Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Being around a lot of runner's I've noticed that they are some of the nicest, friendliest, and accepting people that I'll ever meet. Since I've started a running group I've gotten to know a lot of my runner's on a more personal level and thats when I hear it... LIES!!!! All the running lies they tell me like;

"I'll never be a runner"

"I'll never run a 5k"

"I'll never run another marathon"

"I'll never run an ultramarathon"

Liar, Liar, pants of fire I say to all you runners! You most definitely can and I've seen it first hand. One of my runners told me their history of having multiple knee surgeries and that they will never again run a half. Fast forward a year or two and there they are running a half right along side me in the Houston Half Marathon! I've also been caught in the little runner lie when asked if I'd ever run an ultramarathon.  I vehemently said that I had no interest whatsoever in doing one, yet there I was, last December running my first ultramarathon in the Brazos Bend 50 miler. 

Running truly is 90% mental and once you wrap your mind around a distance that you never thought was possible all those "never's" or "cannot's" become "I can" or "I will".  So don't limit yourself by saying you will never do something in life because if you want it enough you can do anything. 

Have you or somebody you know been known to tell a running lie? Tell me about it in a comment below. 

Happy Running!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Biggest Loser Half Marathon Round Rock: Race Report

So I headed up to Austin last weekend to run the Biggest Loser Half Marathon Round Rock race. My brother, Willie, wanted to run this race for his birthday and despite being undertrained I told him I'd do it. Why undertrained? Well mainly because I've been concentrating on lifting weights so my running has been put on the backburner but I'll leave that story for another post.

There seems to be a theme with these Biggest Loser races with having a ton of cones and a confusing course. I'm pretty sure we stayed off of all the roads in Round Rock, TX as they had us on sidewalks and running circles in parking lots. Because of all the turns and cones the majority of the runners only ran 11.5 mile instead of the full 13.1. Despite that it was a pretty scenic race with it going through parks and baseball fields.

For this race Willie paced me and helped shoot some footage. 

As you can see in the video it was a tough one for me but even so, I tried to make the best of it by enjoying being out there on a nice day. My feet once again were pretty tender after the run and I'm looking into buying something with more cushioning.

Did you run the race? Let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below.

Happy Running!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chevron Houston Marathon 2015 Race Report

The Houston marathon is my favorite marathon out of the 14 that I've done and I look forward it every year. This was my 4th Houston full marathon and this time I ran it with my girlfriend Theresa. She had been having some lingering knee issues and still wanted to do the race so I told her I would pace her. We implemented a 2:1 run/walk method that worked out for us and even though we were at the back of the pack Houston was still out there to cheer us on. We finished it in 6:07:00 and I was so proud of my girl for gutting it out to do the 26.2 miles.

Check out the footage I caught with my GoPro camera during the race. Enjoy! If ya like the video subscribe to my youtube channel for more videos just like it.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top 5 Stocking Stuffers for runners and GRAND GIVEAWAY!

So I've reviewed a lot of running gear for various companies some I liked and other I LOVED! It's Christmas time so that means that special runner in your life is going to need a nice running related gift to open to light up their eyes when the unwrap it. Here is a list, in no particular order, of my top 5 Stocking Stuffers for Runners of of all the gear that I reviewed. 

5.  Knuckle Lights
These are the ultimate running lights. You strap them on your knuckles and the night is yours. I really love how much they light up your path as you run and you are sure to be seen when running with a pair of them. Check out my full review of it here.

4.   Compact X-Firm Rumble Roller
This is peak marathon training for most of us, especially in the South, so that means sore muscles. I reviewed the x-firm compact model and boy does this thing dig right into the muscle where it hurts sooo good. Trust me, a good 20 minutes with this bad boy will have you ready to run like a well oiled machine the next day.  Check out my full review of it here

3.  The Orb Massage Ball 5''
Another great roller to roll out the soreness of all the running we do. This one is great for traveling when space is an issue. Check out my full review of it here.

2.  The Armpocket I-35
I'm a runner with some muscle on me so I've had a hard time finding an armband for my phone that actually fit my arms without cutting off circulation. The Armpocket is perfect for big arms and big phones with room to spare. It'll fit your large smart phones and your phablets. Check out my full review here.


1.  The FlipBelt
Ever put your keys or your phone in your pocket and try to run with it? Jiggle, Jiggle, JIGGLE!! Not with the FlipBelt. You pick the size right for your waist and stick whatever you want into the tube like belt, flip it over, everything is secure and best of all NO JIGGLE! Really a great product and its made it's way into my race day outfit. Check out my full review here 

What are some running related gifts that you want for Christmas? Did any on my list make your list? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Have a awesome Christmas everyone!


3 of the great companies have generously offered to provide their products for a GRAND GIVEAWAY!! The Grand Giveaway includes:

1.  The ORB by Protech (ARV:$19.95)
2.  Rumble Roller Compact X-firm (ARV: $44.95)
3.  Armpocket I-35 (ARV: $44.95)

WOAH!!! Thats over a $100+ of running gear!  Please follow the rafflecopter rules by commenting, liking, reposting, etc...

This contest is only open to residents of the Continental U.S.A.

Good Luck, Merry Christmas, and Happy Running!!

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Monday, November 17, 2014

La Porte by the Bay Half marathon 2014: Race Report

What's better than a race report? Yup you got it! A video report so you can relive the race with me. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm throwing away all my PR's!

Yup, I'm throwing away all my PR's! A PR is a personal record for a certain distance that one gets after finishing a race.   These are times you set when you run your first race and try to bring down after each successive race.

Here are my PR's:
  • Marathon: 4:21:50
  • 1/2 Mar: 1:50:34 
  • 30k: 3:10:22 
  • 25k: 2:35:11 
  • 10k: 46:52 
  • 5k: 22:59
  • 4mi: 33:17 
  • 2mi: 15:20 
  • 1mi: 6:49
So why am I throwing away my PR's? Well the reasoning behind it began in May when I started having some serious back issues. It hurt to drive, to sit, to stand, to MOVE, and it took me out of any kind of activity for that whole month of May, the WORST.  It was a pretty awful case of sciatica and literally a pain in my ass. I saw a gamut of doctors, got me some pain meds, did lots of yoga and 5 months later things started to slowly get better. Currently the pain is off and on and much better than before so I decided to get my training back on track. Nowadays my average pace is in the 12's or 13's, with lots of walk breaks and I'm usually one of the last ones to finish at the group runs. I was getting down on myself but today on my run I decided to start anew by not focusing so much on what I did and start focusing on what I can do now. So goodbye old PR's you were fun but it's time for us to part ways. 

I guess I better schedule my next race because once I cross that finish line I'll have a new PR to beat. 

Happy Running!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Alexander's Baby Shower

I'm going to be an uncle!!! So excited that Alexander will be coming into our lives sometime in November. He will be one spoiled little dude for sure!  Here's the video I took of his baby shower. Good times with my awesome family.