Tag: Thankful 13

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 #114: Thankful 13

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I have a lot to be grateful for in my life. Running being one of them — and what better way to celebrate a day of gratitude than by doing something you love? This was the fourth year I’ve ran the Thankful 13 half marathon in Lehi. I love the race. It’s not only a great way to burn some extra calories before Thanksgiving dinner — but it’s a great way to share the holiday with people and friends you care so much about.

The more races that I have ran and more people I have come to befriend I am reminded every race how lucky I am to be a part of this community. It’s given me WAY much more than what I’ve put into it. And, in some respects given back to.

When I started running over five years ago, I never expected to be where I am today. I just started by running a 5K — and then like any gateway drug it opens other options. This being 10Ks, half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons. It’s sometimes unbelievable realizing that I am an ultra marathoner. One of those crazy people who are gluttons for punishment. That’s me now.

I wonder what Fat Josh or even Skinny Josh from two years ago would think about what I am doing now with my running?

But, all of that would be NOTHING without the friendships, people and community that has gone before and inspired me to do likewise. In return, I try to do that as well. I try to give back and inspire others on their own fitness/running journey. This is one reason why I love sweeping and pacing the slower miles. I feel like these are MY people in the back of the pack. I feel like I can offer my experiences for the better — and that motivates more than anything.

And, sweeping the Thankful 13 didn’t change any of those feelings and sediments. In fact, it really renewed me more than anything.

Going into the race I was a tad worried about the weather — watching the weather reports there was suppose to be a huge snowstorm rolling into the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys the night before. Just watching the news reports I felt like it’s the second coming of Snowmageddon. It’s was near certainty that there was going to be LOTS of snow on the ground.

So, I braced myself for it — and even planned on leaving an extra half hour early so I could make it safely on my drive from Bountiful to Lehi. I mean, I was prepared the night before.

Well — I walked outside to my car the morning of the race and there was nary a snowflake. Some frost on windshields — but no snow. Like, none. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. It was partly cloudy, but nothing looked threatening — so I was VERY grateful for the weather channel’s incompetence. Really, I should have known it would have happened this way.

Once I got to the race I stayed in my car as long as I could before the race where I met up with Cevan. We were both sweeping together and I was really looking forward it. Whenever Cevan is around it’s a party. I get told that a lot from people about myself — but then most who tell me that don’t know Cevan … yet.

The race plan was simple — have fun and see who crosses our path. Really that’s the beauty of sweeping. You have NO idea who’ll be talking to, helping or pushing along. And, it can change every mile, every couple miles or even the whole race. I love the unpredictability of the pacing assignment. It keeps things interesting and you get to meet a lot of cool people.

Our friend Dulci was planning on running with us, because she expected to be fairly slow. She’s been coming off injuries the past two years and just wanted to do the race. She was cute, leading up to the race this past week she’d message me asking what the cut-off was for the race. I simply told her — until the last runner comes in. She was so worried being swept off the course — but really my job is to make sure everyone comes in that starts the race. Unless the race tells me there is a cutoff for safety reasons — no one is being pulled on my watch.

And, for most of the race we ran with Dulci. She was in pain, but she kept pushing herself and I can’t say how much respect I have for her doing that. It’s not easy. But, with her also being a cancer survivor — she knows how to fight.

We had an opportunity to chat about life, philosophies, running and even politics. Usually a big NO — but, we didn’t kill each other and still respect each other. So there’s that.

But, I am so lucky to have friends like Dulci. She is such a compassionate, inspiring and kind friend, who will do anything to life you up. She’s a rarity in today’s society and I’m lucky to call her a friend.

Cevan and I also met up with a new friend — Cory, about half way-ish during the race. Decked out in a U of U jersey (my kind of person) we chatted about football, running and even more football. His wife was on the Layton Marathon World Record team and she even joined us at mile 10 after having done the race herself. So I guess that makes her an ultra half marathoner? No?

Whether it was talking to Dulci, Cory or other runners — I had a blast. It was yet another reminder about how much I love the running community. I’ve said it once, twice and a million other times before, but it’s given me WAY much more than what I’ve put into it.

Even now as I write this and ponder my gratitude for this sport — I just see hundreds of faces. Faces of friends who have come and gone, stayed and lingered and inspired and uplifted — all friends. All those that probably have some of the same feeling I do about running. And, it’s because of that — that I share my story, my passion and love for this sport and how it can change the very core of an individual.

Running is a gift.


TURKEYGRAMS

Every turkey needs a reason to run. #thankful13 #race114 #running

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He THINKS he’s the most interesting man alive, but honestly he’s more intriguing than anything else. #thanksgiving2015 A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on

My carrot to turkey ratio is probably fairly even — and I’m in heaven. #thanksgiving2015

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Playing “Pie in the Face™” with the kiddos. Such a great laugh as evidenced by Tank’s face. #pieintheface #thanksgiving2015 A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on

There’s nothing that would keep this kid away from his pie. Nothing. #thanksgivingpie

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I earned my pie today. And, I’m going to enjoy every bite. #runtoeat #runtolive #livetorun A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on


NEXT RACE: BAKERS DOZEN HALF MARATHON

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For the past number of years — basically when I first learned that this race existed, I was wanting to run the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon down in Hurricane. I mean — it’s my kind of race. How many half marathons out there have an aid station about every three miles chalk full of donuts, cupcakes, Hostess products and the likes?

Not many. I mean that kind of setup is usually reserved for ultra marathons. So it’s definitely rare.

But, for one reason or another I haven’t been able to get away for the race down in southern Utah — but this year, I’ve made it a point to do it. So I am.

Not only am I doing it to run with my friends, but beginning this year the race was added to the qualifying races to get guaranteed entry into the St. George Marathon through the Runner Series. Since I already ran the Snow Canyon Half Marathon last month I will have met my requirement to get into St. George. And, all before the turn of the calendar.

GO ME!

Anyways, I am carpooling down the morning of the race — and then coming back home the same day. So lots of running, but also LOTS more of just sitting in a car. But, it won’t be bad. I am carpooling down with Cevan and Mindy — so it will be a party.

But, after this race I’ll have a nice little break from racing until January 1st when I run the Run Revolution — but that’s more of a training run than anything else. But, that’s also when I’ll be beginning my half marathon training plan to rebuild my running base — so my next half isn’t planned until late March.

If you want to join the party there is also a half marathon relay and 5K in addition to half marathon — you can register here.


RUNCAST USA, EPISODE ONE

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We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the new PodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed, individual page at PodBash.com as well as our own website at RuncastUSA.com. Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!

So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.

GREAT INSIGHT!

Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE


OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD EVENT:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH IN BOUNTIFUL

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I have posted a few things about this event on my Facebook, but I need to spread it more, especially here on the blog. I am involved with helping to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad aka O.U.R. — here in Bountiful.

There is a FREE event on Friday, December 4th at the Bountiful High auditorium featuring O.U.R. founder Tim Ballard, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and the One Voice Children’s Choir. It’s going to be a HUGE event!

Our little team (though growing every week) in Bountiful is trying to raise $75,000 for O.U.R. That money will help fund three rescue missions. That includes any administration costs needed, the operation and rehabilitation for the children as well.

I am involved in this for many, many reasons. But, the number one reason — is that it sickens me. It sickens me these children are sold or kidnapped into the sex slave industry — no freedom, no safety and absolutely no life.

For what? Someone else’s perversion.

It’s gotta stop and it will — and, I love that O.U.R. has set out to do just that.

If you are interested in coming to the event there is a Facebook event pageyou can get updates and information on. There will also be a 5K the following morning in Bountiful that any one and everyone is welcome to come and support. The price is $30 and that includes a t-shirt that you will receive along with some other swag.

Oh, plus, the Waffle Wagon will be there selling — well — waffles. And, I’m sure they’ll also be selling some hot chocolate as well. There is a Facebook event page for that as well — and if you want to register you can do so here.


SPECIAL OFFER: FREEDOM2MOVE

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This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”

But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).

I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.

There are three volumes to the workout series — and I’m in the third volumewhich focuses on the abs, back and pecs. Intrigued aren’t you?

Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)

That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.

So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!


ELSHA’S CHRISTMAS CARDS

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My amazing and talented friend, Elsha Stockseth, is once again selling her Christmas cards this year. Each year for the past several years she designs a Christmas card uses to help raise money for charities in Africa.

Each one of her cards has a story and design that is unique to her. It almost always includes some reference to Bono, U2 and herself. I even had a shoutout in her card last year. See if you can find it on the design. To say that I was beyond honored is an understatement. I am so glad that Elsha and my paths have crossed, her friendship has enriched my life tremendously.

I have already ordered by cards for this year from her (this year’s design is above) and each card is just a $1. Yep — pretty cheap when you compare it to what you’ll find at the card aisle at the store. And, like I mentioned previously each card sold helps charities in Africa. So it’s all a win, win, win, win — right?

You can order your cards here. This includes this year’s design along with some other available designs from year’s past. They’re all pretty awesome. So make your Christmas cards as personal as your gifts and share the talents of my friend Miss Elsha!


FRIDAY FITNESS MOTIVATION

Fight4Fartlek — Gobble, wobble, gobble and probably more wobbling after dinner today

This is a funny week. And, Thanksgiving is kinda messing it all up. Typically, today is my Fight4Phat post and then tomorrow is Fartlek Friday. Since, I am running the Thankful 13 this morning — I figured I’d do my race report tomorrow. I hate for it to wait until Monday when it’s WAY past the race date.

So, I decided to merge Fight4Phat and Fartlek Friday into one jumbled up post. Exciting, huh? But, really, it’s just a very long post with my weekly fitness stats, my Friday rants and whatever else I fancy from this past week. So make sure to come back tomorrow for my Thankful 13 race report in between your Black Friday shopping and leftover turkey sandwiches.

Speaking of leftover turkey sandwiches — not a huge fan. But, have you ever made Leftover Waffles? Now, before you go off thinking this is some gourmet recipes — it’s not. All you do is take your leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and whatever you think sounds good and put it in a waffle iron and cook it. Then top it with cranberry sauce.

Basically, it’s Thanksgiving Dinner with abs.

It’s not that bad.

Anyways, thanks for letting me take that tangent. I take a lot of them, so you really shouldn’t be that surprised. But, where was I?

Oh yeah — come back Friday for my race report.

But, I am getting pretty excited about tomorrow — the running, the family time and, sure, the food. I am making the vegetables for the dinner while helping my Mom with brining the turkey. Since we have a relative small dinner guest list — 14, we’re doing two turkey breasts. One, which we’re brining and the other which we’re smoking.

Though I am brining one, I won’t lie — I’m eating the smoked turkey breast. Along with some yams and corns — and I’m good. Don’t need anything to be satisfied. Well, pumpkin pie, as well.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention pumpkin pie. I’m pretty sure if I didn’t mention it the terrorists would have won?! Soooo — USA! USA! USA! PUMPKIN PIE! PUMPKIN PIE!

Anyways — I’m really tangenting it bad today.

Lots of exciting things happening this week besides running and eating turkey carcasses. This past week — well on Tuesday — I started a run streak. The plan right now is to go 40 days. That would get me through the holidays. The plan is to run at least 2-3 miles Monday-Saturday and then walk at least 1-2 miles on Sundays. I know that’s technically not a “run streak” — but, I don’t run on Sunday — for religious purposes.

I am doing the streak running for a number of reasons — mainly, to mentally make me stronger and two to help me in my quest to lose this last 30-35lbs. But, really, I think it would be a fun challenge. So why not?

And, of course, like what I’ve done with my Fight4Phat campaign, I’ve made an Instagram account to keep track of my streak — it’s a pretty straightforward name — @streakingjosh. Original I know. But, it works for what I am doing, right?

Anyways — the StreakingJosh is in addition to my workout plan. My four week plan is over with and I am following a lower carb (most carbs come before working out or my run — I hate calling it a low carb diet) and minimal sugar diet plan along with my running and boot camp circuit training.

With the craziness of the holiday and the amount of “stuff” I have on this post I’ll wait until next week to post about the diet and workout plan with detailed graphics. Give it due spotlight. But, basically it’s just watching my sugar and carbs along with a free meal once a week. Nothing too new and unusual.

But, nonetheless, different.

I think this is a good place to stop — but before I do, have a fun and safe Thanksgiving. If you’re running — have fun. Earn your pie — or whole meal. But, really — be safe and enjoy the holiday. This is really one of my favorite holidays mainly because I get to be around so much family and friends.

Tune in tomorrow for my race report, but until then — gobble, gobble.


WEEKGRAMS

HAIR UPDATE: No cutting of the hair since the end of July. So, basically four months. Still at least six more months to go. Not sure when I’ll get to “man bun” status, but I’m still very much in the “wild buffalo man” phase of my hair. I’ve never had my hair this long before. In fact, I’ve hated having long hair in the past. But, this go around I’m loving it. Especially considering why I’m growing it out. This is for my friends @amy_monroy, @girlracer74, my mom @vnannettehansen and all the other fighters out there who have, are or will be fighting the ugly disease we call cancer. Hopefully in the next half year my hair will make someone a nice wig? Who knows? #cancersucks #growingoutmyhair #locksoflove #run4dith #fight4amy A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on

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RUNCAST USA, EPISODE ONE

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We’re back! And, rebranded! The Utah Runcast is officially now Runcast USA! We were going to make the move to the new PodBash network in January 2016 with the other shows, but we got a jump start to NOW! This change includes our own iTunes feed, individual page at PodBash.com as well as our own website at RuncastUSA.com. Lot’s of fun stuff coming your way in 2016 with the podcast and more. So make sure you stay tuned in!

So for this episode Jorge joins us and explains why he didn’t show up for the last show. Let’s just say — the Mrs. isn’t so happy. We have a special guest — and first female on the Runcast — Shaylee Hurst from Runtastic Events. She shares with us a little bit about what she does with Runtastic along with how she got faster this past year.

GREAT INSIGHT!

Plus, we babble on about our goals, my 50K, Jorge’s injury and Jim’s marathon plan. It’s all good stuff. Catch it all here …

CLICK HERE FOR EPISODE


ELSHA’S CHRISTMAS CARDS

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My amazing and talented friend, Elsha Stockseth, is once again selling her Christmas cards this year. Each year for the past several years she designs a Christmas card uses to help raise money for charities in Africa.

Each one of her cards has a story and design that is unique to her. It almost always includes some reference to Bono, U2 and herself. I even had a shoutout in her card last year. See if you can find it on the design. To say that I was beyond honored is an understatement. I am so glad that Elsha and my paths have crossed, her friendship has enriched my life tremendously.

I have already ordered by cards for this year from her (this year’s design is above) and each card is just a $1. Yep — pretty cheap when you compare it to what you’ll find at the card aisle at the store. And, like I mentioned previously each card sold helps charities in Africa. So it’s all a win, win, win, win — right?

You can order your cards here. This includes this year’s design along with some other available designs from year’s past. They’re all pretty awesome. So make your Christmas cards as personal as your gifts and share the talents of my friend Miss Elsha!


OPERATION UNDERGROUND RAILROAD EVENT:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH IN BOUNTIFUL

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I have posted a few things about this event on my Facebook, but I need to spread it more, especially here on the blog. I am involved with helping to raise money for Operation Underground Railroad aka O.U.R. — here in Bountiful.

There is a FREE event on Friday, December 4th at the Bountiful High auditorium featuring O.U.R. founder Tim Ballard, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and the One Voice Children’s Choir. It’s going to be a HUGE event!

Our little team (though growing every week) in Bountiful is trying to raise $75,000 for O.U.R. That money will help fund three rescue missions. That includes any administration costs needed, the operation and rehabilitation for the children as well.

I am involved in this for many, many reasons. But, the number one reason — is that it sickens me. It sickens me these children are sold or kidnapped into the sex slave industry — no freedom, no safety and absolutely no life.

For what? Someone else’s perversion.

It’s gotta stop and it will — and, I love that O.U.R. has set out to do just that.

If you are interested in coming to the event there is a Facebook event pageyou can get updates and information on. There will also be a 5K the following morning in Bountiful that any one and everyone is welcome to come and support. The price is $30 and that includes a t-shirt that you will receive along with some other swag.

Oh, plus, the Waffle Wagon will be there selling — well — waffles. And, I’m sure they’ll also be selling some hot chocolate as well. There is a Facebook event page for that as well — and if you want to register you can do so here.


SPECIAL OFFER: FREEDOM2MOVE

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This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”

But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).

I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.

There are three volumes to the workout series — and I’m in the third volume which focuses on the abs, back and pecs. Intrigued aren’t you?

Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)

That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.

So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!


12 WEEK STATISTICS

The following is the progress of my 12 week program. During weeks 1-4 I am following my ‘fat flush’ plan that I wrote about earlier. I will discuss my plans for the remaining weeks in a couple of weeks. I am still formulating the plan with my trainer.

WEEK ONE TO NOW DIFFERENCE
WEIGHT – 273.8 / 272.00 = -1.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2 / 24.0 = -6.2
BMI – 32.7 / 32.2 = -0.5
WAIST – 47.25″ / 46.5″ = 0.75″
ARMS – 18″ / 16.75″ = -1.25″
THIGHS – 27″ / 27″ = 0.00
WEEK ONE (OCTOBER 14)
WEIGHT – 273.8
BODY FAT % – 30.2
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 47.25″
ARMS – 18″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK TWO (OCTOBER 21)
WEIGHT – 272.0
BODY FAT % – 24.0
BMI – 32.2
WAIST – 46.5″
ARMS – 16.75″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK THREE (OCTOBER 28)
WEIGHT – 272.8
BODY FAT % – 23.9
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 46.25″
ARMS – 16.5″
THIGHS – 27″
WEEK FOUR (NOVEMBER 5)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK FIVE (NOVEMBER 12)
WEIGHT – 272.2
BODY FAT % – 23.0
BMI – 32.5
WAIST – 46″
ARMS – 16.4″
THIGHS – 26.5″
WEEK SIX (NOVEMBER 19)
WEIGHT – 270.6
BODY FAT % – 23.2
BMI – 32.6
WAIST – 45.75″
ARMS – 16.25″
THIGHS – 26.3″
WEEK SEVEN (NOVEMBER 26)
WEIGHT – 271.4
BODY FAT % – 23.8
BMI – 32.7
WAIST – 45.9″
ARMS – 16.3″
THIGHS – 26.2″

WEEKLY WEIGH-INS

There are LOTS of numbers above, for me I like the simplicity of just seeing the progressive simply from week to week.

Here’s my weight-loss from week to week …

10/12/15 – 277.8 (N/A)
10/14/15 – 273.8 (-04.0)
10/21/15 – 272.0 (-05.8)
10/28/15 – 272.8 (-05.0)
11/05/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/12/15 – 272.2 (-05.6)
11/19/15 – 270.6 (-07.2)
11/26/15 – 271.4 (-06.6)
12/03/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/10/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/17/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/24/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)
12/31/15 – 000.0 (-00.0)

FAT JOSH PICTURES — HOLIDAY EDITION

No matter how far you are in the journey, it’s always good/fun/inspiring to look back at how far you’ve come.

Here are some classic pictures of Fat Josh from the past around the holiday season — enjoy.

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A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING FARTLEK

It might be Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean that’s all that’s been on my mind this past week. Here are some thoughts, ideas and things that caught my limited attention span this past week —


THANKSGIVING FUNNIES

The Bugout Run and getting back into the groove after the 50K … among other things I did over the weekend

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The scaled back version of this picture doesn’t do the full one justice. Click on the image for a full view of the panoramic pic I took during Saturday’s Bugout Run.

It’s been a fun past few days — and looking at the calendar in the immediate future it will once again with Thanksgiving and a four-day weekend coming up. I’ve got a number of projects that I have been working on as of late. Lots to do with The Bugout Run and PrepperCon — and then some also with Operation Underground Railroad aka “O.U.R.” This is all on top of what I have going on at work as well.

I don’t blog about work — but basically — there a number of changes happening with co-workers so lots of transitioning and goodbyes. Both in which are exciting and sad in some respects. But, change is one of those constants in life that you can count on being predictably unpredictable. But, I’ve learned to thrive with change and I am excited — not just at work, but with my number of projects as well.

The newest project is the O.U.R. fundraiser that I am helping with here in Bountiful. I blogged a bit about it on Friday, but basically it’s a non-profit that raises money to fund teams of ex-Navy Seals and other armed servicemen to infiltrate sex trafficking rings and rescue children that have been kidnapped or sold into it. Not only do they fund those missions, but the money is also used in the rehabilitation of these children.

I’ve been asked by a couple of friends why I got involved with the organization — especially considering I’m not a father or have ever been around this sort of thing before. And, my answer is always quite simple. When I heard the story and the mission of O.U.R. it resonated with me. Of all the campaigns and causes out there today — this spoke to me — to my very core. This wasn’t a cause for more rights, less rights or equal rights — this is about the right to freedom.

The basic right to freedom.

This was about being an abolitionist.

These women and children who have been forced into the sex trade are slaves. And, in the most degrading and evil forms of slavery. For what? Some other man’s pleasure. How can you NOT want to stand up and contribute your time and talents to a cause like this that works to stop it?

I can’t think of any better cause. These people enthralled in this evil economy are my family — they’re all our family. So how can I not help them in their darkest hour?

That’s why I got involved in O.U.R. and will continue to get involved with them — wherever that may lead me.

But, enough about that.

This past week I had another Bugout Run. This go around it was down in Provo just by the mouth of Provo Canyon near the Indian Road Trailhead. This has been our fifth since we launched our first race in July. We hiked up along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail — about 2.5 miles up the canyon to an area where we had a boot camp workout, demonstration and mile run out and back to the base camp.

It was a nice run/hike after last weekend’s 50K. I didn’t really run this past week just to give my body and legs some rest. But, I am soooo ready to get back into the groove of things now. I will post a bit more about my workout regime, but I am basically moving towards doing some body weight circuit training along with my running.

I am toying with the idea — no commitment yet — about streak running. I think that would be mentally good for me right now, especially with my running. I have never done streak running — sooooooo — I am doing some more homework about it. But, I am committed to the circuit training and a half marathon training plan starting in January.

Why a half marathon training plan?

Well, mainly to help make me stronger, I know in just the past couple of months I’ve lost some speed and I want to gain that back — plus the training plan will be a good consistent factor in my weight-loss plan. How streak running fits into that — I am not sure. But, like I said — we’ll see what I do if I start a streak. But, I think if I start one it will be either Thanksgiving or December 1st — I am not going to wait until the new year.

Anyways — as I mentioned lots of fun, busy stuff going on this week and next month with the holidays. I am excited. I am optimistic. And, I am anxious to see results in my fitness efforts and how these projects grow with the passing time.

Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving week and stay tuned on Wednesday for a new episode of the Runcast and special Thanksgiving post on — well — Thanksgiving.

Gobble, gobble.


THE NEXT BUGOUT: DECEMBER 19TH

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The next Bugout Run will be in Bountiful this upcoming month on Saturday, December 19th beginning at 8:30am. We don’t have a scenario yet, as that will be unveiled closer to the date — including a specific location. It wouldn’t be considered a bugout if you knew everything before the event, right?

To RSVP and register for the run you can visit our Facebook event page.

This should be a fun one — especially with the snow more than likely on the ground. So, I am sure that will be one of the aspects of the scenario. Not very thrilling for me, but the purpose of these Bugout Runs is to be prepared and test your skills in certain situations, including weather. So, this is something I, unfortunately, have to go through.

But, don’t let that be a deterrent to you for coming out with us on the 19th.


THIS WEEK’S RACE: THANKFUL 13

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I am excited about this Thursday, not only is it Thanksgiving — but it is also the Thankful 13 at — appropriately — Thanksgiving Point. This will be my fourth year running the race — which really is one of my favorites. It’s small — but — a lot of fun. It’s chalk full of beautiful scenery and just a great way to start the day with a half marathon.

In fact, it’s the only half marathon race on Thanksgiving here in Utah. Before the race started in 2012 I would run my local 5K instead — but a half sure takes the worry out of Thanksgiving dinner better than 5K. Am I right or am I right?

It’s going to be cold and possibly snowy — or icy. Which doesn’t thrill me, but I am not overly worried about it. Especially since I am sweeping the course alongside my friend Cevan. It’ll be a lot of fun — Cevan is a laugh a minute person. Plus, I have a costume — yes, a costume — ready for the race as well.

It will be a gobble wobble good time.


SPECIAL OFFER: FREEDOM2MOVE

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This past summer, your’s truly, made his cinematic debut. Well, okay — I was once an extra in a film and I’ve photobombed news camera numerous of times — so I don’t know if I can count it as my “DEBUT.”

But, it was definitely my debut as a fitness model. Yes, you read that right — fitness model. It’s just one of the many titles of man of my prestige holds (I kid, I kid).

I was a fitness model for a fitness video called, “Freedom2Move” — it’s a locally owned DVD series of workouts that are tailored towards every and any fitness ability. This includes ability levels because of age, mobility or fitness level. It’s tailored to YOU.

There are three volumes to the workout series — and I’m in the third volume which focuses on the abs, back and pecs. Intrigued aren’t you?

Now, here’s the deal — I have a discount code for you. When you buy any of the volumes — or the complete set you can use code OUR10 to get 10% off your order. Just make sure you apply the code at checkout (and not in the non-profit purchase code field on the product page)

That’s not all though — Freedom2Move will also donate 10% from each order to the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)They are an organization that helps rescue, free and rehabilitate children that have been kidnapped into the sex trade industry. A very worthy cause and non-profit organization.

So what are you waiting for? Get fit, make a difference and see me in my fitness model acting debut — and if you’re lucky I’ll even sign it for you!


ELSHA’S CHRISTMAS CARDS

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My amazing and talented friend, Elsha Stockseth, is once again selling her Christmas cards this year. Each year for the past several years she designs a Christmas card uses to help raise money for charities in Africa.

Each one of her cards has a story and design that is unique to her. It almost always includes some reference to Bono, U2 and herself. I even had a shoutout in her card last year. See if you can find it on the design. To say that I was beyond honored is an understatement. I am so glad that Elsha and my paths have crossed, her friendship has enriched my life tremendously.

I have already ordered by cards for this year from her (this year’s design is above) and each card is just a $1. Yep — pretty cheap when you compare it to what you’ll find at the card aisle at the store. And, like I mentioned previously each card sold helps charities in Africa. So it’s all a win, win, win, win — right?

You can order your cards here. This includes this year’s design along with some other available designs from year’s past. They’re all pretty awesome. So make your Christmas cards as personal as your gifts and share the talents of my friend Miss Elsha!


WEEKENDGRAMS

A little trail time this morning! HEAVEN! #mynoseisfroze

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Such a happy place. #trails4life A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on

Does this officially make me a pole dancer? #sexyandiknowit

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MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 246.75 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 469.8 miles
2015 Race Miles – 451.35 miles
2015 Total Miles – 1167.9 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 – 109.85 miles

A LITTLE MONDAY MOTIVATION

My 2015 Half Marathon Schedule

halfSo, I blogged about this sometime in November or October (I could look it up, but honestly too lazy to do it), but since I was named an Ambassador for Extra Mile Racing some of my races have changed. Plus, my goal is to hit 100 races by my birthday (August 15) by running the Park City Half Marathon. So, I’m actually restricting myself on races between now and mid-August.

GASP!

But, don’t worry, after August I am going to crank out more. The restriction will be lifted and I will run to my heart’s delight. All will be right in the universe.

Okay, back to the task at hand. Here are the half marathons I am planning on running this year. The ones with an asterisk are the ones I have already signed up for, which obviously means the ones that don’t have an asterisk are ones I haven’t signed up for yet. I’m not sure why I wrote that last sentence, because it’s pretty obvious.

Anyways, I digress.

Oh, also note that this doesn’t include any marathons. This upcoming year is a no-marathon year. I also haven’t included any 5Ks or 10Ks. I will be running a few next year, but I am not counting those since my 180 race goal is for anything ABOVE a half marathon distance.

Got it? Got it! GOOD!

Here are my races …

NOTE: The races in BOLD you can use “EXTRAMILEHANSEN” at checkout to save yourself an extra $5. Plus, $1 of each code used will be donated to the Kyle Pease Foundation by Extra Mile Racing. You can actually use that code of any their road or bike races

SECOND NOTE: Some race dates are subject to change, especially the October races. And, who knows maybe there will be a December race added later on next year.

THIRD NOTE: Another great way to save yourself some money with races and other running things you can sign up for a Runners on the Go membership. It’s $19.99 per year and it gives you discounts to a number of the races on this list and local running stores. I am going to blog about it a bit more next week. I’m a member and it’s pretty cool. It’s not just local it’s also national. Who doesn’t love to say themselves some money?

  1. New Year’s Revolution Run; Kearns, Utah (January 1) -*
  2. New Year’s Half Marathon; Pleasant Grove, Utah (January 3) -*
  3. Dogtown Half Marathon; Washington City, Utah (February 21) -*
  4. Riverton Half Marathon; Riverton, Utah (March 21)
  5. Lagoon Half Marathon; Farmington, Utah (April 4) -*
  6. West Mountain Half Marathon; Benjamin, Utah (April 18) -*
  7. Logan Half Marathon; Logan, Utah (May 2) -*
  8. Vigor Big Cottonwood Half Marathon; Salt Lake City, Utah (May 9) -*
  9. Alpine Classic Half; Alpine, Utah (May 23)
  10. Jordan River Half Marathon; Draper, Utah (May 30) -*
  11. Utah Valley Half Marathon; Provo, Utah (June 13) -*
  12. American Fork Canyon Half Marathon; American Fork, Utah (June 27)-*
  13. 13.1 miles of Bacon; Copperton, Utah (July 4) -*
  14. Dam 15 Miler; Soldier Hollow, Utah (July 11) -*
  15. Timp Half; American Fork, Utah (August 1) -*
  16. Park City Half Marathon; Park City (August 15)
  17. Murdock 13; American Fork, Utah (August 29)
  18. Nebo Half; Payson, Utah (September 12) -*
  19. Pink Series Half Marathon; Park City, Utah (October 10)
  20. The Haunted Half; Salt Lake City, Utah (October 24)
  21. Howloween Half Marathon; Provo, Utah (October 30) -*
  22. The Haunted Half; Provo, Utah (October 31)
  23. Saltair Half Marathon; Magna, Utah (November 7) -*
  24. Thankful 13; Lehi, Utah (November 26)

So there you go. That should leave me at around 25 half marathons for the year and 109 races towards my goal. That means between 2016 and 2021 I will need to average about 14-15 races over 13.1 miles per year. That’s about where I want to be anyways.

I know I can’t average this many half marathons forever so I’ll take advantage of my youthful legs while I still can.

So now that you know what my races are, what are you racing? I want to know! Comment below! And, hopefully we can run together at one or more of these races!

HAPPY 2015!

The Running Week that was …

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Easily one of my favorite running pictures ever taken of me (thusly, one of my favorite pictures of my rear end).

It’s been quite an interesting week of running for me. Actually, the past couple of weeks have been pretty interesting as far as running goes. After running the Saltair Half on November 8th I took a whole week off from running. Mainly to just let my body heal and recoup from running eight races in seven weeks … or 13 races in 12 weeks. It was a nice little sabbatical for my legs.

Since then I’ve focused on consistency more than anything. My longest run was six miles, but I also walked a lot more and did more three mile runs throughout the week. But, this past week kind of got away from me. I came down with a cold and didn’t get my three mile run that I wanted to get in on Tuesday. But, then I ran the Thankful 13 half marathon on Thanksgiving and a 7 miler on Saturday down Emigration.

I still got 20 miles in for the week, but at the same time my legs are Jell-O. And, I know why they are too. Part of it has been going from high mileage to low mileage back to high mileage after a few weeks off. The body just wasn’t conditioned for it.

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Me and Elsha in front of our sign during the Thankful 13 on Thanksgiving morning.

But, then on the other hand, my body shouldn’t feel so sore after that kind of mileage. But, truth be told my body has been out of whack a bit lately and pretty much this whole year. I’m still having issues with my thyroid and testosterone. And, as much as I hate pointing fingers away from myself, I know those two ailments are to blame for the legs, the weight gain (stubborn 20lbs) and fatigue. Because, I’ve been trying to do as much as I can personally first with diet, exercise, etc.

So, I am actually going back into the doctor on Monday to get my testosterone and thyroid checked … again. I am assuming they’ll put me back on testosterone after a doctor took me off it when I got a second opinion. In retrospect the testosterone was helping. It’s more than likely the thyroid that needed the adjustment.

Ugh.

I hate having issues with these two things, because it messes with so much. Whether it’s my fatigue, my muscle memory and retention or the weight. I’ve fought hard to maintain my weight the past couple of months. And, that’s frustrating for me. I am 20-25lbs. over where I like to be everything I do to try to lose it … fails. Even when I am 100% on my diet and running 20-30 miles a week.

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I need to work on my NORMAL smile a bit more. I look like I am mid-stroke or something?!

But, I am really hoping this doctor appointment helps. I just want some normalcy back and really focus on my 2015 goals and races. And, that includes getting the pesky 20-25lbs. off as well.

Since it is now December … AND … the last month of the year I am focusing in on some of my goals. I didn’t get the sub-two goal that I set, but I am only 68.8 miles from reaching my goal of 1200 miles for the year. I am also starting to think about goals for 2015 as well. Some of the same goals will still be there (sub-two goal) and I am thinking about a mileage goal. I might just stick with 1200 miles again since I am not training or running any marathons. That might be a good challenge for me?

But, we’ll see. I will start finalizing a lot of those goals within the next couple of weeks or so.

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Can you find me in this group of some of my favorite running friends? This was taken right before we ran down Emigration Canyon on Saturday morning.

And, just to take note of … this month will feature two special weeks. The Joshby Awards Week (next week) and Christmas Week (the week after that) and then the last two weeks or so will be my blogcation. I’ll blog, but it will be nothing close to consistent … if any.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to a good week. I am planning on continuing to be consistent with my running this week. Hopefully, I will also get my health into check so that the running and exercise will actually help. I have no doubt it will. But, I am ready now to start chasing 2015! I feel the need for some more pavement underneath my shoes.


Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 529.6 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 141.15 miles
2014 Race Miles – 460.45 miles
2014 Total Miles – 1131.2 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 140.5 miles
May – 108.65 miles
June – 83.3 miles
July – 93.75 miles
August – 118.2 miles
September – 88.55 miles
October – 106.8 miles
November – 75.05 miles
December – 0.00 miles
 
Miles to 2014 Goal (1200 miles) – 68.8 miles

RACE RECAP #84: Thankful 13

84-thankfulI love Thanksgiving races. Not just because they help you earn your pie, but because of the atmosphere, the people and the challenge. On a day of gratitude you come together and participate in something you all love and enjoy.

Okay, I lied. I run for the pie.

Yesterday was my third time running the Thankful 13 Half Marathon and let me tell you … I didn’t feel guilty ONCE OUNCE eating my Thanksgiving dinner. Sure, I watched my portions and seconds. But, I didn’t feel bad eating seconds of the green beans, corn and maybe a little stuffing (had to recarb, right?).

Oh, yeah and the pie.

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Busy “baking” pies the night before Thanksgiving.

But, you don’t get that guilt-free feeling by just running a 5K or 10K it’s gotta be a half marathon or longer. My first year of running I ran a 5K on Thanksgiving and looking back I didn’t earn my pie. I actually probably earned half a piece of pie. But, since I burn on average 2,000 calories running a half marathon I knew I’d be okay for the rest of the day with my meal and pie. And, I was. Anyways, enough of me trying to justify my food.

I really do love this race. It’s a nice little flat course with some rolling hills, but that’s about it. I ran it by myself in 2012, with Susette last year. This year I was supposed to pace it with a friend (more on this later) while I pushed Elsha. But to run with Elsha on Thanksgiving … it was fitting. If there is one friend this year that I am grateful for the most, it’s her. Ever since we became friends back in April we’ve bonded over our running obsession, U2, three-legged cats and burritos.

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Me and Elsha before the race began.

Pretty much instant friends.

Besides being an awesome friends, Elsha inspires me. Not to just be a better runner, but a better person. I don’t know anyone who has a better outlook towards life than Elsha. For someone who could easily and understandably focus on her own circumstances you RARELY if EVER find her focusing on herself. She is constantly wanting to do good for others. Whether she is raising money for her birthday to give to an orphanage in Africa or another assisted athlete that needs a runner, Elsha is simply amazing. I feel beyond blessed to have her consider me a friend.

So, the plan for the race was to pace the 2:40 group with my friend Tricia while pushing Elsha along the way. No problem. Usually no problem. But, while in the starting corral we got seprated because I couldn’t fit Elsha’s cart in the jam packed space. So Tricia told me that she needed to use the restroom and that we’d catch up. No problem. She had the pacing sign I shouldn’t have a problem spotting her. So, Elsha, myself and our friend Camille ran out a bit later once the crowd dispersed at a slightly faster pace so we could catch up to Tricia.

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Just a few of my favorite peeps! I love these crazy bunch of runners!

Welp, after a couple miles I got worried that we missed Tricia so we slowed down quite a bit. We even walked some to make sure if she was behind us that she could catch up. After a while, I kind of gave up and I was off pace and had ditched my partner that I did what I would usually do anyways. I turned around and starting talking with other runners. I talked to some first time half marathoners, we guessed the calories of our Thanksgiving dinners we were burning and fantasized about pies. Yes, fantasied about pies.

I knew that I wasn’t going to catch up with Tricia so I might as well make the most of it. So, I made a concerted effort along with Elsha and Camille to just be positive, have fun and share my love for running. The three of us had a great time together. This was the second time I ran a whole half with Camille and I am pretty sure she could have beat me handily being 22 weeks pregnant. She is amazing. I have a hard enough time running with a food baby, so I don’t know how women can run with actual real life babies in their stomach. Baffles me.

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Camille in front of her sign along with Elsha.

Camille and I switched pushing Elsha throughout the race and it was hilarious some of the comments that we got. A lot of people would ask Camille how old her baby was. Um, 31 … years old. We even stopped to get a picture in front of an inflatable turkey and a fellow runner to stop to take a picture of “our family.” We couldn’t correct her, we just went with it.

Elsha is so great and funny when these people say something. She just takes it in stride. When one lady commented about how well behaved our baby was, Elsha just replied with a “thank you!” It kind of surprised the lady. But, Elsha just goes with it and it’s another reason why I love her so much. We have similar senses of humor.

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Our “FAMILY PICTURE” … this needs to be framed!

Though we were off our pace we still had a lot of fun and for as flat as the race is, there were some areas where it was simply gorgeous. Especially around the wetlands where there was an awesome view of Mt. Timpanogos. While the view was great … there were some areas that were a tad unpleasant … like every wetland it smelt bad. But, really, that’s the only complaint I’d have of the whole course.

Well that and I think they should have pumpkin pie at every aid station. But, I digress.

One thing I love about this race is that they encourage the runners to make a list of 13 things they are grateful for and then they print off a few of them and put them along the course. Last year they printed one I wrote about my mother and it’s touching, but it’s the worst display of English I’ve ever written. And, it was up once again this year.

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Oh, the English! Someone reprint this!

But, there was one that I wrote about Elsha near the starting line. Naturally when we looped back I grabbed the sign and ran across the finish line with it in hand as Camille and her kids helped push Elsha. It was a neat moment. Really neat moment.

Ending my 2014 race schedule at the Thankful 13 really was perfect though. With it being the holiday that it was, it put me into a mood of gratitude much easier than usual. And, looking back at all my races and experiences this past year … I am just beyond grateful of the places I have gone, the people that I have met and the friendships that have been bonded. I don’t know of another community or hobby that could afford me to have such experiences? Running has given me so much back, when I feel like I haven’t put nearly enough into it for such a return.

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An awesome moment!

But, here I am.

As I prepare for 2015, I look forward to see where I go and the people I will meet. And, next year at Thanksgiving as I reflect back on the year that was, I hope it will have been as wildly remarkable as 2014. There is just so much to be grateful for that words cannot suffice my feelings … so I’ll just end it here.

But … YEAH RUNNING!!! YEAH ELSHA!!! YEAH THANKSGIVING!!!

NEXT RACE: New Year’s Run Resolution (Thurs., January 1, 2015)

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Miss Elsha and her bling along with her sign! I should have signed it for her! LOL!