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RUNNING SILVER IN LA

 

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My trip to LA was one of the best trips i have had this year since i climbed Fujisun back in July. I decided to take the trip over to LA because i wanted to visit my brother Leigh who lives over in Santa Monica  and i thought whilst i was there it would be a great idea to run a half marathon to tick off one last goal for 2016.

The week leading up to the race was filled with  studio tours, runs around the incredible Runyon Canyon, dining in West Hollywood and networking with some of LA’s finest actors, writers, musicians and designers. I have never been anywhere in the world where people have so much drive, creativity and dreams. Some of the best networking i did was with the Uber drivers who themselves were networkers and creative individuals.

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Despite how busy i was leading up to the half marathon at Long Beach, i still found the energy to give it my all in the race. I almost felt that the inspiration i received leading up to the race helped boost my confidence and positive energy which was reflected on race day.
The morning of the race was FREEZING. I arrived at 6am and it was windy and the sun was just beginning to rise. I made sure i did a good warmup which included a 20 minute jog followed by some dynamic stretching and drills. I also had my compression gear on for the warmup which definitely helped with the winter chill. The atmosphere was great with many runners getting into the running spirit and being so friendly. I met some amazing people who loved my Aussie accent too. Americans seem to froth on the Aussie accent!
I maintained focus and when the gun went off, one of the runners from the UK stuck with me and i could feel how fast the pace was. Having ran only one half on the road before over in the Gold Coast with patella tendonitis, i had to ensure that i didn’t take off too quickly as pacing for me is crucial for a good consistent race. I have learnt from my previous experiences over the last 15 years, that taking off too quickly at the start would have some damaging effects. I also ensured that i ran with my camel pack just in case of an emergency (read my blog on my Hawaii World Trail Running Champs race.) The Long Beach half course consisted of 3 laps running up and down Long Beach. The course was pretty flat and sandy. The first lap i ensured that i paced this well and i ran about 3:45 per k. The 2nd lap i tried to focus on maintaining that pace and the last lap my focus was running sub 3:30 for the final 7k. My race plan worked out well despite not catching the leader, however i sat in a top 5 position until the last lap where i was able to catch up a few places to finish in 2nd. I was super happy with the result and so happy i ran a PB as well.

I owe the race to my coaches Gary Howard and Benny Saint Lawrence as they were able to get me on top shape in the space of 5 weeks which was tough because Teaching was a prime focus from mid November until i left to LA.

I am happy i achieved both my goals of running a PB on road and also coming top 3 which was the silver lining.

I am looking so forward to 2017 with many adventures this year which will include designing the Lane 5ive LA Hollywood Legends sports apparel collection and hopefully showcasing this collection at a show either in Sydney or LA, followed by starting up a youtube channel and vlogging, and continuing my running, coaching and teaching ambitions.

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I have realised the importance of self belief in 2016 along with the importance of short term and long term goals.

I wish all my followers a Happy 2017!

A big thankyou to Skins AU, TomTom Global, Chief Bar, OOFOS, SOS Hydration and Run Crew.

 

 

 

7 Essential Items for Running in the Cold

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Check out the link below on my latest post for Mens Blog Man of Many on the “7 Essential Items for Running in the Cold.”

The article features some of the latest apparel out on the market with brands including Nike, New Balance, 2XU, The North Face, Drymax and Mizuno.

http://manofmany.com/lifestyle/7-essential-items-running-cold/

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TEAM BEAST WIN GOLD AT THE ASIAN PACIFIC TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPS.

imageToday I competed in the X Terra Asian Pacific Trail Running Champs with Audrey in the 21k relay and fortunately for the two of us we came away with Gold and won our entry to the World Trail Running Championships in Oahu, Hawaii. The course was set in the Jervis Bay national park which is located south of Sydney, about 40 minutes south of Woolongong. The trail was extremely slippery due to the rain the south coast has had this past week! Not even my amazing Nike Terra Kiger 2s could withstand the muddy, slippery conditions! I had several falls but still managed to run the full 10.5k in just under 40 minutes to tag Audrey. Audrey had a fantastic run too and ran especially fast at the start at the thought of the leeches which lay in the big mud puddles throughout the course. There were puddles on the 5k loop which were half a meter deep so it was best to avoid those! I found that I couldn’t control my pace because I was continuously changing pace due to the very slippery terrain. The course was easier than the Hawaiian world champs course because it wasn’t as hilly and the conditions weren’t as humid however the course today was much more slippery, bigger puddles and alot more mud! All in all team Beasts was stoked with the win and we took out the gold medal outright! We look forward to the world champs later this year! Next up Sydney 10! Thanks to Run Crew for all the hard training and to my sponsors LaceLocker, H2coco, Pure Sports Hydration +.Revive Therapeutic Massage. image image

6 TIPS TO GET YOU UP AND RUNNING.

Recently i did my first article on running for the award winning Blog site- Man of Many! This is my first article for M.O.M and i am so gracious that they published my article!

Below is my post.

Enjoy!
http://manofmany.com/lifestyle/6-motivational-tips-get-running/

6 Tips to Get You Up and Running

One of the hardest forms of cardio to get yourself motivated is running. The following 6 tips will help motivate you to get out of the house and ignite your inner energy to find for that much needed motivation to go for a run and most importantly, get into a routine so you can keep running on a weekly basis.

1. Set aside some time.

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Yes, we all know that there are not enough hours in the day to fit in everything but going for a run doesn’t need a set of wheels to get you too and from a venue, a simple run around the block from your door step is a perfect start to get you motivated to run. You might decide to go for a run before breakfast, when you get home from work or after dinner. Arranging the time is the first thing you need to do to motivate you to run. Once you find the time, set a weekly schedule of what days you can fit in your run. Most importantly get into a routine.

2. Invest in a new pair of runners.

All comfort running shoe: Nike Flyknit Lunar 3

Purchasing a new pair of running shoes is a great incentive to help motivate you to run. Nothing is better than purchasing a fresh pair of runners and wearing them in when you go for a run. It’s important to choose a pair of shoes which is right for your foot and feels comfortable when you run. The colour choice of a shoe is also an important factor, if the shoes look good, you feel good.

3. Find a picturesque location. 

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It’s important when you go for a run to be harmonised by your surroundings. Running along a trail beside a river or beach is far more relaxing than running surrounded by traffic. The more relaxed you are the further you will be able to run. It’s also motivating to change your locations- one week you might run around a park, the next along a beach. New locations = new motivation.

4. Listen to music. 

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Motivational music can allow you to run for longer. Find a tune which allows you to to feel energised. If you want some motivation to run for a period of time,  set aside a playlist and try and run to the complete playlist on your music player.

5. Set Goals.

The Nike+ Sportwatch GPS is a fitness watch from sports brand Nike and powered by TomTom technology. Features include: Pace and speed tracking, Calorie tracking, The function to record laps and intervals while you train, Resistance to water, A timer, Heart rate monitor compatibility .

It is important when yo go for a run to set a goal whether it’s how far you run, how long you run for, how fast you run and even how much weight you burn. To keep track of your goals, a GPS Watch which tracks distance, time, records and calories is a perfect way to keep track of your runs. Every time you set a goal and achieve it you feel great and motivated! Keep setting new goals too!

6. Ease your way into running. 

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Too many times, first time runners, run too hard on their first run and get tired very quickly and mentally lose the motivation to keep running. It is important when you start running to start light. You might begin your run at a nice slow pace and add in walking intervals i.e 5 minute jog, 1 minute walk x 3. Each week you could build this into a full jog and may end up running for half an hour and build to an hour two months later and so on. Don’t ever start a run too hard. Also avoid hard surfaces to allow your legs to adjust to the running as you may use muscles you have never used before. Running on grass is far better than running on concrete as your legs will absorb much less shock. Warm up and cool down which involves stretching is also essential.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

FERNLEIGH 15 DONE AND DUSTED!

Nick stepped it up to run his first 15k ever this morning in the prestigious Fernleigh 15, which began at Charlestown and finished at Lake Macquarie! Nick had the aim of to finish the race in under 60 minutes and did it in a low 56 minutes which was a good time considering Nick had been quite sick for weeks leading into the competition. Nick will be competing in a few track events and trail races in the lead up to the world trail champs on December 7th in Hawaii. IMG_6343