So this past weekend I ran the Run to Remember LA, which was an inaugural race. It was pretty fun and benefitted a great cause that is close to our family. I went into the race just hoping to finish in under an hour. It started at the Grove in Los Angeles, which is about a 40 minute drive from my house. The course claimed to be flat and it was not too bad, but I’m just out of shape. I laid out my clothes the evening before and packed my bag with everything I needed. It’s always helpful for me to lay everything out so I don’t forget anything the morning of. I wore B’s “Station Shirt” and ended up not wearing my ear warmer headband because I thought it might get a little to warm for that.
As I was getting ready I realized in 2015 I didn’t run one race… It made me nervous thinking it had been so long since I’ve raced! The morning started out okay – but I did have 2 middle of the night wake ups, in which I just put her pacifier back in her mouth and she goes right back to sleep but still… that 4:30 am wake up time was a bit to early for my liking. I definitely didn’t take that into consideration when signing up for a race. I drove down to the Grove and there was absotluly no traffic, but once I got off the freeway it was pretty backed up heading to the Grove to park. I was stuck in the line for over 30 minutes and hadn’t move more than a mile. Even though I had allowed myself over an hour and a half to get to the start line, I started to think about parking on a side street and jog over to the starting line. As the time was ticking away and I still wasn’t moving, I just pulled onto a street and parked. I made sure to drop a pin on my iPhone so I would know how to make it back after the race. A bunch of other people were making the same decision and everyone was getting out of their cars and putting on their racing gear.
Once I got to the start line it was smooth sailing. The portapotty lines were a little long but normal and after I went to the bathroom, I got into a corral by the half marathon 10:30 pacers. I was excited to run a race again and got butterflies in my stomach! I hadn’t experienced that feeling in a long time. Finally they called Wave 4 up to the line and we were off. I took off like a rocket, which was a poor choice, but oh well, the adrenaline and excitement got to me.
We went through a bunch of main streets in LA and it was fun to see all the little stores and coffee shops lining the street. The turn around was through Paramount Pictures studios which was actually really cool because they had a tribute area to the fallen First Responders and a bunch of old Fire Trucks and Police cars. It was cool to see the back lot area! Then we just turned around and ran the same way back. It was fairly easy and the last corner turn to the finish line was a hallelujah moment!
Onto the race…
Mile 1 – took off WAY too fast and it burned me later in the race. I know better but oh well, it was fun and I was excited. There was a very slight incline which I also didn’t take into account so I was working extra hard.
Mile 2 – More relaxed but paid for that first mile! I started to slow down and reminded myself I wasn’t only running a 5K.
Mile 3 – I was definitely glad to see the turn around point! I kept wondering where it was. I got a little bit of water at a water station too and then headed back toward the finish. I also got a little choked up at the tribute area, thinking about B and all the firefighters and police officers I know.
Mile 4 – This was a tough mile for me, and usually is the hardest mile in a 10K. I was thinking I had TWO more miles to go and my legs were starting to feel really heavy.
Mile 5 – I knew I only had a mile and .2 to go so I just told myself that over and over in my head. I said please just keep going you can run for the maximum of 12 more minutes! My feet hurt pretty bad and my legs were really sore but I just kept going.
Mile 6 – YAY the finish is in sight! FINALLY! I finished in 56:08, which was well under and hour. I think if I would have paced myself smarter I would have run better but oh well. The first post baby race is in the books! The medal from the race is pretty cool and I am really glad I did it! Maybe I will think about running the half marathon next year.
The only thing that came to bite me in the butt was when I got back to my car I had a ticket waiting for me. UGH. Apparently the street I parked on was permit only and all the cars around me had tickets too. It was a bummer they didn’t have more traffic directors to make the Grove traffic flow better in the morning so I wasn’t panicked and parked on the side street AND it’s also kind of silly that I paid to show my support to first responders… and one of them gave me a ticket! Oh well, just doing their job I guess. Overall it was a good day and I came home to a happy little baby and was able to take a nap when C was taking her afternoon nap so I was able to catch up on some sleep. It was a fun day and now I’m already searching for my next race!