Nike Go! Freeway 10k

I really need to do a better job at keeping this thing updated. Nike has an awesome event in which they shit down the 90 Freeway for a few hours and had a fun 10k race. It was my first Nike event and I’ve always heard they were lots of fun so wanted to make sure I did this event.

I did bib pick up at Finish Line at the Del Amo Fashion Center since it would’ve been hard for me to make any of other ones that were further away. Bib pick up was easy and quick but I later found out I was missing the bag drop sticker so I had to get a new bib assigned on race day.

The day before the race I did a Griffith Park Marathon Relay Preview Run so I wasn’t sure how fresh my legs would be come Sunday, Some would ask why I would do hills the day before a race but in reality, this is all for fun and as long as I finish with a smile on my face that’s all that matters.

Starting out the race realized I had gone out wayyyyy too fast at a 6:20 pace. This is way faster than my PR race pace. I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold the pace the whole way so I tried to maintain a 6:40-6:50 pace but in the later miles the faster pace wear really started to show. However I’m very happy to say I finished with a PR of 42:18!

There was no medal for this event, instead we were given a pair of Beats Earphones which was much cooler in my opinion! After the race we were given two free beers and were able to hang out and take in all the event had to offer such as live music, carnival style games, giant jenga and checkers.

All in all it was a great event and I look forward to future Nike events!

L.A. Marathon – Stadium to the Sea

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Welp I did it. I ran my first marathon. After a 19 week training program with the Long Beach Running Club I can call myself I marathon runner. In the days leading up to to the L.A. Marathon I was nervous about hitting my goals that I had set for myself;

A. Finish in 3:50

B. Finish under 4 hours.

Whenever somebody had asked me what my goal for the marathon was my response was always “Sub 4.” I didn’t tell anyone about my 3:50 goal because I honestly didn’t know if it was realistic for me or not since with running anything over 18 miles in training I’ve had cramping issues and my pace slowed down quite a bit after that.

I finished with a time of 3:54:24 (Strava Info Here)

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I hit by B Goal but not my A Goal. I thought I has done enough as far as being hydrated all week and on race day as well as proper calorie and salt replenishment but again the cramps started around mile 18 with things getting really bad halfway through mile 20. At this point there was a lot of walking and stopping to stretch out but keeping an eye on my watch and how much distance was left, I was sure would still hit my sub 4 hour goal. Knowing that at 17 miles in I had an average pace of 8:33 and sustaining that till mile 20 then losing 20 seconds of overall average pace int he last 6 miles is a little disheartening especially since those miles are predominately downhill.

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Doing some more reading this week looks like it’s just a part of long distance running, my muscles may have not been used to the demand of 3+ hours of running and should have got in some more long runs or incorporated some weight training and better recovery practices. There are just so many variables to this that I still need to figure out.

Overall I am happy that I hit one of my goals and was able to share the whole experience with my family, friends and the thousands of strangers cheering along the route. Would I do this course again? I told myself no but there’s something inside me that knows I can better this time in the future. Don’t know why I didn’t get the two pictures that I wanted which was one of me after the finish by myself and one with my brother since’s he’s guided me along this journey… man I F’d up.