I wanted to take lots of photos with my iPhone as I ran the LA Marathon. That way I'd have something to remember it by. But between sweat, grim and being sore I didn't take as many pictures as I had planned. But here they are...
The day started very early. Very very early. I was leaving my building around 4am as those crazy kid neighbors were just getting home. I made my way and finally got to LA Dodge Stadium. As you can see it was still dark outside. Why oh why does one get up at 3am to run?
The JUMBO TRON! Or whatever they call it. That former Patriot Football coach was blabbering on about something. Don't know why they'd have a former New England Patriot Coach speak to people in Los Angeles. (I Kid)
A picture for all you baseball fans. Which if you read my blog I hardly doubt you are but in case you like the Dodgers. Oh and I got to use the non-box suite restrooms for the first time. I figured that it would have a trough but it didn't. Shocking. But no desert cart like you get in the box suites. The cocktail served in a chocolate cup is divine! Mmmmm....
The race is about to start. I wore extra clothes that I didn't care about to toss aside as the race started. Don't worry the clothes are collected and donated to a charity. I was nice and took them off before I entered the race area. Others just tossed the clothes as they started to run hitting other runners. Tisk Tisk!
And we are running like the wind. We have ran a loop around the stadium and we are still in a clusterfuck. Some of the walkers and speedwalkers wanted to be up front so we are all dodging them. I mean I'm not a fast runner and I do try to go to the right marked mile pace sign so I find it baffling with others don't. It's rude.
Downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure,
Downtown, everything's waiting for you
(Downtown)Oh so here we are running in....DOWNTOWN LA
You and me, be running up that hillYou and me won't be unhappy.
Well maybe not you but I'm unhappy running up hills. At this point I was still running up the hill on Hill Street in downtown. Many people opted to come to a grinding halt and walk up it. Grrrrr....
Still feeling pretty good. Think this was Siverlake. I heard someone yelling my name but figured it wasn't really my name cuz' who do I know in Silverlake, please. This was my first time East of LaBrea in ages.
Disney's Stitch was running. Sadly it took me all the way to Hollywood to catch up to someone wearing a furry costume that I can only assume was hotter then hell! But I was still feeling good. At the mile markers I was checking my pace and it wasn't what I wanted but was staying consistent. I figured it would be like swimming the 1500 I'd just even split the whole race. HA!
Once in Hollywood I was getting sweaty and grimy and my iPhone touchscreen really didn't like that. Taking pictures and using Twitter was becoming a pain. And then in West Hollywood I spent the time looking for people I know. Then came Beverly Hills. The pain started to settle in. Here is Burton Way.
Look Ma, I'm running! Must have been a slip of the hand. But you can see my new Asics Gel-Evolution 5 that I bought on sale. And you can see the little pouch that holds my Nike+ sensor. Which was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off once again. I need to go more high tech if I'm going to keep up with this running thing.
Another lame ass pix. I was getting too tired and sore to care anymore. I had to concentrate on running and not pictures. And plus this is my hood. I run here all the time I can take pictures with less of the rift raft around. I do regret not taking pictures of that hot male go-go dancer in WeHo or the WeHo Cheer group! Next year or then again Pride is coming up!
The last picture I took was at Mile 20. The race went downhill after this. Well the course went downhill and I went tumbling down. I was falling apart and the last 6.2 miles were hell. Somewhere around mile 18 or 19 the fine folks from Sports Chalet sprayed some sorta magical pixie dust on us the made the pain go away. I swear it was better then crystal meth. It got me going for 1 hour and then the next 6 hours I lost track of time.
Well those are my pictures...oh wait but there's more...