The Running Week that Was

By Joshua Snow Hansen

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 529.6 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 141.15 miles
2014 Race Miles – 460.45 miles
2014 Total Miles – 1131.2 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 140.5 miles
May – 108.65 miles
June – 83.3 miles
July – 93.75 miles
August – 118.2 miles
September – 88.55 miles
October – 106.8 miles
November – 75.05 miles
December – 0.00 miles
Miles to 2014 Goal (1200 miles) – 68.8 miles
Joshua Snow Hansen is a runner, blogger and general life observer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. He blogs about his 180lbs. weight- loss, his quest to run 180 races over 13.1 miles before he turns 40 and how running has turned his life around 180 degrees. Catch his blog at


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