Wednesday, July 3, 2013

7 Sirius Fitness Tips for Running the Costume Party Run Half Marathon (This Sunday)

7 Sirius Fitness Tips for Running the Costume Party Run Half Marathon (This Sunday)

1-  Eat the Big meal at lunch rather than dinner...I learned this the hard way when I ate Heavy the night (7pm) before a race and "FELT IT" the next morning...not fun! You don't have to Carb Load, just eat a balanced "clean" meal...PIG OUT AFTER THE RACE! lol!

2- Get there early...I try to get there at least an hour before the start of the race. It's not cool to get there in rush mode just to have to get running within 10 minutes with no warming up, mental preparation or time for that "last minute" potty break.

3- Hydrate...Hydrate...Hydrate! Don't wait for the day of the race to start....drink more than your average a couple days prior to the race and (if you want) carry water in a hydration belt and if you don't like those (which I don't) make sure you drink water a EVERY water stop.

4- Pre-Race Fueling... Personally I drink a Verve (Healthy Energy Drink) prior to the race and/ or a 1/4 of a banana or some Gatorade "like" drink.

5- "In-race" fueling... Try an Island Boost "shot"...less sticky and chalky than "goo" and it is assists with a quick burst of energy from a "tasty" mixture of glucose, coconut water and Healthy "stuff"! I take mine at mile 7, 9 and 11 (if needed)

6- "Keep your eye on the prize" and...Remember your "WHY"...Why are you doing this? Think of the accomplishment...Goal...all the training...the cause...THE BLING! lol!

7- Afterwards we EAT for our ACCOMPLISHMENTS! (at 1pm~ Wear your Medal)  Sushi Deli 1 ~ 228 W. Washington St., San Diego CA 92103

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Running in San Diego in July w/ Sirius Fitness!

Getting geared up for a #Funning #Running July w/#SiriusFitness!

July 7th... Costume Party Run (Half Marathon)

July 14th... San Diego Blood Bank 5K Walk/Run w/ Sirius Fitness~>

July 21st... Kaiser Permanente Bolt to the Q ~>Go to 5K Team Registration
then~>Join an Existing Team ~> "SIRIUS RUNNERS"

July 28th... Joggin' for Frogmen 5k

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Help me Fight Prostate Cancer! (Running for Dad 2013)

Nasara Gargonnu Fundraising Page - Nasara Gargonnu's Personal Page for 2013 Individual Endurance Team

It's about THAT time of year again! My father, Steven Gargonnu passed away from this Horrible disease and I want to put an end to the suffering of prostate cancer! Prostate cancer strikes nearly 240,000 men each year and kills nearly 30,000 others – and I need your help.

I’m taking part in the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas this year to raise money that will be used to promote greater awareness about prostate cancer, provide free testing to men around the U.S. to combat this leading men’s health disease, and advance cutting-edge research toward finding a cure. Will you help me? 

You can designate your contribution in memory of a loved one, or in honor of an individual now battling prostate cancer as well as in honor of his caregivers. And as I cross the finish line of the upcoming you’ll take comfort in knowing you helped make it possible. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

National Running Day: "Sirius Fitness Running Happy Hour!"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
 5:30pm until 7:00pm Rohr Park
4548 Sweetwater Rd Bonita, CA 91902

 We "Sirius Runners" will commit to at least a mile...if we choose we can go further, but this simple is a relaxing run/jog/power walk to commemorate National Running day! All Levels are welcome! Bring a FRIEND!  

 What is National Running Day?? National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Around the (fitness) World in 80 days: Challenge and Transformation!

We ALL slack sometimes and need a "kickstart" to get back in gear, so that is the "perfect" time to "challenge, transform" yourself and take it #UpaNotch...Let's hit this plan for 80 days! April 15th- July 3rd (12 calendar weeks)

Each Week (each day)...IN ADDITION TO YOUR REGULAR WORKOUT... we will tackle a new exercise and continue with that exercise all week!

Week 1- 1 minute of Burpees
Week 2- 2 minutes of Squats
Week 3- 3 minutes of Pushups
Week 4- 4 minutes of Lunges (2 minutes in each Leg)

Week 6- 1 minute of Dips (chair or machine)
Week 7- 2 minutes of Mountain Climbers
Week 8- 3 minutes of Wall Sits
Week 9- 4 minutes Planking

Week 11- Burpees, Squats, Pushups, Planking (1-2 minutes each)

*WEEK 12- (July 1-3) 1-minute of each (2 if you want an extra challenge)

NUTRITION is the KEY to your TRANSFORMATION!! Take a look at the Bod-e program (join our 12 week "Transformation!) ~> http://www.SiriusFitness.Vemma.Com (Contact me for more info or "samples")

**...and FINALLY...Then don't forget to sign up for the Costume Party Run (5k OR Half Marathon!)  for July 7th REGISTER~>

Saturday, March 2, 2013

#13in2013: Let the Journey begin...

     In March of 2012 I ran against doctor's orders in the SD Half Marathon (due to Sciatica) and proceeded to run a total of 10 Half Marathons, raise money almost $700 for the Zero Prostate Cancer organization, inspire others in my community, as well as, outside my community to enjoy running and promote Health and Wellness throughout San Diego. I have several groups and friends to thank for assisting me as sponsors as I completed my 10 Half Marathons: Stepping Higher, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc - Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter, Nubia Leadership Academy, Friends of Nubia, Kim Howard, Sidni Taylor and several anonymous individuals. I had a great time...sometimes...rough times running, but overall I was satisfied with my accomplishments of 2012! Now in 2013 I was determined to "Take it #UPANOTCH"!

     I have decided in 2013 to run 13 Half Marathons and with the San Dieguito Half Marathon being the first! Well...not only did I freeze my butt off before the race, but I didn't realize how "hilly" this course was. Now, It may seem like I'm complaining, but I'm not. I really enjoyed this race...not overly crowded and though the course was "hilly", for every uphill...thank God there was a downhill. lol! I ran in "just" over 2 hours (02:01:26 to be exact) and I was happy with my overall time since I really didn't train at all. I look forward to training (for real) in the upcoming months as I get ready to tackle 12 more Half Marathons...possibly culminating with a "FULL" in December. (I don't know...I'm scared of!) 

     My next race is the San Diego Half Marathon which changed its course finish from Petco Park to the San Diego Gaslamp. I enjoyed finishing at Petco Park last year and seeing myself on the Jumbotron, but the Gaslamp should be fun too! A week after this race I'll be running the Hooleys to Hooleys Half Marathon and that will be a day after running the Domino's Pizza St. Patrick's Day 10k...whew! (I did say I was taking it #UPANOTCH this year! lol!) I'll be running a lot of these 13 Halfs with Mark <~check out his blog. #HappyRunning Y'all

Upcoming Races:
SD Half Marathon
Hooleys to Hooleys Half Marathon
Hollywood Half Marathon
La Jolla Half Marathon 
Safari Park Half Marathon  

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Super Bowl Tailgate Party @ The People's Produce Farmers Market Project New Village - People's Produce Project

People's Produce Farmers Market
4981 Market Street
Address Line 2
San DiegoCA 92102

Friday, February 1, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

Kick Off A New Season Of Health!
Manage Your Own Personal Health & Wellness in 2013 with FREE ~> REGISTER HERE!
  • Workout Classes
  • Cooking Demos & Food Samples
  • Health & Nutrition Information
  • Wellness Screenings
  • & Much More!
The Event Line Up
Good Food
  • Locally Grown Produce
  • Gayle's Rum Cakes
  • Network for a Healthy California
  • L'ardiguel French Cuisine
  • Morse High School Culinary Program
Workout Classes
Wellness Screenings 
  • San Ysidro Health Center
  • Family Health Center
  • SD Black Nurses Association
  • SD Black Health Associates
  • UCSD Health Sciences
  • Diamond Health Center
  • Harmonious Solutions
Youth Activities 
  • Jeanne's Children Garden
  • First 5 Commission
  • Face painting
  • Prize raffle
For more info: 619-262-2022 / /

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sirius Fitness Health Tour: FREE viewing of “Soul Food Junkies"

"Soul Food Junkies" 2012 Trailer from Byron Hurt on Vimeo.
^^^^^ This place was PACKED OUT! It was a joy to see folks concerned with their Health and Nutrition! If we don't change now or at least be open to change we will continue to suffer from the "Dis-Ease" that plagues our communities! We owe it to ourselves and our Children! This is stop number one on the Sirius Fitness Health Tour in 2013! Thank you to The Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library, Network for a Healthy California-San Diego & Imperial Counties and PBS’s Community Cinema for presenting the film “Soul Food Junkies” on Wednesday January 9th at 6:00 pm. Filmmaker Byron Hurt explores the upsides and downsides of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Medals 4 Mettle San Diego!

On November 24th a small group of Hollywood Halfers got together to run 13.1 miles to donate our medals to Medals 4 Mettle San Diego; an organization that collects earned finishers medals and re-gifts them to patients fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

#13in2013: (13 Half Marathons in 2013)

SO...2012 was a good year when it came to running Half Marathons! I completed 10 and I'm looking for more in 2013! How many? Thirteen to be exact! 13 in 2013 is my mantra for this "run" year! Now...I do enjoy running these Half Marathons for my own personal gratification and health, but I also have two other important reasons why I run. Number one...THE CAUSES. Running for prostate cancer, crohn's disease, breast cancer, autism, etc is one of the main reasons I run. Number two...INSPIRING OTHERS. I know for a fact that consistently running and staying active myself allowed others to see that, not only do I practice what I preach, but if I can do it, THEY can do it too! I also want to SHOUT OUT and acknowledge all those organizations who supported me and sponsored some of my runs: Stepping Higher, Inc.,  Phi Beta Sigmas, Nubia Leadership Academy, Friends of Nubia and  Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer!

PS: always looking for donors and/or Sponsors to assist me on my Quest! I'll Shout you out to The Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Foursquare and Social Media World (10000+ Folks!)

Now here are some suggested Half Marathons and some additional runs (for those who want to join me on my quest of 13 runs!) JANUARY-JUNE 2013

7:00 am
San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15KSandy Feet Events
De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park, San Diego, CASupporting: San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project

8:25 am
Stephen Strasburg 5K Walk & Fun Run with Tony Gwynn (Run/8:25am, Walk/8:30am)Integrated Sports Marketing
Tony Gwynn Stadium, San Diego State University. Join Stephen Strasburg & Tony Gwynn in a 5K walk & fun run through the beautiful campus at SDSU.Benefits Aztec Baseball program. Live music, autograph booth, kids’ fun zone, T-shirt, autographed Stephen Strasburg card & autographed Tony Gwynn card for the first 1,000 participants, two tickets to a 2013 Aztecs baseball game.

7:00 am
Wild Horse Trail Half MarathonDirt Devil RacingOtay Lake County Park – Boat Launch, 2234 Wueste Road in Chula Vista, CA 91915Course will take you along incredible single & double track trails around upper & lower Otay Lakes, near the Olympic Trainng Center in Chula Vista.

7:30 am
32nd Annual Super Run 10K Run and 5K Run/WalkKathy Loper Events
South Shores Park, San DiegoFast 10K, flat 5K courses to benefit Water for Children Africa.
8:00 am
44th Annual San Dieguito Half Marathon & 5K Run/WalkKathy Loper Events
Start/Finish: San Dieguito County Park, Rancho Santa Fe, CA"This is one of the most beautiful & scenic courses you will ever run." Benefits: San Diego County Parks Society.
8:00 am
2013 Coronado Valentine's Day 10K and 1 Mile Fun RunBen Vaughan
Tidelands Park - Coronado, CAA flat and fast USATF certified course through Coronado. $2,500 Prize Purse, Awesome Finishers Medal, Tech shirts, and more SWAG, Post Race Party. Register early, race will sell out. "Come For The Run, Stay For The Fun"
8:00 am
Max and Jake's Big Race 5K and 1 Mile Trail Run, 6th
Morley Field Trails. Starts between Velodrome and City College Baseball Field.This is a family-friendly fun run that benefits Rady Children's Hospital. $15-35 w/t-shirt depending on age, event & date of reg. Visit website for details.
Lady Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon & 5K San DiegoCompetitor Group
San Diego, CAGrab your girlfriends for an inspirational weekend featuring: One of a Kind Finisher’s Medal w/charm, Personalized bibs, Designer Goodie Bag & much more!

7:30 am
3rd Annual Finish Chelsea's Run 5K Run/Walk and Family Festival760/692-2900
West Side of Balboa Park, 6th Avenue and Quince, San Diego, CAHosted by Chelsea's Light Foundation, founded by Chelsea King's family to better protect CA's 9.3 million children through Chelsea's Law & raise funds providing scholarships to SD County college bound teens.
7:30am - 8:15am
The San Diego Half Marathon at PETCO ParkSan Diego Half Marathon
2277 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
Starts next to PETCO Park, with a stadium finish inside PETCO Park, San Diego.Sport, Health & Fitness Expo (at PETCO Park) Race packet pick up on Sat 3/9/13 9am-4pm.
7:30 am
33rd Annual Domino's St. Patrick's Day 10K Run, 4 & 2 Mile Fun RunKathy Loper Events
Mission Bay Park, San Diego, CAFun, fast & festive with food/drinks, awards & drawings. Proceeds benefit Rady Children's Hospital.
6:30am, 7:30am
Hot Chocolate 15K/5KRAM Racing
Petco Park, downtown San DiegoWorld's fastest growing race, sponsored by Ghirardelli & featuring an all-chocolate post race party! Fondue, hot chocolate & squares!

7:50 am
24th Annual Junior Carlsbad - A running event just for kids 12 & under. Distances vary per age group from 1 Mi, 1/2 Mi, 1/4 Mi, Toddler Trot & Diaper Dash.Competitor Group
Downtown Carlsbad, CA at Carlsbad Village Drive & Roosevelt.11 Races for Every Age Group & Fitness Level Receive a Free Gift if you register in the First 500. Runners receive Finisher's Medal & T-Shirt. Awesome Awards for top 3 girl/boy finishers (ages 5-12)
6:00 am
Hollywood Half Marathon & 5K / 10K619/800-4376
Start/Finish 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CARun down the World Famous Hollywood Blvd with spectators cheering you on. Start & Finish near Universal Studios. 2-day Expo 4/4 & 4/5.
7:05 am
28th Annual Carlsbad 5000 (the world's fastest 5K with 9 separate races grouped by age & gender with team & group competitions).Competitor Group
Jefferson St. & Grand Ave., Carlsbad, CA16 World Records, Beer garden & refreshments, Fast & fun course with Weekend Health & Fitness Expo. Awards/merchandise 3 deep in all age divisions; Medals to top 250 finishers in each individual run
7:00 pm
The Neon Run (A 5K wild & crazy glowing experience that is more about having fun & making memories, and simply blowing your mind, so come as you are!)
Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, CAThis event is less about speed & more about enjoying a night of illuminating lights & neon glow body paint under UV black lights w/your friends & family. Join people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, & sizes toeing the start line.
7:30 am
32nd Annual La Jolla Half Marathon, La Jolla Shores 5K, and the Windansea Five Mile Srtidelajollahalfmarathon.comDel Mar to La Jolla for Half Marathon - La Jolla start & finish for 5K & 5 Mi.All courses very scenic featuring post event celebration with refreshments, beer garden, awards & more! Shuttles available for 1/2 marathoners.

7:00 am
Safari Park Half MarathonChristina CarreƱo
San Diego Zoo
Scenic run by vineyards, golf courses & farmland in beautiful San Pasqual Valley, & incredible views inside the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. San Diego, CA.Your registration includes free admission to the Safari Park on race day, free shuttle service & post race breakfast for just $15. Website:
8:00 am
2013 Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) Race 5K at Del Mar FairgroundsVavi Sport and Social
San Diego
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014Challenges of a military obstacle course combined with game competitive show themes, this event can only be described as ridiculous!
8:00 am
Navy's 27th Bay Bridge Run/Walk, 4-mile, from downtown San Diego over the majestic Coronado Bay Bridge, into Tidelands Park.www.navylifesw.comStart line San Diego Bayfront Hilton, One Park Blvd. finish line Tidelands Park CoronadoProceeds benefits Navy Quality of Life Programs for sailors and their families! Live music by Navy Band Southwest expo, prizes, free transportation back downtown.

6:15 am
Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyCompetitor Group
Start: Balboa Park- San Diego, CA (Finish): SeaWorld parking lot- San Diego, CAThe marathon & half marathon courses are as flat & festive as they come,perfect for runners & walkers of all ability levels. Live bands, cheerleaders & themed water stations at every mile.
8:05 am
16th Annual Rotary Club of Coronado Low Tide Ride and Stride 8.2 mile bike ride/run/walk at low tide on the beach.The Rotary Club of Coronado
Start: YMCA Camp Surf at Seacoast Dr. and Carnation Ave., Imperial Beach. Finish: Sunset Park at the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and Ocean Dr. in Coronado.Enjoy a ride, run or walk along a stretch of beach, on hard packed sand at low tide. Benefits Naval Medical Center San Diego's Comprehensive Combat & Complex Casualty Care Rehabilitation Facility & Wounded Warrior Battalion.
Thank you for the schedule. Check them out for an expanded schedule of races for Southern and Northern California!