First of all, I want to give a MAJOR shout out to my best pal in the whole wide world: Brandon Mitchell Davies.
^^This guy PR’d in his marathon last Saturday by NINETEEN MINUTES!!! I’m so proud of him! Must be my amazing coaching. Or the fact that he actually trained everyday instead of just the week before the marathon. But probably my coaching ;). He really has been so dedicated and I’m so proud of him! Good job B!
He also is quitting/finishing his scientist job this Thursday and begins his PhD in Physiology and Developmental Biology next week! He’s such a hard worker and amazingly smart. I’m so excited for him to go get his dreams!
Related to running…. I am [attempting] to run again! I still have some health problems and should probably kick my Dr. Pepper habit but I am running[ish]. I’m trying to do a better job at taking care of myself and doing a few things for me. The major reason I am able to run again is one of my former teammates, Shelise [seen in the above picture] has moved to Orem! Most of my teammates have moved away and though I can run alone there’s something magical about running with people. Because I can’t run in the heat and I have long work hours we’ve been meeting at 5 AM to run a few days a week. I am so grateful for this lady and for our friendship over the years. And I’m really grateful for the fact that without her I wouldn’t get my butt out of bed.
This past weekend we were also able to go to the Loveloud Festival. I gave Brandon tickets to this event for his birthday and I’m so glad we went! The festival, created by Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds, was basically a way to bring together and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with Mormons, and other members of the Utah community. The major focus was preventing teen suicide and it was an incredible event. There were speakers, advocacy groups, LDS & LGBTQ+ leaders, and a variety of other community leaders. Oh, and there was a lot of amazing music :).
In my opinion, this was an amazing event. We have a lot of challenges in our country right now including an “us vs. them” mentality, a seemingly inability to holding productive conversations, and a lot of hurt. Dan Reynolds is inspiring to me because he has used his position of power and influence to help create an opportunity of dialogue for a topic [in Utah especially] where there are a lot of passionate opinions and beliefs alongside misunderstandings and hurt. Because of this event I’ve been able to participate in some great conversations about the concert, what the concert was about, and why it is important. I am so glad that Imagine Dragons put this together and for the impact it is having on our community and in reality our country. It gave me a lot of hope to see 17,000 people coming together on an important topic to show love, kindness, and understanding. There’s a lot of work to do but in my opinion, this was a great event.
And for your viewing pleasure, below is one of my favorite parts of the concert [aside from jamming out to Imagine Dragons music]. Below is a rendition of an LDS primary song “I’ll Walk With You”. It has a great message, and I think I like this tune a lot better than the one I sang when I was little, ha ha.