To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
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- Don Draper

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vegas Vacation ~ Runner Style

Oh Vegas, how I miss you so. It was just 24 hours ago that I was wandering through the Bellagio on my way to get a Wildberry Colada at Margaritaville. And now it is all just one fun, whirlwind memory! More reports are coming, but this is my main Vegas review ... in bullet point form!
  • All you can eat All day buffet! I felt like a genius when I saw 2 bananas and grabbed them for some pre-race fuel the next day. Yummy food! Nothing like having oodles of scrambled eggs and tater tots for breakfast!
    • I DID try something new. At dinner I had a bit of cucumber, cherry tomato, mushroom and some Greek orzo salad!
    • The pasta ... tons of pasta and dinner rolls.
    • Then more breakfast - the runners were everywhere on race day morning! It was so cool!!
  • Titanic. Enough said! .... Okay, I did buy Kim's husband S a present. That's not weird, right? He's the only one that really understands!!!
  • Souvenir drink ups. Only came home with two!
  • Rodeo rodeo rodeo. Those cowboy hats and strange shoes were everywhere! Runners? What runners? Vegas only loves the cow people apparently.
  • No, I don't want to talk about show tickets. No, I don't want a time share. No, I'm not coming back within a year.
  • Yes, I want the cards! Give me hooker cards. GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS
  • In reality, yeah, we totally DID want the cards - we have a vision of making a deck of playing cards out of them. And we WILL go back within a year. I freaking LOVE Vegas!!
  • Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil ... a blog is coming on that ... I sobbed like a crazy MJ fan through the whole thing.
  • Margaritaville.... the only sit-down restaurant we visited.
  • The yummy pizza in New York-New York ... ate their twice. I'd go back two more times. So good!
  • Nathan's French fries for breakfast? Yes, please.
  • Freezone was great! A quiet night, but I got to see my two favorite Vegas residents and that's all a fruit fly could ask for!
  • Jack Sparrow told us our drinks look like cannonballs. Jack Sparrow. I mean he looked more like Jack Sparrow than Jack Sparrow does.
  • No, really, I don't want show or night club tickets. Stop asking me. I don't want the Grand Canyon either.
  • GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS
  • Fashion critics, that was our main job this weekend. We decided we need our own show because we are just THAT entertaining.
  • Joe Montana. Saw him.
  • Jose Canseco. Saw him... twice. Huge arms. Nice ass. I checked.
  • Shenandoah!! We flew right over Wayne Newton's house! We thought of visiting, but decided we'd see him next time.
  • I really miss Las Vegas.

For those curious about race-related Vegas things:
  • I am in love with my CEP compression sleeves I bought at the expo.
    • I spread compression love and had Jessica wearing sleeves in her first race!
      • She's going to be a race addict in no time! ;)
  • I stalked some fellow runners all weekend long. I'm stealth like that.
  • Signage for race events SUCKED! Thank goodness we runners don't mind talking to each other and helping everyone find their way.
  • The course was freaking AWESOME!! I loved it. 
    • And I ran it freaking awesome, too!!
  • RnR kinda dropped the ball in some areas.
  • The medical volunteer, Teresa, that helped me after I collapsed in the gear check area was just lovely. It felt like my mom was there taking care of me.
  • We were dropping like flies. Even hours after at Excalibur I saw EMTs being called to help a runner.
  • I felt like such a proud mom watching Jessica finish her first ever race and finish 6 minutes faster than her goal! She even sounds down for joining me at WDW's Wine & Dine next year!
  • Quote of the weekend from Jessica when looking at runners on space blankets all over Mandalay Bay ..... "everybody just looks kind of homeless". Very true.

11 comments:

  1. 1. Take me to Vegas with you.
    2. Can't wait for more posts about your trip.
    3. Loved how you dropped the medic tent bullet point like it was expected.
    4. S doesn't deserve presents. But, I know you've got this special thing going, so I understand.

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  2. Yea! So glad you had fun! I was wondering how your trip went. Can't wait to hear more.

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  3. Can't wait to hear more. Bummer about the negatives I have been reading about RnR vegas, I am glad it sounds like you still had a great time.

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  4. can't wait to hear more about vegas!

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  5. I'll stalk you, if you'll stalk me. You sneak into MY town and don't let me know...I work 5 minutes from the airport. I coulda met you for a cuppa Joe.

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  6. Well, NattyBumpo, I WAS in your town - but I never left the airport, so that doesn't count. Very strange having a layover in Portland!

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  7. Sounds like a packed schedule, looking forward to more of the skinny.

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  8. what do you mean you collapsed..
    did I miss a post
    let me go check...

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  9. ok no I did not miss any post
    I hope this was not too serious...
    I collapse twice after halfs...not fun.

    Vegas Vegas...lets talk about California...

    Surf City....come on now!

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  10. 1) I bought the same shirt
    2) saw one too many people puke and pass out
    3) how did I miss the Titanic exhibit. BF and Dad vetoed it.
    4) where was this all day buffet??
    5) i was only offered weed 3 times. I'm a bit disappointed. Although the fact that one of those times...the dude offering was dressed as Garfield facts up for it

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  11. Never heard of RnR dropping a ball before. haha

    Very interesting about the gift for S and also curious about Canseco, Heh.

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