Friday, March 24, 2017

Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon 2017 - Race Report

Training

For 2017 I decided to become a runner again. I had gotten into powerlifting and some bad eating habits. My weight ballooned up to 238 lbs at the beginning of 2017 so I decided to keep the weightlifting but focus more on running.

Pre-race

Went to the expo and picked up my packet and then got some Korean BBQ as a pre race meal cause Dallas has some awesome AYCE Korean BBQ that we were craving. Since I'm part of Team Chocolate Milk we received VIP bands and VIP parking so we had to wake up early to get to the start line and VIP parking before the roads close. I slept relatively well. We got to the VIP area and usually they have GU there but today there was none which I was not planning on so I had to run without GU.

Race Miles 1-3

My race goal for this race was to run it in under 2:30 so my plan was to start off slow and listen to my body to dictate the pace. The temps were in the upper 60's and were going to rise into the mid 80's so I had to race smart as my body does not do well in warmer weather.
Miles 1-3 had my running at about a 10:20 pace which felt good but I kept trying to tell myself to slow it down as I knew I might be hurting later. I was getting thirsty after mile 2 and was wondering when the water/gatorade stop would come as I was already sweating like a mad man. Finally at mile 3 they had a Water only stop which I gladly partook in.

Race Miles 4-6

Mile 4-5 there was a pretty good downhill before we hit the Margaret Hunt Bridge so I took advantage of this and dropped my pace a little more down into the upper 9's. Mile 6 was the bridge and I kept a nice steady pace up it but was feeling it a little more as the temps were rising and again I was getting thirsty and wanting some kind of nutrition.

Race Miles 7-9

Finally again at mile 7 there was some more water and and then at mile 8 they had Glukose which I had only before taken the gelly form but on the course they had a liquid form of it which I really enjoyed and found easily digestible. Good thing I took this section turned pretty hilly with a pretty good hill at mile nine which killed my pace and I decided to do a power walk up it.

Race Miles 10-13.1

I'm almost done but I'm slowing down and my legs are getting tired from all the ups and downs. Big boy doesn't do well on hills. Although there were more hills I figured I wouldn't walk up them anymore as it was slowing my pace down way too much and just powered my way up them. I can see downtown know and the finishing area. There are many people walking and I'm passing some and some are passing me. There is one final downhill to the finish line and I sprint to it to finish in 2:27:10

Post-race


I had achieved my goal of a sub 2:30 half marathon which I was pretty happy with but knowing that I had run this race easily sub 2 hours 4 years ago just reminded me of how much I've declined in my running. I'll be back again hopefully next year hopefully under 200 lbs to get me that sub 2!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Austin Marathon 2017 - Video Race Report

Oh man the Austin Marathon was a tough one. I had only ran 11 miles as my max mileage before hand and knew I would suffer but man did I suffer. As per usual I try to take some video during the race which makes my race tough but dealing with this new gimbal was a nightmare.



Anyways check out the footage below to see how I did.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Houston Marathon 2017 - Spectating



Spectating at the Houston Marathon was a great experience. I've run the Houston Marathon a few times before and it was time for me to give back as a spectator. Screaming and yelling their names and getting a runner to move one step closer to the finish line was pretty awesome. 

Check out my video below to see how my day went. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spartan Race 2017 - PASSES


Have you ever wanted to see how far you can take your body both mentally and physically? If you answered yes then the Spartan races will take you there with an awesome story to tell all your family and friends. I've done a couple of Spartan races and had a great time doing it. You can check out my video from the Austin Beast down below.


Right now the Spartan Race is doing a great promotion for their 2017 races. There are an Elite pass, an Open pass & a Trifecta pass options.

The Spartan Trifecta pass includes:
  • 3 race codes, valid for calendar year (2017) 
  • 1 Spectator Pass (to be used with Race Code) 
  • Free Bag Check Valid for all heats (including Elite & Comp.) 
  • Valid for Continental US 
  • Race codes aimed at Sprint/Super/Beast, but can be used for ANY 3 events
  • https://register.chronotrack.com/r/24761
The Open Season pass:
  • Unlimited Racing during the Calendar Year (2017) 
  • Free Spectator Pass Free Bag Check 
  • Guaranteed Entry to all events (not guaranteed heat) 
  • Multi-Lap Discount 
  • Valid on all Continental US & Hawaii Events 
  • Valid for OPEN Heats ONLY 
  • Upcharge for Elite (+$30) and Competitive (+$15)
  • https://register.chronotrack.com/r/25098
The Elite Season Pass
  • Unlimited Racing during the Calendar Year (2017) 
  • Free Spectator Pass 
  • Free Bag Check 
  • Guaranteed Entry to all events (not guaranteed heat) 
  • Multi-Lap Discount 
  • Valid on all Continental US & Hawaii Events 
  • Valid for ALL heats (Elite, Comp. & Open)
  • https://register.chronotrack.com/r/20361
Make sure to sign up soon as these will sell out! 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Run With The Pack 181 5k - Race Report

Nowadays I haven't really been finding the motivation to run or workout. So when Ana and myself set off in the morning to run the 5k in Lumberton we were both going out there to just "take it easy".

When we arrived at the race and noticed that there weren't too many runners. This meant the possibility of an age group award was pretty high and changed our mentality from "take it easy" to "let's run the darn thing".

Anyways the rest of the race report will be in video form below so check that out if you want to.


We both ended up with 2nd place in our AG with Ana even setting her 5k PR! I finished in 27:20 and Ana finished right after me at 27:50. We had great time supporting the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. It was a great little race that hopefully gets bigger and bigger each year.

 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Knuckle Lights Review and Giveaway 2016

I've received a pair of knuckle lights to review over on my youtube channel. I love these little lights especially now that they are rechargeable.

Check out my full review on my youtube channel and enter my contest to win your very own pair of knuckle lights.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Goku Runner wears Glasses Shop glasses Review.

I had recieved my previous pair of glasses from Glassesshop.com about a year ago. My last pair of glasses from Glassesshop.com were just something I thought I'd try out as a different style and I ended up wearing them as my daily wears and putting my new $450 glasses in a drawer. That's probably the best part of getting glasses from Glassesshop.com is that you can try different styles and it won't break the bank. Since I wore the other pair so much they ended up getting stretched out a bit and it was time to look to getting a new pair. This time around I decided to look at the options they have for glasses clip-on sunglasses. I found the Reno Rectangle clip-on.


These glasses had a nice professional look to them and with the sunglass clip-on attached to it they looked nice and sporty with its mirrored glass finish. The ordering process was easy but make sure you have all your info from your eye doctor in order to complete your order. You will need to know your prescription for both eyes, sphere, cylindrical, and pupillary distance. I know my doctor didn't give me this info in the initial prescription but it was easy enough to get with a phone call. 



After I ordered my glasses came in about 2 weeks. To test the ordering process I also ordered a separate pair from them that were not complimentary and those came in 11 days after I ordered. 



Overall I'm very pleased with these glasses and the website. They have a great selection of glasses and sunglasses to choose from, plus they are relatively cheap and definitely worth checking out.

For all my readers you can use the special coupon code GSHOT50 to get 50% off on eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses with free lenses (sales frames excluded). They are also currently have many promos on the website that y'all should checkout.