I reviewed my recap from last year and came up with my plan for when to leave. Weds before was exciting as I bought my car! I was able to take it home straight from work and go grocery shopping and then prep for thanksgiving-including food for dinner, my dinner and everything else.
I relaxed with Star Wars episode 4 and 2 drinks to celebrate my car (don't worry, they weren't strong)-a French 75 and Moscow mule. I feel asleep on the couch, got up to pee at 145 and actually decided to shop Target.com and got what I wanted and then got into bed.
I got up at 5:30 and was out of the door at 6:00. I caught the train around 6:20. I was able to eat my breakfast on the train and also drink my tea. When I switched to the red line, I ate my banana. I got off the train at 7:04 and was down at the start area by 7:10 picking up my bib. I got all situated, and waited in line for the restroom.one thing I loved is they gave out boxers instead of shirts. They give out cotton shirts so I don't wear them often so boxers are definitely fun.
I finished at 7:40 and thought I had time for bag check. Well I was wrong. It was taking forever for bag check! It turns out people were doing bag check without bags! Trying to safety pin stuff inside of their boxers. They had no extra bags so it was a cluster. Eventually I got to the front as they were singing the national anthem and I tried to push as far forward as I could. The 5k starts 30 min before the 10k so I needed to get as close to sub 30 as I could. Well we started on time and off we went. Well not really as I ended up behind walkers and had to bop and weave. My legs felt just okay so I knew this may not be my day. Also, it was finally cold! It was 43 when I started and I haven't run in that cold of weather in a long time.
We did some hills and looped around to the big hill next to the Walt Disney concert hall and I walked the whole thing. We then did an out and back and went back down that same hill (water stop is there), turned again and went down another hill. and over to spring street. Up until this point, my watch was pretty on point with the mile markers but as we headed to State St (fun fact: it was considered the Wall St of the west coast. Many movies are shot on it because it does look like NYC) I noticed we past the 4 mile marker for the 10k. Well we headed down and then did an out and back towards the finish. I noticed we were going further out than last year and I noticed I was getting closer to 3 miles but the mile marker was nowhere in sight. Uh oh-the course is long! There was no way I would go sub 30. I continued on, passed the mile 3 and eventually finished in 3.44 (WAY long!) in with a. I went back to check and the course last year was 3.2 but I assumed it from weaving but maybe not.
I got some water, my medal and regrouped before heading off to start the 10k. With the course being long and me trying to run on feel, I ended up pushing a bit too hard. I also didn't pack my Powerade as last year they had Gatorade-no electrolyte this year and I knew for runs longer than 6, my body prefers to have it. I decided to try my best.
I started slow as we went up and down the same hills as the 5k and I knew they can be challenging. On the big hill by the Walt Disney concert hall, a lady was going up backwards in her wheelchair. Rock on!
Instead of heading back towards state st, we do 3 more out and backs towards the Dorothy chandler Pavillion, below the buildings and back up to the new broad museum before heading back towards the start and on state st.
Since i started later than I wanted, I knew I would have to bop and weave and when we were under the buildings, I kept getting trapped. As we headed back up I got to spread out a bit. I took water (basically all the same spot but since we pass t 3 times, it works) and continued on the downhill. I had been holding back and finally opened up going into state st. My goal was to drop my average to sub 10 (at one point it was 11 with the hills) and I knew I could get there if I pushed the last two miles. My downhill into state st was 8:57! Woohoo. I Continued down state st and decided to map what happened in the 5k since I remember last year we went farther in the 10k. Well imagine my surprise when we turned around in the same spot. Uh oh-we are going to be short!! We did the turn around which was a water stop and I decided to see how fast I could take it. We finished in 5.7 (half a mile short) in 56:55.
Well that really stinks. It's hard to fuel and run by feel when the races are too short and too long especially for the few hundred of us were crazy enough to run both races. Not to mention we don't get a special medal for running both and the 5k and 10k medal were the exact same (as my boyfriend said-did you steal a medal? why are the identical?)
I got my bag and went to sit down and eat some food (I pushed hard at the end and felt a bit dizzy) and clean up so I could head home. I walked back to the train and got home in less than hour (including a Black Friday stop at cvs).
Overall, I like the idea of running 9.3 before doing thanksgiving and also getting my long run out of the way for the weekend since it's always Usc's final game at home. However it was a bit disorganized for my liking. When I signed up they said there would be 2 package pickups (week before and day before) but they cut the day before without warning so I had to do day of pick-up, which I really don't like doing. Depending on price, I may do it next year. I may also branch out and try the Burbank Turkey Trot as they also have a 5k and 10k but I don't think you can run both. However they do have a race division that starts first so I probably wouldn't need to bop and weave.
and more importantly, this ended my epic #RaceNovember with race 7 and 8! crazy crazy!!
Anyone else run a turkey trot? How did your race go?