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Five for Five

So back in November I decided I was going to run 5 marathons in 5 months since I  was not going to make my triathlon in 2013 (well I could have done a sprint but I do nothing small!). The plan was to go for 2 full marathons and 3 halves. Looking at the schedule I originally believed there was a half marathon in between the two full marathons but I was wrong and they were back to back. This led me to running one full and four halves. This is something I am quite content with considering, on the finishing end of these five races, I have already started full out training for a half iron man and my body feels great. While I probably will not choose to go through the stress of so many races in a row due to travel and dealing with packet pickup in combination with work and kids… these 5 competitions provided me with some valuable experience  and key lessons moving forward:

  1. Whomever said that natural running was a hoax has never tried it the right way. I went from not being able to run for almost a decade to averaging 70km a week.
  2. 6 weeks is not enough time to ramp up training for a marathon. 8 weeks is the perfect amount of time for my physical condition to be able to get in a couple of 30km+ runs along with a rest week in between.
  3. I had a hypothesis that I tested out. Running should be enough to train for running. So for about a year I only ran with interval training and didn’t lifted weights / cross train. There was definitely a gradual decrease in my speed which showed when I was running a half marathon in about 1.45. After one month of full body tabata training I hit 1.33 on my last half marathon and felt like I could easily break 1.30 with continued training. (well at least I had a theory!)

Luis Guilamo

Bringing in 2014


First off happy new year!

As I generally start off my days… I started 2014 with a run, then complimented it with some yoga with my wife. With 2013 washing away, today’s run was a good opportunity to reflect on 2013 and contemplate what I want 2014 to be. The conclusion I came to was that 2013 was the year of success just not what I set out to succeed in. Both in and out of my running shoes I worked hard to achieve a goal and my efforts resulted in achieving something different but just as good and in many scenarios even better. One great example is that I set out to complete a triathlon really focusing on my swimming and ended up running a half marathon then a full marathon 3 weeks after. Now I am well on my way to the next marathon just weeks away.

In 2014 I will be looking to explore. I would like to explore different training methods, explore my nutrition and even explore different gear to fine tune my efforts and enhance efficiency.

Good luck in 2014!

Luis Guilamo

Tin Man

Happy December! I spent an amazing Christmas with family and running through the elements with my wife in a ski mask looking like a ninja…

After my last fun run I decided that since I was forced to put my triathlon plans on hold due to unforeseen circumstances I needed a goal to maintain my training intensity. Being the all-in kind of guy I am I decided to push my body and go for 5 marathons in 5 months. That would be 3 halves and 2 full. Two months in and I completed the first half marathon in November and earlier this month on Decembers 6th I completed my first full marathon. I took one week off and got back to running last week which was interesting. I felt like a tin man and each mile I ran was like working out the kinks and knocking off the rust. My first mile back was even forced into a run-walk approach. I am finally back to 100% and am looking forward to applying my experience in these first two races!

Luis Guilamo

The ‘Infamous’ Fun Run

Fun Run!

Fun Run!

Every runner wants to run fast. This includes me. However, sometimes you get caught up in all that comes with excessive monitoring of training statistics.

This past weekend I ran 6 miles in 1hr 15min and it was great. A lot of people don’t do this because it “interrupts” their training schedule but it’s something that I try to do as much as possible. In this instance I was on a beautiful beach stopping to take photos and enjoy the environment. Plus I was running with my big sister on one of her first runs since finishing the Chicago Marathon (congratulations by the way!). We had a blast. Other times (quite often) I race my kids on their bicycles but running backwards and they love it…

Everyone’s training regime should consist way more of these!


Sharing the beauty

Morning run

Morning run

There is definitely something to be said about running in the winter and hearing the footsteps of animals in the darkness of the forest. However, the last couple of months I have been waking up, stepping out and enjoying the sunrise over the endless ocean. I could never get myself to stop and take a photo. However, today running 18 km with my pacer (My wife on her bicycle) was the perfect opportunity to stop (just for a moment) and enjoy the beauty.


Luis Guilamo

The Best Thing About Running

luisguilamo miami 5k


So far the best part of all my training has been getting so many others involved. A few months ago I paced my sister to her personal best in a crowd of 40000 runners. On Father’s day I got to see my two boys dominate in a diaper and youth race after my own race. This morning I got the pleasure of pacing my wife, Asa Guilamo in her first 5k to a top 30 womans finish.  In return she paced me on her bicycle as I ran an extra 15km to and from the race, what a day!

Luis Guilamo

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