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Dread The Treadmill

The treadmillOne of the requirements of our training, outside of the Sunday long runs, is to run on your own at least 3x during the week. Because of my pretty hectic work schedule (not really… it’s the commute that kills my free time), I tend to just train on the treadmill over at 24 Hour Fitness. It’s been months since I’ve been on the treadmill, and today, since I got out of work early, I decided to get back on that treadmill.

Ok, what am I doing wrong? Why is it that I’m having difficulty running on a treadmill when it’s “supposed” to be easier. People say it’s the lazier way to run (Like my photo in this post?). Not too sure about that. Maybe I’m just used to running on pavement now that running on that treadmill makes my body go, WTF? After 15 minutes my legs got used to that weird impact, but it left me wondering if my running form on the pavement is different than in the gym? Or maybe I’m just paranoid because that cute girl was running on the treadmill next to me.


Week 2 Sunday RunWeek 2: Sunday Run
There’s a huge difference between last week (no intervals) and this week (with intervals). This week, everyone ran 4 miles, this time running from the Santa Monica pier, north on Ocean Ave to San Vicente and 4th Street, then back. We were assigned our pace groups, and I was put into Group 4. We ran 5:1’s, which is a 5 minute run, and a 1 minute walk. It’s supposed to help you regulate your heart rate, and also work out other muscles, especially when you walk. It is so much easier to do a long run with intervals, and I’m thankful for that. It’s one mile more than last, but when we were all done, I felt great. After, we were off to The Firehouse for some delicious brunch with the Team.

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Work That Core!

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Today was the first day of Strength & Conditioning, which will be for a few weeks, every Wednesdays, at the Spectrum Club at the Howard Hughes Center in Los Angeles. The thing about it is that we don’t have to be members of the gym to work out there (there’s a list of allowed TNT participants at the front desk). The class mainly consisted of calisthenic exercises such as stomach crunches, bridges, planks, and more. It reminded me of a Power Yoga class I took a few years ago. The room was packed with the Team on yoga mats, working out to Marcela’s choice selections from “Step Up 2 The Streets” movie soundtrack.

I can understand the importance of these workouts, as I remember during my first marathon, my leg muscles were one of the first to give out. In addition to these exercises, I plan to add some machine workouts to strengthen my legs.

My Lovely Mentor

Just found out that MARCELA is my mentor! We were TNT virgins last year training for the San Diego RNR, and now we’re addicted to TNT! Ahh yeah, it’s going to be that much more fun!

Oh, and here’s a nice pic from a night out in Santa Monica. Love ya Marcela!
Marcela is my mentor!

1nce Again

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When my friend Warren and I initially walked to the meeting spot for the team in front of the Santa Monica Civic Center, I was amazed at the turnout for this upcoming season. It felt great to see many alumni coming back as captains, mentors, and participants. There were so many new faces, I couldn’t wait to meet every one of them. Many of my TNT friends were surprised that I was back yet another season, because I was pretty vocal about taking a break from TNT. It was surely a last minute decision to do it again, but what motivated me to do it all over again was to join with my closest friends who have not run a marathon before.
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All About Team In Training

I give credit to my friends Anna Catolos and JoAnne Samson, for introducing me to Team In Training. They were the first ones who inspired me to run a marathon, as they trained for the San Diego Rock N’ Roll Marathon back in the summer of 2006.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training┬« has trained more than 10,000 Southern California residents to run or walk a marathon or half marathon; cycle a 100-mile century ride; complete an adventure race or a triathlon. All participants are involved in a lifesaving mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Below is the informational video that was showed at all the informational meetings:

Running Without What?!?

One of the rules of Team In Training that caught me by surprise my first season was that ipods or other mp3 players were not allowed on the training course. I was so used to running with my ipod, that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it. I was wrong.

We had well over 100 people on the Westside chapter team that it would be ridiculous to run with an ipod and not meet and talk to people while you run. It actually made the runs so much easier and worthwhile. We were taught to run with a conversational pace, meaning, we should be able to run and talk at the same time, no matter what pace group you’re in. Because of that rule, I now have so many lifelong friends out of Team In Training.

Hence, the name of this blog. Running Without Music. I now run (except on a treadmill) without music.