Now this was a very eventful race. All the fun began way before the race even started. The week leading up to the race, I was wondering why I haven’t gotten the email regarding the race details. I finally decided to check online and lo and behold, Kim and I weren’t registered. How was that possible when we remembered paying for it a while back. After a lil digging, we discovered the problem. We had purchased double entries for the New Years Eve race :/ D’oh!
Well, Kim and I registered because we were legacy. After picking Kim up race morning, I decided to stop by the Valero gas station right next to the Hollywood/Highland area. Guess what…my car wouldn’t start. So a little aside here…my car has been having battery issues. Thought I resolved it with a trickle charger but it seemed that my battery was so dead that it was losing charge at a faster rate. Well, I decided to ask several people for a jump. First, I asked the Traffic Enforcement people. That’s when I discovered they weren’t allowed to help people…liability issues? Seriously? Anyways, I proceeded to ask two other people for a jump and they mumbled something that sounded like no. Sure, what person would talk to a guy wearing a tri top and shorts with a beanie at 4:45 in the morning. I joked with Kim that SHE should have been the one asking for a jump. So I headed inside to talk to the attendant. Asked him for a jump and he said nope. I told him I was participating in the race and wanted to know if I could leave my car at the gas station. He said it would cost me and I asked how much. Told me $10 and I said sold! That’s cheaper than parking at the Hollywood/Highland parking lot lol.
So after that little fiasco, Kim and I finally headed to the start line. We were able to chill for a bit until the race started. We weren’t sure how fast we were going to go so we decided to play it by ear. We haven’t really been running since the LA Marathon. We started around a 10 minute pace for the first couple miles. Kim decided to stop for water around mile 3 and I thought she would catch up. I looked back and she was a bit back putting on her headphones. Figured she was fine and decided to see if I could push it for the rest of the race. One thing I did want to mention was how I hated the course. The course made us go up and down narrow streets. Up and down narrow streets that were hilly too. FAIL!
Don’t really remember much about the race until the end. I had just turned the corner on the final turn and was running down the chute when the lady in front of me fell down. She had tripped on the red carpet chute. We were literally steps away from the finish line. She was on the ground grabbing her knee. Offered her both my arms and lifted her up. She tried to put some weight on her knee but could not. I think she wanted to sit back down but told her that we were so close. So I decided to support her and walk together towards the finish line. There, she was taken by race support people. Right before she was taken away, she turned around and told me thanks. Really made my day and had to be one of my highlights of racing.
I ended up finishing around 2:04 and Kim around 2:14. Not bad for hardly training
I was keeping a list of stuff to put on my race feedback once I got the email
- waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many turns
- don’t have expo on a weekday when people can’t get there on time after work. If you want to have it on a weeknight, extend the hours!
- some streets were really narrow and things got congested
- have a different start time for the 5k and 10k…there was a bottleneck when the half marathon course merged back with the 10k.
- runners should have the ability to have their challenge medals mailed to them if they didnt want to wait in a LONG line after they just completed the race.
So what happened to my car? Well, we called AAA and someone came over to try and jump my car. Long story short, it took 3 battery sources (2 generators and the car) to jump my car. The guy was laughing at me saying, time to pony up for a new battery homie lol. Yes, decided to get one that day but that’s another story for another day lol.