meet your SeaWheeze trainers: blue

Last week we introduced you to Chris and Jenn from Austin, TX – this week we’re excited to introduce you to Blue Benadum from LA, who will join them as an Official SeaWheeze Trainer and lead you through the run training for SeaWheeze 2013!

Blue Benadum (twitter: @BlueBenadum, Instagram: blue_benadum)

Blue knows the SeaWheeze well - last year, he placed second overall! He is a pro marathon runner living in Los Angeles and one of our elite ambassadors. He spends most days leading his elite running team LASP in hard pursuit of the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and also coaching and training LA running teams, groups and schools. He’s currently working on his first book "Find Your FAST! -The Pursuit of Speed, a Runner's Obsession."

q & a with blue

1. when did you start running? As soon as I could walk!

2. what was your first half marathon? The first half of the San Diego Rock n Roll Full Marathon in 2006.

3. what made last year's SeaWheeze so awesome? I love the beautiful course, the sunset yoga, the concert and of course all the beautiful girls in luon!

4. what's your favorite pre-run snack? Oatmeal.

5. favourite movie? Last of the Mohicans.

6. worst run story? I was demonstrating how to do a progressive speed sprint interval to my high school cross country students last year. At the fastest moment, the parking lot took a dip and...wipeout! I was able to roll up to my feet and shake it off but I couldn't run for two weeks. My hip hit really hard. The kids were laughing but a little concerned! ‘What NOT to do when sprinting’ by Blue Benadum.

7. best tip for finishing a race feeling good? The more training the better you will feel after you finish. That, plus good nutrition of course.

8. what's one goal you have for 2013? I really want to chip a few more minutes of my finishing time in a key marathon to set the stage for an Olympic Qualifier in 2014.

9. what inspires you? I am inspired by the pursuit of pushing boundaries. It is a beautiful thing because it is relative to each of us. Everyone has their own limitations and regardless of what they are, those of us that work to push beyond them, find that we have something in common.

We think you should know: Blue’s running team,, is part of a documentary where they will be aiming to set a 300 mile running speed record on March 29-30th from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with 4 guys and 2 girls. Talk about a BHAG!

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Is the 300 mile run a relay? The ultra distance stuff is what I find to be the most inspiring. Speed is something that is relatively finite in a person and it does require a ton of hard work and dedication but being able to keep yourself going for several hours or even days takes so much more mental effort and endurance. The ones who can put them both together, such as the Scott Jureks and Anton Krupichkas out there are something else altogether.

Comment by Brian — March 12, 2013 @ 4:24 am

I am 56 years old and training to run my first half-marathon. My biggest challenge is knowing what to eat. I tend to make the mistake of running on an empty stomach (or nearly empty) and then not eating soon enought after my run. Then, I am physically wiped out for days afterwards. I see that your favorite pre-snack is oatmeal. Would you mind providing some similar examples of good foods to eat before and after running?

Comment by Jackie — March 12, 2013 @ 9:37 am

Cheers to Blue! Inspiring!

Comment by Cassirae — March 12, 2013 @ 11:29 am

I cannot wait for Seawheeze 2013! Funnest event of the year – HANDSDOWN


Comment by Becca — March 12, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

@Jackie, I recommend something that’s easy to digest. A nice whole grain bagel with 1 cup of coffee does the trick for me. Eaten 2 hours before running. Sometimes I have a banana and an energy bar + coffee.

Comment by Rhubarb — March 12, 2013 @ 7:03 pm


It’s hard to generalize what you should eat before/after a long run since everyone has a different diet, but try eating a bagel with peanut butter, a banana and a glass of OJ 60-90 minutes before your run to give you a good amount of carbs, sugar and potassium for your longer runs. It should keep you full without making you bloated and give you enough energy to finish your run.

Once you are finished your run, try to eat something like pasta, rice, bread, nuts (almonds/peanuts,etc) or fruits within the first 30 minutes after finishing because your body needs to replenish the nutrients it has lost during your run.

Good luck!

Comment by Vik — March 12, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

Pre-run I usually eat plain oatmeal with almond butter and honey. If I know I am going very long, I add a banana to that.

After my run, a small low-fat chocolate milk within 30 minutes of finishing if I know I won’t have a meal within that time.

It is important to get your body used to eating pre long runs so you don’t dip into your reserves too soon and bonk or take longer to recover.

I love the chocolate milk though, it sits well in my stomach and sometimes if I am doing a track workout I push harder while thinking “chocolate milk!”

Comment by Natalia — March 17, 2013 @ 5:40 am


I’m looking for some advice. I just completed my third half marathon at the end of April (so I’m not new to running) but I also just had surgery on 5/13 and my doctor has told me I can’t run for two weeks after the surgery. So how do you recommend I start running again? Just run according to the training plan or ease into it? Thank you for your help!!

Comment by Rebekah — May 23, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

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