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Summer in Utah Act 3: Bryce 100 DNF


(Viewer discretion is advised. As Lily would say, “Daddy-O said a bad word.”  Actually, I said many of them…  Perhaps view this video not in the company of little ones.)

Last year I completed my first hundred mile race.  It was a fun and challenging experience.  I did really well.  I tanked for a bit.  I walked a lot, but I still managed to finish under 30 hours.

We (I) chose Utah for our summer vacation so that I could run the Bryce 100 and give another 100 miler a go.  I went into the race with high hopes.  The previous three races I’d run this winter and spring had gone really well, and I’d set PRs at all of them.  So, I went into the Bryce 100 hoping for another great day.

I also went into Bryce thinking that I’d make a Mark Watney style mock-umentary of my experience.  After my 100 mile last year I had just two pictures of me on the course.  I felt that such an experience should have better documentation.  So, I set out with my camera hoping to catch something entertaining on film.

It is with great trepidation, humility and embarrassment that I post this video.  My high hopes for the race were dashed when I succumbed to the heat and ended up dropping out of the race.  I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t finish, but I’ve learned a few lessons about myself from the experience.  I also had fun making the video.

I’d say more, but hey just watch (without small children).

And thank you K for that sensual sunscreen application.

Author: Joshua

I am a husband and father. I am an outdoor enthusiast, adventurer and ultrarunner. I like to cook and eat. I love to travel and explore. Most of all, I like to do the things I love with the people whom I love.

2 thoughts on “Summer in Utah Act 3: Bryce 100 DNF

  1. Ah, Joshua. Such courage to record and post your pain. I think you are quite amazing and know how much strength and fortitude it must have taken you both to start and to finish when you did. I hope you got that pizza! For most of us, your miles are past the point of understanding, even imagining, so this was an incredible experience to travel on this journey with you! I literally could not watch the whole toe nail part! Thanks for sharing this and for seeing the insights via the humility lessons in this experience. It will most definitely make you stronger physically, emotionally, and spiritually. With admiration–Mandy

  2. FINALLY watched this. Gut-wrenching, Joshua. Honestly, started to tear up a bit during that last shot when you started to remove your race number. Like Mandy, could not watch nail clipping scene:) Like Mandy, hope the pizza was delicious!

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