Berlin Marathon 2019

The Berlin Marathon! One of six Abbott World Marathon Majors! I was lucky enough to get drawn from the lottery to race this event and boy what an experience this was! Being my first time to Europe and hearing about how great Berlin was, I went into this with no goal except to enjoy it and have fun. Because this falls at the end of September I was not able to take much time off work because it’s the end of our fiscal year and once month out from the SEMA show.  I arrived Friday evening and went straight to the Expo for bib pick up. Because of the time constraint I was on to meet up with Jeannine for dinner, I was in and out, picking up my bib and apparel. No pictures on the name wall, just one out front before I went in. And dinner was at Burgermeister, which was good and reminded me of Five Guys for anyone wondering.

The next morning was the big Breakfast Shakeout run. The run started at the Charlottenburg Palace and ended at the Olympic Stadium. This was a fun experience and I believe there was about 11,000 participants. I also met some new friends here. One being someone i knew form Instagram that lived in LA but have never ran with and the other two were mutual friends with Jeannine. I love meeting new people in the running community, it’s just funny that these people live in LA but it was in Berlin that we met.

The rest of Saturday was spent walking around the shopping district then resting/stretching for the next day’s race. We had Pho for dinner and FYI, they do not use hoisin sauce or Sriracha in their Pho! It wasn’t bad, just different from what I’m used to.

Race Day! 45 minutes of sleep had me wondering how I’d feeling during the run. I wasn’t too tired since I had a good night’s sleep the previous night. The plan was to run with Jeannine but through a series of unfortunate events we ran solo. I started at the end of the of starting block to try and find here but never was able to. The funny thing is that based on our start and finish times, we must have been pretty close to each other most of the way and I saw here cross the start line on the big screen as I made my way to the start line.

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This was fun! I high fived as many people as I could, just ran this without worry even though rain started about an hour into my race. It got bad enough to the point where by bib actually got soggy and ripped, causing me to have to have to hold my bib up for pictures. In my 21 my legs started getting tired and so from there I jogged and walked to the finish. One thing that I was unprepared for was the lack of food on course. I had my gels on my but every other marathon I’ve done there was pretzels, chips, etc on course and with Berlin, there was none. I think this may have had to do with my getting light headed and dizzy on the train afterwards. Getting some gummi bears in me had me back to normal later.

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Official time of 3:42:50. my fourth marathon and 3rd slowest time but I’m not even worried about that since this was just for fun. I’m really proud of Jeannine because this girl ran a PR by herself! The one thing I’m a little sad about is that I didn’t spend as much time in Berlin as I’d have liked to, I will definitely be back to sight-see in the near future.

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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Marathon Training Update

Long overdue but with the Long Beach Marathon a month away I figured I’d post up an update on where I’m at. I asked my brother Cong who is a certified running coach to come up with a training plan for this Marathon. Giving him my goal and my race schedule he came up with a plan that I’ve stuck to for the most part. Some things have been adjusted but the important thing is I’m getting the mileage and the workouts in that I need to.

What’s different from this cycle compared to the LA Marathon Cycle was the planned interval training, hill repeats, intervals and track running. I’ve definitely felt a huge improvement in my running and how I feel during my runs. I’ve done better and recovery which has enabled me to continue the training at a consistent level.

Along the way I’ve done some races and hit PRs that I’m very proud of which you can check out on the race results page here. There you’ll find Strava links for more detailed information on those races if you care to see that.

5K – Menudo Run 18:36

5.3 Mile – Conquer the Bridge 35:08 (12 minute PR improvement from last year)

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This weekend is the Lexus LaceUp OC Half Marathon in which I will try to hit my goal of 1:35. This is a tune up race to see if my fitness level is where it needs to be for the bigger goal that I’ve set for the Long Beach full Marathon.

On that note, Time to finish my day at work and relax! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and gets their miles in!

Nike Go! Freeway 10k

I really need to do a better job at keeping this thing updated. Nike has an awesome event in which they shit down the 90 Freeway for a few hours and had a fun 10k race. It was my first Nike event and I’ve always heard they were lots of fun so wanted to make sure I did this event.

I did bib pick up at Finish Line at the Del Amo Fashion Center since it would’ve been hard for me to make any of other ones that were further away. Bib pick up was easy and quick but I later found out I was missing the bag drop sticker so I had to get a new bib assigned on race day.

The day before the race I did a Griffith Park Marathon Relay Preview Run so I wasn’t sure how fresh my legs would be come Sunday, Some would ask why I would do hills the day before a race but in reality, this is all for fun and as long as I finish with a smile on my face that’s all that matters.

Starting out the race realized I had gone out wayyyyy too fast at a 6:20 pace. This is way faster than my PR race pace. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold the pace the whole way so I tried to maintain a 6:40-6:50 pace but in the later miles the faster pace wear really started to show. However I’m very happy to say I finished with a PR of 42:18!

There was no medal for this event, instead we were given a pair of Beats Earphones which was much cooler in my opinion! After the race we were given two free beers and were able to hang out and take in all the event had to offer such as live music, carnival style games, giant jenga and checkers.

All in all it was a great event and I look forward to future Nike events!