My first marathon in ~10 months was a good reason to be very excited AND nervous in the days leading up to the 2016 LA Marathon. Originally, my runner gal pal Erin from Purdue was going to run LA too, but an injury in December sidelined her training, and I was going to be racing solo :/ To add insult to injury, the Southwest got HOT the week before the race. When I checked the weather on Wednesday or Thursday night before packing started, the Sunday high was predicted to be 90. NINETY. WHAT.
|Ready to run LA|
|Dr. W, catching my best side uphill around 5M|
|Probably hot and miserable here...|
bitty bottle of water, but kept going otherwise. I was praying for shade and/or downhills for pretty much the entire course :) Channeling my inner runner badass, I ran the entire race in a hat AND sunglasses, my feeble attempt at staying cool :) I grabbed water or Gatorade at every single aid station to either drink or dump on my head...I was rewarded with two epic blisters by the end of the race.
|Just as proof that this course was HILLY|
|Maybe halfway? Thumbs up!|
|Almost there! Marathon #9 in the books :)|
Coach T and Dr. W and The Canadian all came out to cheer me on, and I am so thankful and happy to have an amazing cheer/support squad :) The Canadian and I went to Bubba Gump for lunch, and then down to Long Beach to visit Dr. W that evening and partake in some celebratory pizza. We spend Monday at Knott's Berry Farm - not Cedar Point, but still a really good time. Tuesday we flew back to Tucson, but not before checking out Endeavour at the California Science Center.
|Red shorts and rainbow wigs make sure I spot you along the course!|
|Post-race bliss :)|
Overall, a good first marathon back after almost a year away, a fantastic weekend in LA, and a fun start to 2016!
OT pictures, if you're into that sort of thing:
|Meb and Galen|
|Kara and Desi!|
|Shalane and Amy!|
|Sara and Ryan Hall|