Saturday, July 25, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
This year was extra special because the race landed on my 38th birthday. My wife, kids, parents, and sister-in-law all came out to cheer me on. It ended up being a very fun day... eventually.
The race started out good. I was feeling good, running well, and I even hooked up with someone from Fresno at the very beginning of the race. If there's one thing I've learned from ultra running, it's that most good things can head south pretty fast.
To make a long story short, the pizza I had the night before was not agreeing with me. I was stuck in a section of the event where there was no porta potty for quite a few miles, and the down hill parts of the course the I should have been speeding down were a total nightmare.
Finally, after a few miles of clinching, I came upon an aid station with a porta potty... and it was AWESOME!!!
After a long pit stop I was back on the road. I was really trying to get my head back into the race, but for some reason it just wasn't happening. I struggled with that "why are yo doing this" head game that often happens when running these things. I have enough experience doing these types of events that I know these moments will come and go, the feeling just felt like it wasn't going to leave. I felt like this from about mile 15 to about mile 30ish.
Mile 30ish was my turning point. I was finally able to get back into the race. While crossing a road during a race a couple other runners and I were joking around and one of the runners asked "Aren't you from Fresno?" It turned out that I had helped her at the running store I work at (Fleet Feet Sports Fresno) about a month ago.
We started talking more and she told me that this was going to be he first 50 mile race. We ended up running together for a few miles and talked a lot, and this totally turned my shitty mood around. It's amazing how just talking to someone on the trail can turn a bad run into a good one. After a few miles of running we agreed to run the rest of the race together and help each other out.
By the end of the race Sheri and I had became pretty good running friends.
I ended up having a really good time, like always, at AR50 this year. I didn't hit the finishing time I was planning on, but I made a new friend along the way. Sheri and I run hill repeats at the park every Tuesday morning and hit the San Joaquin River Trail when we both are free.
One of the things I enjoy the most about ultra marathons is the people I meet and the friendships I've made along the way.
until next time....
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Tomorrow I'm pacing the California Classic Half Marathon for the 4th year in a row. I'm pacing the 2 hour group this year, and that is my favorite time to pace. I have a ton of fun pacing, and know a bunch of people who have a sub 2 hour goal at this event and I'm going to have a blast pacing them.
I always love pacing, and never turn down an opportunity to pace. I've always had good experiences pacing, and love the people I get to meet and help out while pacing.
If you ever have a chance to be a pacer at a half or full marathon, I highly suggest you jump at the chance. It's an awesome way to give back to our running community.
Until next time...
Thursday, February 5, 2015
My goal for 2015 is to run everyday this year. So far I've ran at least one mile everyday. This is the first time I've attempted a runstreak.
Running everyday is a little trickier than I thought it was going to be. There have been a few days where I've had to work at both my jobs, or just had a lot of family stuff going on, or just been plain busy and almost forgot to run. As of today I'm 36 days into my runstreak quest and all is going well. During the first couple weeks my legs were feeling tired, but my body has adjusted and I'm honestly feeling pretty strong right now. I also started up my old weight lifting routine 2 days a week and I'm getting some good cross training with my Jiu Jitsu friends.
My other goal is to update my blog more. I ended last year pretty bad. I had a lot of life events going on and didn't write most of the end of the year. I quit my full-time job for a new one, then decided I didn't like the new one... so I had a lot of life stuff going on.
Right now everything seems to be getting back to normal, and I'm feeling pretty good about things.
I have a lot of videos from last year I need to finish up editing and post. I recently lost the charging cable for my laptop, so as soon as the replacement one shows up in the mail I'll jump back on my video editing.
Until next time...
Monday, January 12, 2015
Today I went on a 4 mile run with my friend Andrea. We started at her house and set out for a nice 4 mile out and back run. Our run started like normal, just a nice day running with a friend. When we reached mile 2 we turned around and started heading back to Andrea's house.
As we were running we noticed a couple on the trail with a video camera. We ran by the couple and they asked if we could help them shoot a video. Andrea and I were a little thrown off by the request. We asked them what they were doing and they told us they were shooting a self defense video. They taught self defense and they were doing a product review for a gun holster and they needed someone who could play a believable attacker. They then showed us the gun holster and the fake orange gun that they were using for the video.
Andrea and I were kind of in a hurry to get back and finish our run, but this situation was too strange to pass up. Andrea then tells the guy, "you have the perfect person for your video right here!!!"
When I'm not working at Fleet Feet Sports I'm teaching boxing and Jiu Jitsu at the UFC Gym in Fresno. I have a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and a brown belt in Judo.
I helped the couple make their video, and they were really happy with my fake attack acting that I did for them. After we were done making the video they told me they would send me a link to their YouTube channel once the video is complete.
You never know what kind of adventure you will have when you go for a run.
until next time....
Saturday, September 13, 2014
A few weeks ago I ran the Cool Moon 100 and basically had a mental breakdown during the race and dropped out of the event at mile 50.
When I got back home from the race I decided I needed to up my training. I needed to regain my mental toughness that I felt that I had lost.
I made it a point to train the last few weeks with my friend Steve and my friend Andrea.
Steve is my Jiu Jitsu coach and knows how to push people. I told him about what happened during Cool Moon and how I needed mentally challenging workouts to help me get my game back. Steve was more than willing to help me out. Every workout with Steve was mentally and physically taxing. A lot of sparing with no rest, and constantly being put in positions where I wanted to give up and tap out, but giving up and taping out was not an option. I was getting very comfortable with being uncomfortable again once I started working out with Steve and my old Jiu Jitsu buddies.
My friend Andrea is getting ready for her first full Iron Man. On Tuesday mornings I've been tagging along with her and doing her morning workout. Andrea is pretty fast and an awesome training partner. She pushs the pace every time you run with her. Even her "easy" pace is pretty hard at times to keep up with.
After spending the last few weeks working out with Steve and Andrea, I honestly feel like the holes that I had during Cool Moon have been filled. These two awesome friends helped me push myself mentally and physically to the extreme over the last few weeks.
I feel like my confidence to push hard has been regained!!
I'm running the Headlands 100 for my 5th time in a row in just a couple hours from now, and I'm totally ready to rock and roll!!!!
Until next time...
Friday, September 12, 2014
On August 9th of 2014 I set out to run the Cool Moon 100 for the second year in a row. I knew going into this event that it was not going to be easy. I was one of the 4 people who finished last year, and I didn't expect the race to be any easier this year than it was last year.
I went into the race knowing that I was a little under trained, and unfortunately I was very unprepared mentally to take on 100 miles.
The course was just like last year, some good climbs and some good heat. The course wasn't as hot as last year, but it was pretty warm (I think it was in the very high 90's).
Lately I've been working a lot, and I think under a little more stress that I realized. During the first 25 mile section of the run I felt pretty good. I hit mile 25 around 6 hours into the event like I planned, and I was starting off on my next 25 mile loop... and that's where everything started feeling like it was coming apart.
All the stress from working too much, planning a 135 mile run from Bakersfield to Madera at the end of September, trying to find a new full time job, and feeling like I haven't been there enough for my family came to a boiling point. Around mile 35 I mentally came apart and just didn't want to be on the course anymore. I didn't feel like running at all, and I was pretty much just power hiking the course. I couldn't mentally get back into the game, I would run for a few mins and then start walking again. I felt like even though I was a little under trained for this event, I physically should have been able to finish the event. I tried to mentally get back into the race but it just wasn't happening.
Very long story short... at mile 50 I dropped out of the race.
My next 100 miler is tomorrow morning. I'll be running the Headlands 100 for the 5th year in a row for what will be my 5th finish.
I've made changes in my training, mentally and physically, and hopefully everything will come together this weekend.
until next time...