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Chinatown Firecracker 10K

March 5, 2010

I think I’ve been posting more race recaps lately than actual food posts! It’s been a crazy month with 3 races back to back. I started Feburary with Surf City Half Marathon followed by the Pasadena Half and ended the month with the Chinatown 10K. I haven’t done a 10K in so long, I think the last one was this Long Beach Turkey Trot? I wasn’t really going for time because a lot of people had told me this course was very hilly. Well, they weren’t kidding about the hills. 1/2 mile in, we started a long uphill climb so I braced myself to go out slower in order to finish strong at the end.

More climbing..last hill

After the brutal uphill climb, the view from the top was amazing. You could see the Dodger Stadium and all of Downtown L.A. Since it had rained the day before, the skies were clear and blue. After the 3 mile mark, a guy tapped me on the shoulder to tell me that I had dropped something back along the course. I quickly looked at myself and thought I had everything, but didn’t want to take the chance so I actually started to run back along the course. On the floor I saw that it was a candy bar that wasn’t even mine to begin with! I was so pissed off at the guy and wondered if he did that so he could pass me? Good thing it was only a 10K or else I would have definitely been looking for that guy after the race >:)

Pictures stolen from my friend Oscar

Running through Dodger Stadium

I spotted my friend 1/2 a mile from the finish and that really gave me a burst of energy to try to keep up with him. A bunch of friends were cheering near the finish (some had done the 5K which ended before the 10K) which gave me the extra boost to finish strong. I ended up finishing 2 seconds after my friend! Crazy how I didn’t see him at all along the course until the very end.

Official time:

Tag time: 49:39.3

Pace: 8:01

Place: 5th in age group


The funny thing is, I didn’t even bother checking my official results until I saw that a friend had posted on my Facebook wall that I had gotten 5th place in my age group. No idea! I don’t think my 10K time was the best, but I am curious to see what my time would be if I had a flatter course to run on. I timed myself on the treadmill a couple months ago and I was able to get it down to 44 minutes. Maybe I’ll sign up for another 10K later this year, Santa Monica Classic in May? I feel like I’ve lost my speed a little bit ever since school started back up and I stopped going to track workouts.

Next up: Napa marathon this weekend and L.A. marathon 2 weeks after that. Excited to go back to one race a month after that. I’m also debating between the 50K or 50 mile race this August. I’m getting a little burned out on marathon training and the set mileage I have to hit every week. I think something new would be fun and challenging which is why I’m leaning towards the 50 miler. I don’t think I would do anything differently with the 50K besides doing more long trail runs, but the thought of jumping from 26 miles to 50 is a little intimidating. Thoughts?

Running with fast boys

5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 3:06 pm

    You are so amazing! I really don’t know how you do it, I can barely run at the gym. But truly I am impressed and good for you! You look great!

  2. March 11, 2010 8:17 am

    Heh, my time came out in the 9:40s ~ but it was a nice, scenic run and def. give my leg muscles a run for its buck.

    My friends and I wound up celebrating at Ocean Seafood w dim sum. Did you stick around?

    • andee permalink
      March 11, 2010 8:26 am

      Nice! Too bad I didn’t see you there. Yeah, I stuck around for quite a bit after waiting for my friends to decide where they wanted to go. By the time they decided, I had to go home 😦 I think they went to dim sum too

      • March 18, 2010 3:10 am

        And let me know if you’re going to do the Santa Monica Classic — I’m totally game for doing that 10K (as long as it’s not Memorial Day weekend) and grabbing a delicious bite afterwards nearby.


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