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Teton Dam Marathon Review

On the 2nd of June, I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive to eastern Idaho for the Teton Dam Marathon. I did the 5K.

Did I mention I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive. Yeah, not the best idea for legs to be in PR shape. My leggies were stiff and at 1100 more feet of elevation then at home, it was a slow trot for sure. No PR attempt this trot, that's for sure.

I woke up at 4am (my normal wake up time is 8am - 10am depending on the day) so that early is  painful. I had everything all packed and ready the evening before- brekky, post-race clothes, snacks, and a full tank of gas for the long drive. All I had to do was make coffee and head out. I didn't even brush my teeth before I left. Coffee first.

The drive was nice and not a lot of traffic for a Saturday morning. I don't know the last time I have been to Rexburg, but it was easy to find the race start. I thought the race started at 8am, but that was the 10K. The 5K started at 8:30am and I got there to get my bib at …

Don't Give Up

Today was another non-running day.

I watched the latest episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.

Spoiler: Dude completes a triathalon weighing over 300 pounds. Bad ass motivation right there!

While watching the episode and felt kinda lazy just sitting there eating a small piece of pie I made Sunday and my cup of coffee. I grabbed my 12 pound dumbbells and did bicep curls and shoulder presses. How many did I do? I don't know but it was a lot.

I even figured I may as well do my Squat Plank Pushup Challenge while watching. I even grabbed my Nagene bottle and drank almost 32oz of much needed water. I know I didn't drink enough water yesterday when it was near scorching at 100 degrees!

Then my BFF texted me that his sister is being taken off life support due to brain damage from a serious alcoholism problem. She has been in the ICU for about a week and this is her 3rd visit to the ICU in less then 2 years. This time around she had a bladder & kidney infection, pneumonia, along with other health complications. She suffered quite a bit of brain damage this time around.

Despite in-patient rehab, AA, AlAnon, counseling, and lots of family support over this year alone, she had let the disease control her. Hiding vodka and cases of beer under the bathroom sink, placing alcohol in juice and pop bottles and cans at family functions, and telling her 16 year old daughter to lie to other family members about what and when she has been drinking.

This was not just a mental addiction but also a very physical one.

It makes me sad and I can not imagine what my friend's family could be going through right now. It is quite a bummer right before the holiday.

Every day we all have challenges, with some more difficult at different points of our journey. We can't give up on whatever challenges we face! I really don't know what else to say without seeming like some babbling tard.

Off to start day 3 of my Ab Challenge and my most stressful challenge of the day - my shift at work.

Do you have a loved one that overcame alcoholism? How did they overcome it? 


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your friends sister! Alcoholism is terrible. I really feel like all of the programs available send people back out on their own much too soon....It sets them up to relapse....You'll be in my thoughts!

  2. Sorry about your friends sister. Alcoholism is real and something not a lot of people understand. :(

  3. Sorry to hear about your friends sister. Alcoholism is a very sad addiction. I have a couple of family members that have dealt with it, but thankfully they were able to get help.

  4. So so sorry to hear about your friend's sister. Very sad. Ive known a couple of people who suffered the same outcome from alcoholism. I also know a couple of people who are sober, but the addiction manifests in overeating instead. Sad.


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