I started running in 2008 when I ran the Hilo Marathon in 4:19:00. I fell in love with the sport and ran four marathons (Hilo, Kona, Volcano, and Honolulu). Running was so new to me that each run was like a new experience. I knew nothing about pacing, nutrition, or even proper clothing; I ran to just run. I would walk out my door and run until I was tired, with no goal or training plan.
In 2009, I started taking running more seriously. I educated myself with different training principles, looked to other runners and their training, studied sports medicine and nutrition, and researched the science of shoe mechanics and design all with the intent to improve my marathon time.
After implementing a modest running schedule just before the 2009 Hilo Marathon, I PR’d with a 3:33:00 at Kona (off by three minutes of my goal time). I hit my goal time of 3:20:00 at Honolulu that same year. In 2010, I devised a more aggressive training plan along with the help of Gritty City Track Club, I set PRs in the 5k (18:37) and marathon (3:07:00).
I received my USA Track and Field Coaching certificate in 2011 and became the running coach for Gritty City Track Club. In that time I developed training plans and led workouts for targeted races. The club focused on the half-marathon and marathon distances, but also competed in the USATF Southern California Road Running Grand Prix which included distances from the mile to the marathon. In 2011, I discovered my passion for trail running.
Since moving to Indianapolis, I have developed my own training philosophy and have competed well, earning a few overall podium finishes. My next goal is to become a more competitive trail runner. As athletes, we have it in us to evolve and be better than what we are. Our greatness will be determined by the work we put into becoming better. There are no plateaus in life; we’re either declining or elevating.
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For blogs about earlier runs visit my first blog: http://choyinthehale.wordpress.com/