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April 2010

Salt Lake 5k – revisited

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Salt Lake 5K Run

Me at the race - it's a sample image, but I'm not chump enough to buy it.

It’s a week since the Salt Lake 5k. I managed to not come in last. My time is 35 minutes flat, which works out to be 11ish minute miles. Have I mentioned I’m not a runner? In fact I can’t stand running. I also can’t stand going to the gym or doing any kind of work out routine. This has not stopped me from continuing to run around the lake. What does stop me is the weather, which has been nice lately – but I’m not here to talk about the weather.

DP ran the 5k with me. Every year we run it we start out together then I get ahead and run as far as I can then I need to slow down and start walking. From that point I run some then walk some. DP, on the other hand, runs the entire distance. It’s a very slow run, but the actions are the same. I’ve managed to come in before him every year that I can remember. This year I came in 3 1/2 minutes before him. My point is, why run?

I’ll continue to run around the lake as there are a few more 5k’s coming up this year. The Susan Komen race is in a few weeks. Daybreak has their own 5k at the end of the summer. This October is an undead race. The race is for zombies or survivors. The survivors get a 1 minute head start, then come the zombies. It sounds so incredibly awesome! I don’t know what I should be. My inclination is to be a survivor because I refuse to dress up. However, all the fast racers are going to be zombies because they know they’ll be able to catch up with the survivors and eat them. I actually don’t know what happens if the zombies catch the survivors. I have a few more months to get ready for the race. If I keep up the lake training I’ll be a survivor.

In other events of the week, I replaced the lock on the back hatch of my Escape yesterday. I love my Escape, but why did Ford design it with only 1 keyhole? It should have a keyhole on the drivers door, the passenger door and the back hatch. I’m also about done with the project that I’ve been working on. I would have been done a long time ago but 11 hour days at work haven’t given me much time to do more work at home.

I did it for the fullest experience

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The woman says to me today ‘let’s go to dinner’. We have two small children. Every time we go out anywhere the kids get restless and just want to run around the building. Tonight they were playing with their friends and having a great time. I didn’t want to end the kids fun so I offered to get takeout, but Natalie really likes going out to restaurants. She says to me ‘You don’t get the full experience with takeout’. It was obvious that she wanted to get out of the house. We sent the friends home and packed the kids up. Aubrey through a fit over nothing. I spent a few minutes getting that resolved. Mackenzie was fantastic as typical. We got to the place and got seated and within 3 minutes the kids were making messes, sliding under the table, climbing on the table and basically being the kids I didn’t want to go out to dinner with. As I’m picking my three year old off the floor and trying to get her back in the seat when my wife says ‘kids, you’re proving your dad right’. I live for the day when my kids can enjoy a nice restaurant and act normal.

I’ve grown to love take out.

Salt Lake 5k (I don’t do marathons)

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Next week is the Salt Lake 5k. I’ve made my best efforts to run the race every year for the last few years, except last year. Before that I missed it the year we went to New York. I could have made that race but the in-laws wouldn’t let me for fear that I would miss the plane. Instead I got to wait in an empty airport for 2 hours…

I’m not completely ready for this coming up 5k. I’ve tried to run around the lake but the weather keeps getting cold and I’ve been working long days and continuing work when I get home with a big project. I’m hoping to be ready for the Susan Komen race in a month. Today is a great day. I could go run today but instead I’m in my basement coding. I’ve almost got the project done and it’s one of the coolest projects I’ve done. Now I’m just working on making it flashier and stylish.

When I first got into running I thought it would be awesome and I would love it. I had a few friends together and we would run up City Creek Canyon. After a while my knee started hurting pretty bad. I got a brace and that helped but ultimately I decided to start running around Liberty Park instead. I miss that park. I’ve tried to run the treadmills a few times. A treadmill is no comparison to the road. I could run fairly decent on the treadmill and once I hit the road it’s like I’ve never run before. Our lake is 3.2 miles around. It’s perfect for training a 5k. The only issue is that they don’t plow the walks in the winter. They claim that it makes good cross-country skiing. The fact is that they don’t want to spend the cash for the plow – and I’m fine with that since I would be paying it.

It seems that I’m just rambling and I’ve got clan bills to pay.