You think 36-hole days are long? Those are just figurative marathons. UCLA assistant men’s golf coach Brandon Christianson completed a real one, the Los Angeles Marathon, this past weekend. It was Christianson’s second marathon. He also completed the Santa Barbara Marathon in November.
The Bruins may have the only coaching staff comprised completely of marathon finishers. Head coach Derek Freeman completed the 2001 Oklahoma City Marathon.
Christianson completed Sunday’s race in 4 hours, 12 minutes, 58 seconds for an average pace of 9:39 minutes per mile. It was an improvement of nearly 45 minutes over his Santa Barbara time.
Christianson, who caddied for Kevin Chappell and Jason Gore before becoming UCLA’s assistant for this season, started running in the summer of 2011. His long-distance running has helped him lose 95 pounds.
“I think I just felt like I could do it,” Christianson said of running marathons. “There wasn’t any great reason. I just wanted to see if I really could.”
Christianson runs approximately 60 miles per week at the peak of his training. That can be tough to do with a coach’s travel schedule. He once squeezed in a 13-mile in the evening between rounds at the recent Prestige. He started at approximately 9:30 p.m. and didn’t return to the hotel until past 11. He does many of his long runs on the trails around his home in Valencia, Calif.
What’s next? He said he’d like to start triathlons. And more marathons.
“I’m pretty sure I’m addicted,” he said.