It’s been a fun past few days — and looking at the calendar in the immediate future it will once again with Thanksgiving and a four-day weekend coming up. I’ve got a number of projects that I have been working on as of late. Lots to do with The Bugout Run and PrepperCon — and then some also with Operation Underground Railroad aka “O.U.R.” This is all on top of what I have going on at work as well.
I don’t blog about work — but basically — there a number of changes happening with co-workers so lots of transitioning and goodbyes. Both in which are exciting and sad in some respects. But, change is one of those constants in life that you can count on being predictably unpredictable. But, I’ve learned to thrive with change and I am excited — not just at work, but with my number of projects as well.
The newest project is the O.U.R. fundraiser that I am helping with here in Bountiful. I blogged a bit about it on Friday, but basically it’s a non-profit that raises money to fund teams of ex-Navy Seals and other armed servicemen to infiltrate sex trafficking rings and rescue children that have been kidnapped or sold into it. Not only do they fund those missions, but the money is also used in the rehabilitation of these children.
I’ve been asked by a couple of friends why I got involved with the organization — especially considering I’m not a father or have ever been around this sort of thing before. And, my answer is always quite simple. When I heard the story and the mission of O.U.R. it resonated with me. Of all the campaigns and causes out there today — this spoke to me — to my very core. This wasn’t a cause for more rights, less rights or equal rights — this is about the right to freedom.
The basic right to freedom.
This was about being an abolitionist.
These women and children who have been forced into the sex trade are slaves. And, in the most degrading and evil forms of slavery. For what? Some other man’s pleasure. How can you NOT want to stand up and contribute your time and talents to a cause like this that works to stop it?
I can’t think of any better cause. These people enthralled in this evil economy are my family — they’re all our family. So how can I not help them in their darkest hour?
That’s why I got involved in O.U.R. and will continue to get involved with them — wherever that may lead me.
But, enough about that.
This past week I had another Bugout Run. This go around it was down in Provo just by the mouth of Provo Canyon near the Indian Road Trailhead. This has been our fifth since we launched our first race in July. We hiked up along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail — about 2.5 miles up the canyon to an area where we had a boot camp workout, demonstration and mile run out and back to the base camp.
It was a nice run/hike after last weekend’s 50K. I didn’t really run this past week just to give my body and legs some rest. But, I am soooo ready to get back into the groove of things now. I will post a bit more about my workout regime, but I am basically moving towards doing some body weight circuit training along with my running.
I am toying with the idea — no commitment yet — about streak running. I think that would be mentally good for me right now, especially with my running. I have never done streak running — sooooooo — I am doing some more homework about it. But, I am committed to the circuit training and a half marathon training plan starting in January.
Why a half marathon training plan?
Well, mainly to help make me stronger, I know in just the past couple of months I’ve lost some speed and I want to gain that back — plus the training plan will be a good consistent factor in my weight-loss plan. How streak running fits into that — I am not sure. But, like I said — we’ll see what I do if I start a streak. But, I think if I start one it will be either Thanksgiving or December 1st — I am not going to wait until the new year.
Anyways — as I mentioned lots of fun, busy stuff going on this week and next month with the holidays. I am excited. I am optimistic. And, I am anxious to see results in my fitness efforts and how these projects grow with the passing time.
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving week and stay tuned on Wednesday for a new episode of the Runcast and special Thanksgiving post on — well — Thanksgiving.
THE NEXT BUGOUT: DECEMBER 19TH
The next Bugout Run will be in Bountiful this upcoming month on Saturday, December 19th beginning at 8:30am. We don’t have a scenario yet, as that will be unveiled closer to the date — including a specific location. It wouldn’t be considered a bugout if you knew everything before the event, right?
To RSVP and register for the run you can visit our Facebook event page.
This should be a fun one — especially with the snow more than likely on the ground. So, I am sure that will be one of the aspects of the scenario. Not very thrilling for me, but the purpose of these Bugout Runs is to be prepared and test your skills in certain situations, including weather. So, this is something I, unfortunately, have to go through.
But, don’t let that be a deterrent to you for coming out with us on the 19th.
THIS WEEK’S RACE: THANKFUL 13
I am excited about this Thursday, not only is it Thanksgiving — but it is also the Thankful 13 at — appropriately — Thanksgiving Point. This will be my fourth year running the race — which really is one of my favorites. It’s small — but — a lot of fun. It’s chalk full of beautiful scenery and just a great way to start the day with a half marathon.
In fact, it’s the only half marathon race on Thanksgiving here in Utah. Before the race started in 2012 I would run my local 5K instead — but a half sure takes the worry out of Thanksgiving dinner better than 5K. Am I right or am I right?
It’s going to be cold and possibly snowy — or icy. Which doesn’t thrill me, but I am not overly worried about it. Especially since I am sweeping the course alongside my friend Cevan. It’ll be a lot of fun — Cevan is a laugh a minute person. Plus, I have a costume — yes, a costume — ready for the race as well.
It will be a gobble wobble good time.
SPECIAL OFFER: FREEDOM2MOVE
This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”
But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).
I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.
Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code “OUR10“ to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)
That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.
So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!
ELSHA’S CHRISTMAS CARDS
My amazing and talented friend, Elsha Stockseth, is once again selling her Christmas cards this year. Each year for the past several years she designs a Christmas card uses to help raise money for charities in Africa.
Each one of her cards has a story and design that is unique to her. It almost always includes some reference to Bono, U2 and herself. I even had a shoutout in her card last year. See if you can find it on the design. To say that I was beyond honored is an understatement. I am so glad that Elsha and my paths have crossed, her friendship has enriched my life tremendously.
I have already ordered by cards for this year from her (this year’s design is above) and each card is just a $1. Yep — pretty cheap when you compare it to what you’ll find at the card aisle at the store. And, like I mentioned previously each card sold helps charities in Africa. So it’s all a win, win, win, win — right?
You can order your cards here. This includes this year’s design along with some other available designs from year’s past. They’re all pretty awesome. So make your Christmas cards as personal as your gifts and share the talents of my friend Miss Elsha!
Such a happy place. #trails4life A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
LIFE HACK: When you get a sweet tooth while on a diet just grab a tube of Neccos and that moment will pass after a couple dry heaves. #neccosaredeath A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
We might be decorating the Christmas tree next week, but this week we’re decorating Papou with sticky notes a plenty. #thisishowwespendoursundaynights A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on
MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015 2015 Training Miles – 246.75 miles 2015 Walking Miles – 469.8 miles 2015 Race Miles – 451.35 miles 2015 Total Miles – 1167.9 miles Monthly Total Miles for 2015 January – 78.8 miles February – 72.85 miles March – 115.3 miles April – 76.3 miles May – 97.4 miles June – 131.15 miles July – 101.65 miles August – 110.2 miles September – 115.69 miles October – 164.7 miles
November – 109.85 miles
A LITTLE MONDAY MOTIVATION