Expo: This race was part of the Rock N’ Roll series. They usually have a pretty big expo and the Las Vegas show was no different. It was in the Sands Convention center behind the Venetian (good, central location).
There was tons of booths (read: opportunities to spend money) and free stuff.
Susan and I got 2 free pictures for our memory books. You know, if I had to time to make a memory book and not lose the picture under the seat of my car.
Race Start: I stayed at TI (Treasure Island, but you can’t call it that because it’s super not cool). It’s toward the north end of the strip. It doesn’t seem that far, but it did end up taking us almost an hour to walk to the start.
The strip is closed for the race, so everyone was walking with us.
We saw the marathoners run by as we went…
That’s how I run (see below), just like I’m punching my arms straight out in front of me. This discourages others from running directly in front of me and spraying me with snot rockets. Don’t copy my form, it’s a trademark move.
Course: The half starts at 4:30pm and you start right on the strip. By the time we were a mile in the sun was going down and the lights were going up!
It’s super fun to run down the street!!! The course is super flat, but it was windy Sunday night. Super WINDY! I didn’t mind the wind because I was so distracted by my blisters from my too-high-heels, lack of sleep and hangover. I went to Vegas for a good time and knew I’d pay for it during the race. Totally.Worth.It.
Finish: I finished in 2:11, pretty much my worst half time in years. Oddly enough, 2 hours is the amount of sleep I got the night before and 11 is the number of drinks I had. So, I’d call it even Steven.
Reader Courtney spotted me at the Finish and took this picture. She blogs at 3x a Charm Runner
I met a Team Refuel friend, George too! He has run dozens of RnR races!
Susan enjoyed some wine, but I opted out since my stomach was hurting. Apparently vodka and running 13 miles isn’t a match made in Heaven. Noted.
After the race we trekked back to TI, showered and just went down for food there. We ended up getting Pho. The food was GREAT (dessert not so much).
The dessert menu had a dozen warm chocolate chip cookies. Susan sweet talked them into giving us half a dozen. She had high expectations since she is obsessed with the warm choc chip cookies from Grand Luxe. Unfortunately these were NOT GOOD. Skip this if you go here. They weren’t warm, the chips were milk chocolate and they were mediocre at best.
Overall: Not my best race, but BEST.RACE.WEEKEND.EVER.