David Monico

David_MonicoSeeing David Monico’s effortless stride makes it easy to see why UCSB cross country wanted him running for them. While most of us will never be able to run a 14:36 5K, at least David can admit that he cannot run a marathon with little training. (Note- David’s “Worst Race” and medical tent visit post race still resulted in a sub 3 hour Boston Marathon.)

Name: David Monico
Age: 28
Nicknames: Monico, Karate Kid, Run DM
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Employment: Plus 3 Network, Inc.; Japan Center for International Exchange; Director, Santa Barbara  Track & Field Summer Camp (high school)
Family: Clara (mom), Vera (older ‘sis), Chad (brother-in-law), Amelia (niece), Jack (nephew),  Rachel (girlfriend), Booboo (neighborhood cat).
Other sports, hobbies, interests, etc.: I have the triathlon bug; Cooking; Hiking; long walks on the beach (seriously); planning my next vacation.
Most Prized Possession: ’04 Vintage UCSB Track & Field Gaucho Sweat Pants, Collegiate Heather Grey.
Favorite Food: Quesadillas – Fresh corn tortillas w/sharp & medium Tillamook Cheddar Cheese.

Favorite Spectator Sport: Track & Field

My trademark expression is: “Thaaat’s Faaantaastic!”
If money were not a consideration, I would love to: Build a small two room cottage in the village my parents grew up in outside Leiria, Portugal complete with a wood fire oven. Organize running camps around the world and consult for non-profits or biz on their community initiatives.
In the next 5 years, I hope to: Mature in my career while pushing myself and those around me to play more. Travel to the ’12 London Olympics and ’14 World Cup in Brazil.
In the next 10 years, I hope to: Travel to the ’16 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Start a family and other grown up things. Hope that home prices drop so I can afford one.
Personal accomplishments: In 8th grade I won a poster contest for Junior Achievement, which earned me box seats at a San Jose Sharks with GM Doug Wilson. I was one happy kid!

Personal fact that will surprise my friends: Big Snoop Dogg fan / love water parks.


Favorite Running Shoes: Asics DS Trainers
Favorite Distance and PR (post collegiate): Half-marathon = favorite distance. Best PR post-collegiately = ’06 Chardonnay 10 miler in 51:55.
Best Race and Why: ’04 Big West Championships 10k / 5k. I had never done well in May going back to my HS days and leading up to this race I had every reason to believe it would be much of the same; peaking just a bit too early. On Friday night I toed the line in the 10k and finished 5th right behind two teammates. Great team effort, but I was upset that I didn’t compete for the win. On Saturday, my final race in a Gaucho uniform would be the 5k; always a war of attrition. Only two guys were fresh in that race – teammate Chris White and Utah State’s David Danley; they finished 1-2 respectively.  I toughed out a 3rd place All-Big West Conference finish in 14:42, just 8 seconds off my PR, after a 10k the night before. I’ll never forget how loud the Gaucho team was on the final turn into the homestretch; couldn’t have done it without that roar from the team. Gauchos go 1-3-6 and I was able to put some May demons to rest.

Worst Race and Why: ’08 Boston Marathon. I learned that you can’t race a marathon out of thin air with little training. I don’t remember crossing the finish line and ended up in the medical tent, but it was nonetheless a great weekend with a couple former teammates.

Average Weekly Mileage (last 12 months): 30-40 miles
Favorite Local Race: I’ve only done them once a piece, but the Chardonnay 10 miler was a lot of fun and the Half-marathon run on a very similar course was great. You can’t beat the experience of racing on the beach front!
Most Memorable Running Experience: A one day out and back to Havasu & Mooney Falls in the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there yet, drop what you’re doing right now and go. A close second was spending 3 weeks with some of my best friends running a ton and camping all around the Western United States during the summer of ’05.
Favorite Place to Run: Forest of Nicene Marks – Aptos, CA
Glory Days PR: 14:36 5k / 3:53 1500m

Realistic Running Goals for this Year: Sub 2:40 marathon / 2:12 Olympic Distance Tri
Wildly Optimistic Running Goals for this year: Sub 2:30 marathon / sub 2:06 Olympic Distance Tri
Lifetime Running Goals: Keep doing it. Finish one of those crazy endurance trail races and an Ironman. How do they do it?
Local Running Heroes & Why: Gordon McClenathen – he would show up at the UCSB track always with an incredible spirit, whether it was for a workout or to simply pitch in to keep the track in good shape. A great model for what a lifetime of dedication to the sport is.
Personal Training Tips: Have fun and don’t stop. Enjoy running, do it with friends, and mix up your workouts. I recently joined Mike Swan’s training group at UCSB on Tues. nights and I haven’t had this much fun since college!
Why I Run: It brings clarity and purpose to the day.

I love runners who: are humble and support runners of all abilities.
Suggestions for local races: Start a tri-county race series & challenge. I heard somebody mention something to this effect at the Gaucho Gallop. Love it! State St. Mile should be run right before the Summer Solstice—share resources and have a huge crowd to cheer people on (footnote-Jimmy O’Dea idea)! All races should also have a costume contest.
Suggestions for SBAA: Continue to provide opportunities for anyone to get into running. We also need a European style cross country race series in the winter! Big fan of Kevin Young’s XC race this past January.

Favorite Quote: “What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.” – Viktor Frankl

SBAA Member since: 2010

Please follow and like us: