Vibha The Dream Mile Los Angeles 10K Race Recap

happy finisher

happy finisher

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you are probably aware that I am going to be running my first half-marathon on November 10th (so close, yikes!!!) in Malibu. You can read more about it in an earlier post here. Since it is my first time going the extra-distance, I looked into a few training plans for guidelines. I find it hard to fully follow a plan, so I usually just focus on getting the number of runs and the distance in, and not necessarily the order, days of the week, etc. Some half-marathon training plans suggest running a 5K and/or a 10K during training. I thought this was a good idea since in order to go the extra distance during my long runs and to cope with the heat, I did lower my pace per mile and I wasn’t sure how fast I could run given a racing environment. Obviously, you can choose to run your own 5K or 10K, but I find that it is not the same. I usually get extra motivation to push myself during a race and I do enjoy the water stations, finish line snacks, and knowing that I am being timed more accurately than my phone app does.

After looking into a few options when I moved to Lose Angeles, I didn’t find anything appealing and almost gave up on fitting a race before my half. I did find a 10 mile race that seemed nice, but it was more expensive than the half-marathon!!! They mentioned the scenery, but c’mon, you’re not paying the views, and if you are than the Malibu half-marathon would have been more expensive. Several weeks later, I received an active.com email about the Vibha Dream Mile race and it sounded perfect for what I wanted. It was a low cost race, it took place in my neighborhood (part of the course is part of my weekly runs), it had options for both a 5K and 10K, and it was starting around 9:30 am so I wouldn’t even have to wake up early for it. It also sounded like a small race so I figured packet pick-up and registration would be painless, which it was.

On race day, I arrived at the race about an hour earlier, but really there was no need as registration was super fast. They provided some water and pre-race snacks, which the kids seemed to enjoy. Everything was well organized and we got to start the race right on time! Here is a picture shortly after the start. (Except for the picture above, all the pictures were taken by the Tanori Photo. The photographer did a great job taking flattering pictures, which rarely happens in a race! :-))

10K runners shortly after starting

10K runners shortly after starting (www.tanoriphoto.com)

In retrospect, I started a little faster than I should have, but since I was not familiar with the course, I wanted to be able to follow other racers, and the men were quite fast! Thankfully, there were a lot of volunteers at potentially confusing points and I was able to settle down in a more comfortable pace within the first mile. As you can see, there were even kids running! The 5K had even more kids walking/running. I really liked that this race was focused on being a family event and getting everyone to be active, even if it meant walking it.

To my pleasant surprise, I managed to run sub 9 minute miles for the first half according to map my run. I did slow down during the second part since it got hotter and I needed more water, had to tie my shoes again, etc, but overall I was feeling pretty good about it. Here are some pics from the course:

gotta keep running

gotta keep running (www.tanoriphoto.com)

Amazingly, I can smile while running! No ‘OMG I am going to die’ faces, or maybe the photographer was kind enough not to share those πŸ™‚

one of my favorite race pictures!

one of my favorite race pictures! (www.tanoriphoto.com)

This picture was taken very close to the finish line. Surprisingly, I gathered enough energy to both smile and finish the race strong setting a new PR! Shortly after I finished, I saw people gathering by the start/finish line tent and realized they were posting the race results. What a happy surprise to see that I was the 3rd female finisher! Okay, this was a small race, but it is still nice to place well and my average pace was way better than I thought possible (almost a whole minute faster than my previous 10K in March!) πŸ™‚ It also happened that I was the first in my age group, so I ended up with two medals!

Overall, a great race! They even had some Indian food delivered after the awards ceremony, but I skipped it in favor of a more traditional brunch at a local cafe.Β While I love big races with their nice dry-fit shirts, small local races can be very charming and provide extra-motivation to run faster since you know you can’t get lost in the crowd πŸ˜‰

Have a great weekend everyone! Stay active and eat well πŸ™‚

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7 Responses to Vibha The Dream Mile Los Angeles 10K Race Recap

  1. SMcMullin says:

    Good luck with your first half! I’m running mine in December.
    http://www.simplyfitandclean.com

  2. Sounds like a great community race right there in your neighborhood! Thanks for sharing these photos — look at you go! Smiling and CRUSHING your PR! I’m so proud and impressed. That is an excellent pace! You are going to kill it at the half πŸ™‚ Good luck!!

    • Thank you! I do hope the half-marathon will go more or less as planned. I am both excited and nervous! Yes, it was a great community race and I need to find more of them as they’re so much easier to run than big races!

  3. First if you can run a 10k, or 6.2 miles for my American readers (darn metric system), you can train for a half marathon. You’ll need to give yourself about 12-16 weeks to get ready to run 13.1 miles but you can do it!

    • Thanks for the encouragement πŸ™‚ I did give myself a few months of training and was able to successfully complete my first half marathon this past weekend! It felt great to cross the finish line!

  4. Pingback: My first half-marathon: Malibu, 13+ miles of beautiful views | the windy kitchen

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