So this tour through the streets of LA for the LA Marathon course preview might as well be called the Billy and Danica show it seems. If you missed last weekend’s tour of miles 20-26.2, check it out! Billy’s report is also a little bit more technical, and you can find it here as well. It’s pretty hilarious to see us running around town and though many of you may not believe this, I NEVER go to LA, like, never, ever. The traffic to get up there is usually horrendous so I don’t even deal with it. After this run though I’m starting to want to venture out to try out some new fun places up there! Since I never travel up there, seeing the sites for me is like almost being a tourist up there! It get so excited to see everything and I’m sure Billy is almost tired of me saying, “Oh, that’s where it is!” It’s funny because I always hear about stuff on the news or hear about concerts going on, but I have no idea where in LA things are. Welp, here we are at mile 14 ready to start our journey to mile 20 again!
The day started out great, it was warm, the sun was out and it looks like Billy was ready to race? After loading up all our stuff we were ready to take off. Many asked how we got our mile number signs last time, well Billy wears a backpack while running and he carries all our crap, which includes mile marker signs, water bottle, camera and my child, the iPhone. THANK YOU SHERPA!!!!
Claude seemed to be a little nervous and it took him a really long time to figure out what was going on! Poor little guy couldn’t find satellite for the life of him! Finally he found it and we took off down Sunset Blvd!
Starting out at Mile 14 on the Sunset Strip. There is a lot going on down this street, including many intimate venues for concerts and bars and well known ‘places’ where celebs hang out. Tons of stores, eclectic places to hang out, and people watching to be had. All I wanted to see was a celebrity and I didn’t see one the entire day! Unlike last week when I saw Tim Robbins on a bike while I was riding around wearing a tutu.
This is in front of the Whiskey a Go-Go. It’s a pretty cool bar and they have a lot of cool shows there. I’ve never been inside but I’ve heard about it a lot and a lot of people play there, seemed cool.
The Troubadour also has a lot of smaller shows and seems like it’s a fun venue. From the like three concerts I’ve ever been to in my life, I really enjoyed the smaller shows. Perhaps one of these days I’ll make up there for a concert.
At mile 14.5 there is a pretty steady downhill as you can tell. It is nice because most of the streets are very wide and seem to be able to take on a large crowd of people, perfect for the marathon route.
I love the signs in Beverly Hills. Everything seems so nice and uppity. I definitely don’t belong there! There were again, like last week’s route, tons of really nice houses, and lots of cool sidewalks to run on and a grassy median in the center of the street. We veered to the sidewalks though because I don’t like the grass, Billy complained.
Mile 15 was at Santa Monica Blvd and all I could think of was that one song that goes, “When the sun comes up over Santa Monica Blvd…” The sun was just coming up over the buildings and it was a nice area to be running in. We stayed mostly on the sidewalks at this part too.
Then we entered the area that was mostly residential again. Not the most exciting area, but it was alright and I knew that Rodeo Drive was coming up and I was excited to run down that!
We passed in front of a huge, very nice fire station, this art sculpture looking thing, the Beverly Hills Courthouse and then we were at mile 16. As you can tell the clouds were moving in but it was still fairly warm out. We were getting close to Rodeo Drive!
Billy caught me looking up and down the street at all the expensive stores that line Rodeo Drive. It’s crazy how many stores are down there and how nice everything looks. So different and I couldn’t believe I was running down Rodeo Drive looking like a little bum. I do think the oversized sunglasses helped though!
Me trying to look everywhere to see everything and take in as much as I could while running. There was Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Chanel, Harry Winston, Cartier, everything you see in all those fashion magazines. It reminded me how poor I am.
Those huge Chanel Bags. AHHHHHH. The window displays we ran by were even crazy! It was so fun to see everything though, and Billy and I ran slow so we could look at everything around us.
Yup, who would have ever guessed I would be running down Rodeo drive, and not because I