Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thank you Cytomax!

The other day a rather large box was delivered. I had no idea who it was from and I didn’t remember ordering anything. I opened it up…to my surprise it was gifts from my friends at Cytomax!

The box contained a couple of water bottles, Cytomax Energy Drops, and Cytomax sports performance drink!

I have used the Cytomax Energy Drops during my runs and the Cytomax sports performance drink before my runs. Cytomax’s products are really tasty! Most sports drink powder mixes are really chalky, but these have a really great flavor.

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LA Marathon Training – Week #2

It has been a frustrating week for training. I strained my calves after my run on Wednesday, which didn’t help my run on Thursday. It also didn’t help that my birthday and Thanksgiving were this week.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 49 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.01
Pace: 8:49
Time: 26:39
Notes: Nice blue sky and clear day for a run. 3 easy miles. Pretty good run.

Wednesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 44 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.05
Pace: 8:49
Time: 26:58
Notes: Birthday run! Planned to run earlier, but it started to rain so I waited. 20 minutes later the rain stopped and I got my run in before it rained again!

Thursday – 3 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 2.03
Pace: 9:31
Time: 19:18
Notes: Started out a little rough. I could feel my calves were a bit strained. I couldn’t take it the uncomfortableness, so decided to stop at 2 miles rather risk further injury.

Sunday – 7 Miles
Weather: 39 degrees, Foggy
Actual Miles: 5.00
Pace: 8:49
Time: 44:27
Notes: Moved my run from Saturday to Sunday to allow my calves extra time to rest. Also decided to take it easy and only run 5 miles instead of the scheduled 7 miles. Since I have to run 5 miles next weekend I will just swap the days. The weather was perfect for the run – cold and foggy!

Total Week #2: 13.09 miles
Total LA Marathon Training: 28.8 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #1

Good first week of training. Feels nice to be back in the groove of things!

I decided to switch from my Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 7’s to my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11s. I switched because I felt that I needed more support and the ventilation on the Brooks isn’t as open as the Asics, thus keeping my feet warmer! Luckily the Brooks have a couple of hundred miles left on them. I will definitely be looking into a shoe that is between a Noosa and an Adrenaline.

My training is a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday schedule with Saturday being the long run.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.00
Pace: 9:31
Time: 28:46
Notes: Start of my LA Marathon training! Didn’t feel like running, because I just didn’t feel good. Managed to squeeze out 3 painful miles.

Wednesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 50 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.00
Pace: 9.23
Time: 28:01
Notes: Felt blah! Body just didn’t want to run. The weather was perfect – dry and sunny. A chatty fellow asked how many I was running. People were outside being super chipper.

Thursday – 3 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.01
Pace: 8:57
Time: 27:01
Notes: Better than my previous two days. Felt a lot better. However, my legs were a bit sore.

Saturday – 6 Miles
Weather: 50 degrees
Actual Miles: 6.18
Pace: 9:23
Time: 58:12
Notes: Picked a course with a LOT of uphill. Super hilly! Probably not the best idea for week 1 training. Around mile 2 I felt like I had absolutely no energy, then got a nice burst of energy around mile 3. Not a bad 6 miles. Overall a good run and end of week 1!

Total Week #1: 15.19 miles
Total LA Marathon Training: 15.19 miles

Lab Rat

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Brooks Running headquarters in Bothell, Washington to be a Brooks Running Lab Rat.

What does that mean? Basically it means that I tested some running shoes. Now I can’t go into any details about how or what I tested. But it was a lot of fun! I hope to be invited back for future testing!

For my efforts, I did get this sweet shirt!

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