Tuesday, November 30, 2010


10:12 - Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

10:17 - He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

10:29 - The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous, but it is ruin of those who do evil.

11:2 - When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

12:16 - A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.

12:25 - An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

13:3 - He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.

13:20 - He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

14:16 - A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving & Anniversary Weekend!!!

 This blog is going to be a long one, so hang on for the ride. Audrey and I were able to get away this past weekend to celebrate our 5th year wedding anniversary, and here is the story. We left Kemmerer at 5:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning heading for Bountiful, UT to run in a 10k Turkey Trot. It was put on by the South Davis Recreation Center and they also had a 5k race and a 1k race for kids. In the 10k alone there were 200 participants.
We had some snow that had fallen pretty heavily on Tuesday evening, and I was hoping that the roads would be cleared by Thursday morning. They were halfway cleared in Wyoming, but as soon as we hit the Utah border they were perfectly clear and dry. They use a salt mixture in Utah and Wyoming only uses sand. Needless to say it took us a little longer than expected to get to the race.
But we made it in time because we left so early. When we started the race the temperatures were hovering somewhere between 10-20 degrees. We took off at a pretty good pace and maintained it throughout the entire run. The worst part was the cold, and the best part was the views of the mountains that we had. They looked amazing with all the snow on them!
One section of the Wasatch Mountains, looking out of our hotel room window.
 Audrey and I finished the race together in 29th and 30th place out of 200 or so runners. Click on the link for the official results. http://www.milliseconds.com/participants/final_list/overall/143679 They had Starbucks coffee and some bagels at the finish. Here are some pictures from after the race.
The finisher's medal from the Turkey Trot 10k.
Thumbs up for a fun race!
Warming back up in the Rec. Center after the race.
It was nice to be able to stretch and eat a little something inside.

Audrey after the race.
All smiles for a run on Thanksgiving day!
A fellow runner was nice enough to take a picture of us together.

 We took advantage of the locker rooms at the Rec. Center and got showered up before we headed to our Thanksgiving lunch. We went to Einstein Bros. Bagels. This has become on of our new favorite places to eat out. They have amazing sandwiches, soup, bagels, desserts, and gourmet coffee. The atmosphere is really laid back too. So we got our lunch and enjoyed talking about the race.
Our great Thanksgiving lunch!
You should eat here if you never have, they have a wonderful selection and great food!
Coffee always helps to warm up after running in 10 degree weather.
Just enjoying my lunch company!
 Thanksgiving night we decided to go and see a movie since it had been a long time since we had been to a theater, let alone a really nice one. The movie theater in Kemmerer just isn't that nice! It was a lot of fun to sit in nice comfy chairs and be out on a date with my wife. A great way to end a wonderful day.
Thanksgiving night we went out on a date to a movie!
We hadn't been to a theater in a long time.
 Friday morning we decided to get up early and go for a short little run before we headed out to go shopping on Black Friday and on our Anniversary day. We took off from our motel, which was located kind of on the edge of town, so there were really no sidewalks anywhere, and the wind was starting to pick up, so we cut our run a little short and headed back for nice hot showers and breakfast before we faced the madness of all the sale day crowds.
This is what you look like when you run outside at 6:00 a.m. in the winter.

Our first stop was Striders Running Store. They had a few items on sale, but nothing that I felt like I had to have. We got a few small things there - socks & gels.

Our next stop was Ross (fitting I know). Audrey found some really good deals on some clothes and a new yoga mat. They have been offering Yoga classes at our Rec. Center in Kemmerer on Monday and Wednesday nights and we have been going. Audrey has gone for quite a while, and I've gone twice now. It is really good for flexibility and lots of running magazines are saying that it is really good cross training.
After Ross we went to Salt Lake Running Company.

They were having a great deal on select shoes, and Audrey and I both found a pair of Newton Running Shoes in our sizes. These are a different type of running shoe because they have 4 lugs on the ball of the foot that elevates the front of your foot. The idea behind them is that when you run you want to land on the ball of your foot instead of on your heel. There are a lot of people who run who land on their heel and this leads to numerous injuries. So with this distinct design it helps runners to have better form, to have less injuries, and to be able to run faster without as much energy.
My new Newton Running Shoes. On sale for $44.00 compared to $175.00.
That was a lot of fun to find them in our right sizes. Saturday we had a slow morning, gathered up our stuff, checked out of our motel, went for a short run at Kay's Creek Parkway (a paved trail we found that runs along a river) to try out our new shoes (they worked great by the way), ate lunch at Mimi's Cafe, got groceries, and headed home. It was a fantastic anniversary!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Upcoming Anniversary

Audrey and I will be celebrating our 5th year wedding anniversary this coming Friday! We are totally looking forward to being able to spend a couple of days away, and I'm praying that the weather gets better and stays that way so our traveling won't be an issue.
We are going to run a 10k on Thanksgiving morning and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the city.
So here's to marriage!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I subbed for the 5th grade class today at Kemmerer Middle School. Everything went relatively smooth with all the kids. I had one class that was getting out of hand and I said, "The next person who says anything without it being productive or asking me a question gets their name written on the board!" And as soon as I was done this kid mouths off about something, so I went directly over to the whiteboard with my marker and wrote his name down. Then I turned around and another kid had his had raised and he asks me, "What did I do?" Turns out that I didn't exactly know all of their names and totally wrote down the wrong one. Then once I got the right name I spelled it a different way, and by the end of the entire thing everyone including me was snickering because I was totally portraying the tough guy routine and it half back fired. But they were quiet the rest of the time.
I also felt pretty decent today considering my massive sickness attack of the past three days. I ran 2 miles at the Rec. Center after school. It felt good to finally move after not being able to for so long, but I could tell that I was dead tired. It felt like I was dragging my legs along the ground.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Well, I have been sick since Sunday afternoon, and am only now feeling half way decent. I think I got a horrible case of the flu. It was no fun at all. Sunday night was one of the longest nights of my life. I couldn't get comfortable anywhere and moved from the bed to the couch all night long. And I was awakened every two hours by my stomach wanting to get rid of whatever was in there. Needless to say it was bad.
But hopefully the worst is over.
Now on to some good news. On Saturday Audrey and I got to take a date day.

We went to Starbucks and sat in there for a good 3 hours just being together. It was so nice to have good coffee and no time frame whatsoever. When we were getting ready to leave one of the baristas said, "You guys really made yourselves comfortable here!" I guess that's when you know that you have made another place feel like home.

We also bought a french press while we were there. We have been talking about buying one for a long time, and we finally just went for it. Totally worth it! We used it on Sunday morning and the coffee was amazing! So much better than just having a normal cup out of a coffee maker.
Maybe we had such a great day on Saturday that I got sick on Sunday to make up for it!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My Life On The Run by Bart Yasso

I just finished reading "My Life On The Run" by Bart Yasso. I really enjoyed reading this book. He writes from a very humble and down to earth perspective about his life, and how running changed everything for him. He was an alcoholic from the age of 14-18 or 20 and then he started running and it changed his life. He eventually got a job at Runner's World, a leading magazine for running, and has traveled across the globe running and doing a job that he never even dreamed of. The book is full of great stories and great lessons learned.

Monday, November 8, 2010

First Dam Run 2010

This past Saturday Audrey and I ran in a race in Logan, UT called the First Dam Run. The race route was an out and back that took runners past the "First Dam" on the river that flows down Logan Canyon, hence the name of the race.
The race didn't start until 10:00 a.m. which was nice for us since we had to drive 2 hours to get there. Our friends Barry and Janice and their son Benjamin went with us to cheer us on and we all had to stock up on groceries afterward at SAM'S Club and Wal-Mart.
We ran in the 10k race (6.2 Miles) and there were 91 other runners doing that race. It was cloudy and overcast at the start and a little chilly, but once we started running it warmed up pretty quick. We took off at a pretty fast pace, and there were probably only 10-12 people ahead of us. We maintained a good pace throughout the entire race and methodically passed people. The course was fairly flat and the views were awesome. The mountains on one side, the river, the fall leaves, it was gorgeous.
Once we hit the 1 mile mark and there weren't any other women remotely close to us I knew that Audrey was going to win first place female. Coming into the turnaround point there was a really strong wind coming down through the canyon, but once we turned around it was really nice because it pushed us from the back. The next closest girl was about 1 minute behind us.
I pulled ahead of Audrey a little bit towards the end and I finished in 42 minutes 39 seconds, and Audrey finished in 42:43.
Here's the link for the official results:
After the race they did awards and Audrey won a trophy for being first place (a piece of driftwood that had come over First Dam) and I won a ribbon for first place in my age division of 20-29.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

More Halloween Half Pictures

The Runner's Guide To The Meaning Of Life

I just finished reading this book in 3 days. It is a very quick read, but it has a lot of good stuff in there. If running interests you in any way or you are a runner you will enjoy this book. It takes things from running and applies them to your everyday life. I love the fact that there are timeless truths that resonate across so many activities of life. Let's you know that everything is created by God and is spiritual and sacred, and that our lives (body-physical // soul-spiritual) are all connected.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Great Horned Owls & Rock Climbing

I went for a run this morning and halfway through I came back to the house to take Mountie with me. Audrey and Maya were already doing their own run (Maya can run 4 miles, Mountie can make it 2 if he tries really hard). But on our way back to the house I noticed two Great Horned Owls sitting on a telephone line next to our house.
I walked closer over to where they were and then they got spooked and one flew right over my head. It was a pretty cool sight to see, especially since they didn't dive bomb me or anything. I love the way that God has created nature and animals. It is definitely one of the easiest places that I see God. It was a beautiful morning to run too; the temperature was about 30 degrees and the moon was only a sliver, but it was so clear out that you could see the rest of the moon that wasn't lit up.
Audrey's family came to visit us this afternoon. We all went rock climbing at the Rec. Center in town. It was a lot of fun, and great to do something active together. It was also fun to watch everyone do well and go past what they thought they might be able to accomplish.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


We now have a Classical Christian Academy in Kemmerer that is for K-12 grades. It is called Veritas Classical Christian Academy and they are doing a great job in their first year of trying to get a school off the ground. One of the things that they have asked area Pastors to do is give devotions to the students each morning. So we take turns bringing a devotion to them.
My morning is this morning.