New Year = New Shoes

by Alyssa on January 6, 2012

in Fitness, Running

I was running in the same shoes for a long time (not recommended), but by the time I conceded that it was time to get new shoes, I started winning age division awards in the races I ran. I didn’t want to change anything that could threaten my winning streak!

But then one day I put on my running shoes and there was a hole. It was a gaping hole along the inside wall of the shoe, big enough for three of my fingers to fit through. There was no way I could run in these, so it was finally time to buy new shoes. Too bad I couldn’t even keep these for mud runs!

So now I have flashy, bright new shoes that are perfect for breaking in the new year! Actually, I had them as I completed the last few weeks of P90X, but now I’m increasing my mileage to get ready for some upcoming races. Good luck to everyone in committing to any new year resolutions!


ROC Race 5K

by Alyssa on June 17, 2011

in Fitness, Running

Devin and I recently race a 5K race that was different from the standard 5K race. This race is called the Ridiculous Obstacle Course 5K (ROC Race 5K) and it was held at Del Mar Racetrack last month.


For this 5K race, we had to register in teams of four, so naturally, we asked our roommates (best friends) to run the race with us. We were required to come up with a team name and we came up with The Green Monkeys from the Nickelodeon kid’s game show, Legends of the Hidden Temple. Aired during the 1990′s, Legends of the Hidden Temple is a kid’s game show from our childhood. Everyone in our team grew up watching as teams of two raced through puzzles and obstacle courses to retrieve a lost hidden artifact in the show.



Teams were encouraged to dress up in order to win various costume prizes and just be ridiculous. We bought BMX bike helmets and Matt spray-painted them gold to match the helmets used in Legends of the Hidden Temple, while I stenciled monkeys onto shirts to match The Green Monkeys from the game show. In addition to The Green Monkeys, other 2-person teams in the show include Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, and Silver Snakes.


So was this race as “ridiculous” as its name? The Ridiculous Obstacle Course included climbing a hill of snow, monkey bars with a muddy pit underneath, sliding down a fireman’s pole, getting sprayed by fire hoses, sliding down an inflatable slide, leaping over and crawling under beams, climbing over a wall, running through tires of various sizes, swinging over a pool of water, running up stairs, crawling through tunnels, in addition to running the length of a 5K. I ended up sore for a week from this race, so I think it was pretty ridiculous.


For the price of a normal 5K race, which is simply running on land, I think this race was worth the money. It’s not everyday that I get to slide down a fireman’s pole, get harassed by men wearing monkey costumes, or slide down an inflatable slide. It was also interesting to run through the Del Mar Racetrack. We didn’t run on the track, but we went past the stables, through the infield, and around the back of the track. In addition to entrance into the race, participants receive a t-shirt and a free beer at the end of the race.


Orange County Half Marathon

May 8, 2011

I wanted to post a review of the OC Marathon before this year’s event, but unfortunately it snuck up on me and the race was held this past Sunday, May 1st.   But that’s okay because it’s a great course. Last year, I ran the OC Half Marathon and the year before that, I ran […]

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Finish Chelsea’s Race 5k Review

March 19, 2011

Devin and I both ran the Finish Chelsea’s Race 5k earlier this month. This was Devin’s first running race, so I ran alongside him. I was struck by how many runners came to this event. Set in Balboa Park, this race drew about 5,000 runners and walkers. Runners were distinguished by their blue racing bibs […]

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Max and Jake’s Big Race 5K Review

March 15, 2011

Last month, I ran Max and Jake’s Big Race 5K at Mission Trails in Santee, CA. While race day was bright and sunny, it had rained the day before, causing the dirt trails of Mission Trails to become very muddy. Ronald McDonald of Ronald McDonald House Charities waved the starting flag for the few hundred […]

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Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K

March 2, 2011

Devin has entered this first running race: Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K and I will be pacing him this Saturday for the event. Chelsea King was 17 years old when she went on her usual trail run near Poway on February 25, 2010. Tragically, she was kidnapped and murdered and the proceeds of this event will […]

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Max and Jake’s Big Race 5K

February 23, 2011

This Sunday, I will be participating in Max and Jake’s Big Race 5K at Mission Trails in Santee, CA. Max and Jake received care from Rady Children’s Hospital, so the proceeds from this event will go towards the hospital’s Heart Institute. The course is a lollipop loop, beginning at the Mission Trails Equestrian Staging Area. […]

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The Buddha and Emil Zátopek Walk Into a Bar

February 18, 2011

Pain is an inescapable part of the human condition. With few exceptions, it is an experience that all human beings share. What distinguishes the strong from the weak, however, is their reaction to it.

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