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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 #115: Bakers Dozen Half Marathon

115-bakersdozenLooking back at my races this past year it’s been quite the adventure, especially considering this was my last race of the year. Especially when you consider that I have ran over 30 races — a handful of 5Ks, marathon, Ragnar, a 25K, a 50K and some 26 half marathons. Lots and lots and lots of running.

It’s been a fun and trying year for me — especially with my stupid health issues. But, I haven’t let those issues deter my goals. Sure my speed goals have had to take a back seat, but I’ve been inching closer to my 180 goal month by month and week by week. I have just 65 more races to do in the next five and half years. That’s really just 13 races per year until I turn 40.

Very doable.

Something I could easily knock out in about two years — but — won’t. The goal is to now pace myself so I can focus on more time and distance goals — i.e.- sub-two half marathon, more 50K trail races and an eventual 50 miler. But, I’ll blog all about that later. That’s not the whole point of this post — it’s of course all about the Bakers Dozen Half that I ran this past weekend.

This has been a race that I’ve circled on my calendar for the past several years — for many reasons. The main reasons — because it seemed like a lot of fun and — well — it involved cookies, donuts and cake, while running. What not to love about that? Plus, Cory Reese, the race director, is one of my favorite local runners and running bloggers. He’s such an awesome guy and beyond hilarious.

All great reasons to run.

I carpooled down with my friends Mindy Heaton and Cevan Skinner — and since we didn’t want to make a weekend of it we drove down and back in the same day. We left northern Utah around 2am and drove through central and southern Utah to Hurricane. There were some sketchy areas of extreme dense fog and snowy roads, but Mindy was a great driver and we made it to the race unscathed.

The race consisted of a 3 mile-plus loop around Hurricane. A gorgeous part of Hurricane I might add. It was part paved road and part trail. To complete the half marathon you had to run the loop four times. And, on every lap you had your “aid station” of donuts, cookies, cakes, etc. that you could eat. For every pastry that you ate one of the volunteers would mark your arm.

Since I was running sick I didn’t really feel too hungry for anything — I did manage to get down five pastries. They were mainly mini-cupcakes and some mini-sugar cookies. I know I could have probably packed down more pastries than that, but I’m totally okay with just eating five.

On the other hand there were other runners that ate 50+ pastries. My friend Chris somehow got down over 60 pastries! 60!!! How in the world? I would have severely struggled getting down just 10. Baffles me. But, really, it was all done in the spirit of fun and celebrating another great year of running.

The race wasn’t timed and it’s probably best that it wasn’t. It wasn’t my best race — coupled with my stupid cold and the wind on the course, I felt fairly slow. The wind was pretty consistent throughout the race. Since it was a looped course I got both a tailwind and headwind. The tailwind was appreciated, but as expected the headwind — not so much.

However, I can now say for certain that I understand how Hurricane got it’s name. I felt like I was running through a hurricane at some points throughout the race. It was pretty bad. At one point I lost my Nemo hat — and that’s something since I’ve got myself a big head

But, I still had a lot of fun. I was able to run with a number of friends, enjoy the scenery and moment. Sure, it would have been better if I wasn’t sick, but that didn’t deter me from having a fun time. I will definitely be back in 2016. And, this time I’ll pack down more than just five pastries. Not 60, not 50 or 40 or 30 — but, maybe 10. Maybe.

Anyways, after the race we packed ourselves back in the car and headed home after raiding Alberto’s for a breakfast burrito. It was the perfect way to balance myself after a sugary filled race. Delicious and well deserved.

But, now the focus is on 2016 and my upcoming goals. As I mentioned earlier I will blog about that later. This week will be all about The Joshby Awards before a two week hiatus. Come January 1st — I’ll be back sharing my new year’s focus, goals and new blog design.

Thanks to everyone who was a part of my 2015 running adventures, it’s been quite an adventure. And, without you — this adventure to 180 would be pointless.

Here’s to my 2015 races and a new year! 2016 here we come!


RACEGRAMS

Cevan ruins everything. #eagerbeaver

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This is the proper way to photobomb someone else’s selfie. #justsoyouknow #bakersdozenhalf #race115 #running #utah

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There’s a reason why they call it Hurricane. Cuz’ it be windy. #hurricaneiswhereitsat

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Geez, I hope they turned off their @garmin! #runnerproblems #bakersdozenhalf #race115 #running #utah

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NEXT RACE: NEW YEAR’S RUN REVOLUTION

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For the fifth year in a row — which, really sounds so weird — I will be running the New Year’s Run Revolution at the Kearn’s Olympic Oval. This was my fifth half marathon WAY back on New Year’s Eve 2011. I know that doesn’t sound very long ago — but, in running years it makes me feel ancient … mmm’kay?

This is actually one of my favorite races that I look forward to each year. It’s not so much the course — because you’re basically just running in circles for upwards to five hours. But, because you’re running together with friends the whole time. And, since you are running around a track, you get to see your friends pretty much — every lap.

Back in 2011 when I ran this for the first time — I didn’t know ANYONE. Like, literally, didn’t know anyone and just went solo. And, it kinda sucked — I won’t lie. But, over the years as I have immersed myself more into the running community it’s been TONS of fun. Because, really, it’s the only race of the year that you’re running with EVERYONE! That everyone from the from the gazelles to the turtles. It’s just a lot of fun.

This year I am going to be pushing Josh Twelves — aka — Wheelz. It’s been a while since we ran together, because of one reason or another. But, since he doesn’t do very well in the cold this is the PERFECT race for him since it’s all indoors.

But, like every year the goal will be to get at least a half marathon worth of laps in during the five hours. I might do more, we’ll just see how I feel after 13.1 miles. I wanted to do more last year, but barely eked out the needed 47 laps — because I found out I ran with the flu.

It’s just going to be a party and a great way to kickoff 2016.


MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 259.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 522.05 miles
2015 Race Miles – 480.65 miles
2015 Total Miles – 1262.2 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 – 148.95 miles
December – 55.2 miles

MONDAY’S SHORTS

  • As I mentioned on Friday, I am toying with the idea of rebranding the blog — including the name. Regardless of what I choose, I will be changing the layout and graphics. I’ve had the same layout the past couple of years and it’s just time for a change.
  • I have the name down to about two names — sticking with Running180 or going back to PhatJosh. For those who have followed my journey since 2010 — that was the name of my first blog. I still own the URL and I am debating going back to it. And, who knows — maybe I’ll go with something completely new? Chime in if you have an opinion.
  • I just noticed that between January 1st and May 7, I only have two half marathons planned — and I am not planning on any more, in fact maybe less? If you’re wondering which two, they are the Run Revolution and The Zion Half Marathon.
  • The reason why I am doing that is because I am planning on following a half marathon training plan to before the Provo City Half (May 7) to help me lose weight and get faster. I will have more of that plan come the first of the year. But, basically, I’m following a Galloway run/walk plan.
  • This is pretty much the coolest thing — I’ve been following Derek’s journey on Facebook and I just love his attitude as he works towards his goals. As the article states he’s an inspiration to MANY, including myself. Makes my speed bumps meaningless in the scheme of things.
  • I could have used this about a week ago — oh well, still good advice.
  • If you’re in the hunt for a good laugh — this should do it.
  • This never gets old either.
  • This is one of the many reasons why I love running — we’re such an odd bunch of people that running in a suit for a world record actually seems sane.
  • Since I am not running many races next year, especially earlier in the year I am planning on volunteering and supporting other runners. One of these ways is by making signs for along the course. This should give me some ideas.
  • I missed this story from Boston earlier in the year — but I kinda love it. I probably could have lead the first — 5 steps? Still pretty cool!
  • I pretty much know the answer to the question being stated in the article — no marijuana won’t make me a better runner. It might help with my carbloading, but I don’t see much benefit from it. Other than though — I like the picture associated with the article.

MONDAY MOTIVATION

The 100th Fartlek Friday™ – I feel like I should be popping some bubbly for the 100th “Fartlek Friday” — no? Okay, I’ll just take an orange juice then.

As I mentioned yesterday — I’ve had an up and down week. Mainly down because of this stupid cold. Or whatever it is? I was hoping it was just allergies — but after a couple days I realized that wasn’t the case.

But, still it hasn’t been an overall bad week. Just crummy.

It really was kind of a buzzkill after coming off an amazing week with the O.U.R. fundraising gala here in Bountiful. Being so motivated and pumped up — my engines completely pooped out. Kinda like driving a new car off the lot and discovering it’s a lemon after applying the gas.

But, setbacks just set the scene for comebacks — and who doesn’t love a good comeback? If someone doesn’t — then odds are they’d hate all the Rocky movies.

I feel like I am turning the corner — so hopefully I can still run tomorrow. I am still planning on doing it. I mean, heck, I ran a half marathon last year with the flu — so that’s nothing!

And, luckily the race is down in St. George and it’s suppose to be in the mid to low 50s — ideal racing weather in my book. So it really wouldn’t be much of a problem running outside if I still have a semi-stuffy nose.

So I am not worried.

But, if I am going to die from running with a cold — I couldn’t think of a better way to go. Well, except for maybe dying hand in hand with the love of my life in a nursing home bed — oh, wait — I just stole that from The Notebook.

Anyways — I am just WAY exciting to be running this weekend. I am also excited for Christmas — and New Year’s — and basically the next three weeks. December really is one of my most favorite times of the year. Heck, I don’t mind the snow that much during December.

But, once January comes — it sucks. I hate January and basically all of February. There is nothing good that’s ever come out of those two months. Here in Utah it’s cold, miserable, snowy and depressing.

But, December — Christmas makes up for all of that.

Gosh, I love Christmas. I’ve already watched Elf three times this year. Last year I got to 7 — maybe I’ll break that record this year?

We shall see. But, if I was to consult my Magic 8 Ball — it’d most definitely say, “most definitely seems so”

Welp, have a good weekend — if you’re going down to St. George for The Bakers Dozen please make sure to come hi to me! I also love meeting new friends and seeing old ones too!


 


RUNNING WITH REESEMAN

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My friend Reeseman — who I’ve pushed in a few races, as well as around the neighborhood (we only live about a mile apart) is growing. And, because of his growth spurt — he’s getting too big for his race cart.

So as a group of friends we’re working together to get Reese a new chair. One that hold and support him much better when we’re out running with him. We have set up a GoFundMe campaign for him in hopes of raising the needed $6,000 for the chair.

Any donation amount would be appreciative. Whether it’s a dollar or a $100 — each dollar gets us closer to the needed funds.

I can tell you on a personal note how much Reese loves and needs running in his life. Whenever we’re running — especially downhill and cruising — he’s all smiles. He loves the wind again his face, the force of gravity carrying him forward and the bounce of the cart.

Running is his haven and heaven.

Please consider making a donation, especially during this Christmas season. You can make a donation at the link below … mucho gracias!

DONATE HERE


THE JOSHBY AWARDS

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For the past eight years — yes, eight years — I have been giving out yearly awards. What are the awards? Well, when I started “The Joshby Awards” — it was just something I did for my family. Basically it was a formal way for me to tell my siblings which ones were my favorites.

But, over the years that’s expanded over to my friends — and also my running world. Two years ago I started a running category and it’s just kinda grown into what it is now — I guess?

Really, it’s just a fun way to celebrate not just the past year, but my friends and show them my appreciation for making the past year awesome.

All of next week is dubbed “Joshby Week” here on the blog. I will be giving out my awards to my running friends, non-running friends and family. I also give an award to my favorite race medals — so look for that one.

The week should look like so —

MONDAY – Nominees and Special Awards
TUESDAY – Family Winners
WEDNESDAY – Friend Winners
THURSDAY – Running Awards & Top Race Medals

If I had the money I totally would give every winner some sort of award. Maybe after I make my first million I’ll make some nice shiny medallions? Or maybe I could just make yogurt lid medals this year?

I should let the winners decide.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the week. Don’t take it too seriously, it’s suppose to just be fun. And, please know — I am appreciative of EVERYONE!

But, I am also allowing my friends pick the running awards. This includes runner of the year, most inspirational runner, best race, etc., etc., etc. Make sure to vote here if you haven’t already — RIGHT HERE.


THIS WEEKEND’S RACE

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One of the reasons why I am going to push through my cold to run tomorrow — is because I really want to run this race. I mean, really, really, really want to run this race. This has been on my radar for the past few years.

I’ve had a number of friends who have ran the Bakers Dozen Half and loved it. And, from all the pictures that they posted online hasn’t helped that desire to run the race lessen.

In addition to running a really fun race, it also happens to be one of my required St. George area races I need to run before April to get guaranteed entry into the St. George Marathon. So, basically I am hitting two birds with one stone.

I like that saying, but I love birds so sometimes when I use it — I actually feel kinda bad.

But, I digress.

I’m WAAAAAAAAY excited. Granted, we’re leaving Salt Lake at 2am and getting back in town at 3pm. But, it’ll be fun. I’m carpooling with some fun peeps — my friend Mindy and Cevan.

Make sure to come back here on Monday for my race report.


WEEKGRAMS

Apparently we’ve all been playing the piano the wrong way all these years?! #kokoplaysthepiano

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I think she likes her cake. #shewantstoeatcakelikethepeopledo

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I’m just going to go ahead and pretend that I won Callie’s birthday. #mermaid4thewin

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My contribution to my work party — Peppermint and Chocolate Orange RKs. #ricekrispies4life

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I got a tutorial tonight on how to make ninja stars — I guess I’ve been doing it wrong all these years? #ninjaintraining

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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 newPodBash 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 atRuncastUSA.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


AWESOME FREEDOM2MOVE OFFER!

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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 codeOUR10 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!


TODAY’S SHORTS


FRIDAY’S HOLIDAY LAUGH

The 99th Fartlek Friday™ – 21 days until Christmas, but who’s really counting? (I am)

Welp, Christmas music is in the air — quite literally. The shopping season is in full swing. We’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Hopefully you did something worth while on Giving Tuesday. Not sure if they did something for Wednesday and Thursday? I feel like they should.

But, I’ve thrown enough money to a lot of people over the past week that I don’t need another reason to go for broke during the holidays. Sad thing is most, if not all the “gifts” I bought were for me and not anyone else. Granted it helps being single. But, as a runner you jump on deals for new shoes, cheap race entries — along with the gear, etc.

Running is expensive. I want to know who the person was that said all you need to run is your shoes and desire. We all know it’s a lie. Those shoes need to be a specific pair to support your feet correctly, then of course you need the right kind of speciality socks and compression sleeves to support those feet further. But, then for some reason that correlates into your need to color coordinate your shoes with your shirt. So there’s a couple new running tech shirts.

Of course after you realize your shorts don’t color coordinate you replace those along with the latest compression underwear — for your comfort needs. And, even though others won’t see your underwear you decide to match them with everything else.

Then there’s fuel — sports bras — etc., etc., etc.

So yeah … running ain’t cheap.

I’m not sure how I got myself on that rant — I’ll blame it on the lack of sleep. Yes, lack of sleep. That’s what I’ll blame it on.

It’s been a busy week with little amounts of sleep, but it’s been a very fun and product week as well. I’ve got a number of projects that I am working on that are extremely exciting — and fun!

The biggest one is the fundraiser here in Bountiful for Operation Underground Railroad happening tonight at 6:30pm at the Bountiful High Auditorium. I posted more information in the post below — but most importantly it’s FREE and helps rescue kids from sex trafficking.

Plus, tomorrow’s run will be at a 5K organized as part of the fundraising efforts. Again, I posted more information about that below. And, yes, I will be running it. And, there may or not be a 7 Eleven along the course. Just in case I’m bring money.

Most of my involvement the past week has been putting together a video for the event. It is done, but I won’t be posting it online until after our event tonight. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone. It’s pretty cool — not what I did, but what the community has done to raise money for O.U.R. Made me emotional a number of times as I put it together.

But, please come if you can — there will be future events, especially within the next 2-3 months. Trust me, I’ll post about them here and on social media. I’d love for you to get involved as well.

I can’t say enough of the importance of the O.U.R. mission and getting these kids away from these monsters. It has to stop and we can all have a hand in making sure that it does.

Anyways, lots of other stuff going on this week as well. Prepping for our next Bugout Run in a couple of weeks (Dec. 19), gearing up for PrepperCon and then of course my run streak and trying to stay sane.

Fun, fun, fun, fun!

Have a great, fun and safe weekend!

HAPPY RUNNING!


SO THERE’S THIS …

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O.U.R. FUNDRAISING GALA — THIS FRIDAY!

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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.


RUN UNITED 5K BENEFITTING O.U.R.

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As part of our fundraiser for Operation Underground Railroad we’re also holding a 5K this Saturday at 9am. If you are familiar with the Bountiful area — we’re basically starting where the Five Points Mall once stood. The 5K is $30 for 18 and over, $15 for 18 and under and FREE for kids under the age of 5 — and the proceeds will go to O.U.R. to help fund their rescue missions. So bring your kids, strollers, bikes or — even rollerblades.

Just come!

You can register HERE via Active.com — registration does include a Run United t-shirt. Pretty nifty, eh?

If you would like more information and up to the minute updates about the race there is a Facebook event page for your convenience. Make sure to check it regularly. So far the forecast looks good. It’ll be cold, but no snow!

So please come run with us!


WEEKGRAMS

Who says you can’t get warm and cozy at work during the holiday season? #christmastime

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Welcome to the family. Straight out of the box. #altrarunning #running #shoes #runningshoes @altrarunning

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Pretty much how I am while Tindering. #tinderlife

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I got a promotion today. #movingonupinlife A photo posted by Joshua O. Snow Hansén (@kindaqwerty) on

It’s like Preservation Hall over here! #saintsgomarchingin

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NEXT WEEK’S RACE

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Not going to lie — ever since my 50K I’ve been craving a good race. Sure I ran the Thankful 13 on Thanksgiving, but I was sweeping the course and not going my pace. That’ll change come next week when I run the Bakers Dozen Half Marathon down in Hurricane, Utah.

Basically, southern Utah.

I’ve been wanting to run this for the past couple of years. The race director, Cory Reese, is an accomplished ultra marathoner — I’m talking like hundred miler kind of ultra running — and blogger. He’s one funny dude. Plus, he’s a lover of Hostess products and that’s where the idea of this race came from — pretty cool, huh?

To get an idea of the kind of race this is, this is a pretty hilariously awesome promo video —

But, another reason I am excited about this race is that it qualifies me for the St. George Marathon since I did the St. George Runner Series. Obviously the Snow Canyon Half Marathon is a part of the series, but Cory’s race was added this year — sooooo — I’M IN!

Getting my requirements for a guaranteed entry before the end of the year is a HUGE blessing, because the first 3-4 months of 2016 are going to be extremely busy with PrepperCon, The Bugout Run and a couple other projects planned. Saving a weekend trip to southern Utah during those months is huge!

But, this will be a fun quick getaway — which is basically a day trip. I’m carpooling down and back the day of the race — about 4-5 hours each way. Fun! Fun!

Who’s joining me for the race?


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 …

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THE FRIDAY FARTLEK

Even though I’ve been overwhelmed with my projects this past week, there were quite a few things that caught my attention this past week —


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