as this will be said many times.. but this weekend with the NM. Outlaws was a total Blast and I say you all need to make plans for next years Santa Smack Down run and Elvis Vegas run!
Saturday morning was a nice cool morning, a little windy but the Santa's were out to set the World Record, Only in Vegas! Overall my run was great, expect my HR was totally off the charts but Baboo quickly let me know it was due to coming off the recent illness. And Bigun` you better hope that Baboo puts on some pounds for CdA, although, I don't really see that happening, cuz dat's da only thing that's gonna Slow that Clyds. down. He is a great runner! but we did hit the IHOP after Santa run.
Sunday morning the Elvis were up and dressed and ready to go. We got the race site and they quickly met up with there fellow Elvi and this was the last time I saw them as I had to get ready to run myself. Once at the starting line I creeped my way up as I remember last year it took like 10 mins to get to the start line and this year.. 3 mins! Nice seeding JT!!<
It didn't take long for things to heat up and I had to take a couple of shirts off and things were going along nicely. They run thru Wedding by the Elvi was not to be missed, Only in Vegas, right! The course was much better than last year although once the half's and fulls split the aid stations were manned by one poor sucker trying to throw water in a Dixie cup at lightning speed as the runners came through. So note to RD, more volunteers for the Half's aid stations.
At mile 8 something was in my right shoe so I quickly stopped to dump it out only to find there was nothing in there. So I ran just a little more and then realized it was a blister forming from my sock! Damn it! So I tried sticking my glove in the shoe but this worked for like 20 yards as it made my foot all unbalanced and was just not comfortable. So after about another mile of running it was really bothering and at the 9ish mark I knew I had to fix it, so I looked around for something I could use and I found an empty gel pak. Whipped off the sock and shoe, placed that gel pak on my inside arch, sock back on, shoe on and BAM! fixed! nice..
Now I was attempting to negative split my second half and I was somewhat close but the shoe thing slowed me down and then I started going down, down, down.. after mile 11.. Shit!! WTF.. I said.. I feel I have energy.. but remembering back to before I left for Clearwater, Fl. 11 miles was my longest run and being sick and not running my body was just not used to it and the legs did not want to go anymore. So the last 1.5 miles were kinda tough and more so the last mile. Even with all the people, music and whopla.. My legs were done.. I crossed the finish line at 2:23, Score! 19 mins faster than last year!! a good new PR and again I think I had a new HR PR, 189!! that's freakn` high!
After the run I got my photo finish with the Showgirl, ya!! and then headed home to eat, shower, change and had back to meet up with Baboo, Miguelvis, and Iron Girl. I did not find Baboo and Miguelvis but I saw IronGirl come in and we proceeded to find the other two. Once finding them it was straight to the house for them to shower and clean up and get ready to head back to Outlaw land.
I was great having them stay with me and being able to enjoy and do the Santa run and next year I am so Doing Elvis!! run.
The rest of the afternoon was just getting some thing ready to head to Miami and packing up. Dinner with the parents and this last min. post before heading to bed.