This last Saturday I ran a local 10k in Elysian Park. The race benefitted The Midnight Mission. During the LA Marathon this year, an LA Superior Court Judge named Craig Mitchell made headlines by running a few times a week in the early morning with members of the Midnight Mission, and he ran with 11 of them this last March in the marathon. Many of these individuals have never been on a plane before, and Judge Mitchell is taking a group to Africa in September to run the marathon in Ghana. Reading about him was so inspiring, I had to run the race to support him.
The race started at 8 so I got there around 7:30…but of course I had no idea where to park. Luckily, my Dad agreed to run the 5k and was already there so he could deal with me. What a mess I am sometimes.
We set off after I fussed majorly with my Garmin. I went out relatively fast but tried to run comfortably. The race was beautiful – through the hills by Dodger Stadium with views of the park. In the first two miles, I ran with a group of people. They peeled off at the 5k turn-around, and I kept going (after asking where the 10k route was at a water station). This was a small race, so the turns were under-marked, but that’s okay.
At the 10k turn around, I started eyeing the people coming back toward me. I counted a handful, and realized I was the first woman. On my way back down the hill, a woman yelled toward me “First woman!!!!” That was an awesome feeling, even if it was a small field.
I ended up finishing in a time of 44:40, which is a PR. Unfortunately, in the official results, some woman is marked to have run 41:xx, which is an error. Someone must have turned around with the 5k-ers early, so she got in front of me, but cut off nearly a mile. Stinks that it’s not an official “W” in the books, but that’s ok. I loved the course – and except for some kinks with the route, I’d recommend this event.
My Dad is getting back into running after a year+ hiatus after the LA Marathon in 2012. He ran the 5k in just under 35:5x which was great, especially on the hilly course.
We also met Judge Craig Mitchell after the race (he did the 10k). He seriously is so inspiring. He was a teacher for 17 years before going to law school at night. He was a DA for several years after law school, and is now a criminal judge. That’s impressive in and of itself, but when you consider what he’s doing at The Midnight Mission it’s really something. We took a picture with him, and I’m sure he was like “who are these two nerds?”
After some time and a kid’s 1k, they did a little awards presentation.
Male and Female 1st and 2nd place:
Up on the podium with Judge Mitchell for the 19-29 awards:
And the best part of the day? My Dad hands me my keys on our way to our cars (he kept them because my shorts didn’t have pockets). I realize I had handed him my HOUSE key and not my car key. #typical. We called AAA and they had it open in minutes. But seriously, thank God my Dad was there, because not only was my car key in my car, but my AAA card and phone were as well. Wrecked.
Overall, it was a terrific race, course, and awesome Saturday morning.
Did anyone else race this weekend?