Viva Las Vegas!

Mom, Kristen, and I recently traveled to Las Vegas for a girls weekend slash run-cation to the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series (5k and half marathon).  I have tons and tons of pictures to share, so this post will just be the trip part, and I’ll write a race recap for both the 5k and the half marathon, with lots more pictures! I hope to share my race recaps tomorrow, but for tonight, here’s our trip, in photos!

Early, early Thursday morning, Mom and I were on a plane, and Kristen was on a plane, heading to Fabulous Las Vegas!

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We all met in Vegas, and it was still early morning there!  Aren’t time changes wonderful?  Anyway, we got checked into our hotel, and began wandering around, checking out the Strip.  We stayed at the Excalibur, but walked through many of the hotels/casinos around there to look at the shops and all the fun casino things.

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I love the Bellagio and the fountains.  The fountains are so pretty, and I love how the atrium inside changes with each season.  We at lunch at a cafe inside Paris I think, and continued on our journey.  I wish I would have worn my Garmin to see how many steps/miles we walked on Thursday.  It was A. LOT.

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We eventually made our way to the Las Vegas Convention Center, for  packet pickup and the expo for the race.

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Packets were picked up, sparkly skirts were purchased, and lots of other stuff was bought, tried, or looked at.  Kristen won a shirt from the Air National Guard for doing pull ups.  Go sisser!

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Not too much else happened on the first day.  A lot of time was spent walking around looking at stuff, and lots of time was spent at the expo.  By  the time we got back to our hotel, still kind of on Central Time, we were ready for bed, tired from traveling, walking around the entire city, and checking out the expo.

Friday morning, we grabbed breakfast (the first of 4 meals eaten at the all-day buffet!), walked over to the Luxor to check it out, and then got ready for our first Vegas run.

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We walked over to the Mandalay Bay too, and went over by the aquarium.  Mom found a stuffed stingray, and of course, Kristen and I fell in love with the “majestic sea flap flaps” and we each just had to get one.

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Our first race was on going to be Saturday night, but we wanted to get a run in, so we ran from the Excalibur to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign, took some pictures, ran a bit further, then turned around and ran back.  I don’t recommend running further south than the sign (if you ever have the desire to do so), there are no sidewalks!  It was runnable on the gravelly shoulder, but wasn’t the best running surface.

There were lots of people taking pictures, and we didn’t want to wait in the line, so w kind of went off to the side and got some pics with the famous sign.

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I managed to get a fun running selfie on the way back to the Excalibur.  Because, of course I did!

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We got back to the hotel, ate our second of four buffets, then showered and figured out a plan for the evening.  We wanted to go to a show while we were in town, and decided on Cirque Du Soleil Zarkana.  We ate our early dinner at the buffet, three of four trips to the buffet, if you’re keeping track, then had a drink and made our way to the show!

Now, if you’ve been to Vegas, you know that getting anywhere at all is not easy.  There are ups and downs and turns and this shuttle and that monorail and then around through this casino… it goes on and on.  So we wanted to get to the Aria, from the Excalibur, and I think, between everything, it took us just about an hour.  That was not a fun hour.  Lots of speed walking, running, frustrations, and casinos between us and the show.

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We finally got there, and the show was amazing!! I loved it!  Cirque du Soleil did not disappoint.  I would definitely go to another show someday.  The stuff they can do is just mind-blowing.

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We took a Lyft back to our hotel (where had you been all our lives!?!), had our fourth and final buffet snack/late dinner, and crashed.

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Saturday morning was race morning! Of course, the race wasn’t until 6:00 at night, so we had a whole day to spend before our race!  We went ahead and got all dressed up in our race outfits, and ventured to Red Rocks Running Company, a local Las Vegas running store.  After visiting them, we got pedicures, and then made our way back to the Strip to have lunch and get to the race.

Kristen had this idea that we all had to match for the race… so we bought Sparkle Athletic skirts at the race expo, and wore our KC Running Co. tanks tops.

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Once we got back to the Strip, we ate at BURGR, Gordon Ramsay’s upscale hamburger restaurant, in Planet Hollywood.  Tasty burger!

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Mom played with the showgirls, and then we went to the Bellagio to watch the fountains for a little bit.

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We got to the SLS Hotel, and waited for the 5k to start across the street.  The 5k race recap is here!  KCRC represented at the Las Vegas RNR 5k!

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Once we made our way back to our hotel, we were ready for bed, and then Sunday morning was race morning again!  The half marathon started at 4:30, and before the race, we had breakfast, then went to a movie to kill some time and stay off our legs.  The weather, unfortunately, took a bad turn and was extremely windy and cold!  Half Marathon race recap is here!

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2 races, 2 days, 3 medals.  Very tired feet and legs, but a very happy girl!

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Monday, we met up with the We Run Social group in front of the Bellagio, then Mom, Kristen, and I headed out for a short little shake out run.

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We ended our run as close as we could get to In-N-Out Burger, because we had never had it, and we’d all heard it was amazing, so we just had to try it out!  It was just as delicious as we’d heard.  We had our double double’s animal style.  I don’t exactly remember what all was added with animal style, but we had extra sauce, mustard mixed in with our meat, and other yummy additions.  We ran into Mark and his wife at In-N-Out Burger.  What are the odds?!

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After our In-N-Out trip, we changed into our swimsuits and spent a lot of the afternoon in the hot tub and sauna.

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After the spa trip, we ate at Dick’s Last Resort, a restaurant where the employees are obnoxious and make fun of you, all in good fun.

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We packed most of our stuff up on Monday night, because our flights were in the morning on Tuesday.  A bit more time was spent chilling in bed with our majestic sea flap flaps, and then it was early to bed for an early rising to head home!

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Tuesday was the travel day! We sent Kristen off, then Mom and I had a bit of a wait for our flight, and then before you knew it, we were back in KC.  Mom headed for home on Wednesday morning.

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Lots more to talk about, regarding the 5k and the half marathon.  More to come!  Mom and Kristen, I had a blast in Las Vegas, and really enjoyed our girls weekend!

Thursday Thoughts: June 18

I got my #WeRunSocial shirt in the mail last week!  My twitter buddy Pavement Runner is selling these amazing shirts!  On his website, he describes We Run Social: “We wanted to create a running crew-group-club-team that captured everything that we are about: running all the miles and killing it on social media. Whether we are taking selfies with 44 people, taking pictures of our feet for Instagram, or signing up for all the races because we can’t help ourselves — we are doing it together.”Photo Jun 14, 11 42 03 AMFriday evening I had some much needed Bestie time! Michelle and I met up and went to Jurassic World, stopped at Trader Joe’s, had some iPhone adventures, and she got to see my apartment! I am SO beyond excited for her to be so close!!Photo Jun 13, 9 26 58 PMSaturday on my run, I found a pretty big snapping turtle by the trail.  I stopped to say hello.  Later on that same run, I saw a couple muskrats or groundhogs.  Quite the adventurous run for only 4 miles!Photo Jun 13, 2 30 35 PMSunday morning, Amy and I ran with the Groupies, we ran a steamy 5+ miles, followed by the best invention ever, icy wet towels.  Ahhhh-Mazing!  These icy towels will be great motivation to push harder on the long runs this summer!Photo Jun 14, 10 02 18 AMA video that’s been circling around lately made its way into my world.  You may have seen it.  If not, here’s the link for hair plopping! Well, the other night, I tried it! I used different products than the video, but I think it would work with any kind of curl enhancer cream or mouse.  I showered and combed my hair after putting It’s a 10 leave in conditioner in my hair, then sprayed some sea salt spray and used some hair cream, then “plopped” my hair into a cotton t-shirt.  After I wrapped it all up and tied it, I went to bed.  When I woke up, I un-tied the t-shirt and sprayed a bit of hair spray, and ta da! Curls!  I was very surprised at how well it worked.  I was also pleased at how comfortable it was to sleep in.  With my hair all tied up, it wasn’t in my face or on my neck while I slept!  My hair was soft and curly and really full all day long.Photo Jun 17, 8 33 20 PMI finally made it back to yoga! It’s been 2 weeks since I had class, and it feels like it’s been ages!  Maylo’s amazing class is now at Lotus Yoga, which is a beautiful studio, but I’ll miss yoga at Life Spring.

Weekly kitty picture: Jasper was outside for over an hour earlier this week, just watching his world pass by.  It had rained earlier in the afternoon, and there were lots of birds and a few squirrels out for him to watch.Photo Jun 14, 8 06 26 PMIt’s Father’s Day this weekend, I’m wishing my dad and all the dads a big happy Father’s Day! #ThrowbackThursday to when I was 3 or 4, and Dad took me fishing.  Ahh! Look at that mustache on Dad, and look at my hair and that hat!Photo Jun 16, 8 46 13 AMIn my timehop this morning, I found out that the My Brave Wings logo was born a year ago!   Have a good weekend!