Okay you’re probably wondering why in the heck I am dedicating this week’s Fartlek Friday to Shawn Bradley. Don’t worry, I am too. It’s kinda weird.
But, as a kid … I kinda idolized him. He entered the NBA in 1993 when I was in the 5th grade. I think I kinda attached myself to Bradley because he was tall and I was tall. At the time I was the tallest in the grade.
So it was kinda natural in that regard. But, one thing I loved about Bradley was that he was 7’6 played for the Philadelphia 76ers and wore #76. I thought that was so cool. Heck even those shooting star jerseys were cool to me. So, that’s why I am dedicated the 76th Fartlek to Shawn Bradley.
Oh, and I’ve met him in person before too. Cool guy. He lives in my sisters’ neighborhood and I’ve seen him at their church functions. One of my favorite pictures ever was the one I took last year of my Mom by Bradley (without him knowing of course) …
I love my Mom.
Anyways, so much more to talk about then my affinity for giant culture.
Okay, I know that I said I was going to move on about talking about Shawn Bradley, but you have to wonder if he plays on the ward basketball team? It wouldn’t be fair if you were the opposition, but heck, I’d just have Shawn lift me to the basket so I could dunk.
Tangent over. I swear.
Plus, it could get worse, I could be expressing my love for Greg Ostertag.
I am pretty dang excited for this weekend … race #94 is going down. I am running the Drop 13 Half Marathon on Saturday. This race runs down Big Cottonwood Canyon, somewhat of a similar course like the Vigor race I ran last month, but the finish line is in a different location.
I’ve expressed my love of this canyon before and since I already expressed my love for Shawn Bradley today I am just expressing too much love for it to be right. So I’ll save you the mushy crap for Monday during my race recap.
Because, believe you me … it can get mushy when I get to talking about Big Cottonwood Canyon.
But, it’s kind of funny how I got this race. I was originally signed up for the Utah Valley Marathon. I signed up last year right after my marathon when all judgement goes out the window. I saw on that for a while until I decided to switch to the half marathon, which I did.
Then I got a pacing gig at the Yellowstone Half Marathon in Wyoming. So, I decided to sell my Utah Valley bib and then pace Yellowstone instead, because … well … Yellowstone!
I was planning on taking Friday off to commute to the race, but a few weeks ago my co-worker decided to take a week off for vacation and I couldn’t take that Friday off any longer. Soooooo … I had to cancel my pacing gig. LAME!
That’s when I decided to sign up for the Drop 13 Half Marathon, a race I’ve wanted to do the past couple of years. On Hill Events does a good job at their races and with the combination of that and the canyon I couldn’t say no.
I just haven’t raced this before, because I had already committed to Utah Valley which has always been on the same day. But, after the run around (literal) of races I couldn’t say no to Drop 13.
And, now the funny thing is … my office is closed all day today, because they are replacing a transformer all day which means … NO POWER. So I probably could have gone to Yellowstone after all?!
But, that’s all hindsight. But, I am really excited for my race tomorrow. There really isn’t anything like a good downhill run, eh?
I’m just excited to be running down Big Cottonwood.
It’s just too bad that Shawn Bradley doesn’t run.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration for the July 18th Bugout Run is open! The best part about this run? It’s FREE! Yep … FREE NINETY-NINE! In fact our August 8th Bugout Run will be as well. Registration for our Bugout Survival Challenge will open soon as well and that will be happening in the fall.
There is a difference between the two challenges or runs. First, the Bugout Runs are all FREE events. These will be small trail run/hikes of 3 to 5 miles that anyone over 14 years of age can participate in.
What makes these a BUGOUT event is that you don’t know the specific location of the race until 72-48 hours before the run. You’ll get an email from us with the location and what to prepare for, for that run. Then you’ll meet at that location and we’ll hike out.
The run will also include a couple of survival challenges and opportunities to talk about preparedness issues with our resident experts and participants. There will also be experts on hand to help scrutinize and grade your bugout bags, making sure you are REALLY ready to bugout if needed.
The purpose of these runs is to give the community an opportunity to practice their survival skills, learn what they need to do be doing and to network with others.
We have the same goal for the Survival Challenge in the fall, but this will be a larger scale event with many obstacles and scenarios. There will be beginner, intermediate and expert levels participants can choose from and we’ll also have community members and experts at each station teaching and proctoring the scenarios.
This event will be a 24 hour overnight “bugout” and the best way for me to describe the event is that it’s Trails meet running meet obstacle course meet a team relay meet emergency preparedness.
It will be a lot of fun. Trust me.
But, the first run will be somewhere in Davis County. The August event will be in Utah County. As far as specific locations … you’ll just need to sign up and find out, eh?
THE ROAD TO 180
As noted earlier this week I have decided to make this year’s Bountiful Handcart Days Half Marathon my 100th race. This race was also my first half marathon back in 2011. It was the perfect place and moment to celebrate this milestone.
Since I had to add two races to my schedule, I picked up the Provo Midnight Run (June 26) and the Hobbler Half (July 11) to make this goal possible. The good people of On Hill Events were kind enough to give me a discount with me and are letting me share it with you as well.
If you use code RUNCAST at checkout you can get a 15% discount on your registration. That’ll save you some $$$! This will be my first time running the Midnight Run in Provo, but these races are fun. You get all blinged up and run at night. It’s a great race to run with friends.
So come join me on June 26th!
It shall be fun.
THE FRIDAY FARTLEK
Here are other things that have caught my attention this past week …
- If you haven’t been stalking me lately (shame on you) I started blogging about my recent attempt at losing the weight I’ve gained this past year because of health issues and the sort. Give it a read.
- I am doing that on a different blog for a couple of reasons … one, it felt awkward doing it here for some reason? And, two, well I just didn’t want to do it here. So, it’s a Blogger blog, just a simple one for me to track my numbers and thoughts during the process. Don’t worry, it’s not replacing this blog. It’s just a companion site.
- I also still have my rarely used personal blog where I muse about things that have nothing to do with weight or running. I blogged this past week about how I want my dog to die … don’t worry, read it first before you judge me on that statement.
- I am having a GIVEAWAY for a JournalMENU fitness planner the winner will be announced by 5pm today! Enter to win on Facebook or Instagram.
- Ladies and gentlemen … this is why America is fat.
- Little known fact about … I am a huge fan of Donald Duck. I can’t tell you why exactly? But, ever since I was a kid I liked him. Which is strange because I am one of the most mellow types of people. Opposites attract?
- You want to know why I am not a parent yet? Probably because of this.
- I am really excited for Jurassic World! Like, really excited. In fact, I am taking myself to the movie today … just by myself. What would you call that … a “me date?”
- I don’t get too excited over movies. In fact, I am pretty picky about what I watch. But, this has been one on my radar for a while. And, then of course the new Star Wars. Other that … not into movies that much.
- This is a great parody of Jurassic Park … by Sesame Street.
- Should I mention that I hate superhero movies?
- It’s been kind of fun watching the NBA Finals unfold. Going into the Finals I was pulling for the Warriors, but I am not going to lie … it’s been fun watching this scrappy Cavs team play without Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love. Granted, they still have the greatest player in the league in LeBron James playing and healthy. But, unsung heroes like Matthew Dellavedova stepping up has been fun!
- But, like I said last week, I’m fine with either team winning. I just want good basketball and the Cavs are playing that right now as the underdog. Fun, fun, fun!
- I was on the news this past week. Here are some thoughts about it from my Back2Phat blog.
- Also, doesn’t it look like I am being interviewed by Barbra Walters for some hardcore investigative story in this picture?
- We’re getting a Steak n’ Shake near my place. I won’t lie, not excited. But, cool nonetheless. Gross.
- BAHAHAHA … I am doing 9 to 5 totally wrong apparently!?
- Geez, I feel like there needs to be a movie made about the saving of Toy Story 2. Incredible!
- This could make things interesting … jam-filled sausage?
- Back2Phat is also on Instagram. There isn’t anything TOO sexy on it. It’s really more of a place to share pictures of my food, workouts and runs. But, beware there is also a shirtless picture of me on there. Ladies, take a number.
- Oh, this is rich … cat bras!
- Oh gosh, I can’t tell you how much I loved Tiny Toon Adventures. I remember being VERY excited about watching the first episode when it first came out. This is a part of my childhood.
- I also remember hearing about those two kids who wrote the Hawaiian episode and being inspired by it. After that I tried writing Tiny Toons and TNMT episodes. They went nowhere, but writing has always been in my blood I guess?
- This kid seriously can’t be getting cuter, right? Especially when she cranks out masterpieces like this in church.
- Um, I should have started my diet next week. Bacon wrapped melted cheese sandwich? I could eat that every day (and then die a premature death due to heart disease … of course).
- This is a good reference article for Seinfeld for the younger generation.
- I don’t know what to think about this? Kinda creeps me out. I won’t lie.
- Oh, I want one of these vans. I could totally live in one of these … down by the river.
- Oh, I want to hire a Chimp Chef now. I hear they make a KILLER Bananas Foster.
- I feel like this is interesting. Okay, maybe not, but you totally watched the whole video, huh?
- Ferris Buellers’ Day Off is one of my favorite movies, so naturally this was a fun read. And, how can you NOT love (besides Paul McCartney) the Twist and Shout segment? One of my favorite scenes EVER.
- Wowzers. This is why I have never been to Lake Powell before.
- And, I think that’s about that for the day. But, first let me leave you with this.