Reality Check

Coming into Week 10 of LA Marathon training, I’ve been putting in considerably more miles than I ever have. Up until last week I’ve felt pretty good after runs however starting last week, my body hit me with a reality check.

Going on flat runs at a relatively slower pace than what I’ve been running at has been a struggle. Legs feel heavy and my upper thigh area has been really sore as of late. Talking to others in the run groups, everybody is stressing the importance of recovery and after run stretching as well as foam rolling. The last thing that I want to do is to injure myself to the point where I need to take time off from running.

I am still in my first year of running so I am still learning the Do’s and Don’ts of it all.

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2017 Coming to an End

2017 is coming to an end and this year I made a change in lifestyle from sitting around at carshows on weekends to running. In June I did my first 5k, finishing and feeling like my lungs are going to explode…  nearing to 190lbs in body weight it was definitely a challenge. Now I’ve dropped 30lbs, running has become very enjoyable and training for a marathon is not something I would have ever thought I would be doing.

Never would I have imagined that I would run for fun, running to the point where I actually feel good physically and mentally is not something that was ever on my radar. I’ve met some of the best people I know and they give nothing but encouragement to me and everyone around them. Thank you to @congruns for bringing me into the running world as well as @minimallmilers and @long_beach_running_club for pushing me along my journey to whatever my end goal is. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and my running journey.

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Marathon….

How has everyone been? It’s been a while since I’ve posted. It seems as though my life has switched from predominantly cars to running and just being active in general.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of helping @lbrc with their aid station for the Long Beach Marsthon. Seeing our friends and other runners suffering with smiles was such a joy.  The aid station was originally just intended for LBRC runners and friends but as it turned out, we ended up giving aid to pretty much all marathon runners! The fact that they were doing something epic was inspiring.


Witnessing all of this made me ask myself why am I not running? Why am I not participating? I really don’t have any excuses, I could have ran the half marathon if I had prepared myself but I guess I was content on running 5-6 mile distances. That weekend, that’s all going to change. I’ve registered for the L.A. Marsthon and with the help of my brother Cong (@congruns), the @MiniMall Milers and LBRC I’ll be able to finish it! The only person stopping me from doing this is myself!

Let’s do this!

Hill Training Sucks!

I’ve been wanting to go on the Monday Hill Training run with the Long Beach Running Club for a while now. All the running that I’ve been doing has been flat for the most part and I’ve read that hill training really make you a stronger runner. This is a 4.5 miles run wiht various inclines and declines and boy was it tough. I actually had to stop and walk for a little because my heart rate was about to hit 180 and I definitely didn’t want that to happen. Big thanks to LBRC for letting me join, hope to make this one again soon!


Check out the run on Strava (@dvo414)

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Fourth of July Weekend 2017

This post is a little late but hey at least I’m posting something up! What a busy weekend it was! With family and visitors coming from Arizona, the Bay Area and Kansas it was sure to be a fun filled (and extended) weekend!

Saturday Morning I headed to Cars and Coffee in San Clemente with my buddies Steve and Ronnie who both have Lamborghini Huracans. Afterwards we headed to Newport Lamborghini’s monthly cars how and it was packed! So many people and exotics! I even saw a La Ferrari in person for the first time, very nice car but I’d still take a McLaren P1 GTR over it any day!

Later that day I just hung out at my sisters and met her in laws from Kansas, my sister’s family from Arizona and family from the Bay area. Most of the night consisted of playing hide and seek with the kids as well as some intense games of Knockout!

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Father’s Day Run 2017

Did the Father’s Day run with @abetterworldrunning yesterday. This was the 10th Father’s Day since my dad’s passing so it had a special meaning to me. That and the fact that my brother @congruns was my father figure during my high school years. Taking me to wrestling tournaments at 5 in the morning, picking me up late after practices and even paying for my camps always meant a lot to me. @erix006 and @jvoruns (not pictured because she was running the half marathon) also ran that day. It was a hot morning but another great experience overall! Also beat my previous time by 27 seconds finishing 28th out of 187!