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Catalina Marathon – March 2017 – Video, Review and Interviews


The Catalina Marathon is what I like to call a "Baby Race." By that I mean, it is why women choose to have another baby after going through all that pain the time before. On the Saturday morning 5 AM boat from Avalon to Two Harbors I ask myself why did I sign up to do this again and I ask myself that question a few more times during the race.

The Catalina Marathon is mainly a trail marathon and considered one of the most difficult marathons in the world. At around 4,000 ft. of elevation gain and 4,000 ft. of loss, super steep sections and a somewhat rewarding 3 mile downhill to finish, this bad boy can chew you up and spit you out. But, like the Visa card commercials say it's, "Priceless."

The views, the location, the terrain, the volunteers, the race staff and the runners are the best. In fact, I would venture to say it is my favorite group of runners that run in a race. It's competitive in a non-competitive way, and the camaraderie is infectious.

So, this way my 9th time running this race. It was not my best, not my worst, hot and hard but I finished again ready to have another baby next year.

LA Marathon Race Day Checklist

LA Marathon Runners – take some of the anxiety out of your marathon and half marathon preparations. Use MarathonTraining.TV’s Race Day Checklist. This video shows you how I lay out my clothes and gear. I lay it out like a … Continue reading

Earn Your Bird This Thanksgiving Day and All Week Long

I believe it was just before Thanksgiving Day 2003 that Coach Steve Ilg created the “Earn Your Bird” or was it the “Burn Your Bird” challenge. It was his way of getting us ready to mindfully eat on T-Day. The … Continue reading

ChiRunning – Running in the Moment Has Profound Effects

“With each stride I take, I ask my body questions like, “What am I doing? How does it feel? What is being required of me right now? Am I holding tension… am I landing softly? How does this hill feel… … Continue reading

Whole Body Cryotherapy – A Deep Freeze

Cryotherapy isn’t solely in Los Angeles but my experience was in LA. With that said, there are few across the US. Still you can look for a Cryotherapy business or sports doctor that may have cryotherapy in your area. My … Continue reading

Alignment – A Key to ChiRunning

A lot has happened since I posted last week. Last Saturday I was only 3 miles into my long training run when I tripped, strained my right hamstring and because of that I fell. Runners fall all the time. I … Continue reading

7 Daily Habits to Create Real Change in Your Life – by ChiRunning’s Founder Danny Dreyer

This is a running site and and obviously running is a one of my passions. In late 2004, I found the book the “ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless Injury-Free Running” written by Danny Dreyer. After meeting Danny in March … Continue reading

When I Am Sick Can I Continue Training for My Marathon or Half Marathon?

Is it starve a cold, feed a fever? Or, Starve a fever, feed a cold? If you’re like me you can never remember. So, when is it ok train if you are sick? It been cold in LA and even … Continue reading

How Exercise Keeps Us Young – NY Times Article That Will Keep You Motivated To Train

“Active older people resemble much younger people physiologically, according to a new study of the effects of exercise on aging.” Now that I’m in my 50’s I love to read articles about older people kicking butt. I love being an … Continue reading

Goal Setting Tips for 2015 – The Importance of Writting Down Your Goals

Setting goals for the new year is popular by design. We can start all over if we choose. But if you are like most of us, within weeks you are off your diet, your new workout schedule or back to … Continue reading