So we (being my friend Billy and myself) started out at the 10k mark of the LA Marathon this past weekend for our course preview of the race that is quickly approaching! If you missed the previous LA Marathon Course Previews, you can find miles 20-26.2 here and miles 14-20 here.
This was a little bit of a different area of the marathon. I think we spoiled ourselves starting backwards at the beach, and 26.2 miles away from the beach puts you in some nitty, gritty, interesting parts of town. I think the politically correct term ( and I’m NEVER politically correct ) would be ‘diverse’.
We started off at the 6.2 mile marker and it was sunny blue skies out. I was afraid of being a little cold so I wore my long sleeve lucy top and some champion spandex that I am testing out and will be posting a review on soon. Mile 6.2 is in a neighborhooded area. Slight downhill, nothing much to ‘highlight’ around these parts.
I thought I was doing so good, taking a picture of the Hollywood sign, yea, you can’t see it, but it’s there! It’s far, far back on the back mountain. This was the area we were in for a good portion of this run. Slight downhills and fairly easy terrain.
More neighborhooded areas/shops lined the street on this portion of the run. The highlight to this area was probably being whistled at by numerous people. Remind me not to wear booty shorts anymore. Billy was cracking up at me though, but I was very glad he was there with me… There isn’t much going on in this section so I took a picture of my shoes.
Sad, sad day for my pink Vomeros. Looks like I guess I needed more pink on those shoes. UGH. This will be discussed more in a post tomorrow. Now my shoes don’t say, “I’m cute and pink!” They say, “I’m a bloody mess and I maybe have lost a toe.”
For some reason I thought this painted poster on the side of a building was HILARIOUS. Billy didn’t really understand why but I HAD to have a picture by it. What is that giant monkey! For real service! I loved it.
Mile 8 of this part of the course was more of the same. Nothing too spectacular as you cruise toward the exciting part of this part of the course. We should have probably started from the beginning. That would have made this part less boring!
We ran through Thai Town, which was alright, there were some random shrines lining the sidewalks. One thing that really surprised me throughout the course today was how many people were out and about wandering the streets. Whether they were homeless, or just out shopping or cruising the town there were people EVERYWHERE!
Little did I know that we would get closer to the Hollywood sign!
So this is my new favorite picture! I am running on the Walk of Fame, which is kind of cool, right in front of the Pantages theater! I just saw “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” there and it was really cool to see it and Billy ran out into the street to take this super cool picture!
We were starting to get closer and closer to the hub of Hollywood, you could tell by all the people out and about, walking around. We were at mile 11 right before everything went crazy and we reached Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the freak show began… well I guess it started with seeing this gem:
Billy was obsessed with this building. He couldn’t stop staring at it and talking about it. He is a budding scientologist. Okay, he’s not, but it was interesting to me too, do people live in the building? So strange. I also like the sign that highlights the building on the side and all the posters covering the windows about the books out right now. Creeeeeepy! Then I made a fool of myself again via video.
Then we were surrounded by street performers, tourists and homeless people. That guy in the picture in the bottom right was painting this huge wild colored picture of a Tiger. He had a little dish out saying he needed money for Art. We continued to run along the walk of Fame and I felt bad running on people’s stars. Oh well. Billy said it wasn’t bad.
Billy catching me being a little overwhelmed again as we entered the area of Hollywood and Highland. Another big shopping/touristy/bustling area with tons of people. It was almost entertaining though, because as I ran by I think everyone was looking at us like we were freaks and I was looking at everyone else like they were freaks! I guess it was a freak fest.
I have never been to Grauman’s Chinese Theater before so that was pretty cool to see. It’s a once in your lifetime thing, I personally think. Seeing the hand prints were cool though and I wanted to put my hands in one celebs!
I chose Matt Damon! Because he’s hot! I put my feet in Will Smith’s feet and they were HUGE compared to my little baby running shoes. There were so many tourists and freaks out there. Street performers mostly, some guy dressed up as Shrek, some guy as Charlie Chaplain, some guy as spiderman. I’m just not into those things, they freak me out. Then Shrek called me beautiful. That was really cool. NOT.
I hope Mickey Mouse likes bloody shoes! There were a lot of ‘well-known’ stars in front of the theater, whereas before the theater there were ones like Liberace, and some other random names I’d never heard of. In front of the theater though there were a lot of names I’ve heard of. Including… MICHAEL JACKSON! This guy really wanted to take it to the next level and pay his respects to the King of Pop, and I snapped this little gem.
Way to pay your respects bro.. Now, pull up your pants, or get ones that fit. Ha, ha, I found it hilarious but sorry if you are now disturbed.
Then I got super freaked out by Samuel L. Jackson. I had some weird feeling it was a homeless person who would jump out at me and scare me and if there’s one thing I hate more than lettuce it’s getting scared and being jumpy. I swore this was another street performer, but luckily, Samuel never moved.
I always hear about things going on here! Now I’ve seen it! Check that one off the list!
Then we got to mile 12 and it was a pretty boring area after we left the tourist area of Hollywood Blvd.
More of the previous type street area to run through. I also noticed on this run that the streets were not as well paved. There maybe be some areas where you want to watch your footing and make sure that you pay attention to the street in front of you.
Then we were back at mile 14. Where we started last week on Sunset Blvd. Mostly, I would say a lot of the area we ran this past weekend had a night slight decline which is nice especially at that early of the marathon, when all systems are still working and not shutting down on you just yet. :)