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RACE #162: Jordan River Half Marathon

One of my greatest learned life lessons didn’t come from my Dad, a grandparent or some guru — it actually came from Kenny Rogers. Back in 1978 — before I was even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes, Kenny Rogers came out with a song called The Gambler with this advice —

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done

There’s a lot of life lessons there. Probably enough that could fill a whole blog post. But, that’s not that kind of blog post — this is my race report for this past Saturday’s half marathon. But, it’s very applicable to this race.

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In running you gotta know when to go full force, when to hold back and even when to step away. Which is something I’ve been doing a lot this past year and it’s been very humbling dealing with my sprained ankle, thyroid and whatnot (whatnot is code for depression — thanks largely to my thyroid issues, but that’s a post for another day).

I’ve had to drop races, switched distances and even DNF a race. All in all — it’s been humbling and eye opening to me. It’s made me realize many things about my running, my priorities and life in general. Again, that’s a post for another day.

But, trust me, this is all applicable to this race report.

When I signed up for this race, I actually signed up for the marathon. I planned to run the marathon. I wanted to run the marathon. But, many factors lead me to the decision to hold back and downgrade to the half marathon.

Do I think I think I could have done the marathon on Saturday?

Yes.

But, I knew that I couldn’t. My training wasn’t what I wanted. Not because I didn’t want to put the training in, but my ankle prevented me from many of the needed training runs, long runs and whatnot (that’s not code word for depression, it’s just a filler for everything else you need to do to prepare yourself for a marathon).

Plus, right now the focus is on two long term goals — preparing myself for my 100 mile run in February and get closer to my 180 race goal. I don’t need another marathon right now to get me closer to those goals. Especially since my training plan for my 100 mile run is based on time on my feet and my 180 race goal is for any race over 13.1 miles.

So why potentially ruin both goals?

The answer to that question confirmed my decision.

I am starting to turn longer miles in my training. And, much like other ultra races, the training isn’t much about pace or time than it was about time on my feet. And, because of the relative flatness of this course, my coach and I decided to slow down my pace and really focus on time on my feet. This essentially would be a training run — with aid stations every few miles and a race medal at the end.

Being a somewhat smaller race, I knew I was going to be in the back. And, I was. My friend Julie and Jenni were sweeping the half marathon course — so I basically crashed their party.

I tried to just focus on my pace — not so much the running pace, but the kick in my walk. Transitioning from road to ultra training is a different mentality, because they’re different beasts. I’m excited for the transition — something I probably could have done a few weeks ago? Either way, here I am.

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I had a blast with Julie and Jenni. We fartleked the course, encouraged the marathoners running past and just had a blast. It really was a nice change of pace and mentality. Something I needed.

Somewhere around miles 7-8 my legs started to ache. I’ve had this issue the past couple of month or so. It’s not horrible, but uncomfortable for my long runs, training runs and races. Since Julie has been doing keto since January I used the time to pepper her with questions during the race. She suggested the aches were just the body still getting used to the keto diet — it was teaching my body to not rely on the carbs and insulin to fuel my body.

This made sense.

The transition has been easier in the past few weeks, but recovery is tougher and my mid-week workouts are hit and miss. Some are great and some are just miserable. But, I need to remember that I am retraining my body — a body that has rigorously worked out fueling with carbs over the past 7-8 years.

Patience. Patience. Patience.

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And, really, for me, that’s hard to practice. If I’ve learned anything over the past 2-3 years, especially THIS year, it’s patience. Patience with my health issues, patience with my ankle, patience in my training. There’s a point where you just get sick of it and want to move on — but, there in lies the need for the lesson.

I focused on my fueling the last 5-6 miles. I had my Powerade Zero with me and had to remind myself to drink it a few times. I had no need for my emergency applesauce packet, thanks in large part to the weather. The cloud cover was perfect and a nice change of pace from the heat of the summer.

The last couple of miles we were joined by Jason Henry. Jason is one of my favorite people, we ran our first ultra together a couple years ago at the Antelope Island 50K. He and his wife are just the kindness, nicest people. He’s been dealing with running injuries as well, so I haven’t seen him in a while. It was nice to have those few miles to catch up.

The last half mile I ran ahead of the group to finish with a good strong effort. I finished under four hours, which I was shooting for — nothing to write home about, but for the training and time I needed on my feet — it was what I needed.

The ankle wasn’t horrible either. There was some soreness, but the pain on top of my foot — nonexistent. Which I think kind of confirmed my belief that the ankle pain was more to do with that, than with my previous ankle injury. And, right now, as I write up my race report it doesn’t hurt — so that’s good.

I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks. I don’t have a race this upcoming weekend — it was suppose to be the St. George Marathon, but that’s not happening. So, I am planning on doing some time on the trails up here in Bountiful on Saturday. I am going to hike Mueller Park with my friend Lizz. To add some miles, I’ll probably run to the park and back home (which should add about 5-6 extra miles to the hike).

But, after that I am pretty much a running fool up until I leave for Greece. I have The Haunted Half in Salt Lake on Oct. 14th, both the SoJo Half and Howloween Half on Oct. 21st, The Haunted Half in Provo on Oct. 28th. And, then in November I am running both the Snow Canyon Half and Joshua Tree Half on Nov. 4th and then the Mt. View Trail Half on Nov. 11th.

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So, yeah, lots of running before I leave Greece on Nov. 15th.

I am looking forward to it. I am sweeping a couple of those races, so it will be great training for my 100. Especially on my double race days. I think those days will be great training, better than a marathon or 50K could do for me right now.

I’ll blog all about that training and my upcoming races in the next couple of weeks. But, I have 162 races down and 18 more to go!

The end is ‘nigh!


MY NEXT FIVE RACES


Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 6.0 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 22.72 miles
TOTAL MILES — 41.82 miles
Races This Week — Jordan River Half.

September 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 22.0 miles
Race Miles — 49.75 miles
Walking Miles — 106.19 miles
TOTAL MILES — 177.94 miles
Races in September — (4) Revel Big Cottonwood Half, Huntsville Half, Timp Elk Run & Jordan River Half.

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 381.55 miles
Race Miles — 375.17 miles
Walking Miles — 1027.43 miles
TOTAL MILES — 1784.15 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 and Jordan River Half Marathon


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RACE #147: Jordan River Half Marathon

YEAH, I’M RACING!!! After a couple weeks of low mileage and uncertainty with my ankle it sure felt great being back on the course. Albeit, nowhere close to the pace or time I expected a couple months ago. But, I was running and that’s what mattered.

The past month or so has been tough. Well, the past couple of months have. Okay, maybe the past three months? Setbacks big and small have kind of plagued me after running the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival — colds, the flu, bad back, sprained ankles and all that jazz.

Not fun.

But, after Thursday’s doctor appointment with the orthopedist — I feel hopeful. I may not be where I pictured my fitness or running to be from a few months ago, but I see that light. And, that has me feeling really excited, hopeful and recommitted.

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And, as much as I want to get faster and stronger, my ultimate goal is my 100 miler in February. That’s where my path needs to lead more than just knocking off a few half marathon time goals. The focus needs to be getting stronger, building stamina and just getting miles under my feet. And, in many ways, I feel that speed will be a byproduct of that focus.

So going into this race, I knew I wasn’t going to be fast. I just wanted to be outside, I wanted to be running and I wanted to test my ankle. The only directive the doctor gave me to running is that I knew my limitations. So, I just kind used that as a gauge to how much I should push or hold back.

I didn’t have a time goal. I honestly didn’t care. I expected to probably walk a lot and come in dead last (which I wasn’t). I know those are some very high aspirations. But, I really didn’t know how it was going to all go without me being in the moment to test it.

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When the race started, I kind of casually jaunted across the starting line. I expected to run with my friend Julianna — who was sweeping — but, I decided to go ahead, because I expected to eventually meet up with her later in the race (again, which didn’t happen). So my friend Chad and I went out together.

We stuck together along the parkway for the first half of the race before parting ways at the turnaround aid station. He was picking up the race signs and decided to wait for Julianna — so I just went ahead solo. I wanted to test my ankle.

The first half of the race was tough getting a good pace for myself. The ankle wasn’t enjoying what I was giving it and acted it up some. But, when I went out solo I really tried to focus on finding a good pace to keep the pain minimal. And, it seemed to work well — for the most part.

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I eventually found a good pace, so I just stuck in my earphones, jammed out and just focused on my way to the finish line. I felt good. Sure there was some discomfort with my ankle, but I wasn’t sure if it was just the normal fatigue of the race, the flat terrain of the course or just the normal healing process of my sprain? It very well could have been a combination of all three.

Either way, I just worked on my consistency and tried not to worry much about the pressure of my finish time or pace. I could worry about that later on other runs. But, this was really just about discovering a starting point in my recovery.

While jamming out to my music — between mile 9-10, I came across what I thought was a litter of kittens in the middle of the parkway trail. As I approached the kittens, I realized they weren’t kittens — but, that of a family of skunks. Stinky cats.

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By the time I had approached the mama skunk had hurriedly corralled her babies to the side of the trail and started to turn her tail around to undoubtedly sprain me. After doing a scuttled dodge — that resembled more of a Larry, Curly or Moe movement than that of a secret agent — around the skunks I went on my merry way. But, with the thought — what if I got sprayed?

What if I got sprayed?

I could only imagine what the last 3-4 miles would have been like … the ride home … the post-race shower. Thank goodness I didn’t get sprayed. It would have been horrible. Horrible. Luckily, that is a reality that I didn’t have to experience.

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After the skunk encounter, I just kept forward as I was nearing the finish line. It was starting to get warmer and I could feel the fatigued settling in my legs. I had to stop a couple times to stretch — but, nothing too taxing with my ankle.

I crossed the finish line in 3:35 hours — one of my slowest half marathon times — and plopped myself on a curb to gather myself and drink some water. I was happy to be done. My ankle felt okay-ish and about what I expected.

I may not be where I wanted to be at this point from a few months ago, but this is the hand that I’ve been dealt. The focus is and will be for the next 8-9 months preparing for my 100 miler. I can’t let any short term setbacks distract myself from the long term goal. That’s the goal, that’s the destination.

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I’ll have better races and faster times. That will come. But, I just need to keep myself focused, keep my diet clean and on the right track with strengthening my ankle the right way. I’ll be blogging all about that later.

But, for now, I am just focused on the recover and the next couple of weekends running down Big Cottonwood. I am planning on eight miles next weekend with friends and then the Drop13 Big Cottonwood Half the following weekend. I’m bummed that I had to drop Ragnar, but there’s some solace in a run down Big Cottonwood.

Plus, it’s summer and that always makes for some great running!

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON OR BUST!


MY NEXT FIVE RACES


RACE #147: Jordan River Half Marathon, May 27, 2017 (3:35:48) There was nothing pretty about this run. I was just happy to be out on the course after a couple weeks off from running. After spraining my ankle in April, I wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury or needed recovery time. But, after a doctor appointment a couple days before the race, the doctor gave me a go with the caveat to not push it past my comfort level. The run was all over the place and I played with rhythm, pace and push. It was one of my slowest race times, but I don’t care. I do, but time wasn’t the goal here. The goal is to get me where I need to come February for my 100 miler. Like I said before, I was just happy to be out on the course! #race147 #jordanriverhalf #running @joshruns180 @josherwalla @fight4phat @myracemedals @extramileracing

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The Essence of Dave.

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Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 3.0 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 20.5 miles
TOTAL MILES — 36.6 miles
Race(s) this week — Jordan River Half Marathon

May 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 20.0 miles
Race Miles — 26.2 miles
Walking Miles — 94.19 miles
TOTAL MILES — 140.39 miles
Races in May — Provo City Half Marathon and Jordan River Half Marathon.

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 225.25 miles
Race Miles — 177.62 miles
Walking Miles — 514.6 miles
TOTAL MILES — 917.47 miles
Races done in 2017 — 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 and Jordan River Half Marathon.


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This should be my 2017 race schedule …

Okay, I think I’ve got my complete 2017 race schedule figured out.

I think.

Which is a definite maybe.

But, let me explain it a little bit. I have a race each month except December. I might add a race in December, but I am not planning on it. It’s a good rest month after a long year of running.

My busiest month is June. I have seven races planned for the month. Yes, seven. I have Ragnar during the first weekend, the Utah Valley Marathon on the 10th, the Bear Lake Trifecta (three half marathons in three days) the following week and then the Utah Midnight Run (Friday night) and AF Canyon Race Against Cancer (Saturday morning) the following weekend.

I have three total back-to-back races planned. My first being the Salt Flats 50K (April 28) and Tulip Festival (April 29), Utah Midnight Run (June 23) and AF Canyon Race Against Cancer (June 24) and then the Utah Midnight Run (July 7) and Hobbler Half (July 8).

The biggest of those back-to-backs the April one with my 50K and half marathon. Not sure how that’s going to go, but I am betting I’ll walk a lot of the Tulip Festival Half. A lot.

In total I have 32 races planned — 23 half marathons, 5 marathons, 2 ultra marathons, a 25K and the Ragnar Relay. This includes one indoor race, 5 trail races and the rest road races.

Lots of running.

And, if you’re trying to estimate miles — that’s about 525-530 miles. Just in racing miles.

So, yeah — it’s going to be a big mileage year.

Anyways here is my schedule … what’s on your schedule?

RACE #93: TOSH Jordan River Half Marathon

93.fwIn what seems like eternity, I finally got a race that I didn’t need to wear rain gear for! Than again, I didn’t get much cloud cover either so the temperatures weren’t the most ideal. But, still … NO RAIN!

I’ve been looking forward to this race for a couple of weeks. Originally, I was planning on pacing last week, but since I was off modeling up in Ogden I had to cancel that. So I’ve been itching for a long run basically since Ogden.

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Tim and I getting ready to run!

I was a little worried about my leg going into the race, but knowing that I was going to be sweeping, I wasn’t TOO worried, but worried enough for it to be on my mind. But, I knew I wasn’t going to be pushing it too hard. Luckily, I had no issues before, during or after. Even now it’s fine. I’ll get a test in a couple of weeks when I run the Drop 13 Half, but I’ve rested it and done enough cross training that I feel like I would be fine.

And, it was.

It’s been a fun and frustrating month of running. The Jordan River Half was my fourth race of the month and while it’s been frustrating dealing with stupid nagging injuries, it’s been EXTREMELY fun being around so many friends. That’s what makes running so much fun to me. And, I guess … worth the pain?

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I got two bibs for some reason? I think double registered? Either way the race between the left leg and the right. The right leg won … by a leg.

My good friend Tim Gill … aka Kilt Dude aka Buffalo Man … signed up for the race as well and wanted to join me sweeping it. We’ve ran a few races together, specifically most of the Ogden and Big Cottonwood Marathons last year. I can’t say enough good things about Tim. We both have senses of humor that bounces off of each other. So whenever we’re together we’re always having fun.

So needless to say, I was excited to run with him.

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The Jordan River Parkway course. Such a pretty day for a run!

Since I had some car issues on Friday that landed the Runsmobile in the shop, I carpooled down to Draper for the race with Tim. The race course changed last minute because of a permit issue with the parkway. Apparently, there was another race that got their permit paperwork in right before Extra Mile Racing. So instead of the Salt Lake to Draper course that was intended, it turned into a out and back course. Which really wasn’t that bad, but the mileage of the course was a tad off because of the last minute change.

Since I was sweeping the course with Tim, we hung out in the back of the crowd as everyone crossed the starting line. The course for the half took a loop around the eBay campus before heading onto the Jordan River Parkway. It was a fairly simple route, but Tim and I did manage to get lost once.

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Showing off what I do well …

The course was marked with course stickers and while following the last runner we missed it … well she missed it too. But, luckily a volunteer turned us around and we joked the rest of the way about being an ultra half marathoner. Something I admit … I’ve achieved before on accident.

I haven’t ran much on the parkway, but it’s actually quite pretty. It’s not very shaded, but much more than Legacy or Murdock that I have ran. The wind on the other hand was fairly present as it always has been when I’ve ran along the trail.

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The course had TONS of snails on the trail … some dead, some alive. I saved this little guy from being ran over and also eaten by ants not that far from him.

Tim and I had a great time sweeping the course. We laughed, talked about our life experiences and how we got into running and encouraged on the other runners as they ran past us. It was a lot of fun.

Around two hours into our run we started having a lot of the marathoners run past as well, which was fun because a lot of our friends were running past as well. It’s camaraderie like this I really, really love about the running community.

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Saturday’s Waffles! YUM!

After we swept the course in about 3:44 hours, I raided the water bin and was given a coupon for the Saturday’s Waffle truck that was on site for the race. I have never had their food, tough they park at the University quite a bit. But, I won’t lie, it was pretty dang good for a Belgium waffle. I had a lemon curd waffle with raspberries.

Just writing about it is making me hungry once again for it.

Yum.

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Me and The ELSHANATOR’s customary selfie! We’re both ADDICTED to what we do best!

Overall, the experience was a lot of fun. I had a great time with Tim and my other running friends. I was able to also spend some time with Elsha, which is always a treat. After a couple weeks off of consistent running it was good to be back, now the focus is onto Drop 13 in a couple of weeks.

And, a bit more training miles. Starting with celebrating National Running Day on Wednesday with Reese! I am BEYOND excited about that, so come back on Wednesday for more on that!

YEAH RUNNING! YEAH SWEEPING! YEAH RACE #93!


NEXT RACE: RACE #94 – DROP 13 HALF

mainpicI am looking forward to the Drop 13 Half Marathon for a couple of reasons. One, I love running down Big Cottonwood Canyon and, two, I love running down Big Cottonwood Canyon. This will be the second of three races down Big Cottonwood Canyon for me this year. I ran the Vigor Big Cottonwood on May 9th and than I am planning on running the Revel Big Cottonwood in September.

Lots of Big Cottonwood Canyon running this year! YEAH CANYONS!


MY 2015 MONTHLY MILEAGE

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 166.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 142.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 132.15 miles
2015 Total Miles – 440.65 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

MONDAY MOTIVATION

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So, I’m officially a male model …

zoolander-1Talk about a resume builder. I am now officially a male model. It’s been a long and arduous road, but I’ve finally made it. I guess technically I would be a considered a “plus-size” male model under most model “standards” … but still … I am one.

So how did I become a male model?

Well, for one, I am ridiculously good looking. So there’s that.

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My brother Mateo filming his segment of the Freedom2Move video.

But, also because I was modeling for something that I really believe in and am excited about being a part of. Some of my siblings started a fitness video series called “Freedom2Move.” It’s not your typical fitness video (i.e.-Hip Hop Abs, P90X, Insanity, etc.) that you’ll find out on the market today.

While a lot of the videos out there focus on the high intensity and skilled workouts that the majority of the public can’t do, either because of a disability, current fitness level or even age. The Freedom2Move videos focus on workouts that level the playing field for people with those hinderances. Just because you might have a disability, medical setback or may be overweight or new to working out that’s not excuse to MOVE. Even the simplest of movement is more than nothing.

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The key to great makeup is a really good base. #modellife

So being a family member I got roped into the project. Well, and not to sound too narcissistic, but my fitness story was a factor in me being invited to be in one of the videos. But, really, my story lends itself to the videos and I love sharing my story however I can. Not, because what I’ve accomplished is such a grand accomplishment (lots of people lose 100+ pounds), I share it because I feel obligated. If my story can inspire another than my efforts are worth it.

But, enough about me.

The video I was shooting on Saturday was the third video of the set. The focus of this video was abs and core, so the exercises I did were pushups, crunches and a number of other exercises. There were three levels of exercises and I was representing the “middle” or “intermediate” fitness level. So, my pushups were on the knees, typical crunches and some other adapted exercises.

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I did a lot of this during the filming session. It wasn’t a continuous workout, but it was a good workout over the 7 hours of filming.

I’d explain all of them in detail, but … one, that’s boring and two, it wouldn’t give you an incentive to buy the video. So, I’ll leave it at that. 😉

I had to be in Ogden by 7:45am to prep for filming. My sister clean shaved and trimmed my hair the night before so all I had to really do was get my make up done. Well, at least that’s what I thought. Turns out my workout shirt was a size too small (XL instead of a 2XL) … I asked for 2XL because tech shirts usually run small on me, especially because I have a long torso.

So the result?

It accentuated my man boobs.

Like a lot.

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My duct tape boob job.

After getting an UnderArmor to see if that would help with my cleavage it was decided it wasn’t enough. So, we turned to something everyone turns to in a pinch … duct tape. Yes, duct tape.

My sisters ended up duct taping my chest and … well … it worked.  It was pretty uncomfortable actually and I feared ALL day for the time it had to be removed. But, it got the job done.

And, here’s the moment my sister-in-law ripped it off. That laugh of her’s is so sadistic. I swear she enjoys afflicting pain …

But, one cool things about the shoot was that part of it was filmed for the news. Dan Rascon from KUTV 2 News here in Salt Lake City is doing a piece on the videos and not only did he tape some of the exercises he also interviewed a number of us who were filming, including myself. Dan is a really great guy and it was fun to have him involved while we were taping.

The piece should be running on the KUTV 2 News at 5pm next Tuesday …. sooooooooo … you should probably watch that.

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I think I am doing crunches in this while Dan Rascon does his spot. Well, I sure hope those are crunches?

And, if you miss it, I am sure I’ll post a video of it next week so you can admire my duct tape boob job.  Because, we know don’t want to miss out on that, right? (I bet you $10 my mom is going to say something about this post)

Anyways, I will keep you all updated of when the videos come out and the news spot as well.

Overall it was a great experience and I am excited to get a chance to share my story in a new medium.

Stay tuned. But, in the meantime, I am adding “male model” to my resume.


MY 2015 MONTHLY MILEAGE

Summary
Welp, no running this week. At all. I walked quite a bit, but I was also out sick for a couple days of work so that didn’t help matters. But, since I was modeling in Ogden all day Saturday I didn’t expect to get a long run in anyways. Which I was fine with considering I ran three half marathons the past three weeks and my body needed the rest. Plus, I wanted to focus on interval and strength training (I’ll blog more about that in a couple weeks). 
 
But, the focus right now isn’t so much distance being #1 as is firming up my core and overall strength. But, like I said, I’ll blog about that more in the next couple of weeks. 
 
Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 164.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 128.5 miles
2015 Race Miles – 119.05 miles
2015 Total Miles – 412.05 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May  68.8 miles

TUESDAY MOTIVATION

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My 2015 Half Marathon Schedule

halfSo, I blogged about this sometime in November or October (I could look it up, but honestly too lazy to do it), but since I was named an Ambassador for Extra Mile Racing some of my races have changed. Plus, my goal is to hit 100 races by my birthday (August 15) by running the Park City Half Marathon. So, I’m actually restricting myself on races between now and mid-August.

GASP!

But, don’t worry, after August I am going to crank out more. The restriction will be lifted and I will run to my heart’s delight. All will be right in the universe.

Okay, back to the task at hand. Here are the half marathons I am planning on running this year. The ones with an asterisk are the ones I have already signed up for, which obviously means the ones that don’t have an asterisk are ones I haven’t signed up for yet. I’m not sure why I wrote that last sentence, because it’s pretty obvious.

Anyways, I digress.

Oh, also note that this doesn’t include any marathons. This upcoming year is a no-marathon year. I also haven’t included any 5Ks or 10Ks. I will be running a few next year, but I am not counting those since my 180 race goal is for anything ABOVE a half marathon distance.

Got it? Got it! GOOD!

Here are my races …

NOTE: The races in BOLD you can use “EXTRAMILEHANSEN” at checkout to save yourself an extra $5. Plus, $1 of each code used will be donated to the Kyle Pease Foundation by Extra Mile Racing. You can actually use that code of any their road or bike races

SECOND NOTE: Some race dates are subject to change, especially the October races. And, who knows maybe there will be a December race added later on next year.

THIRD NOTE: Another great way to save yourself some money with races and other running things you can sign up for a Runners on the Go membership. It’s $19.99 per year and it gives you discounts to a number of the races on this list and local running stores. I am going to blog about it a bit more next week. I’m a member and it’s pretty cool. It’s not just local it’s also national. Who doesn’t love to say themselves some money?

  1. New Year’s Revolution Run; Kearns, Utah (January 1) -*
  2. New Year’s Half Marathon; Pleasant Grove, Utah (January 3) -*
  3. Dogtown Half Marathon; Washington City, Utah (February 21) -*
  4. Riverton Half Marathon; Riverton, Utah (March 21)
  5. Lagoon Half Marathon; Farmington, Utah (April 4) -*
  6. West Mountain Half Marathon; Benjamin, Utah (April 18) -*
  7. Logan Half Marathon; Logan, Utah (May 2) -*
  8. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon; Salt Lake City, Utah (May 9) -*
  9. Alpine Classic Half; Alpine, Utah (May 23)
  10. Jordan River Half Marathon; Draper, Utah (May 30) -*
  11. Utah Valley Half Marathon; Provo, Utah (June 13) -*
  12. American Fork Canyon Half Marathon; American Fork, Utah (June 27)-*
  13. 13.1 miles of Bacon; Copperton, Utah (July 4) -*
  14. Dam 15 Miler; Soldier Hollow, Utah (July 11) -*
  15. Timp Half; American Fork, Utah (August 1) -*
  16. Park City Half Marathon; Park City (August 15)
  17. Murdock 13; American Fork, Utah (August 29)
  18. Nebo Half; Payson, Utah (September 12) -*
  19. Pink Series Half Marathon; Park City, Utah (October 10)
  20. The Haunted Half; Salt Lake City, Utah (October 24)
  21. Howloween Half Marathon; Provo, Utah (October 30) -*
  22. The Haunted Half; Provo, Utah (October 31)
  23. Saltair Half Marathon; Magna, Utah (November 7) -*
  24. Thankful 13; Lehi, Utah (November 26)

So there you go. That should leave me at around 25 half marathons for the year and 109 races towards my goal. That means between 2016 and 2021 I will need to average about 14-15 races over 13.1 miles per year. That’s about where I want to be anyways.

I know I can’t average this many half marathons forever so I’ll take advantage of my youthful legs while I still can.

So now that you know what my races are, what are you racing? I want to know! Comment below! And, hopefully we can run together at one or more of these races!

HAPPY 2015!