Rose Parade Bandit Run – Wed., Jan 1, 2014 – Super Early – Details Below

Rose Parade Bandit Run details: A while back I heard about some runners that annually run the Rose Parade backwards. So, I decided to give it a try. There is nothing official about it. This is not a formal event. There is no entry fee, no medal, no shirt, nothing, but fun at your own risk. Some friends are meeting on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 around 4:30 AM (depending how fast you are).

I did it for the first time a few of years ago and it was a blast. 2014 is the year to make sure you do it. You can check it off your bucket list if you haven’t already done it, and if you are into parades you can hang around, watch the parade after you finish your run and maybe, a little breakfast.

I realize it is difficult to hardly sleep then run but it is good practice for use full and half marathoners. It is also good practice running in this cold weather.

This is an unofficial 11 mile run that starts at the Starbucks, 3429 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. There are many FREE parking spaces available on the street behind Starbucks and at the Sierra Madre train station, which is across the street. The shopping centers security gets a little crazy about their parking lot.

This run basically starts beyond end of the Rose Parade route, goes to the beginning, where the floats are. We view the floats up close and run back for the Stealth Bomber fly over.

I will be getting to Starbucks around 4:30 AM Depending on your speed you should plan on leaving between 4:50 – 5:15 AM to make it to the beginning of the parade around 6 am. Groups will be leaving about every 5 minutes. Since it is about 5.5 miles you can do the math but if we all get up to the beginning by 6 – 6:10 AM it will give us 45 minutes to walk around and check out the floats. Since we have had many runners doing this that run different paces, we usually see each other walking around the floats. The parade starts at 8 AM but you need to start running back around 7:15 AM. If you leave too late we will get thrown off the route.

It is usually cold so you need to dress appropriately and bring layers. It can get cold walking around the floats. You much bring a hydration system or a bottle of water and money for beer, warm drinks or goodies afterwards. There are LIMITED porta-potties along the route. PRP at home please.

Parade Focused, Steve Mackel – co-founder, since 2006

Xterra’s Boney Mtn Half Marathon Preview – Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 AM Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa National Park

Boney Mountain Xterra Half Marathon is one tough trail race but the views, the trail, the people and crossing that finish line make the work worth it. Anyone is welcome and the rules are below. You run at your own risk.

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One of the best races to start the year off is the Boney Mtn Xterra Half Marathon. It is mostly off road. The trails are beautiful and it is a great way to test you fitness. The actual race is Sunday, Jan. 12.

This year will be different than any other year since the Camarillo Fire last summer. Now the landscape looks more like a moon scape. It will look and feel different than any other year.

The Sole Runners’ Newbury Park training group, Coach Steve and Coach Dianne will meet in the Rancho Sierra Vista/ Satwiwa National Park, at the trail head at 7:45 AM.

The Newbury Park Sole Runners Full and Half Marathon Training Programs will running the Boney Mountain Xterra Half Marathon for a preview and practice, on Saturday, December 21, at 8 AM. We will meet at the trailhead in the Satwiwa parking lot at 7;45 AM. The course will be generally marked but you are on your own if you get lost. If in doubt run with another person.

Rules: Participants run this preview training run at their own risk. This is not an official event. Runners are responsible to carry their own water and food, no manned aid stations but water is available at the ranch, at 5.75 miles in. Please be respectful of the trail and others on it. Please, do not litter. 3.5 hour course limit.

Finishers party at The Lab Brewing Company in Agoura Hills  starting around noon.

Below is a video of what the course used to look like.

Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Sole Runners Head Coach and Program Director

Sample Vol 3 of Optimal Performance Athlete: Mastering the Mental Side of Running

Dear Runners,

This week we would like to give you more of our Optimal Performance Athlete program to sample.

We’ve had great feedback about this program the last two weeks. Runners told us they’ve learned a lot about eating a “living diet”, antioxidants, and developing a “winning mindset”.

Volume Three really goes into some the mental changes you should make to optimize your performance and health. It’s kinda of some deep stuff in this volume, but really cool, and very useful for you as a runner.


In this episode of Optimal Performance Athlete, Gary Null Ph.D explains the importance of antioxidants for marathon training and the importance of detoxifying.

In this episode you’ll learn:

* How your body releases toxins when you’re running and how to detoxify

* The pro’s and con’s of caffeine for marathon runners

* When you should take green and red juices during your training

* The actual health benefits of Red Wine

* How much calories you should be eating before your runs

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In this episode of Optimal Performance Athlete, Luanne Pennesi RN/MS explores the deep mentality of self empowered people, and how to balance a healthy living with your run training.

You’ll learn:

* The difference between distractions and focusing

* How to defeat the rationalizations and excuses that prevent you from eating healthily

* Two higher energetic sources that can give you limitless energy and how to connect to these energies

* How to make any decision that will provide you the most joy

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Again, this is from Volume Three of our Optimal Performance Athlete program, a five part holistic nutrition program for runners.

For the next three weeks we are offering the program at a very special price of only $2.99 a volume.

You can download the program from CDBaby, put it on your ipod or iphone and listen to it at your convenience.