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Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Competitor Group, Inc.
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 57m 51s
Overall Rank = 2507/22114
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 328/1619
Pre-race routine:

Got to Las Vegas, spent a few hours at the Expo. Fun expo, great equipment, nutrition, and event booths.

Saturday night caught Cheap Trick and Aerosmith at the MGM Grand, Aerosmith put on a great show. Had a couple drinks wandered back to the hotel around 2am.
Event warmup:

Walked down to start line, listed to the Journey Experience, chatted with some friends, made my way to Corral 6.
  • 1h 57m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m  min/mile

Windy on the course. Plan was to run first 10 miles between 8:40 and 8:50, and the last three at anything under 9:00, finish around 1:53. 10 mile training run had been at 8:38. Felt fatigued compared to training around mile 9 and the last few miles were off pace. Wasn't well rested to start the race, just due to travel and the inevitable amount of walking around Vegas.

Still, only my 2nd half marathon, so pretty happy to be under 2 hours.
What would you do differently?:

Rest before the race if I am going to hit my goal time, or just run in the middle of the pack with the Elvis impersonators and folks in the Spiderman Lycra suits.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some chocolate milk and some photos, cleaned up and waited for my buddies to come in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Travel, lack of sleep.

Event comments:

Kudos to Competitor group for putting on a great race and fixing all the logistic problems they had in 2011. Everything ran smooth, on time, well-organized, and excellent corral control.

Last updated: 2012-07-20 12:00 AM
01:57:51 | 13.1 miles | 08m  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1619
Overall: 0/22114
Performance: Good
Course: Start on the strip in front of Mandalay Bay, head south past the "Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, north down the strip, through Fremont street, finish in front of the Mirage. Bands every couple of miles.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-12-12 10:33 AM

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Subject: Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

2012-12-12 10:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
Congrats on breaking the 2-hour mark! I had some friends who ran this race and they said that the wind was pretty brutal.
2012-12-19 12:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
Congrats on your sub-2 finish.  Your situation sounds much like many of ours - felt sluggish due to a late afternoon start and not knowing what to do with yourself for hours before a race.
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