This friend of mine is the best of the best. We were very good friends in college and somehow convinced the department to allow us to student teach together and have stayed close ever since. She has been going through something so incredibly hard over the last 7 months and while she is normally a very private person, she needs help and if there is anything you can do to help it would mean a lot to me. Every dollar helps.
Her amazing husband was on his way home from work the day before Thanksgiving last year and was in a horrible accident due to weather conditions.
They were told that he wouldn’t make it through the first night, but he did. They were again told in January that because of an infection he had become septic and he wouldn’t survive because his kidneys were shutting down, but he survived.
Once he no longer needed the hospital level of care anymore, he was not accepted into a Neuro program. My friend (Jules) felt very strongly that she should take him home to care for him 100% for 2.5 months and then Jeremy was accepted into an incredible Neuro facility because of the progress that he did make with tracking, pointing, thumbs up and alertness. Insurance allowed him to be there for a month but then he was accepted to another Neuro facility in the Sacramento area. They are able to visit him through the glass door and sometimes they will open the door for them to see him as long as they are at least 6 feet apart. He can hear their voices and smiles when he does. His progress is very slow but it is happening but they have zero insurance funds left. He needs more time there where they specialize in brain injuries with the amazing therapy he is getting and care and due to COVID, it is really scary to transfer him elsewhere… he needs to be where he is to give him the best chance to continue improving and to come home to his family.
Insurance will no longer pay for him to be at this facility so this is where we can help!
They have a gofundme set up HERE and they need a total of $170,000 (they have $80,000 so far) to continue. Anything helps this sweet family and it really would mean the world to me if we could help. THANK YOU friends, this community means the world to me.
Let’s talk about the weekend for a minute.
I decided to hit the track for some 400m intervals. I did 8 of them with 200m jogging recoveries after each one and averaged about a 7:45 pace for the 400s. I noticed big time over the last two weeks since my last track workout how much harder it is lately to get my legs moving but I’m happy I did it. I listened to Lindsey’s interview with Mary Cain and I really enjoyed it.
We then got ready and headed up to Layton and after months away from church, Skye definitely didn’t remember the whole ‘reverent’ part of it;)
We still won’t be going back to church for a while but my niece was baptized and so a small group of us were able to be there with masks on.
Then we went with Andrew’s parents up into the mountains.
For lunch we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Utah, The Silver Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon and ate outside. The food here is amazing and the setting is gorgeous because it is surrounded by trees and mountains. We started out with nachos (olives were taken off immediately;) and then I had ribs (not the prettiest picture but I had been thinking about ordering them all week) and a side salad.
Afterwards my MIL had the idea to go put our feet in the river and it was so refreshing.
Skye definitely ended up getting as wet as she possibly could because putting her in a river and telling her to just get her feet wet is like putting all of us in a running store and telling us to not want everything we see there.
And then on the way home I needed some cake so I picked up this gorgeous slice of heaven.
Here is how Andrew’s week looked. He is 2 months and 21 days away from his race!
*12 miles @ 8:38 average with his training partner. They did this on a flat course and he said he really prefers a long run with hills over flat so the St. George Marathon is going to be perfect for him.
*4.2 miles of trails with 680 ft of elevation gain at 10:41 average.
*8 miles @ 8:47 average. 2 mile w/u, 6 x 800m at the track (with 2 minute walking recoveries after each one), 2 mile c/d. His 800m (or .5 miles) intervals were done @ 6:30 average pace.
Here is what he will be doing this week:
I had a solid week of training too. I hit the trails one day and the track on another day so I’m very happy with how that went! My runs ranged from an 8:51 average pace to a 9:51 average pace.
Another reminder if you can possibly donate to help my friend HERE!
Random tangent—> The schools in Utah have decided to start up again in August and we are still trying to figure out what we will do. The requirement is that everyone wears masks if they do go back to school. Our kids have only ever worn masks for short amounts of time so I was hoping that you guys had any recommendations for good masks for kids? I want to have a good stock of them to choose from and do my best to make it a positive/exciting time for them.
Any face masks for kids recommendations for me?
Parents reading—> Are you sending your kids back to school?
Feelings about olives?
Have you been doing speed workouts during this time of races being canceled? If so, give me some examples of what you have been doing.