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Running in 2018

Sure it’s December and it’s a bit cliche to put these goal posts out. But, I’ve been writing, scheming and planning my 2018 race and training schedule pretty much since August or earlier. I’m an over planner — that’s just what I do.

I love the last couple months of the year, because it allows me to be retrospective of the past year and finalize my upcoming year’s plan. The new year brings a renewed hope and excitement that I love. It’s really my favorite time of the year — if there’s a lot of snow falling outside (that’s a whole other story).

I have a few focuses for my running and fitness in 2018. I have my 100 miler in February, my 180th race in July and the need for balance with my fitness. They’re pretty simple goals, but goals that will requirement a commitment from me to focus on the task at hand.

This month and leading into February is about preparing for my 100 mile run. I won’t lie, I’m nervous about it. I know I can do it. But, my ankle injury really derailed my planned training throughout the year. But, really, the goal is time on my feet — lots of treadmill and indoor track miles — and I am fine with that. That’s what I knew I’d be doing at this point anyways.

It’s just the mental aspect of the injury and training that makes me nervous.

I have a game plan and 48 hours to complete the 100 miles. I’m going to do it.

I am also 11 races away from my 180 race goal. My commitment to this is rather simple — don’t sign up for more than 11 races between now and the Bountiful Handcart Days Half Marathon in July. You think that’s pretty stupid — but, in years past that’s a real struggle for me.

I am planning on running a few 5Ks and trail runs under 13.1 miles throughout the year. That’s not only to keep my 13.1 mile runs and beyond in check, but also to me balance my fitness a bit more.

With the recent success I’ve had with keto, my focus is really on diet and fitness. I want to get faster and rebuild a foundation I had a few years ago that I lost when my thyroid tanked (long story). My keto diet really gives me hope that it’s possible to do that — especially with the proper training a sub-two half marathon — a goal of mine for years.

As you will see in my weekend running schedule below, I am planning on taking at least one weekend a month off from running and doing some cross training. Not sure what that will entail yet. Whether that will be boot camp, swimming or if I’m brave enough — cycling (another long story) — we’ll see. I just feel the weekend off will help refocus me as well.

I am also planning a number of training and trail runs throughout the year. I’ll post those on Facebook when I finalize dates on that — I’ll post that on my Facebook page and the wasatch.run Facebook page as well. So stay tuned.

Needless to say, I am excited for 2018. I am excited to see where my running takes me. I am excited about my fitness and health. I haven’t felt this way in a couple of years and that excites me. I am still not 100% with my ankle, but that will come.

The focus is simple in 2018 which will hopefully lead me into some more definitive goals in 2019.

But, for now — it’s one foot in front of the other.


Road to 180

In 2011 after I ran my first half marathon, I made the goal to run 180 races over 13.1 miles before my 40th birthday. Well, I fell into running a bit more than I initially anticipated. I will be hitting that goal this summer less than a month before my 37th birthday.

My 180th race will be the Bountiful Handcart Days Half Marathon — which was my first and 100th race. I can’t think of a better race to celebrate this accomplishment at than my hometown race.

I am inviting anyone and everyone to join me that day — it’s July 21st and I have an event set up on Facebook you can RSVP at. Registration is only $40 right now — CHEAP! CHEAP! — so please join me!

Anyways, here are the last 11 races toward my 180 goal …


Race/Running Schedule 2018

As noted above the focus for my 2018 running is balance. Not just in running, but in my overall fitness. I feel like with that combination of balance and my current keto diet I’ll get where I want to be in 2019 so I can focus on some speed goals — including a sub-two half marathon time goal

January to mid-February will be heavy mileage weeks as I am working toward my 100 mile run at the Jackpot Running Festival. But, after that, my goal is to focus on about 1-2 half marathons a month with a group road/trail run and cross training weekend. And, by cross training I mean … a no race weekend other than maybe a 5K.

I have most of the weekend’s planned out — some will obviously change, especially from September to December. That’s just a BIT too far out to plan for me. There are a few variables with races and group runs that will need to play out for a couple more months. But, I have the gist of it figured out.

Anyways here is what my 2018 schedule SHOULD look like …

January

1 – Revolution Run (170)
7 – Olympic Oval
14 – Olympic Oval
21 – Olympic Oval
28 – Olympic Oval

February

3 – Sun Marathon (171)
10 – Olympic Oval
17 – Jackpot Running Festival (172)
24 – Cross Training/Rest

March

3 – March Madness 5K
10 – Cross Training
17 – Lucky 13 5K
24 – Riverton Half Marathon (173)
31 – Sugar House Park Training Run

April

7 – Run Emigration Half Marathon (174)
14 – Provo Canyon Trail Run
21 – Salt Lake City Half Marathon (175)
28 – Cross Training

May

5 – Emigration Canyon Training Run
12 – Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (176)
19 – Cross Training
28 – Memorial Day Big Cottonwood Training Run

June

2 – Vigor Solitude 5 Mile Run
9 – Drop13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (177)
16 – Mueller Park Group Run
23 – AF Canyon Race Against Cancer (178)
30 – Cross Training

July

7 – Hobbler Half (179)
14 – Run4Fun Trail Run
21 – Handcart Days Half Marathon (180)
28 – Cross Training

August

4 – Big Cottonwood Training Run
11 – Elephant Rock Trail Half Marathon (181)
18 – Cross Training
25 – Mt. Nebo Half (182)

September

1 – Antelope Island/Mueller Trail Run
8 – Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon (183)
15 – Park City Trail 13.1 (184)
22 – Cross Training
29 – Big Cottonwood Training Run

October

6 – Thistle Trail Festival (185)
13 – Antelope Island Half Marathon (186)
20 – Cross Training
27 – The Haunted Half – Provo (187)

November

3 – Mueller Park Trail Run
10 – Mt. View Trail Half Marathon (188)
17 – Cross Training
22 – Thankful 13 (189)
24 – Utah Santa Run

December

1 – Utah Santa Run
8 – The Bakers Dozen Half Marathon (190)
15 – Cross Training
22 – The Run Before Christmas
29 – Cross Training


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#FitnessFriday: 5Ks and 20 Milers …

I work for the weekend. Or should I say that I run for the weekend? Either way — I don’t think there are any better weekends than summer weekends, especially as a runner. Seriously.

I am excited for this weekend for a couple of reasons. I am going to be running a 5K with my friend Jordan. Jordan and I have been friends now for over — what — a decade? I was working in Student Government at Salt Lake Community College and he applied to be a Student Senator. He was just out of high school and enthusiastic to get involved. For some reason we just — bonded.

We’ve been through a lot in the past ten years. It’s been fun watching him grow and mature — get married, have children and work towards his degree. Something that hasn’t been easy for him.

See the thing is — Jordan has cerebral palsy. Life hasn’t come easy for him. Throughout his young life, many told him what he could or couldn’t do — but, that never stopped Jordan from doing what he wanted to do. I think that’s why we bonded so fast, because I am the same way.

There were times he very much doubted the ability to get married or have a family — even simply graduate from college. But, here he is — married and the father of two beautiful girls. Not only that, but he is one class away from graduated from SLCC. I can’t say enough good things about Jordan — he’s more of brother than a friend. And, a testament that you can literally do ANYTHING you set your mind to.

So tomorrow we’re going to run a 5K together. This was something we’ve planned for a little over a year. Jordan usually runs on his own, it helps keep his joints and legs limber and strong, but he has never done a 5K or organized race for that matter. Until tomorrow.

We are running the Beat the Heat 5K in Woods Cross together. We don’t have a time goal other than to finish it. Well, finish before all of the bananas are gone (that’s my own personal goal). Finish what we started.

I can’t begin to say how excited I am for tomorrow and how proud I am of Jordan. Not just in doing this 5K, but in life. He is an example to be — to the nth degree. He’s taught me to never say never.

Make sure to come back on Monday for pictures from the race along with a race recap of the 5K. Since I need more mileage than 3.1 miles tomorrow, I’m planning on running another 3.1 miles on the treadmill early in the morning before I pick Jordan up, followed by another 6 or 8 miles later in the afternoon. It’s not continuous miles, but I want to get a good 12-14 miles in this weekend — and miles are miles.

Have a great weekend and make sure to come back on Monday!


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PHATGRAMS

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I knew there was something off about me today. #socksdontmatch #meh #closeenough

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Doing what Mormons do best. #canning4lyfe

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But, wait … it’s not? #lies #itsnotblank

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After a fairly brutal week on my legs last week — I feel like I’ve recovered well. Not only that, but since I’ve been doing the Whole30 diet I feel a lot stronger on my runs. Especially on the treadmill.

I know, I know, I know — it’s the DREADmill. And, believe me — I hate it. But, it’s convenient for early or late night runs. Plus, I love the mental training it provides. As much as I loathe the dreadmill I do feel like it’s HORRIBLY long miles better prepare me for my 50 miler than an easy run outside.

I have two more weeks left of this last round of Whole30. I am not sure how much I’ve lost? I don’t feel like I’ve lost as much — maybe 5-8lbs.? I think on this third round — I’ll be happy with losing two pounds a week. I mean, I lost nearly 30lbs. in two months — that’s a lot. 

I want to keep that momentum and healthy habits going after this third round. And, I’ve come up with a bastardized version of Whole30 that I’ll start mid-month. It’s a combination of Whole30 (or paleo), a 80/20 mentality and Isagenix. I’ll blog more in depth about this next week. But, I’ve structured it with standards and rules like the Whole30, but with some flexibility meant to maintained long term.

I am also running my first 20 miler next week — on the treadmill. I will blog about that later as well. But, basically, I am running it ALL on the dreadmill of death. I’m starting at midnight and running until I am done. I can’t say this will be fun. But, miles are miles and these miles will be a test of will.

At least my treadmill is parked in front of the TV so I can Netflix and ‘mill. Any movie or series suggestions? I’m pretty sure I could get through at least 2-3 seasons of Friends. I could always watch SlowTV — I mean what’s better than watching a 7.5 hour train ride in Norway? (the answer is running on the treadmill)

Anyways — I am looking forward to a great workout week as I inch towards my marathons and 50. Just gotta keep it up!



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Fight4Phat: Marchin’ forth towards June and Drop 13 …

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IT’S A RACE WEEKEND!!!

You if you can’t tell I am VERY excited to run tomorrow. As I wrote about the other day, I am running the March Madness Half Marathon here in Davis County. It’s a small little race that runs along the Legacy Parkway Trail — and a good test for me.

I am not going into the race with a time goal — well, I’d like to be under three hours if I could. But, really, the goal is to simply do my best and finish. I know I can finish within the four hour course time limit — easily.

But, I want to just do my best without killing myself.

Sounds like a reasonable goal, eh?

Plus, I have been dying not having a race longer than a 5K the past couple of months. My last looooong race was the Revolution Run on New Year’s Day. And, since I had to drop the Zion Half (happening next week) — I needed something between the Revolution Run and the Provo City Half in May.

That’s just WAY too long to not run a half — well, at least for me.

Plus, I just want to give my body a challenge. It needs a challenge. And, hey, who knows — it could help kick into gear? Maybe, kinda, sorta — probably not — but, I’ll do it anyways. I’ve got to give my body a challenge.

Anyways — if you couldn’t tell … I am excited. Lots to be excited and optimistic about!

YEAH RUNNING!


RUNCAST USA

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This week’s Runcast is me and Tim Gill talking about — winter running. You know, just in time for spring to begin. But, really, being in Utah — you know this is just preparation for running in April.

Anyways — Tim shares a few tips for running outside during the winter months, whether you’re running on snow, roads, trails or — heaven forbid — ice.

Give it a listen —


ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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I mentioned this earlier in the week — and last week. But, I am REALLY excited about this new podcast coming to Pod Bash (the network that hosts the Runcast and AWPY?).

A few weeks ago the Runcast interviewed Blu Robinson and Addict II Athlete (AIIA) team for one of our episodes. Needless to say — it was one of our most popular episodes. Jed — one of the guests — shared his powerful story over addiction and it resonated with many who have struggled with addiction (drug, alcohol, pornography, etc.).

I’ve always believed in the power of narrative and the sharing of people’s stories. You don’t know how that’s going to impact others — it might just be another story for some — or a powerful life changing catalyst. And, everywhere in between.

So the past few weeks I have been helping Blu, and his wife Marissa, launch an AIIA podcast. They’ve done one before so they knew what they wanted — I’ve just been helping them with hardware, software and a few behind the scenes things.

But, needless to say — I am excited about the launch. It will be released next Friday. Don’t worry, I’ll blast it here and everywhere else on social media. I’ve listened to the episode and you’ll love it.

Stay tuned!


KID PHATGRAMS

Last month my sister gave birth to my second nephew — Tatum Rex Snow Minson. As much as I share online and through my social media accounts, I ALWAYS wait for the mother to first post pictures, etc. on Facebook before I post pictures.

Well, after nearly three weeks of life — my sister finally posted pictures of the “T-Rex” … so I did too.

Needless to say, I am in love. He’s such a chill kid and his big sister Callie is too. Don’t let that one picture fool you. She just doesn’t understand that she can’t be all the pictures with “Baby Tatum.”

So cute, so Callie.

Anyways … behold, Tatum —

Major “FAVORITE UNCLE” points for my choice of wardrobe for the T-Rex! #babytrex #favoriteuncle

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Might as well learn now kid to just let the ladies do, what the ladies want. #babytrex #babyphotoshoot

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: I am trying to stay optimistic about the results against my efforts. The effort was definitely there — workouts, runs and diet. I just hope when I go to my new endocrinologist — I get some answers. This drives me crazy sometimes.

But, I’m not going to do what I can do, because I’m seeing the results. I know it’ll come — I just can’t give up. But, I won’t lie — I’d sure love to see 30-40lbs. off me right now. But, I can’t think that way … I gotta go step by step.

Anyways — at least I lost something and I am going to focus on that … 

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″


COMPARATIVE NUMBERS

BEGINNING (1/8/16)

WEIGHT: 277.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.2%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.4″
ARMS: 16.7″
THIGHS: 27″

LAST WEEK (2/19/16)

WEIGHT: 282.6 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46.1″
ARMS: 16.3″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (3/4/16)

WEIGHT: 281.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 25.1%
BMI: 33.1
WAIST: 46″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: -0.7 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: -0.1″
ARMS: -0.25″
THIGHS: 0.0″


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A HALF MARATHON AS TOLD MY EMOJIS

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Welcome to the NEW (and hopefully improved) PhatJosh.com!

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Well, okay — so my blog has really been PhatJosh.com now for a couple of weeks. But, consider this the official introduction … m’kay? If you’ve been following me since 2010 this URL will look familiar. Back in 2014 when I switched my blog host from Blogger to Bluehost I bought the Running180 domain. But, I decided the past couple of months to switch back — I’ve always loved the PhatJosh URL and it fits me just fine.

I won’t go into many details — I pretty much covered it all here.

But, with these changes I decided to shake things up a bit with my blog. The biggest omission is probably Fartlek Friday. I’ve done them, pretty much, every Friday since I started Running180. But, I decided to focus my Friday posts on my weight-loss and fitness goals and accountability.

So farewell my dear Fartlek friend.

I will however continue to do my race reports every Monday following my races — but, since I am down sizing my running in 2016 I won’t have a race report each Monday. On Mondays I will be focusing on reporting my weekly mileage, weekend fun and what not — I am calling these posts — Monday Matters.

But, the biggest thing I am focusing on is blogging pretty much every day. Yes, daily. I haven’t done this — pretty much ever. But, I am excited about doing it. I am not going to have long drawn out posts every day, some days it will be a quote, an Instagram post or even a vlog post.

That is one thing I want to do more of in 2016 — some vlogging. I’m not quite ready for that — but I plan on doing it eventually.

The typical week should look something like this …

MONDAY – Monday Matters & Race Report — past week’s mileage and race report.
TUESDAY – Phat Tuesday — Stories and practical ways of how I changed my mentality and habits from Fat to Phat.
WEDNESDAY – Wordless Wednesday  — It pretty much explains itself, right?
THURSDAY – Thursday’s Muses — Stories, posts, thoughts and muses about running — mine and in general.
FRIDAY – Fitness Friday — Report of my fitness numbers & weight loss progress.
SATURDAY – InstaSaturday — Instagram posts of that day’s race or long run.

In addition to these posts each post will include either some kind of social media share from my accounts, an inspirational quote or meme and a daily ‘Shorts’ post about either something dealing with running, my personal life or just simply something that caught my attention. Kind of like a shorter version of my Friday Fartleks on my Friday posts.

I like the new format of the blog, it should be a lot of fun. Not only will it help keep me accountable, but it’ll hopefully be a bit more entertaining for you the reader. And, as always I welcome feedback — either shoot me a line or leave a comment below.

Welcome to the new PhatJosh.com!

2015 in Review …

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I was watching some self video on YouTube and it asked to summarize my past year in one word. And, I won’t lie — I am having a hard time picking just one.

I can think of many one words that have described my year — inspiring — frustrating — thyroid — testosterone — running — running — running — friends — family — running — burritos — opportunity — growth … and the list could go on and on.

But, what one word could describe my 2015?

I can’t even decide.

Luckily for me (and you the reader) I am a blogger and this is my blog — so I don’t have to be subject to just one word. Because, seriously, I can’t summarize it in one word, so I decided to highlight just a few of my favorite memories — and life moments — here on the blog

Enjoy …

January

I RUN MY FIRST RACE OF THE YEAR — WITH THE FLU

Probably not the best way to start out 2015 — but I ran my first race of 2015 with the flu. I didn’t think much of it during the run, it just felt like a normal cold. But, once I got home after the run I got the chills and started fevering — I had to cancel my planned race later that weekend.

Bummer.

But, at least I can say I’m a hardcore runner, right?

February

GRANDMA KAYE — MY HERO — PASSES AWAY

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My Grandma Kaye — my hero, inspiration and biggest fan — passed away on February 11th. She had a quick illness that she just couldn’t rebound from. For someone who was healthier than healthy it was a shock.

She was the strength and glue of the family. She was the first one to volunteer to help — whether it was with simply a card or dinner. Even at age 88 she was always on the go doing good for others.

Personally, she and I had a close relationship. We always found humor in everything and a way to fix today’s troubled world. She always looked forward to reading my birthday and Christmas cards because the messages always came from the heart. She always encouraged me to keep writing — even on her death bed. Her last words to me were — “you better keep writing — or I’ll beat you up!”

A promise I made her — and plan to keep.

I JOIN THE GABICAS ON A FAMILY TRIP TO VEGAS

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The week following my Grandma’s passing I joined the Gabicas on a family trip to Las Vegas. But, before hand Jill and I swept the Dogtown Half Marathon course in southern Utah. A memory I’ll always hold of us getting lost during the last mile.

While in Vegas we met up with our friends the Copelands and, my Vegas Girlfriend, Angie Smith. We did the Strip — ate at Hash House of Go Go — and of course visited the M&M World. It was a fun trip and getaway. Much needed!

March

I JOIN JILL ON AN ‘EPIC SH*T’ ADVENTURE ON ANTELOPE ISLAND
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This picture will ALWAYS crack me up. This was the final few yards of the race and we were lost and we definitely LOOK it! Hilarious.

In October 2014 Jill and I did a half marathon that was 6.5 miles UP hill and then 6.5 back down. It was an epic run. One that made up start planning for more epic runs in the future — including the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 25K in March. The race was Jill’s first trail run and my third — we didn’t have a goal other than just finish.

This run was the inspiration for me to finally tackle my first ultra marathon in November (scroll down for that).

April

THE LEGS & WHEELZ TEAM RUNS THE LAGOON HALF MARATHON

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My friend Josh Twelves — we’ve been friends for over a decade since going to SLC together — ran our first half marathon together. We ran the inaugural Lagoon Half Marathon and we had a blast. We were joined by our friends Tim and Chanda and pretty much had a party.

We’re planning on running a number of races in 2016 together including the DesNews Half Marathon and more.

FAMILY LAUNCHES PREPPERCON HERE IN SALT LAKE CITY

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My family gets involved in many interesting things — whether it’s ghost hunts, UFOs, card shops or what have you. This past year we started PrepperCon — an emergency preparedness convention — here in Salt Lake.

But, it shouldn’t really surprise anyone that our family started PrepperCon — emergency preparedness has been something we’ve always been involved in. Ever since I was a kid helping my Mom can our grapes, peaches and apricots it’s always been “who we are” — down to food storage and emergency plans.

Plus, PrepperCon isn’t like your typical preparedness fair — it’s a mixture of that, but with a dynamic infusion of a Comic Con. It’s a lot of fun — we had over 12,000 attendees in 2015 and look for even more in 2016.

PrepperCon will be returning again to the South Towne Expo Center on April 15-16, 2016.

May

BEN & KELLI (FINALLY) GET HITCHED

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After some 70 years — okay just 7 — Ben and Kelli finally got hitched. We were all kinda worried until the last minute that Ben would get cold feet. But, alas, he went through with it.

The marriage left just Luke and I unmarried — and come next June — just me. Hopefully that will change in 2016.

But, I couldn’t be happier for my brother and Kelli — she’s been a part of the family for many years, it’s just nice to finally make that officially official.

June

I RUN MY FASTEST HALF MARATHON OF THE YEAR DOWN BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON

It’s been a difficult year with health issues for me. My thyroid and testosterone have had a hard time regulating itself and my running and weight have been kinda all over the spectrum.

But, there’s nothing like a summer downhill race to kind of cure the mounting frustration. I ran the Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon in just under 2:37 — not a personal record, but for the year … my best.

I am looking forward to 2016 to getting back to where I want I want to be and hopefully going for a PR in the fall.

July

JORGE AND I LAUNCH NEW RACE SERIES — THE BUGOUT RUN

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About eight months after coming up with the idea — my friend Jorge and I — start The Bugout Run. The concept of the Bugout Run is simple — it’s an event where participants can test their first aid kits, bugout bags and other emergency preparedness skills in a simulated scenario.

Our events are free and we do at least one event per month. Our goal is to get more people thinking and acting in their preparedness.

I RUN MY 100TH RACE ON FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF MY FIRST HALF MARATHON

On the fourth anniversary of my first half marathon I ran my 100th race (over 13.1 miles) at the same race in my hometown of Bountiful. Instead of going solo like I did back in 2011. I was joined by my friends Tim and Elsha on my milestone race. There’s no other better friends I’d want to share in on this adventure.

At the end of the race I was greeted at the finish line by my family, countless friends and a 100 banana salute. Yes, a 100 banana salute. The gesture was beyond appreciated and very much a surprise.

The race was a celebration of my journey and quite the contrast compared to my first race — when I ran in alone. Running has definitely changed my life.

I LAUNCH A NEW RUNNING PODCAST — RUNCAST USA

In July along with friends Jorge and Jim we launched a new podcast — The Runcast USA — on the PodBash Network. You can listen to our past episodes on iTunes as well. We’ll be back up live with regular shows in starting in January.

August

ELSHA & I DONATE ‘BIRTHDAY MONEY’ TO BUY A RUNNING STROLLER FOR FRIENDS

Since I’ve met my friend Elsha last year — she’s inspired me in many, many ways. She might be small in stature, but she’s got the biggest heart I know. Each Christmas she sells cards she designs for donations that go to African charities and she will do anything for anyone — it’s just her nature.

This past August — we decided to team up during our birthday month and do a fundraiser to raise money for two new racing strollers. We then donated them to two friends that needed them the most.

I am looking forward to doing something similar again next August with her.

I TAKE A VOW TO NOT CUT MY HAIR FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS IN SUPPORT OF MY CANCER FIGHTING FRIENDS

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This past year I have had two friends fight breast cancer — while normally — like I did with my mother’s cancer diagnosis I’d shave my hair alongside them. But, I always shave my head. It’s not much of a sacrifice for me.

So I decided to go in reverse and grow out my hair instead. I decided to go at least six months — if not longer — in support of my friends ‘Dith and Amy. I’d like to have it long enough to donate to somewhere like Locks of Love, but we’ll see — that might take me longer.

I BUY MYSELF A PINK SPORTS BRA — TO SUPPORT MYSELF & TWO FRIENDS

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In addition to vowing not to cut my hair for six months — I also bought a pink bra that I sported at the Timp Half in honor of my friend ‘Dith. I surprised her at the starting line with my new purchase — it was a great moment.

And, the funny thing is — I haven’t ran a race since without it. Since I’ve starting wearing it — I’ve had no problems with bloody nipples.

September

I RUN MARATHON #7 DOWN BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON

My only marathon of the year — but one of my favorites. I swept the Big Cottonwood course alongside friend Ramie. And, we had a blast. I love the marathon distance, but it’s tough. Well, it’s meant to be tough.

But, what was worse than running 26.2 miles — was trying to go horseback riding afterwards. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

I RUN A HALF MARATHON WITH JILL — WHO WAS 26 WEEKS PREGNANT

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My friend Jill is my hero. She does some pretty epic sh*t — it’s pretty much her nature. That’s why I think we’re such great friends.

So at 26 weeks pregnant Jill and I ran the Sandy Fire Station Half Marathon together. We knew we were going to be slow so we started early — and even though we finished last, it was a memorable race.

This was also a triumph for Jill after having two previous difficult pregnancies. She gave birth to her son Henry in December and though he’s had some difficulties the example his mother set is nothing short of legendary and something to be proud of.

Nothing stops Jill. Nothing.

THE FAMILY GOES TO DISNEYLAND!

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At the end of September the family got away for a week to Disneyland — and by family, I mean the shebang. It was the first family vacation with everyone involved in a number of years. Nearly over five years.

Besides going to Disneyland we also spent time with extended family and attended a taping of The Price is Right. Nobody from our family got on, but Drew Carey talked to my Mom and we were seated exactly behind Contestant’s Row. Our episode runs on January 13th, 2016 — so set your DVRs!

It was a fun getaway — especially for my parents who got to spend time with the grandkids. A very memorable and fun trip for everyone.

October

DOCTOR TELLS ME TO JOIN ‘WEIGHT WATCHERS’

With mounting frustrations with my thyroid, testosterone and weight — I’ve been going to doctor after doctor, searching for an answer. I have gained between 35-50lbs — depends on the day — the past year. And, it’s not like I am staying at home eating cheeseburgers and Coke. I watch what I eat, exercise and run regularly.

But, no results.

The tipping point came in October when my doctor looked at me and without asking questions — assumed — I didn’t know how to eat or exercise. He simply told me to join Weight Watchers to help me learn how to eat and diet. Um, wrong answer — especially considering you never asked what I was doing.

I’ve gotten to the point where I am done searching for answers from doctors and finding the solutions myself. If he only dared asked me first — he might have had a returning patient.

I AM INSPIRED BY NEW FRIEND WHILE SWEEPING ‘THE HAUNTED HALF’ IN SLC

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God puts certain people in your path — some by design and some by accident. But, the more I grow older, the more I believe the latter. Nothing is by accident.

I swept The Haunted Half course in Salt Lake and met someone that truly inspired me. JessicaSue was running her first half marathon and had gone through a lot to get to that point — a lot. She had many reasons to keep running that as well — for her husband, children and more importantly … herself.

As I ran beside her and listened to her story — I was in awe of her determination and sense of what she was doing. She helped me put my feelings and trials into perspective — and made me more than determined to keep going despite my current circumstances.

November

I BECOME AN ULTRA MARATHONER

When I started my running journey over six years ago — I had NO aspirations to run a marathon, let alone an ultra marathon. None. Zelch. Nada.

Yet, this past November — I did what I once thought I could or would ever do — an ultra marathon. I ran the Antelope Island 50K (33+ miles) alongside a couple awesome friends. It definitely was the hardest thing I had done — yet one of the most rewarding.

It took me the full ten hours to complete, but I did it! And, in a year where my health and running frustrated me to no end. Further proof that if you put your mind to something — your body will follow.

December

I GOT INVOLVED WITH AN O.U.R. FUNDRAISER

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There are certain causes and things that come into one’s life that just kind of rearrange everything. And, usually it’s unexpectedly. Out of left field. Yet — you know it’s not. You know it’s where and what you were suppose to be doing all along.

Getting involved in Operation Underground Railroad — aka — O.U.R. has shifted and changed my perspective on a number things — including my running going into 2016.

But, my whole family got involved in the O.U.R. fundraiser held in Bountiful in December. We helped sell merchandise, gather donation, put together the program and I even helped put together a video of our month long fundraising efforts.

As of right now our efforts helped raise over $100,000 for O.U.R. — enough to fund four missions to save children from sex slavery.

LUKE & JULIE GET ENGAGED

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My little brother Free got engaged this past month to his girlfriend Julie. He popped the question at This Is The Place Heritage Park here in SLC during the Candlelight Christmas. They’re planning on getting hitched in June 2016 — we’re excited to be growing in size.

But, now that he’s engaged all eyes are on me. But, what can I say … “the last’s the best of all the gang!” Congratulations Luke & Julie!


2015 MONTHLY MILEAGE

This past year — like I have the past couple of years — I’ve kept track of my mileage. This includes my miles ran, walked and raced. I do this kinda of being of my underlining OCD tendencies, but also because it’s a good way to track the miles on my shoes and knees.

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015

Race Miles — 485.9 miles
Training Miles — 259.5 miles
Walking Miles — 553.05 miles
TOTAL MILES — 1298.45 miles

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 — 148.95 miles
December — 91.45 miles


BLOG CHANGES

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As you might have noticed — my blog has changed some as of late. I am no longer using the Running180 URL. I am back to my old blog URL of PhatJosh.com. This was a decision I made a while ago, I was going to switch at the start of 2016, but it was just easier to switch when I did.

So please make sure to change your bookmarks from the old to new (or new old) URL. I’d love for you to join in on my 2016 adventures.

Please also make sure to keep in touch with me — I am on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I am probably more on Facebook and Instagram, but I like to pretend that I am an active tweeter (I still don’t get it).

Look forward to a few changes on my blog as well — I am going to blog a bit more during the week and include more of my weight-loss journey, health struggles and everyday life. Well, everything except for my work life — I just don’t go there.

Plus, I have enough to blog about with my running, health, workouts, family and shenanigans. But, 2016 is shaping up to be an amazing year — it’s going to be fun, difficult and rewarding and I can’t wait to tackle it all.

I hope you have all had a wonderful 2015 and that your 2016 looks brighter and more rewarding than any year past.

Let’s all make 2016 the best one yet!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Running180 >>> PhatJosh

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As I’ve mentioned the past couple of weeks, I’ve been toying with the idea of shaking things up here on the bloggy blog. Including changing the blog’s name. Welp, I bit the bullet.

I actually have reverted back to one of my old blog URL’s — PhatJosh.com. This was actually the name of my blog when I first started blogging some five years ago. I switched over to Running180 two years ago when I switched from Blogger to Word Press — honestly, it was easier just to sign up for a new URL then transfer over the old name. So that’s one of the reasons why I went with Running180.com.

But, I’ve always held a special place in my heart for PhatJosh. I originally picked it, because I it was an attitude and mentality change I was undertaking in my weight loss journey — I wasn’t Fat Josh anymore — I was PHAT Josh. And, that’s always kinda stuck.

So when I was working on refreshing up the blog — the idea of going back to PhatJosh kinda stuck with me. And, the more I worked on the rebranding, the more I kept on coming back to returning to my original URL.

So, this past weekend — I decided to just go with it.

I wasn’t planning on doing it until the first of the year, but when I got things rolling and trying to figure out how to transfer the blog over from Google to Bluehost — before I knew it — it was transferred. It was much easier to just transfer it now instead of learning how to transfer it now and then doing it later. If that makes sense?

I am the type of person that would totally forget what I was told and then have to go through the steps again. I am very computer illiterate because of that. It’s also probably why I only speak one language as well? And, there’s probably some correlation there with why I spent many years in special education.

But, I digress.

The change has been made and the blog is officially PhatJosh.com from here on out. I tried to make the Running180.com URL concurrent with PhatJosh — but, it was too complicated. So, any past links I posted on Facebook, Twitter and the link with the old Running180 URL are essentially dead. You might also find some photo links missing.

With that I apologize — but I have been sharing more of my photos via Instagram on the blog so there shouldn’t be too much of an issue with missing links. Hopefully. Some of the older posts — probably.

The blog format and layout will pretty much stay the same for another week or so after I’m done posting The Joshby Awards. Then during my two week yearly sabbatical I’ll be playing around with the format, layout and imagery of the blog. And, come January 1st — things should be up and running for the new year.

I am excited about the changes and the return to my old URL — I’ve always loved the PhatJosh moniker. There’s a power in the name. And, as I look forward to 2016 I need a little bit of that magic from the old name as I battle through my health issues. I need to OWN what PhatJosh is all about. I am not Fat — I am PHAT!

I hope you enjoy the changes — please also note some slight changes with my social media pages. The URL to my Instagram and Facebook pages have changed — you can find me at @phatjosh180 and www.facebook.com/phatjosh180.

Other than that — not much else has changed.

But, welcome back to PhatJosh.com! I hope you enjoy the change and look forward — like I am — to the changes coming in 2016!

RACE #95: Ragnar Wasatch Back

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I’m posting this much later than my usual race report. And, there’s a VERY good reason why.

After my last leg (4.8 miles down Ragnar Hill) I got SUPER sick. I wasn’t feeling well right, but I kind of manned through it until we got to the finish line. Then, I ate some post-race Little Caesars and that just did it for me. I got EXTREMELY nausea and just sick. Like horribly sick.

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I ran into Cinder at the first exchange! She lives in Vegas so I don’t get to see her much, so it was a treat seeing her!

I started to fever and got the chills once I walked in the door later that night. It was horrible. I was pretty sure it was heat exhaustion. Something I took precautions to avoid, but it was so hot and miserable I failed at that objective.

So I downed electrolytes, some sodium and Excedrin to reduce my 102.5 fever. But, alas, it didn’t work. I was just as bad on Sunday and Monday. I debated whether or not go into InstaCare or the ER for an IV. If I knew I was going to get this sick I would have taken an IV at the finish line on Saturday.

But, oh well.

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Bumper Bananas. The most delicious part of Ragnar.

I am alive and feeling better. I am going to gauge how I feel for my weekend’s races on Thursday. If I am not feeling well I really might have to ax them. Which would TOTALLY kill my goal to hit 100 on July 24th. But, we’ll see. At least one of the races is at night and I really take just take it easy if needed. But, we’ll see.

But, oh, how I love Ragnar. I love, love, love Ragnar! Sometimes I forget how tough it is in the moment. Whether it’s a midday or midnight run … it can be tough. And it usually always is.

But, oh, how I love it!

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A dramatization of the time I swallowed a bug while running.

Two weeks ago I wasn’t planning on running Ragnar, but in my quest of moving my 100th race from August 15th (my birthday) to July 24th (anniversary and location of my first half marathon), I had to add Ragnar, because my July 4th race was cancelled. I only had a few free weekends and Ragnar weekend was one of them.

So, there you go.

I don’t regret it despite my outcome. But, I do wish I was feeling better. Especially since I missed an extra intended day of work. I hate missing work. But, that’s a whole different story.

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It’s amazing how a cheap breakfast can taste like a four-star gourmet meal.

Going into the race, I didn’t know anyone who was running in our van, except Amy … who I met the previous week at Drop 13. So, I didn’t know what to expect. All of us were at least in our 30s which helped. We all were a bit more mature than a number of other younger teams. It was a perfect team of strangers.

I was in van #2 we didn’t have to meet up in Logan for a 5:15am start. Instead we met up at my house around 8am and then drove up to Liberty at the first major exchange. I have never been in van #1 … and I won’t lie, I’d rather not be, because I love the later start. But, obviously that has its’ pros and cons with the heat that I faced during the relay.

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Angie Pace and I should be GQ models or something …

There are a bunch of stories and experiences I could write about (the nature of these kind of relays, right?), but I am to stick around my legs and my runs. It was a tough, fun and humbling experience, especially the couple of days following the relay. Here are my leg reviews …

RUN ONE (Leg #9 – Snowbasin, 7.6 miles)

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To use one word to sum this leg up it would be … humbling. Seriously, it was humbling. My leg didn’t start until about 3pm in the afternoon and it was HOT. The temperature was about 93-95 degrees with nary a cloud in the sky. And, this leg isn’t easy either adding to its’ toughness.

I did this leg a couple of years ago so I knew what to expect. It’s a lot of climbing and about a mile (if that) of actual downhill running. It’s a tough run. But, having that compounded by the heat it was miserable. I was hurting, I was cramping and I was exhausted.

I tried to run what I could between my cramping, but it was pretty tough. So I ended up walking a majority of the leg. I did manage to get a good gallop going during my downhill segment. That was fun, especially because I got an awesome breeze. Sure it was a headwind, but I didn’t care. It cooled me down and that’s all I cared about.

The run was pretty miserable, but as of late I’ve been trying to ALWAYS look for the silver lining in my trails. I could have easily beat myself up and wondered why in the world I would EVER run something like this (that thought actually crossed my mind briefly) or I could change my thought process and surroundings to something more positive.

So I started counting the people that passed me. The tradition of relays to count the people YOU passed, but I switched it around because that wasn’t happening at all on this leg. I got passed by 128 runners during this leg. Yep. 128. Now that doesn’t seem too “positive” counting your “killeds” … but … I felt that if I wasn’t running at all EVERYONE would be passing me. Those 128 people that passed me is more of a testament that I did it and didn’t give up.

How many times do we not do something because its’ too tough or seemingly impossible?

It’s all about your attitude and focusing on one foot in front of the other.

RUN TWO (Leg #21 – Coalville, 2.1 miles)

Leg 2This was an easy run. Thankfully. I have never been a big fan of my midnight runs at Ragnar. In 2013 my run was a 5.5 run at 4am and then last year it was an 11 mile run at 2am. Not fun. Especially because they were unsupported.

So getting a 2.1 mile run for my night run was a godsend. And, what was even better was that it didn’t start until 6am. So it was already light and I didn’t have to rely on my headlamp too much.

The course was fairly flat and half of it was on paved road and then other half on a dirt road. Like, I said … easy, easy.

RUN THREE (Leg #33 – Ragnar Hill, 4.4 miles)

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I did this leg last year … in reserve. With the new course changes the relay ended in Soldier Hollow instead of Park City. So, this also changed the direction the runners ran the signature hill and relay namesake Ragnar Hill.

I am still debating which direction I like better. I loved the challenge of Ragnar Hill last year, but I also loved SOARING down the hill this year. But, it wasn’t a run where you could put yourself on cruise control and just go. It was pretty technical because of how steep it was.

Since I didn’t want to kill my quads I went for the “drunk sailor” technique. This is basically running down hill in a “s-curve” instead of a straight line. For me, it helps with the minimal affect of the constant pounding of my knees. Plus, I swear I run faster using this technique on courses like Ragnar Hill.

This was a great run for me. The challenge was perfect and I felt like I redeemed myself from my first run. This is despite the fact I also got extremely sick afterwards that zonked me out for a couple of days.


MY NEXT RACES

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In my quest to hit 100 races before July 24 I have had to add a few races. That is one reason why I am doing this back-to-back half marathon … well … essentially an All-Night Marathon. I added the Provo Midnight Run a couple weeks ago to my schedule knowing I was going to be running the morning after.

I have done this before and it is tough. But, fun.

I also have a game plan for the races. Basically, I am going to take it easy during the Provo Midnight Run and then take what the AF Canyon race will give me. Luckily, that race is downhill so gravity will be helping me out some. But, it will be a tough challenge.

As far as what I am going to do between the races I’ve decided I am going to simply campout at the AF Canyon bus pick up after my Provo race. I might hit up a Denny’s or IHOP for some food between the races, but there’s no realistic point of trying to go home, get a hotel room or bum a two hour nap on a friend’s couch.

It’ll be like Ragnar all over again.


MY 2015 MONTHLY MILEAGE

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 188.0 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 194.75 miles
2015 Race Miles – 159.35 miles
2015 Total Miles – 542.1 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  101.45 miles

MONDAY TUESDAY MOTIVATION

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