Rock and Roll Las Vegas 2015

November has never been my favorite month, so this year I decided to stay motivated and sign up for a race.  I ran 10k at the Rock and Roll Vancouver in October with the idea of a quick get-away to Las Vegas.  I thought if the Vancouver 10k went ok, I would sign up for Las Vegas if it hadn’t sold out yet.  Had a pretty good 10k, missing the target of sub 37, but thought I could hammer out a few more weeks until mid November.  Training went pretty well, so I decided to go on the Allegiant Air website and see what deals were going on.

I ended up with a 4 night trip starting on a Friday 2pm flight, and turning around and coming back Tuesday at 11am.  Times and days worked perfect.  Canadian dollar isn’t doing so hot but got two of us there for under a grand Canadian all in.

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Got into Las Vegas about 5pm, and decided it would probably be a good idea to get a car since we were staying at the Gold Coast.  Its right across the street from the Palms and Rio.  Not it a great spot, but having a car would make things easier and probably a lot cheaper in the long run (car rental was 140).  We got settled in after having to switch rooms, because our first one had just been freshly hot-boxed.  The rooms weren’t too bad, but the Gold Coast only really has the bowling alley and bingo going for it.  Pool at my parent’s house is nicer…

Got into a bit too much trouble the Friday night, running around the Rio and Palms.  Went up to the Ghostbar on top of Palms and then it went downhill from there.  Views from the top were pretty unreal,  worth checking out, just make sure it’s happy hour!  Did some bowling, and then not sure what else to finish the night off.

Tough to get a good picture of all the runners. I was freezing and shaking pretty good, but runners for as far as you could see.

Tough to get a good picture of all the runners. I was freezing and shaking pretty good, but runners for as far as you could see.

Saturday was rough, but made sure to get the legs going.  Did a quick web search, made use of the car, and headed out to the Red Rock Canyon to try to do some running.  The running part didn’t really go well, but there was some pretty scenery and a lot of rock climbers hiding in the mountains.  Later in the day, I made the stop at the Expo to pick up the race gear and obviously wanted to rush out of there.  This is when I should have picked up the GU since I didn’t pack any.   Finished off with dinner at the Yard House and then called it a day.

Kinda near the start. Things got pretty pushy once it got to 4:30

Kinda near the start. Things got pretty pushy once it got to 4:30

Sunday came pretty quick, but the challenge was not to get too crazy throughout the day with the race starting at 4:30pm.  I felt pretty good all day, and almost forgot to eat lunch.  Day went pretty slow but I was ready to head out to the race start for 3:20.  Took the cab to the back of Mandalay Bay and could already start seeing the 25,000 people getting ready. That really started to get the heart pumping.  Once we got to the front of the hotel, you could really start to feel that wind warning.  Weathernetwork.com was saying 40-50 Mph winds and the first mile was right into it.

Of course the Geico lizard lead out the run. (good shot Chris!)

Of course the Geico lizard lead out the run. (good shot Chris!)

I did a quick warm up and could tell I was in for a bit of a fight because I couldn’t get my heart rate down.  I was able to get about 5th row deep at the start but it kept getting jammed up.  Once the gun went, I was able to get around some of the slower people and tried to calm down.  It took until about mile 4 to calm down.  I started feeling ok until the wind kept blowing, and then at mile 8-9 I was hurting.  With the high winds and low temps, you could tell they were short volunteers on the course.  I was counting on GU for half way as my energy just got sucked out of me once it started to rain.  I fought pretty hard until the last 4 miles and then just tried to hang in there.  It was obvious I wasn’t the only one struggling as there were not many people passing me when I fell to 6:40 miles.

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Red Rock Canyon, about a 30 min drive from the strip.

Red Rock Canyon, about a 30 min drive from the strip.

I finished up with 1:23, about 3 minutes slower than what I was hoping for, but I grabbed my free  beer then headed over to the Titled Kilt.  Broke the top 100 out of 23,ooo, so I was ok with that.  Race was pretty fun running at night, and seeing all the people out there was pretty cool.

 

Big thanks goes to my wife and taking care of everything while I was away, Chris for the video and pictures….Team Every Man Jack, Tri Geeks
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Some random shots of palaces we visited.

 

Place worth checking out, espuially if you have kids. Is the container park in Downtown Las Vegas. Cool idea...

Place worth checking out, especially if you have kids. Is the container park in Downtown Las Vegas. Cool idea…

Not the greatest shot from the top of the Palms. Claim is 50 something stories high...maybe 20-25.

Not the greatest shot from the top of the Palms. Claim is 50 something stories high…maybe 20-25???

Was interesting going through fremont thru the day.  Some places worth eating at or having afternoon drinks.

Was interesting going through fremont thru the day. Some places worth eating at or having afternoon drinks.