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Sticker Commitment Issues? Get A Vegan Ultrarunner Magnet!

In blog, Store on 2016/04/29 at 4:24 pm
Limited Edition Vegan Ultrarunner Magnet.

Limited Edition Vegan Ultrarunner Magnet.

For a limited time, I have about 40 magnets for $5 a piece. If you don’t like the commitment of a sticker, consider picking up one of these babies to display on your car or fridge. Get yours now with free shipping while supplies last!

2016 Ayala Cove 15-Miler

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2016/04/29 at 9:38 am

I had a wet and wild race a few weeks ago at the Ayala Cove 15-Mile run on Angel Island. I was hoping for a clear day, but the opposite was true. I was greeted with wet weather and muddy trails. It was fantastic! I always welcome running in the mud. I also managed to miss a marking because I was following another runner thinking that it was the right way. In the end, I managed to run an extra mile to get back on track. All in all, it was a great race as a training run for the Quicksilver 50K.

Ayala Cove Run:

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DNF @TNF50. My North Face Endurance Challenge 50-Mile Race Recap

In blog, Fitness, Nutrition, Philanthropy, Race Recap on 2016/01/12 at 7:37 pm

Not finishing a race is probably the most valuable lesson one can receive in ultrarunning. On December 5th, 2015, I got that lesson. I DNF’ed (Did Not Finish) at mile 37. The weather was perfectly cold and dry, my nutrition was dialed in, my injuries did not flare up, I drank lots, ate lots, and took my salt pills but, I still ended up blowing up my quads after getting done with Muir Woods. Sometimes, it happens on your best days. I really wanted to finish the run but, Read the rest of this entry »

My 2015 Running Recap

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2016/01/02 at 12:00 pm

2015 was a long and amazing year of running for me. I finished my second 50-mile ultra marathon at the American River but, was not able to finish The North Face Endurance Challenge in December. Not finishing (DNF at mile 37) was frustrating for me but I am learning to not beat myself up in the process. In addition to learning lots, I was able to step out and enjoy Mother Nature in the process.

2016 will be a year of fine tuning, training smarter, and pushing my body further than it went in 2015. I’m looking forward to focusing on: revitalizing my vegan nutrition regimen, tackling more hills with more hill repeats, build a stronger core through calisthenics, focus more on my quads, and get more rest and recovery.

Thank you to all my friends and supporters. Your likes and comments help to fuel my runs with positive thoughts while I’m out on the trails. I hope to see you on the trails in 2016!

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October 17, 2015 Run

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2015/10/18 at 6:51 pm

On this long run, I head up to the East Peak of Mt. Tam here in the Bay Area. It was a pretty overcast day and foggy at some points. The sun did break out for a bit once I summited the East Peak. I had a little under 2 hours of footage that I needed to condense into 6 minutes. What do you think? 🙂

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October 11, 2015 Run

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2015/10/12 at 7:29 pm

On this run, we check out Twin Peaks. There were tons of people visiting on this day due to fleet week. This is my first video using my new wearable gimbal attached to my selfie stick. Running with it was not too bad until I found the perfect position for it. From then on, it was like I was barely carrying anything. The gimbal makes the video so much smoother than without. What do you think?

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July 18, 2015 Run

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2015/08/12 at 9:11 pm

It’s been a while and I’ve been working and learning a lot of things. I hope you like the new intro! On this run, we take a few trails that feature stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Area.

I didn’t have as much footage as I had hoped for and most of the footage was really all over the place. Apologies for the shakey video this time. I tried to take 2 GoPros out with me this time to get different perspectives, but I need to find a better way to mount the front-facing camera to keep it as steady as possible. Also, going forward, I want to try to add a timelapse to each running video I do. Let’s see how long this lasts! Hope you like it!

Stay tuned as I ramp up my training for my 3rd 50-mile endurance run in December.

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February 28, 2015 Run

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2015/03/08 at 10:52 am

I’m a little late with posting last week’s run. I’ve been experimenting with After Effects CC for my title sequence. I’m not quite satisfied yet, but I’ll get better.

For this long run, I started at the Tennessee Valley Trailhead and took the Coastal Trail up and over Pirates Cove to Muir Beach. From there, I took the Redwood Creek Trail to Heather Cutoff. Heather Cutoff has several stunning switchbacks once you get to the top and turn around to look at how far you’ve come. At the top of Heather Cutoff, forking to the right is the Coastal View Trail. Spectacular views of the ocean span the left side as you climb this section. At the top is the Coastal View Trailhead where there’s a lonely water fountain paired with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Just up the mountain a bit further is the entrance to Old Mine Trail. This trail leads you to the Pantoll Campgrounds. Bathrooms and water fountains can be found here for a quick pit stop.

Crossing the Panoramic Highway and taking the trail to your right, you’ll see an entrance to Old Stage Road. It’s basically a single lane road that eventually turns to a dirt trail. If you need more water, there’s a water fountain about a mile up. It’s an awesome fountain. Continuing on Old Stage Road, You’ll eventually reach the West Point Inn. Take a breather and soak in the view. At this junction, Read the rest of this entry »

February 21, 2015 Run

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2015/02/23 at 11:37 am

Here’s this week’s run video. Enjoy and let me know what you think of the video. I hope this motivates you to get out there and enjoy life!

For this run, I decided to showcase my favorite local running spots around my neighborhood. Mt. Davidson has a lot of nice singletrack trails to get in a nice workout and some vert. There are several stone staircases that lead people up to the top of the cross. On a clear day, the view from up there is spectacular.

Not far from Mt. Davidson is the trailhead up to Twin Peaks. I love tackling these hills for when I need to stick close to home while still getting some vert. If you haven’t gone up to Twin Peaks on foot, it’s a must-do! There’s a newly blazed trail on the side of the road (Portola side of Twin Peaks).

Coming down from Twin Peaks, adjacent to the School of the Arts (SOTA) is Glen Canyon Park. There are a few trails to explore down there in the canyon. It’s amazing that there’s a place like this in San Francisco. At the bottom, is a small creek when the weather is wet.

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February 7, 2015 Long Run

In blog, Fitness, Video on 2015/02/08 at 1:05 am

Here’s this week’s long run video. I lagged today and didn’t get out of the house until about 11 AM. I decided to not drive anywhere, but to start running out the door instead. My total mileage for the day was about 18 miles. I was supposed to do 22 miles, but had some knee pain on my left leg for the past 3 days so I called Rachael to pick me up. I think it’s just some muscle imbalance that I need to rectify. Enjoy and let me know what you think of the video.

For this run, I decided to run down the Great Highway and to check out Lands End again. I never made it to the Labyrinth before so this was an adventure in trying to find it. It’s a great spot!

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