Running the Los Angeles MarathonAdventure Travel, Fitness & Workouts — By Mary on March 22, 2012 at 11:40 am
“Here comes the sun.” The words from the infamous Beatle hit are the perfect way to describe the scene at the Los Angeles marathon this past weekend. After a Saturday full of lighting and pouring rain, Sunday was a perfect day for running with blue skies and not a cloud in sight. Adriane Javier, a southern California native, participated in the race and it was her first time running in a marathon.
Javier first heard about the marathon through her boyfriend’s sister who had completed it in 2010. Wanting to cross “running a marathon” off as one of the items on her bucket list, she decided to sign up for the race and followed a training schedule created by renowned runner Hal Higdon. Javier managed to train for the marathon during the weekends, squeezing it in with her nine to five work schedule.
“It was definitely a journey that tested my all my strength and willpower,” commented Javier.
Once she got on the course, running the marathon became a challenge as she navigated through the hilly route with other participants. Though it was difficult, Javier felt overjoyed at the opportunity to run throughout Los Angeles. To her, Angelenos normally don’t get a chance to appreciate the city because of the horrendous amount of traffic they have to battle.
With that in mind, Javier started the race off at Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles. She thought it was a great place to start as she had never been there before to see a baseball game. She then made her way down to Rodeo Drive, home to luxury stores like Louis Vuitton and Yves San Laurent, where she felt like she was window shopping rather than running. She also flew past the Pantages Theater, where musicals like Wicked have been held, and the Walk of Fame. Both spots came as a surprise to her because they were familiar places that unexpectedly came up on the route as she turned a corner. She passed by cultural sites such as Little Tokyo and Olvera Street. Javier ended the marathon at the Santa Monica Pier, which was the ultimate way to end the race with its serene, oceanic views and colorful shops.
Apart from the route, Javier enjoyed the marathon because of the energy of the crowd of onlookers and the variety of people who participated.
“It was very inspiring to see people of all ages running. I saw everything ranging from elementary school kids to a 70 year old woman pushing through the same hurdles you’re fighting through. I figured if they can do it, I sure can, too,” commented Javier. “The volunteers cheering for us also gave a much needed boost.”
Javier credits her success in the race to the support of her family and friends, who helped her raise over 600 dollars for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization that focuses on breast cancer research and education.
“This was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done, both physically and mentally. I am very proud of everyone who participated and persevered through the wear and tear on the human body and mind,” remarked Javier. “Fundraising for the Susan G. Komen Foundation was also an enlightening experience because of how overwhelming heartwarming it is to see people donate for a good cause, no questions asked. Although I may not have caught the marathon bug just yet, it is something I am very proud to have completed and I think everyone should run a marathon at least once in their life.”
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