Every race has pros and cons, and after posting my recap, this will be reflecting on the race.
1) Pro: Afternoon race so I could sleep in. I did a lot of vegging in my hotel room Sunday morning.
2) Con: The 10k course didn't get much of the #stripatnight. Starting at the very northern point of the strip and heading into downtown LV meant maybe 2 miles of the strip coming back down Las Vegas Boulevard.
3) Pro: The medal, of course! I was told RnR does the medals well, and it did not disappoint.
4) Con: smelling sewer treatment or pot along the course was new for me. It was more prevalent in downtown than on the strip.
5) Pro: Flat course. I really appreciated the flat course. My neighborhood has hills and flat stretches, and training on both prepared me for anything.
6) Con: Gear pickup. I mentioned this in my recap, but gear pickup needed to be more efficient. If RnR has staff apologizing to people waiting, it's bad.
Even though I felt super strong in this race, I don't think I'd do it again, as it stands now. The whole point of the weekend is #stripatnight, and the 10k course didn't get to the heart of the strip until past the finish line, in the runners village. That's not to knock the course entirely. I enjoyed it, but I've never repeated a race since I'm always looking for something new.
In general, it was a good weekend. I never once felt unsafe, even when I walked to the expo on Friday. The police presence on the course was very much appreciated, and I thanked those when I could. We even had a police helicopter fly overhead when we were in the corrals. It was a little strange when I was driving up the strip from the airport on Friday. Mandalay Bay is right there, but I wasn't going to let that dampen my weekend.