rose bowl half marathon recap.

26 Jan

I know this is a few days late, but I wanted to get my Race Recap up from Sunday’s Rose Bowl Half Marathon!

I had 12 miles on the schedule for last weekend for my marathon training plan, but an early morning dentist appointment would force me to miss my weekly long run with the LA Leggers, so I swapped that run for a half instead! My friend from my law school class, Blake, was running it too, so I knew I’d have a running buddy for at least the first few miles.

I got to the Rose Bowl early – a little before 7 for an 8 am start. I checked in and grabbed my swag bag (an awesome tech running T and a few samples), my wristband for a post-race beer, and my chip and bib. I wanted to do a few extra miles, so I did a 2.60 mile warm-up before heading over to the start. The warm-up was a great call – normally I go out WAY too fast, so instead I took the warm-up at a comfortably fast clip just to get those jitters out.

By 7:50 I met up with Blake and we decided to start together. This was his first half marathon which was pretty cool. We did the first 2.5 or so together which was great – it kept my pace under control and it was fun to have a buddy for a bit! The course was intense – it pretty immediately went to trails, and some were single-track and muddy.

7 am, race day.

I was treating this as a training run and wasn’t really concerned with time – but I wanted to keep my pace between 8 and 8:30 for the most part, and slow down if I needed to. There was an INSANE hill around mile 7 (people walked up it…barely) so my split for that mile was 9:19. Going down the same hill was also sort of intense – it was scary steep.

look at that stellar pronation.

I finished in a time of 1:48:44, essentially tying my time from my last half – but this felt way more relaxed, easy, and fun. 98th finisher overall, and winner of my division. #humblebrag. It was pretty cool to finish on the 50 yard line! I wish they’d had a clock running on the big screen. Details, people.

i went for the jewel-tones look.



I hung around until Blake finished and then we listened to the awards (I got a 2nd medal and a $25 gift certificate to TYR…weird) and sipped on some beer (so good at that time of day). We hobbled back to the car and were both disgustingly sore for the following two days.

Overall, I liked this race. The major pros? Getting to run on dirt, awesome shirt and medal, free beer, finishing in the Rose Bowl, mile markers at every mile, lots of water, gatorade, gels, etc., on-time start, and decent swag. Cons? Hilly, not spectator friendly, inefficient registration/bag pick-up, no clocks on the course or chip check-ins on the course, and pricey. I’d do it again, though!

Later that day, I had lunch with my old friend Chanel at LPQ on Melrose. It was great catching up with Chanel (I hadn’t seen her in 2.5 years!) but the food was sort of mediocre and the service was noticeably lacking. For the price and the area, I expected a little more!

quinoa taboulé salad at LPQ.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Is anyone training for a race right now?

9 Responses to “rose bowl half marathon recap.”

  1. Casey January 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    “winner of my division” WHOA. Nice pre-birthday run!

    • gillian January 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

      lol thank you! it was fun 🙂

  2. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport January 27, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Rock on! Great time!

  3. herrsolera January 27, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    It’s excellent to be able to finish with a time that you are proud of, even when you weren’t gunning for a fast time. Well done! I’m always training for a race — right now, it’s the Miami Half, which is this Sunday, and then the Mercedes Half on February 12. Onwards!

    • gillian January 28, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      Thank you! Ooh, I bet the Miami Half will be gorgeous. Good luck!

  4. Caroline January 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    You go girl!!! And that food looks pretttty incredible.

    • gillian January 28, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks Caroline 🙂


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