The Island

Last week I decided to go to Oahu for a little while. Hope you enjoy.

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San Fran

Today was one of those days that you just don’t forget. Started on bike from the Financial District, up to Fisherman’s Wharf, down through the Marina, and then took the Golden Gate Bridge to Saulsalito.

SXSW 2013

Well SXSW is officially in full swing! After the first week, I have pieced together a fun edit from around town. This last weekend will definitely wrap the event up with a bang. Free music at Auditorium Shores anyone?

26.2 – Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon

After 5 long months of training I finally made it. I completed the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon. From the early morning wake ups, to the weekends sacrificed for long runs, it was all so worth it.

My family came out to support me and we stayed at the Wynn hotel right on the strip. It was an incredibly nice place to stay. The whole venue was really impressive for my first marathon. On Saturday before the race we went to the Expo and then a Cirque du Soleil show that night.

At the start line I have never been so pumped, nervous, or excited for an event. Walking into my corral and preparing to start the 26.2 mile journey seemed like an experience bigger than me. I kept thinking that I had done my homework. I had run all of my long runs, figured out what fluids and nutrition to take, and I knew my goal. I wanted to break 4:30.

There are some things I never will forget about that race. I remember the feeling of starting down the strip with THOUSANDS of spectators cheering us on, to heading out to the middle of nowhere in North Las Vegas where it was quiet and lonely.

At mile 16 I had a moment where I thought I was hitting the wall. My legs felt light and my head dizzy. After pounding an impromptu gu, and a pack of salt, I was able to get a second wind.

As we made our way back to the strip at mile 25 I had intense cramps and will never forget the help of fellow competitor. A guy stopped and said “Tell your body to f*** off! We have one mile left! Run it off”. At hearing this I had a huge shot of adrenaline and started sprinting with this man to the finish line.

At that point I saw my Mom, Dad, and little brother as I kicked to the finish line. I crossed the line at 4 hours and 19 minutes. Over ten minutes better than my goal of 4:30.

It’s bittersweet to be done with the marathon. It really did become a new way of life. I certainly will not stop running, or competing in events like this. I think I will run the half marathon in Austin this February, and then do the Cap Tex triathlon this summer.

I have to thank my family and friends for all of their support through this experience. I love you guys!

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Back to Utah

Every time that I go back to Utah I am reminded just how beautiful the state is. I traveled back for the wedding of Mary Rose and Jonathan. The Flanagan’s put on the most beautiful wedding that I have ever been to.

I was also lucky enough to do some fly fishing, and spend quality time with my family. I can’t wait to go back this winter and do some skiing.

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A Plane Ride Away

The last several weeks have been going non-stop. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Since I had settled back down in Texas, I really wanted to get back on the road. It has been incredible. The last three weeks have taken me to New York City for work, Park City to see my family, and North Carolina to be in my best friend Brian’s wedding. I have also been blessed with a great streak of success at work, a nice new place to live, and more fantastic new friends.

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I am not the biggest fan of the northeast, but the trip back to NYC was successful for business as well as seeing a great old friend. My number was elevated because I would have the opportunity to get more accounts in person. I was able to do so, meet some great existing clients, and exceed my numbers for May. Some leisure also fit into our trip. My colleagues and I went to the Daily Show, Little Italy, Times Square, Grand Central, Rockefeller Center, and several great restaurants.

Going back to Park City was an unexpected blessing. Work makes the days roll by, and up until Memorial Day weekend, I had completely forgotten about the extra days off. Spur the minute decision? No problem! I was on the next flight back home to see my family in Utah. This was exactly what I needed to re-charge my mind. Family always comes first. I don’t know where this quote came from but I am stealing it from a friend. I thought it very relevant to my life. Always moving, and traveling, but my loved ones are always there.

After all, seasons change. So do cities. People come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.
Brian and Nicole’s wedding brought me back to North Carolina for the first time since wrapping up my PGA in October. This extended weekend was perfect and I am sure that all in attendance would agree. I was able to enjoy time with my best friends in the world. The rehearsals, dinners, parties, drinks, and dances reminded just how lucky I was to spend my college days with Brian, Nicole, Dan, Ashley, Brokaw, Barrows, and Zach.

The Love Letter

This is a very compelling story. At times the narrative can be melodramatic, but the underlying message is not any less compelling. I hope to write my own story very similar to this one.

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