Welp, Christmas music is in the air — quite literally. The shopping season is in full swing. We’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hopefully you did something worth while on Giving Tuesday. Not sure if they did something for Wednesday and Thursday? I feel like they should.
But, I’ve thrown enough money to a lot of people over the past week that I don’t need another reason to go for broke during the holidays. Sad thing is most, if not all the “gifts” I bought were for me and not anyone else. Granted it helps being single. But, as a runner you jump on deals for new shoes, cheap race entries — along with the gear, etc.
Running is expensive. I want to know who the person was that said all you need to run is your shoes and desire. We all know it’s a lie. Those shoes need to be a specific pair to support your feet correctly, then of course you need the right kind of speciality socks and compression sleeves to support those feet further. But, then for some reason that correlates into your need to color coordinate your shoes with your shirt. So there’s a couple new running tech shirts.
Of course after you realize your shorts don’t color coordinate you replace those along with the latest compression underwear — for your comfort needs. And, even though others won’t see your underwear you decide to match them with everything else.
Then there’s fuel — sports bras — etc., etc., etc.
So yeah … running ain’t cheap.
I’m not sure how I got myself on that rant — I’ll blame it on the lack of sleep. Yes, lack of sleep. That’s what I’ll blame it on.
It’s been a busy week with little amounts of sleep, but it’s been a very fun and product week as well. I’ve got a number of projects that I am working on that are extremely exciting — and fun!
The biggest one is the fundraiser here in Bountiful for Operation Underground Railroad happening tonight at 6:30pm at the Bountiful High Auditorium. I posted more information in the post below — but most importantly it’s FREE and helps rescue kids from sex trafficking.
Plus, tomorrow’s run will be at a 5K organized as part of the fundraising efforts. Again, I posted more information about that below. And, yes, I will be running it. And, there may or not be a 7 Eleven along the course. Just in case I’m bring money.
Most of my involvement the past week has been putting together a video for the event. It is done, but I won’t be posting it online until after our event tonight. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone. It’s pretty cool — not what I did, but what the community has done to raise money for O.U.R. Made me emotional a number of times as I put it together.
But, please come if you can — there will be future events, especially within the next 2-3 months. Trust me, I’ll post about them here and on social media. I’d love for you to get involved as well.
I can’t say enough of the importance of the O.U.R. mission and getting these kids away from these monsters. It has to stop and we can all have a hand in making sure that it does.
Anyways, lots of other stuff going on this week as well. Prepping for our next Bugout Run in a couple of weeks (Dec. 19), gearing up for PrepperCon and then of course my run streak and trying to stay sane.
Fun, fun, fun, fun!
Have a great, fun and safe weekend!
SO THERE’S THIS …
O.U.R. FUNDRAISING GALA — THIS FRIDAY!
I have posted a few things about this event on my Facebook, but I need to spread it more, especially here on the blog. I am involved with helping to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad aka O.U.R. — here in Bountiful.
There is a FREE event on Friday, December 4th at the Bountiful High auditorium featuring O.U.R. founder Tim Ballard, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and the One Voice Children’s Choir. It’s going to be a HUGE event!
Our little team (though growing every week) in Bountiful is trying to raise $75,000 for O.U.R. That money will help fund three rescue missions. That includes any administration costs needed, the operation and rehabilitation for the children as well.
I am involved in this for many, many reasons. But, the number one reason — is that it sickens me. It sickens me these children are sold or kidnapped into the sex slave industry — no freedom, no safety and absolutely no life.
For what? Someone else’s perversion.
It’s gotta stop and it will — and, I love that O.U.R. has set out to do just that.
RUN UNITED 5K BENEFITTING O.U.R.
As part of our fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad we’re also holding a 5K this Saturday at 9am. If you are familiar with the Bountiful area — we’re basically starting where the Five Points Mall once stood. The 5K is $30 for 18 and over, $15 for 18 and under and FREE for kids under the age of 5 — and the proceeds will go to O.U.R. to help fund their rescue missions. So bring your kids, strollers, bikes or — even rollerblades.
You can register HERE via Active.com — registration does include a Run United t-shirt. Pretty nifty, eh?
If you would like more information and up to the minute updates about the race there is a Facebook event page for your convenience. Make sure to check it regularly. So far the forecast looks good. It’ll be cold, but no snow!
So please come run with us!
So this is what happens to my hair right after a run. I’m pretty sure if I walked straight into a meth house looking like this no one would bat an eye. #saynotomethkids A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
Logic says you shouldn’t pick up a jar of mayonnaise you find laying in the parking lot — even though it may be your favorite brand. #thestruggleisreal A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
I got a promotion today. #movingonupinlife A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
I don’t have a dog — and I don’t have a cat, but I have a turtle that’s as affectionate as a four legged fur ball. Only problem is that you can’t pet, walk or do much with her because she’ll rip your fingers off and kill you with salmonella. I really just need a cat. #petsarethebest #eventurtles #ijustwantacat
A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
NEXT WEEK’S RACE
Not going to lie — ever since my 50K I’ve been craving a good race. Sure I ran the Thankful 13 on Thanksgiving, but I was sweeping the course and not going my pace. That’ll change come next week when I run the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon down in Hurricane, Utah.
Basically, southern Utah.
I’ve been wanting to run this for the past couple of years. The race director, Cory Reese, is an accomplished ultra marathoner — I’m talking like hundred miler kind of ultra running — and blogger. He’s one funny dude. Plus, he’s a lover of Hostess products and that’s where the idea of this race came from — pretty cool, huh?
To get an idea of the kind of race this is, this is a pretty hilariously awesome promo video —
But, another reason I am excited about this race is that it qualifies me for the St. George Marathon since I did the St. George Runner Series. Obviously the Snow Canyon Half Marathon is a part of the series, but Cory’s race was added this year — sooooo — I’M IN!
Getting my requirements for a guaranteed entry before the end of the year is a HUGE blessing, because the first 3-4 months of 2016 are going to be extremely busy with PrepperCon, The Bugout Run and a couple other projects planned. Saving a weekend trip to southern Utah during those months is huge!
But, this will be a fun quick getaway — which is basically a day trip. I’m carpooling down and back the day of the race — about 4-5 hours each way. Fun! Fun!
Who’s joining me for the race?
RUNCAST USA, EPISODE ONE
We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the new PodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed, individual page at PodBash.com as well as our own website at RuncastUSA.com. Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!
So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.
Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …
THE FRIDAY FARTLEK
Even though I’ve been overwhelmed with my projects this past week, there were quite a few things that caught my attention this past week —
- I think the biggest news of the week is that I ate Banana #900 yesterday — I’m now deciding if I can get myself to 1,000 by the end of the year? Tempting. But, I don’t know if I have that in me? Stay tuned.
- Um, you just need to read this … like now.
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles is one of my favorite movies — this is a fun read.
- The end of 2015 is just around the corner so we’re starting to get galleries like these of the best pictures of the year. I absolutely LOVE this album.
- I don’t blame this guy’s reaction to the spider — but, my heavens I would be so embarrassed!
- Coldplay is playing Super Bowl 50’s halftime show? Pretty cool. I know there are a bunch of people that hate the decision — but, I like the pick.
- I love free days at National Parks — I’m taking note of these weekends!
- I won’t lie — I might have passed judgement on these 10 fast-food themed weddings, but I won’t lie … I would totally have a Costa Vida themed wedding.
- Well if this dating site wasn’t tailor made for me — I don’t know what else is?
- It’s posts like these that give me extreme beard envy. I’m just a patchy chin hair grower. My facial hair is pretty lame.
- I’m an appreciator of New York City — especially history — so this is pretty cool. I think the coolest thing mentioned are all those mail tubes. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
- It’s been fun watching the Warriors play this year — 20-0 to start the season! Wow. I’m not a bandwagon Warriors fan, but it’s hard to NOT root for a team that plays beautiful basketball.
- Well this sucks for the Jazz and Rudy Gobert — it’ll be interesting to see how the Jazz adapt. Hopefully Rudy comes back healthy and stronger.
- I love these calendars — I’d love either the Cats of 1986 or the Space Cats. Back in 2006 I had the Nuns having Fun calendar. Classic.
- I never wanted to know so much about Memphis — but maybe you do?
- Oh this is heartwarming and heartbreaking — but what a wonderful way to leave a legacy of giving.
- Looking isn’t going to make me fat, right?
- If you’re in need for a good laugh — here you go.
- And, I think I’ll leave you with — WAFFLES!!!
FRIDAY’S FARTLEKIN’ FUNNY FOTOS