Blue Day!

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Aquarium of the Pacific

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Touching the jellies!!!

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Shark!!!

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See the seal?

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Loves touching the sharkies

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This lil kid is the next Steve Irwin

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She had problems “finding” the seals

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Dinner!

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These fishies are dope

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Clippers vs Wizards

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Excited?

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Sharing the popcorn love

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Taken by Andrew

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Also taken by Andrew

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Silly face

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Look at this guy relaxing…

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LA Marathon Race Report

Race

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…a marathon humbles you like no other.  I forgot how much I hated and loved marathons.  Hated it because of how much it whoops my a$$ and love it because it pushes you mentally like Ironman does.

So the 2015 marathon actually had an interesting beginning.  I decided to sign up for the race 7 weeks before it started.  Yes, not the smartest idea but my original plan to do an Ironman this year didn’t pan out.  So with 7 weeks, I really had to tinker with the training plan to get some high mileage days in without jacking me up.  Even with this precaution, I ended up visiting Jason from LA Sports Massage the week before the race to help me fix an issue with my hip flexor.

With a high volume day of 16 miles, I figured I could fake it till I made it :)  Add to that the news of record heat sure was going to make race day a fun day.

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Yup, it is 75 degrees already at 6:40AM.

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Surprisingly, this was my first open marathon without headphones.  Really enjoyed the race without it, just soaking in the sights and sounds.

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One of the things that I thought about was Students Run LA (SRLA).  While I love the concept of getting kids active, I have issues when I see kids starting the race with all sorts of braces and bandages all over their legs.  They are definitely not ready to race and totally believe that kids under 13 should not be running marathons.  Their bones are still growing and 26 miles can’t be good for their bodies.  Just my opinion!

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I was trying to take pictures of every even mile markers but there was no mile 8 banner.  Besides, that’s when I saw my family.  Great seeing the family cheering with their cow bells!

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One thing that I did take away from this race that would prove very beneficial for my future hot races…wet towels!  Wet towels on the head did a great job of cooling me down!  Now if my body was just willing to run the race I wanted, it would have been golden :)

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This is where I started walking.  Couldn’t really pinpoint what was going on but just wasn’t feeling it.  It wasn’t as hot as expected due to overcast and an ocean breeze but maybe it still had an effect.

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Yes, there was a Zumba class that was being held on Santa Monica

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It was around here that I actually started running again.  I ran the last several miles surprisingly fast, which made me mad about me walking the middle portion of the race.  The other thing I realized around this point was why I always felt better during Ironman marathons than open marathons.  It hit me that I always start the Ironman marathon later on the day so I’m not usually affected by the heat as I am during an open marathon.

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Yup, this is how I look like with my finisher medal and my wet towel head :)

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This was the temperature when I ended…

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Nothing better than all you can eat KBBQ post race

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and 2 bottles of hite :)

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Andrew copying my wet towel look

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Who needs a foam roller when I got 2 kids that will lay on my legs

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I’ve lost the fire for doing open marathons the last several year but this race definitely reignited that fire.  Feeling very motivated for future marathons.

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See you in 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 hours? #LAMarathon

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My future racing partners #LAMarathon #herewegoagain

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Sibling love…on the floor #happy #smh

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Won #LMU vs #UCLA too #championsbaby

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Flip Cup Champions with the Birthday Boy!

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Flip Cup Tournament Champions! #beenawhile #stillgotit #pablobday #alldayerrday

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