Got up at 4:00am to head to the race. Feel much better even without a lot of sleep. It's a weird thing about doing these races, I used to really hate getting up early. Probably residue from being in the army and then later working in the film industry. But in the last two years or so, I have embraced waking at sunup. It's nice to be outside as the sun rises to embrace the coming day. The only thing is, I'm naturally a night person. I'm working on it.
Got dressed and had my morning smoothie, (mango, date, banana and some vegan protein powder), checked the weather then headed out.
I arrived so early that the volunteers were still setting up, so I milled around close to the porta johns. The flu bug I got literally had me peeing three times an hour.
Another, very strange symptom of this bug is I seem to have no patience. Like taking off my jacket and getting caught in the sleeve, I'm suddenly furious. What the heck? The last few days has been an exercise in controlling my temper and being plagued with self doubt.
What the heck am I doing? Ironman when I'm 45 years old? Prone to injury and a lifetime of being a quitter. This time I'm going to finish it. I guess I'm just kind of tired of being mediocre.
So as I stand in the chill air of pre-dawn Chinatown, I'm reminding myself why I'm there, (to support my friend Kevin Tran's daughter Mimi in her first 5k) and to enjoy the experience.
Lock of Love. A charity that provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children cancer patients. She's eleven and I can already see the same glint of competition in her eye as her father. While waiting for the start she keeps insisting she's going to walk the 5k (in between attempts to step on my foot for some reason.)
Finally, the national anthem is played and some lion dancers perform for a bit. This year is the 35th anniversary of the L.A. Firecracker Run. A thousand firecrackers are set off then it's time to go and we're off.
I'm not supposed to be doing anything this weekend so I walk it. Slowly. After spending an hour telling me how she was going to walk the course, Mimi and Kevin take off running. I do the course so slow that I get passed my all kinds of people. The way, I feel, I barely care.
Here is the finish line. Final time 58:45
It is a very nice little medal and Mimi had fun.