As I’ve said before, I started this string of running events 7 weeks before I started the blog, so I have a little catching up to do…
This was my first 5k! Little did I know this was the beginning of quite a large adventure that I never saw coming.
I don’t really remember the exact order of events that made me feel as though I should do a 5k. However it came to pass, I signed up and that just kind of snowballed.
This is a sweet 5k! They actually don’t give medals, so I almost didn’t do it (since I have that “I only run for medals!” rule ). But they do give dog tags and I made an exception about my “medal rule” because the course is SO awesome.
Packet pick-up was the morning of the race (as it totally should be with 5ks (and possibly even other distances)), but there was no gear check, so I carried the bag with my shirt and goodies throughout the course (the plight of not having a car in Los Angeles).
As I said, the course was bomb! We got to run through Wisteria Lane, by Amity Boat Tours, around a bunch of other sets, even through a plane crash! A lot of people (including me) chose to go slowly and take pictures and basically be more of a tourist than a runner. (Of course it wasn’t necessarily that I was completely “choosing” that, so much as I was partly choosing that, and it was partly chosen for me due to my out of shape-ness. )
The very first part of the race was all downhill so I thought “oh, this’ll be easy.” And of course the last part of the race was all uphill. So that was…super fun.
In the second mile, I noticed a woman behind me who was plugging away as best as she could, but I thought she was someone I could beat. Now, I am all for runners being supportive of each other and I think every person on the course is a champion. I also really believe that in every race I’m only racing myself…But, I also believe that I’m competitive to sometimes a teeny bit of an unhealthy degree.
My new goal became just to outrun this random woman. She was really putting forward some effort at certain points, but if she would go from walking to jogging, so would I. If she would go from jogging to running, so would I. At first I was nervous about the big, final uphill battle, but the hill was besting her too. She was starting to fall behind. We came to a part with some tight-ish curves, so I couldn’t see people who were too far behind me. I thought “I did it! I’m going to come in before this lady!”
Then I realized that the 5k and 10k veered off from each other near the finish, and being that I didn’t see her again, I think she was actually doing the 10k. It looks like she beat me by the sheer fact that she was doing twice the distance. Wah wah.
I was pretty stoked that there was a bloodmobile at the finish line. I had never given in a bloodmobile – just in hospitals or stand alone donation places. I thought it was a great idea to encourage people to give right after a race. Giving blood made my good feelings about the day multiply!
All in all, it was a super fun race that I highly recommend and I will most likely be doing it again next year!