I will begin with…
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
This weekend was pretty busy!
Opened the store on Saturday and then went to a Birthday Party for my wonderful sister. It was her 40th!!! My taste tester and I left about 11:00pm from the restaurant and were in bed by Midnight.
Get up – It’s 6:20…said my taste tester
I sleepily opened my eyes. It was race day and I wondered what I would learn from this race. Agh! I wanna sleep some more…
I told my body – Get out of the bed and get ready…Yawn!
Alright I’m ready…
CHINESE FIRECRACKER RACE
Each race has taught me something new about myself. Well, this one taught me A LOT about the City of Los Angeles races, FALSE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, determination, etc.
We began the race with a steep hill and ended the race with steep downhill!!!
The initial .25 mile of the race was a straight away. The 1.25 – 1.5 mile was an ABSOLUTE UPHILL CHALLENGE!!! We climbed 200 ft in elevation.
It was entirely upsetting to many people in the race! I kept hearing people saying:
“@#!%*…this isn’t like the online description at all!” Huff Huff
“How long are we going to go up this hill? Huff Huff – Oh my gosh – we still have to climb up to the top parking lot of the stadium? Pant Pant
The course led to the top parking lot of Dodger Stadium! It was BRUTAL. Not that I was unable to do it, but the road had small pebbles and many people began slipping and falling! It was starting to bother me mentally. I must have seen 4-5 people fall within a 12-14 minute period!
After the initial 2 mile mark (ALERT thanks to my GARMIN – NOT THE USUAL RACE MARKERS!) Which I thought this kinda sucks. We are declining rapidly down a hill people are slipping on…
Once my Garmin beeped at mile 2 – I felt alright. I thought, although this race seems to be going at an INTENSE rate, I am soooo GLAD I committed to the 5k and NOT the 10k! Whew! 6.25 miles uphill? No thank you!
Yes it was quite challenging. I ended the race in 40 minutes and 16 seconds. Which I suppose isn’t too bad since it was ALL UPHILL!!! I was okay. I don’t know IF I will do this race EVER AGAIN, BUT I am glad I finished it and saw it through.
CONS:I saw many people cut across the loop, I saw people not even do the hill and wait for their friends to come down the hill, I also saw more dogs at this race. Never before had I seen people have their pooches with them. The race officials didn’t have enough PORT A POTTIES for people. It was very disorganized in terms of the course being outlined. Not many cones – human sheilds. BIG TEAZE OF A RACE!!!
PROS: Young Adults 18 – 28 were in FULL EFFECT!!! That made me happy and hopeful! Happy they were out there taking care of their bodies and enjoying life. Adults 65-80 years old were out in FULL EFFECT as well. YES!!! Photo Booth for all entrants!!!
My taste tester ran the race as well. His time was 38 minutes 33 seconds. AWESOME!!!
We went home and ate and showered.
Since it was the 13th I was scheduled to go to lunch with my sister and her NEW husband for her official 40th party with JUST FAMILY. Unfortunately, all of that was called off.
My cousin passed away at approximately 3pm on Sunday. Sad.