Half Marathon #2: US Half Marathon

The US Half Marathon on November 4th, 2012 was my 2nd half marathon and boy was it a tough one. The course had a few hills, but that wasn’t why this was a tough race for me. My training for this half marathon wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be. I had a Vegas trip that made me miss a week of running and I also bought some new basketball shoes that literally tore up my feet, so that took me out for another 2 weeks. I also think that the running program that I was on was a little too aggressive for me. It had a “pace run” once a week and I think that I may have set too ambitious of a goal for only my 2nd half marathon. My goal for this race was 1:45, which is an 8:00 minute mile pace and about 10 minutes quicker than my first half. The reason why I didn’t like this program and the pace runs was because it took out the fun and the freedom from my running. I started thinking about my finish time a little too much and stopped focusing on my love for running. There were a few times during the training that I knew I was over-training, but I decided to push through it thinking that that was the only way that I was going to improve. Over-training: the one thing I caution my own clients about every week, yet it was something I was doing during this training. The good thing is that I learned from this experience. Not that I have strayed too far away from it, but I want to get back to the point I was at when I first read “Born to Run.” I want to love running like I did when I first started running.


As for the race, I finished at 2:14:52. There were a couple of times I walked, I tied my shoes a few times, and use the potty once. It wasn’t my cleanest race and I blame it on my lack of proper training leading up to it. But like I said, I learned from this experience and I’m excited to run my next half.


I just started training for my 3rd Half Marathon and this time my only goal is to run. Cheers!


Mile 10

Mile 10

Half Marathon Training: Day 4 “Visualize Continually”

Half Marathon Training: Day 4

Half Marathon Training: Day 4

Today was a pretty good workout. I got to Crunch around 9:00, sat in the dry sauna for 5 minutes and did some SMR for my IT band and quads. I’ve come to love the ~20 minute foam roller session that I always have before my runs. It gives me some good time to take care of a few other things: think about how my day went, think about & visualize the run I’m about to do, check in on Facebook, look at Instagram photos, catch up on some Tweets, and listen to some good relaxing R&B music.

I read (in a book ;)) that one of the 12 steps to set and achieve any goal (step #11 to be exact) is to visualize your goal continuallyAnd that’s exactly what I am doing when I foam roll before my runs. I visualize myself with good form when I’m running, I visualize myself taking deep, controlled breaths, I think about how I will feel when I get tired and then I think about what I will say in my head to help keep me going. Visualizing my run, before my run, really does help me out.


Do you visualize your run before you run? 


My 4 mile run was pretty easy, I felt good, I was breathing well, my shoulders were relaxed and I finished the last mile in 7 minutes.

The strength training portion of todays workout almost didn’t happen! And here’s why: After my run, I went to the bathroom and sat on the throne for 10 minutes, and when I came out of the bathroom I headed straight for the exit. When I got to my car I was like “something isn’t right……. did I finish my workout?!?…… crap, I didnt!!” So I went back in the gym and took care of business and I’m glad I did.


I did some lunges, some hamstring curls, 2 chest exercises and 1,000 bicep curls,

Oh, I can barely lift my right arm 'cause I did so many.

"Oh, I can barely lift my right arm 'cause I did so many." - Ron Burgundy

I’m not going to post the sets and reps and weights I trained with, but I will say that I went pretty hard knowing that the next two days of this training program are rest days, HOLLER!



Training for My First Half Marathon

Yesterday, I officially started my training for my first Half Marathon (Western Pacific Half Marathon) on May 5th. I know what you’re thinking: YOU’RE ONLY STARTING NOW?!?!

Well, I have been running a lot more these past 2 months. For instance, this month I had weekly goals of running 35 and 42 miles, both of which I reached, and I also completed a 13 mile run earlier this month. So I believe I prepared myself enough to start on “Week 6” of my Hal Higdon Training Program (pictured below). Also, I will replace the “Week 10” workout with the “Week 11” work out so that this program will lead me right up to my May 5th Half Marathon.


Hal Higdon's "Half Marathon Training Guide: Novice 1 Program"

Hal Higdon's "Half Marathon Training Guide: Novice 1 Program"


As you can see at the end of this 6th week, it says to run a 5K. So last night, I registered for my first official race: Running of the Elk Half Marathon, in Elk Grove, CA. I will be running the “Thrive 5K” portion of this race with my brother Gordon and hopefully a few more of our friends decide to come out and run with us.


Running of the Elk Half Marathon in Elk Grove, CA

Running of the Elk Half Marathon in Elk Grove, CA

I like this training program because it is very clear and it gives me something to follow. From what I read, Hal Higdon is an awesome resource for anything and everything about running so I am confident that this program will prepare me well for my first ever Half Marathon on May 5th.


Starting today, I will post my progress with this training program everyday up to and including race day, May 5th. Cheers!

Born to Run


I’ve always been a physically active person; I’ve loved playing basketball since I was a kid, I played tennis in high school, I’ve been lifting weights since my freshman year of college, and all that good shhtuff. Running, though, I was never in love with; until recently.

Back in 2010, my grandmother (or “Lola” in Tagalog), had a minor stroke and was placed in the ICU at California Pacific Medical Center. I remember the call that I got from my mom who was obviously scared and in tears, “Lola, might be dying. She’s at CPMC.” I immediately dropped what I was doing and rushed over to the hospital. My Lola made it through the night, but was still in the ICU.

That next day, after I got off work, I headed over to CPMC again. When I got there, the nurse said that my Uncle had just left and that I was the only family member there at the moment. So I was at her bed side talking to her, letting her know that I was there and that I loved her. She was obviously not herself; the nurse said that the drugs were really strong and that she wasn’t “all there.” Although I wasn’t able to hold a conversation with her, she was still able to speak. And when she did speak, she would be counting out random, consecutive numbers: “78, 79, 80, 81, 82…” and after the last number she would say, “Continue.” She would say it in such a way as to have me continue counting on those numbers for her. As if she were back at her school in the Philippines, in front of the classroom, teaching all her students.

A few days later, my grandmother was allowed to leave the hospital and head back to St. Anne’s Home. After a few days back, she was back to her normal, talkative self. As the months passed though, her health started to slowly deteriorate just like the Doctor at CPMC had told us it would.

On February 5, 2012 my Lola passed away. It was def. hard for the whole family especially because it was the first death in our family since her husband (my Lolo) passed away on New Year’s Day ’95. I like to think that I went through the normal grieving process that everyone goes through when someone passes: lots of tears, lots of laughs as we reminisced about the past, a lot of praying and wondering where she was at that very moment, etc. As my cousins and I talked about our memories of Lola, I remembered that one day at the ICU at CPMC when my Lola told me to “Continue.”

This one word has taken on a different meaning ever since she passed. It’s stronger now. It means so much more now.

So how does this relate to Born to Run? Well, whenever I used to run, I would stop whenever I was tired and didn’t want to run anymore. I would set a limit to my runs: 1 mile, 2 miles, 20 minutes, etc., but not anymore. Whenever I’m on the treadmill, whenever I’m running Lake Merced, whenever I’m hiking up Mission Peak, I choose to hear my Lola telling me to continue. I hear her and I see her and she keeps me going; she helps me CONTINUE.

So this is the beginning of a new me, I want to “love” running. And I know that in order to “love” running, I have to do more than just run. And that’s why I bought “Born to Run” off of Amazon for $9.

My Lola

My Lola

I want to learn as much as I can about running. I even went to Fleet Feet in SF to get my new pair of Brooks Ravenna 3s instead of just going to a Foot Locker and choosing the coolest looking Nikes.

“Born to Run” marks the beginning of my journey to fall in love with runnning.

What a Weekend!

This weekend was awesome!

Saturday: My day started bright and early as I got up at 6:30 to prepare for the long day ahead of me. At 8:30 I trained my client, Eric, at DIAKADI. We had a great session; we started off with running a mile (he shaved 9 seconds off his time) and we spent the rest of the session hitting the focus mitts. After our session we both headed over to Fleet Feet on Chestnut to get some new running shoes. It was such a beautiful day in the city that I had to let the top down on my mom’s “Mighty Blue” Miata on our drive over to Chestnut. When we got into Fleet Feet we were immediately greeted by the employee at the front desk. He quickly called another employee over to help Eric and I get fitted. Jason was the guy who helped me out; he was very attentive and very knowledgable about shoes, running, and proper gait mechanics. He showed me 3 pairs of running shoes that he said would work well with me. He had me try on all 3 and had me run to the front door and back with them (they even allow you to test them out on the sidewalk if you wanted to get a better idea of how they run). I went with the last pair he showed me: Brooks Ravenna 3s. They felt pretty damn good compared to the Nikes and Mizunos he showed me. Eric and I were in and out of there in 25 minutes, which was appropriate because we were parked in a 30 minute meter!

After spending the first half of the day in The City, I headed over to Fremont in the Easy Bay with a couple of my friends to hike Mission Peak. This was my second time hiking Mission Peak, but my first time hiking it wearing a 20 lb. weight vest. I had no choice! Gordon (the former Marine) hiked with a 30 lb. vest and Jeff (the crazy MMA/Muay Thai fighter) hiked with a 35 lb. vest; I couldn’t go up there without carrying something! If you haven’t been to Mission Peak before, there’s 2 paths that people normally take: the “LEFT SIDE” and the “RIGHT SIDE.” The LEFT is a wide fire road that zig zags up the mountain and is the path that most people choose. The RIGHT isn’t as popular as the LEFT side because, imo, its a tougher hike. The path isn’t as “carved out” as the LEFT and it has 2 or 3 hills that are pretty damn steep and pretty tough to climb. The hike with a 20 lb vest sucked, but the reward you get when you finally reach the top is amazing. We got to the top as the sun was setting and, my God, what a beautiful view! We sat down, had some tangerines, ate half a sandwich, and just admired the beauty before us. After about 10 minutes at the top we headed back down the mountain. On our way home, we rewarded ourselves and stopped by In-N-Out where I had a 4×4, animal style, and some fries with no salt. I then went home to KTFO!

Sunday: Sunday was the day that I had been planning for the past week and half. My friends and I (there were 8 of us total) ran from AT&T Park to the Golden Gate Bridge and then back to AT&T Park; it was amazing! The conditions were perfect for running! The sun was warm, there were no clouds, the breeze was refreshing, and the Embarcadero wasn’t too crowded. I wasn’t sure if breaking in my new Brooks with a ~13 mile run was a good idea, but it held up! After we all reached the Golden Gate Bridge we walked over to The Sports Basement to get some GU and then headed over to Chestnut to grab a bite to eat. We decided to get some burgers at Super Duper Burger. The food was really good, I went with the 100% Natural Free Range Chicken Breast sandwich with lettuce, tomato, red onions and roasted portobello. I also ordered a side of fries with no salt. This was a good 30 minute pit stop before our run back to AT&T Park; we ate, we stretched, we walked over to Fort Mason Green and began our run back to AT&T.

What a weekend! I had a fun, productive and healthy weekend. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend both Saturday and Sunday. The weather was awesome both days and I spent both days with great friends. Thank you Lord for this past weekend! All this is yours and I am very thankful for your many blessings.