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[DEEP BREATH] … the fun and madness is about to go into full swing!

First off — Happy 7 Eleven Day! Happy Slurpee Day! This is truly a holiday worth celebrating. But, oddly, I am not this year. Unless there is a sudden change of rules, Slurpees are not on the Whole30 diet. Which is such a shame. Especially considering it’d probably make it the most popular diet in America.

But, alas, it is not — for obvious reasons.

So any of my Slurpee drinking friends out there — please have one for me today, mmkay?

I had a remarkably fun and meaningful weekend — with not much running. It was spent mostly with family. My niece got baptized on Saturday and so we spent the day with family and her. I probably could have gotten a run in, but I didn’t worry about it for a number of reasons.

  1. I was where I needed to be — with family and my niece.
  2. I was upping my mileage this week anyway — so I’d get a good run in on Monday anyways.
  3. I dealt with some sore calves most of the week and probably needed the rest.

I won’t lie — there was slight panic missing a run and having a low mileage run week. But, you know what? It is what it is — and I am moving on. You’re going to always have a bad week or miss a run — and as long as it’s not a habitual thing … it’s okay. I’m going to be okay.

I am going to have a good week of running though — not only do I have the Utah Midnight Run this Friday, but I am planning on doing a couple of double run days. Why? Mostly for fatigue training. But, also to motivate me to run in the morning. And, the best way to motivate me, is to challenge me.

Sooooo — I am planning on running 2-3 miles in the morning and then 2-3 miles in the evening. Along with my daily walking miles (ie-commuting, errands, walking during lunch and mowing the lawn). On those double run days, I’m hoping to get around 10 miles of running/walking.

I just want to focus on being on my feet a lot more. Especially, during the day. Having a desk job kills that goal a lot of the times. But, if I am going to be running a 50 miler — I need to be on my feet a lot more than just 5-7 miles a day. It’s gotta be more.

Anyways — odds are by the time you read this I’ll have had my first run of the day done already (if not I’ll need a better alarm). So I am not worried. But, I know I was where I needed to be and with who I needed to be with. The last thing I want to happen is my running to take precedence over family and God.

But, that’s a post for another day.

Sooooo — it’s time to really dig down and get to work. I’ve got the diet part down (that’s actually working!), so now it’s just putting the miles in, enjoying the journey and getting where I want to be.

And, I know where I am right now — I’m pointing in the right direction.

BOOM! BAM! YEAH RUNNING!


50 Mile Training Plan

I have 16 weeks left until my 50 miler! First off — YIKES! Second off — YEAH! It really is a mixbag of emotions, but more than anything — I am ready to rock the run. I wouldn’t be doing it if I felt like I couldn’t do it.

I have shared my training plan before — but, with the recent changes to my race schedule I’ve had to adapt it some. At least for my long runs. Which is fine. It wasn’t a lot of changing — thankfully. I’ll just have to get creative for my long run over Labor Day weekend since I don’t know where I’ll be running — odds are it will be trails.

Anyways.

My weekly runs range from 2-3 runs between 2-5 miles. The closer I get I’ll be doing some more double run days or evening-morning runs to work on fatigue training. My focus is also working on the core and flexibility so I’ll be doing some circuit training throughout the week as well. I’ll probably blog more about that later?

These are my weekend long runs (with other races listed as well) …

July 15: Utah Midnight Run
July 16: Neighborhood (5 miles)
July 23: Handcart Days Half Marathon
July 25: Deseret News Half Marathon
July 30: Timp Half
August 6: Beat the Heat 5K + 12 miles (Legacy Parkway)
August 13: Midnight 20 Mile Treadmill Run
August 20: Big Cottonwood (12 miles)
August 27: Run Elevated Half Marathon + 7 miles
September 3: Somewhere in Idaho (8 miles)
September 10: Big Cottonwood Marathon
September 17: Huntsville Marathon
September 24: Emigration Canyon (8 Miles)
October 1: St. George Marathon
October 8: Red Rock Relay — Park City (13.85 miles)
October 15: Frightmares 5K + 5 miles
October 21-22: Pony Express 50 Mile Trail Run

My August 20th and September 24th runs are planned group runs — so if you’re interested in coming let me know and I’ll send you an invite. But, I am excited to get into the swing of things. I am training deliberately — especially with runs that would be tough for me mentally and physically.

That is why my 20 mile training runs are designed to be TOUGH. I am running one (August 13) starting AT midnight on the treadmill. I am going to wake myself up that morning at 4am and either run or workout to make my day long and fatigued. Because, I want it to be tough.

Then on my second 20 miler (August 27) I am running Run Elevated Half Marathon and then adding on another 7 miles after the race. I am going to give my body about 30-60 minutes of rest — just to get sore and stiff enough and then I’m getting back out on the roads to get the extra miles in.

Then of course having three marathons in four weeks will be tough in its’ own right.

But, I am excited. I need these challenges! I want these challenges!

Anyone else training for marathons or ultras this fall? How do you mentally and physically prepare yourself? I’d love to hear back from you.


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There were some problems with the PodBash servers last week — mainly the system crashed. Which is a great problem to have! The Radio Ronin program is the highest listened to show and is posted on Thursday — the day before the AIIA and the Runcast. It was such a heavily listened to show the system went down.

It took well into Friday to fix the problem and get the servers back up that we decided to just wait until next Friday to post the episode. And, believe you me — you will not want to miss this one. It’s awesome. I get a sneak peek listen before it’s posted — and Coach Blu does a smash up job!

Anyways — come back on Friday for another episode of AIIA. Runcast will have another episode coming out on July 22 just in time for the Pioneer Day weekend.


PHATGRAMS

Just a boy and his Papou. #chubbingtatum #papou

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RUNNING MILES

145.6 miles

RACE MILES

137.4 miles

WALKING MILES

831.66 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

1114.66 miles

MILES TO GOAL

1552.34 miles



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A generally good weekend of running, family and new babies …

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I love conference weekend — not only is it an excuse to basically lounge around in my pajamas for two straight days, but I just love listening to all the talks and music. It’s rejuvenating.

Plus, I also love running on conference weekend, because I just plug in the current session and zone out. Especially when it’s a looooong run.

I wasn’t planning on running my Bountiful Temple loop run again — but, due to some family stuff, I decided to stay close to home and not run the Temple2Temple Run (Draper Temple to Oquirrh Mountain Temple — 13.1 mile run) in south valley.

It’s a challenging run in it’s own right compared to the Bountiful and I was bummed that I didn’t run it — but, there’s always next April, right?

Anyways — my Bountiful Temple run was pretty awesome as well. Well, difficult and awesome. But, I won’t lie — I need a canyon run soon. As much hill work as I am doing right now — I want to fly down a canyon soon. Maybe I’ll run Big Cottonwood or Emigration next week?

We’ll see.

Besides running and conference — the weekend was pretty low key. I did finally get to meet my new niece, Thalia Grace (picture below). She’s all squishy and hairy — such a cute kid! She reminds me a lot of my niece Maya when she was born. I am hoping if that’s the case she gets overly chunky like Maya — chuny babies are the best!

Needless to say — I am in love! It’s kind of fun to have two new babies in the family. And, does make me a little baby hungry. But, after they burp on you and fill their diapers while you’re holding them — that subsides somewhat. Thankfully, I am just the uncle and can pass them over to their mom when that happens.

Anyways — I am looking forward to a good week — I have some great runs planned on Tuesday and Thursday, along with strength training circuits tonight, Wednesday and Thursday. I am still deciding on a long run course for Saturday — any ideas would be appreciated.

But, spring has sprung, I am loving this weather. I am hopefully for the future both immediate and long term — and I am just ready to run!

YEAH RUNNING! YEAH SPRING! YEAH NEW BABIES!


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The latest episode of Addict II Athlete is up and running on Pod Bash and iTunes. I shared a link last Friday, but the link went live a bit later on Friday afternoon. Either way, you shouldn’t let that discourage you from listening. This is a great episode from Coach Blu and GM Marissa.

Give it a listen …


SATURDAY’S RUN


I did this run — well, a shorter version of it — a couple weeks ago. And, initially, I wasn’t planning on running it again. I had planned on running from the Draper LDS Temple to the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple which is a 13.1 mile run. But, I had to back out because of some family issues. Nothing big, I just had to call an audible.

So, I planned on this route again with an added mile to it. So, in all — it was a 8.5 mile run around Bountiful. But, this really isn’t an easy run at all. The 400 North portion is a sheer climb towards Bountiful Blvd. and the temple. It’s tough. Lots of walking — I won’t lie.

But, as tough as it is, it is so rewarding. The view of the temple, the valley below and mountains to the east — it’s worth the effort. It’s worth the climb. It’s worth the rolling hills. It’s worth the time it takes to do it.

Plus, I know that as I run these hills — they will make me stronger and faster. I am earning my downhill. It’s not an easy task, but I trust in my effort and the course to get me where I want to be physically, mentally and emotionally for my upcoming races — and ultimately my 50 miler in October.

Anyways — great run! Looking forward to next week’s run as well — I am aiming to either run Big Cottonwood or my Bountiful Loop again. We’ll see — I haven’t decided on a course yet — I just want to get 10 miles in on Saturday

YEAH RUNNING!


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RUNNING MILES

72.2 miles

RACE MILES

38.6 miles

WALKING MILES

392.18 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

502.98 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2164.02


PHATGRAMS

That’s cute, she thinks she’s big people. #calliekoko

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Fight4Phat: Just fightin’ and takin’ names … well okay … not taking names, but I am fightin’

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HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!

I won’t lie — I don’t got anything to pull on you. I love a good prank, but I kinda hate those “trying to be funny April Fools jokes on Facebook.” Because really — they aren’t. I’m sorry — but — ever since basically 2007, we’ve all seen those fake engagement/pregnancy announcements.

I’m the type though to tie a rubberband around the sink hose, Kool-Aid in the showerhead or saran wrap over the toilet seat. Those are my kind of practical jokes. And, believe you me — I use them. After all April Fools Day is pretty much a national holiday — should be federal if you ask me.

Anyways — good week this past week. Busy week, actually. Lots of projects and trying to balance everything (the joys of life, eh?). I’ve been busy with my 9 to 5, PrepperCon, R.A.C.E. and my involvement with The Abolitionists Movie. It’s fun, but hard to balance sometimes with my workouts and runs. Just trying to find a happy balance.

But, I can’t complain — I am very compassionate about all of the projects. It’s just about time management, especially the hours when I am not at work. Anyways — busy, busy, busy!

No organized run tomorrow — though it’s been tempting to go run the Riverton Half or Winter Circuit Half. But, I really don’t want to spend the money — and I am saving myself for Provo (okay, that last sentence made me laugh).

Soooooo — since it’s LDS General Conference weekend — I am planning on running from the Draper LDS Temple to the Oquirrh Mountain LDS Temple tomorrow. It’s exactly 13.1 miles between the two temples. I did this about two years ago — it’s a tough fun run.

Though my training doesn’t require that long of a run, I am not racing it — so I am fine with it. But, I may have to stay closer to home depending on some family things. And, if not, I’m planning on doing my Bountiful Temple Run — but, we shall see. It should be a fun, crazy weekend.

And, I wouldn’t have it any other way …


AIIA PODCAST: ERASE & REPLACE

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I love this podcast! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! And, I am not surprised with their success. The numbers on the first episode were phenomenal! The Runcast gets good numbers — but, nothing like the Addict II Athlete Podcast with their inaugural episode.

And, honestly, I’d rather have it that way — because the message of AIIA is more important than any running podcast. As I will always say until I am blue in the face — there is a power in narrative. And, the stories shared by AIIA are POWERFUL — they are courageous, humbling and real.

Make sure to follow the podcast via iTunes and Pod Bash so you don’t miss an episode. Here’s this week’s inspiring episode …


JORGE & HOLLY’S MEDICAL RELIEF FUND

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As many of you are aware from my social media posts and Monday’s post, my friend Jorge suffered a heart attack last Saturday after his run. It’s been a shock and humbling experience for him, his family and friends.

For being an active 40-year-old runner who’s physically fit — it was a shock. But, quite literally, running saved his life. I can’t adequately recount the story — that’s Jorge. But, his running that morning helped break up a potentially fatal blood clot from his heart. Pretty cool — considering how people might initially blame the running for the heart attack.

Anyways — to help Jorge and Holly with the expenses we started a GoFundMe campaign. We’ve raised just over $1700 at this point for them. It’s been amazing to see so many people come together to rally around the Garcias.

We are going to keep the campaign up for a couple weeks — and if you ever feel so inclined to donate, please do. And, for those that already have — THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 


PHATGRAMS

I’m quite jealous. This kid grows a better mustache than I do (or can). #calliekoko #mustachemarch

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Like Uncle, like nephew. #elijees #birthdaycake

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For those kids wondering where Easter Eggs go after Easter — the answer is — my lunch. #easter2016 #leftovereggs

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Sometimes you just have to stop and take in the scenery (while gasping for air). #todaysrun #sunset

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mmmmm … my favorite pre-run snack — PB&H Banana! #runningfuel #irunonbananas

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You wanna see a big baby? This kid is only eight weeks old and he’s already over 13lbs. #bigboy #babytrex

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: It was a good week, but after two weeks of good numbers, I probably should have seen this coming. But, I also had a bad night’s sleep last night — so that probably had something to do with it too?

Either way, I still feel like I am going in the right direction. And, that’s what matters. I had a couple great workouts and a good run mid-week. I am also planning on another great long run tomorrow.

Next week’s focus is going to be threefold — 1) getting my steps in, 2) workout in the morning three times during the week and 3) Do a three and five mile run mid-week.

I usually don’t have a problem getting my steps in, but it’s a good focus to go the extra mile (quite literally). But, the real focus is rising the intensity of my workouts. I still plan on running in the evening after work, but in the morning — M, W, F — I am going to workout in the morning — strength/circuit training. 

Anyways — once, again — not bad numbers, but it doesn’t paint the whole picture of my week. I’m hoping for a BIG number next week!

WEIGHT: 279.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 32.0
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
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 (3/25/16)

WEIGHT: 277.4 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.5%
BMI: 32.2
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK (4/1/16)

WEIGHT: 279.3 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.7%
BMI: 32.0
WAIST: 45.6″
ARMS: 16.2″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +1.9 LBS.
BODY FAT%: +0.2%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: 0.0″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″



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  • First off, read this. It’s a GREAT READ from Runner’s World.
  • Okay, second off, read this. Another GREAT READ from Runner’s World.
  • Color me NOT surprised by this statistic. And, allow me to add a couple of things about it — it’s not as simple as lay off the donuts and go for a run. Much, much, much more complicated than that — but, it’s reversable — watching what’s in your food, cutting sugar and not just running or exercising daily — but, moving throughout the day helps. But, I could go on and on about this topic. It really is a post for another day.
  • I probably shouldn’t follow up that last point with — this — glorious, glorious tacos.
  • And, these pictures of awesome milkshakes isn’t helping either.
  • Yeah, no.
  • ooooooo — this looks fun. I love me some sharks.And, sleeping in a bed surrounded by them would be AWESOME — excuse me — JAWSOME!
  • I’m all for science. I’m all for cats. And, sure, I’m all for accents. But, mixing that all into a science experiment? Not sure about that … but … sure.
  • I love “What If” history — especially when it comes to cities, architecture and sports. So this is actually quite fascinating to me. It’s a good read.
  • Oh gosh — this is a tearjerker. I just love this. Another reason to love Disney.
  • mmmmm — chicken recipes.
  • Okay, first off — no naked couple baby pictures — that’s a BIG no when I get married and have kids. Not just because I’d look totally awkward naked — but, I am sure this would happen to me.
  • Alrighty, I am leaving you with this and — I am slightly geeking out about this. How cool?! It’s like a Swiss Army Phone Case.

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My favorite temple run, surprises on Antelope Island and much, much more …

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What a fun weekend! And, I mean a — FUN — weekend! I ended up calling a few audibles But, thats okay, everything worked out the way I wanted it to — maybe even better?

Saturday was a pretty loooooooong day. It started with a 4am wake up call — after about two hours of sleep. If that. I wasn’t getting up early for a race or even to run — but, I was meeting up with Elsha on Antelope Island to surprise our friend, Marisa, with a racing cart for her daughter.

If you recall, last August, Elsha and I raised money for our birthday month to buy two racing carts through the Kyle Pease Foundation. We gifted one to our friend Carl and his son — and this other one we wanted to gift to Marisa and her daughter.

It’s taken us a while to get her the cart for one reason or the other — but, we decided the best way was to surprise her at the start of the Buffalo Run before her first 50 miler. So that was the game plan.

We enlisted the help of some of our other running friends to make sure she was where we needed her to be so we could surprise her. We didn’t bring the cart with us — but, instead wrote a letter. So after Jim (the RD) was done giving instructions to the runners … we slipped her the letter.

It was an emotional and powerful moment. She wasn’t expecting the surprise — and it was probably a bit too heavy of a surprise RIGHT before her 50 miler. But, we couldn’t wait any longer, especially with the spring here and the opportunity for her and Corina to go outside and run passing her by.

It was a neat moment and I am excited to see Marisa and Corina out on the roads throughout the racing season. That’s why Elsha and I did this fundraiser — we wanted to give the gift of running to those that needed it the most.

After the surprise and as Marisa and others left the starting line for their race, Elsha and I left. The original plan after the surprise was for me to run back over the causeway to my car. Which is about a 7-8 mile run. It was exactly what my training called for — so it was a great plan.

The only problem was — it was a quarter past 6am at this point, still pitch black and rather windy and cold. And, I wasn’t really prepared for that — plus, I am a wimp when it comes to the wind and cold. Sooooo — I easily talked myself out of that plan. I decided to head home instead and run around Bountiful.

Since I needed a run between 7-8 miles — I knew immediately which route I was going to take. My infamous UPHILL loop towards the Bountiful and back home. This route is brutal. And, I mean BRUTAL!

The first 3-4 miles is along Davis Blvd. which is hilly in it’s own right — but, then when the street ends at 400 N. it turns right UP towards the temple. This isn’t some easy breezy uphill stretch — it’s about a 800ft climb within 3/4 of a mile. The perfect mental/physical run in my book.

So, I set out to tackle that course. A much more extreme route than a relatively flat causeway course on Antelope Island. But, it was the kind of run I needed. Plus, it was such a perfect day for a run like that — not too hot, but warm enough to not be freezing.

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Plus, I always love running past the temple — not just when it’s right in front of me, but throughout my whole run. From when I can see it sitting on the bench in a distant landscape to the quick glimpses I get throughout the run as I get closer. It’s such a gorgeous building and an inspiration to me.

Once I climbed 400 North I stopped at the apex of the hill near the temple to refuel and just take in the moment. I always do that during these runs — it’s a moment for me to marvel at the architecture and to reminisce about it’s role in my fitness and weight-loss journey.

A few years ago when I would run past the temple — it was always a reminder to me about my faith and desires of what I wanted in live. And, after many, many, many of those runs the temple was an inspiration to me to fix those things in my life that kept me from those goals.

And, it’s because of that inspiration that I like to run this route — especially in those moments when I need a little inspiration, insight or motivation. Especially when you couple that with a nasty uphill climb. There’s something about wearing down the physical body that allows the spirit to take charge — that promotes inspiration.

Anyways — it was a great run for those reasons.

Physical wise … I am getting stronger. I don’t have a specific pace goal, but I know the more I run the hills of Bountiful, the stronger I will get. That’s really my ultimate goal. I don’t have realistic expectations for PRs this year. This year is about strengthening the core, rebuilding my stamina and tackle the St. George Marathon and Pony Express 50 Miler in October.

2017 will be about speed. That’s the plan.

Anyways — it was a great weekend with many moments of inspiration, motivation and retrospection. Plus, a great weekend spent with friends doing good, baking cookies and watching the U play in March Madness.

But, I’m not going to talk about that — oh, Utah.

Looking for a great week! Especially now that Spring is officially here!

WOOT, WOOT!


DROP 13 GIVEAWAY!

The Runcast USA is teaming up with On Hill Events and Boot Camp KYT to give away an entry to the Drop 13 Half Marathon and a running/strength training fitness plan this week.

This is one of my favorite races — for many reasons. For one, I love Big Cottonwood Canyon. It’s seriously one of my favorite places to run around here in Salt Lake. Plus, the Drop 13 Half — is pretty much a straight DROP down the canyon. It’s fast. And, it’s fun!

I’m running it again this year not only to run fast and free, but as motivation to keep training and run off some weight. This is one reason why we’re giving away this entry.

To enter just read the caption on the post …

GIVEAWAY TIME! Did you know that you can earn TWO extra medals at the Drop 13 Salt Lake – Half Marathon happening this…

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RUNNING MILES

56.3 miles

RACE MILES

35.5 miles

WALKING MILES

331.99 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

423.79 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2243.21


PHATGRAMS

Just as an FYI — if you have been following me on @joshuwalla, I have switched that handle over to a new account. I am just cleaning up my IG a bit and it was much easier doing a new account then going through all my followers on the old account.

I have the old account still up — and probably will forever — as @joshuwalla2 (original I know). So, if you’re following the old account and still want to follow me on the new account … with the old handle … follow me (again).

My head hurts explaining all of that.

Climbing, climbing, climbing … one step at a time. #earningmydownhill #running #provoorbust

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The T-Rex is sporting my gift — such a stud. #babytrex #favoriteuncle

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RUNCAST USA, ARE WE PREPARED, YET? AND ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCASTS

Just a reminder that the Pod Bash episodes will resume this week — with a new Addict II Athlete and Are We Prepared, Yet? episode. We’re talking about PrepperCon on AWPY? … and the second episode of AIIA is BEYOND awesome.

The response to the AIIA Podcast has been phenomenal! Great numbers — great, great numbers! Keep listening and keep getting inspired!

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#running #fitness #workout #health #fitnessquotes #quotes @wasatch.run @joshruns180 @joshuwalla

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Fight4Phat Friday: Time to double down on this fight …

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I won’t lie — kinda bummed that I don’t have a race this weekend. I was so excited about my half marathon last weekend that the excitement has kinda carried over into this week — with nothing to give it.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

I have no race and it’s going to get tricky getting a long run in tomorrow — because, I am attending the UCAP (Utah Coalition Against Pornograpy) Conference at the Salt Palace tomorrow. Pretty much all day tomorrow — 8am-5pm basically.

My sister and brother-in-law got involved in UCAP this past year and invited me along to the conference. It’s a cause I strongly believe in — for many reasons. Plus, Elder Holland from the LDS Church is speaking — and well, Elder Holland just speaks to my soul. So how could I bypass the opportunity to listen to him speak?

In addition to Elder Holland’s keynote speech, there are a number of other workshops and speakers. It should be really good — I am looking forward to it.

Since it is taking up most of my day — odds are my long run will be in the evening. Either that or I am going to have to break it up into a morning/evening run. I have to be down at the Salt Palace by 7am, so I’ll have to get crafty.

If I was going for pace — I’d do all of my miles together. But, since I am really just worried about miles, I don’t care how they come — as long as I get them in. So a 2-3 morning run at 5am and 3-4 miles in the evening might be what I’m doing?

Stay tuned.

Really, anything that furthers my weight-loss and running further is what I’m after. I’d love to run outside if I can — but, odds are — it’ll be on the treadmill. Which is fine since I have a few stories to catch up on, on Netflix.

But, next week — I’m running outside! With the switch of the clock on Sunday, I am using that extra hour of sunlight to my advantage. I’m tempted to run every day next week just out of sheer excitement. I love Daylight Savings Time.

Anyways — I’m still trucking along and focused towards the Provo City Half on May 7th. I’ve got a lot of training miles before then — so really, it’s just one foot in front of the other while fighting to get my body prepared — legs, weight and heart.

PROVO OR BUST!


ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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I am SO excited about this podcast — it’s been a month or so in the making, but it’s here! I am firm believer in the mission and purpose of Addict II Athlete — I am in awe of the athletes and, especially, their stories.

When we interviewed them on the Runcast in January — I was taken aback, by the power and serenity of their message and stories. It was raw, it was real. This podcast will provide those same elements.

This is the kind of podcast that’s perfect to listen to while on the treadmill or out on a run. It will change your relationship with running as well — because, it changed mine.

Give it a listen …


ARE WE PREPARED, YET?

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Spencer and I talk about disaster movies! We present a list of movies we want our audience to select a few movies they want us to review and critique. But, not in your typical review style — we want to know how TRULY prepared the characters and communities were for these disasters. And, of course — how you can survive a likewise disaster.

Give it a listen and let us know what movies you want us to review on our Facebook page

[LINK COMING SOON]

PHATGRAMS

These newborn baby things aren’t very entertaining 12-18 hours of the day. #babytrex #dosomething

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It’s always a treat having lunch with friends, especially when they come from Cedar to do so! #friendsarefamilyyouchoose

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Well, this was a very productive trip to Kohl’s don’t you think? #nachosocks #pizzacat #purrito

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Progress will come. I am hoping my doctor’s appointment will help answer some of the questions I’ve had with my thyroid. It was a fight to just STAY at 282 this week — and, I am fine with that. I know the effort I put into it.

My goal next week is two fold — I want to run more (naturally with DST starting on Sunday) and I am ramping up my supplements. Mainly magnesium and zinc. I don’t know if I am getting enough — so I want to increase that, just to see if there is a change.

But, the goal is to keep the weight training going — along with the running — and then just stick to the diet. Especially since next weekend is a nacho weekend. Gotta stick to it — or no nachos. That’s the rule.

Anyways — trying to stay positive — but, more than anything just anxious to get where I want to be.

WEIGHT: 282.0 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 (3/4/16)

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

THIS WEEK (3/11/16)

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

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: +0.1 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: 0.0″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″


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‘Tis the season … and reason to run

What a refreshing and wonderful weekend. Much, much needed break and time with family. And, quite honestly has prepared me to really focus on the Christmas season — the real reason for the season — even more. Something I’ve wanted and tried to do the past couple of years. As I walked around City Creek on Black Friday — it kind of hit me that “it’s Christmastime” and got me excited.

Not that feeling of “oh, it’s Christmas” — but a tinge of that Christmas spirit you had as a child. It really made me excited for the upcoming month and everything I’m working on with O.U.R., my running and family. It’s going to be a great month and season of the Christmas spirit. I know that sounds a tad cliche — but I really do feel that way.

Even looking towards 2016 I am getting excited about my goals and projects. There are a few running projects I’ll be sharing more about come January or so — that’s going to be exciting. Plus, I have a number of running, weight loss and fitness goals that I’ll working on into the new year. So, yeah, lots of optimism to be had. And, like a broken record, I’m really excited.

This past week was a mixture of family and running time. On Thanksgiving I ran the Thankful 13 half marathon down in Lehi — if you missed my race report you can read it hereAdditionally, we had family dinner at the homestead along with some of my cousins and c’nieces (cousin + niece). Lots of fun. It’s always lots of fun especially “the littles” running around.

Other than having a jam packed Thanksgiving day, the rest of the weekend was fairly chill. On Friday I slept in, ran, worked on a bunch of O.U.R. projects and then went to walk around City Creek for a while just to people watch. I had this idea to go shopping for my nieces and nephew — but I walked into the Disney Store and realized the line to checkout was longer than waiting for Splash Mountain on a hot summer afternoon. So, I just watched my friend shop while I people watched. It was a win-win.

I hate shopping — especially for presents. Luckily, this year all our siblings decided to donate our Christmas gift money to O.U.R. instead of buying something that we’d forget about within six months. We’re still buying presents for the kids — so sometime between now and Christmas Eve I am going to need to get on that. I have aspirations of getting something for them from the Disney Store — but let’s be honest they’re probably getting something Walmart.

That’s just how I roll.

The rest of the weekend was spent with family. My aunt and uncle returned from their LDS mission to Rome, Italy this week so spent time with at Temple Square and then their homecoming on Sunday. It was a lot of fun. Not just to hear about their experiences, but to see cousins I haven’t seen in a while. I grew up fairly close to a number of my cousins so it’s always fun to see them when they’re in town after scattering around the country once leaving the nest.

But, looking forward to this week — it’s going to be a busy week. Our O.U.R. event is this Friday and then the 5K is on Saturday. But, I’ve got projects I am working on through the whole week leading up to the events — so I am swamped. But, you know what? I am totally loving it. I am excited, pumped and feeling extremely blessed to be doing something that will help so many kids.

And, isn’t Christmas about the kids anyways?

Just thinking about helping rescue kids so that one day they’ll get a loving, caring and special Christmas motivates me. It also fills me with the Christmas spirit more than anything has the past decade or so. Lots to be thankful for while helping those that need the help.


THE REASON I AM INVOLVED WITH O.U.R.

This music video by Peter Breinholt was released less than a week ago and I am pretty sure that I have watched over 400 times. I can’t get enough of it. I can’t watch it enough. It truly touches my heart everytime I listen to the lyrics and listen to the voices of the One Hope Children’s Choir.

This song inspired Tim Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad, to leave his job as an CIA agent and dedicate his life to ending the children sex trade. When you listen to the lyrics you can understand how he got that inspiration. I am sure it has inspired many others to get involved in O.U.R. as well. It wasn’t my motivation — but it sure solidified why I am involved.

The cool thing is that you can help end human trafficking by purchasing this song via iTunes. The proceeds will go to Operation Underground Railroad to aid their mission to rescue enslaved children around the world. DOWNLOAD IT HERE: http://apple.co/1Ol6BQ7


O.U.R. FUNDRAISING GALA — THIS FRIDAY!

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I have posted a few things about this event on my Facebook, but I need to spread it more, especially here on the blog. I am involved with helping to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad aka O.U.R. — here in Bountiful.

There is a FREE event on Friday, December 4th at the Bountiful High auditorium featuring O.U.R. founder Tim Ballard, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and the One Voice Children’s Choir. It’s going to be a HUGE event!

Our little team (though growing every week) in Bountiful is trying to raise $75,000 for O.U.R. That money will help fund three rescue missions. That includes any administration costs needed, the operation and rehabilitation for the children as well.

I am involved in this for many, many reasons. But, the number one reason — is that it sickens me. It sickens me these children are sold or kidnapped into the sex slave industry — no freedom, no safety and absolutely no life.

For what? Someone else’s perversion.

It’s gotta stop and it will — and, I love that O.U.R. has set out to do just that.


RUN UNITED 5K BENEFITTING O.U.R.

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As part of our fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad we’re also holding a 5K this Saturday at 9am. If you are familiar with the Bountiful area — we’re basically starting where the Five Points Mall once stood. The 5K is $30 for 18 and over, $15 for 18 and under and FREE for kids under the age of 5 — and the proceeds will go to O.U.R. to help fund their rescue missions. So bring your kids, strollers, bikes or — even rollerblades.

Just come!

You can register HERE via Active.com — registration does include a Run United t-shirt. Pretty nifty, eh?

If you would like more information and up to the minute updates about the race there is a Facebook event page for your convenience. Make sure to check it regularly. So far the forecast looks good. It’ll be cold, but no snow!

So please come run with us!


RUNCAST USA, EPISODE ONE

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We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the new PodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed, individual page at PodBash.com as well as our own website at RuncastUSA.com. Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!

So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.

GREAT INSIGHT!

Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE


WEEKENDGRAMS

I got this tie over 20 years ago from my parents — the message is still relevant to this day. #iamtheblacksheep

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Black Friday™ provides better people watching than it does actual shopping. #blackfriday

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MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 253.75 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 483.8 miles
2015 Race Miles – 464.45 miles
2015 Total Miles – 1202.0 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  131.15 miles
July  101.65 miles
August  110.2 miles
September – 115.69 miles
October – 164.7 miles
November – 143.95 miles

A LITTLE MONDAY MOTIVATION

And, I’m back! Now can I go back?

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Welp, I am back! After a week away from work, home and the blog I have returned from southern California. It was a fun week that felt just long enough. I feel recharged, excited and eager to get back to work and my other projects. It was a fun time spent with family … both immediate and cousins. It brought back a lot of memories from family trips of year’s past.

Lots and lots of fun.

During the trip we not only spent time with family, but we spent a couple days in Disneyland and went to a taping of The Price is Right. This was the second time I’ve attended a taping of the show. The last was one of Bob Barker’s last shows back in 2007 when I went down with a bunch of friends from college.

I didn’t get on the show nor did any of my family members, but we were right behind Contestant’s Row and I am sure I got some great camera time. There was one point where one of the camera’s did a pan out on me after a commercial break. I’m not sure if it will make the final cut, but the episode runs on January 13th. So, set your DVRs!

I am not going to summarize the whole trip here, I did plenty of that on my Instagram account @mejosher and my Facebook picture album of the trip. Feel free to check those out. I will however share a number of pictures via my Instagram accounts here that might interest you.

I am glad to be back. I am excited to get back to work. And, get back into my training regime. It was nice to get away and now I feel refocused and refreshed.

But, I still want to go back. I could live in Disneyland. But, that’s beside the point.


VACATIONGRAMS

Now the question is, does that airplane run off pixie dust? #alternativefuelsource

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LOVING this sunset on Huntington Beach. #californiasunset

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I swear I’m not just eating all the foods on vacation. But, we stopped at @tk_burgers for lunch today. I got the grilled ahi sandwich while the siblings got the renowned TK cheeseburger. Making small choices and changes make a difference especially when trying to “stay on track” while on vacation. While I passed on the burger (this time) at least I snapped a great picture of one. They smelled awesome! Oh, I did sneak some fries … A-MAZE-BALLS! I need to spend a free meal here sometime. #tkburger #food #lunch #fries #health #wellness #fitness #vacation #beachfood #burgers #grill #hypothyroidism #hypothyroid #thyroid #lowtestosterone #testosterone #diet #weightloss #weightlossjourney @fight4phat @running180 @mejosher @tk_burgers A photo posted by Fight4Phat™ 🏃🏻💨 (@fight4phat) on

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Mister E on the carousel he’s now ridden 10 times. Like, seriously. #youcantkeepacowboyoffhishorse

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For a good time put me in the front on Splash Mountain. #nodryspots

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The essence of Disney. The dad is having the same amount of fun as the son. #disneylandfamilyfun A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@mejosher) on

Soarin’ over California and under other people’s feet. #thisistherealdisneyland

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Radiator Springs baby! Where 40 mph top speeds seem somehow faster. #itsthedisneymagic A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@mejosher) on

 

California and palm trees — two of my favorite things. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye. #forevercalifornia

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  Goodbye California. #leavingonajetplane #goingbacktoutah #canitakehomeapalmtree?   A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@mejosher) on


FIGHT4PHAT

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As I blogged about a couple weeks ago before vacation, Fight4Phat is a new part of my blog. Instead of rehashing all of it read about it here. I am not starting it in earnest this week. This week will be spent setting up my 12 week program and developing that schedule. I am going to blog about most of that this upcoming Wednesday. Including sharing my 12 week program.

But, in my fight for phat … this past week I stayed about the same. I didn’t gain weight during my vacation. I tried to stay as in-line as possible. I had my share of treats and non-diet food. But, I either shared it or countered it with running or walking. I share this mainly to show that losing weight isn’t all about food as it is about your mentality.

I am excited to start sharing more about this journey this coming week.

STAY TUNED!


MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015

The following is an update of mileage for the past two weeks … if you’re taking notes at home. Which, I doubt, but I should point out regardless.

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 212.75 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 337.05 miles
2015 Race Miles – 352.8 miles
2015 Total Miles – 902.6 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  131.15 miles
July  101.65 miles
August  110.2 miles
September – 115.69 miles
October – 9.25 miles

WEEKLY KICKOFF MOTIVATION