Finally, I can run far enough so that my legs feel sore the next day. What a nice feeling!
The Las Vegas Marathon was great. Tim met me at the gate and gave me a quick tour through the airport fire and emergency response station. I've never driven on the tarmac with the airplanes before! He then drove me to transporation and I shuttled it to the Mandalay Bay Hotel. On the shuttle, I met Jon from Iowa who is writing a story for Runners World on "ecomarathoner" Hajime Nishi. He was going to run the race wtih Hajime to learn about his mission.
It was easy to find the Zombie's at the expo. All I had to do was look for the booth with masses of people around it. What a nice site! Don and Gillian have created a superb business. After hanging with the Zombies and buying a Snot Spot, I went to the Luxor to meet Scott and Leah. We went to dinner at Komol Restaurant with a couple of their friends.
The weather in the morning was chilly but very bearable. Overall, the temps for marathon running couldn't have been better. There was quite a bit of wind however over one long gentle upgrade and it actually got a little warm the last few miles (for us Northwesterners) but I was very pleased with the weather and pretty much everything.
I went out a little fast. I usually don't do that but I ran early to catch up with a couple of people, including half-marathoners Donna and her friend who were dresssed as bunnies in pink skirts, ears and cotton tails. I knew early that I had better chill my pace lest I pay for it over the second half. And I did a little as I tired over the miles and into the wind.
At about mile 24, a runner goes flying by me - uphill. I can barely read the back of his shirt. It says, "Set a good example." It is Badwater doubler John Radich and he is sprinting to the finish. After I cross the line, I find him and we get a chance to talk about all sorts of running stuff.
My goal was to finish under 4 hours and so I did. The results are already posted. I am satisfied. I am also glad I have run far enough and hard enough to have some muscle soreness. I was going to hop in the sauna this morning, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow instead!
Leah wanted to run around 3:45 and she ran a great race, finishing in 3:47:05. Donna, the bunny in the half marathon, is usually a pretty fast runner, but she is presently coming back from an injury. Her goal was just to be able to cover the distance but also to hopefully make in it under 2 hours....and she did! Way to go, Donna!
Previous lesson learned: NOW, I will rest. I will let my legs - that want so much to run again today - recover. I will treat them like I should and not push them too much. I want to be back for good this time!