Up until this weekend, I hadn't raced in about six weeks. But, there were two great races this weekend, the Race on the Base triathlon (see post below), and the Firecracker 10k today.
The Firecracker 10k was held in Chinatown. It's the hilliest race I've ever run. The first 3/4 of a mile is a gradual incline. Then until mile 3 it's a climb, and some of it is quite steep. The scenery in Elysian Park was beautiful, followed by the course winding along Dodger Stadium, and ending downtown.
I finished in 54:52, a time that I'm quite proud of given the hills on the course. The last standalone 10k (as in not part of a triathlon) that I ran was eight years ago back in Detroit, and my time was twelve minutes slower on a flat course. It's good to know that even though I am getting older I'm still faster :)