Life Updates & I Can’t Believe I Signed Up for This…

We are still waking up at 4 am and wondering when we will adjust to our regular schedules. The girls wanted to go on a walk with me, but walking when it is 17° isn’t possible for me, so we went to the indoor track.

They got in some sprints, and Brooke decided to run a mile while we were there, too.

Skye’s determined face:

We also worked on some pull-ups. How I did it a few years ago was that I started with just jumping up to the top and trying to hold there for as long as possible and then slowly lowering down. After doing that for a few weeks straight, I could do pull-ups, so I hope this method works again.

(shorts, tank, shoes)


Brooke is teaching Skye sign language!

We had book club the other night. I didn’t get a chance to read the book, but it was ‘How to Be the Love You Seek.’ Our next book is ‘The Women’ by Kristin Hannah, and I am ABSOLUTELY loving it so far. I don’t think Kristin Hannah could write a book I didn’t love.

We went to Sol Agave (honestly, my favorite restaurant in Utah… no exaggeration). If you go there and you don’t think you will like the butter cake, then I will Venmo you to get one to force you to try it. There is no better dessert on the planet.

I’m currently listening to this and also loving it. I first read ‘Anxious People’ by Fredrik Backman, and it was so good that I wanted to read or listen to more from him.

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Spain has us walking back and forth to school all the time now.  

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It’s incredible how much more energy I have to cook when I’m not running 70 miles per week.  These enchiladas won.

Picture horrible, food delicious. PS I did add fresh cooked corn to these which was amazing.

When eight hours is just too long away from each other;)

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If my friends sign up for a race, the odds I will sign up for a race, too, are very high.  Race FOMO is real and should be handled with care;).  

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Will anyone else be running CIM this year?

Do you have a favorite author?  What are you reading right now?

Who knows a foreign language or sign language?

How old were you when you started running?

-My first real run (other than in PE) was with my sister when I was 12 yo.  My mom sent me with her.

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Author: Favorite authors – Pat Conroy, Alice Hoffman, Edith Wharton. I am on a reading roll – 9 books read so far this year. Right now I am reading “The Silent Patient.” I have some Kristin Hannah books on my TBR list!

Running: I didn’t start running until I was in my 40’s!

Sign Language: I don’t know sign language, but I can sign the alphabet with both hands at the same time (completely un-useful skill – but fun to do).


Nine books so far this year, you are reading more than one a week… that is incredible! Off to check out your favorite authors! Ummm that is quite the skill, Brooke will be jealous. SO happy you started running, it’s just the best. Have a beautiful day, Melissa.


I was waiting to see a photo of Skye trying to out spring Clayton and Conner at the indoor track. Then their banner popped up. Close enough!
CIM!! I can’t wait to hear your goals for this time!
Someone try to change my mind, Brooke is the best big sister!
Ah, now I get your comment message that you sent me. Off to read the other post! :)


Hahah sadly they didn’t show up to race the girls but maybe one of these times they will. Yep, I can’t change your mind on that. Hahah I took them down as soon as I realized I put up 3 half-written posts on accident! Thanks for making me realize… I was like what muffins? Oh, from the post I didn’t mean to post! Have the best day, Molly!


I absolutely love Fredrik Backman! Beartown was the first book I read by him — my complete favorite is A Man Called Ove (also by Backman). I read it while my grandfather was still alive and it definitely deepened my relationship with him — fair warning that I haven’t read it since he passed, and when I do pick it up again, it will be with a box of tissues ❤️


I will read that one next! I love that it helped strengthen your relationship with your grandfather. That gave me goosebumps. Books do so much for us. I hope you have a beautiful day, Liz!


Ooh, you are reading some good books right now! I absolutely LOVED Bear Town (I’ve loved everything by Fredrik Bachman; you should read A Man Called Ove if you haven’t yet)! I purchased The Women by Kristin Hannah but haven’t started it yet- I’m saving it for when my maternity leave starts next week! Currently reading Everything All at Once (a member by Tommy Rivs’s wife about her experiences during his battle with lung cancer- so scary at parts, but so good!) Love seeing your kids running with you! Gives me hope that my little one on the way may one day pick up the love of running, too (as long as I’m not too pushy, lol!) Happy Thursday, Janae!


I will read that one next by him, thank you! MATERNITY LEAVE! Oh Emily, I am so excited for you. You must keep me updated on when your little one arrives (once everything calms down:). Oh I will have to pick that one up too. Yes, that is the key! I just follow their lead but as of right now, they love it. Have a great day, Emily!


Bear Town might be one of my favorite books by Fredrik Backman! If you haven’t read “A Man Called Ove” by him then you should. The Netflix movie “A Man Called Otto” is based on it. Personally I think the book is better but I tend to think about books turned into movies.


I loved the movie so now I really need to read that one by Fredrik Backman too. Thank you for sharing and I am wanting Bear Town to last forever. Have a beautiful day, Maureen!


I just love all your updates. And, congrats on CIM! This may or may not be in your wheelhouse of recommendations, but knowing you live in Utah I bet you have some answers. Where do I need to go in a few weeks when I do the Moab Canyonlands half?! I have scoped out where I can get some bagels and pizza for carb loading, but I bet you have some suggestions for places to go and things to do with my family. My kids are 9, 11, and 13 :) Thanks!!!


Thanks Colleen! And Moab Canyonlands half… I’ve had that one on my list! I do feel bad though because I have only been to Moab once as we were driving through and we just had some tacos from a food truck. I do know that Moab is a lot of people’s favorite part of Utah, so you are in for a good time! Please let me know how it goes!


I will Absolutely keep you updated and share any tips and places I find!


The only Fredrik Backman book I’ve read is “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry”, a few years ago, and it was GREAT! I really enjoyed it. Maybe I should read more of his books now…


I’ve been wanting to read that one too! Anxious people was so so good and I’m loving this one too. Hope your day is a beautiful one, Mel!


Bear town is sooooo good. And there are 2 or 3 other books in the series!!! Biased because I’m a hockey mom, but the books are just so good. Full of little tidbits about parenting that break your heart!


Race FOMO is no joke!! Trying to figure out my next 1/2, really wanting to do Disney!
I started running in high school and it’s never stopped!
I am fluent in sign language, that was also my major in college & my husband is fluent in Italian, I can understand it and speak a little!! I would love to do a race in Italy!!

Have the best weekend!


I started running the first week in college and was immediately hooked. The first friend I met in the dorm was a runner and I was shocked that someone would do it for fun, hah!

I LOVED Bear Town!! I just finished Hello Beautiful (I think that was a rec from you, so good!) and before that, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. She also wrote A Secret Life of Bees which I loved. I love Tana French for mysteries and kinda fun that their set in Ireland. Another author I’ve been loving the last couple years is Amor Towles – Des Linden even gave a shout out for his Gentleman in Moscow on a podcast.

And yay for CIM, it’s fun to have a race on the horizon and when you get to train with your friends!


I’m listening to The Women right now and loving it too! I enjoyed Beartown and the sequel.


Bear Town was so good. It was not a book I thought I would enjoy but I ended up really liking it. There are 3 books in the series and so far I’ve read the first two. He also has some other great books. I have too many books I like to have a favorite or to even list but if I had to pick a quick top 5 they would be: The Silent Patient, Eight Perfect Murders, What Alice Forgot, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and Local Woman Missing.


I couldn’t begin to tell you my favorite authors because there are so many! I really liked Bear Town. The writing was amazing, and the inclusion of all the details about hockey great (hockey mom here, too!) It does hit very close to reality, though, with the 2018 Canadian Junior hockey team actions, though, so I have not read the next one in the series, yet.

I have been running since 2000, and am training for the Ky Derby half marathon. Racing for the first time since 2019!


You must read the whole Bear Town trilogy – it is awesome!!!! And “The Women” was amazing!! I also love Mitch Albom, Louise Penny, and John Vaillant. I started running in middle school as my hero (my best guy friend’s sister) was a runner.

Hope you get into your regular groove soon with the time. I think clocks go ahead where I live soon – UGH!!!


Bear Town is a lot more serious in tone than Fredrik Backman’s other books I have read! It’s good though. My favourite by him is A Man Called Ove, it’s also one of the few books my partner actually managed to finish reading :p

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