It’s hard to believe that this race is my second to last pacing gig of the year. I’m kinda bummed about that, because I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience I have had pacing and sweeping so many races this year. It’s really enriched my running experience. It’s taught me to (literally) slow down and enjoy the beauty that running has to offer.
Saturday’s race in Provo wasn’t any different. As I have mentioned before I love the Haunted Half races for a number of reasons — the first is probably how much of a party atmosphere they are. The fact that it’s a Halloween race naturally brings that kind of vibe along with it.
But, it’s also a celebration of the end of the racing season. All of the local marathons are pretty much done and these Halloween races just feel like a celebration of all the goals, achievements and accomplishments achieved during the race season. It’s really a great atmosphere, a fun atmosphere.
This week was I was sweeping the course along with my friend Tim Gill. This was the third race we’ve swept this year — Jordan River Half, Legacy Midnight Run and this one. We’ve also ran a couple of races together — including my 100th race at the Handcart Days Half. And, that’s not including the number of races last year. Needless to say, we’ve ran together a lot — and we always have a blast.
Tim and I carpooled down to Provo the morning of the race and rode the bus to the starting line where we met up with a number of our friends while pouring over the few fire pits. It was cold, but luckily they had some hot chocolate to help temper that. Plus, I tried to move around as much as I could to keep from freezing. That helped some, but I kinda wished the race started earlier than 8:45am — especially considering we waited around nearly for two hours after the bus dropped us off.
Since Tim and were sweeping we hung back while the mass of madness moved past us across the starting line. It gave me a couple of extra minutes to pick up some discarded gloves (I love the race gloves they give you — SO WARM!) and watch everyone as they discarded their mylar blankets alongside the road. It really looked like the spoils after a Pop Tarts convention.
I brought along my bigger backpack for this race as well, because I wanted to pack it with the gloves and any discarded shirts or hoodies I found along the course. I actually did manage to find a nice blue hoodie, some head bands and a Domino’s Pizza shirt. I think of all the finds I was more excited about the Domino’s shirt. I have plans of walking into a Domino’s Pizza restaurant with car keys in hand to see if I can get a pizza delivery handed to me.
The course pretty much follows that of the Provo City and Provo River Trail Half Marathons — it runs down Vivian Park, along the River Trail and then finishes outside of the canyon. Instead of finishing at The Riverwoods or Downtown Provo this course ends at the University Mall in Orem. It’s a beautiful course — I really like the Provo River Trail, it’s a great place for a race, especially running down Vivian Park.
The last couple miles of the race Tim and I helped pace in a couple of runners who were running their first half marathon. From what we gathered from them was that they thought they had signed up for the 5K and later found out it was actually the half marathon. But, instead of changing the race or backing out of it completely they decided to prepare for it about five or so week ago. You’re probably think that’s crazy — which is it, but really it’s crazy AWESOME! Mad props to the two for sticking with it.
In all this was another great experience. I will always love pacing and sweeping courses. Runners inspire me — always will. Each journey is individualized and personal — and epic in nature. And, I always come away from a race enriched and inspired from seeing runners accomplish goals, milestones and unrealized dreams.
Now the next couple of weeks is focused on the final preparations for my 50K on the 14th. I am all kinds of excited and nervous, but I know I’ve got what it takes to accomplish the task at hand and I know exactly where to draw the needed inspiration when I will need it.
But, first let’s get past next week’s Snow Canyon Half Marathon.
I don’t think this is really Batman?!?? #thehauntedhalf #race111 #running #provo #utah #ryrpacers @running180 @fight4phat @kindaqwerty @thehauntedhalf @runtasticevents @ryrpacers A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
So cool seeing our brothers in the armed forces at the race today. They were marching for “22 Too Many” … great cause, greater reasons. #thehauntedhalf #race111 #running #provo #utah #ryrpacers @running180 @fight4phat @kindaqwerty @thehauntedhalf @runtasticevents @ryrpacers A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
Swept @thehauntedhalf in Provo on Saturday. It was a great experience alongside @timmgill68 — we even got into a water fight along the way. I’m always in awe of the runners I pace at the back of the pack. It doesn’t matter how long they take, it just matters that they get there. There’s a life lesson in there. I’m running the Snow Canyon Half in southern Utah next before my first ultra the following week on Antelope Island! Excited and nervous. But, I need to remember what I’ve learned about sweeping by focusing on just getting there. #thehauntedhalf #race111 #running #provo #utah #ryrpacers #workout #fitness #health #wellness #hypothyroid #hypothyroidism #lowtestosterone #thyroid #weightloss #weightlossjourney @running180 @fight4phat @kindaqwerty @thehauntedhalf @runtasticevents @ryrpacers A photo posted by Fight4Phat™ 🏃🏻💨 (@fight4phat) on
NEXT RACE: SNOW CANYON HALF
As I sit here shivering I am thinking two things — one, I should probably put socks on and, two, I can’t wait to run in St. George this upcoming weekend. It will be a short reprieve from the turning fall weather and I can’t be any more excited. Sure, the weather this fall hasn’t been THAT bad, but when you hate the cold you take advantage of these opportunities.
I am doing this race as part of my requirements for the St. George Runner Series. I have to run two Washington County-based races between now and April to guarantee my spot into the 2016 St. George Marathon (Oct. 1). So the plan is to run the Snow Canyon Half this weekend and then I’ll be running the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon on December 12th in Hurricane. So I’ll be done with my requirement for the Runner Series before the end of this year. SCORE!
I am going to be carpooling down to southern Utah with my friends Jason and Tammy Henry. I am excited, I love road trips with friends. Especially, when you haven’t gotten their life stories yet. And, there’s plenty of time for life stories on the way down — especially between Nephi and Cedar City.
Jason and I will also strategize for our 50K the following week — we’re both virgin ultra marathoners so we’ll definitely need a good strategy. So far our only strategy is to not get gored by a buffalo, don’t poop our pants and to not die. Admirable goals for an ultra on Antelope Island, right?
Anyways, I’m looking forward to the road trip, the race, the warmth and the red rock! Oh, how I love the red rock of southern Utah — but that’s a post for another day.
SNOW CANYON OR BUST BABY!
MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015 2015 Training Miles – 239.25 miles 2015 Walking Miles – 418.3 miles 2015 Race Miles – 400.5 miles 2015 Total Miles – 1058.05 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 – 115.69 miles October – 164.7 miles
November – 0.0 miles
December – 0.0 miles
THE UTAH RUNCAST: EPISODE IV
If you haven’t caught the latest episode of The Utah Runcast — it’s just me and Jim. Jorge was suppose to come along, but he got stuck in traffic — so now he owes us Costa Vida.
But, we talk about our lengthy absence, the Layton Marathon Guinness World Record, a little bit about races coming up and how to find Jim a good first marathon.
Check out the episode here — found only the Podgoblin.com.
THE UTAH RUNCAST BECOMING RUNCAST USA
Kind of a large announcement concerning the podcast. Episode IV was our last podcast known as The Utah Runcast — starting immediately we are becoming Runcast USA. We still have basically the same crew, same familiar banter, but in addition to talking about running in Utah, we’ll be expanding our audience and outreach. As much as we LOVE Utah, we don’t feel confined to just Utah.
This slight direction change will also enable us to better reach out to other runners and podcast guests nationwide. This also includes addressing and talking about national running news, happenings and races. We are in the works about doing a special Boston Marathon episode, running for charity episode, marathon training episode, food and running episode and MANY, MANY others!
It’s going to be awesome. And, a lot of fun.
We’ve been migrating our social media accounts over to the new name — so make sure you’re following us, so you won’t miss an episode. We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We hope you are just as excited for the changes and slightly new direction of the show.
With it being Halloween weekend there was A LOT of family time, especially with my nieces and nephew. They always crack me up, especially Miss Koko who is madly in love with Jimmy Chunga and basically wants to marry him.
These kids just make me even more excited for the two additions coming early next year. Here are just a few ‘grams from the weekend that was —
Despite what evidence may imply — she does play well with others. #shejustdoesntknowherownstrength A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on
Um … I’ll take the trick. #hummusisnotforhalloween A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on
This hair is starting to look like I brush it with a weedwacker. It’s growing fast — with at least 5 more months to go! My brother calls me Tatanka because I look like a hopeless buffalo in the morning. But, I take it as a compliment. But, I’m not caving to cut this! This hair is getting long for @amy_monroy, @girlracer74 and those who are fighting the awful “C”-word. #cancersucks #run4dith #pink4amy #fight4acure A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on