Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day after Christmas

All is well in the Walton home the day after Christmas. We are at Keystone for the day and I am in the car with Lexi as she takes her nap. Anne, Jackson, Josh are on the mountain with John and Jens family and Paul's Family. They are having a great time. Anne is doing better on her 2ND day skiing and Josh is as well. Lexi was cold today so we were only able to make 2 runs before we hit the lodge for lunch and then the car for nap time.

Christmas day was one of the better Christmas days that I have had in a few years. The kids were excited about Santa Clause and were really kind to each other the past few week. We had a good time opening presents and Anne totally hooked me up with a new Ipod and clothes. We had the family over for a brunch and just hanging out. Paul, R & H, J & J all came over for some part of the day. We ate well, played games and because the boys were given Nintendo DS's we did not see them for over 4 hours while they played with cousins. The day was very mellow and really fun, I relaxed and found great peace in my home while we had 20+ running and playing. I love the holidays!!!
Christmas night Anne and I have a weird tradition of going out for Chinese food and getting out of the home. We have done it every year since we were married and now we have friends and family join us.

On Christmas Eve we went to J & J home for dinner and program. We had a very special call from my Mom and Dad who woke up at 3am in Lebanon to call us all and wish us a merry Christmas. That call was bitter sweet since it was so nice to talk to them and bitter because I really missed them this year. As a huge family we had so much going on and they would have had a blast being around. They get home in September if you talk to my Mom and November if you talk to my Dad. What ever time it is, they will be home for the holidays next year.

Christmas Eve I had a 10 mile run to get done. I got a crazy idea of having everyone join me and ride bikes or run with me on the 2ND half of the run which was all down hill. We ended up having Paul run, Anne pull Lexi and Josh's BFF Libby in the Burley. Jenn, Hayley, Andrew, Parker, Becca, Jackson, Josh and Max all were on bikes. We had a blast and I was able to get a good workout in. The run was from 85 in Castle Rock to My home in HR. 10.80 miles and I did it with an average HR of 154, it was an LSD run and I did good and felt great. After that we went to the Rec center for swimming, rock climbing, and playing around. The day was busy and really fun.

If you could not tell by the flavor of the post it has been a pretty good few days, take a look as some of the Christmas video I put on my blog under Christmas.

Tell next time,

Love you Anne,


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Little update on my Journey

This weekend was one filled with some great stuff, I want to take you for a little ride so sit back and read on:

Friday 7:45- Troy and Sonja, Michelle and Michael, Jordan and Amy and Paul B and I took off for a day of skiing at Vail for the first time as a group. This was one of the best days I have had on the slopes, we had great skiers and great people and the snow was awesome. The day ended way too quick and we were on our way home left to reflect on the sweet turns, great powder and fun, fun company.

Friday 7:00pm Anne decides that her cold is getting worse and decides to cancel on her long training run for tomorrow. We were going to run 43 miles that day as a family, (Anne 15.2 and me 26.6).

Saturday 8:00am I was a little sad with the way the day started being without Anne but put my game face on, kissed the kids and left at 9am to meet the group.

History- August 2007 I started to train for St George Marathon and on my 24 mile long run I was forced to stop at 18 due to IT band problems and spent the next 2 months getting back to being able to run 6 miles. Fast forward 14 months of training and working on form it was time to start thinking about going long again. Part of the Practical Coaching group is going very long and so we are invited to help out. Saturday the 20Th of December they wanted to run from Highlands Ranch to Pearl Street Boulder a total of 46.6 miles. The longest I have done since 2007 was 16 but I said it's time to get that monkey off my back and I was in for 26.6 (Over Marathon distance).

Saturday 10:10 I pick up Steve, Sonja and Tony at Morrison and E470. We have a climb right off the bat and I decided that yesterdays big powder day was going to make today just a little harder. The weather was 21 degrees when I started and so I was dressed warm. We started a pace line and did not talk much for the first 8 miles.

11:30 ish. We pick up 3 more runners Keith, Nicole and Beth and they mix up the group and so conversation came back and so did the smiles. I was at 7.5 miles and starting to hurt a bit in the legs and I new that I was running a high HR so on a huge hill I took to walking to bring my HR down and take a break. Beth notices me break and takes a turn around and at that moment she became my guide for the rest of the day. I hit my first low as I was climbing and started to doubt the distance for the day at this point. I was being dumpy and the pain was getting worse. I tried to get back to center and continue on and did so pretty fast. We finished the hill and had a flat few miles before we started to drop into Boulder.

16 miles- After catching back up to the group and leaving early out of the stop I took off to get a few moments to myself to bring back happy Tyler. It did not take them long to catch me and after running with them for a few miles we hit another big hill and I took to the back again. And you know what, so did Beth. She circled around and started asking for the " how bad is it report". I tried to make it sound really bad but by the time I was finished she started to laugh. She said I am running to well to be that bad so get up. She talked me into relaxing and getting my breathing back to my stomach and we hit mile 18.5 going down hill. That is my longest run that I have every had and kept running.

Last aid station 21 mile ish?- We picked up John, I put on another set of layers and off we went. We were just a few minutes behind the large group and I new that I was going to finish my day. At mile 23 I hit my biggest low and when I told Beth that I was really down she went into this long speech about the fact that I could not be low because of all the things I was. She talked about Anne, family, work, friends and who I am. I broke into tears hearing he talk about me this way, what a great friend she is. We keep on going and I kept lifting my feet and keeping my head up and soon we stopped climbing. We made it to the last hill of the day and then it was all down hill.

26 miles- I did not have time to enjoy the fact that I ran for 26 miles and before long I was past 26.2 the official Marathon Distance. Off in the distance I could see the group and I was filled with emotion as I ran the last 1/2 mile.

500 yards to Pearl Street- We pass the group that had finished just a few minutes before and was cheered to the end. No finish shoot, no medal, not even a bottle of water just a victory for me to enjoy. Normal people on the mall passing us did not understand what I had just done, but I did. I ran 26.58 miles on a day that was 22 degrees. It was just a training run, not for a particular race of anything just for that fact that it was out their to be done. The monkey was taken off my back and place on the next soul to battle with. Today was my day and I did it.

26.58- Hugs, cheers, tears, wonderful comments that I will kept for life, all in a days training run. My journey will go on and I look forward to the next challenge, it is kind of funny that it just happened to be the very next day. I called Anne just as soon as I could warm up and in her "no voice" said how proud of me she was. My day was complete.

Sunday- 5am wake up for long swim workout.

6:13am- The 5000 meter non-stop swim started. That is 3.1 Miles or a 5K swim. I started slow and realized my legs were not going to be much help on this swim. I had Steve and Tony in my lane and we as a lane pulled each other along. 1:38 minutes later I was done with swimming the longest I have ever swam non stop in a pool. I was able to relax and settle in and have a great time. I even shut my mind down a little and just swam.

The weekend was huge. The weekend was what I needed because I can now run long anywhere, anytime. I can swim long if I want to and yes, I do want to more times than not. I am on a Journey and loving it. I am not sure where I will go next, just check back and see.

Love you Anne,


Sorry no Pic, but I might have some video later so check back soon.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Family day skiing at Keystone

Our Day at Keystone, Colorado

This year we wanted to get Josh skiing on his own. It is our goal to be able to ski as a family all together in a few years and so I am the teacher as the kids get old enough to learn. The fact of the matter is Anne has never gone skiing with me and has only skied a few times in her life. Lexi is two and has a tough time keeping her gloves on and staying warm. So our goal of family skiing is pretty lofty in my opinion. We decided to move forward with our goals even though this year will be pretty hard and maybe not so much fun. Jackson gave his skis to Josh and was able to get a new pair. Anne was hooked up with a gentle used set from Jordan and Amy. If anyone needs great gear at a really good price check them out.
I decided that we could let Lexi play on the hill as I worked with Josh and Anne. We went to Keystone and rode the Gondola up to where the Magic carpet training run is, it is also close to where the family gets together to eat lunch. I took only snow boots and made plans to work with Josh and Lexi all day.
Anne put on her skis and took a few turns, she rocked and was on her own by the end of the first run. I would see her making great turns and doing well as she passed me throughout the day. It was really fun to see her do so well, so fast. Josh also decided that he wanted to try hard. His BFF Libby has a year of skiing on him so he worked as hard as he could to learn fast and go with Libby. Jackson took off with his cousins and is getting very independent on the slopes.

By the time lunch came Josh was done with the magic carpet and was ready to go on the beginner ski lift with Mom. He was making good turns, getting better at stopping and not falling down after every turn. Lexi was having fun running down the ski run with me as Josh made his turns.

After Lunch the group that went for the day stayed on the same run and everyone was yelling at each other as they went down. The run was short so you would get a lot of cheering on each run. John my brother took Lexi down a few times on his skis and she had a blast. Josh was finally able to go with Libby and he tried to not fall and keep up with her. Anne is ready to get off the beginner hill and ski the mountain. Lexi will get skis next time we go up and I will also take my skis so I can keep up with Josh. Lexi took a nap in the car at the end of the day and woke up as the kids finished their day and came back to the cars. The ride home was really slow by fun since this is the first time that Anne came with me. Here is a pic of the mountain and the family group that was up that day. We still were missing 4 cousins and 2 parents so our group can get pretty big and crazy.

Proud of you Anne,
Back row left to right
Anne, Claire, Rob, Parker, Andrew, John, Sam, Hayley
Front row left to right
Thomas, Bella, Josh, BFF Libby, Becca, Jackson
Max, Kristin, Rachel, Danny, Brynn, Jennifer
Mom and Josh and BFF Libby coming off the Gondola after a great day sking. Everyone smiling at 4:30pm good times.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Wake up to Snow and a very cold day
Not in the mood to run 6 miles with 2 tempo pick-ups go back to bed
Long 2 hour drive to work
Long morning at work
Left work early, day is getting better
Toll road home saves 1.5 hours from morning drive time
Day is getting much better
Anne is home and says its OK to go Run
I get excited to run in 16deg weather, snow is still falling
Day is turning out to be really an OK day
I get bundled up and head out to run
Snow is still falling, no tracks on the sidewalk
Breathing hard, good traction, getting a smile on my face which is mostly covered
Pace is good,
Hit the main road, car lights looking at the crazy guy running at night while it is cold and snowing Really feeling good about the day
3 miles down, feeling good, start first tempo pick-up
1/2 mile later let off the gas and laugh because I am having way too much fun
Getting dark, car lights look at me more and more
Feeling calm, feeling warm, feeling happy, loving Anne's Ipod and selected playlist
5 miles down hit the gas again, look at watch, sub 7 BOO YAAAA
No tracks on my path, getting really dark, feeling totally alive
Make the last turn to home and let the gas off do a little skip and a jump feeling good
Warm down the rest of the way home
Walk in the house, Anne and kids are good
Snow stops falling
Day ends great
First run in the snow, dark, alone ROCKED
Big Booo Yaaaaa

Thanks Anne,