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Please visit Run Your Potential on facebook. The facebook page is updated daily with information, images and videos of the group runs, races and all things RYP.  Click the like button on FB, receive the status updates and join in on the discussions. The Run Your Potential website is being redesigned with new content for 2013!   Cheers, Coach John

boston marathon 2014


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We thought the 118th Boston Marathon was going to be special and it turned out to be an incredible event. Run Your Potential had 25 runners that went to Boston this year including 12 first timers. We ended up with 18 BQ’s and 8 PR’s !! Super proud of how everyone put in the hard training and gave their best effort on the very challenging Boston course. It felt especially satisfying to return to support Boston, to be part of the healing that was much needed. Major thank you to the BAA, volunteers and spectators !!

Run Your Potential at Surf City 2014

Run Your Potential had a strong turnout at Surf City Full and Half Marathon on Sunday! 35 runners, 17 PR’s, 2 Boston Qualifiers, many high age group placements and lots of great training for the upcoming spring races. We had a new tent/canopy to gather around and lots of support on the sidelines too! We were wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Super proud of the Run Your Potential crew!


Run Your Potential at Ojai (Mountains2Beach)

wow.. 23 PR’s for May! At Ojai (Mountains2Beach) there were 17 RYP’ers racing. 16 PR’s and 10 BQ’s !! Just incredibly proud of all the dedication and effort on display. I know everyone gave 100% and did their very best. What an amazing group of runners they are!

Run Your Potential at Boston 2013

As one week passes our hearts go out still to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. And to anyone else directly or indirectly affected by this senseless act on innocent people. Let good triumph over evil and may Boston be Strong Forever.

-from the RYP team


2012 recap

2012 was a great year at Run Your Potential. We accomplished 84 PR’s out of 210 races, a 40% PR ratio which is really incredible. 34 marathon races exceeded the Boston  Marathon Qualifying standard and 9 of those were first time BQ’s.  in 2012 groups of our runners went to the Houston Half/Full Marathon (and Olympic Trials), Surf City Half and Full Marathon, Boston Marathon,  Orange County races (marathon, half and 5K), Ojai Marathon, St. George Marathon, Twin Cities Marathon, Chicago Marathon and California International Marathon.

17 Run Your Potential runners are signed up for the 2013 Boston Marathon along with many running Surf City, Carlsbad 5000, Ojai and wide variety of other races from the mile to ultra distances. While the core group of runners live in the Southern California area and met for weekly track/hill/tempo and long run workouts, there are runners from 16 different states and 2 other countries training with the group virtually and meeting up at various races around the country.

Coach John continues this year as a lululemon run ambassador for the lulu Irvine Spectrum Store, leading weekly training runs for newer and more experienced runners. We continue to give back by supporting many charities and volunteering at events for  Operation Jack and Team Laura (supporting the John Wayne Cancer Foundation)

Cheers and Happy New Year !!

2010 recap

Time to do a little recap of 2010 and get on to 2011!

The Run Your Potential runners had a great year so let me list some highlights:

The coach managed 14 races in 2010. The total included 3 Marathons, 2 Half Marathons, 7 5K’s, and 2 mile races. The best times were:

USATF Road Mile in 4:57
Dana Point Turkey Trot 5K 16:57
California International Marathon in 2:42:01

Here’s a good picture near the finish of the road mile which was held on the old air strip of the El Toro Marine Base. That was a really fun race and intend to go back in 2011.



Laurent had a great year!

At the Marathon distance he went from a PR 3:24 at the San Diego RnR in June to a big PR 3:10 at CIM in December.

At the Half distance he started the year with a 1:33 at the LA 13.1 Half and in October set  a PR  1:26 at the LA RnR Half.

In March he ran a 10K time of 41:24 at the Spirit Run and in November a PR  39:10 at the Dino Dash.

All very solid improvements and he is just starting to really get into the swing of things as the year closed out. Next big goal for him is running  a PR at the Boston Marathon in April ’11.



Matt ran the OC Marathon in May and qualified for the Boston Marathon with a ‘perfect pacing’ time of  3:19:23.  After major celebrations lasting for weeks, he toed the line at the Down Town Anaheim 5K in June and set a PR of 19:44. He also went 19:21 at the Long Beach 5K but hard to count that one since the course was short. At any rate, Matt is totally committed to the training for the 115th Boston Marathon coming up in just a couple months and looking to PR at the marathon once again.



Robert also had an incredible running year in 2010. After many seasons of trying to qualify for Boston we laid out a Run Your Potential plan to make sure he had a good chance. The Long Beach Marathon was the venue and Robert did not disappoint by running a very even split 3:32:55 .. about 3 minutes faster than what was needed to achieve his goal!  Robert is also in the thick of training for his first Boston Marathon and looking forward to seeing him run a great race there.


Sydney had a great year but with a tough finish. After setting a huge PR at the SD RnR Marathon she trained all summer for the Marine Core Marathon. She ran more than she ever had and some great tune up races. She had the fitness to easily qualify at MCM (including running the first 20 miles of the Camarillo Marathon at BQ pace as a training run!). But her achilles heel turned out to be her achilles heel. In the marathon minor problems have a way of becoming major problems and Sydney’s heel started to protest heavily with only half the race over. Despite slowing to see if it would go away, it became apparent that continuing on would risk some serious injury. So for the first time in her running career she decided to stop, which was the smart thing to do. Now Sydney is running pain free and training has started for the OC Marathon coming up in May. Sometimes running is a sport of delayed gratification and we see great things in store for Sydney this year!




Sabrina ran a big 3 minute PR at the OC marathon in May with a 3:08:37  After doing some shorter races in the summer she started ramping back up for a fall marathon. Unfortunately some minor issues came up that kept pushing back the training schedule until we could decide to put it together for the Surf City Marathon in early February. We did quite a few training runs on the course which allowed her to become very familiar with the layout of the course and the terrain she would encounter. On race day she was on target until late in the race but she dug very deep during the last 10K and crossed the line in 3:03:41 for third place woman overall and a nearly 5 minute PR!!


Lauren ran a wide variety of races in 2010. She started with the Southern California Half, then ran the Spirit Run 10K on the way to running her first  Boston Marathon! She quickly followed that with the OC Marathon two weeks later!  Later in the summer she ran the Bulldog 50K Ultra .. her longest race to date and the Pacific Coast Triathlon in September. Now she is training for a big PR at the OC Marathon in May.



Susan put in some great training which translated into outstanding races in 2010. She ran a 18:47 PR at the Carlsbad 5000 .. more than a minute and half better than the year before! Then she ran a 1:27:57 at the OC Half which was another PR. Next up was an 18:34 PR at the Magic Shoe. In October she ran a 1:25:02 at the Long Beach Half which was almost 2 minutes faster than her OC  Half time. An excellent year and really looking forward to seeing what she can do in 2011!

summer ’10 update

On June 6th the San Diego RnR Marathon was held. I drove Doris down to the start and after dropping her off, went to the start line to watch everyone cross the line. Shortly after the start I look over and see Meb Keflezighi and a friend of his walking down the sidewalk. I approached, congratulated him on his fantastic NYCM win and was able to talk to him for a couple minutes. Very cool guy and an inspirational runner.

Then I drove off to figure out parking and getting to the course around the 10 mile mark. 4 RYP runners were in the race, Doris and Sandra both running the Half as training runs. And Sydney and Laurent were in for the Full.

The weather started out pretty good with overcast conditions but as time went on the sun started to peek out from the marine layer. Sydney was shooting for a 3:50 goal and she lined up an awesome race and a 20:34 PR!  Here are her splits:

5K goal 27:15 (she ran 27:07)
10K goal 54:31 (she ran 54:00)
Half goal 1:55:00 (she ran 1:55:05)
Full goal 3:50:00 (she ran 3:49:00)

Laurent had a goal to BQ. His training and shorter race results were very encouraging and it looked on paper like getting a big PR and BQ was going to happen. But as we all know, the marathon can be a very humbling experience. Laurent went out fast and strong only to slow significantly in the final 10K. The sun came out, Laurent melted and had to go through some seriously tough miles to get to the finish. But he did continue to run and even picked it up at the end. The result was a 12 minute PR, and that Boston Qualifier that he wanted so much! Since then Laurent has been putting in some great training and smashing his PR’s at all the shorter distances. Next up for him is CIM in December (quick edit .. Laurent ran a 3:10:19 at CIM .. a 16 minute PR which moves him way up in the corrals for Boston!)

For the rest of the summer many of us have been working on our speed and short race training. Each Tuesday in the wee early hours at the Laguna Beach track, the LBHS ‘breakfast club’ meets to do form drills, run 200 repeats and then 5K intervals. Sometimes we take to the local hills and run hill intervals to work on strength and VO2max. Other times we stick to the track and run 600 to 1200′s. The group dynamic has been very good and having running partners to help with pace and consistency is really beneficial. Below are some videos of some track workouts in slow motion: