“Stadium to the Sea,” 26.2 miles done!!! 18 weeks of training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training got us to the LA Marathon early Sunday morning. It was an exciting, emotional and all around perfect day to run. We began our long journey from Dodger Stadium all the way to the Santa Monica Pier. 24,000 runners/walkers lined the streets of LA with the support of Los Angeles behind them. Along the entire course strangers, friends, business owners all screamed your name and cheered you on as you made each and every step. When times got tough someone was there to keep you motivated and keep pushing on.
This was my first time participating in the LA Marathon. I have to say it was AWESOME!!! We ran around Dodger Stadium, Downtown L.A., Chinatown, Silver Lake, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, Brentwood and down Ocean Ave to the Santa Monica Pier. I’d say things got rough around mile 22. This was nearing Brentwood and luckily I ran into one of my Teammate’s Scott. Holding a conversation can definitely take the focus off of any cramps you might encounter when running that distance. When we finally got to the end no cramps, ache’s or pains could keep you down. Nuh uh no way no how. The cheering of the crowd and finish line in sight your adrenaline kicks in as you prepare to take those final steps and end with that perfect photo finish. You’re breathing hard, taking it all in, looking around at the other runners and out of nowhere handed your prized Medal. You almost feel like an Olympian as you strut around with your new bling. You earned it! All the training, sweat, ache’s and pains led to this moment. You just finished a marathon! Now time for an ice bath.
Along the way I saw many friends; Booker (thanks for the Starbursts & Pretzels), Michelle (hello to the balcony), Jake & Roscoe, Josh, Pensky & Nicole (thanks for the water and posters). Not to mention everyone from Team In Training sporting the Purple Jersey’s all throughout the course, your energy is infectious! Also a big THANK YOU to my Mentor Veronica, Teammate’s; Jennifer, Gillian, Alex, Sanjay, Scott (getting me to the finish line), Lauren, Joey, Nicole, Sarah & EVERYONE from this season and my coaches; Christie, Cory, Mike and Taraneh. THANK YOU ALL! Official LA Marathon time – 5:18:54
It’s pretty cool to look back at our first practice where as a team we ran about 2 miles as a warm up to get a feel of each individuals running level. Week after week new goals were met as the mileage got longer. As we began to hit the longer runs 4,5,8 miles seemed like nothing. Those turned into the easy days, which is a good feeling. A year a go I wouldn’t even call myself a runner, maybe a few miles here and there on the treadmill at the gym. Since last June I’ve now completed two Full marathons, two Half Marathons and numerous 5K/ 10K’s. Next up is the San Diego Marathon June 2nd where my goal is to get BOOKER across the finish line. YOU CAN DO IT!
3 of the 4 marathons I completed was with Team In Training. This season as a team we raised over 135,000 DOLLARS for the funding of blood cancer research. In all Team In Training has raised more than 1.3 Billion dollars all to help find cures and better treatments for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. Again thank you to all my friends that donated and continue to donate. To find out more and to start YOUR training hit up www.teamintraining.org.
- Buy Ice for ice bath before Marathon
- Tape YOUR Nipples – serious – Mine bled in SD, this year I taped them and they were just fine.