Top 10 Race Medals of 2017

These are some of my favorite posts of the year. Each year I basically choose my Top 10 favorite race medals. There isn’t really a set criteria other than they’re my favorite and usually either catch my eye or mean something to me in relation to that race. The Runtastic Trilogy Medal is on the top of the list and shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering it also won The Joshby for Medal of…

RACE #159: Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon

When I ran the inaugural Big Cottonwood Marathon in 2012 — I never expected it to become what it’s become six years later. Like most inaugural events — it had it flaws. The miles in the canyon were short, the aid stations were less than desirable and I thought I got lost a couple times in the latter miles of the race. But, I loved I spinning finishers’ medal that I got and the scenery…

Because “Those who matter don’t mind” like at all …

Before I go into this story and experience I had while running the Revel Big Cottonwood Half Marathon, I want to make two things clear — one, I don’t want or need sympathy. Mainly, because I don’t need it. I know my self-worth, my capabilities and potential. And, second, I reluctantly share this because I’m sharing this not for attention, likes or shares — I’m sharing it because I once didn’t know my self-worth, my…

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….

RACE #130: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon

Marathons are tough. They’re such a different beast compared to other distances. That’s why I’m in awe of those who can go out there and do one every weekend. I do one and it just takes everything — and I mean EVERYTHING — out of me. But, oh how I love them. I remember when I sign up for my first marathon (July 2012) I thought it was going to be my first and only. Then I…

InstaReplay: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon

My race report will come here either tomorrow or Tuesday. Really just depends if and when I don’t die. But, below are some of the pictures from the Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon that I ran yesterday morning. Needless to say, it was tough. I am sore. I am slightly dead. And, I had a heck of time. It was a lot of fun. From the pre-race dinner to the pre-race festivities to the race itself…

RACE #129: Run Elevated Half Marathon

I’ve been looking forward to this race for quite a while. Well, okay, maybe for the last three months. I wasn’t planning on racing this weekend because I needed to get a 20 mile training run in for my marathon and ultra training. I was reserving my goal half marathon race for the year for the Nebo Half which is happening this upcoming weekend. BUT — I do a little switcheroo, because I have a…

RACE #107: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon

I love the marathon. I love the challenge, I love the experience and I love the lessons that it teaches. Nothing against other distances, because each step forward is an effort. But, there really is something about running 26.2 miles that is exhilarating and life changing. It really is hard to explain in writing without experiencing it yourself. But, after Saturday’s race down Big Cottonwood Canyon that love of the marathon grew deeper and taught…