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LA Marathon Race Recap

Alright, give your computer about 20 minutes to load this super picture heavy/video heavy post. Pour yourself a glass of rum or hot chocolate, and sit back and enjoy my pain. There were a lot of emotions that went through my mind during this race and most of them were agony, pain, and defeat. So the short story is that I hurt. for a long time out there on the course. BUT I finished. Now, here’s the extended version.

Let me begin by stating that this is the longest race report I will ever write. Since I was lucky enough to run the entire race with Billy, he took about 6-8 pictures, EVERY MILE. So I have a billion pictures. It does help in remembering what happened throughout the race though, even though it seemingly was a death march for me in the latter miles. It was a great race in many aspects, just not my race. I know I didn’t train well and I learned my lesson on being more consistent through my training. I haven’t given up on marathons, but as for now, I am going to take a break from running another full until the fall and will run some halfs and fun races this summer. So onto race day!

We got there race morning and I felt pretty good. I didn’t know how much it would hurt to finish the race but I would soon find out. I arrived at Billy’s house and we carpooled over with some friends and though got a little stuck in traffic got there at 5:50. The race was scheduled to start at 7:20. We meandered through Dodger Stadium and took a few group pictures before hitting up the porta potties, where someone totally cut us in line and we got pretty angry at them. The lines at the porta potties were fairly long but they were efficient. Even though I did see a ton of both men and women crawling into the bushes. Sick. I would NEVER.

Weird picture, but it was still dark out and I look way too happy to be up that early. I was tweeting a little bit and we walked around as the sun came up. The crowd was pretty excited and I just felt everyone really ready to get the race started.

This is a classic Billy taking a video of me coming out of the porta pottie, and Ryan ran in after me quickly to beat the cutters in line! I heard about them talking about it in line so I try to make my exit as exaggerated as I could. I think I succeeded. Everything was running really smoothly with the mass of people that quickly accumulated at the stadium. It was already fairly warm out so I knew it would just get warmer as we started running but I wasn’t too worried about it.

Some maniacs and I! I was so glad to debut my maniacs jersey and run with two of the craziest maniacs out there! Both my friend Billy and Ryan wore their Maniacs Jersey. We had to rep the maniacs! It was fun seeing other maniacs and I wanted to say hi to all of them out there on the course.

Looking happy at the starting line even though after waiting around until well after the time they were suppose to start. We were hearing crazy stories about people leaving their cars on the freeway and getting out to run to the starting line and how bad traffic was out on the freeway. I heard more people had to get off the shuttle buses and run to the start too. I would have flipped! I am glad that we got there early and had more than enough time to get all our stuff done.

After the porta potties we did a gear check and got everything situated and found our spot by the ‘starting area’. It spilled out into the tented area where the expo was held the prior two days and we waited there for a solid forty five minutes as we waited for the race to start. It took a lot longer than expected to start, but listening to the national anthem and hanging out with friends calmed my nerves and made me excited for the race.

My friend Page was there and randomly we saw her right when we walked into Dodger stadium earlier in the morning and it was so fun to hang out with her and run the first two miles with her before she took off and left me in the dust! She is super fun and I’m so glad we’ve got to hang out the past few times I was in San Fran and she was down here.

The starting line was CHAOS. There were way too many people in WAY too small of space. Everyone was trying to get over fences and the race started about 25 minutes late. After it started it took us another 10 minutes to even get to the starting line. Once we got going I was feeling okay and we ran a decent pace for a while.

At the start of the race there were some hills around Dodger stadium that were a bit tricky to maneuver especially with the huge crowd that surrounded us. Within the first mile I saw some guy being tended to unconscious on the ground after he fell while running. Not good.

This video is at mile 2. We had just gone through a water station and I successfully drank the cup of water as you can tell by my smile. The way I always do it is pour a little out, pinch and drink. Or else it gets all over the place. The water stations were positioned every mile and they worked out perfectly for my hydration needs. I drank water at every stop and they never ran out during the race. Anyways, then we had the blow up mile markers. I loved those mile markers! They were so easy to spot, but this one was sketchy. It was kind of just hanging there and I told Billy, this looks unsafe! I did grab it though but man, I thought I was going to be whipped backwards and fall on my back when I hit it. Thankfully I didn’t. :)

Along the entire course there were TONS of spectators. That was a huge plus for the course. Everyone was out and being wild and crazy. I totally agree with the idea of doing crazy stuff while cheering because you will probably never see any of the runners again and it cheers people up and let me tell you the people of LA are wild and crazy. I have never seen so many strange supporters. You can even see that guy next to us clapping along! Maritza, this picture is for you :)

This was right before the steepest hill right before mile 4. I powered up that hill and was still feeling fine at this point of the race. I had my cross country coaches voice going through my head and I could just envision him at the top yelling for me to push up the hill and take three quick steps. Once I got the to top I was fine and we continued on. Then we saw Punk Rock Runner and Nina and I got really excited and we ran with them for a bit and said our hellos.

Billy and I tried to have fun along the course and I asked these cops for a high 5. They looked less than amused, but thankfully obliged.

Running through some random neighborhoods. I was surprised by all the people out this early and so supportive of all the runners. It was great hearing Billy’s name over and over again. People see my name on my bib and don’t know how to say it so they usually just say, wayyyy to go with a quizzical look. I don’t think it’s that hard, but hey some people have problems with it. By the way it’s DAN-ICK-UH, not DONICA or DANEEKA, which I do get often :)

The crowds lined the streets and just cheered for everyone. It was a nice showing of the community and it showed that they really supported the marathon running through their area.

This was right next to Echo Park and the crowds were still pretty thick at this point. I was still feeling decent but I started to run out of gas. It was pretty warm at this point of the race.

There were some hilarious cheerleaders among the course. I was not amused by the clowns since the clowns scared me, but they were out cheering people along doing some crazy things on stilts, which I think was very unsafe. Billy was pretty much the social butterfly of the race and I was like get this the f over with. He was slapping people’s hands and high fiving everyone and yelling at everyone and thanking everyone for being out there. He made up for my sourpuss race.

Then I got super excited by the firehouse before the 10k mark. I asked to take a picture with them and they looked at me like a FREAK, so that was cool. It was fun though.

There were seriously all types of people out there… Including drag queens, people with bootleg water stations, passing out all kinds of foods, including donuts? Crazy, wild supporters added a lot to course! It shows how cool it is to cheer for everyone, and I really appreciated it.

Billy told me to run ahead and get another picture in front of the Pantages, just like the one we took on the tour and it was another great picture! This was one of my favorite parts of the course.

This is when the death began. Ha ha, you can kind of see the pain on my face even in the side view. I was getting really tired and Billy was so supportive and gave me salt tabs and made me eat. I am so thankful he was there. He constantly was checking on me and asking me what he could do to help me. I felt bad for running so slow but my feet were killing me for some reason, I knew my toe was bloody and my hips were so sore. It wasn’t a good sign because it was so early in the race.

I LOVED the giant sponsors that covered up huge parts of the street. I took mental notes of interesting things that I liked :) It was cool to run over the giant logos and it totally drew attention to the sponsor and what mile they were sponsoring and their product.

Mile 11. I really liked the huge blow up mile markers, but they weren’t every mile. After about mile 14 or 15 they kind of disappeared and made a few more appearances farther down the course. They were really easy to spot though and made me keep moving forward, since I knew how far it was until the next mile.

I still look happy though I was dying. I had already walked a few times and just wanted to get the race over with, so I knew that I just had to keep repeating that each mile was closer to the finish and I just had to KEEP GOING. One foot in front of another, over and over, I told myself.

My hips and butt were KILLING me ever since mile 11. It was a different feeling than the sore feeling, but it was like hi you are under trained and haven’t run much at all lately feeling. My butt was cramping and my hips were just so sore. I tried to do some stretching and swinging of my legs. That’s when Billy got this sweet pic. It makes me laugh I look like I’m trying to do the airplane or something.

Stretch, swing, please feel better legs, please get me to the finish. Stretch, swing, pull yourself together Danica!

Mile 12 and I was super stoked to eat more sharkies, which I am pretty much obsessed with. This is when the wheels on the Danica bus seemed to fall off and completely roll away, never to be seen again. This is where Billy stepped it up big time and kept me going. My hips were killing me and when your at mile 12 of 26.2, that’s a little daunting to start feeling crappy.

This was also when I took out my headphones. It seemed that the whole race the  noise just was getting to me and I couldn’t find the zone at all. The music was just not working for me so from mile 12 onward I ran without music, which was the first time I’ve done that. I don’t think it would have helped either, so I just clipped my earphones to my iFitness belt and kept trudging along.

He told me to run with a smile and just to finish. I told him numerous times to leave me if he wanted but he wouldn’t. He was amazing and looked out for me the entire time. I was so grateful that he ran with me, even though I wanted to die! We still had fun together and he kept me from wandering off the course and curling up in a ball and crying.

Mile 13 was when I was really feeling depleted. Billy hung in there though and took this hilarious video of me. You can start to tell my delirium because I gave a shout out to Shea. We have this thing where we say, That’s the way the cookie cruuuuuumblllles. Just like Let’s get ready to Rummmmmmble from jock jams. I don’t know why that was necessary at that moment but I cracked myself up over it.

I remember running by this mural when we did the course preview. I knew we were creeping closer to mile 14 and I loved seeing this. The support all along this area was amazing.

In West Hollywood it is a notoriously gay area (is that pc? sorry if it’s not). There were some drag queen (don’t know if that’s pc either… sorry!) cheerleaders passing out water and there were tons of people out in this area. It was a smaller section of the race but it was pretty entertaining and sketchy at the same time.

Right before we went down Rodeo Drive, I ran into Emil! He is the definition of a maniac and we hobbled along for a bit. It was great seeing him out there. We both looked so dapper in this picture and like we are having a great day! Truth be told…

This pretty is the funniest picture ever and sums up my day. Yea. I looked like this most of the race, head down, just trying my hardest to put one foot in front of the other and keep my legs going with the least pain.

We ran in front of Nike Town and this is what we saw. WHAT THE HECK is going on?! Nike people were wearing green onsies and cheering. It was seriously very weird. they were handing out towels too. I think at this point I didn’t know what was going on and this just confused me even more…

This was a REALLY cool part of the course, Cheer Alley. There were tons of cheerleaders out and screaming and cheering for everyone. It was cool to run down the loud noise and it pepped me up even just for a second.

Then I saw Drea on the side of the road right before mile 18. She was my saving grace during this section because her sign cheered me up and I knew I was getting closer and closer to the finish, slowly but surely. This picture is hilarious though, so I had to post it :)

Then we got a great picture with my sign and it was so pretty! I loved it! Thank you so much to everyone who cheered for me out there! It seriously meant so much to me. You don’t realize how much you draw from the crowd on a bad day. I was so happy when someone said my name and I would wave back and smile.

I RANDOMLY saw a good friend Katie out there too. She’s the girl who looks confused on the left. We went to high school together and I was so happy to see her too! I was pretty delirous at this point and everything was taking my mind off the pain. Notice how I totally cut off that guy getting back on course after giving Katie a hug. Whoops! Sorry Jay! ha ha.

I found the hottest fireman I could right before mile 20 and took a picture with him. He seemed to be so happy to take a picture with me and he was by far the nicest fireman out there on the course. He made sure I was okay and then told me to keep going and that I could finish! I love him!

Ha, ha, ha! When Billy sent me this picture I about died laughing. I look like I was dying here, and yes, I was. There was a pretty brutal hill right at mile 20 that I somehow forgot about and I was really sore going up it. I was TIRED but I knew that i had six more miles. I could do it if it took me all freaking day! So the wall at 20 miles? Yea I hit it, and I hit it HARD. That’s what she said.

We ran down San Vicente Blvd and everyone was cheering for us so much. It was great to see so many supporters out there. I have never run a race this big and having the crowd around, minus the ‘you’re almost there’ cheers, and the ‘almost to the downhill’ cheers, was fantastic! I really focused on just getting the race over with and finishing. I knew I could do it, and I was already over the time that I would be ending with, so I just knew that getting to the finish was the most important thing.

The whole time throughout Brentwood Billy was so amp’ed and fired up. I felt bad for holding him back and hobbling along but I knew we were just getting closer and closer. He kept yelling, ‘I Love you Brentwood!’ and all these funny things. He would pump his arms at the crowd. I wanted to punch him in the head, but I also know without him it would have taken me a lot longer. He is an amazing friend to stick with me for that long. I would have punched myself in the head if I were Billy! When we were running we were keeping about a 10:30 pace but I was walking a lot. My hips were killing me! He also told me that when we walked we needed to walk with purpose, hence the video above of me traveling at breakneck speed. I was powerwalking. I felt like a 90 year old!

We rounded the corner and started down Ocean. It was 1.2 miles to the finish! The final mile was PACKED with people and it was great to finish around everyone. I was in so much pain but I knew I was so close. I tried to just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Finally, after what seemed like forever, we passed under the 26 mile marker and then I knew it was .2 of a mile left! Then I could walk and sit down!

This was the the moment when I was thinking in my head, this is it! This is worth it! All this pain and hard work that I worked through and the mental battle I worked through and having Billy cheering me on was done! We had done it together! I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to run with. Right at the last .2 miles I started tearing up and then I almost started having trouble breathing and I was like Holy crap you freak, pull your self together you don’t need ot PASS OUT .1 miles from the finish! So I took a few deep breaths and pushed the emontion back. Finally we crossed the finish line and the medal was placed on my neck. Number 5 was DONE!

With Colin, Peter and Billy after the race. I am so thankful I ran LA. It taught me a vaulable lesson about myself and how hard it is to run a marathon. It’s funny because when I put on my 26.2 necklace back on Monday it had a whole new meaning. I forgot how hard it was to run that far and what a challenge it was.

The course was MUCH hillier than I had remembered, sorry for saying it was so flat, it’s NOT. The crowd support was amazing and the water stations and food on the course was great. Thank you again to everyone who cheered for me and kept me going out there.

I’m not giving up on the full. I have a few more planned, but not for a while. Right now I need to find the happy running that I found before I ran Long Beach last year and focus on getting healthy, swimming and enjoying working out. I need to remember to do it for MYSELF. It wasn’t my day, but not every race can be absolutly perfect. I am not the happiest with my time, but I still finished and that’s all that matters. I’ll begin training again soon, and I am running a half this weekend for fun, but I am thankful for the lessons that LA taught me and for the running community that I am a part of.


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  • Reply Brie (The Fit Bride)

    Great job! You’re awesome and Billy sounds like a pretty cool dude.

    Also, that fireman is a fox. You should look him up and ask him out on a date. Because, seriously, wouldn’t that be an awesome story to tell your grandkids someday?

    March 24, 2010 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Average A

    What a great recap & thanks for all the pics and videos! It’s fun to see where everyone runs and what they see during races.

    Billy sounds like a great friend — any way you can convince him to come push me along at the Minneapolis Marathon?! ;D

    Congrats on finishing #5! Now go find that fireman again.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Ann

    Congratulations on this hard run, remember: “a marathon is not a joke!” Be easy and carefull Saturday, this is the time you are very prone for bad injuries that take a long time to heal. Good Luck.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:39 am
  • Reply andrea

    hahaha loved the post! i’m glad i could help provide entertainment with an awkward picture :)

    great job getting thru the race! and i hope you get to see that really hot fireman again ;)

    March 24, 2010 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Andee (LAEasyMeals)

    Congrats again on finishing! That course was really tough and a lot hillier than I had remembered when I ran the first 10 miles a month ago. I also didn’t do as well as I had wanted to, but oh well. We have to pick ourselves back up. Most importantly, it reminded me how we need to respect the distance. Too often, I don’t think of marathoning as a big deal anymore because I’ve been doing them for a while now, but 26.2 miles IS 26.2 miles, it’s even long to drive that far! Congrats again!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Jason

    Nice job and way to push through to the end. And as always, great race report!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Rachel

    You are a rockstar!

    Way to go on finishing that marathon!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:48 am
  • Reply Mandy

    Congrats! Your race report is awesome! :-)

    March 24, 2010 at 8:49 am
  • Reply x-country2

    Some days is easy, and some days it’s not! Way to gut it out.

    March 24, 2010 at 8:49 am
  • Reply alex

    1. I’ve been saying/reading your name all along. I feel like you are a whole new person, DAN-ICK-UH, not DA-NIC-A.
    2. So proud you soldiered through that. I have run races like that, where all you can think of is finishing, where walking is the only way you’ll get there. But you did it- wear your necklace with pride!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:51 am
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    LA kicks my ass every year, yet I keep coming back for some more ass kicking! But hey I’ll do anything for charity! Always good to see you out on the marathon course!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:54 am
  • Reply SouthernBelleJM

    This was such a great post! I especially loved Drea’s sign. Tehe:) It really has me excited that once I recover from my wisdom teeth surgery and the fact it’s warming up that I am going to get into running again. Thank you!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Anna

    A marathon is a marathon and YOU DID IT! I know you aren’t happy with your time but like you said it just wasn’t your day. Glad you have such a great attitude and I know that this will not discourage you but just fuel the fire for you to better next time!

    March 24, 2010 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Leigh

    Great race recap! Sorry to hear that it took kicked your booty :( Billy sounds like a pretty sweet friend to help you power through that marathon.

    Either way, just remember that you finished a marathon!!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Katie

    What a great recap, and some funny pics. Congrats again on finishing!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Jocelyn

    Great job Dan-ick-uh!! Wooo. You finished even though you hurt. How awesome that Billy was there with you the whole time. Now thats a good friend. Great job girl!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Amy

    Yay!!! Congrats!!!!!

    And dude… I would gladly run my worst marathons over again if I got to take a picture with that HOT ASS fireman. Holy crap. Totally worth 26.2 miles of misery!

    Congrats!!! Rest up!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:13 am
  • Reply simi

    wow danica… congrats!! Your post got me a little emotional, I can’t imagine what you must have felt crossing the finish line. I can only hope to feel the same way one day :)

    March 24, 2010 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Tara

    Man so many pics/videos make me laugh, but in all seriousness I am really glad Billy was with you & stuck by your side the entire time! He is a great friend & I am so proud of you both for reppin’ the maniac jersey and completing another marathon! Congrats girl! Love ya ♥♥♥

    March 24, 2010 at 9:16 am
  • Reply nacho

    Well done, you finished it! and you did overcome difficult moments. You should be proud.
    and you look cool and smiling all the time.

    Only one suggestion:
    Try to run more in your toes and less on your heel or you will hurt yourself.;-)

    March 24, 2010 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Alisa

    Drea’s sign was awesome…they do need you =).

    Also, the maniacs jersey’s need you to make them nice and pretty (aka sparkly).

    Way to finish #5.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Amy

    Wow, I felt your pain in that one, nice recap Danica :) Way to stick it out, you are awesome!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Carlos Pineda

    Excellent race report. I had a similar day out there. Since I’m training primarily for my next IM, I hadn’t completed enough run training miles for this marathon and…it HURT. I hobbled the last 6 miles too so I feel your pain. I could relate to your report in a lot of ways. We got it done so that’s all that matters. Nice work!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Emily

    Seriously, I don’t know how you do it! Just 13 more weeks until my first marathon. I hope the community in Seattle is as awesome and supportive as the one in LA! Congrats.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Shannon

    That was the best race recap ever! Sorry, but I laughed at your power walking and wanted to tell you to straighten up that back! :) ha!

    Great job on finishing girl!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Brooke

    Thank you for the race recap and thank you SO MUCH to your friend for all the photos and videos! As walkers, we were behind the sweeper trucks by mile 8, and the entire course was closed up tight. No water, no mile markers, no cheerers, and all the crowds you would normally find on the sidewalks on a Sunday in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. So, seeing all the awesome stuff that the runners got to see is SO great! We missed all the drag cheerleaders, all the cheering spectators, and even the finish line! I’m so proud of you for rocking it and finishing even when you bonked (and so did we, in about the same place!) and still fought your way through it. You rock!

    And my whole pace group loved your race route breakdown blogs earlier as well. Thanks so much for all the words and pix!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Billy Burger

    It was all about having a good time on this new course from the get go while getting in a training run. If I had took off, it would have been less fun. Plus, this was my longest run post-injury so it was good we took it easy.

    Besides, if the marathon were easy, wouldn’t everyone do it? It’s a good thing to get humbled by the marathon every once and awhile. Not all are the same as the other. I have no doubt with more time to train, you’ll kick butt in your next one.

    Either way, was very very proud of you. It broke my heart a little everytime I heard you whimper from the immense pain you were feeling or when you were telling me sorry and to go on without you. You did swell kid and you showed massive heart. Big hugs.

    Congrats DAN-ICK-UH!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Kelly

    You are seriously amazing! I know it was a rough day and you finished! I love all the pics and videos!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Crystal Fish

    You are such an inspiration and I got teary-eyed when I read your blog. I am on the training path for my first full and it’s such an inspiration for runner’s like myself to see what other runners go through. The emotional journey… the love for the run. Thank you so much for posting this and adding me to FB. I truly admire you girl and seeing running from another’s point of view makes me love it that much more. WAY TO GO. YOU DID IT and you should be way proud!!!

    Sending much love from Houston TEXAS- Crystal!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Laura Georgina

    Limping, bloody-toed, but smiling and rocking your Marathon maniacs shirt with awesome company by your side–you did it!!! Regardless of the time it took, you made it through.

    I got all teary reading about when you said you got teary at the end and I need to find myself a great running buddy like a you or a Billy.

    Last thing: I don’t know why, but the race reports that inspire me the most are the ones where people struggle and hurt and bust through anyway. This one… Amazing.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Way to go for finishing! You smiled the whole way….I am a runner…a slow runner but I always finish what I start. And that fire fighter…he was nice to look at :)

    March 24, 2010 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Erin F.

    Awesome race recap! Congrats on finishing a tough marathon, girl. But you did it! And #5 at that! I love the picture of the Nike Town guys dressed in green… I think that’s a reference to the Green Man from the show It’s Always Sunny in Philly ( Cracks me up every time… soooo weird…

    March 24, 2010 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Sarah

    WOW what a day! Thank you for sharing all the ups and downs of your run. The videos and photos are so great!!

    I’m so impressed that you finished and with a big smile. You rock!! Give me hope for my first half marathon. Even if its hard, just keep going! :)

    March 24, 2010 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Ms.V

    Amazingly funny and humbling…Good job for finishing Don-i-kuh!

    (I thought the firefighter was your BF!)

    March 24, 2010 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Madison

    Great, great, great race re-cap! The pictures and videos were awesome!

    And while it may not have been your best race, it is very inspirational to read about how miserable you felt while still managing to push through. AWESOME!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:19 am
  • Reply aron

    loooove it girlie <3 you are awesome for pushing through that! so fun to have a great friend by your side too, those are the best!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Erica (Rad Runner Girl)

    What a wonderful job you did! Love your post, you pushed right along, pain and all..
    -High Fives-

    March 24, 2010 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Morgan

    You seriously need to get Billy an award for keeping up your morale! So awesome of him and way to push through those miles girly! Lesson learned: Respect the distance! I could not imagine trudging 26.2 if I was already dying by 12. You have heart girl… either that our you’ve lost your ever living mind!!! :)

    Thanks for sharing all the fun pics/video’s. Ya’ll are nuts! Would love to run with you sometime!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Morgan

    P.S. I frigging loved her sign for you! You really are the poster girl for booty shorts! LOL!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Niki @ Niki's Neverending Adventure

    Great job girl! Way to finish strong! You are such an inspiration! Loved the powerwalking video! Totally cracked me up!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:08 am
  • Reply TorontoGirloutWest

    Putting it all in perspective . . . your “I’m dying!” pace is probably more like my “Weeee!!! I’m going fast!” pace! lol

    Point is I still think you’re awesome for sticking with it even when you wanted to keel over! :o)

    As an added bonus – the picture with your fireman is tres cute!!!!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Vic

    You are amazing girl! Loved the recap! I read it ALL! ha ha

    March 24, 2010 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Julie @ Wearing Mascara

    Oh my gosh, woman! My legs were hurting just reading that but I am SO proud of you! I haven’t watched the videos yet (blocked at work) but I will when I get home. You rock and this is the reason why you’re such an inspiration to me as a new runner. Keep it up! xo

    March 24, 2010 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Jess

    Awesome report Danica! I wish I had a Billy to run races with a take a crap ton of pictures and videos! Major props to you for pushing through and finishing strong!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Marlene

    Congrats Donica! (hahaha, I crack myself up!)


    Awesome report, as always!

    I think it’s okay to learn that lesson the hard way. I can almost FEEL the pain you were in reading this post and seeing the pics/videos, but you are so much stronger for getting through it.

    And Billy just plain rocks!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:48 am
  • Reply jenna

    nice post! i felt like i was suffering through with you! way to push through. love all the photos and videos. nice!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Kristin

    Great race report! You made misery very entertaining. :) Hope you’re recovering well and feeling better!

    March 24, 2010 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Katie A.

    Loved this race report! Sorry it was a PW – but I have a feeling my Big Sur race report will be the same death march that LA was for you!
    Huggs to you for finishing! AND to Billy!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Zoë

    Dude! I’m so proud of you for finishing! Even though you were in pain, you didn’t stop…and that’s so amazing. :) You and Billy always seem to have so much fun together, too! Way to go, Danica! (oh, and by the way, I totally know how to say your name correctly, regardless of hearing it first). ;)

    March 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply carpeviam

    Nice report. I was one of the ones “flipping” out and I was also a bush crawler. Yes. It was as gross as you can imagine.

    I understand your misery, as I was in the same condition. We made it though!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm
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