Monday, November 5, 2012

My Toes Won Hot Dog Look Alike Contest

On Monday and Tuesday my feet were still pretty swollen from running 78 miles at the Javelina Jundred. My toes won the Hot Dog Look Alike Contest for a few days but are now back to normal.

It has irked me this past week that I didn't finish 100 miles. I know 78 isn't horrible, although it's still a little crappy when you fall short of your goal. Oh well. Next time.

I made sure to give myself plenty of rest for the week. Saturday was a fun day. My friend Tom Dansie directs a race near Zion National Park called the Butch Cassidy 10k and 5k. There was a new feature at the finish line for the kids called "Find the Ghost of Butch Cassidy" and Tom recruited me to be the ghost.

Before the Find the Ghost activity I had time to do some spectating and cheering at the race. The finish line is at Grafton ghost town and the scenery is amazing.

The autumn leaves were a little past peak this year but the colors still glowed in the morning sun. Butch Cassidy is a race I'd definitely recommend. I got my 10k PR here a few years ago.

I walked up the course a little bit and saw the moon setting over Grafton Mesa.

Then it was time to head over to the graveyard to hide and wait for the kids to find me. Their reward was candy so it didn't take long for them to hunt me down.

That night Mel, her sister Rach, and I went and ran a few loops (3.2 miles each) of the Baker's Dozen Half Marathon coming up December 15th. This was my first time running the course and I loved it! It made me even more excited for the race.

I took this picture during the run. I thought my wife was wearing a headlamp, but my friend John Beckstrand knew differently. He said "The Baker's Dozen Half will unleash the unicorn in you!" This is going to be fun.

"We take these risks not to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping us."


  1. You make a great ghost! :) I hope those toes are starting to feel better. Ouch! And don't beat yourself up about the 78 miles. I hate missing my goals too, but sometimes it's just a bad day or whatever.

  2. Unleashed unicorns can be dangerous.

  3. Nice ghost get up! Glad your toes no longer resemble hot dogs, can't believe you didn't post a picture of that.

  4. Nice makeup. That pale, ghostly look really suits you. Loving the smoky eyes too.