Running is so rewarding — it’s inspiring — it’s motivating — and, yet it’s hard. It’s easy to forget that. But, running in all it’s simpleness — is tough as — you know what.
Sure, it would have helped if I went into the race fully trained. But, that wasn’t the goal. I mainly did it to get my race wiggles out and to use it to gauge where I’m at with my training. There was no goal time or certain pace I wanted to attain — I just wanted to give my best effort and see what happened.
And, I feel like I attained that.
It was a humbling experience too. It’s been my longest run since the Revolution Run in January. I had lost a lot of speed and stamina in the later part of last year, just from complications to my thyroid/testosterone issues. So I wanted to use the first few months of the year to build up towards a half marathon.
As evidenced today — I can still run … or complete, a half marathon. It hurt. It was painful. But, I did it. But, I don’t want to simply finish a half marathon, I want to run a half marathon like I know am capable of running it.
Obviously, easier said than done.
So the goal has been to lead up my training to the Provo City Half Marathon on May 7th — so far, so good. Well, despite a couple weeks of non-running because of illness. But, I’m still on track to be trained by race day.
But, I needed this challenge — I needed this race. I needed a physical and mental challenge for me and this just seemed perfect. It was a small race — relatively cheap — and between my last race and Provo City. So I signed up — of course with no expectations.
From all indications this was a first time race — I didn’t see it on the race docket last year — so I am assuming it’s new. And, so going into the race, I was expecting a small runners field — which was the case.
So I expected to be the last runner going into the race. Especially since it was a flat course along the Legacy Parkway Trail. But, I actually wasn’t … I was third to last. Which makes me bummed that only the first three finishers get medals — I think us in the back deserve them too!
There were a few familiar faces along the course — which is always a treat. And, from miles 3-8 I was able to run with my friend JoAnna and Michael. That was much needed. It helped me stay on pace longer than I think I mentally could.
Around mile eight is when my body started to tank some — which I kinda expected. Even at mile eight. Usually I hit that wall around mile 10-11, but since my longest training so far has been five miles — I was expecting it.
So, after sending JoAnna and Mike ahead of me — I just focused on the nitty gritty last five miles. It was tough. It was hard. I might have cried. But, it wasn’t from pain — I had dropped my opened uneaten Gu on the ground.
But, I just focusing on moving forward. I did a run/walk method, but that quickly turned into a shuffle/walk — which than turned into a shuffle three steps/walk method. Needless to say, there was NO juice in my legs. None.
Yet, I was okay with that. I was expecting it. I just put my music on, zoned out and tried to get lost in my thoughts. Which worked for the most part — though I’d get the occasional biker yelling “to your left” — which totally broke my zen moments.
Anyways, once I was on the home stretch — I was just happy to be done. I found a huge plate of oranges and just sat there munching them down while drinking down water. It was pretty much the nearest to heaven I’ve been while running. I could have eaten the whole plate.
And, so I survived race #117 in my 180 race journey. It was everything expected — tough, ugly, difficult and nothing to really write home about. BUT … it was very rewarding. It gave me time to get lost in thought, experience and process what my body was telling me and be a part of the running community.
Now, excuse me while I walk around funny — looking like I have been riding horses for two weeks straight.
I may or may not have the saddle burn to prove it as well. But, that’s another story for another day.
Now to focus 100% of my effort on Provo!
MY NEXT RACE: PROVO CITY 13.1
As noted above — this is the race I am training for currently. This isn’t my goal race for the year, but obviously want to give it my best effort.
This will be my fifth time running Provo — which sounds SO weird saying. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been running over five years now. It all seems so new to me sometimes — and I guess some of it is, like the ultra marathons and longer distances. But, still. Five years?
I don’t have a goal time for this race … yet. I am thinking about 2:30-2:40 would be ideal, but I’d be happy with anything under 2:45 right. Since it’s mainly a downhill course I feel like that’s doable.
Anyways — PROVO OR BUST! (never thought I’d be typing that)
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RACE 117 IS ON THE BOOKS! Ran the March Madness Half in about 3:16 by far not my best, but I wasn’t going for time today. I just wanted to do my best and finish. Which, I feel like I did. My half training plan is leading up to the Provo City Half in May, so I knew my legs would probably give out around mile 8 … which they did. I kept fighting through the dead legs, but more importantly the self-talk and mental aspect of my run. Running is a gift. It’s relatively simple to do, but not easy. That’s one of the many reasons I love it so much. #race117 #marchmadnesshalf #running #utah @joshruns180 @runcastusa
If you haven’t listened to the latest episode of the Runcast USA — give it a listen. We’re talking about winter running. Sure it’s now March and the weather is decent — but, you never know when a freak spring snowstorm could happen … right?
Anyways — give it a listen and let us know what you think …
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- These are great tips on having more enjoyable long runs — I’ll be running a few 20 milers in August this year, so this will be bookmarked.
- So last weekend I binge watched Season 1 of Fuller House — lots of feelings on it. Nostalgia was there — writing? Not so much. But, still I’ll be watching Season 2 whenever that comes out. And, according to this BuzzFeed quiz my Fuller House spirit animal is … Danny Tanner. Not sure I feel about that? Was kinda hoping for Stephanie Tanner.
- Sad news this past weekend of the passing of Nancy Reagan — I always loved the Reagans. They were the first couple in the White House that I remember as a kid.
- This seems like a very Florida thing to happen — and yet another reason why I don’t scuba dive (or do pretty much anything in the ocean).
- BAHAHAHA — these are funny, because these are true.
- Well is this just dangerous to the ‘ol diet — Cadbury Creme Nut Butter? Easter can’t be here soon enough.
- This is a good read about the running and weight-loss articles from Runners World over the past 50 years. Oh, how we have evolved.
- So Peyton Manning is retiring from the Broncos and the NFL — um, good. Team Eli prevails.
- This is an interesting list of the richest sports owners — the first on the list is Steve Ballmer, owner of the L.A.Clippers. What do you even DO with $23.5 BILLION? Sure, buy an NBA team — but what else do you really have to do with your life besides weekend trips to Fiji and a personal chef?
- I know I shouldn’t find this so funny — but, it just is! Why a complete stranger would do that to the poor man is beyond me, but … oh, man … it’s hilarious.
- I found this ‘What If’ scenario interesting if JFK had lost the election 1960. I love these kind of things …
- I have to agree with this list of the 10 most popular cereals — Frosted Flakes were and always will be my favorite cereal — probably because it’s loaded with sugar … let’s be honest here.
- This is for all the Disneynerds out there — the Evolution of the Disney Princess. Check it out. It’s pretty magical.
- Speaking of Disneynerds — I’m really looking forward to seeing Zootopia. I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about it.
- And, since we’re ending on Disney — I’m ending with this. Pretty cool, huh? Looks like I might need a little trip to China some day, eh?
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