Happy 2017 everyone! There is no better way to bring in the new year than with a night run through Downtown Los Angeles. This year, is my third year in a row running this race. I was shocked that a friend of mine decided to step out of her comfort zone and do the 9.3 challenge with me. I am proud of her for doing that. I didn’t care about my time, PR’s or anything. I just wanted to have fun and run the races with her.
Packet pick-up was on race day, which was quick and easy. I got there a little after 3pm to get my packet and to get ready for the race. I met up with my sole sisters before the run, we hung out, talked, and laughed. Those are always important before a run.
First race of the night, the 5k. I took it easy on this 5k, my left knee had been bothering me lately, and I was also running with a friend of mine; I didn’t want to kill her. 😉 The wonderful thing about this race, is that this is my day of hill training. Running the various hills of Downtown Los Angeles, is always the best. The 5k was great, and now we were moving onto the 10k.
The 10k route was the same as the 5k route, except we got to run up Stadium Way to Dodger Stadium, and then back to the finish line. I wished that the 10k route was different than the 5k route. The hills on the 10k route took a toll on my left knee, but I pushed on. Giggling, dancing, singing, and smiling all the way to the finish line.
The finish line……was the best! People at and near the finish line were all smiles, and cheering us on. I was smiling, congratulating them on their finish and we were all wishing each other a Happy New Year. At the finish line, Jive Live staff congratulated me on my finish, and I was still all smiles, I was happy, and I went immediately to grab a chocolate milk. I have to have my chocolate milk after a run.
If you are looking for a quick, positive, night time run to kick off your New Year, this is the race for you. I’ll be there next year, for my fourth year in a row.