Students Run LA (SRLA) runners from different schools had many reactions to the LA Marathon, running 26.2 miles and their day finally came to run "From the Stadium to the Sea"!
Before the LA Marathon
Eighth grade SRLA runner at Animo Jefferson Middle School, Kevin Gomez, felt very nervous because it was going to be his first time running the LA Marathon and he could imagine the amount of miles he was going to run. "While the marathon comes closer I feel excitement because I am going to show what I'm capable of by running 26.2 miles in the heat," Kevin said. He had been preparing for the marathon by running the most miles he can. During the marathon, he thinks he will see a lot of drinks being passed out.
Seventh grade SRLA runner at Animo Jefferson Middle School, Alondra Banda, expected to see the cheerleaders and teachers cheering but mostly her dad at the finish line. "I feel really scared and nervous running 26.2 miles because I have never done it before and I'm not sure if I'm going to make it," said Alondra. She had been keeping herself hydrated and doing short runs to help her out when she runs the marathon.
Eighth grade SRLA runner at Dr. Julian Nava Middle School, Stephanie Yescas, had been sleeping a lot, eating a lot of carbs, and drinking lots of water for the 26.2 miles. "I feel nervous, yet excited because I can picture myself at the starting line but having problems with my injury I have so I'm also kind of worried," said Stephanie. She hoped to see a lot of people and that she will be able to finish.
Eighth grade SRLA runner at Grace Yokley Middle School, Adrian Sanchez said, "I expect to see someone pass out or falling because that usually happens in races before, so imagine the marathon?" He was training very hard in every practice and event. "I'm nervous about the marathon because I don't know if I'm going to finish or even pass out while running," said Adrian.
Eighth grade SRLA runner at Adams Middle School, Brenda Silva, was full of excitement because her goal was to run in a faster time as the past marathon she did last year. "I practice three days a week and ran the past races to make sure I was in shape for the 26.2 miles," said Brenda. She wanted to see a lot of people and the good views while she is running.
Eighth grade SRLA runner at Carver Middle School, Francisco Vargas, hoped wants to see a lot of people supporting him at the marathon, including his family. "I feel nervous and scared of running the final race for SRLA this year because I hear many people talking about it and it makes me think about it the whole time, but I attend all practices and even workout on my own so I won't have a hard time," Francisco said.
Eighth grade SRLA runner at Carver Middle School, Karen Hernandez, was sure to see thousands of people cheering and giving out snacks for all the runners. Karen said, "I have so many mix emotions because it's going to be my first marathon and also I'm worried about running 26.2 miles in hot weather."
All these runners were very emotional about the marathon and are just waiting for that day to come.
After the LA Marathon
Many students completed the 26.2 miles that go from Dodger's Stadium to Santa Monica Beach.
Kevin Gomez said, "After running 26.2 miles I feel that I have a lot of potential and I feel like the Incredible Hulk and The Flash." Kevin enjoyed the many people that motivated him while running when he was feeling down. "Even though I didn't like the hills I would like to do the LA Marathon again because for me it was fun and I get to run the whole city," Kevin said.
Alondra Banda felt proud running from Dodger's Stadium to Santa Monica Beach because it was a big accomplishment she made. "When I was half way done I still felt it was going to take forever to reach the finish; even though it was hard, I really enjoyed it," said Alondra.
Stephanie Yescas loved the SRLA Marathon Finisher sweater that she received at the end because it reminds her of her wonderful experience she had. She felt shocked and very happy that she completed the 26.2 miles after not attending some practices due to problems she had. "I would definitely love to run another marathon because I have a goal for next year as my time being 4:35 or something closer to that," Stephanie said.
Adrian Sanchez enjoyed running the marathon and wants to do them in the future in order to beat his past times. "I feel proud of myself that I completed one of the toughest things/events in the world," said Adrian. He liked when the people sprayed him with water because that refreshed him and also when he received his medal that showed the accomplishment he made.
Brenda Silva completed her second marathon which made her feel motivated to run more because she has had good experiences with both of them. "I loved that on every mile there was people supporting us to continue running even though they didn't know us," said Brenda.
Francisco Vargas wants to keep running because he had a good time running 26.2 miles with his best friend. "I felt so so so so so so sore after the marathon that I couldn't even walk good to the high school, I wanted someone to carry me over there but no one wanted to," said Francisco.
Karen Hernandez enjoyed the views while running, like Hollywood and she liked when there were police officers or firefighters that would bring the hose to wet the runners and refresh them. "I feel happy, relived, tired, sore, proud, and well many emotions because I had finished 26.2 miles for my very first time and of course I will do anything to run the marathon again for next year to improve my time and also just to have fun," said Karen.
All these runners want to keep running and do the LA Marathon. SRLA teams from many schools took their time to practice for the races and started from little to big, from running 3 miles to 26.2 miles!