the magnificent Mr. Carlos

I am a runner. I run in rain or shine, light or darkness. I run until I cry, collapse, or until I feel like I cannot go on. And then, I run another mile. Because I am a runner. I am unstoppable, unbeatable, untouchable.
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My @Chilis hamburger craving has been satisfied by this #delicious #guacamoleburger.

I got home from Nevada today and guess what was waiting for me? A special Gold Nike LE Metaluxe FuelBand SE sent to me by the @NikeFuel Team! I’m super excited and honored to be recognized by the @NikeFuel Team. I will definitely be wearing this all the time while I continue to keep pushing myself to be active throughout the day.

OK, after seeing that story of the woman in North Carolina getting beaten during her trail run I remembered reading about safety apps for runners. Here’s that article. As an iPhone user I’d probably go with the Road ID app but the other three will work just as well. Obviously if you’re going to run alone or during the hours when the sun is down you need to remain aware of your surroundings at all times (which can be hard when you get in the zone and the world around you fades). Having an app like these won’t keep you safe but having one of these apps on your phone could be the difference between life and death.

I think I just found my next 5K. It’s being put on by the gym on my base.

As the name implies, this race should be a hot one. It’s summer in the desert and by 10am it’s already going to be in the mid 80’s. I’m sure it’ll be pushing 90 by the time the race starts. The race is next weekend though so I’m not sure that really works into my coach’s training schedule for me. I’ll talk to him and see what he says.

(I’ll probably run it no matter what he says.)

I ran a race on base last year and won. I’d be looking to repeat that result at this race. It’s a different course than last years race but I’ve run ever inch of this base. There is no course that I wouldn’t be familiar with. The only question is how many new runners have moved to my area that are serious runners? I won’t know until race day.

This is terrible. Thankfully she survived.
If you’re going to be running on isolated trails make sure someone knows where you’re going. And if at all possible run with a partner. And for my friends in North Carolina, be careful out there. This guy is still out there.

I don’t know about you but I’m going to demand the inside lane on this track.




Not a bad month considering I haven’t really started training for my next race yet. I only set my goal on SmashRun for 150 miles for the month so I was happy to go over that. My average pace for the month was slower than usual. I couldn’t remember why I had such a slow run on the eleventh (see the Nike pic) but after going back to check it out, it was the trek up the falls in Yosemite with my dad. I think this is really where my average pace took a hit.

One highlight of the month was running the 5K on the 4th of July. It was a race I almost didn’t do but I’m glad I did. I ran my fastest 5K since my freshman year of high school. 

August starts training for the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon so I will probably match or possibly exceed this month’s total.

Year Goal
1180 miles run out of 2014 planned. 
Where I should be: 1169.77 miles which puts me ahead of my goal by 10.23 miles. Currently on pace to run 2031.60 miles this year.

Which are you?

I used to run every run with my iPod. Then I hit a plateau. I stopped running with my music and started focusing on my runs. I focused on my breathing and my foot falls. I paid more attention to the effort I was exerting and what kind of results I was getting for that effort. I have to say that I completely believe that I became a much better runner when I stopped listening to music and started listening to my runs.

Just to be clear, I don’t knock anyone for running with music (as long as they do it safely) but I encourage you to try running without your music and maybe, just maybe, you’ll see that you can still experience the same euphoria that running brings without the noise.

And last run for the month.

And because it’s a down week I end the month with a nice easy 3 mile run.

This was an overall uneventful run, just a short out and back. I didn’t have to work until late this afternoon so I ran this morning. I decided to use the Weather Channel App to see what it calculated my run to be…

For the most part the app was accurate. It probably was 75˚F but it was sunny so it didn’t really feel like it. I think I need to go to a place where the weather varies more from day to day. I’m still not convinced this app is a must have.

I’m not so sure about Beet Juice before a run. I can only imagine the looks you would get from passers by if that came back up during a hard workout.

Before I started using a GPS watch to track my runs I tried a variety of running apps. Runtastic, Strava, RunKeeper, MapMyRun, Endomondo and Charity Miles I’ve tried them all. And for the most part, they’re all the same (Charity Miles is probably the exception).

Now there’s a new running app out there from…The Weather Channel? Yes, that’s right the Weather Channel has partnered with Wahoo Fitness and Mobiquity and created a weather-centric running app called OutSider.

The app uses your GPS location and rates the best time of day to go running based on a variety of weather variables.

 And this isn’t an impersonal rating system. You have the ability to include your inputs as to which of the variables effect your run the most so the calculation is better tailored to weather that effects you.

Of course on top of the weather rating the app also serves as a GPS tracker to track your runs.

So…how is this app any different than looking out the window or your regular weather app? Well, I’m not so sure that it is any different for the average person. We can tell how rainy or how windy it is by looking outside and all phones these days have a weather app preloaded.

I’m going to play around with this app a little more and see if it actually has any usefulness. I obviously won’t be using this to track my runs because as I said, I use a GPS watch now but I want to see if the weather rating really makes a difference in my runs. As of now though, I don’t have high hopes for this Weather Channel running app.

Oh and sorry usualchatter, this app is only for the iPhone.

No running for me today. I couldn’t just sit around and do nothing all afternoon though so I decided to go for a walk and see if I could get some good sunset pictures. Turns out it was very cloudy but beautiful none the less.

If this place wasn’t in an isolated desert, it might actually be a nice place to live. But it IS an isolated desert so I’m happy to be leaving here at the end of the week.