29 November 2011

I'm running in Vegas... are you? Yes! I'm running in Vegas! How about you? Are you running in Vegas? I am! You? Yes, indeedy...I will be running in Vegas...you, too?

"Once a year the 'whore' population of Las Vegas quintriples when a ton of self-entitled (runners) who are willing to sell their souls for chocolate milk endorsements roll into town to complain for 26.2 miles at a 10:30/mile pace" My friend has an awfully twisted sense of humor and said he'd pay me to put that in this post. Guess that makes me a... whore.

This coming Sunday, I am running The Strip at night. 

I will be running with the 40,000+ other entrants (among them, what seems to be a sizable blogger population) in the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon and Half-Marathon, but unlike almost every other female, I won't be in a slutty costume or sparkly outfit. 

Okay, okay... I might wear a SparklySoul headband that I won in a giveaway at my friend Megan's blog. And I might stick adhesive rhinestones on my awesome $2 knee-sock/armwarmers just so I blend. And sparkles can be fun. shut up, haters. But there is something to be said for not blending, too. 

For example, if it is really, really cold, I might be tempted to wear my award-winning Winter Workout Gear...for real, I won a gym wardrobe makeover this week by submitting this picture to a contest...

this would totally not blend in Vegas...am I right?
note: hat doesn't come with reservoir tip

Knowing me, however, I will be running in my plain black Target shorts and tank top...and running shoes. And... of course, I'll be wearing my awesome Moving Comfort Juno bra :) I run "hot." That doesn't mean I look 'hot' when I run...quite the contrary...it means I get hot when I run. But I'm sure you figured that out without me needing to explain it, right? 

13.1 miles is still quite an undertaking for me. A lot of people say they are running this race 'for fun.' I can't do that. Sure, I'll have fun while I am there, and it will be a fun experience. But something about sick physical effort and fun and costumes... it just all seems a little incongruous. I will be busting my butt to put one foot in front of the other for close to two hours, give or take (does 'give' mean that it would be less than 2 hours...or is that 'take'?). 

In addition to getting my run on, I'm looking forward to spending some time in a fancy hotel without my kids and meeting up with some of my good friends from the ol' Nuun Platuun glory days...Jess the Blonde Ponytail), Tricia who knows Endurance Isn't Only Physical, and Caitlin and Kim from Nuun. And we'll get to see our Team Nuun teammates and rivals for the Nuun Cup (which seems to have gone missing, am I right, Tonia?), AfterNuun Delight's Sweaty Emily of Sweat Once a Day and Mr. Mason, prez of Nuun.

And Emz!

And...well... so many others :)

I wonder if they have gluten-free food in Las Vegas?

*If this post makes no sense or is utter tasteless, remember that I am tapering...which means I can't be held entirely accountable for anything!*


  1. there is going to be so much awesome in Vegas and I really wish I could be there too.
    Have fun and SPARKLE!!

  2. So jealous I'm not heading to Vegas too--you guys are gonna have so much fun!

    Finally getting around to your blogger award today--hooray! :)

  3. I am so jealous! I was supposed to run this race but a conflicting schedule nixed that plan.

    And where the heck is the Nuun Cup. We are freaking epic and we need something to symbolize that.

  4. I can't comment too much b/c I sold my soul and don't have a lot left :)

  5. Best wishes for a great race! Rock it!

  6. Have FUN!! Wish I were running it too :)

  7. i ran this race a couple of years ago and it is a fun one! good luck, can't wait to hear all about it!

  8. I'll be there. Can't wait to meet you and so many other bloggers, although I'm getting a little intimidated and looking for all the funny and entertaining personality I can muster. I'll be without costume too - I did paint my nails sparkly - does that get me fun credit? gotta do something with my free taper time.

  9. YES! I'm running in Vegas. I will not be in costume/wearing anything fancy for this one - I'm saving my tutu for the Tinkerbell Half at Disney in January.

    I notoriously overdress - because I am wimpy at being cold. It is close to 80 in So Cal right now, so this whole running in 30s-40s is going to be a big shock to me.

  10. Good luck this weekend! Sounds like it will be a great time! You are getting faster and I bet you are under 2 hours in this one!!

  11. So that explains 1) why almost every running blogger I follow is running that race and 2) why everyone wanted me to vote for them to win a "grant" from refuel with chocolate milk. I see.

    I am curious to see if RNRLV is lots of fun or not because it sounds like it would be lots of fun and I'd like an excuse to go to Vegas at least once for reasons other than "to make an asshole of myself."

  12. haha! i love love love this post and am super excited for the strip at night this weekend :) good luck! maybe i will see you!!!

  13. Best of luck to you!! Hope you have a great race and whoop up that kid free time! My sister is running to! Say hi to her for me. Looks like me except taller, skinnier, blonder, prettier, faster....I'm sure you'll recognize her:)

  14. You all are going to have so much fun! Have a great race :)

  15. You should totally wear your "winter workout wear" in Vegas! Ha-ha! Have a great time and kick some a#$!

  16. That picture is hilarious. And the reservoir tip caption....even more so. :)

    Yea!! You're going to have soooo much fun! So many cool people to meet (or re-meet) in person.

  17. so completely jealous that I am not going to be there with all of you!!!

  18. Well first of all you're going to great! I just ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon in SF in October at a 12:00 min/mile pace. And by run I'm talking about power walking/semi jogging here. Plus I'm thinking your course will be all flat and that's major! Just remember have fun, hydrate, push through the pain, and when you hit that wall (because everyone hits the wall) you just gotta keep pushing on through. This is the Rock N Roll, isn't there free beer at the end? Go get em!

  19. the answer to that Question is NO and I am so mad at myself for not signing up. boooo to MOI

    wishing you ALL the best!

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  21. This post totally cracked me up!
    Which is good, because otherwise I'd be crying... I can't go this year because of my teaching schedule. Boo!

    Have fun for me out there!!!

  22. I'm not but my aunt is - you sould look for her! Maybe next year, because you just made it sound like something I shouldn't miss!

  23. Congrats on winning the new gear! And good for you for taking on YET another challenge. I like you. I like you A LOT!

  24. I hope you have an awesome time!! Remember-don't eat at the Pink Taco!!

  25. Have fun in Vegas! I wish I were going. Love the winter running outfit, i laughed so hard when i saw that!

  26. Good luck!! My first half was in Vegas, but it wasn't at night...it was in the morning...I'm completely jealous of you right now ;)

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