Saturday, July 25, 2015

Corner Store Country Run - Katy TX

A lot of times you sign up for a race with the primary goal of getting a PR and with a secondary goal of having fun. Well this past Saturday I signed up my siblings and myself to the Corner Store Country Run in Katy, TX for the fun of it. I signed us up without the chip time option so that we wouldn't be so focused on our times. You see it was Alexander, my nephew's, first 5k and my sister wanted all her uncles and herself to run it together so that's exactly what we did.

The course was a little tight at points and they probably could have used a little more volunteers at the water stops but overall it was a great family race. We all stuck together and from looking at Alexanders face during and after the race, I know he had a good time too.

The run was great but the post party was even better. There were carnival games, a live band, and lots of swag. I mean literally it was like walking into a corner store and getting anything and everything that you could get your hands on. Hotdogs, cotton candy, icees, popcorn, chips, beer, sodas, red bulls,  sunglasses, 5 hour energy's, EVERYTHING!!!! They had a plethora of items and were begging us to take as much as possible.  I've really never seen any after party quite like this one.

I'd definitely do this race again if it rolled into a town near me. I brought my GoPro camera to document the whole thing and it can be found below.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Goku Runner & Friends - StrongLifts 5x5 Part II

I had a great time at the gym yesterday with my friends Willie and Damien. Our workout consisted of the Squat, OH Press, and Deadlift. Towards the end of the workout Damien suggested we try our maxes and I actually got a new max of 315 lbs for my deadlift!

Since I usually workout alone it was a nice change to have more of a social aspect to my training. Usually I'm sitting there in between sets staring blankly at my phone until 90 seconds pass and my timer beeps but this workout was full of stories and laughter in between reps.

Do y'all workout with friends or alone? Which do you prefer? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Also check out the video I made from our workout. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Stronglifts 5x5 to Love making music!

Let's talk about workout music! This past weekend I went to go workout and took a form check video of my squat. The playlist that the gym had going was full of Irish Lullabies, Cranberries, and Journey songs! I mean there is a time and place for that type of music but not when I'm trying to be a hardcore thug in the gym and lift my heavy for me weights!

So that got me thinking about playlist for the gym. Some people like dance, pop, and for me lately I've been lifting to some rock and rap. So here is my playlist:

Let me know what music you like to listen to in the gym by posting a comment below.

Happy running/lifting!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Training Run at the Veterans Memorial Bridge

The Sports Society of American Health put on a weekly bridge training run either at the Sabine Causeway or the Veterans Memorial Bridge. This week it was at the Veterans Memorial Bridge and I've never ran it so I went ahead and woke up early to make the 45 minute drive to conquer the bridge.

Fun run all around and I decided to document the experience with my GoPro so check it out below.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Goku Runner does the StrongLifts 5x5 program

I've always lifted at the gym but it wasn't until this year that I truly learned how to get strong. Last year I did a Spartan race and that's where I learned all my "muscles" were just for show. I had trouble flipping over those huge tires, climbing the rope, and especially with that sandbag pulley obstacle. Was I really that weak? I thought I looked strong but that clearly was not the case. That's when I realized that I should change things. I did some research and found the StrongLifts 5x5 program. It consisted of the main lifts which are the squat, overhead press, bench, deadlift, and Pendlay row. Basically you would workout 3 times a week alternating from workout A which was Squat/OH Press/Deadlift and workout B Squat/Bench/Row. Each workout you would also increase your weight 5 lbs.

I have never stuck to a workout program consistently but StrongLifts is different, it's relatively easy, short, and with the progress of my lifts I was excited to go to the gym each week. I've been doing this program since January and I've seen a big increase in my strength and in my appearance. I'm looking forward to see the strength gains I can make by the end of the year.

My goal is to get to the 1000 lb club which would be 1000 lb total for the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift. I'm sure that if I stick to this program I'll get there.

To find out more info on this program I suggest going to the StrongLifts 5x5 website and seeing the info that Mendhi has.

I made a video during my last workout to show y'all a preview of the StrongLifts program.

Happy Lifting!

The GokuRunner wears cheap glasses review!

I had recently bought a pair of eyeglasses from the mall and it ended up costing me about $400 when all was said and done. Just about $200 for the frames and another $200 for the lenses. Yup $200 for the lenses alone as they were suppose to be thicker if I had not gone with that option. In comes GlassesShop with their offer to let me try out a pair of cheap glasses for free in exchange for a review. I looked at what they had to offer and I went with a wayfarer style that I had been wanting to get but was afraid to make a long term commitment with. I sent them my RX and pupillary distance and they were shipped to me in about 2 weeks time.

It took me awhile to get used to the new style but in the end I'm glad I went with this pair as I find myself wearing these more than I do my old style glasses that cost $400. They have a lot of styles to choose from and come out with new frames on the regular. With the glasses being so cheap, about $40 all in, you can be a little more risky with your style to see what works. To bring the risk down you can also use their online "customer tryon pictures" application which lets you virtually try on the glasses. Here's what I looked like with the glasses above using the virtual app.

As you can see it's a pretty good approximation of how the glasses will look on you.  So if you're looking for a set of prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses, check out

For all my readers you can use the special coupon code GSHOT50 to get 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sales frames excluded). They are also currently having a buy one get one free promotion so check that out too. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

2015 Baytown Bud Heatwave Race Report

What better way is there to celebrate July 4th than to go run 5 miles and then compete in a sausage eating contest? Well that's what I did yesterday. In order for me to be entered in the race my running group the Golden Triangle Strutters had to get in the top 4 spots for the most members participating in the race. It was a close race but we were able to secure a 4th place spot.

So to the race. I was feeling good with my running since I've actually been training and I was excited to go out there and try to get a good time. My goal was to run it in less than an hour, which is a 12 min pace or better. During the first mile I of course felt good as all first miles do but I was worried that I had gone out too fast. The heat and humidity were very present all throughout the race and I knew it wasn't going to improve. However I was lucky enough to have some of my GTS group right behind me to push me to not slow down.

At about mile four I caught up to one of my friends kids, Jonathan, who was walking at the time. I told him to "C'mon" and he ran pretty much the rest of the race with me. We ended up finishing in at 50:48. I was extremely happy with that time and I can see myself getting faster and faster with the more I train. Who would have thunk a little training could do that? :P

After the race there was of course the sausage eating contest that I had to wait just about 45 minutes for. During the 45 minute wait I had to watch people eat the sausages, bananas, watermelon, frozen popsicles.... ugh it was torture!!!

After the wait came the contest. I thought 6 sausages in 6 minutes would be no problem. These things were huge probably about 12 inches (yes I know how that sounds) and they were hard to get down. The worst part was all the chewing that was brought on especially with the casing. Towards the last 3 minutes I decided to just rip the casing apart and eat the insides. Great strategy but it was too late as the contest was over before I knew it. If I had to guess I probably placed 4th or 5th. Rip my chewing muscles.

Fun day though! Which was made better with all the support of my friends watching me devour the sausages.

I of course took video which can be found below. Enjoy