Mar 28, 2013

Another Race for Me and a First for Someone Else

My back is feeling much, much better! I am going to attempt another short run tonight and if all goes well I am going to attempt my long run this weekend. I have been religiously icing my back at work and at home and I think it has helped me tremendously.

Over the weekend, we attended a family gathering to celebrate a family member's first birthday. When we get together for family functions my niece and I like to talk running. My niece is new to running and she just ran her first marathon in January and hasn't stopped since. She mentioned a few races that she has coming up and you know how the rest goes. She twisted my arm and made me sign up for my fourth half marathon this year which is next Saturday. I missed the inaugural race last year due to an injury but I am kind of glad that I did because there was a big hill at the end of the course that has since been removed. There were also some issues with running out of water or cups at the event last year so I am glad that I did not miss out on that disaster either. In any case, I will still be playing it safe and bringing my own hydration like I always do. 
 
This distance fits in perfectly with my scheduled long run of 14 miles for next week. I have no goals for this race except to keep my pace in line with my training. I have my Ragnar Relay coming up in a few weeks too so I can't do anything too crazy.

My niece and I are not the only ones who will be running on this event. They also offer a 5K and a 10K so our other halves will be running their first 5K! We did the Color Me Rad 5K as a family last year but it was an untimed event without medals and we walked more than we ran. They will both be ready to actually run a 5K with no walking this time around. I am pretty excited for both of them! My niece mentioned going to brunch after the race at a place that is supposed to be really good so I am looking forward to that as well!

Does your spouse or significant other run with you?
 

19 comments:

  1. I'll be interested to read your report after this race. I was registered last year, but after the LA Marathon, I just didn't feel like doing it, so I skipped it. When I read about the problems, I wasn't too sorry about missing it. If they've cleaned it up, maybe next year...Glad you're feeling better!

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    1. The race director stated that he has enough cups this year! I will definitely do a recap of the race. The course is different this year as well so we shall see!

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  2. Everything is more fun with the family! Sounds like it'll be a good weekend. Glad your back is cooperating!

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    1. Family runs are fun! I have to get my son up to speed so that he can run a full 5K with us.

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  3. I feel like I remember you mentioning the Hollywood Half last year and saying you wanted to run it. I know you and your niece will have a great time running it this year! Good luck with your long run this weekend!

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    1. I actually registered for it but had to sit it out due to injury. I am hoping that all of the problems have been worked out this year and that I will have a good experience.

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  4. How fun to get to talk running with your niece. Good luck with the race. I like to always carry my own water too. So glad to read your back is feeling better.

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    1. She used to think I was crazy when I would talk about my long runs and now I think she might even run more than I do. It is kind of fun watching people get into running especially if you may have had something to do with it or inspired them to do it. I always carry my own water since I need to drink when I need to and I also afraid of there not being enough water stations.

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  5. Glad to hear your back is feeling better!!!!

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    1. Thank you Missy!I am feeling much better but still not 100%.

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  6. My husband swears he hates running but he runs with me because I love it. Last year he ran some 10k's with me and this year he has already signed up for several 10k's and 2 Half Marathons with me. I have a hard time understanding how he can hate it because I love it so much...but he does keep running with me and that earns serious bonus points!!

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    1. My husband is the same way. He thinks I am kind of crazy to run anything more than 3 miles. Now that he running his first 5K I am beginning to think that he is actually enjoying himself. Bonus points for sure!!

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  7. I hope this race goes well for you
    I am not giving ken another penny
    I have done 2 of his races and they were both disaster
    I am glad you are feeling better

    Waiting for your call for the HTC video!
    Come on now!

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    1. I thought about you when I registered for this. I hope it is better this year. I was holding off on HTC because I wanted to see what was going to happen with my back. I am still kind of hesisitant.I am not sure if I even stand a chance of being selected.

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  8. I hope that race goes well--I remember Caroline's report about it too. Fingers crossed!

    I'm SO glad your back is feeling better. Fingers crossed. You were so smart about it.

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    1. I know...I was a little hesitant to register for it but I am not looking to PR the race or anything so I think it is safe. I always bring my own water so I am not worried about that either. My back is much better but I know that I need to be careful.

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  9. I hope the race director for Hollywood has gotten their stuff together. I think it was the same (or the husband of) one that put on the Awesome 80's run in Pasadena late last year and they had some major issues too.

    My honey sticks to running on the treadmill mostly, but he has said he'll do a 5k with me, so now I'm just picking out a fun one for us.

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    1. And now I scroll up and see Caroline's comment, so yes it's the same organizer. At least you are going into it with the mindset that it is for training purposes. I hope you have a great run!

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    2. Yes it is the same guy. He has been taking some beatings on Facebook lately with some photos he posted. It looks like some people are still upset with him and want some answers. After all that I heard, I was really hesitant about registering but I will see how it goes. I will be running with some others at an easier pace so I am not looking to PR. Hopefully it will be fun and Ken learned from his mistakes.I will do a recap and give everyone the details.

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