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RACE #165: Howloween Half Marathon


After getting home from the SoJo Half I had an agenda — get some food and take a nap. Unfortunately, I only succeeded in one of those two. I didn’t get the nap I wanted. But, after some steak and eggs I was pretty much good to go for my second race.

This was the second time that I’ve done the Howloween Half. The last time it was held was back in 2013, but it was held in Provo and not Magna. But, with that said, I’ve done this course numerous of times, as it’s the same course as the Saltair Half. The race I did back in April.

But, I’ve never done this course in the dark.

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My goal going into the race was to fast/mall walk and to finish within four hours. The goal to fast/mall walk was to replicate my ultra pace on tired legs so I could gauge where I’m at physically. I know that sounds somewhat strange. But, with my injuries and health the past year my training has been somewhat shot.

And, the time goal was there only because I had to pick my Mom up at 10:30pm from the airport.

The race was rather small with about 30-40 runners. I like these races because there is a different feel to it. I love the chill atmosphere to Extra Mile Racing’s races. And, this race was no different.

I meandered out there and arrived about a half hour before gun time. With the casualness of the race I got my bib and shirt with ease. I waited until gun time to start, but I won’t lie — I wanted to start a soon as I was ready. Mainly, because I knew I was going to be out there for a while.

I didn’t know who was sweeping the course, but with my race plan — I knew I’d be hanging out with them for most — if not all — of the race. I was excited to see that it was my friend Jennifer Petrossi from my Addict II Athlete team.

And, we did the whole race together.

And, we had a blast.

We talked about life, keto, the Addict II Athlete team, more about life and even more about the Addict II Athlete team. This happens when you run with anyone. But, we were also out there longer than usual so we got life stories, diet plans (helps we’re keto freaks) and whatever came to mind. It was a lot of fun.

The race started around 6pm and we reached the turn around just as the sun set and we were left completely in the dark. I thought about bringing a head lamp. Heck, the prerace email stated I should bring a head lamp. But, did I?


And, neither did Jennifer.

We tried using our phone flashlight, but it wasn’t really needed. The lights of the passing cars on the freeway provided some light. But, we really didn’t need to know where to run, because it was a flat paved frontage road.

With about three miles left to go T.J., Jennifer’s husband, came out to run us in. He had paced the 2:10 group and after he finished he came back out — crazy if you ask me. Funny when you realize I was in the middle of my own crazy.

I kept focusing on my pace and even though those last three miles were tough, they were tougher mentally than physically, which was encouraging. And, in a funny twist, that helped me mentally, because it gave me the confidence that I can do this crazy little 100 mile run in February.

As soon as we finished, we stopped and snapped a couple of pictures and then I just headed to the car. I gathered my belongings and just sat in the car for a couple minutes to gather myself. I started to ache and the stiffness of my legs settled in — it wasn’t fun.

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But, I made my journey to the airport to pickup my Mom, but in true Hansen fashion she gave me the wrong time. She came in an hour later than originally stated, so I started stretching in the car after popping a couple Aleve for the pain.

Once I got home it didn’t take long for me to crash after a quick shower and a small meal. I was dead. And, I was out within minutes. It was a long day, but worth all the pain and effort.

Now to do it again in a couple weeks.



Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 8.0 miles
Race Miles — 26.2 miles
Walking Miles — 22.09 miles
TOTAL MILES — 56.29 miles
Races This Week — SoJo Half & Howloween Half

October 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 29.69 miles
Race Miles — 39.3 miles
Walking Miles — 72.16 miles
TOTAL MILES — 141.33 miles
Races in September — (4) The Haunted Half – SLC, SoJo Half, Howloween Half, The Haunted Half – Provo

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 411.24 miles
Race Miles — 414.47 miles
Walking Miles — 1099.77 miles
TOTAL MILES — 1925.48 miles
Races done in 2017 — (23) New Year’s Half Marathon, Sweethearts 5K, Jackpot Running Festival, SL Tri Club Indoor Half, March Madness Half, Lucky 13 Half Marathon, Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, Riverton Half, Saltair Half, Provo City Half Marathon, Jordan River Half Marathon, Drop13 Half Marathon, Bear Lake Trifecta – Idaho, Wyoming & Utah, AF Canyon Race Against Cancer, The Hobbler Half, Handcart Days Half, DesNews Half Marathon, Elephant Rock Trail Half Marathon, Run Elevated Half Marathon, Nebo Half, Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, Huntsville Half Marathon, Timp Elk Run, Jordan River Half Marathon, The Haunted Half – SLC, SoJo Half and Howloween Half.

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I am soooooo close to my goal …

Wow. After this past weekend’s race — I realized that I am only 19 races away from my goal! NINETEEN! I’m in the TEENS! Time flies so fast. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this now for over six years.

But, it’s also hard to believe that I am reaching this 10 year goal — three years early! Who would have thought? Who would have imagined the experiences I’ve had, races I’ve run and people I’ve met over the past years? I feel extremely blessed being able to do what I love and with people that I admire, look up to and gain inspiration from nearly daily.

Sometimes when I think and plan for the end of this 180 race goal — I have to remember that it’s not the end of running. Because it won’t be. I’ll keep doing it. I might be a bit more deliberate here and there as I shift focus, but I’ll still be running to my heart’s content.

But, as I look at the remaining races toward my goal, I’m getting excited. Many are races I’ve run numerous times, some a couple times a while ago and even a couple that I’ve never done. And, then of course there’s the Jackpot Running Festival where I am attempting 100 miles.

I am excitedly nervous about that race. I know I can do it. I know I will do it. And, despite the crappy year I’ve had with injuries and my health — I know it’s doable. I will be ready come February.

So there’s lots of running ahead before I reach the finish line at the Handcart Days Half Marathon next July — which I am looking forward to running! And, as you can see I am trying to be more deliberate with my running, especially after Jackpot. I am running any races 13.1 or longer on back to back weekends — well, except for Provo City and Vigor Big Cottonwood — but, I am planning on sweeping Provo City again, so I’m not really counting it.

But, I am planning on scaling back the races, not just to hit the 180th race in July, but to also get faster. I don’t expect to PR next year (though that’d be nice), but I do want to get back into the 2:20-2:30 range by the end of the year with the help of continued health and some specific coaching.

I am not sure exactly what my race season will look like after my 180th race, but I’d like to keep to two long races a month for as long as I can keep that up — and preferably a road and trail race.

I have some time to figure that all out. But, for now the focus is really Jackpot in February while also focusing on getting myself to number 180 next July.

Here’s my remaining planned schedule …

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Look I’m an Ambassador!

emrbannerI’m kind of excited. Well, actually … REALLY, REALLY, REALLY … excited. I got word yesterday that I was named one of seven ambassadors for the Extra Mile Racing company here in Utah.

What does this all mean?

Jill and I after feeling/running THE BURN!

Well, I get to run all of their races for free. Which, personally, helps the pocket book whenever I’m running 20-30 half marathons a year. But, that’s really not my main motivation to become an ambassador. I love the running community and want to be around it increasingly more and more.

Plus, I really love the races that Jared and Extra Mile Racing put on. This past year I ran a number of his races — New Years Run Resolution, The Burn, Howloween Half and the Saltair Half to name a few. They’re a local company which really focuses on the runners (and cyclists).

Me, Elsha and Becky before the Howloween Half!

Case in point, when there was complaints about the ASTRONOMICAL registration fee for the Salt Lake City Marathon (it was over $116 more than six months out from the race!), Jared listened and planned an affordable alternate for those not wanting to fork over that much for a race.

And, now there’s the West Mountain Marathon scheduled for the same day (April 18th) as the SLC Marathon. The early-bird registration fee was also $40 … FOR THE MARATHON! And, even a month later the price is still reasonable compared to SLC, even when they slashed their prices down to $65 for the marathon.

You can’t beat a local company that LISTENS to it’s people.

Becky’s first selfie at the New Year’s Run Resolution! HISTORY RIGHT HERE FOLKS!

Now, being an ambassador has perks for both me and other runners. Extra Mile Racing has given me a code EXTRAMILEHANSEN to share with family, friends, acquaintances, strangers and whoever loves or wants to run. The code is good for $5 off any of their races (which you can checkout right here) and it’s not limited to their running races, you can use it on their cycling and other events as well!

Pretty cool, eh? Save some cash along the way!

Now, here’s my favorite part. For every code people use to register for any of their races, Extra Mile Racing will donate $1 to the charity of my choice. Pretty cool, huh?

All kinds of excitement going on here.

The charity that I am raising money for this year is the Kyle Pease Foundation. It’s a charity I’ve been involved in with Elsha and it’s one I want to get more involved with in the coming year personally and with Go The Distance.

Just this past year as I have pushed both Reese and Elsha during races, I’ve become BEYOND inspired by these warriors. Their positive attitudes and perspective on life can do nothing, but change your attitude and perspective. And, before you realize it, you’re not pushing them, they’re pulling you along the course.

Me and Rachel, we paced the Howloween Half!

I really want to give back to the Kyle Pease Foundation while also promoting Extra Mile Racing and other races to assisted athletes. Plus, I know there are a number of runners wanting and willing to push others!

As I said before, I BEYOND excited to be an Extra Mile Ambassador. And, I am excited to run these many races with you and the many other running friends I have yet to make.

If I was their kid, Elvia would have a lot of explaining to do.

So start 2015 right and join me at the New Years Run Resolution at the Utah Olympic Oval! It’s an INDOOR track and you get five hours to run as long or short as you want. Plus, it’s a big party … AND … rumor has it I will be bringing Rice Krispy Treats to share again.

What are you waiting for? Use this code and join me!


Fartlek Friday XLV: This is (unfortunately) Halloween


I am not going to lie, I am going to hate seeing October come to an end. It’s been a fun and eventful month. I’ve ran the St. George Marathon, paced the Pink Series Half in Park City, swept both Haunted Half races in SLC and Provo and the Howloween Half last weekend after running the Provo Haunted Half earlier in the morning. It’s really been a fun month of running.

And, now it’s over.

That’s okay, I guess … ??? Because, November should be a fun month of running as well. I am running The Burn tomorrow morning and then next week I am running the Saltair Half in Magna and on Thanksgiving, the now traditional, Thankful 13. The Thankful 13 will be the last race of the year for me. I am taking December off from racing (not running) so that I can be ready for the early January races … and possibly the St. George Half later that month.

I started going over my race schedule with a fine pin comb this past week. My goal is to hit my 100th race on my birthday at the Park City Half Marathon on August 15th. So, that means from the Thankful 13 to then I can only run 16 races. I say that so nonchalantly. But, it’s harder than you think. Again, I say that so nonchalantly.

My focus is running half marathons next year, but I am planning on running a 50 miler earlier in the year as well. For a couple of reasons … because it’s on my Honey Bucket List and because I like the idea of working towards a running goal throughout the winter. It’s an incentive to stay fit throughout Christmastime, let’s be honest.

But, I am excited for next year’s racing schedule. It will be yet another adventure that’s for sure! If you want to see what my planned races for 2015 just click here. Maybe we’re running some of the the same races? I’m always up for making more running friends! So let me know!

I feel like I should also acknowledge the day while we’re at it. Yes, today is Halloween. And, yes, I hate Halloween. Like, legitimate hate. I’ve never been a fan of dressing up. If forced to dress up I take the lazy approach to it (meaning, throw on a superhero t-shirt and call me Batman). Plus, Fat Josh has too many memories of overeating Tootsie Rolls and Nerds on Halloween night and waking up with a candy hangover.

So, yeah, there’s my acknowledgement. I’ll just leave it at that.

Anyways, here are a few other things this past week that caught my attention …

  • GO GIANTS!!! I am beyond ecstatic that they won the other night. I was out with my friend Dave so I stopped at 7 Eleven to listen to the last three outs. It was intense! As you can see by this video.
  • That’s three titles in five years for the Giants.
  • This was somewhat awkward at the end of the game when MadBum was presented with his new car.
  • But, really, I am stoked that the Giants won. Now, if we can just get my Cubbies a championship now!
  • Oh, we also need to talk about the riots in San Francisco. That’s still a thing, right?
  • For the past 17 years I’ve always wondered what would have happened to Salt Lake City if the Jazz won one of the two Finals against Chicago. Would we have rioted? Could you imagine what a SLC riot would look like? The thought is quite comical to me.
  • I ran a 5K last night pushing my buddy Reese. It was a fun little run on the Legacy Parkway Trail.
  • If you want to know what the fox says … read through this article.
  • I drove past this “accident” on Wednesday afternoon here on the U of U campus. All, I have to say is … HOW IN THE … ?!??! I can understand the bridge (somewhat), but driving down the stairs? Oy.
  • I feel like this was written for me. Thank you people who hate Halloween!
  • The NBA season started this past week. And, well, the Jazz are 0-2. No surprise there, right? But, I’ve actually really enjoyed watching them play. It’s going to be fun to see how Coach Snyder develops them along.
  • You know what else came out this week? 1989. And, well, don’t judge me.
  • I’m glad that God didn’t make me a praying mantis.
  • If I gain weight today, it’s going to be because of THESE! Oh, delicious Peeps, I love you!
  • Some of these are pretty cool, especially #6. Oh, and those two kittens in the dish. I want them.
  • I got tricked into eating a ghost pepper chip yesterday. My mouth still burns.Oh, the humanity!
  • This should make you feel smarter. It did to me.
  • Oh man, why did I click on this link? I NOW NEED ME SOME ICE CREAM!!!
  • A company that I ordered something from last week, mailed me a mug! Now I have something new to put my Postum in! WOOT! WOOT!
  • Honestly, I can’t even tell you the name
  • Cute.
  • Good for him. But, not sure if $10,000 of tuition is going to make a dent in any tuition bill. But, still … cool.
  • Sometimes I think I need to stop working out with my phone on me. I’d probably stop taking selfies like this?
  • But, I won’t ever stop taking selfies like these ones! NEVER!
  • I dare you not to laugh at these. They are all pretty hilarious.
  • So apparently BuzzFeed believes that my ashes should be spread in Disneyland. I tend to agree.
  • What I really want to do in Disneyland is go ghost hunting there. Like, really bad. You just know that there are thousands of spirits there that went there after they died. I mean, why would not go to Disneyland after dying?
  • I also really need a Mickey Waffle now.
  • And, I now need a ride down Splash Mountain.
  • And, I need more vacation time.
  • But, I save that vacation time for RUNNING!!!

Welp, that’s it for me this week and October for that matter. Have a safe Halloween and if you’re going to a costume party please dress responsibly. And, by that I mean, kittens were never meant to be sexy. I’ll leave it at that.

Anyways … HAPPY RUNNING!!!

I did it! I did it! Two Half Marathons in one day!


I love these little challenges. Back in July, I ran back-to-back half marathons that I dubbed an “All-Night Marathon.” I am not sure if there’s really a special name you would call this feat? Maybe, stupid? lol … okay, no. But, close.

I ended up running the Haunted Half in Provo in the morning and then the Howloween Half Marathon back in Provo later that night. There was about a five hour rest period between races for me. Though, I didn’t really get any rest. I carpooled with my friend Sonja to the first race and once I got home I had about an hour and a half until I had to leave again. That hour and a half barely gave me enough time to wash my dirty clothes, take a shower and stretch.

It kind of surprised my legs held up during my last race. In July when I did my back-to-back I started questioning my very existence. But, really, even for a night race the weather was perfect for running and not having to run in summer heat made a difference.

More than accomplishing this feat, I was just happy to be running with friends and pacing. I paced both races it was such a great experience meeting so many first time half marathoners. I even met one at the Howloween Half that signed up yesterday. YESTERDAY! This was his first race … ever. I was so happy to see him cross the finish line, because I knew it was quite an accomplishment for him.

But, here are a few pictures from the races. Make sure to stay tuned tomorrow for my two race reports!

Sonja and I on the bus to the start of the Haunted Half up Provo Canyon.
Fish are our friends.
Jenny, Reese and I getting ready to run down Provo Canyon.
People threw away so MUCH stuff along the way, of course I did a little shopping.
My new wardrobes.
I won’t lie, Corey’s costume scared me a tad. SO FREAKY!
I found a cat on the course!
My mid-day fuel? SUBWAY OF COURSE! I could marry the Egg White & Steak foot-long sandwich.
My peeps at the start of the Howloween Half Marathon! I love these people!
Rendi and my LONG AWAITED selfie!
Two of my favorite people.
You can’t beat a sunset like this one. SO AWESOME!
I blog, so naturally I’m asking for stalkers. But, not ones that PHYSICALLY stalk you … for 13.1 miles.
Rachel my co-pacer and I after the race! Such a great time and experience!