Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wasatch Back Recap

I can't believe the race is already over. The stress, anxiety, and utter nervousness is done with (dear face this is your queue to stop with the break out). It was such an amazing experience, I'm so glad that I did it and would do it again.

I wish I could explain the entire experience - the restlessness, excitement, exhaustion, and anticipation. Those 30 hours felt like 4 days but at the same time went by so fast. In the Babe Mobile (plus Jeff) car we kept referring to our previous legs in the days past when in reality they were less than 12 hours prior.

I had the best team and the best van. I only knew Penny to begin with but by the end felt like I'd known the entire van for years.

One of my favorite parts of the race was my last leg (for obvious reasons) but also because my parents and my sister Sydney came to cheer me on. Please note that my last leg started before 6am but they were there bright and early to make sure they didn't miss it - it was awesome!

I don't know what I'm thinking but I've already registered for the Top of Utah Half Marathon.


Two weekends ago Fred's parents came out West. We met up with them in Vegas and then spent the rest of the weekend at Fred's sister Christina's house in St. George. It was so much fun and much needed!

We met Fred's parents in Vegas, they had never been to Vegas before and neither had Fred so we walked fast down the strip to hit as many 'must sees' as we could and to make it before their shows started. We rushed to the Bellagio only to make it to the last 30 seconds of the water show then rushed back to Treasure Island to waste our time at a UN-family friendly show with 10k of our closest friends. I was bummed we rushed back because it turned out to be a babes in bikini's show that was stupid, awkward, and slightly pornographic.

We went to Zion for the next two days. I went to Dixie for two years and had never been to Zion. It was awesome! We went on lots of fun hikes and all wished we'd had more time there.

When we did the Emerald Pools hike I was of course wearing my flip flops and on the way up a larger woman (on her way down), stopped us breathing heavy and pointed right in my face saying, "You're. going. To. Regret. Wearing. Those. I. Promise. You." scared me half to death only because I felt like she was putting a curse on me but I hiked the whole thing and had no problem-o. Yeah they weren't the ideal shoes but they worked just great (next time I'll wear my chacos…even if I don't want to).

It was so much fun spending time with Fred's family. We hardly ever get to see them so when someone heads out this way we drop everything to play with them! Who is coming next??

I was also reminded how similar Fred is to his dad. It's scary. They act a lot alike, look alike, and even annoy their wives the same ways.

We miss you all already!

**oh and in the post about Fred breaking his ring- we were all jumping up and hitting the cement barriers in the parking garage and he barely hit one and felt something drop. It was the inside of the ring! crazy crazy.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's Time

The Wasatch Back is tomorrow. Ready or not here I come! I'm terrified. When I start thinking about it I get nauseous and my hands begin to sweat. All of a sudden I only remember the days I didn't run. Did I even train for this?

The pit in my stomach is huge and growing. At this time tomorrow I'll be running as part of a 12-person relay team running from Logan to Park City, Utah. I'm excited for the journey but terrified all the same. I have absolutely nothing to complain about because I know I have some of the easier legs but I'm still nervous.

I won't be blogging but I will be tweeting so if you want to track my progress or hear what I have to say about the race, my legs (both physical and relay), my team, and life in general look up my twitter account during the day www.twitter.com/chanandt

Disclaimer: I have no idea what my attitude or mood will be like during those 24 hours so I'm pretty sure my filter will be…scewed. I will do my best to filter but know that I'll be tired, hungry, and oh-so smelly.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


While tungsten is crazy durable it isn't unbreakable. We found this out in Vegas over the weekend. Fred worked it as a single man the rest of the weekend - however was incredibly unsuccessful because he had a babe trying to hold his hand the whole time.

He couldn't be happier. This means he gets a new, smaller, less expensive ring. Yay for jewelry insurance!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Where's June?

This month has been crazy. When I say crazy I mean CRAZY. Between the 5k, family visiting, Wasatch Back & Golf Tourney, work stuff, golf stuff, house guests, and the occasional meal - we've hardly had time to do anything else!

In my spare moments I'll try to blog some. But know I'm doing things and taking pictures that are hopefully blog worthy!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

5K it

Like last year my sister Sydney and I did the Art City Days 5k. However, this year it became a family run. My parents, My brother Chris and his wife Lori, participated. It was really fun.

While running, I was a bit frustrated. My Nike + kept telling me I was running a 14 minute mile. Wha? No way. So I'd book it faster. I finished in 29:08. Cutting two minutes off my time from last year! Whew. So glad my Nike + was wrong.

Oh By-the-way - the Wasatch Back is in two weeks. Feel free to start praying in my behalf. Keywords to use: survival, safety, endurance, patience (this one for my team because they'll be waiting on me).

This is my brother Jason and his nasty face. He didn't run because he was a chicken.
Don't stare at it too long - you'll lose your soul.