The Las Vegas Marathon and Half Marathon are this weekend and I'm getting pretty excited. Mike will be running the full and I'll be doing the half. I've been checking the weather forecast each day and this is what it says right now: low of 38 degrees, high of 59 degrees, and 4mph winds. Perfect! The race starts at 6:15 a.m., so it should be in the 40's for my whole race. I love it!
Seeing that the race is only 5 days away, I guess I should do a little planning. The most important thing first: what am I going to wear? I bought a new pair of running shorts for the occasion. After running the last month in tights, it will be great to be in shorts again. As for the shirt, our Thanksgiving Day run nicely provided an ugly, gold, long sleeve cotton shirt that will serve as the perfect throw away shirt for the start. I can always count on that race to provide a hideous shirt that I am happy to chuck to the side of the road. Some poor homeless person will probably end up wearing it, bragging to all of his friends that he ran a 5K in Indiana. I'll wear my tried and true tank underneath and hopefully will be comfortable within the first mile or two.
To bring a camera or not to bring a camera? The few times I have run with a camera, I have never stopped to take pictures. I'll be running by myself as everyone else that I know is either running the full or is a lot faster than I am, so I won't have anyone else to take pictures of. On the other hand, I've never run a race in Vegas before and I'm guessing there will be some picture worthy events and people along the way. Has anyone run Vegas before? Did you wish you had a camera? I would have to wear my race belt with a pouch to accommodate it, and I just don't know if it's worth the extra weight and jiggling. What to do?!
Since it is a race, figuring out what pace to run might be a good idea. I started thinking about my schedule for next year. In January, I already have two races penciled in. I'm hoping to do a 10K on January 1st and The Securian Frozen Half Marathon on January 23rd. I've decided to concentrate on the January 23rd race and train pretty hard for that. Since it's only 7 weeks after Vegas, I've decided to not push too hard for this race. I have some chronic hamstring soreness, so if I go all out in this race I may not be able to train as hard as I would like right afterwards.
Ultimately, I have to think about the two half marathons together. Vegas will be flat and ideal temperatures; The Frozen Half will be hilly and horrid conditions. Vegas will be fun and full of smiles; The Frozen Half will be miserable no matter what pace I run. My goal for Vegas is to finish in 2:15 and hopefully come out of it in reasonable condition. My goal for The Frozen half will be to beat my Vegas time by 5 minutes. Secondary goal for Vegas: to beat an Elvis or two. Secondary goal for The Frozen Half: to not freeze to death.