Race News: RocknRoll Las Vegas Half

A fabulous race finish

A fabulous race finish

I’m actually supposed to be in Vegas this weekend with these fabulous ladies to celebrate Emily’s (far right) bachelorette but due to some unexpected curveballs from life, I had to cancel and miss what is sure to be an epic weekend. Boas and tiaras are a guarantee.

The last time Emmy and I raced in Vegas

Struggling with pace bands the last time we raced in Vegas

Emmy and I have been to Vegas for a race before, the inaugural RockNRoll Las Vegas race in 2009 when we both ran the full. It remains my most painful marathon (3:15) and although I can’t find the race picture from mile 20, I know I gave the camera a middle finger. I’m hoping for a better outcome this November when I race the RockNRoll Las Vegas half marathon. It’s 4 weeks after my full and I’m hopeful that I can go under 1:20 and vie for the win. I’m also excited to race under the lights. When I did Vegas the first time, the race started at 5:30 am and Emmy and I shared a cab to the race start with a group of people coming in for the night. One of them offered us a cigarette, evidently a little confused about what a marathon was.

Race shirt from the first time around

Race shirt from the first time around

I’m equally as excited for the rest of the weekend because my family is coming with me! My parents have never been and one of my dad’s bucket list items is to drive down the Strip in a convertible. Suzanne will also be racing the half and aiming to PR.

The last big family adventure

The last big family adventure

Thanks are due to the Competitor Group for inviting me out for this race. CG has had a rough 18 months with elite athletes but responded to criticism (and I personally had plenty of it) of their decision to cut elite athlete support with a retooled elite athlete program that both rewards our hard work and protects their bottom line. I applaud them for being willing to admit a mistake, take a boatload of criticism and reinstate support for elites and emerging elites.

vegas signAnyone else running in Vegas in November? What’s your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas?

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