Here are some random snapshots that I took throughout the weekend in Vegas and haven’t posted.
The great thing about having the race the first week of December is that Vegas is all decorated for Christmas…
The Bellagio atrium which is amazing. Everything is decorated in fresh flowers and tons of lights. The four toy soldiers around the tree spun in slow circles:
The lighted tree outside of the Palazzo. There were these weird but pretty lit up costumed performers that were really tall – you can see them down there in the picture.
I think this was in the Palazzo.
In the Aria. It’s fun to see every hotel’s interpretation of Christmas decorations because they’re all different and so over the top.
The hotel check-in at the Bellagio had this whole winter wonderland behind-the-scenes thing going on.
At the Crystals Center.
Some random restaurant stops:
On Saturday we drove around off the Strip and went to Hash House a Go Go. They have AMAZING Southern food and are known for the sage fried chicken and waffles, but I had a Cobb salad. Without the bacon or cheese, it was just ok. But their homemade biscuits were really good. and huge.
Sunday morning we went to Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris for breakfast on a recommendation from a friend.
Ehh, it was just ok. Maybe we both had too high expectations and after few snafus (we asked for the first available table inside, hostess put us on the long list to sit outside then ended up seating us inside after the long wait, wrong order twice, ran out of ingredients) I’m not sure if we would go back. Our waiter though, was very apologetic and nice about it all.
So for those of you wondering how to eat for an afternoon race, here is what I did:
*At 6:30am I had a cup of coffee before running 6 miles and got back to my hotel room and ate a slice of leftover pizza.
*At 10:30am I ate half of the blueberry muffin and a turkey and egg white omelet and toast from Mon Ami Gabi. It came with hash browns but I didn’t eat those. Also had a couple cups of coffee with cream.
*At 12:30pm I ate another slice of pizza in the room.
*Between 2-2:45pm I ate 2/3 a bag of Skittles while walking to the 3pm race.
I also drank a lot of water throughout the day like I usually do.
I didn’t have any digestion issues like last year, but I was also hungry within the first hour of the race. I took a gel at mile 7.5, ate a bag of Swedish Fish (300 calories) throughout and had half a gel at mile 23 which is a little more calorie-wise than I usually take in.
If I were to do it again, I would eat a smaller energy bar like a PickyBar 15-30 minutes before the race.