It had been months in the making, but we finally added “some color” to The Running Brothers team. Several months ago, I told my friend Rocky Duran about our website as we had played soccer for over a year together and actually won the championships together the year before. He decided to quit soccer in order to train for the L.A. Marathon, but we were able to still keep in touch through Facebook and get together to play some golf every once in a while. For whatever reason, our schedules never meshed, but we talked about running frequently and finally, yesterday, we did it.
We ran about 5.5 miles up and down some pretty decent sized hills, which was some good training. Yesterday was the first day I was able to run in my new shoes and man, what a difference! My knee did not hurt me at all during the 5.5 mile run which gave me hope that I would be able to complete the Orange County Marathon on May 1. When I did the half marathon in February, my knee began hurting after the third mile and I haven’t been able to run farther than that since then. But, today I ran 5.5 miles with no discomfort whatsoever.
With that in mind, my goal for the upcoming marathon will be to complete it in under 4 hours. My half marathon time was 2:04, but, like I said earlier, the only thing that was slowing me down was my knee. I really think that if me knee were not in so much pain, my time would have been much faster. I’ll be eager to see what my time will be in the OC Marathon, but one thing is for sure . . . I will be going all out.
I’m not exactly sure what Rocky meant by “some color,” I think it’s because he thinks that he’s a really funny guy. Rocky is such a colorful character. Rocky, Chris and I were able to talk for most of the run, about business, about life and about running. Overall, it was a great time as we ran through the hills of Chino Hills. We talked about running together in the future, although, I’m not sure that I can keep up. They say that they frequently run more than 10 miles on the weekends and that seems pretty intense, but I’ll give it a shot.