2017 Year in Review

2017 is now just another chapter in my life, chapter 3 in my new life to be exact. It has been a year of new experiences, and a lot of changes in my life. Lets take a quick look back at 2017.

New Year’s Race: Nothing beats bringing in the New Year on a positive vibe, and the New Year’s Race is the place to be to do that. The race coordinators made the difficult decision to cut out the half marathon for this year, due to remodeling being done at Dodger Stadium. They did offer a challenge along the same lines as last years Doubleheader Challenge. The new 9.3 challenge offered runners a chance to run the 5k, and the 10k events, while earning the challenge medal. You know me, I was all in. It was my third year in a row running this event.

Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon: Starting off in Corral B this year, truly gave me confidence, inspiration, and motivation to train harder for next years marathon. It truly was an experience I will never forget, and I was so blessed, honored to start in Corral B. I was feeling confident about this year’s marathon, but everything feel about about a half a mile in. My hamstring was hurting so bad that my entire left leg was hurting. I endured the pain, pushed on and finished the marathon. I wasn’t pleased with my time, but I proved to myself that no matter how much physical pain I am in, I am strong and I will finish. The more I think about it, I am more proud of this year’s marathon than I was of last years. I know that sounds strange, but I am.

Conqur LA Challenge: I am a proud legacy runner for this challenge. This is a challenge I will never get tired of doing year after year. The best of LA, who can go wrong with that? The medal is awesome, I promise. If you get the opportunity to do this challenge, do it. You’ll never regret it.

Hawaiian in Paris: This year I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Paris, France. It was my first time out of Country (The United States of America), and I had never been to Europe. It’s been a dream of mine to come to Paris. My time in Paris was short, however, during the time that I was there, I got to see and experience so much. I will be returning to Paris soon; there is still so much I didn’t get to see, experience, and people I didn’t get to see as well. Paris, you stole my heart.

“Paris is always a good idea” Audrey Hepburn.

Schneider Electric Paris Marathon: My first international race, and my first time out of the country. I was so excited. My time in Paris was short, but I enjoyed every single minute that I was there. I couldn’t believe that I was there. The Paris Marathon kicked my butt; the heat had gotten to me, and that’s when things started to fall apart during the last half of the marathon. All that doesn’t matter because the good memories always, always out weighs the bad. I met new friends, and I finished. Also, my friend Jessica finished her first marathon. I’m so proud of her. All the good memories is all that matters. I also got to see, and spend time in Paris with my friend Jessica. I am also on a mission to beat the Paris Marathon. It had beat me with the heat, and an injury to my knee didn’t help. I made a lot of mistakes that I learned from, and I know that I can beat the Paris Marathon.

I Love Los Angeles: I had made the decision to take the necessary time off from training for next years LA Marathon to focus on recovering from an injury, and to get back into running shape. I also made changes to ensure that my overall health will be much better, by gettting off the medication I was on. I took my recovery seriously, working on strengthening up my knee, working on recovery, and focusing on getting stronger.

I also decided it was time to step up the training. I was hitting the Culver City Stairs with weights strapped to my ankles, and also running with the weights strapped to my wrists. I was also hitting the gym from an hour and a half to two (2) hours, which is something I was never able to do before. I also made sure to hit those weights hard, and I was sore after every workout.

It was summer time, which means heat training and lots of it. I made sure my runs were during the day, no matter how hot it was, I was running. The distance didn’t matter, I just wanted to get that heat training in. I was hitting up old running spots, as well as finding new ones. I even dedicated a day to running Baxter Street, gotta get them hills in my training.

I also started Road to LA Marathon, which documents all my training for an entire month, leading up to the LA Marathon. During this blog series I decided to set a goal of being a strong runner. I was focussing on getting the distance, I decided I’d get to speed possibly after LA Marathon.

Orange Mud Ambassador: It was an indescribable feeling to open my email one day that said “Welcome to the Orange Mud Team” I couldn’t believe it. As I was reading the email I was still in shock, and I was excited. I am an Orange Mud Ambassador. I am so honored and excited to be apart of this team of Ambassadors. Every single ambassador is incredible, encouraging, and I’m looking forward to learning a lot from them.

Lace Up Running Series Orange County: Brought back wonderful memories of when I lived in Irvine, and I was very shocked and happy to see that I placed 23rd in my age division. First time I ever placed place that high in my age division.

Santa Monica Classic: Its here, race season is here, and it kicks off at the SMC. I did the 5k route this year, as I could not afford to pay for the ConqurLA Challenge all at once. SMC sells out quick, so I had to pay for this race no matter what. I was stunned to place 71st in my age division, and I felt great afterward. Second time I placed in the top 100 in my age division.

Leaving the Past Behind: Several things had happened during the year that lead me to where I am now. During the New Year’s Race, and the Santa Monica Classic I started to notice the negative behavior from people in a run club that I belonged to. I won’t mention exactly what the behavior was, as it was childish and I am above all of that. It was at this point that I realized it is time for me the run club. It was time for me to leave a situation that is obviously a horribly negative one, and it is not healthy for me. I did attend the UnitedLA Picnic this year, however, it will be my last. While waving hi to people you think are your “friends” (from numerous run clubs) and for those people to give me dirty looks, ignore me, and be extremely rude is unacceptable. I absolutely refuse to be around those types of people. It was time for me to leave, and I left. I have no regrets on leaving, I know that it is the best decision for me.

Celebrating 3 Years of Running: Three (3) years has gone by so quickly. During this time, I was not attending many races at all. I was recovering, and easing my way back into training. Check out my Year in Sport video from Strava

Reflection on 2017: A lot of people have run so many marathons, races, that they have a lot of knowledge. Me? I don’t pretend to know it all because I don’t know it all. I only know what is best for me, what works for me, and what my body responds to. When it comes to running, do what feels good to you. Its amazing how this year was all about completing two marathons on an injured knee, recovering, and starting training all over again from the beginning while recovering.

There have been so much changes this year. I left a situation that was unhealthy for me to be in. I continued to make changes in my life, which benefited me. I worked hard, continued to work hard, which puts me in a better position in my life, my goals, and my life plan. This year, I have been very successful in everything I set out to do. I accomplished so much this year, and I cannot wait to start a new chapter in my life, 2018. I welcome the new year with open arms, an open mind, and an open heart.

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