Hello brunchers! Another race and another recap… I am really going for it this year!
You may remember I shared my 2016 Race Schedule here – oops its already out of date. I added the Great Race of Agora Hills 10K at the last second. The OG Ewok Crew (also commonly called my friends) were all running and invited me to join the fun. I ran this race in 2014 and really enjoyed it then and was excited to get to run it again!
I headed up to Agora Hills on Friday later afternoon after work… thankfully I got out a bit early and just ahead of the 5pm traffic. Agora Hills is about an hour away from where I live and work in LA. This is a lovely little area that I always adore visiting. Juli had gotten there first and we arranged that she could get all our bibs for us. Thanks Juli!!
We got a hotel (where we all bunked in) that was luckily right next door to a Trader Joe’s. We knew our room had a kitchen so we decided to cook dinner instead of going out which ended up being very entertaining for our crew. We made rice and pineapple chicken completely forgetting this race is sponsored by Dole – but we decided to think we totally planned this as a theme… right? Right! 2 bottles of wine and lots of water and Nuun later we were all rolling, Buffing, taping and stretching. Seriously I think between 4 of us we have every sports medicine tool known to man. We were knocked out by 10pm. Our runner sleepovers are THE BEST!
Saturday morning was not too early since we are accustomed to runDisney’s super early schedule. The great thing about this race is that it is affordable as very well organized. Our bus was outside the lobby ready to take us to the start. We all got a coffee and got on. Juli took an Uber since she was running the Pacific Coast Half but the rest of us got on our 10K bus.
We arrived with plenty of time to go to gear check, use the restroom and make our way to the start. We cheered on the Chesebro Half racers (yes thats two different halfs in one race event) and looked for me a trail runner dude… Single and shopping ladies and gentleman. After they all ran down the hill we made our way up to the top to find our runDisney friend Rudy announcing the start! This course is a great but hilly course through the horse community of Old Agora. I love anywhere I can run and look at horses (and talk to them like a crazy person). The very end is on a semi trail where I can be a badd ass #trailrunner (ok confession I think trail runners are super cool and I want to be one.)
From running this course before I knew after the trail it was a straight shot into the finish so I ran the end pretty hard. I had my sparkly new Garmin Vivo Active set on lap mood so I knew my miles were looking good – I had slowed a bit during the hilly section but thought I could have a good time in the bag. Turns out I did!
My chip time was 1:18:08 which is my fastest 10K time since 2013! I took 5 minutes off my course time from when I ran it in 2014 and got a new time to submit for corral placement! I was very pleased with my run! After the race the Great Race is known for their finisher party. I ate my free pancakes and Starbucks while I waited for Juli to cross the finish line.
After she finished we went back to the hotel for some pool time and lunch. It is becoming a tradition but we had some margaritas and medals to end the day!
This is seriously turning out to be one of my favorite races and will definitely be running it again!
I have also added a new page in my menu where my most up to date race schedule for the year will be!