Los Angeles Rock n Roll Marathon

On​ ​Sunday​ ​October​ ​29,​ ​2017​ ​I​ ​ran​ ​my​ ​first​ ​half​ ​marathon​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​Rock​ ​‘n​ ​Roll 
marathon.​ ​​ ​The​ ​day​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​the​ ​event​ ​I​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Convention​ ​Center​ ​in​ ​downtown​ ​L.A.​ ​next​ ​to Staples​ ​Center.​ ​​ ​There​ ​I​ ​picked​ ​up​ ​my​ ​bib​ ​for​ ​the​ ​race​ ​and​ ​attended​ ​the​ ​health​ ​expo.​ ​​ ​After leaving​ ​the​ ​expo​ ​i​ ​walked​ ​around​ ​the​ ​local​ ​area​ ​where​ ​I​ ​saw​ ​a​ ​group​ ​of​ ​people​ ​going​ ​up​ ​an escalator.​ ​​ ​I​ ​asked​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​what​ ​was​ ​going​ ​on​ ​and​ ​she​ ​told​ ​me​ ​it​ ​was​ ​a​ ​surprise​ ​free​ ​Black Eyed​ ​Peas​ ​concert​ ​and​ ​to​ ​go​ ​on​ ​up.​ ​​ ​I​ ​took​ ​the​ ​escalator​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​next​ ​floor​ ​where​ ​I​ ​was​ ​given an​ ​orange​ ​bracelet​ ​that​ ​lights​ ​up.​ ​​ ​After​ ​going​ ​through​ ​a​ ​metal​ ​detector​ ​I​ ​entered​ ​the​ ​club​ ​Novos where​ ​the​ ​band​ ​was​ ​going​ ​to​ ​play.​ ​​ ​The​ ​band​ ​was​ ​there​ ​to​ ​play​ ​for​ ​Comic​ ​Con​ ​which​ ​was​ ​also going​ ​on​ ​last​ ​weekend. 
The​ ​band​ ​put​ ​on​ ​an​ ​impressive​ ​show​ ​and​ ​brought​ ​on​ ​stage​ ​some​ ​other​ ​musicians ​that​ ​have been​ ​in​ ​influence​ ​to​ ​them​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Flavor​ ​Flav,​ ​DMC​ ​and​ ​a​ ​few​ ​others.​ ​​ ​Will​ ​I​ ​Am​ ​is​ ​a​ ​very inspirational​ ​speaker​ ​and​ ​likes​ ​to​ ​boost​ ​the​ ​careers​ ​of​ ​others​ ​as​ ​a​ ​way​ ​of​ ​giving​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the community​ ​which​ ​gave​ ​them​ ​their​ ​start. 
Prior​ ​to​ ​the​ ​race​ ​on​ ​Sunday​ ​morning​ ​the​ ​runners​ ​were​ ​pumped​ ​with​ ​excitement and giving others encouragement.  I was worried as I had not run in a while due to circumstances in life.  I decided to give it a try anyway.  On the sidelines throughout the course locals cheered us on and rock n roll band played music which made it fun.  The last mile was the hardest even though most of it was downhill.  My legs hurt bad and I did not know if I would make it.  I kept going and pushed through the pain.  After crossing the finish line we were awarded bling along with handfuls of snacks.  Now that it is the day after my legs are still sore, but better than race day.l  In a few days I will begin training for my next half marathon.

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