Was browsing YouTube last night and came across this video of Kobe Bryant and his Mamba Mentality. We all know that Bryant’s work ethic and mental strength was on a completely different level compared to so the rest of the league and this video sums him up quite well. Going into my last week of marathon training before tapering for CIM, these words were just what I needed with two failed attempts at hitting the 3:25 marathon mark. Get out there and do the work!
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
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)
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!
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.
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.