We decided to leave Thursday night, drive a few hours stay the night in Cedar City, and get to LA a with a little more rest. Good call. Once we made it to LA we headed straight to the Expo which was at Dodger’s Stadium.
We spent Saturday seeing the sights. Exhausted from the heat and walking around, Jesse offered to fix us our own pre-race pasta feast, his special baked ziti, salad & garlic bread! YUM!!
Sunday morning I got up at 5:00am, ate breakfast and got dressed. Jesse drove me to Dodger’s Stadium at 6:30am (so David could relax and not get lost with all the road closures- so nice of him).
As we headed out of Dodger’s Stadium, it was super crowded. By mile 2 I had already shed my throw away shirt and arm warmers. At mile 3, we passed the Chinatown Dragon Gate. Between miles 5 & 6 we ran along Echo Park Lake.
Right before mile 14 I stopped to potty again, and passed the famous Whiskey A Go Go.
Right after taking a photo of it, I met Oscar. Oscar was a 60 year old man with many marathons under his belt. He was very friendly and began talking to me. He was hurting pretty badly and when my Garmin beeped for my one minute walk break, Oscar walked with me.
When we hit the mile 23 mark, Oscar and I relaxed and just enjoyed the last 3 miles.
I got my medal, photos and food and I met David, Heather, Jesse and Snake (Zoe’s new boyfriend) in Santa Monica where we walked around, met a few Maniacs, drank Diet Cokes, then headed home for a shower and pizza! What a great time I had thanks to David, Heather, Jesse, Carlos & Oscar!!