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Visit Vegas to Run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

Written on November 6, 2012 at 11:15 am , by

Before 2012 comes to an end, I’m squeezing in just one more thing. I’m heading out to Las Vegas—my first trip there!—to run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series Strip At Night Half-Marathon taking place on December 2. I’ll fit in all my sight-seeing needs as I run 13.1 miles along the infamous strip! It’ll be my first race that doesn’t have me waking up at the crack of dawn to line up, and an added bonus for me: My husband is coming too and he’s running his first half-marathon! (Proud wife over here!)

This race attracts over 20,000 runners and it’s after the sun sets—so Vegas style! (Photo courtesy of Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series)

As a runner and triathlete, I’m always squeezing new races into my calendar, but as you can see this one leaves me with only 5 weeks to train! And let’s just say I haven’t pounded the pavement nearly as much as usual these past few months. That’s why I was in desperate need of a quick, but manageable half-marathon training plan that fits my needs. Luckily, two-time U.S. Olympian, Alan Culpepper, and Operations Director for the Rock ‘N Roll series, whipped me up an amazing plan that I began last week.

I’m always amazed at what the body is capable of if you teach it what to do. Every day last week, I did my miles, adding on a few minutes each day, and by this weekend my body remembered all those miles it used to log and running began to feel natural again. Believe me, starting something is always the hardest step to take. Try this tip: Hop on your treadmill for 20 minutes (or two miles) and every day add on five minutes (or half a mile). You’ll be able to see how easy it is to progress when you break it down like this—and the miles won’t seem as intimidating too. (Read on for more training tips) Read more