christmas 2 give 5k with BoMFLA [recap].

25 Dec

On Saturday, December 21st I rounded out the 2013 racing season at the Christmas 2 Give 5k in Elysian Park, for Back on My Feet LA’s first race!

I did not hate the location:

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We met up at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown and then carpooled to Elysian Park.

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with my Team Homeboy teammates, Brian and Alex.

I had signed up to pace one of our runners, so Alex and I ran with Luis as he competed in his first 5k ever. It was so exciting.

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about to toe the line with Alex and Luis.

Before the race started, we huddled together with the other Back on My Feet teams and did the traditional Serenity Prayer

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…and of course the Team Cheer: unnamed-2

Who are we? 

BACK ON MY FEET

How long are we going to run?

FOREVER

The course was really challenging — the first half mile was nice and easy, but the rest of the race was on varied terrain with lots of rolling hills and a few switchbacks.  No single hill was a killer, but it was definitely a taxing course — especially for your first 5k ever!

Luis ran really strong — clocking in a first mile of 8:36! His pace slowed a little as it got more hilly, but he crossed the finish line in a time of 30:15.  I can’t wait to see him improve as time goes on.

image-2Team Homeboy’s other athlete was Karla — and she had a personal distance record with the 3.1 mile distance.

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Drew and Brian pace Karla to a successful finish!

All of BoMFLA rallied together to help bring Karla in at the finish. So inspiring.

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My roommate, Jenn, and her boyfriend, Daniel also came out to support the cause — and they both ran strong races on the tough course.  They were repping’ Santa to the Sea in full force.  I so appreciate their willingness to let me drag them to all of my race events.

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All in all the race was a really fun and exciting morning.  We also got awesome medals and Brooks technical T-shirts, which are surprisingly cool looking.

Did you do a Christmas-themed race this year?

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5 Responses to “christmas 2 give 5k with BoMFLA [recap].”

  1. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. December 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    What a nice thing to do for the holidays! Your race mates did so well for their first 5K! I probably would have freaked out if there were hills on mine, haha. Merry Christmas!

    • gillian December 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks so much Whitney! Hope you had a great Christmas as well!

      On Wed, Dec 25, 2013 at 8:30 PM, That's G

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities December 27, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    Starting off the holidays with a BANG!!! 🙂 Sounds and looks like it was a lot if fun!!! Merry post XMAS! 🙂

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