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<span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Like <b>SLOJim</b> said in another post, the Redondo 5k/10K is held every Superbowl Sunday in Redondo Beach, CA. It's a large race with a party atmosphere, lots of crowds and a rowdy beer garden. I ran it two years ago with <b>SLOJim</b>, <b>Ileneforward</b>, <b>SherieRainer</b> and my running buddy Jean who is in her 70s. It was a sunny day in the 60s and some of us ended up in the beer garden which was packed solid.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Yesterday it was rainy, cold (for L.A., about mid 40s/low 50s), and windy. I couldn't wear a hat because it kept blowing off. My Huz and I live a mile from the start, so we wanted to do the race instead of Surf City, which is over 30 miles away.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">When we left our house at 6:45 am, it was pouring rain and windy. We were soaked by the time we found the race starting line. A lot of people didn't show up. T</span></span><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">here were no lines at the portapotties (unheard of!). We found a parking garage to hide out in before the 5K started.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Huz did pretty well on the 5K considering he's not a runner and it was a hilly course. He said all he could think about during the race was to get back to our corner in the parking garage!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">I lined up for the 10K at 8:25am. I tried to find some big meat-brick type guys to hide behind because the wind was strong but I only found skinny people.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Miles 1-2: The 10K race was rather crowded, and I got bumped by some meat-brick guys (where were they when I needed them?). Lots of sharp turns and uphills so I kept it slow and watched my footing very carefully. There was a pack of centipede runners (6 people strung together with yellow tape). A few people ran in costumes. I overheard a lot of young people complaining about hang overs. I saw absolutely NO children or walkers.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Miles 3-4: The crowd thinned out since the course was flat. I ran with an old timer who wore a "L.A. Marathon V" hat who held onto it with one hand. I also ran with a girl who did Carlsbad HM a few weeks ago. She was one of the hung over people. She was doing ok but rather tired.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Miles 5-6.2: A fun hilly stretch, what I call rockin’ and rollin’. I passed the Carlsbad girl and Mr. “L.A. Marathon V”. We all headed down a hill which leads into a steep uphill, when I heard a girl with a bad hangover complaining at her boyfriend about the downhill. I gave into temptation:</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">“Girl, I'm old enough to be your mother. If I can do it, you can do it! There's a uphill coming very soon so save your energy for it. It’s the last one.”</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Her boyfriend laughed and said, "see honey, you can do it..." She was moaning again, but I think she tried to run it because she got quiet. I passed them and other people. It wasn't a bad hill, just a little steep with a sharp left turn at the top.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I finished strong (not a PR, but a little faster than when I ran this race 2 years ago), and found my poor freezing Huz in the parking garage. It was too windy and raining too hard for him to come out to watch me finish. There were guys already packing up the portable metal fencing as we started for home. No party atmosphere this year.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">I ran few more miles later in the day to round out my marathon training. It was even windier than in the early morning. At least the sun was shining again <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">.<br><br>
p.s. Fashion report: nothing exciting. Black leggings, white long sleeved fitted t-shirt, and a light blue windbreaker-type jacket, grey trail socks, and</span></span> <span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Asics Gel Cumulus 9. The usual race underwear (I don't go commando like some people around here). Give me my burqha, it is cold lately!<br></span></span>
 

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Way to go! It was tough out there yesterday. I was at Surf City (luckily I only ran the half). Maybe we'll see you at Los Al in a few weeks.
 

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That was a hoot!<br>
Seems to take more than running 6.22 miles on a cold, blustery, rainy day to put you out of sorts.<br>
Thanks for the report.<br>
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Snork! I can't help but think of Bricks of Spam. (Aren't you in the thick of the Land of the Skinny People?)<br><br>
Drom, you <i>created</i> a party atmosphere. What a great RR. You looked for -- and found -- sunshine on a rainy day.<br><br>
No children or walkers -- BONUS!<br><br>
Young Girl With Hangover should consider herself fortunate she ran into you (and your encouragement). Young 'uns, including small children, should be warned: Masters have the will and capability to run amok ... and right overtop of you should you impede our progress. <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><br>
Nice strong finish in less than IRC. Your marathon training is on the right track. Congrats to Huz for joining you and toughing it out.
 

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dromedary, ^5 for braving the elements, finishing strong, and encouraging the whiny youngster. I wonder where the meat-brick type guys were? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I enjoyed your RR. What lousy conditions but you toughed it out. Way to finish strong and beat your time from 2 years ago!
 

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Pink stole my exact thoughts. So ditto to that. Congrats to your huz too!
 

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Hey Dromedary!<br>
That was fun! Excellent race report and commentary. Say... what did you wear? <span style="font-size:xx-small;">besides no hat.</span>
 

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Nice work, Drom! You made a good day out of a bad (weather) one.<br><br>
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