Category: Huntsman Hometown Heroes

I am soooooo close to my goal …

Wow. After this past weekend’s race — I realized that I am only 19 races away from my goal! NINETEEN! I’m in the TEENS! Time flies so fast. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this now for over six years.

But, it’s also hard to believe that I am reaching this 10 year goal — three years early! Who would have thought? Who would have imagined the experiences I’ve had, races I’ve run and people I’ve met over the past years? I feel extremely blessed being able to do what I love and with people that I admire, look up to and gain inspiration from nearly daily.

Sometimes when I think and plan for the end of this 180 race goal — I have to remember that it’s not the end of running. Because it won’t be. I’ll keep doing it. I might be a bit more deliberate here and there as I shift focus, but I’ll still be running to my heart’s content.

But, as I look at the remaining races toward my goal, I’m getting excited. Many are races I’ve run numerous times, some a couple times a while ago and even a couple that I’ve never done. And, then of course there’s the Jackpot Running Festival where I am attempting 100 miles.

I am excitedly nervous about that race. I know I can do it. I know I will do it. And, despite the crappy year I’ve had with injuries and my health — I know it’s doable. I will be ready come February.

So there’s lots of running ahead before I reach the finish line at the Handcart Days Half Marathon next July — which I am looking forward to running! And, as you can see I am trying to be more deliberate with my running, especially after Jackpot. I am running any races 13.1 or longer on back to back weekends — well, except for Provo City and Vigor Big Cottonwood — but, I am planning on sweeping Provo City again, so I’m not really counting it.

But, I am planning on scaling back the races, not just to hit the 180th race in July, but to also get faster. I don’t expect to PR next year (though that’d be nice), but I do want to get back into the 2:20-2:30 range by the end of the year with the help of continued health and some specific coaching.

I am not sure exactly what my race season will look like after my 180th race, but I’d like to keep to two long races a month for as long as I can keep that up — and preferably a road and trail race.

I have some time to figure that all out. But, for now the focus is really Jackpot in February while also focusing on getting myself to number 180 next July.

Here’s my remaining planned schedule …


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Running BIG for Robert

This past week has been a tough one for me. I didn’t get in nearly enough miles, mainly because of illness among a few other things. But, I knew no matter how I felt I was going to do some miles on Saturday in honor of my friend Robert Merriman who’s battling brain cancer.

It’s been an emotional couple of weeks for the running community here in Utah that know and love Robert. He’s such a staple here on the road or trail. He’s a friend to all.

I met Robert first back in 2012 while running the Farmington Days Half Marathon. Our conversation was brief, but I remember him introducing himself and mentioned that he read my blog. We saw each other at a number of other races over the rest of the year and eventually connected over Facebook.

You could say that after that — the rest was history. Over the next couple of years we were a part of a very close-knit group of runners. We all ran together, no matter the pace. Many times Robert would run ahead to take pictures of the group — or at times — if he wasn’t able to run with us, he’d still show up at some point of the run to take pictures of us.

I’ve grown to really respect Robert and look up to him in many aspect. His kindness toward others is second to none. He is one of the biggest reasons why I am training for my first 100 miler next February. Seeing Robert train and work toward gave me the hope and desire to try it too.

So when he was diagnosed with the cancer it was devastating — not just to me, but to our little group and the running community by and large. It’s been amazing seeing the community rally around him and support him and his family. Something we know he would do for any of us.

The weekend of his diagnosis and surgery it was awesome seeing so many runners wearing grey with red Canadian maple leafs at the Handcart Days and Deseret News Half Marathons. It continued with the Timp Half and the many other races that weekend as well. There were so many maple leafs worn during the Timp Half that many runners were asking why there were so many Canadians at the race.

That should tell you how much this community really rallied around Robert.

So, this weekend’s group run brought out the grey and maple leafs once again as we flooded Big Cottonwood. There was another group running the canyon as well, so there was a lot of crossover, but lots of grey either way. It was pretty cool.

I wanted to run anywhere between 15-20 miles, but with my health still questionable — I deciding between more like 10-15 miles. I am not where I want to be with my fitness right now, but I’m getting there. Especially with my ankle doing much, much better. I am at the point right now I need to start looking at alternatives to a couple of my marathons if I feel like I can’t do them.

But, that’s a post for another day.

Anyways, I decided 10 miles was a good run for me — which I decided basically right as the car passed 10.0 on the pedometer. So, I hopped out of the car that was taking everyone else up further in the canyon and made my descent.

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When I run, I usually don’t go for pace — I go by feel. I’m very much a zen runner. Honestly, it’s been the only way I’ve been able to get through my injury and slowing pace. If I am going to run, I’m going for a fun time. If I am too worried about my pace — I tend to not have fun and feel like crap post run.

So, I just focus on feel. I focus on pushing myself just beyond comfort. And, as long I focus on that I’ll get faster and where I want to be. Does this mean I’ll never focus on pace again? No. It’s just my goals right now don’t need it and mentally it screws with me. I’ll get there again. But, for now — it’s all about effort.

Anyways, the run went well. I kept my effort just beyond that comfort. I focused on my form, especially on my right foot. My new shoes really help keep my over pronation honest, but I still need to mentally focus on it so I don’t lazily undo it.

My ankle was a little sore by mile 7-8, but nothing like it has in the past. Most of the soreness was actually from lateral movement down the canyon, which I expected. And, compared to my last run down Big Cottonwood I felt much better. Thank goodness.

The run was gorgeous and I just focused on what I needed to while jamming out to my music. It was perfect. There were so many runners in the canyon that it really felt like a race. It was neat. There were at least three fairly large groups there. And, apparently some runners got stopped by others asking if there was a race.

It was the perfect morning for a run.

The last mile or so of my run I was able to run with my friend Lizz, who started three miles up the canyon and then walked down and then back up and down a couple times before running into me again. She did over 7-8 miles on a not very easy course. But, we haven’t had an opportunity to run much together so it I was happy to finish my run with her.

After being joined by Ruthie for the last bit of the run we all finished back at the Park n’ Ride and after a few pictures we left and parted for the rest of the day. As I mentioned above, it was the perfect morning for a run. And, a perfect day to run and honor our friend Robert.

The good news of this all is that he was sent home and is recovering really well. He should be a few weeks from being able to drive and do some light running (non-runners like to call it jogging). The fact that he’s been in amazing health has helped him a lot. And, I couldn’t be any happier for him and his family … he’s a fighter.

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Next week on August 17th — Robert’s Birthday — Costa Vida is holding a benefit night for Robert. As of right now, the Draper, American Fork and Payson stores will donate 20% of each order from 5pm to close to Robert’s family. There’s been a big interest from runners in other parts of Utah that they’re working on getting other stores involved in the benefit night.

But, if you would like to help Robert and his family while also enjoying an awesome meal from Costa Vida you can get more details about the night here. As I mentioned more stores will hopefully be added soon — and those will be posted there.

Anyways, we love you Robert! We’re praying for you! We’re running for you!


July 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 38.6 miles
Race Miles — 39.3 miles
Walking Miles — 116.38 miles
TOTAL MILES — 194.28 miles
Races in July — (3) The Hobbler Half, Handcart Days & DesNews Half.

August 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 13.5 miles
Race Miles — 0.0 miles
Walking Miles — 15.66 miles
TOTAL MILES — 29.16 miles
Races in August — (3) Elephant Rock Trail Half, Run Elevated Half and Nebo Half 

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 324.55 miles
Race Miles — 282.42 miles
Walking Miles — 795.81 miles
TOTAL MILES — 1402.78 miles
Races done in 2017 — (19) New Year’s Half Marathon, Sweethearts 5K, Jackpot Running Festival, SL Tri Club Indoor Half, March Madness Half, Lucky 13 Half Marathon, Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, Riverton Half, Saltair Half, Provo City Half Marathon, Jordan River Half Marathon, Drop13 Half Marathon, Bear Lake Trifecta — Idaho, Wyoming & Utah, AF Canyon Race Against Cancer, The Hobbler Half, Handcart Days Half and DesNews Half.


I kinda want to know what constitutes EXCESSIVE speed?

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Shopping for the morning after the apocalypse.

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He looks as beautiful as Stevie Wonder plays, and plays as well as Stevie Wonder sees.

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I must be in Utah County.

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RACE #155: Deseret News Half Marathon

After racing on Saturday at the Handcart Days Half Marathon, I wasn’t sure what to expect on Monday for this race. Especially since I haven’t done much back to back long runs — outside of the Bear Lake Trifecta.

Plus, with my ankle lately, I just haven’t had many feel good successful runs. It’s been frustrating because about 6-7 miles into a run my ankle starts screaming. I’ve been going to Physical Therapy and doing daily exercises/stretches that have been helping some, but the biggest thing my doctor suggested was new runners. Specifically ones for overpronation.

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Now, I’m not going to get into all of that, but basically — I’m an overpronator which was not only the likely cause of the sprain, but why it wasn’t healing properly as well. Meaning, the overpronation didn’t give my ankle the time or structure it needed to heal. Truly a vicious cycle.

On Saturday after my race I bought some new runners, the Saucony Omni 15 to be specific. I debated whether or not I should break them out for this race, but after about two minutes I threw caution to the wind and decided to lace them up.

And, boy, was I glad I did!

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Ironically, the race started in the canyon (and about 100 yards down the road) where I first sprained the ankle in April. I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t on my mind. My two goals for the race were to sub-three and not sprain my ankle. I love Emigration Canyon, but it’s road condition isn’t the best — so it’s a real concern.

After hanging out for about an hour at the starting line the race started at 6am. As soon as I went out the chute I felt the heaviness of my legs. From past experiences I knew the first three miles were going to be spent basically loosening up — so I didn’t push TOO hard, especially know I’d need my energy for that later.

Once I was loosened up, I was surprised how well I felt. But, more than that — how well my ankle felt. I still felt it’s tenderness, but it wasn’t screaming at me. I knew the test would be in a few more miles, especially when I got down to the home stretch. But, I felt very optimistic with how I was feeling.

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With the ankle feeling rather neutral, I wanted to push myself a bit and between miles 5-8 I kept pushing myself. The ankle was holding up, especially after miles 6-7 where it usually starts cursing at me. So, I kept pushing.

I probably pushed a bit too hard, especially coming off a race on Saturday. But, I also haven’t been speed training much with the injury so my fitness level wasn’t where I’d like it to normally be. The only way to get back there is by … pushing and challenging yourself, so that’s what I did.

Once I got out of the canyon I was still feeling really good. This just encouraged me even more to keep going. It also helped seeing a lot of familiar friendly faces at the aid stations and on the course. It felt like a party.

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I knew the last five miles were going to be tough, especially around Mile 9 on 1300 East. It’s the slightest of hills, but after running Emigration Canyon and Foothill Blvd. it feels like a freaking mountain. Especially when you pass the 7 Eleven there on 13th. It was at this point that I wished I brought my monies for a Slurpee.

Bad planning on my part.

But, the last four miles were much better than I expected. It helped that I knew what to expect toward the finish line, but I was most encouraged by how my ankle felt. It felt GOOD. Not great, but good! I felt the improvement and might have made somewhat emotional around Mile 10. I will neither confirm nor deny that.

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But, the last three miles were good. They’re the fun miles of this race, that’s when you starting running toward the parade route. I smiled at the Mile 10 aid station that was staffed by a bunch of LDS missionaries. You want to talk about a happy bunch of volunteers.

After turning onto the parade route I turned off my music and just listened to the crowd. I love doing this. I heard my name yelled out a couple of times, but a lot of random strangers just cheering me on. I loved it.

Once I approached the finish line I noticed I got that sub-three hour time — 2:52:36 to be exact. But, before I could celebrate the accomplishment I was greeted by Wan who not only put my medal around my neck gave me one of his trademark hugs. Of all the people I could ask to hand me my medal — I couldn’t have asked for anyone more perfect than Wan.

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After gathering myself I just crashed with a couple water bottles in tow and just socialized for a while. By this time my body was feeling it. Luckily, not my ankle. Just my quads and everything else that didn’t want me running 48 hours after the last half.

But, after shuttling it back to the buses with Andrea and Dith, I made the slow drive home — with a detour to the 7 Eleven of course. I was dead, but at the same time I felt such a great sense of satisfaction for meeting my goal. Not to mention how grateful I felt that my ankle felt so great.

It’s a feeling that’s been a long time waiting.

And, I’ll take it.


MY NEXT THREE RACES


July 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 31.1 miles
Race Miles — 39.3 miles
Walking Miles — 85.63 miles
TOTAL MILES — 156.03 miles
Races in July — The Hobbler Half, Handcart Days & DesNews Half.

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 303.55 miles
Race Miles — 282.42 miles
Walking Miles — 749.4 miles
TOTAL MILES — 1335.37 miles
Races done in 2017 — New Year’s Half Marathon, Sweethearts 5K, Jackpot Running Festival, SL Tri Club Indoor Half, March Madness Half, Lucky 13 Half Marathon, Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, Riverton Half, Saltair Half, Provo City Half Marathon, Jordan River Half Marathon, Drop13 Half Marathon, Bear Lake Trifecta — Idaho, Wyoming & Utah, AF Canyon Race Against Cancer and The Hobbler Half.


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PhatTuesday: Starting off the New Year on the right foot

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I won’t lie — these posts seem kinda cliche. It’s the new year, new goals, new focus, etc., etc., etc. I have a love/hate relationship with the new year because of that. How do you make good resolutions? And, when are you overreaching on your resolutions — and I guess to an extent under reaching?

The past couple of years I’ve kind of stepped away from making specific new goals at the start of the year. Instead, I have long term goals that are my focus throughout the year. So, I’ve used the new year as a good time to reevaluate those goals –Then there’s this year’s goal of counting the amount of eggs I eat and re-energize my intention towards them.

Sure, I’ve recently made goals to start off the new year in 2013 I swore off soda for the year — that’s now lasted the last three years. And, of course last year I made the goal to count the bananas I ate throughout the year (1,000 to be exact). Then there’s this year’s goal  of counting the amount of eggs I consume throughout the year. Basically the last two years my “goals” have really just fed my OCD tendencies.

But, I do love the energy that the new year brings to my long term goals.

I guess one goal I have made this new year — is to blog more about my journey. I kind of went away from that this past year. Partly, because it felt like the same old song — “trying to lose weight, running, running, but my thyroid won’t let me”

And, honestly, that mentality wore on me — to the point it was my mentality. No more. I’ve gotta be more tenacious in my mentality — not just in my workouts, but also my seeking a solution to my health problems. Cuz — it sucks.

So really I am trying to work on my mindset this year — especially this month. And, really, that’s just being positive, accepting failure and coming back stronger. I really want to get back to my race weight of 230-235 by June or July.

And, to get there will take a lot of reprogramming, dedication and solutions. But, really, just hard — smart — dedicated — work.

Though I don’t necessarily prescribe to the traditional New Year’s Resolutions — I support them — and encourage them. Especially when they deal with desired fitness or weight-loss changes. There is no matter time to change than now — and if you’re going to make those changes at the first of the new year — so be it — just do it.

The new year is such a great time to review and renew —  if you don’t have long term goals to review, make them now. And, really, it’s as easy putting one foot in front of the other. Have faith in every step you move forward will lead you closer, even if it feels like you’re going backwards or have failed. You haven’t — keep fighting. Strength is learned and gained in the midst of the fight.

But, really, I hope you’re going to the overcrowded gyms — or running you’re heart away — or working towards whatever your desire and goal is for the new year. You can do it — step by step.

Happy New Year! Happy Running!


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The first batch of eggs towards my 2016 goal … #ocdproblems #eggs2016

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CANCER SUCKS, BUT NEVER WINS

It’s pretty well documented how much I hate cancer. Cancer sucks. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor. I lost my Grandpa to cancer — along with a few friends. And, then of course there are my friends ‘Dith and Amy that are currently fighting their own battle with blasted disease.

Cancer knows no boundaries, it doesn’t play favorites and it doesn’t care who it effects. It’s not just a personal fight — it’s a fight undertaken by family, friends and communities. And, it’s hard to see people succumb to it — whether they’re a family member or friend.

This morning one of my friend’s Marie Murray passed away after battling breast cancer for over the past 11 years. Actually, she’s fought it twice. When I started running for the Huntsman Hometown Heroes back in 2012 in honor of my mother and her battle with cancer, Marie was one of the first runners I met on the team. Words can’t express how positive, cheerful, kind and radiant she was with friends and strangers alike. She was a light and inspiration.

That’s all going to be missed. I am going to miss seeing her cheerful self at races — laughing alongside friends — and just being her. She is going to be truly missed. Rest in peace.

So, so, so sad to hear of the passing of my friend Marie A Murray. She was always a light and positive force that I’ll…

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FAT 2 PHAT RECIPE: PIZZA

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One of the biggest things about losing weight — is changing your habits. It’s not just about stopping yourself from eating a whole pizza, it’s about rethinking about what’s on that pizza. One thing I’ve done over the years is rethink a number of recipes of some of my favorite foods — lasagna, pizza, pasta, burgers, desserts, etc., etc. It’s been fun and challenging — but, worth it.

Sure you still enjoy the regular thing once in a while, but why not find healthy, delicious alternatives that you can enjoy a bit more than once in a while?

Like this alternative to pizza — TURKEY PIZZA RECIPE

What are some alternative recipes you use on some of your favorite foods?


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THE PHAT MENTALITY: OVERCOMING THE GYM

When I started my weight-loss journey — I did so with MUCH trepidation towards the gym. I hated the gym. This is despite having a gym membership to Gold’s Gym (but, really it was just something to put on my key chain — not actually do anything with).

Being a 400lbs. guy in a gym is kinda intimidating — I mean really intimidating. Not only do you feel extremely out of shape, but when you see the Greek Gods around you on the weight floor — you feel extremely judged. So that’s why I would hide myself on the Elliptical or better yet — the Cardio Cinema.

It was just easier.

So, when I started my weight-loss journey — not surprisingly — I didn’t start in a gym. I really just started with my diet and a conscious effort to walk more throughout the day. Within my first month I had over 30lbs. and gained some confidence.

And, with that confidence came the realization that at some point I would need to comfort my fear of the gym. Sure, I could do it all at home — but, I was locked in my gym membership for another year (typical Gold’s membership) and I wasn’t going to waste more money by NOT going.

Instead of just showing up and having at it — I decided to kind of ease into it. I hired a trainer. My trainer was a friend of mine and it helped having one on one focus during workouts because it helped me take my mind off of the other people in the gym.

During one of our sessions I told him about my fears of the gym — especially going by myself. And, surprisingly — I’m not alone I’m not alone in that fear. A lot of people, especially those that want to lose weight feel that way … and it’s normal.

BUT.

And, it’s a big but.

He assured me that — the majority of people there aren’t judging you — they’re applauding you. They’re looking at you make changes in your life. And, odds are some — if not most — have been in your shame shoes.

That changed my whole perception.

Not only did I get over those fears at the gym, it’s what also got me outside running. I was very self conscious about that for a while as well.

But, really, why should it matter to other what you look like working out or running? If they have a problem with it — it’s their problem, not your’s. Your goals should be predicated on your own terms — not by anyone else.

And, now — some six years later — I much rather workout in a group. Whether that’s at boot camp or while running. Sure, I love going solo once in a while — but, I’m a social butterfly that needs that positive reinforcement and motivation.

It’s amazing what things you can accomplish when you put you change your way of thinking and perception.

Have you ever had similar issues with the gym or running outside? How did you get over them? Comment below!


WEIGHT-LOSS MOTIVATION

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The 84th Fartlek Friday™ – Is it too late for me to throw my name into the GOP presidential pool? I’ll be 35 next year?!

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What a fun and busy week! This was my first week back at Firehouse Fitness (FHF). After about a year away from the gym I decided to go back for a number of reasons. Mainly, because it works, but also when it comes to my fitness I’ve found I do much better in a social environment compared to going solo. And, FHF gives me that.

I am excited to get into the groove of things again. Being away for a year caused me to get my trash KICKED this week. I am sore. My arms are sore. My legs are sore. My abs are sore. I am just sore all over and I love it. I love that feeling I have at the end of the day … it’s part achievement and part fatigue.

Anyways, it’s a nice change of focus for my weekly workouts that will benefit my running. The focus right now is core training and get that solidified to help me with my fall races. I’ve got a bunch of back-to-back half marathons, a couple marathons and my 50K. It’ll be fun to see how it changes my body.

Besides the new gym regime, we’re having another Bugout Run tomorrow. It’s in Spanish Fork and if you want to come it’s FREE. Just RSVP on Facebook on this link. It will also provide you with the logistics of the run and our scenario. If you haven’t come to one of the Bugouts you should. It’s part running, part hiking and part emergency prep.

It’s going to be a lot of fun.

This weekend will also be my last weekend off from running until pretty much November. I have a race or a run organized from August 15th to November 14th. But, it really won’t be a week off because I am still up at the buttcrack of dawn on Saturday. Now it kind of makes sense why I am really slowing down in 2016. And, seriously folks, if I sign up for another marathon next year STOP me! I have too much I want and need to do to get wrapped up in marathon training. But, that’s a post for another day.

Anyways, lots of fun this weekend. Lots of things to look forward to with my fitness and of course RUNNING!

YEAH RUNNING!


RUNNING LIKE A GIRL

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As it’s been fairly prevalant online and on the blog, I ran in a pink sports bra last weekend at the Timp Half in honor of my friend Dith and a few of my friends who are fighting the disease right now as well. It’s an unfair and ugly disease and I hate it. But, it doesn’t mean it can’t be overcome personally and in our society.

That is one reason why I am running for the Huntsman Hometown Heroes in Dith’s and my friend’s honor. Well, in honor and memory of ALL those that fight or have fought cancer. I don’t know what it personally does to the body, but I know what it does to friends and children of those that fight it. And, I want to find a cure.

I shared some of my thoughts this past week about the bra and supporting those that fight. Also, if you want to make a donation or join our #Run4Dith team to help raise money for Huntsman Cancer Institute here in Salt Lake City you can do so here.

Let’s find a cure! Cancer sucks!

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THE UTAH RUNCAST

We are recording our next episode of the Runcast this weekend. So look for it this upcoming Wednesday. If you haven’t heard our first episode you can listen here …


THE FRIDAY FARTLEK

Here are a few things that caught my attention this past week …


THE FRIDAY FUNNIES

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Being Fully Supported …

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How does a guy write a blog post about his new found running “support”? I’m not sure, but I know I’ll get a call from my Mom wondering why in the heck wrote about wearing a sports bra. And, a post with pictures of me in said sports bra, nonetheless?!

But, honestly, I think I found something that really, honestly gives my nipples the best protection from chaffing. I’ve tried NipGuards, BodyGlide, duct tape (totally worthless BTW), medical tape, Band-Aids and pretty much everything outside of amputation. None of them have really worked to my satisfaction.

The closet I got was the medical tape. That stuff doesn’t go anywhere as long as you apply the tape on dry skin. But, the problem with that is it doesn’t really breathe well and doesn’t protect the whole nipple. So sometimes you get chaffed around the nipple. Plus, it’s a mother to rip off! SERIOUSLY! It hurts.

But, my new found sports bra? It’s a slight struggle to get it over my head, but much less painful than ripping tape off my nipples.

I know I have only ran in it once, but I’ve learned a couple of things about running in my sports bra that have made me fall in love with running in it …

  1. It gives exceptional support. Seriously, my running posture felt much better with in on. I slouch sometimes and this definitely helps.
  2. The whole non-chaffing thing is truly a godsend.
  3. It’s kind of like an extra pocket. I can put my phone in there while running or if I want a nice little hideaway for my Gu I can put it in there. I guess if I wanted to I could put a couple of Capri Suns in there and sip them when I get thirsty?
  4. My moobs don’t jiggle around as much. That’s a plus. Now to just get the rest of my body to not jiggle as much. That’s the key!
  5. Most importantly, it’s a statement that cancer sucks! I might not never have breast cancer or cancer, but I can support and love those that fight it every day!

This past couple of weeks has really made me reevaluate things. Hearing of my friends’ battles with breast cancer brought back a lot of memories and feelings I had when my Mom went through her battle.

Cancer sucks. Royally. Cancer isn’t easy. On the person going through it. On the family of the person going through it. And, even on the friends of the person going through it. I learned some three years ago that while cancer is an individual disease, it’s not a journey meant to be gone through alone. It takes a village to fight it.

Many people played crucial parts in my Mom’s battle. My sisters and Aunt were there during every surgery, often staying overnight at the hospital with my Mom. My sister Jenny towed her newborn to all of my Mom’s doctor appointments. My Grandma made countless meals for the family. Neighbors not only brought in meals, but went WAY beyond their means that brought tears of appreciation to my Mom and family. Love knows no bounds and I learned through experience and observation that the Lord’s prayers are often answered through other people.

If anything, I hope my small action shows my support for my friends. Brings a smile to their face. And, I hope they know they are all in my prayers throughout their fight and that they are not about this alone. There are people all around waiting to help. Sometimes it takes courage to just ask.

FIGHT ON!

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The 83rd Fartlek Friday™ – When Pink will just be another color …

fartlekFriday, Friday, Friday! How I love myself a Friday! Especially a race weekend Friday!

It’s been somewhat of an emotional and humbling week for me. This past week I found that three friends of mine were just recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The same kind of cancer that my Mother fought back in 2012. It breaks my heart, especially when thinking of their kids and small families.

Cancer sucks. It sucks bad. Cancer isn’t fair. Cancer doesn’t care who you are. Cancer doesn’t care how old you are. Cancer doesn’t care how rich or poor you may be. Cancer doesn’t care how much faith or unbelief you might have.

And, for me that was the hardest thing to accept when my Mom was diagnosed with her cancer. Especially when we sat in the waiting room of the Huntsman Cancer Institute as my Mom was under the knife. While we sat there praying and waiting for reports from the doctor, there were a number of other families and friends getting reports that were less favorable. One that I overheard where the doctor told the family that it was “too late” and the cancer had spread elsewhere.

Dith

As much as I hate cancer, I was extremely touched by the support my Mother got from friends, family members and complete strangers. The amount of love and support that she and our family got was OVERWHELMING! And, I don’t say that with one iota of exaggeration. That’s why it’s been amazing watching the love and support come out within the running community when we learned that our friend Meridith aka Dith was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Tomorrow we’re all wearing pink for her at the Timp Half. We’ve also started a team for the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Hometown Heroes non-profit to run for donation. And, we’re all just spreading and share our love and support in our own way. Which I learned is the best way to show support. There is no cookie cutter way to show love and support through these difficult times, you use your God given talents, because that’s the best gift you can give anyone.

Anyways, I will update more about the weekend events and fundraisers in my race report on Monday.

If you would like to join the Huntsman Hometown Heroes team we started you can do so here. Also, if you’d like to donate money instead you can do it at that link as well. Our goal is to raise $5000 before the end October. A lofty goal, but attainable.

CANCER SUCKS!
RUNNING ROCKS!


TOMORROW’S RACE: TIMP HALF

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Tomorrow is race #101. I won’t lie … kinda weird being in the hundreds. But, I love it. I am really excited about the Timp Half for a number of reasons. First and forthmost, I love American Fork Canyon. Probably the most gorgeous canyon I’ve ran up here in northern Utah. I would say Utah, but that belongs to Snow Canyon. Nothing beats Snow Canyon in my opinion. I love that canyon.

The other reason is what I had mentioned above about my friend ‘Dith. We’re all wearing pink and running in her honor as this will be her last race before she starts her cancer treatments. It will be somewhat of an emotional race. At least that is what I am planning for, because there is nothing I hate more than cancer. Especially after seeing my mother fight it over three years ago.

It will be a race of many emotions and feelings I am sure of that.


THE FRIDAY FARTLEK

Here are a few things that caught my attention this past week …


FRIDAY FUNNY PHOTOS

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