Post # 1
Any bees planning to do the Rock’n Roll marathon in Vegas this December?
Ive decided to do the my first ever Half Marathon, super excited and nervous all at the same time!
Anyone have any training tips?
Post # 3
I wish I had the guts to try this but I’m just no good at sport/exercise. Go you and good luck!
Post # 4
@SupermansSweetheart: Yay! I’ve heard that the RnR is soooo much fun!
Do not under any circumstances up your mileage too fast, even if you feel good. Stick to your plan. Period. I’ve done one half and attempted one full, and both times ended up with foot/knee issues from slacking on training programs and then having to push in the last months.
Get your hands on chia seeds for long runs; they help keep you full and absorb water so you get less dehydrated. Just stick a tbsp in your flavored drink of choice (I use lemonade) and enjoy!
Make sure to change your shoes at the recommended point. Most shoes have a lifespan of 200-300 miles, which you may hit with your training program. Inspect the bottoms for wear and swap them out when they get too worn. This will help prevent form issues and foot injuries.
Post # 5
Good for you – how awesome that you are running and committed! I was doing some research on marathons/half marathons yesterday to pick one and I really liked the idea of the Vegas one, how cool running down the strip! However, reviews for that event were not good at all I guess they really struggled with logistics at the last one. Something about a wicked gi bug that a lot of runners got, they are investigating why. One speculation is that it may be due to providing water for the runners from fire hydrants using aluminum garbage cans -eeeeewwww! Granted they lined the garbage cans but question if the linings were food grade. You may want to research it. Whatever half you choose good for you and have fun!
Post # 6
@Foreverblonde345: A couple of my friends did the vegas one last year and had a great time! Apparently the finish line is in a much better location this year, which was the most common complaint I heard.
There was a bad batch of the energy gel(or whatever it’s called) last year which is unfortunate but not something the organizers had anything to do with. You’re only supposed to have 1 of those gel things or maybe 2 for the full marathon and a lot of the people my friends chatted with that got sick had consumed 5 plus of them…although different amounts of bacteria affect everyone differently.
Side note it is also supposed to be the flattest marathon/half marathon course in north america….perfect for a first timer 🙂
@inspiredcreations: Thanks for the tips! I have 8 months to get myself ready and the training program I have takes about 5 months. I plan to start sooner then later and take my time to avoid injuries etc!
@ladyartichoke: Thanks =)
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@Foreverblonde345: Ewwwwwww!! That makes me gag just thinking about it.
I’m doing the Seattle Rock n Roll marathon. I’d do Vegas if I lived closer. Congrats on making the decision to do it!!
Post # 8
One of my friends was a pacer for the last Vegas race. It was a complete disaster. Go to marathonguide.com for reviews. If you can find another race, I would. In general, I avoid the Rock ‘n Roll series. They are all about taking in the big bucks, rather than putting on a great race, imho. My runner friends avoid them as well. I think RnR is good for people who want to have a one and done experience. If that’s you, more power to you. I’m not speedy, but I like more organization that RnR is capable of, and have done enough races to know the difference. I’ve taken 6+ gels in a run (granted those were marathons, so it’s spread over a while), and have never gotten sick the way those people did. Chicago is also a flat full, and is much better organized. The Flying Pig is the most fun race that I’ve done that has a half option. It’s hilly, but the crowd and enthusiasm is awesome (I put that one second only to the NYC marathon, which is known for having over 2 million spectators screaming for every runner by name, and I’ve done other big city marathons). Start running now to build up your base fitness to avoid injury. Don’t increase your mileage by more than 10% per week to avoid injury. On race day, start slow, even if you feel good. The first few miles should feel much too easy, like you could go so much faster. If you want to push it pace wise, push it a little bit once you’re half way done. You’ll have a much better experience if you do what’s called a negative split- running the second half faster than the first.
Good luck! Welcome to the insanity! Enjoy the great butt that comes with it! 🙂
Post # 9
I did it two years ago, it was the half marathon. It was AMAZING! Good luck!
Post # 10
I read how horrible it was last year and what they’re doing to make it better this year. I’ve never done a RnR but hear that they are a lot of fun. I think it’s be so fun to stay on the strip and run down the strip, etc. I bet it will be a good time.
Have you decided what training plan you are going to follow? I used Hal Higdon for my first half and use it as a sort of outline now when I’m preparing to run a half. I really reccommend it, and aggree that following the plan (whichever you choose) as close as you can is really beneficial! I’m excited for you. I love the half-marathon.