Inaugural 10k Event: Run Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood

Race Day: Saturday, November 7, 2015
This 10k event is the first ever at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood. I was surprised to learn that my son, my dad and my mom jumped on board and signed up for the 5k event., which made it a family event. This year, is their inaugural 10k! I had to do the 10k. No matter who little the distance is, I am always proud that I accomplished it.

I picked up my packet on race day, I had to work on Friday and was unable to pick up my packet. Race day packet pickup wasn’t bad at all. It was easy, smooth and stress free. Packet pickups with the Hard Rock has always been stress free.

t was a cold morning, 55 degrees outside, I was wearing short sleeves and capri’s, I was loving the weather. I was walking around the start line and I ran into a ton of my friends. We took photos, talked, I love waking up early on weekends for race day and seeing my friends there. It is the best feeling, even people I’ve never met are walking up and talking to you. There is always good vibes, and good conversations. Positive vibes makes such a huge impact on your life, and I love people’s positive attitudes.

I decided that I was going to enjoy the run. It is the first 10k event, and I just wanted to enjoy running down Hollywood Blvd, and enjoying the course. That was one thing I took with me on this run, and Susy taught me that. Its not about time, its not about pace, its not about what others may think of me. This is my run, and even though I’ve only been doing this for a year, this is my chapter one, not to be compared to someone else’s chapter 35.

We started late, its Hollywood, gotta make sure we doing get hit by cars, but when we started I was excited. I had the butterflies in my stomach, and memories were coming back from last years Hard Rock 5k. It was emotional for me, because this is where it all started for me. I started this journey on my own, and just a couple months ago I really started to come out of my shell, and starting making friends. I’m getting emotional just writing about this.

On to the race. I started out with a slow pace, I wanted to conserve and save my energy to last me not only through the race, but so I can sprint to the finish line. We started at Hollywood and Highland, and the next thing I knew, I was already over the 101 Freeway, and at the fire station. Continuing eastbound on Hollywood Blvd, I saw the 5k turn around point, and it brought back memories from last year. I continued running eastbound on Hollywood Blvd headed toward Vermont Street.

I was looking around a little bit, but I mainly got lost in my music and I noticed I was at Hollywood and I was just crossing over Vermont. I noticed how close I was to my favorite burger place, Umami Burger. Even though I knew they would be closed, I had a craving for a Sunny Side burger with cheese truffle fries. I saw my friend Juice on the other side, he was on his way back to the finish line, I gave him a high five, then I saw my friend Martin, and we gave each other a high five. That was the best feeling, was to give my friends a smile and a high five on the course.

It was a short distance to the turn around and I was on my return trip back to the start/finish line. We took a slight left onto Vermont Street for a short run, quick turn around and back onto Hollywood Blvd I was. The first four and a half (4.5) miles went by pretty quickly. I had wonderful views of the Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign on the way back. That half mile to mile five seemed to drag a bit, but once I hit mile five I got back in my zone and got lost in my music again. I saw the mile six marker, and I saw that the finish line looked so close, I waited until I saw the timing mats before I started to step it up and run faster. My legs felt like cement, but I tried as hard as I could.

I got a PR, and I was so excited! I couldn’t believe I PR’d, I set the time at the 10k event at the Hollywood Half back in April. I didn’t stress at all during my run, I didn’t think about my time, didn’t think about a PR, I enjoyed the run, and I am very proud of myself! I feel great, and now its time to step up my gym workouts, strength training workouts, and continuing to work on getting my body use to the distances.

Playlist:

Roar by Katy Perry

Imma Be by Black Eyed Peas

We Are (Mauna Kea) by Sudden Rush

Harder Than You Think by Public Enemy

Firework by Katy Perry

I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ to F**k With by Wu-Tang Clan

Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) by Katy Perry

Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys) by Jay-Z

My Humps by Black Eyed Peas

Hysteria by Muse

Rapper’s Delight by Sugarhill Gang

Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Glycerine by Bush

Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas

Such Great Heights by The Postal Service

Personal Reflection:

I can’t believe that this race marks my Runniversary!! It’s been one year since I started running in races. One year ago I started planning out my first 10k, my first half marathon, and my first marathon. It has been an incredible journey and I’m so glad I started on this path. I can’t believe that I not only started running, but that I continued running, continued to challenge myself with events, and the friends I’ve met. Its been incredible beyond words, and I even found my Run Family.  I can’t to run in other events next year, events I’ve never run before and I can’t wait to see what next year brings for me. 

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