Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon Race Recap

As you recover from the Thanksgiving GLUTONY (permissable, of course) – I invite you to read my RNR LV Race Recap!

I couldn’t wait to run the Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Half for two main reasons:

1) I’d never been to Vegas and couldn’t wait to run the strip at night &

2) This would be my first half marathon with my hubby at my side!

The week leading up to the race, I became a bit grumpy with the way I’d beel feeling when I tried to run. I know that having micro tears in my calf and severe shin splints before Marine Corps, only meant that FULL rest time from running was needed to make sure I was 100%. I knew going into this race that we were in it to have fun, and it’d be the last time I pushed that distance for some time. So, we enjoyed two days at the expo, grabbed our bibs, and made a pact to enjoy this race TOGETHER!

We went to the expo on Thursday and Friday before the race. We were able to do and see so much!

Yea, this happened

G was a trooper and SO ready to run his first half marathon that Sunday evening!

Since we were staying at the MGM Grand, we were only about a block away from the Luxor Festival lot, where the Racer’s start village was being held. We were able to change our corral from 20 to 13 and hung out with Jen and SSR before the race kicked off.

The race started at 4:30, and within 3 minutes each consecutive corral went one after the other. Once we were off, we headed down the Southern part of Las Vegas Boulevard in search of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign!
Miles 1-4 – Feeling stiff as I’d been feeling with the left shin, we took these first few miles easy and to warm up. The massive amount of people (over 45, 000 total) made it tough to stay in a straight line – G was learning a lesson in properly running tangents and avoiding the zip-zag routine. It was seriously CONGESTED. All the more reason to take it easy and look around enjoying the strip, I always say.
Miles 5-8 – We venured into the Northern part of the strip heading into Freemont and downtown Vegas by this point in the race. We were able to see the the F3 (Further Faster Forever) cheer squad – high fives gave us a boost! By mile 6, we made a pitstop to take a pic with this guy: 
Favorite-est race photo evarrrrrrr!
We were still plugging along and enjoying everything around us at this point. We started to see people on a turn around and looked eagerly for that to come up – alas, we made a right turn onto another street for a couple of miles, oops. This was a quieter part of the race – there were lights to guide us, but also dark spots too. We made sure to not walk in this area – sketchy perhaps?
Miles 9-13.1 – On our way out of downtown, we made a habit of focusing on points to reel in. First, was the Stratosphere, and then we worked on bringing in the finish at the Mirage! G couldn’t see it, but I could. I was so tired at this point. My shinny shin shin was kaput and I was so thankful to have G there with me. Around mile 11 we started to hear the music at the finish area along with spectators coming around more. Once I heard Gangham style, all bets were off and I was dancing to the finish line!
G did it! He finished his first half marathon!

And they gave us glow-in-the-dark medals!
I couldn’t be more proud of my husband!
Not only did he come back from 2 ankle surgeries and physical therapy, but he trained for 12 weeks after just getting a new job after Disneyland’s 10k because he really wanted to run Vegas with me. He’s a half marathoner who is eager not only to run another half but eventually train for a FULL marathon!
Have you seen your significant other transition into a run-lover?
What your favorite part of half marathons?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    November 29, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Oh, this is awesome, Kat! I want to run this race one day. I love Vegas and it would be so awesome at night!

    My husband started running first (I’m running because of him), but he doesn’t have the race bug. He’ll sign up for races here and there, but I don’t see him doing more than a 10K (so far, he hasn’t wanted to try for anything over a 5K but did a 6K yesterday). I’d love to enjoy a half or longer race with him one day, but he doesn’t get excited for runs like I do.

    Can’t comment on the half part until Sunday night, after I run my first one!

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      November 29, 2013, 2:48 pm

      Thanks Jennifer – I hope that you ENJOY that half and you’ll soon be addicted for sure!

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    November 29, 2013, 2:47 pm

    That looks like such a fun race! Congrats to the hubs on his first half and to you for pushing through! Your pic with Elvis is definitely an epic race photo. I ran my first few marathons with my husband and it is definitely awesome having the one you love by your side during the emotional roller-coaster that is the marathon, haha.

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      November 29, 2013, 2:48 pm

      I’m SO glad to have him there now – recovery and then on to the next one!

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    November 29, 2013, 8:09 pm

    I wish my husband could run with me. He has extraordinarily flat feet and terrible knees. He ran a Ragnar Relay once with me, but experienced so much pain afterwards, that he swore he’d never do it again. He was a baseball player so running is not his forte. However, he can knock balls out of any major league ballpark.

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    November 30, 2013, 12:30 am

    So fun! I used to drag my husband along, but now he wants to join!!

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    November 30, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time! Congrats! I don’t know which race to run in Nevada. This one always looks like so much fun, but I’ve had 2 eye surgeries and I don’t see well at night. Is the course lit up at all?

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    November 30, 2013, 1:01 pm

    What a great experience! At tris, I see couples together, and it makes me so happy. Hope that can be me one day. 😉

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    November 30, 2013, 11:58 pm

    I loved seeding your photos and looks like that you had fun. My husband and I used to run together all the time and trained and ran 3 marathons together. And then there were the kids…haha. I hope that your shin feels better soon!!

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    December 1, 2013, 5:27 pm

    Congrats on finishing and G on his first half! Im uber jelaous of that medal. B and I can only walk 5ks together, but I love doing it!

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    December 3, 2013, 12:28 pm

    I’d like to see a green feathered headdress to go with the green sparkle skirt! Much more complementary…

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    December 3, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Congrats again on your race! It looks like it was so much fun and it is awesome that you and hubby got to do it together. I ran the marathon there in 2011 and was just there for Thanksgiving. Love Vegas as a couple. xo

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    December 10, 2013, 2:16 am

    That’s awesome you ran this race with your husband and even better for getting him hooked on running!!!

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