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Today, we run together.


Whether you prefer running in the morning or at night.

Whether you prefer running alone or with others.

Whether you’re new to running or you’ve been at it for years.

Whether you prefer running around the block or running marathons.

Whether you live somewhere warm or cold.

Whether you prefer Nike, Adidas, Brooks, Saucony, Asics, or any other shoe.

Today, we lace up and run together.

Today, we run for Boston.

Lace up and roll out!

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Long Overdue (part 2)

I gotta get this wrapped up so I can move on to the next challenge.  I really do hate running, I respect it but I hate the shit out of it!  I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and regain my gains.  

I set myself a very unrealistic and slightly crazy goal in the hopes that on the path to reaching it lesser, but still awesome, things happen”

That’s the whole point of my blog and my fitness journey.  It’s been pasted in my bio since day one. I know I don’t stand a chance in hell of being the first sub two but if I train to do it there’s a real good chance of getting in shape don’t you think?  Well I just completed(I can’t say “ran”) my first marathon and something lesser but still awesome happened.

All of my talk about blogs and training and goals motivated my buddy to run the marathon as well.  It was actually a bucket list goal of his.  He figured if my fat ass could do a marathon then so could he and truth be told, he did great!  Unfortunately when he starts something new he gets super zealous about it.  He’s the one who talked me into the Derby Day 5k tomorrow and he doing the OC marathon in May.  He’s border line obsessed and I think it’s time for an intervention.  More on him later though.

Now that I think about it, there’s not much more to say about my first marathon experience.  My ultimate goal is going to stay the same, being the first sub two, but I’m definitely looking forward to going back to being a regular old fitblr.

I’m going to, eventually, keep at running and do about an hour of running every week for cardio.  I’ll keep doing fun runs and will keep trying to improve my marathon times.  Who knows, next year maybe I’ll win the award for most improved marathon time. :)

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Powerade Road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ Challenge | Most workouts (Running) Challenge | Endomondo

I’m not the biggest Futbol fan but I’ve always wanted to go to Brazil!  Who’s joining the challenge?

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Derby Day 5K

They extended the discount registration!  You have until Thursday to sign up! Come out and run with me, I might buy you a beer or Wachos from The Lobos Truck!

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Long overdue but… (part 1)

I actually finished the L.A. Marathon.

*pausing for applause*

It was far from impressive though.  It’s taken me over three weeks to write this entry for a lot of reasons:

1. I was too excited to write the day of the marathon, and I was experiencing and excellent runner’s high.  And beer. 

2. For days after I was writing this entry in my head over and over and couldn’t focus long enough to actually put anything in writing.

3. After the high wore off I had a moment of reflection where I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to mention the marathon because my time absolutely sucked!

I decided that I won’t go into all the boring details but I’ll try to give you the shortest recap possible:

Waking up so early with the time change was terrible.  Once awake though everything went smooth.  Shuttle service to Dodger stadium was excellent and calmed a lot of the nerves.  Starting was scary.  I was ready to back out all the way up until the gun fired, and maybe even a little after that.  The first mile almost went smooth but I got MAJOR shin splints on the first decline.  They were so bad I almost ate it on a turn.  The only thing I could do was walk them off and I was ready to quit by mile two.  

The shin pain went away and I was back up to a steady pace when nature called right at mile 4.  The first setback.  It turned out to be a twenty minute wait in line for a disgusting port-a-potty and I finally understood why people were popping squats in the bushes.  After the pit stop it was back to the run and feeling good until about mile 6 when I realized I forgot to unpause my sport tracker(which is why Endomondo doesn’t have me as doing the full 26.2).  Words cannot express how disheartening that is.  

It took a mile to realize that that was no big deal and I worked my way back up to my target pace just in time for another call of nature.  This time there was about a ten minute wait to get into the (relatively)cleaner port-a-potty.  After that break I vowed not to stop again no matter what.  

Things were going great until about mile 16.  We were just entering Beverly Hills and my lower body muscles just went on strike.  I felt like I was made out of concrete from my hips to my ankles and my pace slowed to a crawl.  It was also at this point that I started noticing people sitting on the sides stretching and napping against trees.  That scared the crap out of me because they all looked younger and fitter than me.  For the next two miles I drudged along waiting to pass out.

That never happened.  I finally ran out of energy chews at around mile 17 and the course was running out of water cups and sometimes water. *YIKES*  I never expected that to happen so when it did I actually began laughing hysterically.  Yup, the marathon drove me insane! At mile 18 the Sun was in full beat down mode and the course had run out shade.  

I wanted to quit but familiarity of the course told me that I could make it to the finish line.  The outer side of my right foot hurt in the worst and weirdest way possible and for the next five miles I could only run in short burst before my foot caught on fire.  If it hadn’t been for the firefighter in full gear that was leap frogging me I might have took a rest on the sideline.  At one point he noticed that we had been playing catch up with each other for a good stretch of the course and offered some words of encouragement.  My hat’s off to that guy!

It would have been nice to finish the last few miles strong but by that point my foot hurt more than a circumcision!  I finished about an hour and half behind my estimated time and two hours behind my goal time. 

There were more than a few times when I was actually on pace to finish in a decent time and I thought I had what it took to pull it off.  My biggest obstacle has always been my lungs but to be honest, they were the least of my problems.  My foot hurt for a good three or four days after the marathon but felt fine after that.  I have had a run since then and I’m not really looking forward to it but I know at some point I’ll have to lace up the Asics again.

I’m planning on doing the Santa Anita Derby 5k this Saturday and possibly the Santa Barbara Half Marathon in November.  And in case you’re wondering, I would love to give the L.A. Marathon another shot next year.  I’m not going to take that ass kicking without a rematch.  

Well, as long as it took to finally write this I think I could have done a better job but writing about defeats isn’t the easiest thing to do.  Also, this wasn’t supposed to be a two part post but I tend to babble.  Next time stop me.

Part two coming soon.

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A Guide to Marathon Running 

I started running competitively at the age of 9 and continued to do so until graduation from college. I loved my time as an NCAA athlete, but as many people will tell you, I had zero intention of ever running another mile after hanging up my spikes 5 years ago. Then along came that fateful first marathon due to peer pressure—the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC—and that was five marathons ago!

So, when I came across the Taking it to the Streets: a Guide to Marathon Running infographic on CheapSally.com, I couldn’t resist sharing with our readers. In general, the design is pretty appealing with the exception of the glossary on the road—I think the graphic would start with a pop if the terms were visualized in circular icons like much of the other info!

The visual guide discusses peoples common fears of running, provides a basic 12 week half marathon training schedule (not sure why this doesn’t show an extended 18 week marathon schedule),  and then ends the infographic with a list of major marathons across the country. I was a bit disappointed Cheap Sally didn’t list the dates of each marathon … that would have helped newbie runners!

Beyond the novelty of the infographic itself,  I like how Cheap Sally presumably partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods to promote coupons for the sports retail giant. Below is from the Cheap Sally

Marathon Factoid: Did you know you can prevent some pretty major running injuries by having the proper running shoes? I had no idea! Good thing I had a Dicks Sporting Good coupon to use on a new pair of sneakers, or I may have been in some serious trouble!

Here are few highlights we found interesting from the infographic:

  • 503,000 runners finished a marathon in 2010
  • Most common running injury is muscle pulls at 32%
  • Youngest runner to complete a marathon is 34 years old
  • Oldest female do the same feat is 92 years old

*Note: There is one error on the infographic regarding the 2012 marathon schedule. The Twin Cities Marathon takes place on Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 not in December.


Great post!  I needed you before the 2014 L.A. Marathon but I guess this just means I’ll have to run another one. ;)

(Source: takingittothestreets, via bulk-me-up)

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