track selfie

Photo-a-Day: Year 11, Day 142 – Total Days: 3794

Flickr is currently down as a result of a planned maintenance, which means I’ve been unable to update photo of the day! That looks like a good excuse to post something here!

Took this shot with my iPhone while at the San Luis Distance Club’s speed workout at the CalPoly track. I love getting to run on a proper track! The surface is soooo good to run on and it makes it much easier to practice going fast. We were doing 400 meter repeats and it was a great workout!

gatorade [Day 2281]


gatorade | photograph by Brian J. Matis

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 90 – Total Days: 2,281

Canon 6D | ISO 2000 | 50mm | f/3.5 | 1/100 sec

Ever since taking up running, I try to always keep some Gatorade in stock in the fridge. So great after a long run!

rainy day run [Day 2251]


rainy day run

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 60 – Total Days: 2,251

iPhone 5s | ISO 50 | 4.15mm | f/2.1 | 1/120 sec

It was an overcast, rainy, and even occasionally thunderstorm-y afternoon today. While most people spent the day huddled inside, what did I do? Went out for a 15 mile run that — due to a miscalculation of distance of a particular stretch of road — accidentally become a 17 mile run. I guess that’s one way to finally break past the half-marathon distance that had been my prior max distance…

new shoes [Day 2244]


running shoe

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 53 – Total Days: 2,244

Canon 6D | ISO 200 | 105mm | f/5.0 | 1/80 sec

In honor of having done my sixth half marathon last weekend, and logging over 30 miles of running in one week, I decided to get a new pair of running shoes yesterday. These are the Saucony Ride 7 and they sure do look pretty snazzy! (I’ll really need to take some more time to give them a proper photoshoot soon though.)

the hills are alive [Day 2243]


poly canyon

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 52 – Total Days: 2,243

iPhone 5S | ISO 32 | 4.15mm | f/2.2 | 1/750 sec

Got together with some co-workers this morning for a run. We did just over 8.5 miles out in Poly Canyon, which meant it was a trail run with some grueling hills at the start. Fortunately, the incredibly scenic nature of it more than made up for the challenge. I even had to stop for a moment to grab a quick photo. Gorgeous!

Also, most of the really hard stuff was done by the 3.5 mile mark, so that made the rest of it seem much easier than it would have otherwise!

Oh, and when the team run was done, I went off for another mile and a half so I could get to the 10 miles that my training plan had me scheduled to do today. Next Saturday, I get to go 15, which will be my farthest run ever :-)

Buzz Half-Marathon Medal [Day 2237]


buzz half-marathon medal

Photo-a-Day: Year 7, Day 46 – Total Days: 2,237

Canon 6D | ISO 1600 | 105mm | f/4.5 | 1/60 sec

Another day, another half-marathon… Seriously, these things aren’t even feeling like such a big deal anymore. Which is pretty awesome!

Today’s was my sixth half-marathon and it was held at the Camp Roberts National Guard Base just a bit north of Paso Robles, CA. It was pretty neat getting to run within the military base, especially when we got out to the gorgeous rolling hills and fields used for training. I even got to see a “tank crossing” sign on the road!

The timing on this event was great, as it falls on the exact day that my full marathon training plan calls for doing a half-marathon race. Next weekend’s long run gets to be a bit of a break, by only being 10 miles. After that though, it kicks up to 15 and beyond! (Plus, there’s 3 shorter runs during the week… This full marathon training is no joke. Last weekend was a 12-miler — in the rain!)

City to the Sea [Day 2111]


city to the sea half marathon start line

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 285 – Total Days: 2,111

iPhone 5S | ISO 320 | 4.15mm | f/2.2| 1/15 sec

Today was the City to the Sea Half Marathon, which meant that before 9:15am I had already run 13.1 miles! This was my second time running City to the Sea, my 5th half marathon overall, and I’m pleased to say that at 2:09:12, it was also my fastest ever!

City to the Sea Packet Pick-Up Day [Day 2110]


City to the Sea banner

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 284 – Total Days: 2,110

Fuji X100S | ISO 200 | 23mm | f/4.0| 1/2000 sec

Today was race packet pick-up for the City to the Sea Half Marathon. Tomorrow morning I’ll be up bright and early, er, I mean, dark and early, so that I can run from Downtown San Luis Obispo all the way to Pismo Beach. That’s 13.1 miles of running, and I’m absolutely looking forward to it! It’ll be my second time doing City to the Sea and my fifth half-marathon. Can’t wait! :-D

Finish Line [Day 2090]


finish line

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 264 – Total Days: 2,090

iPhone 5S | ISO 32 | 4.15 mm | f/2.2 | 1/470 sec

Today was the official “Beat the Blerch” race up in Washington, so some friends and I got together and ran our own virtual 10K in honor of it. We even had race support and some excellent chalking for the route, including this nicely done finish line.

This week we only did 10K since one of our friends was out of town for a triathlon, but next week we’re doing a Beat the Blerch half marathon!

The Blerch [Day 2081]


the blerch

Photo-a-Day: Year 6, Day 255 – Total Days: 2,081

Canon 6D | ISO 400 | 80 mm | f/5.0 | 1/125 sec

This weird little thing in my hand is “The Blerch”. It’s the creation of cartoonist Matthew Inman, a.k.a. “The Oatmeal”. Much like me, Matthew is a runner. Except he’s a bit more advanced than I, in that he’s what’s known as an Ultra-runner. Ulta-runs are technically anything over the marathon distance, but they’re typically in the 50 or 100 mile range. Pretty extreme, eh?

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