I decided to drive down and run the Santa Monica Classic 10k. With a few races popping up, I like to use them as excuses for a vacation. Driving 90 minutes is hardly long enough to classify as a vacation, but Santa Monica and Edwards, CA seem like different worlds. Which…they are.
When I found out about Conquer the Bridge at the Los Angeles Harbor, I knew I wanted to do it. I enjoy hills and running up bridges. I think it plays to my strengths, and I respond well. The race has about 430 feet of elevation gain over 5.3 miles, which ends up being two major climbs of about 170 feet and a couple of small climbs throughout. Then the rest is downhill. Anyway, Los Angeles is only 2 hours from me, so I decided to drive down.
Recently, I had the opportunity to try Netic Health. While I’m not injured, I’ve had tight IT bands. I believe it came from the banked roads in the Napa Valley. The roads in Napa Valley are more banked than anywhere else I’ve run. Left untreated simple tight IT bands; could very well become an injury.
When the owners of Netic Health Mathias and Louis reached out to me, I was excited to try it. Most runners have seen a PT at some point. This could be due to injury or maintenance to stay healthy for a race. Who doesn’t want to be healthy?
1:33.22 is one of my slowest half marathons since I started competitively running. It really wasn’t what I planned to run at America’s Finest City Half Marathon, but that happened.