|Ryan Hall on the Asics Treadmill outside the Expo|
|One of my training buddies Julie|
Los Angeles is known for year-round sunshine, but also year-round "unexpected" heat waves. It just happened to be a record-breaking heat day and that definitely affected how I was feeling. Volunteers were spraying us with hoses and I kept dumping water on my head, but mostly, there was little relief from the heat.
|My sweet tan lines|
|Not my finest hour...|
I've been battling on and off again hip pain since the 20 mile training run a couple months back. I went into the race very nervous about my hips and those nerves ended up getting to me mentally, more than anything else. I didn't go into the race believing I could do it, it was more of a "I hope I can do this." I just hadn't prepared myself mentally and so early on, I was already doubting myself. By mile 10 I wanted to abandon my 5 min run/1min walk ratio and I forgot the ever-important saying "Talk to yourself, don't listen to yourself." I just dwelt on the pain, instead of rallying and digging deeper. Mentally, I was just off and lacked the confidence I needed for a strong race.
But I'm really trying to focus on the good and one of the race highlights was running with the Pasadena Pacers. Over 100 of us ran this race together and it was great seeing familiar, encouraging faces along the route. I ended up running with several different Pacers at different points along the course which definitely made the miles pass quicker.
It was also such a relief to get to the mile 20 marker and be met by a volunteer who 'ran' me into our Pacer tent filled with water, snacks, and Dr. Smith to rub out cramps. I nearly cried when I saw the group of people in red cheering for me and waving me over.
|Thanks Erika! You LITERALLY saved my life|