Thursday, May 15, 2014

Grand Canyon 100 Miler In 2 Days! And My Son Is Awesome

First of all, the Grand Canyon 100 miler is coming up in TWO DAYS! TWO DAYS!!!! I can't wait so see what unfolds at this adventure. I'm pretty sure it's going to be amazing. And crazy hard. And epic. With one more dose of amazing.

My son Jackson is a determined kid. He has proven over and over again that he can do whatever he puts his mind to. He is smart and talented and funny. Over the last few weeks he has come out on some runs with me. Well, on Friday Jackson said "Dad, are we going to go for a run tomorrow?"

That was the first time he has ever asked to come on a run with me. How awesome! I took him to a section of the JEM Trail that I knew he'd enjoy.

My favorite parts of the trail lead right along the edge of the Virgin River.

Jackson has said that he wanted to get into running more and wanted to sign up for a big race in the future. We figured that if he is going to be running more he ought to have a good pair of shoes to get him through the miles. He tried on some of my shoes and decided on the Altra Lone Peak. That is my all-time favorite running shoe too and we got him a pair. This was his first run in them. We were all matchy matchy.

A few times when we were running he said "Dad, I can't believe how good these shoes feel!" I was glad to see that we've raised him well.

We had lots of fun together and I have a hunch that this is only the first of many, many times when Jackson's legs will run the JEM. Out of all the places I run, this one might feel the most like home. A hot, dirty, incredibly beautiful home.


  1. LOVE! A mini-you! Can't wait to hear how your run goes!

  2. How wonderful. :) So cool the way your family shares in your running passion and that now Jackson is taking a more active role in it. My youngest "volunteered" (or was volunteered by me, poTAYto/poTAHto) at my school's 5K, and while he was standing with me at the finish line while I cheered in racers, he was getting the bug and talking about doing a race. I imagine follow-through isn't going to happen, but that's ok until it's something he actively wants to do.

  3. It's so great that he wants to do what his Dad does.

  4. This is so cool. I was smiling the whole time I read this post. :D