My 180 Races

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When I started running in 2009 I did so lose weight. I was over 400lbs, miserable and no vision for the future. Pretty crappy situation to say the least. You can read all about that here.

I started step by step with no distance in mind. In 2010 my personal trainer challenged me to train for a 5K, which was HUGE for me. But, on September 18, 2010, I ran my first 5K at my college’s homecoming weekend. It was hilly, it was painful, but I did it — and I was hooked!

The drive to do another 5K came from wanting to do better than my first race. So, I trained harder and ran another 5K the next month. This drive to improve and challenge myself took my sights from 5Ks to 10Ks and eventually to a half marathon.

I ran my first half marathon on July 23, 2011 in my hometown. Though I had trained and was well prepared, I remember standing at the starting line petrified of what was ahead of me. Yet, I did it. It was difficult, it was hot, but I did it.

After a number of other half marathons a year later I found myself at the starting line of the Deseret News Marathon attempting my first marathon. Like my first half marathon a year earlier — it was difficult, it was WAY too hot, but I did it! This just drove me to keep going.

So I made a goal for myself — I wanted to run 180 races (over 13.1 miles) before my 40th birthday. At the time this seemed like a daunting, but doable goal. At this point in my weight-loss journey I had lost 180lbs. thanks to the 180 degree turn my life took thanks to running. The race goal number made sense.

Over the years I have ran numerous half marathons, a handful of marathons, a bunch of relays and trail races — including my first 50K ultra marathon in November 2015. I am currently training to complete my first 50 mile ultra marathon this upcoming October.

Running has given me a voice. It has dared me to dream. It has challenged to me test my limits and stretch beyond my comfort zone. This new mentality has carried over into my daily life. Running truly is a metaphor of life.

People sometimes ask how I keep myself going race after race. And, my reply always goes back to the beginning of my running journey — “I just take it step by step.”

Dare to run your dreams.

RACE TIMES

* – Race Sweeper
  1. Handcart Days Half Marathon (7/23/11) 2:52:05
  2. Disneyland Half Marathon (9/4/11) 2:46:57
  3. Cedar City Half Marathon (9/17/11) 2:38:46
  4. Layton Half Marathon (10/8/11) 2:49:26
  5. Revolution Run (12/31/11) 2:55:32
  6. St. George Half Marathon (1/21/12) 3:03:38
  7. Surf City USA Half Marathon (2/5/12) 2:48:34
  8. Dogtown Half Marathon (2/25/12) 2:38:50
  9. Red Rock Canyon Half Marathon (3/10/12) 2:44:25
  10. Riverton Half Marathon (3/31/12) 2:48:50
  11. Salt Lake City Half Marathon (4/21/12) 2:52:59
  12. Provo City Half Marathon (5/5/12) 2:39:32
  13. Ogden Half Marathon (5/19/12) 2:34:01
  14. Corner Canyon Trail Run (5/26/12) 4:05:36
  15. Memorial Day Half Marathon (5/28/12) 2:34:21
  16. Utah Valley Half Marathon (6/9/12) 2:29:44
  17. The Pink Donut Half Marathon (7/7/12) 2:58:02
  18. Farmington Days Half Marathon (7/14/12) 2:35:24
  19. Deseret News Marathon (7/24/12) 6:18:23
  20. Utah Midnight Run – Legacy (8/3/12) 2:45:24
  21. Beautiful Bountiful Half Marathon (8/11/12) 2:39:24
  22. Park City Half Marathon (8/18/12) 2:33:12
  23. Rivalry Relay (8/25/12)
  24. Disneyland Half Marathon (9/2/12) 2:23:59
  25. Big Cottonwood Marathon (9/22/12) 5:39:09
  26. St. George Marathon (10/6/12) 6:06:13
  27. Utah Half Marathon (10/13/12) 2:40:03
  28. SoJo Half (10/20/12) 2:44:12
  29. Thankful 13 (11/22/12) 2:49:17
  30. RnR Las Vegas Half Marathon (12/2/12) 2:59:35
  31. Revolution Run (1/1/13) 3:29:35
  32. New Year’s Half Marathon (1/5/13) 3:11:42
  33. Shamrock Half Marathon (3/16/13) 2:56:04
  34. Winter Circuit Half Marathon (4/6/13) 2:44:31
  35. Salt Lake City Half Marathon (4/20/13) 2:28:28
  36. Provo City Half Marathon (5/4/13) 2:18:39
  37. Ogden Half Marathon (5/18/13) 2:23:15
  38. Alpine Classic Half Marathon (5/25/13) 2:32:38
  39. Memorial Day Half Marathon (5/27/13) 2:24:42
  40. Utah Valley Half Marathon (6/8/13) 2:18:37
  41. AF Canyon Half Marathon (6/15/13) 2:12:15
  42. Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back (6/21-22/13)
  43. Farmington Days Half Marathon (7/13/13) 2:31:03
  44. Utah Midnight Run – Legacy (7/19/13) 2:29:09
  45. Deseret News Half Marathon (7/24/13) 2:10:58
  46. Porters Half Marathon (8/17/13) 2:28:28
  47. Run Elevated Half Marathon (8/24/13) 2:10:11
  48. Layton Half Marathon (8/31/13) 2:47:42
  49. Mt. Nebo Half (9/7/13) 2:09:25 
  50. Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (9/14/13) 2:12:37
  51. SoJo Half (10/19/13) 2:41:44
  52. Haunted Half (10/26/13) 2:29:25
  53. Saltair Half Marathon (11/16/13) 2:48:57
  54. Thankful 13 (11/28/13) 2:37:42
  55. New Years Half Marathon (1/4/14) 2:47:34
  56. Revolution Run (1/11/14) 3:27:36
  57. Riverton Half Marathon (3/22/14) 2:35:18
  58. Salt Lake City Half Marathon (4/19/14) 3:06:46
  59. Winter Circuit 30K (4/26/14) 4:49:16
  60. Provo City Half Marathon (5/3/14) 2:19:59
  61. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (5/10/14) 2:22:11
  62. Ogden Marathon (5/17/14) 6:12:16
  63. Boys Chase Girls Half Marathon (5/24/14) 2:30:57
  64. Utah Valley Marathon (6/14/14) 5:56:06
  65. AF Canyon Half Marathon (6/21/14) 2:24:59
  66. Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back (6/27-28/14)
  67. Utah Midnight Run – Legacy (7/11/14) 3:11:31
  68. Farmington Days Half Marathon (7/12/14) 3:07:40
  69. Timp Half (7/19/14) 2:43:11
  70. Deseret News Half Marathon (7/24/14) 2:40:07
  71. Provo River Trail Half Marathon (8/9/14) 2:31:08
  72. Run Elevated Half Marathon (8/23/14) 2:26:03
  73. Run Emigration Half Marathon (8/30/14) 3:15:11
  74. Mt. Nebo Half (9/6/14) 2:18:45
  75. Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon (9/13/14) 6:42:21
  76. Huntsville Half Marathon (9/27/14) 3:15:04
  77. St. George Marathon (10/4/14) 6:53:02
  78. Pink Series Half Marathon (10/11/14) 2:45:00
  79. Haunted Half (10/18/14) – *
  80. Haunted Half (10/25/14) – *
  81. Howloween Half Marathon (10/25/14) 3:04:12
  82. The Burn Half Marathon (11/1/14) 3:53:14
  83. Saltair Half Marathon (11/8/14) 3:04:23
  84. Thankful 13 (11/27/14) – *
  85. Revolution Run (1/1/15) 4:34:16
  86. Dogtown Half Marathon (2/21/15) – *
  87. Buffalo Run 25K, (3/21/15) 6:07:04
  88. Lagoon Half Marathon (4/4/15) 2:57:28
  89. West Mountain Half Marathon (4/18/15) 2:47:34
  90. Provo City Half Marathon (5/2/15) 2:53:40
  91. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (5/9/15) 2:44:42
  92. Ogden Half Marathon (5/16/15) 2:42:16
  93. Jordan River Half Marathon (5/30/15) – *
  94. Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (6/13/15) 2:37:11
  95. Ragnar Wasatch Back (6/19-20/15)
  96. Utah Midnight Run – Provo (6/26/15) – *
  97. AF Canyon Run Against Cancer (6/27/15) – *
  98. Hobbler Half (7/11/15) – *
  99. The Dam 15 Miler (7/11/15) 6:30:15
  100. Handcart Days Half Marathon (7/24/15) 3:10:16
  101. Utah Midnight Run – Legacy (7/31/15) – *
  102. Timp Half (8/1/15) – *
  103. Park City Half Marathon (8/15/15) 3:11:03
  104. Run Elevated Half Marathon (8/22/15) 2:37:12
  105. Run Murdock Half Marathon (8/29/15) – *
  106. Mt. Nebo Half (9/5/15) 2:40:02
  107. Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon (9/12/15) – *
  108. Sandy Fire Station Run (9/19/15) 4:30:15
  109. Layton Half Marathon (10/10/15) – *
  110. The Haunted Half (10/24/15) – *
  111. The Haunted Half (10/31/15) – *
  112. Snow Canyon Half Marathon (11/7/15) 3:02:11
  113. Antelope Island 50K (11/14/15) 10:23:16
  114. Thankful 13 (11/26/15) – *
  115. The Bakers Dozen Half Marathon (12/12/15) 3:03:44
  116. Revolution Run (1/1/16) 5:00:00
  117. March Madness Half Marathon (3/5/16) 3:15:30
  118. Provo City Half Marathon (5/7/16) 2:55:27
  119. Ogden Half Marathon (5/21/16) 3:33:15
  120. Alpine Classic Half (5/28/16) – *
  121. Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (6/11/16) 2:31:14
  122. Ragnar Wasatch Back (6/17-18/16)
  123. AF Canyon Run Against Cancer (6/25/16) 2:53:56
  124. 13 Miles of Freedom (7/2/16) 2:47:16
  125. Utah Midnight Run – Legacy (7/15/16) 3:20:15
  126. Handcart Days Half (7/23/16) 2:55:56
  127. Deseret News Half Marathon (7/25/16) 2:32:15
  128. Timp Half (7/30/16) 2:43:16
  129. Run Elevated Half Marathon (8/27/16) 2:31:00
  130. Big Cottonwood Marathon (9/10/16) – *
  131. Huntsville Marathon (9/17/16) 6:14:28
  132. St. George Marathon (10/1/16) 6:24:32
  133. Red Rock Relay Park City (10/8/16)
  134. Pony Express Trail 50 (10/21/16) 17:48:33
  135. The Haunted Half (10/28/16) – *
  136. Antelope Island Classic 50K (11/5/16) 9:52:18
  137. Revolution Run (12/31/16) 5:00:00
  138. New Year’s Half Marathon (1/7/17) 3:22:00
  139. Jackpot Running Festival (2/18/17) – 40 miles/12 hours
  140. Salt Lake Tri Club Half Marathon (2/25/17) – 3:08:00
  141. March Madness Half Marathon (3/4/17) – 3:06:39
  142. Lucky 13 Half Marathon (3/18/17)
  143. Run Emigration Canyon Half Marathon (4/1/17)
  144. Riverton Half Marathon (4/8/17)
  145. Saltair Half Marathon (4/15/17)
  146. Provo City Half Marathon (5/6/17)
  147. TOSH Jordan River Half Marathon (5/27/17)
  148. Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (6/9/17)
  149. Bear Lake Trifecta (6/15/17)
  150. Bear Lake Trifecta (6/16/17)
  151. Bear Lake Trifecta (6/17/17)
  152. AF Canyon Run Against Cancer (6/24/17)
  153. Hobbler Half (7/8/17)
  154. Handcart Days Half Marathon (7/22/17)
  155. Deseret News Half Marathon (7/24/17)
  156. Elephant Rock Trail 13.8 (8/12/17)
  157. Run Elevated Half Marathon (8/19/17)
  158. Mt. Nebo Half (8/26/17)
  159. Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (9/9/17)
  160. Huntsville Half Marathon (9/16/17)
  161. Timp Elk Run Half (9/23/17)
  162. TOSH Jordan River Half Marathon (9/30/17)
  163. The Haunted Half (10/14/17)
  164. SoJo Half (10/21/17)
  165. Howloween Half (10/21/17)
  166. The Haunted Half (10/28/17)
  167. Snow Canyon Half (11/4/17)
  168. Joshua Tree Half (11/4/17)
  169. Mt. View Trail Half (11/11/17)
  170. Revolution Run (1/1/18)
  171. Sun Half Marathon (2/3/18)
  172. Buffalo Run 25K (3/10/18)
  173. Riverton Half (3/24/18)
  174. Run Emigration Canyon Half (4/7/18)
  175. Salt Lake City Half (4/21/18)
  176. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half (5/12/18)
  177. Drop13 Big Cottonwood Half (6/9/18)
  178. AF Canyon Run Against Cancer (6/23/18)
  179. Hobbler Half (7/7/18)
  180. Handcart Days Half (7/21/18)

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