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!






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.



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 — 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!


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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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?



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 as well as our own website at 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.


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 …



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 —



One Comment

  1. Because I’m bored and I’ve got a few minutes, here’s my unsolicited counter rant: Running doesn’t have to be expensive. I refuse to be an expensive runner. I’ll start from the bottom up.
    Shoes: I manage to find the shoes I like online for about 60 bucks. I have averaged over 675 miles on my last 3 pairs of shoes. (Third pair isn’t quite dead yet, though there are holes in the bottom. I get my money’s worth.)
    Socks: don’t wear ’em. I recognize this is shoe dependent.
    Running shorts and tights: the ones from Target work just as well as the stuff that costs twice as much. Even if you don’t find it on sale, they’re 20 bucks or less.
    Shirts: I have never paid more than 10 bucks for a shirt that I run in. That’s what the clearance rack at Kohl’s is for. Or shirts from races. Also, frequent laundry. For cold weather (I live in Chicago, so I know all about cold) just pile on more layers. My outermost layer when it gets below freezing is usually a plain cotton long sleeved t-shirt. Yes, cotton is horrible, but when it’s the 3rd or 4th layer, I don’t find that it matters much.
    Gloves: $15.
    Watch: Same Casio I wear every day – that’s right, no GPS ability here.
    Music: iPod shuffle, $49.
    Head: I wear a buff when it’s cool, below 10 degrees or something I might switch to the same wool beanie I wear when shoveling snow.

    And . . . that’s it. That’s the other key to running cheap: don’t buy the other stuff. Total amount I spend on calf sleeves, arm sleeves, water bottles, phone carriers, camelbacks, “fuel”, goo, energy drinks, and anything else not listed above: $0.

    Now, if you’ve read through all of this and your blood pressure has been rising, remember a few things:
    1 – Who cares what I say? I’m just some guy on the internet.
    2 – It is not WRONG to spend a lot of money on the things that I find frivolous. It is likewise not WRONG to not buy all those things.
    3 – What works for me might not work for other people. YMMV and all that. If you’ve found what works best for you you should absolutely not be dissuaded by me. The key takeaway here is to not be mad at me!


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