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!
As 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!
SO, ABOUT NO MARATHONS IN 2015 …
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 …
BREAK A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
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.
FARTLEK TO THE FINISH
Here are a few things that caught my attention the past week …
- I’ve been chained to the TV, news websites and such much like most of America as they’ve watched Baltimore burn. It’s hard to formulate an opinion on the whole matter. I understand the protests (to an extant) and the anger, I would think I would be too if I felt unheard or unrepresentative. I don’t understand the violence and riots though. I feel, especially as I watch live footage of the riots that a lot of these people are just opportunists. Thugs, I guess you would call them? I feel horrible about the situation on both sides, especially the store owners and car owners who had their property looted and destroyed. It’s just a horrible situation all around.
- These are some interesting portraits from the Baltimore Riots this past week. Talk about a picture says a thousand words.
- The world needs more of this, especially in Baltimore right now.
- With the riots happening in Baltimore this past week it was quite interesting watching the White Sox-Orioles game that was played on Wednesday in front of … NO FANS. If that doesn’t wake up the indifferent people out there to the impact of these riots I don’t know what will?
- Here are some more pictures of the empty house game.
- This map is rather interesting map. I’d love to hear people’s interpretation of it. Especially considering how the western U.S. is relatively non-racist? Interesting, interesting, interesting.
- The biggest tragedy though in my opinion this past week has been the earthquake and aftershocks in Nepal. Quite unbelievable the amount of damage and loss of life. The death toll is well above 5,000 people and who knows how much more there will be. It’s sad to me that this takes a backseat to rioting.
- This is a heartwarming outcome to the devastation of the earthquake.
- These pictures of the earthquake aftermath are humbling. If you can please make a donation to your favorite charity. I have donated $10 to the American Red Cross in memory of the victims.
- Okay, do I REALLY want kids? Not sure if this is helping?
- I need some of these supplies, especially that portable hot tub. I couldn’t think of any better way to bugout.
- I love a lot of these car “REPAIRS” … but I’ll just say, duct tape works wonders. Beautiful, wonderful wonders.
- This is fun. My Starbucks name is “Jeph” Try it out!
- These make me laugh, but the last one with the spilled Chiptole … that makes me cry!
- For every weird thing I do in life I am just going to blame my British heritage. Case in point.
- Ummmmm … yeah, these people are idiots. And, you want to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour?
- I might be Mormon, but I’d sure love to be invited to some religious ceremonies at the United Church of Bacon!
- Ooooooh, this makes me want to travel! These places look gorgeous!
- This is hilarious, makes my day!
- Sometimes I really wish I wasn’t deathly allergic to cats. Seriously.
- I think I need a pocket shark? Not sure, but I feel like it would be the right thing to add into my life.
- If you’re in geography (like myself) this is kind of a fun map.
- Awwwww … I love these stories. A must read.
- Duly noted. Thus, why I hate Comic Sans.
- Why can’t I look away from these … why? Why?
- This would be scary and what a winch for throwing a fit like that after not getting a cigarette.
- Um, I need Earl in my life.