The day I met Kathrine Switzer

Who is Kathrine Switzer?

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon. An all-male event for 70 years. She signed her name for the race entry as KV Switzer and at the time long distance running was questionable for women because of course we were so fragile that our uterus would fall out! Women faced many prejudices back then which Kathrine was ready to debunk. That day in 1967 the men in the race and even the photographer was very supportive but not the Race Director. He personally proceeded to run after Kathrine and physically grabbed her to remove her off the course. At the time Kathrine was not trying to be a crusader but realized in that very moment it was a much bigger statement to simply finish this race. That 4hr20min changed her life and many others. In 1972 five years after she crossed that finish line, women were officially allowed to compete in the Boston Marathon. In 1974 Switzer WON the NYC Marathon. She has had many career highlights including being named one of the Visionaries of the Century (2000), Hero of Running (2012), and Runner of the Decade (1966-76) by Runners World Magazine. Kathrine continues to deliver her visionary message and inspire many with her charm and class. When I heard she was coming here to Baton Rouge, Louisiana that first weekend of December 2014 for the Baton Rouge Beach Half/Full Expo and Marathon weekend, I made it my goal to meet her and she more than exceeded my expectations. I was personally introduced to her by the Race Director Craig Watson ( like “I” am a somebody lol) Kathrine seemed genuinely excited to meet me. I don’t get flustered that easy but I could barely speak as I stumbled my words to tell her how much of an honor it was to meet her and wanted to sincerely thank her for everything she has done for women in running. She is an icon to many. She actually introduced me to her friends who are also very lovely and gracious as well. I can see that Kathrine keeps excellent company. After chatting I asked Kathrine for a picture and if she would sign my bib (a new tradition that I decided to start on the spot even though this was my 15th Half lol)

Can you tell I am just a tad excited?!

Can you tell I am just a tad excited?!

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The next morning I looked for Kathrine before the start of the Baton Rouge Beach Half/Full. I mentioned to her that I was part of the Varsity Sports running group and if she would take a pre-race picture with us as well as stay for our Runner’s Prayer. A tradition that is done before the start of the race with the group. It was an honor to have her company with us that morning, especially since it was going to be a challenging race with the very high humidity and fog that laid before us in the miles ahead.

Our group race pic

Our group race pic

Kathrine was a great sport and stayed for our "goofy" pic as well :)

Kathrine was a great sport and stayed for our “goofy” pic as well 🙂

Runner's Prayer to give us extra blessings for a good race day.

Runner’s Prayer to give us extra blessings for a good race day.

Even though I did not have a stellar performance at that race, getting a hug from Kathrine Switzer after crossing the Finish made my day. So gracious, supportive and inspiring. We were blessed to have her at the BR Beach weekend events. Thank you Kathrine! #261 #BeFearless

Another reason as to "Why I Run" the people you meet :)

Another reason as to “Why I Run” the people you meet 🙂

For more on Kathrine Switzer:

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Half Crazy in BAMA

If you read my last blog post you may have caught that I was heading to Alabama to finish out the series finally for Gulf Coast Half . Back in 2011 when I started running I ran the Mandeville Half and again in 2014. In 2013 I did Pensacola and FINALLY it was time for BAMA!

  • 2011 Mandeville,LA Half time 2:06:01 (Great Flat Course held in October)
  • 2014 Mandeville,LA Half time 2:07:41- Blog Race Recap
  • 2013 Pensacola,FL  Half time 2:10:08 – Blog Race Recap (held in April-Warm but great after party)
  • 2015 Gulf Shores,AL Half time 2:14:36 ( Flat course minus the bridge at the Start & Finish)

I took my own advice and packed ahead of time for this roadtrip to Alabama. I was looking forward to it considering this was actually my FIRST time to Gulf Shores. Fortunately my buddy Francine knew her way around and it was very easy to get around. On the way we stopped at Lambert’s for lunch. We split a grilled chicken salad which ended up being ginormous and filled up on rolls and pass arounds. Well worth the stop. A fun, family oriented restaurant perfect for those road tripping.
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After lunch we shopped at the nearby Tanger shopping outlet. We only went to a handful of stores but came out with bags at every one which says a lot because I am not much of a shopper. Today was a beautiful, sunny day with a high of 60 so we were definitely enjoying ourselves, even got some new sunglasses!

Time to head to packet pickup at LuLu’s which went very quickly to get our bib and shirt. We still had some time to spare so we went to their bar area and got a mudslide while scoping out the dinner menu before heading to the hotel for check in.

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Around 6pm we headed back to Lulu’s for some pre-race dinner grub. Afterwards we went to The Hangout since I had never been there before. Great fun laid back atmosphere.  A highlight of mine here was the “Wish Wall”. We each put in our request for a great race the next day before heading back to the hotel for the night.

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We always lay out our race gear the night before to reduce anxiety on race morning. We set our alarms for a 4:45am wake up since we wanted to get to LuLu’s to park by 6am. The race would start at 7am and we could always stay in the car before heading to the Start of the race since it was close. This would give us plenty of prep time! (Not our first rodeo lol!)

Finally it was race morning. 54 degrees, 8mph winds and FOOOOOGGGGGGYYY.

There was a drizzly, wet mist in the air and I was wishing I had not forgot my visor in the room. Grrrrrrrrrr. Both Francine and I thought the fog would burn off but we would soon find out that this unfortunately would not be the case.

Nonetheless Pre-Race picture time!!!

I  had to brighten up the picture a bit. Can you still tell the white fog in the background?

I had to brighten up the picture a bit. Can you still see the white fog in the background?

There was 378 runners for this 10k/Half race.  (328 for the Half & 50 for the 10k) The smallest of the three location series since most have to drive in for it per the race director Mike Wattigny. No matter the size there was ample water/Gatorade stations at nearly every mile and the course was very well marked. I had no hesitation moving past the 10k turnaround to the Half. I was ready to claim Half #18 today even though I was still cussing the Intracoastal bridge that I would have to go back over later at the Finish. The roads were very slick today and I could barely see out of my sunglasses the majority of the race. I just knew by how wet my hair was I was going to look like a drowned rat in my free race finisher picture. Getting close to the finish I had depleted all my GU and looked at my watch. I quickly did the math and knew it would not be a PR day but that’s ok I would still be Finishing Strong which is always Goal #1!

Crossing the finish with a sigh of relief I spotted Francine. She had finished a minute before me. I gave her the biggest hug and we headed to the car to freshen up before getting some post race food at LuLu’s and take our traditional “after” race pic with our bling. There was lots of food choices after the race including bagels, fruit, cookies, seafood rice, jambalaya plus complimentary beer, coke and water for the runners to wash it down with. We ate lightly since we knew we were wanting to grab a burger later after we got cleaned up at the hotel.

Alabama CLAIMED!!!!!!

Alabama CLAIMED!!!!!! We were SO ready to go get cleaned up and changed!

and they call this the “LITTLE CHEESEBURGER”?!!! Plenty for me!

Enjoyed every bite!

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As as I said before the journey is part of the experience and once again this road trip did not disappoint 🙂

Until next time!

 

“Blues to the Bayou” My own Back 2 Back Half’s-Part two: The Bayou

It was looking like a picture perfect weekend for the 4th Annual Louisiana Marathon weekend. I had a plan B going into the weekend to run the Quarter distance race instead of the Half but I knew in the back of my mind I wanted to keep my alumni status and keep going Half Crazy. (my own term)  Next year will be the 5th annual and since this race has been growing every year it promises to be great. The Expo this year was at the Baton Rouge River Center. Packet pickup was a bit crazy if you were doing pickups for multiple people for different races but other then that it went smooth and there was lots to go look at. I got a scoop for this years Jazz Half Marathon in New Orleans on October 31,2015 from the Race Director Chuck George that starting this year he will be changing up the bling to musical instruments. This year will be the Saxophone! I was very excited to hear this update. 2016 may be the Piano and possible the Clarinet in 2017 ( my daughter plays the Clarinet so when I told her that she was very interested).  Race expos are a great place to find out more about races in your area. Plus this weekends race in Louisiana was bringing in large crowd from all 50 states and 9 countries so you never know who you could possibly meet.

Saturday’s race was the 5K, Quarter and Kids Marathon. I would be on hand to be race support for my daughter Alaina running the 5K and my friend Francine doing the Inaugural Quarter distance (6.55 miles). The weather was perfect about 35 degrees and no wind.

Start line for Saturday's 5K & Quarter which started at the time

Start line for Saturday’s 5K & Quarter which started at the same time

Alaina hugging Francine after finishing their races. "Runner Support" I love it :)

Alaina hugging Francine after finishing their races. “Runner Support” I love it 🙂

So proud of her and relieved she is out of her Scoliosis brace. (That was a long break but she is back out there and already focused on doing a couple 10k's this year. I told her this morning I was proud of her before she even crossed the Start line. I know she hates the training but the Finish line makes it SO worth it. I loved to see that face of accomplishment today. Such a great morning. She will be out there to cheer me on tomorrow for the Half. BTW: This was Alaina's 22nd event since she started with me in 2011. Today was her 15th actual 5K. (Count includes: 1=10K, 1=Sprint Triathlon, 1=Paddleboard race, 2=Trail races, Couple fun runs) #ProudMom

So proud of her and relieved she is out of her Scoliosis brace. (That was a long break but she is back out there and already focused on doing a couple 10k’s this year) I told her I was proud of her before she even crossed the Start line. I know she hates the training but the Finish line makes it SO worth it. I loved to see that face of accomplishment today. BTW: This was Alaina’s 22nd event since she started with me in 2011. Today was her 15th actual 5K. (Count includes: 1=10K, 1=Sprint Triathlon, 1=Paddleboard race, 2=Trail races, Couple fun runs) 

We hung out at the Finish Festival for a bit where there was bands and food from various vendors before leaving. They understood I needed to get off my feet a bit for my race Sunday and promised to be my support the following day. On the way to the car we caught the start of the Kids Marathon. It was AMAZING to watch them go and what a CROWD!

Kids Marathon. So cute to watch. Some ran hand in hand :)

Kids Marathon. So cute to watch. Some ran hand in hand 🙂

Sunday arrived finally. What would the day bring? My PR time to beat was a 2:06 but I had not been running that fast lately and my legs were still tired from MS Blues the previous weekend. I did have some extra excitement for the day. My daughter and husband was coming for the FIRST TIME to see me Start and Finish a Half Marathon. This was a big deal for me and definitely a good one for them to come see. There would be plenty of excitement in the air and a great Finish Festival so they wouldn’t be bored waiting on me. Lining up in the start coral there was lots of familiar, friendly faces offering encouragement and last minute advice.

This year it was a wave start with Ainsley’s Angels starting out first.

Start line for the Half & Full

Start line for the Half & Full

Finally we were off. I saw my support krewe at the Start to wish me luck and off I went.  The first Half of the race went well. I did my best to not start off fast and was at the 10k mark at 1:01. I watched my tangents and took in the sights which there was plenty of. There was lots of cheer stations along the race course. Some offered free mimosas, pancakes, beer, whatever you would like.  At one spot I saw some little kids in their pj’s high fiving runners as they came by. So cute! Those kids could have been sleeping or watching cartoons but no they were outside giving their support on a 45 degree/5mph winds morning. Very Sweet! ( I got my high 5’s) 🙂

I noticed I was having to use my GU’s more frequently than usual and could feel my energy level zapping away. By mile 11 I was slowly crashing. Nooooooooooo! I must push through. I had people waitting for me at the Finish. At this point I knew I was not going to make my PR and just tried to come in as close to 2:09 as possible. The feeling of slight disappointment was already settling in. Finally the home stretch. My last push to the Finish but I had nothing left in the tank to give. I  just kept my focus to run to the end and spot my Support Krewe. They were giving smiles and cheers as I crossed the Finish at 2:12. Mike Wattigny was there and gave me a high 5 at the Finish who I coincidentally saw at the Start as well  (He is the Race Director for Gulf Coast Marathon Series and Operations Director for Louisiana Marathon) Rachel Booth congratulated me and I was elated to see her (She currently holds the course record for the women/Louisiana Half at 1:17) I gave her a huge hug and told her how thankful I was. Then I got hugs galore from my friends and family which made my day. My husband and daughter said they were proud of me and my daughter waited for me to go get my medal so she could put it on me as promised. My friend Francine had no doubt I would do the Half and gave me props for doing them two weekends in a row.

Although it was not a PR day for me (yet again) I still felt thrilled that I got to experience it. It was time for me to enjoy the after party and watch the people running the Full come in. That is always inspiring and motivating to watch. For me it is part of the experience as well.

A Great Day!

A Great Day! Pics from the Start & Finish

Amazing Finishers! So inspiring to watch #GeauxRunla

Amazing Finishers! So Inspiring  #GeauxRunla

Number of participants this year at The Louisiana Marathon Weekend:

  • Marathon: 1360 (638 Female/722 Male) Average time  4:32
  • Half Marathon: 2853 (1716 Female/ 1136 Male) Average time  2:21
  • Quarter: 397 (248 Female/149 Male) Average time  1:13
  • Kids Marathon: 641 (287 Female/353 Male) Average time  11:36
  • 5K: 1399 (864 Female/534 Male) Average time  37:49

 For more information and to join us next year check out The Louisiana Marathon website at: http://www.thelouisianamarathon.com  or on Facebook.

#GeauxRunLA

 If you missed Part One from MS Blues check it out HERE

 

14 races in 2014 a look back

So I was looking at my race list and in 2013 I did “13” races” (Coincidentally)

2013 Completed  (13)

  • Louisiana “HALF” Marathon – Baton Rouge  1/20/13— Finished in 2hr 12min –BIB#1466—My 6th Half!
  • Disneyworld Princess Half Marathon Feb/2013–February 22-24, 2013  (for fun) plus Royal Family 5k- BIB#1001—4:05
  • Corporate Cup 5k (with Turner) 3/23/13—— 27:29 5K PR! –8:52 pace– BIB#1992
  • Crescent City Classic 10k 3/30/13—New Orleans—35th Anniversary!- Finished in 57:58 10k PR!- 9:21–pace  BIB#3749
  • Gulf Coast Half Pensacola  4/7/13—  Finished in 2hr 10min –BIB#287—my 8th Half!
  • Run Forest Run 5K 4/28/13 15th annual-New Orleans—–Bib#553  Completed 28:38
  • 3rd Annual SuperHero 5k Zachary 5/11/13 (for fun with Alaina-She won 1st place in Costume Contest)
  • Rocketchix Duathlon 7-27-13   2mile run/12 mile bike/2mile run-Bib #505-1:26 (1st in my age group ,3rd overall –Fat Tire )
  • 4th Annual Muddy Water Paddle Battle Relay & 250m Sprint 8-3-13 (Came in 3rd in the Women’s Relay/ 4th in the Sprint.-My daughter Alaina did the ½ mile)
  • Zoo Zoom 5k       8-24-13   28:28  –9:11 pace– BIB#152
  • Saints 5k      8-31-13 –with  Steve & Alaina for fun
  • Zombie Bash    10-4-13 –with Alaina for fun—Alaina did it —(I was injured, not in Count)
  • Middendorf’s 10 miler  11-16-13 — 1hr:37    — BIB#62
  • Baton Rouge Beach Half     12-7-13—–2:10—BIB #434

In 2014  I did “14” races” (Again a TOTAL Coincidence in count)

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  • 3rd Year -Louisiana Half Marathon    1-19-14- Finished in 2hr 07min –BIB#4578—My 10th Half!!
  • 5th Anniversary New Orleans RnR FULL MARATHON   2-2-14– Finished in 4hr48min –BIB#12145–1st Full!
  • Q50Half —Trail Half Boque Chitto–3-8-14– Finished in 2hr33min –BIB#155–1st Trail Half
  • Forge Unicorn 4 miler Clark Creek 4-12-14—Did for “Fun” with Alaina, Maggie and Dan-Finished in 1hr59min—
  • Crescent City Classic 10k 4/19/14—New Orleans—BIB#13051  —Finished in 1hr:4min
  • Happys 5000  3miler 5/3/14– Finished in 29:18 –BIB#165-
  • Q50 RACES CINCO DE MAYO 5/4/2014—Audubon Park-4miler trail w/ Alaina – I finished 44:38 Bib#193 21st overall woman–Alaina #194 finished 59:30
  • 70.3 Ironman Augusta,GA 9-28-14–1st Relay!–“The Runner” -Finished in 2:12 –BIB#3456-
  • Gulf Coast Half Mandeville 10-19-14 – Finished in 2hr 07min –BIB#220—
  • RNR LAS VEGAS HALF 11-16-14 – Finished in 2hr 52min –BIB#11242—SO MUCH FUN!
  • Goldenfliers 5miler 11-22-14 – Finished in 47min:47 –BIB#289—9:33pace
  • Reindeer Run 5k for fun with Alaina-45min
  • Baton Rouge Beach Half 12-6-14 – Finished in 2hr min:19 –BIB#803—My 15th Half
  • Girls on the Run 5k for fun with Gabbie 12-13-14 -41min (It was an honor to run w/ my niece)

2014 was NOT a year of PR’s for sure but I did my first Full Marathon, my first Trail Half and participated in my first Ironman event which was also my first Relay event. My bling rack represents lots of incredible memories and friends made. Not every race was for time some was to help my niece complete her Girls on the Run program or to take the family out for a fun race morning at Clark Creek or an evening out with my daughter to enjoy the Christmas lights and a 3miler thrown in so we can enjoy some treats at the bake sale booth afterwards. I look at each medal or race bib and feel blessed. For me that is what running is about, to ‘Enjoy the Journey’ and share it with others.

Some 2014 race highlights in pictures:

First Full Marathon! RNR New Orleans 2-2-14

First Full Marathon! RNR New Orleans 2-2-14. I could not have done it without Francine, Karen, Coach Stephen, my family plus all the support from friends following along.

 1st Trail Half 3-8-14. A great morning in Boque Chitto

1st Trail Half 3-8-14. A beautiful morning in Boque Chitto

Fun family morning at Forge Unicorn 4 miler Clark Creek 4-12-14

Fun family morning at Forge Unicorn 4 miler Clark Creek 4-12-14

Crescent City Classic 10k 4/19/14

Crescent City Classic 10k 4/19/14  Always on Easter Weekend!

Love these girls!! 70.3 IM AUGUSTA,GA   9-28-14 1st Relay

Love these girls!! Hugs Laura & Larissa  70.3 IM AUGUSTA,GA 9-28-14 1st Relay

Viva Las Vegas with my best running bud Francine!!!

Viva Las Vegas with my best running bud Francine!!!

Gulf Coast Half Mandeville 10-19-14

Gulf Coast Half Mandeville 10-19-14. This is the look of “Relief” at the Finish!

I love and support the Girls On The Run program

I love and support the Girls On The Run program. So proud of my niece Gabbie

Still growing

Still growing. Lots of memories and look forward to more.

Starting off 2015 by being selected for the #RocknBlog team

A tisket, a tasket , a brand new widget to add to my blog!!

Wha what?! Nicole Decker is a member of the 2015 #RocknBlog team.

What is #RocknBlog ? well the Rock ‘n’ Blog team is a community of health & fitness enthusiasts, social mavens, and certified selfie-takers for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. They make running fun, earn tons of bling, and will convince you to do the same! runrocknroll.competitor.com/rocknblog

How AWESOME is that?!

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To be able to add this to my blog is…wait for it…..LEGENDARY!!!

100 bloggers were selected over thousands of qualified applicants from all over the United States and even Canada! To be among them..well.. I am flattered 🙂

Surprisingly I knew many of the selected from previous races and events so that made it even better.

Meet the team HERE

To go directly to my profile go HERE

Last year I was fortunate enough to do the Rock ‘n’ Roll  New Orleans and Vegas races. Which tour stops will it be this year? Stay tuned and check out the choices HERE

One of the many perks? (BTW: I will be getting discount codes for races & scoops to share with YOU)  Is getting cool emails with yourself featured unexpectedly! Can you spot me below two times?

Thanks for the ‘Rockin’ welcome Rock ‘n’ Roll!

#rocknblog

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas Half Recap

Yep this picture kinda says it all. ELECTRIFYING

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If you read my earliar post. Competitor was promising a great event for this race in Vegas. One that had been on my bucket list for awhile. Excitement was building as we started our check-in at Luxor. After a quick change in rooms to get one with a bathtub (RunnerProbs) my best running bud Francine and I set out for the Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center by taxi to claim our Runner Perks wristband so we could get our weekend started off right. Packet pickup was a breeze but with no map to tell you what vendors was where the expo was a bit chaotic. People were everywhere. As I looked over peoples heads to see the booths ahead a lightbulb went off “MEB”!!!. Meb was to be speaking at 1pm. I quickly looked at my watch and it was 1:15pm. I told Francine we must find the stage where he was speaking. Success! We found him and he was talking about his Boston Marathon experience. (Mebrahtom Keflezighi won the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014, becoming the first American man to do so since Greg Meyer in 1983.) He spoke with emotion and was very humble about his experience even though he has probably retold it countless times before. After his session he signed copies of his book and took pictures. YES, I got mine and he even signed my #RNRLV bib “Run to Win”. Best Running Keepsake Ever!! What a great start to the weekend!

Meb would be a Pacer for the 1:45 Half Marathon Coral at RNRLV

Meb would be a Pacer for the 1:45 Half Marathon Coral at RNRLV

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Francine and I finished up with the expo and headed back to the Vegas Strip for some sightseeing. First stop was Hershey’s Chocolate World in New York New York. Oh wow! It had just opened in June.

Any flavor you could imagine. What's your favorite? I like the Dark Chocolate Mint!

Any flavor you could imagine. What’s your favorite? I like the Dark Chocolate Mint!

After awhile we headed back to change for our night out at TAO. A perfect evening to cut loose. Since we weren’t doing the 5k Saturday night we already had our day/evening planned out for the following day which would include M&M World, seeing the white tigers at Siegfried’s & Roy Secret Garden, a stop for sweets at Carlo’s Bake Shop, Dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak and a bit of adventure. (Ziplining off of RIO at night- It was a bit windy and chilly but what a thrill. A must do on your next trip to Vegas).

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Such a Thrill!!!!

Such a thrill and if you look to the left while your in flight you can see the Palms casino!!!!!

Vegas constantly changes and even though this was my third trip here there is always something new to see and do. Tips: Wear comfortable shoes, Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, Plan out your day (know what is where and when at the various casino attractions), Stretch and rest when needed: you can do this by people watching which there are plenty of in Vegas and eat well since you are burning tons of calories walking.

Finally race day arrived on Sunday. We would be running the Half and decided to take it easy the first part of the day. While Francine stepped out to pick up souvenirs I started getting out my race gear so I wouldn’t be scrambling that afternoon. Scratching my head I realized I was missing a couple things which would be a problem since a cold front had come in that day (55 degrees & 12 mph winds-Yikes! Far cry from 70 degrees and 4mph winds Friday & Saturday) We had planned out some cute “Vegas-Themed” costumes for this race and I would be absolutely freezing if I didn’t find the rest of my race attire which included my arm-warmers,knee socks, compression shorts and of course special touches such as my red sparkly headband. I started panicking. I found my costume but where were these items? Did I pack them? I had changed suitcases at the last minute did I leave those items behind? What else was I missing? My bodyglide was also MIA and then I remembered we had changed rooms on the first day!!!!! Uh-O. Did housekeeping by chance have these items? Was I going to have to run this race practically naked? There would be no way I could replace these items in just a few hours. I called the front desk and got transferred to Lost & Found. I waited while someone went to look for my items. She vaguely remembered seeing something red & sparkly in a bag. Would she find it? Would she save my race-day?! VICTORY as I let out a deep breathe!!!  All of my items were located even though I didn’t even have the room number from our first check in. I got lucky!!  I went downstairs to the casino floor to claim my items and tried my luck at a slot machine with the $5 I had on me. Would I be lucky again ? uh- not so much but I had my race items so I was thrilled! Race Day Saved!!!!

We headed out to catch the Pre-Show before the race which would be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was strange seeing the Strip empty and roads closed but excited to know that it was for us! We made our way across the street to take some pictures and enjoy a spectacular show. They played ALL of their hits such as “Thrift Shop”, “Can’t Hold Us” and more.

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We were absolutely freezing in our outfits but got lots of compliments. I was actually surprised there were not more people dressed up for this race. We stood out a bit more than I expected but that was ok. We jogged to Coral 11 to warm up and catch the start of the race. The next 13.1 miles would definitely stick out in our memories and we could not wait. Every coral had their own fireworks at the start and soon we were off! Our plan was to PR in FUN for this race. We were armed with our camera phones and smiles. The sights and sounds of the Las Vegas Strip at Night did not disappoint.

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Crowd and course support was heavy on the Strip but as you got off the main drag there was less as to be expected. I personally could not see doing this course as a Full since you have less light to see the roads in certain areas plus it is just not as entertaining. ( However I do have friends that have done the Full and had a blast!)  It was fun spotting the various wedding chapels as you got close to downtown. I tried to look for my own but I believe it was just a block over from where we were running. ( Yes, I got married in Vegas in 2007 at ‘A Special Memory Wedding Chapel’) We got so caught up on the course that we didn’t even take our GU til about mile 7. At that point it was needed since we expelled so much energy shivering in our costumes and had several miles to go. It was an unexpected thrill to run Downtown ( I never look at race maps ahead of time). We stopped for more pictures and listened to the drummers before we headed back to the Strip to enjoy more bands in the distance. No headphones are needed for this race you have plenty to occupy your senses.

Finally the Finish line was in sight and we were ready to claim our bling! One last push and we had conquered the #StripatNight . We even received our finisher medal and were interviewed on camera by RNR staff at the finish line. I will have to look for that clip later. ( maybe not though since we were in a brief state of delirium lol!)

Women's Running Magazine even featured this pic for the #RunBrag of the weekend :)

Women’s Running Magazine even featured this pic for the #RunBrag of the weekend 🙂

We walked through the finisher chute getting water and chocolate milk exhilarated and proud of ourselves yet still freezing. Hot Chocolate was the next pursuit which we would find at Paris.

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The finisher party was being held after the race at MGM Grand’s nightclub Hakkasan but honestly after that long of a weekend we were done! We had accomplished our PR in fun.

I highly recommend this race for an awesome Racecation getaway because if your not having fun its not worth doing. Thank you #RNRLV we enjoyed running the #StripatNight

For more check out this awesome video clip by Pure Dope Magazine of highlighted recaps from #RNRLV race weekend!

 

 

 

 

An Impromptu Raceday at Goldenfliers

I went to bed Friday night thinking to myself that the next morning I needed to get a training run in. I knew there would be some friends running the Goldenfliers 5/10miler race out at LSU Lakes so I set my alarm just in case I got the itch. Saturday morning I awoke and yes, I had the itch. A quick check on the weather and I put on my race gear to head out. I was short on time so I knew I would only have time for the 5 miler which didn’t start til 8:05am. It was a gorgeous morning out.

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My legs were still tired from the previous weekend in Vegas (yes, that recap is coming soon) but I needed to stretch my legs out since I have another Half coming up on 12/6/14 (Baton Rouge Beach Half). I would just see what I could do.

Who wouldn’t want to get up on a Saturday morning for some Turkey/Chili soup and join this crazy crew?

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Plus get a swanky race shirt to add to your collection?me

As far as my results? Not too shabby. 25th woman overall /4th in Age Group/ 47min:47sec/9:33pace  I’ll take it. I have ran this race twice before at the 10miler distance. It was nice to change it up for the one loop distance plus believe it or not it was my FIRST “Race Day Registration”. Glad they could accommodate me 🙂 It was a great morning!

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