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Race Report: Tinkerbell Half Marathon [May. 12th, 2015|11:18 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Last Sunday I ran the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Anaheim, California, right by and through the Disneyland theme park. I ran this race with my friend and Disney race addict friend Mary, who convinced me to try a Disney run,) and my Ragnar sister and fitness geek extraordinaire Michele. (AKA bkmichele!) I've run an awful lot of races: Marathons, half marathons, long-distance relays, lotsa 5Ks, 10Ks, and other Ks. My medal hangers are groaning from the weight. But I had never done a Disney run.

The race began at 5:30 AM, by far the earliest start time ever for any non-relay race I've ever run in. (One of my relay teams started at 5:30 AM, but that was for a 200 mile, 30+ hours race.) Myself, Michele, and Mary made our way to the start line around 5 AM from our hotel. It was still dark, and quite cool, but not cold. Mary had run the 10K the day before, and she didn't believe she would do that well this day as a result. Michele and I seperated from Mary as Mary was in a different corral.

As I had been previously warned by Michele, security was strict. They made sure we got into the corect corrals, having our bibs checked several times and also running into a phalanx of volunteers who made sure we didn't wander over to the elite section. Michele and I were in the B corral, which is the farthest forward a man can be at the starting line. Corral A and the elite section were strictly women only.

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Race report: So Cal ragnar 2015 - Team Running C2C [Apr. 14th, 2015|06:14 pm]
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Last weekend I was part of my good friend Kiki's So Cal Ragnar Relay team Running C2C. (A team for her crossfit gym in San Juan Capistrano Crossfit to the Core!) It was my 5th So Cal Ragnar and my 13th Ragnar Relay.

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs 3 legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

My Teammates: Our fearless leader and my good friend Kiki led us runners in Van 2, which included me, Iron Woman Guin, comic relief Jack, thee Kevin, and John. (Who was running with a cast on his left arm. Play hurt!) The interpid Brian was our driver, letting the rest of us concentrate on running duties. We comprised van two, runners seven through twelve.

First Leg: Gettin' Ultra

Because I had asked Kiki for a lot of miles, she assigned me the runner 7 position. (Got the handoff from the last runner in van one!) My first leg was the longest leg on the entire 200 mile-ish course: 12.1 total miles, from Orange to Irvine in Southern California.

I got myself good and psyched for this run. Only three weeks before I had attempted to hit my half marathon PR at the Oakland Running Festival, (Missed it by three minutes,) and I decided I wasn't going to run this just for fun, I was going to try and kill it!

I stood in the chute along with all of the other 12.1 miler runners, waiting for my teammate Steve to charge in. I'm always antsy when I'm waiting for a runner to come in at an exchange, but this leg was making me extra antsy. I've run a longer Ragnar leg than this one in a previous race, but that was for my ultra team. This time I had eleven other runners waiting for me to kill this distance, and I was determined to keep it as short as possible!

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Race report: Oakland Half Marathon [Mar. 23rd, 2015|05:18 pm]
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Yesterday I ran the Oakland Half Marathon, just one of the three races at the Oakland Running Festival, which included a marathon, a half, and a 5K. (I've run the full marathon three times before. Super brutal!)

My training so far this year has been going really well, so I went to this race with two goals in mind: New PR, (Beat a 2:02 time,) and run a sub-two hour half marathon.

I've run every year of the Oakland Running Festival since it started several years ago. The first three years I ran the full marathon. After that I've always taken on the half marathon.

While the full marathon course is super brutal, the half course isn't so daunting. The course went through downtown Oakland, Chinatown, and into West Oakland before looping back for a run around Lake Merrit for the last few miles. A relatively flat course. (The Oakland full has the WORST marathon hills I've ever slammed into. If you run the Oakland full, you have permanent runner's street cred for life!)

My goal was to start out at a decent pace, and then rev up after mile three for about the next four or five miles, and then dial it back down around mile 7 or 8, until I got to mile 10 and then I would just turn on the jets. Didn't turn out that way exactly during the run, but that was kinda my plan.

It was nice and cloudy and cool at the beginning. I had my sunglasses wedged onto my hat and hoped that I wouldn't have to use them. At the start I took off, iPod on full blast, charging with the crowd. I kept my pace with my Garmin, keeping it under a nine minute pace. Occasionally I glanced down and thought my Garmin must have been malfunctioning, because occasionally I was hitting six and five minute paces. (I ain't Meb fer cryin' out loud!) I decided to try and pace myself after having weaved through some of the slower runners.

Despite my plan, I kept a good pace for the first three miles. One thing I definitely did not want to do was burn myself out too early and slow up towards the end. I tried to keep relaxed and keep my pace decent as we charged out of Chinatown and were headed for Laney College. Around mile 6 the Sun decided to show up, and I saw that I was still on pace to get in my sub two.

Getting into West oakland, it only became slightly warmer, so the weather wasn't a factor yet. I was still managing to keep my pace, up until around mile 8, then I felt myself slowing down. Picking it up again, I hit race pace again through mile 11 as the Sun started warming us up. Around mile 10 I saw that I still had a shot, just a slim one, to manage a new PR.

But during the last few miles I was starting to slow down. I still felt fairly strong, but I wasn't quite keeping up with my target race pace. I was just that much slower. When I realized partway through the last mile of the course that I was not only not coming in under two hours, but that I also no longer had a chance to hit my PR, I took a quick walking break before the last for whatever/tenths of a mile I had to get to the finish. I finished with a 2:05 time, my sceond best ever half marathon time, and my best Oakland Half time.

I can take solace that while this course was not exactly hilly, it had plenty of turns. When I ran my 2:02 half PR, it was on a flat course that was basically a 6 1/2 mile straightaway and then a turnaround. This course was more challenging, and I almost hit my PR.

Now I want to register for another half and try again. So close!
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Peace and Long Life... [Feb. 27th, 2015|12:37 pm]
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Live Long and prosper

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Happy Birthday Alex [Feb. 24th, 2015|01:22 pm]
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Facebook reminded me of an important birthday today.

A little more than a year ago I lost my friend Alex, aka noexit, and we all lost an incredible talent who could've taken us all to places we never knew we wanted to go.

I will never get to see her during her book tour, when she came through the San Francisco Bay Area, and I won't get the chance to quietly brag how I knew the famous photographer, writer, and modern philosipher Alex, someone who could've been the next Hunter S Thompson, or Charles Bukowski, or William S Burroughs. We all lost when she left this world.

Even after all of this time, her Facebook page is still blowing up, and not just on her birthday.

Happy birthday Alex! Someday hope to see you again in that smokey dive in the sky!

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Race Report: California International Marathon [Dec. 8th, 2014|01:05 pm]
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Yesterday I ran the California International Marathon. It was my fifth CIM and my fifteenth overall marathon.

I really like the CIM. It's a good and easy course with great spectator and volunteer support. There is one thing about the last two CIMs I ran, however. Last year was freezing, and I mean FREEZING cold! The water stations were slick because as soon as any water fell on the ground it would freeze up, and some of us slipped and slid out way through the stations. At the end of the race I had barely broken a sweat, it was that cold. Definitely the coldest race I've ever run.

At the CIM two years ago I ran through a torrential downpour with high winds for the first twenty miles. How nasty was the rain and wind? My second best split was my last split, when the rain had stopped. (And I beat my PR by a little more than three minutes, in the worst running conditions I have ever endured!)

So what did this year have in store? Temperate to cool temperatures and no chaince of rain. Somehow I didn't trust it. Based on the past two years I decided to be cautious, and brace myself for something like a swarm of locust, an 8.9 richter scale earthquake, or a herd of bears attacking. "Did you finish your marathon?" "No. We were attacked by a swarm of bears."

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Scattered Clouds - A Short Story [Dec. 4th, 2014|01:49 pm]
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A short story about unrequited love and hanging out with Bohemian women.

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Stuff from Facebook - Walking Dead, Star Wars, and our Galactic Neighborhood [Dec. 3rd, 2014|10:46 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
So I'm one a' those Walking Dead fans who watches every new episode. I'm not as fanatical as some TWD fans, but even I was incensed when the official Walking Dead Facebook page put up a total spoiler that gave away the ending of the mid-season finale, just right after the East Coast episode was aired.

Apparently the organ banks that run the Walking Dead Facebook page are unaware that the Earth is round, and that there's these things called time zones. Millions of West Coast fans who hadn't seen the episode yet, including me, got a big spoiler. Even worse, UK fans don't see the new episode until the next day. (They did issue an apology the next day on that same Facebook page. Hopefully someone got fired over that!)

Some dingabts are telling us it's our fault for looking on social media before the episode, that it's our fault for not self-blacking out ourselves from thee internets hours before the episode showed. (I saw the spoiler before the West Coast verison aired.) Now, if some random doofus on Facebook spilled the beans, that's one thing, but the official FB page? Inexcusable!

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I mustache you a Question! [Nov. 14th, 2014|11:00 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Even though I feel like a cop with a mustache, I am still participating in Movember, a no-shave November charity that raises money for prostate and testicular cancer. so I've decided to join them and am growing a mustahce for the month of November.

Here is my Mo' page:


Any amount helps. Me and my mustache will be very grateful for any help!

Me with an eleven day mustahce!
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Race Report: Berkeley Half Marathon [Nov. 11th, 2014|10:24 am]
Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy
Last Sunday I ran the Berkeley Half Marathon, the only race that takes place in my hometown!

Last year I ran a casual half at the Berkeley Half Marathon, a "just for fun" pace, and I finished just ten minutes above my PR time. (My Half PR is 2:02.) That got me thinking that I could run a PR on this course! I decided I would set a goal to run a PR and perhaps my first sub 2 hour half.

But they changed the course for this year's half, drastically. Last year it was a straightaway on a major street, followed by Bayside trail running. A nice, straight, and relatively flat course. This year they decided to tour the entire town of Berkely, with far more turns and hills than last year. I decided trying for a PR on this up-and-down maze wasn't very realistic, so I decided to just try and run a good race, putting an idea of a PR down on the list.

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