Category: 30K

Running in 2018 …

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my road to 180 races. My 180th race will be July 24th — pretty much SMACK in the middle of the year. So that means I’ve got January through July pretty much covered — but, what about the last half?

What’s after my 180th race?

That’s a good question.

While I am trying to figure out my 2018 race schedule, I’ve had a couple focuses — one, my 100 mile run and, two, not doing as many back-to-back race weekends of a half marathon or longer. I know that if I am going to faster, especially during my half marathons, I am going to have to scale back on the long races.

I don’t anticipate myself PRing next year. But, I am wanting to use 2018 to set the foundation to PR in 2019. Well, I shouldn’t just say PR, but to break my long time goal of sub-two’ing a half marathon. That’s the goal.

To work on that fountain, I plan on not just scaling back on the races — but, focusing on doing two races a month. Ideally, a half marathon and a trail race, a month. This would be on top of shorter training runs on the other weekends. Runs that I want to vary between a canyon downhill run, trail run and challenge run (a mentally challenging run — run uphill, midnight all night run, etc) — but, I’ll blog about that later.

I just want to challenge myself, get faster and mentally stronger in order to attempt and achieve my goal. A goal I’d love to meet at either the Nebo Half or Revel Big Cottonwood Half in 2019. Something that seems rather doable for me.

But, 2018 will have to set that kind of success up for me. So, while I am scanning UltraSignUp, UtahRunning.com, Running in the USA, RaceEntry.com and other registration websites I’ve come up with tentative schedule for 2018.

Remember these are only races 13.1 miles or longer. I am sure I’ll have a few 10Ks and 5Ks planned throughout the year. Also, races in bold are ones that I am registered for already. And, there are a few in the later months that are planned on a projected date.

So, yeah, here’s my schedule …

1 — Revolution Run, January 1, 2018
2 — Sun Marathon, February 3, 2018
3 — Jackpot Running Festival, February 16-18, 2018
4 — Strider’s Winter Circuit Half Marathon, April 7, 2018
5 — Salt Lake City Half Marathon, April 21, 2018
6 — Provo City Half Marathon, May 5, 2018
7 — Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, May 12, 2018
8 — Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, June 9, 2018
9 — AF Canyon Race Against Cancer, June 23, 2018
10 — Canyon to Canyon Half Marathon, July 14, 2018
11 — Bountiful Handcart Days Half Marathon, July 24, 2018
12 — Elephant Rock Trail Half Marathon, August 11, 2018
13 — Mt. Nebo Half, August 25, 2018
14 — Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, September 8, 2018
15 — Park City Trail Half Marathon, September 15, 2018
16 — Corner Canyon 25K; October 13, 2018
17 — The Haunted Half – Provo, October 28, 2018
18 — Mt. View Trail Half Marathon; November 10, 2018
19 — Thankful 13, November 22, 2018
20 — The Bakers Dozen Half Marathon, December 8, 2018

If you are planning on running any of these races or would love to suggest other races for me to do, please comment below! I love discovering new races!


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It’s time to bet big … on myself

“I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.”

Beyoncé

When I started running, I had no idea where I was going. I started because I wanted to lose weight and I knew it would help me in that goal. But, beyond that, I had no idea where it was taking me?

Less than a year into my weight-loss journey my trainer, Kevin, challenged me to run a 5K in the midst of a plateau. He gave it to me as a challenge to work towards. So, I put in the work and ran my first 5K. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t fast. But, I did it.

But, then something happened. I looked at my results and said — “I can do better.” So, I set out to train for another 5K. One that I could run that would be faster and much, much prettier. And, I did.

So, I just kept running trying to improve. This lead not just in the desire to run faster, but longer. Soon, I had my eye on a 10K which naturally lead to a half marathon.

Training for my first half marathon — I thought THIS would be it. This is the crowning achievement of my running career. The thought of running any further — especially a marathon — was unfathomable. I wasn’t a REAL runner, so I couldn’t possibly do that.

Well, after I ran my first half marathon in July 2011, I ran another and another and another. I got faster and actually enjoyed running 13.1 miles — then I started entertaining the thought of doubling that mileage.

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And, before I knew it I was registered for a marathon. A FREAKING MARATHON! That race distance that only REAL runners run.

Once again, I thought this would be my crowning achievement in running. When I crossed the finish line I could cross off the accomplishment on my bucket list and go back running half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks. But, then something happened — I signed up for more marathons. And, before I knew it, I had run a total of three marathons by the end of the year.

By this time I had a goal to reach 180 races by age 40. So, I kept training and running. Along the way, not only did I enjoy the accomplishment of racing, but I made countless friends and created many enduring friendships. Running was changing my life in nearly every faucet of my life.

But, it hasn’t always been a smooth ride. It’s been quite tough at times, actually. Whether it was dealing with my Mom’s breast cancer, the death of close family members or battling my own health issues — the common denominator has always been — running.

Running wasn’t a way to escape reality, but a time I could deal with reality. Running gave me time to process the challenges. It gave me moments of reflection, motivation and inspiration. It was leading me where I wanted to go.

Nearly three years ago I started having problems with my thyroid once again. The health issues took me through a roller coaster of emotions. It was frustration being as active as I was — and feeling fatigued and slower. Not only that but I was slowly gaining weight after a years of maintenance.

But, I didn’t let (or want) those issues to stop me. They couldn’t stop me. I had a goal at hand. Plus, I knew if I stopped I would signaling the white flag of defeat — which I could never do.

So, I just kept running.

I was much slower. And, it took a harder toll on my body, especially in regards to my stamina. But, I was now one of the last runners to finish, but I kept going.

Around this time I looked for ways to keep me motivated. I knew just running wasn’t enough. I had to do something new — something that scare and motivate me all in one.

And, since I knew I wasn’t getting faster, I started looking at longer distances — ultra races. I knew a number of ultra runners who spent their weekends in Utah’s backyard and it always appealed to me. But, running anything longer than a marathon didn’t.

That lack of appeal eventually subsided and I found myself registered and committed to running a 50K. So, despite everything going on with my health — I trained for the 50K around a schedule of marathons and long runs. It wasn’t easy, but I did what I needed to do to prepare myself for the race.

When race day came I was lucky enough to run with some great friends that helped me get through those 30-something miles on Antelope Island. The last half of the race was spent trying to meet cut-off times, dodging stubborn bison and battling the dark after my headlamp died.

But, I made it. And, I earned the title of ultra runner.

The accomplishment felt like crowning accomplishment of my running journey. After spending over 10 hours running 30 miles of dirt trails — I couldn’t think of any reason why any sane person would do anything longer.

Then I remembered — I wasn’t sane.

Within a few months I got talked into running a 50 miler. I wish I could say it took a lot of convincing, but it didn’t. It was the first time I formally met Blu Robinson and Jed Jensen from Addict II Athlete and they casually talked about the 50 miler like a novice runner would about a 5K.

And, like any long distance race I’ve run, I found myself registered and committed to running the Pony Express Trail 50 Miler. The biggest selling point was that each runner was required to be assisted throughout the race. Meaning, I had a car stalking me — stocked full of fuel, water and food throughout the whole race. This basically translated to me that I wouldn’t die.

My training for the 50 miler was no joke. It was tough. I did a number of 20 milers, including one on a treadmill in the middle of the night. Not to mention a number of marathons specifically laid out to help prepare me for my 50 miler.

Once race day came I just focused on putting one foot in front of the other. I relied on my training and just focused on the goal at hand — getting to the finish line.

There were a lot of ups and downs — physically, emotionally and even spiritually. But, after nearly 17 and a half hours — I got to the finish line. I reached my goal — I ran a 50 mile race. I did something I felt at times nearly impossible, even just days before the race.

But, I made it.


“If you think you can — you can!”

Ronald Reagan

I really fell in love with the longer distances — for a number of reasons. Not only did I love the physical challenge, but I really learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot about pain. Because that happens a lot during an ultra race.

I never cried as freely and openly as I did at mile 45 of my 50 miler. But, I learned how to process the pain I was feeling — and control it. Being able to manage and control pain is a remarkable feat and I believe a true test of one’s character. Ultra races were becoming great teachers to me.

Since that 50 miler, I have run a couple more ultra races. A couple weeks after that 50 miler I ran the Antelope Island 50K once again (cutting off nearly an hour on my time — mind you!), in February I ran 40 miles in 12 hours at the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival in Las Vegas and then there was my ill-fated Salt Flats 50K that I DNF’d last weekend. But, if I didn’t fall ill with the flu I would have tackled that beast!

My favorite ultra race so far has been the Jackpot Running Festival, I like the idea of a timed race on a looped course with the goal to see how many laps you can do within that time. Not only do you get an aid station every two miles or so, but you’re literally competing with no one else — but, yourself.

Jackpot has a number of timed races — a 6, 12, 24 and 48 hour race. They also had a 100 miler, marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K, but most of the runners did one of the four timed courses. The winner of the 48 hour race managed over 210 miles.

Yeah, you read that right.

In fact there were nearly 30 runners who ran over 100 miles, including six runners who ran over 150 miles. Mind boggling numbers if you ask me.

I read all of these results as my legs were still recovering from my 40 mile run — and I couldn’t shake the feeling that “I could do this” from my conscience. Every time I dismissed the thought — it just came back stronger. Even when I reminded myself of the pain I experienced at mile 45 of my 50 miler — the feeling remained.

So, I did the only logical thing that came to mind — I signed up for the 48 hour race in 2018.

Yup.

I signed up to run my first 100 mile race.

Typing this makes it feel very surreal to me, even a couple months after doing so. I am running a 100 miles. The thought makes me want to pee my pants out of sheer terror and excitement all in one emotion.

I’ve kept my registration relatively private since February. I’ve told a couple of close friends and family members. Heck, this is the first that my parents are hearing of this news. It’s just been a lot to process and this is a HUGE goal and milestone for me.

I still have my doubts about my ability. And, I am sure others do too. Heck, my parents definitely do, because their fear of my running is that one day my legs will fall off.

But, I have to at least try. I have too.

I have to try.

I have to try.

I have to try.

I’ve journied so far from my first 5K — heck, from the couch itself — that I can’t stop myself now without trying. To borrow a phrase from a favorite song of mine, “If you never try you’ll never know, just what you’re worth.” (Fix You, Coldplay).

When I stepped on the scale back in 2009 to start my weight-loss journey, I started the journey accepting failure — and success. I didn’t know where my decision that day would lead me. I accepted the consequences to my decision to LIVE my life. And, it’s lead me here.

I don’t see this decision any different. I am accepting the possibility of failure with the determination of success. I don’t know what lays ahead for me in the next nine months — but I’m going to find out. I’ve got a training plan in the works that I fill will give me the chance of success come February.

The motto for the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival is “BET BIG. RUN LONGER” — it’s something that’s on their shirts and medals. And, it’s something that I took to heart during my run this past February — especially since I signed up for the 48 hour race.

I feel like I am betting big with this goal. I am betting big on myself. Because, this is a gamble. There’s no guarantee of success, but there’s also no guarantee of failure either. So, I’ve got to place my bet.

But, unlike casino gambling, I can control more variables to my advantage. I can control my effort. I can control my training. I can control my preparations — both physically and mentally. And, I can control the odds come race day. But, with a goal like this, it’s going to take much more than this — in essence, I am not just betting big on myself — I’m going all in.

So, all in it is!

As a reminder of this goal and the needed commitment and dedication I’ve been running with a poker chip on me since I registered for the race. Every run — training and race — I run with it on me. I’ve tucked it in my pocket, but I really should make a necklace out of it to keep it on me better.

But, it’s just this little $100 souvenir poker chip that reminds me of not just the 100 mile goal at hand, but the bet I’ve placed upon myself. I might be a cheesy little emblem, but in the three months that I’ve been running with it — it’s been my reminder to keep going, keep pushing and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

I don’t dare say that this will be my one and only 100 miler. I’ve learned from my past that’s just a temporary lie I tell myself on occasion. But, I don’t know? And, I’m not worried about. My focus is simply on the journey in front of me.

This is a journey of a thousand miles. I know it will get daunting at times and there will be doubts. There will always be doubts. But, I know if I just focus on that footstep in front of me, it will take closer to my goal and a place I once dreamt possible.

It’s just up to me to take that next step.


“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

Stephen King

Be Prepared … and other stuff.

No race this past weekend. In fact, not much running at all. And, by much, I mean — none. I got some good miles in during the week, but my time and feet were used at PrepperCon this past weekend. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad — I got a lot of time and mileage on my feet walking around the South Towne Expo Center — which is great prep for this weekend’s running adventure.

If you’re not familiar with PrepperCon, it’s a preparedness convention and trade show that my family founded, created and owns. We started this three years ago and it has grown into quite a large event. We had 150+ vendors, numerous classes, tons of demonstrations, a number of celebrities and — my favorite … PrepperFash! — a prepper fashion show.

It’s been a lot of fun watching the show grow and I believe it grew to an even higher level this year. The quality was superb and the guests recognized that. The synergy and energy was fun — and far from what you would probably associate from the word “prepping.” There’s very little of the associated doom and gloom, the focus is on food storage, sustainability, emergency kits and protection for the individual and family.

Throughout the weekend I played host of PrepperCon Live! via Facebook Live. Honestly, it was a role that was just kind of thrown on me on Thursday. And, I just kind of went with it. And, I won’t lie — it was fun.

We broadcast a couple panels, gave updates and then I also interviewed David Holladay — one of my favorite prepping people — who fed me a mouse head! YES! A MOUSE HEAD! His expertise is finding food sources off the land. He also let me try some herbs, nuts, berries and leaves. It was a cool experience and — yeah — I ate a mouse head.

You’ll have to watch the video …

Anyways, I also bought WAY too much stuff over the weekend as well. I bought a new backpack for my ultrarunning. Since I have the Salt Flats 50K this weekend I wanted a smaller and sleeker bag that I could tow my needed food and equipment in, especially since rain is very possible. I also got some water filter straws, a new knife and a solar powered USB charger.

Lots of fun stuff.

My focus this week is to get one more 3-4 mile run in before my races this weekend. I have the Salt Flats 50K on Friday and then the Tulip Festival Half on Saturday. The goals are to complete both. I want to do the 50K within 10 hours and then I don’t care much on the Tulip Festival time goal. I know it’ll at least be three hours. It should be a nice brisk walk depending on how fresh my legs feel the morning of the race.

We’ll see.

That’ll be 43.3 miles or so of running for the weekend. I won’t lie — I’m half tempted to round it up to 50 miles. But, 6.7 miles is much longer than running around a tree a few laps to round up your Garmin. But, we’ll see. Depending on how I feel — I would love to round it up.

I’m just exciting to run both of these races. They’re both races I’ve wanted to run for a while. I’ve always wanted to run the salt flats and the tulip gardens. It should be a long slow, but fun adventure. And, I’ll check in one more time before my races with my weekly numbers, etc.


This is the gun that I’ve been looking for … I found C3PO’s gun! #preppercon

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Bought myself a $10 knife. I call him Stabby McStabface. #preppercon

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Rockin’ it like a hurricane! 132MPH wind in the Hurricane Simulator! Wow! #preppercon

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Even Trish was impressed with my new knife Stabby McStabface! #preppercon

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The brains behind the operation. #preppercon

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RACE #137: New Year’s Run Resolution

Um, okay, first off — I just and I mean JUST realized that I have been calling this race the wrong name for the past six years. It’s not the New Year’s Run Resolution — it’s the New Year’s Revolution Run. I would fix all of my graphics (including the ones in this post), but that’s too much effort (translation: I am too lazy).

So let’s pretend that this six year mistake was Extra Mile Racing’s problem, okay?

As I stated above — this is the sixth REVOLUTION RUN that I have run. And, I think that each one of them? When I ran it on New Year’s Eve in 2011 I didn’t know ANYONE at the race. I mean nobody. It was only my 5th half marathon so I was very much a rookie to the whole running scene.

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That race report was pretty bleak. I came, I ran and then I went home. That was about it. I didn’t even take any pictures when I was there. Not even a selfie. Shocking, huh?

But, it’s funny how time will all change that. I am not at 137 races and I look forward to this race each year, because it’s nothing but a huge party with friends. I am kinda surprised that I went back the next year, but for a fun holiday tradition — I love it.

The race is a five-hour timed race on the track of the Olympic Oval in Kearns. Most years I just crank out a half marathon and call it good. That’s because I tend to take a number of “friend breaks” to stop and talk with friends. But, in 2015 it was because I ran with the flu (unbeknownst to me at the time).

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Needless to say, it isn’t always a 100% efforted race, because the focus has been on socializing and cranking out the needed mileage to count towards my race goal. But, this year I wanted to change that and really give a good effort.

Since Jill and I are running the 12 hour race at the Jackpot Running Festival in February, we knew we needed some good training hours and miles. So we decided to use this race as one of our training runs — to not just train for the race, but to gauge where we are in our training and to see what things we need to work on.

Our goal was to do lap intervals. A basic run/walk interval. My goal was to do 2:1 intervals in the first, third and fifth hour and then 1:1 intervals in the second and fourth hours. I didn’t want to OVER do my run, because I hadn’t had a longer run than 3.5 miles since November after my 50K. But, I felt those intervals were doable, especially preparing me for 12 hours of continuous running.

So that’s what I set out to do.

And, it was harder than I imagined. Not necessarily physically, but socially. I am such a social butterfly that it was hard for me to not to want to stop or walk so I could socialize. But, I had to constantly remind myself what my goal was and how it was going to prepare me for Jackpot.

Now, this doesn’t mean I didn’t take an extra walking lap occasionally. I very much did — but, only twice. And, when I did I made up for the running lap with an extra running lap — either running two or three continuous laps.

I felt strong throughout the run. The later miles were getting increasingly tougher and I did end up walking my last three laps, but that was because I had hit my goal of 20 miles by then. The extra laps were just bonus mileage.

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But, I was proud of myself throughout the run. I gave it good effort. I fought through a lot of fatigue and heavy legs — but, I did it. And, I really felt much stronger than I gave myself credit for. I might not have been doing tons of running since Antelope Island 50K, but between boot camp, my strength training and daily two mile runs I haven’t lost much.

That’s excites and comforts me.

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And, knowing if I am committed and true to my diet — the gluten and dairy free — I will only get stronger and faster in time. I am excited at what 2017 has in store for me. I feel optimistic. Especially having the blue print that should get me there.

Anyways — HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to a new year, new goals, new aspirations, new adventures and new challenges.

2017 OR BUST, BABY!


My next race is actually — NEXT WEEK! I am running the New Year’s Half Marathon in Pleasant Grove. This will be the third time that I’ve run this race. It’s put on by Jonathan Crampton, owner of Utah Race Pacers, and a surprisingly fun race.

I say surprisingly because it’s put on in the dead of winter when temperatures are sometimes below freezing. When I ran back in 2013 the starting temperature was a balmy 2 degrees. I worn layers upon layers for that race — including my Levi’s.

I don’t have a goal — yet. Right off the bat, my goal is to not get lost, hit by a car or freeze to death. These are goals I have for most races and/or long runs. But, really, I think I just want to give it my best effort and see what happens. That’s a good goal, right?

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I think this was meant for a Kardashian? #shutupfortunecookie

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RUNNING MILES

305.8 miles

RACE MILES

420.55 miles

WALKING MILES

1526.73 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

2253.08 miles

MILES LEFT FROM GOAL

413.92 miles


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Changes once again to my 2017 race schedule …

I think it’s becoming a near reoccurring theme that my 2017 race schedule keeps changing. And, well, it is. Because, that’s what it’s been like for me the past couple of years. But, it’s really shaping up to where I want/like it. I want to train hard during the winter months and then lightening out with half marathons come June/July-ish.

Plus, I want to maintain my ultra training as much as I can. And, to help with that I have signed up for a couple of trail races and ultras. I have two marathons planned for next year, but I am debating on the DesNews Marathon or Half Marathon in July still. It was my first marathon and that was five years ago. I kinda feel the desire to run it. But, I’m really leaning towards no — July marathons suck. Too hot.

But, I feel good about my race schedule from January to June at least.

Anyways — here is what I’ve got right now …

139. St. George Half Marathon; January 14, 2017
140. Salt Lake Tri Club Indoor Half Marathon; February 25, 2017
141. March Madness Half Marathon; March 4, 2017
142. Antelope Island Buffalo Run 25K; March 18, 2017
143. Emigration Canyon Half Marathon; April 1, 2017
144. Salt Flats 50K; April 28, 2017
145. Tulip Festival Half Marathon; April 29, 2017
146. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon; May 13, 2017
147. Ogden Marathon; May 20, 2017
148. Ragnar Relay: Wasatch Back; June 2-3, 2017
149. Utah Valley Marathon; June 10, 2017
150. AF Canyon Race Against Cancer; June 24, 2017
151. Canyon to Canyon Half Marathon; July 8, 2017
152. Deseret News Half Marathon; July 24, 2017
153. Utah Midnight Run; August 11, 2017
154. Nebo Half; August 26, 2017
155. Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon; September 9, 2017
156. Park City Trail Half Marathon; September 16, 2017
157. Haunted Half SLC; October 21, 2017
158. Haunted Half Provo; October 28, 2017
159. Mt. View Trail Half Marathon; November 4, 2017
160. Thankful 13; November 23, 2017

So, yeah, let’s see if that holds.

Non-running Quotes for Runners

I’m a quote guy. I love quotes. I have a couple of books of handwritten notes laying around that I love picking up once in a while for a little inspiration. When it comes to my running I am no different.

The Runcast USA Instagram account is chalk full of quotes related to running. Earlier this year I also gathered a BUNCH of running quotes into one post. Needless to say, I just love them.

I wanted to do a follow up post to my previous quote post — and I thought it’d be neat to compile a bunch of non-running quotes, that could be relatable to runners. You know — some Ghandi, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, etc., etc., etc.

Some might be a stretch, some might be right on — but, I’ve put some time scouring through my books and internets finding some good quotes and mantras relatable to us runners.

Enjoy.


“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke

“First steps are always the hardest but until they are taken the notion of progress remains only a notion and not an achievement.” ― Aberjhani

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” — Muhammad Ali

“Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.” — Christian Nestell Bovee

When you dare to dream, you should also dare to do.” ― Stephen Richards

“Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” ― Leo Buscaglia

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ― Thomas Jefferson

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” ― Madonna

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” ― Christopher Reeve

“You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.” ― Joel Osteen

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.” ― Roopleen

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all of the time.” — Anna Freud

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” — Francis of Assisi

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Out of difficulties grow miracles.” — Jean de la Bruyere

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” — William Shakespeare

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.” ― Rita Mae Brown

“Nothing will work unless you do”. — Maya Angelou

“Do not wait; the time will never be “just right.” Start where you stand.” — Napoleon Hill

“The greatest gift you can give yourself is to develop your full potential.” ― Carolyn E. Cobelo

“Know what you want and reach out eagerly for it.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” — Nido Qubein

“Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” ― Leo Babauta

“Failure is an event, never a person.” ― William D. Brown

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”  — Helen Keller

“Do or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” — Maya Angelou

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” ― W. Clement Stone

“If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride” ― Karen Horney

“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them real.” ― Ned Vizzini

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart

“Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” — Napoleon Hill

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoreau

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” — Earl Nightingale

“Talent is a wonderful thing, but it won’t carry a quitter. ” ― Stephen King

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

“Doubt kills more dreams than failure will.” ― Suzy Kassem

“If you have never failed, then you have not known life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” ― C.S. Lewis

“Dream big and dare to fail.” — Norman Vaughan

“There is nothing impossible to him who will try.” — Alexander the Great

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost

“The only journey is the journey within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“As the sculptor devotes himself to wood and stone, I would devote myself to my soul.” — Toyohiko Kagawa

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” — Vince Lombardi

“Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart.” – Indian Proverb

“Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.” — Thomas Hood

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” ― Edith Södergran

“Life gives us choices. You either grab on with both hands and just go for it, or you sit on the sidelines.” ― Christine Feehan

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” — Pamela Vaull Starr

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains. And we never even know we have the key.” — The Eagles

“Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

“To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” — Tony Dorsett

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Christopher Columbus

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” — Thomas A. Edison

“I confess I do not know why, but looking at the stars always makes me dream.” ― Vincent van Gogh

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ― C. JoyBell C.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.” — Arthur C. Clarke

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” ― Jack London

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” — Carol Burnett

“Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” – W. Clement Stone

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” — William Shakespeare

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” — Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The only journey is the one within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time.” — Josh Billings

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” — Jean-Paul Sartre

“Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.” ― Maya Angelou

“He who moves not forward goes backward.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” — Paul Valery

“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” — John F. Kennedy

“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.” — Napoleon Hill

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” ― David Richo

“How you react emotionally is a choice in any situation.” ― Judith Orloff

“We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” — Helen Keller

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” – Rosa Parks

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” — Audrey Hepburn

“I dwell in possibility.” — Emily Dickinson

“Try and fail, but never fail to try!” ― Jared Leto

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis

“In all things that you do, consider the end.” — Solon

“Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure.” ― Alice Hoffman

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

“I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done.” — Rachel Carson

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Fortune favors the brave.” — Publius Terence

“The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.” — Richard Brinsley Sheridan

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” — Paul Bryant

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” ― Tricia Cunningham

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“Like madness is the glory of this life.” ― William Shakespeare

“Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” ― Rumi

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.” – Confucius

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” — Robert H. Schuller

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!” ― Robert T. Kiyosaki

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.” ― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” — Plutarch

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ― C.S. Lewis

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius

“The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.” — Richard Monckton Milnes

“A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” ― Ray A. Davis

“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” — Lucretius

“Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar


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UPDATE: My 2016 Race Schedule

With the recent changes to my race schedule — including the addition of the Pony Express Trail 50 a few weeks back I thought I’d update my race schedule some.

Most of these races I am racing — but, there are a couple that I am pacing with the RYR Pacers — namely the Alpine Half, Haunted Half and Thankful 13. All in which I will be sweeping. So you can be guaranteed to see the ‘ol sweeper costume to come out for the Haunted Half.

Now this schedule doesn’t reflect all of my races — it’s just any race over 13.1 miles that counts towards my 180 goal. This also doesn’t reflect on my volunteering at other races. I am planning on volunteering a number of On Hill Events — namely the Midnight Runs, Layton Marathon, Frightmares Half and the Santa Runs.

Oh, and since I am running the Pony Express 50 in October I am added an additional marathon, Huntsville Marathon. My training plan called for 28 miles that day — and I’d much rather get a medal and t-shirt if I have to run 28 miles.

So in all that’ll be 22 races over 13.1 miles … 18 half marathons, two marathons, two ultra marathons — and of course — Ragnar.

Not bad — not let’s get running!

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