Yesterday was officially a sick day for me.
I had an early morning run scheduled with Josse for Thursday morning but when I was awake just hours before that run feeling awful, I texted her I was a no go for the morning. If you haven’t been able to tell, I like to be on the go, fitting in as much as possible into the day SO it is always a little strange to just be in bed for an entire day. By yesterday evening I was feeling a little more like myself and fingers crossed I’ll feel like a million bucks for my coaching training this weekend in Boise (PS I’m not contagious so I’m good to go and I’m not pregnant)!
A few people have asked and I am going through RRCA and I’ll be taking the Level 1 Courses this weekend. I cannot wait to get started with all of this!
The most exciting part of the day… these beauties came in the mail! I cannot wait to try out the Pure Flow 6’s. The Pure Flow’s were the first shoes I really fell in love with and I have heard amazing things about the changes in the 6’s. Let’s be honest too… could the upper of these shoes be any prettier?
Brooke came in and gave me a few arms scratches throughout the day.
The kids found ways to entertain themselvess.
And Andrew also is loving the Launch 4’s. It has taken me almost an entire year to convert him (I started this conversion process from our 2nd date ((which was a trail run together)) and I think we’ve made it.
So yeah, because I have absolutely nothing interesting in the slightest to say today because I spent all day in bed… I asked Andrew to share some thoughts with you today! Enjoy. He’s the best.
Hi everyone!!! So…. with Janae out of commission yesterday I wanted to find out ways I could help her. Writing a blog everyday (sometimes even twice a day) can be hard to get rest, so jokingly she said, “You could write my post for tomorrow!!” So here we are and hopefully you enjoy. Rarely do you miss day without a HRG running picture so I thought I would post a picture of today’s run.
As I have mentioned in a few blogs, I like to run so that I can stay active, cope with the stresses of daily life and mostly so I can eat more. My running history… not much to it but I’ll sum it up. I have always chosen to run as my go to for exercise but I’m not a racer. I have done several marathons and more than a half dozen half marathons but my claim to fame is my Ironman finish back in 2012. I have never been great at staying consistent with training. I remember running my best marathon and my longest run before that was around 10 miles, I know I’m not smart. But back to my best accomplishment haha. For those who have done an Ironman, you know that it’s grueling and takes up a lot of time to train. For once in my life I really trained hard for several months and a few months before the race I was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle. I had a broken wrist and grade 3 tear on my PCL ligament. I thought it was over, but after a month of physical therapy my therapist said I could still try it. I finished and I don’t foresee myself ever doing another one. One of the longest days of my life, the most I had trained before my accident was 2 miles swimming, 75 miles biking and about 13 miles running. Those who don’t know the mileage its (2.4 Mile Swim, 112 Mile Bike, 26.2 Run) I wasn’t ready for that race. But I am so glad that I put it on the line and it was one of the greatest feelings I have had. I give props to those people who do them, they are killer! As for goals in the future I have been focusing on riding my mountain bike more which leaves less time for running but I have my sights on 3 half marathons and eyes on a PR.
Back to my run yesterday. I love running outside and it was a run without music so I could just look around and take in the nice weather and views that Utah has to offer. I don’t ever want to move from this place. I saw these leaves on the ground and I had to take a picture to send to Janae. I felt like I was running on those green juicy caterpillars you find on tomato plants and soon thereafter I had to hurdle this giant anaconda on the trail. Okay, I know this guy is harmless and TINY. But I don’t like snakes or spiders….
So at times I can be stubborn, especially with my shoe choice. Janae would ALWAYS hassle me about switching to Brooks and by hassle I mean tease me. I have run in a bunch of different shoes since I have laced up my first pair of shoes. I still remember my good ole pair of Asics 2150s that I did my first marathon and Sprint Triathlons in. I bounced around between Asics, Altras, Sauconys and I struggled with IT issues and some other problems. I remember that my feet started going numb with anything over 5-6 miles and it would travel up my leg. That’s when I found the pair of Nikes that let me run again. So I have been super hesitant to change but I finally gave Brooks a try and I’m HOOKED. My run was killer and I”m stoked to have something new to run in. Thanks to Janae I’m a Brooks guy now…… She was right… She. Always. Is. (Unless its about Mountain biking, you can never have enough bikes – but I will pretend that I didn’t say that)
I know this post is all over the place but that is my brain so I’m sorry… not sorry. It’s been an awesome adventure the last year and Knox and I are so stoked to be part of Janae and Brooke’s life. I think the internet broke when Janae introduced me in the blog and it broke again when they found out we were getting married so quickly. Life can be quite the rollercoaster and you really never know what will happen but I’m so happy to have found them. I love my family. I know that some of you know about where we are in life (our life is posted on everyday) and I’m currently in school to become a nurse and soon thereafter to become a nurse practitioner. Life is quite different as I’m going back to school in my late twenties for my THIRD Bachelor’s degree. I couldn’t be more happy about my next chapter in my career and I feel like I am Mr Mom as I’m not working and going to school. This change in roles has been such an eye opener on how it is at home with the kids, where beforehand I was always working. I think this has been so great for our marriage to be able to understand how it is on each side of the role.
Well I don’t want to bore you much longer so I have been thinking today what would be a good topic to hit and I wanted to share some brief things I did before I met Janae. I created a Humanitarian Aid for a residential treatment center for girls from the ages 13-18. I loved working with the families there and I met some amazing people. This treatment center was for teenage girls but the therapy and program was for the entire family. These girls had been through almost everything imaginable and unimaginable. Ranging from trauma, adoption, eating disorders, drug abuse and much more. The program I created took those families, who had progressed to a certain point in the program, to different locations all throughout the world to serve those in the communities we visited. Below are just a few pictures of where and what we did.
Nicaragua one my favorite countries EVER! I have been there four different times and I have a hard time leaving each time. Here we teamed up with a non-profit Women’s clinic in Matagalpa that primarily treats women with cervical cancer. It’s amazing the things they have done for the women in the community. We brought medical supplies and much more to them.
I was “adopted” by my second family in Ometepe, Nicaragua. The families and I stayed in homes like this and it was the best experience of my life. One of these days I will have to tell the amazing story of how I ended up on this island and met my second family. It was an amazing adventure.
My Peruvian brother. I have never met someone so kind. I have been to Peru a couple of times. We did several different projects including remodeling schools, donating school materials to communities as well as providing clean water to different communities in the Andes Mountains. We hiked some of the trails to Machu Picchu and man if you want a workout, just hike those mountains for a couple days. This guy was like a mountain goat and I could never keep up with him.
Baseball in Nicaragua…. Need I say more. I could have played with them all week straight. Sometimes I tell Janae that I’m little boy at heart and always will be.
Alaska… this trip wasn’t a humanitarian trip but was one of my absolute favorites hiking all over and under glaciers. I wish I could live there all summer.
Thanks for having me today! Let me know how you are doing! If you have any questions I’ll be answering:)
What are your weekend plans?
Anyone racing? Long run?
Most amazing place you have ever visited?