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.
In 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I 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 20152015 Training Miles – 166.5 miles2015 Walking Miles – 142.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 132.15 miles2015 Total Miles – 440.65 milesMonthly Total Miles for 2015January – 78.8 milesFebruary – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May – 97.4 miles