Hello divas! I hope that your weekend is going well so far. I am currently being lazy on the couch recovering from a slight cold/light flu-like symptoms that I had yesterday, but I am feeling much better. I can’t believe it has been almost a week since I got back from my adventures in Vegas. I shared my experiences at the expo and the 5K earlier this week so I thought today would be a great time to share my half marathon recap.
It was cold on race day which I didn’t expect. Not crazy cold but in the upper 50s and windy which made it feel colder than it was. I am so glad that I packed some warmer running clothing. Besides the cold, though, my Sunday morning started off rather lazily (which is good on race days when the race is at night). We had breakfast at our hotel and did some light exploring. We saw the flamingos at the habitat of our hotel, did some souvenir shopping both at our hotel and Margaritaville (and took a great photo) and saw the Bellagio fountains.
After our morning exploring, we headed back for a light lunch and to get our gear together for the race and head to the start line party.
We arrived just in time for a couple of pre-race photos and the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert. Which I was super excited about 🙂 We also found a photographer that took a pre-race photo of the two of us together.
Then it was finally time to head to the corrals. We used the restroom one last time and began the long walk. I was way back in corral 40 so I knew it was going to take a while to get to the start line. I had plenty of time to track down another photographer and smile for the camera. After an hour or so, I finally made my way up there and was off.
Now remember how I used the restroom before heading to the corrals? Yeah. Guess who had to stop at the first set of port o potties in the race at mile 1. This person. And it took 10 minutes off my time. But I got through the line and was able to make my way up Las Vegas Boulevard and the strip, starting with the Las Vegas Sign.
So mile 2 brought the beginning of the strip. I stopped for photos at New York New York and Paris. The first 5 miles or so was nothing but the strip in fact. It was so cool because the entire road was closed off. There was nothing but 40K + runners.
After the strip, it honestly got a little boring for the middle part of the race. We headed towards downtown and through some random neighborhoods. Which meant that there was not a lot of lighting. There were some spotlight to help us along the way, but it was rather dark. Thank goodness I wore my lighted shoelaces and armband. Finally, though, we hit the Fremont District and lots of fun lights and began our trek back to the finish.
It was a crowded and difficult race so I was super excited when the Mirage came into view. You can tell with my photos at the Venetian and Palazzo that I was so excited I had hit the final homestretch.
I knew that I would not be getting a new PR for this race, but I was able to finish strong. I crossed the finish line in 3:41 and some change with a huge smile on my face.
After crossing the finish line, I proceeded through the line to get my medal, my snacks and, of course, my finisher photo.
I found my hubby just outside the finisher area waiting for me. He had finished literally hours before me. He was in corral 7 and finished in just over 2 hours so he had time to go to the hotel, shower & change, eat and head back to find me. He even brought my 5K medal back with him so I could snap a photo of my medal haul.
I made it back to the room to soak in the tub and recover. I even sent the hubby out for a post-race cupcake (it was too late for me to eat a burger).
It was a difficult race because of the long wait to the start, the crowds of people and the crazy random colder weather that hit the day of the race. Would I do this race again? Heck yeah. It was a great trip. I absolutely loved Vegas. The course was so much fun (with the exception of that random neighborhood) and everyone was so nice. There were runners and walkers and those who did a little of both and the crowds were still out cheering everyone on – even those of use towards the back of the pack. If you can get past the whole running with 40K of your closest running pals, I highly recommend this race.
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