Guest Blog: 2013 Asics LA Marathon Race Recap


My stellar friend, Ms. Amy Pine, is on a hunt to run all five six World Marathon Majors (Did you know the Tokyo Marathon was added for 2013-2014, because I certainly didn't). She's my running idol, a Boston Qualifier/Finisher and one helluva friend.

I've been pestering her to launch a blog, so she can share her tips, travels (she's raced in Marathon de Paris, Boston, Chicago and is heading to the 40th BMW Berlin Marathon in September) and thoughts on the sport.

She recently ran the Asics LA Marathon on Sunday and agreed to let me share her thoughts in this guest post. So without further ado, here is Amy's LA Marathon race recap and hopefully the launch of her future running blog. ;)

Hey guys, so I don't have an actual blog (yet), but here's a recap of the race yesterday. I wrote this last night on the road back to Sacramento...

I ran the 2013 LA Marathon today. I was insprired by the LA Olympics in '84 and remember watching the marathon on TV wen I was a kid. Now this course is not the same as the LA Olympic Marathon, but I thought running this race would make it just as special being in the same city. 



For me the experience start as something pretty special when I got an autographed poster from Olympic Marathoner Deena Kastor at the expo. The words read: "Amy-Believe and Achieve!" 


(Amy's pic with legendary marathoner, Deena Kastor--Color me jealous!)


I LOVE IT!

I didn't get the best sleep Saturday night (well, actually Weds-Saturday) as I was sick with a minor cold and had some crappy nights. 

I woke up at 4:09 a.m., 1-minute before my alarm and got dressed and everything prepared to head out the door at 4:40 to get to the shuttle to be taken to Dodger Stadium

After arriving at the stadium, I immediately got in a porta porty line and ended up using the bathrooms two more times before getting into my corral. While rushing to my corral, I barely squeaked in as they were closing the gate. 

And we started at 7:28! Here we go! 


It was congested in the beginning, making it difficult to get around people and my pace was not as fast as usual so that worried me a bit, but I wasn't too stressed. 

As we climbed several gradual hills in the beginning of the race, we benefited by the downhills. These are always nice, but you still need to be careful with your speed. 

(click to enlarge or view the full course map/elevation here)

I wasn't all that impressed by the course. However, there were a few spots that were pretty neat to see like the Pantages Theatre, Capitol Records, TCL Chinese Theatre (Grauman's Chinese Theatre), Sunset Blvd, Rodeo Drive (which was almost a blur for me as I ended up focusing on a beautiful ruffled dress in a window of the BCBG/Max Azria store). We went through West Hollywood and there were lovely drag queens dressed in cheerleader outfits and then down the way there was a section of 600 cheerleaders from local schools--pretty fun! 

As I continued through the course, I wasn't stressed about a specific goal necessarily...

but early on I thought that my pace was slower than normal because of the hills we encountered, so I just accepted that I was going to come in after 4 hours but was OK with that. 

But as I kept a steady pace, I realized that I COULD run this UNDER 4 HOURS, even if I did get tired and had to run it slower at 10 min/miles. As I got to mile 20, I texted Clint (told you, she's talented) to tell him "6 more." 

He knew this translated to: "Get your butt to the finish if you aren't there already!" 
He responded, "Awesome!!!" 

It was 10:24 a.m. when I texted him so he knew I was coming in BEFORE 4 hours. 

I got kind of excited and frequently looked at my watch to check my pace and time--I had to get in before the 4-hour mark. 

6 miles left...

4 miles...

2 miles...

I'M HOME FREE! 

I kicked it up a notch. Don't fail me now, legs! 

As we turned the last corner toward the Finish, I could barely see the orange arch ahead. I wasn't sure if it was the 26-mile marker arch before the finish or the actual "FINISH" arch. It still seemed so far away. 

It was a long run to that finish line, but I sprinted it and was happy with my: 

3:50:18 finish!

My 3rd best time (by seconds) and came in the top 10% of all runners (2,015 out of approx. 20,000). 
I also placed 49th out of about 1,000 in my age division. 

And I got to pick up a special second medal for completing the LA/SF Challenge


Overall, it wasn't my favorite course as far as beautiful sights, but I'm glad I got to do it and experience it. 

Oh, and Deena came in 3rd place in the women's division. She's 40 years old and runs a 5:49 pace. I can't even imagine what that feels like. I'll never know, but she's inspiring. 

AMY--YOU MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT A 5:49 PACE FOR 26.2 FEELS LIKE...
BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU, YOU'RE EQUALLY INSPIRING TO US ALL. 

Thank you for your excellent post and congratulations on accomplishing yet another marathon!

Until Amy launches a blog you can follow her on Twitter: @lemonbean76 or on Instagram: @AmyPine76

QUESTIONS FOR YOU: 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE RACES/COURSES? 
Amy says, "Boston, Paris and Chicago, in that order." 

I LOVED AMY'S REASON FOR RUNNING THE LA MARATHON. 
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REASONS/FACTORS YOU HAVE FOR RUNNING CERTAIN RACES? 

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