What do you pack for an ultra in Utah in the winter?  Hmmm… that seemed to cause me some emotional distress and also the need for a larger suitcase!  So after much deliberation –  this is what I came up with…

I got up at 3:30 yesterday and drove to Tampa for my 6:30 flight to SLC.  Bill met me in Atlanta, we landed in SLC, and were starving, so we went to Cafe Trang Vietnamese Restaurant.  I had a very good Bun and Bill had chicken curry.  It was a very friendly place with good food!

Does it look like good running weather the way my hair is blowing!?

We then went to Temple Square and walked around the Temple (which wasn’t open to visitors), and went into the Family History Center.  We sat down at a computer and stayed there most of the day!

Amazing Landscaping!

We went inside the Tabernacle and listened to the organ.

Preparing for the snow!!

To end the day’s excitement we went to Red Rock Brewery and had some good cheese dip (which I decided was a poor idea later) and salad – Bill ate a trout sandwich which he enjoyed.  We then went next door to grab a very yummy gelato – what a great way to finish the day – and made the 25 minute drive to Layton.  I was asleep before we got there!


We got up and went straight to the Striders running store to pick up our packets at 10:00 and hopefully get a hoodie.  We got our packets, but there were no hoodies to be had.  If I am going to run 50 miles, I WANT a hoodie to show for it!!  I bought an ear warmer because I am so nervous about being cold tomorrow…even though I already have one….and a Striders singlet which I liked the way it fit…and it was $15 bucks, so there you go…

We then made the mistake of the day…IHOP…which I usually like…let’s just say bad idea!  I just wanted one pancake and some yogurt, but they don’t just sell one pancake…so I say can you just bring me the kids meal for $4.79 (pancake with a face..I like it) and yogurt…nope I can’t she says because you are not a kid, but I can, my manager says, give you one pancake for $1.50 and give you the yogurt for free…and you wonder how places stay in business??  Bill wanted blueberry cakes with no whip cream or blueberry compote on top, but she says I don’t know if they can do that – just leave off the stuff – I will have to check…we never got anything to drink, but luckily we had Starbucks (of course) already…so next time Cracker Barrel!!

We went shopping at the mall where I got a great pair of Nike Munich tights–which living in Florida I am sure I need – but maybe I will wear them tomorrow!!

Then, it was off to the movies to see Ghost Writer – which I liked!  We came out and behold – it was SNOWING!!  Woo Hoo!  Hopefully today and not tomorrow!

Now its off to Olive Garden and to Wal Mart to buy two cans of canned veggies for the post race stew they make at the race tomorrow!!

50 Miles tomorrow!??!