Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mountain View

The answer to your question… Yes… I’m still alive.
I’ve been so busy logging miles in preparation for my first marathon in 8 FREAKING WEEKS!  That I have had to put something in the back ground… and so the blog kind of got the axe.  But not the full axe… as it were.

For the last year or so, they have been building a new highway system in the desert behind my neighborhood, called the “Mountain View Corridor.” It’s pretty cool because it has totally knocked some serious miles off of our drive when we try to get out to my daughter’s Junior High School… but that’s beside the point.   The cool part is that when they built the highway, they also built a running/biking path along side of it.  And so, Last night, desperate to find a new place to run I trotted up to the path and did a couple of miles.  Oh, that was nice!
Long and smooth, it was a joy to run on.  It does skirt the new highway… but not really… not like a sidewalk would.  It kind of meanders out and back always reminding you that it is a part of the highway, but not so much that you’re sucking car exhaust.

The one downfall of the path is that there really is nothing to see.  The west bench of the Salt Lake Valley is desert.  I’m not talking “desert” like… “Oh, we don’t get a lot of rain” type desert. I’m talking about brown, sage brush, I can see for miles, horse with no name kind of desert.
I know that the master plan for the path is that they are going to add some landscaping and benches… but this is Utah… and they may get around to it in a couple of years.

But all in all, it was a good run last night.
I’ll try to keep you up to date on my marathon training… but that may be hard to do.  I have another short 4 or 5 mile run tonight, and a 14 miler on Saturday.  But I’m feeling good (besides the aches and pains that come along with training) and loving the higher milage.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

February Recap

February Miles: 44 miles.  Hey… I’m doing better.  Wait until you see my March totals.  The air is getting cleaner, and the temps are going up.  Of course, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow… love this time of year in Utah.

Races:  None…
Next Race:  Ogden Valley Full Marathon (May), Ragnar Wasatch Back (June), Only Half Crazy Half (September)

Reading: Eaters of the Dead, by Michael Crichton.  A retelling of the classic Beowolf.
Listening: Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett.  A Disk World Novel… Need I say more.

Latest Obsession:  No time for obsessions right now…
Netflix Habit:  The Walking Dead, Season 2.  I don’t know that you could call this a habit because I have no time for Netflix.  My wife and I did try to start watching The Americans on Hulu… but stopped because there was so much “Adult Content” that it kind of distracted from the story and really kind of turned us off.

Blessing:  My oldest daughter, BB, has decided that she wants to serve as a missionary for our church.  I can’t tell you how happy I am about that.
Irk:  No tax refund for the Murph family this year, we’ll be breaking out the check book.  Tax on the rich my white Irish a$$.

Whoo Hoo!: The weather is getting warmer and I can almost smell spring… when it’s not snowing.
Oooo Ahhh: Real Salt Lake (our soccer team… FYI) had a 4 for $40 thing going a couple of weeks ago… so we got tickets.  First Game is March 30th against Seattle.  O-lay… o-lay, o-lay, o-lay… Real… Salt Lake!
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