Vegas Day 1

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Yeah, I managed a few hours of sleep, and was ready to take this day by storm.  Nice, easy and relaxing morning, followed by a late brunch (comped) at Harrah’s.  It was ok, I have had a lot better.  Was free though, so hard to complain too much.

The weather is absolutely beautiful today.  About 75 degrees right now.  Wearing shorts, and flips.  My kind of day!  Walked around a bunch, and tried my luck in several casinos.  The Venetian, Palazzo, Treasure Island and Mirage, along with a favorite small joint Casino Royale.

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Not sure what’s on the plan for tonight.  Not even very hungry yet.  Back in the room for now, regrouping, and restocking the gambling cash.  Here are a few pictures of the view from our room here at Hard Rock Hotel.

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Love that we can see the new Sky Wheel at The Linq.  Also the Stratosphere in the distance.  The mountains too, which are such a teat.  Snow capped peaks can still be seen on many of them.  Would love to take a ride up to Mt. Charleston sometime this week before heading home.  It’s a real gem.  So pretty.

Well, here’s to a successful evening, and plenty of wins!

Vegas Vacation

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That’s it folks!  I am officially on vacation.  A running holiday.  My favorite place and my favorite activity, rolled into one.

I just got home from work, and don’t have to think of that place for another week.  Isn’t vacation time grand?  Not that I don’t enjoy my work, because I do, but we all need breaks.  Having a break right before the holidays get rolling is even better.

The rest of the day today will involve packing.  It’s always tougher to pack for a Vegas trip during the colder months than it is in the Summer.  It could be warm during the day, but once the Sun goes down, it’s a different story.  Plus for this trip, I have to pack for a 26.2 mile run.

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This time tomorrow I will be there.  Getting on the plane tomorrow morning at 6am, flying through Atlanta, arriving in Vegas before most folks get up.  The first day is always a long day because of the three hour time change.  Then, relax!  Take in the sights and sounds that are exclusive to Las Vegas.  My plan is to hit the Expo early on Friday to avoid the crowds.  I do look forward to this race expo because it is absolutely huge, loaded up with vendors.  I must try not to spend too much money.

The race starts at 4:30 pm on Sunday evening.  I am gong to thoroughly enjoy it.  I am going to try not to worry too much about my pace, and just enjoy the experience.  Of course I will try to blog again before then, but you must excuse me now, as this guy is on vacation.

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Countdown to Las Vegas

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Every day that passes, my upcoming trip to Las Vegas is more and more on my mind.   Let’s face it, I love the place!  I’ve been going to Las Vegas about twice a year for over 10 years now.  Las Vegas has changed so much just during the timeframe that I have been visiting there.  I used to gamble in the Sahara, the Stardust, the Frontier.  All of which are now closed, or completely gone.  City Center, and the Cosmopolitan are some of the latest additions to the Famous Strip.  I have just as much fun now, if not more so, when I visit than I did back then.

The overall feel of Las Vegas, from stepping off the airplane, is just truly unique.  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend that you make the journey there at least once.  There is world class food everywhere, beautiful sights to behold all over, and of course it’s the gambling Mecca of the world.  I’ve been there in the height of Summer, when temperatures soar over 110 degrees, and I’ve been during all of the other seasons, as well.  They all are unique.

This trip coming up will be a combination trip for me.  Time to relax, and enjoy the food and the gambling, but also to run.  I am registered for the Rock n Roll Marathon on 11/17.

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I am really excited about it!  We fly in on the morning of the 14th, so will have plenty of time to adjust to the time change, and be rested before race day.  This race is run in the evening, so that is different for me.  Race day fueling will be a challenge.  When to eat?  It should be great fun.  It will be a crazy, crowded, electric race.  My main goal is really just to enjoy every moment.  Run my race, and take in all the sights of Vegas.  There are plenty!

Three weeks from today will be the day before the race.  I will not be dressing up as Elvis for the run, but I’m sure there will be plenty of them on the course.  There is also a run-thru wedding chapel, for runners who want to get hitched during the race.  There will be tutu’s, and wigs, and costumes, oh my!  Truly unique, and what I just love about Las Vegas.  Over the top, and awesome!

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As the excitement builds, so does my energy for running Vegas again.  This race will be my last race of 2013, so hopefully I will race it with gusto, and much enthusiasm.  So get ready Las Vegas, I am heading your way for the ultimate party with thousands and thousands of my running comrades.  Shutting down the Strip to everything but runners on November 17th during the race.  Don’t be mad at us, cheer us on.  This only happens once a year.

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, Nevada, you must go!

Rock ‘n’ Roll me!

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The decision is final!

Tickets and reservations have been made!

Registration for the Marathon in complete!

I am running The Strip at Night on November 17th, 2013.

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The adult playground is about to become the location of my 8th marathon, and I couldn’t be happier.  Already looking forward to the glitz and glam, the neon lights, the people!  Runners will take over Las Vegas in a few months and rock the famous Las Vegas Boulevard.