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The Hills

The HillsNo, not the TV show, the Hills. I’m talking about the hills in Santa Monica. Before TNT, I never really knew that hills even existed in Santa Monica. When I hear Santa Monica, I think of sunny skies, the beach, and the promenade. Well, on the east part of Santa Monica, near the airport (they have an airport too?!?), our team trains in a residential street named Dewey. Today was my first session, but it was the team’s second practice here. It replaced the strength training (although we’re supposed to do that on our own time now) on Wednesday nights. This time it was 7pm.

Let me tell you, those hills are crazy! It made me feel like I was in some kind of boot camp. I guess it’s almost equivalent to running up stairs. We sprinted up this hilly street, in which gradually inclines for the first 2 mini-blocks, then the 3rd and 4th sections incline horrendously. We sprinted up, then walked down. The downhill part was just as tough as my legs were wobbly. My heart was racing, I was out of breath, and my legs were aching.

The reason for this kind of training? Taken from our team’s website, this is why:

  • helps develop power and muscle elasticity
  • improves stride frequency and length
  • develops co-ordination, encouraging the proper use of arm action during the driving phase and feet in the support phase
  • develops control and stabilization as well as improved speed (downhill running)
  • promotes strength endurance
  • develops maximum speed and strength (short hills)
  • improves lactate tolerance (mixed hills)

Along The Marina

Marina Del Rey Sunday Run

Week 5 Sunday Run – Marina Del Rey – 8 Miles

The last time I showed up to practice was at 4 miles, 2 weeks ago. I was afraid that with such a long hiatus (although I’ve been keeping up with other forms of cardio), that I would struggle coming back at 2x the mileage. Fortunately, that was not the case. It was challenging, as any other run, but I think I did quite well. Our route: From Marina Del Rey to the outskirts of LAX. There were no other runners to dodge, but there were a few bikers. The weather was moderately cold and gloomy, but our body heat made up for it. I met a few new faces, so that makes it about 100 more people on the Team to meet and greet. It was off to Ihop brunch afterwards for some spinach and mushroom omelettes and chocolate chip pancakes. Not sure if it’s good for you after the run, but hey, I just ran 8 miles.

What should you eat after your run?

6-Minute Abs

beerbelly.jpg Beer bellies are genetic. I don’t believe it, but I do believe that it does take a lot of exercising to work off the beer.

Tonight we continued our Strength & Conditioning Training (1 more to go), and it wasn’t easy. We did our usual training, working on basic stretches and our core. The toughest part was the ab training, 6-minute abs, where 2 minutes are crunches forward, 1 to the left, 1 to the right, then we end it with 2 minutes of bicycle crunches. By the end, my legs aren’t even moving anymore. It was like I was on a bicycle, but not peddling anymore – just gliding.

Vegas Training


Ok it’s not “real” training, but this I decided to skip out on this week’s long run to party it up in Vegas. We went to 4 different clubs throughout the weekend, and I’m guesstimating about 5 hours of dancing. Going back to the good ol Calorie Calculator, I burned about 2313 calories. Not bad. It’s good to actually keep active, even on crazy Vegas weekends.

Out Of The Hump

hump.jpgTonight we had a fundraiser before the Strength & Conditioning class at the Rubios across the street at The Howard Hughes Center in LA. Whoever brought in a TNT flyer will get a cut of the money made that night from 6pm – 8pm. This kicked off my fundraising as I haven’t really started yet (OOPS!). Class started at the usual 8:30pm time and we did the usual exercises, but for some odd reason, Byong and I had a really hard time with the leg raises. Could it be all the partying last weekend? I know alcohol messes with your metabolism, but 4 days later? That bartender must have slipped something in there!

After the workout, I felt pumped to do a mid-week run. When I got home, I chatted a little bit online, browsed a few sites (MySpace, Facebook, Twitter… my usuals), and decided to go run. Yes, midnight. According to our training schedule, we’re supposed to bring in 30 minutes of running, and I did it! It was midnight, but I didn’t care. I used my cadence tactics from Sunday, and it’s working very well. My tempo has improved, and I can feel my cardio stepping it up a notch. Sweet! At this point, I can say I have surpassed my hump. The hump of willingness to go run. All I ever think about now is getting home from work to get in that run.
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1nce Again

week1.jpgWeek 1: Sunday Run
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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