The LA Marathon on 03/17/2013 makes my 4th marathon. I expected to finish in 3:45:00 however I was not expecting all the hills in LA which slowed me down just a little. Almost 25,000 runners showed up for the event which is pretty awesome. My training for the marathon consisted of 3-4 runs a week with weight training on my off days. My eating was really good and I made sure to avoid anything that wasnt healthy. I can really tell a difference in my runs when I eat good and when I don’t. I flew across the country all the way from Florida to California. However, I met people who were from Australia, Europe and Africa in LA just to run the marathon.


The Course

The LA Marathon course was pretty eventful. We ran through all the major attractions such as the Dodger Stadium, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown LA and Santa Monica beach. If you haven’t ran the course before I highly recommend it but be sure to train for hills 🙂 One thing that I also liked is that there was a huge support system from locals, family members and friends. About 90% of the race was filled with spectators cheering the runners on and handing out food and water. I think that all the cheering keeps the runners motivated! The weather was cool and overcast which made for an even better race.


Unfortunately, I didn’t see any celebrities running the race but I heard some were in disguise. I did do a little site seeing at Huntington Beach, Santa Monica beach, Long Beach, Hollywood, Downtown LA, Rodeo Dr, and Marina Del Ray. My friends Jim, Sam and I took a tour with the TMZ show which was really fun. We spotted all the celebrity hang out spots, restaurants and gyms. Amanda from the TMZ show was our tour guide…I gotta tell you she is something else and very funny.


What’s Next for LJay? 

I am training for marathon #5 in Nashville on April 27,2013 and a 50K (31 miles) in May. People ask me all the time “Why do you keep running marathons?” To me, that is a very tough question to answer but deep down inside I do it because it makes me happy and I love running. Everyone has their thing that they enjoy like golfing, fishing, skiing, hiking etc…and mine is running!

What’s Next for you?? Comment and let us know…I look forward to it. 

LA Marathon

  1. jsresults says:

    LJay back in business man! Thats what I like to see. Awesome job on the marathon and I really like that you’ve already step up your next obstacle to train for! Keep crushing it man your kicking butt!

  2. Good luck in marathon 5! 🙂

  3. KrellPW says:

    Great job. Have a great time with the next one.

  4. xjaehee says:

    Wow! That looks amazing! Definitely a big inspiration! I don’t know if I’ll ever be good enough (or brave enough, for that matter) to run a marathon, half marathon, or 50K yet, but I’ll keep trying! Who knows? Maybe one day I can be as good as you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and being an inspiration 🙂

  5. oldswimmer says:

    Congratulations, and thank you for sharing the spectator part of the marathon with us.
    What a great way to tour the country!

  6. Tim says:

    You just keep getting better all the time. Isn’t that what life’s all about? Keep up the good work.

  7. Jim Brennan says:

    You have the perfect reason to keep running,

  8. That sounded like a really great course and sounds like you’re having a fun time! I could never think to run two marathons so close together 🙂 I did one in Oct 2012 and the next for me is the Gold Coast Marathon in July.

  9. Chris says:

    Congratulations on finishing your 4th marathon! Good luck in the the 5th and 50k!

  10. Congrats on your race! Fair warning for Nashville, I ran that one a few years ago and it is hilly!!

  11. Congrats. sounds like a fun race. My next race is a 4 mile run. We basically go out and run as fast as we possibly can, usually faster than I would for a 5K for some reason. It’s the April Fool’s 4 Miler in Salisbury, MA. Then we drink for three hours!

  12. Hi L-Jay,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have just read some of your posts – very motivating! I have had a tough time of it lately trying to fit running in (with waking during the night to nurse my baby, and not being able to get out in the evenings due to an unsettled baby and busy toddler) and am not sure if it just a slack option to pause the running for a little while. What do you think? Are there, at times, legit reasons for not running/exercising? Or is there always someway to make it happen?
    Keep up the great work!

    • L-Jay Health says:

      Usually there is sometime out if the day to do at least 30-45 minutes of working out or running. However I know many people who run while pushing the kids in a safe stroller designed for running parents. Have you seen these?

  13. Bob Lee says:

    Super Congratulations! On this marathon and the other 3 you’ve finished.

  14. I live in LA and I have ALWAYS wanted to take a TMZ Tour just because I think it’d be HYSTERICAL!!! And you know what, I think you just motivated me to SIGN UP for one!

    Also, thanks for posting the Marathon course – I have always wanted to know where the run actually took place in LA and WHY the traffic is sooooo horrendous, lol!

  15. Thanks for the recap on the LA Marathon. I’ve had my eye on it but haven’t signed up. And, thanks for the follow.

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