Turkey Trot – Run for the Hungry '08

This is my annual Turkey Trot, Run for the Hungry in La Canada, CA.

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This race has a real home town feel. It is only a 5k so you are in and out on Thanksgiving Day quickly. You get to “Earn Your Bird.”

They also collect food for a local food bank and they have a fun Kiddie K. Please watch, run a local turkey trot next year and send me your Turkey Trot story and pictures

Gobble Focused, Steve Mackel – SoCalRunning.com Co-founder

Burn the Bird – Post Thanksgiving Day Training

This video was shot at Clear Creek up the 2 Angeles Crest Hwy. Andy and I needed to burn some Turkey Calories. The food I ate was so good and like most I over indulged. At the same time, I haven’t trained hard in a while and this climb, plus the a previous hour of riding up to our starting point gave me all I wanted today. Just what I needed. Thanks for watching.

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – USA Cycling Coach

Turkey Trots – Earn Your Bird!

Steve, Christy and Bruce Finished on the Podium in the 2007 Run for the Hungry

As I write this I am not feeling a fast race in me for this Thursday’s local Turkey Trot, but sometimes I run fastest when I am not “feeling it.” I feel like hanging out and running with friends, we’ll see Thursday. Look out for Bruce and Christy. Bruce has been getting faster. Now he has at least 30 seconds on me at the 5k distance and he’s in my AG (age group). Two years ago I had 15 seconds on him. That makes a podium spot that much harder.

I’ll be in La Canada, So Cal, running in the Run for the Hungry again. In case you don’t know where La Canada is, it is near Pasadena.

This is a great race. You bring some canned food for a food bank, pay a small entry fee, run a up Foothill Blvd., turnaround and run back. This 5k makes you feel good, see friends then get ready for the big meal. If you can’t join us find your local Turkey Trot and send me a picture to post next week.

This is the true way to Earn Your Bird.

I have to give props to Coach Steve Ilg for starting the Earn Your Bird tradition. Years ago he had his own different type of triathlon, meditation, yoga and running. Trust me this was hard and I earned my bird for the first time.

Join this time tested tradition

Bruce and Steve, Hanging Out with Reese Again for our annual picture

First Day of Winter Full and Half Marathon Training

San Pedro, CA – Steve and Gary’s Winter Marathon Training Program started yesterday. Well attended by new participants and Beach Runners’ Alumni, some that had been training with us for as long as the last 6 training session. We taught the basic ChiRunning posture, midfoot-strike technique followed by a run and yoga session. The weather and views were great.

It is not too late to join, we will be taking new registration for the next three weekends Click Here to Register for Steve and Gary’s Winter Full and Half Marathon Training Program

We even train Thanksgiving Day weekend and if it is raining. See you next Saturday, 8 AM, at beautiful Point Fermin Park, in San Pedro. Click Here for all the Info

Train Focused, MarathonTraining.TV Head Coach

Join us for the only ChiRunning® and Yoga Marathon Training Prgram in the World!

This video is from our Long Beach Marathon Training Program. Coach Gary and I have worked with over 1,500 runners, helping guide them through the weeks of training it takes to successfully complete a full or half marathon. The only way to go through a ChiRunning and Yoga Marathon Training Program is to Train with us in San Pedro this Winter.

Everything starts this Saturday at 8 AM, at Point Fermin Park, in San Pedro. To read the FAQ’s go to: Steve and Gary’s Winter Full and Half Marathon Training Program

Saturday’s Agenda:

7:45 AM – Meet, complete waivers, pass out books, shirts will be
passed out in mid-December, and give you access to the web site.
8:00 AM – 1 hour ChiRunning lesson (You don’t want to miss this
if possible, it is a key part of our program but don’t worry if
you miss this one, we will offer two more in December.)
9:00 AM – Go for our group run, 30 minutes for the Halfers
and 60 minutes for the Full runners.
9:30 or 10:00 AM come back for Yoga 35 minutes

Then you are finished for this Saturday, some of will go out for
breakfast in San Pedro.

Things to bring: Running clothes and running shoes. Warm up clothes if you get cold and maybe for yoga, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, hydration system (if you have one) yoga mat (a towel can work) any extra snacks or drinks you would want (we provide water and sports drink)

If you can’t make it this Saturday we will be signing up participants for the next three weeks. Hope to see you on an upcoming Saturday morning!

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – MarathonTraining.TV Head Coach

Steve and Gary’s WinterFull and Half Marathon Training Program Kick-off and Information Party Tonight

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Coach Gary Leads ChiRunning® Training for Some of Last Year’s Winter Full and Half Marathon Training Program Participants

Full and Half Marathon Training Program Kick-off and Information Party Tonight, Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 6:30 PM at Road Runner Sports in Torrance Find Location

Join us for a quick informational meeting, pick up your books, meet your coaches, mentors and other runners. Steve will also give a quick ChiRunning demonstration.

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – MarathonTraining.TV Head Coach

Los Angeles Winter Marathon and Half Marathon Training

Coach Gary explains why you should train for a marathon or half marathon during the winter. Learn details about training for the Los Angeles Marathon, Surf City Marathon, or Catalina Marathon.

The training will happen out of San Pedro and will go for 18 weeks. It’s unique as you will learn ChiRunning, yoga, and trail running.

There’s nothing like it in Los Angeles.

Improve Your Performance – Body Work

This is a great video featuring Lenny Parracino of Kinetic Conditioning in Montrose, CA Lenny is a certified ART (Active Release Technique) practitioner and has been a trainer for years. I am lucky enough to have him work on me and train me.

Steve Mackel, Certified Massage Therapist

Honor Our Vets Today


Take a minute to think, thank and remember our Veterans. We have our freedoms because of them.

Steve Mackel, Thankful United States Citizen

Yoga for Runners At Lululemon Canceled Tonight


I gotta go out of town today so Yoga for Runners is cancelled.


Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Lululomemon Ambassador

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