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Week 10 – Motivation, Challenges and Bounce Back

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This past week had some challenges. One of those days when the level of self-motivation hits the bottom snuck up on me in the middle of the week. It was heavily influenced by the serious long day at work, and even though I bounced right back up and caught up with the next day’s mileage, the pressure on keeping up with the weekly mileage was mounting. Read More…


Week 9 – Endurance Building, 600-Mile Milestone and 18 Mile Weekend Run

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Another week for building endurance came and went. As far as how it went down, I must say it was very productive. I exceeded my weekly mileage by 4.5 miles, even after the 18 mile weekend long run. I pushed myself running 7.25 miles 3 days in a row to build endurance. I also remembered to look back at the half marathon time that I had at the Duke City Marathon in ABQ, NM back in 2009, and it was quite interesting to see how far I’ve come in the past less than 6 years. And I am 100 miles closer to this year’s 1,100 mile goal than 18 days ago. Read More…

Waterfront bike path run – 20 miles

Today’s run was a 20 miler.

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I had a few moments where I just wanted to give it up, but I kept pushing myself and eventually when I reached about 16 miles, I knew I could get this done. There were two things that I was able to push myself by. 1. considering how much effort I have put in up to this point, the idea of just dropping everything seems to be just plain waste of my life, and 2. this blog. Read More…

18 Miler and Strength Training Results


It was a 18 mile run day. And I really prepared all day for this run. Of course, my backpacking trip next week, leaving tomorrow morning, made me busy all day as well (researching the trails, downloading maps and gpx files, and also prepping meals for at least 4 days, possibly 5 days). So, it was quite a busy day. But, I consciously focused on the amount of carbs that I was taking since last night. I made sure that I ate a lot. And also the energy gels right before and during the run. Every 15 minutes. Read More…

Dehydrated – 13.06 Miles

The view from the Venice Beach Boardwalk was awesome.

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But don’t let the awesome view fool you for the rising temperature. It is certainly cooler by the beach. But toward 12 and 13 mile marks, which is about 4 miles away from the beach, it got too hot for me, and I had to cut it short. Disappointing. Very. Read More…

Labor Day Weekend Run – 17 miles


The 3-day Labor Day weekend is here, which means one can use that extra day to catch upon anything he/she has been waiting to. And I know that some of my friends have gone out of town traveling and exploring in the wilderness. For me it is time to enjoy a long run, a long hike and a day of relaxing (although part of me keeps telling me that I should go do strength training) as well as prepping for an upcoming backpacking trip in 2 weeks. Read More…

Pocket Fuel is here – 6.48 Miles

Pocket Fuel has arrived!

One of my favorite topics – energy gels! Based on quick research, Pocket Fuel is one of the favorite energy gels of either runners, trail runner or endurance sports athletes, such as triathletes and cyclists. Ben from, which is one of the blogs that I came across not too long ago, talks about 12 fat-based alternatives to popular sugar-based sports energy gels out there, and Pocket Fuel definitely stood out.

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