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@ravyoly

San Bruno, CA Raving since 2016 50 states aspirant/finisher https://m.facebook.com/RAVYOLY active 1 month, 2 weeks ago

About Me

  • Running club(s):

    Brazen Racing (Streaker #78), Dolphin South End Runners (DSE)

  • Rave race:
  • Race that's calling my name:

    Chicago Marathon

  • I run because:

    it keeps me healthy and strong both physically and mentally.

My races

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Half Marathon

Marathon

Ultramarathon

(Marathon &/or Ultra) + Half

Marathon + Ultra

Other

Personal Bests (4)

Race Distance Location Date Result
50 Miler Rodeo Beach, CA Sep 10, 2016 14:35:00
50K Cool, CA Mar 7, 2015 7:22:31
Marathon Folsom, CA 2013 4:19:00
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2013 1:58:41

Future Races (11)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Stockholm, Sweden Jun 2, 2018
Marathon Staten Island, NY Nov 4, 2018
Marathon Athens, Greece TBD
Marathon Chicago, IL TBD
Half Marathon Yanqing Xian, China TBD
Marathon Koloa, HI TBD
Marathon Baton Rouge, LA TBD
Marathon Arlington, VA TBD
Marathon Lahaina, HI TBD
Marathon Medoc Region, France TBD
Marathon Government Camp, OR TBD

Past Races (21)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
25 Miler El Dorado Hills, CA Apr 7, 2018
50K Pilot Hill, CA Feb 24, 2018 7:49:03
Marathon Lahaina, HI Jan 14, 2018
Marathon Folsom, CA Dec 4, 2016
5K Vacaville, CA Oct 22, 2016
50K Saratoga Gap, CA Oct 8, 2016
50 Miler Rodeo Beach, CA Sep 10, 2016 14:35:00
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada Aug 13, 2016 2:16:00
Marathon Weott, CA May 1, 2016
Dopey Challenge (48.6 Miles) Lake Buena Vista, FL Jan 7, 2016
Sprint Capitola, CA Oct 3, 2015
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Sep 4, 2015 2:41:08
50K Walnut Creek, CA Apr 19, 2015
50K Cool, CA Mar 7, 2015 7:22:31
50K Woodside, CA Dec 28, 2014 7:27:19
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA Aug 30, 2014 2:15:17
Half Marathon Seattle, WA Jun 21, 2014
Half Marathon Vacaville, CA Mar 29, 2014
Marathon Folsom, CA 2013 4:19:00
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2013 1:58:41
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA 2013 2:20:53

My Raves

Salmon Falls 50K

Salmon Falls 50K

Okay I have to admit, I ran this for the Jacket. And it was worth it! I'm glad I did this race. It started out freezing cold but overall the … MORE

Okay I have to admit, I ran this for the Jacket. And it was worth it! I’m glad I did this race. It started out freezing cold but overall the weather was perfect running condition as the day progressed. The SF50K website said elevation profile is 2899 feet but in the end my Garmin recorded 4259 feet. I should tell them that might be a typo on their end. 😛
There’s lots of runnable sections and fun downhill technical runs. The last flat, gravelly mile running the levee to the finish felt so close yet so far. So be prepared for that. I enjoyed the course overall and would run it again. And again, I’ll run for the jacket. LOL If you’re considering on doing your first ultra, this would be a good one. Just keep in mind that they have a strict 8 hour cut off for this 50K. They do offer an early start if you need that extra hour.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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Maui Oceanfront Marathon

Maui Oceanfront Marathon

This was my first time running the Maui Oceanfront Marathon (MOM) and it it happened to be their 11th anniversary. I registered because a very good friend of mine, my … MORE

This was my first time running the Maui Oceanfront Marathon (MOM) and it it happened to be their 11th anniversary. I registered because a very good friend of mine, my best buddy, and co-RaceRaves am-badass-ador, Mike Beckwith posted about it on our Brazen Racing FB running group. Registration was about $109. I thought about participating in this event because I’ve always loved going on runcations (a running vacay) and even though I have been to Hawaii several times in the past, I have never participated in an event there.

Months before Marathon
The race director sent emails like it was their only job. My email account was flooded with “NAG” emails. Some were informational but it was also entertaining.

Days before the Marathon:
I learned from the MOM race timeline they had posted on their website that the Valley Isle Runners have practice runs on Wednesdays. I decided to do this a few hours after landing to Maui. The run was led by Jim Lynch, a very nice dude. I learned that he’s the author of the book called, “One foot over the other.” He is also the co- race director of Maui Marathon. Glad I got to meet him and hope to come back to Maui again in the near future to run with him and the group of runners from the Valley Isle Road Runners.

FALSE MISSILE ALERT – Yes…It happened and it happened the day before the marathon. Yes, it was scary and crazy. I’m happy it was a false alarm, but it got me worked up mentally and emotionally for sure. Whether or not this was a factor on race day performance….possibly?

Bib Pick Up: We decided to pick up our bib on Saturday at Pioneer Inn in Lahaina. It’s a very small expo and the bib pick up was effortless. You get your bib number from the list posted outside where they also sell merchandise. You then go inside, show your ID, and you are given your bib and shirt.

Race Day:
A 3:30 am shuttle bus took us from Lahaina (where our hotel was) to the start at Wailea. The race starts at 5 am, hence, the reason it was advised to us to bring headlamps. I’m glad I had mine. There was an option to start earlier. Upon looking back, I should have taken this option. The course was deceiving. It didn’t have steep elevations but what made this difficult for me was the heat and humidity. I didn’t finish at the time I had hoped because I had a problem with my left foot. I may have wrapped the tape on my toes a bit too constricting than usual and the Injinji socks I had on didn’t help. I’m sure my feet were swollen from the heat and that didn’t help. I pretty much walked and hobbled the last 8 miles. This is definitely my worst marathon finish time. As a positive, I’m glad I finished and didn’t drop. There were a few times on the course I thought I may not make it because of the heat, but I persevered. I”m glad that I brought salt tablets and my ice bandana. Luckily they had ice at the aid stations and that really helped me with the heat. At the finish, I saw that my best buddy already showered, cleaned up, and was sporting his flip-flops. He ran with and filmed me the last couple of yards to the finish. I got my medal and didn’t bother to see if there were food or snacks. At this point I just wanted to get to the hotel to make sure my foot was ok. When I took off my socks and shoes it felt a whole lot better. The next day I was able to walk just fine.

Things I did right:
Brought my handheld hydration, headlamp, salt tabs, ice bandana, hat, and sunglasses. Glad I did not worry about bringing plastic bags and rubber bands to put on over my shoes and to take off after, just to run on the sand for about 3 minutes due to a detour we had to take on the beach because of road construction. The key to running on the sand is to run closer to the water where the sand is packed, not loose.

What I learned from this race that I would do differently if I were to run it again:
Take the early start option; it’s not like I’m going for an age group win. Drink/hydrate. Don’t tape my toes to tightly and give them room to expand because of the heat.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Headlands Marathon, 50, 75 & 100

Headlands Marathon, 50, 75 & 100

PCTR hosted this event. I volunteered twice in the past before deciding to run it. The production was well organized. The swag I received were a zipped pull over tech … MORE

PCTR hosted this event. I volunteered twice in the past before deciding to run it. The production was well organized. The swag I received were a zipped pull over tech shirt, a coaster, and a mug. There was no medal given. The views were amazing and the volunteers were awesome.

Update: PCTR is under new ownership in 2017. I finished this race in 2016. Review is reflected based on the prior race production.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
2

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SeaWheeze Half Marathon

SeaWheeze Half Marathon

This was Runcation at its best! First time I heard about this race I was told it's a hard one to get into as it sells out in mere minutes. … MORE

This was Runcation at its best!
First time I heard about this race I was told it’s a hard one to get into as it sells out in mere minutes. I was lucky to get in this year. Months after registering, lulu sent the official Seawheeze shorts in the mail. This is a pretty cool thing as I am used to receiving race shirts not shorts and usually on race day not months ahead.

-Seawheeze Showcase/Expo/Bib Pick up
I got a lulu mesh duffle bag with water bottle and snacks inside. The showcase store is ridiculous! Hard core lulu fans even camp out days/night before to get exclusive and limited merch.
Expo is one of the best I’ve been to. There’s lots of pampering involved to get runners excited and ready for race day. There’s free stations for hair braiding, hair cut for men, temporary air brush tattoos, mani (nail polish only in lulu colors), photo/video booths, and sunset yoga.

-Race course
Pretty much mostly flat from Downtown Vancouver to Stanley Park. Views are pretty nice especially by the water. Course was marked clearly in kilometers. Pacers called pace beavers were present for those going for time. At the finish you are greeted with a nice clean cold towel, water, and a huge medal. Free catered boxed breakfast were also provided. We also got a free lululemon baseball cap/hat and some free essential oils in a travel pouch from Saje.
Other post race treats are foam roller stretching area, free massage, and free alignment from chiropractors at the finish expo area.

-Sunset Festival Party
Another perk and a perfect way to end race day is a yoga session and concert at Stanley park . Free shuttles are provided to and from this event from downtown.

Overall this is one race every runner should check off on their running bucket list. It really is a run yoga party. I’m really happy, satisfied, and very impressed with how Lululemon organized this event and would love to go again.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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