I was a competitive cyclist for years. In 2009, after racing in the Tour of Utah, I decided I had plateaued as a cyclist--I could continue to improve, but I wouldn't break through to a new level. So, I started looking for a new challenge.
I thought that challenge would be mountain biking, but I'm a terrible bike handler. I married Catherine in January 2010 and a couple of weeks later I entered the SLTC Winter Training Series with her. A couple of weeks after that I decided I'd like to run ultras, so I signed up for a couple of 50Ks to get started.
Those first races came and went, with varying results. I was looking forward to running more and possibly pushing into the longer distances, but I injured my knee in June 2010 and I've never been consistently healthy since.
I started law school in August 2010, which meant less time for training. In June 2011, Baby Elliott was born, which meant even less time for training. But she's worth it.
Baby Nora joined us in October 2013, with the same effect on training as Elliott (who, incidentally, is no longer a baby).
I (finally) finished school in April 2014 and now I'm an evil corporate lawyer in Salt Lake. I have no illusions that I'll ever get back into the shape that I once was, but I'm perfectly at peace with that. I still have many goals to accomplish and many years in which to do it.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012
BYU Homecoming Cougar Run 5K (3.1 Miles) 00:18:06, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 1
Catherine and I ran the BYU homecoming 5K this morning. When we ran it two years ago I ran Timp the day before and still ran a 17:11. This year I didn't run hard the day before and still barely managed to keep it around 18 minutes. I do wonder if I could have found six seconds somewhere on the course, but I was pretty pleased with the effort, all things considered. Things change.
The biggest change between then and now, of course, is Elliott. And today was her race. She's been in plenty of races in the jog stroller, but today we signed her up for the 200m kids run. She was the youngest and the smallest (and the slowest) girl in the race, but she had fun the whole time. Of course we filmed it all, and I've posted the video below (at 2:30 she stops to dance--running may not be her top priority). According to Runner Card she finished in a solid 4:14, averaging a blistering 34:03 per mile.
MR10 (1) Miles: 5.20
From Smooth on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 00:45:29 from 22.214.171.124
LOVE LOVE LOVE Elliott's video!! SO SO SO CUTE!!! I think those ski mittens are not big enough for her! :). What a darling sweet little runner girl. I got a chuckle out of her taking a U turn just before the finish, good job daddy keeping pace with her! :) What a fun first for sweet Elli. :) :) :)
From Burt on Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 10:35:43 from 126.96.36.199
Don't cut corners!
From Faceless Ghost on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 09:35:03 from 188.8.131.52
Smooth - I'm glad you liked it. That's one of my favorite videos ever :)
Burt - Catherine thinks it's important to teach these lessons early.
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