2013 LA Marathon Hurt Me Lots

Just home from running the LA Marathon. I’m showered and, thankfully, walking again. When I walked in the door I could barely pick up my right leg to take a step, the combo of an injury from today’s run and being overly chilled.i

I started out as many do, feeling great, running too fast. I registered too late to get a corral seed so I crossed the starting line about five minutes after the gun. I was hoping to run with the 3:35 pace group today (my scheduled training run was a 20-miler at 8:11 min/mile pace). I ran fast at the beginning and after 8 miles I chased down my pace group. I ran with them, more or less, until around 19 miles, when a pain in my right leg was getting too intense. I walked. I ran. It hurt. A lot. I walked some more. Ugh. I walked most of the last 5 miles. My 3:30 finish turned into 4:04. Humbling.

Now I’m wondering about my BQ goal. 3:15 in May? At 40? With a PR of 3:23 and a fail after 20 at 3:30 pace? Seems damn unlikely.

But tomorrow is a new day. The list of things I need sleep on is long.


LA Marathon Sunday

I’m running the LA Marathon again this Sunday.

My goal this year is to qualify for Boston. As a 40 year-old man I need to finish a qualifying marathon in less than 3 hours and 15 minutes. My personal best is 3 hours and 23 minutes. I have work to do. I’m training.

My target race is the Ojai Marathon in May.

I’m running LA Marathon this weekend as a training race. My scheduled training run is 20 miles at 8:11 min/mile. I figure I’ll run 26.2 at 8:15 min/mile instead. Or something. My plan is to run with the 3:35 pace group.

I registered last minute and didn’t want to hit you all up for money again. Truth be told, I’ve only sent out about 1/2 of the thank you cards from last year’s attempt. I’m sorry.

But I am on Team Pablove again this year and if you’re looking for a reason to donate to a good cause, please do. Donate to Pablove via my StayClassy page here.



Everyone’s turning into pigs and ponies. Can’t let it happen to me.


I’ve been answering my phone, “Rock n Roll Doctor, can I make a music recommendation for you?” all day, asking people what they’ve been listening to lately and attempting to steer them to something they may like but haven’t heard before. Why?

This weekend was Music Hack Day in SF. I participated along with Team Daisy. I was planning to just pitch in a little on one of my fellow hackers’ projects, but seeing the API demo from Twilio I was inspired to build something small on my own.

Using the Twilio and Topspin’s Artistliink APIs, I scripted a small phone tree:

Option 1: Get a music recommendation (just rings my cell phone)
Option 2: Leave a message for your favorite artist (allows you to choose an artist, leave a message, then get a thank you from the artist and a rare/unreleased track both via phone and text.

I reached out to a couple artists on Saturday afternoon asking for help and both Mike D and Trent Reznor and came through with a drop. Trent included an unreleased track from the upcoming How To Destroy Angels album, too. So there are only two artists on the “leave a message” option. Sorry. That’s what 24 hour hack days are all about!

Give it a try: (310) 299-8756

To get the free tracks, choose option 2 from the main menu, leave a message, then hit #. Your free track comes from there.

The Twilio APIs are awesome and so easy to use even I could pull this together, and the Topspin Artistlink APIs give access to content uploaded from verified artists (very useful and cool).

There were a ton of hacks at Music Hack Day this weekend, every last one of them cooler than mine. Check out the full list here: https://www.hackerleague.org/hackathons/music-hack-day-sf-2013/hacks