1.10.2010

13.1 Los Angeles Half-Marathon Recap

You see, the thing I like best about running, is that there is really no other high on earth like it. I know not everyone feels the "runners high" and maybe I make it up, it could all be in my head for all I know. I do know that following a nice long 13.1 miler, I feel like I can tackle the world. That maybe life isn't really as difficult as I sometimes make it out to be...that maybe waking up at 5:15am is easier than it seems, that my day-to-day existence is easy, compared to what I can accomplish in less than 3 hours on the road, with just sneakers, the best running buddy in the world and a little luck.

This morning was one of those days. I was way under prepared. I have run a total of maybe 20 miles since October when we ran the Nike Women's Full Marathon, and with the Holidays and all, the miles were just not there. And my mood hasn't really been all that great either. I am hands-down one of the most chipper girls on the planet. Self-described. So chipper that it makes people uncomfortable, makes them think I'm phony. But in reality, this is just how I am. In high school, I had a great outlet to release my energy by being on the cheer squad. Tumbling and cheering and yelling was a great release. But now, with traffic and commutes and laundry and cleaning and oil changes and the care and feeding of one houseplant, I've realized I still need that place to run and scream to. Which is why even through incredibly unprepared, I gave this morning's half everything I had.

And I set a PR by a whole 8 minutes.

But I never run to make a time goal. I still came in at approx 2:55:30, which is like an hour longer than it takes most other runners. It's also about an hour longer, give-or-take, than I spend on the Los Angeles freeways everyday. Those three hours, however, prove something. It might be trite, but it proves to me that if I can run, I can do anything I set my mind to. And that's a pretty powerful feeling.

So powerful, that I came home, showered, and took down the Christmas tree. But not before I threw some more stuff in the dehydrator, swept the floors, cleaned the bathroom, and did three loads of laundry.

Yeah, that running thing? Pretty powerful.

Here are the before pictures (Running Buddy Selena and I were lucky enough to be joined by two of our girlfriends for this race!)

And here are the after pictures! Still pretty pumped.

I'm heading out now to celebrate with dinner with the cutest boy in the world, and then I'm pretty sure I'll get a good night's sleep. One that's well-deserved, if I do say so myself.

XOXO,



19 comments :

  1. Looks like you had fun. Congrats.

    Tom Bailey

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  2. This post was so inspiring! Congratulations!

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  3. That runner's high you're talking about is not made up, I've experienced it myself! It's a goal of mine to run a half marathon someday and reading about your experiences are very inspiring. Congrats!

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  4. I agree with Christina, very inspirational! Proves that if you put your mind to something, you really can do it!

    xo Kinsey

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  5. Congrats on your accomplishment, that is wonderful! You definitely deserve a good rest ttonight! :)

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  6. you look amazing and congrats on the race, Erin. And next up, your dehydrator magic secrets and successes, I hope :)
    xoxo

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  7. Congrats! You looks way too cute to be running. Oh, and I want to follow you again so you can be at 100. :)

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  8. This is so incredibly impressive. You are amazing.

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  9. Congrats on this darling! My goal for 2010 is to do a half marathon myself and you have given me even more inspiration to JUST DO IT! You go girl, you deserve the celebrations! Love ya x

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  10. very cool for BLASTING through your old time and setting a new PR by 8 minutes...VERY NICE!!

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  11. wow congrats! this is so amazing! I hope to do a half marathon this year!! its one of my goals :) love your lulu headband too!!!

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  12. your ambition and determination is awe-inspiring. Amazing work, girlfriend! now take a load off :)

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  13. congratulations! A pr is awesome!!!! i absolutely agree, theres nothing like a runners high. ok,nothing legal at least.

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  14. Well done Girl...glad you had fun that is the main thing!

    Enjoy!

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  15. Congrats! I was wondering how you were going to do/feel after your Friday night. I agree that I feel I can do anything after running. Granted I've only made it through a 5K race at this point. But right after I feel like I could just keep running and be awesome at it. Good for you!!

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  16. You are a ROCKSTAR!!!

    And you have a smile that lights up every picture. Does that sound super creepy?! hahaha

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  17. Hello! I just found your blog! Congrats on your Half Marathon. That's my goal for this year... hopefully it'll happen! :]

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  18. WOOHOO!!!! You rocked that, E! I'm so proud of you and your crazy PR!

    Also, how do you manage to still look cute after 13.1 miles?!

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