RACE #137: New Year’s Run Resolution

Um, okay, first off — I just and I mean JUST realized that I have been calling this race the wrong name for the past six years. It’s not the New Year’s Run Resolution — it’s the New Year’s Revolution Run. I would fix all of my graphics (including the ones in this post), but that’s too much effort (translation: I am too lazy).

So let’s pretend that this six year mistake was Extra Mile Racing’s problem, okay?

As I stated above — this is the sixth REVOLUTION RUN that I have run. And, I think that each one of them? When I ran it on New Year’s Eve in 2011 I didn’t know ANYONE at the race. I mean nobody. It was only my 5th half marathon so I was very much a rookie to the whole running scene.

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That race report was pretty bleak. I came, I ran and then I went home. That was about it. I didn’t even take any pictures when I was there. Not even a selfie. Shocking, huh?

But, it’s funny how time will all change that. I am not at 137 races and I look forward to this race each year, because it’s nothing but a huge party with friends. I am kinda surprised that I went back the next year, but for a fun holiday tradition — I love it.

The race is a five-hour timed race on the track of the Olympic Oval in Kearns. Most years I just crank out a half marathon and call it good. That’s because I tend to take a number of “friend breaks” to stop and talk with friends. But, in 2015 it was because I ran with the flu (unbeknownst to me at the time).

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Needless to say, it isn’t always a 100% efforted race, because the focus has been on socializing and cranking out the needed mileage to count towards my race goal. But, this year I wanted to change that and really give a good effort.

Since Jill and I are running the 12 hour race at the Jackpot Running Festival in February, we knew we needed some good training hours and miles. So we decided to use this race as one of our training runs — to not just train for the race, but to gauge where we are in our training and to see what things we need to work on.

Our goal was to do lap intervals. A basic run/walk interval. My goal was to do 2:1 intervals in the first, third and fifth hour and then 1:1 intervals in the second and fourth hours. I didn’t want to OVER do my run, because I hadn’t had a longer run than 3.5 miles since November after my 50K. But, I felt those intervals were doable, especially preparing me for 12 hours of continuous running.

So that’s what I set out to do.

And, it was harder than I imagined. Not necessarily physically, but socially. I am such a social butterfly that it was hard for me to not to want to stop or walk so I could socialize. But, I had to constantly remind myself what my goal was and how it was going to prepare me for Jackpot.

Now, this doesn’t mean I didn’t take an extra walking lap occasionally. I very much did — but, only twice. And, when I did I made up for the running lap with an extra running lap — either running two or three continuous laps.

I felt strong throughout the run. The later miles were getting increasingly tougher and I did end up walking my last three laps, but that was because I had hit my goal of 20 miles by then. The extra laps were just bonus mileage.

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But, I was proud of myself throughout the run. I gave it good effort. I fought through a lot of fatigue and heavy legs — but, I did it. And, I really felt much stronger than I gave myself credit for. I might not have been doing tons of running since Antelope Island 50K, but between boot camp, my strength training and daily two mile runs I haven’t lost much.

That’s excites and comforts me.

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And, knowing if I am committed and true to my diet — the gluten and dairy free — I will only get stronger and faster in time. I am excited at what 2017 has in store for me. I feel optimistic. Especially having the blue print that should get me there.

Anyways — HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here’s to a new year, new goals, new aspirations, new adventures and new challenges.

2017 OR BUST, BABY!


My next race is actually — NEXT WEEK! I am running the New Year’s Half Marathon in Pleasant Grove. This will be the third time that I’ve run this race. It’s put on by Jonathan Crampton, owner of Utah Race Pacers, and a surprisingly fun race.

I say surprisingly because it’s put on in the dead of winter when temperatures are sometimes below freezing. When I ran back in 2013 the starting temperature was a balmy 2 degrees. I worn layers upon layers for that race — including my Levi’s.

I don’t have a goal — yet. Right off the bat, my goal is to not get lost, hit by a car or freeze to death. These are goals I have for most races and/or long runs. But, really, I think I just want to give it my best effort and see what happens. That’s a good goal, right?

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I think this was meant for a Kardashian? #shutupfortunecookie

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RUNNING MILES

305.8 miles

RACE MILES

420.55 miles

WALKING MILES

1526.73 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

2253.08 miles

MILES LEFT FROM GOAL

413.92 miles


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