Thursday, January 30, 2014

It's been a while... how about an update?

I’ve sat down to write something for this poor neglected bolg of mine several times, and have yet to get anything coherent put down on paper… as it were.

I’m back to running with a fair amount of consistency. Not long distances… yet… nor at great speed, but hitting the pavement is hitting the pavement… right? I have Ragnar Wasatch Back in June, and have volunteered to take the dreaded runner 6 position, which starts with a steep 6 mile downhill out of Avon Pass and then follows with an 8 mile steep uphill into East Canyon. So I have a lot of work to do to get ready for that.

Salt Lake's air quality has sucked as of late, which has made it difficult to put miles behind me.  But a snow storm blew in last night and cleared out a lot of the pollution.  So, guess who's running in the snow and fresh air tonight?  As much as I love this valley, the winter air quality is getting so bad... I just don't know what future I'll have here.  Most of the gunk in the air comes from cars... I take mass transit or walk almost everywhere I go, but so many people here will not give up there cars.  Don't know what to do...

Diet wise, I’ve decided that I’m limiting myself to one 12oz can of soda per day. I know that I should kick off the stuff all together, but I love it so very much! Since I was drinking more than 32oz per day all of last year, I figure that one can per day is a huge step forward.

Last Saturday, my wife and I went to the Salt Lake Seed Swap in South Salt Lake, and scored some great seeds for our garden this spring. There are still a few things we need to get, like corn, tomato plants, and maybe a melon or two, but we should have a really nice harvest this year.

We were able to also get a jar of raw, local honey. I used to buy it when I was in Southern California and ate it on my cereal every morning. I never had hay-fever the whole time I lived there. Then I came back to Utah (the Bee Hive State) and had the hardest time getting raw local honey. Ever since then I’ve had terrible hay-fever. So, with this new find, and my daily peanut butter and honey sandwich I hope to be hay-fever free again. Plus, I now know the beekeeper’s phone number and should be able to score more honey in the future.

We hear from BB every week. She’s doing well. She’s working in the Ozarks now and totally loves the redneck lifestyle. She lives in a trailer, in someone’s back yard, at the end of a dirt road. When I asked her if she had squirrel skins stretched on her walls… she didn’t dignify my question with an answer. It’s pretty cold there right now, but I’m sure that it will be gorgeous when spring hits.

I'll start posting more... I promise. ;)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

2013 Recap

I intended to do this on the 31st while I was sitting around the house with nothing to do but to clean up Christmas… but I ended up running 3.5 miles and then watch an entire season of Whale Wars with my Blog all but forgotten.  Then, on the 1st, (after waking up some time after 10am) I started with my new favorite stress reliever / core workout: hitting the heavy bag we got my son for Christmas.  He’s an orange belt at United Studios of Self-Defense and wanted to be able to practice when he wasn’t at the studio… but… it seems that I use the bag more than he does.  Oh well.

So on to the update:

2013 Miles:  If you remember, I originally started the year off with the goal of 1000 miles.  Yah… That happened.  It seems that when setting goals, I really need to remember that they need to be Attainable!  At my fitness level last January, 1000 miles was a total pipe dream.  So, around July I revised my yearly goal to a more attainable number of 500 miles.  I came in at +/- 490 miles for the year.  I say plus/minus because there were a couple of runs this year that I did naked (i.e. No Garmin).  So I may have made the 500, but I think that my guess of 490 is pretty darn close.

2014 Goal Miles:  OK… so I know that 500-ish miles is attainable for me, so I’m going to sweeten that number by 100 miles and go for 600 miles this year.  Totally doable.

2014 health goal: 12 fl oz of soda per day.  That’s it!  No more!  I don’t want to give up soda entirely (I did that once for an entire year and I didn’t like the person I had become) so one can per day is all I’m giving myself.

2013 NetFlix obsession:  Whale Wars was my favorite last year, but I was also introduced to Sherlock and that was TOTALLY my favorite.

2013 Best Movie:  This is going to sound weird… but here goes.  As much as I LOVED Hunger Games: Catching Fire, my favorite movie last year was Frozen.  It was just… Awesome!

2013 books:  Wow… why do I even include this category?  According to GoodReads I read a total of 53 books in 2013.  (What can I say?  I ride the bus to work, which gives me a full hour of uninterrupted read time).  Ok, I think that the best book I read this year was Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.  I am freaking in love with this book!  Other good ones from last year include Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, A Walk Across America, by Peter Jenkins, Of Dice and Men, by David Ewalt, & A Tree Grows in Brooklin, by Betty Smith.  There were others (I’m sure) but those are the ones that stuck out in my mind.

2013 Playlist Additions:  This year I added several tunes by Deadmau5.  Hey, the guy spins a good tune that’s great for running.  I’ve also fallen in love with Client, OceanLab, Ladytron, and Imagine Dragons.  Oh, and Lindsey Sterling (I didn’t add her to my running playlist because she’s a little hard to run to, but I dearly love her music!)

2013 Biggest Change:  Having BB go on a mission for our church.  It’s strange having her so far away from home, but since my wife and I are both former missionaries ourselves, we know what it’s like for her to be out there in service to the Lord and to others.  It’s been a huge blessing for us and I can already see the growth and maturity that has happened within her.  Wednesday, she was transferred out of the little town she was working in and sent somewhere else.  We know that she was transferred, but we don’t know where, and won’t be able to find out until her email on Monday.  It’s driving me crazy, the not knowing!

Ok… I think that about sums it up for the past year.  I hope that your 2013 shaped up pretty well, and that 2014 is going to be a great one for you.

See you on the streets!
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