Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
Holy crap people, it’s Vegas weekend!!
How did that happen?
My bags are packed, I’ve purchased my monorail pass, my race confirmations have been printed- twice, once for each bag- I’ve checked into my flight, I’ve charged all my devices.
What have I forgotten?😛 How did I pack wrong?
I am heading into my first double digit double race weekend- while I’ve run 2 races the same weekend before, once I ran 3, but I’ve never crossed the 10 mile mark when combining those races. This weekend I will run 16.2 miles along the Las Vegas Strip. And I recently discovered that the Strip is not flat. Not sure why I thought it was.😛 Oh well, I don’t like flat anyways.
This will also be my first time in Las Vegas so this will probably be very much “small town girl lost in the bright lights” situation. Whatever am I going to do with myself? Luckily Kate is coming in on Saturday. Yay!!! Follow along on Instagram as we run 13.1 miles of lights and sounds and Kate runs her first half marathon!
I am also having a shoe dilemma. I think my Ultra Boost are dead. But I’ve never run more than 5 miles in any other pair of shoes. Do I take 2 pairs of shoes? Can I fit two pairs of shoes? Even then that would leave me running the half in the Ultra Boost. My last 8 miles in them left me with screaming shins for 4 days. More on that in my weekly recap. Or lack there of. 😛 So do I wear old shoes that definitely hurt me or newer shoes that could hurt me?
I am looking forward to the expo. However I am hoping to not spend too much. Rock n Roll knows how to do an expo and I can be very easily tempted. Shiny new gear! Except I have to remember that I have to be able to pack it all and bring it all back. Bummer.
Plus I get to meet more BibRave peeps! Yay! And hopefully some blog buddies too!
Wait, it’s June? And race week? Someone really needs to slow the clock down. Or I’ll take a Time Turner, wouldn’t it be nice if those were real? 😛
I suffered from vacation brain and just burn out this week. Everything seemed so much harder than it should have been. Seriously, I had troubles counting. That’s not a good thing in my line of work. I had to count things multiple times. While I love 4 day work weeks, there is still 5 days worth of work to fit into those 4 days. Years ago I had a coworker tell me she hated 3 day weekends because she spent all of Monday stressing about the increased workload on Tuesday. I won’t complain about 3 days off but I am beginning to see her point.
I mentioned in my last post that I may have ordered myself a new Garmin. It’s here!! It’s so pretty, now I am just trying to figure out the bells and whistles.
Monday- 2.74 miles Ugly. I decide to try the Roga’s again and once again it was a bad idea. I eventually gave up attempting to run and just walked it back to my house. It felt a waste of the extra time off work. I did take the dog out for a short walk later but it was super short and slow.
Tuesday- Rest With work typically being crazy busy and now being down a person ( my coworker had the baby!) I didn’t even try to run. I thought about riding the bike when I got home but thinking is as far as it got.
Wednesday- Rest Oh hey, I have a race in 4 days. I started to do the math and realized that if ran today and Thursday like planned, I would have more miles than previous weeks. That didn’t seem like the best idea. Granted my miles have been so low that a taper seems silly but it still didn’t seem smart to suddenly increase them on race week. Then my brother decided to take the family to dinner so I figured it all worked out, right?
Thursday- 3.22 miles Ok dinner was a bad idea, it made me sick. At first I thought it was just my stomach being an asshat but I later found out that my dad was kind of sick too and we ate the same thing. There was a point I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to run at all. Yet, I changed and headed for home town. Once I got there I realized it was 85 degrees and I had somehow forgotten a water bottle. Lovely. Then somehow this run kicked ass. I decided to keep it shorter and slower than planned due to lack of hydration and heat and managed to stick to one of those. 😛 I ended up running my fastest 5K in the last 6 months. Still slow as I made sure to take walk breaks every 2 minutes but my legs felt great! Where did that come from?!
Friday- Rest Total vacation brain, stress ball. I was trying to get everything done so no one had to worry about anything while I was gone and I was stressing out. I love vacations but the type A in me hates not being there.
Saturday- Road trip!! Oh good lord, it took 7 hours to get to San Diego. Traffic, you suck. Once we were finally there we headed straight for the Convention Center and the Expo. Bib pickup and shirt pick up was a cinch then it was into the crowd. I figured we were so late most people would have already picked up their stuff…nope! People everywhere! I was able to meet up with Mai of Once Upon A Run and Chelsea of The Dancing Runner, which was awesome! Then it was of to Seaport Village for a Bibrave Pro meetup with Mai and Emily of azSunGoddess.
Finally we checked into our hotel- literally across the street from the finish line festival- before heading out for some food. I tried to go sleep early as I knew I had a really early wake up call but I was realizing that you really could eat too much pizza. Food and I did not get along this week. 😭
Sunday- Rock n Roll San Diego 13.1 Recap to come. But for the first time, I took a race shuttle to the start. Look at me being all runner like. 😛
19.2 miles for the week. I meant to ride the bike but it just never happened. I wasn’t too busy I just didn’t make it a priority. Next week.
Speaking of next week, I have the week off!! Woo hoo! I have so many things I need and should get done but I also kind of want to spend a day or 2 doing nothing. Which one will win?
Disclaimer: I received an entry into Rock n Roll San Diego as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
It’s race weekend!!!
Dang that one snuck up on me fast! Well, truthfully, June snuck up on me. Where did it come from? 😛
My first Rock n Roll race is this weekend!!!! I’m not counting last year’s DNS. 😕 Dude, is this thing as big as I think it’s going to be? I mean I’ve run Surf City and San Francisco but I have a feeling this is about to make those seem like small potatoes. For example- I know there are at least 32 corrals. 32?! Holy crap! I’m somewhere in the middle there but that’s a lot of people in front of me and a lot of people behind me.
I am looking forward to this weekend. This should be my biggest expo (Rock n Roll – you better live up to this!!) and I am looking forward to meeting some blogging and IG friends in real life. Yay!!!
Then there’s the city itself. I have family there but I haven’t been since I was like 7 or something so I remember nothing. I’ve heard great things so I can’t wait to see it with adult eyes. Expensive parking aside, grrr. My hotel is pretty close to the finish line for the finish line festival ( and the bay!). I think. I’ve been known to mess up hotels before. Funny, stressful moment- I actually changed hotels a few weeks ago and realized on Thursday that I had never canceled the original booking. Oh crap!
I am torn on what shoes to run in. I’ve been running in Adidas UltraBoost X but the farthest I’ve run in them is 8 miles. They are also slightly too big. But then my Brooks aggravate my calves for the first 3-4 miles and I just hope they loosen up. Hmmm, there’s a lot of questions there.
I may also be taking a trolley to the start. Holy crap, first time in pubic transportation. Well, unless Uber counts. But I’m still on the fence about that, mostly because I haven’t figured out how it works, haha.
Disclaimer: I received an entry into Rock n Roll Las Vegas as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I’m going to Las Vegas!!!
Seriously, I still can’t believe it’s happening. I also still don’t know how but that’s beside the point. 😛 I have wanted to run this race ever since I flipped a page in Runner’s World a few years ago and realized there was a race on the Vegas Strip. And it was at night. I want to do that!!! As amazing as it looked, I could never make it work. So when the chance to run it came up this year, I leapt without looking.
I’m going to Vegas!
Sorry had to say it again. 😛 I haven’t been to Las Vegas since I was a child- seriously the only thing I remember is colorful carpeting and even that might be confused with another memory. Ha! Due to scheduling conflicts, my mother is busy so I’m also flying solo this race trip. Who wants to join me?!? Slacker’s first real trip to Vegas? 😁
This is also an afternoon- evening race so I don’t even have to worry about an early wake up call! I can sleep in and look forward to an afternoon run with thousands of other crazy runners like me under the Vegas lights! Is it November yet?
Now I just have to figure out how I am getting there. This could be my first plane ride since my senior trip in high school! Ok, now this post is making me feel nostalgic and old. 😛
I will have a discount code soon that I will share with everyone.
Which is great as I have been looking forward to it since November. Something about it just piqued my interest post Golden Gate Half and held on to it. So when I got the chance to run it through Bibrave, I was stoked.
Now, the downside. I’m still sick.😷 I haven’t run since last Thursday. I called in sick on Monday. From all the coughing I’ve been doing, I should have abs by now. Abs, where are you? 😛
Also the weather is predicting rain. Where is California weather? Actually, it changes every time I check my weather app, maybe I should just stop looking?
So all plans I had have changed. I am looking forward to a hopefully fun run. I want to enjoy the scenery of a new place and take it all in. My mother is going with me like usual and I’ve already told her this will not be a speedy one by any means. This is going to be a taking time to enjoy the view kind of race. Sometimes those are the best kind right?😀
Ever run with a cold?
Any anti coughing tips for an asthmatic with a deviated septum?