My trip to LA was one of the best trips i have had this year since i climbed Fujisun back in July. I decided to take the trip over to LA because i wanted to visit my brother Leigh who lives over in Santa Monica and i thought whilst i was there it would be a great idea to run a half marathon to tick off one last goal for 2016.
The week leading up to the race was filled with studio tours, runs around the incredible Runyon Canyon, dining in West Hollywood and networking with some of LA’s finest actors, writers, musicians and designers. I have never been anywhere in the world where people have so much drive, creativity and dreams. Some of the best networking i did was with the Uber drivers who themselves were networkers and creative individuals.
Despite how busy i was leading up to the half marathon at Long Beach, i still found the energy to give it my all in the race. I almost felt that the inspiration i received leading up to the race helped boost my confidence and positive energy which was reflected on race day.
The morning of the race was FREEZING. I arrived at 6am and it was windy and the sun was just beginning to rise. I made sure i did a good warmup which included a 20 minute jog followed by some dynamic stretching and drills. I also had my compression gear on for the warmup which definitely helped with the winter chill. The atmosphere was great with many runners getting into the running spirit and being so friendly. I met some amazing people who loved my Aussie accent too. Americans seem to froth on the Aussie accent!
I maintained focus and when the gun went off, one of the runners from the UK stuck with me and i could feel how fast the pace was. Having ran only one half on the road before over in the Gold Coast with patella tendonitis, i had to ensure that i didn’t take off too quickly as pacing for me is crucial for a good consistent race. I have learnt from my previous experiences over the last 15 years, that taking off too quickly at the start would have some damaging effects. I also ensured that i ran with my camel pack just in case of an emergency (read my blog on my Hawaii World Trail Running Champs race.) The Long Beach half course consisted of 3 laps running up and down Long Beach. The course was pretty flat and sandy. The first lap i ensured that i paced this well and i ran about 3:45 per k. The 2nd lap i tried to focus on maintaining that pace and the last lap my focus was running sub 3:30 for the final 7k. My race plan worked out well despite not catching the leader, however i sat in a top 5 position until the last lap where i was able to catch up a few places to finish in 2nd. I was super happy with the result and so happy i ran a PB as well.
I owe the race to my coaches Gary Howard and Benny Saint Lawrence as they were able to get me on top shape in the space of 5 weeks which was tough because Teaching was a prime focus from mid November until i left to LA.
I am happy i achieved both my goals of running a PB on road and also coming top 3 which was the silver lining.
I am looking so forward to 2017 with many adventures this year which will include designing the Lane 5ive LA Hollywood Legends sports apparel collection and hopefully showcasing this collection at a show either in Sydney or LA, followed by starting up a youtube channel and vlogging, and continuing my running, coaching and teaching ambitions.
I have realised the importance of self belief in 2016 along with the importance of short term and long term goals.
I wish all my followers a Happy 2017!
A big thankyou to Skins AU, TomTom Global, Chief Bar, OOFOS, SOS Hydration and Run Crew.