Team Sweet:Cheeks finished The Relay in 27:40:40!
Good enough for 33rd place! Here
are my photos. We also managed to raise over $2000.00
in donations for Organs 'R' Us! Thanks everyone! Here
are Tom's photos!
I ran my first marathon last Saturday and it went
great! Details here.
I'm running The Relay! Yeah,
that's right. 199 miles, from Calistoga to Santa Cruz.
I'm not doing it alone, of course. We just started
putting together the team, but it looks good so far!
Currently I am training for The Relay .
I keep a training log in an excel spreadsheet. So
if you are curious about how much I'm running or what
my schedule is, check it out! Come run with me sometime!
Here is my training log.
I've also been using this really cool service called Bones in Motion (BiM). It consists of some software that runs on my cell phone and a web site. The software on my cell phone uses GPS to log the path of a run. When I'm done with a run it uploads the information to a website where I can look at the details of the run and then post the run to a blog. I don't use it for all of my runs, mostly just the long ones. It works pretty well, although since I mostly do trail runs I have run into the problem of losing the GPS signal. Anyways, you can check out some of the runs I do on my BiM blog.
I ran in Adidas
Response Trail shoes for most of my running life.
I'de been running in them since high school and love
them! I tried a pair of New Balance once and immediately
switched back. In my last few months of training
I tried the Adidas Supernova 5 Trails and absolutely
love them. I guess they are slighty more cushioned
and more stable than the Response Trails. They have
worked great for me so far!
I used to do my long runs with my CamelBack but a
little while ago I picked up an Ultimate
Direction Access 2X waist belt and it works great.
It just fits a little more snug than the CamelBack
did it's nice to have my shoulders unencumbered by
straps while I run. I also picked up a couple of the
flasks for the belt so that I don't have deal with
Gu packages durring a run. Sounds trivial, but it's
I have been using Cytomax and Gu,
the Lime and Vanilla Bean flavors, on my long runs
these days. Cytomax is amazing. I noticed a huge difference
the very first time I used it.
I hated running when I was little. It was one of those things that other kids seemed to do naturally but I just couldn't figure it out. When I tried to run fast I felt akward goofy and probably looked even worse. Then in highschool I joined the cross country skiing team and then a season later the X-C running team to get in shape for skiing. It was terribly hard at first but I learned a great deal, mostly about how fun trail running can be. I picked up a few technical tips on stride and training, diet and the other details. I was never very competive in the races, but I ran as hard as I could and felt good about my efforts regardless of where I was in the pack. My coach was a great guy named Joe Alward. I feel like he focused more on the comraderie and fun of being on a team and the adventure of running on trails. Some of my close friends turned out to be damned good runners nonetheless. They were always nice another to let me tag along and I'm grateful for it.I ran here and there through college and when I went home to visit and then in spurts once I came out the bay area.
About 5 years ago I started training again with my buddy Tom from work and we ran the Run Through the Redwoods down by Felton. That was actually one of the first weekend dates for Ariel and I! I must have been pretty stoked to have her along because I got second in my age group! After that Tom and I decided to train for the Redwoods Marathon. That was about 4 years ago. The training went well but I ended up missing the marathon to attend a friend's wedding. I never bothered to look for another marathon to do and did really run much after that. I think I probably started climbing more seriously about that time.
After climbing pretty hard for a few years we started surfing and didn't look back. I really started running again back in October to train for a 7 mile race on Angel Island, on Ariel's suggestion. I came in third place and had a great time at! I've done a couple of other races since then, usually placing in the top 3 for my age group. Shortly before the end of last year I decided to try training for another marathon. This time it's the Muir Woods Trail Marathon. I have run about 15 miles of the course and I can honestly say it's some of the hardest and most beautiful running I've ever done. I'm really excited for the race and my training has been going great so far.
Some day I would like to do the (don't laugh) Western
States 100. Maybe in 3 or 4 years if all goes
well. Between now and then I'de like to keep training
for trail marathons and then start doing some shorter
ultras and eventually one of the easier 100 milers.
I'm certainly sticking to trails as much as possible
with the longer distances being my goals.
|Last mile of the 3 miler on a track.
|3 miler on the King track. Durring marathon training.
|Race up in Port Angeles, in the snow!
Woodside Half Marathon
|Muir Woods Marathon