Rock N Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

I did it! When I signed up for the Las Vegas Half Marathon I thought, “This could either be the best idea or the worst idea I’ve ever made.” Well, I don’t think it ended up being either (dramatic much), but it did end up being a really good idea!

I was able to sleep in a bit considering it was a race day. The starting time was 7am and we were staying right next door! I needed all the sleep I can get this crazy weekend.

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I woke up early and did my pre-race ritual – braids, sunblock, #2, toast bread with almond butter, chug water, put on timing chip… not necessarily in that order.

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The race started in front of Mandalay Bay. It is the south most casino on the strip and went north from there.

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I was staying at the Luxor. My friends and I love this place and not just because they followed me back on twitter (even though I thought that was very cool).

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I hate to admit this, but there is a part of my heart that gets super happy when I see the Half Marathon / Full Marathon split and I get to go towards the Half side. Please tell me someone else feels like this.

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Heather didn’t come down because she enjoyed a few too many adult beverages last night. So, this is the only post-race picture I got. Well, I guess I can catch the professional ones?IMG_4744

Maybe Heather should have taken her fortune (from the fortune cookies we got the from expo) a little more seriously?IMG_4754

Kidding.

I thought I would share a few tips I learned from the Las Vegas Half Marathon:

1. Don’t go dancing in heels the night before a race – especially new ones that haven’t been broken in.

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2. All clear liquids are NOT equal. Vodka does not water make.

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3. Fish burritos are a bad idea the night before. IMG_4727

5. If your friend takes pics like this the next morning – she is still drunk. And if you think it’s a good picture, so are you.IMG_4743

When I got back to the room I chomped on an apple.

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ALL WEEKEND I was talking about Belgium Waffles. Seriously. Is that sad? Don’t answer that.

Anyways, Heather and I decided to order two delicious dishes for breakfast and share.

We got the amazingly light and fluffy Belgium Waffle.

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And a veggie omelet with hash browns and toast. I love that Heather and I have similar taste in food and can get everything we like and share.

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I got coffee because we had a very long drive ahead of us and I am a bit tired Winking smile

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I am always sad to leave this city. I love it!

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My road trip buddy, Heather.

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I am wearing my medal for the drive Smile

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I love road trips! The road  from Las Vegas to the state line is all open desert. It’s pretty cool.IMG_4779

Actually, I take that back. Normally, it’s pretty nice but today it took 2.5 hours to move 40 miles. I kid you not. It’s a miracle I didn’t pee my pants. Miracle.IMG_4781

Snacks for the road!IMG_4783

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After we got past the traffic it started raining. A drive that normally takes under 4 hours took over 7 today. What.the.heck.

I wanted to wait until I got to my mom’s for dinner, but by 7pm we still had least an hour more to drive so I got Panda Express.IMG_4787

Panda Express has Eggplant Tofu that I love. Note: they specify that they don’t have any vegetarian ingredients so this must be made with chicken stock or something.

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Now I’m finally at my mom’s waiting for Ben. He went on a road trip with my Dad and brother and need to meet here to get home Smile

Las Vegas Half Marathon Final time: 1:51:16

I set a new PR!!! (Technically my Freedom Run Half was faster, but it was a short course and don’t think it should count.)IMG_4744

Overall, I LOVED this race. I love Las Vegas and running down Las Vegas Blvd. past all the hotels was very cool! Everyone was in a good, fun mood and even though I was running alone I had a great time.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Skoblicki says

    Congratulations on a new PR!!! You rocked it…even if you went out the night before. I agree with you about when the route splits…it’s a sigh of relief!!!!
    I’m glad you enjoyed this one.

  2. says

    Congrats girl!!! I was in Vegas last August and loved being there. I always thought how cool it would be to run a race in Sin City. Glad you made it back safely. :)

  3. says

    Congrats on your PR!! A friend of mine was out there running the full and said it was a great race. I ran my 1st half marathon yesterday and loved the experience!

  4. Amber K says

    I can’t imagine running in the Vegas heat! Congratulations! I stayed at the Luxor when I went this year. I LOVED my room. My best friend and I stayed in the one with the hot tub in it. Fun, fun, fun!

    Why does Panda Express even have tofu if they are going to make it with a non-vegetarian stock? lol

  5. Bridee says

    Congrats on your PR. I also ran the half in Vegas and LOVED it! It was my 1st. My goal was 2 hours and I finished 2:01:08…. so much weaving during the water stations :) The traffic was CRAZY from Vegas to Primm…..YUCK! I don’t know how I came across your blog but I love it!! Thanks for the entertainment!

  6. says

    Thanks for the recap. I was going to run the Vegas Half–then I got myself injured. One of my concerns originally about Vegas was the fact that I’d want to go out dancing, drinking, and gambling before the race! Not a good idea…

  7. says

    I hate when the drive home from Vegas is like that. I love road trips too though and flying to Vegas is crazy expensive.

    Congrats on the new PR! That is awesome!!!

  8. says

    Heh – your first paragraph sums it up so well. Which is appropriate since it’s Vegas. ;p

    Congrats on the PR; always fun to land a surprise one. ;)

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