Summer Update

Summer of Speed! After the LA Marathon I decided to change things up a bit and focus this summer of increasing my speed and keeping the weekly mileage down. Racing the shorter distance events has been fun and I’m glad to say I’ve hit some PRs that I’m very happy about! Now that the summer is pretty much over (doesn’t feel like it with this heat!) I’ll be marathon training again soon for CIM in December. Also this month I’ll be running the Berlin Marathon but I won’t be trying for PR as I will do my best to take in all the scenery that the route has to offer.

Below are some of the PRs and Course PRs that I’ve hit this summer

5K: 5/18 – Armed Forces 18:38 (2 Second PR) -> 7/13 – Meals on Wheels 18:23 (15 Second PR)

10K: 6/1 – Wrigley River Run 39: 04 (2:02 PR)

6/2 Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay 38:36 (4:32 Course PR)

9/2 Conquer the Bridge 34:58 (10 Second Course PR)

IF you’d like to see these in more detail, please check the link here.

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Respect Recovery

It’s been a few weeks since the LA Marathon and I’m only now feeling back to “normal.” Took 5 days off after the race, ran short distances here and there and took the last five days off, only running 45 miles since then

Doing lots of stretching, bandwork and body weight strength training has really helped in dealing with this IT band issue that caused the terrible knee pain. Today’s Signal Hill run felt good, didn’t push it and just went at a pace where I was able to have a conversation with my buddy Ben. Glad to be back!

You Are Significant

“We have come to define significance as I’m special and everything else isn’t. Religions thinking they’re special, cultures thinking they’re special, individuals thinking they’re special. The top 4 ingredients in life… in your body, the top 4 atoms in order: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen.  Those 4 atoms… do you know what the top 4 ingredients are in the universe? The top 4 chemically active atoms in the universe? Hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen! So upon learning that you’re not special because you do not contain special ingredients is the same fact includes the idea that while we live in this universe, the universe lives within us. We ARE special because we’re the same.”

-Neil deGrasse Tyson (Hot Ones S3 – E17, 23:00 )

Surf City Half Marathon

I had a whole overview of the race including day before, warm up and updates by mile. Decided since I don’t think that many people care or even read this I’ll keep it short.

Goal was sub 1:30:00 and I was able to finish in 1:29:06! Strava result here. MIssed the first wave because I had to poop so I had to weave through the second wave in the first few miles! Super ecstatic about this finish! Can’t wait to see what this year holds more me!

That being said, I hit one of my goals this year of a sub 1:30 Half. My other goals for year are:

5K – 18:00

10K – 40:00

Marathon – 3:25:00

20 Wet Miles in Long Beach

Long run for the week was a 20 miler. No workout, just a steady 10 miles at over 8min pace then 10 miles at around 7:45. Decided to use the Brooks Ghost 11 shoe which I’ve really taken a liking to. A comfortable shoe that has more drop (12mm) and a little heavier than I typically like but it’s just an all around comfortable shoe that’s good for tempo yet cushioned enough for long runs for me.

Weather showed morning rain/showers but temps were perfect at around high 50s. Rain started coming down in mile 6, started pouring around mile 8 through till about mile 14 or so and finally stoping in mile 16. It was my first time running in that much rain and it wasn’t so bad. You can check my Strava for today’s run here.

I used this run to continue figuring out my fueling plan for my second LA Marathon. Overall I feel it was a great run and was able to progressive the half splits while being able to pick up the pace a little in the last few miles.

Long Beach Marathon 2018

Just a few months late but butter late than never I guess. I’ll keep it short. Went in feeling confident. Had a good training cycle, felt good going into race day. Weather was ok but not terrible. I set a goal of 3:25:00 and missed it by about 9 minutes. It was a 20 minute improvement from my previous full marathon but it wasn’t what I trained for. Cramps got me in mile 16 and I couldn’t hold pace. It just wasn’t in the cards for me that day. You can check the Strava results here. Big thanks to Matt Schuck for pacing the last 10 miles for me, keeping me motivated to finish when I wanted to quit and my brother Cong for being there when I needed him.

Official Time: 3:33:59

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