Monday, October 28, 2013

Running in Costume at the LA Rock n Roll 13.1

I have been a busy Bee these past few days, I was helping at Mount SAC at the Brooks Running tent at the Mount SAC Invitational, the next day I was part of the San Dimas Community event for families and cycling. Sunday was a play date with 13.1 miles in downtown LA and I was very grateful to Brooks Running for my entry!
Mile 12 I stopped to take a photo under the bridge!
So as it was a costume themed run and Brooks Happy Running was yellow I thought I would dress as a bumble bee... right? it seemed like a good idea here is what I learnt about running in costume.
  • First you would never run in new shoes for a competition.. so why would you run in a costume you have never ran in before.
  • If you are planning to be competitive dress as a competitive runner  !
  • Just because my Bumble Bee out fit had wings on it did not mean I would fly around the other runners! They actually slowed down to allow all the runners to keep ahead I had to be stealth bomber bee and look for available opening..
  • Running in could have been worse.. feeling thankful I put Brooks nightlife socks under the nylons. The nylons bothered me they were hot and sticky to run it!
  • I wore cute Orange hibiscus earrings and in the first mile one of them fell out and I stopped as I spotted my precious earring rolling into the gutter....another lesson in Costumes do not wear anything of value!!Cost me a minute trying to chase it down and not get crushed by feet!
  • Those funny things bobbing on top of my head attached by a plastic clip did not bother me until mile 6 when they kept flopping onto my forehead! and the band pressed into my temples!
 I swore I would start the race in the costume and finish in costume. If I had known the wings and nylons were going to be that uncomfortable I might have chosen to be a yellow banana!
The Race
The Halloween version of the LA Rock n Roll was a fun event, there was a lot of mini marathoners which was about 3.5 miles not timed. What I could not understand is why they would start these runners in the same group as the half marathoners with 1.40 and below finishing times so the beginning was a little congested but fun seeing all the different costumes!
Plenty of aid stations I had my fuel belt so was pretty much self contained with my Montana Huckleberry hammergel! Lots of awesome cheerleaders on route and a few scarey looking zombies.
Despite the overcast and drizzle the course was great to run on although I could not tell you which bridge I ran over or under all the volunteers were fantastic and helpful!
The pic is side ways I apologize but this was at the finish line with Larry a 100 mile runner!

At the end of the race I found Liz and her co workers were else but the beer garden which was a great venue in front of the Staple Center and had some amazing bronze statues of incredible athletes.
My friend Liz who still uses her Polar heart rate monitor all smiles.
 I had a great day and was grateful to Liz for picking me up at 5am the laughs we had as she picked up her co workers from City of Hope all these ladies were amazing and fund raising for there hospital. 
the bling resting on my Brooks Launch...
Bling and Polar Monitors

A fun event to do being dressed up certainly made it more challenging. Weather slightly chilly and a little disappointed that the Rock N Roll organizers ran out of those nice and shiny space blankets at the finish line!! Good Job my friends had finished there mini marathon and I could get my warm Hammer Jacket from the car!
A HUGE thanks to Brooks running for letting me run this event, Hammer Nutrition, Fuel Belt, Rudy Project USA, Kool N Fit, Ocean Potion, Polar USA and Lis Chavez of City of Hope for letting me share the day with her amazing co workers one of which is recovering from Brain cancer and managed to walk for 9 miles pretty incredible.

I finished 4th in the woman 45-49 missing 3rd place by just under 2 minutes but Happy all the same as my time was slightly slower than I usually run 1 hr 41 mins I was 52nd female over all not bad for a bumble bee!
Every runner should dress up for at least one run it just adds a whole new dimension!!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Welcome back to running at Long Beach Marathon.

it is as always about that bling!
On Wednesday afternoon I was cleared to run after having a dental bone graft and titanium implant in my upper jaw! Long Beach Marathon was on Sunday and I loved to help Kool n Fit with their booth at the expo, so I thought why not lets do a little marathon on Sunday to officially break out into training again!

Lorraine and my friend Angelica on the rt. who gave me a lift to the venue and back home!
Pre Race
On the 3 days leading up to the marathon I helped at the expo, did my work for the Triple Crown Mountain bike event, ran two easy 4 mile runs with Hammer and wondered how I would pull off this jog seemed like a plan......
I met a few Long Beach Marathon Legacy runners at the expo, pretty cool some were wearing the very first race t shirts!!!

SUNDAY race day!
Plan of action....To run easy and to finish in under 4 hours as I did not want to set my goal high with limited training..
Gun went off and I started to run, my heart rate was dare I say slightly elevated! my stomach was rumbling I needed the portaloo near mile 2 my prayers were answered, oh my what did I eat? 
Anyhow, by mile 6 I did a reality check that this was going to be a mentally tough day and I could not run how I say comfortable at all! I felt good, no head aches, no pain in my legs I just did not have the leg turn over I usually have at marathons, by mile 19 I had visited those awful portapotties 5 times!!! Pretty sure the runners trots were caused by the new strong coffee I had had in the am...

The 3.35 pace group went by me then the 3 45 pace group I was not wearing ear buds so to keep my self going forward I gave out high fives to other runners, and was delighted to see Steve and Annie Harvey on the course legacy runners and I had time to go over and give them both a nice sweaty hug!
I also saw my friend Rory at the mile 9 mark that was a nice break and mentally made me feel good.
I stopped at all the Kool n Fit spray stations to be sprayed down too!

I RAN, I Jogged, I laughed I hugged I gave out high fives, I was happy to be running again and remembered what I told my running group keep motivated use your arms, do not slouch!
 I also realized that due to my stomach problems I had to keep on top of my Hammer Nutrition Electrolytes, Endurance Aminos and my Hammer gel...and at mile 19 I started to feel better I painted a huge smile when I saw mile 21 and thought wow only 5.2 miles left!

Running down the marathon chute was awesome the air was electric although my time was slower which I knew going into the marathon I did a respectable 3 hours and 51 minutes and shocker good enough for 8th female in the 45-49 age group..(next year I will be in the 50-54!)

After I had cleared the chute and had my medal on I went over to help at the Kool n Fit booth and spray down the runners. I had fun, I got to socialize and saw a lot of Brooks running shoes!! LOL
right after I finished running I headed over to spray other runners

In center Renate from Kool n Fit and Jay.

Ralph from Kool n Fit

All Smiles the deed is done

A BIG thanks to my friend Angelica for the car pool we both had a mentally tough day but finished.

 Thanks to:
 KOOL N FIT I enjoyed the weekend very much and was well sprayed down.
 HAMMER NUTRITION was really important to me when I started to falter grateful for great raceday nutrition ..
 FUEL BELT I was able to carry everything I needed and grateful I put ASEA water into 2 of the little bottles and one with Hammer gel and one normal water. As the water on the course was one word disgusting... I worked it out by mile 18 it was the wax coated cups they were using awful!
 OCEAN POTION well protected with the best sun care!
POLAR USA Thanks for a great RCX5 monitor I did not want to see the numbers it gave me but I knew it did not lie!!
BROOKS RUNNING for making great running shoes my choice for the marathon was Launch.
RUDY PROJECT for making the best neon sport glasses in the business!!

The Long Beach International City Bank Marathon

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