The 70th Fartlek Friday™ – Would you believe me if I told you that a man in a buffalo hat and fishnet stockings talked me into running another marathon?

FFWow. Is it really May? I know I say that pretty much every flip of the calendar. But, really, how are we five months into 2015 already. It’s going by WAY too fast!

This past week has been a refreshing week back to somewhat normalcy. No more all-nighters are three-hours of sleep nights while getting ready for PrepperCon and The Bugout Run booth. I’ve been able to get a couple good runs and workouts in this past week.

Not to mention some good sleep. On Sunday, I got about 14.5 hours of sleep. No joke. I just rolled out of bed about 20 minutes before church. The combination of lack of sleep, excitement of the convention and projects and then just running around PrepperCon just caught up with me.

But, I feel refreshed and am not just normalizing myself, but getting excited about future projects like PrepperCon 2016 and The Bugout Run.

More than that … I am excited about running the Provo City Half Marathon tomorrow morning. This has kind turned into one of my favorite races. Provo Canyon is gorgeous and it’s a fun, fast course. I might not be a fan of waiting up the canyon in the cold, but I love the run down …

I can’t believe this is my fourth time running the race, either. Time sure flies, eh?

The running plan is to just do my best tomorrow and push myself past my hard. I’d love to finish somewhere between 2:30-2:45, but we’ll see. I feel that’s a good goal, especially on a downhill course. But, the overall goal is to just to push myself to my best. So we’ll see what happens.

I am just excited to run! And, this will be the first of four races in May so I’m just getting into the groove of things! YEAH RUNNING SEASON!!!



I hate bringing up my thyroid up so much. Because, I’d rather just keep it private, but at the same time it’s a part of my journey and that’s what this blog is about.

As it’s well documented, this past year or so has been VERY frustrating trying to figure out my thyroid/testosterone issues. I’ve had medications changed, thrown to different doctors and looked at ways to change my diet, etc. So far, I’m just fighting to maintain and not gain … much.

But, still I am 30-40lbs. above where I maintained myself for about four years. That’s been frustrating, because the same things I did to get there and maintain myself there aren’t working anymore. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Oh, and ugh.


But, I got my blood drawn again to check on my thyroid and testosterone levels on Thursday. Though I won’t get the results back until next week, I am going to request to go back onto Armour. I’ve been on Levothyroxin for the past couple of months and it just hasn’t been working like I thought.

I’ve been reading more of Dr. Hyman’s books and literature and he’s a backer of Armour for a number of reasons. Plus, I want/need to follow his sugar solution diet better. It really isn’t much of a diet as it’s about eating more real food and eliminating needless sugar in my diet. This obviously includes processed foods and meats.

I am not going to go into detail with all of that. That’s a post for another day. But, that’s the pull I am going towards. And, I’ll blot about it on one of these Phat Tuesdays. Because that’s a lengthy post for another day.

I am sure I’ll find that groove. I am not too worried about it, but at the same time I am. Having nightmares of you being 400+lbs. again would indict that. And, I am hoping that immersing myself into Dr. Hyman’s way of thinking will help effect the thyroid and testosterone so that my runs and exercise will not feel like they are wasted.

Anyways … just a quick update. More on all of this later!

Bugout Challenge LogoAs blogged about last Friday and Monday, my friends Jorge, Dave and I have launched The Bugout Run. We’ve finally nailed down some dates for this year. Our main “bugout” run will be September 25-26th. It will be a 24 hour race and there will be a number of fun details coming out within the next couple of weeks.

The best way that I can explain the race is … Trail running meets prepping and then has a fling with Ragnar (or any kind of relay) who also has a thing with an obstacle course run. If you can make sense of all of that … good for you!

But, we’ll also have a couple of smaller “bugouts” leading up to the granddaddy throughout the summer. So mark your calendars for July 18th and August 8th. We’ll have an option where you can camp out on Friday night or arrive on Saturday morning. Again, more details coming within the next couple of weeks.

All three of us are VERY excited about this new race. It’s something new, fresh and challenging. But, more than that it gives people the opportunity to test their preparedness skills. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to sharing more once we get closer.

But, please mark your calendars for July 18, August 8 and September 25-26 to come and bugout with us!


Fishnet stockings and a buffalo hat … Tim sure knows how to appeal to me.

Remember when I declared 2015 being devoid of marathons? Probably not, but I do. And, for my closest friends they’re well aware of that, especially the ones who try to get me to run one.

Well, my friend Tim Gill got to me. And, no it wasn’t because of his fishnet stockings or manly buffalo hat. And, there wasn’t even a bribe of Peeps involved as well. It was because it would fulfill one of my bucket list items …


Yep, that’s right. For a $20 deposit … which will be credited back once I cross the finish line … me and 75 of my closest friends (and strangers) will be chained together before running the Layton Marathon together on October 10th. Why not, right? By October I’ll be a World Record Runner. And, I’m not even Kenyan!

So, I guess that’s all it took was to promise me the chance to become a world record holder? But, then again it helps that the expected finish will be 6-7 hours. That speaks to my kind of marathon.

And, on top of that it’ll be good training for my 50K in November.



Here are a few things that caught my attention the past week …


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