The 80th Fartlek Friday™ – Since this is the 80th installment can I now get senior discounts or something?

fartlekfriday54FRIDAY! FRIDAY! FRIDAY! I’m kinda excited about this Friday for some reason? Part of it is because of my running adventures tomorrow, but also it’s been my first five day work week in … like … almost a month.

I’ve been pampered too much apparently?

But, at least I get to run off that angst this weekend. Tomorrow morning I am sweeping the Hobbler Half and then in the evening I am running The Dam 15 Miler in Midway. My last race is about 150 people deep … soooooooo … I’ve kinda resigned myself to coming in last at that race as well.

But, hey, that’s still 28.1 miles of running/walking/wishing I had a Slurpee, right? And, it still beats the person who didn’t get off the couch all day. Sooooo … I’m just going to give it my best effort and knock out races #98 and #99!

And, then in two weeks … RACE #100!

Which I am getting more and more excited for! As you might already know my 100th race is going to be the Handcart Days Half Marathon in my hometown of Bountiful. The race holds a place in my heart for a couple of years.

First, this was my first half marathon, which happened four years to the day and, two, the Handcart Days celebration is something my family was intricately involved in for a number of years.

My Dad was the chairman of the event for over 7 years. This included roping the WHOLE family into the planning, execution and even clean up of the event. It was a lot of fun. We did everything, made a lot of friends and FOREVER tied ourselves to the community.

So, yeah, I am excited.

But, what’s taking that over the top is I am also pushing my friend Elsha in the race. And if that wasn’t enough, my friend Tim decided to run the race alongside us. It’s basically going to be a party! And quite a stark contrast to when I ran it four years ago … by myself.

Elsha and Tim are two reasons why I love hopelessly fallen in love with running and it will be fun celebrating my 100th race with them. It really seems fitting. Well, because it is.

But, lots of fun things happening this month. The Bugout Run is next week which we’re ready for. Jorge and I mapped out the course yesterday. The event is free so sign up! You can read more about it here.

Also, I am starting to solidify my fall race schedule. I am really debating on running Big Cottonwood in September. A part of me kinda wants to just volunteer and cheer in my friends at the finish line. Or maybe go buy a bunch of Slurpees from 7 Eleven and start handing them out to friends and runners.

Oh, that would be fun.

Either way, I have also decided to run Cory Reese’s Bakers Dozen Half Marathon in December down in Hurricane. But, I am still debating if I want to run the Ultra Marathon on Antelope Island? I want to, but I don’t know if I want to be ready for by then? Either way, I’ll run the ultra or half marathon that same day.

And, we won’t start talking about my October races yet. I’m going to be getting LOTS of miles on my shoes that month. Layton Marathon, two Haunted Half races, two Howloween races and a 25K to boot. And, that still leaves me a free weekend over the 3rd of October.

Oy. It’s going to be fun. It’s roughly 96.6 miles of racing. I should find a 10K over October 3rd to run to get over 100 miles of racing for the month.

Why am I giving myself these thoughts and temptations?

Anyways, fun times this weekend! Lots of running! Lots of friends! Lots of Slurpees (tomorrow is National Slurpee Day … if you didn’t know)!



Just of note, this past week I did a little reshuffling of my social media. Specifically with Instagram. I tried to clean out my personal account and it ended up getting deleted. Still trying to figure that one out. So I was locked out of my @thegr8joshby username.

I am back on Instagram with @mejosher, I also brought back @running180. I wrote about it all here earlier this week.

But, to make note, I did end up bringing back @back2phat by popular demand. And, by popular demand, I mean … one person asked me, I have brought it back. I think I am good with the social media shuffling for now?



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Just any FYI, we’re going to be recording soon. So stay tuned. I am hoping to get the podcast up before the 24th of July. But, we’ll see. I am not doing the editing soooooooo no specific date yet.

Stay tuned.


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



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