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RACE #166: The Haunted Half — Provo City

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

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

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

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

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

So here I am.

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

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

So, Greg Gregerson it was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ll have more on that later this week.


Weekly Miles

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

October 2017 Miles

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

2017 Miles

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

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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.

RACE #106: Nebo Half



Let me say that again … NEBOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Okay, that should help get that out of my system for a while. I love, love, love this race. It’s a fast downhill course that just speaks to me for many reasons. The fact that it’s downhill and gravity is working on my side is the first reason. Second, because the canyon is GORGEOUS! Especially around this time of the year as the leaves are just starting to turn. And, third, because so many of my friends run it as well.

It’s kinda like the Super Bowl of Utah half marathons in my book. It’s a fun course, that pretty much everyone flies down. And, that’s what I have been looking forward to more than anything this past year. I love just letting myself go and … just run. Just let gravity take care of the rest.

Going into the race I really wanted to set a year best time. Especially considering that my two best times were running down Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. The last being two weeks ago at the Run Elevated Half. So that had been my focus and goal.

Well, I should say that wasn’t my only goal. I’m the type of person that states one goal, but really has, like, three goals. The publicly stated goal, the ambitiously secret goal and then the safe secret goal in case the first two goals don’t happen. Which really should be the equivalent to a “participation trophy” in T-Ball.

So going into Nebo my three goals were such …

1) Ambitiously Secret Goal: A sub-2:30 finish time.
2) Public Stated Goal: 2:35 or better finish time.
3) Safe Secret Goal: 2:40 or better finish time.

I guess you could say I had another goal of not to get anything past a 2:45. But, that’s really not a goal … more like an expectation. And, I figured that if I didn’t meet that expectation I probably would have wallowed in self-pity while eating really crappy ice cream and a Gilmore Girls marathon the rest of the holiday weekend.

Luckily, it never came to that.

But, I didn’t meet my first two goals either. Which, while I am not overly disappointed, I did get exactly a 2:40 finish (my timer said 2:39, but whatever) to meet that safe secret goal. I am satisfied with my goal, because I gave a great effort on the course and pushed myself the best that I could. And, really, I kinda made some poor choices and decisions that killed my chance of a better time.

Should I make a short list of them?

Even if you said no, I am still am going to list them since this is my blog …

1) I didn’t eat enough calories for breakfast (½ a banana and protein bar).
2) Going out WAY too fast on the first mile.
3) Keeping a faster pace for longer than I should have.
4) Letting Mile 9 mentally get to me.
5) Taking too long at the third aid station.

Some of those choices and decisions are unavoidable. Because sometimes at aid stations you need to retie your shoe and then go back for another water. It could have gone down smoother, but choices like not eating enough for breakfast or going out way too fast are avoidable. And, just kind of stupid mistakes.

Especially, when I knew better.

But, on the flip side I am satisfied with my time for a number of reasons …

1) I maintained a sub-2:30 pace for the first 8-8.5 miles.
2) I ran through quad soreness and kept my walking to a minimum.
3) Didn’t slow down when I realized I wasn’t going to meet my goal time.

It’s really a strange feeling, because I wouldn’t say that I am extremely disappointed in my outcome. I’m satisfied, but not disappointed. Especially when I ran a 2:37 just two weeks ago down Little Cottonwood Canyon. So how can I really be upset or disappointed with myself?

Especially when I can learn from the experience.

But, with everything that I’ve dealt with this past year with my health and I’ll take it. It’s been a struggle. I really want to take it as a launching point to get back to where I want to be health and running wise. And, looking forward a year from now I see myself there. I see myself being healthy and strong while working and setting a new PR.

Which would anything under 2:08:25. Something I am ready to tackle and work towards.

But, the focus is now looking towards this weekend’s Big Cottonwood Marathon and working towards my 50K in November. I’ve got a lot of running coming up in the next couple of months. I’m very excited about that.



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This weekend I am sweeping the Big Cottonwood Marathon. This is the third year I’ve ran the marathon. I also ran the half marathon in 2013. I wasn’t planning on running any marathons this year, but since I decided to run a 50K in November I picked up a couple for this fall as preparation.

This is one of my favorite marathons. It’s organized perfectly. It’s a beautiful fast course. And, it really gives St. George a run for their money at the best Utah marathon.

Plus, this course holds a lot of great memories for me, especially last year as I ran with Jill during her first marathon …

Jill finishing her first marathon …This is one of my most favorite moments. Ever. This woman has FOUGHT to get to this moment. And, I am not just talking about the previous 26.2 miles of the race. She earned the title of “MARATHONER”

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Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 202.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 284.6 miles
2015 Race Miles – 313.5 miles
2015 Total Miles – 800.6 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 – 22.95 miles


Buggin’ out in Spanish Fork …

bountiful-bugoutWelp, what a weekend. What a fun weekend. What a fun, busy weekend. But, truly, what a weekend.

Okay of that.

But, really, what a weekend.

Our second Bugout Run was on Saturday down in Spanish Fork. We did a five mile run/hike around Spanish Fork Canyon and to the Escalante Cross. I can’t say enough of the beauty of the canyon and the view from the cross. We are truly lucky to live in such a beautiful place.


I’m the first to admit that I am a horribly neglective Utahn. I’ve never been to Lake Powell, I’ve spent minimal time hiking the red rocks of southern Utah and I’ve skiied — water or snow. I run Utah, but not much else.

See? Horrible Utahn. But, luckily for me … that’s changing.

On Friday night after weathering that horrific microburst thunderstorm (actually, it was pretty awesome) I journeyed from Bountiful to Springville to prep for the AM with Jorge. I say “prep” for the morning, but it was basically a sleepover. Granted we didn’t stay up all night watching movies or playing Nintendo, but we crashed on his couches and shared YouTube videos until we got too tired.

But, it wasn’t a sleepover.


We had a 3:30am wake up call so we could be out the door by 4am and to the canyon to set up. With it still pitch black Jorge and I grabbed our headlamps and headed up with our gear to set up the course. I won’t lie, I was a tad apprehensive because I could imagine at any moment a mountain lion jumping out and making me its’ breakfast. Luckily, that didn’t happen, but about a half mile up the trail we did some glowing green eyes in the distance that didn’t help quell those fears.

After finishing setting the course up at the Escalante Cross. Jorge told me of a shortcut that would take us down the trail back to the reservoir’s parking lot faster. I’ve been around the block long enough to know that when people say “shortcut” it really wouldn’t be a shortcut. And, it wasn’t. After the rain the night before the so-called “trail” was pretty much rocky and muddy with little foot bearing for me.


I just ended up sliding down the side of the hill on my butt and accepting the fact my shorts were going to look like I soiled myself. It didn’t help either that the awkward spider crawl I did down the hill caused a nice massive cramp in my legs midway down. Moral of the story? Don’t take any shortcut, especially from Jorge.

Once we got back from setting up some of the participants starting arriving. After trying to clean myself up some we were ready to begin. Half of the group was wanting to run the course, while a smaller part of us went for the hike. That’s the beauty of the Bugout Run, it’s tailor made for people of all fitness levels. I hiked most of the way and it was very much a challenge in it’s own right.

Before getting to the Escalante Cross we went up the canyon and climbed quite a bit in elevation. I don’t know how the others ran that part, but it was a trash kicker for sure. They were so far ahead of us that at one moment I thought we got lost. You couldn’t even hear them from a distance.


But, then we rendezvoused at our challenge point and worked together to make a stretcher out of a tarp and lumber. We had to carry an “injured” hiker about a quarter of a mile down the trail as part of our scenario. Like all our Bugout Run events there is not just a hiking/running element to it, but there’s a physical and mental challenge to each event as well.

After the challenge we hike/ran the rest of the way up to the Escalante Cross. It was beyond beautiful. The view of the Utah Valley from the cross was truly amazing. I’ve hiked areas around the Salt Lake Valley that gave me a good view of the area, but nothing so clear as from the cross.


Anyways, after taking a moment to let the scenery sink in we headed back to the parking lot. Luckily this time it wasn’t via a Jorge shortcut.

But, in all we survived. No one got eaten by a mountain lion, bitten by a snake or chased by a rabid raccoon. But, really, I think each participant came away with a new skill or at the very least an idea of how to respond to a search and rescue scenario if needed. And, that’s really the point for these runs. When you can’t rely on anyone else who else do you have?



The next event will be September 26th in Salt Lake City. The location is secret like all our events, but it will be within the Salt Lake City boundaries and basically be an “URBAN” bugout scenario. It should be pretty epic. And, like all of our Bugout Runs it will be free and you can get information on our Facebook event page here.




In addition to the Bugout Run on Saturday, we also recorded a new episode of The Utah Runcast. We tried to find a middle place to record the show and since I was coming north from Spanish Fork with Jorge, Jim met us from West Jordan in Lehi. Specifically, at the Costa Vida World Headquarters in Lehi. Still, there were no burritos or nachos involved in the recording of the podcast. Something I was admittedly disappointed about.

But, it was a good show. We had some kinks we had to work out from our first podcast. Namely it was user error. But, the past few weeks I’ve played around with Garage Band and figured out what went wrong. I am happy with the vocals that we got this go around and it shouldn’t be so echo-y.

To give you a little teaser of what to expect on this episode … we talk about how Jim put together a 100 banana salute at my 100th race. We also talked about why Jim is sporting pink hair and how much we hate cancer. We all talk about our pre-race and post-race eating habits and how I curse Jorge for introducing me to McGriddles. Seriously, it’s like the perfect combination of what I crave after a race.

There’s a lot more we talk about, especially about some up coming races … fun runs and even themed races for charity and fun. It’s a good episode. I’ll post the link to it once it goes live on Wednesday on Podgoblin.



Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 188.0 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 249.95 miles
2015 Race Miles – 266.9 miles
2015 Total Miles – 717.95 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  29.15 miles



This weekend, well more specifically this Saturday, is my birthday. My 34th birthday. Don’t start me on the fact that I am turning 34 on Saturday. I don’t feel 34 … nor act 34 (but that’s a post for another day). I am not overly anxious or fretting turning 34. I’ve actually pretty much embraced my thirties quite well. Well, except for that whole “living in your parent’s basement” part (again another post for another day). But, really, age is relative and a frame of mind.

I am excited about my race this weekend as well, because I am running the Park City Half. Our whole family is spending the weekend in Park City so they’ll be able to be there at the finish line. Remember that my Mom threw pie in my face at the finish line of my 100th race, I probably should dodge her this go around. Who knows she’ll probably throw birthday cake at me.

I joke, but I wouldn’t put it past her.

Race #103 will be a great way to celebrate my 34th birthday and I am looking forward to the R&R. I am taking work off on Friday and Monday sooooooooo … it will be extra relaxing!



RACE RECAP #90: Provo City Half

Provo.fwCan you believe that I am officially HALF way to my goal? 90 races is A LOT of races, but at the same time I feel like I know each one personally. This is one reason I know I was born with the hoarder gene. If these my races were cats it would be safe to assume you wouldn’t want to step inside my house. But, I digress.

Really though, I feel like each race has become a part of me and my journey. This was my fourth time running the Provo City Half and I must say, it has progressively become one of my favorite races. That wasn’t always my case. The first couple of times I ran it I kinda hated it. The wait up the canyon was too long and cold and then it was too hot on the course once you got out of the canyon.

Some of my favorite running peeps. This picture seems more like a school picture than anything. But, I love it.

This race wasn’t any different. But, the biggest difference has been the people. As sappy as that sounds it’s true. The more my running circle has widened the more enjoyable that long and cold wait up the canyon has become. It’s hard to stay cold when you’re laughing too hard. Again, that sounds totally sappy. But, it’s true.

Plus, the more I run, the more I appreciate and love downhill races. Provo Canyon is beautiful and I love the paved trail that winds itself down to University Blvd. It really is gorgeous. Plus, it’s one of the first races of the running season and there is a fun energy about it. I love that aspect. I love that energy. I need that energy.

Since bus pickup was from 4:30-5:30am I decided to stay with the Gabicas in Orem since Mark was running the race as well. It worked out great, because in the past I’ve had to wake up at 2am and then drive from Bountiful to Provo to hop on the bus. As it turns out, it really does pay to have friends in Utah County.

Another picture of some of my favorite running peeps. I’m totally not ready for this picture.

I met up with them and some other friends at TheOld Spaghetti Factory after work on Friday. I won’t go into much detail, but I absolutely LOVE pasta before a race. Not just any kind of pasta. I just want spaghetti and marinara sauce. As simple as that. I think it runs in my blood, because my Dad is a pasta man as well.

But, I digress.

After carpooling down to Provo with Mark on Saturday morning we met up with our running friends to take pictures before loading the busses. Once we got up the canyon the party continued. I love these larger races just for these occasions. I love the starting line party atmosphere. There is an excitement in the air, it’s as though everyone’s nerves add to that scene. It’s something I will never get tired of. Never.

Going into the race I wanted to push myself. And, on a downhill course that’s a bit easier for me to do. Last year I got about a 2:20 finish time and though I know I wasn’t there yet this year, I wanted to finish somewhere between 2:30-2:45. I felt that would be a good finish time, especially since I didn’t get much mileage in the week before because of PrepperCon.

Despite popular belief I am not mid-belch here.

When I got to the race I still felt this range was doable and since my friend Cevan was pacing the 2:45 group I decided to just run with him and see how I was feeling. I am glad I ran with him most of the way, because 2:30 would have been pushing it a TAD too much for me I think? It’s been a frustrating past couple of months with my thyroid and testosterone and I have a lost a lot of my speed. But, that’s a post for another day.

So, 2:45 was it.

I started the race alongside Cevan and since he was the last pacer of the bunch it was definitely THE PARTY IN THE BACK! Cevan brings a lot of fun (and irreverent) energy which works perfect for the 2:45 group. Starting off the race we had a fun little group of energetic runners following us. It was fun.

Cevan with a C running down the canyon … those are two fingers he’s holding up BTW.

After a couple of miles things spread out some and I found myself running with a first time half marathoner, Shaun. He was struggling some with his breathing and rhythm, so I kind of stayed with him to help him through that and help get him back to Cevan.

I saw a lot of myself in Shaun as we were running. He was doing this because he wanted to improve his life and make his family proud of him. Thinking back to my first half marathon I really wish I would have had someone I knew to help me through a lot of those small things that don’t come up until race day. And, with this being my half way race, I had a lot of my past races on my mind … especially that first race.

After running the first half of the race with Shaun I went ahead to catch up with Cevan because he had to slow down with some foot issues. But, after the race Shaun and I touched base and I know our connection benefited both of us for different reasons. Sure, I helped him with those little things, but seeing his determination to run catapulted my thoughts throughout the rest of the race to ALL of my races.

Me with Katie and Cevan at the end of the race. I crossed the finish line with Katie.

My mind raced (all puns intended) throughout all 90 of my races. It ran through all the difficult races that I pushed myself through the hard, I thought of all the accomplishments of new distance and speed accomplishments and then of course all of the friendships. I won’t lie, around mile 10 I kiiiiiiiiiiiinda lost it thinking about that. I am not a very emotional person, but I guess when I am in the middle of a race left with my thoughts and craving a Slurpee and nachos I tend to get that way?


But, seriously, I just felt an immense gratitude for this journey of mine. The goal really hasn’t been about the number of races. I don’t feel like it’s that big of an accomplishment, but those races have given me 90 opportunities to make new friendships, inspire other people and share my love for life and running.

I’ve had a number of opportunities to be a part of other people’s journeys and some of their firsts. Whether that’s being a small part in Shaun’s first half or running alongside Jill during her first marathon. I feel lucky to be in a situation where I can share those experiences with friends new and old.

Gabica Family picture. I love these peeps. I’m praticially Addison’s older brother.

Gosh, I might be getting a TAD emotional right now just writing that.

I’ve just been VERY VERY blessed.

Anyways, back to the race. Once I got within two miles of the finish line I just tried keeping a good pace. I tweaked my knee around mile 9ish and I was having a hard time stretching it out. I wasn’t too worried about it, it was just more uncomfortable than anything. But, it was around this time I kinda lost sight of Cevan and knew I wasn’t going to be coming in at 2:45, so I do what I usually do in those situations.

I looked for someone to run with.


I found one of the runners, Katie, who was running with Cevan at the start of the race. This was her second half marathon and, really, was a breath of fresh air during the last couple of miles. She was energetic and enthusiastic which kept me laughing. She was also pushing for a new PR which she beat by four minutes!

My official time for the race was 2:53:40. It was eight minutes off my goal, but fittingly less than thirty seconds off my time for my first half marathon back in 2011. I am now officially half way there.

And, living on a prayer (sorry, couldn’t help it).



Now that I am officially on the downside of my goal, I guess it’s fitting that I am running a downhill run next week, eh? I ran this race last year with Susette and it’s one of my favorite races … mainly, because I love Big Cottonwood Canyon … a lot.

But, I am excited about this race too, because this will be my second race pushing Wheelz (aka Josh Twelves). This should be a faster time than Lagoon … mainly because it’s all down hill, but it should be a lot of fun. I am half tempted to buy myself some Heely’s and just roll all the way down the canyon while holding onto his cart.

This really doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

But, it totally is.

But, still.



Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 161.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 104.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 92.85 miles
2015 Total Miles – 358.35 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 76.3 miles
May  15.1 miles



RACE RECAP #89: West Mountain Half Marathon

89-westmountIt’s funny the difference missing a few things can make in a race. On Friday I took my gym bag to work with me, but forgot to take it home. It just completely slipped my mind. I had my Garmin, Imodium, my gels, salt tablets and my lucky hat. All crucial to my running, especially that lucky hat.

Well, okay, more like the Garmin. I haven’t raced without in a Garmin … since … well … when I first got my Garmin. It really has helped me keep on pace and motivated during races. I can gauge my distance and really push through those “walls” much easier. I love my Garmin.

I thought about leaving earlier than planned so I could stop by my office for the bag. But, that really didn’t seem like a good idea, because since I work on the University of Utah campus and that’s where the Salt Lake Marathon begins … I didn’t want to be trapped in the traffic and/or closed roads so I decided to just run without it.

Me and the Twins before the race. I raced Joycelyn and actually won by TWO minutes! WOOT!

I wasn’t going to tank the race, but I decided to just go by feel. I guess “zen” run it? So after having about an hour long drive to Genola from my house I decided that was going to be my game plan. I was going to take what the course gave me, give it my best and go by feel.

I also threw out my time goal, because it’s kind of pointless to hold yourself to a time goal without the means to gauge your time. Right? Going into it though I wanted to be around 2:35-2:45 considering it was an out and back race (and at the time I thought flat … um, totally not flat!)

So, yeah, not a very solid revised race plan.

West Mountain in the background of the first mile of the race.

One thing I loved about this race is that my race didn’t start until 9am, so I got there around 7:30am and had time to hangout with a few of my friends who were running as well. I love having a relaxed starting line. And, by relaxed I mean … no, busing me up a canyon, huge crowds or adverse weather. You don’t get that with Extra Mile Racing events (well, they don’t control the weather … that I know of …) which I love. It’s very much a small-knit community.

The half marathon course was an out and back course. For some reason I was thinking it was going to be like the Saltair Half … flat. I don’t know why I thought that, because the race even has the word MOUNTAIN in the race title. It was definitely hilly and there were a couple of hills that really challenged me. But, to say I was disappointed it wasn’t flat would be a lie. I’d rather have hills than flat, not just for the challenge, but also for the sexier legs.

If you’re wondering … YES … hills make sexy legs. I am pretty sure it’s one of the back page rules of running.

RULE #38 OF RUNNING: Don’t give a thumbs up three miles into your half marathon, because it WILL back fire.

The first three miles weren’t that bad for me, but after that we had to climb our first challenging hill towards an apple orchard. You would have thought the terrain would have been pretty de-script running through farming country, but it was quite opposite. It was beautiful. And, when I took my ear buds out at the second aid station all I could hear were the buzzing of the bees in the orchard. It was unreal!

I never felt more like a city slicker in my life.

The course turned around on the opposite side of West Mountain between the mountain and Utah Lake. The roads were open, but there were VERY few cars along the route. In fact I am pretty sure I saw more tractors than cars.


I did have a slight mishap around mile 8 or so, I was carefully walking over a cattle guard making sure I wouldn’t twist my ankle. Well, I made it over the cattle guard unscathed, but then took two steps and twisted my ankle on a rock. I am fine now, but it affected my speed some afterwards.

Around this time also, I was neck in neck with a 70 year old runner. He was a nice guy and we talked a little bit, but deep down inside me I knew I couldn’t let him pass me. I couldn’t for all the pride in me. So, with a sore ankle and nice gradual hill in front of me I pushed it harder than I should have.

But, I put enough distance between the two of us that for the last three miles I didn’t have worry much about him anymore. My pride could be restored for at least another race. But, at this time the heat was starting to really get to me. Luckily, I was in all white, but that didn’t stop me from feeling famished after every half mile.


I went through my two gels, two bananas and 2-3 cups of water at the aid stations in the last three miles. No joke. The sun made me all salty and soaking wet. I really couldn’t get enough water. And, it was around this time that a little girl was standing outside her farm (remember we’re in farm country) and offered me a cold water bottle. I was so thankful. I didn’t know how to thank her so I handed her one of my GU Chomps I got at the last aid station. I really don’t think she knew what to make of my gift? Especially considering they were basically caffeinated fruit snacks.

But, I was VERY thankful for that water, if not just for the giving gesture.

Once I was finished I was famished. I guzzled down water, Powerade and … more bananas. I didn’t even look at my time until the day after. I laugh about that now, because I really though I ran somewhere around 2:45 or so. Well, I got that “or so” … try 3:04 hours.

Not sure why … but … I chafe on my back fat. Go figure?

I really wanted something faster. And, I won’t lie, I was slightly disappointed. BUT … you know what? I still did 13.1 more miles I would if I stayed at home. And, after a week where I wasn’t feel my best, I consider it somewhat of a victory. Even if it was a victory over not pooing my pants while running … that’s still a victory, right?

I have plenty of other races and I am really looking forward to the Provo City Half in a couple of weeks. I really, really, really want to shoot for around 2:30-2:40. I’ve ran the course enough that I know the technicalities and terrain of the race. But, this time I am TOTALLY not leaving my Garmin at work.

Well, that and my Imodium. Both are equally important …




After my race I stuck around the finish line and helped pass out medals to the finisher. I did this for a couple of reasons. First I am an Ambassador for Extra Mile Racing and I wanted to lend a helping hand, but, secondly, I wanted to also stick around and watch my friends finish their races.

Two of those friends were Ryan and Heather and they were both running their first marathon. I won’t lie, I have a special place in my heart for first-time marathoners. Having been there some three years ago I know how HARD it is to train, train and train for one, but then to have that all come down to THE RACE itself it can be a very emotional experience. Not just for the runner themselves, but for all those connected to them.


That’s why I love being around first-time marathoners, because for me that’s the PURE love of running. That’s the spirit of the marathon. Seeing their joy keeps me going and “IN TOUCH” with what running should be about. I’ve made a vow to myself to celebrate that as much as I can, no matter how many marathons I have under my belt.

But, I can just say it was an awesome experience seeing Ryan come in with his Dad and son there to greet him. Not to mention all of the other runners cheering him on. I was even able to hand him his medal. That was a great moment.

I was also able to be cheer in Heather along with Joycelyn and Angela as she crossed the finish line for her first marathon. I handed her a medal and gave her a big sweaty hug. Knowing some of what she has had to overcome physically and mentally to get to the point and to that finish line … I have the upmost respect for her. She’s a fighter.


And, she was fittingly wearing Wonder Woman gear for the ocassion. I am BEYOND happy for her!

Though I might not be running marathon this year, I want to celebrate them more and I sure got a great dose of that on Saturday!



The next race won’t be until May 2nd. I toyed with the idea of running the Tulip Festival Half or a redemption running Winter Circuit 30K, but since I am will working PrepperCon all weekend long … I really don’t have time to sneak in anything longer than a 5 mile run in the morning. But, that’s fine, because I will be running the Provo City Half on May 2nd, which happens to be one of my favorite races (mainly because its’ downhill!)

But, this race will also be somewhat of a milestone as well. This will be race #90! Which means I am HALF way to my goal of 180 races! It’s really hard to believe that I am half way to my goal, but considering this will be my fourth time running the Provo City Half … I guess it’s not that hard to believe.

Still, that’s a lot of running.



Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015
2015 Training Miles – 152.5 miles
2015 Walking Miles – 97.0 miles
2015 Race Miles – 79.75 miles
2015 Total Miles – 329.25 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2015
January – 78.8 miles
February – 72.85 miles
March – 115.3 miles
April – 62.3 miles


Since today is Boston Marathon Monday, I wanted to share a few pictures that capture the spirit of “Boston Strong.” That day two years ago affected me and thousands of other runners. Though, I will never qualify or reach Boston, it was attack on my community, friends and country. The loss or harm of life troubles me no matter who or where it happens. I hope that as we celebrate the marathon today, we celebrate life, freedom and those affected by the happenings in 2013.


Boston Marathon Bombing Artifacts mebBOSTON-STRONG

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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