marathon some four years ago. It’s a good sign that I am needing and ready for a challenge. A challenge both physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Anyways — I am looking forward to my weekend. Not only is it going to be spent preparing for PrepperCon next Friday and Saturday, but I am looking forward to my therapeutic training run. The weather looks ideal for a long run.
I was wanting to run down a canyon — but, I am going to stay close to home again. I want to get about 9 miles — so I am going to run my Bountiful Temple Loop again. But, this time, I am NOT going UP 400 North. I think I’ve earned the right to down it, right?
FUN TIMES! GOOD RUNS! HOORAY FOR THE WEEKEND!
GOODBYE VIGOR MY OLD FRIEND …
So my best friend is getting married in May — initially — it was pitted for May 20th. A Friday — no problem. But, recently, he informed me the date was changed to May 14th — a week earlier. In the normal world this wouldn’t be a problem. But, as runner — yeaaaaaaaah — big problem. I was already registered for the Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon that day.
For most races — this wouldn’t be THAT big of a deal — but, this is one of my favorite races, down one of my favorite canyons. And, the wedding begins at 11am. So there would be no way I could run it, get home, change and then get to the temple.
Well, unless I was an elite runner. Or sub-two half marathoner. But, that’s a post for another day.
There’s no question where my priorities lay — I am going to wedding. I am the best man after all — and we’ve been friends pretty much since we were toddlers.
But, I won’t lie — I am bummed to have to miss out on this race. It really, really, really is one of my favorites. But, it’s not a total loss — I am running the Big Cottonwood Marathon (September 10) and the Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (June 11) … so I’ll get plenty of time with the canyon.
I am lucky that I am able to transfer my bib — and I am selling it. Sooooo — if you’re interested in running the Vigor BC Half on May 14th … let me know. I’m interested in getting an Ogden bib — so if you have one or want to buy me one — let’s talk! I might even throw in some wedding cake as part of the trade?
Don’t worry though — I will be back in 2017! And, if I’m the one getting married next May — I’ll protect that date with my life!
ST. GEORGE OR BUST!
Well, to counter the disappointment of having to drop Vigor BC Half — I did register for the St. George Marathon (October 1) on Tuesday! I have a guaranteed entry since I did the Runner Series — so no lottery for me this year.
This will be my third St. George Marathon and 10th life-time marathon. It will also be one of three ultra training races leading up to the Pony 50 (October 21-22). I’ll also be sweeping the Big Cottonwood Marathon (September 10) and running the Huntsville Marathon (September 24).
So — a marathon every other week. That both frightens and excites me a bit. I know I can do it as long as I put my trust in training and being consistent. Luckily, I am sweeping Big Cottonwood — and I am not planning on racing hard at Huntsville. It’s all about getting time on my feet.
St. George is one of my favorite marathons. There’s nothing better than running amongst all the red rocks — it’s heaven to me.
ST. GEORGE OR BUST, BABY!
PREPPERCOOOOOOOON!!! I’m getting really excited for next week’s PrepperCon. Not just because I have a hand in the weekend, but because it’s really, really fun. AND — this year — it’s going to be much more epic.
Not only will a lot of the same vendors, booths and entertainment be back — but, it will be bigger (we’re taking up two halls, not just one) and more fun. There will be a hurricane simulator there that will let you experience the 100+ mph winds you would encounter in a hurricane.
Trust me, it’s pretty dang cool.
Not only will I be there all weekend long like a chicken with it’s head chopped off — but, I also will be helping to man the Bugout Run booth again. It’s going to be a lot of fun — celebrities, classes, entertainment, etc., etc., etc.
PrepperCon is next Friday and Saturday (April 15-16) at the South Towne Expo Center and you can buy tickets now — here.
ARE WE PREPARED, YET?
This episode Schwendy and I interview Scott Stallings — CEO of PrepperCon (and my brother-in-law). We talk about the convention, what got him into prepping, the stigmas that come with prepping and everything in between.
Basically, get excited for PrepperCon happening next weekend at the South Towne Expo Center (April 15-16)!
Give it a listen here …
THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS
COMMENTARY: I feel really good about this week’s numbers — I had a couple really good workouts and an awesome run on Tuesday night. I would have liked to get another run yesterday, but had a pretty long 7am-11pm day. Either way, I am going in the right direction.
My current goal right now is to get under 270 by Provo City on May 7 — so basically a month to lose another 7-8lbs (or more). Doable and attainable. I am not sure what to expect next week with PrepperCon — I am going to have to do my long run mid-week since I will be running around Thursday through Saturday.
I am going to squeeze it in somewhere, but next week won’t be a normal week for me — the goal will be to maintain or lose, not necessarily lose big. But, who knows? If that happens — I’d be surprisingly happy with it.
Anyways — good numbers heading into the weekend!
WEIGHT: 276.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.4%
WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
LAST WEEK (4/1/16)
WEIGHT: 279.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
THIS WEEK (4/8/16)
WEIGHT: 276.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.4%
THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT: – 2.5 LBS.
BODY FAT%: – 0.3%
BMI: – 0.3
WAIST: – 0.2″
- I love this read about Jared Ward, a local Utah runner and 2016 Olympian, sounds like an awesome guy and I hope he rocks it in Rio de Janeiro! I also love these marathon training tips he shared with Runner’s World.
- The fact you can find running shoes online for cheaper isn’t new — stores like Running Warehouse — are goldmines for cheap shoes. But, I have a problem not going local — especially, when I am in the hunt for a new shoe. I like to try on the shoes and find what works best for me. Those first pair are always bought in store — if I stick with that shoe for my next pair, then I am more apt to shop online. There are a lot of great running stores here in Utah — and some will price match online if they carry that shoe … so that’s a plus.
- I like this list of ways to boost your confidence — especially the part where swearing can help! DAMN STRAIGHT IT DOES!
- Hardcore Jazz fans (like myself) got sad news about Coach Jerry Sloan. This week he recently went public about his fight with Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Shockingly sad news — I met him a couple times as a kid — he is such a nice guy. And, he is exactly what you think he would like in person.
- I have wondered about whether I should race on training runs — and usually — I do. I’d much rather race with others around me then run a long and lonely road by myself. Sure, I love that once in a while, but as I train for my 50 miler in October — I am supplementing my 28 mile runs with marathons (BC, Huntsville and St. George). I’m a social zen runner — I want to be where the people are.
- Oh man … Disney really is killing Star Wars isn’t it? Poor Mr. Hamilton.
- Okay, maybe not killing Star Wars — the Rogue One trailer excites me!!!
- This is funny — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is getting blasted on social media for making a banana mayo sandwich. Um, one of my favorite sandwiches is a banana and ham sandwich — with mayo. But, you’ve got to have the ham to balance the tangy (mayo) and sweet (banana). It’s good, I swear.
- This is a pretty interesting read about an unsolved murder in LA back in the late ’40s — I love these kind of mysteries. Worth the read.
- I am still debating whether or not I want to go see the new Jungle Book movie — I mean, it DOES look better than the last live action film — regardless, I found this an interesting read about King Louie.
- I’ll run in shine, I’ll run in rain, I’ll even run in snow (depending on how bad), but, man oh man — I don’t know if I could run through hail like these runners did at the Syracuse Half Marathon. That’s brutal!
- These are some pretty funny tweets about McDonald’s — truth is truth, eh?
- I found this article about the Saints’ 2005 season spent split between San Antonio and Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina quite the read. I love forgotten histories like this.
- So odd, yet awesome. This should be a tradition everywhere.
- ummmmmm … the only thing I have to say is — why didn’t I think of this first? A poop museum?! BRILLIANT!
- Looks like I found a possible future exhibit for the poop museum!
- Screw the diet right now — just stare at these AWESOME cinnamon rolls. I want them all — on my plate, in my stomach and stuck to my thighs.
- Let’s just say — this would be me if I was a criminal. No joke.