WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Picking up the mileage and looking forward …

IMG_2449I love the week after the Daylights Savings Time switchover. Like, a lot. It makes me happy. It’s amazing what that extra hour of sunlight does to someone, especially for someone who works behind a desk. I was able to get in a couple evening runs which were HEAVEN! I can almost smell summer around the corner!

On Saturday a group of us ran down Emigration Canyon to Liberty Park. This was a typical route for me last summer (and still one of my favorites) and I will never get sick of it. The route is fairly steep, so my quads are still fairly screaming … even today. But, totally worth it. No pain, no gain, right?

Plus, the company was even better than the route. Robert Merriman, Janet, Brook and I all ran together. The group that was slated to run with us was at 35 people once, but dwindled to just the four of us. Nothing against the 31 no-shows, but we felt a part of an elite club. Plus, we all had each other in stitches throughout the canyon. I am excited because both Robert Merriman and Janet will be running the Buffalo Run next week, so I’ll get two consecutive weeks of them!

This past week has been my highest mileage week this year and the mental and physical challenge has been great. I am looking to continue that progress into this upcoming week. I am signing up for the Student Life Center officially today and working out with Free there starting tomorrow night after work.

I am excited to get into the flow of my workout regime with him, the running and races. My body is starting to respond to the new meds and the need for change is coming more from the body than the mind, which is a great place for me to be. I am going to write a bit about my workout regime later this week. I am excited to share that, because besides lifting with Free we are going to incorporate a Biggest Loser-esque “Last Chance Workout” on Thursday nights.

Why Thursday?

Mainly because I weigh-in every Friday morning and preparing for that weigh-in with a big workout seems right. I’d love to find a scale that beeps while calculating my weight, but I think that is pushing it? I’ll go more in depth later this week. Just know that I am in a good place mentally.




After our run on Saturday I took Robert Merriman and Janet to the Sears Burrito Cart (Don Rafas) for a burrito. This was my first Sears Burrito of 2015 and both Robert Merriman and Janet’s first. I felt like a professional mentor telling them how to order the burrito, top it with awesomeness and then have it wrapped and paid for. There’s a method to the whole process and it was fun being able to show them the ropes.

Then on the other hand I felt like a complete amatuer when I was putting some sour cream on my burrito and the whole bottle blew up all over my shorts, shirt and shoes. It was … classy. Luckily it was all over the clothes I just ran in so I just laughed it off.


But, needless to say, after that run the burrito HIT THE STOP. I missed it, like a mother misses her child. Such great awesome food. And, who would think you’d find it in the parking lot of a Sears store in Downtown Salt Lake City?



IMG_2417One exciting thing that happened to me this past week was the addition to these two new shoes! Of course both of them are Hoka OneOne shoes. I don’t think I could run in anything else? Ever since I made the switch from the Nike Pegasus in the fall of 2013 I haven’t looked elsewhere.

For a big runner like myself they have saved my feet, ankles and knees from certain injury. I was starting to get stress fractures in my feet with the Pegs, but since moving to the Hokas I haven’t had those issues … AT ALL. This really sounds like a pitch for a pyramid scheme business, but honestly, I swear by them. They really are like running on clouds of marshmallows.

But, I’ve been able to get two great runs in with each pair, so look for a review sometime soon. Maybe this week or next? We shall see.

So, yeah, convert yourself to Hokas. You won’t regret it.


bison-attack-photoThis is the week I am running with the buffaloes! Well, okay, this is the week I am running Antelope Island with the chance to run into buffaloes. But, hopefully not INTO buffaloes literally. This will be my first trail run/race on Antelope Island. I would be worried about it if I wasn’t running with Jill, but we’re going to have fun doing it.

Plus, a bunch of our friends will be there running the 100 miler, 50 miler and 50K as well. Both Jill and I looked at our roll not as runners and competitors, but cheerleaders for the rest of our friends out on the course. Cheerleading is one of the good things both Jill and I do. Plus, since it’s a trail run there’s a good chance we’ll eat a whole pizza each to keep ourselves alive.

That last sentence was half joking.

But, seriously, I am really looking forward to the run and opportunity I have to challenge myself and encourage others along the course.



Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015

2015 Training Miles – 110.2 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 54.25 miles
2015 Race Miles – 35.55 miles
2015 Total Miles – 200.0 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 48.35 miles




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