The Run to Bountiful


For being a resident of Bountiful … I sure don’t run that much around Bountiful. Which is a shame, because I everytime I do I am reminded how awesome it is. Running the hills of my neighborhood and the Bountiful Bench is great training for marathons, half marathons and whatever -thons you want to run.

When I started running and up until about last year I mainly just ran around Bountiful. I have a couple routes that I do. Once is a simple out and back from my home to about 400 North along Davis Blvd. Then if I feel somewhat adventurous I will run up Chelsea Cove to Bountiful Blvd. to 1800 Blvd. and then back.

Jill, myself and the Temple all doing the “selfie thing” together.

But, my favorite has always been running along Bountiful Blvd. starting around Eaglewood Golf Course. When I was training for my first marathon I would have my brother drop me off by the golf course and then I would run a loop along the boulevard, past the temple, down 400 North to Davis Blvd. and then back home. It was about 9-10 mile loop. Then on my 18 mile runs I would just run from my house along the same course in reverse and then back.

I have mixed feelings about that route, because I love the route, I just hated doing it alone. That was one reason why last year I started running less in Bountiful and more in Salt Lake at Liberty Park after work or with my running group on the weekend. And, those runs would be anywhere from Salt Lake to Provo to Ogden or anywhere in between. Bountiful just started getting squeezed out of the running picture. Sure, during the summer I would run my usual 3-5 mile route along Davis Blvd. But, that kinda stops when the cold weather comes along and the treadmill becomes a welcomed option.

This is what happens when a Democrat comes and runs Bountiful. They notice things like … Ron Paul stickers.

So, this past weekend when the Gabicas and I were looking for a route to run, I suggested running my usual Bountiful route along Bountiful Blvd. I suggested this mainly because both Jill and I are trying to get faster and there is nothing better than a hilly route to help you do that. So I mapped out this run and invited whoever wanted to run with us on Facebook.

It ended up just being Mark, Jill, Addison and I anyways, which was fine. Mark and Addison zipped past Jill and I as usual. Oh, to have Mark’s legs. I could probably write a whole post about that. But, anyways, Jill and I tackled each hill and ran our earned downhill with appreciation. Running hills is such a personal mind game, there’s so much personal self-talk you tell yourself when presented with a hill. That in it’s own right is great training.

Jill OWNING the uphill.

But, along the way Jill and I stopped a few times to take pictures of the scenery. There were NUMEROUS views of the Bountiful Temple that were beyond gorgeous. Plus, there was a Ron Paul sticker that Jill HAD to get a picture with (things that only happen in Bountiful).

The run was a great combination of mental, physical and emotion for me. The mental training of hill training can’t be overstated because it’s hand in hand with the physical end of hills. Then just the emotion that comes from that and running to the temple. I know that sounds somewhat sappy, but emotionally, I thought a lot about spiritual things when I could see the temple in view.

A nice little artsy fartsy shot I took of the Bountiful Temple. I am not sure if it’s appropriate to call a picture of the temple … artsy fartsy? (this is probably how I am going to make it into hell?)

I am going to resolve right now to run this route a lot more. Not just on my weekends, but during the evenings as well. Especially when the days get longer. I had stopped running this route at night in part because I got water ballooned by some stupid teenagers a couple years ago and I just didn’t want to deal with them. Especially during the summer. Teenagers are idiots, but that’s another post for another time.



I am looking forward to next week’s run now. I am half tempted to do the same route, though I am planning on the Salt Flats as a possibility. Hmmmm … oh the decisions. But, I sure love the hills of Bountiful.

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015

2015 Training Miles – 34.85 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 10.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 13.1 miles
2015 Total Miles – 57.95 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 57.95 miles

THIS WEEK’S RUNNING – To keep myself accountable I am going to share my plan for running for the upcoming week. I am going to do this for a couple of reasons. The first reason is to keep myself accountable and then secondly it reaffirms my training plan or short term goals by putting it in writing.

The goal for this week is to actually NOT run at the gym. I really need to focus on weight-training and it seems like when I get to the gym I’d rather plop myself on a treadmill more than work the weights. So this week I am going to run 2-3 miles in the morning at home on the treadmill (or outside if I feel extra adventurous) and then go to the gym in the evening three times during the week. Where I will NOT do cardio, just weight training.

I am not sure how long I will do this, but I just need to really get out of the habit of lazy running when I don’t feel like working out. Does that make sense?

But, I’d like to do at least 10 miles during the week with a 8-10 mile run on Saturday. Which, will probably be another run around Bountiful. But, we shall see.

If there is one thing that you should probably know about me, it’s that I have a couple slight obsessions outside of running. One is photography and the other is temples. Specifically Mormon temples. Having the Bountiful Temple so close to me is something I’ve taken for granted in my life, but since my journey began it’s kinda been the centerpiece of my story. But, that’s a story for another day.

During my run this past Saturday there were a number of times that Jill and I stopped simply to take a picture of the temple. There are MANY places you can get a great shot and I definitely took advantage of nearly each view. I really can’t stop describing how much I love to capture these views.
The picture below is one picture I took and then yesterday I played around with the picture and a new app I downloaded called Studio to make the final product. Of course I Instagrammed it. Another thing you might not know about me is that besides running my personal, @thegr8joshby and running, @running180, accounts I also run an LDS/Mormon themed Instagram account called @mormongramz. I basically shared scriptures, pictures of temples and inspiring quotes. It’s my happy little place on the internet. 
Anyways, just thought I would share that and this picture …


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