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@woodschr

Raving since 2019 active 7 months, 3 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (3)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 8, 2020 5:55:00
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 8, 2019 1:07:00
5K Los Angeles, CA Mar 7, 2020 33:00

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Past Races (5)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Los Angeles, CA Mar 8, 2020 5:55:00
5K Los Angeles, CA Mar 7, 2020 33:00
Half Marathon Pasadena, CA Jan 19, 2020
5K Thousand Oaks, CA Oct 12, 2019
10K Santa Monica, CA Sep 8, 2019 1:07:00

My Raves

The marathon itself was everything I wanted it to be. Amazing scenery, supportive crowd, gigantic medal. I came prepared for hills, and didn't find them that challenging at all. Great … MORE

The marathon itself was everything I wanted it to be. Amazing scenery, supportive crowd, gigantic medal. I came prepared for hills, and didn’t find them that challenging at all. Great swag by all the sponsors, and the course was very carefully picked to be super representative of LA. Loved that. I wish the beer was local, though.

Getting to the marathon, on the other hand, was horrible. We planned to Metro to Union Station, and booked the 6 AM shuttle. We got to the Highland station at 5:00 AM, only to find that they don’t allow parking before 7 AM. So, we panicked and decided to drive direct to Dodger Stadium because we live ten minutes from it. Huge mistake. We sat in traffic for an hour and thirty minutes. We ended up sprinting to the gear drop, and missed our corral closing.

Then, after crossing the finish line, there were no restrooms in the finish festival. None of the restaurants would let me use the bathroom, and I ended up bleeding through my pants (time of the month). We skipped the finish festival as a result, and go on the Metro to go back to Union Station with the plan to Uber back to the stadium. No Uber would pick us up from the station. While it was awesome to have Arrowhead handing out full cases of water as swag, carrying them this whole distance was proving to be a pain. We finally got an Uber, but roads were still closed around the stadium (ten hours later) and it took a while to get in.

The marathon itself was amazing, and I’ve already signed up for next year. But the transportation issues were ridiculous. I’m debating which sounds less hellish- driving to Santa Monica and paying $25 for parking, and shuttling to the start line at 4 in the morning, or driving to Union Station and parking there and dealing with our horrible Metro system again.

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This was my first race last year, and the one where the running bug bit me. This year I was running the marathon, so I picked up my stuff at … MORE

This was my first race last year, and the one where the running bug bit me.

This year I was running the marathon, so I picked up my stuff at the expo. Last year I got it day of. Both were super easy. LOVE the shirt this year! So comfy, and baseball themed makes sense. The medal is hefty, and matches the marathon one nicely.

The course is very hilly! I went my regular 5k pace, and quickly got exhausted. I gotta remember to take those hills slower.

Self seeding means that there was a ton of weaving through people pretty much the entire way, and I put myself very far up.

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As a Pasadena native, I was proud of this one. Between the Rose Bowl, the arroyo trail, the homes, the bridge, and Old Town, an out-of-towner could run this race … MORE

As a Pasadena native, I was proud of this one. Between the Rose Bowl, the arroyo trail, the homes, the bridge, and Old Town, an out-of-towner could run this race and really get a feel for Pasadena. Packet pickup was at a variety of spot around LA. I got mine at the Rose Bowl on Friday, and it was a breeze. We parked at a friend’s house 1.5 miles away and walked in, arriving at about 6:30. It was a relaxing start to the whole thing, unlike the stopped dead traffic on Linda Vista. That looked like it sucked. Breezed through shirts, gear check, and the potty, and in the corral at 6:50. Race started pretty much on time, and we got running quickly. While the route featured some hills, interestingly enough none of them got me until the side of the Rose Bowl Loop. I feel like I left a chunk of my soul there. Cool finish onto the field of the Rose Bowl! Huge, heavy, detailed medal. I was disappointed with a mass marker brewer as the beer sponsor. This felt like such a nod to Pasadena that this seemed like an oversight. I wonder if they scrambled to find one, though- they announced them super late in the game. I PRed amazingly, which helped my mood. Definitely running this one next year!

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As a CLU alum and current Masters student, I was excited to find that they had a 5k. For current students, it was super cheap- $10! A nice, simple course- … MORE

As a CLU alum and current Masters student, I was excited to find that they had a 5k. For current students, it was super cheap- $10! A nice, simple course- no medals, but nice shirts. However, my Strava pegged the course at 3.02 mi, which was aggravating. Definitely returning next year, though! (Any chance of medals?)

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We parked kind of far and walked. After reading other reviews, I see we made the right call. The line for portapotties was crazy long- we ended up at a … MORE

We parked kind of far and walked. After reading other reviews, I see we made the right call. The line for portapotties was crazy long- we ended up at a local Starbucks with quite a few others. As we were with a stroller, we knew we were at the end, but we couldn’t hear a thing back there. I knew we had started once people moved, but that was it. The race itself was fine. Clearly marked with plenty of volunteers. The finish festival was a complete disappointment, though- it was so crowded, and the lines were insane. People kept cutting just because there were too many people and it wasn’t obvious what was a line, and what was just people stuck in a spot. Most of the swag required signing up for something, so the only things we walked away with were a resistance band, a banana, a CLIF bar, and a paper crown. The medal is gorgeous and a good weight, so that’s nice, but that festival needs some serious work. It’s making me concerned for the LA Marathon one, which I believe is in the same spot.

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