Rock n Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon Race Recap

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“The fastest half marathon I’ve run”. That’s how I might describe my experience running Rock n Roll Half marathon with Pavement Runner this weekend. I am not talking about time – our average pace was 10:41! – I’m talking about perceived time. This race flew by and I have never been more sad for a race to end.

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It started a few months ago when Brian and I discovered we were running the same race. We were gratified to have the chance to meet since we have been friends for quite some time via our blogs and social media. After a few conversations, we decided to make this race a slow down challenge, and that we would run at a conversational pace, enjoying the costumes, music and fanfare.

On Saturday morning my Mom came over to watch the kids, while my husband and I went to the Expo at the LA Convention center. I was impressed by the volume of staff that Rock N Roll has on hand to help you get your race bib and shirt, which, by the way, was a Brooks technical version. Very happy with that!

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After getting my bib, we went into a sea of vendors. Many were old time favorites, but also some surprising new ones. It was great to see companies like Dave’s Killer Bread (which by the way, has become sort of addiction in our house) and other healthy food companies. I think they see that a good number of us runners fuel with local, organic whole foods. After eating my way through the bread samples, I stumbled upon my favorite beverage, Nuun and my Hood to Coast family members Jeff and Jeantel (two of our drivers for the HTC relay) working the hydration booth. It was amazing to reconnect with them.

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The next morning I woke up extra early to get my batgirl costume on and to make sure I ate a good breakfast… Race day day pre-run meal: Mix My Own (A cereal you create yourself by selecting your own mix) and a Raspberry smoothie made with Complete Truth protein. Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot about heavy metals in protein powders, and this one is truly all natural.

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Rob and I left at 5:30am (once again my Mom came over to watch the kids). It takes a village, and I sure am grateful to have a Mom who loves us so much! We parked and headed to the starting line area. I met Brian just before the race started. We hopped into our corral and before we knew it, the National Anthem was being sung and we were off.

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Brian had two friends with him Linzie and Michael. Over the course of 2 plus hours, I was fortunate enough to get to know these incredible guys. Our first landmark was running through the USC stadium.

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Then we hit up the Thriller Zombies:

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Next up, a tunnel that Rock N Roll turned into something that looked like a nightclub… so freakin’ cool!

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There were great bands playing all along the course. Having good music and seeing all of the crazy costumes made the time fly! Before we knew it we hit the turn around and headed toward the finish line.

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I can’t remember a race more fun, relaxed, or full of wonderful company. I felt like I was on a training run with friends. I don’t know why I have never run a race like this. When you slow down, you can just enjoy every detail and moment, things I most certainly would have missed otherwise. We definitely got our money’s worth, and this was a great race to run in this fashion, what with all of the costumes and music. I had such a nice time, I am bugging Brian that we need to plan another race or relay.

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Finish results:

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I want to thank Brian, Linzie, and Michael for allowing me to join them. I had such a wonderful time!

Your turn-

Have you ever run a race for fun, no pressure at a conversational pace?

About Lisa

Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of humor..life can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all. Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Comments

  1. You have the right idea! Sometimes it is just a great race because you enjoyed it without any pressure for time. You both look awesome in your costumes. You are just gorgeous!

  2. absolutely love this post… it was a really great run and you helped make it more fun. I was glad to not be focused on pace or trying to PR and just enjoying the company. It really was like a really great training run with friends. Thanks for making it to special and for letting me hang out with “cool girl at school.”

  3. What a fun race–and that medal is awesome. I cannot wait to run a race- just for fun once I am back from my injury!

  4. It sounds like you had so much fun! I wish I’d been there! I’ve done a few races just for run, not worrying about the time and spending time chatting with friends. They really are fun. It is not always all about the PR.

  5. So jealous of your fun race! Sounds like RnR gets better every year…and you got to run with Pavement Runner!

  6. so jealous of your meetup! and i love your costume! love you both!

  7. SO FUN! you guys are SO FUN! i love the pic of you two holding hands!!!

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS.
    so fun.

  9. Love this race report, I can feel your smile while reading it. I was lucky to meet two blogging friends for a race and those were the best races I ever run!!! Not fast, but full of amazing, unique, unforgettable moments :) it changed my view about racing.

  10. i’m so glad you did this! what a great SLOW challenge. You capture the memories and store them right near your heart!

  11. So fun! Chances are I still wouldn’t have been able to keep up with you but how fun would it be to run with ya’ll?!

  12. As a person new to the sport of running, let me say, “thank you” for sharing your run with me. It was a blast!

  13. Awesome!! I love this idea. You just went in and enjoyed every single minute!!! This pretty much ranks right up there with a PR.

  14. So Much FUN! I wanna come out and do that one with you guys! I’ve been running a LOT of races for fun lately. It’s weird when you’re so ingrained on pace/goal time, etc. But it’s NICE to get off the clock sometimes and just do it for the love of running.

  15. LOVED following all the IG pics & fun!!!

  16. So great that you guys joined forces, slowed down and just had fun! Perfect way to do it. And no, I haven’t really ever done that for something like a half marathon, but you make it sound like so much fun. Great pics, too!

  17. I love the idea of a Slow Down Challenge! What a fun way to experience the race especially when running with a friend!

  18. Looks like an absolute blast!!! I’m so jealous.

    And I loved the Complete Truth protein mix!

  19. This sounds like a blast! I need to check out the Complete Truth!

  20. I love races that are run without pressure and with friends. I’m so glad you had a great time. You deserve it. xxxx, C

  21. you are freaking adorable! The outfits are too cute and I love that you embraced the entire day!

  22. OMG your costumes are too cute!!! Did I mention that I am super jealous of this whole weekend?! Thats it I am packing my bags and moving to California!

  23. Sounds like such a wonderful time :)

  24. Sounds like so much fun!! What a great way to spend a race! I’ve run 5K Jingle Bell Runs for fun but never anything of this distance.

  25. How fun!! My very first half marathon in college was run with friends for fun, no time goals at all. We didn’t even know what to shoot for! It was definitely a fun one… and got me hooked on running. So glad you could meet up with Brian!

  26. Looks like you had a blast! Sometimes it is absolutely the best to slow down and just have fun with it. Love all your photo ops, and your costumes. :)

  27. These RnR races look like so much fun! I was wishing they’d come to Canada, and when I looked it up, they have one in Montreal… hmmm…..

  28. OMG I love this! I love that you and Brian got a chance to meet up and your costumes!! So much fun. It looks like it was such a fun race. Racing for fun and with friends has got to be the best. So glad you had a great time. xo

  29. Awe love this recap, so glad you 2 were able to run together and the costumes look great. You 2 really are 2 peas in a pod! Congrats!

  30. Read Bryan’s race report and then yours. Love them both. Looks like you had really a ton of fun.

  31. Looks like you had fun!! Love the costume,….as always you looked gorgeous. As for your question, I can’t seem to let myself run without any pressure. I have tried it before with my sister, but it ended up irritating me and I wasn’t much for company. It’s one thing I need to work on….being more relaxed in my races. This looked like lots of fun.

  32. Congratulations! That is so awesome and you guys looked like you had a blast. I need to do a race like that where I am just having fun and not running to race. How did you not dive into those Nuun dispensers. Best hydration EVER!

  33. MAD! SO MAD! I always made this known to Pavement Runner of how mad I am! YOU TWO were in LA… And I literally went to the Woman’s EXPO the morning of this RACE yet we did NOT MEET UP!!!! I would have taken you both to the most DELICIOUS place after you run!!!!! BAHHHH :(

  34. Oh my, I love this post! I think it is a GREAT idea to run some “fun” races too! I actually did one myself a couple weekends ago, although it wasn’t costume oriented :) I had friends on the course, enjoyed the city, and only set out to have a slow-down enjoyable time. I think we can all learn from that now and then!

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