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?!