Monday, March 30, 2009

I'm in for a real treat....

So, Saturday Jon and I decided to drive the 10k route. . . Oh.My.Gosh. Let's just say... they weren't kidding when they called the hill "Goliath". You know when you drive up a really steep hill (or in the mountains) and your car is trying to accelerate and you feel like it'll stop any moment (if you car isn't 4 wheel drive)... yeah, that's what it was like.. in the car. I'm going to die! Oh man... what did I get myself into!! Well, no turning back now!

Here are some pictures of the start of the HUGE hill..

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And when you think you're done.. think again! This is where you turn the corner at the top of the first link... awesome.

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Note: Check out all the amazing houses if you click on the street view- you can look on every side- the houses are HUGE!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

July 24th

I was trying to focus on goals for myself for the summer so I can get back into longer runs and getting back into shape. I came upon the "Pioneer Day Classic" they have a 5k or a 10k. Being old average me- I thought about doing the 5k. However, really thinking about it... if I sign up for the 5k- I'm just going to be stuck at 5ks. So, I decided to hold my breath and sign up for the 10k. This will give me the opportunity to focus on longer runs so that a 6 mile run won't feel so bad. My coach always used to say- "In order to run a specific distance comfortably you need to be able to run double that distance." In cross country we would have to be able to run 6miles so we weren't dying on race day. For those of you not very familiar with 5ks or 10ks... a 5k is 3.1 miles and a 10k is 6.2 miles. Maybe I won't get up to 12 miles by then- but I have a goal to be able to run 10 miles by July.

Here is the course:

Wish me luck! I've already registered... no turning back now!

PS: this course includes a hill that has been named "Goliath".... time to start running hills....

Friday, March 20, 2009


If you have been following our other blog then you are aware that my life has been pretty hectic between getting the stomach flu to Jon having his hand injury. Usually, I'd shake my head to lame excuses, but I assure you- once you are down to 3 hands and arms in the family... doing things are a lot harder than you'd think. However, I am please to announce that I have joined a gym!!! I can't tell you how long I have been waiting for this.

24 Hour Fitness was offering a special where you didn't have to pay an initiation fee at sign up and they really didn't have any strings attached to it. It's month to month and you have to give them at least a 30 day notice before you cancel. When I did Gold's during my freshman year at BYU- my contract said one year.. and some how their contract said 2 years... imagine that. Anyways, I am really pleased with my membership so far. I've gone at all different times to see when it's the busiest or whatever. No matter what time I have gone so far, there always a machine open that you want and I haven't had to wait for anything. I am meeting with a personal trainer (using my free fitness orientation meeting w/ a trainer) this upcoming week. I can't afford to have a lot of personal training or anything, but at least getting started and being reminded of all the stuff I used to know how to do will be really helpful!

Some thing else that is really cool is that they have a rewards program. If you complete different things you receive "medals" online and you have 6 months to get up to 24 medals (I currently have 5). After those 6 months you can use your "medals" to receive different gifts. I have my eyes on a 10 cup food processor. My current one can only hold a little more than a cup.. it's wimpy... but it was $10! The program is a little bit of a motivator so you can get something you really want. The more often you go to the gym, the more medals you receive- or if you try a group class, visit w/ a trainer for your orientation.. etc.

This will also give me a place to go at night when Jon is gone in Houston so I don't have to be "alone". I'm not very good at being alone at night. Hopefully I'll lose weight and not just "eat my feelings" haha...

I have nothing big that I'm training for right now. Although, there is a March Madness party for the business school's students and their families on March 27th. At the party, they have something called a "Corporate Climb". You race in the Tanner building and you have to run up and down the stairs (the tanner building has 7 (very tall) floors). I'm thinking about doing it as a "biggest loser" challenge.

Here is the race outline:
Wish me luck!! :-)