InstaReplay: Deseret News Half Marathon

I’ve done some tough and difficult things over my five years of running — I’ve ran marathons, numerous 20 mile training runs, midnight Ragnar legs and a number of back-to-back and double race day races. But, today — was tough. It was very tough.

I came into the race having ran the Handcart Days Half 48 hours before. I wasn’t sore or extraordinarily tired. I took it easy on Saturday KNOWING I was going to be going for 2:30 on Monday.

I came close today. Very close.

I am not going into a lot of details, I’ll save that for my race recap on Wednesday. But, I pushed through a lot to keep up with my friends, and pacers, Sheri and Brook. I was fine for most of the race, but the last three miles I started to blister on my feet pretty bad and then the last mile was just gutting it out.

It was one of the toughest — yet rewarding — races I’ve done.

I am disappointed that I came in at 2:32:15, but looking at my performance having done a half 48 hours prior and gutting through the blisters, heat and dead legs — I am proud of that. I didn’t give up. I gave it my all. And, I can say affirmatively I left EVERYTHING out there on the course.

I am looking forward to Timp this weekend and Run Elevated next month to get that elusive sub-2:30 for the year. But, for now I’m tending to my blisters, jumping in an ice bath and taking it easy for a couple of days. I want my legs to be fresh for Timp.

Come back Wednesday for the full race report.


LET’S DO THIS! #desnewshalf #race127 #running @deseretnews @joshruns180 @fight4phat

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There was a little confusion with my time. The clock said one thing, the timer said another and the Garmin said something else. But, going with the official time I finalized in 2:32:15. I am disappointed I didn’t get my sub-2:30, but I gave it everything. Everything. I ran through a nasty blister, dead legs and a nagging conscience. But, I seriously couldn’t have gotten this far without Brook & Sheri pushing and motivating me. The last half mile was hell. I had no spring left in the legs. It was all guts at that point. Having Sheri push me and then Brook coming back to run me through was a great moment for me. I’m getting my speed back and I have no doubt I’ll get where I’m going — especially when I push myself and surround myself with others who help push me along! #desnewshalf #race127 #running @deseretnews @joshruns180 @fight4phat

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RACE #127 IS DONE! This was a tough race! Tough, tough, tough. I pushed myself beyond comfort, through some very dead legs and a blister the size of Asia. I didn’t get my sub-2:30, but I was close. I am disappointed I didn’t get it, but I can say I gave it EVERYTHING to give myself a fighting chance. The official time came in at 2:32:15. My last half mile was brutal. I had no spring left and I just gutted it out. It hurt. It was painful. But, I pushed through it. If it wasn’t for Brook & Sheri I KNOW I wouldn’t have survived for that long. They kept on pace and on track. They were great pacers! My goal now is to get that sub-2:30 at Run Elevated next month. I know I can do it, because I won’t be running a half 48 hours before either. It’s onto Timp this weekend before a few 20 milers in August to prep me for my marathons in September. BAM! #desnewshalf #race127 #running @deseretnews @joshruns180 @fight4phat

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RACE #127 IS DONE! This was a tough race! Tough, tough, tough. I pushed myself beyond comfort, through some very dead legs and a blister the size of Asia. I didn’t get my sub-2:30, but I was close. I am disappointed I didn’t get it, but I can say I gave it EVERYTHING to give myself a fighting chance. The official time came in at 2:32:15. My last half mile was brutal. I had no spring left and I just gutted it out. It hurt. It was painful. But, I pushed through it. If it wasn’t for Brook & Sheri I KNOW I wouldn’t have survived for that long. They kept on pace and on track. They were great pacers! My goal now is to get that sub-2:30 at Run Elevated next month. I know I can do it, because I won’t be running a half 48 hours before either. It’s onto Timp this weekend before a few 20 milers in August to prep me for my marathons in September. BAM! #desnewshalf #race127 #running #workout #halfmarathon #wellness #fitness #wod #exercise @deseretnews @joshruns180 @josherwalla

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