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2015 Year End Review

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The holidays are over and I’ve been meaning to write-up my 2015 review but I’ve been busy working out/running full-time preparing for the 2016 Spartan Race; starting with Temecula the 30th, I don’t have much time to get ready.

2015 was a great year for races. Although I started my running “career” October of 2014 with my first 5k, I really took off in 2015 (no pun intended). I finished my second 5k; as well as my first 10k, half and full marathons. My completed OCRs include Rugged Maniac, Gladiator Rock ‘N Run, and NINE Spartan Races.

I have managed to maintain my workout regiment, eating habits, and weight through all of the obstacles of life that was thrown at me so far. I still have cheat days and haven’t given up ice cream! I just happen to work out more on those days. I’ve noticed I’m REALLY bad on race days. I typically have started the day with a fatty McDonald’s breakfast and my recovery meal is In ‘n Out or something like that. It’s not that bad, depending on the race because I’m running, lifting, and sweating for 1.5 to 5 hours. With all the junk food I’ve consumed I’m glad I’m not back at my starting weight.

Spartan Races have tested me a LOT this year. I’m not a super fast runner and I’m not a heavy lifter. This works out great, except for the fact that I lift the same weights as guys bigger than I am. I’ve found that my favorite obstacles are Tire Flip, Tyrolene Traverse, and Rope Climb. I have a love/hate relationship with the Hercules Hoist. The first couple hoists I pulled it up easily, but lately they’ve been adding a lot of weight to it and from what I hear it weighs as much, if not more, than I do… Lastly, I friggen HATE the damn Spear Throw. I ended the calendar year 2-7. If I had a back yard I’d set up a hay bale to practice on.

I even participated in the Spartan Race World Championship course. I can’t stress enough the keywords “participate” and “course.” I ran the exact same course as the elites, as I always do, just did not compete in the qualifying heat.

Through the year I’ve also managed to join a team and met many people through my travels and races. Some good stories and good people out there. A good thing about Spartan Race that I truly enjoy is that even though it’s a race, many people are out there to help one another to conquer the obstacles set before us. My advice to anyone on the fence who has managed to catch a Spartan Race on TV, read about it in a magazine, or heard a coworker or friend talk about recently, SIGN UP. Don’t be afraid. Finish. Become STRONGER. Sure, I still sometimes get butterflies before a race. It goes away once the race starts and the blood and adrenaline are pumping!

2015 was a good year for racing, fitness, and my general health. I have a total of at LEAST fifteen Spartan Races “planned” in order to get a 5x trifecta. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but I’m ready for it. Here’s to a safe, stronger, fitter 2016!

Sac CIM Aftermath

Well, I survived all 26.2 miles of the Sacramento full marathon. Still dark and early as fk (5 am) my sister-in-law and I made our way from our hotel room to the convention center where we were picked up via bus and transported to Folsom where the Start line was.

Pre-race Mean Mugging

Mean-mugging my Sister-in-Law before the race for talking me into this…

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There’s a LOT of people out here!

5 minutes before the start of the race it started to sprinkle. Then shortly after the gun at 7am it started to pour. I was very afraid it was going to rain the whole race. The last time I was rained on, ALSO in “Sacramento,” it was also freezing cold and I was on the brink of hypothermia AGAIN. Luckily the rain stopped after the first few miles.

In my training I only did at MOST twenty miles. So the 26.2 miles required for a marathon was still six miles off. Curious, because for half marathon training it usually only goes up to ten miles; so two extra miles isn’t so bad, six plus seems like a lot. That said, I find it funny that in my first half marathon my body shut down at about 10 miles. Luckily, I believe I got through at least 12 miles before I started to hurt. I trained for the high miles, but still managed to not feel like I got enough training. The odd thing is, I started to hurt around my hips. I have never hurt there, it was typically plantar fasciitis on both feet or the tops of both of my knees. However, I think the hips were more manageable than my knees.

The course was actually a fun one, going from Folsom to Sacramento. Got to see the streets of some cities I never get to see. Small town, nice residential areas, a few abandoned businesses too. Was motivating to see all the volunteers, family members, residents cheering for the runners.

After about 20 miles, that’s when I was really starting to feel the strain on my lower body. It’s a little sad, my lungs weren’t challenged at all. My LEGS, however, didn’t like the beating they were taking. I’m positive I was center striking. But my plantar, knees, and hips were telling me to stop. My brain and heart just kept saying, “Meh, it’s 6 miles more; that’s nothing.”

Six miles later we saw the finish line, which was weird because they split the line by gender. The men’s finish line was like a few feet farther. So odd, but I’m told it’s due to congestion. However, I’ve read stories online of couples wanting to cross the line with their partners and someone jumps in front of them to point out the correct line for their gender. I feel this is just wrong. Oh well, it is what it is. Passing the finish line we get our medals, water, banana, and one of the best tomato soup and pita type cup. Pretty good, not as good as the tacos at the Hawaii Spartan Race, but good.

So, I managed to finish my first marathon. Would I do it again? I’m leaning more towards no, but I can’t say for sure. If I had the motivation or reason, and I wasn’t restricted or threatened by a course DQ time of 13:40 min/mi, I might. But until then I’ll stick to my 5s, 10s, and half marathons. Oh yeah, and of course all my fun Spartan Races. This isn’t called… Wait, now I have to go register that domain too…

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I could never get a good shot with the CIM. Everyone was always in the way.

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I was SO stoked my bib number was a palindrome!

Sacramento Full Marathon Pre-Race Jitters

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little nervous. I’ve done 5ks, 10k, and a half marathon. The only logical step is a full, I guess? Well, after 18 weeks of training, “I’m ready.” I’m sitting in my hotel room preparing myself for the 26.2 miles. I’ve only trained max to 20 miles, so what’s an extra 6 miles? Have I prepared myself enough? Are my knees ready to take me to the journey? I guess we’ll see in ~ 16 hours.

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12 Mile Marathon Training

This weekend was a doozy. I had to pump it up to a 12 mile run. But because I’m crazy, I decided to do it in the hills. And because she made me sign up (I let her), I dragged the sister-in-law up to the hills for the full 12 miles. It was pretty brutal… But we finished in okay time too. Some of us more worn out than others … 🙂



Race & Memorial

A few weeks back my maternal grandfather passed away. It wasn’t much of a painful passing that I’m aware of, mostly old age. He turned 90 a few weeks before that. He lived a long happy life and we’re glad to know him. Today we had his memorial and it wasn’t too depressing because it was more of a celebration of life than a funeral. In a while I think he’d be happy for his day.

On a side note I committed myself in the early morning to run the Sharks Foundation 5k. Why 5k when I do half marathons and Spartan Races? Well, I’m coming up on my 1 year workout anniversary when I started my journey to being healthy. I wanted to see my progress from my very first race last October. It’s easy to see I DEMOLISHED my previous time. Read more for some pics!

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Wait what? 13.1mi?!

I know I said I probably wouldn’t run a half marathon in a previous post. …I didn’t think I would. If anything maybe a light jog or walk. Well NOPE!!!

This weekend I RAN the Santa Cruz half marathon; 13.1 long miles of running. It was great because a decent portion of the run was along the coast. All I could see was ocean and beach. I was doing good, had a good pace going, maybe a little fast (8:30/mi) but was consistent for about 8 miles. I didn’t start feeling it until mile 9 where my thighs started to tighten up a little. About mile 10-12 I got the side stitch really bad. It slowed me a lot. But I pressed on the pain, and pushed on and managed to finish the race.

Now that my 1/2 marathon is behind me I just need to survive my Rugged Maniac (3-4mi) and my Monterey Spartan Race (8mi), so I can mentally and physically prepare myself for “The Beast” 13+ miles of terrain + obstacles. It’s not going to be easy. But if it was, everyone would be doing it!

As a reminder here’s my online calendar.

Results are HERE

Pictures are HERE

10k Down. 1/2 Marathon Next?

Today I finished my first 10k at the Go Green St. Patrick’s Day Run. I’ve run 6.2+ miles around the house (and Hawaii) many times. It was time to make it official and get chipped. I have to admit, I’m a little surprised at my time and pace. My ankle a little sore for over working it last week, I still managed to beat my best 10k time (according to Runtastic).

So, what’s next for me, 1/2 marathon? That’s going to be a killer. My back started to hurt when I finished the 10k; not the spine but lower back to my right. I hope the pain goes away overnight or so…

No, I don’t *think* 1/2 is next. I have a few mud/obstacle runs planned out soon (Rugged Maniac and Spartan). Here’s my online calendar if you want to see how crazy I am.

Results are HERE

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