Physical Therapy For Everyone

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 under Uncategorized | No Comment

Physical therapy is a very important part of recovery for many people who have found themselves with an injury or recovering from surgery. When people want to get back to normal as soon as possible, they must make sure to work with a clinic that is going to help them to recover and feel good about their recovery rather than making them follow a one-size-fits-all platform. With the help of a great clinic, it is be very easy for any athlete to get back into shape and go back to doing the things that they love to do.

The athlete who comes to learn more about their treatment must remember that they have many options when they are working on their recovery. There is no one way to do everything, and every athlete has many options when they want to get back into the field of play or on the track as fast as possible. Rather than waiting for the treatment program to take its course, the athlete can get help from professionals who know more than anyone how to get through these treatment programs and allow the athlete to get better in a much faster way. Read the rest of this entry »

How Children Benefit From Organized Soccer Leagues

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 under Random | No Comment

Soccer is played by millions of people across the world. Parents notice a lot of benefits when they sign their children up for a local soccer league. Participating in an organized league is a constructive activity that teaches your children valuable life lessons in a fun way. Soccer helps children develop into well-rounded adults; it offers them a myriad of benefits that help their physical and mental development.

When you sign your child up for an organized soccer league, they benefit in the following ways:

Fitness

A person who exercises regularly will lead a healthier and longer life. Soccer instills a love of fitness in children. When they have fun playing soccer, they associate fitness with fun; this means that they are more likely to take part in activities that keep them fit for the rest of their lives.

Soccer is the perfect combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Whenever your child plays, they take part in a well-balanced workout without realizing it. When they do this, they support a healthy mind and body. Regular exercise helps them grow into strong, healthy and well-balanced adults.

Make Friends

When your child puts on their team’s Nike soccer jersey, they become part of a group that needs to work together. Soccer is an inclusive sport that teaches children how to interact with a variety of personalities. Communication and friendship is an important aspect of soccer; your child learns how to make friends and work as a team member. Read the rest of this entry »

Wakeboard Towers For Added Fun

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 under Random | No Comment

Wakeboarding is a sport that makes your adrenalin flow and requires gaining maximum momentum as well as good tension on the rope to send the rider in the air bouncing from wake to wake. Wakeboard towers, like the ones you can find at WakeEssentials and other retailers, have evolved as riders found that the higher attachment point gave more flexibility when performing certain tricks. The wakeboard tower also allows the rider to eliminate those cumbersome cables, store their boards, add rigidity and add special accessories like speakers, lighting and wakeboard racks. Because working your way into a wake sends a lot of force and tension through the rope, the wakeboard tower material must be strong and well designed so that it can handle the load. Because wakeboarding is increasing in popularity, the designers of wakeboard towers are honing better designs, using the best materials and creating more options for the wakeboard tower. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K Race Report

Posted on Mar 01, 2014 under Race | 1 Comment

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This is the 4th year I’ve ran this race now, and 2nd that I’ve ran it with my siblings and nephews. It’s always fun to run this race since I get to run it with family and compete against some other friends that are always trying to beat me. It’s also in LA so it gives me a reason to go visit the parents for the weekend and it’s a local race so it benefits my old high school too. I have a running competition with an old high school runner friend, so far I’ve beaten him in the last two 5Ks we’ve ran and was supposed to race this time too. But he didn’t get a chance to train and bailed out, so I ended up running the 10K like I have been the past 3 years. I actually did a few hill/trail runs before to prepare for this race. I guess it paid off. Results: 42:53 (6:54 min/mile), placing: 5/180 age group, 35/2387 overall. I actually got beat by my brother’s friend by 6 seconds last year (46:03), so my goal for this year was to hopefully run around 45 minutes (always nice to exceed expectations). This years’ time was the 2nd fastest I’ve ran this course, but I am still happy with the results and placing! Read the rest of this entry »

Race Report: 2014 Carlsbad Half Marathon

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 under Race | No Comment

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Looks like I’m making it a habit to run this race ever other year. When I ran it in 2010, it was my 2nd half marathon and it is still my fastest half to date at 1:28. I ran it again in 2012 and ran a decent time of 1:34:08. I just realized now that I just barely beat that time today at 1:34:01! Here are the official results: Miles 1-7: 51:43 (7:23 min/mile), Miles 8-13.1: 42:19 (6:50 min/mile), Finish: 1:34:01 (7:08 min/mile), AG: 21/304, Overall: 217/7,256. The strategy was pretty simple (although still hard to accomplish): run with the 1:40 pacer for 7-8 miles and then pick up the pace for the rest of the race. But the last time I ran a half was in June 2013 and then I broke my hand and stopped doing anything for about 2 months before getting back into running. Like always, the training program wasn’t very focused; just run as often as possible (mostly 3-milers 3-4 days a week) and get some long runs in. I never really broke 8:30 pace during any of those runs! Read the rest of this entry »

About Heart Rate Monitors

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 under run | No Comment

Those who are serious about taking their training to another level will find that using a heart rate monitor during their work out sessions is very beneficial. Without it, a person will often worry that they are under training and will often make the mistake of over training. It is great for a person to go by what their body feels, but sometimes it is best to use a beneficial tool like a heart rate monitor so they can determine how far they should push themselves. These gadgets will let a person know when their body is being pushed hard enough to achieve results without causing any injuries.

Beginners will sometimes make the mistake of working out too intensely. They often believe that they can still do what they once did many years ago. By using a heart rate monitor, they’ll be able to make sure that they work out at the right intensity level and slowly work their way up to more challenging workout sessions. Serious athletes also benefit from these gadgets as they find them very useful to help reach their specific fitness goals.

There are many different types of heart rate monitors out in the market, and the one that somebody chooses is very important. The type of activity that a person regularly participates in should have a big influence in their choice. This is because there are heart rate monitors that are made for those who participate in certain types of activities. For example, if somebody is a runner, they’re going to want to get a heart rate monitor that is designed to track distance, pace, heart rate and performance zones. Cyclist will want a heart rate monitor that tracks distance, speed and heart rate. Swimmers will want to make sure that they get one that gives an accurate reading during and after making contact with water. No matter what activity a person participates in, there is a heart rate monitor that is perfect for them.

There are many companies that sell heart rate monitors. Most people prefer to make their purchase from a company that has a wide selection to choose from. A good example of this would be the heart rate monitors from HeartRateMonitorsUSA.com. This company has many choices for their customers to choose from. They have gadgets that monitor heart rate, distance, calories and other important information a person will find beneficial.

Runner’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 under running | No Comment

Quick running update: I was going to take a break from running after the Long Beach 5K and focus more on biking and just working out at the gym. But then they started a running club at work to train for a half marathon in January, so I decided to sign up for that race as well. I’ve been running, but not necessarily training for the half by running a few miles during the week and then (semi)-long during the weekend. We’ll see if that’s good enough to compete in the half.

This will be my first runner’s holiday gift guide for 2013 (ever actually). At first I was worried because I thought I was going to need to do extensive research on new products and technology. But in reality, I’m just going to list things on my current wish list as well as things I’ve received to review that I actually enjoy using. I’ve provided convenient (affiliate) links to purchase most of the products listed below. Read the rest of this entry »

Long Beach 5K Race Report

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 under Race | 1 Comment

This is my first official race after breaking my wrist during 4th of July weekend which resulted in surgery and 6 weeks in a cast. Although I was technically able to run with the cast on, I was also transitioning to a new job and I didn’t want to be ‘that’ guy with the stinky cast. So I really just limited myself to short walks and a few visits to the gym. I was supposed to run another 5K with my friend at the end of July because he wanted a rematch after I beat him at the Santa Anita 5K. So we finally found another race that we both could commit to, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon (which also included a half, bike ride and the 5K). In hindsight, we probably should have found a smaller/local 5K, rather than one that was dedicated to the half/full and bike ride, with a 5K on the side. Traffic and parking was pretty bad and I didn’t start the 5K until 5 minutes after because my friend took the bus to the start which kept getting detoured because of road closures from the half and full marathons. Aside from the logistical issues, I actually ran very well, 2 seconds off my 5K PR to be exact! Results: 3.02 miles, 19:00, (6:18 min/mile), placing: Gender: 7/575, AG 2/42, 7/1632 overall. I’m still waiting to confirm the official placing because there were a lot of 0:00 results, which probably means I did not place as well as it currently says. But the time is correct since I timed it myself. That itself is very strange. When I ran 18:58 at the Carlsbad 5000 in 2010, I felt like I was in really good shape and running pretty fast. This morning’s race was completely different. Because I started late, I spent the first half mile or so weaving through walkers and joggers. But like other races I’ve ran in the past, that may have been one of the reasons I ran so well, which I’ll get into below.

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4th of July Scripps Ranch 28 Mile Bike Ride Race Report

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 under Race | No Comment

Couple of weeks late with this post as usual. The Old Pros Scripps Ranch 4th of July events include a 2 mile fun run, 10K, as well as 12, 28 and 50 mile bike ride. For the past four years, I’ve been running the 10K, but this year decided to try out the 28 mile bike ride. Unofficial results: 29.00 mi, 1:55:09, 15.1 mph, max speed: 37.0 mph. It took you through quite a few different neighborhoods, so I’m hoping I can use this route on a long ride in the future. Like my other bike rides, I did a few long rides couple of weeks before. It seemed like it was enough for me to complete this ride. I hurt my hand in a dirt biking incident, so I haven’t been able to run for the past few weeks. Now I’m in a cast so I’ll be out for at least another month or two, which has been really hard to do. Hopefully I’ll find something else to keep me busy.

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UCSD Triton 5K Race Report

Posted on Jun 09, 2013 under Race | No Comment

Hopefully this race report is even more ‘brief’ than the last one. It should be too, it was only a 5K; not even a week after last week’s half marathon! Because the race was so short, the slightest difference in results made a huge difference in pace. The results I got from my phone were 2.93 miles, 19:47 (6:46 min/mile). But since the official results assumed you ran the full 3.1 miles, it was saying my pace was 6:23 min/mile, which again is a big difference. The course did feel pretty short, but almost .2 miles? Maybe. Placing wasn’t bad, 61/1852. I have to admit though, running with a bunch of college kids (almost 10 years older) was tough, they were crushing it! And they were running a week before finals week too, better than procrastinating, I suppose.  Read the rest of this entry »

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