Oh man, I was not prepared! But, I already knew that. The hills were disrespectful, but I took most of them on without much challenge. The Daylight Savings Time change messed me up. I thought I had calculated properly, but things didn’t quite flow like my plan. I missed the 6:30am bag check cut off time and had to run with my bag.
Lots of hills! They wore my butt out. It’s actually a really nice race course, despite the hills. Passing through a lot of the famous tourist sites urged you to stop, but you still have miles to go and can’t kill your momentum.
The weather was great. I became dehydrated late in the race, which was odd because I drank more water throughout the course than I usually do. Hamstrings started to lock up on me in mile 20. I had to stop and stretch a couple times. My headache came in mile 24, which is when I suspected dehydration. I had already succumbed to quite a bit of walking at this point. Mile 25 brought on the lightheadedness. I forget how many times I threw a cup of water on my face. It does work. Recovery included a provided massage at the finish festival. As a massage therapist, this was truly appreciated 😊
The next day, I had the entire day open to siteseeing. First stop was the LA Brea Tarpits. I’ve heard so much of this historical place over the years and finally got my chance to experience it. These are sculptures of mastodons. The museum has artifacts of other species discovered at the site as well. This is a place you’d like to share via Smellovision.
Randy’s Donuts! I’ve been wanting to come see this ever since Iron Man sat cradled inside the donut feeling sorry for himself in the Iron Man 2 movie. Folks line up at the window as if they’re the last donuts on Earth. They are pretty good though.
Where to next? With all of the Spring race cancellations due to the Corvid-19 outbreak (I’ve lost three with a possible forth coming) it’s beginning to look as if it will be Chicago in June. Stay safe everyone.