Category: 2019

Looking Beyond 180 …

It’s hard to imagine that I am just 21 races from hitting my 180 goal. I knew this day would come, but when I made the goal — I honestly thought I would be pushing 40 a BIT closer than I am now. If you’re keeping track at home — I turned 36 just last month.

When I realized that I was going to hit this goal MUCH sooner, I decided to hit my 180 goal at the Handcart Days Half Marathon in July of next year. Not only was this my first half marathon, but it’s in my hometown and a part of a celebration that has a lot of meaning for me. It just seems perfect.

So that means I have 10 months to finish these 21 races and hit that goal. I am excited for that journey and whatever it brings — it’ll include my 100 mile run, a couple of marathons and some fun trail and road races.

But, I am also beginning to look beyond my 180th race. Some people have already been asking what will be after the 180? 300 races? 500 races? Will I go into triathlons? Will I focus more on ultras? Or just stop like Forrest Gump?


Honestly, I want to be more ambiguous with my next journey. I don’t want to focus on the number of races as I want to focus more on the adventure. An adventure of collective goals — from PRs to destination races to destination places to run. If I’ve learned anything from the 159 races that I’ve done so far it’s that there’s so much more joy in the adventure than anything else.

I want more of that.

I thrive for adventure and I am excited to embrace that with more tenacity in the coming years. And, as I am reclaiming my health and thyroid, I look forward to getting faster and hitting some of those PR goals I’ve wanted to hit for the past few years.

Not only do I want to hit that sub-two half marathon time, but I still also want to run the Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon and of course — run at Walt Disney World (already got Disneyland covered). There are a lot of places around the country that I want to run. Places that don’t necessarily require a race bib either — the Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge, the National Parks here in Utah and the Salt Flats.

My plan is to take the next 4-6 months to come up with a bucket list of locations, races and other running goals I want to accomplish after I run my 180th race next July. I’ve made a similar list before, but I want to fine tune that — and probably shorten it a bit (it was about 50 items long). But, I then want to get to work on it!

I am always up for new races and places to run, so if you’d like suggest places to run — PLEASE! Just leave a comment in the comments below. And, of course if you have some fun and unusual goals I should attempt — I’d love to hear them too!

Running has been good to me. Really good to me. There’s been ups and downs over the last 6-7 years of my adventure so far, but it’s the people that keep me going and out there on the road or trail.

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40 before 40: The ‘Push Up The Hill’ List

If you haven’t heard — it was my birthday on Monday. I’m officially 35. Half way through my thirties. I’m not one of those people that has a crisis every birthday after 30. I thought I would when I turned 30, but it just never came.

My 30s really aren’t that bad. Now let’s forget the fact I still live in my parents basement for a moment and focus on the fact that during my 30s I’ve really found myself, found a sport and community that I love and attained the Pokemon Master rank on Pokemon Go am working in a direction I want to take in regards to a career.

So, yeah, the 30s have been pretty good to me so far.

But, I know it could be better (TWSS).

My friend Amy just completed a 30 before 30 bucket list she made a couple years ago (that’s like a round about way saying she just turned 30). And, it’s been fun watching her progress over the past year or so — so much so that it inspired me to make a list of 40 things I want to do before I turn 40.

Let’s call it — the “Push Up The Hill” List. That’s catchy, right?

Now, one of my 40 items is kind of a gimme — it’s my 180 race goal. When I made the goal back in 2011 (or maybe 2012? — I’m getting old so it’s hard to remember) it was a goal I wanted to hit before I turned 40 years old. Some might say that’s cheating, but — well — this is my list and I make the rules. So yeah.

Anyways — I am doing this for a number of reasons. One, I want to. Two, I want to push myself out of my comfort zone. And, three — I want to do somethings I’ve never done before and see things I’ve never seen before. You know — be a bit adventurous..

There’s really no rhyme or reason to this list — some are running related, some are travel related, others are family related. While there are also religious and social related items as well. The goal is really to just push myself and have some fun in the process.

Well, I guess there is only one rule — and that these goals have to be something that I am in control of — so basically no “get married” goal, because that’s kinda out of my control. Those it’s definitely one of my top priorities and goals.

So without any further adieu — here’s my 40 before 40 list ….

  1. Run 180 road/trail races over 13.1 miles.
  2. Write my immediate family’s history.
  3. Create a family cooking book and publish it.
  4. Write a book and have it published.
  5. Take piano or vocal lessons.
  6. Take a painting class and PROUDLY frame and display my finished work at home.
  7. Attend 40 different LDS Temples.
  8. Attend all 17 Utah LDS Temples within one week.
  9. Learn 40 phrases in Greek.
  10. Visit my family in Greece.
  11. Go on a solo out-of-state vacation.
  12. Visit the Mighty 5 National Parks of Utah — Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef & Zion.
  13. Watch the top 40 films of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time.
  14. Attend a NHL game.
  15. Read all four of the standard works — Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants.
  16. Memorize 40 scriptures from any of the standard works.
  17. Visit Lake Powell — yup, never have done this.
  18. Visit the Grand Canyon — again, never have done this.
  19. Attend the Sundance Film Festival — again, in my backyard, yet, never have done it.
  20. Go skiing or snowboarding — again, never have gone. I’m a horrible Utahn.
  21. Go deep sea fishing.
  22. Run across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
  23. Run a 50 mile ultra marathon.
  24. Run a triathlon — this is big because I hate bikes.
  25. Run the Boston Marathon.
  26. Boil a live lobster … and eat it.
  27. Bake bread from scratch.
  28. Make and prepare pasta from scratch.
  29. Make a pie — crust and all — from scratch.
  30. Lay on all four corners — Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
  31. Climb Mt. Timpanogos.
  32. Climb Mt. Olympus.
  33. Climb Ben Lomond.
  34. Legally marry a couple.
  35. Legally change my name to Joshua Oscar Snow Hansen.
  36. Visit all bordering states of Utah in one day — Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho.
  37. Visit Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.
  38. Visit Yosemite National Park in California.
  39. Give 960 hours of service — which equals 40 days.
  40. Perform 40 random acts of kindness.

So there you have it. My 40 things to do before 40. As I mentioned above — some are easier than others. Some might be slightly out of my control, but for the most part — they are things I have to do myself. Which is good right?

The goal is to get out of my comfort zone, broaden my horizons and see the world. Gosh, even the world around me here in Utah. I couldn’t believe how many list items were for things most people do every year here in Utah — skiing, Lake Powell, hike mountains or get married.

Some of these items will have to make me travel some — which again — is good! The biggest places being Greece and another trip to the Bay Area. Two of my favorite places. Well, okay, I’ve never been to Greece. But, I’ll tell you now — it’s one of my favorite places. Being Greek and having family still there — I gotta go! My heart is there.

A lot of these items can be knocked out on these trips as well — deep sea fishing, visiting LDS Temples, national parks, giving service, etc., etc., etc. There will be a lot of traveling, not just abroad or out of state, but here in Utah as well. I run enough races all around the state there’s no reason I can’t plan running trips around national park and temple visits. That’d be fun.

And, then there’s visiting all of the temples in Utah within a week. That one will have to wait until probably next year because I want to wait until the Cedar City Temple is complete. I can’t miss out on the Cedar City Temple — especially with how much that place means to me. But, as soon as it’s dedicated I am drawing agendas for the week long trip.

So here’s to the next five years and whatever make come from this list — it should be a fun adventure, eh?