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LA Marathon Training – Week #7

I spend time with family and friends and missed a couple of runs. But not going to sweat it. I’m feeling really good about my runs up to this point. My legs feel stronger with no soreness or aches!

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 56 degrees, sunny
Actual Miles: 3.43
Pace: 8:57
Time: 30:43
Notes: Christmas Day run. After flying the day before, eating a lot, and staying up late – this run was surprising easy. Plus the flat course and sun helped!

Wednesday – 6 Miles
Weather: 58 degrees, sunny
Actual Miles: 6.00
Pace: 8:28
Time: 50:51
Notes: Another sunny day and flat route. I was a bit warm, due to the warmer weather than I’m use to. Overall an awesome run. Fastest run of my training so far!

Total Week #7 Miles: 9:43 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 109.99 miles


LA Marathon Training – Week #6

First week with my brand new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13s. They made a huge difference! Shin splints aren’t as bad and sore calves are non-existent. Pretty rainy week, but still stuck to my schedule. Cytomax helped to give me that boost when I needed a little bit of caffeine.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 8:46
Time: 27:01
Notes: First run in my Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13s. The new shoes felt WAAAAY better! From the first step I could feel a lot more cushion. Still have some shin splits and soreness, but sure they will go away soon.

Wednesday – 5 Miles
Weather: 45 degrees, rain
Actual Miles: 5.05
Pace: 8:57
Time: 45:12
Notes: Almost didn’t run this day, due to the heavy rain. After some encouragement from twitter friends gave me that push to go out in the rain and run! Really rainy out, not the typical rain I’m use to. Socks were soaked from running through so many puddles. Really, really wet afterward!

Thursday – 3 Miles
Weather: 43 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.35
Pace: 8:42
Time: 29:03
Notes: Legs were a little tired, but not as bad as previous weeks. Legs do feel a lot better in my new Adrenalines. It didn’t rain, but the were puddles everywhere. More soaked socks!

Saturday – 7 Miles
Weather: 45 degrees
Actual Miles: 8:05
Pace: 8:49
Time: 1:01:49
Notes: I really wasn’t mentally prepared for this run and wasn’t feeling the run until about mile 5. Then I started to enjoy myself. Ended up running 8 instead of 7 miles.

Total Week #6 Miles: 19.55 miles
Total LA Marathon Training Miles: 100.56 miles

LA Marathon Training – Week #5

Toughest week yet. Decided to switch from my motion control shoes to my neutral shoes to see if it would alleviate the soreness in my claves. However, my ankles were quite sore since my ankles move differently in the neutral shoes. I painfully decided to take off more days than usual from running schedule this week to rest my calves and ankles. I didn’t want to do it, but it is definitely in my legs best interest. I decided to not run on Friday or Saturday.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 43 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 8:57
Time: 27:35
Notes: The forecast looked like no rain, but just as I left it started to rain.Calves felt a little sore. First run with the neutral shoes since September. But switching shoes might have not helped. Overal an alright run.

Thursday – 5 Miles
Weather: 39 degrees
Actual Miles: 1.52
Pace: 9:41
Time: 14:36
Notes: My legs are not use to the neutral shoes. Ankles were really sore. As much as I wanted to finish my run, I ultimately decided to walk the short distance back home. Disappointed, but most likely saved myself from further soreness.

Sunday – 10 Miles
Weather: 41 degrees
Actual Miles: 10.10
Pace: 9.23
Time: 1:34:01
Notes: Went back to my motion control shoes to avoid any soreness from the neutral shoes. Legs felt a little stiff during the first two miles. Stop at mile 2.25 to catch my breath and reflect on the week. Nice view of the Space Needle on my short break. Almost felt like I should stop after 5 miles, but got a second wind and ultimately finish strong.

Total Week #5: 14.72 miles
Total LA Marathon Training: 81.01 miles

Giveaway: Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves

My friends over at Trailheads are giving away a pair of these awesome running gloves! I have reviewed a pair of the Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves (which you can read here!). Let me tell you, I absolutely love them. One of the most comfortable pair of running gloves that I have owned!

Image courtesy of Trailheads

Image courtesy of Trailheads

What do you need to do to win these awesome gloves?

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  5. And finally, comment and tell me why you need these awesome gloves!

Giveaway ends December 21st at 12:00PM PST. Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents. 

The giveaway is now closed!


The winner of the Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves is…


Congrats! Thank you to everyone who entered!

Review: Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves

My friends over at Trailheads were nice enough to send me a pair of their HyperReflect Running Gloves to review!

First Impressions

I was surprised how light weight the gloves are! The material is very soft and the fit is very comfortable. I tried them on, they fit perfectly.

Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves

Trailheads HyperReflect Running Gloves

In Action

I wore these glove for over 19+ miles in the cold, rain, long and short runs. They kept my hands dry and warm every time.

These gloves are packed full of features. The plush terry wipe on the thumbs. Its cold, my nose runs a lot. I just swipe it with my thumb and I’m good to go! I was able to operate my Garmin while wearing the gloves. The raised silicon grip helped to grip the sides of the Garmin bevel. A nice safety feature is the reflective HyperReflect accents for enhanced visibility during early morning and nighttime runs.

LA Marathon Training – Week #4

Having flexibility in your running schedule is key. This week I shifted everything a day to accommodate a day to allow my legs to rest on Wednesday which helped out a lot! Great week 4!

I have been using Cytomax a lot during my training. It really fuels me up before and during my weekly runs.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather: 51 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 8:27
Time: 26:10
Notes: No rain during my run, but it was windy and with lots of big puddles. Soaked my socks trying to get around one puddle. Felt really good!

Thursday – 4 Miles
Weather: 45 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.18
Pace: 8:34
Time: 35:56
Notes: Had to run later in the day, because I was busy in the morning. I forgot how many people are out driving and not paying attention. 😦 Felt pretty strong during the run though. Overall awesome run! Moved this run from Wednesday to Thursday so I could rest my legs.

Friday – 3 Miles
Weather: 48 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.10
Pace: 9:05
Time: 28:20
Notes: I tried to slow down a bit during this run, because my calves felt like lumps of coal. Had to really push myself to finish strong. Moved this run from Thursday to Friday,

Sunday – 9 Miles
Weather:  42 degrees
Actual Miles: 9.50
Pace: 9:14
Time: 1:27:49
Notes: The good: ran by Kurt Cobain’s house and Lake Washington. The bad: forgot to apply BodyGlide on my nipples (ow!) and some guy turned into me with his car. I’m ok! Don’t worry! 🙂 He was going less than 5mph and I was pushed onto his hood. He got out of his car and said sorry. That was after he got a mouthful from me. Then I continued on my run and cranked out 9.5 miles! Overall great run!

Total Week #4: 19.88 miles
Total LA Marathon Training: 66.29 miles

Giveaway: Under Armour Charged Storm Full Zip Hoody

Did you read my review on the Men’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody? Awesome hoody, right?!

I’m giving away 1 Men’s OR Women’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody courtesy of Under Armour!

Picture copyright Under Armour.

Picture copyright Under Armour.

Now what do you need to do to win this awesome hoody (color may vary)?

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  4. And finally, comment and tell me how you will use your Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody!

Giveaway ends December 10th at 11:59PM PST. The giveaway is now closed!


The winner of the Under Armour Full Zip Hoody is…

Accountable Running (@AccountableRun)

Congrats! Thank you to everyone who entered!

LA Marathon Training – Week #3

Training has been plagued with sore calves. I’ve been doing my best to R.I.C.E my calves often. They are slowly getting better. Over all a good week of training. I found myself doing a tiny bit more than I needed to do.

Tuesday – 3 Miles
Weather:  46 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.01
Pace: 8:27
Time: 26:22
Notes: I ran a pretty fast 5K. I try not to look at my pace while running, but do glance at my miles. Just in case I need to change my route to get (whatever number of) training miles in. Felt really good!

Wednesday – 4 Miles
Weather: 46 degrees
Actual Miles: 4.25s
Pace: 8:57
Time: 38:03
Notes: I wanted to wait for a break in the rain, but it never happened. When I started it was barely sprinkling out. During the last mile it was really coming down. Overall a great run! I had a ton of energy. The rain was invigorating!

Thursday – 3 Miles
Weather: 50 degrees
Actual Miles: 3.12
Pace: 8:49
Time: 27:25
Notes: I found a break in the rain and got my 3 miles in. I sound like a broken record with both of those statements!

Saturday – 7 Miles
Weather: 50 degrees
Actual Miles: 0.56
Pace: 8:57
Time: 04:58
Notes:  I started off my run and could feel that my calves were a bit sore. Ultimately decided that they need one more day of rest. Calves were not rested enough.

Sunday – 7 Miles
Weather: 47 degrees
Actual Miles: 7.10 miles
Pace: 9:05
Time: 1:04:53
Notes: Moved my run from Saturday to Sunday to allow my calves extra time to rest. Started out strong, left calve was sore and like a brick around 2.62 miles. I stopped and stretched for about 30 seconds. It felt great after that! Finished the 7 miles strong.

Total Week #3: 18.13 miles
Total LA Marathon Training: 46.41 miles

Review: Under Armour Charged Storm Hoody

Under Armour was gracious enough to send me a Men’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody to review!

First Impressions

The inside of the hoody is very soft. The fit was nice –  not too tight, but just loose enough. It was long enough to come down to my waist covering the top part of my shorts. The length of the sleeves is just right – meets right at my wrists no more.

Me wearing the Men's Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody

Me wearing the Men’s Charged Cotton(R) Storm Full Zip Hoody

The hoody has a nice mesh material. The overall material of the full zip hoody will definitely will keep you warm on a cold day and dry on a wet day! Very sturdy and durable. I must note that the material of the full zip hoody is not a light nor breathable material.

Up close view of the hoody material

Up close view of the hoody material

In Action

I wore the hoody on my training run today. It was cold, about 46 degrees and dry. The hoody did not ride up nor did it bunch up, it stayed in the place my entire run. It was very comfortable to run in! No compilants!

The hoody would also be good for pre or post race since it provides a good amount of warmth on those chilly race days!

If this hoody didn’t interest you, check out more types and styles on Under Armour’s website.

If you have any questions about the hoody, I would be more than happy to answer them!

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