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Monday, October 5, 2015

10-05-15 today's workout

I thought it might be interesting to post my daily workouts that will lead up to the Jiu Jitsu U.S. Open... so here we go.

Today I started with a high intensity interval training (h.i.i.t.) workout.
45 sec jump squats 15 sec rest
45 sec high knee jumps 15 sec rest
45 sec squats 15 sec rest
45 sec mountain climbers 15 sec rest
3 sets

After that I did 5 sets of with a 4 min rest between pushups.
78, 32, 26, 20, 18

After I dropped my kids off at school I managed to get in one hour on my bike trainer and log 25 miles, and I finished that off with 30 mins of jumping rope.

Monday, September 21, 2015

07-11-2015 Dirty Dozen 12 Hour Run

So... I've been very very very behind on doing all my blogging and I'm honestly trying to turn that around.  This summer I basically did three ultras. I have all the video edited for all three videos and they will all be posted soon.  I'm basically going to try to have a blog about all three races within the next week.

So, this will be the first of three installments about my summer of ultra running.

On July 11th I ran my first ultra of the summer, the Dirty Dozen 12 Hour Race.  In the video you might notice that I say the date is July 12th... I was wrong, it was the 11th of July.

I went in wanting to run at least 62 miles (100k) during this 12 hour event.  Back in 2013 I ran this event and was able to run 64.68 miles, so I obviously wanted to better my mileage this year.

The course is a very nice 3.37 mile loop that we ran around for 11 hours, and then for the last hour we ran around a .67 mile loop.  The last hour of the course is ran around a smaller loop because when the timer stops they no longer count your mileage.  This allows for easier tracking of mileage at the end of the event.

I felt pretty good during the event for most of the run.  I was trying to be smart and not go out too fast, and for the most part that's what I did.  I was pretty smart during my training and didn't go overboard on my mileage.  I stuck with my "go to" Fluid sports drink and Gu gels.  For some reason I was really hungry during the race.  I felt like I couldn't keep up with my calories.  I think that for some reason my body was just needing more calories than normal and I wasn't able to keep up with it.

Half way through the race I was pretty much on the pace I wanted to be, but I was struggling to maintain what I was doing.  After 8 hours I was having trouble staying on pace and I was dropping back.  After 12 hours of running I was only able to pull off 58.63 miles.  I was pretty upset that I didn't even hit 62 miles, because I felt that goal should have been attainable.

The best part of this event was all the people I got a chance to talk to during the run.  I was able to talk to a few people that read my blog and watch my videos, and it was really cool to talk with them and run a few miles.  I'm typically very introverted and not the best with meeting new people and starting up conversation, but on the trail I feel more at ease to mingle.  I've made some very good friendships since I've started running trails back in 2010, and I'm very thankful for being able to share the trails with everyone I ran with along the way.

I really want to go back to the Dirty Dozen 12 Hour next year, if my schedule allows me to.  Brazen Racing always puts on really awesome events, and I've had a really good time whenever I ran an event that they have put on.

That's all I got for today.  I'll be back in a few days to blog about Cool Moon 100.  That was a big race for me this year. I ran it decently in 2013 and then got a DNF when I dropped at mile 50 last year.  This race was hanging over my head for about a year.  I went in this year wanting some redemption this year.

until next time...


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Getting Some Work Done

Life has felt really crazy lately.  I feel like I have been really lagging on my blog and I'm lucky if I get on here once a month lately. Today I am happy to say I got off my ass and started editing the video from The Dirty Dozen race I ran back in July, and I am also working on the video of last months Cool Moon 100.

I am sad to say that I didn't run as many miles as I wanted to at the Dirty Dozen 12 hour race, but I am happy to say that I finished Cool Moon 100 this year.  I'm feeling pretty good about my next race on September 12-13 (Headlands 100) and hope to finally finish in under 26 hours.

On a side note, I am working on planning a run from my house to Washington D.C. next summer.  I am doing it as a fundraiser for Campaign for Free Tibet.  This run will hopefully take me 65 days and I have a lot of planning still a head of me.  If anyone would like to run a few miles with me, please let me know.  I am also taking donations to help fund this run.  I will have a few expenses along the way, and any help would be awesome.  If you would like to donate to my run you can go to

I'll be back here posting really soon.

until next time...


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ready or not, here I come...

It's about 3:00am on a Saturday morning, and I'm headed to Cool, Ca to run the Cool Moon 100.
Last year I dropped at mile 50 and took a DNF at the event.  It's something that's been on my mind for the last year.  I feel like I need to go back this year and get some sort of redemption on this course.  Hopefully this weekend will be successful and I'll walk away with one more 100 mile finish to my name, and have one more buckle that sits in a drawer somewhere in my room.

Last year I went in under prepared and mentally unravelled. I wasn't mentally ready to face what the course had to throw at me.  While I felt decently ready physically to tackle the event, I just wasn't prepared to handle the mental game that ultras often become.  The self-doubt set in and overtook me.  I couldn't shake the constant thoughts of "why are you doing this" and "just give up and go home" out of my head.

I fought with this feeling for many miles and at mile 50 I decided to drop out of the race.

It's a year later now and I'd like to say I'm going in with 100% confidence that I'll finish this weekend, but to be honest the doubt is still there.  I feel like I've done the mentally tough workouts, the physically draining workouts, and that I've honestly trained my ass off for this event.  I'm going in knowing that I've prepared as best I can, but there's always that self-doubt that lingers with me.

This weekends battle won't just be a physical one, but like in all events of this distance, it will be a mental battle.

Until next time...


Saturday, July 25, 2015

New Shoes

After many years of running I still get excited about getting new shoes.  I received my New Balance trail 980v2's yesterday and I can't wait to get out on the trail and get some miles in on them.  I plan on using this pair for the Cool Moon 100 in 2 weeks and for the Headlands 100 in September.  Hopefully I'll have some time to hit the trail with these shoes really soon.  I have a pair of new Inov8 trail shoes that I haven't gotten around to testing out as well... and a new pair of Saucony trail shoes on the way.

I've been stuck running a lot on the road lately.  Hopefully my luck will change soon and I'll be on a trail again in a few days.

I have to admit, I have enjoyed running on the road in my New Balance 1980's and my road version of the 980v2's. 

Until next time...


Friday, July 10, 2015

American River Run 2015

On April 4th I ran the American River Run for the 6th time.  This was the first 50 miler I ever ran back in 2010 and was the same race that I became friends with my ultra running buddy Kyle.

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...