Saturday, October 31, 2009
I stuck with the schtick the whole night. Unfortunately, there was hardly any oldies played at the party, but I was able to I sweat to Lady Ga Ga. Do you see my poker face? I really did work out at this party, which is great. I must have burned at least 500 calories jumping around attic turned dance floor. My advice to everyone who is concerned about eating too much at a party: dance your butt off! Well, if it's a cocktail party with no dance floor, then I recommend excusing yourself to an empty room to work off the calories.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
After a five year hiatus, I have decided to return to the contact lens. Now that I am a runner--I LOVE SAYING THAT--I can't be wearing my glasses during my workouts anymore. I got fitted for my disposable one day contacts last week and today I returned to my optometrist to pick them up. My eye balls are slowly getting used to these optical suckers. I had to lube up those pupils every 10 minutes! My hope is that my eyes will adjust to these lens so that I will be able to see at my next half marathon. That, by the way, is a week from Sunday.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Fast forward three weeks: I received a call from Cheryl Casey, the Community Outreach Coordinator from Memorial Medical Center. Cheryl noted that the gentleman whom I had met is a physician at Memorial Medical, and he thought I would be a good candidate for the monthly local television show that the hospital produces called "The Cancer Report," a 30-minute program hosted by David Shiba, M.D., Medical Oncologist and Medical Director of Memorial's Cancer Services. She explained that my story of transformation would inspire others, so even though I am not a cancer survivor, the hospital was interested in doing a segment on me telling my story. I am all about outreach, so I jumped at the chance. The past year has been intense for me. Getting healthy is not easy, but I did it. I am living proof that the average Joe can turn his life around, and I want more than anything to reach out to those who are in the same shoes as I was a few months ago.
I headed to Modesto today film my segment. What a great experience it was. I am very much looking forward to the airing of the November edition of "The Cancer Report." I will keep you all posted on the date and time.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
On a side note, I do have to give two thumbs up to Kaiser Permanente. I just switched over, and I must say that I was very satisfied with the customer service. I showed up at 7am and was out by 7:07am. I then got my flu shot, which took another whopping 5 minutes. I left the building, jumped on the 38L-Geary, and made it into the office before 8am. Woo Hoo!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I absolutely love this ribbon, and I will proudly display it on my wall! Until the San Jose Rock & Roll Half Marathon, I had never won anything for a sporting event. Hence, every award that I receive for running, big or small, will be cherished.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Looking at the San Jose Rock & Roll Half Marathon course after running it is interesting. I'm thinking, "Ooh, had I known there was going to be an incline towards the end of the race, I would have taken a gel shot!" Lesson learned: always study the course before running it.
I seriously need to get back into training mode. My body is still sore, so I'll wait it out. The 10k Golden Gate Park run on Sunday is up next, followed by the Eye-Q Two Cities Half Marathon in Fresno on November 8th. I'm still on runner's high, but oh the pain...
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
2 Runners Die in San Jose Half Marathon
10/05/09 7:25 PM PDT
SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Two runners competing in the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in San Jose have died.
Medical personnel were unsuccessful in trying revive 35-year-old Brandon Whitehurst of Antioch and 34-year-old Rose Lo of South San Francisco during the Sunday event.
Race medical director Dr. Lewis Maharam said the losses were "unfortunate and tragic."
The Santa Clara County Coroner's office said it has not yet determined how the runners died.
Over 10,000 runners participated in the 13.1 mile race through San Jose, where temperatures reached a mild 68 degrees.
Event spokesman Dan Cruz said these were the first deaths since the San Jose race began in 2006.
At a Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia last month a 23-year-old male runner died.
Monday, October 5, 2009
A full day has passed since the big race, and I now have had time to reflect on the experience. I am glad that I wore my Garmin GPS watch because it allowed me to relive every lap of the 13.1 miles. I can now analyze what went well and what blew up in my face, and apply those things to my next race. You gotta love modern technology.
Lap 1, 8:05am - 8.22 per mile.
I learned from my rookie mistake at my first 5k when I jetted out the the gate, so I made sure that I kept a steady pace up front. I probably did take it a little too fast, but I managed to pace myself to a 8.22 per mile average for the first lap. The difference between my first 5k and this event is 10 miles! The last thing I wanted was to bonk at the 4 mile mark!
Lap 2, 8:13am - 8.57 per mile.
The first two miles are always the toughest for me, but I really kept my cool. I felt like Serena Williams at a Grand Slam event. She may not put 110% into the lower tiered events, but she'll step it up for Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Flushing Meadows, and Australia. I see this Rock & Roll Half as my major, so you better believe that I will put my all into it!
Lap 3, 8:22am - 9.32 per mile.
My legs were still holding up by mile three, but I do have to say that my mind began to wander. What kept replaying in my head was, "What the heck am I doing out here? I still have 10 miles to run!" I had to do everything I could to channel Endorphin Dude to save me from a mental melt down a la Jana Novotna at Wimbledon. My superhero alter ego told me to whip out my camera and take some pictures, just to take my mind off of the run. I did, and it worked!
Lap 4, 8:32am - 9.57 per mile.
I thought the San Jose Rock & Roll course was supposed to be flat! Halfway through the fourth mile, there was an incline! I remember having to run under an overpass and then up a mini hill! I have to say, though, all the spectators and cheerleaders on the sidelines really did help me to keep my focus.
Lap 5, 8:42am - 9.40 per mile.
Feeling good! I think this was when Endorphin Dude took over my body and I flew!
Lap 6, 8:51am - 9.55 per mile.
Miles 4, 5, and 6 felt good for me. With my music blasting and my legs holding up strong, I was able to keep my pace under 10 minutes.
Lap 7, 9:01 am - 9.52 per mile.
Still holding up, but I did begin to feel a little bit of fatigue start to kick in by mile 7.5.
Lap 8, 9:11 am - 10.23 per mile.
My legs...my legs...
Lap 9, 9:21 am - 10.37 per mile.
Bonk! Bonk! Bonk! Bonk! My biggest fear looked like it was going to happen, but something midway through mile 9 changed all that. I heard a familiar voice from the side lines. I looked to my left and saw a woman shout out my name. Because I didn't have my glasses on, I wasn't sure who it was, but I recognized the voice. The woman ran up to me with a "Way To Go, Tony!!!" poster and I immediately saw my big head on Peyton Manning's body. It was Darlene Weston from my fantasy football league! I couldn't believe it. I swear, I was about to hit the wall, but seeing Darlene helped me get through miles 9, 10, and 11.
Lap 10, 9:32 am - 10.27 per mile.
Thanks to Darlene Weston, I managed to pick up my pace in mile 10. I kept going and going and going.
Lap 11, 9:42 am - 10.51 per mile.
Lap 12, 9:53 am - 11.31 per mile.
By mile 12, I seriously thought my legs were going to collapse. I only had one mile left, so I seriously had to pull it together mentally. I kept telling myself, "run through the pain, run through the pain." I cranked up my music, and as cheesey as this may sound, "Rock Lobster" saved me. The B-52's pushed me to that finish line!
Lap 13 - The Finish Line.
With the final .1 miles, I sprinted my way to the finish line. I lifted my arms in victory and let out a huge "OH MY GOD!" I couldn't believe it. I finished my first half marathon in 2 hours and 15 minutes at a 10:20 pace. The endorphins kicked in and pretty much followed me everywhere the rest of the day.