Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Slow Turkey Trot

On Thanksgiving day I went back to the county I graduated high school to do a very small 5k. 112 runners got together for the small town race in a very windy day. I wasn't expecting to do that well because I'm in the middle of trying to break 1:30 on the half marathon this weekend or next. But I didn't expect my awful finish time of 22:04, it got me fourth place overall and first on my age group but it has been the worst time I've ever had on a race in that distance.

Not going to worry about a small 5k because that's not what I'm training for. By the end of the month I'll have an update for both half marathons that I'm schedule to do. My left knee has been hurting a little, feels the same pain as my stress fracture on my right knee, so hopefully nothing bad. I'm going to give my self a big break off running for January 2012.

Race Result

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Heritage Half-Marathon

The Heritage Half-Marathon and 5k is a very young race in Haymarket, Virginia. In its second year is a very hilly race to do for training and not to PR.

I haven't trained a lot the pass month so i wasn't expecting to do too great, maybe around 2 hours. The race started 30 minutes late because the water supplier for the aid stations never showed up, the race director had to scramble and buyout grocery and gas stations out of water. Besides that, the race is very well put together.

I ran the whole race and it was at my own pace, didn't care about people passing me or vice versa. I hit the wall at mile 9 and wanted to use the bathroom really bad to the point that i almost gave up hahaha, yeah one of those, but i hold it till the end. It slowed my pace tremendously but i finish at an amazing 1 hour and 38 minutes, 62nd place overall, and 3rd in my age group. I could have done much better if it wasn't for the bathroom incident  but i'm pretty happy with myself and my knee.

I am back!


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Night before

I don't feel ready for this half-marathon tomorrow but it will be okay. I'm going to take it really easy, shooting for a time of 1:50-2 hours, just a little training run. Had a good spaghetti dinner cooked by my mother, tradition that i like to do before my races. Like always i wont be able to sleep tonight and have to be up at 5:15am. I will update sometime this week to see how it went.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Navy Federal 5k

Last Saturday I did the Navy Federal Credit Union 5k before heading to work. The 5k is sponsor by my job and started at 9am right at the headquarters in Vienna, so I had to do it before going to work at 11am. The race was great, 526 people showed up to a cloudy race course throughout the town. Most of the course was a little uphill but nothing uncomfortable. I finished the race in 10th place overall, 3rd in my age group, and first for my job. Received two trophy's and some cash for my achievements and can't wait until next year. With a time of 19:46 not being impressive, but great for my second race back since my knee injury.

Race Results

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Busy Busy August

In the process of starting a new job and other things I had to put my blog aside and focus on more important things until now. Had to cancel races, training runs, and updating my life for a little over a month but that shouldn’t happen again for a while. Slowly I’m looking to signup for a few races before the end of the year. I’ve done a few 10 milers and my knee is feeling pretty good, just not 100%.

Marathon training starts tomorrow with 7am runs and by the end of the month I should be able to start doing 2 a days. I’ll update soon with any new information that I get, for know check out RunKeeper to see running updates.

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Monday, July 25, 2011


Just got the official time from the race this passed Saturday and I actually broke 20 minutes!! Official time of 19:55, of course its not my best time or nothing to brag but after 2 months of not running and my knee not being 100% I'm sooooo happy :):):):)


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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Christmas in July 5k

This morning I woke up at 6:20 am to prepare myself for the first race in over two months. I didn't have high expectations but if I broke 20 minutes I would be very happy with myself. I was in second place for the whole race with the first place runner finishing 5 minutes ahead of me, 15:04. Less than one hundred feet to go I was passed by one runner and I finished in third place overall with an unofficial time of 20:08.
Not bad for my first race back, it was a great time and I will participate next year.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

First Race in 2 Months.

Tomorrow I have my first race since April. Its only a 5k and I hope i can get back to running by breaking 20 minutes. I'll have a race report of it by Sunday.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Zoot Ultra Kalani Review

   Went on a 6 mile run to test my new Zoot training shoes. I know you are supposed to break them in slowly but these shoes are so soft and comfortable that you don't need to. The carbon fiber makes the shoes a lot lighter and softer. Truly I’ve never been so happy with a pair of training shoes in the past 5 years. I recommend these shoes for anybody doing triathlons or +30 miles per week. 

Go get them at Road Runner Sports

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Shoes

Finally after some debating and bad experiences, a stress fracture, I decided to move away from Nike shoes and buy a new pair. I've used Asics shoes in high school and loved them but after reading good reviews I bought a pair of Zoot Ultra Kalani. I should have a review of them by this weekend.

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Calendar Update

    Added new races to my calendar. Follow the link HERE.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

First Nike+ Run

First time using my Nike+ in two months. Did a slow 3.29 mile run and it felt great. Follow the link to see more info

Nike+ Run

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Little Run With Diego.

            Went on a 2.5 mile run with my roommate Diego. We were taking it slow because of my knee and to get him into shape. The loop is a little hilly and it was hot but an awesome run. I’m still thinking about signing up for the VA Beach half marathon but I shouldn’t push my self for another few weeks.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day #2

            Went on my second run today for only 25 minutes, but it’s a great improvement. Tomorrow I’m going to take the day off because I need to take it slow and my knee and ankle did bother a little bit afterwards. I’ll update this weekend with any changes.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I Can Run...

…On grass!!! I had my appointment this morning with Dr. Brown and he said the kneed is almost heal and that I’m allowed to take it easy and mostly run on grass. So today I unpacked my running bags and did a very easy 3 mile run and some exercises in between. I already planned the whole month of July to be my “Injury Recovery Month” with a lot of cross training and no mile counting into August.

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Injury Update

            I have been very busy lately with moving and starting a new job so I have put this blog away until now. A little update on my injury, I have a stress fracture and torn tissue in my ITB. Have done a total of about 5 miles in the last month and half and tomorrow morning I have a check up appointment with my doctor. He said that its okay for me to start biking in July and hopefully start running in less than 4 weeks.
            I’ll update sometime this week on what he said.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2011 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run & Doctor.

            Tomorrow at 2:30pm I have the awaited doctors appointment to look at my knee and when I can start running again. Wish me luck!

            Saturday is the 2011 Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run, and I will be in the aid station from 4pm to whenever the last runners goes by Sunday morning. There is a 60% chance of rain which sucks but it will be an awesome experience.
            I’ll write a race report of it Sunday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Waiting Game

            Its killing me, the waiting game is making me want to cut my right leg off. I haven’t been able to go in a training run for over a month and have stopped racing for the last 2 weeks. My doctors appointment is all the way at the end of May which will probably not allow me to run the Arlington half marathon but I rather be healthy for marathon season at the end of the year.
            I have been doing a lot of upper body weight lifting and a little bit of biking but the pain is still there. Very upsetting.

            A must have item for runners is a foam roller, it has helped me with my IT band tissue tear. The website posted bellow shows some exercises to help you out. Do them before and after working out for just 10-20 seconds.    

Fitter First

Monday, April 18, 2011

1 Weekend, 2 Races

            Saturday I did the Fodderstack 10k in the rain. The temperature was perfect but it rained so much that it really slowed down the runners. I came in fifth place overall and first in my age group.
            The run was pretty awesome in the rain, it would have been great if my shoes weren’t soaking wet or my top being pulled down from the weight of the water but it was fun. My knee felt okay and I didn’t have that much pain.
            After the award ceremony, I headed home to wake up the next morning again at 6 am for a 5k.

            On Sunday I went to Culpeper for a 5k with a little over 200 runners. My knee started to hurt before the race and once I started to run for the first 1.5 miles it was killing me until I was able to stop thinking about it. I came in sixth place overall and first in my age group but with a time of 20:32. The course was a little hilly and I was still tired from my 10k, but I am very upset with my time and my knee.
            I’m going to be heading into the doctor in the next week or so to check out exactly what is wrong with it.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

10k and 5k Weekend

            Saturday I’m running the Fodderstack 10k race that I’ve wanted to do for the last 5 years but never make time for it. Sunday I’ll be doing a small 5k for autism in Culpeper.
            I pulled a muscle in my back Wednesday in the gym, so I have been icing that and doing heat therapy in my right knee.

            I’ll update Monday how my weekend went.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Burke Rockstar 8k

            Woke up Sunday morning at 5:15 am and started my race day routine. Took a shower and made cinnamon oatmeal with hot honey tea and a Gatorade. By 6 am I jumped on the car and headed to Burke, VA. The one hour drive felt pretty long because it was mostly on route 66, which can be very boring alone at that time.
            When I arrived at 7 am, I picked up my package and went back to my car to relax until 7:30. Then I did my stretches and warmed up to race pace. 20 minutes later I met up with my friend Jaclyn to run the race with. 5 minutes until 8 am the runners were called to the starting line and I went to my car to listen to the same song I have for the past few years, “The Downfall of us All” by A Day to Remember. Then went to the front of the starting line and the gun was shot.
            Started the race a little fast and I was leading it for the first quarter of a mile when two runners just blew by me and didn’t see them again until the loop back. From mile 1 to 5 I ran the race by myself. The person in front of me was a minute ahead and the one behind was around 2 minutes but catching up. The race was a 2.5 mile up and down hill and then back the same way, however it felt like everything was uphill. By mile 4 my mile split was down to 7 minutes and I couldn’t pick it up losing the person in front of me and the guy behind me finishing just 20 seconds away.
            I finished the 8k with a time of 32:19 which is a new personal record and beating my last 8k time in January of this year by over 2 minutes. Besides coming in 2nd place on my age group, I was 9th overall out of over 300 runners. The race was for a great cause and got an awesome Nike technical t-shirt. Can’t wait for next year!

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Trail Running in the Rain

            Today I got off work at 1 pm and decided to wait for the rain to slow down a little bit and go on a 4 mile trail run in the National Park Skyline Drive Front Royal, Virginia. My knee is still not 100% or even 50% but I was bored of cross-training that I really needed to get out, not a smart idea in the long run but it was worth it.
            If you have never done a trail run then you need to go out and do one, trust me you will get addicted. Trail running incorporates running with hiking, you have to walk some parts and fly downhill. It is a dangerous sport and you should always be careful and try to do in on the weekends in popular trails or with a partner.
            When walking uphill use your arms on the ground to push up and try not to consume liquids or food because of the position your body is, it can make a ball in your stomach and you will have to take a rest or walk the rest of the way. Running downhill is the most dangerous part because twisting an ankle is extremely easy. Let your arms move with your body to keep stability and land firmly with your legs while looking ahead for the next move.
            Why should road runners do trail runs? You love running on the roads but it can also get boring and your body can get use to the same exercise. Trail running gives you muscles not only in your legs, abs, and arms but it helps exercise your brain. Making quick adjustments to the terrain will never make get you bored.
 (photo of todays adventure)

  This is a video on trail running Team Salomon member Kilian Jornet, one of the best ultra-trail runners in the world. For more info on Salomon trail running products and their athletes, check out salomonrunning.com

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Runners Knee

  2 weeks before my half marathon I was doing a 17 mile run and at the end of it I had a pain on my right knee. The following day it got worst so I decided to look online for some answers and came up with runners knee. Runners World descrives the injury as "it occurs when a mistracking kneecap (patella) irritates the femoral groove in which it rests on the thighbone". This happen on a Tuesday and I decided to stop doing any exercise until a 5k race on Sunday, I could feel pain every time I landed my foot heal-to-toe and had to keep reminding myself to land mid-sole, which alleviated the pain. Three days before my half marathon I went to a physical therapist that gave me exercises to do and taped it with KT Tape. The tape helped a lot but the pain is still there which has changed my training dramatically, now I have gone from +30 miles per week to less than 5 but more strength and cross training.
  My plans to avoid this in the future are to become stronger in the legs, better hip stretches, and because I have scoliosis, which make my feet land on their heel, I have to remind myself to land mid-sole.

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon

On March 26, 2011 I did the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield National Half Marathon. My first race over 5 miles and I'm so glad I had the chance of running it. Besides running with over 16,000 people at 7 am with below 30 degrees weather, I ran thru places in Washington DC that I haven't seen before. The race started at the RFK Stadium and passed Union Station, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan and other areas of DC which are very flat, making it a fast and enjoyable race.
  When the race started I was concentrated in finding open spaces and picking up my pace which was a little frustrating with people blocking the way. By mile 3 and at a 6:52 pace I heard one older women tell another "look ahead not down, you see all those heads out there, that's beautiful and we are part of it don't forget this moment" when I heard that it hit me that I'm nowhere near or it wasnt my goal to come run this to win it but to prove myself that i could finish it under 2 hours. I'm glad that I ran it without my IPod and was able to hear that. Around mile 5 I stopped to use the bathroom and took my time. Near mile 6 I spotted a sign by some of the amazing DC people chearing on that said "Chuck Norris never ran a marathon" it put a smile in my face and I picked up my pace finishing in 1:34 and coming in 801st place out of 9221.
  The people cheering on the runners were amazing, non-stop from the start to finish and the views of the city were breathtaking and cannot wait for it again in 2012.

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