InstaReplay: Handcart Days Half Marathon

HAPPY RUNNIVERSARY TO ME! Today marks the 5th anniversary of my first half marathon — and the first race I ran that counts (any race over 13.1 miles) towards my 180 race goal. It was fitting that it was at the same race — the Bountiful Handcart Days Half Marathon. A race that means a lot to me.

Not just because it was my first and 100th race — but, because it’s my hometown race. And, for nearly a decade my Dad was the chairman of Handcart Days. I basically grew up helping run the celebration. My Eagle Scout project was making bus signs for it — some 17 years ago (that ages me).

I love pretty much everything about Bountiful Handcart Days — well, everything except the parade. I hate parades. But, that’s a story for another day. We never had a half marathon, let alone a 5K when we were in charge of the festival. But, what a great idea! It’s my favorite thing to look forward to on Pioneer Day weekend.

I won’t go into too much detail, because I’ll have a full recap on Monday or Tuesday. But, I had fun. It’s not an easy run. It’s flat and hilly. Thankfully rolling hills compared to anything monstrously huge. Just one of those.

I did the early start as to avoid the heat — so instead of starting at 6am like everyone else — I started at 5:30am. It made  big difference, especially in the latter miles. I am pretty sure that I would have died if I waited the extra half marathon. In my opinion, if you are given the option during the summer to start early — TAKE IT!

Plus, you get done sooner.

Anyways — here are a few pictures from the race. I’ll post more on Monday after I run the DesNews Half! Fun, fun, fun weekend of running! YEEHAH!

HAPPY RUNNIVERSARY TO ME! Five years ago today I started this little journey right here at the Handcart Days Half Marathon. I had no idea where this journey would take me back in 2011. I just wanted to do a half to prove I could do a half. Now five years later and 100+ half marathons, 7 marathons and a 50K later … here I am. It’s been fun reflecting the contrasts of my journey from 2011 to 2016. The biggest difference? The people now in my life. The race bling (and countless race shirts) means nothing without the people, friendships and memories that I attach to those medals. Whether we’ve ran a mile, two or 200 together — thank you for leaving a footprint in my life. #handcartdayshalf #race126 #running #runniversary #halfmarathon #workout #wod #wellness #health #run #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #runningjourney #keeprunning @southdavisraces @joshruns180 @fight4phat @josherwalla

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RACE #126 is done! Celebrated not only my 126th race (over 13.1 miles), but my 5th RUNNIVERSARY of beginning that journey. And, at the same race to boot! I went in the race not wanting to push too fast, but coming in under 3:00. Mainly, because I’m pushing for a 2:30 on Monday at the DesNews Half. Thankfully the race gives the option of a 5:30am start for slower runners. I took that option mainly so I wouldn’t be out in the heat of the sun too long. The course runs along Legacy Parkway Trail before crossing over I-15 and Legacy to Main Street on its way back to the Rec Center. It’s not an easy course. But, it’s got a variety of flat to rolling hill terrain. Basically not a PR course. But, it holds a special place in my heart, so all is forgiven. Now I’m resting my legs and looking forward to Monday! That’s my goal race this weekend. Gotta reach the 2:30! It’s my destiny. Happy Pioneer Weekend! #handcartdayshalf #race126 #running #runningjourney #halfmarathon #run #bountifulutah #pioneerday #handcartdays #workout #fitness #wellness #workout #wod @southdavisraces @joshruns180 @josherwalla

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