My Life as a Dog

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mission Accomplished: 400 Miles

Sometime before I ran the Ragnar Relay in Las Vegas, I had realized how many miles I had logged so far for running in 2011. I thought to myself I can totally make 400 miles this year. No sweat. Well, actually there would be lots of sweat. It's the only way I get any miles in. But the point was that 400 miles would totally be doable and easily doable. The problem: after running Ragnar I subconsciously or many consciously decided to take a little break from my running schedule. That led to me running a total of three times in November! That would be about a third of what I had been regularly running in the months prior to Ragnar. So when the Santa Run came around I rededicated myself to reaching my goal of 400 miles. It was still really doable. I set out a schedule running right up to the last week of 2011. Well today, December 31st, I thought I could go spinning this morning (I hate to miss Rona's class) and then I could go back to the gym later to get my 5K in which would barely put me past the 400 mile mark. Sure I procrastinated much of the day by doing other activities and even a little lounging around the house. I got over to the University Gold's Gym at 4:20pm and panicked when I realized that they had already closed for the day! I mean who closes at 4 or sooner just because it's New Year's Eve?! That's crazy! I had some false hopes that maybe the 800 North location would somehow be open but of course they were not. I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to run outside in 40 degree weather with the sun starting to set. I had talked about this goal so much on Facebook and to my friends that there was no freaking way that I was going to just forget it. I rushed home, changed into much warmer running clothes, and got off and running. It really wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. And my time was better than I thought considering how the Santa Run went for me. You can check it out by clicking right here.

So now I just need to know what I'm going to publicly commit myself to because I know how well it works for me.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Brooke & Zane

Brooke & Zane - December 28, 2011

My sweet niece, Brooke, got married yesterday to a super nice guy, Zane. I wasn't sure Brooke would find someone that deserved her. But Zane seems to be just that guy. He's been right at home with our family right from the very beginning. One of the things I love about Zane: he's a hugger. In case you didn't know it, I'm a hugger. It might have taken me a long time to get to be a hugger but I am. I love that Zane doesn't hold back. He initiates hugs often. Brooke is a hugger too! It's just one of the many things I love about her.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Over 100 Facebook Fans

Borup Photography has reached over 100 Facebook fans! Last November I decided to try promoting my business a bit through Facebook so I created a page. Through out the year I have added photo albums as I've had new photo shoots. Now I regularly get inquiries for my services from people that I do not know. Oh the power of social media.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Provo Santa Run 2011

Last year I began running and ran my first 5K ever the day after Thanksgiving (Santa Run 2010). I thought it would especially be fun to run it again this year to see my progress. Of course since I ran the Las Vegas Ragnar I haven't been very good about getting my running in. In fact I had only run 4 times since Ragnar which was over a month before. Sad! I was trying to reach a goal of running 400 miles this year and if I keep up my current pace I will not make it. I have another 27 miles to get in. That is at least 9 more times running.

On the bright side, I have at least doubled the number of times I spin each week. I have started back up playing racquetball. And I have begun to do some regular weight lifting, hitting upper body at least 3 times a week for a few weeks now. (I just don't want you thinking that I'm completely slacking off because I am not!)

Anyway I did get a better time in 2011 than I did in 2010 but only by about 30 seconds. My time was 30:16 minutes. I was really hoping and planning on on something more like 28 minutes. And even though my time this year was better, I placed lower in my age group, 5th place instead of 3rd. I placed 74th this year in all the men out of 155 -- solid middle of the pack. Here's the results from this and last year:

2011 Results - Men  -- 2010 Results - Men

Thanks to Chris for taking photos for us!
Kyle, Me, Ty, Erik, & Bryant


Kyle & Me

Friday, December 02, 2011

I Love a Bargain!

If you know me, you know that I love a bargain. I don't even need the item. I will just buy it if the deal is too good to resist. Therefore I like to frequently visit some of the "bargain" websites like:
It was on one of these sites that I found some of my latest purchases. First off on 11/11/11 I purchased two pairs of shoes for $11 each with no shipping! Its from a website called where I've bought shoes a few times. It was a one day deal only. Sorry if you missed it! ;)

And then today I just bought a Philips Sonicare toothbrush from who is selling the toothbrush for $39.99 with free shipping. They had a coupon for $10 using a SONIC10 coupon code. Then there is also a $10 rebate from from Sonicare themselves. So in the end I will get this $75 toothbrush for $22.04! Merry Christmas to me!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Highway to Hale 5K

Last week was the big Ragnar race for me. What better way to recover from that then to do another race, right? So when Ty asked me to join, I figured why not. I hadn't run all week. I surprised myself on my time. I finished in 27:58 minutes. The first place in my age division was 27:37. I really should have just pushed a little harder. Oh well. It was good to "get back on the horse" again.

By the way the race was to help support the Hale Center Theater in Orem. Since the course goes down to the highway and back up to the Hale Center Theater, it was called "Highway to Hale." I know. Clever!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Team Hot & Ready - Las Vegas Ragnar

I did it! I ran my first Ragnar Relay race! 188 miles. 28.5 hours. 12 guys. I was runner 9 of 12. I ran 12.9 of the 188 miles in 3 different legs (3.1, 4.2, & 5.6 miles) We started at 7am Friday Oct 21st and ran until Oct 22nd after noon. I got a total of 3 hours sleep. Maybe I didn't push it as hard as I should have because I didn't even feel pain after this one like I did after Red Rock Moab. What's next? :)

Van 2: Steve, Erik, Curt, Andy,Nate, & Brian

Van 1: Saylor, Kyle, Ty, Briggs, Bryant, & Derek

Team Hot & Ready

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Life Changing Lip Balm

You know how when you go on a trip there is always something (or a few things) that you forget? Well this time I forgot my much beloved Carmex and Vegas is dry! So given my first chance I was about to purchase a new supply. That is when I was stopped by my friend Kyle who informed me that if I bought EOS lip balm, "It will change your life!" I bought the "summer fruit." I'm not sure that it's had the level of change that I was expecting from his rave reviews but I will say this, I like it and its much better than digging my finger in my Carmex to apply it. I'll keep you posted on any big life changes because it might be due to my new lip balm. In the meantime I think I'll try some of the other varieties.

Zombie Meetup

As I have mentioned before, I belong to a meetup group called ProvoCreative Models/Photographers Group. This month the theme was zombies and two Saturdays ago we traveled out to the Salt Flats in western Utah to take photographs. These are some of the photos that I took. You can more of my work on

I had never been out there for photos. It was a long drive but well worth it. I brought my friend Tim along for some company and snapped some photos of him while we were there.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Hacking the Hackers

About a year ago I had a conversation on Facebook with a friend of mine who I basically had not talked to since I had added him a year earlier. He informed me how he was in England and had been mugged. After chatting for a while I quickly realized that his account had been hacked. I said something to the hackers and immediately the hackers had blocked me.

So today when my cousin's niece started chatting with me and telling me a similar story I decided to have a little more fun with it. See our conversation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nu Shooz

Mizuno - Wave Rider 13

I bit the bullet. I've been running long enough now that I decided that I needed some real running shoes. I had been running with a pair of cheap Nike shoes I bought last summer. Being the procrastinator that I am, I've been saying that I was going to get new shoes since I finished the Red Rock Relay in Moab. We today I happened to have a little interaction with my friend, Marci who just so happens to work at The Runner's Corner in Orem. I told her that I was going to pay her a visit soon and tonight I did. I really wanted some flashy ones but I opted for the ones that seemed to fit me best and feel the best when I ran in them. They also just happened to be on sale! :) Even if they are not super flashy they will match our Ragnar running clothes.

Things I learned from shopping for running shoes:

  • Buy shoes that are a full size larger than you usually wear.
  • Wear running gear (or at least something comfortable) to the store.
  • Bring your inhaler if you have asthma.
  • Your shoes should be laced quite loose other than at the top of the shoe because your feet expand as you run.
  • I'm a neutral runner.
  • Running shoes are only good for around 500 miles.
  • Walking in running shoes breaks them down faster than running in them.
  • If you wash your shoes remove the insoles first.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Steampunk Meetup

I belong to a meetup group called ProvoCreative Models/Photographers Group. Every month (usually) they plan an event with a theme. Models, photographers, and make up artists get together and use their talents to give each other experience and develop their portfolios.

A few weeks ago I went to my third meetup. The theme was Steampunk. If you don't know what that is don't feel dumb. I didn't either until preparing for this photo shoot. The short answer is that steampunk is sci-fi/fantasy version of what the future would look like from the Victorians. These are some of the photos that I took but you can see more on my photography website:

Homecoming Photos

Since I started my photography website I haven't mentioned much of my photos session. I'm going to try and  change that since that is what I do in my free time. :)

So last Saturday I got the opportunity to take some photos for a homecoming dance. My niece Brittany was going to her first date dance and asked me to take photos. It was a first for me. I really didn't know what they were expecting but I feel like the photos turned out pretty good and I would be interested in doing jobs like this in the future.

You can see larger versions of my work over on my photography website:

Losers! (not us but BYU)

Last Saturday me and my buddy, Kyle, dared to venture out to watch BYU and University of Utah face off at BYU. Kyle is a die-hard fan and I, well, I'm a good friend. We got tickets earlier that week and they were not cheap. To be a real fan I even went out and bought a BYU t-shirt which might have had its first and last wearing. Kyle provided me with a hat since he has a collection.

The game (like you don't already know) was a big old joke. Not that I'm a big football fan but I have never seen such a mess of a game! Shortly after half time the BYU fans started leaving the game by hoards. We stuck it out to the bitter end. If nothing else the company was loads of fun as always.

I shot a new Facebook profile photo for him since he was all dressed up in his fan uniform

We did have a Jimmer spotting.

We spotted this too. I'm thinking that smile didn't last long.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Miller Motorsports Park

September 9th my company treated us to a half-day trip to Miller Motorsports Park out near Tooele, UT to do the Mustang Experience. We divided the company up. Three of us went in the morning bright and early! (Had to be there by 8am.) And the other four went in the afternoon.

We got to the track a little early. Google told me it would take 1.5 hours to get there but it was more like an hour. Anyway, we wondered around their museum for a bit before the class started. We had a short instruction period where they basically explained how it was going to work and talked about some of the physic of driving then it was time to burn some rubber.

The class had 10 people in it and there were two instructors. One instructor took half the class and the other the rest. The instructor drove the pace car and then the rest of his group followed him 3 to 4 car lengths behind the car in front of it. Each drive got the chance to be right behind the pace car for 2 laps. So we each drove a total of 10 laps around the track. If you look at the map below we were just on the east half of the track.

It was loads of fun. My only wish is that I wouldn't have been right behind my overly cautious boss who was all too familiar with the brake. (Sorry if you are reading this Jason.)

After we finished our 10 laps, then we got to ride with one of the instructors for two laps. This is where is got to be a really fun. I'm not sure how fast we got going but I know it was lots faster than we went on our own.

Thanks for the Mustang Experience bosses!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Progress: Year in Review

Today I broke the 27 minute barrier in running my 5K at Gold's Gym. Most days I go running I get frustrated that I'm not progressing as quickly as I would like to. It's easy to get caught up in the day to day changes and forget the big picture. It wasn't too long ago that my neighbor and friend reminded me of how much things have changed in the last year. See the conversation we had on Facebook last year. The last two comments are from 2011. I blocked out her name just in case she minds.

It was in October 2010 that I started running. I had been afraid of the treadmill at the gym. I would only walk on it at a steep incline. I didn't want to look foolish trying to run. I remember having watching The Biggest Loser and thinking, "If these people can run on a treadmill, why can't I?" I had several friends that were runners. One in particular that had been a big inspiration in me losing weight. So I started running. I think I started somewhere around 5.5 miles an hour. I would run for as long as I thought I could go and then I would walk until I felt like I could run again. I would repeat this for 30 minutes each time I went. Each time I went I tried to run longer and walk less. As I got more comfortable I would increase the speed.

In November, I had of bunch of friends that were running the Santa 5K Run in Provo the day after Thanksgiving Day. They invited me to join them and they were very supportive. I bit the bullet and registered. It motivated me to keep running. After all I didn't want to look stupid. The race came and I did a good job especially for a first race.

My niece had seen my efforts in running and wanted me to run a 5K with her in March. I agreed to do it. I started telling all my friends that I was going to do the Rex Lee 5K Run. When it came time to go, my niece couldn't make it but I had committed myself publicly so I felt like there was no backing out. I ended up running with a few new friends and before long I was committed to running a relay race in May.

The Moab Red Rock Relay was my first relay. It was a good first time relay. Runners only ran two legs each. Granted there were plenty of hills and my second leg was almost 8 miles long. When I was done I didn't even want to think about running another race.

Before long I was signed up for running The Dirty Dash 5K in June. That one was really a lot of fun and not so much work. Of course it took us an hour to finish it!

Coming up in October I will be doing my biggest race yet: The Ragnar Relay - Las Vegas!

I've gone from running my 5K in over 31 minutes down to 27. It's good for me to keep track of where I have been so that I can realize the progress that I have made. I should apply this to other areas of my life too!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Thumbs Up

Over Labor Day weekend I went up to Idaho Falls to visit some friends that I don't get to see much of. It was a good time. As I was getting on the freeway there was a fairly young guy hitchhiking on on ramp. I don't know what over took me but I decided to give him a ride. I asked him where he was going. He said Salt Lake City. Ha! Too funny because I was going there too. I actually had made plans to stop in Pocatello and have lunch with a buddy. I told him that I could take him that far.

The guy, Tony, was kind of a granola type. He calls West Yellowstone home but is originally from Pennsylvania. He's 24 and works with some foundation trying to protect the buffalo who wonder off in Montana and end up getting shot by ranchers. He was definitely lives life differently than I prefer. He hadn't had a cell phone in several years and from the smell I was guessing that showering wasn't all the common either. I was pleased that I only had to put up with that for less than an hour.

It definitely was an education for me. I got to ask him about hitchhiking and what its like. And the best part is that he wasn't some psycho killer. I'm not sure that I'll rush right out to pick up another hitchhiker but I think I might give it a second thought before just dismissing the idea.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Rolling in the Deep with Adele

I love, love, love Adele! I saw her in concert several years ago when she toured for her first album in 2009. She was amazing live! The show had sold out and the venue was super packed. So back in March when I heard that she was coming back to Utah in May, I quickly bought as many tickets (4) as they allowed because I knew that I would have plenty of takers. Indeed I quickly had friends that wanted tickets. Even more friends than tickets. Several ended up finding tickets on their own since it was general admission. It was after I bought them that I realized that it was on Sunday. Oops! 

So way back in May we got all ready to see the show. We were just minutes from The Depot where she was slated to perform when we found out that the show had indeed been cancelled do to her illness. Boo!

Fortunately she rescheduled for August 21. The venue was changed too so that they could sell more tickets. I would have preferred The Depot as it is a more intimate setting but The Gallivan Center (the new venue) is nice too because it's outside.

Me and 5 friends got there about an hour early and it wasn't too early. There was a huge line just to get in. We were super smart though when we picked up our tickets from will call, we just worked our way into the line. Sorry everyone that was still in line. Once we got in I ran into several other friends including a few who had set up camp at the front of the lawn section. It was there that I enjoyed the entire show. Adele was amazing live. I think she is even better live than recorded which is not usually the case. The evening was great! Great friends, great music, great weather, and great people watching! 

Speaking of people watching... this is one of the most bizarre things I have ever witnessed at a show and I have been to a lot of shows! There was this short gray haired old lady that was working her way up through the crowd and as she was moving along she would grab everyone's bum. I got in on the action as well as pretty much all of my friends. :)

Watch the videos below. It will be like you were really there. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011


So before you get all excited let me inform you that this post is not about a Disney movie. It's a tale about my pinkie finger and a wake boarding rope. It's not happy story but hopefully it has a happy ending.

Saturday I went with some of my Ragnar Relay team up to Echo Reservoir where we went on a 4 mile run and then planned on hopping in the water to cool off. The run was hot and dry but it was good. There is a nice little dirt trail that runs along the lake and I was able to use my handy Nike+GPS iPhone application to track how far we had gone, etc.

After the run we were more than ready to cool. We got the boat in the lake, changed into our swim suits, and hopped into the lake. It was a little chilly initially but felt so good! Since my last adventures in wake boarding I was a little nervous that I was going to have a hard time getting up or that I would not be able to get up this time. I procrastinated trying until everyone else had taken a turn. Then I decided to brave it and it get it done. My first attempt wasn't much of anything. I lost hold almost immediately. When the boat circled back around me I was pulling the rope so that I could get the handle. In the process of doing so I got my pinkie finger tangled up in the rope. Fortunately the boat was moving pretty slow but soon I found that I was being pulled by my pinkie finger through the water with the wake board attached to my feet. It didn't take long before a began to yell. The boat stopped and I got my finger untangled. I could tell it was going to hurt but it wasn't yet. So I opted to try getting up again. This time I got up pretty easy and I actually stayed up the longest that I think I have so far. When I did wipe out I felt like I had accomplished my goal by making my sophomore (I'm not counting the first time where I never got up) wake boarding experience a success. By then I could tell that I needed to start my finger in rehab. I iced it nice and good for the rest of the time on the boat.

Me Icing My Finger
How My Finger Looks This Morning 
I can bend it. It's really swollen and pretty bruised. But in the end I think that it is going to be okay.