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Las Vegas Half Marathon Race Report

Monday, December 12, 2011

Google the RocknRoll Las Vegas Half and you will find lots of complaints. People even say they got sick from the water (I didn't). My only complaints were that it was really crowded. I just don't think it is possible to organize 44,000 people. People literally could not get to the proper corrals, so there were lots of walkers up front and lots of weaving in an out. I even saw a guy trip, tuck and roll and get back up to keep running. It was very hard to keep any sort of pace with so many people. My splits were all over the place. So glad that my marathon will be a small race.

That said, I was just there for a fun training run since I happened to be in Vegas at the time. I just started training for a marathon and didn't want to set myself back by needing rest after a race effort. So, I accomplished my goal for the day. It was also fun to see the lights and people dressed as Elvis. I took my kids to the Expo and we enjoyed that - I got to meet the authors or Run Like a Mother and get my Badass Mother Runner Shirt and visor :).

I took 2 days off just because of the travel schedule, and now am on to marathon training. My first long, long run was this past Saturday. A nice and slow 15 miles. I ran with friends and really enjoyed it (for anyone who is curious, I do take walk breaks). Still thinking about a tune-up half in January, and will also have to rein in the pace for that one. My sub-2 Half will have to wait til summer or fall.

The one thing I do notice with my Halfs and this long run is that my legs definitely go before my lungs do. I need to step up the strength training during this base-building phase. The truth is, I do not love strength training! Thinking about dusting off the kettlebells but wish I could get away with just yoga. The problem with that is that I don't want to work hard and long enough at yoga to have it function for strength training. I like my yoga as balance to my running - to work out the kinks and help me to relax. I do some additional bodyweight strength training but am not doing enough to get me ready to go 26.2.

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