This is how I feel about the Las Vegas Half:
I had fun. I felt strong. I had a post-injury PR. If you are a new reader, I am coming back from a femoral stress fracture followed by shin splints. PS I absolutely loved my Chocolate Milk Refuel Gear…..the built in bra of that lulu top was the best ever (I wore a sports bra too)! I am hooked and it is now in rotation for my outfit of the week. Don’t worry fellow co-workers, I will wear a shirt under it (my Vegas race tech tee), that will be attractive.
Just me and my air guitar playing skills at about 2:45 pm at the starting line, getting pumped to get my run on (and still high off of my sugar binge).
The gorgeous girls, Pam and Sarah, pre-MARATHON, they started @ 4:00 pm. Those hats have lights that blink, I was jealous.
Below picture is pre-half marathon @ 5:24:36 p.m.
To be honest I went into the half thinking I was just going to enjoy it and take my time, so I ate this as my pre-race meal.
I have never once claimed to be a smart person. I have claimed to love chocolate and love running, both of which I indulged in on Sunday, Dec. 3rd= staying true to myself. We met up with my good friends Rocky and Pam and walked all around the strip looking for a place to eat breakfast @ 10 a.m. on race day. We finally sat down at noon and I saw chocolate pancakes on the menu. I thought there would be a few chocoalte chips in the pancakes or something and when they brought out this beauty I nearly had a heart attack. I went to town on these suckers. Pancake —-> layer of hershey’s syrup and oreo’s ——-> repeat = genius. If you thought I didn’t add syrup to these, you would be wrong.
I really don’t know what I was thinking (or not thinking) eating this before a race. I guess I was thinking, you only live once. Don’t worry, I will be working on my pre-race nutrition soon but Vegas was just not the time and place to be eating toast and a banana before I ran.
My legs, cardiovascularness (definitely a word, I promise) felt great and strong during the race. I felt like in those aspects I could have kept going but (don’t keep reading if you get grossed out by things) the majority of the race I felt those pancakes coming back up and my body yelling at me for choosing such unhealthy food to eat and then asking it to run and run fast. Lesson learned, I will treat you better body.
Okay, so about the race now.
1. I listened to the same song on repeat That is ridiculous, I know. I have a song that has the perfect beat for the cadence I was trying to hit for 7 something minute miles. I would try to listen to a different song and I would start slowing down and so I kept going back to Base Hunters, All I Ever Wanted song that I sped up via my computer awhile ago for the spin class I taught. It is my favorite running song and makes me want to cruise.
2. I ate Chomps througout the race. I liked them. They were the blueberry flavor and provided a great boost of energy.
3. My Garmin will not turn on again after the race (I have had it for four years) and so I do not know my splits. My total time (GARMIN TIME) was 1:36:40 = 7:23 average pace. I have no idea what my splits were because once again I was really smart and didn’t think to turn on the garmin light while running and it was too dark to see my pace. I ran this race by feel and by trying to keep up with the people around me.
4. I absolutely loved the course. I was worried about the out and back course but it was flat, there were tons of spectators, a million things to distract you and running at night was really really cool.
5. I wish there were more water/gatorade stations. I felt like NYCM had one every mile (which I like) and I kept getting really thirsty during this race (probably due to eating 2 lbs of chocolate pre-race).
6. I ran this race 3 minutes faster than my last 1/2 marathon 5 weeks ago. I am more excited than ever to continue to train smart, listen to my body (and sports med doctor, he is a smart man) to continue to get back to where I was and set some new REAL PR’s.
Garmin Owners: What is the life expectancy for Garmins? I have had mine for four years and I am wondering if it is normal that it won’t turn on even though it has been plugged in for hours…the charging screen won’t even turn on.
Those of you that ran LVRNR…what did you think of the race? What other races went down this weekend…how did you do?
Have you ever had a scary car/road-trip experience?