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Minion 5k Run

When I first heard that Universal Studios Hollywood was going to have a 5k, I was excited! This was going to be their first 5k. The theme for their first 5k was Minions.

 

We  got to run through Universal Studios including the Simpsons area, Harry Potter world, and best of all, the backlot where they film movies and do the studio tour. Parts of this course were a little bit tough because we had to run uphill. I used to run in Montebello which has a lot of hills, but now where I run, it’s very flat. It was fun getting to run by where they filmed movies like Jaws, as well as movies like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

 

My only complaint is that we had to be there very early! In order to get free parking you had to be there by 530am, otherwise you would pay $20. I got there around 430am since I had to pick up my race shirt and bib.

 

I had fun running the 5k at Universal Studios. The next run at Universal Studios Hollywood will be on November 16, 2019. The theme will be Jurassic World. I have not signed up yet, but I will sign up soon!

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Running in 2017

At the beginning of 2017, I set a goal to run at least 300 miles. I ended up running 438 miles. I ran the most miles in August 2017. I ran 13 5k races, 6 10k races, 6 half marathons, and a marathon. 

I even travelled to San Francisco for a half marathon and Las Vegas for both a 5k and half marathon. It was fun getting to go on short weekend racecations. 

I think my biggest accomplishment in running In 2017 was running the marathon. It was my first time ever running 26.2 miles. I trained four months for it. It took me 5 hours and 15 minutes to finish. My Next marathon will be the Los Angeles marathon. My goal will be to finish In under 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Having done so many different races, I feel like my favorite is the half marathon, 13.1 miles. It’s challenging but not as hard as the marathon. I also like the 5k races, but I’m not a big fan of the 10k races tbh.

In 2018, I hope to travel more places and run more miles. I also want to set more PRs. My running goal is to run at least 500 miles in 2018. 

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Whittier Spooktacular 5k

I ran my third 5k a few weeks ago, on October 29 in Whittier. This was by far the toughest 5k I ran out of all three. Unlike the other two 5k races I ran, this one was 1.5 miles of uphill running. That was something I had not trained for. I made the mistake of not looking at videos from previous years. If i had, then I would not have been caught offguard about the hills. I struggled a lot with this race. My official time was 30.06 mins. I was disappointed at first. However, I looked at how I did overall compared to other runners and I didn’t do as badly as I thought. My family was unable to go to this race because my younger sister had a soccer game at the same time as my race.

Although I didnt have my family there cheering me on, I still had a great experience. There was so many people there, both racing and watching. In fact, there was about 1000+ people in the race! More on the sidelines. I wore a Supergirl shirt since it was Halloween weekend. Heard a lot of spectators shouting “You can do it Supergirl!” It was cool lol Can;t wait to go back next year.

My next 5k will also be uphill. I have been training for that. The one is so close to my home. I hope my family can be there this time and I hope that I can do better. Aiming for 27 minutes!

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Mariachi 5K

My second 5k (October 15, 2016) took place in my own city and my whole family was able to go out there and cheer me on. It was nice having them there. They took pictures of me and just waited by the finish line for me. One of my coworkers also ran the 5k. For some reason though, it seemed a little bit tougher than my first 5k. It was much colder and had more hills than the first 5k. My time for this 5k was 29.11 minutes. I was kind of disappointed I didn’t do as well as I wanted. I have one more 5k coming up on Saturday (October 29). I hope to finish that 5k in at least 27 minutes or less.

Here are some pictures my mom and sister took during the Mariachi 5k.
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My First 5K Part 2

For many years, I wanted to run but never felt motivated. A few months ago, I decided to sign up for the Alhambra Pumpkin Race 5k. 

I started training in late July. But because of the hot weather and my laziness, I didn’t take my training seriously until late August, early September. Because I waited so long, I didn’t think I was ready for the race. I thought I would come in last place or take way too long to finish, like 45+ minutes.

When race day came, I was so nervous! My sister told me the day before that my family was going to see me. I was in shock! Couldn’t believe they would actually wake up early to support me and cheer me on. I thought they might change their minds because they love sleeping in. That day, they all woke up at 540 am just for me. It was a great feeling crossing the finishing line and seeing them there, cheering me on.

I ended up in 61st place, with a time of 27.17 minutes. My fastest 3 miles ever! There were 390 people in total, so by coming in 61st place, I was in the top 15%. Not bad for my first 5k race. I have another 5k race on Saturday October 15. This one is closer to my home so I can wake up later. I feel like I am more prepared and I am hoping to do a little better this time around. Maybe get 26 minutes.