Saturday, December 09, 2006

Viva Las Vegas

Preface - I can't get the pics to load, so I'll upload them later.

We're here! Actually we've been here for almost 24 hours now. The plane trip was smooth sailing, the check-in at Mandalay Bay was easy-peasy (They had no problem supply me a refridgerator free of charge), the room is extremely nice, and the expo is AWESOME. OMG it's by far the best expo ever. I went ahead yesterday to get my race packet and stuff, and boy I am I glad I did. It was no problem...but today, there is a line a mile long. I bet it takes those people 2 hours just to get their bib and chip. The race bag rocks, too...more free stuff than I've ever gotten in one. Tons of free stuff and good deals all through the expo as well. Oh, and as if that weren't enough, how about Elvis?!?!? I admit I stayed up to about midnight(pacific time) in the casino, but other than that, I've been good. No, I repeat NO alcoholic beverages, keeping a water bottle in my hands at all times (every time a cocktail waitress comes by I request water - it's a good thing I brought my big purse), and eating right. Today I attended one of the seminar's at the expo by a named Paul something of the LA Road Runners. It was fabulous. He talked mostly about running with the correct form, and then he got us all fired up with a big chant that we repeated...haha. No gambling for me today, as today didn't fare so well, so I said forget it. I've talked with several people about how J.T. can see me in the most spots, but everybody says his only realistic options are mile 2 and 24 or start and finish. So I don't know which it will be, but hopefully he can get some footage posted at some point. I just realized today that race starts at 6 AM!!! Gosh, I was thinking 8 AM until a fellow runner corrected me. So we'll be starting in the dark, but the forecast says it will be almost 50 degrees at start time. And almost 60 at finish time. You can't ask for any better than that. Although I've had to modify my wardrobe plans several times. But the weather is beautiful here - I shoulda brought more shorts and left the pants and sweaters at home.

So here's how I finished up this week of training. After Tuesday's intervals, I rode the trainer for an hour solid on Wednesday. I did a 10 minute warmup, then 1 min sprint interval and 3 min easy interval ten times, followed by a 9 minute cooldown. Nice, easy workout, made me sweat but didn't kill me. Then Thursday morning at 6:00 a.m. I set out for my final run - 3 miler @ marathon pace. I felt kinda sorry for Wrigley since he was going to the kennel that day, so took him with me. And about a half mile into it, I tripped over him. ~Sigh~ Now I have a banged up left leg to match the right one. Not anything major, but it did aggravate a place I used to have trouble with as a kid right below the knee cap. I'm alright though - it's not gonna slow me down. I finished up the run in 26:55. I got out about 6:30 this morning and ran down to The Excalibur and back to get a feel for the weather and warm up my legs a little. And that was when I realized that my Garmin battery was dead.

"No problem", I thought..."I'll charge it when I get to the room."

Well, when I got to the room I realized I only brought half of my charger (It's plug and a dock - I left the dock at home.) I am almost cried, but then I remembered that there was a Garmin booth at the expo. So as soon as it opened, I took it down there to see if they could charge it. And thankfully they could. So, things are good now. I am excited. I am feeling positive about 4 hours. More later...

8 comments:

TriSaraTops said...

GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!

Sending good sub-4 vibes to you from C-Town! :) Can't wait to hear about it--I'll be tracking ya!

Phil said...

You really do rock (what will power .. I'd be three sheets to the wind with all the booze flowing in that place). Have a great race tomorrow.

Bob Gentile said...

Lana BEST WISHES!!! Sounds like YOU are all SET and Ready!!! Knock IT OUT!

Looks like a fun event to with the EXPO and all, might have to make it as part of my future Marathon Plans.

Will be looking forward to your report !

Bob

Michele said...

Good girl, now get to bed early tonight an go get em in the morning. I am waiting on the sub 4 hour report.

Michele said...

Good girl, now get to bed early tonight an go get em in the morning. I am waiting on the sub 4 hour report.

Michele said...

Good girl, now get to bed early tonight an go get em in the morning. I am waiting on the sub 4 hour report.

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

That's awesome that the Garmin booth did that for you.

Good luck girl.

Neese said...

I'm so excited for you!!! I'll be checking back for the report! :o) Way to think through the Garmin crisis and get it charged.