We are super excited to introduce the World's Fastest DJ to you fine folks! He also happens to be RADrabbitPRO runner Curly Guillen. Learn a little about Curly in his own words:
This is RADrabbit Pro Curly Guillen from Santa Barbara checking in for my first post on the blog. This Sunday I will be racing the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey Bay, California. This will be my first half marathon since the Houston Half in January where I missed qualifying for the Olympic trials marathon by 1 minute and 49 seconds. This race will be a tuneup for next month's California International Marathon. My goal is to set a new personal best and head into next month's race with some good momentum. Monterey will have a beautiful course, great weather, and some tough competition to help me run a fast time.
This week also serves as the 5 year anniversary of me running again after a 7.5 year hiatus. When I first started I was overweight and struggling to run 2-3 miles at a time without fainting. After 6 months of running consistently I shed 50 pounds. I have been running 80-100 mile weeks ever since.
I have been inspired by former teammates and competitors that have continued to run throughout all these years. Some of them have competed in the Olympic Trails and even represented the US in international competition. I can't help but to think where I would be if I never stopped running. All I can do now is to keep putting in work and hope I can catch back up.
I have competed in 3 U.S. Championships now with my best performance being last year's marathon championships in Los Angeles where I finished in 13th place on a very hot day. Missing my goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials earlier this year in Houston and later having a bad performance at the Boston Marathon has motivated me to take my training to new levels. I have continually been pushing the boundaries of what I thought was possible. I have my mind set on doing whatever it takes to toe the line at the next Olympic Trials marathon in the year 2020.
I do most of my training alone and several of my races are solo time trials. I am excited to see what I can do this weekend with fast people to run with. I have seen the list of elite entries already and I am excited to be lining up once again next to some big names.
I'll report back after this weekend with a race recap so stay tuned!
Add me on the usual social media channels to keep up with my crazy life: @deejaycurly
- Curly Guillen, RADrabbitPRO