An Ode to the LA Marathon

I love the LA Marathon. It’s the first marathon I ever finished. It wasn’t pretty. I was naive, didn’t really train, had ITBS, didn’t stop for water along the course, didn’t take any fuel, but I finished my first 26.2. Here we are in 2008 celebrating at ihop. Oh the days before we became food snobs. P2210282.JPG

Brent and I ran it again in 2009 after our engagement weekend in London. It was Saturday night and after a few rounds of beer in a London pub I declared that I would run the LA Marathon that Monday (it was held on memorial day that year). Brent and I landed at midnight Sunday night and were up running the marathon the next morning. I ran my personal worst, over 5 hours, but we look it very easy and ran with Students Run LA. Here we are making wise decisions about running a marathon on a Saturday night, and us crossing the finish lines with our dorkly SRLA hats. DSC05388.JPGDSC05393.JPGScreen Shot 2014-10-26 at 12.00.31 PM.png

In 2013 I was a spectator, and saw my baby sister Marta kill it at her first marathon. Here I am GOING CRAZY screaming for her on Ocean Avenue at the finish in Santa Monica. She ran a 3:50ish in her first marathon.

photo 2 (4) (1).JPGIn 2014 the LA Marathon was my redemption run. I had to re-qualify for Boston after missing out on a spot, and despite the high heat I crossed the line under 3:30 so that I could pretty much guarantee a spot at Boston. I had SO much support along the way.

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And here I am calling Mama to tell her I qualified for Boston!762730-1005-0023s.jpg

In 2015 I participated in the charity relay with Ellen, raising money for Girls on the Run, an organization I brought to my school in South LA. Ellen and I ran a combined 3:10ish in super hot weather again. We won the relay, thank you very much 🙂 Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.26.40 AM.png

I was feeling a little sad about not being a part of the LA Marathon again this year, especially with the Olympic Trials happening the day before. I knew it would be an inspiring weekend, and I’d be so eager and excited to run. There is NO way I’m running the full marathon in February and Boston again in April. I love running, but I strive to be balanced with my running and my life. I just kinda let it go, and planned on taking this year off.

Back in November I emailed a bunch of organizations to ask about their charity relay teams and fundraising commitments. The numbers were really high, which I totally understand. I had just fundraised for Girls on the Run the year before, and fundraised for my school’s book fair I felt like I couldn’t keep asking for money, even if it was a great cause. Ellen and I had made the decision to spectate this year, and we were sad but OK with it. This week I was contacted by City of Hope, an research and treatment center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They told me they were still looking for runners to represent their organization. After some consideration, I just didn’t feel I could say no. Cancer is the reason I never met my grandmother. The timing is a bit strange considering everything happening with Brent’s aunt who we recently visited in Tulsa. Ellen and I have decided to combine something we love with raising money for a cause we really care about. Our goal is to raise a combine $500, but most importantly to raise awareness of the City of Hope. I feel so lucky to run this awesome race with my best running friend, and raise money for something that has touched so many lives. Please consider donating to our cause. Any amount helps. Thank you.

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