Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SLO Marathon

The countdown is on. 25 days until my first FULL Marathon. On April 29 I'll be running the San Luis Obispo Marathon. I'm excited, nervous, anxious, prepared, under-prepared, all of the above! As you can see, the banner has been erected on Higuera Street.

My training has kind of been up and down since the beginning of the year. Not gone exactly to plan but what training plan does. I've tried to adjust and get the most out of each day while still living my life. I think I'm prepared. But I know that this will be the most difficult physical thing I've ever done in my life. Five hours of continuous (mostly) running.

To be able to just finish will be an amazing accomplishment. Doing something like this wasn't even on my radar a few short years ago. But as I've progressed with my fitness, and now my running, I've been able to accomplish things I never thought possible. By the end of the month I'll be able to call myself a "MARATHONER", for the REST OF MY LIFE.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year's Resolutions

So, these are my 2018 resolutions in order of importance:

1. Complete my first marathon. I'm signed up for the SLO Marathon in April. If something happens with that one then maybe another one later in the year.

2. Do one non-running/walking exercise per week. Things like biking, weights, sports, etc.

3. Finish 2018 under 200lbs. On January 1 I weighed 198 so I don't have a lot of wiggle room here. If I stick with my habits I see no reason why I can't make this happen.

4. Not weigh myself on my scale for all of 2018. Honestly, I'm doubtful on this one because I think curiosity will get the best of me eventually. But as long as I'm not going up a size in clothes I don't think I'll really neeed to weigh.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Drumstick Dash 2017

Annette and I minutes before our 5k and 10k, respectively

On Thanksgiving we ran a "turkey trot" type race on the CBS Studios lot. It was a lot of fun. Even though I ate WAY too much processed junk that day. All the venders have is "health" food, which really is just a tasty mish-mash of synthetic additives and artificial stuff.

Anyway... I have to hand it to Annette. About 38 hours earlier she was in a lot of pain at Universal Studios. A "Baker's cyst" burst behind her knee and she ended up at Urgent Care. But she powered through the 5k and still beat over 100 other runners!

I didn't have my best race but I set another "PR". I put that in quotes because I don't think the course was measured properly.  My Garmin had me at just under 6 miles. That being said, I'm still happy with my effort. Sometimes you know you just don't "have it" that day but you have to dig deep and just do your best. It probably didn't help that I only got about 6 hours of sleep and I walked/jogged 3.5 miles to the race itself rather than drive there from our AirBnB.

I'm still feeling good about my running and health. The pace of my improvement in time seems similar to my weight loss a few years ago. It may be leveling off after about 9-12 months.  I'm sure I still have plenty of PRs in me but I have to keep my goals realistic.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Clarksburg 20-Miler

Hardest thing I've ever done athletically.  3hr 45min 22sec. Another goal achieved!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Podcast Interview

Diz Runs Podcast

I was recently featured on Denny Krah's podcast "Diz Runs". We chat about my weight loss journey and getting into running. Give it a listen!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My Completed and Planned Races

02/19/17 Ventura Run For Life 5k - 34:51
03/18/17 SLO Madonna Inn Health Expo 5k - 34:27
04/29/17 SLO Madonna Inn RunSLO 5k - 29:55
05/13/17 Morro Bay to Cayucos Miracle Miles 4 Kids 10k - 1:06:42
05/20/17 Kingsburg Dala Horse Trot 10k - 1:00:32
05/30/17 Fresno Sole 2 Soul 5k - 29:51
06/10/17 Ventura City Impact Beachfront Run 10k - 58:54
07/04/17 Santa Barbara Semana Nautica 15k - 1:45:55
08/08/17 Fresno Sole 2 Soul 5k - 34:00 (3.47m) 29:26 (3.1m)
09/02/17 Cambria AFS Pinedorado Fun Run 5k - 27:45
10/08/17 SLO to Shell Beach City-to-the-Sea Half-Marathon - 2:08:40
10/21/17 Cambria Scarecrow Classic 5k - 30:05 (in costume)
11/12/17 Clarksburg 20 miler -
11/23/17 Universal City Turkey Trot 10k -
03/18/18 Paso Robles Wine Country Half-Marathon -
04/21/18 Morro Bay to Cayucos Miracle Miles 4 Kids 10k -
04/28/18 SLO Madonna Inn Marathon -