April 15, 2020

First Marathon – Los Angeles

finish line – santa monica pier

January 1st I started my training program. After my last half in October, I took running off until mid December as I knew training would be constant. Starting Jan 1, I started running 2-4 miles 2-4 times a week. I gradually started adding miles to my weekend runs in mid February. Mid February I did an 11 mile Saturday run, then came: 13, 15, 17, 19 and I was done. Through all my half marathon training I kept indoor cycling in my weekly workouts— I decided to keep it through the full training. I personally feel that since I was avidly already was cycling for the past few years, that’s why I could get up and run a half the first time. So when full training came along, I kept the 3-5x of indoor cycling a week— I just needed to make sure I was running the same amount if not more, so I wasn’t gaining too much leg muscles. I definitely feel heavier all around when I Cycle too much; I needed to lean out (which is what I get from running). After my longest run of 19, I walked myself into urgent care. Both delirious from hours of running and battling being sick, I thought this was a wise idea. I told the doctor “I have a cough”, he looked at me like I was crazy and sent me home.
Leading up to the marathon week (10 days before), I injured my ankle pretty badly. Basically, what I had was a case of an “over usage” of my ankle. Which forced me in the last leg of it to really taper and not move. As a runner, this is our worst nightmare. Doing NOTHING with 9 days to go. My anxiety was through the roof and patience of trusting this would all work out— was wearing very thin.  
Marathon morning, everything went wrong. The Uber took the wrong turn into the Stadium and we were stuck in an hour+ of traffic. Not starting the race on time BUT we made it. 
I can talk so highly of the Los Angeles Marathon. Living in Los Angeles my whole life, being able to run from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica Pier, is something you never could have dreamed about… mostly because traffic makes it feel a lot further than 26 miles. I ran through the City with the biggest smile on my face, feeling prideful to be from such an incredible City, and so grateful for all the local cheerleaders and neighborly bystanders— the energy of LA made this so special for runners. Through Chinatown there were Dragons, in Hollywood there were stages set with many famous actors/musicians performing,  through West Hollywood – drag queens lined the streets,  then in Brentwood there were multiple stages with DJs going down it. Seeing so many friendly familiar faces was the biggest support I could ever have had. Looking back, all I  can do was smile. It was such an amazing experience, cannot wait to run it again this coming March!

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