So yeah, I totally wasn’t planning on racing a half marathon this past weekend. The plan was actually to run with my RYR pacing group in Provo. But, over the past couple of weeks a few things happened to change those plans. Mostly, the lack of a fully functional car. So I had to reverse course.
The plan midweek last week was to just do 6-8 miles or so here in Bountiful. I hadn’t run my favorite route along Bountiful Blvd. and the temple for a while so I was kinda planning on that. But, then again, one thing led to another and I reversed course on that as well.
No, I wasn’t planning on staying at home and marathoning on Netflix, but I got coaxed into doing the Sandy Fire Station Half Marathon. And, well, I couldn’t say no. It’s a small race. There were about 70 or people who registered … and about 30 or so that actually showed up to actually run it. But, the course starts and finishes at Station 32 in Sandy and runs around Sandy City and past Station 33, hence the name of the race.
I’ve actually been aware of this race the past few years (this was their 8th year running it) and I’ve wanted to run, but in the past I’ve had other races or obligations that deterred me from doing it. So I jumped on the opportunity when I could get a bib. Plus, the fee is a flat $40 if you register until the day before the race. And, $50 if you register the day of the race. Not a bad price for a half marathon here in Utah.
Once I decided that I was going to run the race I put it out there on Facebook to see if anyone else wanted to run it with me. I wasn’t planning on going fast. My legs were still very much post-marathon … ish. I just wanted to get out there and run to help continue to shake them out and give myself another race before vacation and Layton.
I threw the idea out to a number of friends and the one that bit kinda surprised me. My friend Jill. Not because I didn’t think she could do it, but because I didn’t know if she wanted to do it. Considering the fact that she is 27 weeks pregnant. After two difficult pregnancies Jill has been not just cautious this go around, but also bold and unafraid. She’s been exercising, walking and running when she can. Something you might not have expected if you knew pre-running Jill.
Running has really changed her life, perspective and mental aptitude. It’s been really fun to watch. One thing I’ve always loved about Jill is that she won’t take crap from anyone, but in the past many times she didn’t treat herself that same way with her doubts, fears and anxieties. But, since watching her embrace running and doing her first marathon I’ve noticed that she doesn’t take crap from those same doubts, fears and anxieties anymore. It’s really changed her.
Going into the race Jill gave me forewarning that it would probably be A LOT of walking with some running interspersed. I was fine with that. I told her I wasn’t planning on speed and if I need to push it some I could run ahead and run back if needed. So she was sold and ended up registering as well.
The race started at 8am, but there was also an early start at 7:30am for those that wanted to get a jump on things. We knew we’d probably be fairly slow so we showed up to race pickup at 6:30am and asked if we could start earlier. They had no problem with it. They gave us a map of the course and told us to look for the yellow cones. So we ended up heading out at 7am.
We got a good jump on the competition and joked that we had a 5 mile lead on the competition. We reveled in us both being in first place for about an hour and a half. But, once third place showed we didn’t put much of a fight up to maintain our lead. Frankly, it was actually kind of fun to cheer on the passing runners. We also judged everyone’s quads and gaits. Something we do entirely too much, but can’t NOT do.
We even had a few friends and new friends pass us that stopped to say hi. It was fun. The course support and volunteers couldn’t have been any more awesome either. Especially since we were the last ones out on the course. They checked on us along the course a couple times to make sure we were doing good and having been prepared to be slow we had no problems.
But, more than that I was just very proud of Jill. I know it wasn’t easy for her. And, I told her if we needed to stop at anytime we could. But, she kept pushing and fighting. And, as I said earlier this wasn’t the old Jill I knew. This was fighter Jill. This was Jill not letting her past high risk pregnancies define what she could and couldn’t do. She was doing something that she could also tell her unborn son that she did while pregnant with him.
I recorded us crossing the finish line for two reasons. One to capture this awesome moment of Jill conquering SO much, but also to let her son have something to watch showing how awesome of a mom he has. Henry really needs to know how much of a badass his Mom is …
When I decided last minute to run the Fire Station Half, Jill got this crazy idea to do it with me.The thing is she is 27 weeks pregnant. To most women that would be nothing, but for Jill this was a challenge. A battle.Having two previous difficult pregnancies this was a very empowering moment for her and her unborn son.To me this is a testament that running changes lives and bodies. Well … and how awesome Jill is.We might have been the first and last people on the course, but that doesn’t matter … she finished … we finished!I am so proud of her and this accomplishment. If you knew Pre-Run Jill you’d know this wouldn’t have happened!
Posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansen on Saturday, September 19, 2015
After the race we both commented that we’ll be back again next year. Because it’s a beautiful course. Challenging and beautiful. I highly recommend anyone looking for a beautiful, challenging and affordable race around her in Utah to check this one out.
Plus, as Jill gushed all throughout the race, they have real Gatorade. None of the powdered stuff.
That should be reason enough, right?
Welp, my next race wasn’t suppose to be until October 10th, but that all kinda changed during the last 24 hours. Since I couldn’t go too far without a car, I signed up last minute for the Fire Station Run in Sandy! Where’s Runners Anonymous when you need it the most? #firestationrun #race108 #running #utah #runutah #run801
This is the look of death I get when asking @jvgabica if she can carry my jelly beans. #itscalledtheimnotapackingmulelook A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@mejosher) on
The best part about starting your race early is that you get to be in first place for the first five miles. #firestationrun #race108 #running #utah #runutah #run801 A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
Baby bump? What speed bump? 13.1 miles for this lady at 27 weeks pregnant! #pioneerwomencouldntevendothis A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@mejosher) on
Wasn’t planning on racing today. But, after getting a last minute bib I was joined by my friend Jill. Who, BTW, is 27 weeks pregnant. It wasn’t our fastest and it was most definitely our slowest. Heck, we were the first and last runners on the course. But that didn’t matter. We had fun together. Plus, Jill did something she would never imagine doing pregnant … run a half. I am extremely proud of her and her accomplishment today. Having known pre-running Jill as well … this was HUGE! HUGE! HUGE! HUGE! Even as we ran and neared the finish line we’ve already talked about doing this course next year, because it’s gorgeous! #firestationrun #race108 #running #utah #run801 #runutah #workout #diet #exercise #halfmarathon #hypothyroidism #hypothyroid #thyroid #firstshallbelastandlastshallbefirst #fitsnap #run #wod @fight4phat @running180 @mejosher A photo posted by Fight4Phat™ 🏃🏻💨 (@fight4phat) on
Sometimes when you come in last you actually win. Like a bunch of bananas. #bananas4thewin A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@mejosher) on
NEXT RACE: LAYTON MARATHON
Okay, I really promise that my next race is the Layton Marathon unlike the lie I told last week. I am going to be out of town next week otherwise I probably would have ran the St. George Marathon. I really kinda wanted to do it again. But, alas, I won’t. So I promise October 10th will be my next race.
I am really excited about the Layton Marathon for MANY reasons. One, it will be my 9th marathon. Two, it will mark a month before my 50K. Three, I’ll become a world record runner at the end of the race! Something I am excited for. Not so much for the title, as for the adventure with the 80+ other runners I’ll be chained together with.
It’ll be something should be a lot of fun. I am going to blog more about it as we approach. But, it should be a lot of fun and something I will remember for a long time about my this crazy little running adventure of mine.
MONTHLY MILEAGE BREAKDOWN 2015Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015 2015 Training Miles – 206.5 miles 2015 Walking Miles – 315.05 miles 2015 Race Miles – 352.8 miles 2015 Total Miles – 874.35 miles Monthly Total Miles for 2015 January – 78.8 miles February – 72.85 miles March – 115.3 miles April – 76.3 miles May – 97.4 miles June – 131.15 miles July – 101.65 miles August – 110.2 miles September – 96.69 miles
A LITTLE MONDAY MOTIVATION