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Week 01: NYC Marathon Training

My first week of training for this year’s NYC Marathon is now complete. I ended up running 23 miles, but didn’t do any strength training or yoga due to work obligations. I’ve felt kinda heavy during the runs, so definitely need to start knocking off some weight. I did lose half a pound, though ha!

This heat definitely makes training a bit hard. I’ve been trying to get up at 6am to run, but have found it difficult. Will keep working on that.

My diet is a bit better. I’m not eating or drinking as much, but haven’t been able to cook much at home. I went grocery shopping this weekend so I’ll be good to go for the next couple of weeks. I’m back to drinking my green juice and protein after workout and that makes me feel so much better.

Week 02 is not gonna be that great since I’m gonna be traveling. I’ll try to get in 3 runs, including 10 miles on Wednesday. And of course I’ll be eating out and drinking so that doesn’t help much.

Glad I’m on my way, though. I needed this.


The 4 month journey starts today!

After three years of trying to win a spot in the NYC Marathon, I finally got accepted into this year’s race. I started taking running seriously in 2009 and since then I’ve been determined to participate in this event. I ran my first and only marathon in 2011 (Carlsbad, CA) and I’ve been looking to do another one after focusing on doing only half-marathons. 

So today I started my training, which will put me through a 16 week plan - ideal for a marathon. But this journey is not only about being able to run 26.2 miles, it’s about transforming my mind and body. I think every once in a while it’s good to reinvent ourselves and for me it’s a perfect time to do so both mentally and physically. 

I’ve decided to post my weekly progress until November 02, the day of the race, so I can help motivate other people looking to run the marathon or who are simply seeking a healthier lifestyle. I’ll be writing about training, nutrition, gear reviews, and any other stuff that comes up during these next 4 months.

Training will consist of 4 days of running, starting with about 25 miles per week and eventually going up to 40+ miles. The other days I will incorporate strength training, yoga, and some boxing. Sundays will be for resting and eating whatever I want.

With regards to diet, I don’t really plan on being to strict on myself. Just really plan on controlling portions and not eating junk. I’m also going to cut back on the boozing.

My other goal is to loose 15 lbs. by race day. I weighed 190.8 lbs today so I need to loose 1 pound a week to get to 175 lbs. 

I’m excited about this new journey and I hope it inspires and motivates anyone out there looking to achieve new goals in their lives. 


Starting post-production on our documentary


It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on this blog. Been busy with life…work, traveling, NYC…and also shooting a documentary in the San Diego/Tijuana region. This project is based on the life of one of my best friends, Humberto Gurmilan or ‘Beto’, who suffered a surfing accident when he was 15 years old and left 80% of his body paralyzed. Almost 20 years after this life-changing event, Beto had not returned to the ocean or practiced his beloved sport. His closest friends decided it was time for him to get back on a board and ride the waves once again…but would it be possible? Would Beto do it? This documentary follows Beto two weeks before his planned return to the waters of Playas de Tijuana that changed the course of his life. 

We shot for 13 days in the San Diego/Tijuana region using the Sony FS-700. It’s a great camera. I love that you can attach Canon lenses with the Metabones adapter that gives you an extra stop of light and eliminates the sensor’s crop factor. Plus it was easy on our budget. But when it came time to dump all the footage into Avid Media Composer, I wish I would’ve used a different camera. The FS-700 recording format is the AVCHD codec which is an absolute nightmare to use with Media Composer. I had worked with this combo before on a music video and it was a bit hectic, but for some reason I thought it would be easier this time around. No, it wasn’t. After about 2 weeks of reading forums and researching workarounds, I was able to get all of our footage into the Avid. Lesson learned: do not use AVCHD with Avid!

Now the fun begins. I, along with our director/producer Zeji Ozeri, get to watch many hours of interviews before we start cutting. But since he is in California and I’m in NYC, it makes it a bit tricky to work on this together. Good thing we have stuff like Google video calls and Dropbox, so we can be in constant communication and share our ideas. The footage looks amazing…we got some great moments and really good interviews that will make this an incredible and inspiring story. I can’t wait to start putting this thing together. We’re hoping to get the official web page up this week. There you will be able to find out more about the project and some great behind-the-scenes material.

I’ll keep you posted with any news about the documentary. We’re looking at deciding on a title in the next couple of days. This is gonna be good!

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