Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon Race Report

 Las Vegas Rock N Roll Marathon Race ReportWhere do you start when you want to write a race report about a marathon in Vegas?  Vegas is an epic city!  Running a marathon is an epic event!  Hanging out with Beth and Emily is epic!  So much to say so let’s just jump right into all of it, but not before this:

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE TRAINING AND RACE DAY

Pre-Race Friday/Saturday/Sunday

We landed in Vegas on Friday morning after dealing with having to de-board our plane because of an issue with the flight attendant seat.  Not a big deal but when you are up at 4:30am to get to airport early the day gets long very fast.  When we landed in Vegas we went straight to the expo to pick up our packets and walk around and it was very enjoyable.  Dinner at Hash House A G0-Go with Karen, my brother and sister in law and back to the hotel room early because we were exhausted.

Saturday Karen and I woke up early and went for a 30 minute run.  On the way out we were with the wind and it felt great, but on the turn around it was straight into the wind and slowed us down by about 1:00/mi but it felt good to shake out the legs.  We headed back to the expo to try and meet other bloggers (which I did when I ran into Beth) and what a disaster this was.  I think all 30,000+ people and their families and their extend families were there.  After about 30 minutes I told Karen that I had to go and sit away from the crowds because I had my fill of human interaction (a nice way of saying bumping and shoving.)  At that point I texted Beth (yes I have her phone number – jealous?) and said I’m ready for lunch would you like to meet.  She was kind enough to say yes and so we had lunch with Beth and her friend Erica at Otto.  Otto is a restaurant owned by Mario Battali that I had the fortune of eating at when I lived in New York and loved it.  This time around was no different as the pizza was excellent as was the salad and eggplant appetizer I ordered.  The cannoli was good but not like old school New York restaurant good.

After heading to the hotel room for the remainder of the afternoon we went back down to the strip for the blogger meet up.  We had a great time meeting with Rebecca, Jeff, Matty Beal, Jessica and Coach as well as seeing Beth again (this was a mixer by the way.)  After a few hours it was time to head back to the hotel and rest up.

Sunday was race day, but waking up and not heading to a start line was hard to deal with.  Lots of sitting around until around 11am when we headed to IHOP for brunch.  I ordered pancakes and eggs with dry whole wheat toast.  They messed up our order and thus we had an extra serving of pancakes.  I wound up consuming approximately 1000 calories.  I took a nap at 1pm and then after waking up at 2pm I had a smoothie, got dressed and ready to head toward the race.

We took the highway to the race site as The Strip was closing at 3pm and we wanted to park as close to the start as possible.  Well as we exited there was tons of traffic and I was getting antsy.  It was around 3:30p that I jumped out of the car and headed toward Mandalay Bay to use the bathroom and then head to Corral #1.

Race
Standing around in Corral #1 I did my best to kill time and stay warm.  It was at this point that I turned around and lo and behold there was Emily.  A sight for sore eyes if there ever was one.  I wanted to see Emily because I needed to calm my nerves and also because who wouldn’t want to meet Emily?

As we stood in the Corral we laughed and chatted as if we were cousins.  Just being in her presence I felt a sense of calm come over me and I was ready to run/race.  I had kept repeating to myself:  Stick to the plan!  Stick to the plan!

The plan was to run 2 miles at 7:30/mi pace and get comfortable then drop down to 7:10-7:15/mi for 5 miles then back off to 7:20/mile for 5 miles and hit the strip.  Figuring The Strip would give me a shot of adrenaline I would drop down to 7:00-7:10/mi for 10 miles and then really hit the speed button for the final 4 miles.  Stick to the plan!  Stick to the plan!

As we heard the gun go off we moved slowly toward the start and then I said good-bye to Emily as started running.  It wasn’t as crowded as I expected but immediately we made a left turn and so you had to slow down and navigate that turn.  This would be the first of about 150 turns in the first 13.1 miles of the race.  I had said all weekend that the first 13.1 miles of the course looked like it was designed by a 3 year old with an Etch-A-Sketch.  We made turn after turn along with 180* out and backs mixed in.  Funny thing is that in retrospect this was the better half of the full marathon.

After Mile 1 I saw that I was around 7:50/mi pace but now room had cleared out and we were running.  I got down to 7:30/mi pace and held that through Mile 2.  At this point I knew I had to really drop down if I had a chance.  I sped up and after about 2 miles I caught up to the 3:15 pacer.  I mentally took note of the fact that it took me 2 miles to catch him so I should be able to catch the 3:10 pacer after another 3-4 miles.  I was running great tangents and felt strong.  I was in stride and moving very well with nothing hurting too bad.  The top of my left foot acted up again as it has for the past month or so following 70.3 Austin.

It was at Mile 8 that I could feel my grip on a Boston Qualifying pace slip away.  We went up a bridge and I’m not sure what happened but I felt so slow.  I felt as if I was running in mud and that I could not get up this hill at all.  Once I crested I could feel the pull of the downhill begin to work and I caught up to the runner I had targeted my pace off of.  It had also become night time at this point as well and I was just chasing this runner.

From Mile 8 to Mile 9 or so was the straightest stretch of this run and we got to experience it twice as we made a 180* turn and headed back to where we came from.  At one point you make a left and head to another 180* turn but my legs felt great and I could see the 3:15 pacer just ahead of me again and I kept pushing to stay in eyesight of him.  I thought that if I could be near him with about 7 to 8 miles to go I could make a push for a near 3:10 finish.

As you are running toward The Strip the light from the Luxor was a beacon to run to.  We headed up over a bridge and then the sound from the crowd began to rise.  You knew that The Strip was right there.  We headed under a walkway and made a left turn onto the strip and the adrenaline rush took over, but that did not last long.

As soon as you made that left you could see the mass of humanity and the chaos of this merging of full and half-marathoners.  A little background on this run is that the marathoners started at 4:00pm and the half-marathoners started at 5:30pm.  I ran a 1:37 half-marathon and knew that when I got to the merge (sounds like Survivor) that I would be combining with those from the first few corrals of the half-marathon or those that would be running 7:15-7:30/mi paces.  I had figured I could feed off of their speed but this was not the case.

The race directors and the Rock-N-Roll organization figured that a tiny cone with even smaller areas pointing for marathoners to one side and half-marathoners to another would be a good idea.  Not so much.  As I said I figured I would be running with 7:15-7:30/mi paces but what I found were walkers on the marathon side.  This to me meant that the corrals were not policed and people just jumped in where they wanted.

I fortunately got in behind a woman who was directing traffic.  By directing traffic I mean that she was yelling at everybody that the half-marathoners needed to get the (insert explicative) out of the way and run to the right.  Unfortunately they did not all listen.  At this point it was pick up the pace to get through this madhouse but at the same time I was expending energy dodging people.

At one point I literally ran right over a runner because he was on the marathon side of the race and came to a complete stop to grab water.  I had no place to go and ran him over but luckily neither of us fell but this did practically stop me dead in my tracks.  Before this sounds pompous of an us (marathoners) versus them (half-marathoners) let me just say that I think this was the fault of the organizers of the race in separating the track and not of the runners.  There should have been more of a barricade between the two.  If you are going to ask how did I know who was a marathoner and not, I can tell you for sure who was because I had just spent the last 1.5 hours with the same people all running at the same pace so you knew who was a marathoner and who was not.

Once you got to the first turns on the course the crowd thinned out a bit but it was still crowded.  At about Mile 18 I saw the best sight I could ever have seen.  I saw my wife and just had elation come over me.  I tapped her on the arm and she asked me quickly if I was going to do it and I shook my head that I wasn’t going to qualify.  At that point my heart kind of sank as the knowledge that this wasn’t happening truly set in.  I started running with Karen and fell in behind her like we do when we run together.

I felt my pace slowing down considerably and with the knowledge that I was not going to get to 3:10 I almost threw in the towel and just run to the finish.  This is when the competitor in me took over.  I said to myself that my wife did not sacrifice Saturday evenings for the past month for me to just finish and I picked up my pace.  I passed her and kept on running so that she would chase me.

After about 3 miles I could feel the strength in my legs begin to disappear and my pace slow down considerably.  It was at around Mile 22 that I was chicked.  I was chicked by my wife.  She passed me with ease and was looking strong.  Hoping to hang onto her heel and have her pull me I picked up my pace but I had nothing.  My body was just not cooperating anymore and I slowed down for Mile 23.  Again, the competitor took over and I told myself that I was going to negative split the last 5K of this race and I picked up the pace.

It was around Mile 24 where I heard cheering for Jason.  I looked around and did not recognize anybody.  I thought how do they know my name?  Was my name on my bib and I did not notice before?  I was a little disoriented and could not figure it out until the guy next to me started to pass me and I looked at his chest and saw Jason on it.

As I got closer to Mandalay Bay, which by the way always looks really close since the landscape is so flat.  Truth be told is that Mandalay Bay always looked like it was around the corner but because it was flat it never showed up until you were literally on top of it and that messed with my mind a bit.  I rounded the corner to come down the chute and wanted to kick it in but there was no 5th gear.  There was nothing, but the beauty of seeing my wife after I crossed the finish line.

I fell into her arms and held her very tightly because I felt disappointed in being so far off the pace, but because of all the time invested in this attempt from her.  I also could no longer stand the pain of my foot.  I never spoke of my foot because I did not want to have any excuses for not qualifying.  And no excuses is still my mantra.  I gave this race everything I could and left it all on the course, almost more than should be left out there.  At a couple of times I burped and could feel the bile in my throat, and then there was one experience that I thought I would be the poster boy for giving it all I had when I thought I crapped my shorts.

Knowing that I left it on the course made me feel like a champion.  Knowing that I crossed the finish line in 3:31 and beat my previous best marathon time by 8 minutes made me feel like a champion.

Post -Race
It felt like the temperature dropped 15 degrees at the moment I crossed the finish line.  I was freezing and Karen and I headed straight to gear bag pick-up.  I changed clothes and immediately began hearing the complaints of marathoners regarding the merge amongst other issues people had.  After meeting up with my brother and sister in law and sharing war stories it began a family affair of PRs.  Karen set her half-marathon PR with a time of 1:57:00 and both my sister an brother in law set automatic PRs since this was there first half-marathon.  We were all on a high until it took us two hours to get out of Mandalay Bay.  My mood picked right back up when I had a post race meal of pancakes, eggs, granola, yogurt, crepes and fruit.

 

Here are my mile splits:

Mile 1 7:51
Mile 2 7:36
Mile 3 7:20
Mile 4 7:05
Mile 5 7:23
Mile 6 7:20
Mile 7 7:23
Mile 8 7:43
Mile 9 7:45
Mile 10 7:31
Mile 11 7:32
Mile 12 7:36
Mile 13 7:45
Mile 14 7:22
Mile 15 7:34
Mile 16 7:34
Mile 17 7:46
Mile 18 8:05
Mile 19 8:22
Mile 20 8:37
Mile 21 8:47
Mile 22 8:57
Mile 23 9:20
Mile 24 9:45
Mile 25 9:30
Mile 26 9:24
Mile 26.2 2:08
Total 3:31:32

 

Take-Away
As a race this is not the place to go to try and qualify for Boston regardless of how flat it is.  I also am not 100% sure this is the race to try to set a PR.  I say that because it was disorganized and there were people all over the course.  This is the 3rd marathon I have run and I have never had the experience I had in Las Vegas.  There were people all over the place and it just felt very chaotic.  I carry my water and nutrition with me so I had no experience with this but I heard from other racers that there were water stops with little to no volunteer support.  I know that they ran out of medals as well.  The craziness of trying to leave the hotel was too much for me especially after running for 3.5 hours.

I can say that from a competitive stand point I will never do this race again.  I can also say that if I wanted to go and hang out and then jog a half-marathon with friends for some good laughs that this would be a race to put on the list of maybes.

Thank you for reading through this race report and again Thank You so much for your support.  I truly appreciate it and I know that you all helped carry me through the end of this race.

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Comments

  1. Emz says:

    Let me just say.
    You were the highlight of the whole race day for me.
    Your. Laugh.
    Freaking rocks.
    I am so sad I didn’t get to see Karen. I cannot wait until 11/2012. Cannot. Freaking. Wait.

    And

    ” 3 year old with an Etch-A-Sketch. ” best. Honest. Discription. Ever.

  2. katie says:

    A PR is still a fantastic accomplishment – it’s a sign that you are 100% moving in the right direction. The BQ, and then even more, will come. Congrats on pushing through a really tough day!
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  3. Runblondie26 says:

    Sorry the race was BQ bust. Usually Competitor Group does a decent job with thier events. Glad the rest of the weekend was a good experience for you hough!

  4. Matthew Beal says:

    First off, it was such a pleasure meeting you guys on Saturday. Hopefully we’ll be at the same event soon. I agree with everything you said about the race. I look forward to writing my opinion from a half marathoners point of view. This was the worst event I have ever attended in my life. I almost feel like I am owed a refund. Did you hear that the ran out of medals and shirts? Also, many runners feel sick from water used from garden hoses? I was worried sick about people trying to BQ. There was no room to go anywhere on that course and I left in corral 2! So, I was ahead of the worst of it! Many of us kept getting pushed in your lane and we tried to keep clear, but it was just impossible at times. Also, I never knew there were dedicated lanes until two miles in and saw that small sign. It was really an unfortunate situation all around.
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  5. adena says:

    Jason I’m so proud of you and the Mrs!! You put it all out there and no one can ask for more than that. I did one pic of you guys with Jess, love love love that shot!

    Post race sounded just awful, sorry you had to endure that.
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  6. Matt Oravec says:

    Hmmm, seems like a lot of issues arouse here. First off, I would never try to PR at any large race… ever. Too many idiots on the course and too many inexperienced runners that with one wrong step will ruin your PR chance immediately.

    The logistics of this race seemed idiotic based on your description and after reading your report I am 100% happy that I did not sign up for that one.

    As for your race strategy to get the BQ… maybe it’s just my opinion but you seemed to be cutting your time very close and you were banking on the fact that you would be very fresh at the end of the marathon to drop 7 min flat splits. Everyone is different… so obviously this is just my opinion but I would never bank on being fresh and dropping splits like that at the end of the race. Too much lactic acid build up in the legs and your turnover will already be suffering.

    I think the BQ time for men is a very humbling time. People don’t realize what it takes to maintain that pace for 26.2. I almost had a mental breakdown last winter obsessing over how I will BQ so I bailed all together. I know what it will take, speed work much faster than the BQ pace and all my long runs at my BQ pace. I would not run any slower than the BQ pace on race day ever, you never want to be behind the pace bunny :).

    Again, this is my take, I have obsessed over this for over a year and I think the only way to BQ is to overtrain for it (for us age groupers who are not Kenyan).

    So I hope that I have typed what I am thinking clear enough that I am not sounding like an A-Hole… because I am not trying to be an A-Hole!!! I guess I am just trying to say that it’s not fair that women can jog a marathon and BQ and we have to bust our nuts out there… that is all ;)
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    • CTER says:

      haha! No way I would ever call you an A-Hole man. It is true and fortunately I don’t have to obsess over this concept for nearly two years as next year is all 140.6 and my two marathons will not be qualifying for anything other than having completed the distance.

      You are correct about the planning and I went over it in my head more times than I can count. Hold steady didn’t seem to make sense to me because I know that I can’t do that, but I also thought that the slower paces at the start and midway through the race would allow me to have some left in the tank. Either way it never worked out but it wasn’t from a lack of trying.

      I also agree with the discrepancy in times for qualifying. My niece has to run a 3:30 and she is 25. I’m nearly 15 years older and have to run 20 minutes faster? In what Twilight Zone world does that make sense but those are the rules. Either way it was great to run a 3:31 marathon and beat my PR by 8 minutes.

  7. marlene says:

    It hurts when race day doesn’t go according to plan. Trust me, I have been there! Especially when it’s a marathon and you have poured SO MUCH into it. And it’s not like you can just go try again. But you still set a rocking PR and held on to finish proud. How amazing is it that you and Karen found one another on the course?! Sole mates. :)

    I’m proud of you no matter what and I know you’ll get that 3:10 on the right day at the right race.

    Hopefully the organizers will get their sh*t sorted out for next time. Obviously things are always going to be complicated with these kinds of numbers, but certain issues CAN be avoided.
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  8. Yes it WAS a mixer and I was glad I used my pallett before I got there.

    i really loved reading your report. I think you did an amazing job of conveying what you went through. I loved your honesty and perserverance. Your BQ is just a matter of time. It seems most of your year was spent focusing on triathlon distances and not specifically on marathon training. Maybe this factored in too. That said, you took so much time off of your previous PR it is ridiculous. You ran a very strong race and pace.

    I was one of those clueless runners in the way of marathoners and I’ll probably get shot for saying that. My habit is to stay left on courses. That little cone with handmade signs for some reason did not make it clear to me what I supposed to do.

    Great meeting Karen this weekend and getting to spend time with you guys. It was a blast!!
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  9. misszippy1 says:

    What a great report–felt like I was there! You did an amazing job and got a time many, many people would kill for! That said, I know you are disappointed and totally understand how that feels. But, you have that BQ in you, just not at that race, on that day. This will only make you more determined. You are a rock star!

    Congrats to Karen on her PR–that certainly takes some of the sting away for you!
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  10. B.o.B. says:

    Jason I am so proud of you! It’s a HUGE accomplishment to finish a race and know that you left nothing out there. That says more than you know. I also very proud of how you handled all of it. I’m looking to you as an example so that if I can’t get there with my marathon I’m still going to have a great time and be happy with a PR (hopefully!) regardless! Congrats to you on your PR and congrats to all of your family on theirs. P.S. that is TOTAL crap about not having enough medals. I’d be furious.
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  11. I can’t imagine HOW frustrating it must’ve been for marathoners. I felt claustrophobic the entire race. You did amazing through the pain and disorganization and I agree with EMZ, love your laugh! Great to meet you and Karen!
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  12. DR says:

    lol@ the “other” Jason
    haha

    way to gut it out and come away with the PR!
    nice work

    D

    • CTER says:

      D – It was hilarious. If you would have seen my head swiveling like who are these people and how do they know my name? When the ‘other’ Jason finally caught me is when it finally hit me that I did not have my name on my bib of name on my shirt and I just smiled. Hilarious.
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  13. Jen says:

    Great race recap – I really thought I was there too!

    First of all, congrats to you and the Mrs for having such strong times. From what I’ve read from other racers, this course was a nightmare especially for full marathoners.

    Secondly, hopefully, the race organizers will hear what you and others have gone through and make adjustments for years to come.

  14. Jeff Irvin says:

    Congrats on the PR! Despite not hitting the BQ goal you still ran a very nice race.

    Sucks about the race organization, when you told me about the course last week I thought it had the potential to be a major clusterfu** but didn’t say that as to not freak you out. Very disappointing and from the feedback I doubt they get 44K next year.

    Anyway, this BQ shit is hard work and as I found out needs to be done by dropping swimming and biking. Recovery is so important, as is high volume. Even with the miles I have been racking up I am still pretty sure that a BQ will be difficult for me. I cannot wait for it to be done and am concerned what my swimming is going to look like when I get back to the pool – probably going to need water wings!

    Once again, congrats on the BQ and an excellent 2011!
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    • CTER says:

      Mr Smooth has been my friend for the past two weeks of swimming. That little stupid 3-D image is ingrained in my head and I cannot stop thinking about it in the pool. So much so that today when I was nearing the wall I forgot about it and slapped my forearm on the top of it.

  15. Rebecca says:

    You looked great at 16! It was awesome to meet you both! And I feel so lucky to have met you guys! We must do an event together!!!
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  16. Let me just say BQ or not, you are such a rockstar inspiration!!!!!!!! (((hugs)))
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  17. Your still fast to me. I need to find some “gazelle” genes.
    Good learning experience. Plus your in Vegas when its over!

  18. Great race report Jason! I’m sorry you didn’t make your qualifying time, but a PR of 8minutes is AWESOME! Your time was amazing…I wish I was that fast!! It sounds like the course was pure chaos, which is so hard to run in, especially for a marathon. Way to push through all the craziness and finish strong! Congrats to you, and congrats to Karen too! :)
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  19. XLMIC says:

    An 8-min PR is GREAT! I know it’s not even close to as stupendous as a BQ time would have been, but you fought for what you ended up with…you left it out there. This is such a great report in a number of ways…it conveys very well what you were going through mentally, physically and emotionally as well as how the logistics of the course and the crowd played into everything. You are walking away from this race having learned a tremendous amount. It’s going to serve you so well in that BQ race that’s coming down the pike :) Bummed we didn’t meet at that mixer! I was so busy being entertained by my girls and chatting up Dolvett 2 (aka Spencer) shhhhh… don’t tell Jess ;-) I didn’t even know you were there! Dang it.
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    • CTER says:

      I am bummed too. As soon as I saw Jess’s pic I thought: Really! Ugh!

      All this means is that we need another destination race but with 35K less people.

  20. Kevin says:

    Congrats on the PR! It always sucks to fall short of a goal, but an 8 minute PR is awesome. That works out to about 20seconds per mile faster than your previous PR. Just think back to that marathon and imagine being able to run those same miles 20 seconds faster each. It is pretty incredible to think about sometimes.

    I actually agree with pretty much everything MattyO said.

    I have come to hate big marathons. Chicago was a disaster. Honolulu was a cluster. Come to GR for the GR Marathon where 23.3% of finishers BQ-ed (http://www.active.com/running/Articles/10_Best_Boston_Qualifiers.htm)

    ThE BQ times for us guys are incredible. There is a HUGE difference between running a 3:30 and 3:10. It is far different than comparing a 3:50 and 3:30 for instance – at least in my opinion. I don’t want to say that women “have it too easy”, but I don’t think the race organizers are giving the women the credit they disserve. They are faster than their BQ times.

    Like MattyO said, I think over training is the way to go. I’ve gotta run a ridiculous 3:05, but am forcing myself to train at even more ridiculous 3:00 pace.

    I obviously can’t fully vouch for it yet without having raced, but check out the book Advanced Marathoning. Jeff turned me on to it and I really learned a lot from reading it. I really think these guys know what they are talking about and hoping that it comes through on race day.

    Enjoy your recovery!
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  21. Congrats on your PR. I can’t imagine how frustrating it was to hit that wall of people for the 2nd half of the race. We could see one of those 180* turns from our hotel and it looked so weird. Etch-a-sketch for sure.

    I’m so glad I got to meet you and Karen on Saturday night. It was great to put a face to all the awesome information and inspiration you give. I know you’ll get your BQ.. after you smash your Iron Man goals.
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    • CTER says:

      It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet you as well.

      Congrats on your run and I can’t wait to get to your blog today to read your take.

  22. Megan says:

    HOly cow! 8 min PR! Congrats! Be happy about that!
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  23. Chuck says:

    Please don’t ever stop inspiring me Jason

  24. Wow. Congratulations on PRing in a challenging race.
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  25. This was truly one of the best race reports I’ve read – you did a great job conveying all that you went through. Congrats on the 8 min PR – your pace and effort given the conditions is both impressive and inspiring. I’m sorry you didn’t get the BQ, but I’ve been following your efforts for a while and I have no doubt you’ll get there. Congrats again!
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  26. BDD says:

    Reading this reminds me why I hate big races, I will take my local small races all season long

    Congrats on your PR, 8 minutes is HUGE!! You will get your BQ, you will analyze this, figure out the bugs and get it. I promise
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  27. Congrats on the PR! I know it was probably a disappointment to not BQ, but like you said they were not ideal conditions there. I am going to say after reading a couple of race reports that I am not too eager to race Vegas anytime soon!! Also, congrats to your wife for her PR!

  28. lindsay says:

    yeahhhhhh karen!!! woo hoo! sorry jason ;)

    a new pr, that’s awesome! in addition to the crowds of the race, i would also wonder if the time-of-day factored into PR/BQ’s. it’s just different getting ready to go for an afternoon/evening race vs a morning one.
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  29. Indigo (Kim at Eyecandy) says:

    It was great to meet you and your wife on Saturday night! I’m so sorry that you did not BQ, it’s great to read the experience from someone who ran the full, that merge was awful, we didn’t know it was coming at all!
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