If you are one of the lucky one’s, you are gearing up for an amazing running weekend in Las Vegas. Just a few short days away, all of the glitz, glamour and compression socks await you! Maybe even a medal, or two, or three.
So, get ready! Get your bags packed, and don’t forget your gambling money! Las Vegas is one of my favorite places. I’ve been countless times over the years, twice this year. This weekend though, I will not be there. I really have had an issue with jealousy these past few weeks leading up to this years event. It is so much fun, I really hate the fact that I cannot participate this year. Well, for one reason or another (namely trips to Salt Lake City and Chicago) the wallet couldn’t afford another trip. Believe me, I thought about how I could make it work. Best be frugal enough to race a few cool locations next year and save up.
With Elvis in the building, or at least the spirit of Elvis, and about 200-300 look a likes running the Strip this weekend, you better just absorb all of it. Do it for me! I first ran this Rock ‘n’ Roll event back in 2011. It was just my third Half Marathon, and being sick with bronchitis, my overall finish in 1,306th place was a triumph. My finish time of 1:43:23 put me well ahead of the pack of 33,253 finishers. That is a top 4% finish. Interesting to note, the winner on the women’s side of that event was Amy Hastings. My finish time allowed me to just eek out the post race carnage and bottle necking that made that race so noteworthy. It’s the reason why the course was changed, the finisher village changed, and a lower cap instituted for runner safety.
I skipped the event in 2012, but made an amazing return to Las Vegas in 2013 to run the Full Marathon. I used that year (2012) to fine tune my distance running, and became a marathoner. With six marathons under my belt, Las Vegas became my lucky #7 last year. Everything about the race was epic. From start to finish I loved it! I finished in 315th place out of 2,927. Top 10% this time and still awesome. My time of 3:41:41, puts that finish as my fourth best marathon out of 16. I guess the flat course, and excitement of Vegas helped.
So, as I sit here a bit dejected that I am missing the race this year, I have to make a plan to be there again. Maybe in 2015. I think that is the only thing that will help my jealousy issues right now.
To all of you heading to Las Vegas to run, let me live vicariously through you this weekend. Have an incredible time, and just enjoy every neon-filled moment!