As mentioned in my Weekly Run Down post, I wanted to share a separate recap of my most recent race, the Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas. It was the first official race I participated in since the start of the pandemic and it felt so good to get to the starting line again.
I signed up for this race because someone in my Streakers365 group suggested we run this race together and so almost 50 friends signed up. How could I say no? I had wanted to put another half marathon on my race calendar for a while and this was the perfect opportunity to not only race but also meet a bunch of lovely people that I’ve been (virtually) working out with for 2 years.
If that’s no motivation, I don’t know what is.
When I joined the Streakers365 (former Peloton Streakers) Facebook Group in January 2021, I had been looking for an accountability group for my self-imposed 365 workout streak goal. I had no idea that I had stumbled into a group that would turn out to be the most supportive and encouraging group of friends that I hadn’t met.
We spent countless hours together on the bike that goes nowhere, holding each other accountable with group rides and high fives and we have an amazing group of admins who continue to find new ways to build friendship and camaraderie. Organizing this in-person meet-up for the race in Las Vegas has been the absolute highlight so far. I am so thankful that I could meet so many of my Peloton friends in real life.
The best part was that Tanja was able to fly in from Germany and join us! (She had been planning to come to California for a visit anyway and was able to arrange it to meet me and the Streakers365 in Vegas before we headed to SoCal together for another few days of girl time). Tanja didn’t run the race but was there to support me and the other runners. It was so special to have her there.
My first objective for this race was to have fun and enjoy the special atmosphere of running the Las Vegas Strip (which was closed down completely for traffic for this event) at night. I am usually a solo runner through and through, I like to find my own pace and stick to it, but for an inexplicable reason, I ended up running the race with another Streaker. We ended up running alongside each other and found our cadence to be so much in sync (see photo below) that running together felt completely natural.
We ended up stopping at a couple of the numerous photo ops and just tried to take it all in while casually chatting a bit every now and then. When we crossed the finish line and I glanced at my Garmin watch, I couldn’t believe we had just passed the 2-hour mark. I hadn’t paid attention to pace/time and really thought we were slower.
If I am honest, I was a bit bummed for a split second because realizing that we were so close to getting a sub-2 finish time, it would have been great to get an official PR. While I have run the half marathon distance in sub-2, I haven’t done so at an official race. But this race was about having fun and our finish made me feel very confident that I can get that PR sometime soon at another race. I felt strong until the end and didn’t collapse in the last few miles, which has definitely happened in previous races. All these training miles are finally paying off.
It got pretty chilly after the sun had gone down (it was definitely much cooler in Vegas than usual around this time of year) and I was thankful that Tanja was waiting for me at the finish line with my backpack and my jacket.
Las Vegas is usually not my favorite city, but running the Strip at night was pretty cool, I will admit, and doing it with a bunch of fellow Peloton friends was a real treat!
P.S. If you are wondering about the shirt that I am wearing – it was a custom-made iron-on decal for our group and a wordplay on our Streakers365 group name and Sin City. (No, we did not streak on the strip, haha.)