Rock and Roll Las Vegas – Race Recap
|December 5, 2011||Posted by Carrie under half marathon, Running|
The good: I made a huge improvement to my average half marathon pace! First half was 11:34, this time 11:03!
My goal was to finish with a 10:59 pace. I’m good with that.
The bad: I either swerved so much avoiding people or just don’t know how to save distances at all, but I ran 13.55 miles.
My chip time was 2:29:53. Technically it’s a 1 second PR. Would have been better if I had been able to cut out .45 of a mile.
The good: we stayed at Excalibur. All the horror stories you read online about the post race stuff didn’t affect us at all. We walked back to our hotel (granted another 20+ min walk after running a 1/2 wasn’t ideal), I got to shower and then we went to eat. I saw lots of people having dinner in race clothes, felt bad for them.
The good: my awesome husband, kids and in-laws braved the cold to cheer me on at the start. I got to see them right before my corral started and that was great.
The good: I wasn’t cold! I dropped my throw away sweatshirt at mile 2. And my throw away gloves at mile 6.
The bad: when I was done, it was REALLY cold, really quick.
The good: while my family was entertained while I ran, they made it back to the course and cheered me on right as I hit mile 13. Awesome!!!!
The good: no knee pain! As I finished the long walk back to the hotel, my ITB went wacky and I was miserable, but then it got better. My ankles had some weird pain during the race, but it was tolerable. They really just feel worked, not injured.
The bad: I made a race day equipment change and am paying the price with two nasty blisters. I don’t use Body Glide since I started wearing Injinji socks, but used it for the race. Don’t know why. Fail.
Yes, the course was crowded. But, it was great. I saw the Run Through Wedding at the Mirage as I started (they were exchanging rings – hilarious).
I saw the Bellagio fountains in full performance on the way back. Why they were playing ‘New York, New York’, I don’t know. I wanted the usual music.
I kept pace for a long time with a guy dressed as Santa who said ‘Ho Ho Ho’ to everyone. Fun!
I loved the group of runners dressed as Elvis who were pushing a stroller with a speaker blasting Elvis music.
I like out and back courses. I like seeing the Elites. It keeps me busy cheering them on. Amazing athletes.
That’s it for a short race recap. I’m blogging from the car while we drive home. I’m feeling really good today. A little sore. A lot tired. But I feel like I’m in much better shape than the first 1/2. I brought my foam roller (full size one – picture me walking through a hotel carrying it).
I’ll write more of a weekend recap later. Including how I became a blogger stalker.
All in all it was a great event. I enjoyed running at night. I’m glad we were able to stay out of the fray of the post-race craziness. I hope everyone who needed medical treatment (there were a lot) is doing ok.