Monday, November 1, 2010

Rock n Roll Half 2010 Recap

Sunday, October 24th
I Ran
Actually, kinda scampered
This Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon was a lot slower
than my San Diego Rock n Roll 1/2 in June.

I hadn't had a day of rest for at least 16 days before the run
During the 2 weeks prior to the run, I taught a ton of intense conditioning classes, a few Indoor Cycling Classes, did 2 11-mile trail run/hikes along with 2 6-milers.

I had every intention to take all of Saturday off
but couldn't pass up teaching a Contemporary Dance Class at Heartbeat House when they called at the last minute to sub the 4-5pm Class.

Even though I was beat
I intended to keep the same goals when I ran the LA Marathon in March
My LA Marathon Running Goals included
Avoid injury
Have fun
Take great pictures
Finish with dignity
Wear my 4" Jimmy Choos to Dinner

On this day, my legs were not happy with me.
But I was so happy to see the gang from A Runners Circle
that I couldn't help but kick up my heels
: )
Take great pictures!
: )

Funny thing
If you look behind me to the right,
the white tents are right in front of Heartbeat House
: )

Sadly, I was pretty bummed with this course
This course was almost the same as the "City of Angels 1/2" which I had done 2 years ago.
I had really enjoyed the course and the spectators, and couldn't wait to do it again.
I chose to do this 1/2 because I figured the "Rock n Roll" franchise would rock it even harder.
 I did the San Diego Rock n Roll 1/2 in June and it definitely ROCKED!!!
(except for the beer garden)

they didn’t rock LA
: (

There were barely any spectators this time around
I have no clue why
Even the bums cheered us on during City of Angels while we ran around Echo Park Lake.
This year...nothing.
Low spectator attendance had it's benefits
I was able to spot the ever-wonderful, Mister Louis Kwan
He is responsible for pictures 1, 2, 4 and 5.
Louis posted a ton more pics from the Los Angeles Rock n Roll 1/2

Like what you see?
Then please donate a little something on his
Even if it's just a dollar, no amount is too little.

The bands were place so strangely along the course
Sometimes too close to each other that you couldn’t really figure out the songs and then there would be no music for ages.

The worst
was that there was No Music at the top of hills when we needed it.
: (

What I did NOT enjoy about the course this year
Plenty of water volunteers were
Some wanted us to high five them when all we wanted was water!
(Happened 3x!)
Water peeps were in the middle of the course!
No signs ABOVE to tell us when water stops or port-o-pottys were near.
NEVER saw a port-a-potty till I was passing it.
All the construction on Riverside to Glendale to Silverlake Reservoir sucked.

MILLER Beer needs to KICK ROCKS!!!
They suck as a concessionaire and you should get them the "you know what" out!
They screwed us at the SD RnR
and they were A**es this time around too!

OK, enough
Sorry for sounding so rude but I don't think I will do it again next year.
Not worth it.
I felt embarrassed that I had told so many friends
how fun the course was since it sucked so hard this time around
: (

On the Lighter Side
Any day we can get up and get some exercise is a good day!
I was happy with the first 1/2 of the 1/2 Marathon
but after mile 9 (about 1/2 a mile after this picture was taken), and the hill on Temple,
I just started losing steam.
After getting to the top , I started walking and just couldn't get back into the groove.

Luckily I felt fine the next day
I got up early to train my Personal Training Clients
and felt great when teaching 2 of my Group Fitness Classes.
I did decide to give myself a little break
and got someone to cover my 6pm Indoor Cycling Class.

I did love the organization at the finish
And the Medal is pretty nice.
Sadly, the shirt goes to just above my knees and is an XS
Maybe they are sized for NBA players.
: /

Some people say it was really good
Maybe they are confusing it with the SD RnR
Maybe they want to justify that they spent so much $$$.

Thank goodness I have the Malibu 1/2 in November and the Bug Sur Full next May
to look forward to and to wash the stink of this one outta my memory.
At least I know those are waaaay worth the $$$!

Did you run the Los Angeles Rock and Roll 1/2 this year?
Tell me about your experience.
: )

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