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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.


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.

The 68th Fartlek Friday™ – Nothing like an April Snowstorm … NARF!

ff-banner.fw Such an odd week of Utah weather. It starts off in the 70s, turns cold and snows and now it’s warming up with 70s in the forecast this weekend. What gives? Seriously.

But, whatever, it’s Utah weather it’s not suppose to make sense. Especially when you get snow during an August race. So it wouldn’t surprise me if we got snow in June considering we got spring in December.

I am glad the weather is turning this weekend since I have the West Mountain Half Marathon (Benjamin, Utah) tomorrow. This will be race #89! I can’t believe I am almost half way through my goal to 180! CRAZY! It’s been such a fun adventure and I am excited to run a new race.

Tomorrow is also the Salt Lake Marathon, though it is closer to home there is no way I am supporting the race. Not a fan of the new racing company that bought it last year. They tried selling bibs for over $100 a few months after an introductory price of $65.

Considering that the past couple of years I paid $35 for an introductory price and prices didn’t reach over $100 until the last few weeks of registration. Sure, they cut prices after getting a good amount of backlash from runners. It’s just too pricey and I am not a big fan of the new course.

Plus, I love running new races and new courses. And, it will be fun running this new course. I’ve never raced in southern Utah County besides at the Nebo Half. This isn’t a canyon run, but should still be a fun challenging course.

I am running it solo, so my race plan is to plug in my headphones, zone out and give it my best. This should hopefully help me gauge where I am at a bit better. I don’t feel 100% at busting out a solid half marathon, but my short runs in training are getting faster so hopefully I’ll see some improvement from that.

But, I am really, really, really excited for race season. After this weekend’s race I’ll be running the Provo City Half (May 2nd), Vigor Big Cottonwood Half (May 9th), Alpine Classic Half (May 23rd) and Jordan River Half (May 30th) in May. I could easily do five races in five weeks in May, but I am watching my races so I can hit 100 on my birthday in August.

But, seriously, saying no to the Ogden Half was hard.

So many exciting things happening within the next couple of months. Some that I’ll announce next week … so stay tuned!

But, for now … YEAH RUNNING!!!


071692d As I have mentioned a few times over the past couple of months, I am a part of a convention called PrepperCon. You might have seen some of the bus ads, billboards or heard some of the commercials on the radio. The con will be held next weekend … Friday and Saturday, April 24-25 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy.

Tickets are on sale now and kids under 12 are free! There is a kid section to the convention as well. So don’t worry it won’t be boring for them … AT. ALL.

The focus on the convention is not just for hardcore preppers, but for those just wanting to learn what to do in emergency situations, build better food and supply storage and even get their Utah Concealed Carry (CCW) Permit.

There are a NUMBER of other classes, demonstrations, celebrities, sponsors, vendors, etc. that will be a part of it. So DON’T miss out!

I also have a few sets of tickets to PrepperCon that I am giving out free. If you would like a free pair of tickets for one of the two days email me at joshuahansen1[at]gmail.com.

Don’t miss out!


logoII teased you with this image on Monday. No, I am not going to reveal what it’s for and what it means. But, I am going to give you a LITTLE bit more information about it and when you’ll find out more about what it represents and is a part of.

It has something to do with the PrepperCon that is happening next weekend and you will find out the details behind it next Friday. That’s all I am saying.

Stay tuned …


Here are a few other things that caught my attention this past week …

  • Oh my gosh! I want to do this if I ever have twins. Heck, I want to do this when I have a kid! That would be HILARIOUS!
  • I love feeling and seeing improvement in my running. Now to just balance everything out with my thyroid and I feel like I’ll see bigger gains. More on that next week.
  • Another trailer is out for the new Star Wars movie coming out in December. I never totally geeked out about Star Wars as a kid, but I appreciate it and will definitely be there opening weekend!
  • In fact as a kid I ripped off my brother’s original Darth Vader figurine’s head. Just like that I devalued something by $200.
  • And, if you must know … I am not that kind of indifferent fan that tolerate Jar Jar Binks. I can’t stand him. So wherever that puts me on the Star Wars fandom spectrum … that’s fine with me.
  • I had to make this sign for the bathrooms at work. Seriously people? Who throws a hamburger in the toilet when the garbage is 5 feet away … IF THAT?!
  • Mmmm … avocados. That avocado pepper salsa looks amazing!
  • Welp, the Jazz season officially ended on Wednesday. We might have lost, but a 38-44 season was something I was NOT expecting. I’ve really fallen in love with this team, since February they’ve been playing some amazingly inspired basketball. I can’t wait until next year! GO JAZZ!
  • I also can’t tell you how much I love the fact that the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs. I hate the Thunder for two main reasons. One, they should still be the Seattle Sonics and, two, Enes Kanter. After his ill-advised words about his time in Utah there is NO way I can ever root for that guy. And, he plays for OKC for that doubly makes it worse. Thank you Pelicans for squeaking in on the last night.
  • I won’t lie, the Thunder are going to be scary next year when they are at full-health. But, ever since Kanter arrived their defense has worsened. Coincidence? Not really when you consider the Jazz defense was tops in the NBA after the trade deadline.
  • I really know I shouldn’t laugh, but these faces are really kinda funny. Pretty sure I’d get some of the same reactions from my selfies.
  • This is kinda sad and annoying. Well, sad for the new mom and annoying because of the friends. If I need to clarify that? If her friends are sick of baby posts on Facebook than obviously her friends never lived in Utah or knew a Mormon. Just sayin’ …
  • Um, people are dum.
  • These kids might be dum, but at least these made me laugh! HAHAHA!
  • This is a really cool weight-loss story involving a nine year old girl. GOOD FOR HER! I love empowered stories like this.
  • Interesting article for a slow Friday afternoon.
  • I don’t know how to feel about this? I don’t totally agree with hunting big game like giraffes, but the death threats from people is totally uncalled for! I feel if you are going to hunt something it shouldn’t just be for trophy, but that you also utilize the whole of it and waste as little of it as possible. That SOUNDS like what she did, but who knows? I just know people overreact WAY too much. Sometimes I hate the internet.
  • mmmmm … I might have had a bagel yesterday morning. I love them.
  • In September I am running the Volition Half Marathon in Ogden and I got a thank you note and car decal in the mail this past week! It’s alright found a spot on the Runsmobile! Very cool gesture and gift. It’s like they KNOW me so well.
  • I need this.
  • Cool? Yuck? But, interesting.
  • Oh … I can’t wait until SHARK WEEK!!! This doesn’t help matters.
  • If you’re into watching live births of tigers this is actually pretty neat.
  • If you’re into watching live births of zebras this is actually pretty disgustingSame with live giraffes births.
  • Is it strange to admit that I’ve probably watched ALL of the killer whale birthing videos on YouTube? (I can hear my Mother now … “You’re going to find yourself a nice girl when you put things like that on the internet!” … she might be right … but I value a woman who also appreciates the majestic orca).
  • Geez, I am never going to complain when I get constipated again after watching all those videos.
  • Annnnnnnnnnddddd … this is why I hate Sizzlers.


Sure, there might be TEN of these someecards, but seriously how can you NOT laugh at ALL OF THEM …

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