The loyal fan and I left the house this morning around 6am. With no traffic, we made it up to LA Live in plenty of time. I had never been there before and it’s a pretty cool area with a lot of swanky restaurants, hotels, etc.
My friend Reese didn’t make it due to some work stuff which was a bummer but I still had my personal photog with me to make me feel special.
I hopped into corral #1 and we started the race right on time; the weather was perfect, not warm and not really cold either.
I didn’t know how hard to run this race since I had a hard run yesterday and a 17 miler and a 15 miler the days before.
I turned on my music and ran the first mile in 7:30. I felt good but also felt like I couldn’t keep up that pace either. The next few miles were all between 7:35-7:50 and I thought if I could keep everything under 8’s I’d be happy.
I normally like to eat about 200-250 calories before a race in the form of an energy bar, but this morning I only had a mini larabar sample (100 cals) which was dumb because I felt low on energy the whole race, not hungry but more like empty, I guess.
The course was 2 different out-and-back loops, and it was about mile 8-9 that I started picking it up. They were handing out GU gels at mile 8ish and I greedily sucked one down ASAP since I didn’t bring any of my own.
On the way back at mile 10.75 a guy started talking to me asking what my goal finish time was. He wanted to go under 1:45 and said that he’d been trying to stay with me for a pacer. So he and I started cruising together; I have no idea what our final paces were, but the last 2 miles we ran hard together.
We ran the last mile as hard as we both could, urging (yelling) each other to keep up, and my final time was 1:40:10, 8th in my division, 53rd woman and 367th overall. Considering I had some pretty dead middle miles, I was happy enough with it.
I grabbed a banana, a couple Snickers energy bars, water and Cytomax before grabbing Jay and heading over to Santa Monica to have brunch with a friend.
It was fun to see all the costumes and to run in costume although I had to hold onto my hat or run with my head down for a good chunk of the race. And the socks didn’t want to stay up either – I probably pulled them up about 15 times… in the first mile. But all good fun because I saw Adam and Eve:
I also saw Sandy, creator of BIC Bands who set a PR today!