I returned to Las Vegas for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Remix Challenge after having such a fun time last year. We flew in Friday night and checked into the Vdara. I really like the City Center hotels because of their location. We had an awesome corner suite room with a full size fridge and washer and dryer, which came in very handy for the runcation!
So admittedly, I’ve done nothing since Ironman Augusta 70.3. I was on such a post-race high that I couldn’t fathom slowing down. But then a week went by, and I realized how nice it was to get more sleep, not rush from work to the gym to home, and to spend time with my loved ones again. And then a week turned into two weeks. And then several “life” events occurred… and before I knew it, it was time to get on the plane to head to Vegas. Woops! It certainly wasn’t an ideal way to prepare for this race weekend, but I knew I would be able to get through it.
We got a few winks of sleep Friday night and then hit the expo on Saturday morning. I always try to reign it in before going to a Rock ‘n’ Roll expo because I know there are lots of tempting goodies to purchase. Luckily, I wasn’t too enthralled with the merchandise this year so I escaped with a minimal amount of damage to the wallet.
Saturday evening was the 5k, which had a new location than last year. This year the race started and ended in an open event lot adjacent to the SLS. It was nice to see the event more spread out, and there are permanent restroom facilities on the lot (much better than porta potties!). We took a cab to the start line since it was about 3 miles away from our hotel.
The corrals for the 5k also go faster than the half marathon, since there are fewer people running on Saturday than there are on Sunday. The course took us out of the parking lot and did an out and back on Sammy Davis Jr. Drive. Then when we returned to the event lot, we had to go back and forth several times to reach the distance. Having to snake back and forth so many times seemed really odd. I wonder if next year they can extend the distance on Sammy Davis Jr. Drive so we don’t have to spend so much time doubling back and forth in the event lot.
Goal: Pace myself knowing I had a half marathon to run the next day, and don’t get injured by running out too hard with minimal (read= nonexistent) training
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Conditions: Around 63° F with 20% humidity at race start.
Total time: 34:16
Pace: 10:49 min/mile
Outcome: Hey, I did it! And I finished within 40 seconds of my time last year.
The post-race headliner was Matt and Kim, which is a band I was unfamiliar with. We spent some time enjoying their music and chatting with other runner friends including my fellow BibRavePro Elizabeth of Train With Bain. We headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up, eat a good dinner, and get some shut eye. There’s an entirely different Vegas agenda when running the Remix Challenge!