2014 Asics LA Marathon

Just dropping in for a quick update! I am currently sitting in bed, hydrating and relaxing after a tough race this morning. I knew what the weather forecast was calling for, but I hoped that the heat would stay away – or at least that we’d have cloud cover – for the race. We had a bit of protection from the sun for the first half of the race but things got ugly quick when the clouds disappeared.

It’s funny. I think back to the sadness and disappointment I felt after Philly and almost laugh now. Today, I finished in 3:35:23 (unofficial). Not close to my PR time and even further away from what I thought I was capable of.

But you know what? I’m completely okay. I mean, of course I am disappointed because I ran conservatively and still felt the effects of the heat. But my heart is happy. I got to run through LA – I saw the walk of fame, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Blvd and so much more. I had the privilege of being selected for the blogger Challenge (whole post on the weekend’s fun events is coming!) and got to meet running idols and do so many amazing things. I was NOT stressed at all the last few days which was refreshing and wonderful. And the best part was that I got to run almost the whole marathon next to and finish holding hands with (kinda corny, I know) my sweet friend, Kristin. We pushed each other at the end when we both wanted to just stop and walk. And it was really nice to have company during those dark miles.

post race

I’ll do a race recap with all the details from the race including a review of the Asics LA Marathon sometime in the next few days.

Thank you so very much for all of your support and encouragement during this training cycle. I wanted to run smart, steady and strong and I honestly feel like I did that today, despite the lack of a PR time. And now it’s time to celebrate =)

post race

Soup, Beer (Stella), water and yummy food!

Hope you all had a great weekend! =)

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    1. Great running mama. Support from Serbia :)

    2. My only 2 marathons have been in 85 and sunny weather!! Who knows what I could do in 50 degrees lol. My favorite event is the half so I’ve gotten plenty of chances for good weather at that distance

    3. Not corny at all! I just read yours and Kristin’s race recap, so fun and what a cool experience! You both are rockstars! Loved the pics and can’t wait to see more!

    4. I loved reading your race report (even though I knew parts already…). So great to meet and spend time with you this weekend!

    5. Whohoooo! Sounds like a fantastic race. I’m really glad you didn’t stress about it before hand and were about to run with Kristin. My approach to Boston is going to be very similar to your approach to LA. Sounds like you had a nice little break and fun times while out there too!
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    6. Great job! I watched the race on tv and as the elites found out, it was not a day for a PR. It looks like you raced smart. Can’t wait to hear the whole report.

      • One of my friends ran 2:28! First American, that was a 15 minute PR! But she seems to be the only one! Agree with Chad, I look forward to hearing the full report! Congrats! Glad you are seeing the positives, and proud of yourself, as you should be :)
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    7. Congrats! Running in the heat is tough and yet you still had a great time. And finishing with Kristin sounds just perfect. I was living vicariously through everyone’s Instagram posts this past weekend. It looks like it was a total blast and such a memorable experience.
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    8. Good for you!! It’s hard to be happy with a time you know you can best but, in the end, you accomplished so much AND got to cross the finish with a friend. Fantastic. And that pizza and beer looks pretty great too :-)
      Can’t wait to read the whole re-cap!
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    9. I bet it was an amazing experience seeing all those famous places, from a vantage point that VERY few people get! Congrats on completing a cycle, keeping a fantastic attitude, and best of luck in your next endeavor! xoxo

    10. John Chan says:

      Congrats regardless of PR or not. not all races can we PR and some of our best races are those we run as a tour of the city. (you def cannot control the weather too , we can only hope for the best comes race day)

      I love those kind of races where I use a Half or Marathon as a tour of the city . I actually plan vacations around races, lol you are inspiring to us all and like many other here I love reading your blogs :)

    11. YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I have been reading your blog for a year now and you are such a huge inspiration. Congratulations on a great race!

    12. So so SO proud of you and love your attitude!!! *hugs*
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    13. YAY!!! SO happy you enjoyed the race and got to meet so many cool people.
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      it looked hot hot hot to this ex-Texan too!!!!
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    15. Looked like you had one hell of a weekend, congrats! You’re an inspiration and rockstar. All the best to you this year!

    16. Isn’t it crazy what a difference the heat can make? I learned that well in Tx. I love that you feel good about your effort and know you did your best for the conditions. Plus, you can celebrate all the other amazing things you got to do this weekend. Such a great opportunity!
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    17. Congrats on your race! It’s good to see your spirits are still high regardless of how good or bad you think you did today. You’re a running idol in my eyes!
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    18. Gag, don’t. 3:35 is clearly a good time and it’s gross and rude to act like it’s so bad just for the sake of people telling you it’s not.

      • I’m sorry you got the impression I was saying it was so bad. All I said was that it was not the time I was hoping for. Just like someone who is training for an OTQ or hoping to qualify for Boston or run sub-5 and miss it by 15-20 minutes.

      • I don’t think Michele was “acting like it was bad for the sake of people telling her it’s not.” She’s not like that. She was just being honest in saying it wasn’t her day, and that was disappointing.

    19. Gag, don’t. 3:35 is a great time and it’s rude/gross to pretend like it’s not just for the sake of having people tell you it is.

    20. Congrats!!! I’m sure the time change, daylight savings and the heat made for a tough race. You did great!!!
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    21. Congratulations on a fantastic race! You deserve to celebrate and be proud :)
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    22. Awesome race! It’s not always about PRing there are so many other aspects of a race that can affect the outcome! You did amazing – be proud and enjoy the recovery!
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    23. Congrats on the race! Some days are just not PR days but I’m glad you stayed strong!
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    24. Big congrats to you on so many levels! A 3:35 is super impressive in the heat/sun. Love that you ran w/ Kristin, too. And most of all, that you are happy with your day. So great–awesome job!!
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    25. I am so happy and proud of you. I’m so glad that you had the opportunity to do this and got to soak it all in. It stinks that the weather was brutal (ironic right with the winter we’ve had in NYC?) but you did it. Congrats my friend. xox
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    26. Great job!! I am so happy you enjoyed the entire experience. You deserve to celebrate!! :)

    27. I’m on the east coast so I watched the marathon online and everyone was commenting on the weather. Basically, it was not pretty! Congratulations on finishing strong despite the weather!!! Your time is still way impressive! Relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon!

    28. Congratulatiosn on loving the entire experience and not getting so tied up in the PR. I had a lesson about a PR this weekend as well… though it was entirely different from your lesson!
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