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Show those hills who’s boss

This trip was great! (minus piriformis syndrome when I got back…)

The weather was just perfect, I was able to see friends and family, run a half-marathon and go out and be social! Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too!

The Red Rock Hotel was super nice. I loved the view from our room and the bathroom was super big and nice 🙂

For dinner Thursday night we went to Hash House A Go Go. I think they called it Southern farm food.

I got the chicken and waffles. HUGE portions. Super good but I would recommend splitting an entrée! As you can see I was a little overwhelmed…

Friday we walked around the strip for a while and then Ashley (far left) and I had to leave the group to pick up our race packets and have dinner with my parents!

Lucky number 238!

After a delicious pasta dinner at Terra Rosa (restaurant in our hotel) it was time to get ready for race day! We laid out all our stuff and lights were out at 8:30pm! Wake up call at 4:30am!!

My parents surprised Ashley and I with Red Rock wine as a congrats on the race! It’s a whole theme on this trip… Red Rock hotel, Red Rock half marathon, Red Rock wine… (went off on a tangent there)

Back to the race! The start was a little unorganized compared the all the NYRR Races I’ve run but still started on time. This was the smallest race I’ve been in. Ashley and I were talking at the start and then someone just yelled GO! and we were off!

Though this was probably the hardest race I have run I LOVED IT. The views were amazing and I love really giving something your all and succeeding. At times during the race I was all alone just running in the desert… pretty cool

I finally got a running photo! score!

With the elevation being way higher than New York breathing was the most difficult part of the race. Running up hills and not being able to get a deep breath is a little scary.

My pace was all over the place during the race. At the steepest hill I looked down and my Garmin said 10 min pace, and the last 3 miles I was anywhere between a 7 min and 8 min pace.

I think one of my favorite memories of the race was about 25 yards to go and my Dad yelled out my name – we waved at each other and then I saw my Mom at the finish line cheering me on! Best parents ever!!!

I would definitely run this race again. Though it really beat me up I want to run it again and show those hills who’s boss 😉

Red Rock 2013! Anyone wanna join me?!

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Hi. I’m back.

Hi. I’m back.

I’m still waiting on the final results from the race…

The race was really difficult and I hadn’t taken into account the difference in elevation. Here in New York we’re at sea level. The race… not at sea level. We were running between 3,000 – 4,800 feet. Meaning the air was a lot thinner making it harder to breathe. The hills were pretty steep but the not being able to take a deep breath really affected my pace. 

This trip was so much fun and I’m so happy I was able to spend the time with my parents and friends. I already want to go back to Nevada. The desert is just so beautiful.

I did bring one thing back with me that I’m NOT happy about. Piriformis Syndrome. It’s caused by running hills and sitting for long periods of time. So that’d be running the Red Rock half-marathon and then taking a five hour flight back to New York the next day and not getting up once… I can hardly walk… I’m doing the stretches now as I type this and it’s pretty painful. It’s my fault though – I hardly stretched after the race. I’m hoping I’ll be better by this weekend.

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Eeekk! Tomorrow = Vegas!!!!

Last night after work I headed over to Ryan’s place. He made me a delicious good luck on your race dinner! And Bailey the puppy gave me lots of good luck kisses – aka slobbery licks.

That huge white blob is a baked potato… So good… And of course the chicken and veggies were tasty too 🙂

Then I headed home for much-needed sleep.

The worst is waiting for a subway car that never comes…

 This week I’ve been pretty tired. I think it’s my nerves. I always get antsy before a trip let alone a race. Put that together and I’m excited/nervous/antsy all the time! Tonight I’m going to do a little baby run (3 miles) to keep my legs race-ready and finish packing. Then early to bed!

Eeekk! Tomorrow = Vegas!!!!

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Begin the countdown

I feel like I’ve been talking about running the Red Rock half marathon forever.

And now that it’s a little over a week a way it doesn’t feel real. I’m in such a routine here – work, run, eat, sleep – that it’s strange to me that I’ll be going on vacation. And I really can’t believe that I’ll get to see my parents and some of my bestest friends from Oregon! Very surreal. I would love to beat my past half marathon times but I know this course is super hilly so I don’t really know what to expect.

All I want to do is run my best, relax and have fun with family and friends. 🙂

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