| Dec 3. Leave Long Beach, CA for Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll event. Friday's traffic was still light on I-15 and it's a good drive to Las Vegas, Nevada.|
|View from a Mandalay Hotel room. Finish / Start line is a block away from |
Mandalay. From this room, I can see Las Vegas Blvd which is the main route of the event.
|Dec 4. Pick up my bib & swag bag at the Sand Expo. Lots of vendors and freebies. Before the Expo, I did a 2 miles easy run along the strip to remind body & mind that old Arthur is ready to rock.|
|Dec 4. Dined with the Kings at the Pasta Party. About 2000 people attended the Pasta Party. Highlight of the entertainment was the performance of 6 to 12 years old Fil Am hip hop dancers.|
|Dec 5 The Big Day. I was assigned at Coral #23 (expected finish time - 2:30). The finish time I put on the registration was 2:10 but because of the big number of participants (about 30,000), I was bumped to this coral. I snuck though in Coral # 21.|
Post Celebration. In my 3 years of running, the Las Vegas event was the most gratifying ", not because of the PR, but because of what I felt after the race.
Felt good that, I hung around for hours to watch Bret Michael concert.
Felt good that, I watched The Lion King without dozing off.
Felt good that, I played Black Jack till 2:00am.
Felt good that, I did a 2 miles recovery run along the strip before driving back home.
I believe that the training and my first marathon last October made all these possible.
|I will get this Special Heavy Medal for Running 2 Rock 'n' Roll -half marathon in 2010.|