Tag: provo

RACE #166: The Haunted Half — Provo City

I am winding down on so much right now — not only am I winding down on my 2017 race schedule, but my 180 goal as well. This was my 29th race over 13.1 miles this year and fourth to last. That’s a lot of running. Then on top of that this is the 15th to the last race of my 180 race goal.

That last one is a harder one to process than this year’s race schedule. But, here I am running my 29th race of the year and 166th race of my 180 goal. It’s hard not to get somewhat sentimental at these races — especially the ones I’ve done basically every year.

The Haunted Half is one that I have rarely missed the past few years. That includes both the Provo and Salt Lake City races. These are some of my favorite races — from the courses, medals, t-shirts and overall experience. That was one reason I loved working for Runtastic Events during the time I did, because we focused on providing top notch quality for the runners and their race experience.

As difficult as it was stepping away from the race company, I was excited that I was able to run the races — especially the Nebo Half (my favorite) and The Haunted Half races. That also meant I was going to be able to EARN the Trilogy medal. I am sure if I was still working for the company I would have been given one, but that’s not the same as EARNING the medal.

It’s a really, really, really cool medal. The design it top notch, it’s HUGE and it’s heavier than most newborn babies (slightly exaggerating). Since I won’t be in town for the Thankful 13 I had to earn it earlier and this race was the final race I had to do for the medal.

So here I am.

Since this is a Halloween race, I was planning on dressing up. But, the banana costume I bought wasn’t really running friendly. So I had to improvise. And, by improvise I mean — take the laziest approach to my costume. I threw on my Greg Gregerson shirt and just went as Greg Gregerson. That was it.

Kinda lame I know. But, it worked. And, I didn’t have to worry about the logistics of costume. A costume I’m not sure wouldn’t kill me with excess chaffing? And, that’s something you don’t want to find out.

So, Greg Gregerson it was.

I know, you kinda wish you could pull that off, huh?

I didn’t have a time goal for this race. I’ve made the switched to an effort goal about a month ago as I work toward my 100 mile run in February. I really wanted a good effort with minimal walking. So if there was any goal — that was it.

A lot of the athletes from my Addict II Athlete team were running this race in honor of Carlee whom we lost earlier this month. It’s been a very emotional month for the team and this was a very emotional race as well.

A number of wore Carlee’s name on our shoes, some ran in pink tutus for Carlee and Don ran the whole 13.1 miles dragging Carlee’s “I Can Do Hard Things” tire behind him. It was a great tribute to her. It was a very emotional run for many of us.

I started off the run with Don, Russell and a number of the teammates. We all kept close to each other for the first half of the race. At the mid way point we kind of part and I ran the rest of the race with Zack and some of the Minor League team members.

Zack was slowing down a bit around Mile 9-10 and I ended up sticking with him for the rest of the race. As fast and downhill this race is, I forget that those last few miles are TOUGH! Around mile 10 the canyon is gone and the hills come out.

The worst of all the hills is the hill at Mile 12. People complain about the hill at Mile 10.5 of Run Elevated down Little Cottonwood Canyon, but this hill is much worse. It’s longer and — just brutal.

But, the good thing is that once you get over it the finish line isn’t too far away. But, oy! It was brutal (have I said that enough?).

The effort was there and once I got to the finish line I was done. I gave a great effort. I quickly grabbed my race medal and some water before grabbing my bag and Trilogy medal before leaving. I wanted to linger, but I was exhausted and really needed food in me.

A post shared by KETOshua Snow Hansen (@ketoshua) on

Luckily for me there was an In-N-Out less than a mile from the finish line. I was in heaven. Ever since I started my keto diet my favorite thing after a long run or race was an In-N-Out protein style, animal style burger.

Needless to say, it was delicious. Possibly life changing.

The focus now is this weekend’s races in St. George and Joshua Tree, California. As you might recall I am running both the Snow Canyon Half Marathon and Joshua Tree Half Marathon on Saturday. It will be a great challenge and training for my 100. Plus, there’s the whole part where I’m running my name.

I’ll have more on that later this week.


MY REMAINING 2017 RACES


Weekly Miles

Running Miles — 4.0 miles
Race Miles — 13.1 miles
Walking Miles — 17.46 miles
TOTAL MILES — 34.56miles
Races This Week — The Haunted Half — Provo

October 2017 Miles

Running Miles — 33.69 miles
Race Miles — 52.4 miles
Walking Miles — 89.62 miles
TOTAL MILES — 175.71 miles
Races in September — (4) The Haunted Half – SLC, SoJo Half, Howloween Half, The Haunted Half – Provo

2017 Miles

Running Miles — 415.24 miles
Race Miles — 427.57 miles
Walking Miles — 1117.23 miles
TOTAL MILES — 1960.04 miles
Races done in 2017 — (30) New Year’s Half Marathon, Sweethearts 5K, Jackpot Running Festival, SL Tri Club Indoor Half, March Madness Half, Lucky 13 Half Marathon, Emigration Canyon Half Marathon, Riverton Half, Saltair Half, Provo City Half Marathon, Jordan River Half Marathon, Drop13 Half Marathon, Bear Lake Trifecta – Idaho, Wyoming & Utah, AF Canyon Race Against Cancer, The Hobbler Half, Handcart Days Half, DesNews Half Marathon, Elephant Rock Trail Half Marathon, Run Elevated Half Marathon, Nebo Half, Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, Huntsville Half Marathon, Timp Elk Run, Jordan River Half Marathon, The Haunted Half – SLC, SoJo Half,  Howloween Half and The Haunted Half — Provo.


A post shared by The Runcast (@theruncast) on

This is Bananas …

Running has become a large part of who I am — a very large part. And, it’s something I want it be a part of me throughout my lifetime. When I made my goal to run 180 races by age 40 — I did so because I wanted running to be a challenge that took me a decade or so to acheive.

Well, I am 35 — going on 36 in August — and I am some 43 races away from that goal. I wouldn’t have anticipated five years ago that this is where I would be. There are many reasons why I love running and racing — but, that’s not what this post is about. Needless to say — I love to run and it has been life changing for me.

But, as I approach the completion of this goal, I am starting to look a beyond the goal. I am starting to ask myself — what’s next? Do I simply add more races to my goal? Do I make a goal to run 300 races by 40? Or 500 by 50? Or do I take another approach?

As much as I would love to add to my number goal, I’m feeling the pull to aspire to something else. For one, I want to eventually reach my goal of a running a sub-two half marathon. And, I can’t really do that when I am running 20-25 races a year.

I also want to run more. And, I am not talking about more races, but more longer races. I love the challenge of ultra races. Having three ultra marathons under my belt — I am beyond the point of guessing whether or not I can do such distances. Because, I know I can.

There is an appeal to me for these longer distances — not just during a race, but in a personal feat. I look at a number of local runners, specifically Cory Reese and his many self-sustained 100 milers — around a track, in the wilderness and in the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys. His craziness and approach to adventure speaks to me.

A couple years ago Cory ran from the Utah State Capital in Salt Lake City to Provo (50 miles) and back — for a crazy urban 100 miler. I was in awe and inspired. He was self-sustained through friends and convenience stores. The run included a number of Slurpee stops — which again speaks to me.

When Cory did this, I wanted to try something similarly “crazy.” Albeit, my kind of crazy. That’s why a few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to challenge myself to a similar goal of running from Salt Lake to Provo — just not back like Cory. It would essentially be a 50 mile run.

The concept and route will be somewhat similar to Cory’s route. I am planning on running down State Street in Salt Lake using convenience stores as my aid stations. Most likely 7 Elevens — because where else can I fuel up on Slurpees and bananas? I am planning on jotting over to Draper and Suncrest as I descend into Utah Valley and follow State Street and University Blvd. to the Provo Town Centre.

You can check out the map I made here. Of course that’s subject to change as I vet out that route a bit more.

But, I am inviting any and all of my friends to join me in the adventure whether it’s for all 50 miles — or a mile or two along the way. I want this to more so be a celebration of running and achievement than anything else. Plus, I think it will be a lot of fun with others involved.

If you’re interested in joining me, I’ve made a Facebook event for this adventure. I am doing it Saturday, March 25th. Which is subject to change dependent on the weather and a couple other factors. But, I am pretty set on that date.

Oh, and the name of the run?

This is Bananas!

I think that pretty much speaks for itself. Because, this run is bananas.

But, it will be fun and I can’t wait.

SO JOIN ME!

RACE #135: The Haunted Half — Provo

After a week off from running and pretty much anything strenuous after my 50 miler, I hopped back into the saddle with the Haunted Half. This is my sixth Haunted Half (three in Provo and three in SLC) and I love these races. They’re always a party and just tons of fun. They’re a great race to cap off the racing season.

And, for the fifth time — I have also swept the course. In fact the only time I didn’t sweep the course was in 2013 when I ran the Haunted Half for the first time. And, as much I love both downhill courses in which I can fly down — I much prefer to sweep, because that’s where the real party is at.

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

If I wasn’t sweeping this year’s course again, I am not sure if I would have ran it — mainly because of last week’s 50 miler. Then again as I am typing this, I’m totally lying to myself — I probably would still run it. I’d either go my pace or just joint the sweeping party in the back.

Anyways — my friends Jim and Jill — wanted to join the party and kind of see what it was like sweeping. They’ve heard about the number of races I’ve swept and really wanted to see if it was THAT much fun as I make it out to be. Of course I told them they could tag along (this invitation is out to anyone whenever I sweep).

Game plans for sweeping really vary according to the course and race. Some racing companies have very strict cut off times, some don’t and others are somewhere in between. And, this can vary even from race to race within the same race company.

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

For instance sweeping Timp is much different than sweeping this race. Since we’re on public roads down the canyon in American Fork Canyon I have to be out of the canyon at a certain time. So my goal is to keep that pace and encourage runners who are behind that pace to keep up with me. If they can’t they’re bussed to the mouth of the canyon where they can resume the race.

Whereas here there isn’t a strict cutoff while in the canyon, because the majority of the race runs along the Provo River Trail where it doesn’t impede traffic. So the pace is less of a hard cut-off and more of “as fast as the slowest runner” approach. Which I like, because it gives you time to get to perfect strangers.

My plan for this race was to hold back after the gun time and let the masses go and then kind of fartlek the first 5-6 miles, especially since that’s usually the steepest part of the race. So most of the walking breaks would come when we caught up with the last of the runners ahead of us.

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

When I don’t have to worry about a certain pace I don’t like interfering much with the runners. This is their race and I want them to enjoy it. I don’t like really letting my presence known until about the last half of the race if I can avoid it, because let’s be honest — no body wants to be caught by the sweeper.

I get that — I’ve been in the same boat. And, if someone says something to me, especially in the first half of the race I make sure they know I’m friendly and won’t sweep them off the course — and more than anything just want to be friends with them.

So the first 5-6 miles of the race was just spent fartleking along with Jill and Jim. And, we had a blast! Jim was dressed as Bat Bacon — and was definitely the life of the party. Cyclists, runners and walkers along the trail couldn’t help but smile seeing this giant piece of bacon dressed as Batman trudging along the trail.

A photo posted by Joshua Hansen (@fight4phat) on

We stopped for pictures along the way — many of Bat Bacon in superimposed snapshots — and countless others of the skeletons and signs along the course. Many in which we dressed up with some of our gear or anything laying around that might add to the picture op.

It was fun.

At Mile 6 I caught up with JessicaSue whom I paced at the Salt Lake Haunted Half last year. I suspected that at some point we would catch up. She was running with her husband and a friend. When Jim, Jill and I caught up with her she was starting to have some calf issues.

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

We yo-yo’d between her and a couple of other runners, but around miles 8-9 we ran exclusively with her party. I was impressed with her resolve and attitude through those last miles — it was tough on her. But, after dealing with similar issues last year I could see how much stronger she was this year in dealing with the pain.

The conditions for the race couldn’t have been better either. The weather was perfect for an October race. Probably a bit warmer than usual and running in a one-piece jumpsuit probably wasn’t the best choice for me. But, it was what it was and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Jill and Jim were invaluable in helping JessicaSue and the party alone the course. Jim provided the music and comic relief while Jill brought her insight and perspective to help JessicaSue process and deal with the pain. They might not have been “official” sweepers, but they were every bit invaluable.

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

One we were out of the canyon we had about three miles left and we just gutted it out. I was so proud of JessicaSue. It wasn’t easy. Even I was having issues with my legs around this point just from my 50 the week before. It was a lot of time spent on my feet.

But, the focus was simple — get to the finish line. And, we did step by step, mile by mile. It wasn’t easy, but we made it.

Tricia and the Runtastic crew were fantastic to us. They left the famous pumpkin arch up until we got to the finish line. And, we were greeted by ice cold water and food. I couldn’t have asked for better hospitality. They really put the runner first and made sure we all got the same treatment.

A photo posted by Josh Runs 180 (@joshruns180) on

It was great being able to pace JessicaSue again and do so with Jill and Jim. My legs were very fatigued, which I guess is kind of expected being out there on the course for over five hours. But, I tried keeping it into perspective — it was great ULTRA training for my race this weekend.

Plus, half way through the race I started fantasizing about ice baths and ibuprofen. So on my way home I took a pit stop to the gas station to get a couple of bags of ice and treated myself to painfully wonderful ice bath once I got home. Between that and the Ibuprofen it absolutely helped relieve the pain.

All in all, it’s another race underneath my belt, but it was also a great reminder to me on why I do this. I love pacing. It’s not always easy, but it is one of the most rewarding things about running to me. And, anything worth doing is never easy.

A photo posted by Joshua Hansen (@fight4phat) on

I knew it was going to be tough being my first run after my 50 miler, but it was great preparation for this weekend’s 50K. Not just physically, but mentally. I want to get one more run and another good workout this weekend before my race — and I feel like I’ll be okay for my race.

I mean, I know I can do it. I’m not worried about that. I’m just worried about having fresh legs.

But, the season is winding down. I have a couple more race before the end of the year and I plan on focusing on strength training in December and most of January before refocusing on running again. But, that’s all a post for another day.

YEAH RUNNING! YEAH PACING! YEAH HALLOWEEN!


136-buffalo-50k

I sometimes question my sanity. Okay, I often question my sanity. Well, okay, I always question my sanity. I mean who follows up a 50 miler with a 50K a couple of weeks after the 50 miler? Idiot runners that’s who.

And, as idiotic as it sounds — I can’t be any more excited. I love the longer distances. I love the trails. I love the challenges. I love the scenery. I love the community. I just love, love, love the goal and task at hand.

The goal is to simply finish like all of my races over 26.2 miles. But, I do want to do better than last. I ran the 50K in ten hours — I want to do better than that. I’m not in a position to say for certain if that’s going to be by a couple of hours or couple of minutes? I just want to do better than last year.

I will be running this by myself — well, without Tim or Jason. So I am not sure what that will do? It will be a good challenge for me and I am excited to just do my best and enjoy the ride. Is there anything else to it?

But, after this race, as I’ve mentioned before, I am planning on focusing more on the weight and strength training to give my legs some rest and focus on getting stronger so my training in the spring can be better. I feel like I’m in a good place and I can’t wait to balance things out a bit more even.

137 - thankful 13 138 - resolution run139-st-george



2667in2016

RUNNING MILES

251.55 miles

RACE MILES

368.98 miles

WALKING MILES

1254.83 miles

TOTAL MILES TO DATE

1875.36 miles



A photo posted by The Runcast (@theruncast) on

InstaReplay: The Haunted Half — Provo

The race season is slowly coming to a hault — and it’s fitting that it ends with one of my favorite races. I love the Haunted Half — it’s a gorgeous race down a beautiful canyon and just a lot of fun. Once again I’ve swept the course — this was my fifth Haunted Half I’ve swept since 2014 — that includes both Provo and SLC.

And, once again, I had a blast. I was joined by Jim and Jill for the entirety of the race and for the last half of the race I helped pace my friend JessicaSue to the finish line. I paced her to the finish line of the Salt Lake last year.

I had a blast and I’ll have a full race report tomorrow or Tuesday, but first, here are all of my race pictures …

We laughed heartedly. #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running @joshruns180 @fight4phat

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

HURTS. SO. GOOD. #icebath #race135 #thehauntedhalf #running #ryrpacers @joshruns180 @fight4phat

A photo posted by Josher (@josherwalla) on

RACE #135: The Haunted Half (Sweeper), October 29, 2016. Once again paced and swept one my favorite races! This is my fifth time sweeping a Haunted Half race. It's always an adventure and it's always a party. @jvgabica and @jimgastelum joined me for the party as they wanted to see what this sweeping gig was like. Their character and personalities were much needed as we helped motivate runners toward the finish line. The last half of the race I was able to run with @back_the_blue. I paced her last year at the Salt Lake Haunted Half and can't begin to tell you how proud I was of her this year. She was joined by her husband and friend and she fought through a lot of cramping and pain, but SHE DID IT! She got herself to the finish line and finished her second half marathon! Being a part of moments like these and helping her along the course is why I love pacing. It gives me a complete different perspective than when I solely run for myself. #thehauntedhalf #runtasticevents #race135 #running #ryrpacers @josherwalla @fight4phat

A photo posted by Josh Runs 180 (@joshruns180) on

RACE #111: The Provo Haunted Half

111-hauntedhalf

It’s hard to believe that this race is my second to last pacing gig of the year. I’m kinda bummed about that, because I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience I have had pacing and sweeping so many races this year. It’s really enriched my running experience. It’s taught me to (literally) slow down and enjoy the beauty that running has to offer.

Saturday’s race in Provo wasn’t any different. As I have mentioned before I love the Haunted Half races for a number of reasons — the first is probably how much of a party atmosphere they are. The fact that it’s a Halloween race naturally brings that kind of vibe along with it.

But, it’s also a celebration of the end of the racing season. All of the local marathons are pretty much done and these Halloween races just feel like a celebration of all the goals, achievements and accomplishments achieved during the race season. It’s really a great atmosphere, a fun atmosphere.

IMG_2531
Elsha and I always take a selfie together before each race we’re together at — a tradition of sorts. And, if you want to scar yourself for life check out Corey in the background.

This week was I was sweeping the course along with my friend Tim Gill. This was the third race we’ve swept this year — Jordan River Half, Legacy Midnight Run and this one. We’ve also ran a couple of races together — including my 100th race at the Handcart Days Half. And, that’s not including the number of races last year. Needless to say, we’ve ran together a lot — and we always have a blast.

Tim and I carpooled down to Provo the morning of the race and rode the bus to the starting line where we met up with a number of our friends while pouring over the few fire pits. It was cold, but luckily they had some hot chocolate to help temper that. Plus, I tried to move around as much as I could to keep from freezing. That helped some, but I kinda wished the race started earlier than 8:45am — especially considering we waited around nearly for two hours after the bus dropped us off.

IMG_2530
My RYR Pacing Family! Running and pacing with these peeps keeps me inspired!

Since Tim and were sweeping we hung back while the mass of madness moved past us across the starting line. It gave me a couple of extra minutes to pick up some discarded gloves (I love the race gloves they give you — SO WARM!) and watch everyone as they discarded their mylar blankets alongside the road. It really looked like the spoils after a Pop Tarts convention.

I brought along my bigger backpack for this race as well, because I wanted to pack it with the gloves and any discarded shirts or hoodies I found along the course. I actually did manage to find a nice blue hoodie, some head bands and a Domino’s Pizza shirt. I think of all the finds I was more excited about the Domino’s shirt. I have plans of walking into a Domino’s Pizza restaurant with car keys in hand to see if I can get a pizza delivery handed to me.

IMG_2523
Me and Timmy at Bridal Vail Falls down Provo Canyon. I think Tim thought this was an engagement picture, no?

The course pretty much follows that of the Provo City and Provo River Trail Half Marathons — it runs down Vivian Park, along the River Trail and then finishes outside of the canyon. Instead of finishing at The Riverwoods or Downtown Provo this course ends at the University Mall in Orem. It’s a beautiful course — I really like the Provo River Trail, it’s a great place for a race, especially running down Vivian Park.

The last couple miles of the race Tim and I helped pace in a couple of runners who were running their first half marathon. From what we gathered from them was that they thought they had signed up for the 5K and later found out it was actually the half marathon. But, instead of changing the race or backing out of it completely they decided to prepare for it about five or so week ago. You’re probably think that’s crazy — which is it, but really it’s crazy AWESOME! Mad props to the two for sticking with it.

IMG_2545
I (finally) got my Runtastic Trilogy medal for the year. I officially earned it last week, but picked it up this week. To earn the medal you need to run three of Runtastic’s half marathons. Blingy medal, eh?

In all this was another great experience. I will always love pacing and sweeping courses. Runners inspire me — always will. Each journey is individualized and personal — and epic in nature. And, I always come away from a race enriched and inspired from seeing runners accomplish goals, milestones and unrealized dreams.

Now the next couple of weeks is focused on the final preparations for my 50K on the 14th. I am all kinds of excited and nervous, but I know I’ve got what it takes to accomplish the task at hand and I know exactly where to draw the needed inspiration when I will need it.

But, first let’s get past next week’s Snow Canyon Half Marathon.


RACEGRAMS

General rule of thumb — don’t challenge a pirate to a drinking contest. But, today … I won. #prettymuchwaterboardedmyself

A video posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

Oh man, someone must have gotten into the Pop Tarts and eaten them all? #teampoptart

A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

Swept @thehauntedhalf in Provo on Saturday. It was a great experience alongside @timmgill68 — we even got into a water fight along the way. I’m always in awe of the runners I pace at the back of the pack. It doesn’t matter how long they take, it just matters that they get there. There’s a life lesson in there. I’m running the Snow Canyon Half in southern Utah next before my first ultra the following week on Antelope Island! Excited and nervous. But, I need to remember what I’ve learned about sweeping by focusing on just getting there. #thehauntedhalf #race111 #running #provo #utah #ryrpacers #workout #fitness #health #wellness #hypothyroid #hypothyroidism #lowtestosterone #thyroid #weightloss #weightlossjourney @running180 @fight4phat @kindaqwerty @thehauntedhalf @runtasticevents @ryrpacers A photo posted by Fight4Phat™ 🏃🏻💨 (@fight4phat) on


NEXT RACE: SNOW CANYON HALF

112-snowcanyon

As I sit here shivering I am thinking two things — one, I should probably put socks on and, two, I can’t wait to run in St. George this upcoming weekend. It will be a short reprieve from the turning fall weather and I can’t be any more excited. Sure, the weather this fall hasn’t been THAT bad, but when you hate the cold you take advantage of these opportunities.

I am doing this race as part of my requirements for the St. George Runner Series. I have to run two Washington County-based races between now and April to guarantee my spot into the 2016 St. George Marathon (Oct. 1). So the plan is to run the Snow Canyon Half this weekend and then I’ll be running the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon on December 12th in Hurricane. So I’ll be done with my requirement for the Runner Series before the end of this year. SCORE!

I am going to be carpooling down to southern Utah with my friends Jason and Tammy Henry. I am excited, I love road trips with friends. Especially, when you haven’t gotten their life stories yet. And, there’s plenty of time for life stories on the way down — especially between Nephi and Cedar City.

Jason and I will also strategize for our 50K the following week — we’re both virgin ultra marathoners so we’ll definitely need a good strategy. So far our only strategy is to not get gored by a buffalo, don’t poop our pants and to not die. Admirable goals for an ultra on Antelope Island, right?

Anyways, I’m looking forward to the road trip, the race, the warmth and the red rock! Oh, how I love the red rock of southern Utah — but that’s a post for another day.

SNOW CANYON OR BUST BABY!


MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 239.25 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 418.3 miles
2015 Race Miles – 400.5 miles
2015 Total Miles – 1058.05 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May  97.4 miles
June  131.15 miles
July  101.65 miles
August  110.2 miles
September – 115.69 miles
October – 164.7 miles
November – 0.0 miles
December – 0.0 miles

THE UTAH RUNCAST: EPISODE IV

11334125_1632470510302587_57090447765646360_o

If you haven’t caught the latest episode of The Utah Runcast — it’s just me and Jim. Jorge was suppose to come along, but he got stuck in traffic — so now he owes us Costa Vida.

But, we talk about our lengthy absence, the Layton Marathon Guinness World Record, a little bit about races coming up and how to find Jim a good first marathon.

Check out the episode here — found only the Podgoblin.com.


THE UTAH RUNCAST BECOMING RUNCAST USA

12186544_1679311662285138_7565349033720911376_o

Kind of a large announcement concerning the podcast. Episode IV was our last podcast known as The Utah Runcast — starting immediately we are becoming Runcast USA. We still have basically the same crew, same familiar banter, but in addition to talking about running in Utah, we’ll be expanding our audience and outreach. As much as we LOVE Utah, we don’t feel confined to just Utah.

This slight direction change will also enable us to better reach out to other runners and podcast guests nationwide. This also includes addressing and talking about national running news, happenings and races. We are in the works about doing a special Boston Marathon episode, running for charity episode, marathon training episode, food and running episode and MANY, MANY others!

It’s going to be awesome. And, a lot of fun.

We’ve been migrating our social media accounts over to the new name — so make sure you’re following us, so you won’t miss an episode. We’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We hope you are just as excited for the changes and slightly new direction of the show.

12184039_1679302858952685_85566805072058372_o


WEEKENDGRAMS

With it being Halloween weekend there was A LOT of family time, especially with my nieces and nephew. They always crack me up, especially Miss Koko who is madly in love with Jimmy Chunga and basically wants to marry him.

These kids just make me even more excited for the two additions coming early next year. Here are just a few ‘grams from the weekend that was —

@jimmychunga how could you say no? LOL! #suchaflirt

A video posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

Despite what evidence may imply — she does play well with others. #shejustdoesntknowherownstrength A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

Just got visited by a horse, wizard and candy corn. #thisishalloween #halloween2015

A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

Um … I’ll take the trick. #hummusisnotforhalloween A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

That’s funny the horse thinks it’s people. #haythatsacornyhorsejoke

A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on


MONDAY’S MOTIVATION

The 95th Fartlek Friday™ – So, um, this is Halloween? Can it be Christmas already? Cuz — I’ll gladly trade in all my candy corn for a chocolate Santa

fartlek-halloween2.fw

Okay — let’s be honest here. I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. Well, actually, I am not sure if I would call it love or hate — I’m indifferent. Indifferent leading towards hating it.

As a kid — I loved the candy (well except for Bit-O-Honeys, peanut butter taffy and Nerds), but I hated the act of Trick-or-Treating. Kids these days have it easy — all they have to do is go to some neighborhood parking lot and beg for candy from someone else’s trunk.

When I was a kid we have to huff and puff (well, at least in my case) around the neighborhood to get a good haul of candy. Even worse if we wanted to get BIG candy bars we had to walk UP the mountain side of Bountiful to where all the doctors, dentist and rich people lived to get them.

Halloween was tough as a kid. Especially a fat kid. But, at least I got a sweet reward after my efforts. There’s probably a life lesson somewhere in there?

Now as an adult the tide has turned. Obviously, I don’t go Trick-or-Treating, but the temptation of candy is still ever present. And, when you’re trying to lose weight it doesn’t really jive that well with the ol’ diet.

Being stuck at home handing out candy is probably the worst about dieting over the holiday, because if you’re not careful it goes from “one for them” to “one for them, one for me” to “one for them, two for me” to “all for me.”

It’s a vicious cycle.

I really should just hand out cans of green beans and carrots. But, then we’d be “THAT HOUSE” on the block. I live in Utah there’s a reputation I must maintain and getting a hit for being a “crappy Halloween candy house” is a hit I can’t take.

There are also other reasons I am not that BIG into Halloween. I am not that big into the haunted houses, ghosts and ghouls and demonic things. I never have been. And, which might sound weird especially being a paranormal investigator. But, I don’t necessarily equate ghosts with Halloween.

But, I am just into the dark side of Halloween, especially costumes. I know I am sounding like a prude, but I’ve never been a big fan of it. However — I do love a good creative costume. Well, as long as the word “sexy” isn’t affixed to it.

Okay, I am really sounding like a prude.

With that all said — that’s my relationship with Halloween. It’s a strange relationship. We get a long. We’re cordial. But, in the long run it’s really the day before Christmas music becomes acceptable to listen to in public places (besides Walmart — that was July 1st).

And, Christmas is what I live for — Santa, Baby Jesus and all.

Oh, and lots of Bing Crosby as well.


TOMORROW’S RACE: THE HAUNTED HALF

111-hauntedhalf

I am pretty stoked about The Haunted Half in Provo tomorrow morning. I am going to be sweeping the course like I did last week in Salt Lake. This go around I am sweeping with my good friend — Tim Gill.

Needless to say — I am as giddy as a schoolgirl. This is the third time I’ve swept alongside with Tim and it’s always a party. In fact most of my sweeping techniques I use — I’ve learned from Tim. He’s a great motivator, runner and person.

Oh, and he’s all kinds of funny.

I am not sure exactly what I am going to dress up as this week. I might do the Sweeper again, but honestly I want to mix it up some. Plus, running in coveralls gave me some major chaffage. TMI? (only if you’re not a runner)

So stay tuned on Saturday for my costume. I will promise you this — it will be epic.

YEAH RUNNING IN COSTUMES THAT DON’T CUT YOU UP!


THE UTAH RUNCAST: EPISODE IV

utah runcast logo

We had another installment of The Utah Runcast this past week go live. If you haven’t caught it yet — it’s just me and Jim. Jorge was suppose to come along, but he got stuck in traffic — so now he owes us Costa Vida.

But, we talk about our lengthy absence, the Layton Marathon Guinness World Record, a little bit about races coming up and how to find Jim a good first marathon.

Check out the episode here — found only the Podgoblin.com.


WEEKGRAMS

A few ‘grams from the week that was. You can stalk follow me @kindaqwerty (personal), @fight4phat (weight-loss) or @running180 (running). I also manage @demotivatedfitness if you’re into parody accounts.

Anyways, go ahead and stalk me —

Can your peanut butter keep you up all night? Mine can. #whoneedscoffeeanyway?

A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on

That moment in your life when the love you feel for your parents clashes with the hatred you feel for clowns. #imsoconflictedoverthis

A photo posted by joshua o. snow hansen™ (@kindaqwerty) on


FRIDAY’S (DE)MOTIVATION

You can follow @demotivatedfitness on Instagram.

#fitness #health #running #workout #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #run #diet #weightloss #fatloss #food @demotivatedfitness

A photo posted by Demotivated Fitness™ (@demotivatedfitness) on

  #fitness #health #running #workout #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #run #diet #donuts @demotivatedfitness   A photo posted by Demotivated Fitness™ (@demotivatedfitness) on

The 94th Fartlek Friday™ – Pizza Hut has failed us all — the future contains NO dehydrated pizza

fartlek2future

If you couldn’t tell … I’m quite a fan of Back to the Future. I’ve always loved the trilogy. I remember seeing Back to the Future III in the theater with some friends of mine. I think it was one of the first movies I saw in the theater without parents? Well, it was either that or The Little Mermaid. But, for the sake of looking cool, I’m going to say BTTFIII.

The trilogy is also one of those movies that I can watch anytime. I don’t have to be in a certain mood to watch it. I can just sit down and watch it. This is actually true for most 80s movies for me. Namely — BTTF trilogy, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Harry and the Henderson’s, Ernest Goes to Camp and An American Tail. Oh, and how can I forget about The Breakfast Club, Risky Business, Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead and my all-time favorite 80s movie — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

It really doesn’t get any better than this … am I right?

I am not sure why I am such a lover of 80s movies, but I feel like each one has it’s own character. I feel like movies today are pretty much copycats of another movie that worked. Sure that happened in the 80s as well. But, everything in cinema today pretty much feels lazy to me.

I think one of the many reasons why I love BTTF is because of all of the Easter eggs in it. The correlation of decisions made in the past and how it affects the future is kind of fun to see. Not only that, but it makes you think about how the future will look in 30 years based off your decisions made today.

If you want a fun way to watch the movies I highly recommend watching the Director’s Cut. You not only get tidbits about the Easter eggs throughout the movie, but it’s fun to hear about the correlations between films and the behind the scenes stories.

Anyways — if missed that this past Wednesday was “Back to the Future Day” (the day Marty and Doc travel to in the future) then you probably live under a rock. But, that’s okay, about four months ago I failed to acknowledge the 30th anniversary of Ferris’ day off.

I’m a horrible 80’s kid. I think I need to watch me some 80s movies this weekend. Well, that’s if I have time. It’s going to be a fun weekend full of running, ghost hunts, football and family. Kinda excited about it if you ask me.


TOMORROW’S RACE: THE HAUNTED HALF

110-hauntedhalf

I am sweeping The Haunted Half tomorrow morning here in Salt Lake City. I am excited for this race. Sure, it’s my third time running this race. And, second time sweeping the course. But, they’ve switched up the course and it looks fun!

It still starts in Emigration Canyon, but instead of going past the University of Utah and UP towards Memory Grove it is going south towards Sugar House Park. Not only does this get rid of a lot of the horrible hill climbs, but it’s much, much, much faster.

maps.fw

Doesn’t that look like a fun fast course? I KNOW … I am excited too! And, it’s a race close to home so it won’t be an all day affair — another plus.

But, this isn’t the only Haunted Half this year. There is another in Provo next week — along with one in Phoenix, Arizona. So it’s growing outside of Utah as well. I wish I could go to the Arizona race. I’d trade my cold Utah weather for a run in autumn Arizona weather any day.

Anyways, I’m looking to have fun tomorrow. Really, it should be a PARTY!


PODGOBLIN GHOST HUNTS

Another fun thing in store for me this weekend is GHOST HUNTS! There are a couple set this weekend with Chunga, my brother and other Goblins. I am excited. It’s one of my favorite things about October. Well, I like ghost hunting any time of the year, but it’s extra fun in October for obvious reasons.

Tonight we are investigating at the old Zions Building in downtown Salt Lake City and then tomorrow night at Fort Douglas. Both places I have investigated before and both are EXTREMELY haunted and, in my book, slightly dangerous.

Last year at Fort Douglas I had a really bad experience. That is where I first got scratched. And, to make matters worse I stayed within the vicinity. Not a smart move. It ended up where I had to leave and Chunga actually lost consciousness.

There are reasons I believe that happened, but I am not going to go into all of that here. This is a running blog. And, yet with all of that — I am going back.

It will be a lot of fun. Not only will my brother and his wife be in town for the weekend for the ghost hunt, but I just love the crew I go ghost hunting with. It’s a fun group.

There MIGHT be a few tickets left for hunts tonight and tomorrow — get tickets here.


FRIDAY’S FARTLEK

This been a week of adventure and intrigue. Okay, not really, but it’s been a week. And, each week brings many things that catch my attention. Here are just a few things that caught my short attention span —

  • How can you NOT love this about Back to the Future?
  • This Dad is actually from Utah. I love these notes. I am pretty sure I would be doing the same thing to my kids. Especially considering that I do that with my permission notes for friends to pick up my race packets.
  • Life.
  • For the American History in all of us — this is pretty neat about the White House.
  • I think I posted this sometime during the summer, but it begs to brought back up in lieu of the celebration of BTTF Day this past week. Still, hilarious as ever! HAHAHA!
  • See why I am careful with my punctuation? It saves lives.
  • YES!!!
  • As I have mentioned many, many, many times before — I am a SF Giants fan. But, I have a number of other teams I am partial to for reasons here and there. One of the them is the Cubbies. I was hoping they would have broken the curse this year, but alas to no avail. Sad days for Chicago. Sad, sad day.
  • I like that all of the teams left in the playoffs haven’t been there for a while. Sure all of them have one a World Series pennant before, but it’s been over 20 years since the Mets, Blue Jays or Royals have won it all. I love underdogs. But, of the teams that are left — Go Mets!
  • In my house the pickle jar is hardly full of pickle juice — that’s because my mother usually drinks all of the juice. Mainly for cramps, but I am pretty sure she also loves the taste.
  • Who doesn’t love a little awkwardness in their life. Apparently not these people.
  • These are always kind of fun to go through. But, then again, it’s also like — well, of course celebrities have siblings and relatives. Still … guilty pleasure.
  • Another guilty pleasure. Why do I find these kind of things so fascinating?
  • Really? People have a problem with the authenticity of the burrito emoji? Really? I mean, really? Really? If the burrito was wrapped like a normal burrito then it’d pretty much look like a white brick emoji … am I right? I like the new emoji. Totally using it.
  • Okay, can we talk about this? Growing up I really, really, really hated Scary Stories. I remember reading them in, like, third grade. And, you know what? I still hate them. They still haunt me, especially the illustrations. This is probably why my Grandma used to call me a chickenshit all the time. Still …
  • If you want a good Halloween costume ditch the Sexy Cat costume and go with something like one of these fun costumes. To me that’s what Halloween should be about.
  • Sometimes I think I am a TAD obsessed with my FitBit. On Monday and Tuesday I walked/ran/skipped over 20 miles. Not bad.
  • Oh, how I miss “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” … loved, loved, loved that show. This really gives me a tug string of nostalgia. It’s just not the same without Drew Carey. Which is funny, because I feel the same way about Bob Barker and The Price is Right.
  • Hey sometimes you gotta make do with whatcha got around the bathroom. Even if you end up smelling like a papaya for the rest of the day.
  • As it’s well known, I’m not a Coke (or soda) drinker — so this is pretty fitting. You won’t catch me putting that in my body. Yuck!
  • This is pretty cute. Great party theme idea for the kid. But, I’m sure there are some mothers not thrilled about the party kid’s mom putting Tic Tacs in a pill bottle as party favors. Geez, I’m kidless and I already worry like a parent!
  • LOVE THIS.
  • As you know I am a pretty big Disney fan. But, there are a couple of films I am not so hot about — Robin Hood and The Jungle Book. While this is a fun read, it doesn’t negate the fact that many of the scenes from the movies were interchanged and used in Robin Hood. Lazy, lazy, lazy … and very un-Walt like.
  • Good for a chuckle — or two.
  • I know this is bizarre, but it’s actually kinda interesting. I love obscure history.
  • Back in the day I used to have a Facebook page that screenshot text conversations I had with deliberate wrong numbers. These aren’t deliberate, but some of these are pretty hilarious. I should start doing that again, it was fun.
  • All of these are needs. Like seriously, I want them all.

FRIDAY’S (DE)MOTIVATION

Here are a few chuckles from my Instagram account @demotivatedfitness

#fitness #health #running #workout #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #run #diet @demotivatedfitness A photo posted by Demotivated Fitness™ (@demotivatedfitness) on

#fitness #health #running #workout #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #chocolate #food #snacks #gym #run #diet @demotivatedfitness   A photo posted by Demotivated Fitness™ (@demotivatedfitness) on

#fitness #health #running #workout #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #run #diet @demotivatedfitness   A photo posted by Demotivated Fitness™ (@demotivatedfitness) on

#fitness #health #running #workout #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #run #diet @demotivatedfitness A photo posted by Demotivated Fitness™ (@demotivatedfitness) on