Welcome back to the Vegas recap!

SUNDAY:

I woke up at 8ish feeling super nervous. My stomach didn’t feel right and I felt anxious for the race. The girls eventually woke up and we went on a trek to find breakfast. We totally should be planned ahead because it took over an hour and a half (!) to get breakfast!!! All I wanted was a bagel with peanut butter. Should be simple. Not so much.

First.. we called the front desk to see if they knew a bagel place. They said Starbucks had bagels, which was awesome because it was in the casino of our hotel! Buuuut, no pb. And there was no way I was having dairy (butter or cream cheese) so it was on to plan 2 — explore breakfast places downstairs. There were a few places but the lines were psycho everywhere! And no one had peanut butter. Messed up. Eventually, I agreed to wait in line at Starbucks for just a plain bagel. This was the line:

While I waited, the girls decided to check Red, White, and Blue where we ate the night before. And guess what? Success!!! They had exactly 3 plain bagels left and plenty of PB. Phew!

After eating, we kind of just hung around the room and watched tv until it was time to get ready. Afterall, can’t use up whatever energy we had, right?? I agree, we were lame.

Anyways, I loved our hotel room because we were able to see the full marathoners start at 4!

It got me SO excited and pumped!!

I knew it was cold outside, so I suited up with capris, a cold wear long sleeve pink shirt, and my “Twinning 2 Stop MS” t-shirt over. Completed with my Run to Stop MS headband to cover my ears.

The shirt:

I couldn’t stop jumping up and down — we were finally running the strip!!!!

We headed downstairs around 5:15 (the race started at 5:30), jogged a little to warm up, and then found corral 8. It was PACKED with people. I felt really claustrophobic and couldn’t wait for things to get going.

Em and I planned to try to run together as long as possible so we linked arms as we started moving towards the start. And before we knew it, we crossed the start line!

I ran the entire thing with my phone plugged into Cardio Trainer. (It’s about time I get a Garmin, don’t you think?). The race was extremely crowded so Em and I tried to weave together as much as possible. It worked pretty well and we were going pretty fast in the beginning. The cold was getting to Em.. she’s from Florida and isn’t used to running in cold weather so it was bothering her lungs and eventually, she also got side cramps, probably from breathing differently. She was a trooper though and stayed with my for the entire first half of the race! But it got to be too much for her and she ended up hanging back more.

I took a Clif shot blok at 6.5, but it didn’t settle well with my stomach. So I ditched the 2nd one that I had brought with me and decided to stick with water for the rest of the run. I felt really strong through the whole race until the end. I’m not sure if my phone was off or if the course was longer than 13.1, but I started getting frustrated when I saw 13.2, 13.3, 13.4 tick by with no finish line in sight! Finally, I crossed at 13.6 and the phone said 1:57:36! YES!!! I felt so happy and relieved and ECSTATIC!! I finally beat 2 hours and it didn’t even feel that bad. I wasn’t dying. I finished strong and felt so alive! But it was a little depressing having no one to celebrate with at the finish line.

I made my way back into Mandalay Bay and waited for Michelle and Em to finish. Em crossed the line at 2:01:29 (awesome, since she didn’t really train AND she ran a half marathon 2 weeks earlier!). And Shelly crossed at 3:01:35 — a PR for her!

After tracking down the girls, we went upstairs to shower (ice baths for Em and Michelle.. I tried but couldn’t handle it) and get ready. I kind of wanted to go out, but Mich wasn’t feeling great so we stayed in Mandalay. They had a little bar with only frozen drinks so we went there. I got a huuuge pink drink to share with the girls and we actually had a good time — the bartender put on a crazy show to music and it was awesome. Flipping cups and bottles all over the place. Plus, free shots! Can’t complain.

The night was a fun laid back time, but I was sad that the trip was ending :(.

MONDAY:

The day I dreaded. Time to leave.

We got up early, packed up the room, and headed to the airport. In the cab, I realized that I didn’t have my phone! I called Mandalay on Shelly’s phone, but they said they had to send house keeping up to my room to check for it. Bummer. I had plenty of time to go back if they told me it was there right away. Instead, it took them an HOUR to call me back and then another 30 minutes to transfer from the main desk to fedex to the front desk again to lost & found to the front desk AGAIN. Then, I got hung up on and it took another 10 minutes to finally get confirmation that my phone was being shipped home. Ridiculous. I loved Mandalay Bay until I had to coordinate my phone haha.

At the airport, we grabbed a quick breakfast with Emily before she had to go to a different part of the airport. It was sad to say goodbye to her :(.

The flight home was a tad bumpy again and our landing was super foggy, but we got home quickly.

GREAT race. And I cannot wait for another Vegas trip when I can actually go out and enjoy TYPICAL Vegas haha.

My splits according to my phone:

With an official time of 1:57:22! Can’t believe I had a 7:42 mile!

Aaaaand, that’s Vegas!

D

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