If there are two things I hate in this world it’s Satan and snow. Which is funny — because my middle name is Snow. But, I wasn’t because of the weather element — in fact, I was born in the middle of August — it’s a family name.
But, yeah, I hate the snow.
That’s one reason why I am looking forward to a quick little trip this weekend to St. George in southern Utah. It’s not for business — it’s all pleasure. I am running the Snow Canyon Half Marathon tomorrow morning. This will be the first time running this race — which I have to say is making slightly giddy. Probably too much?
But, I can’t help it. I love southern Utah and especially Snow Canyon. This course basically follows the last half of the St. George Marathon. In my opinion, the better half. I like the challenge Veyo Hill and all, but really — how can you NOT love hitting Snow Canyon and literally running downhill into St. George?
It’s making me that much more excited for St. George next year.
And, that’s why I am actually running Snow Canyon. I signed up for the St. George Runner Series that guarantees me a spot in the marathon next October. All I have to do is run two pre-approved southern Utah races and I’m guaranteed a spot.
So I am running Snow Canyon and then the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon next month in Hurricane. That’s another race I am excited about — not sure if it’s because of the locale or the fact every lap I get the opportunity to cram my face with Hostess products?
I am kind of happy that I am getting both of my required races out of the way, especially before the end of this year. It makes my 2016 race schedule easier to manage. Though I wouldn’t mind running the St. George Half Marathon in January. But, I sh’ant.
So the plan for the quick trip is that I am leaving work at noon and then I am going to be carpooling down to St. George with my friends Jason and Tammy Henry today. We’ll then crash, wake up early, run, eat something good and then drive back home tomorrow afternoon-ish.
Pretty solid itinerary, eh?
I am not pacing this race, in fact it’s my first race that I am running by myself since — um — thinking — Nebo? So, really, I have no expectations. I haven’t really trained for speed the past couple of months.
But, with that said, I do want to go out there and give it a good effort. I’d love to finish somewhere between 2:35-2:45. I think that’s doable and realistic, especially considering that I have never ran this course. If I go faster — good on me.
I really just want to go down there and have fun and give it a good effort. Help me gauge where I am with MY running — not my pacing speed. It should be fun.
It will be fun.
Anyways — it’s “ST. GEORGE OR BUST” baby!
Have a good weekend and happy running!
NEXT WEEK’S RACE: ANTELOPE ISLAND 50K
Welp, my 50K is rapidly approaching. And, by rapidly approaching I mean — next week. I am running the Antelope Island 50K next Saturday.
I am all kinds of excited, nervous, excited, scared, excited, worried and excited — basically I feel like Jesse Spano before a big exam. I really don’t know what to expect? I don’t want to know what to expect — I just want to do it.
I know I am probably under trained and that’s why I am expected to go slow. I’ll be running with my friends Jason Henry and Tim Gill. We’ve pretty much established we’ll be doing a lot of speed hiking. And, of course, when we’re around buffalo that’ll be actual running.
Sound race plan, eh?
I’m also playing with the idea of ordering a Domino’s Pizza mid-race to see if they’d actually deliver it. I figure it’ll take them over 30 minutes thus giving me a free pizza. Sure it’ll be cold — but when you’re running an ultra marathon I don’t think it matters, right?
Well, okay, no pizza. But, if anyone shows up with a pizza I won’t decline a slice — or ten.
But, really, I am excited. I know I’ve done enough to not die. I know it will hurt. I know my feet will look like hamburger by the end of the race. I know it will be one of the toughest things I’ve done.
BUT — I know it’ll be worth every step. And, that I have what it takes to do it.
As a dear friend (ahem — Jill) says often, “if you can’t be fast — be epic!” So epic is what I’m going for next Saturday!
And, note to self — get that quote on a t-shirt.
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Doing food prep for the week! Making my protein pancakes (six packets – flavored oatmeal, 10 eggs, cup and a half of oatmeal and a scoop of protein powder). This will feed me daily for five days. It gives me a punch of protein that helps me start the day off right. Food prep is the #1 way to help prevent you from deviating from your plan. If you’ve already made it his can you sway? #breakfast #food #protein #pancakes #proteinpancakes #diet #exercise #running #workout #health #wellness #hypothyroidism #thyroid #hypothyroid #lowtestosterone #myweightlossjourney #weightloss @fight4phat @running180 @kindaqwerty A photo posted by Fight4Phat™ 🏃🏻💨 (@fight4phat) on
THE UTAH RUNCAST TO RUNCAST USA
If you’ve been following The Utah Runcast online as of late, you’d know we’ve changed things up a bit. And, by a bit — I mean — a lot. We’re still a podcast that talks about running it’s just our target audience has expanded some.
Basically from Utah to the USA. Quite the expansion.
But, this doesn’t mean we are not about running here in Utah. We’re still Utah based, we still talk about running here in Utah — but also running matters around the country. And, I guess international as well. But, we’re sticking with Runcast USA — no potential Runcast International name.
Besides appealing to a wider audience, we’re making this change in correlation with our podcast host — Podgoblin’s move to PodBash come January 2016. The move will bring a bigger audience so we want to make a similar move as well.
I’ll still be on the show along with Jorge and Jim. Not to mention a couple other additions coming soon. It’s going to be fun — it’s going to be a party.
You can follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. We also have a website RuncastUSA.com where we have bios, past episodes and the like. We’re pretty stoked about the changes — and I hope you are too.
Here’s the last episode of The Utah Runcast if you haven’t listened yet — enjoy!
THE FRIDAY FARTLEK
Here are a few other things that caught my attention this past week —
- I kind of want to put my name in the lottery for the New York Marathon at some point in my life. I think that’d be a fun race to run — this just helps solidify that perception.
- I also want to run the San Francisco Marathon — Chicago Marathon and Walt Disney World Marathon. Probably San Francisco more than the other two races. Running across the Golden Gate Bridge is on my Bucket List.
- Another reason not to drink soda.
- So — yeah — pretty much every food on this list would denote that you’ve hit rock bottom to some extent — financially or physically. It also shows that you have no idea how to cook.
- Here are some fun facts about California.
- If you’re trying to find something for me for Christmas — here are some ideas. And, just to let you know — I really, really, really want this.
- Oh, here are some other great gift ideas — then again, I’ll also gladly accept actual tacos and burritos as an appropriate Christmas gift.
- This is really cool — I’ve seen runners running is odd costumes (heck I ran in long pants once) — but this firefighter is beyond awesome in doing 26.2 miles at the NYC Marathon in FULL gear. Great cause too.
- Oddly interesting — and fascinating to say the least.
- SIGH — I know I was in Disneyland a month ago, but still — I think it’s time to go back. Especially when you read stuff like this — now I have to go see it myself.
- Interesting article about posted calories at restaurants — does it make a difference? Yes. Does it change people’s eating habits? Probably not. But, I know it makes me double think about what I want to eat if I’m in a sit down or fast food restaurant. But, health is more than just calories — so there’s that argument.
- Speaking of fast food — McDonald’s is trying out gourmet burgers? Um, how about … no?
- I love photos of abandoned places — these homes are nothing short of stunning in my book.
- I was rooting for the Mets in the World Series — but really didn’t care — so this is kinda funny. Everything your Mom said about tattoos came true — all within five games.
- A meat cake — eh? There’s an alternative for a birthday cake.
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