On Saturday morning, I’ll be leaving for my final destination race of 2015. At the beginning of the year, I knew that I would be traveling for three races–to Disney World, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver. Along the way, I made plans to travel to Toronto, New Hampshire, San Francisco, and now Las Vegas. You can read my past race recaps here. It’s bittersweet to be heading to my final two races, a 5K and half marathon, but I have a feeling this trip will be one of my favorites. More on why in a moment.
First, let’s talk about training. After working with a coach in August-October, I decided to train on my own when I registered for RNR Vegas. This was mostly because I made the last-minute decision to run the races for fun. I also wanted to change up my schedule from previous months, when I was running more often. I figured that training to fun run meant I could cut back. Over the last month, I’ve been running three times per week–one Mile High class for speed work, one long run, and one recovery run. Aside from running, I’ve been taking yoga and strength classes with ClassPass. I feel like this more balanced training approach has actually improved my running. The beautiful fall weather has also helped. Going into this weekend, I’m tempted to push my pace because I feel even better than I did before San Francisco.
This leads me to why I’m extra excited about this weekend. First, I’m traveling with B, my boyfriend. He’s running his first official 5K with me when we arrive on Saturday. I’ll be treating this race as my shakeout run. This race, as well as the half marathon, begins at night on a course that runs down The Strip. People keep warning me about the 40-degree weather, but I run much better in cooler temperatures, especially at night. Sunday’s half marathon course is also downhill for the first 9 miles. These are some of the reasons that I’m tempted to aim for a PR, rather than fun run, after not delivering in San Francisco. I think I’ll make this decision on Sunday afternoon.
Aside from the two races, B and I are making a list of what to do, see, and eat while in Vegas. I haven’t visited since before I turned 21, so I’m sure the experience will be much different. We’re planning to see a Cirque du Soleil show, ride the High Roller, zipline in Downtown Vegas, and hotel hop on The Strip on Monday-Tuesday. As always, you can follow along on Instagram and Snapchat. I promise to snap more often on this trip than I did during my whirlwind in San Francisco. If you have any Vegas recommendations, please share!
Best of luck to my mom on Sunday! She’s running her second half marathon.
Photography by Lydia Hudgins