Friday, August 10, 2012

Gorgeous run through the Hills of Laguna Beach

5 Mile Trail in Laguna Beach. Went for a short 5 mile run with Jeanette and ended up doing a trail instead. We came upon it through happenstance on our way to see the hangover house that is featured in the Fountainhead. While at the top of the hill I snapped a picture of Laguna. just 30 minutes before that we were by the ocean with our feet in the sand. There is no better way either after a hot run to take a dip in the ocean and let your muscles cool. Remember on the hot days, Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

Laguna Beach Aliso Creek
A view from the top of the hill looking down into Laguna and Aliso Creek

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Minimalist Running and You

The new trend in running (last 5 years for me) is a minimalist style that engages different muscles than what are currently used in your tradition trainers. For me, the two most important aspects to pay attention to when switching to this style are correct form and correct body weight.

I began barefoot running at 195 lbs (88.5 kg) and with what I thought was good form. The worse of the two was my weight. At 6'0", I didn't feel extra heavy where running barefoot was injuring me. My mileage increased and so did my problems. Second, my form was like a car with all of its electronics and AC turned on. I was leaking crucial energy that forced me into shorter distances.

Fast forward to the present; I currently weigh 168 lbs (75 kg). This change in weight has not only dropped my avg mile time from 8:30 to 7:30 but is also allowing me to reach distances up to 20 miles.  Couple this with the video below and I am eager to start pushing 20 miles to 30 and eventually up to my goal of 50. I hope the video helps you as much as it did me. Check out their website at the links on the sidebar.

Keep in mind that when starting to practice this form, it may feel awkward or uncomfortable at first. As long as it isn't causing pain, this is just your body adjusting to the new style.

My minimalist shoes

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Corepower Yoga Heated Sculpt

Heated Yoga

Did a heat yoga weights class today with my friend Nate. I find between Bikram and Heated yoga, I spend enough time stretching and strengthening the same ligaments and joints that allow me to run injury free. Not to mention how fantastic it feels after the class. It is very important to supplement your running with different forms of exercise that will challenge your muscles in different ways. I also find bouldering or rock climbing helps condition my core which helps me hold better form when fatigued.

Class - Heated Yoga Sculpt
Duration - 1 hour

Brisk 5 Mile Lunch Run by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details

Brisk 5 Mile Lunch Run by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details
Might of had a few too many sweets last night between the Cherryheads, LemonHeads, and M&M Pretzels. Woke up feeling overly lethargic and slow to thought.  Called an emergency run and headed out for 5 miles at Lunch time. Less than an hour later I am feeling great and ready to move forward with my day. Cheers to running

Get out tomorrow and make it a Sunrise Run
Distance - 5 miles
Shoes - Nike Free 2.0 (Red)
Watch - Garmin 405cx
Pace - 7:38
Calories - 594
Song of the run - Radiohead - Everything In It's Right Place (Gigamesh Remix)
Mood - Foggy to Clear =D

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

10 mile cleansing run by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details

10 mile cleansing run by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details
Mezamashii. I have always been a proponent of loving the way you run. Similar to when you were a child and had no forethought of splits, distance, or pace. There is no means to an end; trying to hit a goal weight or time. You run because you love to. A love that will carry you through the most challenging days and take you further on your perfect days. The Mezamashii Run Project embodies what I believe to be the soul of that love. The word Mezamashii has reinforced and revitalized that love of running. I have always described to my non-running friends how a euphoric run can set your world straight; untying the constricting knots tied by stress and responsibility. It is primal, a way to reconnect with who we really are, not who we've been told to be.

We are made to run. It is in our DNA. To many of us have forgotten this. The commodities of this world have allowed for complacency and laziness. It also creates a sickness, mentally and physically, that we have tried to fix through drugs and get-fit-fast schemes that avoids the very essence of why we exercise. Every journey begins some where and it still rings true the hardest step is always the first one. All accomplishments worth having require work. The best part of running is you can start anytime and anywhere. I like to keep it simple and remember it can be as easy as Stand. Walk. Run. Fly.

One of the many beautiful views seen throughout my runs
Distance 10 miles
Pace 7:59
Shoes - Merrell Minumus Trail Glove
CD of the run - Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Watch - Garmin 405cx
Calories - 1203

Sunday, April 24, 2011

8.5 Mile beach run w/ Jenna in CDM by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details

8.5 Mile beach run w/ Jenna in CDM by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details
Saturday April 23rd 2011

Met up with my friend Jenna, who I am running with for the OC Half, and went for an 8.5 mile run. Saturdays are my more favorite days to run as its usually by the beach. About half of this run was on the beach along Crystal Cove in Newport Beach.

Crystal Cove in Newport Beach

Miles to go: 940.5
Days Left: 343
Ran in: Nike Free

1.2k Calorie 8 Mile run through Irvine by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details

1.2k Calorie 8 Mile run through Irvine by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details
Thursday April 21st 2011

Today was nice out; perfect for a run. Jeanette joined me again. We took a familiar path but in my opinion one of the more scenic ones.

Miles to go: 949
Days left: 345
Ran in: Nike Free

1.8k Calorie 12 Mile run through Irvine by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details

1.8k Calorie 12 Mile run through Irvine by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details
Tuesday April 19th 2011

Today I was only planning on running 10 miles but ended up running 12. My friend Jeanette ran with me and it made for what seemed like a quick run.

Run in: Nike Free
Miles to go: 957
Days left: 347

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Two Runs in Corona Del Mar for 13 Miles

Went to a Ducks playoff game the night before and wasn't even sure how far I planned on running Saturday. I figured I would be tired and groggy. As it turns out, I woke up feeling great and I ran about a Half Marathon. I enjoy when I surprise myself with how my body allows me to push it past what it thinks is possible. This puts me at 31 miles for the week. 

First 6.5 Miles 
Second 6.5 Miles

Thats about as ugly as they come

Miles to go: 969
Days Left: 349
Ran in : Nike Free Minimalist Shoes

Thursday, April 14, 2011

1.2k Calorie 8 Mile Run through Irvine 4/14/11

1.2k Calorie 8 Mile Run through Irvine by rillz949 at Garmin Connect - Details
Went for a 6 mile run today and ended up running 8. It's always a good feeling to get out there and then decide to go further than you expected. Today's picture are some orange trees that I run by.

Orange Trees

Ran in: Nike Free Minimalist Shoes
Miles to go: 982
Days to go: 363

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1.5k Calorie 10 mile Run

One my first day out I went 10 miles and for 4 of them was joined by my friend Kim. I stopped along the way to take a few pictures to share. The Running Gods were favorable and gave us some bubblewrap to stomped on the way. The way I look at it is I just finished 1/100th of my goal.


The Bubblewrap

Some Dandelions

Ran in: Nike Free Minimalist Shoes
Miles to go: 990
Days Left : 364

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Beginning

I am going to undertake the task of running 1,000 miles in 1 year and keep a log of every jog that I go on and with who. I would love for anyone to join me in these runs; beginners and experts alike. This will mean averaging almost 3 miles a day. Considering 3 miles takes less than 30 minutes to run; I am committing to 30 minutes out of the 1,440 minutes in a day to running. I have made this blog and group to not only keep track of my runs but to keep me accountable. I hope to meet many new people who will push me to reach this goal. As with every goal I make; I will reevaluate it every quarter. The group on facebook is open to everyone. Free Jogging on Facebook