I'm back! I'll have more write-ups but since it's Tuesdays on the Run, I have this ready. I wanted to get it all down while it was still fresh, and the cat wanted snuggles. My dad took care of Allie, but he said she was looking for me, and missed me. Being on the computer let her snuggle with me.
Short story is I PR'd, and felt strong throughout the whole race. I'll admit, I got emotional near the end because everything came together, and my knee behaved the whole time.
When I booked my hotel room, I chose the SLS Las Vegas since the 10k start line was right out front. This make it super convenient since I was able to stay in my room longer, with a real bathroom. There were signs through the lobby and casino that pointed the way to the start line, and I found the gear check very quickly. I checked a long-sleeve shirt to have after the race since I figured I'd be chilly once I stopped running. I hopped in line for one more bathroom stop, then headed to my corral.
There were 11 corrals total, and the first 5 went first, with a 30 second wait for the rest. I do think they should've been more spaced out since the crowd didn't spread out until after the first mile. We headed north into downtown Las Vegas before heading south again towards the strip. It wasn't the most scenic, past motels, wedding chapels, and I did see signs for strip clubs. I think we passed the chapel featured in the Hangover, but I'll have to watch the movie to be certain.
Once the crowd spread out, I was able to find my speed and rhythm, and I ended up playing tag with a lot of the same people.
The turnaround point was after the second mile, with a run around a block, and then headed south. By that time the sun had set enough that the neon lights were starting to turn on. It felt good to turn south, and I was hoping to see more lights as we got closer to the strip. I was feeling good, and felt like I could speed up, but then we reached the part where the half marathon would be running on the left, and the 10k runners were funneled into a thin lane. This really slowed me down since there was a back up as runners were moving into the lane, and there wasn't much room to maneuver around people.
I did take the opportunity to take a couple pictures during this point. Since we were moving slower, it gave me a chance to soak up some more sites. The first big sign we saw was for Circus Circus, then the Encore, and slowly down to the Mirage. I didn't take too many pictures since I needed watch out for the crowd, and the road, and it was getting dark. The running lane finally widened to give me room to still move around other runners, and as I got closer to Treasure Island, I started getting a little emotional. My knee hadn't bothered me one bit during the race, and thinking about everything I've done the past 4.5 years to battle this ITBS made me choke up. As we got closer to the Mirage, I gave it a burst of speed to cross the finish line with my new PR.
After getting my medal, I picked up a bottle of water, Gatorade, a banana, Pringles, pretzels, and a protein bar. They really should've had bags to help carry everything. I had to put stuff on the ground to eat my banana, and I was juggling things while I waited to get my gear bag.
This is where I'll knock RnR, because gear pickup was a cluster. They had 3 UPS trucks for the 10k gear check, and it was organized by last name, not bib number. I don't know if the 10k population skewed to O-Z last names, but the line was the longest, and super slow. RnR was not handing out heat sheets, and as I was wading through the pick up line, I started getting cold. I knew once the sun was down, and my sweat dried, I'd be cold. That's why I checked a long sleeve shirt, but it took way too long to get my bag. They either needed a 4th truck, or change up how they organize the bags.
After I made way through the maze of pedestrian bridges, I ended up outside Margaritaville since we popped out by the Flamingo. I hadn't really thought about dinner, but I had my credit card with me because I was planning on catching the monorail back to the SLS (the monorail was SUPER convenient the whole trip). I had a way to pay for dinner, and the restaurant wasn't crowded at all. I got a frozen margarita, and had the Cheeseburger in Paradise. Pretty good way to celebrate that PR!
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.