I ran the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon on Saturday, March 5, 2016 as part of my training for my 50k in April. It was my coach’s race so I was excited to participate in another of her awesome races.
I parked near the merry-go-round and it was a quick walk to bib pick-up. I had never been on this side of Griffith Park so it was cool to see another part of it and run on different trails.
I got to see many friends before the race!
Keira gave us instructions and we were off! The early start marathoners started an hour before us.
The course was very runnable which I suppose is good except I like to power hike sometimes! We ran along the 5 freeway which wasn’t my favorite section but the other parts made up for it!
The great part was I got to run the whole race with Heather (@sloluckyruns) who I had only met through social media. It was great to meet her in person and get to know her! We chatted the entire time and found that we had a lot in common. I love that social media and running can bring people together!
We ran a nice, comfy pace and I felt strong!
On the way back, we encountered a snake!!!!!!
We pushed at the finish and I felt great! I came in at 2:58, with 1,608 feet of elevation gain. I ran it about 21 minutes faster than my last trail half at Paramount Ranch Trails in December.
My coach and RD was at the finish, waiting to hand me my medal. I could tell she was very proud of me!
I got some snacks, cheered people on and waited for my friends, Joyce and Kara to finish!
We debriefed our races and then hung out more to cheer on the runners!
It was amazing to see so many friends, fellow Orange Mud ambassadors, fellow INKnBURN ambassadors and meet new friends! The running community is very special!
Keira puts on the best races. They’re well organized, well marked and have lots of awesome swag. I got a nice Patagonia tank and beautiful mug!
The bling was sweet, too!
Overall, it was a great race. I felt good and continue to build strength, endurance and confidence for my 50k in April!
Your path, your pace, Tam