If you’re lazy and don’t want to read all my hard work, I mean all my pictures of myself, here’s all the Vegas posts in link form from Friday to yesterday:
Random Thoughts on The Weekend:
I’m not going to do a complete race review because I’ve ran the race 3 times now and have already reviewed it, but I do think a few things are worth mentioning since it’s sorta like a “new” race.
My opinion is that the race was simply too overcrowded – the streets can’t support that many people so halfers ran in the full lane because they had nowhere to run (Cely described it perfectly: she saw the 3:30 marathon pacer with half marathoners running 10:45 min/mile pace funneled in together in an already too small area), aid stations were undermanned and ran out of water, expo shirts and medals, there were long lines (SUAR waited 90 mins for a taxi!) to get out of the area, medics couldn’t get to injured runners and on and on.
Apparently a lot of people on RnRLV’s Facebook were pretty upset too. like some are seriously mad.
What I think needs to happen is the race be capped at about 25,000 entrants. The night race idea is great; there’s only a handful of places that could do a night race with this much excitement and there’s huge advertising potential behind the “Run under the Strip lights at night!” idea. I mean, 44k people bought into it, me included.
Post-race. I’m going to guess that’s some sort of safety/fire hazard having that many people crammed in a hallway at the Mandalay Bay.
But it’s just way too many runners for an efficient, well-run race and if they’re going to have 60,000 runners next year like the word on the street is, I’m doing CIM.
The rest of the weekend, random thoughts:
***The Cosmopolitan is really nice, swanky and modern, but it didn’t seem that user friendly as far as the hotel. To go to the room was a hassle – you had to walk 12 miles just to find the elevators. I kinda felt like it was more of a casino/lounge/club place than a great hotel.
***I think I really like the Trump hotel – for $100, you get a huge room with a mini kitchen, close enough to the Strip to walk to, no extra fee for the fitness center, no smoking, quiet. I’m pretty sure that means I’m getting old when I go to Vegas and want to be where it’s quiet.
***Friday-Tuesday is too long to stay in Vegas; Fri-Mon would be good or Sat-Tues. You stay too long and you just go broke.
***I’m ambivalent about my finishing time for the marathon, 3:26:07; I’m neither happy nor bummed. It was 4 minutes slower than last year and that’s that.
***I brought 2 bottles of champagne and didn’t drink either. Yep, getting old.
***I brought dresses, high heels, tank tops and wore none. It was cold and windy! I lived in long sleeve shirts, sweaters and jackets all weekend.
***Loved my Stella McCartney for Adidas top, loved the CEP compression socks; the Nike skirt was just ok, the fit was a little off. Also had fun wearing lighted headgear and 2 blinking bracelets. If you do Vegas, dress up!
***Regret: around mile 25ish Sandy from BICBands called out to me and I barely lifted a hand. I was exhausted and mad and barely even responded to her. We hung out during the weekend and texted, but still… I could have been nicer. Sorry, Sandy!
***Hash House a Go Go is worth mentioning 15 times. We even said the next day how good our waiter was let alone the food.
***I really don’t like Zappos’ new ad campaign. Sorry bro, don’t wanna see that.
***I loved having people to meet and talk to after the race. Normally after a race, I might see Jabe and that’s it. But on Sunday my bro and sis were there, other blogging friends, low-fat Chocolate Milk peeps, it was just fun. even after a stressful 13 miles.
***I really enjoyed meeting so many bloggers, TeamRefuel runners, readers and new peeps; I truly had a great weekend.
***I truly don’t think this guy did:
He did not pass the breathalyzer if you were wondering.