Done, state #29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This was my last race in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. Last year I bought a TourPass which gave me “free” registration to their races this year. I ran almost each one and the TourPass was the best deal ever! I know it is being offered again for next year but now you have to pay a $7 processing fee for each race.
I got into Las Vegas after 4pm and my friend, DB, picked me up at the airport. DB is a Swirlgear Ambassador and I met her this summer at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. From the airport she dropped me off at the convention center to pick up my bib. Her daughter was with her and since they had already been to the convention center, DB told me that she would wait for me.
Once I got to the front of the line, I was told that my packet was on the 2nd floor. I did not but went upstairs. Imagine my surprise when I found out I had VIP status. Apparently I’ve ran 15 or more RnR races. I got a backpack with more goodies inside, a wristband that gave me access to the VIP lounge before and after the race, and champagne to enjoy. Amazing!
Fast forward to race day. The VIP lounge was amazing! Food and more food was everywhere. Plus, there was water, coffee, and a bunch of other stuff. I did have to go to the bathroom and did not have to wait long. Score! Before I knew it, it was time to head over to the start line.
It took me 10 minutes to cross the start line. There was so much energy and excitement around me. Everyone was pumped up for the race. I took it easy because I had stomach issues. The first mile was not exciting because we ran away from the strip. But once we got to the strip everything changed. It was already dark but the lights along the strip were just breathtaking. There were so many supporters along the route. It felt amazing knowing that the strip was closed to traffic but open to us runners.
Miles 7-9 took us away from the strip. I did not like that at all because it was dark, boring, and no spectators at all. I paid close attention to where I was running to make sure I did not trip. It did go by fast because then we were back on the strip towards the finish line.
The last 3 miles were difficult for me. I would run and walk. I was not sure what was going on because I was fine up until mile 10. Somehow I got some energy and made it to the finish line for a finish time of 2:27:16. There were so many people cheering there and I felt so happy but sad at the same time. Despite how I had been feeling the last three miles, I was sad because it was my last RnR for the year. This year had been amazing with so many wonderful races.
Once I was done my next stop was the VIP lounge at Serendipity 3. I knew it was by Caesar’s Palace but getting out of the secure zone was a hassle. Finally I found the place and the food was ever better than what was offered before the race. I wasn’t too hungry but ate some pizza and drank a beer. I chatted with a few folks and left about an hour later because I was cold and tired. The walk back to the hotel was NOT fun at all. It was about 2 miles to the Luxor and there were so many people out there. I received compliments on my socks and someone asked me if I had won the race. When I told him that I didn’t, he told me that maybe next time.
This is the best RnR race I’ve ever ran and would definitely run it again!! This race should be on everyone’s list. A few things I would do different:
- Arrive early to take advantage of the expo
- Check into hotel early to avoid risk of hotel not having non-smoking rooms available
- Do better job to hydrate and eat properly prior to race
- Stay at a hotel halfway between start and finish line
- Go see a Cirque du Soleil show
Again, every runner MUST do this race. I promise you will have a wonderful time!!
This race was my 49th half marathon. Now I am on a mission to run a race possibly next month in Chicago for my 50th half marathon. If I don’t, then my next half marathon will be in January for the Goofy Challenge.