Race Review: Living Social Glow-in-the-Dark 5k

Allow me to preface this post by saying that I’m really excited to see all of these fun 5k events popping up. People who aren’t runners can get into it without feeling pressured to compete and possibly find a fun new (healthy!) hobby.  However, even though this event was considered a ‘fun run’ there were far too many issues with it in my book to be considered a success (sorry Living Social).

One of my running buddies and I decided to enter this as a fun, easy run. Glow sticks? Beer? An end of run concert? We thought, sign us up! From the moment we showed up though, it was clear that this event wasn’t well put together.

First, we  couldn’t find the sign in tent. We ran around (we were a tad late) and finally located an unmarked pop up tent that was handing out shirts + bags. After collecting our glow sticks, we then ran back to the start line, fully expecting to have to jog right through the start. But we waited, and waited. And finally the race started 45 minutes after scheduled.

Living Social Glow-in-the-dark 5k

The race started late, and even though kind of a bummer, not the end of the world.  All of the glow sticks + loud music were getting us hyped up so we ran out of the start line and began our trek. Not five minutes into our run though, we realize that the course is barely lit and is not only on un-even ground, but there are obstacles (literally speed bumps, rocks, curbs etc) that we have to dodge as they appear.  Not cool Living Social, I have zero time for a sprained ankle.

But, we keep going, we’re here and there’s beer + music at the end. We keep running and finally find the only water station at 2.9 miles in.  After kicking up dust, our tiny dixie cups are a welcome gesture, but a little useless that late in the run.  The finish line appears and we head on over to toast our success at the beer tent.  Walking up to the counter, we are then informed that the beer we were told was free as part of the event is actually $7 and they are even charging us $3 for water. No beer, and no water…total bummer.

Once more people started crossing the finish line, realizing the beer + water wasn’t free, and began to depart (the dance party wasn’t exactly rockin when people realized what the deal was) we decided to call it a night ourselves. Overall, completely unimpressed + would not recommend this run to even beginners trying out a fun running event.

And so ends my rant of the underwhelming glow-in-the-dark 5k. As always, run on (but maybe not at a living social event) runners.

– Kendall


The not-so-terrible treadmill

One of the joys of working in advertising is the unpredictable schedule, and with it comes complications to my training schedule.  When I originally created my plan leading up to our marathon, I had accounted for one or two days of not having time to run, but apparently my work schedule didn’t get the memo.  Living in a new city, I’m not completely confident running outside by myself in the dark yet, and even though the sun is up until 8pm in Southern Cali, I find myself quickly running out of daylight.

Cue the treadmill, and the inevitable gasps of my fellow runners. When I tell people that some of my training has been on a treadmill there is this accompanying feeling of admitting a horrible secret. Hi, my name is Kendall, and I run on a treadmill sometimes.

Yes, it is better to train in the same conditions you will be running in, and yes, running a treadmill isn’t the same as pounding the pavement, but I promise you runners, it’s not the end of the world.  When the outside run just isn’t going to happen or you really just want to hide from the weather or it’s pitch black out, a treadmill run is better than no run.

A few tips that I’ve noticed along the way:

  • Crank up the elevation to at least a 1 or 2 to account for the fact that you’re on a machine
  • Try one of the ‘random’ runs to make sure your accounting for inconsistencies in the level of your run
  • For people who sweat (alot) like I do, just FYI you will got hot faster, since there’s no wind in your face
  • Do your best to avoid obsessively checking the trackers on the treadmill, I promise watching those little numbers change is not making you run any faster

Any other treadmill trainers out there? As always, keep on (treadmill) running runners.


1 month, 16 days

As of today, we have exactly 1 month and 16 days until the big marathon day! If the amount of posts on here (aka minimal at best) is any indication, my training has been rough.  It’s now the final lap towards the finish and I’ve got to seriously buckle down and make this happen.

Between now and marathon day, I plan on running over 200 miles as part of my final training.   Thanks to MapMyRun, I have a goal tracker set up that sends me daily updates to keep me even more accountable in the last stretch.  My appreciation for the extra motivation cannot be understated, it’s a fantastic tool.

I’m not going to lie folks, this marathon is going to be an interesting one, but my faithful running partner, Michael, has promised to help me muscle through the finish line.  With work + training ramping up at the same time, we’ll see how busy my days get, but at this point, I’m just excited to get to DC! Not to be cheesy, but it’s the final countdown, so runners, run on with me.


Happy National Running Day!

To my fellow runners, happy national running day!  Today is a day to celebrate all of the victories, the races finished and the miles logged, but also to celebrate our defeats, because no matter what, runners keep on running.

With all of the craziness that has been my work schedule lately, I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road today and spending my time looking back on all that I’ve accomplished.  If you told me two years ago that I’d be a regular runner, I’d probably have laughed in your face.  Let’s be honest, I’m not a natural athlete, but I’m working on making it part of my daily life.  It hasn’t always been easy (see: this entire blog) but I keep pushing forward.

Hopefully you have a fantastic run scheduled for today, and while you’re out pounding the pavement, just think about all of the runners around the world who are joining you out on the roads/paths/trails.  Cheers for every mile that has ever been conquered and all of the miles to come!

As always (especially today) run on runners.



A newbie yogi

I’ll admit it, I’m starting to fit into the California stereotype: endless coffee runs, more vegetarian meals in my diet, and of course,  starting yoga classes.  For the past few weeks on Sunday mornings, I’ve grabbed my bright purple yoga mat and rocked a neon headband over to my new form of cross-training. I found this adorable little yoga spot in Venice Beach, aptly named the Yoga Nest, to be my homebase for yoga instruction.

Yoga Nest decribes itself as “locally grown” which quite honestly, is the only way you could describe this place.  It’s a small studio above a surf shop right off the beach with a a very local low-key vibe.  The studio itself is tastefully simple with a few of your typical yoga decor pieces thrown in – but nothing too flashy or over the top.  They have all the equipment you could possibly need (including freshly laundered towels!) which for a newbie like me, has been super helpful.  Who knew there could be some many props!?  Needless to say, I’ve needed some serious direction in classes.

The instructors I’ve met thus far have added their own little flair to the Vinyasa style yoga that I’ve been attempting.  Yoga Nest offers a bunch of different types, but I figure I’ll conquer one before branching out.  And seriously folks, I’m not half bad! I’m still only a few classes in, so we’ll see how this progresses, but so far it’s been really beneficial in terms of helping me with my breathing and stretching out after a long week of runs.  All, of course, while working up a good sweat.

Any other runners using yoga as part of their training?  As always, run on runners.



Bike Path Etiquette

As part of my running path exploration, I’ve found myself spending a lot of time on a trail that leads along a canal in LA..  It’s everything you could hope for in a run/bike path: it has dividing lines, scenery, pretty flowers along the trail, multiple entrances, and of course the ending at the beach.  However, I’ve noticed that my fellow canal path goers aren’t following what I consider to be the basic etiquette for any sort of shared bike/path/walkway.  A few incidents on yesterday’s run have led me to compile the below list of path etiquette rules to keep in mind.

Here are my fundamental etiquette rules for shared roadway:

  1. Never run/bike/walk in the middle of the road – allow space for others to pass you
  2. Try not to run/bike/walk haphazardly all over the path (thereby also not allowing others to pass you)
  3. Dogs should be on leashes – I don’t care how adorable your pet is, I don’t know them.
  4. Be mindful of your baby stroller/bike trailer/wagon – they have a tendency to run into unsuspecting victims
  5. Look both ways before entering/leaving the path – you never know who’s trying to pick up some speed
  6. I’m sorry bikers, but you aren’t the kings and queens of the space, try not to be divas about it (full update to come on this later)
  7. Large groups should try their best to separate into smaller packs – it’s very hard to move out of the way for a five person across line
  8. And of course, just be courteous to your fellow path-goers!

While this is definitely not an exhaustive list, I think it would do wonders for the overall experience of paths. Let me know if you have any other rules of the road!  As always, run on runners.


New City, New Paths

Moving to LA has made for some interesting running experiences.  This is due mainly to the fact that the area I live in doesn’t have much in the way of foot traffic on the sidewalks.  For a city that is as health conscious as LA, its amazing the lack of walking around here.  Combine this with my awful directional skills, and my routes thus far have been a little convoluted.  Not going to lie though, getting lost is doing wonders for my training! Having to add in an extra half mile because I got off course is the perfect way to amp up my runs.

On my most recent routes I’ve been doubling as tourist and taking some shots of the scenery along the way.  Below is from my latest run along a canal that runs behind my house all the way to the shoreline.  Random art on the underpass, LMU campus and sharing the path with my fellow bikers definitely made for a fabulous trek.

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Where are your latest runs taking you?  As always, run on runners.


Wildflower tri experience

Hello again readers.  A good friend of mine and excellent athlete just completed the Wildflower long course tri.  His post is below, worth reading on a number of levels as this is more of a ‘throwback’ race done in Woodstock fashion.  In addition to the excellent venue it boasts the only nude aid station I’m aware of in the racing world.  Hurry up now, space is limited….



Happy Hoofing

Running Motivation

Let’s face it, we all have our running doubts every now and then.  For me, getting back into the swing of my running routine is definitely a motivational battle. (and reminds me why I should never stop training!) But I try to follow the philosophy of one of my favorite characters, Barney Stinson: “When I feel bad, I stop feeling sad and be awesome instead”

So, if you ever need a little pick-me-up, check out my pinterest board which is chock full of the running motivation you need! My motivational board.

Run on runners.


1 down, 5 to go.

I never visit the actual BylMiles blog homepage, I’m normally chillin behind-the-scenes, but noticed today that our count down until the Marine Corps Marathon has officially hit the 5 month mark.

1 down. 5 to go.

In case you missed it, keep reading for my full training schedule leading up to the big day.  Today was day 1 of many early mornings to come, and it felt awesome.  I’m not exactly what you would call a morning person (my snooze gets hit an average of 3 times), but today, with the excitement of my new regime, I hopped right out of bed and onto the treadmill.  With my new work schedule, morning runs are going to be a must, so hoping this enthusiasm leads to better snooze habits in future.

Is anyone else in the beginning stages of a training program?  Cheers to you, because I know how tough a new routine can be, but we got this!

As always, run on runners.