Goals for the Rest of 2017


I have purposefully put off coming up with my goals for 2017 because I didn’t know how a few things would pan out. As I mentioned earlier, I am not going to be running the Dopey Challenge in 2018 due to financial constraints. This year, I will be running fewer races than last year. But, that’s okay. It gives me the time to properly focus on the few races I am running and make them count.


This year is all about the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. So, let’s talk about this race first since it’s my biggest goal for the entire year. I know that it’s a lot of pressure to put on one race. But, you’ve got to have big dreams some times. So, here is my goal for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon…


Yep. You read that correctly. I’m aiming for a sub 5:30:00 NYC Marathon finish time. When I started putting together my plan for NYC last year, I had come up with a goal of sub 6:00:00. When I registered for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, I saw that the course time limit requires a sub 6 hour marathon. Yikes! So, I began to look at what it would take to make this sub 6 hour marathon happen and I learned something very fascinating.


My fastest half marathon in the past 2 years was the 2015 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. I finished in 2:48:55. I played around with a few different race predictors and found that the McMillan Running Calculator to have the most conservative predictions. So, I figured it was better to go with those kinds of predictions. Now, as I train for the 2017 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon, I know that as long as I can get back to the 2:48:55 kind of shape, I should be able to run a 5:55:29 Marathon as long as I keep that kind of conditioning up all the way to NYC.


Just for fun, I looked at what my current half marathon PR time would set me up for in the marathon. If I were to finish the 2017 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon in the time I finished the 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon (2:43:25), I’d in the kind of shape to run a 5:43:55 marathon.


As you can see, my thoughts about setting my goal for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon hinge on how I finish the 2017 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. When I started training for this race, I had the following goal in the back of my mind….


This time is 5 minutes slower than my original goal from last year. However, it seemed attainable. Look what happens if I were to finish the Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon at this goal exactly…


If I plug in that number, I see something pretty amazing…a sub 5:30:00 marathon projected finish! I’ve got a lot of work to do to get there. However, as I look over the numbers, it doesn’t seem so crazy.

Avengers 4 x 400s

Setting these goals is important in planning various parts of my training plan. This weekend, I’ll head to the track for the first time since August. I’ve only done 2 track workouts in all this time I’ve been running. When I went out in August, I decided to run 400’s instead of the 800’s Jeff Galloway puts on his training plan. It is imperative that I get these track workouts in if I want to improve my time. Above represents the only time I attempted 400’s. The finish times aren’t too bad. They are within my goal coming up this Saturday.

If my goal marathon time is 5:30:00 (2:35:00 half marathon goal), then…

  • Yasso 800’s goal is 5:30
  • My 400’s goal would be 2:45

Since I haven’t found anything that tells me how to divide up a Yasso 800 into a 400, I’m going to be shooting for 2:30 just to be safe. I did find one calculator that said I should be running 400’s at 2:05.  Even at 2:05, I could be okay with my 2:35:00 Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon goal and my 5:30:00 goal at the TCS NYC Marathon.

This Saturday, one of my big goals is to actually run the entire 400 at least once. On the workout in the picture, I kept having to come to a walk for a few seconds in the final turn or straightaway. What I learned from that experience was that I finished the final straightaway in around 30 seconds. So, when I get there, I’m going to be telling myself…”only 30 more seconds!”


If I were to do a Galloway Magic Mile time trial, my goal time for that mile should be 9:38 by the time the NYC Marathon rolls around.


For the rest of the year, I’ve only been planning on running  the Angels Baseball Foundation 5K race again (they have a Mike Trout bobblehead for those that ran the race last year and this year), the Rock n Roll San Diego 5K and Half Marathon, and the TCS NYC Marathon. Although, that Disneyland Half Marathon is very tempting. If I do run that, it would be the only other run added to my calendar.

This year, the focus is on improving as a runner. With less races to distract, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to focus better and end the year in much better shape than I’m at currently.



It’s going to be a great year!

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The 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend is Pixar Themed

Okay, runDisney. You’re making it really hard to skip the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend this year. Yesterday, on the Disney Parks blog, they announced the theme for this year’s Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. You can read the press release, here.


So, for the weekend, runDisney is going with a Pixar theme to all of their races!


The Disneyland Kid Races will be running for joy like Russell in the Up themed races!


Mr. and Mrs Incredible will serve as the theme to the Disneyland 5K!


Mile and Sulley will host a Monsters University themed Disneyland 10K!


The Disneyland Half Marathon will be Toy Story themed!


Oh runDisney, you really know how to get at my wallet. I’m a huge Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story fan. You’ve got me seriously reconsidering missing this year’s Disneyland Half  Marathon.


I ran my first marathon as Buzz. I might just have to register for the Disneyland Half Marathon to run as Buzz again. I wonder if they will have Buzz, Woody, Jesse and the gang out on the course.


Of course, this news comes just one day after I visited the Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California Science Center. It’s time to see if the finances can handle the half.

There will be no Dumbo Double Dare this year. The folks at runDisney have renamed (or re-branded) this challenge to the Disneyland Double Dare. The theme for the Disneyland Double Dare is “Celebrating Pixar Animation Studios.” I don’t think I can swing the Disneyland Double Dare. Plus, with it not being the 5th Anniversary of the Dumbo Double Dare, I don’t have as much incentive to run it. However, that Toy Story themed half marathon is really tugging at my heartstrings right now…and is still open for registration.


What do you guys think about the Pixar Theme? Does it make you want to run the races more than before the announcement?

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2017 TCS New York City Marathon, Here I Come!


On Monday, I finally put my money in to take the guaranteed spot for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon! Read more ›

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Almost Perfect Week 2 of RnR San Diego Half Marathon Training!

After nailing all 4 workouts as planned in week 1, I missed my gym workout in week 2. It was only 1 workout. But, it leaves me less than perfect through two weeks. I view the gym workouts as vital to my efforts in training for the Rock n Roll San Diego Half Marathon. So, it is a bit of a bummer. However, I had a family thing come up that took my time away from the gym. These things will happen. All I can do is try to lessen the amount of times they come up. With a little one at home, it will be a challenge.


So, on Tuesday, I got out for my next 4 mile training run. I kept the run 25 seconds, walk 95 seconds from the previous week. (FYI – I used these intervals all week) In Southern California, the rains continue to fall. Rather than take the run indoors, I decided to gut it out and run in the rain. The rain wasn’t as bad as the last time I ran. It was pretty steady. However, it was a drizzle….much more manageable. Here’s how the splits worked out… Read more ›

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Slowest, but funnest, 10K Ever at the Star Wars 10K!

Unlike the 2016 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and the 2016 Disneyland 10K, I was finally coming into a race weekend that was purely for the fun of running and Star Wars. It felt good to wake up on race morning without the stress of trying to hit a particular time. I merely wanted a picture with R2-D2 and to not get swept.


It was another runDisney race. So, I was out the door at O Dark Hundred Hours like usual. I got into my corral with plenty of time to spare. For this race, I was running in the R2-D2 shirt. My boy would be BB-8 in the Kids Races later. Read more ›

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Official PR’s
5K - 32:46 - 2012 Pasadena 5K

10K - 1:15:42 - 2013 Pasadena 10K

Half Marathon - 2:43:25 - 2013 Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

Full Marathon - 6:21:46 - 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon
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