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RACE #141: March Madness Half Marathon

One thing I love about endurance sports — specifically running — is unlike other sports, like most team sports, the venue changes from event to event. And, the outcome is up to you, not necessarily how you and your teammates work together on an uniform and familiar playing field.

In running — especially distance running — distances may be the same, but courses (or playing fields) all differ. And, I love that. A race down Big Cottonwood Canyon is going to be completely different from around the neighborhoods of South Jordan, the trails of the Bonneville Lakeshore Trail or around the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns.

Then on top of that you’re going to face many different variables — dealing with anything from weather, your training preparation, your fueling, your mental state, etc., etc., etc., etc. That’s why racing is so personal. It’s YOUR race — and nobody else’s. And, this race was very much a reminder of the importance of that mentality.

Going into the race — I didn’t know what to expect. Compared to last week when I ran the SL Track Club Indoor Half in Kearns — I wasn’t recovered from my previous week’s ultra. I felt it pretty early into my run. The legs were kicking and screaming trying to remind me of the hell I put them through the previous week.

This week — I felt more rested. My runs during the week weren’t fast, calculated or overly efforted. They were more shakeout runs. I just wanted to feel and do better than last week’s race. And, I think I got my legs there come Saturday morning.

I didn’t want to put a time goal on this race, because I haven’t been half marathon training — or maintaining. My training miles from December until February were pretty much all focused on my ultra. Meaning — they were long and slow miles.

In fact I am pretty sure the first 13 miles of my ultra took me over four hours? So speed work hasn’t been on the training docket for me for quite a while. Which I’m not worried about, because after my 50K in April I’ll be gearing my focus toward that anyway.

Anyways — despite all of the reasons why I shouldn’t or didn’t need to make a time goal. I did.

I simply wanted to run a sub-three hour half marathon. That seemed like a reasonable and doable goal. I’ve been losing weight, gaining more energy with my Hashimoto’s friendly diet and feeling strongly lately — so why not?

I knew it was going to be a challenge because of my lack of half training, still temperamental post-ultra legs and the flatness of the course. The race was along the Legacy Parkway Trail — which is flatter than flat. I guess there are some hills, but only people in Kansas would consider them hills — so they don’t count.

Anyways — I knew a flat course with my iron legs could be difficult to gauge an estimated time — but, I didn’t care. I just wanted that sub-three time. I felt like I could do it. So, that’s what I shot for.

When the race started my legs felt pretty good. Not amazingly good — but good. So this encouraged me. And, considering there was a pretty strong tailwind behind — I felt like a racehorse. So I kept trying to mentally push myself a little bit more per mile — just focusing on that effort here and there.

And, really, I felt great.

About 3-4 miles into the race I am starting to think that this goal was more than doable, but expected. I was really on cloud nine, because I felt great. A lot which I attributed to my diet changes and newfound energy.

But, around this time as I was beginning to see the runners return from the out and back return trip — I realized in dread. THIS AWESOME TAILWIND IS GOING TO TURN INTO A NASTY HEADWIND!

And, yeah, as I saw friends pass some of them made comments about the headwind. At this point I started dreading the turnaround point. Because, I’ve dealt with some nasty headwinds. None as horrific as the Ogden Marathon headwind — there’s no joy in a 30 MPH headwind in the rain. That was pure hell. But, I digress.

So while I knew it wasn’t going to be fun — I also knew it wasn’t going to be the worse either. And, thankfully it was not raining, otherwise I’d be singing a different tune.

Once I turned around the change was pretty immediate. There were some nasty gusts — the kind that make you kinda loose your breath for a second. But, the headwind was pretty constant.

After about a mile of just pushing through the wind — I gave myself two options for the last five or so miles. I could, one, keep running for that goal or, two, start walking a bunch and make the excuse that the wind was simply too hard and I got tired.

Luckily, I chose the first option. And, I just kept going.

I felt like if I pushed myself that I could still get my sub-three time. I had to try. I figured at the turn around I was on pace for about 2:40-2:45 — so I still had a shot.

I am glad I went with that decision, because I ran hard into that wind, but it was very, very difficult. It was a fight to keep running and it took A LOT out of me. My mile 10 — I felt like I was beyond empty.

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At this point I stopped looking at the watch, because I knew I was going to be cutting it close. The difference between directions was really that much. My legs started getting really tight because of the effort and threatened to cramp on a couple occasions. But, I kept going.

Around mile 11 — I found it easier and faster for me to mall walk some stretches. I hate resorting to it, because I always fear it will turn into a mosey. But, I focused on my stride and arm swinging (if I had two pound dumbbells I am positive I would have been MUCH faster) and it really helped relieve a lot of the strain on the quads. I focused on alternating between my mall walking and running in a 1:1 minute ratio.

And, for the most part that helped.

But, I was still on empty.

Once I got off the trail and back onto the streets toward the park I happened to glance at my watch to notice I had a minute to run the last 3/4 of a mile or so. I just kind of stared at that reality — and didn’t feel disappointment — at all. Besides feeling sore, dead and depleted — I felt proud. I felt strong. I felt — good.

That last stretch I had a conversation with myself — first, thanking me for deciding making excuses to walk and, second, realizing that my effort was beyond a sub-three effort. On pretty much any other course my effort that day WAS well below a sub-three time. And, I knew a windless — or even less windy day — that effort would give me a sub-three time.

And, to say and realize that — knowing I could have just started walking as a sign of defeat — made me really proud of myself.

I came in just over 3:06 hours. But, those six minutes were invisible to me.

Because, I got that goal.


NEXT FIVE RACES


So during my race today I saw a seemingly perfect banana laying on the side of the road. I was going to pick it up, but I figured … someone might have left it there for later. After I turned around and came back I noticed it was still there. I also noticed it was half eaten. Being a hungered, I looked at it (checked it for needles … I was taught that from Trick or Treating in the 80’s), ripped off the tip where it was a bit bruised … and I ate it. So whoever left that half eaten banana out on Legacy Parkway Trail this morning … THANK YOU! It saved me from cramping, it was delicious and was also the burst of energy I needed to do the last two miles. #race141 #marchmadnesshalf #running @joshruns180 @fit.phat

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Played LIFE™ with my 5 year old niece tonight … guess who got married before me? #yepshedid #likereallife

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RUNNING MILES

119.65 miles

RACE MILES

83.02 miles

WALKING MILES

167.56 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

370.23 miles



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Tackling the 2017 race schedule …

As noted last week and pretty much ever since last December, I’ve been trying to work out my 2017 race schedule. And, I won’t lie — it’s been tougher than past years. Why? I think it’s two fold — one, I want to try out some new races. And, two, I’m making the conversion from road to trails slowly, but surely.

There’s a part of me that REALLY wants to figure out my race schedule from January to December. But, I am realizing more and more — I can’t really do that. I know which races I want to run. Plus, I am planning on running the Walt Disney World Half in January 2018, so I’ll have to make sure most of my races in late 2017 don’t cost me a lot in travel and registration fees.

I have most of my races selected from January to about June-ish. There are still a couple of races I am debating on in May and June, so I feel like I can’t commit to those. But, January to April, I am pretty much dead set on my schedule.

The races I have registered for until April are SLC Tri Club Indoor Half, Emigration Canyon Half and the Tulip Festival Half — I am planning on signing up for the St. George Half soon. And, then when registration opens for the other races.

I am getting more and more excited about next year’s race schedule, not just because I am nearing completion of my 180 race goal, but I am excited to be hitting the trails and running some new races.

Anyways, here is my 2017 race schedule from here until the end of April …

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RACE #117: March Madness Half Marathon

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Running is so rewarding — it’s inspiring — it’s motivating — and, yet it’s hard. It’s easy to forget that. But, running in all it’s simpleness — is tough as — you know what.

Sure, it would have helped if I went into the race fully trained. But, that wasn’t the goal. I mainly did it to get my race wiggles out and to use it to gauge where I’m at with my training. There was no goal time or certain pace I wanted to attain — I just wanted to give my best effort and see what happened.

And, I feel like I attained that.

It was a humbling experience too. It’s been my longest run since the Revolution Run in January. I had lost a lot of speed and stamina in the later part of last year, just from complications to my thyroid/testosterone issues. So I wanted to use the first few months of the year to build up towards a half marathon.

As evidenced today — I can still run … or complete, a half marathon. It hurt. It was painful. But, I did it. But, I don’t want to simply finish a half marathon, I want to run a half marathon like I know am capable of running it.

Obviously, easier said than done.

So the goal has been to lead up my training to the Provo City Half Marathon on May 7th — so far, so good. Well, despite a couple weeks of non-running because of illness. But, I’m still on track to be trained by race day.

But, I needed this challenge — I needed this race. I needed a physical and mental challenge for me and this just seemed perfect. It was a small race — relatively cheap — and between my last race and Provo City. So I signed up — of course with no expectations.

From all indications this was a first time race — I didn’t see it on the race docket last year — so I am assuming it’s new. And, so going into the race, I was expecting a small runners field — which was the case.

So I expected to be the last runner going into the race. Especially since it was a flat course along the Legacy Parkway Trail. But, I actually wasn’t … I was third to last. Which makes me bummed that only the first three finishers get medals — I think us in the back deserve them too!

There were a few familiar faces along the course — which is always a treat. And, from miles 3-8 I was able to run with my friend JoAnna and Michael. That was much needed. It helped me stay on pace longer than I think I mentally could.

Around mile eight is when my body started to tank some — which I kinda expected. Even at mile eight. Usually I hit that wall around mile 10-11, but since my longest training so far has been five miles — I was expecting it.

So, after sending JoAnna and Mike ahead of me — I just focused on the nitty gritty last five miles. It was tough. It was hard. I might have cried. But, it wasn’t from pain — I had dropped my opened uneaten Gu on the ground.

But, I just focusing on moving forward. I did a run/walk method, but that quickly turned into a shuffle/walk — which than turned into a shuffle three steps/walk method. Needless to say, there was NO juice in my legs. None.

Yet, I was okay with that. I was expecting it. I just put my music on, zoned out and tried to get lost in my thoughts. Which worked for the most part — though I’d get the occasional biker yelling “to your left” — which totally broke my zen moments.

Anyways, once I was on the home stretch — I was just happy to be done. I found a huge plate of oranges and just sat there munching them down while drinking down water. It was pretty much the nearest to heaven I’ve been while running. I could have eaten the whole plate.

And, so I survived race #117 in my 180 race journey. It was everything expected — tough, ugly, difficult and nothing to really write home about. BUT … it was very rewarding. It gave me time to get lost in thought, experience and process what my body was telling me and be a part of the running community.

Now, excuse me while I walk around funny — looking like I have been riding horses for two weeks straight.

I may or may not have the saddle burn to prove it as well. But, that’s another story for another day.

Now to focus 100% of my effort on Provo!


MY NEXT RACE: PROVO CITY 13.1

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As noted above — this is the race I am training for currently. This isn’t my goal race for the year, but obviously want to give it my best effort.

This will be my fifth time running Provo — which sounds SO weird saying. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been running over five years now. It all seems so new to me sometimes — and I guess some of it is, like the ultra marathons and longer distances. But, still. Five years?

I don’t have a goal time for this race … yet. I am thinking about 2:30-2:40 would be ideal, but I’d be happy with anything under 2:45 right. Since it’s mainly a downhill course I feel like that’s doable.

Anyways — PROVO OR BUST! (never thought I’d be typing that)


RACEGRAMS


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If you haven’t listened to the latest episode of the Runcast USA — give it a listen. We’re talking about winter running. Sure it’s now March and the weather is decent — but, you never know when a freak spring snowstorm could happen … right?

Anyways — give it a listen and let us know what you think …


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RUNNING MILES

36.2 miles

RACE MILES

35.5 miles

WALKING MILES

262.65 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

334.35 miles

MILES TO GOAL

2332.65



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Fight4Phat: Marchin’ forth towards June and Drop 13 …

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IT’S A RACE WEEKEND!!!

You if you can’t tell I am VERY excited to run tomorrow. As I wrote about the other day, I am running the March Madness Half Marathon here in Davis County. It’s a small little race that runs along the Legacy Parkway Trail — and a good test for me.

I am not going into the race with a time goal — well, I’d like to be under three hours if I could. But, really, the goal is to simply do my best and finish. I know I can finish within the four hour course time limit — easily.

But, I want to just do my best without killing myself.

Sounds like a reasonable goal, eh?

Plus, I have been dying not having a race longer than a 5K the past couple of months. My last looooong race was the Revolution Run on New Year’s Day. And, since I had to drop the Zion Half (happening next week) — I needed something between the Revolution Run and the Provo City Half in May.

That’s just WAY too long to not run a half — well, at least for me.

Plus, I just want to give my body a challenge. It needs a challenge. And, hey, who knows — it could help kick into gear? Maybe, kinda, sorta — probably not — but, I’ll do it anyways. I’ve got to give my body a challenge.

Anyways — if you couldn’t tell … I am excited. Lots to be excited and optimistic about!

YEAH RUNNING!


RUNCAST USA

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This week’s Runcast is me and Tim Gill talking about — winter running. You know, just in time for spring to begin. But, really, being in Utah — you know this is just preparation for running in April.

Anyways — Tim shares a few tips for running outside during the winter months, whether you’re running on snow, roads, trails or — heaven forbid — ice.

Give it a listen —


ADDICT II ATHLETE PODCAST

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I mentioned this earlier in the week — and last week. But, I am REALLY excited about this new podcast coming to Pod Bash (the network that hosts the Runcast and AWPY?).

A few weeks ago the Runcast interviewed Blu Robinson and Addict II Athlete (AIIA) team for one of our episodes. Needless to say — it was one of our most popular episodes. Jed — one of the guests — shared his powerful story over addiction and it resonated with many who have struggled with addiction (drug, alcohol, pornography, etc.).

I’ve always believed in the power of narrative and the sharing of people’s stories. You don’t know how that’s going to impact others — it might just be another story for some — or a powerful life changing catalyst. And, everywhere in between.

So the past few weeks I have been helping Blu, and his wife Marissa, launch an AIIA podcast. They’ve done one before so they knew what they wanted — I’ve just been helping them with hardware, software and a few behind the scenes things.

But, needless to say — I am excited about the launch. It will be released next Friday. Don’t worry, I’ll blast it here and everywhere else on social media. I’ve listened to the episode and you’ll love it.

Stay tuned!


KID PHATGRAMS

Last month my sister gave birth to my second nephew — Tatum Rex Snow Minson. As much as I share online and through my social media accounts, I ALWAYS wait for the mother to first post pictures, etc. on Facebook before I post pictures.

Well, after nearly three weeks of life — my sister finally posted pictures of the “T-Rex” … so I did too.

Needless to say, I am in love. He’s such a chill kid and his big sister Callie is too. Don’t let that one picture fool you. She just doesn’t understand that she can’t be all the pictures with “Baby Tatum.”

So cute, so Callie.

Anyways … behold, Tatum —

Major “FAVORITE UNCLE” points for my choice of wardrobe for the T-Rex! #babytrex #favoriteuncle

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Might as well learn now kid to just let the ladies do, what the ladies want. #babytrex #babyphotoshoot

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: I am trying to stay optimistic about the results against my efforts. The effort was definitely there — workouts, runs and diet. I just hope when I go to my new endocrinologist — I get some answers. This drives me crazy sometimes.

But, I’m not going to do what I can do, because I’m seeing the results. I know it’ll come — I just can’t give up. But, I won’t lie — I’d sure love to see 30-40lbs. off me right now. But, I can’t think that way … I gotta go step by step.

Anyways — at least I lost something and I am going to focus on that … 

WEIGHT: 281.9 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 (2/19/16)

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

THIS WEEK (3/4/16)

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

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: -0.7 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 0.0%
BMI: 0.0
WAIST: -0.1″
ARMS: -0.25″
THIGHS: 0.0″


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A HALF MARATHON AS TOLD MY EMOJIS

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Adding to March’s Madness …

When I sat down to schedule out my 2016 race schedule — I wanted to keep myself true to what I planned out. Partly to focus on my health, especially earlier on in the year — and partly, because I wanted to focus on getting faster again.

My original race plan saw me running two half marathons between January 1st and May 7th. And, besides a two week sick break — I’ve been used my training to lead up to the Provo City Half on May 7th.

Originally, I was going to run the Zion Half Marathon on March 12th — but, weddings and obligations have made that an impossibility. So, the original plan was to just focus on Provo City instead of finding another half marathon.

Well, I found another half marathon.

The March Madness Half Marathon in Woods Cross. Happening this Saturday.

The start and finish is actually less than a 5K from my front door. I was tempted to actually run (more like walk) to the start line … but, that seemed a bit too ambitious. Especially considering running a half marathon right now is definitely a bit too ambitious.

The race is rather simple and small — it’s an out and back course along the Legacy Parkway Trail. I am not sure how many participants are signed up, but I’m putting my money on me being last. Which is totally fine with me — last is still better than ‘didn’t get off the couch’ .. right?

The game plan is simple. I am going to treat it like a training run. I am bringing along my Galloway Run/Walk Timer and focusing on that. I haven’t decided if I am going to do a 4/1, 3/1 or other run/walk ratio set? I’ve been training right now with a 3/1 ratio — so that might be the best bet?

Either way, I am not going in for a time goal — I am expecting it to be 3+ hours. I just want to do my best and get some of my pent up race wiggles out. I can’t tell you how hard it’s been NOT racing anything over a 5K the past couple of months.

So in preparation for this weekend’s race, I ran a 5K on the treadmill this morning. I am planning on another 5K tomorrow before resting on Friday — but, with the weather looking so good this week, I am tempted to run outside tomorrow night. We’ll see.

But, I need this run. I need the challenge. It’s been a tough month with being sick and being setback some with my training. I am trying to be smart about my comeback — but, it’s hard not being able to run like you once were able to.

I just want to fly — and sometimes, like right now — I feel like the Spruce Goose.

I am hoping this race will help that mentality change. I need to be happier about my small successes — and successes in general, than by focusing on things I can’t control.

And, mentally, I am getting there. I have no doubt that I will.

But, oh, how I want to soar now!


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