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Alex M.

California
2009 was a really tough year for me.  I was unhealthy, unhappy, and very stressed.  I remembered how much I used to love life and just being outside.  So I promised myself 3 things for 2010/2011.  I want to complete a 100 Mile Bike Ride, a Marathon, and become a teen... Full Bio
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Thank You Achilles Tendonitis by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I cannot remember the last time my feet touched the floor in the morning without feeling pain.  Every morning the stretch of the Achilles tendon would serve to either kee ... Read on »
Achilles Tendonitis and the forced slow down by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running There is a time in every runner's career when you have to decide whether running now is more important or running later.  For most of us the answer is simple because we w ... Read on »
Gear Review - The Running Shoe Rotation by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I am taking a break from racing and focusing on building miles and this is the gear I will be using.  Here is post on the shoes in the rotation. Altra Paradigm ... Read on »
2014 PCTR Headlands 50: The Best Finish by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Sorry, but this is going to be a longerish post so fee free to skip.      I met Christina through my cousin Frank.  Originally I was supposed to meet her at a ... Read on »
Altra Olympus Shoe Review by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Introduction Since my last review I stick to “specific purpose” type shoes.  The types of shoes worn for specific workouts or terrain.  I guess I am a victim of o ... Read on »
2014 Angeles Crest 100 DNF by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running      Angeles Crest 100 DNF is a tough pill to swallow as an DNF is.  When I first heard of the race I knew it would test my resolve but I did not expect to learn so mu ... Read on »
Currency Exchange by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I have been rather quiet in the last few months about my racing and training because my actions did not match intent.  I want so badly to achieve certain fitness goals th ... Read on »
Stress and Sneaky Feelings by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running There is a "sneaky" feeling we all get from time to time.  As children its means taking that extra piece of candy, staying up past bedtime or the first time you're allowe ... Read on »
2014 American River 50 Race Report by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Intro American River is the site of my fastest 50 miler ( link ) and my worst DNF ( link ) so both close and far from my heart.  I love going back because I feel ... Read on »
2014 Los Angeles Marathon Race Report by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Introduction The last time the LA marathon was part of my schedule was in 2012.  I ran a good race but the event left me wishing for better organization and more effect ... Read on »
Tailwind Nutrition Review by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Introduction First of all full disclose.  Unlike the big companies Tailwind ( Link ) did not go out and pay professional athletes to speak for them.  Instead t ... Read on »
Rookie AC100 Training Run by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Last weekend opting to skip the Sean O'Brien 26.2 race because I am not ready to race.  Jean was kind enough to connect me with a group that was going out to Angeles Cres ... Read on »
Weight Management After the Winter by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running During the course of a training cycle or in between cycles many of us non-professional athletes gain weight.  My racing season typically is from April - September.  I fee ... Read on »
Focus and Awareness by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It has been a while since I posted something because my running has been suffering.  My mileage is down and certainly not at the level I expected it to be.  In a way its ... Read on »
Invictus by William Ernest Henley by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch o ... Read on »
2013 The Year I Found Home by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running For the last few years I have written a reflection piece on the previous 12 months.  It allows me express my thankfulness for the blessings received and renews my spirit ... Read on »
Pope Francis Catholicism: Stoicism v Humanity by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running The Catholic Church is a difficult discuss without offending because commentary is as passionate as it is opinionated. In academia our view of "Catholics" or th ... Read on »
The Value of Imagination by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running The most common drawback of natural intelligence is: people who believe that intelligence is innate tend to give up much faster than those people who believe it can be ... Read on »
Gentleman in the Modern Era by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Lately there has been a trend in fashion, music and culture towards the "old-fashioned."  Males want to be more cultured, respected and manly while maintaining amicabil ... Read on »
Headlands 100 - 2013 - DNF Report by Alex M. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Introduction Headlands is a place where lessons come to me even if I don't want them.  The trail strings together 5,000 ft of climbing per loop that humble the best ... Read on »