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Week 19: Suspending My Training, Shin Splints and Plantar Fasciitis

So, the time has come. The time when I need to make a decision whether or not I am going to continue with my participation in the Santa Rosa Marathon. Basically, things have not gotten any better, if not worsened, and I believe that it is time to assess the current situation and decide what I am going to do for the better. Read More…

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Week 18: Hill Running, Recovery and Tapering

DTLA, downtown LA, evening, late afternoon, great workout,

Since last Sunday’s Ventura Marathon training run, I feel more relaxed and less anxious about the upcoming races, which is a great thing. However, the training run was so taxing on my body, this whole week was sort of spent on recovery, which is still continuing, in fact. It took almost 2 days for my legs to function normally. Now that the Santa Rosa Marathon is only 2 weeks away, it is time to concentrate on tapering. Read More…

Week 17: Lesson That Ventura Marathon Training Run Taught Me

Ventura Marathon, Vantura Pier, Ventura Marathon free training run,

It wasn’t a week with a lot of miles because it was part of tapering weeks. But the Ventura Marathon was holding a couple of training runs before the race, and I decided to give it a try this weekend. Today’s training run for me was only 18 mile long, which is a bit shorter than what I initially hoped to cover, but it also was a good learning lesson in terms of pacing myself. Read More…

Week 14: Lack of Training, Sunday’s 18 Miler and Motivating YouTube Video

tennis, wimbldon, grand slam, serena williams, winning, champion, motivation,

When work comes before anything, against your wish, what do you do? Oh well, you just pummel through it till you go home. You may not be happy about not being able to do anything else, including training, but you just get through it. That’s exactly what happened for 3 days out of my work week. Read More…

Week 13: Boston Marathon Registration and 4th of July Celebration

BAA, Boston Marathon Registration date, training, running, runs, race, September,

What a week. A couple of major things to celebrate. The Boston Athletic Association announced last Wednesday (July 1st) that the Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon opens September 14 (Monday) as I expected, which means the Ventura Marathon (9/13) is in. Now, it is official that I have two shots at getting qualified for the prestigious race – the Santa Rosa and the Ventura. And I was invited to celebrate the Independence Day with some of my hiking friends yesterday. Read More…