In the fall of 2008, when I was at a particularly low point, I made the decision to push myself to do something I thought impossible… I was going to run a marathon.
With very little running experience (just a smattering of 10Ks in my entire life) I had no real idea how I was going to make this crazy dream a reality. I needed someone to teach me how to run. I looked around at a bunch of LA running groups, but they were either expensive or located too far away for me to be confident I wouldn’t give up.
And then I saw a pamphlet for the AIDS Marathon Training Program (Team to End AIDS) and read how they’d train you to run the LA Marathon in exchange for you raising funds to help their charity APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles). Cool.
And they trained in Griffith Park, which was a 5-minute drive from my apartment. Super cool. Read the rest of this entry
As we runners know far too well racing can get expensive, especially when you do a lot of ’em. Those registration costs (and convenience fees) can add up pretty darn quickly and that’s even if you just do a local race and don’t have to worry about transportation, lodging food and all of those other incidentals that inevitably pop up.
Now, there are cool race sites out there like Raceshed (and even Groupon) that help you find discounts and give your wallet a little bit of a break. And when you come across a good ‘ole fashioned “cheap offer” why not jump and give it a whirl.
That happened to me this week and it turned out pretty well. Read the rest of this entry
The old saying goes “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”
But exactly how many “tries” should one attempt? I think I might finally have an answer to that question.
You see, back in February 2009 I ran my very first half marathon (Surf City) and crossed the finish line in 2:36:01.
No sooner had I received my first ever piece o’ bling, then I challenged myself to one day run a sub 2-hour half marathon.
I thought it was happen sooner rather than later.
That would be a big ‘ole nope.
It didn’t happen on my 2nd half marathon, nor my 3rd.
- 10th– afraid not.
- 15th– guess again.
- 25th– that’d be a big no.
In September 2014, I literally came within 60 seconds of doing it as I ran the REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon in 2:01:00. Read the rest of this entry
Here’s hoping everyone had a fun Labor Day weekend doing something non-laborious.
As for me, I had fun lazing about part of the weekend. Lindy, my buddy Jeff and I saw John Williams perform his movie music at the Hollywood Bowl (an annual tradition). Lindy and I also went to a friend’s house party on Monday.
I also watched some great football as my scrappy Wisconsin Badgers shocked LSU in a showdown at Lambeau Field and Florida State rebounded from an abysmal first half to beat Ole Miss. And with the NFL pre-season over it all gets real starting next week.
And this weekend was also the start of my fall race season. Read the rest of this entry
As we sit here at the end of August, it’s clear that the “season” is upon us.
Now that season can mean different things to different people.
For my nieces, it’s means that “school season” is underway. And boy are they thrilled to be back in the classroom (cue the sarcasm). My oldest niece told me how exactly much she is digging working on a paper this weekend for her literature class. FYI, it’s not a lot.
Now, for the tens of millions of football fans around the country, college football season gets underway this week (technically it started on Friday with the game between Cal and Hawaii in Australia). And the NFL kicks off a week later. My Badgers are facing a ridiculously tough schedule this season, while my Seminoles are expected to compete for the ACC title and a spot in the playoffs.
As for my Packers (I can say “my” because I do own a share of the team)… they are one of the odds on favorites to represent in Super Bowl LI (let’s start calling it “Super Bowl Lithium”). Read the rest of this entry
The celebratory shout to the heavens of “NEW SHOES” is uttered far more often by the ladies as opposed to the gents. And having seen the closets of several girlfriends throughout my adult life, it has shown me that you ladies do indeed love you some shoes… a whole lot of ’em. One might even go so far as to say an “excessive” amount of shoes.
I know I’m sailing into dangerous waters here.
As for me, while I do enjoy a nice pair of shoes, I would happily live my entire life in a pair of comfy sneakers or canvas shoes. They really aren’t a big deal to me at all.
With one notable exception: my running shoes.
Holy Shnikes! Do I obsess over running shoes. Read the rest of this entry
Last week, in the midst of the sweltering summer sun, I started looking ahead to my fall race schedule.
I’m back this week to “revel” about another very cool race series: The REVEL Race Series.
NOTE: I’ve been a REVEL Race Series ambassador since 2014 and have had an absolute blast.
The REVEL race series features a four-pack of races each year (from April to November):
- REVEL Big Cottonwood (UT)- September 10, 2016
- REVEL Canyon City (CA)- November 12, 2016
- REVEL Mt. Charleston (NV)- April 29, 2017
- REVEL Rockies (CO)- June 11, 2017
The first thing you should know about these races is they are downhill and FAST. I mean really fast. Damn fast. If you’re gunning for a PR or Boston qualifier (all courses are USATF certified), look no further. Read the rest of this entry
It’s about a bajillion degrees outside this week in Los Angeles (and apparently other parts of the country as well). I did a four mile run this morning and it felt like I was slogging through a sauna.
That’s the joy of summer running.
But as “liquid awesome” (the happy term I use for sweat) was erupting from every pore imaginable during my run, I started thinking ahead to cooler weather and fall races. They will be here before you know it.
So here’s a fun SoCal race series to consider as you start filling up your autumn run calendar: Lexus LaceUp.
Note: I was an ambassador to the Lexus LaceUp Series in 2015 and am happy to be lacing ’em up again with them this year. Read the rest of this entry
This Saturday morning at mile 6 of an 8-mile training run I had one of those moments that every distance runner who pounds the pavement on local streets fears.
An SUV under the control of an inattentive driver turned right into my path and I honestly wasn’t sure if I could get out of the way in time.
I believed I was about to be hit by a car.
The fact that I’m writing this from my computer at home and not from a hospital bed lets you know that I indeed dodged a 3-ton bullet.
Here’s the skinny.
I was running down the bike path of Riverside Drive near Griffith Park. You have to understand this is probably the most familiar stretch of road I’ve ever run.
During my seven years of distance running and training with Team To End AIDS (T2), I’ve probably pounded this particular stretch of pavement at least 250 times. This is right by Mountain View Park, where during marathon training season The Bolivers are waiting to greet the T2 crew with water, snacks and support.
This is one my favorite spots to run… period. Read the rest of this entry
Just a quick post as I’m in the middle of a project and have been working 3 weeks straight without a day off. Oof.
Today I received my personalized video from the REVEL Mt. Charleston Half Marathon, one of the many cool perks REVEL offers its participants. It features several photos of me during the race and the video snippet as I clomp across the finish line.
A cool course and a fun run. And registration just opened for next year’s REVEL Mt. Charleston Marathon/Half Marathon (April 29, 2017). Check out www.runrevel.com and sign-up.
Now back to the grind… and Run on!
RACE: REVEL Mt. Charleston
DATE: May 7, 2016
DISTANCES: Marathon/Half Marathon
LOCATION: Mt. Charleston (Las Vegas)
START TIME: 6:30am
WEATHER AT START: 55 degrees (Half)
- Half Marathon- 1158
- Full Marathon- 610
Viva Las Vegas! Welcome to the first event of the 2016 REVEL Race Series, the inaugural running of the REVEL Mt. Charleston Marathon/Half Marathon. Read the rest of this entry
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. -Aesop
For those of you who live in SoCal, the radio waves (if you still listen to regular radio) have been swamped the last few months with Honda’s latest marketing campaign, entitled “Random Acts of Helpfulness.”
In the ads, a Honda representative speaks to a random stranger and offers to help them by paying for something they need. Examples include: airline tickets to visit family, a new garage door, college application fees, a work wardrobe and even an automatic softball pitching machine. Like I said, random. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been doing marathons/halfs/10Ks consistently for seven years now and during that time I’ve run several races multiple times. I’ve completed a septet of LA Marathons. This year I’ll have finished a 6-pack of Peachtree Road Races (since 2009). And last month I collected my fifth consecutive finisher’s medal from the Hollywood Half Marathon.
There is something uniquely enjoyable and comforting about running a race you’ve done before. You know the course and are most likely prepared for any race-specific idiosyncrasies. And you also can use a familiar race as a benchmark to see how you’re progressing from year to to year.
At the same time, running a race you’ve never run before presents an exciting challenge. You’re not sure what to expect as everything is utterly new to you. The course, the expo, the race support… even the T-shirt and bling… all new experiences. Very cool. Read the rest of this entry
One of the cool things about the entertainment industry (aka Hollywood) is being able to work on what could be “high profile” projects. But one of the caveats that goes hand in hand with that coolness is keeping things “hush hush.”
Whether its signing “non-disclosure agreements” (NDAs) to be able to work on a project in the first place, or just keeping things close to the vest until the perfect time, I often spend a lot of time working on things I just can’t talk about right now.
The last few weeks I’ve been tucked away on one such project (this is of the “close to the vest” variety) which has filled the majority of my waking hours and put TTK on a bit of the back burner. Now that it’s done (finally), I’m going to be diving into another close-vester straight away. No rest for the weary, right.
So for today, just a quick running tidbit. Two weeks ago I ran the Hollywood Half Marathon and had a fun time clomping up and down the “walk of fame” and getting to say “hi” to several running friends of mine, including some Team to End AIDS (T2) teammates. And I recently got my “free” (what a wonderful word) race photos, courtesy of the race and Buzz Feed, which I thought I’d share.
Next up on my race schedule is the inaugural running of the REVEL Mt. Charleston marathon/half marathon outside of Las Vegas on May 7th. It’s a downhill race, so I’ve been doing some hill runs on the weekends to make sure that my quads won’t want to kill me the day after the race. I plan to get a post up about the joy of “inaugural” races prior to heading off to Vegas.
Have a good week… and now back to the vest.
Whenever I hear the term “legacy” I immediately think back to the classic comedy ANIMAL HOUSE where Kent “Flounder” Dorfman tells the gang at Delta house that he’s a legacy and that they’re usually asked to pledge automatically. That is unless of course the pledge in question was a closet-case.
And now I’m reciting quotes from the film rapid fire in my head.
When running races, however, being a “legacy” has a much different meaning. It’s not something you’re given, but rather something you earn by running a race every year (without fail) from its inaugural year up to the present.
Races that have been run for decades, like the LA Marathon or Peachtree Road Race, have their own legacy clubs. The Peachtree’s group is called the “Original 110” (guess how many members) and the LA Marathon has around 177 legacy runners who have pounded the pavement for all 31 marathons dating back to 1986.
Each year when I run the LA Marathon, I always see a few legacy runners (they have special bibs) and I’m sure to shout out some respect. They’ve earned it. Read the rest of this entry