I was kinda debating if I was going to blog today. I won’t lie — after Labor Day I just kinda stopped. Sure, I had two posts. But, one was my vacation pictures and the other was an update 2017 race schedule. Nothing that really constitutes a true blog entry.
Anyways — I’ll just say that the lack of posts is because I was on blogcation. Yes, that sounds good. But, really, it was. I had the chance to spend some quality time with family, doing a little running and prepare myself more mentally for this upcoming month of marathons.
I did a little running this week, but pretty much kept it low because I am a bit nervous overdoing it before the marathon, especially considering I have the Huntsville Marathon (aka The Full Monte) next week. I’ll probably do a shake out run next Tuesday or Wednesday, but focus just walking throughout the week in preparation for The Full Monte.
We’ll see. Really depends on how I feel come tomorrow, Sunday and probably most all of Monday as well. But, the fact I am sweeping the course helps. I do have to maintain a 15 minute mile coming down the canyon — which is doable — but, other than that, it’s just being as fast as the slowest runner.
But, with this 50 mile training most of it is just accustoming myself to being on my feet for a loooong time. And, sweeping will do that for you. It’s great preparation. I swept the Big Cottonwood Marathon last year to help prep me for the Antelope Island 50K for that very reason. I am expect being anywhere between 6:30-7 hours on my feet tomorrow. It’s not easy. But, it’s sure fun.
And, if I am feeling extra adventurous I might try to mow the lawn which is another hour. But, that just seems like too much cruelty to put my body through. Which means — I probably should do it. Besides the lawn is looking a bit shaggy.
Luckily, I am not sweeping the course alone. This year I am running with my friend Chanda along with the support vehicle the race provides — which is mainly for injured runners, etc. It should be a party. But, like I said, we just have to make sure to get everyone down the canyon on time or that support vehicle will sweep them off the course. Something every runner wants to avoid.
But, anyways — I can’t wait! I am pumped! Besides seeing all of my usual running friends, I get to FINALLY meet one of my friends from the far away land known as New Hampshire. He flew in to run the half marathon with Jill and Tim. If I wasn’t using this race as a training run, I totally would have joined them. I am pretty jealous, because that might be the party of the year, right there.
Anyways — 26.2 TOMORROW! 26.2 NEXT WEEK! 26.2 IN FOUR WEEKS! 50 IN LESS THAN SIX WEEKS!
I LOVE THE BIG COTTONWOOD MARATHON! Tomorrow will be the fifth time I’ve ran the race — well, okay, fourth time, because I ran the half marathon back in 2013. And, here’s a funny tidbit — I’ve never actually signed up for the marathon when I registered for the race. Every year I’ve signed up for the half marathon and then upgraded to the marathon (except in 2013 of course). I should probably use that as a personal trivia question or something, huh?
As mentioned above the game plan tomorrow is to sweep the course with my friend Chanda. We have to average a 15 minute mile down the canyon and then bring in the last runner after that. I am also planning on a mid-race Slurpee somewhere around Mile 23. Heck maybe even Mile 19 if I am dying. Or why not both? Possibilities are endless.
I’ve had a number of special memories from this race — from nearly setting a PR in the half marathon, setting a PR in the marathon and then running with Jill for her first marathon. This race has been the backdrop to a lot of special moments for me. That’s one reason why I’ll always come back. I’ve got to. It’s MY race down MY canyon.
And, if you’re wondering — yes — I am planning on just running the half marathon in 2017. Sooooo — the odds are pretty good that it’ll end up being the marathon at this rate! HAHAHA!
BIG COTTONWOOD OR BUST, BABY!
RACE #106: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon (Sweeper), September 12, 2015. When you run with someone for over 6:30 hours and 26.2 miles you become best friends — because that’s just what happens. It’s like a road trip with no car. Swept the BCM course with @ramiebest and had a blast! Ran into moose, ultra marathoners, Marylanders, unfortunate events and into a 7 Eleven for Slurpees. Jealous yet? #race106 #revelbigcottonwoodmarathon #running #ryrpacers @runrevel @ryrpacers @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #75: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon (6:42:21), September 13, 2014. My favorite running moment thus far (and probably forever). Ran with Jill step by step during her first marathon. This was a huge moment for her and I couldn’t NOT be there. We were running for so many reasons — but, none more important than showing her daughters the type of strong woman their mother is. I’ll always love being a part of this moment and will always cherish this picture of the two of us. #race75 #revelbigcottonwood #running @runrevel @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #50: Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (2:12:37), September 14, 2013. Two major problems with this race. I went out too fast and eager to PR and I got hurt. Instead of letting down, I pushed through it and ended up sidelined for a while. Not smart. But, still, a fun and fast course. I’ll always love running Big Cottonwood Canyon. #race50 #bigcottonwoodhalf #running @runrevel @joshruns180 @josherwalla
RACE #25: Big Cottonwood Marathon (5:39:09), September 22, 2012. Signed up this marathon so I could qualify for @marathonmaniacs after I ran the St. George Marathon a couple weeks later. Still holds my marathon PR, even with a less downhill course than it is now today. Still my favorite Utah canyon race. #race25 #bigcottonwoodmarathon #running @runrevel @joshruns180 @josherwalla
SAD DAY! This was heaven on earth for me as a kid. I can’t count how many birds, fish or even rodents became pets from Bird World. They’ve been around ever since I can remember. It sucks to lose places like Bird World. Not just because of the nostalgia, because it’s a local small business — PETCO or Petsmart just don’t compare. #sadday #birdworld
Working on my gainz. I’ve been taking a strength training class after work starting last a couple weeks ago. It’s been a revelation to me of how much more I need to push myself with weights. It’s just so different from my usual circuit training. I’m excited to see the changes and feel the difference. It was leg day today, which made me a tad nervous since I have a marathon this weekend. But, I’ll be fine. I’m sweeping it so I’ll be able to ease into it if my legs still hate me. But, then again my legs always hate me. #strengthtraining #fitness #goals #workout #wod #health #wellness #weights #legday #weightloss #fitnessjourney @josherwalla @fight4phat
Yesterday I blogged a bit about my 2017 race schedule … you can read all about that in depth here. But, I thought I’d share the schedule here in detail as well. Anyone else running any of these races?
139. New Year’s Half Marathon — January 7, 2017
140. St. George Half Marathon — January 14, 2017
141. Salt Lake Tri Club Half Marathon — February 25, 2017
142. March Madness Half Marathon — March 4, 2017
143. Lucky 13 Half Marathon — March 18, 2017
144. Tulip Festival Half Marathon — April 29, 2017
145. Provo City Half Marathon — May 6, 2017
146. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon — May 13, 2017
147. Ogden Half Marathon — May 20, 2017
148. Ragnar Wasatch Back — June 2-3, 2017
149. Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon — June 11, 2017
150. AF Canyon Race Against Cancer — June 24, 2017
151. Hobbler Half — July 8, 2017
152. Utah Midnight Run — July 14, 2017
153. Deseret News Half Marathon — July 24, 2017
154. Timp Half — July 29, 2017
155. Parowan City Half Marathon — August 5, 2017
156. Skyline Half Marathon — August 19, 2017
157. Run Elevated Half Marathon — August 26, 2017
158. Nebo Half — September 2, 2017
159. Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon — September 9, 2017
160. Park City City Trail Half Marathon — September 16, 2017
161. Huntsville Half Marathon — September 23, 2017
162. Frightmares Half Marathon — October 14, 2017
163. Haunted Half SLC — October 21, 2017
164. Haunted Half Provo — October 28, 2017
165. Snow Canyon Half Marathon — November 4, 2017
166. Thankful 13 — November 23, 2017
I should be about 14 races away from my 180 goal in 2018! I’m aiming for that to be the Handcart Days Half Marathon. Should be a fun 18 months of running!