the fourth.

5 Jul

A mid-week Fourth of July was something a little bit different this year, but I didn’t hate it. Last year, I re-committed to my tradition of doing a race on the 4th every year with a 10k PR in Ventura. This year, I made a last-minute decision to run the Will Rogers 10k in the Palisades. I’d done this race before (5 years ago!) and remember there being a tough climb halfway through. My time in 2007 was 53+, so my goal was to run relaxed, have fun, and try and just break 50. Long story short…I ran 46:30 and felt great.

I went out a little bit too fast (6:44) but quickly settled.  My slowest mile (the one with the gnarly hill) was still sub-8, and I love the fun, festive nature of this event.

I didn’t get any photos at the race since I did this solo, but I’d recommend it! I also scored a dry-fit T-shirt. Love the Palisades. I can, however, share with you my playlist. It is pretty incredible if I do say so myself:

The rest of my Fourth involved Aviva, Armita, and Taylor, pool/lounging around, margaritas, delicious BBQ, mindless TV, fireworks, and lots of arguing over really important things (track and field v. golf in terms of which is more worthy of being classified as a “sport” and Batman v. Superman v. Spiderman. There is a right answer here, and one very, very wrong one. Any guesses?)


I was completely zonked by the time I returned to my apartment at 11 pm (left the house before 7 to get to my race) but I had a great holiday – it was low-key but a lot of fun. It was a little rough this morning getting up to go on a “field trip” for my work to the LA Superior Court’s Mental Health courts, but it was a really interesting experience. As a psychology major, I am really interested in things like mental illness so this was up my alley.

An interesting note from today – I did my first swimming exercise in years (literally, 5 of them)!

Anyway, I digress. Hope everyone had a safe, fun, happy, and healthy 4th of July 🙂

4 Responses to “the fourth.”


  1. crafts, córdoba, and crescent pose. « That's G - July 8, 2012

    […] after my mix of productive (10k) and lazy (pool lounging and margaritas) on the 4th, I was zonked on Thursday, although I did find my little field trip to the Mental Health Courts […]

  2. 2012 remixed. « That's G - December 31, 2012

    […] started off with a bang with a Fourth of July 10k in the Palisades, followed up with a little rage-fest with my section budz. I also discovered electronic musician Sahy Uhns, celebrated my blog’s third birthday, and […]

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    […] It’s a fun tradition to run a race every year. Check out last year’s recap of the Will Rogers 10k, and 2011′s 10k in […]

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    […] 2012: Will Rodgers Pacific Palisades 10k […]

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