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Los Angeles County Half Marathon

December 17, 2009

When I got back from CIM 2 weekends ago, I received an e-mail from the L.A County Half Marathon race informing me of this inaugural race that was taking place. Just having run CIM, was I ready for a half marathon so soon? I felt pretty good the entire week after CIM, did a fast 10 miler on Saturday and thought why not? I wanted a good time to make up for my so-so time at CIM. I really wanted a nice PR to end the year and I haven’t done a half in a while. My last one was in November for the Malibu Half, but I was pacing my friend just to help him finish his first half marathon. The one before that was in San Francisco, and I wasn’t too pleased with my time because I was on a running hiatus the entire summer. Yes, the excuses go on. So, I decided to run this half marathon the very last second and didn’t sign up for it until I got to the actual race site on Sunday.

Here’s a funny story for you guys: I was invited to a tasting at Boxwood Cafe Saturday night, and right before dinner I hit up a happy hour with some friends. So after 3 cocktails and 5 glasses of wine pairings with dinner, I was pretty tipsyyy to say the least. Not feeling my best, I woke up at 2am race day completely dehydrated, not to mention still buzzed. I couldn’t go back to sleep for some reason so did some work for a couple hours before I left. Yes, working when you’re buzzed is pretty useless. That night I went back and read over the essays I was writing and nothing made sense, obviously.

Since this was the inaugural race, there weren’t that many people, also it had been raining like crazy all weekend so the streets were damp. However, at the starting line, we actually had a rainbow right over the course and the weather was perfect throughout the race. I have to say, I had no idea what I was getting into when signing up for this race. I briefly looked over the course map at home, but they didn’t have an elevation chart yet. The race was set at the Pomona Fairplex where they have fairs, race tracks etc going on year-round. We started the race  running through a parking lot for the first half mile, which was umm..scenic….then got onto an actual race track which was pretty awesome. The Half Marathon course started and finished at Fairplex and traveled through La Verne, San Dimas, and Bonelli Park. It seemed as if the course was winding up the side of a mountain, so needless to say, it was hilly.  Since I was hoping to PR, I was trying to keep my pace around 8 minute/mile. The first couple of miles, I was able to do sub 8, but knew I couldn’t keep it up the whole way. Started to slow down during the 10th mile, but really pushed myself to finish strong. Even though the course was hilly, it was really scenic and beautiful. I’m really glad I signed up for this race because I have never seen that part of Pomona before. I was able to finish with a net time of 1:45:25, which is fast than my last PR at City of Angels of 1:45:49. I know it’s not a big difference, but it’s really hard  to keep this pace up and go any faster. I normally don’t even train at this pace, but hopefully with some track workouts, 8 minute/miles will start to feel more comfortable.

Way too happy

Anyways, I never stay for the awards part because..I never win anything! (And I’m also too impatient to wait around) So I bolted out of there right after I finished, but later checked my results online and found out I placed first in my age division! What the…!?!? No idea how that happened, but disappointed that I didn’t stay to claim more bling! Oh well, the race directors were kind enough to send me my medal, which has yet to come in the mail. I mean, there were only 27 other women in my age group, so it’s not that big of a deal 🙂 Overall, great race and a nice PR to end the year!

Sprinting to the finish!

Garmin stats

Runner Details Race Results
Bib: 1065
Name: Andrea Torng
Gender: F
Age: 23
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Overall: 100 out of 721
Women: 14 out of 339
F 20-24: 1 out of 27
Finish: 1:45:25 Pace: 8:03
Tag Time: 1:45:25
Gun Time: 1:45:30
Split Times
10 Km: 48:14 Pace: 7:46
10.5 Mi: 1:41:33 Pace: 9:41
12.7 Mi: Pace:
4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2009 7:51 am

    Great job Andrea!!!

  2. December 19, 2009 3:30 pm

    Congrats, AT!
    It doesn’t make sense to finish 1st when you couldn’t get to bed before the race. Weird.
    I have to think the only reason for your 1st place finish, besides your work ethic, was the carbo-overloading with the wine, cocktails, etc. I think you’ve found the winning pre-race formula for victory.

    1 of these days I’m actually gonna get around to cking out your food posts, which is the reason I’m supposed to be reading this blog, in the 1st Place!!

  3. December 21, 2009 8:53 am

    Daaaaaaaaang. You rock.


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