i’ve moved!

Exciting news, I’ve moved! Modern Taste has now been relocated to laurenedavis.com. Lots of link issues are in the process of being fixed, but you’ll still be able to read all my old posts there. All future posts will also be posted on the new blog. I’m working on new content for the blog as well.

Quite exciting. Thanks for being patient while the glitches are being worked out.

Lauren

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new year’s race – downtown LA recap + review

This past Saturday night I ran the New Year’s Race through Downtown LA. I competed in the half marathon. It was a night race with a start time of 9 pm. My first race in a while, but it felt good to get back on my feet. It was also my first night race since track season back in high school, so that was a bit of a change.

race medal

First, I’ll give my race recap.

I came into this race on the tail end of a nasty cold, with about one month of ‘training’ – if you can call it that. I took about a month off of running between October and November due to nagging injuries. Needless to say, this race was hard. I wanted to come in around 1:30, although I expected this might be a lofty goal. I started out strong the first couple miles, logging 6:30 and 7:00 miles. Then I faced about 5 miles of hills. Steep hills. I am not naturally good at hills, especially when I do not run them often. My lack of training and hill inadequacy got the best of me. Around mile 7, I stopped mid-hill and cried. I actually broke into tears on the side of the course. This was right before the scenic entrance into Dodger Stadium, and I told myself I had to at least run through the stadium before I could find the med tent and call it quits. I made it through the stadium, took my GU to refuel, and thankfully the hills turned into mostly downhills from there on out. Once I got through mile 10, I knew I was going to finish. I made incredible speed on the way home, dropping into 7:00-7:15 miles. Ended up coming in at 1:36, and 3rd in my age division.

I will definitely take this as a lesson. Racing actually sucks when you don’t train. I can’t say I’ve ever broken down and cried in the middle of a race. Overall, I’m proud of my finish time given that I 1. barely trained 2. was sick and 3. stopped and cried during the race.

Now to my race review.

Overall, I felt that the event was well run, but the actual running course was terrible. The course was advertised as a night race through the streets of LA, although we ended up spending 5 miles running around the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. The race also started 15 minutes late, which is really inexcusable given the temperature was in the high 40’s – low 50’s. The course was also longer than 13.1 miles. I gathered that it was about 13.5, which is a significant difference. However, there were some perks of the race that were neat. The night race was an interesting idea and a nice change, but perhaps it should be rescheduled to a warmer time of year. Second, we got to personalize out race bibs. We were supposed to put our New Year’s Resolution, although clearly I missed the memo…

race bib

Would I do this race again? No.

Was it a good kick in the pants to get me back into race shape and worth while? Yes.

So, here’s to starting off 2013 with 13 miles!

Lauren