Race 12 of 12
Weather – low 40’s at starting time – clear and sunny
Miles ran this year – 996 (goal 1050)
Viva Las Vegas!! I can’t believe how quickly this year has passed and that Race #12 is finished! This is the longest it’s taken me to post a race recap – sorry about that. Between the craziness of Vegas and being exhausted when we got home I’m a little behind on things! We left for Vegas at the crazy hour of 615am last Friday. Since Vegas is 3 hours behind us in time it seemed to be a never ending morning. We finally arrived about 1030am and it was time for the fun to begin. We were joined by some of our DC friends as well as well as some of my high school friends for the weekend and had a great time!
Friday night the first activity was the National Finals Rodeo. No, I’m not a big rodeo girl, but this was on the bucket list of one of my friends so off we went to see some cowboys! It ended up being a lot of fun.
Saturday morning we were all signed up for the Las Vegas Great Santa Run. It was a 5k or 1 mile walk to benefit Opportunity Village. Kris was in charge of directions and declared we could walk the “3/4 of a mile or so” to the start of the race. Well that 3/4 of a mile turned out to be about 2 miles! After walking, walking and walking we finally got there and donned our Santa suites. While the run was for a great cause it was also incredibly disorganized!! Since we talked 2 miles to get there we decided to just do the 1 mile walk instead. Even that was chaotic! We took some pictures, wandered around the Town Square and called our race complete :)
We still had to pick up our race packets so that was next on the list. The expo was packed and we got in and out fairly quickly. Whew! The time change was catching up to me and after lunch I had to close my eyes for a little nap. Saturday night all the runners in our group gathered for a pasta dinner and then it was time to get some much needed sleep.
Sunday was yet another early morning as the race started at 7am. We had a great group of runners – Laurie, Mike, Jason, Omar, Kris and I all ran the half; Rachel and Ed ran the full – AWESOME job everyone :) It was a pretty cool race as they closed down the entire strip for the event. We started out at Mandalay Bay and ran down toward the Stratosphere. We then detoured a bit around some of the other parts of Vegas before heading back to the Strip for the finish. It was fun to run with my friend Laurie from high school. Who would have ever though back then we’d be running a half marathon!!
Laurie, Kris and I ran most of the race together. When I stopped to stretch about mile 9.5 and we lost each other and Kris and I headed to the finish line. The rest of our friends gathered at the finish line to cheer everyone on and even had homemade signs!! It was great to see everyone waiting at the finish. I’ve gotta say the finish line was a little bittersweet and emotional.
We waited for the rest of the finishers and then all hung out and then listened to the Bret Michael’s concert and cheered Ed on to his 1st Marathon finish. It was good ending to a good race. By the time the concert was over and we’d had some lunch I was exhausted so back to the room we went.
After everyone was rested and showered it was time for more Vegas fun. On the list was Red Square and the private Vodka Vault and frozen ice bar. It was so much fun and we had a great dinner afterwards.
After all the excitement of Sunday you would have though we’d sleep until noon on Monday – sadly that wasn’t the case. Kris and I were up early so we decided to walk a bit and stretch our tired legs. We had a nice brunch at NY NY and I won a little money on the slots :) I like to gamble when I win! Monday afternoon I headed to the spa for a much needed massage. Ahhh – relaxing. Monday night was our finale dress up dinner. We had a most excellent dinner at Sage and then headed to the Ghost Bar (55 stories up) for a cocktail and stunning views of Vegas. It was a good ending to a fun trip.
Thank you to everyone who came to Vegas! We had a great time and it made the last race very memorable