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2014 La Palma 10K Race Recap

I run this race every year and it’s always so much fun! I grew up in La Palma and the race course travels on the paths I used to run throughout high school so it always brings back memories.

This year B was lucky enough to have the day off and it was great, we brought both George and Sophie, which George was going to run with me and B was going to hold Sophie while we ran. She is a much better dog in public than George so it’s always interesting trying to wrangle them together out of the house.

bdanicalapalma10kI got my bib that morning and did a mile warm up with George. It was cloudy and cool but I knew it would get hot soon because it always does at this race. We walked over to the start line and off we went! I couldn’t get good music on my pandora throughout the entire race so that was kind of a bummer, but I did feel way better than the recent 5K I ran, so that was a good sign.


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The first two miles didn’t feel SO difficult and I ran faster than my recent 5K, so I was surprised I felt so much better, without much time to train. My pacing was also better this race as well. I think the end of mile 5 and mile 6, George was a bit tired and I didn’t want to push him because it was getting warm. We stopped and got him a quick drink at mile 5 and then onward to the finish line. George struggles with pacing in an exciting environment because he wants to pull, pull, pull and run fast! When he gets tired, I never want to push him harder than what I think he wants to run so we made sure to take it easy that last mile.

We finally headed back on the home stretch and it was like George could sense it! He picked it up a bit and we ran towards the finish. After, he got a big drink from a few of the little girls who were working an aid station right past the finish line. I grabbed my finish line popsicle and again, it was a fun way to kick off the 4th! I checked the results and finished first in my age group again this year. I also realized, I’ve gotten faster over the past few years. I finished in 46:40 this year, which is also a PR for me, I realized later in the day! Hopefully they will update the stats to include this race on my Athlinks later this week.

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The rest of the day was spent with family and friends at a little BBQ at our house. It was one of the first times we had a larger group at our home and it was a lot of fun! Everything turned out really well and everyone seemed to have a good time. How can you not have a good time with sparklers?!

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Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 4.44.44 PMWe’ve been working a lot on the house and I have a few before and after posts to post soon of updates that we’ve done and also a few fun posts with Shea’s approaching wedding including invites and party themes! I can’t wait :) July is just the start of our busy summer and fall!


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  • Reply Leigh

    Congratulations on a great race! George is quite the speed demon too!

    July 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Natalie @ Never Serious Blog

    I love your flag zip up! And I can’t believe how fast George is, he is the perfect running buddy!

    July 8, 2014 at 6:17 am
  • Reply karleen

    nice pace Danica! Ya…I would have been wayyyy behind you if I did that race lol.

    July 8, 2014 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    How cute was your running outfit!??! Also, I can never get over how awesome of a runner George is!!! lol You two were meant to be!!! :P

    July 9, 2014 at 12:18 am
  • Reply The Blonde

    I’m with you; I run the same 10k every year! Bolder Boulder. I actually like it that way so I can clearly see my running growth compared on the same course. Way to get it done this year!

    July 9, 2014 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Carmy

    Your dogs look adorable!!!!!! Mine ran with me once … For 2k haha then he demanded that I carry him home haha

    July 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Carmy

    kind of a dumb question but I just stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to subscribe for email updates on new posts but I can’t seem to find that option! I don’t use feedly and that’s why I’m asking haha

    July 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply The Silent Assassin

    A little late to this post…but you killed it D! Looks like y’all had a great time!

    July 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Christine

    I can’t believe how fast you and your DOG are!!! He runs with you to a PR, amazing!!! Congrats on 1st place!!

    July 31, 2014 at 6:26 am
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