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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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RACE RECAP #83: Saltair Half


Wowzer trousers. The streak has finally found it’s end. Saturday’s race was my 8th half marathon in the past seven weeks. It could have been 13 races in 12 weeks if I didn’t take the weekend of September off. But, still, 8 in 7 weeks is a worthy accomplishment. My next half isn’t until Thanksgiving so it will be a good small break. But, after that I won’t have anything until January. December is my month of rest from racing.

Anyways … race #83 is now done.

This hat makes my ears look MUCH bigger than Dumbo’s.

This is the second year of the Saltair Half, which is also the second time I’ve ran it as well. In my opinion this is a good little off-season race. It helps bridge the gap between the September and October races to the end of the year. And, for people wanting and NEEDING to be around the race environment it’s perfect. Even just having one race a month in the winter month helps feed the addiction and stay in shape.

At least that’s my reasoning behind running. LOL!

The goal going into the race was to just run my race. Especially since I wasn’t pacing, sweeping or pushing. I just wanted to give it my best effort. I was also shooting for a finish between a 2:30-2:40 time and just kind of see what happened. It wasn’t a goal race, but it was a “MY” race.

Note: We are all wearing black. Who said orange was the new black?

Since the race is fairly close to my house (a 19 minute drive) I decided to head out early to hangout at the starting line and cheer on the duathletes, especially my friends Elsha and Reese. They were doing the duathlon AND the half marathon. Amazing. So, I got there a couple hours before my race started to be with them, their families and just around the whole scene. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to hangout before races like this, since I’m usually being bussed up a canyon or whatnot.

It was fun and relaxing to just enjoy the morning and not worry about a bus pickup, etc. Eventually, I met up with other friends including Becky, Sonja and Cathy and we started the race off together. Becky wanted to run with me for a couple of miles because we haven’t had the opportunity to run together much since she moved down south (meaning Utah County). We probably ran the first mile and half before I got distracted and she just kept going. Which was fine, I am always one that tells my friends that run with me that if they need to run faster to go. I won’t feel bad (only if they drink all the chocolate milk at the finish line before I get there).


The course is fairly simple … it’s out and back … and flat. So, there really isn’t much to catch your fancy with like most canyon runs. But, you do get a great view of Antelope Island and the ever receding beach of the Great Salt Lake. Oh, and the traffic driving past I-80. Which at one point the 2:30 pacing group bated the semi-trucks to blow their horn. Now, that was fun. But, really, there is beauty in anything and anywhere you look. I shouldn’t complain much, but if you are looking for a scenic route to race Saltair might not be your cup of tea.

After running with an awesome lady named Annette who was running her first half marathon after going through chronic pain, countless surgeries, etc. and the 2:30 pace group, I hit my first road block. No, it wasn’t fatigue or an injury. It was … well … you know … bowel movement issues. I won’t delve much into it, but to be somewhat frank about it. I usually go before the race (which I did), and, I thought I took care of business then … which apparently I didn’t? Instead of a simple pit stop it ended up being too long after waiting in line for the port-a-potty, etc.

Not a very fun obstacle. But, it is what is I guess?

A picture is worth a 1,000 words, right?

Another obstacle that I discovered at the first aid station was that this was a cupless race. Meaning, it’s a ‘BYOC’ race. I heard a number of upset runners about this and I can understand the frustration, but on the other hand I knew it was my fault because I didn’t read the directions well enough. Honestly, I glanced at them and didn’t give them a second thought. Heck, I showed up to grab my packet at a quarter to seven not really knowing when the race started (I knew it was going to start somewhere around 8:30-9am). I just assumed it was going to be like last year.

And, it wasn’t it.

And, going back to the communication from the race director and the race website it was stated there. It was my fault for being so complacent. Plus, last week’s race, The Burn, was directed by the same race company and it too was cupless. Soooooo … fingers point right back to me. Oops.

Drinking Gatorade (not anti-freeze) by the handful. #classy

It really wasn’t THAT bad though. It wasn’t like it was scorching heat where fuel was needed every two miles. But, I did need an extended stay at the aid station at both the 5 and 8 aid station because I could tell my body needed the electrolytes more than anything. It wasn’t a pretty sight, but I ended up cupping my and lapping up Gatorade like a heathen. Needless to say, I wouldn’t have passed the Lord’s test to fight for Gideon’s army. It wasn’t pretty.

But, beside those two “hiccups” the race really wasn’t that bad. I actually enjoyed and with that said I still finished in 2:46 hours without the bathroom breaks counted. Which I am happy about considering what I dealt with the bathroom and hydration issues.

I took this picture.

Plus, the race afforded me to kind of zone out a bit as well. I was able to focus on my upcoming goals for 2015, my priorities of life, the meaning of man and what makes macaroni and cheese SO DANG GOOD?! (seriously, I need an answer) … you know the important things. But, in all seriousness, running is often my time to mediate, ponder and thing. It’s great personal time.

Plus, around mile six I turned on the Les Miserable soundtrack … and … well … belted it out. The runners ahead and behind were away from me enough that I could belt out such classics like “Red and Black,” “Master of the House” and my favorite “One Day More.” That took me until about mile 12 and a half. Gosh, I love that album. There is so much that I can relate to personally and with my running. But, I am afraid that is a post for another day.

Can you tell I am happy even if it was a store bought RK? Post-race Josh doesn’t care.

Either way, the race was a great November race and I felt like I pushed myself well enough. The post race Fat Boys and Rice Krispy Treats were magical and I couldn’t get enough bottled water to save my life. But, more than that it was just fun being able to spend the time with friends and celebrating in their accomplishments. That to me is what running is all about. That’s what gives me depth and meaning to the many miles I’ve ran. Otherwise it’s just like running laps around a grass field in Junior High gym class (aka torture).

My next race is on Thanksgiving, but the next couple of weeks I do have a couple runs planned so I won’t be that far away from the running scene. But, I am going to definitely slow down on the miles for at least this week and then just be consistent leading up to the end of the year and my January races. Sounds like a good plan, eh?

Not my best time, but not bad either. I’ll take it!

NEXT RACE: Thankful 13 (Thanksgiving!)

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 512.6 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 128.4 miles
2014 Race Miles – 447.35 miles
2014 Total Miles – 1088.35 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 140.5 miles
May – 108.65 miles
June – 83.3 miles
July – 93.75 miles
August – 118.2 miles
September – 88.55 miles
October – 106.8 miles
November – 33.2 miles