InstaReplay: Provo City Half

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I ran the Provo City Half Marathon today — my 118th race in my 180 race journey. I won’t lie — it was tough. I was emotional. I was sore. I was a lot of things. But, I finished above my expectations and I gave it a strong effort. And, some day that’s all that matters, right?

Here are some snapshots from the race. I will have a full race review back here on Monday. So make sure to come back!

Enjoy the pictures …


This wasn’t nearly as a physically tough race as I thought it would be. But, mentally and emotionally it took a lot of effort to balance. Having not ran a half in three months I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t feel ready, but I put the work and miles in. So I shouldn’t left my faith there. But, going out of the gate I let those fears and worries have a loud voice. And, I struggled physically and emotionally early on the race. At mile two, I stopped and simply asked myself, “Josh, where is your heart?” I wasn’t running with my heart, and I had to change that in order to change my race. I’ve found that if I don’t run with my heart — the emotional and physical with just not be there. Running with the heart requires you to overcome those shortcomings of relying physically and emotionally with passion. And, after that little “Come to Jesus” moment with myself my run improved and my fears took a backseat to what I knew I could do, because I was doing it. #race118 #provocityhalf #running @joshruns180

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RACE #118 IS DONE! I don’t know where to start? I experienced all kinds of emotions before, throughout and after this race. Fears of my inabilities slowed my race from the gate, but after a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment with myself at mile two, I cast those fears aside and focused running with my heart. Did that make me faster? Well … no. But, it allowed me to put faith in the training and miles I put in to prepare myself for this race. Sure, I have lost speed the past couple of years as I’ve tried to figure out how to manage my thyroid, but I also came to the realization, mid-race, that while my time not be where I want it to be — my given effort was where I needed it to be to power through emotional and physical hurdles throughout the race. I am going to remember this race for those many reasons and I look forward to getting stronger and faster throughout the running season. #race118 #provocityhalf #running

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This must be what heaven looks like … #bananasfordays #race118 #provocityhalf #running

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