ROCKIN’ THE LAS VEGAS STRIP AT NIGHT!
Half of the Half
This was the 3rd time in a row that I’ve run the RnR Vegas Half Marathon and I will definitely say that 3rd time is a charm. It was an all around great experience.
We got into town around 4:30 p.m., Friday the 14th, checked into New York New York and decided that we would walk to the expo. The expo was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It was about a 4 mile walk and took longer than we anticipated so we didn’t get to spend too much time at the expo. It was, as usual, a big expo with lots of vendors, excitement, and samples. Brooks always has a great selection of official race gear. I usually buy an item or two, but like I said, I didn’t have time to shop around. I didn’t even pick up my 3-for-5 socks that I always buy from SofSole. There’s always next time!
After the expo, we went to the Hard Rock Café on the Strip to meet up with our Vegas Running Crew. Delicious meal, yummy drinks, but most of all, fun conversation with friends.
Saturday night, we ran the 5K as a warm up to Sunday’s Half Marathon. It was especially fun because somehow in the huge crowd we found our friend Marne (she ran the Full Marathon on Sunday) so we got to run together. It was actually my first 5K race. It was pretty nice running a short, fun, run not to mention another medal for my collection!
Sunday’s race started off with an awesome start-line pre-race party! Macklemore and Ryan Lewis I wasn’t super familiar (you know I love my hard rock) but I had seen them before on an awards show. Anyhow, they really kicked us off right! Usually before a race, I am just trying to stay warm and/or standing in line at the porta-potty but this show was super energetic and got us all pumped up for our races! I want all my races to start of with a concert!
LET’S DO THIS!!
The race started across from Mandalay Bay at 4:30 pm. We ran up Las Vegas Blvd for about 7 miles, it felt awesome to run in the cool evening. There’s so much excitement up and down the strip. Spectators everywhere. Although this is the most populated race I run each year, it is spaced out nicely for the amount of people that are running. The strip is pretty darn wide. After about 7 miles we took a couple streets, and ended up on Fremont Street. One of the parts I really enjoyed was when we started coming back up Las Vegas Blvd N. There in the median, they have some of the vintage casino signs displayed which I think is pretty cool. Not cool enough to stop my good pace to take pictures though! I had a good pace going and I just wanted to keep it until the finish. My husband did me a major solid and ran with me during this race. I always do better when he’s with me because he is an awesome pacer. He really helped me out once I hit mile 12 AKA my poop-out point. I knew I had a 2014 and a Vegas PR in my reach and he knew how badly I wanted it. We crossed the finish at 1:56 and I couldn’t have been happier. I kept almost the same pace the entire race and it felt comfortable. It totally helped that the course is straight, flat, and the weather was perfect!
For me, the best race experiences are when we get to combine good friends, fun atmosphere, and a scenic course. All of this race criteria was certainly met this weekend at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series Las Vegas