I ran a marathon in my 44th state tonight. Only 6 to go!
Running down the Las Vegas Strip at night was pretty fun, but the second half of the race was a rat's nest of U-turns and laps around parking lots. If you ever run this one, do the half instead of the full.
Logistics were challenging. The race was massive and they wanted you there two hours before the start. I took my chances and waited until the NASCAR race was over, I think about an hour before the race start, which ended up being plenty of time. But still, that meant I was on my feet for an hour before we started running, and probably walked a couple miles between getting to the start village and walking from there to the start line. I get that it’s a challenging venue, so I’m not complaining about the organization. More just a reminder of how much I like the ease of the smaller marathons.
This was my first ever marathon at night and, I have to be honest, that part was super challenging. I wasn’t really sure what or when to eat. Ended up going with yogurt and croissant for breakfast, and Subway for early lunch, with a couple of NutriGrain bars to span the gap between that and the race start. I mention this in detail because one of the three gave me some awful lower stomach cramps around mile 10. Not sure which.
Other than that, I felt pretty okay running the whole time. It’s so dry out here that my throat and eyes were burning at the start, but that went away as the sun set and temps dropped. Legs were good and I kept the pace right at long run pace like I wanted to. Maybe a litter quicker than I should have, considering it was just a training run.
All in all, I’m glad I experienced this race, but it’s not one that I’d ever want to do again.
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