Tag: Provo City Half Marathon

Running in 2018 …

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my road to 180 races. My 180th race will be July 24th — pretty much SMACK in the middle of the year. So that means I’ve got January through July pretty much covered — but, what about the last half?

What’s after my 180th race?

That’s a good question.

While I am trying to figure out my 2018 race schedule, I’ve had a couple focuses — one, my 100 mile run and, two, not doing as many back-to-back race weekends of a half marathon or longer. I know that if I am going to faster, especially during my half marathons, I am going to have to scale back on the long races.

I don’t anticipate myself PRing next year. But, I am wanting to use 2018 to set the foundation to PR in 2019. Well, I shouldn’t just say PR, but to break my long time goal of sub-two’ing a half marathon. That’s the goal.

To work on that fountain, I plan on not just scaling back on the races — but, focusing on doing two races a month. Ideally, a half marathon and a trail race, a month. This would be on top of shorter training runs on the other weekends. Runs that I want to vary between a canyon downhill run, trail run and challenge run (a mentally challenging run — run uphill, midnight all night run, etc) — but, I’ll blog about that later.

I just want to challenge myself, get faster and mentally stronger in order to attempt and achieve my goal. A goal I’d love to meet at either the Nebo Half or Revel Big Cottonwood Half in 2019. Something that seems rather doable for me.

But, 2018 will have to set that kind of success up for me. So, while I am scanning UltraSignUp, UtahRunning.com, Running in the USA, RaceEntry.com and other registration websites I’ve come up with tentative schedule for 2018.

Remember these are only races 13.1 miles or longer. I am sure I’ll have a few 10Ks and 5Ks planned throughout the year. Also, races in bold are ones that I am registered for already. And, there are a few in the later months that are planned on a projected date.

So, yeah, here’s my schedule …

1 — Revolution Run, January 1, 2018
2 — Sun Marathon, February 3, 2018
3 — Jackpot Running Festival, February 16-18, 2018
4 — Strider’s Winter Circuit Half Marathon, April 7, 2018
5 — Salt Lake City Half Marathon, April 21, 2018
6 — Provo City Half Marathon, May 5, 2018
7 — Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, May 12, 2018
8 — Drop 13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, June 9, 2018
9 — AF Canyon Race Against Cancer, June 23, 2018
10 — Canyon to Canyon Half Marathon, July 14, 2018
11 — Bountiful Handcart Days Half Marathon, July 24, 2018
12 — Elephant Rock Trail Half Marathon, August 11, 2018
13 — Mt. Nebo Half, August 25, 2018
14 — Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, September 8, 2018
15 — Park City Trail Half Marathon, September 15, 2018
16 — Corner Canyon 25K; October 13, 2018
17 — The Haunted Half – Provo, October 28, 2018
18 — Mt. View Trail Half Marathon; November 10, 2018
19 — Thankful 13, November 22, 2018
20 — The Bakers Dozen Half Marathon, December 8, 2018

If you are planning on running any of these races or would love to suggest other races for me to do, please comment below! I love discovering new races!


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RACE #146: Provo City Half Marathon

This past week has been a struggle — to say the least. After getting sick during the Salt Flats 50K last Friday my whole weekend and most of this past week was simply derailed. I’m still not 100%, but I am past the flu and bronchitis and I feel much, much better.

Having DNF’d the Salt Flats 50K and DNS’d the Tulip Festival Half — I was ready for a race success this weekend. Not even a success, just a race. And, this was the perfect rebound race. Especially since I was pacing the 3:35 time (basically the sweeper).

I’ve always enjoyed running the Provo City Half. It’s a fun course that starts at South Fork up Provo Canyon and then drops down to University Blvd. by way of the Provo River Trail. It’s not a super fast canyon race, but it has a good combination of downhill and nice rolling hills.

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I was excited to not just run this course, but to be pacing it with my really good friend Tricia Wilkins. This shouldn’t have been our first foray into pacing. Back in 2014 we were suppose to pace the Thankful 13 together, but we got separated in the corral and lost each other. I tried to catch up as I was pushing Elsha, but we just never did.

So this race was pretty much making up for that failure.

And, it didn’t disappoint. Especially since we were also joined by Tricia’s husband Cory. It was a REAL party now!

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I carpooled down from Bountiful to Provo with Carla and Reese Thorne. It was nice because I got to bypass the bus shuttle up the canyon since Reese has his cart. As much as I enjoy bus shuttles up canyons, I also like avoiding losing an extra hour of sleep — it was nice not having to leave for Provo an hour earlier.

The race start at the South Fork Park up Provo Canyon near Vivian Park — and in year’s past it’s pretty dang cold. So I always come prepared with a fairly heavy and/or layers, but when we got up the canyon I was fairly surprised how warm it was — my jacket was hardly needed. Which is good and bad — bad, meaning, it meant the valley was going to be fairly hot.

But, since I was pacing 3:35 I wasn’t too worried about the heat. Plus, I brought my backpack which still packed from the previous week’s 50K misadventure. I had some water leftover along with bacon jerky, applesauce, Swedish Fish, some Honey Stingers and a first aid kit. So, I was pretty much set for anything between an empty stomach to the apocalypse.

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After the gun sounded and we corralled everyone toward the starting line we made the decent down the canyon. I love the Vivian Park portion of the canyon, especially during the spring — not only is the canyon beautiful, but you also get some great views of Timp as well. It’s gorgeous.

We fartleked down the canyon trying to keep a good pace while trying not to frighten the people ahead of us much. As much as I love sweeping and pacing the last pacing times — I also know how much the people in the back don’t want to see you, especially early in the race. I’ve had a few run ins with runners in the past that came close to cursing me out at miles 2-3 or so. And, I don’t blame them! No one wants to be passed by the sweeper.

After our fartlek down Vivian Park the course took us down the Provo River Trail — which is even prettier than South Fork and Vivian Park. After passing Bridal Veil Falls and switching under the highway we kept the party going with dance parties (Tricia brought Bluetooth speakers), squats and plenty of laughing. It really was a party in the back.

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It was a blast.

Around miles 7-8 the course dumped us onto University Blvd. toward the finish line. I was a bit worried about getting to this point, because I was expecting it to be pretty hot — since it warm up the canyon. But, I was relieved to see cloud cover as a storm was approaching Provo. It didn’t look particularly nasty — so the cloud coverage was welcomed.

As we got closer to the finish line we were joined by the Petrossi’s — Timothee and Jennifer — who planned on grabbing a Slurpee and running in with us. They are both a part of Team Addict II Athlete and it was really touching to have them run with us, because it reminded so much of last year’s Provo City Half when the team ran me in on that same home stretch — because nobody runs alone on Team AIIA.

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At mile 12.5 we hopped off course monetarily and grabbed our Slurpees. Though it wasn’t scorching hot — the Slurpees were manna to my lips — and cooled me down. It was perfect. So, with our Slurpees in hand we headed toward the finish line for our victorious finish picture! And, thanks to Jorge we got some sweet photos!

But, we were done! We did it! We may of been a tad past our pace, but that didn’t matter much. We lingered a bit at the finish line to cheer in some of the runners behind us as we finished the last of our Slurpees.

I just felt great. Having finished the race helped erase a lot of discouragement of my previous week. And, being able to just get out and run was something I couldn’t imagine earlier in the week after overcoming the flu and bronchitis.

My only regret was that my ankle was pretty sore, but that was my own fault — as I realized afterward I forgot to wear my sports brace. But, after icing it throughout the weekend I should be okay. But, it is one of the reasons why I planned on backing out of the Ogden Marathon distance. That foot on pavement for 26.2 miles would just be too much.

Anyways — my next race isn’t until Memorial Day weekend at the Jordan River Half Marathon. I’m planning on getting some good running in, but at the same time I am taking it easy to let my body and ankle heal a bit. It needs it, because I feel it.

But, this race was a victory and such a fun memory I will remember among my 180 journey.


MY NEXT FIVE RACES


Everyone needs a Dave in their life. This past week has been pretty stressful. Between overcoming the flu and bronchitis while juggling two jobs, it’s been a tough and stressful week. Tonight after work my plan was to dive head first into some pending projects I need done by Monday, but that kind of got derailed when I got a call from Dave asking to hang out because his Mom wasn’t home. I had a million reasons to say no, but I just couldn’t decline his request. I knew he didn’t want to be alone. So I told him he could come over and watch some basketball while I worked on my computer. When he got to our house he told me how he felt sad for his Mom and how she wasn’t having a very good week. He then told me that he wanted to cheer her up and wanted to go get flowers for her. I knew this meant I wasn’t going to be spending much of the evening at home as planned, so I hopped in the car and headed to the store with Dave. My heart melted watching Dave pick out some flowers, chocolates and a card for his Mom. The love and admiration he has for her is truly special. And, as I stood next to him as he was making these choices, I just couldn’t help but recognize that I needed this pause. I needed this reminder of what life is about. Dave has provided many of these kind of moments during our friendship. I don’t know how I got so lucky to call him “friend,” but I truly cherish his friendship. And, I am truly grateful for these many little lessons and reminders he teaches me.

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RACE #146: Provo City Half Marathon (3:35) After the previous weekend’s debacle of DNFs and DNSs and subsequent illness, this was a nice rebound race. I paced 3:35 alongside Tricia and her husband … we were essentially “the sweepers.” But, we had a blast! We had dance parties, made new friends, grabbed Slurpees at Mile 12.5 and made sure there was a party in the back! I wasn’t 100% with my lingering cough and ankle, but the situation was perfect where those weren’t a factor. I’m taking a little more time off to rest my sprained ankle. But, come later this month I should be ready for the Jordan River Half on the 27th. But, I’m still enjoying this moment and race and being able to party on with my dear friends throughout the 13.1 miles! Such a fun time! #provocityhalf #race146 #running @joshruns180 @fight4phat @josherwalla @myracemedals @ryrpacers @run13utah

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Newborns always make the best drunk faces.

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I always love a good graduation ceremony, but I won’t lie … five minutes into it, I’m ready for it to be over.

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Somebody’s feeling pretty.

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Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 5.5 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 19.47 miles
TOTAL MILES — 38.07 miles
Race(s) this week — Provo City Half Marathon

May 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 5.5 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 19.47 miles
TOTAL MILES — 38.07 miles
Races in May — Provo City Half Marathon and Jordan River Half Marathon.

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 210.75 miles
Race Miles — 164.52 miles
Walking Miles — 439.88 miles
TOTAL MILES — 815.15 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.


RACE #118: Provo City Half Marathon

First a few items of business. One, my blog is back up and in service. It had been down for the past couple of weeks. I had some errors that wouldn’t allow me to upload content and at times view the blog itself. I’d love to sit here and curse my blog host about their inability to fix this matter within a timely matter.

But, it was totally user error. I might look like I totally understand internet things, but it’s a lie. Sometimes I surprise myself by being able to start my computer without loading some kind of Malware software on it. Some days I feel like I have the technological acumen of a 80 year old who calls the computer the devil’s machine. 

Anyways — I am back. I’ve fixed my issues and — hopefully — I avoid another unplanned two week blogcation again. Now onto the race recap …

I’ve been focused on this race for what seems like months upon months. The past three months my training has been focused on this race. And, while it’s been my focus — going into the race, I had no idea how to feel? Or what to feel?

I felt ready — I put the miles in I needed. My longest training run was 10 miles, I ran 2-3 times a week, worked out twice a week and made sure I hit my 10,000 step goal Monday-Saturday. But, I won’t lie, with the way my body has reacted — or not reacted — to my training as it has in the past … I was scared of the unexpected.

So much so by the time race day came, I knew two things — this was going to suck and I had no business being on the course. I was simply not ready.

I came to this belief simply because I dwelled on it WAY too much. Sure, I’m not where I was 2-3 years ago physically, but by comparing the two, I negated the work I had put in. I wish I came to that realization before the race. But, it was more like somewhere between miles two and three.

My shins were hurting, my legs felt like rocks and I just wasn’t mentally into my run. My body was responding the way I prepared it the previous week. And, it wanted to die. Well, okay, not die — but, definitely take a long nap somewhere along the course.

When I got to the first aid station at Vivian Park — my body was hurting and I wasn’t mentally present. And, I still had 11 miles to go. I was loathing what was in front of me — but, I also knew things had to change. I couldn’t put myself through 11 miles of this hell.

But, then — I had a moment.

I simply asked myself, “Josh, where is your heart?” Meaning — why are you running? Where’s your passion? And, of course — “get your sh– together!”

This wasn’t the first time I’ve asked myself this question in the middle of a run. And, I am sure it won’t be the last. But, it’s a question that should be asked often, especially during those physically and mentally tough runs.

After asking myself that question — I stopped for a moment and reminded myself to run with the heart first. That’s what has carried me through the thousands of miles leading up to that point. If you’re not running — or doing anything for matter — with your heart, then what’s the point of doing it at all?

And, I’ve found that when you lead with the heart, the mental and physical will follow. Pain is easier to process and your ‘whys’ are easier to understand and process. Finding that place of understanding was crucial to my race — and while I wish I found that zone much, much earlier — and well before the race — sometimes we find it when we need it the most.

So with that new frame of mind — I moved forward with a new focus and it made all the difference. Did I all of the sudden run faster? Um — no. My overall pace was something like a 13:22 minute mile –well below my peak of 9:53 from a few years ago (that’s a post for another day). But, the pain I was feeling was easier to process and I was able to push forward harder.

So, maybe, you could say I did run faster?

Either way, I was in a good place mentally and I was beyond grateful being there. I really don’t think I could have last much longer without a change. I would have either gotten hurt or just stopped.

I put myself onto cruise control for the rest of Provo Canyon and worked on preparing myself mentally for the last five miles of the race. I knew it was going to be tough and I just wanted to finish under three hours. That was really my only goal for the race.

The biggest obstacle in front of me was the hill at mile 11. Physically, it’s not that bad of a hill — I’ve ran worse. But, being at mile 11 when you’re physically, mentally and emotionally spent it will get to you, especially since you can see it coming from quite a ways off.

I didn’t want to be crushed by the hill — so I simply decided to conquer it. Not physically — but, mentally and emotionally. So, when I approached the base of the hill, I simply kept my focus away from it. I instead looked to my right at the trees, street signs and fire hydrants — anything really. I used that small markers as goals, once I passed one — I went to another — until I conquered that blasted hill.

That gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. And, another mentally victory.

Approaching the last mile of the race — I was met by Jed, one of the Addict II Athlete team members. One of the things I LOVE about the AIIA team — is that once you are done with your race you help bring in everyone else. No one runs alone on the team.

I can’t begin to put my thoughts and feelings into words of how I felt during that last mile. My running journey is now some 6-7 years long — and I wish I had found AIIA much earlier. The support, sense of brotherhood, love and purpose I feel amongst the team is profound.

After having been ran in by the team, I quickly got myself some water and bananas (naturally) and just kind of collapsed in a mess of emotions. Not only did I finish under three hours, but I was just grateful for the race, the moment I just had with Jed and the rest of the AIIA team. I said a simple silent prayer of gratitude and composed myself.

I wish I was able to turn around and run in the last few runners, but by the time I refueled and composed myself the last AIIA runner had crossed the finish line. So, my goal is to make sure I return the favor at the Ogden Half in a couple of weeks.

In retrospect, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about the race. First and forth most — I am just grateful for the ability to run. I might not be as fast as I used to be. My health has been all over the place with my thyroid and testosterone — but, I can still do what I love and I shouldn’t take that for granted. I know I will get back where I want to be physically. It might not be now or as fast as I wish — but, I’ll get there.

I am grateful for the small moments and lessons I learned throughout the race — whether it changing my mindset at mile two, side conversations with strangers running the course beside me, running with the AIIA team members or my friends JoAnna and Michael. These are the reasons why I run.

I run to be better. I run to be with others. I run to help others be better. I run because I love to run. I run to be. There are many, many, many reasons I could list. But, I am sure you get the point.

I am looking forward to the racing season — not just to better my outcome from this weekend’s race, but for the unrealized friendships, experiences and adventures. I am looking forward to the marathons in the fall leading up to my 50 miler in October. It’s going to take a lot of work — and I am ready for that. I am excited about that.

But, the focus now is looking towards Ogden and continue to get stronger out on the roads and trails, but in the weight room as well. I really need to get stronger, especially within my core. That more than anything will help me get faster and slimmer.

Well, okay, maybe not slimmer, but that’d be nice — then I wouldn’t have to worry about my thyroid. But, again, that’s a post for another day.

YEAH RUNNING! YEAH PROVO!


MY NEXT RACE

119 - Ogden Half

As I have mentioned numerous times here on the bloggy blog, I had to drop the Vigor Big Cottonwood Half (May 14) because of my best friend’s wedding that same day. So my next race is now the Ogden Half the following week. I wasn’t originally planning on running Ogden — I had to buy a last minute bib.

My goal for this race is simple — build on what I accomplished at Provo, come in under three hours or less and don’t poop my pants (my goal for pretty much every race).

In the meantime I am going to have to find a good route to run this weekend for my long run and pray every night that it doesn’t pour rain like it has at Ogden during the marathon the past 2 out of 3 years.

Regardless, Ogden is still one of my favorite races — and I can’t wait to run it again!


PHATGRAMS

The help around here is quite adorable. #cleaningthechurch #calliekoko

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It’s a baby holding party over here! #teegee #chubbingtatum

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She’s perfect. I’m in love. #missthalia #prouduncle

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2016miles

RUNNING MILES

96.8 miles

RACE MILES

51.7 miles

WALKING MILES

564.77 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

713.27 miles

MILES TO GOAL

1953.73 miles


InstaReplay: Provo City Half

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I ran the Provo City Half Marathon today — my 118th race in my 180 race journey. I won’t lie — it was tough. I was emotional. I was sore. I was a lot of things. But, I finished above my expectations and I gave it a strong effort. And, some day that’s all that matters, right?

Here are some snapshots from the race. I will have a full race review back here on Monday. So make sure to come back!

Enjoy the pictures …


This wasn’t nearly as a physically tough race as I thought it would be. But, mentally and emotionally it took a lot of effort to balance. Having not ran a half in three months I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t feel ready, but I put the work and miles in. So I shouldn’t left my faith there. But, going out of the gate I let those fears and worries have a loud voice. And, I struggled physically and emotionally early on the race. At mile two, I stopped and simply asked myself, “Josh, where is your heart?” I wasn’t running with my heart, and I had to change that in order to change my race. I’ve found that if I don’t run with my heart — the emotional and physical with just not be there. Running with the heart requires you to overcome those shortcomings of relying physically and emotionally with passion. And, after that little “Come to Jesus” moment with myself my run improved and my fears took a backseat to what I knew I could do, because I was doing it. #race118 #provocityhalf #running @joshruns180

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RACE #118 IS DONE! I don’t know where to start? I experienced all kinds of emotions before, throughout and after this race. Fears of my inabilities slowed my race from the gate, but after a ‘Come to Jesus’ moment with myself at mile two, I cast those fears aside and focused running with my heart. Did that make me faster? Well … no. But, it allowed me to put faith in the training and miles I put in to prepare myself for this race. Sure, I have lost speed the past couple of years as I’ve tried to figure out how to manage my thyroid, but I also came to the realization, mid-race, that while my time not be where I want it to be — my given effort was where I needed it to be to power through emotional and physical hurdles throughout the race. I am going to remember this race for those many reasons and I look forward to getting stronger and faster throughout the running season. #race118 #provocityhalf #running

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This must be what heaven looks like … #bananasfordays #race118 #provocityhalf #running

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Fight4Phat: Fightin’ and actually seeing some results!

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What a great week — especially leading into a great weekend! I am very excited for this weekend for a number of reasons. I think the exciting news is that I am actually starting to see progress with my weight-loss.

It’s been a month or so of tweaking diets, workout regimes and runs to come up with something that works with my body. Thyroids are tricky things — but the more I’ve read and learned — and tried — I am starting to see results (this week’s progress numbers are below).

In addition to the scaled success — I am just excited Daylight Savings Time is in full-swing. This is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year — the extra hour of sunlight after work does wonders for me. Especially when I get outside and run. I need the sun.

On the contrary — my least favorite week of the year is when Daylight Savings Time ends. It does a number on me. Doesn’t help the anxiety losing that hour of sunlight. In fact, more often than not — I’ll have at least one panic attack the following week after the change. But, that’s a story for another time.

Tomorrow — I am excited about my long run — I am heading out to Antelope Island and running the causeway. Which will be about a 7-8 mile run (depending on where I start). It’s also the Antelope Island Buffalo Run and I have a number of friends running the 50 miler and 50K — odds are I’ll go say hello at some of the aid stations.

Running and friends is always a great combination.

My sister-in-law should be popping any day now with child — so I should be an uncle once again here soon! I love being an uncle — it’s great practice for my future kids. But, then again — I don’t plan on sugaring and riling up my own kids. That’s only a task an uncle can do.

Anyways — for her own good — I hope she has this kid soon.

But, it’s been a great week — spring is here and I am in the full swing of my half marathon training for Provo in May. I am feeling much better about my progress, especially as some of this weight drops — it’s been such a worry for me lately just to find a solution. I am very optimistic this is a good path.

Welp, I think that’s it for me! Have a great weekend! Go for a run — have some fun! And, enjoy it!

PROVO OR BUST! 


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With the passing of Jimmy Chunga’s father this past week — all of the Pod Bash shows have been postponed until next week. This includes Are We Prepared, Yet?, Runcast USA and the new Addict II Athlete.

Next Friday a new Addict II Athlete will debut — then on April 1st the latest Are We Prepared, Yet? episode will run. A new Runcast USA will debut on April 8th. Sorry for the delays, but please be understanding of the situation.

Best wishes and sympathies to Chunga and his family.

Tune in next week!


PHATGRAMS

Getting some snuggle time with this lil’ dinosaur! #babytrex #uncletime

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THIS WEEK’S NUMBERS

COMMENTARY: Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually — this has been a good week. I made my diet and workout regime change. Well, the workout regime didn’t change … much. But, the diet did.

I mainly switched my protein shakes, am watching my added sugar intake and have added a few supplements to my diet plan. Mainly garcinia cambogia, forskolin and magnesium. And, I am starting to see some results!

The goal is to aid the thyroid and promote fat burning and weight-loss. It’s pretty well documented that the combination of garcinia cambogia and forskolin are great for weight-loss. The magnesium is mainly for the thyroid — I am not sure if I am getting ENOUGH — and I want to make sure that I am. So I am taking an magnesium only supplement.

The plan is to stick with this for about six weeks — so until about … um … the end of April, early May. Just in time for the Provo City Half. I am hoping to drop a good 15lbs. between now and then.

We shall see … we’re going in the right direction … so that’s good!

WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
BMI: 32.9
WAIST: 45.8″
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 (3/11/16)

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

THIS WEEK (3/18/16)

WEIGHT: 278.8 LBS.
BODY FAT%: 24.8%
BMI: 32.9
WAIST: 45.8″
ARMS: 16.25″
THIGHS: 27″

THIS WEEK’S DIFFERENCE

WEIGHT: -3.1 LBS.
BODY FAT%: -0.3%
BMI: -0.2
WAIST: -0.2″
ARMS: 0.0″
THIGHS: 0.0″



Daily Shorts.fw

Since I made of list of ‘shorts’ yesterday in celebration of March Madness — I’m not posting a Daily Shorts here — you can read the list of 68 shorts … HERE.

Enjoy.


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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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RACE RECAP #90: Provo City Half

Provo.fwCan you believe that I am officially HALF way to my goal? 90 races is A LOT of races, but at the same time I feel like I know each one personally. This is one reason I know I was born with the hoarder gene. If these my races were cats it would be safe to assume you wouldn’t want to step inside my house. But, I digress.

Really though, I feel like each race has become a part of me and my journey. This was my fourth time running the Provo City Half and I must say, it has progressively become one of my favorite races. That wasn’t always my case. The first couple of times I ran it I kinda hated it. The wait up the canyon was too long and cold and then it was too hot on the course once you got out of the canyon.

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Some of my favorite running peeps. This picture seems more like a school picture than anything. But, I love it.

This race wasn’t any different. But, the biggest difference has been the people. As sappy as that sounds it’s true. The more my running circle has widened the more enjoyable that long and cold wait up the canyon has become. It’s hard to stay cold when you’re laughing too hard. Again, that sounds totally sappy. But, it’s true.

Plus, the more I run, the more I appreciate and love downhill races. Provo Canyon is beautiful and I love the paved trail that winds itself down to University Blvd. It really is gorgeous. Plus, it’s one of the first races of the running season and there is a fun energy about it. I love that aspect. I love that energy. I need that energy.

Since bus pickup was from 4:30-5:30am I decided to stay with the Gabicas in Orem since Mark was running the race as well. It worked out great, because in the past I’ve had to wake up at 2am and then drive from Bountiful to Provo to hop on the bus. As it turns out, it really does pay to have friends in Utah County.

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Another picture of some of my favorite running peeps. I’m totally not ready for this picture.

I met up with them and some other friends at TheOld Spaghetti Factory after work on Friday. I won’t go into much detail, but I absolutely LOVE pasta before a race. Not just any kind of pasta. I just want spaghetti and marinara sauce. As simple as that. I think it runs in my blood, because my Dad is a pasta man as well.

But, I digress.

After carpooling down to Provo with Mark on Saturday morning we met up with our running friends to take pictures before loading the busses. Once we got up the canyon the party continued. I love these larger races just for these occasions. I love the starting line party atmosphere. There is an excitement in the air, it’s as though everyone’s nerves add to that scene. It’s something I will never get tired of. Never.

Going into the race I wanted to push myself. And, on a downhill course that’s a bit easier for me to do. Last year I got about a 2:20 finish time and though I know I wasn’t there yet this year, I wanted to finish somewhere between 2:30-2:45. I felt that would be a good finish time, especially since I didn’t get much mileage in the week before because of PrepperCon.

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Despite popular belief I am not mid-belch here.

When I got to the race I still felt this range was doable and since my friend Cevan was pacing the 2:45 group I decided to just run with him and see how I was feeling. I am glad I ran with him most of the way, because 2:30 would have been pushing it a TAD too much for me I think? It’s been a frustrating past couple of months with my thyroid and testosterone and I have a lost a lot of my speed. But, that’s a post for another day.

So, 2:45 was it.

I started the race alongside Cevan and since he was the last pacer of the bunch it was definitely THE PARTY IN THE BACK! Cevan brings a lot of fun (and irreverent) energy which works perfect for the 2:45 group. Starting off the race we had a fun little group of energetic runners following us. It was fun.

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Cevan with a C running down the canyon … those are two fingers he’s holding up BTW.

After a couple of miles things spread out some and I found myself running with a first time half marathoner, Shaun. He was struggling some with his breathing and rhythm, so I kind of stayed with him to help him through that and help get him back to Cevan.

I saw a lot of myself in Shaun as we were running. He was doing this because he wanted to improve his life and make his family proud of him. Thinking back to my first half marathon I really wish I would have had someone I knew to help me through a lot of those small things that don’t come up until race day. And, with this being my half way race, I had a lot of my past races on my mind … especially that first race.

After running the first half of the race with Shaun I went ahead to catch up with Cevan because he had to slow down with some foot issues. But, after the race Shaun and I touched base and I know our connection benefited both of us for different reasons. Sure, I helped him with those little things, but seeing his determination to run catapulted my thoughts throughout the rest of the race to ALL of my races.

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Me with Katie and Cevan at the end of the race. I crossed the finish line with Katie.

My mind raced (all puns intended) throughout all 90 of my races. It ran through all the difficult races that I pushed myself through the hard, I thought of all the accomplishments of new distance and speed accomplishments and then of course all of the friendships. I won’t lie, around mile 10 I kiiiiiiiiiiiinda lost it thinking about that. I am not a very emotional person, but I guess when I am in the middle of a race left with my thoughts and craving a Slurpee and nachos I tend to get that way?

Meh.

But, seriously, I just felt an immense gratitude for this journey of mine. The goal really hasn’t been about the number of races. I don’t feel like it’s that big of an accomplishment, but those races have given me 90 opportunities to make new friendships, inspire other people and share my love for life and running.

I’ve had a number of opportunities to be a part of other people’s journeys and some of their firsts. Whether that’s being a small part in Shaun’s first half or running alongside Jill during her first marathon. I feel lucky to be in a situation where I can share those experiences with friends new and old.

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Gabica Family picture. I love these peeps. I’m praticially Addison’s older brother.

Gosh, I might be getting a TAD emotional right now just writing that.

I’ve just been VERY VERY blessed.

Anyways, back to the race. Once I got within two miles of the finish line I just tried keeping a good pace. I tweaked my knee around mile 9ish and I was having a hard time stretching it out. I wasn’t too worried about it, it was just more uncomfortable than anything. But, it was around this time I kinda lost sight of Cevan and knew I wasn’t going to be coming in at 2:45, so I do what I usually do in those situations.

I looked for someone to run with.

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RACE #90 ON THE BOOKS! WOOHOO!

I found one of the runners, Katie, who was running with Cevan at the start of the race. This was her second half marathon and, really, was a breath of fresh air during the last couple of miles. She was energetic and enthusiastic which kept me laughing. She was also pushing for a new PR which she beat by four minutes!

My official time for the race was 2:53:40. It was eight minutes off my goal, but fittingly less than thirty seconds off my time for my first half marathon back in 2011. I am now officially half way there.

And, living on a prayer (sorry, couldn’t help it).


NEXT RACE: VIGOR BIG COTTONWOOD HALF MARATHON (THIS SATURDAY!)

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Now that I am officially on the downside of my goal, I guess it’s fitting that I am running a downhill run next week, eh? I ran this race last year with Susette and it’s one of my favorite races … mainly, because I love Big Cottonwood Canyon … a lot.

But, I am excited about this race too, because this will be my second race pushing Wheelz (aka Josh Twelves). This should be a faster time than Lagoon … mainly because it’s all down hill, but it should be a lot of fun. I am half tempted to buy myself some Heely’s and just roll all the way down the canyon while holding onto his cart.

This really doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

But, it totally is.

But, still.

YEAH RUNNING!!!


MY 2015 MONTHLY MILEAGE

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 161.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 104.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 92.85 miles
2015 Total Miles – 358.35 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May  15.1 miles

MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATION

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