LA Marathon Relay 2016 Race Review

What a fun running weekend! Nothing like Olympic Trials to get you pumped up for a race. This morning Marta, Brianna, and Sarah ran the full. Ellen and I ran the charity relay for City of Hope, she started the race and I took us to the finish. This was the first year Skechers sponsored the race, so I’m excited to fill you in on the experience! Here we are at the start. My eyes look tiny. I look like I slept 2 hours because of my dumb stuffy nose.

LA’s course is amazing. It’s the BEST way to tour LA. Start at Dodger Stadium and end at the ocean. The only part that is no fun is Century City and West LA. Ugh…those miles drag.

This is slightly out of order, but after Ellen and I finished we went back to cheer for our friends. Here we are with Marta…I guess technically not a friend, a sister :)… taking her across the finish! Marta ran a smart race. I’m so proud of her. She was nursing some injuries, so took the race easy…which honestly is often harder than pushing yourself. It’s hard not to let endorphins push you faster than you should. I loved crossing the finish line (again) with my two best running buddies! Ran into Jim at the start. He flew in from NY for the marathon. Missing the 5 degree weather for some 80 degree running! We worked together at Campus Information Centers at Michigan.

After dropping the girls off, I rushed to the half way point to find a parking spot and get warmed up a little bit. With racing there is ALWAYS a random emergency. This time it was no hair tie. Had to make a quick CVS stop.

Ellen ran a half PR, finishing her half of the race in 1:36. SO FAST! I took off here on Sunset and Ogden.

My plan was to sub 1:30, but I had a dumb cold and cough this week so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do it. I also had some failed tempo runs, so I wasn’t super confident. I went out there and 6:45 just felt super comfortable. I felt great the whole time. No balls to the walls racing today, just a strong effort. Boston is the goal race so I didn’t want to go crazy. I need to work on middle miles. I doubt myself so much then bust out fast miles at the end. I also want to publicly apologize to runners who had to deal with me blowing my nose throughout the course. I was a snotty mess with bunches of paper towels in my pockets.

The second half of the course.

Nothin like finishing on Ocean Avenue. Bri finished the race in 3:38. 4 minute PR for her!
Yay! Another LA in the books! Too bad I look disgusting in this photo. I poured 3 water bottles on my head to keep me from overheating.

We went back to cheer for Sarah who finished her FIRST marathon! She killed it! Just started running 6 months ago!

We ran the last mile with her. It was so inspirational watching her push herself to her limit. She kept repeating “I can do anything for 15 minutes. I can do anything for 15 minutes.” Sarah can forever say she is a marathon runner. So incredible. 

Post race festivities consisted of Gjusta, of course. I was too hungry to take photos of the food.

Thinking of running this race next year?

Pros:

  • OK this won’t be the case next year but it was the day after the Olympic Trials!
  • Point-to-point course that takes you through Hollywood, West Hollywood, down Rodeo Drive, through Brentwood and ends at the ocean
  • Nice medal
  • Good post race snacks (teddy grams, cheez-its, bananas)
  • Easy registration process and you can sign up at the expo
  • If you live in LA, so many familiar faces on the course
  • Ice at the end and lots of cooling towels
  • So much support for ALL runners, new runners, fast runners, slow runners

Cons:

  • I love my Skechers running shoes, but the apparel at the expo wasn’t great
  • 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
  • Usually hot
  • Century City/West LA portion of the course SUCKS
  • Traffic in Santa Monica after the race
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