Hills, hills, hills. Who knew there were so many uphill inclines in L.A., I certainly wasn't prepared for them all, they nearly killed me.
The inaugural L.A. Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon was a monster, but luckily I persevered and beat my previous Personal Best by about four minutes and ran the 13.1 miles in 1:39:50.
One mile walk to the start from the drop off zone
It was another early morning start, up at 5am for a 7.30am start, but I'm so pleased with my time as I feel like I haven't done so many big distance training runs lately.
Waiting in our corrals before the race in Griffith Park
The race itself felt a bit uninspiring to me, only when I saw the glistening towers of Downtown L.A. did I feel a glimmer of inspiration. I'm probably being too harsh, but it was a hard race and running through Silverlake and Echo Park didn't really motivate me as much as I'd hoped.
The Start Line seen from Corral 3
My first Half Marathon was at Disneyland and then I also got to run through Angel Stadium in Anaheim which was a real thrill, so I suppose that set the bar high.
Jason in Hollywood running the last mile
For a Rock 'n' Roll race I thought that the bands and DJ's along the way were a bit sporadic at best and the music wasn't that great, I certainly didn't feel that buoyed by it as I ran past.
In comparison I also felt the atmosphere wasn't the same for this race and it was more for serious runners, than for fun seekers.
Finish Line Festival
What I did realise though is that I'm really going to need all the help I can get to elevate me to the 26.2 mile marathon. Luckily I'm training with the T2: Team To End AIDS group to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Official L.A. Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon race shirt and medal
I chose to wear my Team To End AIDS t-shirt, rather than the Rock 'n' Roll race gear, to help raise awareness for the charity and hopefully get a few more donations for my L.A. Marathon fundraising.
Even though it was a beast of a half marathon, the best of all at the end was seeing my two boys towards the end in Downtown L.A., Charlie and Cooper, which really helped push myself to a last minute sprint for the Finish Line.
Jason and Cooper after the Half Marathon
It looks like I was 425th overall fastest runner of over 12,000 participants, 349th fastest male and 60th fastest in my division of 35-39 males. Not bad going for only my second half marathon.
Marathon training resumes next Saturday at 7am in Griffith Park...