What’s the “blog” page for?

Well, let me tell you. It is a place where I can be totally non-committal. I don’t want to feel obligated to post something simply for posting’s sake. It is a place where all 3 of my personas will participate. Hope you enjoy and feel free to leave comments!

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Hey, did you know…?

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Many of you know, and some may not, that I graduated from law school in 2013

However, beyond that, you might not know what I am up to now. So, I wanted to write this quick note to quash any belief you may have that my progression ceased after graduating. Also, your new-found knowledge about where I am and what I am doing just might help me out.
At the beginning of this year, I started working for Lowe Law Group. We are a small legal shop in South Ogden that primarily focuses on the area of personal injury law. Yes, I know, you are thinking, “Great, James is an ambulance chaser. His progression really did cease.” Before you hit delete and walk away from your screen, let me tell you a quick story about what led me here.
Three weeks after starting law school, I was sitting at a stop light, when instantly I was hit from behind by a vehicle traveling roughly 40 mph. I woke up, after being knocked unconscious, in quite a daze. ER visit, x-rays, CT scan, and 4 months of therapy later I was left with quite the stack of bills. Thankfully, an attorney helped me through the process and I quickly realized the invaluable service a personal injury attorney can provide.
I was able to work with some of the best attorneys as I finished up my degree. I joined the Lowe Law Group shortly after passing the Utah bar exam. I am working to build my practice as I help individuals who are in similar situations to the one I was in just a few years ago. Hopefully, now you are thinking, “Wow, I bet James is an amazing personal injury attorney because of his unique perspective having been in that accident and once being a client. I am going to refer everyone to him!”
I enjoy this work and I am striving to make a living and support my family doing it. Please check out our firm website at LoweLawGroup.com to learn more about us. If you have any questions at all about the types of cases we handle, don’t hesitate to contact me. I appreciate it!
James
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BAM Endurance – Balanced Art Multisport

For the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of taking photos for BAM. Balanced Art Multisport just announced its new endurance fitness club “BAM Endurance!” Check out this amazing company and new club at balancedartmultisport.com

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Cowley Family Photos

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A challenge to EVERYONE! – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I challenge EVERYONE to ENJOY LIFE and HAVE FUN!!!

If you are able, please go to www.alsa.org/donate. Thanks!

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Jumpin’ rope!

A family that jumps rope together…
Growing up, my sister referred to our family as “The Fun Family” on our answering machine. We have always been a family that loves to play together. Sunday, we lived up to the name when we grabbed a rope and all started jumping in my parents driveway after dinner. It was an absolute blast! At one point, we even had 4 generations jumping at once.

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The Wrights

I was excited when the Wrights called me up and told me they would be in town for a few weeks and wanted to snag some photos. We used to live in the same apartment complex and now Steve is back killing it at Duke Law. Thanks for letting me capture some shots

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DesNews Half – race report

one of my favorite medals I have seen lately. one might call it a “classic.”

“It is a blustery day out there ladies and gents. Oh, did we mention it is scalding hot too? Well, it is. Enjoy!”

1:21.54 – 21/866 – 4th in age.
B performance with A effort. I was really hoping for sub-1:20, but feel good about my effort considering the conditions. I am happy with the PR too.

John picked me up from Liberty Park at about 4:25 and we headed up to the stadium to catch our bus. John mentioned that his back was already sweating on the bus ride up. It was going to be a warm one, but we knew that going in. After resting for a bit, John and I did about a mile or so warmup up the canyon. The wind was blowing pretty hard in our faces as we were heading up. We stopped to turn around and chatted about how the headwind could be pretty strong and if so we would have to adjust our goal.

We met up with Jeff and Angie at the start who were also shooting for sub-1:20. Angie said she was going to try and conserve a little energy and Jeff was hoping for sub-6:00s in the canyon like John and I. We were off and the first 2 miles felt easy. 5:49 and 5:58. During mile 3 we had some gusts of wind and every right turn they seemed to get stronger for the next several miles. John, Jeff, and I didn’t say anything to eachother, but I think we all had the same thought simultaneously that we needed to maintain effort, but not try and fight the wind. This resulted in slower miles than we had hoped, but it was the smart decision, I think. 6:006:076:17 (that one was hard to see this early), 6:12.

We kept plugging away together until we made it out of the canyon. At this point I was showing a 6:06 average. I still had hopes for something close to 1:20, but knew it would be tough. At the aid station near the zoo, Jeff pulled away and John fell back a bit. I was happy to see mile 7 come in at 6:05. I had planned on slowing for mile 8 across Foothill and then hoped to drop back down when it banked left by the stadium. I was tiring at this point, but it was not horrible. 6:20. Ok, that is tolerable, now just one more slower mile across 13th and then I can pick it back up down South Temple. 6:15.

I hit South Temple and the legs didn’t come back as planned. For a bit, I entered survival mode. I could still see Jeff up ahead and it seemed like I was gaining on him just a bit. I knew I could keep him in sight and just keep plugging away. The two miles comprising mostly South Temple came in at 6:27 and 6:35. Made the turn on 200 East and saw that Jeff was a little closer. I also had a kid in a bright yellow singlet only about 5 seconds up. I committed to maintaining that gap and trying to close it near the end. 6:21. As I looked up to the final aid station on 200 East I saw Jeff walk through it. I passed the kid in yellow and then caught up to Jeff after making the final turn onto 900 South. 6:43. We ran together for about 100 feet and then a younger kid passed us and Jeff told me to chase him down. I honestly thought I didn’t have it in me. I hesitated for a few seconds and then went for it. I eased onto the effort and he was still 15 ft. up when I hit 500 East. I started my kick and passed him right before the finish. 0:41

So, all in all I am happy. I don’t want to blame the wind for anything. It is just part of racing. It really was a strong headwind at times and I think most experienced it. I am stoked with an almost 2 min PR on what I believe to be a tougher course than Timp. Big thanks to Josh for running with me often and helping me push myself lately. It is paying off. Now time to focus my training on St. George where I have a goal of sub-2:50.

 

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Murray Fun Days 5k – race report

Murray Fun Days 5k – 17:59 – 1st in age group

I had 3 goals going into this race. “C” goal was to beat my time last year which was 19:25. “B” goal was sub-19. “A” goal was in the 18:30s.

The course was short by everyone’s account, but regardless it was a good race for me.

I had told myself to run the first mile at 6:00 and then speed up for mile 2 and then hold on. Mile 1 felt good and I backed off a little half way through cause Hille and I were going a little too fast. Mile one was right at 6:00.

Hille and I made the turn back north and I pulled a few body lengths ahead of him. I figured he was right off my shoulder so I didn’t even look. Mile 2 felt alright. I wasn’t hurting yet and it came in at 5:50.

I tried to approach the hill smart and this is when I entered the pain cave. I tried to relax and was able to shake a few demons and refocus. I passed a few people on the hill and that boosted my confidence. By the top of the hill mile 3 average was in the 6:20s. I committed to not looking at my watch again and just running off of feel and getting this thing done. Mile 3 was 6:01 (which I am stoked about because last year I faded hard and ran a 6:28). When I got close to the end and looked up the clock read 17:51. I figured that had to be wrong but I gave it one last push to come in just under 18:00.

I don’t know where I came in overall (will update once results are posted) but am really happy with the first place age group. Hille finished about 10 seconds back and ran a great race.

Hope everyone enjoys their 4th! Whit gave me an American flag tank and I couldn’t think of a better race to wear it in.
photo (10)It was super fun to have Whit and the kids running the race as well. After I finished, I circled back and ran to the finish again with them. Whit is a rockstar for doing a 5k only 4 weeks after delivering Olive!

photo (9) photo (8)It is always a pleasure to run with John and Tyler! Though, I obviously missed the memo and should have had a white tank on for this photo.

 

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I need to write a post…

I will soon, I promise!

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Vigor Utah 5k – race report

IMG_20140510_0812342nd place overall – 18:16 – 5:54 average pace

Sure, the time was a PR for the 5k for me, but it was aided and poorly executed. I am glad I did it because it was a learning experience and that is the mode I am in right now, learning. I am happy with a second place finish, but recognize the field was not that fast. Golden Harper (altra founder) took first. He was hoping for sub-16 and ended up in the 16:30s I think.

I am not going to bother to put split times because I don’t know if my watch was working or what was going on. I went out too fast and slowed considerably. I have no excuses other than I couldn’t make it happen perfectly today, but below is the story of how it transpired.

I got to the race with plenty of time to grab all the runmehappy gear (tent, banner, chairs, etc) and walk them to the finish line where the booth would be. I warmed up just a little because I didn’t know how much time I would have after the bus dropped us off. Ended up that we had about 20 minutes at the start so I did my official warmup there. I walked up to the starting line at about 6:27 and there were cones setup but no timing strip. The one guy there said that it would be there soon and that we would start in about 5 to 10 minutes.

I turned and jogged up the canyon to keep moving. About 100 yards away, I hear a horn go off and look back to see runners starting. I cruised it to the start and asked the guy what happened. He told me that he got a call that simply said, “Start in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.” He explained that we were running off of the 10k start instead of waiting for the strip and our times would stop when we crossed the finishline strip. Ok, whatever.

For whatever reason when I saved my warmup session to my garmin, it lost satellite, or so it appeared. I stood there at the start and told the guy I was not starting until my watch was working and that I would just record my time. It seemed like it took forever so I finally just told him I was going to go. He said the race clock was at 3:31 and I told him to say go at 3:45 so he would know that is when I started.

I was obviously all alone at this point. I looked at my watch a few times and it was reading in the high 3:00s and then 4:00s. First mile was 4:54. Like I said, I have no idea if that is accurate, but it could have been. It was steep and I could tell I was going too fast, but just didn’t trust what my watch was saying.

I slowed considerably and didn’t feel great the last mile. I finished and after making it through the finish area I kneeled on the grass. A few minutes later I vomited once. That made me feel quite a bit better and within 5 minutes I was not really nauseated anymore.

So, there you have it. A few lessons learned.

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