LA Marathon 2015 Race Review

In a bit of a time crunch. I have to rush to get to a Lakers game. You know….premier seating….no big deal… This is gonna be a speedy post. I’ll start with a pre-race picture. Here we are, The Three Amigos at Dodger Stadium. Wait!!! That can be our team name! Then we’ll actually have something to say when we do a team cheer. photo 1

OK. 7 things you need to know…I don’t have time for 10.

1. Marta amazes me. She is absolutely 100% ridiculously amazingly incredibly awesome. She ran a 3:35 today, and was hurting in the 20s and pulled through. I am so inspired by her. She just added a whole lot of pressure to Ellen and I with our spring marathons. I am so so so proud of her. It’s crazy how I can be prouder and more satisfied with my sister’s results than my own. I’ve been feeling blah about my Boston training, and today just made me feel like, WOAH, I can do this. Thank you Marta! Oh, check out my hot ice-pack knees. Gracias LA Marathon!

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2. It was the brownie toast. It was totally the brownie. I’m having a pre-race brownie from now on.photo 5

3. Ellen and I aren’t really sure what our combined time was in the charity relay (donate to Girls on the Run here!) because the race wasn’t split 50/50 and the results look funny online, but we’re pretty sure Ellen ran around a 1:40 and I ran around a 1:32. SO let’s just say if we were one person we’d be running a 3:12 marathon. Not too shabby! I averaged under 7 which felt really good. I felt strong throughout and my calves and shins felt fine (I’ve been freaking out about my tight calves and phantom shin tightness lately). It was a great tempo workout to gage where I’m at. Ran with Peter most of the way and saw so many familiar faces on the course. Now I just need to figure out my Boston pacing plan. I’m not as cool as Gisele who can just go out there and run. I need a plan to keep myself calm.

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Check out the buns in the background of this picture!

My Portion of the Relay

My Portion of the Relay

4. THANK goodness for sea breeze and cloud coverage. The one day of the year that I appreciate the cooler temps at the beach. The LA Marathon was SUPER prepared with so much water, hoses, cooling towels, etc. It was not as hot as we anticipated. Still hot, but nothing like what we were dreading. Although I’m really wondering what Marta, Ellen and I can do in 60 degree weather. Runcation, girls? photo (5)

5. Anna and Alaina are the BEST cheerleaders ever. Check out these awesome posters. They were at the half with me, made it to 20 to watch Marta and I and surprised us at mile 24. I actually shouted, “Oh my gosh!” when I saw them. I pushed a little harder after that. I shouldn’t have that much energy at mile 24. I didn’t get to see Brent at the finish, but he was there SCREAMING for Marta. I love Brent for always being there for us with all this running. Joe, do you like the poster I made for you!?

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6. Watching the elites run past was awesome. They are so inspirational! And those muscles on the girls. I need to bulk it up! Protein bar, anyone? I also got to see Gisele and Marta too before I started.

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7. We celebrated at Sunny Spot which was fun because all my favorite people were and the food is really yummy, but seriously…the service sucked. We have the worst luck when it comes to post marathon service. Just give me my beer and my food please.

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Thinking of running this race? I LOVE the LA Marathon so this is mostly pros. I really can’t imagine not doing it next year. Anyone looking for a pacer?

Pros:

  • So much positive energy and excitement in the city leading up the race
  • AWESOME point-to-point course that ends at the ocean
  • Loved the shirts this year, and the Asics gear is really nice
  • Easy for spectators to drive around and see you all over the course
  • Great post race snacks (teddy grams!!)
  • No lottery to deal with
  • The race started earlier this year which a HUGE difference in finishing temperature
  • Great expo
  • If you live in LA, so many familiar faces on the course
  • Ice at the end and lots of cooling towels

Cons:

  • Logistics can be hard for a point-to-point course you’re not from LA and don’t have a bunch of friends willing to drive you around
  • Can be really hot
  • I thought there would be more water further down the end. I finished my 1 bottle pretty fast.
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