We did it! My entire team kicked butt on the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon today!
We met as a team at 5:45 am in the food court area of the Mandalay Bay convention center. This gave us a warm, sheltered spot with flushing toilets to meet. We spent a little time making sure everyone had their numbers pinned on, timing tags on and just chatting.
Before heading out, we made sure to snap a picture of the coaches!
I started the race toward the back of the very last corral. It took us 48 minutes to cross the start mats after the starting gun went off. Initially my plan was to start with the back of our pack and move forward through them, then cut over to see the front-runners. But as I got realizing it, I would probably be better off helping the Team Challenge walkers at the back. I could help pace them along and encourage them more than if I were to jump over and see the faster people.
Some special mentions:
– The woman who had breast cancer treatments earlier this year really pushed it and finished in under 4 hours, and even shed a few tears of joy at the finish line. (Prompting me to shed a few of my own!)
– The couple that held hands in the early trainings did the whole race together and came in under 4 hours too. I think they probably could have come in even faster, so maybe they’ll challenge themselves to do another one.
– The gal who is battling thyroid cancer finished the race with her mother, they were several people ahead of the sweepers. They gave me big hugs at the end, thanked the coaches for getting them through this and said, “We’re going to do this again next year!”
– Our fastest gal ran it in 1:45, and it was her very first half marathon. She’s got natural skill and I hope she continues doing this!
– Our fastest guy cramped up, missing his 1:35 time goal, but still hit 1:46. He was an amazing addition to the team, always cheerful and positive.
I have no idea if I’ll be in race photos or if I would be alerted to them since my bib said “COACH” on the front, no number. But if there are any photos of a moment on the course that I would like to see, it would be after we had seen all of our team complete the race, us three coaches went across the finish line together, with the biggest and dopiest smiles on our face.
Seriously, this is one of the best feelings in the world!