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Moving on from here …

In an ideal world this would be my Ogden Marathon race recap. Heck, in a even semi-optimistic world this would be my Ogden Half Marathon race recap. But, it’s not.

I could write a country song from everything that has seemed to go wrong with me the past month or so. Whether it was spraining my ankle, DNFing the Salt Flats 50K, DNSing the Tulip Festival Half, getting the flu, having a non-healing ankle, then dropping the Ogden Marathon, Utah Valley Marathon and Ragnar because of the ankle — no beuno.

No beuno at all.

My running the past two weeks has dropped quite significantly, because of the ankle. After running the Provo City Half, I knew it was more serious than I imagined (or hoped for) and something would probably have to be done more than me icing and medicating it. Do I think it’s broken? No. Do I think there’s a ligament tear? No? Maybe?

I really feel like it’s somewhere between a Grade II or III sprained ankle. I mean, I’m no foot doctor, but I know how to navigate WebMD with the best of them. Either way, I decided I really should go see an orthopedic doctor about it. Because maybe there’s something he can do to help me with it? So I have an appointment on Thursday to see an orthopedist.

We’ll see how it goes.

I can walk on it. It’s just constant running or any lateral movement aggravates it. Which could be a problem with my current training, but I’d rather adapt then step back completely from it if I can avoid it. I just signed up for a couple gym classes during lunch that I really want/need to take — a spinning class and express weight training class.

The spinning class will be the hardest one on my ankle. I learned on the first day that there’s no way I can stand and spin. So, I just crank up the resistance and peddle like a bat out of hell. It seemed to work. I was panting and near dead. I just don’t want to give that class up, because I love the intense cardio.

But, we’ll see what the doctor says.

I am not expecting surgery or a boot. I am expecting probably a soft cast at the most? And, I am pretty sure he’ll tell me to avoid too much running for a certain amount of time — which cramps my style for June. I already backed out of Ragnar and Utah Valley. But, I don’t want to give up the Bear Lake Trifecta, Drop 13 Half or AF Canyon Race Against Cancer. That’d kill me.

I am hoping he’ll let me run some of these — especially considering I am not going for any 8, 9 or 10 minute mile pace. But, that’s all hard to say until come Thursday after my appointment. I won’t lie, I’m somewhat impatient about it. It kills me not knowing what the next few months are going to look like.

I am not worried about the worst case scenario. But, I figure I need to figure out how to get myself back to 100% now than wait much later, because my goal isn’t necessarily my next race — it’s my 100 miler. I feel like I’ve stepped back a bit with this injury and past month, so I don’t want to go back any further.

I am going to run my 100 miler in February. I am. There are no other options. But, I got to get there. And, taking care of this now is just one of those steps in the needed direction.

Luckily, most of my races coming up are fairly easy to transfer to another runner or next year. I know I’m not hitting my new goal of hitting 180 by next July, but that’s okay, my original goal of 2021 is still well over pace. And, there are lessons I need to learn in all of this — most unseen right now.

But, the first lesson probably would have been — watch for potholes running down Emigration Canyon. That’s a good place to start.

I’ll get where I want to go. I have no doubt about that. It’ll just take a little improvisation. But, I’ll get there.

SUMMARYAs mentioned above — it’s been a tough couple of weeks since my last post. But, I am really trying to stay positive and focusing on other ways to stay active. I’ll be fine — even if I have to step back a bit for now.

May 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 17.0 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 73.69 miles
TOTAL MILES — 103.79 miles
Races in May — Provo City Half Marathon and Jordan River Half Marathon.

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 222.25 miles
Race Miles — 164.52 miles
Walking Miles — 494.1 miles
TOTAL MILES — 880.87 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 and Provo City Half Marathon.


This past week a German film crew has been living and filming our family. Well, mostly, my brother and his family. But, the whole family has been involved with the project. The host travels the world experiencing different cultures and lifestyles for a week — and this week it was living the “prepper lifestyle” here in America.

So this past week we’ve shown them a microcosm of that lifestyle. We butchered chickens, made homemade bread, showed off our food storage, conducted earthquake and home invasion drills and shot guns — lots of guns. Most of them were shot on Saturday down in Holden.

It was a fun week.

It took a little getting used to to having cameras around you, especially when we were eating. My older brother is somewhat used to it, but to have the whole family behind the camera was kind of fun. And, after the week we made some great friends — from the host to the producer and camera crew. And, we all had a blast — especially on Saturday when we played with the BIG guns.

All these hours of film will be condensed into an hour long episode that will air on German TV in September. And, I am sure I will share a link to the episode. Here are a few pictures from our adventures this week …

My Mom’s teaching Maike how to make homemade bread. She’s a true pioneer woman.

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Bang, bang! We’re ready for some target practice!

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Not much more ‘Murican than guns n’ Yankees.

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Slo-motion fun. Boom boom pow!

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This might as well be the Hansen Family Christmas card.

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This picture is so America it hurts. 🇺🇸

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This guy is LOUD! Wowzers!

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A whole lotta ughs …

The past couple weeks have been tough. Heck, this past month has been tough on me. I’m not using it as an excuse. But, I’d sure like a break or two once in a while.

I’ve been trying to get myself into a groove with my running and fitness and it just hasn’t materialized the way I envisioned it. Granted, I did meet my sub-three time goal a couple weekends ago during the Emigration Canyon Half Marathon. But, that’s about the only success I feel like I’ve truly met.

I’ve been dealing with bad backs, sprained ankles and this past week — a root canal. An expected root canal. My tooth started hurting during my race last weekend and then by Monday morning it was throbbing in pain.

I couldn’t go to my regular dentist, because this was the same tooth that they couldn’t get numb. So they referred me to an endodontist so they could knock me out to do it. And, that wasn’t cheap. But, that’s a whole other story for another day.

I finally got my root canal yesterday — and it really just killed my week.

But, despite all the road blocks, I’ve been trying to keep on track, even if my runs are short and my workouts shorter. And, for the most part — it’s working. I’ve lost about 10lbs. this past month. A lot of that has to do with my diet. So, that’s progress.

I thought of mixing up my diet and routine again, but I think I am going to stick with what I planned this past month. One, because I wasn’t able to get into a good groove or it and, two, I think I can see bigger improvements with a better focus. I’d really like to lose about 30lbs. and I feel like this is a good road. Especially for my thyroid.

I’m going to get a good run in tonight before my race this weekend out in Magna. I’m hoping for a sub-three. But, I’m not sure if I want to push it TOO hard since I’ve got my 50K coming up in the next couple of weeks. But, honestly, I think I’ll be fine. I think the variables that will determine my result really will be my ankle and back.

The focus right now is all on my 50K on the 28th of this month. I am a bit worried about it with my current mileage the past couple of weeks. But, honestly, I know I’ll be fine. The race director knows I’ll be a bit slower — 10 hours or so. It’ll be fun and that’s my only goal (besides finishing).

Plus, the 50K will be good training for my upcoming marathons in Ogden and Utah Valley. Along with my Bear Lake Trifecta races. I’m going to have a crazy spring and early summer schedule, so kick starting it with a 50K is an usual and — I think — good way to launch my schedule.

I won’t lie — I do worry about my back and ankle a bit. But, honestly, I think I’ve cared and rested both well enough that they shouldn’t be a factor. But, it’ll be on my mind for sure — I just don’t want to downgrade from the 26.2 to 13.1 if I can avoid it. But, that’s my last resort and something I don’t really want to entertain right now.

Anyways — I’m focusing on Saltair right now and focusing on getting my groove and consistency back. I just want to pull some big weight-loss numbers in the next month so I can go into marathon season lighter on my feet.

At least I know I’m on the right track.

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?

The accidental marathon …

Um, I’m an idiot. And, I mean that in the nicest way possible. But, really, I am.

Case in point.

A number of races opened their registration this week and in the process of registering for a couple of key ones — namely the Ogden Half Marathon. I did something really, really, really stupid. I accidentally signed up for the FULL marathon and not the HALF marathon.

I’ve done the Ogden Marathon before — way back in 2014 when I ran with my friend Becky during her first marathon. But, besides that year I have ran the Ogden Half Marathon every year since 2012. It’s one of my favorite races — great course, organization, volunteers, etc., etc., etc. But, I just had no intention of running the marathon in 2017.

Well, any marathon in 2017.

I discovered my gaff looking on my emailed receipt. Which automatically pitted my stomach, because there are no refunds, race switches or “take backs” for the Ogden races. I can transfer to someone else for $20-$25 — but, for the most part — I am stuck with this registration.

Luckily, I found out that I could switch my distance to the half marathon, but I don’t get a refund of the difference between the two races. Which is kinda lame, but not bad at this point of registration (I’d be out $10).

But, when I started the process of switching to the half marathon — I just couldn’t do it. At least not now. The thought of doing it seemed ridiculous, but a part of me nagged back and told me just to do it. Then logic started kicking in — and no logic wasn’t telling me to switch — but, logic rationalized with me that this would be a great way to stay motivated during the winter months.

Which is a valid point. That was one of my reasons for signing up in 2014. It’s very motivating to keep going to the gym and getting your miles in when you don’t feel like it, but knowing you’ve got 26.2 to run in a few weeks.

So, I just can’t. I can’t. I can’t switch to the intended 13.1 miles.

I am not sure if this is marathon brain thanks to the weekend’s St. George Marathon or just another bout of illogical runners logic? Either way, I’m going to sit on this for a bit. I figure if I do change my mind I can switch down to the half marathon or sell my bib to someone else. But, will that happen? Probably not. I’m kind of liking this idea of using the marathon as motivation to train during the winter months.

I haven’t started looking at a training plan. I am sure there will have to be some amended weekends in April since that’s my busiest non-running month with PrepperCon, etc. But, I am sure I’ll have no problem figuring that all out. As long as I get in one or two 20 milers I should be good.


But, I have to laugh, because I am pretty sure I signed up for the marathon as a Clydesdale with an expected finish time of 2:30 hours. I’m not sure if I want to change that? Maybe I’ll get some kind of elite benefits? Or maybe I’ll just feel like a Clydesdale masquerading as a show pony? Either way — it made me laugh quite heartily.

Maybe this is a blessing in disguise? Maybe this is what I need for my winter training to better prepare me for a summer of half marathons? Not sure? But, whatever the case I am preparing myself to prepare myself for another marathon — marathon #11.


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RACE #119: Ogden Half Marathon

I’m writing this recap with about 24 hours of retrospect about this race. And, I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about it. It was wet. It was tough. It was painful. But, at the same time, it was exactly what I needed — emotionally, physically and to some extent — spiritually. It was a truly a test for the whole body.

I’ve ran Ogden the past five years — and the last 3 of 4 years it’s rained. In 2013, it was a constant rain throughout the race. I was soaked to the core and somewhat unprepared for the elements. Last year, I was prepared when I saw rain on the forecast. So, I brought a complete change of clothes with me. I am glad I did, because it was not just wet, but much colder than 2013.

This year when I saw a 20% chance of rain in the forecast — I knew better than to take a chance on being caught unprepared. So, I packed a complete change of clothes with me — even if I didn’t need it, it was there. And, man, I am glad I brought what I brought. It saved my life.

Facing 30MPH monsoon-like headwinds was something that I’ve never faced before — in training runs or a race. Mentally, I don’t know how I could have endured through the race without the assurance that I was prepared with warm clothes at the finish line. I really believe in the adage “if you are prepared, you shall not fear.” Preparedness really gave me the courage to tough through the race.

I had bought a bib a few weeks ago after I had to sell my Vigor BC Half bib because of a wedding. Since the wedding was originally set for this weekend and moved that opened my day for Ogden. So I got a bib since Ogden is one of my favorite race.

Plus, I can never say no to a race — let’s be honest.

I was planning on running solo, but my friend Tim decided to sell his marathon bib in order to find a half bib. And, of course, we planned on running together. Then this past week our friend Jill picked up a bib — and joined the party.

This wasn’t the first time we ran together — we’ve ran a few other races together, but most notably the Big Cottonwood Marathon in 2014. Which was also Jill’s first marathon. So, we’ve had plenty of experience in party running.

Going into the race, our goal was simple — sub-three hours. Specifically, a sub-2:55 (my Provo time) for me. I really wanted to build on that. But, as you can tell from the weather — that was very much an unrealized goal for all of us. My official time was 3:33:15 — which is by far my worst time in a half I wasn’t pacing.

But, that time doesn’t even paint the picture of my run. The way I was feeling — physically, mentally and emotionally — going into the race was much better than the Provo City Half. I was ready and prepared to run the task at hand. And, for the first couple of miles before getting slammed by the weather I was doing great. I climbed the hill from Eden strategically with a run/walk method and just beasted up it.

Plus, I felt great.

The weather started really picking up around the time we got to the dam. We ran into our friend Dulci and her goddaughter before trying to fly down the canyon. But, we got slammed — my hat saved my life. It gave me some protection from the wind, but my glasses were worthless, so I took just took them off instead of trying to windshield wipe them every 500 feet.

The wind was a headwind and soon gusts of 30MPH were hitting us. It took full effort trying to run through it, but that soon became too difficult to push through, because it just ZAPS you to the core. Not fun.

So instead, we ran what we could and sped walked or pushed through the headwinds. Even at this point I was still mentally strong and doing well — the experiences from year’s past and knowing I was prepared after the run really kept me going. I realized I probably wasn’t going to get my time goal, but I didn’t feel bad about that, because I was leaving everything out there.

Around the mile five aid station Jill was running a little ahead of us as Tim and I stopped to refuel. We didn’t see that Jill had kept running — especially since I didn’t have my glasses on and couldn’t see further than 10 feet in front of me. We thought she stopped for a port-a-potty, so we stopped and waited for her.

We waited there for about five or so minutes. We were worried she was sick so we didn’t want to ditch her. So we decided to start walking thinking she would catch up. We stopped a number of times to look back in search for her — vain. It really ate up a little time (like I said, the 3:33:15 time isn’t an indicator of the effort).

But, luckily, she was ahead of us the whole time. I was really worried that we ditched her and I knew that mentally that could have eaten her up. So when I saw that she finished around 3:10 — I was excited and proud of her. She really earned it. Especially being her first race back post-pregnancy.

If it was possible, once we lost Jill, the weather seemed to get even worse. I was just praying it would stop sooner than later, especially as we got out of the canyon. Which, luckily, it did. It was still sprinkling once we got of the canyon, but the wind was gone.

This really made the last three miles feel like cake. My energy was zapped fighting the elements, but I just wanted to finish. I was ready for some bananas, warm clothes and a nap.

It was really cool, once we got a couple blocks from the finish line we were handed American flags. It was really touching — and sure it could have been because of the mix of emotions I had been feeling for the past three and a half hours. But, it was awesome running across the finish line with my flag. It felt like I was waving the flag of victory (which, really I was).

Anyways — after I crossed the finish line, I got myself some water, downed an orange (SO GOOD!) and a couple bananas before running (limping) over to the bag pick up for my dry clothes. I quickly (and by quickly, I mean it took me probably half an hour) changed in the handicapped port-a-potty. I then collapsed on one of the green lawnchairs near the stage, ate my apple and just sat and watched everyone around me. I was beat.

The cool part of the post-race afternoon though was going out to lunch with my friends Angie Pace, Tim, his wife and … Bart Yasso! Yes, THAT Bart Yasso! It’s not every day you get that opportunity and it was a great time listening to a number of his stories running around the world. Awesome guy!

Overall, I feel great about my race. My time is no indication of how I felt, what my effort was or whether or not I was progressing as a runner. It was the perfect race for me at the perfect time that I needed it. I am sure glad my friend moved his wedding so I could run Ogden. I’ll always run Ogden.

Now the focus is on Alpine next week and Drop 13 (June 11) — plus, a good training run on June 4th. Just trying to figure out a good place for one — maybe Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood or Millcreek? I just feel like I need another canyon run here soon.

Anyways — HAPPY RUNNING! Who else ran Ogden? How’d you do? Was your experience in the rain and wind? Leave a comment below!

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Next week I am sweeping the Alpine Classic Half Marathon — appropriately located in Alpine, Utah — for RYR Pacing. It will be a good little training run. Not pressure on time, just a matter of getting distance in. It’s a smaller race than most I’ve paced so I am expecting to finish under four hours with some good stretches of running for me. But, that’s not my top priority — that’s to get everyone across the finish line.

This will be my second time running the Alpine Half. I ran it back in 2013 with Susette — it’s a hilly course. But, I finished around 2:30 — a time I’d kill for these days. Anyways — it’s not an easy course or for one faint of heart. It’s technical and fun. One characteristic of most Utah Run races that I like — think of it as almost a trail race … on pavement.

As I mentioned above — my focus now is doing well at the Drop 13 Half (June 11), so with a couple weeks of good running, the paced half and a good long distance training run between the two races — I should improve my time goal from Provo quite significantly. At least that’s the goal.


Most guts? WE WIN! #prefontaine #race119 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180

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How are these cheeks NOT bruised? They’re so pinchable! #littlemangabica

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I’m dedicating my 13.1 miles tomorrow at the @ogdenmarathon to @race2erace @theabolitionistsmovie, @ourrescue and the children currently held in the sex slave industry around the world. Child sex slavery is our biggest social ill to date. We live under the assumption that slavery ended with Lincoln. It didn’t. Just institutionalized slavery here in the US. There are currently over 27 million slaves worldwide and two million of those are children. More often than they are trapped in the sex trade. This MUST stop! That’s one too many. With movies like @theabolitionistsmovie and organizations like @ourrescue and @race2erace we can make and be that difference. If you’d like to donate your miles towards the goal of running two million miles tag your social media running posts with #run2m. Every mile counts and gets us closer to rescuing all two million children. #race119 #ogdenhalf #running #rescue2m #run2m

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I call this piece of artwork “50 SHADES OF BANANAS” #bananaart

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These kids — love them all. #prouduncle

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Miss Thalia and Mister Tatum — it’s kinda fun being an uncle to these two. #prouduncle #misschicka #chubbingtatum

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The latest episode of the Runcast USA went live on Friday — it went live a little bit later than usual, so you might have missed it. But,  it’s a special music episode where I share some of my favorite running songs.

Well, I have a few of my favorite running songs — a few from the listeners — and a few new songs I’ve recently discovered. It’s kinda fun. Hopefully it’s something we can do again and so far from our numbers it’s one of our most popular shows.

Anyways — give the podcast a listen on Podbash.com or download it on iTunes and take it for a run!



106.05 miles


64.8 miles


627.54 miles


798.39 miles


1868.61 miles

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InstaReplay: Ogden Half Marathon

I swam ran the Ogden Half Marathon today. It was tough. It was wet. It was windy. It was just right down nasty. I didn’t come anywhere near my sub-three time goal. Like remotely close (3:33:15), but I am totally fine with it for a couple reasons — it doesn’t indicate how I felt physically, mentally and emotionally and what I had to face.

Plus, to make a long story short (wait for the extended story on my race recap on Monday) — I was running with Tim and Jill. We were on pace for about 3-3:15, but at the aid station around mile 5 we lost her. We stopped to fuel and she apparently ran ahead. We thought she was in the bathroom so we waited and then just went thinking she might be sick or something. We stopped to wait a few times.

Anyways — the race was basically what I needed. I needed this test. I powered through a lot — cold fingers, wet shoes and 30MPH headwind monsoons. It was nasty.

I wish I took more pictures DURING the race — but — there’s no getting your phone out for a simple picture when you barely have control of your hands. Luckily, I got “some” — plus — there is a race photo from mile four I will be buying. It’s pretty epic.

Without further adieu, here are some of my race pictures from Ogden (you can see more on my IG account) …

Most guts? WE WIN! #prefontaine #race119 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180

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I’m dedicating my 13.1 miles tomorrow at the @ogdenmarathon to @race2erace @theabolitionistsmovie, @ourrescue and the children currently held in the sex slave industry around the world. Child sex slavery is our biggest social ill to date. We live under the assumption that slavery ended with Lincoln. It didn’t. Just institutionalized slavery here in the US. There are currently over 27 million slaves worldwide and two million of those are children. More often than they are trapped in the sex trade. This MUST stop! That’s one too many. With movies like @theabolitionistsmovie and organizations like @ourrescue and @race2erace we can make and be that difference. If you’d like to donate your miles towards the goal of running two million miles tag your social media running posts with #run2m. Every mile counts and gets us closer to rescuing all two million children. #race119 #ogdenhalf #running #rescue2m #run2m

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The TJ2 Party has officially begun! #tj2togetheragain #race119 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon

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So this is some how an organized bathroom line … 😳💩😳💩😳 #race119 #ogdenhalf #running @ogdenmarathon @joshruns180

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It seemed like a good idea at the time … #race119 #ogdenhalf #running

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It’s not everyday you get to have lunch with THE Bart Yasso. Especially with such awesome friends. #race119 #ogdenhalf #running

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