My name is Joshua, I’m a runner, marathoner and soon … ultra marathoner

I’ve run a lot of races over the years. Countless 5Ks, a couple 10Ks, 85 half marathons, a couple of races over 25K, a number of relays and seven marathons. That’s about 1500ish miles of racing. But, of all the races I’ve ran, I’ve never done an ultra marathon.

And, that’s about to change.

Yesterday I finally pushed “ENTER” on the registration page of the Antelope Island 50K happening on November 14th. Yep, come this fall I can add Ultra Marathoner to my running resume.

I honestly don’t know what got into me other than I am slightly crazy. And, the funny part was, my final decision to run the 50K came while running this past weekend during my second race of the day and 20+ miles into my daily miles.

When my body should have been telling me to not even entertain the thought, it did. And, thanks to my friend Jamie and my irrational running thoughts … here I am.

My training plan for the race is pretty simple. My focus right now is to still lose weight and firm up my core and my races leading up to the 50K will provide a lot of my needed training for the race.

I will be running a number of back to back half marathons in October (well two) including a marathon and a 25K trail run. I will need to incorporate more races/training runs in September, but I am not too worried about that. I have three races planned so far that month including the Park City Trail Half Marathon.

I could stand to get in a few more long trail runs during September and/or October. But, I feel confident that my focus in the gym and on the trails/roads will prepare me enough for the 50K.

I’m excited. I am feeling the nerves a bit and I miss that feeling. The excitement and anxiety of a new race distance is addicting and missed. I think that’s why I love being around newbie runners, because of that energy.

I have about five months until the race, so I can only imagine how much more that nervous energy will grow. Is that strange that I really love that feeling?

Anyways, stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks and months. But, as of now it’s time to simply put the work in to get there, right?



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