RnR Las Vegas 13.1 Race Recap

Last weekend was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon! Mom, Kristen, and I traveled to Las Vegas for a fun little girls’ weekend and to run the 5k and half marathon.  Read all about our Las Vegas trip here!

We picked up our packets and went to the expo on Thursday afternoon, and enjoyed a couple days exploring the city before the 5k on Saturday night and then the half marathon on Sunday night.

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Sunday morning we laid low, went to a movie to rest our legs, and eventually got ready for the half marathon and made our way to the start festival!  The weather decided to treat us like crap, and it got pretty chilly, and very windy in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon.

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Kid Rock was playing at the start festival.  He was pretty good, and even said at one point that this was the fittest crowd he has ever played for! Hah!

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We checked our bags into actual UPS trucks, that would then drive our stuff to the finish line, further up the Strip.  There were also more porta-potties than I’ve ever seen.

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Mom, Mark, and I walked Kristen up as far as we could, she was to start up in the 4th corral, and we then walked back to the 35th corral to wait.  We heard the countdown, and the fireworks for the start of the race… and then we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And got cold and stiff.  And waited some more.

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Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll website.

About 55 minutes after the race officially started, our corral got to the start line, and then we were off!  It had rained a bit while we were waiting, and started raining more after we started.  Between the rain, the wind, and the chilly temperatures, as well as standing around getting stiff for over an hour, it was a pretty rough start.

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The first few miles were spent trying to shake out our legs and get into a groove.  We were pretty cold, windblown, and getting rained on! It was a pretty miserable first few miles!  Mom, Mark, and I ran past the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, and had to stop real fast for a picture!

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After 2-3 miles, I was feeling pretty good, I was warmed up, there was lots of music, lots of spectators braving the cold and wet weather, and lots of fun signs.  It really was neat to run on the strip while there was nobody but runners on it!  The Las Vegas marathon/half marathon is only 1 of 2 times each year that the strip is closed to traffic – the other is New Years Eve.  Lots of high fives were given out during miles 2-6.

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I tried for some running selfies, but the dark really makes it hard!  I managed to get a couple where you can kind of see what’s going on, just ignore all the blurs!

 

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I found a few pictures after the race that the helicopters and drones took during the race, they look pretty spectacular.  If only it wasn’t so cold and windy!

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Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll website.

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Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll website.

Just after mile 4 or 5, we had to stop and take a pit stop at the porta-potties.  This is the very first time I’ve had to utilize the porta-potties during a race.  Standing around for over an hour before the race made it hard to hold it!

A mile or so after our quick stop, we came across the finish line on the other side of the street.  With some kind of voodoo luck, Mom and I actually SAW Kristen cross the finish line!  What are the odds of that?  We yelled and yelled, but the music was too loud, but WE SAW HER finish!!

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I had to get a quick selfie with one of so many Elvis’ on the course.  This particular Elvis was pretty cute.  We ran behind them for about a half mile.

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Sometime between miles 5-7, we lost Mark.  He ended up about 7-10 minutes behind us I think.  There were so many people, it was hard to keep track of everything.  Mom and I just kept trucking forward, struggling with the cold, very very tired feet from walking around the strip for 4 days, and really defeating weather conditions.  We were very lucky that we didn’t fall or get blown over – I heard of several people who got blown over, or got injured with things blowing into them.  We also saw a lady right in front of us trip or slip on something and face plant.  I hope that everyone who fell or blown over was okay.

Miles 6-10 were pretty monotonous and tiring and cold.  So cold.  During this time we were at the very old part of downtown, and off the main Strip.  We made our way through some neighborhoods, and through a few shady areas that I wouldn’t want to be alone!  Then we went through Fremont Street, gained a bit of energy, and started making our way back to the Strip and the finish line.

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I’d have to say that miles 10-13 were the roughest ever, out of any half marathon I’ve done.  R.O.U.G.H. !!! My feet hurt so bad.  I was so cold to the bones.  My nose was running, my nose was cold, my ears were cold, my shoulders were cold, my feet hurt.  It was a rough few miles.

But somehow, we made it.  Step after step, walking and running and shuffling.  Really everything but crawling.  Mom and I finished hand in hand, and then all we wanted was to sit down and warm up.

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Photo courtesy MarathonFoto.com.

We were handed our medals, then water, then a space blanket, then sample after sample of food, gatorade, milk, cranberries, etc.  So much stuff.  I didn’t have enough arm space for all the stuff.  And that finish chute was SO long.  I heard someone say it was almost a half mile long finish chute.  Walking and walking and walking!  We finally found the UPS trucks and put on jackets and dumped all our extra stuff into our bags.

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We also were given our remix medal for doing the 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.  We slowly made our way back to our hotel on very foot sore feet.

I must say, if the weather was a bit warmer, less windy, and dry, this would have been a super fun half marathon.  It was fun, in retrospect, but during, it was hard to think about the fun during all the pain!

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We ran the strip at night, shut down Vegas, and earned every bit of our medals!

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Monday, we did a little shakeout run and met some of the We Run Social group!

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Read about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k here, and read about our trip in Vegas here!

Monday Mentionings: August 24

This past week, well, mostly the weekend, was a busy one! I’m going to share a bunch of pictures, and just give a sentence or two to explain each.

Last Monday evening I had a great run and weightlifting session after a visit with the chiropractor.Photo Aug 17, 8 06 59 PMTuesday ended with a 4+ mile killer track workout, followed by a killer rain shower 10 seconds after we finished our run.  Love running with these people.11944888_10100324630645153_1457556465_nThursday was a beautiful evening for a run, again, with some of my favorite people to run with.  Also, I’ve mastered the mid-run group selfie, and I’m pretty proud of my skillz.11903575_10100324630570303_1999578238_n11949714_10100324630650143_1024623076_nThursday night I picked Thayne and Kristen up from the airport, and our first stop was Oklahoma Joe’s for some delicious BBQ.  Thayne texted me countdowns for several days leading up to this meal.11896892_10100324630605233_2067075220_nFriday morning, Kristen and I got up WAY too early, in order to run with Amy before we went to Hays.  I’m sad it’s staying dark later, but we had to utilize my trusty headlamp for our 3 miles at 5:15am.11923072_10100324630580283_690683337_nI drank too much water before and after our run, and had to stop and pee twice on the way home.  Had to take a #reststopselfie with Kristen.11920358_10100324630565313_1174308725_nGot a pedicure with Mom and Kristen shortly after we got to Hays.11942244_10100324630585273_136296171_nHad to hug Shay puppy for several minutes before she stopped crying.  I miss Shay puppy every day.11940225_10100324630595253_1041028770_nPhoto Aug 21, 5 18 56 PMWe went to visit Grandma and Granddad, and meet their new baby boy, Tiger.  Side note, how fitting and adorable is it that his name was Tiger before they adopted him?  Granddad now has a kitty, and the kitty now has his Granddad.11948013_10100324630635173_2002480191_nFriday night, Mom gave us our new Sparkle visors, and we wore our matching Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas shirts and tried to take a picture to commemorate our little Vegas adventure. Kristen makes it impossible to take a picture.  We have signed up for the 5k and the Half Marathon in Vegas, which should make for a super fun long weekend in Vegas, while we “Run the Strip at Night!”11910861_10100324630625193_607930741_nOh, Gordon.  Such a dapper young man.11909801_10100324630610223_1038741301_nSaturday morning, we had a fun little run.11897204_10100324630640163_1789497653_nAva and I enjoyed our snowballs and some playground time while we watched Thayne play in the Hays High Alumni soccer game.11938192_10100324630545353_211207791_nPhoto Aug 22, 10 58 16 AMFollowed the game with a Q burger.11944645_10100324630555333_969639176_n-2Finally got to see Jasmine and get a Bubble Tea; I’ve missed her the last few visits to Hays.11923399_10100324630620203_1103244265_nSpent some more time with Grandma, Granddad, and Tiiger.11910671_10100324630590263_1719557987_nSunday morning, Mom and I ran a few miles.  Another perfect mid-run selfie.  It was actually pretty chilly this morning, it was gorgeous outside after the cold front came through Saturday night.11911432_10100324630600243_593421049_nGot the last mile done with Shay by our sides.  I love this pup. (awesome photo courtesy of Momma)11933046_10100324630575293_283786346_nPUPPY!Photo Aug 23, 10 15 21 AMIt’s always sad to leave home.11920357_10100324630630183_487903455_n11920287_10100324630655133_1029758478_nRealized that we never took any pictures with Dad.  He took pictures of us in our Vegas shirts and before we ran on Saturday, but we didn’t get any with him IN them.  So a Dillon’s photo shoot happened before we left town.11896972_10100324630550343_476935994_n-2Thayne was sleepy on the way back to KC Sunday afternoon.11911832_10100324630560323_1112326883_n-2I got back to my apartment just in time to watch the Royals come back and beat the Red Sox in the 9th inning.  Yay baseball!  It was an exciting last inning.  Jasper could hardly contain his excitement. He was happy to get some dinner and cuddles.  I missed him while I was gone for the weekend.  THANK YOU to Amy for checking in on him.Photo Aug 23, 6 55 07 PMAll in all, last week was a great week.  My heart is full after lots of family time, friend time, and some quality runs. I am currently at 79 miles for August, so I’m right on track to hit 100 or more by the end of the month.  Next weekend is the Dot to Dot 10k, which is the first 10k of the Heartland 30k series.

Have a great week, friends!