Race Recap: Nebo Half Marathon & a big PR!

Saturday, September 3rd I raced in the Nebo Half Marathon. This came as a suggestion from several friends who said it was a fast course. I signed up nearly a year ago and just knew I would be dedicated and put in the training to run a fast half. :/

I should know myself better by now and know that consistent training isn’t something I’m good at. But I figured I had ran Timp Half about a month ago so I should be fine.

As usual, it was a very early morning but I slept pretty good…like a solid 3 hours. That’s a big deal on race morning. I was able to snag a ride from my friendly neighbors again (seriously they’re the best). And before I knew it we were on the first bus up the canyon. I’ve never been on the first before; normally I’m running to catch the last one. You couldn’t help but notice how steep the canyon was. This was both exciting and terrifying.

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Since I had nearly two hours before the start of the race, I pulled up myself a nice piece of gravel and plopped down by the fire. It was fun chatting with the other runners. I talked with two girls who were still pretty new at distance races and they were so nervous. It reminded me a lot of myself with my friend  Bethany, the awesome (but really, she is awesome) a few years ago.

After a long wait for the porta potty it was time to go. I had decided I would just run whatever pace my body wanted to go. In the back of my mind though, I kept hearing myself say, “If you’re going to PR this year, this is it”.  The gun went off and I started running.

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I didn’t want to stay with a pacer but knew which pacers I wanted to stay in front of. This proved to be helpful as things got a little tough near the end of the race. At mile 2.89 I looked at my watch and thought, “Crap this is steep”. My legs were feeling all that downhill and I wasn’t even 1/4 of the way done. That’s what you get for not training I suppose. So like all champions (not) I put on my big girl pants and kept running.

I didn’t want to psych myself out so I tried not to look at my watch but knew my pace was moving quick. I learned a trick about downhill running from a coach at the St. George Marathon expo a few years ago and tried to implement it. She taught Bethany and I to treat running downhill as if it were a controlled fall. Not to brake by heel striking but actually lean into the pavement. It works! That marathon we both felt great–no quad shredding that year.

So I tried my best to “control-fall” my way down this steep and winding canyon. I really tried to enjoy the beauty of the canyon with the leaves starting to turn. Appreciating fall comes naturally to some but for me and my love of Summer, it makes me sad. 😦 So, yes, I tried to look at the fall colors and appreciate the beauty.

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Anyway, it felt like I flew down the canyon and figured I’d hit the wall at 10 like usual. 10 was when the rolling hills started–it was tough to go up after all that down. This is where I met a guy who kept giving me encouragement all the way to the finish. He was breathing really hard though so I’m not entirely sure if the encouragement was for me or him. Either way I appreciated it. Also, there was a guy behind me that at every mile marker he would make a whooping/celebratory sound. I always raised my arms up because he was expressing what I was feeling.

Around 10ish is when I realized I hadn’t seen the 1:50 pacer yet nor been passed by the 1:55 pacer. I was on course to PR so I pushed out what I had. We finished with a 3/4 lap around the track which I always like because it inspires me to give all I have (you know, back to my track sprinting glory days).

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I finished with a new PR of 1:50:26! This was amazing! I actually felt disappointed that I wasn’t more excited. But that could be because Mike wasn’t at the finish to celebrate with me…or anyone. This is the first race that Mike didn’t come to…or is it the second…I don’t know but it’s unusual for him to miss. It just didn’t feel the same without him.

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I found myself my favorite chocolate milk and creamies. Took some victory photos and waited for others I knew to come in. I got to welcome Sheila in (aka running mom). It’s always a pleasure to see and catch up with Sheila. She’ll be running her 10th St. George Marathon this year. She’s amazing.

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I was excited to share my PR with my running peeps who actually care; or at least they make me feel like they care about my running.

It was a beautiful, fast course just as promised.

Mike’s getting Old! + Lantern Fest

Mike had a birthday! (8/20/16) I’m also convinced he went through a morning birthday crisis…he went running! Running?! We had plans for breakfast and 4 wheeling so when a friend text early in the morning to see if I wanted to run with her, I thought it best to check in with Mike but I couldn’t find him or the dog.

So I decided to go running with my friend–I’ll never pass up a chance to run with another human let alone a good friend. We went out for a few miles and it was great! We’re starting to get into the cooler fall temperatures so it was perfect weather.

Anyway, back to Mike’s birthday crisis, I found him in bed laying down when I returned. I asked where he went and he said “I went for a run.” WHAT?! Ok–this has only happened NEVER in our marriage. He also said we couldn’t go 4 wheeling because we had too much work to do on the house. Umm…ok…weirdo. Naturally I left to go chat with my sister about this bizarre man laying in my bed. That’s what sisters are for right?

No worries though, he snapped out of it. We ate a yummy breakfast full of Mickey Mouse pancakes and everybody’s favorite–BACON! Then we loaded up the 4 wheelers and headed out for a long ride.

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Since we had some time, we decided to go from Squaw Peak Road to Hobble Creek Canyon. We rode this not too long ago but the trees are reminding me that summer is coming to an end. The leaves are beginning to change and what was once green and lush is now turning red/orange/yellow.

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We came into this big valley and it was gorgeous! I had to stop and take a picture.

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We aren’t big celebrators so I was so pleased with myself when months ago I coordinated with my sister and purchased tickets to do something fun for Mike’s birthday. I tried to keep it a secret but he had to sign a waiver. The waiver went something like this, “I _______ agree that I might get burned, cut, hit, smashed with large amounts of fire. I also understand that certain death is inevitable and am still OK with this”. So not that extreme but pretty close. Mike got an email to sign this waiver (I didn’t inform him it would be coming. I was hoping he would sign his life away–no questions asked.) but instead he deleted the email and later told me he got a weird email that day. Since he had to sign the waiver I had to disclose my not-so-secret secret.

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After 4 wheeling, we loaded up the van and off we went. We showed up early because we wanted a good pick of fire pits. Our kits came with s’mores goodness–truly they were the best s’mores. I think it was because the chocolate was already slightly warm due to it being so hot. Basically the event is to send off lanterns like the kind you see for Rapunzel’s birthday on Tangled along with s’mores and entertainment.

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We each got a lantern and a marker to decorate it. Mike showed off his art skills–I tried to copy him. But I was proud of my work until I realized my birthday cake for Mike was drawn upside down. Now you can see why I’m not the architect. The kids did a great job too. I think the glasses were pure inspiration! 🙂

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Many people use this as an opportunity to write down notes to loved ones passed on, dreams they are hoping for, things they want to move forward from–I wrote down one thing I am dreaming of. 🙂 (Think lush green leaves, warm, beautiful sunets.)

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They provided live music and the guy was legit. It was relaxing watching the sunset, cooking s’mores, and enjoying each other’s company. When it was dark–show time! Again, I’m sad about the no videos thing on the blog because the pictures simply don’t do the event justice.

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The premise was easy. You light the square in the middle on fire and let the lantern fill up with heat. Once it starts lifting up, you let go–think hot air balloon. There was an occasional breeze that would come through and mess up this whole process. Admittedly, it was a little stressful trying to get the fuel device on fire then hoping it would go up as demonstrated. Due to the wind, many of them would blow sideways instead of up. I suppose this was indicative of my life. It took me 3 tries before mine successfully went up and this was after bumping into people–remember that whole “sign your life away” waiver?

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It was an incredible sight to see all the lanterns floating up and away! They said there were 7,000 people there so try to imagine that many lanterns all floating up. I would recommend this event to anyone thinking of going. I’d also recommend mom’s watch out for your children during the event. Birthday Boy!

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Mike was helping Nicole with one, and I kid you not, it went up only slightly and like a bullet went straight for this mom and her baby. The opening of the lantern where the fuel device is–you know where there is a big flame–encapsulated this kid! Thankfully, it bounced right off and no one was harmed or burned. The mom even laughed it off. So naturally, like a good, responsible adult I got the giggles–rendered useless again.

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Once again, it was great to have a fun summer evening spent with the family lighting things on fire. (I should write about cul-de-sac fire some time).

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Anyway, Happy Birthday Mike! We sure do love you!

Camping Trip! Part 2: Cascade Springs and a Little Bit of Luck

As part of our trip we visited Cascade Springs. It was just a short drive on the ATV’s down the road to the trail head. Again, no worries, the baby and Boston got a ride in the Jeep with Mike.

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I’ve never been here so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was gorgeous!

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A sign told us 7.5 million gallons of water pass through the springs every day! Every day!

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I’m not sure why I thought it was a good idea to bring the dog other than we couldn’t leave him back at camp by himself. He made it about .02 seconds before jumping into the first pool we came to. Oops! I didn’t take a picture because I was too busy being judged by the people who saw this. 🙂

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They had a paved trail that created a loop system that you could walk on to the various pools. It really was beautiful. We forgot a carrier for the baby so he got carted on a hip for the journey. I don’t think he cared one bit about being cuddled the whole time.

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As we were leaving, Maddie decided to cross the river on the logs–not on the bridge like a normal person. Zak was a good big brother and showed her how it was done. Maddie made it about .08 seconds before she fell off the log into the river.

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She made a quick recovery and said, “No, I can do this.” Ok baby girl–even when you’re soaking wet, we’ll still love you.

Now, don’t let this baby’s cuteness fool you. He can be a real stinker–literally. Ok, so he’s basically the perfect baby. Eats, sleeps, and is happy all the time but sometimes he can render grown adults helpless. Now this story is a little graphic and not for the faint of heart –myself included here.

On the first night we noticed a little stinky stink and couldn’t blame the dog since he wasn’t around so it had to be the baby. Since Mike and Nicole were busy I thought I’d be helpful and offer my diaper changing services. I started unraveling the layers of clothes and made my way to the diaper to discover, yup he’s poopy. I took a deep breath and reminded myself that I could do this. I started cleaning the baby only to realize the poop was everywhere! Poop up his back. Poop down his legs. So much poop! He’s also at the stage where he doesn’t like sitting still to get a diaper change so before I knew it I was holding up a poopy baby and cried out–in giggles–for help. The giggles hit fast, like a puma, and I couldn’t see due to the tears streaming down my face. Help came and Mike kicked me out of the process. He said I wasn’t helpful and just smearing not cleaning. Let it be known that Mike will handle parenthood better than I will. And Nicole’s a champ after having raised two babies.

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I got the giggles over the baby a second time. We nicknamed him the “beat-boxing-baby”. He went on a two minute string of beat boxing type sounds and it was epic! The kids got a career. I took a short video of it but the blog won’t let me post it…maybe it’s time to upgrade.

While watching the Olympics tonight a lady bug landed on Mike. I really hope it’s good luck. We could use some luck this week.

Uh, Mike…it’s a lady bug…they bring good luck no need to be afraid.

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That’s better. Happy face 🙂

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And a daily dose of cuddling with Boston who is not loving all the Olympic watching. Mom and Dad on the couch means no long walk for him. Sorry buddy–we’ll get back to normal in another week.

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Anyone want to walk my dog?!

Favorite camping spots?

Blog posts coming soon to a device near you…

We’ve been talking about starting this blog for months. Now that it’s officially begun, I’m trying to figure out how to categorize and organize the plethora of thoughts going on inside my head. Jessie is on top of her running experiences and posts about the dog, and is beginning to compile some posts about our most recent trip to Disney World.

Up until this point in our marriage, we have been pretty terrible when it comes to keeping records of the experiences we have had. For me personally, keeping a journal has never been something I’ve been good at.SAM_5789

We have done a lot in the last 5 1/2 years, and we literally have a folder on our computer with a bazillion photos in it that do nothing but hide there. Those photos are lonely and want to be shown, so hopefully as we keep writing, more of them get to be released and experience the freedom the exists outside of the lonesome hard-drive.

Part of me wants to look through everything we have done together and write a long post just summarizing events, vacations, celebrations etc., all in retrospect. Unfortunately we have probably lost memory of the “fine” details of those experiences, but hopefully our photos will help us remember the highlights.

What I don’t want to do is spend all my time playing catch up. Life is happening so fast, that I don’t want to miss out on the present just so i can reflect on the past. I guess I have to find a good balance in life as I reflect on my history, take advantage of NOW, and plan for the future.

So with all of that said, what I plan to do is write whatever is on my mind, when I have the time. Some posts will be reflection, others about current events, and then some about hopes and dreams for the future.

I don’t know who out there is going to read this, but I mostly want to keep a record of my life that I can look back on every now and then. I’m also excited that I might be able to help others in some way, by something I write. My life has been full of the good, bad and everything in between so hopefully my posts can help others- especially my friends and family- get to know me better and understand what it is that I enjoy, believe in, and live for.

Jessie and I are finding everyday that we are interested in all sorts of different things. Between the two of us we cover a lot of ground. While our individual blog posts may have some common themes, I don’t know that I’ll be writing about, let’s say, running, anytime soon. At the same time, I don’t think Jessie will be writing about architecture and design, or what she wants to see
done in the backyard. Ultimately this blog is going to cover all sorts of random topics, because that’s just who we are.

So this is where I begin. I’ve cleared the cobwebs out of my head and can begin to focus on the fun stuff. Hopefully you enjoy reading it and getting to know me a little better. I promise not all my posts will be endless text and only a few photos;)SAM_5919

-M

Annual Camping Trip + 4 Wheelers Part 1

We had our family camp out this past weekend and it was awesome! By family I mean my sister and the kids, Boston, Mike, and my other nephew (he’s the cutest baby!)

We went to a place called Little Deer Creek Campground. The trip started off a little rough as there was a bad accident up Provo Canyon and it took us 45 minutes to get a few miles up the canyon. I literally could have ran faster than we drove. But when you’ve got this tongue in your face, how can you complain? Ok, I complained.

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We’ve never been to this campground before but we went because rumor had it they had awesome ATV trails. However, we may have underestimated the road conditions to get there. It was a dirt road, paved road (sort of) and extremely rocky dirt road. With each bumpy mile I was more impressed with my sister’s minivan which also made the journey.

We saw our first sign of wildlife…running right in front of us. Boston went crazy over the deer. He was already hanging out the window but tried to climb out to go meet his would-be friend Bambi.

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We got settled into camp Friday night and we were all hungry so dinner was served…not! We had planned pita pizza pockets (a great camping meal I learned from a friend) however, we didn’t have a lighter or matches. We had a lighter that sort of sparked. We were going to settle with ham and cheese sandwiches when we realized we didn’t have bread. Things were going well 🙂 Then I remembered we had gasoline! Mike poured some on the wood and paper towel, got a spark from his lighter and boom! A big blazing ball of fire…pizza was served.

We sat and chatted around the fire until it died out. We showed the kids some of the constellations we could find. Then we tried to sleep. Mike and I had the baby and the dog in the tent with us. I’ll sum it up by saying my FitBit told me I slept 2 hours and 55 minutes that night. The baby was pretty great. He was up once to eat some food and back to bed. The dog however…he struggles when he’s excited and wants to play (think Ana here “the sky is awake so I am awake”). He made it until about 3:30 AM when he decided he was done sleeping. Thankfully Mike was up at 6 with both the dog and the baby. He’s the best!

Saturday morning Nicole, the kids, and Mike headed out for their first ride. No worries, the baby didn’t go. He’s such a smiley baby!

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I stayed back with the sleeping baby and pup. This was my view from the tent.

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They came back from their ride boasting about an incredible view so I was not going to miss out. Mike took me up the trail to check out this view. This is overlooking Heber Valley.

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We went a little further up the road and met a family whose vehicle had a flat tire. They didn’t have a jack to raise up their Land Rover so we graciously helped out. We rode back to camp to get a jack they could use but not without leaving my little adventure buddy behind. This little girl was always willing to go out on the 4 wheelers.

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She got a little impatient (no surprise there) but we explained that we help people who need help when we can. After changing their flat tire, they learned their spare also had a flat. Oh no! We felt terrible for them. They were great people and the situation was just unfortunate. We saw them later in the day and found out they got new tires.  Yea!

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Did I mention the view we had from up here? This is overlooking Deer Creek Reservoir.

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It was a fantastic day full of adventure as Onix and Brutus took us over miles of rocky trails.

On a different note, my workout consisted of a 20 minute HIIT leg workout followed by 30 minutes of sprints on the treadmill which watching the Olympics! Nothing can inspire you more while sprinting than watching people achieving their dreams.

Any favorite ATV trails?

What was your workout today?

 

Rock Climbing and Running

We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints…are you singing this yet?! Aka we’re Mormons! We have gotten many opportunities to serve in our Church but by far our favorite callings are with the youth. I think this is because we’re still pretty much kids ourselves except we have big kid jobs and pay bills.

I get to serve with the Young Women in my ward and it’s my favorite! These girls have touched my heart and changed my life is ways I never thought possible. They teach me a ton and in return I try to teach them some things along the way too. Things like, you can do the things you didn’t think you could even if you’re scared. We’ve started a tradition and once a year we go rock climbing. This year was our third year going to a local place called Hansen Mountaineering.

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This is a great place to go because we can rent the whole facility, they provide the equipment and they take such good care of us.

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They have redone the wall since we were there last (a year ago) but I managed to make it up one of the easier walls. Which by the way was not easy at all! I figured that I work out and watch American Ninja Warrior I’ll basically own the place however, that wall put me in my place.

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Where I really excel though is repelling! I love to repel! Sure you have to work up the nerve to climb the ladder and then throw those nerves over a wall and upside down. But I love the thrill of it and showing off a little. I gotta prove I’m cool, ya know?

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This is my friend Marie. She’s awesome! And the only adult I’ve gotten to go do the high repel with me. She also went upside because she’s cool like that. She also made me stay up on the wall until I reached the top even after I wanted to quit. She’s the best!

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I want to share one last experience from the night. We had a young women join us who is visiting her grandparents that live in our ward. She really wanted to go off the lower repel but was terrified and I mean TERRIFIED! It took her two tries to climb up the ladder because she was so nervous. The guy from the store helped hook her in the belay device and walked her through the process of getting over the edge. And she looked terrified…did I mention that yet? After much coaxing and positive talk, she was able to push through her fear (Marie proved her worth here as she helped talk the girl through it) and slowly get down the wall and I doubt I’ll forget the relief that flooded her face when her feet touched the ground. She was so proud of herself and she should be. She faced her fear and kicked it in the face. It was awesome! That is just one of the many reasons I love working with the youth. It’s such a great experience to see them facing fears and conquering them then gaining confidence.

Don’t we look legit?!

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Even though I was sore and tired, I woke up this morning and decided an outside run was in order. It’s been crazy hot in the mornings here but today was only in the mid 70’s when I decided to go run. I ran from my office to Liberty Park; it’s 4.5 miles roundtrip. This route is one of my favorites because it’s populated with lots of runners/walkers/skaters, beautiful scenery, and a natural spring that I can snag a drink from along the way.

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One of my other reasons I love this park is all the dog walkers! So many breeds and sizes with responsible owners. As a dog owner and runner this is a big deal to me. I love dogs but really I love well behaved dogs. And as the owner of a crazy, energetic pup, I totally understand how much work goes in to training your dog to be socially appropriate. But it’s totally worth it! It’s also a work in progress and they learn and forget just like we do. (I realize there are no dogs in the picture below…I’m still working on the “I’m taking a creepy picture of you and your dog” photos). Maybe next time 🙂

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A little inspiration for all you runners and non-runners alike!

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I always feel bad when I go running without Boss so I made sure we gave him a good walk tonight. He’s such a happy pup! Apparently the aliens are coming through the TV or the claw has chosen him–I’m not sure which.

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Anyone else love American Ninja Warrior? 

What experience have you had that showed yourself you could do something awesome?

Onix & Brutus Meet Squaw Peak Road

We got some new additions to our family. Meet Onix and Brutus!

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We decided to make a family purchase and poof! these guys appeared. Ok, so not really, it actually took a long time to find them. We took them for several test drives around the block…sorry neighbors!

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We took them out to “get some dirt on the tires”. What a view! We love living this close to the mountains. In case you didn’t know, Utah is gorgeous!

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We took Z-Man out with us since he got his helmet today and he had a blast! That is, once he got over being scared and his fear that we were going to die he had a blast.

This view is overlooking Rock Canyon in Provo. We had to stop for the photo op. Coming down the trail to here I nearly hit a wild turkey along with her babies but I swerved missing the whole lot.

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It’s hard to take a selfie when you have to fit 3 giant helmets in the frame. Two thumbs up though…always a great sign.

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This is the photo you get when your nephew is taking the picture. This was after we had to remind him he needed to direct it at us. 🙂

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We learned that while Mike is getting a little mud on the tires, he’s also getting mud all over his face.

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We made it back to the car in time to capture the beautiful sunset. I’m a sucker for a good sunset. Sunset over sunrise for me any day.

And in the words of Maddie, “This is AWESOME!”

Any favorite ATV trails we should try out?

Sunrise or Sunset?

The Boston Files: Meet Boston!

Meet our favorite pup Boston!

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We didn’t quite understand the adventure we were starting when we decided to get a puppy but we’ve enjoyed having him join our family. Like all good family members, he has multiple nicknames. Boss. Boss-man. Dog. Jerk. Puppy. Buddy. Bubba. Bostonian. Just to name a few. 🙂 Look at those eyes!

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Boston is a pure-bred chocolate lab. He came to our family as a wee pup at 8 weeks old. Isn’t he the cutest?! Every time we look at his puppy pictures we start thinking we need to get another one…until we remember all the lost clothing, furniture, kitchen items, dignity as you run around the neighborhood chasing a puppy…you get the idea.  But he sure was fun; even Maddie loved him at this stage!

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You can expect to see random pictures of Boston all over the blog. He’s got such a fun loving personality — yes we talk about him as if he’s our child. He’s spoiled and we know it. And he knows it.

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He’s currently 2 years old and weighs in at a whopping 80 pounds! He still, and probably always will, believe he’s a lap dog.

 

He loves his people and hates being separated from us. He can often be found sitting on our deck or in the windowsill looking out the window waiting for the people to return.

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This pup loves riding in the Jeep! Look how little he was! Yes, he still has ginormous paws.

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One of his new favorite habits is to find a stinky sock after we get out of bed and gently chew on it — usually Mike’s  because I don’t have stinky socks:) He has crazy amounts of energy. We do our best to exercise him so he’ll go sleepy sleepy at night.

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He’s a great retriever, loves playing catch.fetch, and takes tug-of-war very seriously–like rip-your-arm-out-of-your-shoulder serious.

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Despite all the embarrassing moments we’ve had, we wouldn’t trade him for anything. We love our Boston. Mostly, we love his snuggles and kisses..again with the Sneak Attack!

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Any pet owners personify their pets? 

How do you exercise your dog to get out all their energy?

 

The Running Miles: TIMP Half Marathon

This past Saturday, July 30, 2016 I ran the TIMP half marathon. It was exciting/beautiful/hot and like all races anxiety inducing.  It’s the first time I have run this course and it didn’t disappoint. American Fork Canyon is breath taking especially with the sun rising!

I was too busy standing in the porta-potty lines to catch a photo at the starting line. I love the beginning of races because they are so full of energy and optimism. I didn’t have a goal pace/time (I haven’t been training) so I just wanted to run based on how I felt.

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I didn’t know it at the starting line but I packed my fast legs! I love it when those guys show up. I use the term fast but I quickly learned when doing long-distance racing the term “fast” is completely relative. What’s fast or slow to me is completely different for everyone–this is one thing I love about racing. It’s never about beating other racers, it’s about beating myself and proving to myself that I can get better, faster, and conquer the mental demons.

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Since I didn’t have any long training runs under my belt, I didn’t have great expectations. I found myself being pessimistically optimistic. My mantra –the phrase I kept repeating to myself– was “You know you’re going to tank, so make it as far as you can before you die”. Optimistic right? Each mile that I didn’t tank/die/hate running fueled the next one. It was AMAZING!

We came out of the canyon around mile 7 which left 5 ish miles to the finish line.  I felt strong and in control. I had several thoughts at this point. “The sun is coming out soon and you want to be done before it bakes your skin” or “They’ve got creamies at the finish line and you need to get there before they run out”. All great motivating factors if you ask me. But the best motivator of all was knowing that I was doing it–I was racing strong, fueling smart, and this whole muscle memory thing really is a thing. My body was responding to things I was asking it to do.

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At mile 11.5 ish I started getting a major side stitch. I figured the lack of training and coming down the canyon fast was catching up to me. But I told myself to keep going because I had come so far and didn’t want to quit. I finished with an official time of 1:59:51! Sub 2! Thank goodness for a nice kick at the end–thanks to my track coach who taught me this life skill. This isn’t a PR for me but I’m very happy with the outcome of the race.

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Check out that medal! It’s huge! Zak and Maddie were convinced I won first place because it was gold–like a good aunt, I didn’t correct them 🙂 PS the Olympics are just around the corner!! Yea!!

Be prepared for some pictures of Boston in each post doing what Boston does best–being himself! We love this dog and his goofy personality.

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Here’s us in the Jeep with the pup. He loves when Zak sits in the middle so he can use him as his personal head rest. If you can’t tell, Zak loves it too 🙂

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The Sneak Attack! Works every time Boss!

Anyone else run a race that went way better than expected?

Any animal owners who secretly love the sneak attack?

First Blog Post!

First blog post!

We’re excited to be joining everyone else in society who has a blog. Like most social trends, we are slow to get on board. Except for Pokemon Go–I was happy to download an app that got people to join me in walking the dog for an hour each night.

Here’s a rare moment caught between beast and Pokemon!

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We intend to use the blog mostly as a journal but we welcome our family and friends to follow along on our adventures!