This post is looooooong overdue.
Like 2 weeks overdue.
And I may or may not owe you another race recap.
So let’s get to it.
I have lots and lots to tell you.
On October 24, I ran the Los Angeles Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon!
As you can see from my lovely stolen picture…
I dressed in costume!
Can you tell who/what I was dressed as?
If not, here is a hint…
If you said a Rockford Peach from a League of Their Own, you are correct!!
Anyway, this was my first Rock n’ Roll race and my first time running in a costume.
And my first time running in LA now that I think about it.
It was definitely a day filled with LOTS of firsts.
A friend and I drove down to LA on Saturday afternoon.
(I officially hate LA traffic- in case you were wondering)
Seriously. LA traffic is THE WORST.
If you have never experienced it, you are in for a real treat.
Anyway, we stopped by the expo and picked up my bib.
It was one of the larger expos that I have been to.
Both Brooks and Garmin were there.. so you know it was a big deal.
And there were LOTS of people.
Thankfully, we made it out of the expo unscathed and headed over to the hotel.
After we checked in, we drove to Long Beach for an afternoon of good food and fun!
It was awesome.
I woke up at 4 AM to prepare myself for the race, which started at 7.
As per usual, I laid everything out the night before, and had my normal pre-race meal.
Lots of coffee, a bonk breaker, 1/2 a protein shake and a banana.
I arrived at the start line a little early… which was a genius move.
I was NOT prepared for the amount of people that signed up for this race.
For some reason, the Half Marathon and the 5K started at the same time.
Which definitely aided in the cluster that became the starting corrals.
I was in Corral 200.
Okay, not really.
I was in Corral 9, but it definitely felt like it was Corral 200 because it took three years to get to the starting line.
Okay, not really.
It took 45 minutes, but it felt like three years.
Once I finally got there, I was ready to rock n’ roll (pun intended).
The course was relatively flat for the first half.
But, as you can see there were two gnarly hills at mile 6 and 11.
I went into this race just wanting to have fun… and it was fun!
I absolutely loved looking at all of the costumes through out the race.
But, the race scenery was pretty boring.
I must mention though, that running through the LA Colosseum was a great experience.
And the volunteers were all cheering like crazy.
There were SO MANY people cheering.
It was awesome!
Although I walked up the last hill, I am proud of how I ran the race… I really had fun!