From 6 to 200 MPH

Friday, February 14, 2014

Surf City Half Marathon ........ Rundown!!!!!

Pain on the ball of my foot is now a big concerned.  Used to bother me at Mile 20(when running the Full) but last Sunday my foot was in excruciating pain at Mile 8. Had my foot x-rayed   yesterday and was referred to a Podiatrist.  I already stopped running the Full and don't want to stop the Half also.  OC Half, Santa Clarita and Long beach are on my 2014 schedules. 

Found out that there was a revision on the results yesterday.  Instead of AG 4th finisher I moved up to 3rd finisher. Received my plaque Feb 13.  


Runner Details Race Results
Bib: 12421
Name: Arthur Laforteza
  Gender: M
Age: 71
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Overall: 6654 out of 15475          
Men: 3509 out of 6083
M 70-74: 3 out of 38
Age/Grade: 60.41% Place: 1768
Finish: 2:15:10 Pace: 10:19
Tag Time: 2:15:10
Gun Time: 2:47:51
Split Times
3 Mi: 29:46 Pace: 9:56
5 Mi: 48:41 Pace: 9:45
6 Mi: 59:59 Pace: 10:00
9 Mi: 1:28:35 Pace: 9:51
11 Mi: 1:51:39 Pace: 10:09
12 Mi: 2:01:15 Pace: 10:07    

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 Running Schedule and Update!!!!!!

It's been more than a week into 2014 and still don't have a clue of what the year is going to be for my active lifestyle.  Stuffy nose, chest congestion  and coughing prevented me from running since the California International Marathon.  Lacing up doesn't come easy anymore. For sure, it will be another down running year for me. 

A look back at 2013

It's been a down year as far as running was concerned. Ran 3 marathons with average time of 5h:15m and struggled big time at the CIM.  The weather (22F) and injuries  sidelined me for a month and confirmed my decision not to run full marathon anymore.

On the bright side, I cleaned up the AG awards on the 10K events held at the neighboring cities of Long Beach with an average time of 56 minutes.

2014 Schedule

1. Ready or not, I will be at the starting line of the Surf City Half Marathon next month. 
2. OC Half Marathon
3. Berkeley Half Marathon
4. Long Beach International Bank Half or Full Marathon.
5. 2 - 10K

To fill up the up the time, I usually spend training and running full marathons , I will do the following;
1. Community work at the Indian reservation in San Pablo and San Diego.
2. Fishing
3. Play racquetball 5 times a week.

Los Alamitos 10K

Cypress 10K

La Palma 10K
Long Beach 10K

OC Marathon
Long Beach Marathon

California International Marathon  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Long Beach International Bank Marathon - 2013

Ran my last Long Beach full marathon and in December will run my last full marathon in Sacramento. Will continue running Half and 10K, though. The lower part of my body from foot to lower back can't take the pounding anymore. At mile 7, I removed my socks because the ball on my foot hurt so bad(experienced this during training and by running without socks ease the pain). Ran at a decent pace and on target for under 5 hrs finish up to mile 24. When my hip and lower back pain became unbearable, I decided to walk all the way to the finish line. It's a good decision because I was able to enjoy the post race celebration. Got me 4 cups of ultra light beer and went to Hooters with wifey, son, brother and friend for the much needed nutrients. Love those chicken butts.  

Beat my OC Marathon time by 30 seconds sooooo .......... it's a 2013 PR     

The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon

Race Standings

- 2077
- 1367
-       6
-    360
-                 71
-        06:28:45
-                   00:32:54
-                 01:05:05        
-                 02:19:35
-           03:39:50
-           05:11:14

Monday, May 6, 2013

Orange County Marathon - 2013

Bib: 214
Name: Arthur Laforteza
Gender: M
Age: 71
Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Overall:           1401 out of 1875
Men:               918 out of 1151
M 70-74:        5 out of 14
Age/Grade:     55.10% Place: 590
Finish:             5:11:46 Pace: 11:54
Tag Time:        5:11:46
Gun Time:        5:12:50

Split Times:
5 Km:             34:49 Pace: 11:13
10 Km:          1:09:11 Pace: 11:09
11 Mi:            2:04:42 Pace: 11:21
Half:               2:27:48 Pace: 11:17
15.25 Mi:       2:52:26 Pace: 11:19
18.6 Mi:         3:29:13 Pace: 11:15
24 Mi:            4:42:12 Pace: 11:46
26.2:              5:11:46 Pace:  11:54
TARGET:       5:00:00 Pace:  11:29

I started running at age 66. I set my personal best(4:42) when I ran my 1st marathon in Oct 2008 at age 68. Unfortunately, I reached the top of the bell curve at such a young age. At age 69 - 70, I ran 9 marathons and the closest finish time to my PB is 4:52. I am now fading, not fast but gently.  Moving forward, I will add 5 minutes to my most recent finish time as a TARGET.  When we reach a certain age ....... age do matter!

With son Aris who did the HM.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Born to Run

A man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 83. And those are just averages. About one out of every four 65-year-olds today will live past age 90, and one out of 10 will live past age 95.
A man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 83.
And those are just averages. About one out of every four 65-year-olds today will live past age 90, and one out of 10 will live past age 95.

 Turned 65 six years ago and according to SSA, expect to live another 12 years...... naaah. I like the one out of 10 odd.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Goodbye 2012 ...... Welcome 2013!!!!!

2012 will soon be a history but what a year it was. I turned 70 but felt younger and stronger since I started running when I was 65.

It's a year I ran six marathons (streak of 9), two half and two 10k. It's a year I ran 1181 miles. It's also a year that I realized and accepted that 70 is not a new 65 or even 69.

After the Long Beach Marathon and 3 months of soul searching, I decided to continue running at a pace that will be most comfortable to me. No more running hurt and crossing the finish line in a verge of asthma episode. No more PR & podium finish. Will stay active running, jogging, walking and working out at the "Y" to make 75 looking great.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Half Marathon - LA Fairplex

After taking it easy since Long Beach Marathon, I decided to comeback for an easy half mary run yesterday at the Pomona Fairplex.  As it turned out,  there was nothing easy except the consumption of ultra light beer at the end of the run.

Preparations for these race were:
1. Easy 6 to 7 miles  run at the San Gabriel River bike path;
2. 10k turkey trot run with my family;.
3. 15 minutes per day, 6 days per week at the Y spa..

.I thought,  I could finish the race nice and easy with such crappy training. My bad. To start with, there was nothing flat on the course except 2 miles inside the complex. Once the runners leave the complex, the challenge started.

I was sure my heart beat chart look like the above. I struggled from start to finish, but was able to cross the finish line without walking or stopping.  Without proper training, no such thing as nice and easy finish.

Still with smile at the finish line

Photo ops not complete without wife, Lucy

Bib: 4201
Name: Arthur Laforteza
Gender: M
Age: 70
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Overall:     1971 out of 4851
Men:     1394 out of 2494
M 70-99:     7 out of 17
Age/Grade:     58.32% Place: 619
Finish:     2:18:29 Pace: 10:34
Tag Time:     2:18:29
  Gun Time:       2:19:09