Tuesday, August 31, 2021

2021 South Jordan Rivalry Run 10K Race Recap - South Jordan, UT

Official Time: 49:51
Placement: 1st overall out of 10
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: Low 70's 
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: First year for me.

Mile TimeComments
17:50Strong start. Didn't feel this fast
27:58Solid stretch here. Was I actually going to win this one?
38:08Reality setting in.  But still a decent mile here
49:11Big hill here. Definitely took an extra minute to climb
58:21Back to the grind. Getting it done though.
68.19Hitting it as hard as I could for the finish
Total Miles: 6.02 - 49:51


I actually had an open date on my calendar for the last Saturday of August.  It was kind of light weekend for racing, and I was half expecting it to be a weekend of no racing.  However, I was informed of a small race in South Jordan -- about 15 minutes south of where I live -- that offered a 10K or 5K.

Most of the runners in the area were either putting together their last marathon training runs or opted to the Nebo race (which offered a race of every major distance).  The Nebo race would've been more expensive, and it involved an hour one way drive to the race site plus another 30 minute drive (each way) to pick up my bib.  It was also 3 times as expensive.

So it made my decision fairly easy.  I could just the South Jordan Rivalry Run race as a tempo run and get a medal and shirt.  Plus the chance to hobnob with other runners a bit was a nice bonus.  So I jumped in during the week of registration and showed up Saturday morning.

The Race

The race started at the unheard of hour of 10 AM.  It was nice to get up later than usual but at the same time, not so nice -- it was pretty warm.  Fortunately I've run through a lot hotter but the sun was pretty intense.  I would've preferred an 8 AM start.

I was forewarned that this race was lightly attended and that met expectations.  They had 10 10K runners and 25 5K runners.  It'll go down as one of the smallest races I've ever attended.

Smaller races means that only overall winners would be awarded prizes.  No worries, I came here partly for the social event and partly for a t-shirt.  

The Rivalry Run is a themed race of sorts. There are 3 major colleges here in the state: University of Utah, BYU and Utah State.  I came representing the "U", mostly because it is the one that most non-native Utahans associate with.  I'll be honest, I am not a diehard fan for any one but I do own some "U" paraphernalia.  So I go with them if given an option.

It was warm, so I kept my warm-up pretty short and sweet.  A little bit of jogging, a bunch of drills and I utilized a massage stick to hit my hamstrings and calves.

I was ready to run at 10 AM and I was off.

I quickly found myself in 3rd place overall.  I was tailing a young man and a young woman was leading the way.  I knew the young man was running the 5K but I wasn't sure what the woman was running.  

The race is primarily run on the Jordan River Parkway.  I don't normally run on this stretch of the trail but I know it well.  I've done quite a few races that have taken me along the route.  In fact, when I had my first job in Utah, after work I used to come down to this area and do my runs.  Part of the was race was run in a well-to-do neighborhood just west of the trail.

At about .75 of a mile I saw a race marker indicating I was to turn.  The two front runners kept going straight.  So I crossed a pedestrian bridge over the Jordan River and then continued going south along the trail.

I was shocked to see my watch beep 7:50 for the first mile.  I honestly didn't feel like I was running that quickly.  I looked over my shoulder to see where my competition was.... and I didn't see anyone.  Where was everyone?  Was I going the right way?

It is definitely a unique and very strange feeling leading the pack.  But there wasn't anyone behind me.  Was anyone at all running the 10K?  I hadn't studied the course at all before hand but I had been given some very rough directions on where the course ran, so I knew I was going the right way.  But there wasn't any assurances, crowd support or someone else who knew I was going the right away.

There were people on the bike trail: walkers, cyclists and other runners but it definitely didn't feel like a race.  To make matters a little tougher, my breakfast hadn't quite digested so I was biting back a little bit of nausea.

Mile 2 came up and I was approaching a park.  I had the impression I was supposed to run through the park but fortunately I saw the stickers on the ground indicating I needed to cross a pedestrian bridge and run on the west side of the bike trail.  Had I missed those markers, I would've been doing a marathon.

I was still running strong and occasionally I looked behind me to see if I had any competition.  But it was hard to tell who was in the race and who was just out for a run.  Either way, I don't think I saw anyone for the entire race behind me.

I was starting to hurt by mile 3.  I had run the first half of the 10K at 5K pace.  And there wasn't any water stops (so I was a bit dehydrated) and I was feeling anxious over finding my way along the race course.  I was terrified of missing a turn given that the course was marked by stickers on the ground.

Finally around mile 3.5 I was dumped into a residential area.  I had the vague impression it would be a quick jaunt through the neighborhood, but it wound up being a lot more than that.  I was running through a neighborhood for a good mile.

The Jordan River sits in the "valley" so to speak.  And the surrounding areas are a slow incline towards the mountains surrounding the valley.  Almost immediately I was greeted with a looming hill.  Darn it -- there goes my chances of running a speedy 10K.

I did short shuffle steps up the hill and I watched my pace plummet.  It was okay -- I didn't want to burn myself out so quickly.  Fortunately the hill was short lived; my Garmin leads me to believe it was around .15 of a mile.  It cost me nearly a minute on my pace and really fatigued me.  As a result I wasn't too surprised to see a 9 minute mile come up on mile 4.

This part of the course was new to me and it was enjoyable seeing the houses.  The course made sense and the markers justified the logic.  While I was always leery of missing a turn, I knew that I would have to run up and then back down to the bike trail to finish.  I did run into a pair of 5K runners but they were the only people I wound up seeing on the course.

I was able to regain some of my momentum during the final 2 miles.  What goes up, must come down and I got some wonderful speedy hills to assist my pace on my way back to the bike trail. 

There was a bit of crisscrossing to do with the routes here and fortunately they had people making sure we didn't get lost and before I knew it, I was back on the bike trail heading south.

There hadn't been any water stops except at the .75 mile split so I was really thirsty and could feel a bit hazy.  While the temperature wasn't insanely hot, at the pace I was running, I could've used a bit of Gatorade.  Also, while I didn't see anyone behind me, I had a sense someone was going to pass me and I really had no idea if or how close my next competitor was.

I finally returned to the 5K / 10K split point and I remember it being about .75 of a mile from the start.  I would've loved to have grabbed some water, but with .75 of a mile to go, it didn't make sense.  Also it wasn't in cups, but plastic bottles.

I looked behind me and saw a young man dressed in white about a quarter mile or so away.  Was he in the race?  I thought I had spotted him before and I thought he was.

So I dug deep for the final stretch.  It hurt but I picked up the pace to solidify my position against the guy in white.  

Occasionally I'd turn around to see if he was gaining on me and eventually he simply disappeared.  Was he a mirage? A figment of my imagination?  Ultimately he was not in the race.

I crossed under the finish line arch in just under 50 minutes -- spent and not really feeling great.


Hurray! I won.  But let's face it, my odds were pretty good.  10 runners in the 10K, 3 of which who didn't show up, and only one other male in the race.  

For my work, I was rewarded with an all-purpose University of Utah glass (good for cold and hot beverages).  And in the raffle I won a U of U blanket.  Some pretty sweet prizes for my $25 entry fee.

Post race refreshments was simply water. Fortunately I always bring Gatorade and crackers in my car.  I was sort of hazy feeling so water was about all I could handle.  I wasn't expecting much in terms of refreshments given the size and what I paid for in the race.

The finisher's medal was outstanding.  Very nicely designed and heavy duty.  I was also thrilled to get a colorful technical shirt.

So I ran this race simply "okay".  The temperature was tough and my breakfast hadn't quite settled before the start of the race.  I wasn't sure how to dial in my food but skipping or eating too light of a breakfast and attempting to run that late in the morning would've been just as bad.  The hilly section also set me back in terms of time as well as the stress of trying to find where I was to turn next.

Overall, I liked this race.  It was a fun workout and I came out ahead on what I got and what I paid for.  It is always rewarding to finish first -- I don't have many of those in my career.

I would likely run this race again if I had an open weekend next year but it would probably be a bit lower on my radar all things considered.  I mostly ran it as a social thing and something to do for a Saturday morning.  I will say that I did enjoy the course, even though I had run on several parts of it before.

Friday, August 27, 2021

2021 Provo Canyon to Pleasant Grove 10K Race Recap - Lindon, UT

Official Time: 49:18
Placement: 6th overall, 1st in the 50-54 age group
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: Mid 60's, 9 mph winds from the south east, some rain.
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: [2020] [2019]

Mile TimeComments
18:15Uphill to start. Just settling into a 10K pace
27:59A bit of a down hill stretch here.  Picking up the pace
38:16Reality setting in.  But getting it done
58:13Glorious rain here. Cooled me off
67.58Lots of downhill here.  Pushed it pretty good. Nice to get a fast final mile
Total Miles: 6:04 - 49:16


For the 3rd year in a row, I've signed up for the Provo Canyon to Pleasant Grove 10K race.  As a matter of fact, I won the inaugural 10K race back in 2019.  Now with more people joining in on the fun, I haven't been so fortunate.  It has been growing every year since its inception and this year I think was a record year for it. 

The race sports a 5K, 10K and half marathon.  My half marathon training, generally, in the summer isn't very regular, so doing the half marathon would've been dicey at best.  Also with August weather, the chances of it being insanely hot, are higher.  The 5K doesn't seem to be worth driving down to Utah county for, so the 10K has been my run of choice.

The Race

I arrived at the race site at about 7:20 for the 8:15 start. I was one of the earlier ones to arrive, which made it easy to grab my bib.  The half marathon runners had already been bussed out to the start (their race was point to point) so it was sort of a quiet scene while waiting.

I did some warm-ups but kept them light because it was already pretty warm.  I sort of came into the race as  "B" level race.  Normally this race is not super competitive but it was a race.  Also I've been racing a lot of late, so this wasn't an all out effort but somewhere between a race and a solid workout.

The race started at 8:15 and we were off.  A lot of memories came back as I started to run. I don't normally run down in Utah County other than for races but I remember a lot of the course.  The first quarter mile or so is on a residential street and from there you run south on the Murdock Bike Trail.

The first mile is slightly uphill so I eased into the race.  I was a little shocked to see an 8:15 flash on my Garmin after running through a mile.  I was moving pretty good and working but I didn't expect to see 8:15. To be honest, it was exactly where I wanted to be.

Mile 2 starts a slight descend.  It isn't a big drop, but it is enough to get your feet moving.  The 10K had started by themselves (with the 5K following a few minutes behind us) and I figured I was easily in the top 10.  I was working off some runners and was in sight of the first place woman's runner throughout the race.

I really love this course. The bike trail here is well traveled, scenic, and the temperature was actually really nice for running.  I was hurting but the scenery kept me interested.  At the conclusion of mile 2, I hit a 7:57 mile.  Even better!

Mile 3 had me reach the turn around point. Each year the race measures up a bit short.  And this year it didn't change.  I hit the turn around just a smidge after crossing mile 3.  The next runner ahead of me was a solid quarter mile ahead of me and there were a fair number of runners behind me, but closing in on.  It was also at this point that I was running into the half marathon runners who were on mile 10 through 12 of their run.  It was interesting to see all the different facial expressions -- I could tell how many were hurting, surviving and really pushing the pace.

Also with the out and back course and the half marathon runners coming in, I had a hard time guessing or telling who was in my race and who I had a shot of passing.

10K races are tough.  The pace is just a bit slower than a 5K but the pain lasts twice as long.  I kept hoping to hit the 5K turn around point -- I knew I could hammer out the second half of a 5K.

Around mile 4.5 or so, I started to feel a few rain drops.  It felt refreshing and I sort of hoped for it to be a bit more consistent.  A few minutes later my wish was granted and it turned into a downpour.  It got cold quickly but it felt so refreshing.

The rain was fairly short lived and my Garmin chirped that I was at mile 5.  Normally I'd have about 10 minutes to go but with the course being a little short (according to my Garmin) I took advantage of the downhill and really worked at making my final mile as fast as I could.

I kept looking behind me, but there wasn't anyone in sight and I had hoped to gain some ground on the eventual 1st place woman but she slipped ahead of me.

I rounded the final corners and finished the race in 49:16.


At first I was a little disappointed with me time.  I felt like I had run faster.  Once I was able to cool down and grab my phone out of the car, I was actually delighted with my time.  About 90 seconds faster than last year.  Eureka! Improvement!

Fortunately, I always carry a lot of extra clothes and supplies in my car so I was able to change out of my drenched clothing.  The sun came back out and it wound up drying off my shorts.  I did toss on a light jacket though.

Awards were done pretty quickly and I was happy to finish 6th overall and easily winning an age group award.

Post race refreshments were a granola bar, an orange, unlimited Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches and sports drink.  Typical post race food offerings by OnHillEvents.Com.  People were social and they had definitely bumped up the quality of the medals.  For about a $25 - $30 race I was pleased with my experience.

I just wish I had signed up for the half marathon.  The weather would've been really ideal and it would've been something new to do.  

So this was another successful race.  The course was rolling hills, so definitely not a fast or easy one (especially on an out and back).  I definitely like the comradery on this one -- you get the cheers from other runners on the way out and back in.  Just wish the course was a true 10K but translating my time from 6.04 to 6.20 puts in me at about a 50:30.  Definitely a well run race.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

2021 Bluffdale Badlands 10K Race Recap - Bluffdale, UT

Official Time: 48:16
Placement: 4th in the 51 - 70 age group, 18th overall
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: Low 70's 
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: [2019] [2018]

Mile TimeComments
18:24Slight uphill here. Just getting warmed up.
28:47Hilliest stretch of the course. A little bit of a downhill at the end of the mile though
38:33Final set of hills -- now to start cruising downhill.
47:45Turning off fast.  Let's make up some time.
58:04Hard to find motivation here. No one behind me, but dug deep and kept going
5.806.39I knew the course, so I knew how much longer I had to go. Surprised they hadn't fixed the distance though.
Total Miles: 5.80 - 48:14


The last few summers my race card has had an entry for the Bluffdale Badlands race.  It is one of the few races in the middle of August and it is very affordable.  Pre-registration is around $15 and that includes a shirt, a shot at an age group medal and finally a pretty nice pancake breakfast.  It's hard to find these kinds of bargains in the race world so it always makes the top of my calendar.

The Race

I got the race site -- at Bluffdale City Park at about 5:45 AM for the 6:30 AM start.  I arrived just in time -- grabbing a decent parking spot and avoiding a rapidly growing line to get my bib.  Fortunately, they were really organized this year and getting my bib wasn't a big deal at all.

I wound up doing some drills and a very brief shake out run before the race.  It was already pushing 70 degrees so I just needed to feel loose and get the heart rate elevated a bit.

The race started at 6:30 and we were off.  Within 60 yards we separated from the 5K runners by hanging a left - the 5K runners hanging a right.  It's been 2 years since I've run the course and the memories of the 2018 and 2019 editions came flying by.

I was feeling pretty good and kept my pace in check.  I knew the first part of the race was going to be hilly.  I should've studied the course before the race but I tend to underestimate the hills at the start of the race.

I was a little shocked to see an 8:24 show up on my Garmin for the first mile as I flew down the residential streets of Bluffdale.  Definitely not where I wanted to be.  But I was patient and I knew that the first mile was a little hilly and that I'd get it back on the 2nd half.

I was running with a small group of people.  I wound up passing a few and I was trailing a larger pack.  This race is fairly small -- 50 runners for the 10K.  Part of me worried about getting lost.  There are a few turns throughout the course and I don't know my way around Bluffdale very well.  Fortunately, the organizers had the route well marked.

Mile 2 gets a lot tougher.  It is a grind up a very long hill.  You can see in the distance where you'll turn right but it is hard to not start to panic.  I was dismayed to see an 8:47 on my watch.  So slow? So early in the race?  Could I regroup?

The tail end of mile 2 sees the first real down hill but it is quickly followed up by a section of uphill.  I had also rejoined the 5K runners and it was sort of motivating to pass by them.  Mile 3 was a mix of downhill and uphill but my time seemed molasses slow -- 8:33.

The start of mile 4 saw the start of the downhill section.  There aren't any screaming fast sections on the course but this might as well be it.  I focused on turn over and just making up some time.  I was thrilled to see a sub 8 minute mile.  Redemption!  Could I salvage this race?

I was remembering a lot more about the course and once I hit the 2nd aid station. I pretty much knew where I had to go at this point and what the rest of the course was going to be like: flat with a slight downhill finish.  I knew I wasn't going to hammer anymore exceptional miles out, but if I could just hit some very low 8 minute miles, I'd be good.  I looked behind me and there was no one within a half mile.  There were a few people ahead of me but they had at least a quarter mile on me.  I figured I had a reasonable shot at and age group award but was worried about a guy who passed me early in the race and that I would hope to catch.  I was just working on chipping away at the lead the other runners had on me.

In my mind, I had remembered the course as just being over 6 miles.  However, that memory was from 2018.  In 2019, they made a change due to construction and it wound up shortening the course by at least a quarter mile.  Would the race be the same as this year? Would they have fixed it? The race's mile markers had been significantly off from the get go.  They were consistently off by about .13 of a mile and then over a quarter of a mile. 

Sure enough the race was exactly like the 2019 edition -- short.  I turned the final corner and expected to make a turn around an outdoor arena for another quarter of a mile, but saw that it was definitely not the way to go.  So I cruised towards the finish, with a well short 5.8 miles.


Okay, this course was well short -- by nearly a half mile.  Calculating out my time, I am finishing around 52 minutes for a full 10K -- about where I want to be.  So by all accounts, I ran about where I wanted to be.  And this course, in my opinion, isn't a terribly fast one, with over 250 feet of hills.

Upon crossing the finish line I grabbed an ice cold Gatorade and waited a bit for my result.  RunnerCard was providing the timing and my card said I was in 3rd place in my age group  Finally! An award at this race (they have VERY wide age groups -- 51 to 70).

It turns out that I finished 4th.  A late registrant wound up placing 3rd so the results weren't entirely accurate when I finished.  I am working on getting him his medal.

I walked off the fatigue and got some pictures of the park and finish line.  I wound up grabbing my pancake breakfast -- which was decent.  I'll never turn down free pancakes.  

So at first I was really disappointed with my time.   I had vague memories of finishing the course much faster in 2019.  However, when I got to my car and looked up my time from 2019 I was thrilled.  3 minutes faster!  And on the same course.

So overall, I was pleased with my race.  For $15 I got a nicely organized event with a tech shirt and pancake breakfast.  I'll continue to put this on my race calendar and it was nice to see the event back this year.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

2021 Roy Days Royal Challenge 5K Race Recap - Roy, UT

Official Time: 24:15
Placement: 51st overall, 2nd in my age group
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: upper 60's, slight wind from the south
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: [2019]

Mile TimeComments
17:30Fast first mile with a slight drop.  Off to a good start
27:48Felt surprisingly good here.  Some bouts of speed
38:26Had to make up the hills that I had at the outset.  
3.080:30Sprint hard to the finish
Total Miles: 3.08 - 24:15


Back in 2019 I did the Roy Days 5K.  It was a small community event celebrating their city and it's special weekend.  It was heavily participated by local high school folks (I think the race director had some connection to the team). I managed to eek out an age group win and since then the race has come up as largely a good memory.

So I was excited when this year it came up on the calendar and I pulled the trigger and signed up.  I definitely could use a 5K as well to see where my fitness stands.

The Race

I got to Roy (about 45 minutes north of where I live) a little after 6 AM for the 7 AM start.  I think I was one of the first to collect my swag bag so packet picket was easy as it could be.  I managed to kill about 30 minutes and then began a very limited warm-up.

California has produced some really strong wildfires.  The smoke from the fires drifted into the Salt Lake Valley Friday morning (the day before the race) and it left the valley in bad state, with campfire smoke enveloping the entire area.  To say the least, running outside is ill-advised at best and probably not very healthy.

So I was a bit hesitant on showing up for the race at all.  But it was simply a 5K, I paid for it and I wanted to get it done.  

The race started about 5 minutes late, but all was good.  My warm-up had been brief but I knew once I got going I'd feel good.  I had done a bunch of dynamic drills so I was loose and ready but my actual running preparation was minimal.

The first thing I did notice after starting was that I had to go to the bathroom.  Fortunately the kind I could hold.  

The first mile is fast.  It is slightly downhill, I was fresh feeling,  tailwind and I was feeling pretty good.  It has been 3 years since I traveled down the streets and a lot of memories were coming back as I cruised down the residential streets.

I was amazed at how many fast runners.  I don't consider myself blazing fast anymore (if I ever was) but I was immediately swallowed up by all the young runners.  As stated in the introduction, a lot of high school aged folks were there and I was quickly left in the dust.  It made me want to just give up.

But I kept going, knowing I had to at least beat some of the whippersnappers and make a showing for my age.  It took a bit but I got into a groove and flew through the first mile in 7:30, still feeling good.

Mile 2 sort of leaves the residential streets behind and you you come to a community park, wrap around it (on surface streets) and then head east to make it to the "Main Street" of Roy.  This mile is mostly flat and there isn't a lot to look at.  I was still moving pretty well and keeping up with the folks I had started with.  

Mile 3 is where the race gets tough.  You can see the finish line way in the distance -- evidenced by the flashing police cars.  And it sits at the top of a hill.  The hill is a steep one, but fortunately not terribly long.  Mentally it is just tough... I kept looking at my watch as if to think maybe I don't have to run it, but I know I do.  

Fortunately the hill doesn't take too long to get up, but it will leave your legs feeling a bit like rubber.  I didn't want to glance too much at my watch, but I kept telling myself to hang in there a little longer.  I was imagining workouts I did with half a mile or a quarter mile left to go and knowing I could handle the pace.

Finally I got up the hill and crushed it to the finish.  I wound up passing a few people in the very last part and crossed under in 24:15.


I actually felt pretty good when I finished.  The smoky air hadn't bothered me at all and I felt like I still had something to give when I finally stopped running.  

Post race refreshments included bananas, water, Gatorade and granola bars.  Pretty basic, but for a $25 race, I wasn't complaining.

This race also gave out age group awards, which included picking out a prize from the give-away table.  I wound up snagging an extra t-shirt (never can have too many).  No finisher's medals on this one, which I am okay with.

The awards were handed out in a reasonable pace.  I was a bit crestfallen -- my RunnerCard said I had won my age group, but for some reason I had finished 2nd.  Not the end of the world, but I had had hopes that I wouldn't won.

So this was my "A" race.  I think the air quality may have spooked me a bit and I didn't come in with my guns ablazin'.  But I did okay.  It is on par with other 5K races I've done this year and the sub 24 minute 5K will come this year -- just not at this course.  I am still happy though, that I beat my 2019 time by a minute.  So signs of improvement continue.

The 5K continues to be a challenging race.  I really enjoy it.  It is over pretty quickly and I have plenty of endurance to cover the distance.  I need to continue to dial in that mile 2 to 3 area where I seem to fade or forget that I am racing.

I really enjoy this race and I hope to toe the line in 2022.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

July 2021 Running Update

Cross training at Desolation Lake


Total Miles: 994.5 (as of 7/31/2021)

Running Report

July saw a very modest mileage amount.  It continued to be ungodly hot here and while I have successfully transitioned to running in the mornings, it has been harder to get in longer runs.  Couple that with the fact that I've been racing quite a bit.

I've been using the races as a "hard day" and sometime mid week I do a structured speed workout. Sometimes it may be 2 - 5 minutes at 5K pace followed by 50% recovery or simply 30 - 60 second hill repeats.  I also tend to do strides once or twice a week.  So my training for 5K / 10K distances is spot on.  My endurance, however, has taken it on the chin.

But so far, the plan is going as I figured it would.  My goal was to improve my speed and I was willing to sacrifice a bit of my long run. This is probably the first summer in a very long time where I haven't put in any long runs.

Also, I've  been a bit more liberal with days off.  Normally I run 6 - 8 times a week.  This summer, aside from less mileage, I've also made it so I only run about 5 times a week.  This has allowed me to feel a LOT less sore and I can approach my workouts with a bit more intensity.

The question though remains, has it worked? 

A little.  It's hard to say whether I've gotten faster on account that the weather is now a LOT warmer.  I think the payoff will come when the weather gets cooler.  I am hoping to get in some 5K races soon which should be indicator if my progress has stalled or has gotten better.  Hopefully the weather and race conditions will make it clear what has happened.  Also, I do plan on doing a year end time trial of sorts to see how I started the year and how I ended it.

Wedding outside of Reno in Grass Valley Calfornia.

Cross Training / Diet

My weight continues to be in check.  I gained a few pounds and I am okay with it.  When the scale starts to creep up, I dial back my intake.  I need to be a bit more disciplined since my weekly mileage is fairly limited (about 30 - 35 miles per week).

I continue to work at home, which allows me to get a 30 minute walk in every day (on top of my running) as well as not eat food I shouldn't.  So there isn't much candy around the house and I am not tempted to go eat heavy Chinese food or pancakes.  I do eat out but a lot less frequently.

I also approached vacation a little different.  When I'd go on vacation I'd inhale a ton of food, particularly at the all-you-can-eat buffets in the casinos.  Now I do eat a fair amount but the dessert it hit a lot less and I try to load up on proteins and vegetables.  I went to Reno where I had more than my fair share of food and I managed to keep my weight in check.

I am still walking once or twice a day and I hike almost every weekend (which replaces a long run but I don't include it in my weekly miles).  It makes for easy cross training and allows me to build some leg strength.  I also do some core exercises a few times a week.

I am definitely a work in progress but I like the changes I've made this year.  I am hoping they pay off come the fall race season.

Upcoming Races

08/07: 2021 Roy Days 5K - Roy, UT (Confirmed) (Key race for me).
08/14: Bluffdale Badlands 10K - Bluffdale, UT (Confirmed)
08/21: 2021 PC2PG 10K - Lindon, UT (Confirmed)
08/28: 2021 SOJO College Rivalry Run 10K - South Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
09/04: 2021 Swiss Days 10K - Midway, UT (Confirmed)
09/11: 2021 Rock the Canyon 10K - Provo, UT (Confirmed)
09/18: 2021 SOJO Summer Fest 5K - South Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
09/25: 2021 Witch Run 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
10/09: 2021 Dimple Dell Half Marathon - Sandy, UT (Confirmed)
11/06: 2021 Snow Canyon Half Marathon - St George, UT (Probable)
12/04: 2021 Laughlin Half Marathon - Laughlin, NV (Confirmed)
02/27: 2022 Las Vegas Half Marathon - Las Vegas (Confirmed)