Completed the Jacksonville Bank marathon this past Sunday 12/16/2012 in Jacksonville, FL! It was a great race with a flat and shaded course. I used this race as a training run for the ING Miami marathon in 6 more weeks.

The day afterwards my body was sore and I was walking like tin man (very slow) but today feels awesome and I am back to normal.

I stopped more frequently for water during the race because the sun came out and drained everything out of me. But my time was still pretty good considering.

This makes for marathon number 2 and will be completing number 3 next month!

What are some of your 2013 goals? It can be nutritionally, physically or both. Please share!


  1. cal23blake says:

    well done bro! and good luck in Miami!
    my plans for next year are 2 marathons and a half ironman. To be at my goal weight and the best shape of my life!
    whats in store for you next year?

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks alot Blake! I have the Half Iron man on my list as well but maybe for 2014 haha. Which marathons do you want to run next year?

      My goals for 2013 is to just stay as active and healthy as possible. Give my all everyday. Would like to complete a 50K though in 2013!

  2. Jill says:

    Fantastic job! Congrats!

  3. junkmile says:

    Nice Job! I look forward to the day I post I did my first marathon :). It is weird reading the sun drained you, I ran my 6K in about 3 inches of snow and slush this morning.

  4. Jim Brennan says:

    Yay L-Jay, Congrats! I promised my son that I’d do the Philly triathlon with him (the sprint) if he did one in 2012. He did. It will be my first.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thats a great bargain to give your son. Im sure he did it just so you would do it with him next year! All the best to you in June 2013. You will do great. Keep me posted!

  5. Colin DeWaay says:

    Congrats! My goals are simple. Get stronger, leaner, healthier. Like always! πŸ™‚

  6. ahellams says:

    Congrats on your race.
    My goals for the year are to recommit to nutrition; because I run a lot I have been using that as an excuse to gradually eat more and more crap. I haven’t gained weight, but I feel a change in myself. I am signed up for a full and half marathon and would like to work on incorporating more strength training in with my running!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Yes! I am a strong believer of cross training. It has definitely helped me to run longer and faster. Have you checked out my post on Cross Training? Which full and half are you doing? Those are great goals!!

  7. Brent says:

    Great job on Marathon #2
    My goals are a 5k and 10k next year and my first marathon in 2014. I’m coming off 2knee replacements so I am going slow.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Brent thats great considering you have had knee replacement. Take it easy and build yourself strong again. When I was a a kid I was hit by a car and shattered my entire left femur bone. I never thought that I would be running marathon today with that happening but it just made me stronger! The same will happen for you!!

  8. Congrats on finishing #2! I signed up yesterday for my second full in New Orleans, LA in Feb. My goals for next year include running 6 halves or fulls. I have 3 races on the calendar now and looking for more.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Awesome! Is that the Rock N Roll? I looked at this one and the course seems fun. Running on Lakeshore Dr gives an amazing view of the water. You will like it! Good luck to you and training strong. Keep me posted! Isnt it insane how we get addicted to signing up for races hahaha. Its a great addiction to have though.

  9. Well look at you. I’m am very proud of you. Great Great Job. My health has greatly improved and I will keep working on it. My goals are a little more limited than yours. But a strong concern for nutrition and health will keep me going but not exactly as long or as strong as you. Great job and Good luck in the next ones. I have been with you for awhile. You were my first follower and it has been almost 6 months. I feel like your one of mine. I’m old enough to be your parent and I’m very proud. God Bless and Good Luck.

  10. runstephrun11 says:

    Well done! My goal is to become marathon fit and do the London Marathon in April 2014!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks alot! What are you currently running now? I would like to do London as well!! Seems like alot of fun especially running over the London bridge.

      • runstephrun11 says:

        It goes through the town where I live at the minute, literally the end of the road so I’m going to go cheer people on next year! I did my first half marathon in September and did it in 2 hours 30 minutes. Got another one in March so I hope to beat it!

  11. Opalla says:

    Congrats! For recovery, people say “a day for a mile”. Good luck with Miami!

  12. jljohnson says:

    Fantastic job! I was out there doing the half….you amaze me in doing the full. I could NEVER do it, I really don’t think I could ever do it. You are fantastic! (and we should run one day!)

    • L-Jay Health says:

      WOW! How did you do on the half? The full was nice. IT was a flat course which I liked. It was alot of people though going down that one narrow road. Other than that it was fun. Do you live in jax or did you travel?

      • jljohnson says:

        I live in Jax, and I did okay on the Half. No records broken like I wanted, but it got hot at the end. I thought I was was doing better till I saw the 10 mile time clock. Oh, well, there is always next year. πŸ™‚

        Do you live in town? If so, are you going to do the Tour de Pain EXTREME!? That’s my next big race. (well, that and the Gate)

      • L-Jay Health says:

        No I live in Tampa as of now but I was born and raised there. Yes, it got really hot towards the end and I was stopping for water which I usually dont stop for as much. I will have to take a look at Tour de Pain and let you know. Give me sometime to check it out and maybe we can be partners!!!

  13. piratebobcat says:

    Congrats! When is the Miami marathon? I’m running the Disney marathon on Jan. 13. My goal is to finally run one injury free!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Its January 27,2013. I waited to late to sign up for Disney as you know it sold out pretty quick lol. I wish I could do but I may volunteer to pass out water and gatorade etc. Im sure you will do great. I hear its a fun run and nice course. I take fish oils to help prevent injury. It seems to work pretty good.

  14. socialshark says:

    LJay, I just left a reply to your questions about your plans to do a 50K in 2013 on my blog here: (50K race recap) http://nathanmaxwell.net/2012/11/race-recap-first-ultra-marathon-derby-50k/

    I want to congratulate you on your 2nd Marathon finish! AWESOME JOB!!!! Keep in touch with me on twitter (@socialshark) and let me know how your training is going.

    Good luck on your next Marathon, I’m sure you will CRUSH IT! πŸ™‚

  15. AndrewGills says:

    Congratulations! My 2013 goals are:
    – stretch every day to remain injury free for the first time
    – pilates 3 times a week to so hopefully my hips stabilize
    – heaps of adventure races and Audax rides on my calendar

  16. oldswimmer says:

    Very terrific. Good for you! Wings carry when feet don’t want to! And training grows wings.

  17. Road to Active says:

    Great job – a true accomplishment! I hope to be at the marathon running level one day. I see you have the Body by Vi shake mix. Good stuff? I have a coworker using it, but it seems like he’s starving himself by eating one meal per day in addition to the shakes.

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Thanks alot! It was a great day. Yes, the shakes are amazing. Best tasting I have ever had. I take them pre and post workouts. But they can be used as meal replacement for weight loss. Usually once you add the powder, almond milk, fruits etc the calories adds up to a whole meal. Have you tasted it?

      • Road to Active says:

        Havent’t tasted it yet…I’m kind of wary of shakes as a meal replacement item. I don’t think it’s realistic for the long term over having a healthy diet and exercise. I was looking at their “Get Healthy” Balance Kit since I don’t necessarily need to loose weight, but work on toning. However, if you’re running marathons they must be working!

      • L-Jay Health says:

        Oh trust me,I eat alot lol. Im always hungry from working out lol. The balance kit is perfect for toning. You get the powder and some enhancers to add to the shake. Check out my Vi site if you are ever interested. ljayhealth.myvi,net

  18. Way to go!!! That’s awesome.

  19. Frank K. says:

    Great going! Back to back marathons can work well. I did it in October/november of this year, and it felt good. I hope you have a good run in Miami.

  20. sfletcher81 says:

    Way to go!!! My 2013 goals: Double Unders and Hand Stand Push Ups!!!!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Gotta love both of these. I did a hand stand push up challenge a while ago. What kind of rope are you using for the double unders? Its actually all about the rope.

      • sfletcher81 says:

        I am so afraid to be upside down – major issue when it comes to HSPUs. I use the rope they provide at the box. It’s a type of speed rope. I think I should get one for me – I’m short….

  21. tomocrowley says:

    Good job man. I’m hoping to break four hours at the Beachy Head marathon (UK). Got four hours seven this year, hopefully with a bit more training I can knock off a few more minutes. Hopefully doing a few more before then though too. All the best for your new year goals.

  22. Julia says:

    Congrats on #2 and good luck with the upcoming #3!

  23. Chuck says:

    Congrats on the run. And good luck on the next one!

  24. clskopec says:

    Congrats on the race! I completed my first marathon earlier this fall. I’m gearing up to do some shorter races in the spring. I’m quicker than I was this time last year, so I’m setting some time based goals.

  25. Congrats brotha! Keep it up!

  26. Good work on your run! I’m running a marathon myself in 25 days so if I finish that it’ll be a successful 2013.

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